Coca-cola Vs. Hare Krishna
September 29, 2016 |
English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, IndiaPlay (4 m 45 s) Download (2.2 MB)
April 4, 2011 |
Question: I wish to know whether sabudana is vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
August 21, 2016 |
English; Inish Rath, Ireland
September 24, 2012 |
English; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
September 11, 2014 |
English; Nottingham, England
October 10, 2014 |
English; Gauragrama, Telangana, India
June 15, 2011 |
English; Los Angeles, California, USA
April 16, 2016 |
English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India
August 29, 2015 |
English; Dublin, Ireland
February 20, 2016 |
English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India
August 31, 2014 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Zurich, Switzerland
December 13, 2013 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Marai Malai Nagar, Tamil Nadu, India
June 28, 2012 |
Question: One sannyasi said that "we don't have to take sastras literally." He shows the example that Ravana doesn't have ten heads, "sastra tried to make a point that he was powerful." So, when should we have to take sastra literally and when do not?
August 24, 2014 |
English; Govindadvipa, Ireland
May 1, 2016 |
Question: Do devotees get influenced by the three modes of material nature?… Expand>
Do devotees get influenced by the three modes of material nature?
ANSWER by HH Bhakti Vikāsa Swami:
“Do devotees get influenced by the three material modes of nature? Well, do you? You are a devotee. Do you get influenced?
Sometimes. You are doing better than most of us.
māṁ ca yo 'vyabhicāreṇa
sa guṇān samatītyaitān
Kṛṣṇa says: “One who engages in unflinching, unalloyed … ”
What’s the word Prabhupāda uses?
“Undistracted devotional service to Me transcends the modes of material nature, becomes completely fixed on the transcendental platform.” Unalloyed. “One who engages in My unalloyed devotional service.” (BG 14.26)
So, yeah. We are also influenced by the modes of material nature, but we should practise Kṛṣṇa consciousness very seriously and then gradually we will become free from that influence.”^ Show less
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
November 13, 2014 |
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
July 11, 2008 |
English; Mumbai, Maharastra, India
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English; Bleasby, Nottinghamshire, England
December 20, 2014 |
English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
March 11, 2012 |
Question: Can a devotee accept service that his guru doesn't directly engage in? For instance, I am very much inspired by Indradyumna's Maharaj's festivals. I think such festivals have a broad reach to masses. I don't like the cultural part of these festivals, but the philosophy and prasadam and kirtan can really get people intrigued. Some time in the… Expand>
Can a devotee accept service that his guru doesn't directly engage in? For instance, I am very much inspired by Indradyumna's Maharaj's festivals. I think such festivals have a broad reach to masses. I don't like the cultural part of these festivals, but the philosophy and prasadam and kirtan can really get people intrigued.
Some time in the future I would like to organize such festivals and do mass book distributions. However, for that I would need a lot of training from Indradyumna Maharaj even though I am aspiring to serve you.
Answer by HH Bhakti Vikāśa Swami:
We are all supposed to be servants of Śrīla Prabhupāda in the saṅkīrtana movement. So, if you are inspired to help with some particular service which pushes forward the saṅkīrtana movement, that’s not against what I’m doing. And if at all I’m to guide you, I’m to guide you to serve in the association of devotees the bona fide activities of the saṅkīrtana movement.
So by all means:
nāca, gāo, bhakta-saṅge kara saṅkīrtana
kṛṣṇa-nāma upadeśi’ tāra’ sarva-jana (CC Ādi 7.92)
[‘My dear child, continue dancing, chanting and performing saṅkīrtana in association with devotees. Furthermore, go out and preach the value of chanting kṛṣṇa-nāma, for by this process You will be able to deliver all fallen souls.’]
Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself received the order to sing and dance, perform saṅkīrtana in the association of devotees and by instructing the holy name to everyone to deliver the whole world.
So that order is coming in the paramparā, and wherever and however you get the opportunity to help the devotees in, and join with the devotees in spreading the saṅkīrtana movement, do it. It’s not that if you become my disciple, you have to be locked into a little bubble in a little corner. Let’s all be part of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s big family.^ Show less