Lectures

Deity Pastimes, Part-2

Oct 22, 2016

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

So Many Treasures

Oct 22, 2016

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Deity Pastimes, Part-1

Oct 22, 2016

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.25.35

Bhokta, Kapindrah, Bhuri-dakshinah

Oct 21, 2016

English; Gauragrama, Telangana, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 502-504

Reforming Rascal Indian Civilization

Oct 21, 2016

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Talk with Brahmacaris

Oct 11, 2016

English; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sarira-bhuta-brt

Oct 8, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 501

Jnanagamyam

Oct 2, 2016

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 499

Conversation with Karunanidhi

Oct 5, 2016

English; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Jewels that Make You Deathless

Sep 28, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Thuraiyur, India

The Krsna Consciousness Guarantee

Sep 16, 2016

English; Damodaradesh

जिसे परम कल्याण हो

Sep 7, 2016

हिन्दी; Damodaradesh

Radha's Seeming Fault is Her Glory

Sep 9, 2016

English; Gaurangadesh

Deva-bhrt, Guru

Sep 4, 2016

English; Manchester, UK

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 494-495

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Feb 13, 2017, Video Reviews

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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…

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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

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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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Ambrosial words for sincere peons

The books are being written specifically for my students and I am so glad to learn that you read them so carefully. The words are ambrosial because they are not my personal words, they are instructions of my predecessors and I am just trying to administer them to my best knowledge. That is the way of Parampara system. We have nothing to manufacture, but simply carry… Expand>

The books are being written specifically for my students and I am so glad to learn that you read them so carefully. The words are ambrosial because they are not my personal words, they are instructions of my predecessors and I am just trying to administer them to my best knowledge. That is the way of Parampara system. We have nothing to manufacture, but simply carry the message as a faithful peon. That will be effective. One should be very sincere to his Spiritual Master and Krsna simultaneously. Then everything comes out successful. That is the verdict of the Vedas and Lord Caitanya.

(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Jayapataka — Los Angeles 17 April, 1970)

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Gross sex and subtle sex

If one is actually situated in spiritual life he'll get spiritual pleasure, transcendental bliss, by serving more and more, new and new. That is spiritual life. So Yamunacarya said, yad-avadhi mama cetah krsna-padaravinde nava-nava-dhamany udyatam rantum asit: "When I am now realizing transcendental pleasure every moment by serving Krsna's lotus feet," tad-avadhi… Expand>

If one is actually situated in spiritual life he'll get spiritual pleasure, transcendental bliss, by serving more and more, new and new. That is spiritual life. So Yamunacarya said, yad-avadhi mama cetah krsna-padaravinde nava-nava-dhamany udyatam rantum asit: "When I am now realizing transcendental pleasure every moment by serving Krsna's lotus feet," tad-avadhi, "since then," bata nari-sangame... Sometimes we enjoy subtle pleasure, thinking of sex life. That is called nari-sangame. Nari means woman, and sanga means union. So those who are practiced, so when there is actually no union, they think of union. So Yamunacarya says that "Not actually union with woman, but if I think of union," tad-avadhi bata nari-sangame smaryamane, smaryamane, "simply by thinking," bhavati mukha-vikarah, "oh, immediately I becomes disgusted: 'Ah, what is this nasty thing?' " Susthu nisthi... [makes spitting sound] This is perfect. [chuckles] This is perfection. Yes. So long we'll think of, that is called subtle sex, thinking. They read the sex literature. That is subtle sex. Gross sex and subtle sex. So one has to become completely free from these lusty desires, not to become implicated which will never be satisfied — unsatiated, duspuram.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 16.10 — February 6, 1975, Honolulu

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First-class education, free, in varnasrama-dharma

A brahmana must be very, very learned scholar by reading Vedic literature; and pathana, and teach others of the Vedic literature. Therefore it was the custom of the brahmanas — they would not accept anyone's service. They will sit down anywhere and open a school for teaching Vedic literature. Pathana, pathana. He will personally become learned, and he will teach… Expand>

A brahmana must be very, very learned scholar by reading Vedic literature; and pathana, and teach others of the Vedic literature. Therefore it was the custom of the brahmanas — they would not accept anyone's service. They will sit down anywhere and open a school for teaching Vedic literature. Pathana, pathana. He will personally become learned, and he will teach others. And the students, they will go from door to..., brahmacari, door to door for begging, "Mother, give me some alms." And they will give, because their students are there in the gurukula or catuspathi. So whatever they will bring, that will be cooked and offered to Krsna, and the prasadam will be distributed amongst themselves. This was the process, not twenty rupees' fee and give some bribe to enter into the school, and that is also all rascal education. No. First-class education, without any fee, from the realized soul — that was educational system, varnasrama-dharma.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.27 — January 4, 1975, Bombay

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The best policy to control the mind

The mind is restless, always desiring something, desiring something. So the best policy to control the mind is to desire how to spread Krsna consciousness. This is the best. Kamah krsna-karmarpane. Narottama dasa Thakura has said that you cannot be free from desire. That is not possible. This is useless attempt. They say that "You become desireless." No, that is not… Expand>

The mind is restless, always desiring something, desiring something. So the best policy to control the mind is to desire how to spread Krsna consciousness. This is the best. Kamah krsna-karmarpane. Narottama dasa Thakura has said that you cannot be free from desire. That is not possible. This is useless attempt. They say that "You become desireless." No, that is not possible. How can I? If I become desireless, I become dead. So long I am living entity, I must desire. I cannot check it. Therefore kama means desire. So at the present moment, we are desiring how to become happy in this material world, how to acquire so much money, how to acquire this, how to acquire this, how to get this, how to get that. This is kama. So this brain taxation, if you engage in Krsna's service — how to spread Krsna consciousness, how to convince people about Krsna, how to take them to the Krsna's desire, sarva-dharman parityajya [Bg. 18.66] — and in this way, if you go on making plan for spreading Krsna consciousness, then your mind is controlled.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.27 — January 4, 1975, Bombay

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