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Naikakarmakrt, Part-5

Apr 18, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Thuraiyur, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 470

Naikakarmakrt, Part-4

Apr 17, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 470

The Goddess Principle

Apr 16, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Bogus Gurus

Apr 17, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Rama's Godliness, Part-2

Apr 15, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Rama's Godliness, Part-1

Apr 15, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Rama, Ramanuja, and Saranagati

Apr 15, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Ramanuja-katha, Part-2

Apr 14, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Sri Krsnaer Vimsottara-sata-nama, Song 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

Apr 16, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhajans

Sri Krsnaer Vimsottara-sata-nama, Song 1, Part-7 & 8

Apr 15, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhajans

Sri Krsnaer Vimsottara-sata-nama, Song 1, Part-3, 4, 5 & 6

Apr 15, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhajans

Sri Krsnaer Vimsottara-sata-nama, Song 1, Part-2

Apr 14, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhajans

Sri Krsnaer Vimsottara-sata-nama, Song 1, Part-1

Apr 14, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhajans

Ramanuja-katha, Part-1

Apr 14, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Naikakarmakrt, Part-3

Apr 16, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 470

Categories of Krsna-katha, Part-2

Apr 16, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

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Puja and Seva

Mar 18, 2016

Question: However we use the word "puja (worship)" in relation to guru. Guru-puja, Vyasa-puja etc. Also Krsna says to Uddhava: mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika. What is a context in these cases where the word "puja" is used?... Expand>

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From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.1 — October 22, 1976, Vrndavana

Puja means I call you and offer you some respectable [indistinct], some foodstuff, and then very much seated very comfortably. Naturally I may ask, "What do you want?" Then I'll expect, "Give me this. Give me that. Give me that." That is going on. That is called puja. But those who are worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead, that is not called puja; that is called seva, krsna-seva. We never say krsna-puja. Nobody... Never says like that. Seva. Seva means it is my duty. I am eternal servant of Krsna. Seva is my duty. So there is difference between puja and seva. Puja means I flatter you to satisfy you, and after being satisfied, you may offer me something, or I'll ask you something and you offer me. That is called puja. That is devata-puja. But, so when you come to Krsna, or Visnu, that is not puja; that is seva. Seva. So as Krsna is offered seva, service, similarly His representative, he is also offered seva.

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Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport to BG 6.47:

The word bhajate is significant here. Bhajate has its root in the verb bhaj, which is used when there is need of service. The English word "worship" cannot be used in the same sense as bhaj. Worship means to adore, or to show respect and honor to the worthy one. But service with love and faith is especially meant for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One can avoid worshiping a respectable man or a demigod and may be called discourteous, but one cannot avoid serving the Supreme Lord without being thoroughly condemned.

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However we use the word "puja (worship)" in relation to guru. Guru-puja, Vyasa-puja etc. Also Krsna says to Uddhava: mad-bhakta-pujabhyadhika. What is a context in these cases where the word "puja" is used?

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Can Kanthi-mala be Worn Everywhere, Even in Toilets?

Mar 18, 2016

Question: Can kanthi-mala be worn everywhere, even in toilets?

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Releasing Audio Archive of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj

Jan 1, 2016, Announcements

Good news for the new year. We are releasing complete audio archive of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj on the occasion of 59th vyasa-puja festival of Maharaj at Somnath (Gujarat) to be held on 23rd January 2016. 5000+ lectures including about 2000 never released recordings. Book your order now to receive it at vyasa-puja festival or to get it delivered at your place. Read more...754

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Dec 12, 2015, Announcements

We have received overwhelming response of devotees from all over the world who regularly listen to the lectures of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj using the website. Since the inception of the new website on Radhastami 2013, there are over one million downloads and plays of lectures. Many devotees find the guidance given in these lectures enlivening in their progress of Krsna consciousness. Hope you are also being benefitted by this humble service. You may be aware that presently there are 3100+ lectures, seminars, bhajans, and Q&A recordings available in the online archive. Archive gets updated almost everyday with at least one new lecture as Maharaj gives 350-400 lectures a year. It has now become an ocean of transcendental message. Read more...991

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Jul 12, 2015, Vaisnava Culture, Etiquette, and Behavior

The highest stage of dharma, and therefore of human attainment, is Vaiṣṇavism, the culture of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Therefore it is essential that every devotee learn and imbibe Vaiṣṇava culture, etiquette, and behavior—collectively known as sadācāra, or śiṣṭācāra—without which a devotee, even though intently engaged in activities of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, remains incomplete, similar to a beautiful person devoid of ornaments. Read more...2596

Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2015

May 9, 2015, Articles

Śrīla Prabhupāda, it is my great pleasure to repeatedly recite your praṇāma-mantra, and I pray for the opportunity to do so forever, in whatever situation you may care to send me to. Janme janme prabhu sei: my relationship with you is eternal and it defines my very existence. Anything that I might do, say, or think that is not wholly and solely meant for your service is simply māyā. The most miserable thing possible for me would be if somehow, by my own madness, I were to be disconnected from your lotus feet. Read more...663

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Modern man: royal animal

Real religion means to know God, our relation with Him and our duties in relation with Him and to know ultimately our destination after leaving this material body. The conditioned souls, who are entrapped by the material energy, hardly know all these principles of life. Most of them are like animals engaged in eating, sleeping, fearing and mating. They are mostly engaged in sense enjoyment under the pretension of religiosity, knowledge or salvation. They are... Expand>

Real religion means to know God, our relation with Him and our duties in relation with Him and to know ultimately our destination after leaving this material body. The conditioned souls, who are entrapped by the material energy, hardly know all these principles of life. Most of them are like animals engaged in eating, sleeping, fearing and mating. They are mostly engaged in sense enjoyment under the pretension of religiosity, knowledge or salvation. They are still more blind in the present age of quarrel, or Kali-yuga. In the Kali-yuga the population is just a royal edition of the animals. They have nothing to do with spiritual knowledge or godly religious life. They are so blind that they cannot see anything beyond the jurisdiction of the subtle mind, intelligence or ego, but they are very much proud of their advancement in knowledge, science and material prosperity. They can risk their lives to become a dog or hog just after leaving the present body, for they have completely lost sight of the ultimate aim of life.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 1.3.43

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Family life is not condemned, but don't become lost

According to the Vedic system, one has to forcibly give up family life at the age of fifty. One must go. There is no alternative. The first twenty-five years are for student life. From age five to age twenty-five, one should be educated very nicely in Krsna consciousness. The basic principle of one's education should be Krsna consciousness, nothing else. Then life will be pleasing and successful, both in this world and in the next. A Krsna conscious education means one is... Expand>

According to the Vedic system, one has to forcibly give up family life at the age of fifty. One must go. There is no alternative. The first twenty-five years are for student life. From age five to age twenty-five, one should be educated very nicely in Krsna consciousness. The basic principle of one's education should be Krsna consciousness, nothing else. Then life will be pleasing and successful, both in this world and in the next. A Krsna conscious education means one is trained to give up material consciousness altogether. That is perfect Krsna consciousness.

But if the student is unable to capture the essence of Krsna consciousness, then he is allowed to marry a good wife and live a peaceful householder life. And because he has been trained in the basic principles of Krsna consciousness, he will not entangle himself in the material world. One who lives simply--plain living and high thinking--can make progress in Krsna consciousness even within family life.

So family life is not condemned. But if a man forgets his spiritual identity and simply becomes entangled in material affairs, then he is lost. His life's mission is lost. If one thinks, "I cannot protect myself from the attack of sex desire," then let him be married. That is prescribed. But don't have illicit sex. If you want a girl, if you want a boy, get married and live in Krsna consciousness.

From: Transcendental Teachings of Prahlada Maharaja by Srila Prabhupada

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Close the universities and chant Hare Krsna

That means the so-called education making them all rascals and fools. That's all. The education has no value. We therefore say that you close all these universities. (Srila Prabhupada, Morning Walk — April 25, 1973, Los Angeles) Close the universities and chant Hare Krsna. (Morning walk in Mauritius on October 25, 1975)... Expand>

That means the so-called education making them all rascals and fools. That's all. The education has no value. We therefore say that you close all these universities.

(Srila Prabhupada, Morning Walk — April 25, 1973, Los Angeles)

 

Close the universities and chant Hare Krsna.

(Morning walk in Mauritius on October 25, 1975)

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You will see Krsna, in the way that He advises

Don't try to see Krsna in your own way; then you will never find Him. Why do you say, "We have not seen God," when God is represented in so many ways? You take God's advice and try to see Him as He advises, and then you'll see God. That's a fact. I do not understand — why do they say, "We have not seen God"? You are always seeing God. You are seeing the sunlight, you are seeing the... Expand>

Don't try to see Krsna in your own way; then you will never find Him. Why do you say, "We have not seen God," when God is represented in so many ways? You take God's advice and try to see Him as He advises, and then you'll see God. That's a fact. I do not understand — why do they say, "We have not seen God"? You are always seeing God. You are seeing the sunlight, you are seeing the moonlight, you are smelling the good fragrance of a flower. If you are a scholar you are reading the Vedas: pranavah sarva-vedesu — "In the Vedic mantras, "Krsna says, "I am the sound of om." And paurusam nrsu: any wonderful, intelligent work somebody has done — that is Krsna.

So you have to see Krsna in this way, as Krsna advises. Then very soon you will see Krsna. There is no question of not seeing Him. You will see in every moment, premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santah sadaiva, twenty-four hours. Those who are actually Krsna devotees, they are seeing Krsna. They are seeing nothing but Krsna. There is no question of not seeing Him, but you have to adopt the method how to see Him. And that is given there. You adopt it, and you will see Krsna. Where is the difficulty?"

[Srila Prabhupada, Lecture, Bhagavad-gita As It Is 16.8, Tokyo, 28 January, 1975]

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Fully equipped with knowledge

You must be fully equipped with knowledge. The Bhagavad-gita is there, the Srimad-Bhagavatam is there. Now we are publishing other books also, Teachings of Lord Caitanya. So read them...if you read, you become fully qualified with knowledge. And vijnanam: apply them in your practical life. And astikyam, in full faith of the procedures and in Krsna. That will make you successful.... Expand>

You must be fully equipped with knowledge. The Bhagavad-gita is there, the Srimad-Bhagavatam is there. Now we are publishing other books also, Teachings of Lord Caitanya. So read them...if you read, you become fully qualified with knowledge. And vijnanam: apply them in your practical life. And astikyam, in full faith of the procedures and in Krsna. That will make you successful.

[Srila Prabhupada, Initiation lecture, San Francisco, 24 March, 1968]

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