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Srila Prabhupada is the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.








A Lecture by Giriraj Swami given in Santa Barbara, California, on March 1, 2003

The Vedic literatures inform us that there are two categories of controllers: God, the Supreme Lord, bhagavan, full in all opulences, and the demigods, devas, appointed servants of the Supreme Lord placed in charge of the various departments of the management of the universe. The Supreme Lord is compared to the king, the absolute ruler, while the various demigods are likened to the king’s ministers. They are placed in powerful positions by the king in consideration of their faithful service to him. They are always dependent on the king--always his faithful servants. The Supreme Lord can grant any boon to His worshippers, even up to liberation from material bondage. The various demigods, however, can grant only material facilities within the material world, and then too only with the sanction of the Supreme Lord. That Supreme Lord is Krsna, or Visnu, as confirmed throughout the Vedic literatures.. MORE...


A lecture by Giriraj Swami given in Bombay on February 8, 1988

From the beginning of creation, there have been two classes of human beings within the universe. One is the demigods, or the devotees, who are favorable to Lord Visnu, and the other is the demons, who are against Lord Visnu. The difference between them has existed from the beginning of creation, and the competition between them has continued until now. There are always struggles and fights between the devotees and the demons.

Even to get the place where we are so comfortably sitting now, Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, there was a great struggle. Srila Prabhupada, the devotee, wanted to purchase the land to build a temple for Radha and Krsna, and so many enemies joined together to oppose him. Month after month the struggle continued, until ultimately Srila Prabhupada and the devotees were successful. MORE...


A talk by Giriraj Swami given in San Diego on May 22, 2005

To understand the appearance and activities of the Lord is not so easy for ordinary people. Or, as Srila Prabhupada said, “It is simple for the simple but difficult for the crooked.” If one is a simple devotee and hears submissively from Vedic authorities, he can understand the transcendental science. Therefore the Vedic literature enjoins, tad vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigaccet: in order to understand the transcendental science, one must approach a spiritual master. In any subject, we require a teacher. If we want to learn how to play harmonium, we require a teacher. If we want to learn how to make a puri, we require a teacher. If we want to learn how to program a computer, we need a teacher. So, for every field of activity, we need a teacher. Why, then, should we not need a teacher for the most important subject: how to realize God, to understand God? MORE...


A lecture by Giriraj Swami on the Bhagavad-gita CH 5, Verse 17, given in Ojai, California, on August 20, 2005

We have gathered today to celebrate the most auspicious occasion of the appearance anniversary of Sri Krsna. According to Vedic authority, Krsna is the Absolute Truth, or Brahman. The Absolute Truth is defined in the Vedanta-sutra: janmady asya yato--that from which, or He from whom, everything emanates. The concept of the Absolute Truth is even higher than the concept of God. God, in Sanskrit isvara, means controller, or even the Supreme Controller. But the concept of the Absolute Truth is even higher, because, for example, someone here could be the supreme controller of the present manifestation but not the origin of everything that exists. So Krsna, according to the Vedanta-sutra and the natural commentary on the Vedanta called Srimad-Bhagavatam, is the origin of everything.MORE...


A talk by Giriraj Swami given in Sri Sri Radha-Radhanatha Temple, Durban, South Africa on October 17, 2005

We welcome you to this most auspicious place, the temple of Sri Sri Radha-Radhanatha, on the most auspicious occasion of the beginning of Kartika, in the most auspicious association of Lord Krsna’s devotees. Kartika is also known as the month of Damodar (dama means “ropes,” and udara means “abdomen”), or Krsna who allowed Himself to be bound about the waist by the ropes of His devotee’s love. MORE...


A talk by Giriraj Swami given in Carpinteria on November 17, 2001

I think of Giri Govardhana as being similar to Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu, because Giri Govardhana is Kåñëa Himself. But although he is Kåñëa Himself, according to the äcäryas, he is in the mood of a devotee. And many devotees worship Giri Govardhana in that mood—that he is a devotee of Kåñëa and of the devotees of Kåñëa. There is one famous verse in Çrémad-Bhägavatam in which the gopés praise Govardhana Hill as the best servant of Lord Hari. They describe his service to the Lord, and his service includes the service of the Lord’s devotees, go-ganayoù, the cows and the people associated with the cows—namely the cowherd men and women, the cowherd boys, and the younger gopés. Çréla Prabhupäda comments in the Kåñëa book that Govardhana Hill knew how to please the Lord by pleasing the Lord’s beloved associates. So we also learn from Govardhana Hill how to serve the devotees. And we pray to Govardhana Hill that he may enliven us and enlighten us in the service of the devotees.



A talk by Giriraj Swami given in Carpinteria on November 4, 2002

After Lord Ramacandra slew the demon Ravana and liberated Sita, He returned to His capital, Ayodhya, to assume the throne. And Ayodhya celebrated His return by lighting lamps. To welcome Him, they placed lamps, or dipas, throughout the city. In the Hindu calendar, Diwali also marks the New Year, and many Hindus perform Laksmi-puja so that the year will be successful. They also take care to repay their debts from the preceding year by Diwali time so that they don’t carry any debt (or the consequences of late payments) into the next year. MORE...


A talk by Giriraj Swami given in Chicago on August 14, 2000

At the beginning of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada explains the difference between the conception of the Absolute Truth and the conception of God. God (in Sanskrit, "isvara") means "controller." But the Absolute Truth, as defined in the Vedanta-sutra and explained in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, is "He from whom everything emanates." Someone may be God, creator and controller of the entire cosmos, but not necessarily the origin of everything. So the concept of the Absolute Truth goes beyond the concept of God as the controller. Janmady asya yatah. Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya, janmady asya yatah: Lord Krsna is the Absolute Truth. He is the origin of everything, both material and spiritual. MORE...