“Who is Supreme?” -a Book Establishing the Supremacy of Lord Krishna

In the pandemonium of which among the 330 million demigods of the Vedas to choose and worship and India’s polytheism being one gambit of an anti-Hindu person’s unscrupulous attempts to put down Vedic culture (varnashrama dharma), this book written by Gokula Chandra Prabhu, the disciple of Tridandi Sannyasi Pramam Pujya Srila Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja, is the key to solving this confusion of which of those many headed, many handed, elephant-headed or otherwise “gods” of the Vedas to worship. We are inspired by this book to increase our own Krishna bhakti and our appropriate reverence towards the servants of Lord Krishna, the 330 million demigods. This book amplifies the message of the Bhagavata Gita, a message that the Hindus of India often seem to miss totally, the message being:

Chapter 7: Knowledge of the Absolute

TEXT 20 kamais tais tair hrta-jnanah
prapadyante ‘nya-devatah
tam tam niyamam asthaya
prakrtya niyatah svaya
Those whose minds are distorted by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures. TEXT 21 yo yo yam yam tanum bhaktah
sraddhayarcitum icchati
tasya tasyacalam sraddham
tam eva vidadhamy aham
I am in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul. As soon as one desires to worship the demigods, I make his faith steady so that he can devote himself to some particular deity. TEXT 22 sa taya sraddhaya yuktas
tasyaradhanam ihate
labhate ca tatah kaman
mayaiva vihitan hi tan
Endowed with such a faith, he seeks favors of a particular demigod and obtains his desires. But in actuality these benefits are bestowed by Me alone.

TEXT 23
antavat tu phalam tesam
tad bhavaty alpa-medhasam
devan deva-yajo yanti
mad-bhakta yanti mam api

Men of small intelligence worship the demigods, and their fruits are limited and temporary. Those who worship the demigods go to the planets of the demigods, but My devotees ultimately reach My supreme planet. read more

We Send Out Our Soldiers to Fight with Maya Akincana Staff

“There is no doubt about it, to distribute books is our most important activity. The temple is a place not for eating and sleeping, but as a base from which we send out our soldiers to fight with maya. Fight with maya means to drop thousand and millions of books into the lap of the conditioned souls. Just like during war time the Bombs are raining from the sky like anything. So you are the expert in this field.

I like also your programme of sending out your best men to teach the others. That is the actual process of Krishna Consciousness. To train others continue this programme so that in the future every devotee in our movement will know the art of distributing books. This is approved by me.

I hope this letter meets you well. read more

“Sri Vamsidasa Babaji” Glimpses into the Life of a Vaisnava Saint- A book by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami.


Srimad Bhagavad-gita (BG 9.13) declares that devotees of the Lord even though situated in the material world are actually under the spiritual energy of the Lord and therefore not subject to material laws. Srimad Bhagavatam (SB 1.1.15) further extols the glories of pure devotees of the Lord and states in a verse that such great devotees of the Lord can ‘at once’ sanctify anyone who comes in contact with them whereas the river Ganga purifies after repeated contact. What a great benediction it is therefore for anyone to behold such a personality whom merely by seeing one becomes purified and even gains the privilege of performing devotional service thus making his birth in this material life worthwhile!

Srila Vamsidas Babaji was such a great personality.

A description of the life and pastimes of this great personality are given in the book titled; Sri Vamsidasa Babaji by H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami. read more

Release of new book: Sri Namastaka of Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada

Dear devotees,

Hare Krishna. Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and his followers.

We are pleased to inform you that by the mercy of Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada and his followers, we have been able to release an English translation of his Namastaka and commentaries on it by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. read more

Prabodhananda Sarasvati’s Viveka-satakam Release

Almost five hundred years after its composition, Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati’s Viveka-satakam (A Hundred Verses of Wisdom) has been published for the first time. Although an ancient manuscript of the text was listed among a private collection in 1883, its whereabouts was unknown for many decades. After locating the manuscript in the course of my research work, it was a joy to verify that it was at least four hundred years old. Upon analyzing the text, it became clear that it had many characteristics common to other works of Srila Prabodhananda. Yet there was a difficulty – it was a poor transcription into Bengali characters and a number of incorrect readings compromised the text intelligibility to some extent. I was fortunate to come across a manuscript in Devanagari that proved to be essential to determine the original readings.

In a quasi-autobiographical tone, Srila Prabodhananda tells us some of his experiences and impressions in life, his struggles in worldly affairs, his anxieties in family life and above all, his burning desire to give up everything to go to Vrindavan, which is glorified throughout the book. It is clear that at the time of composition the author was already an adherent of Lord Caitanya’s philosophy, as he expresses his desire to serve the Lord birth after birth, declares that Krsna, the Lord of Gokula, is superior even to Lord Visnu, and mentions Srimati Radharani’s name several times. He also mentions the name “Radha-ramana” a few times, which hints that this name had special significance to him.

The present edition features other two texts previously unknown among Srila Prabodhananda’s works: Caitanya-citrastakam and Nityanandastakam. Manuscripts of these texts were subsequently located in different places in India, and each of them is several centuries old. In these two texts, the author praises both Lords with selected poetical words. read more

Life of Ramanujacarya

Ramanuja is well-known as the great philosopher and acarya of the Sri Vaishnava sampradaya. However, it should not be misunderstood that he was the founder of the Sri Vaishnavas. Originally started by Laksmidevi Herself, the Sri sampradaya contained many exalted devotees prior to Ramanuja’s appearance to whom he admits his debt in his writings. In their expressions of devotion to the Supreme Lord, all South Indian devotees were influenced by the nine Alvars, who lived several hundred years before the birth of Ramanuja. Despite some minor philosophical differences, it is plain that the themes of devotion and surrender to God, which are essential to Ramanuja’s teachings, are based to a large extent on the writings of the Alvars.

Life of Ramanujacarya book

Gita Lessons to be Included in School Syllabus: Haryana CM

GURGAON: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that lessons from ‘Gita’ and other holy books would be included in the syllabus of schools for imbibing moral values among students while also declaring that a university will be set up in Gurgaon.

According to an official statement released here, Khattar made these announcements while addressing a gathering at a function organized in Government College for Women, Sector 14.

Khattar said the focus would be on imparting value based moral and quality education and not mere teaching two plus two, a statement released by his government said. read more

Ramayana Book in Kannada

The timeless wisdom and teachings of the all-time classical epic “Ramayana” has been the beacon light to the lives of billions. The historical narration of the divine life of Lord Sri Ramachandra touches every aspect of life and has guided people to endure challenges of life successfully.
Originally born in Britain, His Holiness Bhakti Vikas Swami was attracted towards scriptures from an early age. After coming in touch with ISKCON Founder Acharya His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Bhakti Vikas Swami decided to dedicate his life for propagating Krishna Consciousness. The different books which Swamiji has written have been translated to various languages and widely distributed throughout the world.
HH Bhaki Vikas Swami has presented “Ramayana” in simple and lucid english. Seeing the need for this book in Kannada, a team of devotees have translated and published “Valmiki Ramayana” in Kannada. 

The launch of this book is scheduled on 14th December, 2014 Sunday at 9:30 am at the well known Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Mini Hall, 16th cross, Vyalikaval, Bangalore.
Learned scholar Sri Tatacharya from Melukote, famous astrologer Sri S.K.Jain and Chairman of MCA, Karnataka Government, Sri M.S.Murthy and other dignitaries will grace the occasion.
The organizers request all the readers to please attend the enlightening program and benefit from it.
To get your copy of Kannada Ramayana, please contact 9740928296 / 9986074691 or SMS KANR to 542423

This Event Has Been organized by the Devotees of ISKCON Seshadripuram, Bangalore.
We humbly Request devotees to contribute towards our new temple project to help expand our activities to all parts of the city. Please Visit http://iskconbangalore.co.in/securepage/ to contribute now!

Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project Update and Visvanatha Cakravarti’s “Gaura-gana-svarupa-tattva-candrika”

In my last expeditions, besides finding several manuscripts of Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana, I have also found a Sanskrit manuscript signed by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti called “Gaura-gana-svarupa-tattva-candrika.” The author begins by corroborating the affiliation of the Gaudiya sampradaya with the Madhva sampradaya and then proceeds to describe the identities of Lord Caitanya’s associates in Krsna-lila. This is yet another work which corroborates the Gaudiya-Madhva link and dismisses the misconception that it was Vidyabhusana’s innovation. For many decades, Gaudiya authors like Radha-Govindanatha, Puri dasa, Sundarananda Vidyavinoda, Kanai Lal Adhikari, Shyam Lal Hakin, and others actively engaged in propaganda against Baladeva Vidyabhusana and the link with the Madhva sampradaya. Although a few attempts have been made to answer to their baseless allegations, some followers of the above mentioned authors keep on perpetrating their heresies. The time has come to expose them and show even further evidence that the guru-parampara presented by Vidyabhusana is accurate. Recently I also came across manuscripts of Srila Rasikananda’s “Bhagavatastakam” and a commentary written by Sri Bhajananandadeva Gosvami, who belonged to the fourth generation of Rasikananda’s descendants and was one of the Mahantas of the Syamanandi parivara in Gopivallabhpur during Vidyabhusana’s life time. I have rendered both the original and the commentary into English and will post them online shortly. Despite a busy schedule and extensive travelling, I have also translated Vidyabhusana’s “Tattva-dipika” and Prabodhananda Sarasvati’s “Viveka-satakam,” which at present are under revision. In sequence, other unpublished manuscripts will be given attention. As previously promised, I have uploaded several old editions of Vidyabhusana’s books. So far at least one or two editions are uploaded, either in Devanagari or in Bengali script, and gradually the other editions will also be available for free here .

The Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project is now three years old and remains mostly an independent and single handed effort to accomplish the following objectives:

1. Search for lost manuscripts. (Such as the commentaries on nine Upanisads, Srimad Bhagavatam, etc.) read more

A Muslim bussiness man has a change of heart

Around one and a half years ago, while distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books on a street in Blantyre, Malawi, I met Mr. Khan, a Muslim businessman from India. He was amused to see an Indian sadhu in a dhoti and kurta on the busy streets of a remote Central African country and asked me in Hindi what was I doing. I explained to him that I was from the Hare Krishna movement and was distributing books about how to develop love for God. At that time he bought some small books. A few days later, when we met again on the street, he started criticizing Srila Prabhupada, saying that he uses abusive language and calls people rascals.

When I met him again on the street after a few days, he had started appreciating the books and said that Srila Prabhupada was actually very intelligent. After that I met him quite a few times on the street and also we crossed paths a couple of times while devotees were doing harinaam sankirtan. He consequently bought Bhagavad-gita As It Is. During the marathon, when I met him at his lodge (he runs three lodges), he said that he was going to India in February and wanted to visit Varanasi and buy copies of the Vedas, as he had knowledge of Sanskrit and liked to read in Hindi.

Recently, we received a consignment of one Hindi and three Gujarati Srimad Bhagavatam sets. I thought that the local Gurudwara (Sikh temple) would take the Hindi set for its library, as the priest likes to read in Hindi and has read some of our books, but the Gurudwara committee declined to buy it because it was too expensive. So I was wondering who would take the Hindi set. as now there are not many people who want to read in Hindi. There was one person, and I told him we have the Srimad Bhagavatam set in Hindi. He said that I could bring it and he would take a look at it. The next day I went to his lodge and explained that Srimad Bhagavatm is the ripened fruit of the tree of the Vedas. He asked the price, and by the mercy of guru and Gauranga agreed to pay in three installments. I felt that the Bhagavatam set in Hindi came all the way from India in a ship for three months just for this Muslim gentleman. read more