Lectures

Tustah, Pustah, Subheksanah, Rama

Oct 5, 2014

English with తెలుగు translation; Nanda Gokulam, Telangana, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 393-396

Smartphones for Brahmacaris

Oct 5, 2014

English; Nanda Gokulam, Telangana, India

Bhagavad-gītā 6.17

Should Devotees Perform Excercise

Oct 4, 2014

English; Nanda Gokulam, Telangana, India

Bhagavad-gītā 6.17

Talking About Maya, Durga-puja, Part-3

Oct 3, 2014

English; Nanda Gokulam, Telangana, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.2.11-12

Talking About Maya, Durga-puja, Part-2

Oct 2, 2014

English; Nanda Gokulam, Telangana, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.5.13

Talking About Maya, Durga-puja, Part-1

Oct 1, 2014

English; Nanda Gokulam, Telangana, India

Śrī Brahma-saḿhitā 5.44

Selflessness, and the Muslim Question

Sep 30, 2014

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.12.26;

Perfect Philosophy, Practice, and Lifestyle

Sep 26, 2014

English; Damodaradesh

Saving the Suffering

Sep 29, 2014

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.12.25

Druvah, Pararddhih, Parama-spastah

Sep 28, 2014

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 390-392

Prestige Means Sex Life

Jan, 2006

English; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.26.31

Captivated by this Information

Sep 28, 2014

English; Secunderabad, Telangana, India

Bhagavad-gītā 15.6

Questions and Answers with Devotees' Children

Sep 26, 2014

English; Damodaradesh

Vyavasayah, Vyavasthanah, Samsthanah, Sthanadah, Dhruvah

Sep 25, 2014

English; Avataridesh

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 386-390

Lokanath Goswami and Varnasrama Communities

Sep 21, 2014

English; Soho, London, England

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 2.18.48-49

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A Society Made of Brahmanas

Oct 31, 2011

Question: I am currently listening to your lecture "Some Concerns About ISKCON." I also heard a lecture recently from my spritual master HH Tamal Krishna Goswami. He said, "originally, Srila Prabhupada wanted ISKCON to consist solely of brahmacaris and sannyasis, but then Jadurani came, what was Srila Prabhupada to do? He couldn't reject her."... Expand>

Question:

I am currently listening to your lecture "Some Concerns About ISKCON." I also heard a lecture recently from my spritual master HH Tamal Krishna Goswami. He said, "originally, Srila Prabhupada wanted ISKCON to consist solely of brahmacaris and sannyasis, but then Jadurani came, what was Srila Prabhupada to do? He couldn't reject her."

It seems that since we do not discriminate who joins ISKCON in terms of their varna or ashram, ISKCON will continue to face these sorts of issues (i.e. Ksatriya Initiative).

My question: Although I understand that we are ultimately only concerned with becoming Vaishnavas, but do you forsee that ISKCON as a society will gradually evolve into strictly a brahminical body as Srila Prabhupada wanted or will the brahminical class be forced to create a seperate body to offer guidance to society? Thank you for maintaining the standard. 

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Disciple Liberates His Own Guru

Jan 1, 2011

Question: Requesting to clear a doubt from the following quotation: "This incident proves that the siksa- or diksa-guru who has a disciple who strongly executes devotional service like Dhruva Maharaja can be carried by the disciple even though the instructor is not as advanced." (SB 4.12.33 Purport) As far as I understand, a bona fide diksa-guru is a liberated soul (saksad-dharitvena samasta sastrair…). So how can he be liberated by his disciple?

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24/7 online Radio – Bhakti Vikasa Swami Radio

Aug 31, 2014, Announcements

We are pleased to announce the launch of 24/7 Online radio station called "Bhakti Vikasa Swami Radio". On this station, you can hear Maharaj's lectures non-stop throughout the day. Special lectures will be played based on the festival or appearance/disappearance days of previous acharyas. Read more...493

Husband As Guru – How About Srila Prabhupada As Guru?

Jun 7, 2014, Articles

The article “Husband as Guru” presents much of what could be considered common-sense advice for husbands struggling to come to the human platform. However, some grave faults mar what otherwise might in some contexts have been valuable suggestions. By predicting “that some men will not agree with me (although I doubt any woman will disagree)” the author anticipatingly dismisses any opposition from males as being mere chauvinism. I am currently imprisoned in a male body, but it is not on such flimsy grounds that I perceive significant blemishes in what he calls his “illumination.” Read more...753

Introduction

Apr 7, 2014, Vaisnava Culture, Etiquette, and Behavior

The highest stage of dharma, and therefore of human attainment, is Vaiṣṇavism, the culture of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Therefore it is essential that every devotee learn and imbibe Vaiṣṇava culture, etiquette, and behavior—collectively known as sadācāra, or śiṣṭācāra—without which a devotee, even though intently engaged in activities of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, remains incomplete, similar to a beautiful person devoid of ornaments. Read more...1089

Fundamental Principles for Initiated Devotees

Mar 27, 2014, Vaisnava Culture, Etiquette, and Behavior

Based on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.17.38, 11.5.11), Śrīla Prabhupāda instituted as an initiation vow that all disciples follow four regulative principles: The beginning of religious life is to abandon the four principles of prohibited activities—namely illicit sex life, meat-eating, gambling, and intoxication. In our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, the requirement is that one must be prepared to give up the four pillars of sinful life—illicit sex, meat-eating, intoxication, and gambling. Read more...1440

Public Programs

Mar 17, 2014, Vaisnava Culture, Etiquette, and Behavior

Public programs are an important means for presenting Kṛṣṇa consciousness to the general populace. Herein we provide some basic guidelines for the successful execution of such programs. All aspects of the function should be planned and executed in advance, so that as far as possible everything goes smoothly at the actual event. Especially major events require much planning and coordination to execute successfully. Visitors are likely to be impressed by efficient organization, but even one deficient feature can mar the entire experience. Read more...937

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A letter from Srila Prabhupada to Indira Gandhi, 1 July, 1975

Your Excellency Srimati Indira Gandhi: May it please Your Excellency, enclosed please find one copy of my letter addressed to Sri Jai Prakash Narayanji. I wish that both of you may sit together and agree to join together to work on the basis of the instructions given in the Bhagavad Gita. It is practical and good for India as well as for the whole world situation. The whole world is expectant to receive something from Indian culture. Why not push this movement and solve the complete problems of India?... Expand>

Your Excellency Srimati Indira Gandhi:

May it please Your Excellency, enclosed please find one copy of my letter addressed to Sri Jai Prakash Narayanji. I wish that both of you may sit together and agree to join together to work on the basis of the instructions given in the Bhagavad Gita. It is practical and good for India as well as for the whole world situation. The whole world is expectant to receive something from Indian culture. Why not push this movement and solve the complete problems of India?

I hope you will take this suggestion seriously and do the needful without delay. Thanking you in anticipation, I beg to remain,

Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

(Indira Gandhi died Oct 31, 1984)

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You can create Vrndavana everywhere

Asakti, that tendency of attachment, should be transferred to Krsna. That is Vrndavana life. In Vrndavana the center of asakti is Krsna. There is Nanda Maharaja, Yasoda -- they have asakti to Krsna. The young girls, they have got asakti to Krsna. The cowherd boys, they have got asakti to Krsna. The trees, they have got asakti to Krsna. The fruits, flowers, they have got asakti to Krsna. The water, Yamuna River, the asakti to Krsna. So if we make our central point of asakti, then you can create Vrndavana everywhere.... Expand>

Asakti, that tendency of attachment, should be transferred to Krsna. That is Vrndavana life. In Vrndavana the center of asakti is Krsna. There is Nanda Maharaja, Yasoda -- they have asakti to Krsna. The young girls, they have got asakti to Krsna. The cowherd boys, they have got asakti to Krsna. The trees, they have got asakti to Krsna. The fruits, flowers, they have got asakti to Krsna. The water, Yamuna River, the asakti to Krsna. So if we make our central point of asakti, then you can create Vrndavana everywhere.

(Srila Prabhupada -- December 27, 1975)

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Serve the vani

There are two ways of association - by vani and by vapuh. Vani means words, and vapuh means physical presence. Physical presence is sometimes appreciable and sometimes not, but vani continues to exist eternally. Therefore we must take advantage of the vani, not the physical presence.... Expand>

There are two ways of association - by vani and by vapuh. Vani means words, and vapuh means physical presence. Physical presence is sometimes appreciable and sometimes not, but vani continues to exist eternally. Therefore we must take advantage of the vani, not the physical presence.    

(From Srila Prabhupada's Concluding Words to Cc Antya-lila)

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Srila Prabhupada's personal experience of Krsna's mercy

Govinda dasi: Suppose someone is firmly convinced that Krsna consciousness is the only thing that will save him but yet he still has inclinations toward material activities. Will Krsna force him in this case to become completely surrendered? Prabhupada: Yes. He puts the devotee in such a way that he is obliged to become Krsna consciousness fully. Naturally, because we have materially associated for so many lives, so even though we are trying to become fully Krsna conscious, so our material attachment sometimes drag us. But if we are very strongly Krsna conscious, so these attachment will be taken away by Krsna. That is mentioned in the Srimad-Bhagavatam,... Expand>

Govinda dasi: Suppose someone is firmly convinced that Krsna consciousness is the only thing that will save him but yet he still has inclinations toward material activities. Will Krsna force him in this case to become completely surrendered?

Prabhupada: Yes. He puts the devotee in such a way that he is obliged to become Krsna consciousness fully. Naturally, because we have materially associated for so many lives, so even though we are trying to become fully Krsna conscious, so our material attachment sometimes drag us. But if we are very strongly Krsna conscious, so these attachment will be taken away by Krsna. That is mentioned in the Srimad-Bhagavatam,

yasyaham anugrhnami
harisye tad-dhanam sanaih
[SB 10.88.8]

I think I have personally that experience. Yes. I was not inclined to come to this line, but Krsna has forced me. That is His special favor. I am now understanding, "Yes." So, hmm, Krsna is very intelligent. So if we foolishly want something other than Krsna, He makes us forgetful of such nonsense. That is Krsna's special favor.

(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture, November 8, 1968)

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