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Suprita Radhika Devi Dasi (BVKS), Mysore, India

Success of any society depends on many factors of which the role of women is one of the most important. Arjuna points out in Bhagavad-gītā that preservation of women’s chastity is essential for the upkeep of civilization. Therefore, it is essential that women’s roles are understood properly. This book is an excellent work on this subject. We should be highly indebted to HH Bhakti Vikāsa Mahārāja for bringing out this book at this crucial juncture.… Read more…

Madhura-lila Devi Dasi (BVKS), Civil Engineer and Interior Designer, Ahmedabad, India

Women: Masters or Mothers? is a book containing spiritual guidance for women from scriptures and Śrīla Prabhupāda’s teachings. A woman who follows the instructions given in this book will make her home and family happy in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. By developing the ideal qualities of a woman as described in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (for example, Arci, Devahūti etc.) she can please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Her ideal example, behavior and purity will inspire others in her family to become devotees.… Read more…

Puspanjali Devi Dasi (BVKS), Baroda, India

Women: Masters or Mothers? is a milestone towards the establishing of daiva-varṇāśrama which is the remaining 50% of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s mission. In this book HH Bhakti Vikāsa Swami reminds us of and reinforces Śrīla Prabhupāda’s teachings regarding women’s and men’s roles in society according to their socio-physical conditioning in this material world. With strong grounding of sadhu, guru and śāstra, the author gives a clear understanding of how to balance our sva-dharma and ātma-dharma and ultimately become free from material bondage and go back to Godhead.… Read more…

Jahnava Devi Dasi (BVKS), Govindadvipa, Northern Ireland, UK

Women: Masters or Mothers? is a must read for men and women in our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. It discusses the importance of introducing daiva-varṇāśrama within our society, which would provide an equal opportunity for all devotees to advance in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, while acting according to their prescribed duties. Varṇāśrama-dharma is essential for the living entity on their path back to Godhead as stated in the Viṣṇu Purāṇa (3.8.9):… Read more…

Releasing Audio Archive of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj

Good news for the new year. We are releasing complete audio archive of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj on the occasion of 59th vyasa-puja festival of Maharaj at Somnath (Gujarat) to be held on 23rd January 2016. 5000+ lectures including about 2000 never released recordings. Book your order now to receive it at vyasa-puja festival or to get it delivered at your place. … Read more…

An Appeal to Devotees

We have received overwhelming response of devotees from all over the world who regularly listen to the lectures of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj using the website. Since the inception of the new website on Radhastami 2013, there are over one million downloads and plays of lectures. Many devotees find the guidance given in these lectures enlivening in their progress of Krsna consciousness. Hope you are also being benefitted by this humble service.… Read more…

Introduction

The highest stage of dharma, and therefore of human attainment, is Vaiṣṇavism, the culture of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Therefore it is essential that every devotee learn and imbibe Vaiṣṇava culture, etiquette, and behavior—collectively known as sadācāra, or śiṣṭācāra—without which a devotee, even though intently engaged in activities of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, remains incomplete, similar to a beautiful person devoid of ornaments.… Read more…

Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2015

Śrīla Prabhupāda, it is my great pleasure to repeatedly recite your praṇāma-mantra, and I pray for the opportunity to do so forever, in whatever situation you may care to send me to. Janme janme prabhu sei: my relationship with you is eternal and it defines my very existence. Anything that I might do, say, or think that is not wholly and solely meant for your service is simply māyā. The most miserable thing possible for me would be if somehow, by my own madness, I were to be disconnected from your lotus feet.… Read more…

24/7 online Radio – Bhakti Vikasa Swami Radio

We are pleased to announce the launch of 24/7 Online radio station called "Bhakti Vikasa Swami Radio". On this station, you can hear Maharaj's lectures non-stop throughout the day. Special lectures will be played based on the festival or appearance/disappearance days of previous acharyas. The 24/7 Online radio is available on this page.… Read more…

Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2014

Śrīla Prabhupāda, you are the glorious, incomparable paramahaṁsa whose preaching in the Western world was the only thing of any real importance that ever happened there. Of course, Vyāsa-pūjā offerings are meant for glorifying the guru as the representative and worshiper of Vyāsa. Yet we have learned from you that in the physical absence of the guru, he may be best worshiped by the continuation of his mission.… Read more…

Husband As Guru – How About Srila Prabhupada As Guru?

The article “Husband as Guru” presents much of what could be considered common-sense advice for husbands struggling to come to the human platform. However, some grave faults mar what otherwise might in some contexts have been valuable suggestions. By predicting “that some men will not agree with me (although I doubt any woman will disagree)” the author anticipatingly dismisses any opposition from males as being mere chauvinism. I am currently imprisoned in a male body, but it is not on such flimsy grounds that I perceive significant blemishes in what he calls his “illumination.”… Read more…

Fundamental Principles for Initiated Devotees

Based on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.17.38, 11.5.11), Śrīla Prabhupāda instituted as an initiation vow that all disciples follow four regulative principles: The beginning of religious life is to abandon the four principles of prohibited activities—namely illicit sex life, meat-eating, gambling, and intoxication. In our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, the requirement is that one must be prepared to give up the four pillars of sinful life—illicit sex, meat-eating, intoxication, and gambling.… Read more…

Public Programs

Public programs are an important means for presenting Kṛṣṇa consciousness to the general populace. Herein we provide some basic guidelines for the successful execution of such programs. All aspects of the function should be planned and executed in advance, so that as far as possible everything goes smoothly at the actual event. Especially major events require much planning and coordination to execute successfully. Visitors are likely to be impressed by efficient organization, but even one deficient feature can mar the entire experience.… Read more…

Sinhalese Preaching Breakthrough in Sri Lanka

Revolutionary public program was organized in Sinhalese area in a town near Kandy in Central Province of Sri Lanka. Just a few years ago, when the civil war between Sinhalese (Buddhist) and Tamils was raging, nobody would imagine that a Hare Krishna program would be held in the heart of Buddhist culture in Kandy.… Read more…

Pilgrimage to Nathdwara -- A Gateway to the Lord

In Kali-yuga, the present age of quarrel and hypocrisy, so many bad qualities prevail, but when we reached Nathdwara we found the quality of devotion to Kṛṣṇa still strong. Nathdwara is in the Indian state of Rajasthan, but most of the pilgrims who come here are from the state of Gujarat, whose border lies less than a hundred kilometers away. So the mood in Nathdwara is very much influenced by the Gujaratis.… Read more…

Varnasrama and Bhakti

In ascertaining the relationship between varnasrama and bhakti, devotees often quote Lord Caitanya’s rejecting varnasrama as external to bhakti: “Lord Caitanya indicated that the varnasrama-dharma was simply external (eho bahya). Lord Caitanya wanted to impress upon Ramananda Raya that simply by executing the duties of varnasrama-dharma one is not guaranteed liberation.” (SB 4.24.53 purport)… Read more…

Astrology

Astrology (jyotiṣa) is described as “the eye of the Vedas.” It (the Vedic version, not the Western type) is a bona fide science considered essential in Vedic society, so much so that even the Supreme Lord, although beyond all astrological considerations, nonetheless adheres to them while performing His human-like pastimes.… Read more…

A Public Statement from HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami

I do not support ISKCON's pronounced tendency toward Hinduization and to secular influences such as those of bodily welfare work, mundane feminism, mundane psychology, and mundane scholarship. By stating this, I do not expect to effect any major changes. ISKCON's administrators are upbeat about the society's present course, which however I opine is in many ways different from that given by Srila Prabhupada.… Read more…

Scandalous Sadhus

From time to time, the Indian press exposes some respected godman or sādhu for serious misbehaviour, such as sexual impropriety. For a renunciant sādhu, any sexual activity is an impropriety. In some cases, there are accusations of murder and sometimes in-fighting within the organizations of such sādhus...… Read more…

Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2013

Persons who strictly follow the orders of the spiritual master are useful in executing the will of the Supreme, whereas persons who deviate from the strict order of the spiritual master are useless.… Read more…

Feminist Rhetoric on Dandavats

Disputes over gender roles are, of course, not unique to ISKCON. For several decades, certain Christian denominations have been racked and rent by gender wars, and sections of Islam and Judaism have also been affected.… Read more…

Gurudevis and Grandmothers

Undoubtedly, several senior women devotees in our movement are as learned, dedicated, and in other ways spiritually qualified as many of their godbrothers. Why then should there be any hesitation to induct them as diksa-gurus? An important consideration is that the role of a guru, although wholly spiritual by nature, also has an inescapable social...… Read more…

Time for a Revolution

If you really want to see ISKCON a lot stronger than it is at present, and if you are ready to take part in a grassroots revolution, here is a program for you.… Read more…

A Message to the Youth of India

"A Message to the Youth of India" by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami is now reprinted in English and available for orders. This powerful book with Maharaja's commanding article and emphatic quotes from Srila Prabhupada has made a good impact in preaching in India especially among the youth.… Read more…

Sri Vamsidasa Babaji

"Vamsidasa Babaji" is now reprinted as "Sri Vamsidasa Babaji". The book is revamped–corrected, rewritten, and expanded. It also contains further information, derived from the following sources: an article by Sri Siddhanta Sarasvati in the magazine Sajjana-tosani...… Read more…

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