Differences and Similarities Between Mayavadis and Vaisnavas
July 20, 2014 |
English with Русский Translation; Dobromysh, Tatarstan, RussiaPlay (1 h 8 m) Download (31.4 MB)
August 19, 2011 |
Question: When a person is harassed by “authorities” and “devotees” also participate, staying away from association due to this causes further distress to an aspiring bhakta, please how to resolve this predicament.
June 26, 2011 |
English; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
September 1, 2011 |
English; Bangalore, Karnataka, India
October 31, 2014 |
March 4, 2011 |
Question: Question 1: We see that some student loss their power but they can learn their reading easily how it is possible. How much importace material study has in Krsna consciousness? Question 2: I have a query from one of my students: “If Mahabharat really happened, why is Srila Vyasa given credit for writing it.” Please answer with references if possible as I do not wish to give him a speculative answer.
August 15, 2012 |
Question: Maharaja, do have you any objections against women lecturing? Note: Maharaj refers to hear his seminar named "Women: Masters or Mothers?" in the answer.
February 19, 2012 |
Question: Why is the term 'sankirtan devotees' so commonly used in ISKCON nowadays to address book/prasadam distributors? As I understood it from HDG Srila Prabhupada's books, we are all supposed to be sankirtan devotees, because we are part of Sri Caitanya's sankirtan mission. Not being a 'sankirtan devotee' is fatal in this respect. I looked through the Vedabase and Srila Prabhupada… Expand>
Why is the term 'sankirtan devotees' so commonly used in ISKCON nowadays to address book/prasadam distributors? As I understood it from HDG Srila Prabhupada's books, we are all supposed to be sankirtan devotees, because we are part of Sri Caitanya's sankirtan mission. Not being a 'sankirtan devotee' is fatal in this respect. I looked through the Vedabase and Srila Prabhupada never used the term himself, which is kind of suspicious. Thank you very much for clarification.
Answer by HH Bhakti Vikāsa Swami:
Well, I’ve never heard it used for prasādam distributors, but it’s commonly used of book distributors within my understanding; maybe for prasādam distributors also. Yes, we are all supposed to be members of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprahu’s saṅkīrtana movement, under the guidance of Śrīla Prabhupāda. Śrīla Prabhupāda ascribed the term saṅkīrtana to distribution of his books and books that are meant for awakening people to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, because it’s all part of the preaching mission. Kīrtana means to glorify Kṛṣṇa. Saṅkīrtana means preaching Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So I wouldn’t make a big thing out of this. It’s just like we are all members of the saṅkīrtana movement, but within that movement some devotees are called pūjārī, because they do the service of pūjā. We are all supposed to worship Kṛṣṇa, but those who do so as a specialised service, they’re called pūjārī. Those whose specific service is to cook for Kṛṣṇa, they may be called the cooks. That doesn’t mean that no one else can cook. But because they do that specific service that is referred to them, they are referred to as that. So specifically those who perform book distribution, within my experience, they are called saṅkīrtana devotees. I don’t know if Śrīla Prabhupāda used that term, but it was commonly used in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s presence. He didn’t object to that. So we may do so.
Prasādam distribution is also good, but it’s not a function of praising Kṛṣṇa exactly, as the books are so. Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch to call those who are distributing prasādam saṅkīrtana devotees, although if you want to be generous, you can call everyone a saṅkīrtana devotee. But then, there would be no need. You could just call them devotees. So, anyway, I wouldn’t make a big thing out of this.^ Show less
May 12, 2014 |
English; Simhacalam, Germany
January 28, 2015 |
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
July 30, 2017 |
English; Gauragrama, Telangana, India
September 26, 2012 |
English; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
August 23, 2015 |
English; Crawley, England
July 10, 2012 |
Question: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally sang while Vakresvara Pandita danced. How come that Vakresvara Pandita then desired that "O Candramukha! Please give me ten thousand Gandharvas. Let them sing as I dance, and then I will be greatly happy." (CC Adi 10.19) and not desired for the Lord to sing on and on and he would dance continuously?
October 24, 2011 |
Question: I heard from other devotees and I also personally faced that many people of ISKCON, especially Tamil speaking initiated devotees are now hearing some lectures from "Velukkudi Krishnan," and they appericiate that. Some of the devotees used to go to the Mayavadi's sanga like of Muralidar, Krishna-premi etc., Velukkudi Krishnan is now speaking in the… Expand>
I heard from other devotees and I also personally faced that many people of ISKCON, especially Tamil speaking initiated devotees are now hearing some lectures from "Velukkudi Krishnan," and they appericiate that. Some of the devotees used to go to the Mayavadi's sanga like of Muralidar, Krishna-premi etc.,
Velukkudi Krishnan is now speaking in the televisions also. Sorry say even the brahmin initiated devotees also hear his teachings including those who know English so please kindly guide us what to do. You know that people those who don't want to change themselves will never going to change but at least the innocent people may know what to do.^ Show less
August 25, 2016 |
English with Český translation; Nove Sady, Czech Republic
January 15, 2006 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
January 26, 2011 |
English; Kharghar, Maharashtra, India
July 30, 2016 |
English with Русский translation; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
February 27, 2011 |
Question: As far as, your very straight forward and strict (uncompromised) preaching mood is concerned, myself sometime feels a tinge of confusion as to what we should be necessary following – either we should go with a mood of not to compromise as far as philosophy, principles and instructions are concerned or in case of preaching neophytes and in mood of compassion if we are lenient at certain places, then that is alright?