Cultivating a Taste for Bhajan

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.8.36 | October 24, 2016 |

English; Gauragrama, Telangana, India

Play (57 m 36 s)     Download (26.4 MB)    

You can mark interesting parts of the page content and share unique link from browser address bar.

Mark




Related Lectures

Hope for Householders

May 10, 2015 |

English with தமிழ் translation; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

  • Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.7.50-52

  • 39 m 44 s  |  18.2 MB

  • Download
  • Play

Inspirational Narada

October 3, 2008 |

English;

Sandesh Sweet – Dress for Nrsimhadeva

August 19, 2012 |

Question: My question is regarding deity outfits. On Nrsimha Caturdasi, at an ISKCON temple in Germany, the deity of lord Nrsimhadev was dressed/pasted with different flavours/colours of sandesh milk sweet dough instead of any sort of cloth outfit. Maharaja, my question is that is the above performed act, proper and in line with the scriptural rules of deity… Expand>

Question:

My question is regarding deity outfits. On Nrsimha Caturdasi, at an ISKCON temple in Germany, the deity of lord Nrsimhadev was dressed/pasted with different flavours/colours of sandesh milk sweet dough instead of any sort of cloth outfit. 

Maharaja, my question is that is the above performed act, proper and in line with the scriptural rules of deity worship, just as during chandan yatra the deities are pasted with sandalwood paste or just as there are flower outfits for the deities in many temples? Or is it not to be accepted. I mean something similar to the previous incident of the deities dressed in Santa Claus outfits?

ANSWER by HH Bhakti Vikāśa Swami: 

I’m not aware of any scriptural rule that says to dress the Deities in a dress made of milk sweets. It’s the first time I ever heard about it. There are various aspects of Vaiṣṇava culture which may not be directly described in śāstra, but they may be performed in some places as a tradition. So, may be that in some traditional temple in India that there is a tradition on certain days dressing the Deities like that; although, at least in India, if you were to do so, then quite likely the Deity would be covered with ants very quickly. So, that may not be a very good idea to do that. Ants and flies would come. Probably not so much in Germany because there are not so many little living entities as there are in India. But there are some very desirable elements of Vaishnava culture which could, according to the discrimination of the devotees – that may be questionable also (the level of discrimination as to what should be accepted and what should not be accepted). But there are various items of Vaiṣṇava culture which can be adopted, but if something is not in śāstra, is not in tradition… I’d be very cautious about making innovations, especially in Deity worship. So, you probably have to ask the devotees in Germany where they got this idea from. One consideration is that it’s fairly common in India to see Deities of Hanuman covered with butter. That’s quite a common practice. I don’t know if the Deities get attacked by ants, or whatever. Flies come. I’ve seen that. It’s quite often done.

^ Show less

English;

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-4

August 23, 2014 |

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Citing Srila Prabhupada, Part-6

August 6, 2016 |

English; Lika, Croatia

Don't Postpone Your Krishna Consciousness

April 30, 2005 |

English with தமிழ் translation; Avadi, Chennai, India

Vaisnavism is Sexism, Part-3

September 3, 2014 |

English; Simhachalam, Germany

Attachment and Taste with Mixed Devotional Service

April 24, 2012 |

Question: Is it possible to attain stages of asakti (attachment) and ruci (taste) even though we are performing mixed devotional service?

English;

Discussion with Muslims

February 12, 2014 |

English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Sticking to Srila Prabhupada

August 31, 2012 |

English; San Diego, California, USA

Bright Faces and Black Faces

July 20, 2014 |

English with Русский translation; Dobromysh, Tatarstan, Russia

Questions About False Ego

March 11, 2012 |

Question: Maharaj, after listening to lectures I could understand that the main cause of our miseries is our ego. I want to know the following. 1. What is the ego? 2. What are the symptoms of the ego? 3. What is the nutrition for the ego? 4. Where does this ego stay? 5. How to… Expand>

Question:

Maharaj, after listening to lectures I could understand that the main cause of our miseries is our ego. I want to know the following.

  1. What is the ego?
  2. What are the symptoms of the ego?
  3. What is the nutrition for the ego?
  4. Where does this ego stay?
  5. How to kill this ego?
  6. How can we divert ego to Lord's service as we try to divert our anger in the service of the Lord?
  7. Does this ego also exist in the spiritual world?
^ Show less

English;

Living in Untruth

May 17, 2012 |

English; Karumandurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Categories of Krsna-katha, Part-2

April 16, 2016 |

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Reflection and Original

March 4, 2011 |

Question: I heard from some devotee that everything present here in this world is the perverted form or the reflection of the original things present in the spiritual world. So please explain me the positive form of sex and sexual desires.

English;

The Target of the Absolute Truth

August 27, 2012 |

English; San Diego, California, USA

Amrutamsudbhavah, Bhanu, Sasabindhuh, Suresvarah

December 17, 2013 |

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

  • Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 284-287

  • 36 m 31 s  |  16.7 MB

  • Download
  • Play

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

April 14, 2016 |

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Following Srila Prabhupada Outside ISKCON

October 19, 2011 |

Question: I have two doubts, I hope you can show some light. After Srila Prabhupada disappearance, many former ISKCON devotees moves to another branches of the Gaudiya Matha and take shelter in many senior vaisnavas disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur (actually Srila Prabhupada godbrothers: Srila Sridhara Maharaj, Srila Puri Maharaj, etc.) and many of them… Expand>

Question:

I have two doubts, I hope you can show some light.

After Srila Prabhupada disappearance, many former ISKCON devotees moves to another branches of the Gaudiya Matha and take shelter in many senior vaisnavas disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur (actually Srila Prabhupada godbrothers: Srila Sridhara Maharaj, Srila Puri Maharaj, etc.) and many of them even started with success their own missions (Tripurari Maharaj, Narasingha Maharaj, etc.). I want to ask you if it is posible to follow Srila Prabhupada and became a bonafide Prabhupadanuga outside ISKCON or if it´s just a "degree" that someone can attain only being a member of ISKCON?

On the other hand, for the last 30 years Srila Prabhupada godbrothers acknowleged Him as "Saktiavesa Avatara" or "Jagad Guru" and celebrate in their respective maths His abirbhava and tirobhava (Sri Gopinath Matha, Sri Caitanya Saraswat Matha, Sri Caitanya Gaudiya Matha, etc). Furthermore Srila Jayapataka Swami started Sarasvasta Gaudiya Vaisnava Association and Srila Paramadvaiti (aka Alanath Swami) World Vaisnava Association as well, to reunite all the branches of the "Bhaktisidhanta Parampara". So, how it is that even today it seems to be so difficult to many ISKCON leaders to accept "as bonafide as ISKCON" any other branch of the Gaudiya Matha in the light that all of them came from the same seed (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta) and in opposition they point Srila Prabhupada (or ISKCON gurus) as the only bonafide acaryas for humankind? Can you please Maharaj help me to understand this in a propper way and mood?

^ Show less

English;

Bhaktisiddhanta's Enigmatic Mercy, Part-2

December 29, 2015 |

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India