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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

BRIHAD MANU SIKSHA #25

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  • Vanaprastha bathes 3 times a day.
  • Vanaprastha, contrary to grihastha brahmana, may live at the roots of trees.
  • Vanaprastha may have something, or not have anything. He may increase his austerities to the point of leaving the body, or maintain the body and travel as sannyasi.

Continue reading BRIHAD MANU SIKSHA #25

BRIHAD MANU SIKSHA #24

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TOPIC 13 LAWS CONCERNING WOMEN
  • Nothing must be done independently by a woman.
  • Woman should never seek to separate from husband, father, son.
  • Woman should always be cheerful, expert in house management, careful in cleaning and economical in expenditure.

Continue reading BRIHAD MANU SIKSHA #24

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

Bhagavad-Gita Seriatim #53

This course is part of Sastra-Caksus, Year 1 and consists of 91 lectures, available on:

http://seminary.bhaktivedantaacademy.com/classes/bhagavad-gita-seriatim/

Given in Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur, September 2010-April 2011

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #18

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #18 Eger, Hungary, 8th Aug 2007 Part 1

HH BVPS Maharaja: Some question?

Prabhu: So what is success in the grihastha ashrama, a family? Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #18

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #16

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #16 Eger, Hungary, 7th Aug 2007 Part 2

HH BVPS Maharaja: So is… So, Mr. Lepnikel wants to… [Laughter]

Prabhu: Yes, if possible.

HH BVPS Maharaja: Yes, why not? I mean, you are the president, you can do whatever you want. [Laughter] It just would have to be approved by your wife, that’s all. Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #16

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 #11

MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #11 Eger, Hungary, 5th Aug 2007 Part 1

HH BVPS Maharaja: So any questions from yesterday?

Prabhu: So yesterday we heard about how to improve relationships, and I would like to know how do you… when the relationship ending [indistinct 01:04]

HH BVPS Maharaja: Ended means…?

Mataji: Open…

Prabhu: There is no more need of the relationship, so we can retire. Continue reading MAN WOMAN INTERACTION LECTURE #11