Srila Prabhupada

Summary: The teaching which our acarya's have given us is very clear. In line with the initial message of Bhagavad-gita, the main place of repose for one's compassion is upon the soul. Deliverance of the soul from illusion coincides with deliverance of that soul from birth and death. In an age when charity and philanthropy towards the needs of the body is the vogue for religions...perhaps, for some, the standard of worth and value of any religion...a transcendental teaching is not often well understood. In a grossly distorted picture of "value on the bodily platform", just see what the discussion in #1 discloses!

Krishna directs creation
October 27, 2008

Why must there be material nature? Because of the criminal tendancy of some souls, the rebellious souls.

Reading assignment

From a lecture by Srila Prabhupada on Bhagavad-gita 2.30 - London, August 31, 1973

Jananivas prabhu serves the deities intimately
June 7, 2009

In this text from Ray of Visnu chapter 13, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati discusses the difference between Idolatry and worship of Sri Murti with an American Professor.

Reading Assignment

Srila Prabhupada

Summary: As class begins, Srila Prabhupada is commenting on the desired efficacy of electronic equipment to achieve a big task, yet so often it doesn't work. "Arambha, beginning is very gorgeous. But end is nothing." In the lecture itself, Srila Prabhupada is pointing out the fact that principle of stealing is stealing, whether the object of theft is a peach or a diamond. Both are punishable.

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

Summary: Following last week's reading assignment, I have again selected quotes from a book put together and published under the direction of Bhakti-siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, which were gleaned from the vast writings of his divine father Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura. These quotes display the great calmness and patience of BVT as he weaves his way through the bias of rationalists and sectarian Christian thought. Bear in mind that his audience is a hostile group of argumentative intellectuals. His line of reasoning is still quite relevant today, especially for our preachers who face persons who will yield to well thought out and persuasive arguments presented in a reasonable tone and in a gentlemanly manner.

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

Summary: In this essay Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur was addressing a largely European and Christian- influenced intelligencia of India during his time. Thus, he did not take for granted that there were any pre-existing components of faith in Divinity or what is Divine. Follow carefully the very gentle steps of persuasive logic which Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur takes his reader through. What genius he possessed!! The topic of mahaprasad is addressed in a question-answer format, like much of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur's writings.

Reading Assignment a) Vani Vaibhava

a) Vani Vaibhava by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur (From Chapter 14, Mahaprasada)

"What is the need for offering foodstuffs to the Lord? What is the purpose of honoring mahaprasada?"