What are the Four Regulative Principles?







What is the first regulative principle?
Hridayananda Dasa Goswami
Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Romapada Swami
"Prabhupada himself ordered “karmi” food in the Hong Kong Hilton, according to the Prabhupada Lilamrta. Shastras do not directly speak about the issue of cooking one’s own food, and therefore it must be a detail."
- Letter, January 9, 2017
- https://goo.gl/1PY6No
"Garlic and onions, as well as meat, fish and eggs, are forbidden for devotees. Food cooked by nondevotees is also forbidden. Devotees take only kṛṣṇa-prasāda, food prepared specifically for the pleasure of the Lord and offered to Him with love and devotion."
- Fundamental Principles for Initiated Devotees
- https://goo.gl/A8QKlk
Here is some valuable instruction from Caitanya caritamrta and from Hari Sauri's diary (written while serving as Srila Prabhupada's servant) on the risk of accepting food cooked by non-devotees, even vegetarian! Combine these instructions with the Kellogg's research I sent out recently...why risk taking unknown things?
Meditation 145 -
http://www.romapadaswami.com/node/2869
"Prabhupada himself allowed this [ bhaktas who still aren't chanting 16 rounds and strictly following four regulative principles to cook for others in public programs ]. Unfortunately many devotees are more concerned with these rules then with saving the world. Prabhupada personally told me this and we see it often enough."
- Letter, January 9, 2017 - https://goo.gl/1PY6No
"I have seen at some Govinda’s restaraunts that, even though the cook is an initiated devotee, he is not chanting sixteen rounds. In such cases, what is offered to Krishna may not be accepted by Him and thus what is distributed is not prasada (and therefore not transcendental)."
- Letter posted on Dandavats.com -
http://www.dandavats.com/?p=9969
Thus, when a qualified and pure devotee cooks in a thoroughly clean atmosphere and cleansed consciousness, the prasadam correspondingly becomes that much more transcendentally enjoyed by Krishna. Conversely to the degree one is not purified, Krishna does not accept the offering.
- http://www.romapadaswami.com/node/2137




What is the second regulative principle?
Hridayananda Dasa Goswami
Bhakti Vikasa Swami
"Lord Krishna states in the Gita that in moderation, one needs recreation in order to practice spiritual life. Prabhupada was happy to see his disciples playing in the ocean at Stimson Beach, north of San Francisco. Prabhupada was against wasting time and energy with excesssive sports, but he did not oppose exercise in moderation, in fact he encouraged it. Again, this is not a big issue, since no Shastra talks about it, and Rupa Goswami does not include it in his list of basic principles of bhakti-yoga."
- Letter, January 9, 2017
- https://goo.gl/1PY6No
"Śrīla Prabhupāda further clubbed "mental speculation"[xi] and “unnecessary sporting” with gambling.[xii]".
- Fundamental Principles for Initiated Devotees
- https://goo.gl/A8QKlk
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"Well, it could be said that there are frivolous sports and non-frivolous sports. But when Srila Prabhupada says frivolous sports, I understand that to mean that he's saying that all sports are frivolous, and he's just underlining the point. Well, if Srila Prabhupada says something and somebody says something else, then follow what Srila Prabhupada says. It's an easy thing to understand."
- ASK BVKS: Frivolous Recreational Activities
- http://bvks.com/20480/




What is the third regulative principle?
Hridayananda Dasa Goswami
Bhakti Vikasa Swami
GBC
Trivikrama Swami
"Srila Acharyadeva's 40th Sannyasa Anniversary Retreat Weekend Photos : Friday Dinner w/ head cooks Divya devi dasi (far left) & Sarvatma das (far right). Pinto, Black, and Kidney Beans ; Brown Rice ; Salsa ; Guacomole ; Romaine Salad ; Tortilla Chips ; Chocolate-Walnut Fudge"
- https://goo.gl/doa6io
"Hence: “Intoxication of all description—even smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or the drinking of tea—must be prohibited.”[vii] Other intoxicants that should not be taken include alcohol, psychotropic drugs (including cannabis and its derivatives), pan, betel nuts, betel powder, coffee, and those soft drinks and other items (such as chocolate) that contain artificial stimulants, such as caffeine.[1]"
- https://goo.gl/A8QKlk
That, as it contains various stimulants like caffeine (contained in coffee), theine (contained in black tea) and theobromine (contained in cacao), chocolate should not be eaten by ISKCON devotees.
- http://gbc.iskcon.org/2012/02/09/1993/
Question: No intoxication (no drugs, no alcohol, no smoking, no coffee, no tea); but what about chocolate and drinks like Coca-cola? what if someone eats a lot of sweats at the time and gets sugar-intoxicated? Does such a person break a regulative principle?

Answer: No... But it is best to avoid.
- http://www.tvswami.sotiko.pl/?p=p_44




What is the fourth regulative principle?
Hridayananda Dasa Goswami
Bhakti Vikasa Swami
"In his teachings, Prabhupada often defined ‘illicit sex’ as ‘sex outside of marriage,’ and he also gave a stricter definition, ‘sex not for procreation.’ So we have both standards. Many grhasthas follow the easier standard, which is still admirable in this day and age."
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Prabhupada recognized that devotees gradually come to the advanced stage and, therefore, he gave the two definitions of proper and illicit sex for spiritual practitioners, as mentioned above.
- Ask Acharyadeva:
https://askacharyadeva.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/sex-spirituality/
"Illicit sex means any sexual activity other than within marriage for the purpose of begetting Kṛṣṇa conscious children. Extramarital relationships are grossly sinful and spoil spiritual advancement and therefore should not even be considered. Abortion, contraception, and sterilization are also sinful. Masturbation is also illicit sex because it uselessly wastes vital fluid and contaminates the consciousness."
- Fundamental Principles for Initiated Devotees
- https://goo.gl/A8QKlk

Danavir Goswami
GBC
"It cannot be supported that Srila Prabhupada taught such an "easier" version of regulative principles because illicit sex is not limited only to sex outside of marriage. His Divine Grace made numerous statements on the subject as did Srimad Bhagavatam (see the four verses quoted in the Premise #3 section above). When asked for a brief definition of what illicit sex constituted, His Divine Grace sometimes opted to give a simple, abbreviated description of the term rather than the more detailed explanation which he reserved for the proper time and circumstance."
- Moral Thesis Unravelled
- http://harekrsna.com/sun/editorials/08-05/editorials20.htm
[...] the GBC Body wishes to clarify that according to Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, sex life according to religious principles followed by Gaudiya Vaisnavas is for the propagation of children, not for any other purpose, and that the responsibility of the parents is then to make their offspring Krishna conscious.
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The GBC [...] suggests that rather than trying to adjust Srila Prabhupada’s definition we should go on with devotional service and humbly and sincerely keep endeavoring to reach the proper standard.
- MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE ISKCON GBC SOCIETY SRI DHAM MAYAPUR, FEBRUARY 7 -19, 2001 -
https://goo.gl/3TdP90