Lectures

Think Different

Oct 15, 2016

English; Manipal, Karnataka, India

Book Marathon Message for Devotees in Omsk, Russia

Oct 10, 2016

English; Perambur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Book and Farms: Solid Programs

Aug 29, 2016

English with Český translation; Nava Gokula Farm, Czech Republic

The Truth, Part-6

Aug 28, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

Engaging Propensities in Preaching

Oct 3, 2016

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 3.33

Puratanah

Oct 3, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 500

Path of Bhagavad-gita

Oct 2, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Maintaining Purity in a Grhastha Community

Oct 2, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Gopatih, Gopta

Oct 1, 2016

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 497-498

The Strange Case of Citraketu

Sep 30, 2016

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.16.38

Farm Farm Farm Farm

Sep 29, 2016

English; Pancavati Farm Community, Tamil Nadu, India

Coca-cola Vs. Hare Krishna

Sep 29, 2016

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Initiation of Muktanatha, Jagannatha Prakasa, and Others

Sep 25, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Message to Devotees in Sri Lanka

Sep 24, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Brahmacari Pep Talk

Sep 28, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Thuraiyur, Tamil Nadu, India

Uttara

Sep 24, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 496

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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…

His Grace Dhanesvara Prabhu (ACBSP)

Jun 27, 2016, Reactions to the Ban

In the early days of the wonderful Movement that Srila Prabhupada created to bring the unvarnished Truth to the illusioned people of the world his earnest followers recognized that he was perhaps the only person who served their real interest as spiritual beings.… Read more…

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ASK BVKS

Do we need to have a Living Guru?

Oct 20, 2016

Question: Do we need to have a Living Guru?

Did the Jiva Fall from the Spiritual World?

Aug 30, 2016

Question: A.) What is meant by acala? Some say that it means that the jiva is immovable in the body. Others say that it means that the jiva never leaves the spiritual world. B.) Does the jiva actually fall down into the material world or he remains in the spiritual one? Is he mechanically moved or it is just an illusion? i.) I cannot understand how the jiva is simultaneously situated both in the material and spiritual worlds. ii.) If in the material world the jiva turns away from Krsna, what does he do in the spiritual world at the same time? iii.) What does it mean that the jiva does not fall if he really falls down?… Expand>

Question:

Regading jiva's fall into this material world. Srila Prabhupada talks a lot about the fall. One devotee discovered a transcribed lecture of Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.1 delivered in Tokio on April 22nd, 1972 (https://old.prabhupadavani.org/main/Bhagavatam/325.html ) in which he says that the jiva does not fall down. The devotee suggested that the jiva remains in the spiritual world but his consciousness is placed into the material world (as in a dream when one is asleep and is dreaming about visiting different countries and performing various activities). He supports his statement by citing BG in which it is said that the jiva is immovable (acala). Thus, he says it is situated in the spiritual world. So my questions are:

A.) What is meant by acala? Some say that it means that the jiva is immovable in the body. Others say that it means that the jiva never leaves the spiritual world.

B.) Does the jiva actually fall down into the material world or he remains in the spiritual world? Is he mechanically moved or it is just an illusion?

i.) I cannot understand how the jiva is simultaneously situated both in the material and spiritual worlds.
ii.) If in the material world the jiva turns away from Krsna, what does he do in the spiritual world at the same time?
iii.) What does it mean that the jiva does not fall if he really falls down?

 

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Kirtana: better not to use new melodies

In 1969, Vishnujan and Naranarayana were prominent Sankirtan leaders in Los Angeles. They got the idea that Sankirtan could use some new, 'catchy' melodies. They composed some that they thought would work very well chanted in the streets. Prabhupada graciously agreed that they could sing them for him. He smiled and looking on with approval as they chanted their new… Expand>

In 1969, Vishnujan and Naranarayana were prominent Sankirtan leaders in Los Angeles. They got the idea that Sankirtan could use some new, 'catchy' melodies. They composed some that they thought would work very well chanted in the streets. Prabhupada graciously agreed that they could sing them for him. He smiled and looking on with approval as they chanted their new melodies and both felt exhilarated. When they finished, they asked Prabhupada if he liked the tunes, and he said "Yes". Then they asked if they could or should use them on sankirtan on Hollywood Boulevard and other locations and he answered: "It is better not to use new melodies, but use the ones that I have taught you for Sankirtan".

(Adapted from a letter by Naranarayana Dasa)

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Kalyana Dasa's siddha-svarupa

Kalyana Dasa, a second-initiated Bengali devotee who lived outside the temple and worked as an insurance agent and school teacher, came to Mayapur to see Srila Prabhupada. Prabhupada asked him about his spiritual life and also inquired about his wife and children. It was a sweet, warm exchange. Then Kalyana asked, "Srila Prabhupada, what is my siddha-svarupa?" What… Expand>

Kalyana Dasa, a second-initiated Bengali devotee who lived outside the temple and worked as an insurance agent and school teacher, came to Mayapur to see Srila Prabhupada. Prabhupada asked him about his spiritual life and also inquired about his wife and children. It was a sweet, warm exchange. Then Kalyana asked, "Srila Prabhupada, what is my siddha-svarupa?" What, he wanted to know, was his spiritual identity.

This idea, to learn one's spiritual identity at the time of initiation, was a sahajiya, or deviant, practice, and Srila Prabhupada's mood changed immediately. He became extremely angry, and with his voice roaring and his lips quivering, he repeated, "You rascal. Your siddha-svarupa...You rascal. Your siddha-svarupa..." Finally, when he had cooled down but with his voice still raised, he told Kalyana, "Don't worry about your siddha-svarupa. When you become qualified, I will personally come and reveal it to you."

I was surprised by Srila Prabhupada's vehement reply, but I could also see two things clearly. The first was that as devotees we did not have to worry about our spiritual identity; we simply had to be engaged in devotional service. The rest would happen automatically, and our spiritual identity would be revealed by the mercy of guru and Krsna. The second was that Prabhupada would always be there for us. He would take us back to Godhead; it was just a matter of our becoming qualified.

Kalyana was very apologetic and begged Srila Prabhupada's forgiveness. After a moment, Prabhupada regained his natural serene and merciful mood and explained to Kalyana that when both the guru and disciple were qualified, the guru might reveal the disciple's spiritual identity. If, however; either tried to proceed improperly, it could not only create chaos but also destroy the spiritual life of both.

Told by Bhakti Charu Swami in "Ocean of Mercy" (Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 2016), pp 111-2.

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Brain-damaging education

Modern education means to finish their brain. To make him more and more illiterate. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says, jada-vidya saba mayara vaibhava. This education is the expansion of maya. How it helps us? There is no question of help. It binds you more and more in material life. You are already illusioned, and it will create more illusion, so that you will be bound up… Expand>

Modern education means to finish their brain. To make him more and more illiterate. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says, jada-vidya saba mayara vaibhava. This education is the expansion of maya. How it helps us? There is no question of help. It binds you more and more in material life. You are already illusioned, and it will create more illusion, so that you will be bound up with the material life. Anitya samsare moha jivake karaye gadha. And if we say that "By this education you are becoming more and more like an ass," they will be very much angry.

Srila Prabhupada — June 11, 1975, Honolulu

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Sex pleasure and unimaginable joy of love of Krsna

Lust, sex desire, is the perverted reflection of this love. The pleasure that one wants to derive out of sex life can be experienced multiplied millions of times by developing one's loving relationship with Krsna. One cannot even imagine what kind of joy one can experience in his heart just by offering his love to Krsna. Srila Prabhupada, quoted by… Expand>

Lust, sex desire, is the perverted reflection of this love. The pleasure that one wants to derive out of sex life can be experienced multiplied millions of times by developing one's loving relationship with Krsna. One cannot even imagine what kind of joy one can experience in his heart just by offering his love to Krsna.

Srila Prabhupada, quoted by Bhakti Charu Swami in "Ocean of Mercy" (Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 2016), p 153.

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