Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 551-552 | July 22, 2017 |
English; Gauragrama, Telangana, IndiaPlay (44 m 8 s) Download (20.2 MB)
April 13, 2012 |
Question: I'd like to ask you which of these variations is correct (I've heard both of them being recited): Sri Sri Radha-Krsna, go-gopinatha /or/Sri Sri Radha-Krsna gopa-gopi-go? What did Srila Prabhupada recite? In our songbook we have sri sri radha-krsna, go-gopinatha … but the translation of gopa-gopi-go (All glories to Sri Sri Radha and Krsna, to the cowherd boys and girls and the cows of Vrindavana …).
November 8, 2015 |
English; Secunderabad, Telangana, India
August 7, 2016 |
English; Zurich, Switzerland
August 1, 2016 |
English; Ljublijana, Slovenia
January 27, 2017 |
English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India
June 14, 2015 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Colombo, Sri Lanka
August 28, 2015 |
English; Inis Rath, Northern Ireland, UK
December 1, 2013 |
English; Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
January 13, 2015 |
English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
August 15, 2017 |
English; Kukatpally, Hyderabad, India
May 1, 2016 |
Question: My brother is having his wedding in the summer time on the east coast. I truly don’t want anything to do with weddings and especially those of materialists. I am close with my brother as him and his fiancé are both sweet people. (vegetarians, "half-devotees"). He comes to the temple for festivals and lets me use his facilities as I like (he lives in one of best book distribution places) Boulder, CO. Anyway, I’m saying all this because I truly just don’t know what to do. They really want me to go but I know it will be like hell and so painful to be around all the materialists eating, drinking, and being merry.… Expand>
My brother is having his wedding in the summer time on the east coast. I truly don’t want anything to do with weddings and especially those of materialists. I am close with my brother as him and his fiancé are both sweet people. (vegetarians, "half-devotees"). He comes to the temple for festivals and lets me use his facilities as I like (he lives in one of best book distribution places) Boulder, CO. Anyway, I’m saying all this because I truly just don’t know what to do. They really want me to go but I know it will be like hell and so painful to be around all the materialists eating, drinking, and being merry.
ANSWER by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami:
"Well, that’s good enough reason to go because, hopefully, in the normal course of events people only get married once in their life. So, it’s a big thing.
Maybe in America it’s 1.5 times or something like that, by average. Of course, you can’t get married 1.5 times, but on average... Or maybe it’s 2.5. I don’t know. Or maybe it’s just 1 because so many people get divorced and so many people don’t get married at all. It doesn’t mean they’ve all became monks. They are vyabhicari (unchaste). They are having sexual liaisons without marrying. So, that’s a good reason to go.
Babhru Prabhu is concerned about: I have to go...and all those materialistic people...
Well, it could also be a good preaching opportunity and as much as you are there, and you are a devotee, they’ll ask you few questions: Why do you like this? And you can explain to them. You could take books, and distribute them also. So, anyway, you have to decide.
I’m not gonna decide for you. It’s the other side of the country. America is a big country. I think more than twice as big as India. So, you can imagine. But, anyway, you can fly around. You have to have money. So, anyway, you decide what to do.
I wouldn’t go because I’m a sannyasi. But you are not. So, you can take an opportunity to please your brother, help him, give him some encouragement in devotional service. You can give him a set of Srila Prabhupada’s books. It’s a great wedding gift.
What do people give? I think they give mixies. I think when people get married they get 20 mixies so they have to sell them back. Mixie-no one outside of India knows what it is. It’s an Indian-English word. What’s the English word? Food blender or something like that.
So, give a set of Bhagavatam. It’s a great gift. That’s my advice, as you’ve asked for it, but it’s up to you.
Hare Krishna!"^ Show less
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
February 20, 2016 |
English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India
March 11, 2012 |
Question: I came to know from some source that after liberation, jiva get a spiritual body in which he/she/it develops spiritual mind, intelligence and ego which is in pure/uncontaminated state and fully favorable to serve Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. Can I get sastrik pramana on this as some body asked me to provide a reference.
August 29, 2011 |
Question: How does anartha nivrtti happens? Only through one's own efforts or it happens only due to mercy of guru and Krishna? Or both? On our own, we find it difficult to give up certain habits or certain non devotional activities. Living out side the temple (away from devotees) worsen the situation. Ones own efforts save him or only mercy?
January 6, 2001 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
July 21, 2014 |
Question: What is the difference between an expansion and an incarnation of the Lord?… Expand>
What is the difference between an expansion and an incarnation of the Lord?
Answer by HH Bhakti Vikāsa Swami:
These are English terms. Or Russian, or whatever. The word incarnation is often used by Śrīla Prabhupāda to refer to avatāra - one who descends into this world. All living beings are expansions of the Supreme Lord. They’re in two divisions – svāṁśa and vibhinnāṁśa. Svāṁśa means that they are the parts, but they are the own part, or what you might call an expansion. And they may or may not descend into this material world. Vibhinnāṁśa means the jīvas. So, we are separated parts of the Supreme Lord.^ Show less
English with Русский translation; Dobromysh, Tatarstan, Russia
August 21, 2005 |
English; Moscow, Russia
August 24, 2011 |
English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
May 16, 2014 |
English; ISKCON Silicon Valley, USA