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.'”
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→
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→
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→
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→
Śrīla Bhaktividyā Pūrṇa Svāmī Vaikuṇṭha Vāṇī श्रील भक्तिविद्या पूर्ण स्वामी वैकुण्ठ वाणी