Lectures

Simhah, Bhuta-mahesvarah, Adi-devah, Maha-devah, Devesah

Sep 4, 2016

English; Manchester, UK

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 489-493

गीता मैं अहिंसा-वाद नहीं है

Sep 4, 2016

हिन्दी; Warrington, UK

Questions and Answers

Sep 3, 2016

English; Manchester, UK

Initiation of Hera Pancami Devi Dasi

Sep 3, 2016

English; Manchester, UK

Sattva-sthah

Sep 2, 2016

English; Manchester, UK

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 488

Garbhasti-nemi

Aug 31, 2016

English; Coventry, UK

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 487

Questions and Answers, Session-2

Aug 30, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

Questions and Answers Session 1

Aug 29, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

Vidhata Part 2, Krta-laksana

Aug 28, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 485-486

Sahasramsu Part 2, Vidhata Part 1

Aug 27, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 484-485

Vyasa-puja Offering 2016

Aug 26, 2016

English with Český translation; Nove Sade, Czech Republic

Do we need Srila Prabhupada?

Aug 26, 2016

English with Český translation; Nove Sady, Czech Republic

श्री गुरू चरण पद्म

Jan 2, 2017

हिन्दी; Kutralam, Tamil Nadu, India

Reply to Dhanurdhara Swami's critique of M&M

Dec 28, 2016

English; Kutralam, Tamil Nadu, India

Message to Devotees at Nove Sade

Aug 25, 2016

English with Český translation; Nove Sady, Czech Republic

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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…

Jahnava Devi Dasi (SNS)

Nov 20, 2016, Book Reviews

The book "Women: Masters or Mothers?" by H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami is in my humble opinion a unique contribution to our society which is yet to be built. Unfortunately we all witness the bitter fruits of the Western culture in every field of human life in this dark age. This book brings a hope that there is genuine, selfless care for womanhood still living in the timeless tradition of Vedic culture. Boldly presented by Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja solely through Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, this book will be apreciated by generations of Vaishnavas to come.… Read more…

Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2016

Sep 12, 2016, Articles

On your order, Śrīla Prabhupāda, I write “philosophical and educational books,” and am presently working on an overview of your stated plans for your great ISKCON mission. Assembling this book involves researching and classifying quotes from the huge corpus of your published instructions. It is a task that requires diligence rather than creativity, insightfulness, or writing virtuosity. This will probably be the most important literary undertaking of my life, and for years I have been looking forward to getting round to it. Yet now having started in earnest, I am continually beset with writer’s block.… Read more…

Mothers and Masters

Aug 16, 2016, Women: Masters or Mothers? — A book by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami

Several devotees have asked why the title of Women: Mothers or Masters? has been changed to "Mothers and Masters," and why the cover design has been changed. These changes were made before the ban was removed. The reasoning was that certain detractors much objected to the title and the cover, so, rather than waste time and energy in defending… Read more…

Hemalata Thakurani Devi Dasi (DDG)

Aug 15, 2016, Book Reviews

This book to me, as an older woman, looks very positive. These thoughts are very much need! It's really a big problem when women prefer their career and employment at the expense of their family and above all, their children. This attitude of women, when they are intolerant and feel superior to their husband whenever he stumbles or makes a mistake, is from my point of view de facto reason of family breakdown.… 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?

Is being out of Varnasrama a Disturbance to Society?

Oct 20, 2016

Question: Is varnasrama considered part of “sruti-smrti-puranadi-pancaratra-vidhim”? Speaking of myself, I really don’t fall in any asrama and of course varna is the lowest… Expand>

Question:

In the verse quoted by Rupa Gosvami,

sruti-smrti-puranadi-

pancaratra-vidhim vina

aikantiki harer bhaktir

utpatayaiva kalpate

Is varnasrama considered part of “sruti-smrti-puranadi-pancaratra-vidhim”? Speaking of myself, I really don’t fall in any asrama and of course varna is the lowest. Is any devotional service or other activities performed by me an unnecessary disturbance in society?

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BVKS Sanga

Pessimism is required

We must be very much pessimistic, not at all optimistic of this world. Unless you become pessimistic, you will not be able to go back to home. If you have little attraction for this world — "It is good" — then you have to remain here. Yes. Krsna is so strict. Srila Prabhupada — May 17, 1975, Perth… Expand>

We must be very much pessimistic, not at all optimistic of this world. Unless you become pessimistic, you will not be able to go back to home. If you have little attraction for this world — "It is good" — then you have to remain here. Yes. Krsna is so strict.

Srila Prabhupada — May 17, 1975, Perth

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Absorption in Krsna thought

If you think of Krsna twenty-four hours, then you'll become fully Krsna conscious, and your life is successful. Don't allow anything. This requires little practice, abhyasa-yoga-yuktena cetasa nanya-gamina [Bg. 8.8]. I should not allow my mind to go, to think of any other subject than Krsna. Now we have got so many books. So whenever you find time... You must find… Expand>

If you think of Krsna twenty-four hours, then you'll become fully Krsna conscious, and your life is successful. Don't allow anything. This requires little practice, abhyasa-yoga-yuktena cetasa nanya-gamina [Bg. 8.8]. I should not allow my mind to go, to think of any other subject than Krsna. Now we have got so many books. So whenever you find time... You must find time. There is so much time. So read all these books or chant. But when you are hungry, you take prasadam. When you are sleepy, take a snap. Not very much, just to refresh. And go on, either chanting the beads or reading the books or talking about Krsna. In this way, always remain in Krsna consciousness. Smartavyah satatam visnuh. Krsna consciousness means to remember Visnu always, twenty-four hours. Some way or other. Type for Krsna, write for Krsna, go outside for Krsna, sankirtana party, sell book for Krsna, bring money for Krsna, spend for Krsna. Krsna. That's all. Everything Krsna. This is Krsna consciousness.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.14-15 — May 31, 1972, Los Angeles

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Girls' gurukula

Tamala Krsna: I thought there were girls in Vrndavana now. They said that they're going to have the girls' gurukula behind the boys' gurukula. Prabhupada: No, no, no. No girls. Tamala Krsna: It should be in another city or somewhere else. Prabhupada: Yes. They should be taught how to sweep, how to stitch, clean, cook, to be faithful to the husband. Tamala Krsna: They… Expand>

Tamala Krsna: I thought there were girls in Vrndavana now. They said that they're going to have the girls' gurukula behind the boys' gurukula.

Prabhupada: No, no, no. No girls.

Tamala Krsna: It should be in another city or somewhere else.

Prabhupada: Yes. They should be taught how to sweep, how to stitch, clean, cook, to be faithful to the husband.

Tamala Krsna: They don't require a big school.

Prabhupada: No, no. That is mistake. They should be taught how to become obedient to the husband.

Tamala Krsna: Yeah, you won't learn that in school.

[April 29, 1977, Bombay]

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Book distribution is self-realization

Tripurari: Just by distributing your books we can become self-realized. Prabhupada: You are already self-realized. Otherwise how you can push on the books? You love Krsna. Therefore you are taking so much labor for pushing on. And that is self-realization. If anyone tries to establish that Krsna is the Supreme Lord, that is self-realization. Tripurari: Sometimes the… Expand>

Tripurari: Just by distributing your books we can become self-realized.

Prabhupada: You are already self-realized. Otherwise how you can push on the books? You love Krsna. Therefore you are taking so much labor for pushing on. And that is self-realization. If anyone tries to establish that Krsna is the Supreme Lord, that is self-realization.

Tripurari: Sometimes the devotees ask if they can take birth again distributing books for you.

Prabhupada: Very good. Very good. That is real devotion. A devotee does not want to go to Vaikuntha or any liberation. They are satisfied with the service. That is pure devotion. And distributing books for the benefit of going to Krsna, that is selfishness. But "I want to simply distribute the books without any remuneration, without any my personal...," that is pure devotee. Just like Prahlada Maharaja says that "I do not wish to go to Vaikuntha unless I take all of these rascals with me." That is pure devotee. Pure devotion does not mean to... He is always under the protection of Krsna. What is the use of going Vaikuntha or...? Wherever he stays, that is Vaikuntha. That is pure devotional service. Mama janmani janmanisvare bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki [Cc. Antya 20.29, Siksastaka 4]: "Life after life I may go on with this business. I don't want anything." That is pure devotion.

Room Conversation — March 2, 1975, Atlanta

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