Lectures

The Two Months' Impossibility

May 14, 2011

English; Guruvayur, Kerala, India

Go Deep, Don't be Superficial

English; Salem, Tamilnadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.18.7

Affectionate Avatars

May 16, 2011

English with தமிழ் translation; Guruvayur, Kerala, India

Truth Seekers Who Don't Find It

Sep 5, 2011

English; Valsad, Gujarat, India

Youth Fest: Be Happy

Mar 27, 2011

English; Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Sickness

Oct 7, 2009

English; Baroda, Gujarat, India

Assorted Lectures

Marked for the kingdom of God

Feb 15, 2008

English; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.15.50

Death - For a Devotee and for a Demon

Sep 26, 2004

English; Pune, Maharashtra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.4.3

Modern Society - Full Of Hypocrite Demons

Sep 27, 2004

English; Pune, Maharashtra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.4.4

श्रील प्रभुपाद कथा - भाग 2

Oct 27, 2014

हिन्दी; Dakor, Gujarat, India

Great devotees exhibited ecstasy but we shouldn't

Nov 8, 2006

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.29.19

श्रील प्रभुपाद कथा - भाग 1

Oct 27, 2014

हिन्दी; Dakor, Gujarat, India

Finding Krsna in Material Nature

Dec 8, 2005

English; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.26.6

Material Life is Miserable

English; Sharjah, UAE

Bhagavad-gītā 9.12

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Paying Taxes

Jul 21, 2014

Question: How important is it to pay taxes?

Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi

Jul 21, 2014

Question: Should devotees observe a full fast of abstaining from water on Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi? Some devotees, don’t go to bed on Ekadashi, they stay awake all night and as soon as the night is over, they go to sleep. What should our attitude be?

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Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2014

Nov 21, 2014, Articles

Śrīla Prabhupāda, you are the glorious, incomparable paramahaṁsa whose preaching in the Western world was the only thing of any real importance that ever happened there. Of course, Vyāsa-pūjā offerings are meant for glorifying the guru as the representative and worshiper of Vyāsa. Yet we have learned from you that in the physical absence of the guru, he may be best worshiped by the continuation of his mission. Read more...536

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. The 24/7 Online radio is available on this page. Read more...922

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...1129

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...1408

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...1914

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Nitai-Gauracandra and Srila Prabhupada's ecstasy

Two Lords, Nitai-Gauracandra, Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, They are very kind. They have appeared just to reclaim the fallen souls of this age. So They are more kind than Krsna. Krsna, He is also very kind. He comes to deliver. But Krsna demands that first of all surrender. Caitanya Mahaprabhu even does not demand surrender. He is so kind. (voice choking) So take shelter of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and be happy. Thank you very much. (weeping)... Expand>

Two Lords, Nitai-Gauracandra, Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, They are very kind. They have appeared just to reclaim the fallen souls of this age. So They are more kind than Krsna. Krsna, He is also very kind. He comes to deliver. But Krsna demands that first of all surrender. Caitanya Mahaprabhu even does not demand surrender. He is so kind. (voice choking) So take shelter of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and be happy. Thank you very much. (weeping)

Srila Prabhupada, Arrival Address -- Atlanta, February 28, 1975

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Varaha-deva and public opinion

From a BTG article by Yadurani Devi Dasi In 1967 at ISKCON'S first temple, at 26 Second Avenue, New York City, Srila Prabhupada had just received a postcard from his disciples in Montreal. The city was hosting the World's Fair -- Expo '67 -- and the devotees were asking if he had any paintings they could display at the Fair. Prabhupada showed me the postcard and asked if we had any. ... Expand>

From a BTG article by Yadurani Devi Dasi

In 1967 at ISKCON'S first temple, at 26 Second Avenue, New York City, Srila Prabhupada had just received a postcard from his disciples in Montreal. The city was hosting the World's Fair -- Expo '67 -- and the devotees were asking if he had any paintings they could display at the Fair. Prabhupada showed me the postcard and asked if we had any.

"Well, Swamiji," I said, "We have a painting of Lord Varaha just finished by Kancanabala Dasi. But I don't think people will believe it." 

After all, the picture showed Lord Varaha, Krsna in His incarnation as a giant boar, holding the Earth on his tusks and fighting with a big demon. The demon was at least ten times bigger than the Earth itself. 

Prabhupada didn't care for my objection. Instead, he told me a relevant story about Lord Caitanya. 

"When Lord Caitanya was thinking of going to Benares, the devotees told Him not to waste His time there. The people there were all impersonalists, and they wouldn't believe in or take part in the chanting of Hare Krsna. But Lord Caitanya said, ‘If they don't like what I have to sell, I'll take it back.' "

Prabhupada then raised his arms in the air, imitating Lord Caitanya. "So He chanted Hare Krsna and danced and everyone bought it."
He was impressing upon me, as he often did, to present Krsna "as He is" and not be overly concerned about "so-called public opinion."

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Material considerations about material circumstances

We should never think of our so-called advancement as being conditioned by or dependent upon some set of material circumstances such as marriage, vanaprastha, or this or that. Mature understanding of Krsna consciousness means that whatever condition of life I am in at present, that is Krsna's special mercy upon me, therefore let me take advantage in the best way possible to spread this Krsna consciousness movement and conduct my spiritual master's mission. If I consider my own personal progress or happiness or any other thing personal, that is material consideration.... Expand>

We should never think of our so-called advancement as being conditioned by or dependent upon some set of material circumstances such as marriage, vanaprastha, or this or that. Mature understanding of Krsna consciousness means that whatever condition of life I am in at present, that is Krsna's special mercy upon me, therefore let me take advantage in the best way possible to spread this Krsna consciousness movement and conduct my spiritual master's mission. If I consider my own personal progress or happiness or any other thing personal, that is material consideration.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Madhukara, 4 January, 1973

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Srila Prabhupada on relief work

Prabhupada: So immediately, first of all, He [Krishna] chastised. Asocyan anvasocas tvam prajna-vadams ca bhasase: "Arjuna, you are talking like a learned man, but you are a fool number one." [Bg. 2.11] Gatasun agatasums ca nanusocanti panditah. That means "If you had been actually pandita, learned man, then you would not have lamented for this body." Gatasun. "The body is neither a subject matter for lamentation, either living condition or dead condition. It has no value."... Expand>

Prabhupada: So immediately, first of all, He [Krishna] chastised. Asocyan anvasocas tvam prajna-vadams ca bhasase: "Arjuna, you are talking like a learned man, but you are a fool number one." [Bg. 2.11] Gatasun agatasums ca nanusocanti panditah. That means "If you had been actually pandita, learned man, then you would not have lamented for this body." Gatasun. "The body is neither a subject matter for lamentation, either living condition or dead condition. It has no value." This is the instruction, Krishna's word. But the modern civilization, they are giving all value to this body--all their philanthropic work, hospitalization, and this, so many things. Just like our Mr. George Harrison, he raised how many millions dollars for...

Karandhara: Nine million.

Prabhupada: Nine million dollars, and, to the... This is going on. In the Bhagavad-gita we don't find anywhere a single line that "You raise funds for giving relief to the poor" or "to the suffering." Is there any [such] instruction in Bhagavad-gita? You have read. Can you find out? But these people, they have become more learned than Krishna. In our country, Vivekananda: daridra-narayana-seva. The whole Ramakrishna Mission is collecting funds only on this rascal plea.

From a lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.4. Japan, April 22, 1972

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