Official website of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is a branch of the monotheistic Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition within Hinduism dating back 5000 years to Lord Krishna Himself. ISKCON was established in the West in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada) and has since developed into a worldwide confederation of over 500 temples, centers, communities, schools, and restaurants with some 250,000 devotees. Read more on ISKCON.org
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) is widely regarded as the foremost Vedic scholar, translator, and teacher of the modern era. He is especially respected as the world’s most prominent contemporary authority on bhakti-yoga, devotional service to the Supreme Person, Krishna, as taught by the ancient Vedic writings of India. He is the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Read more on Prabhupada.net
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Worldwide prayers and offerings for His Holiness Jayapataka Swami
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The official website for JPS Office. Here you can download various initiation forms, philosophical test papers, questionnaires and checklists
The Official Database of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami. You will find links to audio recordings of the classes as well as transcriptions.
The Ministry actively collaborates with ISKCON affiliates worldwide to facilitate the spiritual growth of individuals and communities according to the teachings of Srila Prabhupada
The official YouTube channel of JPS Archives. Here you can watch most popular video uploads as well as playlists.
Srila Prabhupada’s vision of a Vedic Planetarium, which would present the universe according to the Srimad Bhagavatam, the essence of all Vedic literature and Vedantic philosophy
Guru maharaj: There are nine practices of devotional service in bhakti yoga. First is hearing and second is chanting. So why are separating chanting from service? That is the first service we do. If we do that service, we purify the mind. Lord Caitanya said that by...read more
Question: Satyameda Gauranga das. When we read Srila Prabhupada’s books, how do we get connected with Srila Prabhupada?
Guru maharaj: Srila Prabhupada wrote down his realizations from his heart. Krsna was speaking through him. So when we read Srila Prabhupada’s books, we should also be thinking of how Srila Prabhupada wrote these books. He is there in his instructions, in his vani. So...read more
Question: Madhuri Mamatamayi devi dasi: What is the attitude that a devotee should maintain while engaged in serving his or her spiritual master? Either his vani or vapu?
Guru maharaj: Follow the mood of the Siksastakam, especially the third verse. The third verse tells the mood we should be in – humble, tolerant, offering all respect to others and not expecting respect for ourselves. One devotee had cleaned Srila Prabhupada’s room and...read more
Question: Suvradev Babu, Bangladesh: Sometimes I don’t get taste and feel tired at the time of chanting but not able to find out the reason for this condition. So what process should I follow to get interest in chanting with taste again and again?
Guru maharaj: Srila Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati Thakur, he would chant his japa walking up and down. So he was a very active person. He got his taste and chant walking. Some people chant sitting down, some people pace, there is no hard and fast rule. If you don’t find...read more
Question: Suvinayaka Nityananda das: What can be the reason for not having success in Bhakti Vrksa preaching in spite of trying?
Guru maharaj: Well we are going to come out with a series of videos, from the most experienced and expert bhakti vrksa preachers. So this should be an inspiration. Sometimes people don’t actually do bhakti vrksa, but they call it bhakti vrksa. I don’t know, if what...read more
Question: Today is Srivas Thakur’s appearance day. Can you tell us what prayers we can offer to Srivas Thakur today? Rasapriya Gopika devi dasi
Guru maharaj: Well, we observe Panca Tattva, Sri Krsna Caitanya Prabhu Nityananda Sri Advaita Gadadhara Srivas adi Gaura Vrnda. So Srivas, he is incarnation of Narada muni, and he is very dear to Lord Caitanya. So we could pray that he shower us with his mercy so that...read more
Question: Ashwini Agarwal: Guru maharaj, why do we not celebrate Lord Laksmana’s appearance day? But we celebrate Lord Balarama and Lord Nityananda’s appearance days. Your servant, Aswasena Govinda das, Washington DC
Guru maharaj: Nothing that prohibits us from celebrating Laksmana’s appearance day, especially when we have Sita Rama Laksmana Hanuman. People can observe appearance day of Laksmana, there is nothing against it. It is not clear when Lord Laksmana’s appearance was. So...read more
Question: Bhaktin Abhirami. How can the youths preach effectively so that people can understand us and take us seriously too? What are the limits on what we should do and we shouldn’t do, so that we can contribute more to Srila Prabhupada’s mission and his movement?
Guru maharaj: Bhaktin Abhirami, from where? Somewhere in the world! Well, Srila Prabhupada said he was an elderly Indian and could get away with chastising people, since he was elderly. Young people cannot imitate Srila Prabhupada. But they can show by their...read more
Question: How can the youths preach effectively so that people can understand us and take us seriously too? What are the limits on what we should do and we shouldn’t do, so that we can contribute more to Srila Prabhupada’s mission and his movement?
Guru maharaj: Well, Srila Prabhupada said he was an elderly Indian and could get away with chastising people, since he was elderly. Young people cannot imitate Srila Prabhupada. But they can show by their enthusiasm, by their happiness, that Krsna consciousness works....read more
Question: In order to avoid vaisnava aparadh, can we be selective in our association, or can we keep away from such vaisnavas whom we are not comfortable with?
Guru maharaj: Good idea! To keep away from offensive people! We should select association that is positive and help us to advance in our Krsna consciousness. People who are habitual complainers, offensive, criticizers of vaisnavas, envious, we should respect them as...read more
Question: We often hear you say, “it is a slow process”. Then is it valid to think that it is understandable or even okay if initiated disciples are not chanting and following strictly?
Guru maharaj: If you don’t chant it is very slow. As it is, it is a gradual process. That means we should chant, we should be very sincere and continue with our process. Then we will gradually rise up from bhajana kriya, anarta nivritti, nista, ruci, aasakti and...read more
Question: When we see a senior devotee or someone in higher position doing something not right, what are we supposed to do?
Guru maharaj: I am not irritated. You may ask a question to someone respectfully that I see you as a senior devotee, but I see that you are smoking under the staircase or whatever that may be, should I follow this example? Like that, you can ask a question. Otherwise...read more
Q: If two senior devotees have a misunderstanding or a fight, what should be the position of the junior devotee, that he has to go and solve the problem or what should be his situation?
G: If two senior devotees have a disagreement, what should the junior devotee do to avoid it? You see if it is over preaching, there may be a disagreement, one thinks we should distribute books, someone thinks he should build the temple, someone thinks one should...read more
Question: Hare Krsna guru maharaj. When we are trying to preach Krsna consciousness to others, in the process there is a chance that we get affected by recognition and a devotee gets caught in that position of fame and gets envious of other devotees. How should one do preaching without falling in these traps?
Guru maharaj: Lord Caitanya taught us that we should take out the weeds in our devotional service. Nisidachar, kuti nati, jiva himsa, labh, puja, pratishastasha joto upashako golo. Breaking the regulative principles, political dealings, being envious against others,...read more
Guru maharaj: Initiation is the beginning of our spiritual life. We shouldn’t expect that someone after initiation is very advanced. Initiation is called the spiritual birth. So if you want to remain unborn, then don’t take initiation. But if you want to be born, then...read more
Guru maharaj: I asked this question to Srila Prabhupada. He said, I am very pleased if I see my disciples develop love of Krsna. Maybe that is a future goal, but we should try for that. And I am very pleased when I see the devotees trying very hard to spread the...read more
Question: When devotees pray in the line of mama janmani janmananisware – let me serve you birth after birth – I was wondering this maya’s world is filled with risks that could distract one from pure service. Please reveal the mood behind this prayer?
Guru maharaj: The mood is that as long as we are in this service of vaisnavas, guru and Govinda, or Gauranga, that we will be free from the contamination of maya. So we don’t mind going to the spiritual world, as long as we can serve the Lord there. But for being in...read more
Question: Hare Krishna. I am 23 years plus. I want to serve guru and Gauranga throughout my life. But I am not able to decide whether to be enter brahmachari ashram or grihastha ashram. Please help me.
Guru maharaj: What help should I give? Normally, if anyone said this to Srila Prabhupada, I am not able to decide whether I should get married or remain a brahmachari. Then Srila Prabhupada would say then you get married Ha! To stay a brahmachari is hard it is called...read more