Replies to Initiative Magazine Queries – Part 1
July 11, 2011 |
English; Tatarstan, Volga, RussiaPlay (36 m 31 s) Download (12.5 MB)
September 13, 2014 |
English; Bleasby, Nottinghamshire, England
August 2, 2012 |
Question: How was it possible that Sukadeva Goswami became an impersonalist (Brahmavadi) but then became attracted to Krishna’s personalistic activities? I ask this because I have heard from senior devotees that Suka is parrot of Radharani and that in his form as a parrot, he heard Bhagavatam from Lord Siva while he was explaining it… Expand>
How was it possible that Sukadeva Goswami became an impersonalist (Brahmavadi) but then became attracted to Krishna’s personalistic activities?
I ask this because I have heard from senior devotees that Suka is parrot of Radharani and that in his form as a parrot, he heard Bhagavatam from Lord Siva while he was explaining it to Mother Parvathi.
Also Sukadeva Goswami remained in the womb of his mother (Bitika) for around 16 years as he refused to come out. But after Krishna assured him that he will not be attracted by His Maya energy, then he came out. This means that Suka knows Krishna is supreme. Then how did he become an impersonalist.^ Show less
February 9, 2016 |
English; Mumbai. Maharashtra, India
May 27, 2011 |
Question: It is a practice for men in Vedic culture to address all women apart from one's wife as mother. What about women addressing other women, what is the proper etiquette, would the term mother be as applicable?
September 6, 2015 |
English; Manchester, England
December 17, 2012 |
English; Maraimalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu, India
February 20, 2011 |
English; Baroda, Gujarat, India
April 7, 2007 |
English; Pune, Maharashtra, India
September 5, 2015 |
English; Coventry, England
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?
December 9, 2005 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
May 21, 2011 |
Question: Maharaj, I wish to know if addition of some lines like jhalmala jhalamala bole etc by some devotees is acceptable? These lines are not there in the song book but some devotees say they are extra lines which is added to enhance the song. I wish to know if this practice is right or wrong.
March 11, 2012 |
Question: Maharaj, after listening to lectures I could understand that the main cause of our miseries is our ego. I want to know the following. 1. What is the ego? 2. What are the symptoms of the ego? 3. What is the nutrition for the ego? 4. Where does this ego stay? 5. How to… Expand>
Maharaj, after listening to lectures I could understand that the main cause of our miseries is our ego. I want to know the following.
- What is the ego?
- What are the symptoms of the ego?
- What is the nutrition for the ego?
- Where does this ego stay?
- How to kill this ego?
- How can we divert ego to Lord's service as we try to divert our anger in the service of the Lord?
- Does this ego also exist in the spiritual world?
September 25, 2015 |
English; Dallas, Texas, USA
May 20, 2011 |
Question: Why does ISKCON avoid preaching in Hindi, even in Hindi speaking regions of India? Are all the Prabhupada books translated in Hindi by devotees themselves?
May 14, 2012 |
Question: Why do not we encourage worship of Laddu Gopala within our sampradaya? We worship Lord Krishna as Damodara (a child) during Kartik and this is not condemed in anyway or no-one questions that this is not madurya-bhava?
December 1, 2013 |
English; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
February 23, 2008 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
May 27, 2011 |
Question: Is it conducive for devotional service to use social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter? Can we use it for purposes like preaching, sadhu-sanga or other devotional interactions? How far one should go to use such sites on the name of preaching?
October 20, 2016 |
Question: Is there only one way to follow Srila Prabhupada?… Expand>
Is there only one way to follow Srila Prabhupada?
ANSWER by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami:
Sridham Shyam Prabhu wrote an article which brought my attention to, in which he states that, as he understands, there are not many ways of following Śrīla Prabhupāda but there is one way to follow.
Now...in one sense it’s true. The proper way to follow Śrīla Prabhupāda is with all sincerity aspiring for pure devotional service, and following his instructions. On the other hand there is no stereotype, and Śrīla Prabhupāda gave different instructions to different devotees.
Sometimes on the same subject. For instance within his books, and repeatedly elsewhere, Śrīla Prabhupāda said that sannyāsi should be very strict in the matter of associating with women, which anyone in India up to the present day can understand, unless they are a follower of Osho, who are not much liked by Indian public.
Up to the present day the Indian public don’t like. They don’t mind to be cheated by swamis and sannyāsis, and spiritually, but they don’t like if they mix up with women...up to the present day. This Asaram Bapu Swami was finished not because of the murder cases in his āśram, but it came out about his womanizing. He is not actually a sannyāsi, but he is a holly man (supposed to be) and his illicit mixing with women is not at all appreciated. In South India this Paramahaṁsa Nityānanda was finished when it came about his womanizing, which in the West no one cares at all, but in India...
I’m just coming to the point now...
There is one Back to Godhead magazine published in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s presence, in which Sudama Swami...On the order of Śrīla Prabhupāda he led up the Vaikuṇṭha players, a drama troupe which had dance, and which was very much appreciated by Śrīla Prabhupāda, giving the teachings of Kṛṣṇa consciousness in drama form. And in that group there were women, which Śrīla Prabhupāda allow, but did not want in India. But, in the West he allowed it. Different culture. Sudama said to Śrīla Prabhupāda:“...all these women dancing...“, and Śrīla Prabhupāda said „That is your sannyās!“.
It’s right there in Back to Godhead magazine, so, he gave different...
Also, in two days in Vṛndāvan, to one sannyāsi Śrīla Prabhupāda told: „You leave Vṛndāvan! Don’t spend more than three days at any place. Sannyāsi should always be moving.“ The next day, to another sannyāsi he said: „Stay here, manage this project and never leave!“ So, to one he said „Sannyāsi always travels“, and to the other one sannyāsi „Stay here!“.
DIFFERENT EMPHASIS IN DEVOTIONAL SERVICE
So, there may be apparent contradictions. It’s not actually a contradiction, it’s specialized instruction according to service. So, one way to follow...Yes, we should know Śrīla Prabhupāda’s instructions and follow them, but we should know there is variety within that also. And, we see very exalted followers of Śrīla Prabhupāda who were...they are quite different in their emphasis in devotional service.
Two of most prominent preachers of Kṛṣṇa consciousness in the modern world, Śrīla Prabhupāda’s disciples in the Western world, one is Vaisesika Dasa Prabhu who is a grihasta. Well, he is well known, of course. He very much promotes the distribution of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books. That’s his main focus.
Indradyumna Swami has been a sannyāsi for many years and he also promotes book distribution but within the ambit of his festive programs, which are his main preaching. Doing festivals with hāriṇams, and dances, lots of kīrtan and whole package.
So, their approach, or their life focus in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s service is very different. They are not doing exactly the same thing, but they are both undoubtedly pleasant to Śrīla Prabhupāda, and following him very much.
So, one way to follow Śrīla Prabhupāda...In one sense yes, but there may be others, there have to be, actually specializations. Different devotees have different approaches. So, what is the correct stand on this issue?
I prefer not to take milk from „blood cows“, or sometimes devotees call it „blood milk“ because the cows are killed, but I’m not on a campaign against devotees who take that, because Śrīla Prabhupāda’s said we could take it. On the other hand, he also said we should establish our own farm communities.
So, that should be bonum.
English; Gauragrama, Telangana, India