How Women Should Offer Obeisances
ASK BVKS | June 4, 2012 |
Certain individuals in ISKCON believe that women can offer dandavat pranams (fully prostrate on ground in a rod like fashion). To support the argument they quote SB 8.17.5 where in Aditi fell to the ground like a rod to offer the Lord her respectful obeisances. Also cited is a video clip wherein a mataji is seen offering dandavat pranam to Srila Prabhupada.
Please comment on the above two instances in the context of the proper way of offering obeisances for women.
April 4, 2011 |
Question: Many times when I see the lord's deity or when I explain about krishna to some one having darshan of Jagannathji on seeing Srila Prabhupada I start crying I feel a different experience, I am not chanting sincerely but most of the time thinking of lord or ideas for serving. Crying does not happen always but some times Maharaj what is the reason of this?
September 28, 2011 |
English; Valsad, Gujarat, India
September 18, 2016 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Colombo, Sri Lanka
February 12, 2014 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
November 4, 2011 |
Question: Sometimes Srila Prabhupada says that Krishna will arrange a big war and all the contemporary demons will be killed. At other times we hear that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu kills the demons by killing their demoniac heart through Nama sankirtan. How do we understand this seemingly different procedures? Can we expect a third world war because everything has become so… Expand>
Sometimes Srila Prabhupada says that Krishna will arrange a big war and all the contemporary demons will be killed. At other times we hear that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu kills the demons by killing their demoniac heart through Nama sankirtan. How do we understand this seemingly different procedures? Can we expect a third world war because everything has become so sinful or will the sankirtan movement avert such a catastrophe by turning all the demons into devotees.^ Show less
December 10, 2016 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India
January 27, 2017 |
English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India
August 19, 2011 |
Question: How can a devotee, who has suffered mental trauma due to molestation by perverted elements within an asrama and negligence of superiors in the past, overcome his condition and fully engage in devotional service? What should he do if he has repeated fall downs due to depression? Can such a devotee progress in the previous association and how can he rid himself of ill-feeling against his superiors?
December 21, 2014 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Karur, Tamil Nadu, India
May 14, 2014 |
English; London, England
May 1, 2016 |
Question: Are there different grades of pure Devotees?
English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
August 6, 2011 |
English; Licka Jesenica, Lika, Croatia
September 1, 2012 |
English; Denver, Colorado, USA
August 7, 2016 |
English; Zurich, Switzerland
May 6, 2014 |
English; Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
August 14, 2016 |
English; Seattle, USA
August 19, 2005 |
English; Ljubljana, Slovenia
August 28, 2012 |
Question: I would like to ask for clarification of one subject, namely, Krishna's "assuming" different forms. In one of the classes that had been uploaded on the bvks.com you spoke about the Lord not "assuming" the form, as far as I remember, you made the point that these forms of the Lord do exist eternally and that… Expand>
I would like to ask for clarification of one subject, namely, Krishna's "assuming" different forms. In one of the classes that had been uploaded on the bvks.com you spoke about the Lord not "assuming" the form, as far as I remember, you made the point that these forms of the Lord do exist eternally and that the forms of the material world are the "copies" and not the other way round. You also made the point that the word "assume" should probably not be used in the verse.
Today we were listening to the class by Srila Prabhupada and he also spoke on the topic and this is what he said:
"So sometimes this earthly planet was thrown into the water, Garbhodaka-samudra, Garbhodaka Sea, and God took the form of a boar, having two tusks — because it was easier. Just like shovel, you take something like that. So He took the earth. So that is described: ksitir iha vipulatare tisthati tava… No. What is that? Dasana-sikhare? The, this is described in Jayadeva's prayer. Vasati dasana-sikhare dharani tava lagna. Vasati, "is resting"; vasati dasana-sikhare, "on the top of the tusk." Kesava dhrta- sukara-rupa jaya jagadisa hare. So He's yajnesa. It is not that He's… is shape was just like hog, but He's not hog. Don't misunderstand. His shape was a gigantic hog. You can just imagine what kind of hog He was. The shape was like hog, but He was resting the whole planet, earthly planet, on the tusk. Vasati dasana-sikhare dharani tava lagna sasini kalanka, kesava dhrta- sukara-rupa. Here it is stated, saukaram. Saukaram means like hog. Not that He's hog. He's yajnesa. He can take any shape. Just like here is, God has assumed the shape of a lion, half-lion, half-man. So He's all powerful, He can take any shape, any form, but He is not that form. That is for the time being. For the time being, He assumes so many forms. The real form is Krsna, the original form. Kesava dhrta-sukara, sukara-rupa or sukara-rupa. "My Lord Kesava, You have assumed this form." So there are many millions and millions of forms of God. According to time, necessity, circumstances, He assumes different forms. Because it is His business:
yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
tadatmanam srjamy aham
He appears as soon as there are discrepancies in the methodical way."
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.7 — Los Angeles, September 13, 1972
I remember discussing this very same point with Gokula Candra Prabhu when we were in Salem, and the conclusion was that these forms do exist eternally, but from the above statement by Srila Prabhupada it seems to be otherwise. Could you clarify that please so that I may understand this properly?^ Show less
May 14, 2011 |
English; Guruvayur, Kerala, India
June 8, 2011 |
Question: I am a Grahastha with 2 children. I am regularly chanting Hare Krishna last 2 years and doing service to Vaishnawas. I am most falled sourl and I am not able to identify who my Guru is and lead me to Krishna. I find every sadhu and saintly people as highly elevated people and I feel I am not qualified to make decision to choose my Guru. I kindly need your suggestion to how to go about this.