Lectures

First and Foremost Srila Prabhupada's Books

Dec 4, 2016

English with తెలుగు translation; Tadepalligudem, Andhra Pradesh, India

Somah, Purujit

Dec 4, 2016

English with తెలుగు translation; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 507-508

श्री साइंटिस्ट उवाच—यही है आज का विज्ञान

Nov 13, 2016

हिन्दी; East of Kailash, New Delhi, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.24.35

भक्ति में निरुत्साह का भक्ति ही समाधान

Nov 12, 2016

हिन्दी; Faridabad, Haryana, India

Bhagavad-gītā 15.9

दीक्षा अनुष्ठान केवल ईमानदार व्यक्तियों के लिए

Nov 9, 2016

हिन्दी; Govardhan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Bhagavad-gītā 4.34

शुद्ध, तीव्र भावना से पुस्तक वितरण

Nov 8, 2016

हिन्दी; Govardhan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Somapah, Amrtapah

Dec 3, 2016

English with తెలుగు translation; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 505-506

नि:स्वार्थ प्रचार सबसे बड़ा सद्गुण

Nov 8, 2016

हिन्दी; Govardhan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.18.12

मधुर धाम में कडवी बात

Nov 7, 2016

हिन्दी; Govardhan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.5.1

The Lord of Innumerable Universes

Dec 3, 2016

English with తెలుగు translation; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

व्रज धाम में भक्ति का प्रचार अनिवार्य

Nov 6, 2016

हिन्दी; Govardhan, Uttar Pradesh, India

No Artificial Ecstasy

Dec 2, 2016

English with తెలుగు translation; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 1.2.117

अगले जन्म में स्त्री बनने की विधि

Nov 5, 2016

हिन्दी; Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.28.18

सूअर, गन्दगी, और कीचड़ से भरा चिन्मय धाम

Nov 3, 2016

हिन्दी; Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Ohe vaisnava thakura and Gurudev krpa bindu diya

Nov 27, 2016

English; Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Bhajans

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Response to Sanaka Rsi Dasa

Apr 21, 2017, Articles

Your case largely rests on the assumption that the CPO is highly trustworthy, makes no mistakes, and has no bias or political agenda. A different picture of the CPO appears in at least two articles (posted on this website, Sampradaya Sun), which I urge readers of this letter to peruse.… Read more…

Regarding Child Abuse

Apr 21, 2017, Articles

There are many horrible things going on the world. One of them which is widespread in the modern world and has also severely impacted ISKCON is child abuse. Although within our society now there are all kinds of systems that are meant to prevent that, it seems that it is impossible to totally prevent.… Read more…

Sundari Radhika Devi Dasi (BVKS)

Apr 7, 2017, Book Reviews

We are a preaching movement, and that literally means that everyone should preach. Including women, children, old, sick, temple cat, etc. BUT at the same time, he teaches us what comes first. First is to finish our duties at home, towards our family. That is the prescribed duty for grihastha asrama. That means, that we should not leave our crying baby at home, because we have to run to the temple to cook 50 preparations for festivals or book distribution, etc. while children are left alone for hours at home scared and hungry.… Read more…

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Krishna-kirti Prabhu (BVKS)

Apr 8, 2017, Video Reviews

The first in a series of readings on the 1st edition of H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami's Women: Masters or Mothers? This video covers the book's introduction, read by Krishna-kirti Prabhu, who also comments on the text.…

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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

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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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Big-time Indologists

This Bhagavad-gita is the science of Krsna consciousness. No one can become Krsna conscious simply by mundane scholarship. One must be fortunate enough to associate with a person who is in pure consciousness. A Krsna conscious person has realized knowledge, by the grace of Krsna, because he is satisfied with pure devotional service. By realized knowledge, one becomes… Expand>

This Bhagavad-gita is the science of Krsna consciousness. No one can become Krsna conscious simply by mundane scholarship. One must be fortunate enough to associate with a person who is in pure consciousness. A Krsna conscious person has realized knowledge, by the grace of Krsna, because he is satisfied with pure devotional service. By realized knowledge, one becomes perfect. By transcendental knowledge one can remain steady in his convictions, but by mere academic knowledge one can be easily deluded and confused by apparent contradictions. It is the realized soul who is actually self-controlled, because he is surrendered to Krsna. He is transcendental because he has nothing to do with mundane scholarship. For him mundane scholarship and mental speculation, which may be as good as gold to others, are of no greater value than pebbles or stones.

(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Bg 6.8)

 

The following is from ISKCON in the 1970s, by SDG

The friendly scholars of Hinduism also invited me for an informal gathering at their hotel room one night. I brought pots of sabji, capatis and nectar drink from the St. Louis temple and acted as a humble servant of the scholars to give them krsna-prasadam. They sat around in a bedroom, speaking either academically about Hinduism, or talking in a most frivolous mood of prajalpa. They were, of course, drinking liquor and smoking cigarettes. One of the professors told a long story about how he and his friend, who were high on marijuana in India, imagined a small puddle to be a big river. Everyone listened and laughed hilariously. One eminent professor held forth his opinion that Ramanuja was actually an impersonalist and that Vaisnavism had, in a high, sophisticated sense, the same conclusions as Sankara. I had to wince upon hearing this, but I just did not feel it was my place to strongly preach at this gathering when they were all sitting around in such a relaxed, casual mood.

One of the professors, Thomas Hopkins, was the friendliest toward me, and he was certainly the biggest eater of prasadam, taking seconds and thirds. Another young professor, a Harvard graduate, asked the group whether they thought that any yoga or spiritual discipline was necessary in order to be learned in Hinduism. His remark was mostly replied to with jokes of various sorts. On the one hand, it was a thrilling occasion for me to be in the same room with many of the big-time Indologists in America, but by Krsna's mercy, their frivolousness made a deep impression on me. Since then it has been very hard to take them seriously.

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We are the Mayavadis

When Srila Prabhupada first began lecturing in New York in 1966, he would often attack the Mayavadi impersonalists in his talks, and not understanding this I joked with friend: "Mayavadi? When was the last time you saw a Mayavadi?" None of us could understand who Srila Prabhupada was talking about; we all thought that the Mayavadis were a little group of philosophers… Expand>

When Srila Prabhupada first began lecturing in New York in 1966, he would often attack the Mayavadi impersonalists in his talks, and not understanding this I joked with friend: "Mayavadi? When was the last time you saw a Mayavadi?" None of us could understand who Srila Prabhupada was talking about; we all thought that the Mayavadis were a little group of philosophers in India against whom Srila Prabhupada was waging theologic battle. But actually we were all Mayavadis.

(Hayagriva Dasa, in BTG #38, 1970)

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Vedic system of instruction

Especially instruction are given to men. All literatures, all Vedic literatures, they are especially meant for instruction to the men. Woman is to follow the husband, that's all. The husband will give instruction to the wife. There is no such thing as the girl should go to school to take brahmacari-asrama or go to spiritual master to take instruction. That is not… Expand>

Especially instruction are given to men. All literatures, all Vedic literatures, they are especially meant for instruction to the men. Woman is to follow the husband, that's all. The husband will give instruction to the wife. There is no such thing as the girl should go to school to take brahmacari-asrama or go to spiritual master to take instruction. That is not Vedic system.

Vedic system is a man is fully instructed, and woman, girl, must be married to a man. Even the man may have many wives, polygamy, still, every woman should be married. And she would get instruction from the husband. This is Vedic system. Woman is not allowed to go to school, college or to the spiritual master. But husband and wife, they can be initiated. That is Vedic system.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.13 — September 18, 1972, Los Angeles

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Motorcars means slaughterhouses

You have seen the picture, Krsna, Vrndavana picture, Krsna's father transferring Krsna — they were going on bullock carts, no motorcar. You have seen the picture. So formerly, transport was bullock carts. The cows and the bulls, the bulls were employed for agricultural purpose, for drawing the carts. So there was no necessity of motorcar. Now you have got motorcar… Expand>

You have seen the picture, Krsna, Vrndavana picture, Krsna's father transferring Krsna — they were going on bullock carts, no motorcar. You have seen the picture. So formerly, transport was bullock carts. The cows and the bulls, the bulls were employed for agricultural purpose, for drawing the carts. So there was no necessity of motorcar. Now you have got motorcar, motor-tractor, you don't want the bullocks; therefore kill them. How you can utilize them? Therefore you must have slaughterhouse to kill them. And as soon as you kill them, then you have to eat them.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.22–32 — May 27, 1972, Los Angeles

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