About His Holiness Bhakti Raghava Maharaj
December 28, 2013 |
English with தமிழ் Translation; Salem, Tamil Nadu, IndiaPlay (5 m 33 s) Download (2.5 MB)
August 21, 2016 |
English; Inish Rath, Ireland
September 3, 2016 |
English; Manchester, UK
October 24, 2015 |
English; Nanda Gokulam, Telangana, India
February 13, 2014 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
July 11, 2011 |
English; Tatarstan, Volga, Russia
March 3, 2012 |
Question: After procrastinating for several months, with the encouragement of Susan, I finally got myself out the door to visit our local Hindu Mandir, in London , Ontario. I looked at the Vaisnava calendar, and was reminded that it was the day for GIta Jayanti. I thought "How auspicious. What a wonderful opportunity to bring a box of Gitas… Expand>
After procrastinating for several months, with the encouragement of Susan, I finally got myself out the door to visit our local Hindu Mandir, in London , Ontario. I looked at the Vaisnava calendar, and was reminded that it was the day for GIta Jayanti. I thought "How auspicious. What a wonderful opportunity to bring a box of Gitas with me to share with the local Hindus. A most wonderful way to begin my associating with the local pious people!"
I thought perhaps I might be able to speak something about the glories of the Bhagavad Gita at the Mandir, so I Googled Gita Jayanti, and heard part of an inspiring class by HH Prahladanandana Swami where he explained,
"There are 7 billion verses in the Vedas, and the Bhagavad Gita is the essence of all of them, and of all of them , the middle 6 chapters of the Gita are the most important, and of all those chapters, the 9th is the most important , and of all the verses , Bg. 9.34 is the most important,… man mana bhava mad bhakto, "Engage your mind in always thinking of Me, worship Me offer your obeisances unto Me. Thus you will surely come to Me, because you are My very dear friend." It is such an important verse , that it is repeated in the 18th chapter as well."
When I arrived at the Hindu Mandir, I saw the central deities were Laxmi-Narayana, with Sita Rama Hanuman Laxman, Radha Krishna, Siva lingam, Siva Parvati Ganesh Durga deities as well. When Susan and I arrived, they were having a havan, with a South Indian pandit chanting many mantras, which we participated in. Several people thanked me for the way I chanted Sanskrit with the Pandit. After this, I met the temple president, Mr. AV Singh, and when I asked him if I could say a few words about Gita Jayanti, he told me that there is no way of confirming the actual date that the Bhagavad Gita was spoken and that there is no need to promote the Bhagavad Gita, because every Hindu knows about it. He told me that their center was "diversified", and they don't promote any one book, and that if they let me promote the Gita , then everyone would want to promote their own religious views.
I stood there listening to him with my mouth open, in a state of disbelief. I purposefully kept my mouth open so he could see how
shocked I was at his response. He asked me if I understood. I told him that I understood his point of view, but because the Bhagavad Gita is a universal , non-sectarian teaching, I had difficulty accepting his resistance toward promoting it. He told me that the temple was for people to come and worship, sing a few songs, and go home "happy". I quickly packed up the Gitas and left, not feeling very happy at all.
My gratitude to Srila Prabhupada increased for the ISKCON movement he has given us , representing the true universal message of Sanatana Dharma. I realized even more the necessity of starting our own programs so that people could learn about Lord Caitanya. Hindu Bindu hodge podge religion , with so called "diversity" minimizing the glorification of Bhagavad Gita won't get people very far.
What would have you said to Mr. Singh, regarding his arguments against saying a few words in glorification of the Bhagavad Gita?^ Show less
August 26, 2014 |
English; Govindadvipa, Ireland
September 28, 2012 |
English; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
June 11, 2008 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
August 30, 2011 |
Question: As per ISKCON, Ekadasi fasting means not to eat any food grains at all. But, in the very famous Guruvayoor temple of Kerala, on Ekadasi cooked broken wheat is offered to Lord Guruvayoorappan, who is none other than Sakshath MahaVishnu. This is offered as "Prasadam" to devotees. Iskcon follows vedic scriptures, but why there is a difference… Expand>
As per ISKCON, Ekadasi fasting means not to eat any food grains at all. But, in the very famous Guruvayoor temple of Kerala, on Ekadasi cooked broken wheat is offered to Lord Guruvayoorappan, who is none other than Sakshath MahaVishnu. This is offered as "Prasadam" to devotees. Iskcon follows vedic scriptures, but why there is a difference in sampradaya?
This question has been answered by His Grace Gokula Candra Prabhu, a senior disciple of His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Maharaj upon Maharaj's request.
August 28, 2016 |
English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic
January 20, 2017 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
February 8, 2017 |
English; Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
December 13, 2016 |
English; Courtallam, Tamil Nadu, India
February 12, 2014 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
September 26, 2015 |
English; Dallas, Texas, USA
January 18, 2006 |
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
January 19, 2006 |
English; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
October 5, 2013 |
English; Manchester, England
February 22, 2016 |
English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India