Category Archives: Lecture Excerpts

If We Try to Be Paramahamsas, but We Fail…

 

(From questions after talks on Mahabharata, Budapest, Hungary, 2011)

Question: The question is connected to our previous discussion about ksatriyas and how it’s defined what we should learn, what we should do and what is their positions. In our life we see that we start practicing Krishna consciousness, we understand that the ideal is becoming a Paramahamsa and we try to act like Paramahamsas, we dress like highly elevated devotees…

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Devotees Should Not Base Their Social Development on Prana-maya

One only notices qualities one has. Now, you might notice them in the positive or in the negative. So you associate with those you see in the positive, but you have to be careful that the negative that you are seeing is actually negative and it’s not just that one has a negative view of the world. Because we have to remember, if we look at it from the modern context, the person who is considered socially better situated is one who can find fault in everybody else and they find association in others that find fault in the same way they do. If they find fault differently, then you are still bogus. Continue reading Devotees Should Not Base Their Social Development on Prana-maya

THE ROLE OF THE INSTITUTION IN CHOOSING ONE’S SPIRITUAL MASTER

 

HH BVPS Maharaja: Something else? Yes, there is a hand, the unembodied hand.

Prabhu (behind a pillar): Recently we had a visiting sannyasi and the discussion went into who is qualified to be Guru and how do you choose a Guru. So the contention was from my side that the institution that we are part of, which Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati said, ‘Organized religion is a necessary evil,’ but the contention was that you have to ask sadhus who is qualified to be a spiritual master. Continue reading THE ROLE OF THE INSTITUTION IN CHOOSING ONE’S SPIRITUAL MASTER

Bathing in Radha Kunda

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is very kind, in that He manifested. Because they [the Shyamakunda and Radhakunda] were there, nobody knew about them, He could have just left it that way. Because here is the highest position, Govardhana is there, the highest spot, but within Govardhana then Radhakunda and Shyamakunda. Continue reading Bathing in Radha Kunda

Are Gurukula Kids Trained to Do Book Distribution?

(A DEEPER MEANING OF BOOK DISTRIBUTION)

Prabhu: I would like to ask a question about Gurukula, although I don’t have any candidates for sending there. As I understood that you spoke that they’re studying philosophy, I’m sure they study how to worship the Deities nicely and I’m sure they are studying how to make nice Vedic ceremonies. But I think the most important activity that Prabhupada meant, it was Sankirtana, book distribution. Are they prepared to do that or are they trained to do that?

HH BVPS Maharaja: To sell something, how much time does it take to learn? Devotees are doing so many things. They join Krishna consciousness… Continue reading Are Gurukula Kids Trained to Do Book Distribution?

SERVING TEA IN ISKCON RESTAURANT VS BHAKTISIDDHANTA SARASVATI SERVING MEAT TO BRITISH

Prabhu: Sometimes devotees like to say a lot about how Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati said, ‘Feed them meat if you have to, whatever it takes to get them to be Krishna conscious.’

HH BVPS Maharaja: Yeah, and so who is doing it? Continue reading SERVING TEA IN ISKCON RESTAURANT VS BHAKTISIDDHANTA SARASVATI SERVING MEAT TO BRITISH

Difficult Versus Unfavorable Family Life

Reading from Nectar of Instruction Study Guide (based on the essays of Bhaktivinoda Thakura): “But, when the home becomes unfavorable for his service, he then becomes eligible to leave home.”

HH BVPS Maharaja: So it’s an eligibility, to leave home. Not just you don’t like it in the home. Your wife drives you nuts, your kids drive you nuts, therefore you are eligible to leave home. No. Continue reading Difficult Versus Unfavorable Family Life

YOU DON’T KNOW THE NATURE, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S EQUAL

Lecture audio, this passage starting about 19:20

HH BVPS Maharaja: Men there is sanyasa, women there is reclusion. Because it’s just a matter of, you just kind-of fade into the background. Because the point is is, the woman is prominent when all the facility is there, the emotions, the senses, all these things are engaged, then she is prominent. But as soon as all those are reduced, then what’s there? Continue reading YOU DON’T KNOW THE NATURE, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S EQUAL