Take this Culture and Purify Yourself

February 13, 2016 |

English with తెలుగు Translation; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Play (38 m 27 s)     Download (17.6 MB)    

You can mark interesting parts of the page content and share unique link from browser address bar.

Mark




Related Lectures

Karma, Reincarnation, and Feminism

September 18, 2015 |

English; College Station, Texas, USA

Why We Cannot Enjoy in the Material World

May 27, 2011 |

Question: A newish devotee at our temple asked me why it is said in the books that one cannot enjoy in this world. I gave him my best answer but i would like to hear what you might say since you are a senior devotee.

English;

Sravanam Kirtanam to keep out Kali

January 26, 2017 |

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Facts We Should Know

March 8, 2014 |

English; Pune, Maharashtra, India

Accepting a Service in Which the Guru Doesn't Engage

March 11, 2012 |

Question: Can a devotee accept service that his guru doesn't directly engage in? For instance, I am very much inspired by Indradyumna's Maharaj's festivals. I think such festivals have a broad reach to masses. I don't like the cultural part of these festivals, but the philosophy and prasadam and kirtan can really get people intrigued. Some time in the… Expand>

Question:

Can a devotee accept service that his guru doesn't directly engage in? For instance, I am very much inspired by Indradyumna's Maharaj's festivals. I think such festivals have a broad reach to masses. I don't like the cultural part of these festivals, but the philosophy and prasadam and kirtan can really get people intrigued.

Some time in the future I would like to organize such festivals and do mass book distributions. However, for that I would need a lot of training from Indradyumna Maharaj even though I am aspiring to serve you.

Answer by HH Bhakti Vikāśa Swami:

We are all supposed to be servants of Śrīla Prabhupāda in the saṅkīrtana movement. So, if you are inspired to help with some particular service which pushes forward the saṅkīrtana movement, that’s not against what I’m doing. And if at all I’m to guide you, I’m to guide you to serve in the association of devotees the bona fide activities of the saṅkīrtana movement. 

So by all means: 
nāca, gāo, bhakta-saṅge kara saṅkīrtana
kṛṣṇa-nāma upadeśi’ tāra’ sarva-jana (CC Ādi 7.92)

[‘My dear child, continue dancing, chanting and performing saṅkīrtana in association with devotees. Furthermore, go out and preach the value of chanting kṛṣṇa-nāma, for by this process You will be able to deliver all fallen souls.’]

Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself received the order to sing and dance, perform saṅkīrtana in the association of devotees and by instructing the holy name to everyone to deliver the whole world. 

So that order is coming in the paramparā, and wherever and however you get the opportunity to help the devotees in, and join with the devotees in spreading the saṅkīrtana movement, do it. It’s not that if you become my disciple, you have to be locked into a little bubble in a little corner. Let’s all be part of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s big family.

^ Show less

English;

Just Wait a Few Days

June 8, 2011 |

Question: I've one particular doubt regarding criticizing of Bogus gurus, sadhus etc. Whether a devotee should criticize and speak harshly about such scruplous persons in the community of devotees or not? Some devotees say that its better to stay away from criticizing anyone. They say that gradually that will lead one to the platform of criticizing devotees. Is it true? Is… Expand>

Question:

I've one particular doubt regarding criticizing of Bogus gurus, sadhus etc. Whether a devotee should criticize and speak harshly about such scruplous persons in the community of devotees or not? Some devotees say that its better to stay away from criticizing anyone. They say that gradually that will lead one to the platform of criticizing devotees. Is it true? Is it so that if a devotee (of any level) doesn't criticize such persons, he is supporting them or he's soft hearted? Does criticizing such persons help us Advancing in Bhakti? Can Kanishtas do this? I'm confused and need Some guidance maharaj.

^ Show less

English;

The Fourth Regulative Principle

April 28, 2012 |

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Are Acaryas Eternally Perfect?

May 18, 2017 |

English; Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Repackaged Kirtan

January 4, 2014 |

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

The Humbleometer

July 28, 2017 |

English; Gauragrama, Telangana, India

  • Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 3.4.69

  • 45 m 54 s  |  21 MB

  • Download
  • Play

Initiation Lecture

October 29, 2017 |

English; Vrindavana, Uttar Pradesh, India

Perfect Disciples try to Relieve the Situation

August 25, 2017 |

English; Udupi, Karnataka, India

Reading from Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava

February 22, 2011 |

English; Baroda, Gujarat, India

Serve, Serve, Serve. Give, Give, Give

December 3, 2017 |

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Considerations on Dealings with Followers of Various Maharastrian Saints

April 5, 2014 |

Question: In the western part of India, especially Maharashtra, there are many saints (I am not sure if this is what peoplel are supposed to call them) like Swami Samartha, Sant Dnyāneshwar, and Giriraj Maharaja whose followers are mostly simple and poor villagers. HG Caitanya Charan Prabhu mentioned in www.thespiritualscientist.com that devotees are supposed to respect them and glorify them for whatever bhakti they are doing, although they are using chanting or glorification of the Lord as a tool to gain followers and ultimately make them Mayavadis.… Expand>

Question:

I have been listening to your holiness' lectures for about 5 months day and night and I like the philosophical clarity of thought by which your holiness presents Krishna Consciousness, and of course the quality of the recording is nice.

I have also heard all of your Holiness' Q&A audio lectures available on the internet before asking this question.

In the western part of India, especially Maharashtra, there are many saints (I am not sure if this is what peoplel are supposed to call them) like Swami Samartha, Sant Dnyāneshwar, and Giriraj Maharaja whose followers are mostly simple and poor villagers. HG Caitanya Charan Prabhu mentioned in www.thespiritualscientist.com that devotees are supposed to respect them and glorify them for whatever bhakti they are doing, although they are using chanting or glorification of the Lord as a tool to gain followers and ultimately make them Mayavadis.

But the problem in practical application is that if we respect them then they will think that we are approving of their activities. For example most of their followers are vegetarian but they feel  that tea does not break their fast on Ekadashi, so they consume tea on their fasting days also.

Are these Maharaja's with their sampradaya's bona fide? If yes then which Sampradaya do they belong to?

In most rural parts of Maharashtra we don't have ISKCON centers, But we do have maths of the above mentioned personalities, so what should be our attitude towards the followers of the above mentioned personalities?

And what should be our approach to bring them to Krishna Consciousness as we don't have any ISKCON centers here? What are the do’s and don't we should follow to bring them to the service of Srila Prabhupada, or if not that then at least a bona fide Guru Parampara?

Can we or do we have a website or any such means where it is clearly stated that XYZ math or Sampradaya is bona fide or not bona fide, so at least we don't offend the ones who are outside of ISKCON and belong to a bona fide sampradaya and do not promote (by respecting them) the bogus so called spiritualist?

I do not intend to hurt any devotee, my only motive is to seek the truth or clarity of thought for healthy spiritual progress. Please forgive me for any offenses.

^ Show less

English; Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

The Krsna Consciousness Guarantee

September 16, 2016 |

English;

  • Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 386-390

  • 46 m 14 s  |  21.2 MB

  • Download
  • Play

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-6

August 25, 2014 |

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Glorification Turns to Blasphemy …

January 1, 2011 |

Question: Could you please speak something regarding the verse and purport of CC Madhya-lila 10.182, in which Srila Prabhupada writes that "The Lord herein confirms that if one is overestimated, glorification is just another form of blasphemy." It seems like a very deep statement, and significant, but it is difficult to understand properly.

English; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Detachment as a Precursor for Prema

November 8, 2013 |

English; Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India