February 22, 2018
If you remain a pure devotee, always surrendered to Krsna, you should know it very well that Krsna will give you protection in any calamity. Don't be worried. Simply we must have the faith. That is surrender. Surrender means avasya raksibe krsna, visvasa palana [Saranagati]. You must be faithful that "I am engaged in Krsna's service. I may go to hell or heaven, it doesn't matter. I am going to serve Him. It is sure that Krsna will give me protection." So there should be no hesitation. If somebody is ordered, "Go to hell and preach Krsna consciousness," he should remain faithful to Krsna, and Krsna will give all protection.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.37 — March 15, 1976, Mayapur^ Show less
February 21, 2018
So we should not think that because we are chanting we can act all kinds of sinful activities. No. The chanting of Hare Krsna will give you protection, but you should not take advantage of. But if by accident or by unintentionally if you commit some, by habit, that is also excused. That is also stated in the Bhagavad-gita. Api cet su-duracaro bhajate mam ananya-bhak, sadhur eva sa mantavyah [Bg. 9.30]. That is accidental. Not that willful sinful activities should be done and it should be neutralized by chanting Hare Krsna mantra. No. Then you are spoiling your time. That should not be done. So yesam anta-gatam papam. So without being freed from sinful activities nobody can take to Krsna consciousness. The method is easy. You can get out of sinful activities. But don't commit again. If you think that "I shall ignite fire and pour water again," then what is the use of? Simply waste of time. So that should not be done.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.1-8 — New Vrindaban, May 23, 1969^ Show less
February 20, 2018
Nothing remains unachieved when the Supreme Personality of Godhead is pleased with someone. By transcendental achievement one understands everything else to be insignificant. One who engages in transcendental loving service is elevated to the highest perfectional stage by the Lord Himself, who is seated in everyone's heart.
SB 3.13.49 text^ Show less
February 19, 2018
The peacocks can be compared to persons who are very much harassed in the materialistic way of life. If they can find the association of a person engaged in the loving devotional service of the Lord, they become enlightened and dance just like peacocks. We have practical experience of this: many of our students were dry and morose previous to their coming to Krsna consciousness, but having come into contact with devotees, they are now dancing like jubilant peacocks.
From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna Book, Ch. 20: Description of Autumn^ Show less
February 19, 2018
Harikesa: [name of Mayavadi guru], when he lectures, he only lectures on the verses that are important. He says all the other ones, they're not really important. He picks out the ones that count.
Prabhupada: So why don't you cut his head and say that "It is not important. You are talking nonsense. Cut your head." [laughter]
Indian man: He don't give any commentary on verses, even important commentary. He speak all nonsense.
Prabhupada: No, therefore you say, "This head is not required. You are talking nonsense," and cut his head.
Aksayananda: No one knows what he's talking about anyway.
Harikesa: Especially him.
Aksayananda: Yes. No one can say. [break]
Prabhupada: ...become a problem for all these rascals, that we are presenting Bhagavad-gita as it is. That they are feeling, that "If this movement goes on, then we are all finished."
Devotee (2): Out of work.
Aksayananda: Their profession is at stake.
Prabhupada: Yes, everyone. Yes.
Morning Walk — December 10, 1975, Vrndavana^ Show less
February 17, 2018
According to Vedic culture, the women are instructed or trained up to become very chaste. Very chaste. Only one husband. Why? That is explained: strisu dustasu varna-sankarah bhavisyati. If women do not remain chaste, then unwanted population will come out. That is called varna-sankarah. Varna-sankarah means unwanted population. Actually all over the world this is happening, and therefore, the problems of the world becoming very serious and grave.
Srila Prabhupada, Pandal Lecture — November 20, 1971, Delhi^ Show less
February 16, 2018
To speak frankly, there is no necessity even for marrying. There is no necessity. If one can remain a brahmacari all through, that is a great benefit. Great benefit. Yan-maithunadi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham. What is the benefit? It is increasing botheration. But they are trying to get out of botheration. Just like we see advertisement, "One, two, three, bas — no more children." And other... "What I shall do?" "Now, kill, that's all. Kill them by contraceptive method or directly. Don't allow more than one, two, three children." They understand that "This is botheration." And the sastra also says, "Botheration."
yan-maithunadi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham
kanduyanena karayor iva duhkha-duhkham
trpyanti neha krpana bahu-duhkha-bhajah
kandutivan manasijam visaheta dhirah
"All right, I have begotten one child. I have to take care of, so much care always." But, "All right, you have trouble, taken so much trouble. Stop here. No more." "No, again." Trpyanti neha krpana bahu-duhkha-bhajah. There's so many botherations, but still, we do it practically. Why? It is said that ajitatmanah, cannot control the senses, become victimized, victims of sense enjoyment, ajitatmanah.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.6 — December 8, 1975, Vrndavana^ Show less
February 15, 2018
Everything is there in the Bhagavad-gita. Unfortunately, we do not take care of it, and we make our own interpretation. This rascaldom is going on. And perhaps we are the only society who is proclaiming, "Here is God, Krsna. Take it." We are the only society in the whole world. Otherwise they are all misled, all misled.
So anyway, others may cooperate or noncooperate, we don't mind. But we cannot change our policy. Our policy is: Krsna says, "I am the Supreme"; we must declare throughout the whole world that Krsna is the Supreme. Krsna says, mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya [Bg. 7.7]. We shall declare to the whole world that "Krsna is the Supreme. There is no more superior anyone than Krsna." This is our Krsna consciousness movement.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.1 — December 2, 1975, Vrndavana^ Show less
February 14, 2018
There are eight kinds of subtle sex life. If you see one beautiful woman and if you appreciate, "Oh, how nice the face is," that is subtle sex. If you read books, that is also subtle sex. If you endeavor how to approach that woman or man to find out the opportunity, that is subtle sex. There are eight kinds of subtle sex life. So it is forbidden for a brahmacari even to think of woman. That is brahmacari. Even thinking of woman is subtle sex life. It is very, very difficult. But mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te [Bg. 7.14]. If you catch the lotus feet of Krsna very tightly, these things will not disturb. That is said by Yamunacarya. Bhavati mukha-vikarah. If you become pure devotee of Krsna, then as soon as you think of sex, you'll spit: "Eh! Nonsense. What is this?" This is the result. That is the certificate, whether you have got that attitude — spit on it. Then you understand that you are increasing. Otherwise you are in the same hellish condition. You may show that you are becoming a devotee, very great devotee, so test yourself how much you have advanced.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.4 — December 5, 1975, Vrndavana^ Show less
February 13, 2018
Indian man(5): Srila Prabhupada, why do most people in this Kali-yuga worship Lord Siva instead of worship Lord Krsna? Because Krsna known as God...
Prabhupada: Because they can get immediate money from Siva. That is the reason. Lord Siva is the proprietor, or the supreme person within this material world, and he is asutosa, very easily pleased. Therefore materialistic person go to him for some material benefit, and he gives. That's all.
Indian man (6): But Lord Siva is the greatest Vaisnava.
Prabhupada: Yes, everyone is Vaisnava. He is the greatest Vaisnava. Vaisnavanam yatha sambhuh. Unless he is Vaisnava, how he gets this power? The power comes from the original person.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.2 — October 28, 1975, Nairobi^ Show less
February 12, 2018
A saintly person can tolerate all kinds of miserable conditions of life, a learned man can discharge his duties without awaiting favorable circumstances, a heinous person like Kamsa can act in any sinful way, and a devotee can sacrifice everything to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna Book, Ch. 1: The Advent of Lord Krsna^ Show less
February 11, 2018
Prabhupada: Hare Krsna. So we have to create divine because the world is full of devils.
Tamala Krsna: But we have to be divine ourselves.
Prabhupada: Unless you become divine, how you can convert others to divine? If you are devil, you will convert others to become devil, that's all.
(Morning Walk — April 19, 1975, Vrndavana)^ Show less
February 10, 2018
Simple life, eat simple things, grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and save your time for advancing in Krsna consciousness. Don't be implicated in the ugra-karma. Modern civilization is implicated in ugra-karma — vast machinery, everything complicated. The government complicated, the society complicated, economics rule complicated, foreign exchange complicated. Everything has become complicated. So Narottama dasa Thakura has sung very nice song. Satsanga chari kainu asatye vilas, ei karane lagila more karma bandha-phansa. Because we have given up Krsna consciousness, therefore we have been entangled in the different varieties of material activities. Now we have to simplify it. The Krsna consciousness movement is to simplify, to save the valuable life, to save the time of valuable life. This human form of life is very valuable. Bahunam janmanam ante [Bg. 7.19]. After many, many births we have got this important life. So we have to save our time to utilize it for Krsna consciousness. That should... So far we have got this material body, we want to maintain it. The body and souls live together. That is all right. For that, Krsna has given every chance. Anywhere you sit down, you have got land and cow. You produce something and cow's milk. That is sufficient for maintenance. So let us try to make an attempt to organize a New Vrindaban scheme, and I shall request all my students to develop this idea and show a good example to this Western part of the world where people are always engaged in ugra-karma, asuric-karma.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.13-14 — August 22, 1968, Montreal^ Show less
February 9, 2018
Suppose a woman is trying to become man artificially, how long it will go on? How she can be happy? That is not possible. Actually, in the Western countries at least we see that the woman class, they want equal rights with men. And there is. There is no distinction. But it is my experience, the woman class, they are not happy in the Western countries. And still in our country, although we are so fallen, still our woman class remains satisfied. Being predominated, they are happy. They are happy. That is my practical experience. So I do not wish to discuss this point very much, but according to our Manu-samhita, it is said that women should not be free.
Srila Prabhupada; Ahmedabad, December 8, 1972^ Show less
February 8, 2018
If the government simply prohibits these four things—meat-eating and drinking, gambling and illicit sex—the whole country will change, immediately.
All sinful activity. Ugra-karma. And if you drink wine, then you must require meat. Otherwise your liver function will be bad. There must be lump of meat. And as soon as wine and meat combine, then you require illicit sex. It is one after another. This is scientific. So we stop immediately: "Stop these four principles." Then one will be free from sinful life. Then he'll understand what is God. Otherwise not possible. A sinful man cannot understand what is God. Why the whole world is godless? On account of the sinful life, they cannot understand.
Srila Prabhupada — November 21, 1975, Bombay^ Show less
February 7, 2018
The awakened soul says in effect to the mind and body. 'I am not identical with you. I do not want what you require. I have so long believed that I was identical with yourselves and that our interests were the same. But I now find that I am really and categorically different from you.
I am made wholly of the principle of self-consciousness while both of you are made of dead matter. Being matter you can act and be acted upon by matter under the Laws of Nature. Nature makes and unmakes you, but she has no power over me. I am not benefitted by Your growth or harmed by your decay. You grow and decay by the laws that govern your relationships with this physical universe. Falsely identifying myself with you I find myself compelled to suffer pain and pleasure due to the physical problems that overtake you. I find myself unnaturally yoked to your functions such as eating, drinking, producing thought, etc. etc. and am forced to believe them to be my own functions by which I am benefitted. Of course, I shall have to stay with you as long as it is intended by providence that I should suffer the consequences of this unnatural alliance with you. But I shall from this time do nothing to please you. I shall permit you to do only what I consider to be necessary for my well-being — regaining my natural position of free conscious existence unhampered by an unnatural domination caused by longing for material enjoyment. I refuse to be any more a slave of the sensuous inclinations of the mind and body."
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, "Sri Caitanya's Teachings" part 2, p.78.^ Show less
February 6, 2018
According to the revealed scriptures, if a spiritual master can convert even one soul into a perfectly pure devotee, his mission in life is fulfilled. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura always used to say, "Even at the expense of all the properties, temples and mathas that I have, if I could convert even one person into a pure devotee, my mission would be fulfilled." It is very difficult, however, to understand the science of Krsna, what to speak of developing love of Godhead. Therefore if by the grace of Lord Caitanya and the spiritual master a disciple attains the standard of pure devotional service, the spiritual master is very happy. The spiritual master is not actually happy if the disciple brings him money, but when he sees that a disciple is following the regulative principles and advancing in spiritual life, he is very glad and feels obliged to such an advanced disciple.
Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Adi 7.91^ Show less
February 5, 2018
"I shall become liberated. Let me give up everything and sit down." Sometimes that is also good, but sometimes we take it to get cheap adoration from innocent public that "Here is a Vaisnava. He sits down." No. My Guru Maharaja, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, he was not that type of Vaisnava. That is his special gift. He wanted every one of his disciples to go and preach the cult of Krsna consciousness.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada's Appearance Day — Mayapur, February 8, 1977^ Show less
February 4, 2018
My Guru Maharaja used to say... He had so many temples all over India, and he used to say sometimes that "If by selling all these properties, temples, if I could turn one man to Krsna consciousness, then my mission will be successful." He used to say that. So our purpose is not to construct big, big buildings. That is required for propaganda work, for giving shelter to people. But our main business is how to turn the face of the bewildered conditioned souls towards Krsna. That is our method. That is our main purpose. Therefore, Bhaktivinoda Thakura and other Vaisnavas, they did not advise to give much attention for constructing big, big temples and mathas. Because if our attention is diverted towards these material things...
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on The Nectar of Devotion — Vrndavana, November 11, 1972^ Show less
February 3, 2018
In Europe and America we see, they are very much fond of ugra-karma, just like big, big factories, big, big bridges, wonderful. Long, long ago when the Britishers came here, they constructed big, big bridges, railway line. People thought, "It is wonderful." There is a song composed in Bihar. So when the Calcutta, the floating bridge made of wood, wooden bridge, floating bridge was constructed, connected Calcutta proper and Howrah, so there was big, wonderful song: ki apana banaylay sahat campani. There is song, ki apana banaylay sahat campani upara me ami cale, and..., just like that, niche me pani[?].
So this ugra-karma, formerly this ugra-karma was entrusted to the demons. Those who were in the sattva-guna, they do not like this ugra-karma. Sattva-guna, rajo-guna, tamo-guna. Rajas-tamo-bhavah [SB 1.2.19]. The... Those who are under the control of rajo-guna and tamo-guna, they are engaged in ugra-karma. Ugra-karma, industrial enterprise: big, big roads, big, big skyscraper. This is called ugra-karma. So ugra-karma is very pleasing to the ugra-jatis, just like Hiranyakasipu. What was the trouble between the father and the son? The father was for ugra-karma, and the son, Prahlada, was for sattvika life.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.8 — February 15, 1976, Mayapur^ Show less
February 2, 2018
Pusta Krsna: Now the incentive in modern society to become educated or to become engineer is money. What is the incentive in Vedic culture?
Prabhupada: There is no need of money. The brahmana teaches everything free of charge. There is no question of money. Anyone can take education as a brahmana or a ksatriya, as a vaisya. but that is free. Just find out a brahmana guru and he will give you free education. This is society. But in the Vedic society there is no question of money. Education free.
Harikesa: So the incentive is the happiness in society?
Prabhupada: Yes. That is everyone is hankering after: Where is happiness? This will be the happiness. When people will be peaceful, happy in their living condition, that will bring happiness.
(Oct 16, 1975)^ Show less
February 1, 2018
Indian man: Srila Prabhupadaji, regarding karma: one does his job every day, and if he spends some time in the evening in chanting Lord Krsna, do you approve this?
Prabhupada: Oh, yes. Why not? Svalpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat [Bg. 2.40]. If you think of Krsna once, that will not go in vain. That is recorded. Svalpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat. Just like Ajamila. At the last stage of his life he chanted "Narayana" and became liberated. So something is, about Krsna, is very good. And you'll get chance to increase. If you believe that by chanting Hare Krsna you'll be liberated, then why fifteen minutes? Why not fifteen hours? What is the loss there? If you chant Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, what is the loss? Is there any loss? Then? Why fifteen minutes? Chant, kirtaniyah sada harih [Cc. Adi 17.31], as long as you can. Now chant Hare Krsna.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.3 — October 29, 1975, Nairobi^ Show less
January 31, 2018
Dr. Patel: I think the greatest damage done to this civilization of Aryans of India was by Macaulay, who introduced the British system of education.
Prabhupada: But why you accepted that? [laughter] Why you accepted? Then why don't you accept? You should have refused.
Dr. Patel: Well, we were not there to refuse. We came afterwards. Our forefathers gave us...
Prabhupada: No, you can... Just like they are reforming. Their forefathers were drunkards, woman-hunters, [laughter] and they are reformed, the great-grandchildren. And we old men, we cannot do that.
Dr. Patel: I talk of Macaulay...
Prabhupada: Macaulay may mislead you. Why you should believe?
Dr. Patel: He has misled our forefathers.
Prabhupada: No, why you should be misled?
Dr. Patel: Now we are going to lead them. Are you not leading them?
Prabhupada: Yes. Your forefathers might have been misled, but why you will commit the same mistake again?
> Morning Walk — November 3, 1975, Bombay^ Show less
January 30, 2018
Nitai guna-mani amar nitai guna-mani — this is a song sung by Locana Dasa Thakura, almost a contemporary of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He has got many books on the life and precepts of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. So he is saying that Lord Nityananda is full of good qualities, guna-mani.
Guna-mani means the jewel of all qualities. So nitai guna-mani amar nitai guna-mani. He is repeatedly uttering that Lord Nityananda is the reservoir of all good qualities. Aniya premera vanya bhasailo avani. And on account of His spiritual qualities, he inundated the whole world by the flood of love of God. It is by His kindness people can feel what is love of God. Premer vanya loiya nitai aila gauda-dese. When Caitanya Mahaprabhu left home and took sannyas, He made His headquarter at Jagannatha Puri. So after His accepting the sannyas order, when He left His home and country Lord Nityananda Prabhu also accompanied Him up to Jagannatha Puri.
So after a few days, Lord Caitanya requested Him that "If both of us remain here, then who will preach in Bengal?" Bengal is known as gauda-dese. So under the order of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He brought from Him the flood of love of Godhead and He distributed in the whole of Bengal, gauda-dese. And in that flood of love of God, all devotees became drowned. Only those who were not devotees, they could not drown but they were floating, dina hina bache. But so far Nityananda Prabhu is concerned, He does not make any discrimination between devotees and nondevotees. Dina hina patita pamara nahi bache.
Poor or rich or enlightened or foolish, everyone could take the instruction of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and become drowned in the ocean of love of Godhead. Such love of Godhead is brahmar durlabha. Even Lord Brahma, who is the supreme teacher within this universe, he also cannot relish. But by the grace of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Mahaprabhu, this love of Godhead was distributed to everyone without any discrimination.
So abaddha karuna-sindhu, it was just like a big ocean blocked all sides. Ocean of love of Godhead is a big ocean, but it was not inundated. So Nityananda Prabhu cut a canal from the ocean, and He brought the canal in every door. Ghare ghare bule prema-amiyara ban. The flood of the nectar of love of Godhead was thus distributed in each and every home in Bengal. Actually still Bengal is overwhelmed when there is talk of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu.
Locan bole, now the author is speaking on his behalf that anyone who does not take the advantage given by Lord Nityananda Prabhu, so in his opinion he thinks that such a person knowingly is committing suicide.
(Srila Prabhupada, speaking on September 24, 1972, in Los Angeles)^ Show less
January 29, 2018
Narottamo bado dukhi, Narottama dasa Thakura, the acarya, is taking the position that he is very unhappy. Actually, he is representing ourselves. He says, "My dear Lord, I am very unhappy." Nitai more koro sukhi "Therefore I am praying to Lord Nityananda to make me happy." Rakha ranga-caranera pasa. "Please keep me in a corner of Your lotus feet."
From Srila Prabhupada's Purport to Nitai-pada-kamala, a song by Srila Narottama dasa Thakura^ Show less
January 28, 2018
In the Western countries where there is no sun, it is hell, simply hell, simply hell without sun. All the condemned countries are devoid of sunlight. This morning we were speaking that London, it is without sunlight practically throughout the whole year. Long ago, in 1969, in the television, the television man asked me that "Where is hell?" and "It is here in London." [laughter] That was published in the paper. There is such a... And always dark and always moist and always so cold. So this is hell.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.28.21 — November 1, 1975, Nairobi^ Show less
January 27, 2018
Bharata-varsa, the devatas, the demigods, they desire to take birth in India because here is the opportunity. Still, so much broken, you will find, you have seen, that when we hold this Hare Krsna festival, twenty thousand, fifty thousand men come automatically. You will find never in any other country. Still in India you will find that. Why? Because they have taken birth in India the facility is there. So it is very unfortunate that Indians are trying to forget Krsna. Very unfortunate. Krpana. If you have got money, if you don't utilize it properly, that is your misfortune. Similarly, in India, those who have taken birth, they have got the opportunity. Bhagavad-gita was spoken in India, but they are reluctant. They're reluctant. This is their misfortune.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.28.20 — October 30, 1975, Nairobi^ Show less
January 26, 2018
During the rainy season, lightning appears in one group of clouds and then immediately in another group of clouds. This phenomenon is compared to a lusty woman who does not fix her mind on one man. A cloud is compared to a qualified person because it pours rain and gives sustenance to many people; a man who is qualified similarly gives sustenance to many living creatures, such as family members or many workers in a business. Unfortunately, his whole life can be disturbed by a wife who divorces him; when the husband is disturbed, the whole family is ruined, the children are dispersed or the business is closed, and everything is affected. It is therefore recommended that a woman desiring to advance in Krsna consciousness live peacefully with a husband and that the couple not separate under any condition. The husband and wife should control sex indulgence and concentrate their minds on Krsna consciousness so their life may be successful. After all, in the material world a man requires a woman and a woman requires a man. When they are combined, they should live peacefully in Krsna consciousness and should not be restless like the lightning, flashing from one group of clouds to another.
From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna Book^ Show less
January 25, 2018
We don't imagine God. Krsna is not imagination. He presented Himself 5,000 years ago as He is, and we are presenting Krsna as He is. We are presenting Krsna's philosophy and teaching as it is and what can we do more? But this process of presentation has become fortunate and we have become successful. I do not wish to change the process.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Sri Pannalalji — Bombay 16 May, 1974^ Show less
January 24, 2018
My mind has become purified because I have associated with Advaita Acarya, who is directly the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
He is unparalleled in His understanding of all the revealed scriptures and the devotional service of Lord Krsna. Therefore He is called Advaita Acarya.
He is such a great personality that by His mercy He can convert even the meat-eaters [mlecchas] to the devotional service of Krsna. Who, therefore, can estimate the power of His Vaisnavism?
Cc Antya 7.17-19, Srila Prabhupada's translation^ Show less
January 23, 2018
The yoga system, hatha-yoga system, is meant for this class of rascals, ajita. Yoga indriya-samyamah. Real meaning of yoga means controlling the senses. So because everyone is ajita-sad-varga — ajita means not conquered — so those who are too much addicted in the bodily concept of life, for them this hatha-yoga is prescribed. The purpose is to control the senses, not that to reduce fat or something else. No. Real purpose is yoga indriya-samyamah. Because unless we control the senses, we remain in ignorance, blind, and go on.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.52 — August 5, 1975, Detroit^ Show less
January 22, 2018
Eating, sleeping, mating, and defending, they should be reduced, and come to the point, no sleeping, no eating. Just like Raghunatha dasa Gosvami. He came to that point, no sleeping, no eating. All the Gosvamis, they were not sleeping more than two hours. So why about Gosvamis? Even big karmis, like Subash Bose, Gandhi, they were also not sleeping. I heard that Napoleon Bonaparte, he was not sleeping. When he was passing from one warfield to another, on his horse he slept. That's all. He never went to the bedroom for sleeping. Gandhi used to do that. He would sleep when he was passing from one station, one... In the motorcar he would sleep. Then again he will begin work.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.3.18 — Gorakhpur, February 11, 1971^ Show less
January 21, 2018
Prabhupada: To become lazy is the recommendation of the sastra. To become lazy... It is a bad word, "lazy," but actually life means not to work very hard. That is real life. And to work hard for eating, that is animal life; that is not human life. Human life should be very peaceful, without any hard work, and cultivating spiritual knowledge. That is human life, not that to work hard like hogs and dogs throughout the whole day for find out some stool, where it is. That is not human life. So people are being educated to work very hard. That is not human life. Therefore those who have got money, they build nice bungalow in a secluded place to live peacefully, to become lazy.
Perfection of life means ultimately you become lazy; you haven't got to work. That is perfection, they say. Otherwise, why they get a cottage in a secluded place and live? All these Americans, they go weekend. They leave aside all working, they become tired, hard working, and they go. That is the intention, that you should live peaceful life, not working very hard. That is human life. Otherwise why they go outside the city at the weekend? Why do they go?
Indian man: They want rest, I suppose. They want to rest.
Prabhupada: So that means lazy. Rest means lazy; you don't work.
Indian man: If one works five days a week, you rest for two...
Prabhupada: That is another thing. You have to work to become lazy. [laughter] That is another thing. But the goal is to become lazy. You work five days very hard just to become lazy for two days. That's all. So if you have got means to become seven days lazy, you'll prefer it.
Pusta Krsna: Most people would go crazy if they didn't have any work.
Prabhupada: No, that means their life is not properly conducted. And therefore the word laziness has come. Laziness is not actually the word. Laziness means minimizing the bodily labor and engaged in spiritual work. If you ask people, "Please come to our temple," who is coming? Because he says, "I have no time." But we are not working hard.
> Morning Walk — October 19, 1975, Johannesburg^ Show less
January 20, 2018
Mr. Balu and his wife came to Srila Prabhupada and asked him to please speak about the rasa-lila of Radha and Krsna. Prabhupada replied that the rasa-lila, being the most exalted spiritual topic, was meant only for liberated souls. Only one completely free of material desires, Prabhupada explained, was fit to hear the rasa-lila.
"No, Swamiji," Mr. Balu insisted. "My wife and I are very keen. You must recite rasa-lila."
Again Prabhupada described the exalted position of the rasa dance, repeating that only when one is completely free of all material attachments to wife, family, home, and money could he become fit to hear of Krsna's rasa dance. Mr. Balu then folded his hands and politely repeated, "Swamiji, my wife and I plead with you. Please recite rasa-lila."
Then Prabhupada replied, "Well, you may be fit to hear rasa-lila, but I do not feel that I am qualified to speak it. So kindly ask someone else."
> From Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta^ Show less
January 19, 2018
So we should remain tad-adhina, always under Krsna. That is our perfection. If we remain... Just like in Western countries, they rebel. If a woman is advised to remain under the control of the husband, that is insult to them. They cannot tolerate it. But actually we see in India that a wife who remains under the guidance of the husband, she is happy. That's a practical fact. That is a practical fact. And therefore in the Manu-samhita it is advised, na striyam svatantram arhati. Women should be always protected. Protection does not mean negligence. No. Protection means to give him [her] all facilities. That is protection. Just like father gives protection to the chil... That does not mean neglecting. Similarly, a woman should be protected. It is not that neglecting. They misunderstand. In the Western countries maybe there is misbehavior, but actually we have seen, still going on in India, the woman is... That is the ideal given by Lord Ramacandra, how woman is given protection by the husband. Sitadevi was kidnapped. Ramacandra is the Supreme Lord; He could have married many thousands of Sita. But as the dutiful husband, to rescue one wife He killed the whole family of Ravana. This is protection. He killed the whole family of him. He became... This is. So woman requires protection, and the husband is responsible to give protection, the father is responsible to give protection, and the elderly children, they are responsible to give protection.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.28.18 — October 27, 1975, Nairobi^ Show less
January 18, 2018
Your final question is how can you become a pure devotee, and the answer to this is given in Bhagavad-gita. Krishna instructs Arjuna that the mahatma, the pure devotee, is he who has fully surrendered himself unto the spiritual nature. And how can we tell if one is completely surrendered unto the spiritual nature? He is always fully engaged in devotional service to Krishna. So this is the process of becoming a pure devotee. We have to engage all of our words, thoughts, and activities in Krishna Consciousness under the direction of the Spiritual Master. Therefore, at every moment you should be busy in some way in serving Krishna and His pure devotees, and automatically you will become purified in Krishna Consciousness. Krishna is always willing to shower His mercy upon His devotees, so we have simply to become receptive to this mercy by devotional service, and then the path is very easy.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Visala — West Virginia 16 June, 1969^ Show less
January 17, 2018
Anyone in this material world who offers his obeisances before the Deity, don't think it is useless. It is taken into account. Therefore Krsna advises, if you cannot do anything, you do four things: man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru [Bg. 18.65]. "At least come before Me," just like we do. We come in the temple and offer our obeisances. It is so easy to go back to home, back to Godhead. It is not very difficult task at all. If you cannot do anything — if you cannot read books, if you cannot understand philosophy, if your behavior is not on the standard — still, if you simply offer your obeisances before the Deity, you make progress. You make progress. Undoubtedly. In the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu you will find it that this worshiping method — come to the temple, offer obeisances, just like these boys, they are playing mrdangas, they are playing cymbals, dancing — every item is taken into account. Every item. Not that it is going futile. No. That is Krsna consciousness, that is bhakti-marga, svalpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat [Bg. 2.40]. Simply by playing on the cymbal, on the khol, taking little caranamrta... Everything in detail there is in the Nectar of Devotion, you have read.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.5 — February 12, 1976, Mayapur^ Show less
January 16, 2018
Referring to gurukula boys in Mayapur, Srila Prabhupada said:
So these little boys who are taking to Krsna consciousness, just like Prahlada Maharaja, maha-bhagavata, he is also playing the part of a child, immediately falling down; so these children who are here, even imitation, it will not go in vain. Krsna is so kind, as it is said here, sva-pada-mule-patitam tam arbhakam. Although they are innocent children, but when they're offering obeisances to Radha-Madhava it is of value, "Yes, very good." It is going to their credit. It is not bad. Some may think that these boys are brought here and their life is being spoiled; they are not being educated in the modern way; they're simply chanting, dancing and offering... But that is the real education. Tan manye adhitam uttamam, Prahlada Maharaja. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam arcanam vandanam dasyam [SB 7.5.23], the devotional service. Tan manye adhitam uttamam. They are being first-class educated, these boys, they, simply by chanting and dance. Don't be disturbed, that "My child is not being educated." What is this education? This education, this bodily concept of life, it is not education. That "I am this body," "I am Indian," "I am American," "I am brahmana," "I am ksatriya," "I am white," "I am black," this education, the whole world this education is going on, nationalism, in the name of nationalism, communism, socialism. They are all bodily concept of life. That is not education. That education is useless, because this kind of education will not stop the process of birth, death, old age and disease. They may be technical education, temporary, some bodily comfort, but this is not taken as education. Real education is brahma-jijnasa, athato brahma jijnasa. That is real education. What I am, that is brahma-jijnasa. Aham brahmasmi. When he comes to the conclusion that he is not this body, he is spirit soul, that is real education.
Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.5 — February 12, 1976, Mayapur^ Show less
January 15, 2018
We request everyone to take advantage of this great transcendental literary work. One will find that by reading one page after another, an immense treasure of knowledge in art, science, literature, philosophy and religion will be revealed, and ultimately, by reading this one book, Krsna, love of Godhead will fructify.
From Srila Prabhupada's preface to "Krsna" book^ Show less
January 14, 2018
Because Prajapati Daksa was a grhamedhi who wanted to remain in household life, he thought that if Narada Muni could not remain in one place, but had to travel all over the world, that would be a great punishment for him. Actually, however, such a punishment is a boon for a preacher. A preacher is known as parivrajakacarya — an acarya, or teacher, who always travels for the benefit of human society. Prajapati Daksa cursed Narada Muni by saying that although he had the facility to travel all over the universe, he would never be able to stay in one place. In the parampara system from Narada Muni, I have also been cursed. Although I have many centers that would be suitable places of residence, I cannot stay anywhere, for I have been cursed by the parents of my young disciples. Since the Krsna consciousness movement was started, I have traveled all over the world two or three times a year, and although I am provided comfortable places to stay wherever I go, I cannot stay anywhere for more than three days or a week. I do not mind this curse by the parents of my disciples, but now it is necessary that I stay in one place to finish another task — this translation of Srimad-Bhagavatam. If my young disciples, especially those who have taken sannyasa, take charge of traveling all over the world, it may be possible for me to transfer the curse of the parents to these young preachers. Then I may sit down conveniently in one place for the work of translation.
From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 6.5.43^ Show less