Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 472 | July 23, 2016 |
English with Русский Translation; Moscow, RussiaPlay (1 h 47 m) Download (49 MB)
October 15, 2016 |
English; Manipal, Karnataka, 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?
October 30, 2013 |
English; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
August 27, 2016 |
English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic
May 14, 2014 |
English; Simhacalam, Germany
September 26, 2012 |
English; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
August 12, 2016 |
English; Seattle, USA
January 3, 2014 |
English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
February 1, 2012 |
Question: I have a doubt about usage of making films in Krishna conscious preaching. I have a desire to become a nice filmmaker and make some good films to entertain and enlighten people. But after knowing philosophy of Krishna consciousness, I am in a great confusion of how to live my rest of life. So can you please kindly clear… Expand>
I have a doubt about usage of making films in Krishna conscious preaching. I have a desire to become a nice filmmaker and make some good films to entertain and enlighten people. But after knowing philosophy of Krishna consciousness, I am in a great confusion of how to live my rest of life. So can you please kindly clear my doubt.
Can a devotee learn to produce films or animation techniques and try to preach through media by making films like Ramayana, Mahabharata etc. in large scale productions, making nice devotional documentaries, biographies of elevated devotees? or doing such thing is just sense gratification for achieving my personal goal?^ Show less
February 11, 2014 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
October 4, 2015 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
December 10, 2013 |
English; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
December 25, 2013 |
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
June 18, 2011 |
English; Laguna Beach, California, USA
April 17, 2016 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India
September 29, 2014 |
English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India
July 22, 2011 |
Question: What are some irrefutable points that cannot be denied when having an debate with Christians? Oh and are there any books written by our previous acharyas that can help with debate techniques or can indirectly be used to annihilate any ideas of Krishna consciousness being invalid?
August 31, 2011 |
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
September 22, 2013 |
English; Almviks, Sweden
April 7, 2007 |
English; Pune, Maharashtra, India