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Priyavata's Dilemma

MP3 CD This lecture series cosists of 8 lectures from the 5th canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam recorded in 2004 in Dallas and Houston, Texas. Click here.

 

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Giriraj Swami is in the final stages of producing his long-awaited next book on the struggle to establish the temple in Mumbai.

We are pleased to announce that the following MP3 lecture CDs will soon be avaialble to order.
1. South Africa tour 2005
2. Priyavrata's dilemma
3. Nectar of Instructiuon
4. 2004 Collection

Soon we will be adding lecture and festival DVDs as well...watch this space!

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

A Talk by Giriraj Swami given in Ojai, California, on December 17, 2000

As far as the idea that Jesus Christ accepted the sins, or sinful reactions, of his followers, Srila Prabhupada expressed one concern: The followers should refrain from sin. They should consider, “Oh, if I sin, my spiritual master will have to suffer!” Christians in particular may consider, “If I sin, Jesus Christ will have to suffer for me, so I should not commit sin.” That should be the basic sense. They should not think, “Oh, I can go on sinning and poor Jesus will suffer for me.”

So, we accept Jesus as a saktyavesa-avatara, as an incarnation of Krsna. Christmas should be a time when we remember the teachings of Jesus Christ, the mercy of Jesus Christ, and the sacrifice he made for us. And we should resolve to be better followers, better servants of God and God’s representatives, and of all humankind and all living beings.

Hanukkah is also an important festival, in the Jewish tradition, celebrated at this time of year. Different festivals take place in different seasons and have different points of significance. Hanukkah is a winter festival, and winter is a dark season, when the sun sets early and rises late. Hanukkah is the festival of light. Historically, the ancient temple in Jerusalem had been seized and desecrated, but eventually, with great courage and sacrifice, the Jewish heroes, the Maccabees, won it back. They wanted to clean and purify the temple to make it fit for worship of the Lord. The worship included a flame that was sustained by sanctified oil, to be maintained at all times. But when the Maccabees regained the temple, they found only one flask of the priestly oil, enough to burn for only one day. Still, they lit the great temple lamp, or menorah, and, according to the story, the oil burned for eight days, until they could get more. So the miracle of Hanukkah is that the purified oil, which was sufficient to last only one day, burned for eight days, time enough to obtain more.MORE...

 
YOGA AND THE GITA

A Lecture by Giriraj Swami given in Imperial Beach, San Diego, on May 21, 2005

The Bhagavad-gita was spoken about five thousand years ago by Lord Krsna, who is accepted by Vedic authorities as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. When Krsna speaks, He does not speak in ordinary prose; He speaks in poetry and with melody. Thus His words have been recorded as the Bhagavad-gita, "The Song of God."

God is a person, just as we are persons, but He is not a conditioned soul like we are. He is not limited like we are, but still He is an individual. The Bible says, "Man is created in the image of God." Even logically, whatever faculties we have, whatever qualities we have, God must also have--and more. We have the faculty to think; we have the faculty to speak; we have the faculty to will; we have the faculty to feel; we have the faculty to perceive; we have the faculty to work, to act. So God has the same faculties that we have. MORE...

 
WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?

A lecture by Giriraj Swami given at the University of California at Irvine on May 18, 2005

Hare Krsna. We welcome you to tonight's discussion. Imagine a person going in to see a movie that is already in progress. In the movie, a man is sitting peacefully at his desk, and then someone come in and shoots him. The person watching the movie might think, "Oh, how horrible! Why did that happen?" But having come in mid-way, the person was not there to witness what had already happened, how the man in the office had actually arranged for the murder of so many other people. So, based on superficial appearances, one might say, "Oh, he was just an ordinary fellow. Why did he have to suffer so?" But there were things that the man did that led to him being shot that we are unaware of. And that is pretty much how the law of karma works. MORE...

 
DEATH AND DYING IN KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS

A talk by Giriraj Swami given at the San Diego Hospice on May 19, 2005

On May 19, 2005, Giriraj Swami was invited to address the physicians and nurses of San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care. This extraordinary institution has a staff of six hundred and serves, at any one time, 850 to 900 patients. It is the only hospice in the United States that boasts its own free-standing hospital, treating terminally ill patients' incidental maladies as well as offering relief for their pain. Dr. Parag Bharadwaj hosted the talk.

As a student of psychology at Brandeis University near Boston, in 1969, I met my spiritual teacher, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He had been invited to give a lecture on campus. Then, after studying with him for a year and a half in Boston, I went with him to India in 1970, and I was based there for the next thirty years. And in 1977 my spiritual master, as our instructor, taught us by his example how one leaves the world in proper consciousness... MORE...

 
SRI KRISHNA JANMASTHAMI

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...