Lectures

Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day Offering

Nov 4, 2016

English; Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

भगवद्धाम जाओ, लिकर पैराडाइस नहीं!

Jul 17, 2016

हिन्दी; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

मल के किट का परमानन्द

Jul 17, 2016

हिन्दी; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Kurukshetra and Daksa Yajna Calamities

Oct 23, 2016

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.8.24

बड़ी मुस्कान वाले जगन्नाथ

Jul 16, 2016

हिन्दी; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

महावदान्य महाप्रभु का कठोर उपदेश

Jul 12, 2016

हिन्दी; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Interview with Ben Raza from the Hemel Hempsted Gazette

Aug 31, 2016

English; Milton Keynes, UK

Regarding Child Abuse

Aug 27, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

श्रेष्ठ आदि-रस और निकृष्ट मैथुन-रस

Jul 10, 2016

हिन्दी; Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.13.26

Message for Devotees

Aug 27, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

Conversation with Kavi Karnapura Dasa Brahmacari

Aug 20, 2016

English; Dublin, Ireland

Initiation of Astika, Mahotsaha, Satyavak and Vaisnavi

Aug 14, 2016

English; Seattle, USA

जगन्नाथ पूजा के बाद गणेश पूजा मत करो

Jul 5, 2016

हिन्दी; Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India

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Video Reviews

HG Pradhana Gopi Mataji (GKG)

Feb 28, 2017, Video Reviews

From Sri Dham Mayapur, Disciple of HH Gopal Krishna Goswami, Video Review on 'Mothers & Masters' book.…

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Reader

HG Atmavidya Prabhu (ACBSP) reviews On Speaking Strongly in Srila Prabhupada's Service

Feb 23, 2017, Articles

I admit that I usually do not read books written by my godsisters and godbrothers, save and except for publications that share personal memories of Śrīla Prabhupāda. Time is precious. Therefore I prefer to read the literature of my spiritual master almost exclusively.… Read more…

Sri Vyasa-puja 2017

Feb 21, 2017, Announcements

We are happy to announce our beloved Guru Maharaja's 60th Vyasa-puja celebrations to be held in Sri Mayapura dhama (West Bengal) on 20th May 2017. There will be English Sravana Kirtana camp on 18th and 19th May 2017 and Hindi Sravana Kirtana camp on 22nd and 23rd May 2017 with Initiation ceremony on 21st May 2017. Please send registration detail by filling this form.… Read more…

Reply by Bhakti Vikasa Swami to Dhanurdhara Swami’s critique of “Mothers and Masters”

Jan 2, 2017, Women: Masters or Mothers? — A book by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami

His blog posting is a mixture of praise for the book mixed with some bashing, and I’m going to respond mostly to the bashing. I appreciate that he’s taking the trouble to critique the book. He’s not afraid to do so in a negative way ... It’s not a personal matter. We are discussing the whole direction of the Krsna consciousness movement. And that’s actually the major subject of this book… Read more…

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ASK BVKS

Are Bas Reliefs Bona Fide?

Oct 20, 2016

Question: I wonder about the Panca Tattva bas relief that we now have here in Belfast. What is your opinion? I hesitate to get involved in the worship until I know your opinion.

Is there only one way to follow Srila Prabhupada?

Oct 20, 2016

Question: Is there only one way to follow Srila Prabhupada?… Expand>

Question:

Is there only one way to follow Srila Prabhupada?

ANSWER by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami: 

Sridham Shyam Prabhu wrote an article which brought my attention to, in which he states that, as he understands, there are not many ways of following Śrīla Prabhupāda but there is one way to follow.

Now...in one sense it’s true. The proper way to follow Śrīla Prabhupāda is with all sincerity aspiring for pure devotional service, and following his instructions. On the other hand there is no stereotype, and Śrīla Prabhupāda gave different instructions to different devotees.

Sometimes on the same subject. For instance within his books, and repeatedly elsewhere, Śrīla Prabhupāda said that sannyāsi should be very strict in the matter of associating with women, which anyone in India up to the present day can understand, unless they are a follower of Osho, who are not much liked by Indian public.

Up to the present day the Indian public don’t like. They don’t mind to be cheated by swamis and sannyāsis, and spiritually, but they don’t like if they mix up with women...up to the present day. This Asaram Bapu Swami was finished not because of the murder cases in his āśram, but it came out about his womanizing. He is not actually a sannyāsi, but he is a holly man (supposed to be) and his illicit mixing with women is not at all appreciated. In South India this Paramahaṁsa Nityānanda was finished when it came about his womanizing, which in the West no one cares at all, but in India...

I’m just coming to the point now...

EXAMPLES
There is one Back to Godhead magazine published in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s presence, in which Sudama Swami...On the order of Śrīla Prabhupāda he led up the Vaikuṇṭha players, a drama troupe which had dance, and which was very much appreciated by Śrīla Prabhupāda, giving the teachings of Kṛṣṇa consciousness in drama form. And in that group there were women, which Śrīla Prabhupāda allow, but did not want in India. But, in the West he allowed it. Different culture. Sudama said to Śrīla Prabhupāda:“...all these women dancing...“, and Śrīla Prabhupāda said „That is your sannyās!“.

It’s right there in Back to Godhead magazine, so, he gave different...
Also, in two days in Vṛndāvan, to one sannyāsi Śrīla Prabhupāda told: „You leave Vṛndāvan! Don’t spend more than three days at any place. Sannyāsi should always be moving.“ The next day, to another sannyāsi he said: „Stay here, manage this project and never leave!“ So, to one he said „Sannyāsi always travels“, and to the other one sannyāsi „Stay here!“.

DIFFERENT EMPHASIS IN DEVOTIONAL SERVICE
So, there may be apparent contradictions. It’s not actually a contradiction, it’s specialized instruction according to service. So, one way to follow...Yes, we should know Śrīla Prabhupāda’s instructions and follow them, but we should know there is variety within that also. And, we see very exalted followers of Śrīla Prabhupāda who were...they are quite different in their emphasis in devotional service.
Two of most prominent preachers of Kṛṣṇa consciousness in the modern world, Śrīla Prabhupāda’s disciples in the Western world, one is Vaisesika Dasa Prabhu who is a grihasta. Well, he is well known, of course. He very much promotes the distribution of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books. That’s his main focus.
Indradyumna Swami has been a sannyāsi for many years and he also promotes book distribution but within the ambit of his festive programs, which are his main preaching. Doing festivals with hāriṇams, and dances, lots of kīrtan and whole package.
So, their approach, or their life focus in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s service is very different. They are not doing exactly the same thing, but they are both undoubtedly pleasant to Śrīla Prabhupāda, and following him very much.

CONCLUSION
So, one way to follow Śrīla Prabhupāda...In one sense yes, but there may be others, there have to be, actually specializations. Different devotees have different approaches. So, what is the correct stand on this issue? 
I prefer not to take milk from „blood cows“, or sometimes devotees call it „blood milk“ because the cows are killed, but I’m not on a campaign against devotees who take that, because Śrīla Prabhupāda’s said we could take it. On the other hand, he also said we should establish our own farm communities.
So, that should be bonum.

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Srila Prabhupada's idea of welfare work

Another time Prabhupada was staying at the house of a very wealthy business man of Bombay and the man himself was not so wealthy but his wife was from a very wealthy family. And the head of that wealthy family used to conduct eye clinics to help poor people and sadhus. Prabhupada was very critical. He said, "When they get their eyesight what will they see? Better we… Expand>

Another time Prabhupada was staying at the house of a very wealthy business man of Bombay and the man himself was not so wealthy but his wife was from a very wealthy family. And the head of that wealthy family used to conduct eye clinics to help poor people and sadhus. Prabhupada was very critical. He said, "When they get their eyesight what will they see? Better we give them that knowledge with which they can see even without these eyes." Prabhupada just didn't give an inch. His idea of welfare work was only one thing: directly giving love and knowledge of Krsna.

From a talk by Tamal Krishna Goswami 8-24-2000, Hungary

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Krsna consciousness for cannibals

When I was speaking to the students they were very much eagerly hearing me about the principles of Srimad-Bhagavatam and the clergy-men were cautious to allow the students to hear me so patiently. They thought that their students may not be converted into Hindu ideas as it is quite natural for any religious, sect. But they do not know that the devotional service of… Expand>

When I was speaking to the students they were very much eagerly hearing me about the principles of Srimad-Bhagavatam and the clergy-men were cautious to allow the students to hear me so patiently. They thought that their students may not be converted into Hindu ideas as it is quite natural for any religious, sect. But they do not know that the devotional service of the Lord (Sri Krsna) is the common religion for everyone including the aborigines and the cannibals in the jungles.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Sumati Morarji, 27th October, 1965

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Love means exchange

If I claim to love somebody, but I visit his house only once a week and ask, "Please give me such-and-such," where is the exchange of love? Love means there is some exchange. If you love somebody but you have not given anything to that person or taken anything from him, where is the love? Love means that there is exchange. If you love somebody, if you have not given… Expand>

If I claim to love somebody, but I visit his house only once a week and ask, "Please give me such-and-such," where is the exchange of love? Love means there is some exchange. If you love somebody but you have not given anything to that person or taken anything from him, where is the love? Love means that there is exchange. If you love somebody, if you have not given anything to that somebody, neither you have taken something from him, where is the love? Is that love?

Srila Prabhupada, June 28, 1976, Vrndavana

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Beautiful Krsna

Krsna is the most beautiful. Because Krsna is beautiful, even the chirping of a bird is beautiful. Krsna is the reservoir of all pleasure and beauty. Beauty is appreciated in the world because beauty is one of Krsna's qualities. Whatever little beauty we find in this material world is but the perverted reflection of Krsna's beauty… Expand>

Krsna is the most beautiful. Because Krsna is beautiful, even the chirping of a bird is beautiful. Krsna is the reservoir of all pleasure and beauty. Beauty is appreciated in the world because beauty is one of Krsna's qualities. Whatever little beauty we find in this material world is but the perverted reflection of Krsna's beauty. 

From Srila Prabhupada's discussion of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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