Lectures

Self Realization means Monkey Faces

Jan 20, 2018

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Srinivasa

Jan 19, 2018

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 614

Demons in Hellish Cities

Jan 18, 2018

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Recognising One's Conditioning

Jan 14, 2018

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.5.4

Message and Package

Jan 13, 2018

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Transcendental Qualities of Srila Prabhupada

Jan 12, 2018

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Gallons of Blood

Jan 10, 2018

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Freedom from Anxiety and Depression

Nov 26, 2017

English with தமிழ் translation; Salem, Tamil Nadu, Inda

Instructing Others and Being Humble

Jan 9, 2018

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Hindutva and Krsna Consciousness

Nov 12, 2017

English; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Bhagavad-gītā 12.16

Felicitating Book Distributors

Jan 7, 2018

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Prabhupada Purports give the Proper Meaning

Nov 19, 2017

English; Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.7.24

Experiencing Srila Bhaktivinoda's Ecstasy

Jan 6, 2018

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Our Worst Enemy is Everywhere

Nov 19, 2017

English with ಕನ್ನಡ translation; Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Can We Ever be Pure?

Jan 4, 2018

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

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I am a Senior Devotee

Oct 10, 2017, Articles

Sunday feast Bang that drum Have some fun I am a Senior Devotee Then the food Pure veg of course Chat with friends In shorts and sneakers Sports, jokes, light talk Don’t drink beer here – Cola is OK I am a Senior Devotee Now don’t you young guys Be judgmental Don’t try to tell me anything I was chanting When you were in diapers I’ve done… Read more…

Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2017

Aug 20, 2017, Articles

“I have wasted my life without sense gratification.” I could think like that, but now it is too late. My body is shriveled and clearly in decline. Still I must beware. Srila Prabhupada, please save me from the maya of thinking “Enjoy now, better late than never.”… Read more…

Online Registration Portal for Sravana Kirtana Camps

Aug 9, 2017, Announcements

We are happy to announce the launch of Online Registration Portal for Sravana Kirtana Camps at http://yatra.bvks.com At this portal you can register and book accommodation for Saravan Kirtana camps and other upcoming events. Please Note: Online Registration and Booking of Accommodation for Sravana Kirtana Camp, Vrindavan from Oct 27-29 2017, will start from 08:30 am on 10 Aug 2017… Read more…

Bhaktin Laveena Madhan Kumar

Jun 1, 2017, Book Reviews

As a woman, there are 'n' number of things I have learnt by reading these two books of HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami—“Glimpses of Traditional Indian Life" and “Women: Mothers or Masters?” (now Mothers and Masters). Although I was raised in a "modern independent Indian environment” in which many things mentioned in those books are considered quite backward, after reading about exemplary women in the Bhagavatam, I feel that this is the actual (and natural) way for me to live, if at all I have any desire to go back to Godhead.… 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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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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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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Devotees dancing like jubilant peacocks

The peacocks can be compared to persons who are very much harassed in the materialistic way of life. If they can find the association of a person engaged in the loving devotional service of the Lord, they become enlightened and dance just like peacocks. We have practical experience of this: many of our students were dry and morose previous to their coming to Krsna… Expand>

The peacocks can be compared to persons who are very much harassed in the materialistic way of life. If they can find the association of a person engaged in the loving devotional service of the Lord, they become enlightened and dance just like peacocks. We have practical experience of this: many of our students were dry and morose previous to their coming to Krsna consciousness, but having come into contact with devotees, they are now dancing like jubilant peacocks.

From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna Book, Ch. 20: Description of Autumn

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Cut the head of the Mayavadi

Harikesa: [name of Mayavadi guru], when he lectures, he only lectures on the verses that are important. He says all the other ones, they're not really important. He picks out the ones that count. Prabhupada: So why don't you cut his head and say that "It is not important. You are talking nonsense. Cut your head." [laughter] Indian man: He don't give any commentary on… Expand>

Harikesa: [name of Mayavadi guru], when he lectures, he only lectures on the verses that are important. He says all the other ones, they're not really important. He picks out the ones that count.

Prabhupada: So why don't you cut his head and say that "It is not important. You are talking nonsense. Cut your head." [laughter]

Indian man: He don't give any commentary on verses, even important commentary. He speak all nonsense.

Prabhupada: No, therefore you say, "This head is not required. You are talking nonsense," and cut his head.

Aksayananda: No one knows what he's talking about anyway.

Harikesa: Especially him.

Aksayananda: Yes. No one can say. [break]

Prabhupada: ...become a problem for all these rascals, that we are presenting Bhagavad-gita as it is. That they are feeling, that "If this movement goes on, then we are all finished."

Devotee (2): Out of work.

Aksayananda: Their profession is at stake.

Prabhupada: Yes, everyone. Yes.

Morning Walk — December 10, 1975, Vrndavana

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Why the problems of the world are becoming very serious and grave

According to Vedic culture, the women are instructed or trained up to become very chaste. Very chaste. Only one husband. Why? That is explained: strisu dustasu varna-sankarah bhavisyati. If women do not remain chaste, then unwanted population will come out. That is called varna-sankarah. Varna-sankarah means unwanted population. Actually all over the world this is… Expand>

According to Vedic culture, the women are instructed or trained up to become very chaste. Very chaste. Only one husband. Why? That is explained: strisu dustasu varna-sankarah bhavisyati. If women do not remain chaste, then unwanted population will come out. That is called varna-sankarah. Varna-sankarah means unwanted population. Actually all over the world this is happening, and therefore, the problems of the world becoming very serious and grave.

Srila Prabhupada, Pandal Lecture — November 20, 1971, Delhi

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If one can remain a brahmacari all through, that is a great benefit

To speak frankly, there is no necessity even for marrying. There is no necessity. If one can remain a brahmacari all through, that is a great benefit. Great benefit. Yan-maithunadi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham. What is the benefit? It is increasing botheration. But they are trying to get out of botheration. Just like we see advertisement, "One, two, three, bas — no… Expand>

To speak frankly, there is no necessity even for marrying. There is no necessity. If one can remain a brahmacari all through, that is a great benefit. Great benefit. Yan-maithunadi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham. What is the benefit? It is increasing botheration. But they are trying to get out of botheration. Just like we see advertisement, "One, two, three, bas — no more children." And other... "What I shall do?" "Now, kill, that's all. Kill them by contraceptive method or directly. Don't allow more than one, two, three children." They understand that "This is botheration." And the sastra also says, "Botheration."

yan-maithunadi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham
kanduyanena karayor iva duhkha-duhkham
trpyanti neha krpana bahu-duhkha-bhajah
kandutivan manasijam visaheta dhirah
[SB 7.9.45]

"All right, I have begotten one child. I have to take care of, so much care always." But, "All right, you have trouble, taken so much trouble. Stop here. No more." "No, again." Trpyanti neha krpana bahu-duhkha-bhajah. There's so many botherations, but still, we do it practically. Why? It is said that ajitatmanah, cannot control the senses, become victimized, victims of sense enjoyment, ajitatmanah.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.6 — December 8, 1975, Vrndavana

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We cannot change our policy

Everything is there in the Bhagavad-gita. Unfortunately, we do not take care of it, and we make our own interpretation. This rascaldom is going on. And perhaps we are the only society who is proclaiming, "Here is God, Krsna. Take it." We are the only society in the whole world. Otherwise they are all misled, all misled. So anyway, others may cooperate or noncooperate… Expand>

Everything is there in the Bhagavad-gita. Unfortunately, we do not take care of it, and we make our own interpretation. This rascaldom is going on. And perhaps we are the only society who is proclaiming, "Here is God, Krsna. Take it." We are the only society in the whole world. Otherwise they are all misled, all misled.

So anyway, others may cooperate or noncooperate, we don't mind. But we cannot change our policy. Our policy is: Krsna says, "I am the Supreme"; we must declare throughout the whole world that Krsna is the Supreme. Krsna says, mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya [Bg. 7.7]. We shall declare to the whole world that "Krsna is the Supreme. There is no more superior anyone than Krsna." This is our Krsna consciousness movement.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.1 — December 2, 1975, Vrndavana

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Subtle sex — spit, or remain in the same hellish condition

There are eight kinds of subtle sex life. If you see one beautiful woman and if you appreciate, "Oh, how nice the face is," that is subtle sex. If you read books, that is also subtle sex. If you endeavor how to approach that woman or man to find out the opportunity, that is subtle sex. There are eight kinds of subtle sex life. So it is forbidden for a brahmacari even… Expand>

There are eight kinds of subtle sex life. If you see one beautiful woman and if you appreciate, "Oh, how nice the face is," that is subtle sex. If you read books, that is also subtle sex. If you endeavor how to approach that woman or man to find out the opportunity, that is subtle sex. There are eight kinds of subtle sex life. So it is forbidden for a brahmacari even to think of woman. That is brahmacari. Even thinking of woman is subtle sex life. It is very, very difficult. But mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te [Bg. 7.14]. If you catch the lotus feet of Krsna very tightly, these things will not disturb. That is said by Yamunacarya. Bhavati mukha-vikarah. If you become pure devotee of Krsna, then as soon as you think of sex, you'll spit: "Eh! Nonsense. What is this?" This is the result. That is the certificate, whether you have got that attitude — spit on it. Then you understand that you are increasing. Otherwise you are in the same hellish condition. You may show that you are becoming a devotee, very great devotee, so test yourself how much you have advanced.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.4 — December 5, 1975, Vrndavana

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