All posts by HH BVPS Vaikuntha Vani

Freedom of Speech

“They may use the first amendment, freedom of speech or these kind of things, but that is America. We are talking Vedic here, we are talking universal, we are talking about God’s culture. Freedom of speech, you can say whatever you want but know that your freedom also takes you to various regions. You speak the wrong thing, you go to hell. So you are free to speak whatever you want, but the consequences are yours. You can’t say, ‘I am going to jump off this building and because I am a liberal and I believe in freedom of speech, therefore, when I hit the ground, nothing is going to happen.’ So it is a matter of using your intelligence when you speak, not just letting it babble. Otherwise, kids babble. So why not take them to the conference room and the directors are there, they should all bring their kids, then they can have the meeting. They consider it a waste of time because they are getting something done. So for those who are trying to go back to Godhead it is a waste of time to hear the babblings of people who don’t support what Prabhupada is saying in his books. It is an absolute waste of time. So we have to be very careful.”

– 4th Nov 2008, Science of Inquiry lecture, Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur

The Importance of Faith

Sunday lecture on Bhagavad-gita 9.3, given in Riga, Latvia, 26 May 2019

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • Reading from Bhagavad-gita 9.3.
  • A neophyte can advance in devotional service in the association of devotees if he has simplicity, i. e. is not political.
  • Prema is mature faith.

My Relatives Love Me More Than Devotees…

Full Lecture Video, this passage starting 01:28:35

Mataji: Hare Krsna, I am trying to practice Krishna consciousness almost 30 years and I don’t have still friends who would love me more than some of my relatives, and we all need love. I don’t understand, is it love that I get from the relatives? So I even don’t know how to formulate the question… Continue reading My Relatives Love Me More Than Devotees…

Para Siksha – A Symposium on Vedic Education Day 2

Morning Class, Priti Vardhana Prabhu

Sravana, manana and nididhyasana.

If one keeps aquiring knowledge and applying it, it furthers more and more, until one comes to the ultimate realization.

The teacher cannot make the student realize the knowledge, unless the student applies an endeavor. Continue reading Para Siksha – A Symposium on Vedic Education Day 2

Para Siksha – A Symposium on Vedic Education Day 1

DAY 1 THE CONCEPT OF VEDIC EDUCATION

Some Misconceptions About Ekadasi Fasting

Full lecture audio, this passage starting about 33:55

Reading from Bhaktivedanta Academy Study guide: “Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma welcomed Akrūra in a way just befitting his exalted position.”

HH BVPS Maharaja: So, according to his position then They did it in that way.

Reading from Bhaktivedanta Academy Study guide: “Srila Jiva Goswami elaborates: ‘Balarama was the knower of Vaishnava dharma, how to treat devotees, He knew how to welcome the devotees. It was the Dvadasi, time for breaking the fast, and especially Vaishnavas should be properly respected at that time. Balarama acted to teach the common people. He made Akrura pleased.'”

Mataji (1): Maharaja, on Dvadasi we may break the fast in the morning, but he has reached there in the evening. Continue reading Some Misconceptions About Ekadasi Fasting

Women: Protection, Chastity and Satisfaction

Question: Why women need protection on all levels? Why do they need to develop those qualities, chastity and satisfaction? How are those two connected?

HH BVPS Maharaja: Okay, the element is that because the feminine nature represents the, or has the qualities of, variety, so that aspect of variety then is going to mean that there will be a need for expressing that variety. And so then you have what’s appropriate to do and what’s not appropriate to do. But how do you stay within what’s appropriate? That’s what the aspect of protection is. Because otherwise then, to create variety, one may go into inappropriate areas. Continue reading Women: Protection, Chastity and Satisfaction