Swami B.R. Sridhara Videos

Deity Worship and Nama Bhajan

May 22 2022 - Video
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Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja explains the phrase 'Guru-Gaurāṅga Gāndharvā Giridhārī' and also describes the difference between arcana (Deity worship) and bhajana, and how the arcana of the Six Gosvāmīs was not merely Deity worship. This talk was given on February 21st 1982. » more

The Glories of Prahlada

May 14 2022 - Video
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In this talk given on February 19th 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja discusses why the devotee Prahlāda could pacify Narasiṁha, but Lakṣmī Devī could not. He also explains how Prahlāda represents the preliminary stages of pure devotion (śuddha-bhakti). » more

The Real Significance of Ekadasi

May 4 2022 - Video
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Why do we fast on Ekādaśī? Is it only because pāpa (sin) enters into grains on that day, or is it something deeper than that? In this talk given on February 19th 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja explains the true significance of Ekādaśī as the day when Śrī Kṛṣṇa feels more necessity to enjoy. He also... » more

A Competition of Dedication

May 1 2022 - Video
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Srila B.R. Sridhara Maharaja speaks about the nature of competition between different groups of servitors in the spiritual world which is only in the spirit of dedication. » more

The Inspired Vaiṣṇava

Apr 20 2022 - Video
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In this talk from February 15th 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja explains how the guru is the direct āśraya-vigraha (shelter) for the disciple and how the disciple is primarily concerned with the guru’s aspect as an ‘inspired Vaiṣṇava.’ » more

Divine Competition

Apr 10 2022 - Video
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In this talk from 15th February 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja explains how the guru is viewed according to rasa-vicāra (in consideration of his specific rasa). He goes on to explain how the different servitors of Kṛṣṇa are engaged in a harmonious "divine competition" in order to enhance their... » more

Kṛṣṇa - Autocrat, Despot, Liar!

Mar 28 2022 - Video
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In this talk from March 2nd 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja explains how Kṛṣṇa is an autocrat, despot and liar, and how is simultaneously our ever well-wisher. He discusses how the Lord giving us free-will is not a defect on His part. » more

The Real Key to Success

Mar 13 2022 - Video
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In this discussion from February 14th 1982, Śrīla Śridhara Mahārāja explains the attitude of a real student of spiritual knowledge and how the results of our service will come to us automatically and there is no need to become "result-mongers". » more

Truth in Installments

Feb 27 2022 - Video
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In this discussion from March 2nd 1983, Śrīla Śridhara Mahārāja is asked why some śāstras state that Śīva is supreme. He then explains how the śāstra gives truth in progressive installments according to the acceptability of the receiver. » more

When the Guru Should be Rejected

Feb 16 2022 - Video
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In this talk from February 19th 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja is asked what practical instruction is found in the pastime between Vāmana and Śukrācārya. » more

Who Are We Working Under?

Feb 4 2022 - Video
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In this talk from Feb.21st 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja is asked about travelling Deities, and explains how kīrtana is higher than arcana. He then goes on to discuss the principle of 'anugatya' working under a higher Vaiṣṇava. » more

Realisation through Maturity

Jan 20 2022 - Video
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In this talk from February 23rd 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja explains how everything is not fully understood at the beginners stage, but realisation may come at a later stage in a sādhaka. » more

Removing Obstacles in Service

Jan 7 2022 - Video
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In this talk from February 19th 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja is asked if devotees should worship Gaṇeśa to remove obstacles in their service. Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja then discusses how Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas remove obstacles to bhakti. » more

The Chastity of a Disciple

Dec 21 2021 - Video
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In this talk from February 23rd 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja is asked what is the conception of chastity for a disciple. In response, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja explains how chastity ultimately means one’s adherence to the truth of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. He also discusses the concept of ‘Śrī Gurun.’ » more

God Save Me From My Friends!

Oct 23 2021 - Video
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In this talk from 23rd February 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahāraja warns of the dangers of exploiting the guru, and how Māyā can appear in different forms. He makes the point, “God save me from my enemies, and God save me from my friends!” and explains how ultimately, the responsibility of spiritual... » more

We Are Not For “Survival of the Fittest!”

Oct 3 2021 - Video
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In this talk from February 23rd 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja explains how knowledge must be adjusted and is systematic. A senior may fall back, and a junior may become elevated. However, he goes on to warn how Vaiṣṇavas do not follow Darwin’s line of thinking concerning “survival of the fittest.” » more

Three Stages of Consciousness

Sep 22 2021 - Video
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In this talk from March 4th 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja explains the three levels of consciousness experienced by a human being - wakefulness (jāgrata), sleep (svapna) and deep sleep (suṣupti) to a limited extent, and how only Kṛṣṇa is aware of all three planes in full. » more

Vrndavana – for shallow Thinkers!

Sep 14 2021 - Video
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In this talk from Feb.22nd 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja explains a surprising statement of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura concerning Vṛndāvana-dhāma, and how Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura decided to pass his last days in Kurukṣetra. » more

Krishna's Plan or My Mistake?

Aug 30 2021 - Video
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In this talk from March 5th 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī Mahārāja answers the question, "In the absence of one's guru, how does one know if it’s not Kṛṣṇa’s plan, or it’s a mistake?" » more

Where Offences are Forgiven

Aug 13 2021 - Video
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In this talk given on February 21st 1982, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja explains the unique nature of the area in Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma known as Aparādha Bhañjana Pāṭa, where Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu forgives great offenders. Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja also explains how even the guru always considers himself... » more