The Science of Hearing
Bhagavad-gītā 4.2 | June 26, 2011 |
English; Brampton, Ontario, CanadaPlay (1 h 1 m) Download (14 MB)
December 8, 2013 |
English; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
August 19, 2012 |
Question: My question is regarding deity outfits. On Nrsimha Caturdasi, at an ISKCON temple in Germany, the deity of lord Nrsimhadev was dressed/pasted with different flavours/colours of sandesh milk sweet dough instead of any sort of cloth outfit. Maharaja, my question is that is the above performed act, proper and in line with the scriptural rules of deity… Expand>
My question is regarding deity outfits. On Nrsimha Caturdasi, at an ISKCON temple in Germany, the deity of lord Nrsimhadev was dressed/pasted with different flavours/colours of sandesh milk sweet dough instead of any sort of cloth outfit.
Maharaja, my question is that is the above performed act, proper and in line with the scriptural rules of deity worship, just as during chandan yatra the deities are pasted with sandalwood paste or just as there are flower outfits for the deities in many temples? Or is it not to be accepted. I mean something similar to the previous incident of the deities dressed in Santa Claus outfits?
ANSWER by HH Bhakti Vikāśa Swami:
I’m not aware of any scriptural rule that says to dress the Deities in a dress made of milk sweets. It’s the first time I ever heard about it. There are various aspects of Vaiṣṇava culture which may not be directly described in śāstra, but they may be performed in some places as a tradition. So, may be that in some traditional temple in India that there is a tradition on certain days dressing the Deities like that; although, at least in India, if you were to do so, then quite likely the Deity would be covered with ants very quickly. So, that may not be a very good idea to do that. Ants and flies would come. Probably not so much in Germany because there are not so many little living entities as there are in India. But there are some very desirable elements of Vaishnava culture which could, according to the discrimination of the devotees – that may be questionable also (the level of discrimination as to what should be accepted and what should not be accepted). But there are various items of Vaiṣṇava culture which can be adopted, but if something is not in śāstra, is not in tradition… I’d be very cautious about making innovations, especially in Deity worship. So, you probably have to ask the devotees in Germany where they got this idea from. One consideration is that it’s fairly common in India to see Deities of Hanuman covered with butter. That’s quite a common practice. I don’t know if the Deities get attacked by ants, or whatever. Flies come. I’ve seen that. It’s quite often done.^ Show less
August 18, 2012 |
English; Cupertino, California, USA
December 28, 2013 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Salem, 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 3, 2011 |
Question: I have a question and I would be grateful should you be able to answer it for me. Why does ISKCON not accept Evolution which has withstood criticism for over 150 years? I have read some of the works of Cremo & Thompson yet I cannot but be surprised at how evolution is not accepted within ISKCON?
August 23, 2016 |
English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic
September 21, 2015 |
English; Houston, Texas, USA
December 3, 2016 |
English with తెలుగు translation; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
March 4, 2011 |
Question: Please explain with practical example the Bhagavad-gita text 4.18. karmany akarma yah pasyed akarmani ca karma yah sa buddhiman manusyesu sa yuktah krtsna-karma-krt
August 29, 2012 |
English; San Diego, California, USA
June 6, 2015 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Kandy, Sri Lanka
September 1, 2015 |
English; Inis Rath, Northern Ireland, UK
June 12, 2016 |
English; Fagu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
June 17, 2011 |
Question: 1) What is bhakti as per traditional Gaudiya Vaisnava acharyas? 2) Is bhakti to Sri Krishna means renunciation? 3) Kindly give me sastric references for Q1 and Q2?
June 19, 2008 |
English; Pune, Maharashtra, India
December 9, 2013 |
English with తెలుగు translation; Pallakollu, Andhra Pradesh, India
May 14, 2011 |
English; Guruvayur, Kerala, India
June 26, 2011 |
Question: You had been asked about this "cruel punishments" on hellish planets, from the point of view of human law. Sivananda Prabhu(brahmacari ashram partner) ask me this so I ask to you: What is the fate of a sadhaka in Krishna consciousness who had a previous sinner life? I have some doubts…shall he go to Vaikhuntha? shall he came again here to preach for the sake of Lord Caitanya? And what is the destiny of his forefathers?
August 28, 2011 |
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India