Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 518 | December 23, 2016 |
English; Kutralam, Tamil Nadu, IndiaPlay (46 m 40 s) Download (21.4 MB)
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English; Gauragrama, Telangana, India
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English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
August 16, 2012 |
Question: I heard a lecture today by a current GBC Sannyasi. At the end he mentioned that we have to maintain our body and that he exercised daily to achieve that. He then mentioned that it's necessary for devotees to engage in recreational activities, including sports etc. to keep their body maintained. I was very confused about that instruction, considering Srila Prabhupada mentions many times in his books that devotees should avoid frivolous sports.
February 20, 2016 |
English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India
April 18, 2015 |
English; Rajpura, Punjab, India
October 21, 2011 |
Question: Is it necessary or correct to celebrate Hindu festivals such as Siva Ratri, Holi and other such events in ISKCON temples?
July 18, 2014 |
English with Русский translation; Dobromysh, Tatarstan, Russia
September 20, 2015 |
English; Houston, Texas, USA
May 20, 2016 |
English; Mayapur, West Bengal, India
September 27, 2011 |
Question: According to Lord Caitanya's philosophy, we and Lord are same qualitatively but not quantitatively, however great devotees who worship Lord Vitthala in Maharashtra they said god and we are one. (Most of the devotees said serving human being is serving Lord). If it is not correct then how Lord Vitthala came and dance with them, eat with them. so who is correct? Please advise.
April 4, 2011 |
Question: My question is that I hear few times about killing Srila Prabhupada by Tamala Krishna Gosvami? Please can you make it clear for me about what is going on?
September 27, 2011 |
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August 14, 2011 |
English; Ljubljana, Slovenia
April 4, 2011 |
Question: I wish to know whether sabudana is vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
July 8, 2012 |
English; Govindadvipa, Northern Ireland, UK
July 3, 2015 |
Question: Is there a central principle for the establishment of Varnasrama Dharma? Different scholarly devotees have given different perspectives on the subject: (i) There must be segregation of sexes and they should only interact in a ritualistic manner to produce children, who would presumably be high class Brahmanas, being products of controlled sex and Vaisnava rituals, (ii) The seminal lineages of Brahmanas must be restored through training in scriptures and rituals and by their high birth, learning and expertise, these Brahmanas would establish their hegemony in Hindu society… Expand>
Is there a central principle for the establishment of Varnasrama Dharma? Different scholarly devotees have given different perspectives on the subject: (i) There must be segregation of sexes and they should only interact in a ritualistic manner to produce children, who would presumably be high class Brahmanas, being products of controlled sex and Vaisnava rituals, (ii) The seminal lineages of Brahmanas must be restored through training in scriptures and rituals and by their high birth, learning and expertise, these Brahmanas would establish their hegemony in Hindu society, (iii) The main problem is anxiety for economic security, so scholarly devotees should be provided with sufficient resources to maintain family, conduct research and open teaching facilities, without the need to gather followers or donations, (iv) Devotees should isolate themselves from mainstream society and develop their own institutions, following strict rules of personal and communal conduct, people all over the world will be attracted to such an ideal way of life. Can any of these principles, viz. sexual segregation, seminal lineage, economic security or isolated community be the central principle for the establishment of Varnasrama Dharma?^ Show less
English; Colombo, Sri Lanka
June 9, 2014 |
English; Sandy Ridge, North Carolina, USA
April 29, 2008 |
May 1, 2016 |
Question: As far as cooking prasada for the deities, the standard as I know is to be second initiated. Does this apply to cooking for the devotees and offering it to a picture? In Krishna house they have devotees cooking who chant 8 rounds and its questionable if they are following the regulated principles. Would this affect one's consciousness and can this be considered a fit offering to the Lord?… Expand>
As far as cooking prasada for the deities, the standard as I know is to be second initiated. Does this apply to cooking for the devotees and offering it to a picture? In Krishna house they have devotees cooking who chant 8 rounds and its questionable if they are following the regulated principles. Would this affect one's consciousness and can this be considered a fit offering to the Lord?
Answer by H.H. Bhakti Vikāśa Swami:
Well, the proper term in our terminology is to prepare bhoga for the Deities. It is offered, the Lord accepts it, and then we take His prasādam.
Yes, but that’s the strict rule that in the temple where Deities are worshipped, all cooking and Deity worship should be done by brāhmaṇ initiated devotees.
That doesn’t mean that if you are not brāhmaṇicaly initiated you should not eat, or just only eat raw food or something like that. Even that, you are supposed to offer to Kṛṣṇa.
There is laxity for some devotees who are not initiated in that way. But in the temples with installed Deities (of course Deity means installed) there bhoga should be offered and cooked by persons who are formally initiated brāhmaṇically or pañcarātrically.
If they are not chanting 16 rounds and following the principles, then they shouldn’t be cooking for Deities and they will affect our consciousness.
viṣayīra anna khāile malina haya mana
malina mana haile nahe kṛṣṇera smaraṇa
“When one eats food offered by a materialistic man, one’s mind becomes contaminated, and when the mind is contaminated, one is unable to think of Kṛṣṇa properly.“ (CC Antya 6.278)
Then we may say they are devotees, not materialists. They are not devotees to the level who should be cooking for distribution to others. They won’t benefit others. I’ve spoken on this many times. You can see on the website, there must be.
It affects one’s consciousness certainly because the consciousness of the cook is transmitted through the cooking.
Once, in Australia, Śrīla Prabhupāda was given some prasādam, nicely puffed up purīs. Afterward he asked: Who is the cook? The cook was Kūrma dāsa Prabhu, one of the most famous cooks in the history of ISKCON.
There are some famous cooks: Yamunā devi (who is probably the most famous), Kūrma Prabhu, Apūrva is very well known in America, Vibhu-Caitanya was there in Vṛndāvan. There are so many good cooks, but some in particular.
So Kūrma Prabhu came and Śrīla Prabhupāda said to him: Thank you very much for so nicely following the regulative principles!
We may say what’s that got to do with cooking, but Śrīla Prabhupāda could understand that his cooking is so nice because he is so seriously practicing Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and Rādhārāṇī is manifesting through him. It’s understood that cooking for Kṛṣṇa is the service of Rādhārāṇī.
rādhikāra pakka anna vividha byañjana
parama ānande kṛṣṇa korena bhojana
“In great ecstasy and joy Kṛṣṇa eats the rice, curried vegetables, sweets, and pastries cooked by Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī.” (Bhoga-arati / Bhaja Bhakata Vatsala, verse 8)
As Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura says She cooks for Kṛṣṇa rice and various vegetables, and so many different preparations.
And in South India they don’t know so much about Rādhā yet. So, they will say that Lakṣmī is cooking actually. Cooking for Viṣṇu means that the cook has to take blessing from Lakṣmī. It’s Her service, so the cook can only assist.
So, when one is in good consciousness then Kṛṣṇa is very pleased to accept the offering, and His mercy comes through fully.
If we are in materialistic consciousness, if we are not following the principles properly, if we are not up to the level of chanting 16 rounds, well, whatever good consciousness we have it will come through, and whatever bad consciousness we have it will come through also.
So, that’s the one in brief.
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
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English; Kolkata, West Bengal, India