Category Archives: Varnashrama

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

SB 6.3 Yamaraja Instructs His Messengers

6th May 2016 Lecture 3
  • Yamaraja is death personified, and he does not get stopped by anyone.
  • The chanting of the Holy Name is not restricted.
  • No rule given in the Vedas ever get in the way of devotional service. They only get in the way if we think they have the same value as bhakti – we trip over our own low consciousness.

Continue reading SB 6.3 Yamaraja Instructs His Messengers

SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM CANTO 3 #55

23rd January 2015, Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sri Mayapur Dhama

Reading from Srimad Bhagavatam Study Guide: 23. The Supreme Lord continued: “The Emperor Svāyambhuva Manu, the son of Lord Brahmā, who is well known for his righteous acts, has his seat in Brahmāvarta and rules over the earth with its seven oceans. The day after tomorrow, O brāhmaṇa, that celebrated emperor, who is expert in religious activities, will come here with his queen, Śatarūpā, wishing to see you. He has a grown-up daughter whose eyes are black. She is ready for marriage, and she has good character and all good qualities. She is also searching for a good husband. My dear sir, her parents will come to see you, who are exactly suitable for her, just to deliver their daughter as your wife.” Continue reading SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM CANTO 3 #55

SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM CANTO 3 #53

16th January 2015, Bhaktivedanata Academy, Sri Mayapur Dhama

Reading from Srimad Bhagavatam Study guide: “Devotional service to His lotus feet is the root cause of all perfections a person can find in heaven, in liberation and in the subterranean regions and on earth (SB 10.81.19). It is further explained by Srila Prabhupada in his purport:

“In spite of his condemning persons who approach the Lord for material advantages, Kardama Muni expressed his material inability and desire before the Lord by saying, “Although I know that nothing material should be asked from You, I nevertheless desire to marry a girl of like disposition.” Continue reading SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM CANTO 3 #53

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

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

Woman Taking Vanaprastha

Mataji: My husband died, but I have 2 grown-up daughters and I don’t feel like I should be taking vanaprastha, but I would like to understand what’s my duty and behavior towards my family and myself as a woman, how should I behave and what are the rules in that kind-of a situation? Continue reading Woman Taking Vanaprastha

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #9

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #9 Eger, Hungary, 4th Aug 2007 Part 1

Prabhu: So sometimes arguments become a fight, and does it mean that a fight, any tense argument where there is shouting, speaking going on… Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #9

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #8

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #8 Eger, Hungary, 3rd Aug 2007 Part 2

HH BVPS Maharaja: Who is the Saci-suta?

Mataji: He is not here.

HH BVPS Maharaja: He is not here, I see. That makes it that much easier. [Laughter] I can answer in 5 minutes, and he is not here to complain. [Laughter] Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #8

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #7

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #7 Eger, Hungary, 3rd Aug 2007 Part 1

HH BVPS Maharaja: So we’ll begin with these questions on the varnashrama. So it opens with…

Written question: Problem nowadays, how to realize Daivi-varnashrama?

HH BVPS Maharaja: It’s a matter of understanding. Only if you understand then you can actually apply. First you hear, then contemplating what is heard then you try to apply it. If you apply something, then naturally there is going to be questions. Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #7