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Varṇāśrama Interview with HH Bhaktividyā Pūrṇa Mahārāja

[The following interview about varāśrama 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)

Varṇāśrama stereotypes

Nagarī Mātājī: What is the essence, or the foundation, of varāśrama? Many devotees confuse it with the caste system.

HH Bhaktividyā Pūra 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

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

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

Women Offering Dandavats

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

ENGAGING VIDEO GAMES IN KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS

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

Family Relationship Seminar, Moscow 2007, Part 2

FAMILY RELATIONSHIP SEMINAR, MOSCOW, RUSSIA, 20TH AUGUST 2007, PART 2

QUESTIONS

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 2007, Part 1

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