The Purpose of Life (Stanford University)

Assorted Lectures | June 20, 2011 |

English; Stanford, California, USA

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Chanting for Others

November 24, 2011 |

Question: Maharaj, most of the ISKCON centers have custom to chant Hare Krishna Mahamantra for devotees who sponsor prasadam, or perform any important service, or if they are sick. Recently I heard from a lecture that this system which is been followed in even most of the important ISKCON centers is wrong and this is a namaparadha and offense since it's… Expand>

Question:

Maharaj, most of the ISKCON centers have custom to chant Hare Krishna Mahamantra for devotees who sponsor prasadam, or perform any important service, or if they are sick. Recently I heard from a lecture that this system which is been followed in even most of the important ISKCON centers is wrong and this is a namaparadha and offense since it's a misusage of Holy name! And also I heard in that lecture since the meaning of Hare Krishna Mahamantra is please engage me in your (Krsna's) service, How can we chant for somebody else?

Maharaj please clarify this doubt? Is anything wrong if we chant in public for some others for their service to encourage them ?

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Greeting With Hare Krishna and Dandavats to Seniors

September 21, 2012 |

Question: In one of Maharaja’s answers, he mentioned that it is not respectful to begin a letter with Hare Krishna/Haribol when it is addressed to seniors. My question is; will this be applicable when physically addressing while showing pranam i.e do we need to just show pranam and wait till the senior devotee say Hare Krishna and then respond… Expand>

Question:

In one of Maharaja’s answers, he mentioned that it is not respectful to begin a letter with Hare Krishna/Haribol when it is addressed to seniors. My question is; will this be applicable when physically addressing while showing pranam i.e do we need to just show pranam and wait till the senior devotee say Hare Krishna and then respond with Hare Krishna?

Do we only offer dandavats to our diksa-guru not the other gurus or sannyasis in temple hall in front of Srila Prabhupada or the deities?

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English;

Light on Philosophy of Vivekananda

May 6, 2011 |

Question: Can you throw some light on the philosophy of Vivekananda? I have read that he was a contemporary of Bhaktivinoda Thakura. What is his philosophy? Is it bona fide?

English;

Four Great Vaisnavas

February 13, 2016 |

English with తెలుగు translation; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Transcendental Management Techniques

January 25, 2017 |

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Godruma-dhame Bhajana-anukule with Explanation

May 16, 2016 |

English; Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Sri Krsnaer Vimsottara-sata-nama, Song 1, Part-7 & 8

April 15, 2016 |

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Vrushahi, Vrushabhah, Vishnuh, Vrushaparva

September 2, 2013 |

English; Belfast, Antrim, Ireland

Aja

January 1, 2017 |

English; Kutralam, Tamil Nadu, India

Govinda's Restaurant Sells Coffee

May 21, 2011 |

Question: Is It alright for Govinda's restaurant of ISKCON to serve coffee in their menu. Kolkata Govinda's have it in their menu. Why is Gurusaday road premises in Kolkata being rented out for marriage parties who also serve tea coffee to their guests, Is Prabhupada happy with these activities? If not let us stop it.

English;

Can Christianity be Accepted as a Part of Vaisnava Life?

October 31, 2013 |

Question: How has Christianity come to be accepted as part of Vaishnava life? There are several devotees I know who also claim to be Christians, how can this be? I do not see how these two can go together since they worship different gods. The biblical father god encouraged blood offerings for sin, that is NOT Krishna consciousness or at least not as I see it. I may be wrong about this so I decided to write to you for an answer.

English; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Don't be Foolish, Part-8

January 30, 2015 |

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Panihati Festival: The Essence of Festivals

June 5, 2011 |

English; Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Why be in Krsna Consciousness?

August 1, 2016 |

English; Ljublijana, Slovenia

Babhru – Part 1

August 20, 2012 |

English; Berkeley, California, USA

How to See God

December 28, 2014 |

English with தமிழ் translation; Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India

Shall I Allow Muslims to Stay at the Next Door?

May 6, 2011 |

Question: What is our responsibilities to our dharma, our society, our country and our own self? Can we (being a member of ISKCON) allow any other dharma person (say muslim) to live nearby us, as our neighbor, in our property, only because of money he pays? And importance only given to the MONEY? And forget the responsibility to our surroundings, and other neighbours?

English;

Should I attend a Wedding?

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>

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.

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!"

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English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Fearing for Krishna

June 8, 2011 |

English; Dallas, Texas, USA

Somapah, Amrtapah

December 3, 2016 |

English with తెలుగు translation; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India