What follows is a very important unpublished interview with Ramesvara Prabhu (Swami at that time) and BaladevVidyabusana Prabhu for the Lilamrita recorded sometime in 1979.
This interview covers a period of years when Ramesvara was traveling with Srila Prabhupada and when he was working as the Manager of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. What we read now after all these years would have helped solve some of the burning questions that have plagued our society. Recently this interview was uncovered by accident ...Read More
Gaurapada: You are in the middle of the universe. [Laughs] Hare Krsna, welcome to Radha-kund. [Laughs] Radha-kund is a small village, maybe 3000 people only. But at certain times you will see, big-time is like one day 4 million people coming through this small town. The beauty of a small town is that still you can see more about Vedic culture, Vedic way of living and the main basis of Vedic lifestyle was that the cow was in the centre. ...Read More
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The movement he started is now known to millions around the world. Yet he himself remained in the background. Without personal ambition he worked humbly to spread Krishna consciousness, devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Yet his achievements and personal character did not go unnoticed. The worlds’ leading scholars and religionists praised his unique contribution. And thousands grew to love him as their dearmost friend and well-wisher.
In his memory his disciples ...Read More
Many people write asking why there are so many problems in the world and why Krishna is making them suffer and why they are not happy here in the material world. People do not understand that this material world is a place of suffering and death and that we can not be happy here. We are not meant to be happy here. The material world is not designed to make us happy, it is designed to frustrate us. This material ...Read More
Maybe the following poem written by Srila Prabhupada is late in coming to me and you have drank in it’s profound application to the present Who would have thought 30 years ago that this poem would apply to us except Srila Prabhupada? He continues to unsparingly pour his mercy upon us. He distinctly points the way out of our current dilemna. May the message in his following poem sink deeply into our hearts:
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami ...Read More
The Hare Krishna chant. As you walk the streets of some of America’s larger cities you will occasionally come upon a group of people garbed in apparel which makes you think of India. The heads of the men will be shaven with just one streamer of hair remaining. The group will be carrying out a slow, shuffling dance to the tune of the Hare Krishna chant.
The International Society for Krishna consciousness is one of a number of new religious experiences ...Read More
In 1965 His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, A vedic scholar and holy man in the renounced order of life left India for America to transform a bold vision into a historical reality of global dimension. To fulfill the desire of generations of Indian saints who wished to see India’s timeless spiritual culture benefit the entire world Srila Prabhupada left India and sailed to the United States.
When he arrived by freighter he was practically penniless, but after nearly a ...Read More
Did man really walk on the Moon or was it the ultimate camera trick, asks David Milne? The greater lunar lie. In the early hours of May 16, 1990, after a week spent watching old video footage of man on the Moon, a thought was turning into an obsession in the mind of Ralph Rene.
“How can the flag be fluttering,” the 47 year old American kept asking himself, “when there’s no wind on the atmosphere free Moon?” That moment was ...Read More
The “Acarya” series of videos were made in the 1980′s by ISKCON television using the 16mm film footage that was left over from Yadubara Prabhu’s documentary on the life of Srila Prabhupada: Your Ever Well-Wisher. Fortunately Yadubara Prabhu took far too much film to fit into a 50 minute biography so there was enough high-quality 16mm film left over to produce the Acarya series.
In these films you will travel with Srila Prabhupada around the world as he introduces the science ...Read More
Towards the end of the Sixth Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita Arjuna is feeling a little dejected as he thinks that it is impossible for him to follow the system of yoga Krishna has described to him. In the previous article we discussed Arjuna’s statement:
Arjuna said: O Madhusudana, the system of yoga which You have summarized appears impractical and unendurable to me, for the mind is restless and unsteady. The mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and ...Read More
We are releasing for the first time scanned copies of Srila Prabhupada’s original letters. We do not have all the original letters, we have a few thousand of them, and hope that in the future Bhaktivedanta Archives will release scans of all the original Prabhupada letters.
So by downloading the PDF files below you can see and read the actual original letters that Srila Prabhupada sent to his disciples and others.
This is an on-going program and we will add the additional ...Read More
Over the past few weeks we have been discussing the Sixth Chapter of Bhagavad-gita where Krishna instructs His friend and disciple, Arjuna, on the process of meditational yoga. Krishna has outlined the practice of yoga as sitting in the lotus position and meditating with half-closed eyes and He has explained that to do this one has to go to a solitary sacred place like on the bank of the Ganges River or the Himalayan mountains for example. It is not ...Read More
There is a common misunderstanding that devotees of Krishna are vegetarians. Actually this is not true. Even if one becomes a vegetarian eating vegetarian food is still sinful and will still cause karmic reactions and will still bind the person eating it to take birth in the material world over and over and over again and suffer perpetually. So simply becoming a vegetarian is not very helpful in spiritual life.
in the Bhagavad-gita 3.13 Lord Krishna says:
The devotees of the Lord ...Read More
Original Transcripts of Prabhupada’s Lectures and Conversations
The Prabhupada Vani Samadhi DVD-ROM is a copy of a microfiche archive of the Bhaktivedanta Archives collection of typed and hand written transcriptions of Srila Prabhupada’s lectures and conversations. It was produced in 1983 in a few copies only on microfiche. It contains 38,085 original scanned pages and is organized by year and month starting from November 1966 and ending in November 1977. We are presenting this ‘as it is’ and have preserved it ...Read More
Srila Prabhupada has given us the greatest gift. The absolute truth. Krishna consciousness, pure love of Krishna. He explains in great detail the simple and beautiful philosophy of Krishna consciousness. It is this beauty, perfection and simplicity of the timeless philosophy of Krishna consciousness so perfectly presented by Srila Prabhupada which attracted me to Krishna consciousness.
Over the years, to my great dismay, I have seen ISKCON systematically reject, misinterpret and now, with the book changes, change the teachings of Srila ...Read More
Space images taken by NASA reveal a mysterious ancient bridge in the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka. The recently discovered bridge currently named as Adam’s Bridge is made of chain of shoals, c.18 mi (30 km) long.
The bridge’s unique curvature and composition by age reveals that it is man made. The legends as well as Archeological studies reveal that the first signs of human inhabitants in Sri Lanka date back to the a primitive age, about 1,750,000 years ...Read More
While planning to print the unabridged version of the Bhagavad-gita, Srila Prabhupada often referred to it as the revised and enlarged edition. When the BBT published its unauthorized adulterated Gita years later, they would henceforward refer to the 1972 printing as the original edition while calling theirs the revised and enlarged edition. This appears to be a subtle act of deception meant to validate the irreverent practice of changing Srila Prabhupada’s Books…
The remainder of this article will focus mainly on ...Read More
Granny was saying that this was not some ordinary book… I was very surprised. She said that we should listen to what Prabhupada said and chant Hare Krishna because that was the religion for this age. There was a lot of talk about how Christianity was no more and no one was following the Bible, but what Prabhupada said was pure and perfect…
Dear Sivarama Swami,
Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I hope you ...Read More
The path.from the hatha-yoga ashram to the Radha-Krsna temple is a well-worn one. Many people who are now Hare Krishna devotees had in the past performed various stretchings, contortions, breathing exercises, headstands, and silent meditations before they learned of the higher yoga of Krsna consciousness.
Amala-bhakta’s case is extraordinary: not only was he an expert hatha-yogi when he came to the Los Angeles temple in February of 1976, but he was also in the most respected order of spiritual life (sannyasa), ...Read More
Our process is to show Krishna Consciousness as it is, not as others want to see it. By showing KC in this way, you are making the thing less important. It is not that we should change to accommodate the public, but that we shoud change the public to accommodate us.
Bombay 28 December, 1971
My dear Yogesvara,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge your letter of 17 December, 1971, along with copies of your advertising work, slides, ...Read More
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