Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 161-162 | September 14, 2012 |
English; Dallas, Texas, USAPlay (55 m 7 s) Download (25.2 MB)
January 11, 2000 |
English with తెలుగు translation; Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
October 4, 2015 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
March 12, 2017 |
English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
November 4, 2011 |
Question: Sometimes Srila Prabhupada says that Krishna will arrange a big war and all the contemporary demons will be killed. At other times we hear that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu kills the demons by killing their demoniac heart through Nama sankirtan. How do we understand this seemingly different procedures? Can we expect a third world war because everything has become so… Expand>
Sometimes Srila Prabhupada says that Krishna will arrange a big war and all the contemporary demons will be killed. At other times we hear that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu kills the demons by killing their demoniac heart through Nama sankirtan. How do we understand this seemingly different procedures? Can we expect a third world war because everything has become so sinful or will the sankirtan movement avert such a catastrophe by turning all the demons into devotees.^ Show less
July 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?… Expand>
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?
Answer by HH Bhakti Vikāsa Swami:
Observing jagarana – staying awake at night on Ekādaśī is the proper way to observe Ekādaśī, or if you want to observe it fully as in sastra, one should do that. Actually, there are many rules to follow. One’s last meal before the Ekādaśī should be at midday on the day before - on the Daśamī; and that should also be a very simple meal, according to sastra. And we have our daily duties and services to do in Kṛṣṇa’s service, so if just we go to sleep after staying awake all night, then in the name of extra service, we are cutting down our regular service. It’s like some devotees chant 64 rounds a day, but then they miss maṅgala-ārati, or they’re chanting their rounds during maṅgala-ārati… You’re trying to do something extra, but you’re cutting down on some of the basics. So, what’s the benefit? It’s best to stick to the basic things that Śrīla Prabhupāda gave us. If you want to do something extra, that’s nice, but we shouldn’t promote as if: “This is the great thing!” Prabhupāda already gave us all that we need for going back to Godhead. So, if we can just follow the basic things - that’s more than most devotees are doing. We always have to do something different. Or do something to show that we are better than others because we are doing something different. If you don’t do what I’m doing, then you can’t go back to Godhead. I’ve discovered the great secret. I’m the messiah for the present age. Hare Kṛṣṇa. If you go out and distribute books all night - that would be more pleasing to Śrīla Prabhupāda than staying awake. And a lot of this staying awake, I see actually they’re half-asleep anyway. So-called staying awake.^ Show less
English with Русский translation; Dobromysh, Tatarstan, Russia
December 6, 2011 |
Question: The question is not available now.
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?
November 9, 2014 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Avadi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
August 18, 2014 |
English; Govindadvipa, Ireland
July 10, 2012 |
Question: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally sang while Vakresvara Pandita danced. How come that Vakresvara Pandita then desired that "O Candramukha! Please give me ten thousand Gandharvas. Let them sing as I dance, and then I will be greatly happy." (CC Adi 10.19) and not desired for the Lord to sing on and on and he would dance continuously?
July 5, 2011 |
Question: I wish to know whether devotees should celebrate birthday of their children or ones own? Is it traditional or sastric? Should a preacher promote new people to keep kirtan-prasadam on their birthdays? What are the advantages or disadvantages of doing so?
November 9, 2014 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Maraimalai Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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.
August 15, 2017 |
English with తెలుగు translation; Kukatpally, Hyderabad, India
March 16, 2016 |
English; Karumandurai, Tamil Nadu, India
May 27, 2011 |
Question: Who is called perfect Vaisnava? Those who follows four regulative principles and chant 16 rounds japa daily or who has through knowledge of sastras?
September 12, 2012 |
English; Dallas, Texas, USA
June 19, 2008 |
English; Pune, Maharashtra, India
May 6, 2011 |
Question: What is our responsibilities to our dharma, our society, our country and our own self? Can we (being a member of ISKCON) allow any other dharma person (say muslim) to live nearby us, as our neighbor, in our property, only because of money he pays? And importance only given to the MONEY? And forget the responsibility to our surroundings, and other neighbours?
May 10, 2015 |
English; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India