September 21, 2015 |
English; Houston, Texas, USAPlay (39 m 27 s) Download (18.1 MB)
May 27, 2011 |
Question: Is it conducive for devotional service to use social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter? Can we use it for purposes like preaching, sadhu-sanga or other devotional interactions? How far one should go to use such sites on the name of preaching?
September 27, 2015 |
English; Dallas, Texas, USA
August 4, 2016 |
English; Lika, Croatia
September 1, 2015 |
English; Inis Rath, Northern Ireland, UK
August 27, 2012 |
English; San Diego, California, USA
October 15, 2013 |
February 20, 2016 |
English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India
October 7, 2015 |
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
February 4, 2017 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu, India
January 6, 2014 |
Question: Our son Yadunandana (4.5 yrs) came one day after the school (run by devotees) and asked why he had to say "excuse me" after belching. We can hear Srila Prabhupada sometimes making heavy noises during the class and we have seen many sanyassis pass air or belch and say nothing. Could you please explain how one should behave according to vaisnava ettiquete when one happens to burp, belch or spit etc. while with others?
English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
August 29, 2011 |
Question: How does anartha nivrtti happens? Only through one's own efforts or it happens only due to mercy of guru and Krishna? Or both? On our own, we find it difficult to give up certain habits or certain non devotional activities. Living out side the temple (away from devotees) worsen the situation. Ones own efforts save him or only mercy?
March 4, 2011 |
Question: I am sure you are aware of one of the great devotees in our ISKCON movement, Srila Aindra Prabhu, recently I have heard some of his recordings, lectures, conversations, and he is always giving emphasis on that one of the biggest problems in ISKCON is that the performance of (nagar) Harinama Sankirtan is on… Expand>
I am sure you are aware of one of the great devotees in our ISKCON movement, Srila Aindra Prabhu, recently I have heard some of his recordings, lectures, conversations, and he is always giving emphasis on that one of the biggest problems in ISKCON is that the performance of (nagar) Harinama Sankirtan is on the decline and that is the reason for many problems in ISKCON. It is now often sidelined and marginalised as a token activity that is performed once in a while. He feels that it is more important than book distribution.
If we look historically at ISKCON, the times when most people joined the movement was when there was ample regular Harinama Sankirtan being performed everyday. Similarly many great saints in our movement were engaged in regular Harinama Sankirtan, such as Vishnujana Swami, etc.
I am also aware that book distribution brhad mrdanga has been promoted as our kirtan by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur as being equal to Harinama Sankirtan. Book distribution is still emphasised quite nicely in most of our temples in ISKCON.
But often when there was difficulty in ISKCON, lots of kirtan and 24 hour kirtans should be held. Now I see a huge popularity in kirtan in the temples, in Europe and America, regularly large and long kirtans are held, although I still do not see the results fully manifesting yet, I believe it may do soon.
Here are my questions -
Is book distribution a means for replacing (Nagar) Harinama Sankirtan, or that they should both be the main focus of our movement side by side?
Do you feel (Nagar) Harinama Sankirtan should be promoted to regular daily activity, or should it be kept as a weekend activity?
Looking forward to hear your authoritative view on this point.^ Show less
January 7, 2012 |
English; Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India
August 22, 2017 |
English; Udupi, Karnataka, India
February 27, 2011 |
Question: As far as, your very straight forward and strict (uncompromised) preaching mood is concerned, myself sometime feels a tinge of confusion as to what we should be necessary following – either we should go with a mood of not to compromise as far as philosophy, principles and instructions are concerned or in case of preaching neophytes and in mood of compassion if we are lenient at certain places, then that is alright?
February 1, 2013 |
English; Trivandrum, Kerala, India
August 21, 2014 |
English; Govindadvipa, Ireland
September 19, 2013 |
English; Almviks, Sweden
September 26, 2012 |
English; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
August 26, 2016 |
English with Český translation; Nove Sady, Czech Republic