[The following interview about varṇāśrama was conducted on 30 May 2017 by Nagarī Mātājī (BVKS) for the Russian website of HH Bhakti Vikāsa Swami’s disciples.]
(This Interview was transcribed and kindly supplied to our website by Sulālitā dd (BBGS), edited by Balaram Briant from Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur)
Nagarī Mātājī: What is the essence, or the foundation, of varṇāśrama? Many devotees confuse it with the caste system.
HH Bhaktividyā Pūrṇa Mahārāja: Caste system, I see. If you listen to modern academics, if you listen to modern socially oriented people, they will try to make it into a caste system. Because the purpose is if make it look bad you don’t have to follow it. Continue reading Varṇāśrama Interview with HH Bhaktividyā Pūrṇa Mahārāja
HH BVPS Maharaja: Any questions or comments? Yes.
Prabhu: Hare Krishna. Thank you, Maharaja. My question is that devotees, I see, usually they chant on counters… Continue reading Chanting On Beads vs Chanting On Clicker
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
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
Mataji: What is your view of Matajis doing full dandavats?
HH BVPS Maharaja: Ahh, if they want, they can… Problem is is, see, Gaudiyas generally don’t. Others do, but the Gaudiyas generally are not so… See, there is Vaishnavas in general, then you have your peculiarities of the group, or particularities of the group. So Gaudiyas are the ones, they don’t so much get into full dandavats. Continue reading Women Offering Dandavats
Prabhu: In a family of devotees kids sometimes watch cartoons or hear audio recordings, stories about Krishna or Vedic thematics. But often this kind of material contains violence because Krishna kills demons etc… Continue reading Children and Krishna Killing Demons
Prabhu: Maharaja, you gave the example of instead of playing video games one might…
HH BVPS Maharaja: Yeah, I figured that would happen, as soon as I said it… That’s why it’s always better to stick to the shastric ones, you don’t have to, there is no clinkers, no slag, you know. Yes?
Prabhu: Is there a way to…
HH BVPS Maharaja: Engage the video games? Okay. Why is the video game important? What do you get from the video game? Continue reading ENGAGING VIDEO GAMES IN KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS
Devotee (1): Can you comment on India geographically, what was the influence of Muslim conquest, British and even American influence today on brahminical Varnashrama culture? What is the difference between regions? Continue reading Foreign Influences on India
FAMILY RELATIONSHIP SEMINAR, MOSCOW, RUSSIA, 20TH AUGUST 2007, PART 2
Q.1: Is there any meaning in talking about demoniac influence on Grihastha Ashram? Is it the reason for most of the divorces?
HH BVPS Maharaja: Basically the Grihastha Ashram not working is just lack of knowledge of what one is doing. Continue reading Family Relationship Seminar, Moscow 2007, Part 2
FAMILY RELATIONSHIP SEMINAR, MOSCOW, RUSSIA, 19th AUGUST 2007, PART 1
Human life is meant to realize God. So that means everything in God’s creation is connected to Him. So what’s correct means it’s connected to God and what’s incorrect means it’s not connected to God. That’s the real definition of piety. Continue reading Family Relationship Seminar, Moscow 2007, Part 1