Most Effective Prayers
ASK BVKS | August 29, 2011 |
What will be the most effective prayer for anartha-nivrtti and also achieving pure bhakti. Or in other words which will have faster results?
- Praying to one's diksha guru
- Praying to Srila Prabhupada and other previour acaryas?
- Praying to Sri Sri Gaur Nitai?
- Praying to Nrsingadeva?
- Praying to Sri Sri Sri Jagannath Baladeva Subhadra?
I heard from some one prayers done to one's guru brings quicker results.
February 11, 2014 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
May 1, 2016 |
Question: Is the current Brahma the Head of our Sampradaya?
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
October 21, 2011 |
Question: The question is not available now.
November 2, 2013 |
Question: 1) As you know we have our Swarupa in the spiritual world and we can change that too. So, do you think there is one Srimati Radharani or many? Is there one Nanda Maharaja or many? One Yashodha Mataji or many? 2) So, do we have one Lord Shiva or many? We have many Brahmas and many universes and many Rudra manifestations. So what do you known about that?
English; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
November 15, 2011 |
Question: One devotee from Brazil doubted the floating rocks in your pictures that they actually float. He told that these stones are not actually heavy. They are pumice stones and that is why they float. Please clarify the doubt.
December 10, 2012 |
Question: Could you please speak something regarding the verse and translation of SB 2.1.27 in which Srila Prabhupada writes that "The knees of the universal form are the planetary system of the name Sutala, and the two thighs are the Vitala and Atala planetary systems. The hips are Mahitala, and outer space is the… Expand>
Could you please speak something regarding the verse and translation of SB 2.1.27 in which Srila Prabhupada writes that "The knees of the universal form are the planetary system of the name Sutala, and the two thighs are the Vitala and Atala planetary systems. The hips are Mahitala, and outer space is the depression of His navel."
And the verse and translation of SB 2. 5.40-41 in which Srila Prabhupada writes that "My dear son Narada, know from me that there are seven lower planetary systems out of the total fourteen. The first planetary system, known as Atala, is situated on the waist; the second, Vitala, is situated on the thighs; the third, Sutala, on the knees; the fourth, Talatala, on the shanks; the fifth, Mahatala, on the ankles; the sixth, Rasatala, on the upper portion of the feet; and the seventh, Patala, on the soles of the feet. Thus the virat form of the Lord is full of all planetary systems."
I am unable to understand it properly please explain it in a broad way.^ Show less
December 17, 2016 |
English; Kutralam, Tamil Nadu, India
July 16, 2011 |
Question: How can one have pure Ekadasi? Also why parana time on next day is important?… Expand>
How can one have pure Ekadasi? Also why parana time on next day is important?
Answer by HH Bhakti Vikāśa Swami:
I’m not sure what this question means. I presume that by pure ekādaśī is meant śuddha ekādaśī.
Śuddha ekādaśī is a term that is seen in our Vaiṣṇava calendar. Śuddha means pure.
Here pure means that it’s not mixed with the proceeding tithi or lunar, solar day. The proceeding day is called daśamī, and is not mixed with the following tithi ekādaśī. And therefore it is suitable for fasting.
If ekādaśī is mixed, in other words, if the time of daśamī overlaps with that of ekādaśī, or if the time of dvādaśī is overlapsed by ekādaśī, then the ekādaśī is not suitable for fasting, and then the fasting should be observed on the next day, dvādaśī.
That ekādaśī which is unmixed is called śuddha or pure. Pure in the sense that it is not mixed with other days.
Now, exactly the meaning of all this is quite complex because these days are tithis or days which are not calculated as the solar day is, by the rising of the Sun and the setting of the Sun, but by the movements of the Moon, which are much more irregular.
And then, another question connected with this is: Why is parāyaṇa on the next day important?
Actually parāyaṇa means something else. Parāyaṇa means attached to, as in Nārāyaṇa-parāyaṇa, a person who is attached to Nārāyaṇa.
Or another meaning is non stop recitation of a text from the beginning until the end, such as a Bhagavad-gītā parāyaṇa.
The actual word is pāraṇā, and this reffers to the time in which one should break the fast. That comes on dvādaśī.
Or one is to fast on Mahā-dvādaśī because the previous ekādaśī is not śuddha, then one is to break fast on trayodaśī.
The only information I could find about this is in Hari-bhakti-vilāsa, in which is stated that one should honor the dvādaśī by breaking the fast in the right time.
So, just as the ekādaśī should be honored by fasting, so dvādaśī should be honored by breaking the fast in the proper time.
Traditionally Vaiṣṇavas would stay up all night, fasting and hearing, and chanting about Viṣṇu, and would break the fast next day.
We find in Bhagavad-gītā that Kṛṣṇa recommends not too much austerity. One should have a balanced approach.
nāty-aśnatas tu yogo ’sti
na caikāntam anaśnataḥ
jāgrato naiva cārjuna
There is no possibility of one’s becoming a yogī, O Arjuna, if one eats too much or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough. (Bg 6.16)
yogo bhavati duḥkha-hā
He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system. (Bg 6.17)
So, that may be a reason why the time is given. That austerity is particularly meant for ekādaśī, and is not to be extended further. One honors Kṛṣṇa prasādam the next morning at the prescribed time.
November 8, 2015 |
English with తెలుగు translation; Hyderabad, Telangana, India
January 2, 2011 |
English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
February 20, 2016 |
English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India
June 6, 2015 |
English; Kandy, Sri Lanka
April 30, 2011 |
Question: 1) What does it actually mean by worshiping lotus feet of a pure devotee or Lord HImself. 2) Whom should we worship: our acharyas lotus feet (Rupa Goswami and Jiva Goswami Prabhupada) or Radha Krishna's lotus feet (which are rarely attained).… Expand>
- What does it actually mean by worshiping lotus feet of a pure devotee or Lord Himself.
- Whom should we worship: our acharyas lotus feet (Rupa Goswami and Jiva Goswami Prabhupada) or Radha Krishna's lotus feet (which are rarely attained).
Answer 1 by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami:
That’s the first question. Yeah, we speak of worshiping the feet of a devotee or of the Lord. That means we approach him with complete humility. The foot is the lowest part of the body, so we think that our… We bow down at the feet, which means that we think our highest part is lower than the lowest part of the person being worshiped. So, it’s an expression of humility. And devotees, they generally look at the feet of the Lord. They don’t feel themselves qualified to go higher, or to have a very familial relationship, so they describe the beauty of the feet of the Lord.
Answer 2 by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami:
Well, you say our ācāryas’ lotus feet. What about Śrīla Prabhupāda? Why jump up all the way up to Rūpa Gosvāmī and Jīva Gosvāmī, leaving so many others in between? It’s a holistic process. We worship the ācāryas. By their mercy we attain to Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. If we worship the ācāryas, we follow their instructions, which is to worship Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. So, we worship the ācāryas fully by also worshiping Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, and we cannot worship Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa bypassing the ācāryas. So, both. It’s not one way or the other, but both. It’s required to worship both.^ Show less
Question: The question is not available now.
March 3, 2014 |
English; Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
June 16, 2012 |
Question: If all souls have free will and they are all Krishna's creation then why has Krishna made certain souls eternally liberated and the remaining souls eternally bonded?
January 12, 2018 |
English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
July 29, 2016 |
English with Русский translation; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
August 3, 2011 |
Question: I have heard in a class by a brahmachari devotee that brahmachari ashram is like running towards Krsna bare foot and grhasta ashram is like running towards Krsna with 100 kg weight tied to both legs. I would be grateful to you if you can express your view about this and clarify my doubt.
March 16, 2010 |
English; Mayapur, West Bengal, India