Facts We Should Know
March 8, 2014 |
English; Pune, Maharashtra, IndiaPlay (1 h 12 m) Download (33.4 MB)
August 12, 2016 |
English; Seattle, USA
August 1, 2009 |
English; Brazina, Slovenia
August 10, 2014 |
English; Zagreb, Croatia
January 10, 2016 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
September 27, 2011 |
Question: Do you think Srila Prabhupada appointed 11 acaryas as was claimed by the 11 acaryas? What were your views of this at the time and now? What do you think were Srila Prabhupada's wishes regarding continuing initiations in ISKCON, Do you think he left this to the GBC to decide and to 'time' to decide… Expand>
Do you think Srila Prabhupada appointed 11 acaryas as was claimed by the 11 acaryas?
What were your views of this at the time and now?
What do you think were Srila Prabhupada's wishes regarding continuing initiations in ISKCON, Do you think he left this to the GBC to decide and to 'time' to decide (a bit like Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur not appointing an acarya/successor and wanting his disciples to continue preaching united under an official body)?^ Show less
January 29, 2014 |
English with हिन्दी translation; Mayapur, West Bengal, India
September 19, 2013 |
English; Almviks, Sweden
October 24, 2015 |
English; Nanda Gokulam, Telangana, India
April 29, 2014 |
English; Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
April 24, 2012 |
Question: Can you please explain about the acintya-sakti, bheda-sakti and jiva-sakti and how it forms the acintya-bhedabheda philosophy as propounded by Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya?
May 10, 2015 |
English; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
October 12, 2014 |
English; Miyapur, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
October 24, 2016 |
English; Gauragrama, Telangana, India
June 18, 2008 |
English; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
August 5, 2011 |
English; Licka Jesenica, Lika, Croatia
April 17, 2011 |
English; Nanda Gokulam, Andhra Pradesh, India
January 11, 2017 |
English; Kutralam, Tamil Nadu, India
October 31, 2014 |
November 22, 2006 |
English; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
December 25, 2012 |
Question: Recently I was shocked to learn that few of ISKCON temples around the globe celebrated Christmas by dressing Sri Sri Radha Krishna deities Santa Claus styled outfits. Is it acceptable to dress the Lord in such a non-traditional style or it is just a speculation?… Expand>
Recently I was shocked to learn that few of ISKCON temples around the globe celebrated Christmas by dressing Sri Sri Radha Krishna deities Santa Claus styled outfits. Is it acceptable to dress the Lord in such a non-traditional style or it is just a speculation?
Answer by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami:
So, I’ve been informed that some temples in Europe in the Christmas season dress Kṛṣṇa as Santa Claus, and that one temple, ISKCON temple (we are talking about ISKCON temples here), is dressing Kṛṣṇa as Santa Claus. And one temple in India also did this. And what do I think about this?
Unfortunate…is one word I could use. Nonsense is another.
In one letter Śrīla Prabhupāda was informed that devotees sent some Christmas cards with a picture of Krsna. Śrīla Prabhupāda wrote that we are not for Christmas greetings. In another or several times, Śrīla Prabhupāda also spoke about speculation in Deity worship… So, there may be various reasons given. In India, the reason was given that Christians come to our temple. Well, in that case you can dress Kṛṣṇa as cricket star, maybe the cricket fans would come. Or you can dress Kṛṣṇa like some famous film star, then maybe people interested in movies, they would come.
But the whole idea…Deity worship is to dress Kṛṣṇa as Rādhā likes Him, and dress Rādhā as Kṛṣṇa likes Her, according to the directions of great ācāryas. Getting mixed up with this Western culture…as far as possible we should try to avoid that. We have our own festivals. Why adopt this Christmas, which is supposed to be a birth of Christ, although they don’t actually know when Christ was born? The main feature of Christmas in the modern world is killing lots of birds, especially turkeys in England, drinking lots of alcohol…
Especially, dressing Deities like this, all I can say is- unfortunate. My saying so won’t stop it going on. There are so many great ācāryas in our movement who are introducing things that none of our previous ācāryas was doing…So, what to say? Whether to laugh or to cry?