July 24, 2017
Along with the Deity worship in this temple, hold classes at least five hours. As in the schools and colleges there are regular classes, forty-five minutes' class, then five or ten minutes' recess, again forty-five minutes' class, in this way, so we have got enough subject matter to study, and if we study all these books, to finish them it will take at least twenty-five years. So you are all young men. I request you to engage your time in reading books, in chanting, in Deity worshiping, in going to preach, selling books. Don't be lazy. Always remain engaged. Then that is Krsna consciousness.
(Srila Prabhupada, Arrival Lecture — Mexico, February 11, 1975)^ Show less
July 23, 2017
This attachment, karmanubaddha, for this material world, everyone is busy — we have discussed many times — from morning till late at night, and night also, they are busy. Big, big factories, they are working day and night, one shift, other shift. That has become the criterion of civilization. Formerly it was less, because this ugra-karma... These factories means ugra-karma, unnecessarily severe, hard work. Unnecessarily. We have seen in Detroit, they are manufacturing one Ford, manufacturing Ford, simply wheels of the motorcar. Huge stock wheels. And somebody is manufacturing tire, huge stock of tire, and they are giving estimate: Up till now, so many millions of tire we have manufactured. Well, you know all this. It is in your country. And then there are so many motor parts, there are three thousand small parts. So big, big factories, they are working to manufacture the parts of the motorcar, different parts of the motorcar, day and night working. And ultimately, they are preparing one car, and people are using huge quantity of cars. This is called karmanubaddha, unnecessary, ugra-karma.
Transportation is required, but we see from Krsna books that the inhabitants of Gokula... There was a meeting headed by Nanda Maharaja's young brother, Upananda, and all the villagers, they assembled together. They discussed that Our Krsna is being repeatedly attacked by the asuras, and it has become very troublesome. So let us leave this place. They are villagers. They thought it wise that Because we are in this village, some of the demons, they are coming and disturbing. So they are villagers... Immediately Nanda Maharaja agreed, All right, let us leave this place. So immediately, they transferred the whole village with their possessions, cloth or something, everything, within one hour. And they transported by the bullock cart to Nandagrama. That means, the idea is the whole village was transferred from one village to another within very short time. So the transport is required, the transport by bullock carts. The bulls are there. They can be used for transport. Or asses can be used for transport. And camels can be used for transport. There are so many animals. So advancement, and big, big kings, royal families, they have got their transport service by keeping elephants and horses. They can get on the back of the horses and get yourself there. So nature's arrangement, God's arrangement is there. Transport is required in the human society, but you can utilize so many animals for your purpose. But at the present moment, ugra-karma. The transport is there, but they have manufactured big, big buses for transport, big, big cars, and the animals, they are now killed and eat. This is civilization. This is civilization. Not to reduce the labor, but increase the labor. Therefore they are called ugra-karma, jagatah hita, and that will create disastrous condition of the human society. This is discussed in Bhagavad-gita.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.10-13 — Vrndavana, November 1, 1976^ Show less
July 22, 2017
Prabhupada: ...their own food, it takes working eight hours for three months. So three months, if they work hard — hard means eight hours, not more than — then the whole year's provision is there.
Siddha-svarupa: Yes. Simply they have to harvest time, maybe two hours a day. Farming or being in the countryside also seems to be... In itself, working in the countryside rather than in a factory seems to be more conducive for thinking, even while they're working.
Prabhupada: No, it is a fact. This factory working is most demonic. It is not required at all. For the interest of a few persons this device has been invented.
(June 18, 1975, Honolulu)^ Show less
July 21, 2017
In regard to the instructions of the father and mother, it may be said that every living entity, including even the insignificant cats, dogs and serpents, takes birth of a father and mother. Therefore, getting a material father and mother is not a problem. In every form of life, birth after birth, the living entity gets a father and mother. In human society, however, if one is satisfied with his material father and mother and their instructions and does not make further progress by accepting a spiritual master and being educated in the sastras, he certainly remains in darkness. The material father and mother are important only if they are interested in educating their son to become free from the clutches of death. As instructed by Rsabhadeva (SB 5.5.18): pita na sa syaj janani na sa syat/ na mocayed yah samupeta-mrtyum. One should not strive to become a mother or father if one cannot save one's dependent son from the impending danger of death. A parent who does not know how to save his son has no value because such fathers and mothers may be had in any form of life, even among the cats, dogs and so on. Only a father and mother who can elevate their son to the spiritual platform are bona fide parents. Therefore according to the Vedic system it is said, janmana jayate sudrah: one is born of a material father and mother as a sudra. The purpose of life, however, is to become a brahmana, a first-class man.
From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 6.5.20^ Show less
July 20, 2017
Prabhupada: The lusty desire is so prominent that whenever they will get some opportunity. Therefore it is ordered that you should not remain alone even with your sister, with your daughter, with your mother — and what to speak of others. Sastra says, matra svasra duhitra va naviviktasano bhavet [SB 9.19.17]: "Don't keep yourself alone even with your mother or sister or daughter," what to speak of others. This is prohibited. And those who have taken this brahmana, celibacy, for them to see even one women and appreciate, "Oh, she is very nice," that is also subtle sex. Eight kinds of subtle sex. Therefore according to Vedic civilization, woman is allowed to dress herself very nicely only before the husband. On the street, they will not go out. They will not go out. Even they go out — covered. That is observed strictly by the Muhammadans. Nobody can see the bodily structure.
Siddha-svarupa: The Chinese, they are also like that. Conservative.
Prabhupada: Hindus, they did not do. Even my mother; my wife also. Now, from our daughter's time they are going to. Going to next-door neighbor, so my mother used to go there in car — next door. Not walking; by car, carriage, because next door simply one step. So there was no horse. The coachman, by hand he... But still the carriage must be. Otherwise... And there was palanquin going from this house to that house. A palanquin man, four men, carried. Four carriers. And they would charge maybe five paisa. That was the situation, even our mother's time. My mother, my wife also was taken in. My wife never gone in bus, tram. No. They would travel...
Bali-mardana: During the time you have been living, you have seen such vast changes.
Bali-mardana: We have grown up in this degraded culture.
Prabhupada: Nobody would see the face of woman. Veil. Who is going, nobody knows: "Some women is there." That is Oriental culture. I have seen in Iran, even nowadays, nobody can see.
Siddha-svarupa: Didn't the Japanese have something like that too, where they require them to be covered?
Bali-mardana: They had just palanquins, too, but covered palanquins. The Chinese, too.
Prabhupada: The Japanese, say about forty years ago... One of my friends, he had a Japanese tenant in Calcutta. Not tenant... He was working with the distribution at a big office, so he was assistant cashier. So during Christmas he gave some presentation, and went to his boss's house. So the servant came to receive the presentation, and when he asked about the lady, his wife, the servant replied that "In the absence of her husband, she does not see anybody." That I have seen. Not that she came to received, "Oh, Mister, you have come to Mr. Such-and-such's house. All right." No. It was done by the servant. And when he asked about the Mrs., the servant said that "In the absence of the master she does not see anyone."
Bali-mardana: When the husband was away, the Japanese women, they painted their teeth black — there was some dye — to make them look ugly.
Prabhupada: This is Vedic civilization. This is called prosita bhartrka. By dress one would understand what she is: whether she is married, whether she is not married, whether her husband was out of home, whether she is widow, whether she is prostitute — everything, by dress. One hasn't got to ask what she is; by her different dress people will understand. This, it is called sita. What do you call this?
Govinda dasi: Part? The part?
Prabhupada: So the prostitute would keep their part...
Bali-mardana: Right side.
Prabhupada: ...like that, not in the middle.
Bali-mardana: On the side.
Prabhupada: Then everyone will understand, "She is prostitute." And married means the red, vermilion. And unmarried means no vermilion. Widow means white, and prosita bhartrka, when husband is not at home she will not dress at all — not comb the hair, not dress, no ornaments. In this way, simply be seeing woman what is her dress, one can understand. Just like with the Japanese. This is Oriental culture.
The Britishers, they peacefully killed the Vedic culture. The Muhammadans, they were sometimes fighting, by force pushing meat to the mouth, and they became Muhammadans, and sprinkle on him. They did not know how to peacefully turn the whole culture. The Britishers, they knew how to convert them peacefully. And that they did. They would not take any forceful action. Muhammadans, they used to take some forceful actions, that's all. Britishers avoided that, but peacefully they injected poison. The school, college, society. In the Government House when there was some function, they created a rich man class: zamindars, landlords. So if some invitation would come to somebody from the Government House, he would think himself that he has become demigod. In the Government House, the drinking and talking with others' wives — naturally they studied this, and they adopted it. This is "civilization."
June 16, 1975, Honolulu NB talking with others' wives was also considered as "poison" by Srila Prabhupada^ Show less
July 19, 2017
Because people are suffering for want of this knowledge, therefore our Krsna consciousness movement is the only movement — I can declare very proudly — which can actually do some benefit to the human society. It is the only movement. All other, bogus movements, I declare. Let them come and study the sastras and decide for themselves. They're all cheating.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.30 — Vrndavana, August 11, 1974^ Show less
July 18, 2017
Convey my ardent affection and blessings for all the boys and girls. I am very much hopeful of my movement. Please keep steady, follow all my instructions scrupulously, chant Hare Krishna and Krishna will give you all strength.
(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Brahmananda - 24 July 1967)^ Show less
July 17, 2017
Unless you become Krsna conscious, there is no question of [happiness]. This is a false happiness, that "If I get money, I'll be happy." That is false.
So many men, they have got money. We see practically, the whole European civilization, American civilization, is based on this fundamental idea that "Let us have money and we shall be happy." And nobody is happy. Nobody is happy, [not] a single man.
Very big, big buildings, very nice car, very nice road, but there is no question of happiness. Always restlessness.
Srila Prabhupada — July 5, 1977, Vrndavana^ Show less
July 16, 2017
Our philosophy is that you produce your food anywhere. You stay, and keep cows, take milk, produce vegetable, food grains, and chant Hare Krsna. That's all. This is our philosophy. Make your life successful. By becoming Krsna conscious, you become free from all these troubles of material condition. This is our education. Don't be after these motorcars, television, and all nonsense things, sporting, wine, women. Don't be after these. Simply eat sufficiently, keep your health nicely, chant Hare Krsna, realize Krsna, and go back to home. This is our philosophy.
Srila Prabhupada — May 25, 1974, Rome^ Show less
July 15, 2017
The blacksmith's method and the goldsmith's method. The goldsmith, he has got a small hammer — tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk,-tuk-tuk. And the blacksmith has a big hammer — dumh, finish. [laughter] So our is blacksmith method. We take the big hammer of bhakti-yoga and finish all, everything. You see? We won't have to undergo so many tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk.
And there is no possibility. If I say, "Now you have to become completely brahmacari. You have to sit down in the forest and stay at right angle and press your nose for six months," who will follow? There is no possibility. This tuk-tuk method, there is no possibility. We have to get this hammer, blacksmith hammer of Krsna consciousness, and immediately finish everything. This is Kali-yuga. Simply one... Who can do this? This one hammer, finishing all sinful reaction, who can do this? Vasudeva-parayanah. Bhaktya vasudeva-parayanah. By devotional service one has to become vasudeva-parayana, devotee of Lord Vasudeva. That's all. That is being taught here: how to become lover of Vasudeva.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.15 — August 1, 1971, New York^ Show less
July 14, 2017
Prabhupada: What is the use of your serving poor? Are you serving the poor? Why do you talk like that? First of all, are you serving the poor?
Indian lady (5): Yes, sir. I am a doctor. And we see only poverty. So I want to ask.
Prabhupada: This has become a slogan, "Serving the poor." Where is the sastra? Where in Bhagavad-gita it is said, "Serving the poor?" You are yourself poor. So how you can serve? [laughter] First of all, we should know that "I am the poorest of the poor." So first of all let me become rich. Then I shall serve. This slogan has spread, "If I serve the poor..." And what you have got, you will serve the poor? You have to work like an ass to earn your livelihood, and you are going to serve the poor.
March 23, 1974, Bombay^ Show less
July 13, 2017
Siddha-svarupa: McDonald's, they are very proud. They announce how many hamburgers they have sold. They have branches everywhere in the world.
Prabhupada: Hamburger means?
Siddha-svarupa: Uh, that's beef. They kill the cows at an unbelievable rate, the number of cows they're killing for their meat.
Manasvi: I think up to now they have sold 200,000,000 hamburgers, or something like that.
Prabhupada: You also keep account? [laughs]
Manasvi: No, they put that ad in every day.
Siddha-svarupa: They put in a newspaper.
Ambarisa: You can't avoid seeing it.
Siddha-svarupa: No, they are always telling you.
Manasvi: In front of their shop it's always there.
Siddha-svarupa: "We have killed this many." They have also tried to connect themselves with patriotism and religion. They have, at all of their restaurants, they have the American flag flying along with the McDonald's flag. They have their own flag, McDonald's. So they fly alongside the American flag.
Morning Walk — June 11, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
July 12, 2017
Devotee (3): How then can we advise them, Srila Prabhupada, if they are like serpents? How can we...?
Prabhupada: You can advise only, "Chant Hare Krsna. Then everything will be all right," this one medicine. You can simply make plan how they will chant and take prasadam. Then everything all right. This simple method. Bring them: "Please come here, chant, dance and take prasadam." They will be all good men. This process. Otherwise, if you give them good advice, they will not be able to carry it out. They are so sinful. Their treatment, the only treatment, is this Krsna consciousness movement. Somehow or other, bring them together. Let them chant. Let them dance and take prasadam. They will be all right. Kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha. There is no other means to rectify them. We are opening centers different parts of the world just to give them chance, "Please come here, take prasadam, chant, dance, enjoy." But that transcendental enjoyment will make them correct. We are the best friends of the human society.
Morning Walk in the Botanical Gardens — May 23, 1975, Melbourne^ Show less
July 11, 2017
Siddha-svarupa: If that seriousness is not there, then it makes a mockery of initiation.
Prabhupada: No, there is no question of mockery.
Siddha-svarupa: No, but if the seriousness is not there...
Prabhupada: That means your preaching is not good, because you are not preaching seriously. That means your preaching is failure, you see? But you should go on, but you should know also that "These men are not becoming serious. Then what is the use of initiation?" You cannot give it up. Then your preaching becomes less important. Preaching should be there, and the listener should be prepared, "Yes, I will accept." That is success of preaching. Otherwise go on for three millions of years talking, and he is not prepared.
But if he is talking nonsense, then he has got nothing. Then preaching is failure. That preaching is failure, and the student is also failure. So what is the use of wasting time like that?
Unless you come to this position, karisye vacanam tava [Bg. 18.73], "Yes, I shall act only according to Your order," then it will [indistinct]. That means he has not understood everything. He remains the same fool.
Conversation – June 15, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
July 10, 2017
Nityam bhagavata-sevaya: we have to read Srimad-Bhagavatam daily, and twenty-four hours. That is the injunction: nityam. Nityam means "always." So our members especially those who are inmates, they, and those who are becoming members, ordinary member or patron member, we are giving them books. Please read them carefully. Don't take books that "I am member. It is my duty to take books and keep it in the almirah." No. Read it thoroughly. Nityam bhagavata-sevaya. By regular reading of Srimad-Bhagavatam, then our this material contamination becomes vanquished. Nasta-prayesu. Nasta-prayesv abhadresu nityam bhagavata-sevaya [SB 1.2.18]. As soon as it begins to diminish, then it will diminish finally, and then you will be situated in your pure, original constitutional position, Krsna consciousness, bhakti-yogatah. Evam prasanna-manaso bhagavad-bhakti-yogatah [SB 1.2.20]. By cleansing the heart we become prasanna-manasah, very jubilant. Bhagavad-bhakti-yogatah. Therefore this bhagavata-dharma should be practiced from the very beginning of life, and it should be studied. We have got so many books. One can read... Whatever already we have got, books, one can read for fifty years continually and get new enlightenment one after another.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.41 — January 16, 1975, Bombay^ Show less
July 9, 2017
There is a nice story about Sanatana Gosvami, of whom we are now studying. Sanatana Gosvami and Rupa Gosvami, two brothers, they went to Vrndavana for devotional service. So their all business was... Rupa Gosvami, especially, he was always engaged in writing books. And when he was hungry, he went to some householder: "Give me a piece of bread." And everyone at Vrndavana... They were leaders. All the Vrndavana inhabitants, they took... Even their household quarrels, they used to represent, "Swamiji, this is our position. Please settle up." So whatever decision he would give to the villagers, they will accept. Their court was Swamiji, Rupa Gosvami. So he was so lovable.
So one day Rupa Gosvami was thinking that "If I could get some, I mean to say, commodities for cooking, then I would have invited Sanatana Gosvami to take some prasadam." He thought like that. And, and after, say, one hour, one young girl came with sufficient quantity of rice, flour, ghee, and vegetables, so many things: "Babaji..." They were called... They call in the India, especially in Vrndavana quarters, they call all these transcendentalist swamis "Babaji."
"Babaji, please accept these commodities. There is some ceremony at our house. So My mother has sent you all these things."
"Oh, very good." He was thinking that "If I could get some commodity and I could prepare something and invite Sanatana Gosvami." So the things were there. So Rupa Gosvami inquired, "Where do You live? Oh, You are very nice girl. Where do You live?"
"Oh, I live in this village. You do not know?"
"No, I have never seen You. All right. Thank You very much." Then She went away. And invited Sanatana Gosvami, "My dear brother, please come and take your prasadam here. I have got some food."
"All right." So Sanatana Gosvami came during prasadam time, and Rupa Gosvami has prepared so many nice dishes. They were also expert in cooking, expert. You know, all devotees, they are expert. That is his qualification.
So then Sanatana Gosvami was inquiring, "Where did you get all these things, so nice things, you have prepared in this jungle? How did you get?"
So he narrated the story, "Yes, in the morning I thought that 'If somebody sends me something...' So by Krsna's grace, somebody, a nice girl, a very beautiful girl, and She brought all these things."
He began to state about the girl's beauty.
Then Sanatana Gosvami said, "Oh, I have never seen such beautiful girl. How...?"
"Yes, I have also never seen."
"Ohhh. Then She must be Radharani. She must be Radha. You have taken service from Radharani? Ohhh. You have murdered me. We don't want to take any service from Krsna, and He has taken the opportunity, sent us... We want to simply give our service, not any exchange. Oh, you have done a great mistake. Radharani has taken this opportunity." So he began to cry that "We have taken service from Krsna. We have given Her trouble." This is pure devotee. They were very sorry that "Krsna was troubled to send me all these goods."
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 20.118-119 — November 23, 1966, New York^ Show less
July 8, 2017
Prabhupada: What is the use of talking past, present and future? Ar na koriho mane asa. This is wanted. Don't think of anything else. That is the point.
Siddha-svarupa: So, then if I'm worried about my past or my future..?
Prabhupada: No, whatever is past is past. Now, I have got the knowledge, let me carry out. Cakhu-dan, now I have got this real knowledge. What is the use of thinking of past ? In the past somebody was hippie was drinking. No, that world was past. Let me progress. Now let me do responsible thing. That is the point.
Govinda dasi: Actually, I'm trying to understand the future of my misery.
Prabhupada: Oh, we do not think of future. If I work sincerely, then future is all right.
Siddha-svarupa: Bhaktivinode Thakura says forget the past that sleeps, and the future ne'er...
Prabhupada: Why should we bother about the past? Past was not perfect. Therefore, I have got this, birth again like that. What is the use of concocting? Whatever has passed has passed. Now let me be sincere.
Siddha-svarupa: And, and what is the basic reason for my concern for the future?
Prabhupada: For the future, let me do sincerely. Whatever future will be, that will be.
Siddha-svarupa: So then I haven't even...?
Prabhupada: If I do not go to Vaikuntha, doesn't matter. Still I shall carry out.
Siddha-svarupa: So I have to be free from all cares with my future for myself.
Prabhupada: Yes. If, faith should be there, if I am working rightly, then my future will be secure. That is future. I have taken to this path for going back to home, back to Godhead, so I am, if I am doing nicely, according to the instructions of [indistinct], why should he think of? And if I am not doing rightly, then [indistinct]. This is called faith. Why should you bother about future? What is the reason?
Siddha-svarupa: If I would bother about my future...
Prabhupada: There is no question of bothering.
Siddha-svarupa: I mean, I care about my future when...
Prabhupada: If you care you do, just like Krsna says,
janma karma ca me divyam evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti kaunteya [Bg. 4.9]
Past and future is explained there.
man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru [Bg 18.65]
Do this. Always chant, think of Me, that mam evaisyasi asamsayam, be assured you will come to Me. So why don't you do your duty? And Krsna assures, they will come to Me, there is no doubt. [indistinct]. Why should he bother for the future? If you do exactly according to the rules and regulations, then your future is guaranteed. Even it is not guaranteed, still I shall go on doing. And that is pure. It is guaranteed. Krsna said, mam evaisyasi asamsayam, so why do you doubt? Why there should be doubt? Krsna said it is guaranteed. Why should you bother about future? You bother whether you are doing rightly or not. That should be your business. Otherwise Krsna assures. Where is doubt? The future is assured by Krsna, and why you are doubting? That you don't believe in Krsna. You have to see whether you are doing rightly what Krsna says. That is your business. What is the use of thinking past, future, present? Do your duty as Krsna says, as spiritual master says, then everything is all right. There is no question or doubt. Krsna says, asamsayam, mam evaisyasi asamsayam. Asamsayam means without a doubt you will come to Me. And ours should be that, it is not a bargain, that Krsna is assuring, therefore I will have to serve Krsna. That even I will go to hell, it doesn't matter. That is my duty. Krsna is assuring, that is all right, but even, some reason or Krsna doesn't drive me, its still I shall do.
Siddha-svarupa: If I don't do that, it means imperfection in love then.
Siddha-svarupa: I'm still self-centered.
Prabhupada: That is taught by Caitanya Mahaprabhu, aslisya va pada-ratam pinastu mam marma-hatam karotu va [Cc. Antya 20.47] Krsna whatever you like [indistinct], still I cannot give up [indistinct]. To make bargain with Krsna, then you are not a pure devotee.
Room Conversation — June 12, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
July 7, 2017
Prabhupada: Yes. Karma-yogi means one who does everything for Krsna. He's karma-yogi.
Indian man (1): One who does everything for...?
Prabhupada: For Krsna.
Indian man (1): For Krsna.
Prabhupada: Just like you are doing some work. For whom you are doing?
Indian man (1): For my own benefit.
Prabhupada: That's all. That is karma. But when you do the same thing for Krsna, that is karma-yoga.
Indian man (1): But if you do it for others, for Krsna, for Krsna's...
Prabhupada: Others... Others means... That is also a humbug. You cannot do anything for others. You do everything for yourself. That is a false propaganda. That is humbugism. So either you can do for yourself or for Krsna. That's all. [break] ...become a slogan nowadays. Nobody does for others. "For others," "For the poor," these are all humbug.
Indian man (1): You see people are doing so many hospitals, that is for others?
Prabhupada: Yes. That is also punya-karma.
Indian man (1): Helping these temples, hospitals...?
Prabhupada: Yes. Temple construction is different from hospital construction. That is for Krsna.
Indian man (1): But suppose somebody's doing hospitals. Is it not for others?
Prabhupada: Yes. But how many you can give shelter? A few. There are so many suffering people. You cannot provide hospital for all of them. The hospitals are increasing, and the disease also increasing.
Indian man (1): No, as you say that doing for others is humbug.
Prabhupada: No, no. Humbug means he cannot do it. He cannot do it. He can do to his satisfaction only. That is also for his satisfaction. Because by opening hospital, you cannot stop disease. That is not possible. Then what you are doing for the others? That is for your satisfaction. Try to understand. Because you cannot do anything, but still, you are wasting your time. That is for your satisfaction.
Indian man (1): Naturally for myself.
Prabhupada: Yes. [aside:] Hare Krsna. You cannot do anything. The hospitals are increasing, beds are increasing, and the diseases are increasing. Then what can you do?
Indian man (1): We can do our own satisfaction.
Prabhupada: That's all. [break] ...done not meant for Krsna, that is for his own satisfaction. Just like Arjuna wanted to become nonviolent: "No, no, Krsna. I cannot kill my kinsmen." That is a good proposal. But that was his satisfaction.
Indian man (1): That is very correct.
Prabhupada: Yes. That was his satisfaction. But Krsna wanted that "You must fight." And when he agreed to that, that is his perfection. Before that, he was trying to satisfy he.
Indian man (1): Yes. When he surrendered to Krsna, that was his...
Prabhupada: Yes, that is the only purpose of life. Anything that is done, that is useless waste of time. Therefore Krsna particularly said, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vra... [Bg. 18.66]. That ekam. You try to satisfy Krsna only. That will give you perfection. Otherwise your own satisfaction, that's all.
Indian man (1): Yes, very correct, very correct.
Prabhupada: Whatever you do, that is your satisfaction. That is karma.
Indian man (1): But not yogi.
Prabhupada: No, karma. [break] ...for your own sense satisfaction, that is karma. And if you do it for Krsna's satisfaction, that is karma-yoga.
Morning Walk — April 1, 1974, Bombay^ Show less
July 6, 2017
Tamala Krsna: Srila Prabhupada? Sometimes we find a dilemma in preaching, in the sense that if we preach very vigorously we invoke the attention of the authorities. That is to say, if we were to preach a little less vigorously, there might be less objection, but then again there would be the less benefit because we would not be preaching as vigorously. So it's very hard to know sometimes just how forcefully to preach.
Prabhupada: No, we are not to satisfy the authorities. We have to satisfy Krsna. Just like Arjuna, he wanted to satisfy his family members, but Krsna did not like that. Then He preached him Bhagavad-gita, and then Arjuna agreed, "Yes. Karisye vacanam tava [Bg. 18.73]." So it is the duty of the devotee to satisfy Krsna, not the public.
Brahmananda: In our Back to Godhead magazine now the tendency is that they're not mentioning Krsna's name so much. They're not putting the picture of Krsna. They're not putting the pictures of the devotees. They're stressing on the, like, simple, natural life in order to please the public.
Prabhupada: No. Why this is going on?
Satsvarupa: Probably because of this reasoning, that... They use this phrase, that "We have to make Krsna consciousness more conventional, and with the shaved heads and the pictures of Krsna, people won't like it." So they've taken to this description of simple life — vague talk of spiritual life, reincarnation, meditation.
Tripurari: Seems like a compromise.
Tamala Krsna: People are speaking about our movement now. Many people say to us that "You are selling out, compromising your position." And they...
Prabhupada: This should be stopped, immediately.
Conversation — February 17, 1977, Mayapur^ Show less
July 5, 2017
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is so kind to the conditioned souls that if they call upon Him by speaking His holy name, even unintentionally or unwillingly, the Lord is inclined to destroy innumerable sinful reactions in their hearts. Therefore, when a devotee who has taken shelter of the Lord's lotus feet chants the holy name of Krsna with genuine love, the Supreme Personality of Godhead can never give up the heart of such a devotee. One who has thus captured the Supreme Lord within his heart is to be known as bhagavata-pradhana, the most exalted devotee of the Lord.
SB 11.2.55, text^ Show less
July 4, 2017
Krsna is opulent, the most opulent enjoyer. And we should supply. We should supply by which He can enjoy. Just like if somebody gives me a new dress, so I say: "Oh, it is a new dress. Very nice." So that is my enjoyment. Similarly if you satisfy Krsna daily a very gorgeous dress. Just like today I see it is very nice. This kind of dress should be supplied to Krsna. First-class clothing, first-class. Everything first-class. No third-class thing for Krsna. All first-class. The gopis must be first class, the dress must be first-class, the eating foodstuff must be first-class, the sitting place must be first-class, more than first-class. That is called: sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-srngara-tan-mandira-marjanadau.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.36 — Los Angeles, April 28, 1973^ Show less
July 3, 2017
We should have regular classes, just like school and colleges, eight hour, six hour. Be engaged always in reading Srimad-Bhagavatam, discussing amongst yourself. Then you'll make progress. Otherwise, if you take it as an official routine work... You should take as routine work, but with consciousness that "We have to learn something," not simply attending the class, but to learn something. In this way make your life successful. Because after all, everything is being done daiva-coditat, impelled by the Supreme Person. The Supreme Person is behind everything. So in the association of devotees, if we read Srimad-Bhagavatam regularly, then our material contamination will be dissolved, and our spiritual consciousness will come out, and that will make our life successful.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.41 — January 16, 1975, Bombay^ Show less
July 2, 2017
Prabhupada: Progress, yes. The progress is that they have got motorcar, and they have progressed how to die quickly. This is the progress. At any moment he can die. As soon as he on the car, 70 miles speed, that means taking the risk of dying at any moment. This is the progress. Formerly people were going in bullock cart or horse carriage from one village to another. That was primitive. Now we can go hundred miles away from home for earning money and taking risk to die at any moment. That is progress. Is it not?
Brahmananda: Oh, yes.
Prabhupada: Formerly they were satisfied by tilling the ground, getting food grains. Now they have started factories. At the cost of thousands of men's labor, some director is getting money and enjoying life. That is progress.
Room Conversation Mauritius, October 5, 1975:^ Show less
July 1, 2017
Once I have taken to sex life, and I am suffering so many after... Of course, now to stop the suffering, they have invented this contraceptive method. He knows there is suffering, but they, in order to avoid this suffering, they're taking this contraceptive method. And that is also suffering. That he does not know. Bhrun hatya. Contraceptive method means killing the embryo. So that is also another sinful. He's taking so much responsibilities. So either you take contraceptive method or do not take contraceptive method... If you do not take, then the child is born; then you have to take responsibility. Now they're killing the child, in this way becoming implicated. But if one is trained up to remain a rigid brahmacari, there is no trouble. Therefore it is said, trpyanti neha krpana bahu-duhkha-bhajah kandutivan manasi yah visayeta dhirah [SB 7.9.45] I know if I satisfy this itching sensation, I'll be put into so much trouble after it, so if one is dhira, little sober, he'll better suffer this itching sensation than to take the responsibility. This is the sastric injunction.
Srila Prabhupada, in conversation with a German Girl and Devotees — March 30, 1975, Mayapur^ Show less
July 1, 2017
Prabhupada: He has become a very big man. By killing chickens.
Siddha-svarupa: Yes. He actually is beginning to look like a chicken, his face. He's actually starting to look like a chicken.
Ambarisa: He claims he is a very religious man, too.
Prabhupada: This is the sample of religious man. And what is irreligious? [chuckles] If the religious men kill so many chickens daily, then what is the irreligious man do?
Siddha-svarupa: They're vegetarians. [laughs]
Prabhupada: He kills the chicken and fry it in oil. And that is sold.
Siddha-svarupa: Yes. Big money.
Ambarisa: He's also very involved in politics.
Prabhupada: Accha? He's a politician also?
Ambarisa: Yeah. At the Democratic convention he supplies all the politicians with unlimited fried chicken.
Morning Walk — June 11, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
June 29, 2017
Don't think that if one is engaged in the Deity worship and if one is engaged in the gardening work there is distinction. No. The one who is working as a gardener, he is as good as the one who is dressing the Deity, because it is absolute plane. There is no difference between... Just like in the material world, if one is working as manager and the other is working as menial servant there is difference of pay or difference of service. No. In the spiritual world there is no such thing. In the spiritual world even a small ant who is serving Krsna by chance... Suppose if there is an ant and the flower is thrown into the lotus feet of Krsna and the ant kisses the lotus feet of Krsna, he is as good as the pujari. This is spiritual world.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.6-7 — June 8, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
June 28, 2017
Prabhupada: Especially this land India is specially meant for God realization. By the birth, one is Krsna conscious, or God conscious. Still in these days, whenever... You have seen in Hyderabad. Although your conference was going on, still, at least five thousand men were attracted to hear me. [guest laughs] And I was speaking the "dry" subject of Krsna. So India is so fortunate. They are still ready to assimilate the instruction of Krsna. The land is so fortunate. So we must give them the chance. That is our duty. That is government's duty. That is teacher's duty. That is father's duty. That is explained in Srimad-Bhagavata.
So any good thinker, leaders, they should do something so the India's glories... Now these people [Westerners], they are chanting Hare Krsna. That is India's glory, because we haven't got to give them anything. We are hundred years back always. When they manufacture jet plane, we manufacture sewing machine. Or cycle.
Indian man (1): But we have great parampara of varnasrama-dharma.
Prabhupada: So we can give them these things, that spiritual emancipation, and they are appreciating. So if we make ourself in India a nice program — already they are eager to take — then they will take more and more. And that will glorify India's prestige.
Conversation — Vrndavana, April 19, 1975^ Show less
June 27, 2017
Prabhupada: In our childhood we were living in a quarter, there many thieves, pickpockets. So we... After all, they were neighborhood men, so they knew us. Although we had no connection, but we knew that "These are pickpockets, gundas." And they also knew us. So I remember, now, children, one pickpocket was taking, and as soon as he saw me... [laughter] [laughs] He was afraid that "This boy may tell." We have seen it. He was doing... Similarly, these rascals are pickpockets, and they are asking us, "Don't expose us. Let us do."
Gurukrpa: You told us the story that in New York you walked in one yoga asrama, and the man who was teaching yoga, and he told you in Hindi, "Don't reveal that... This is my... I am feeding my family by this method."
> Morning Walk on Waikiki Beach — May 29, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
June 26, 2017
In India the system is that people go to see the Jagannatha Deity. The Deity is not very beautiful from the artistic point of view, but still people attend by the thousands. That sentiment is required. Similarly with our kirtana we are only using drums and karatalas, but people come to the point of ecstasy. It is not the ornamentation, it is the ecstasy. This ecstasy is awakened by sravanam kirtanam by devotees.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Dr. Wolf — Mayapur 29 January, 1976^ Show less
June 25, 2017
In the Brahmanda Purana it is said, "A person who sees the Lord's Ratha-yatra car festival and then stands up to receive the Lord can purge all kinds of sinful results from his body."
A similar statement is there in the Bhavisya Purana, in which it is said, "Even if born of a lowly family, a person who follows the Ratha-yatra car when the Deities pass in front or from behind will surely be elevated to the position of achieving equal opulence with Visnu."
From NoD ch. 9^ Show less
June 24, 2017
(24 Jun 2017 is Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Disappearance Anniversary)
Bhaktivinoda Thakura says, anitya samsare moha janamiya jiva ke karaye gadha. The maya's glaring attraction may be increased, but it will be affective to keep me under her influence and make me an ass. Ass does not know; his interest is simply for grass. He is loaded with tons of cloth of the washer man. Similarly, if we do not get the real knowledge of life, we remain like an ass, and our life is spoilt. This is Bhaktivinoda Thakura saying, jiva ke karaye gadha. People will think that "We are advancing, and this man is calling we are becoming ass?" Yes, you are ass, because you do not know your real interest of life. You are an ass. You may have a very nice Rolls-Royce car, but you are nothing but an ass because you do not know your interest of life.
Srila Prabhupada — May 25, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
June 23, 2017
This too much intermingling of woman means the path of hell. Therefore the restriction is that only the married couple can freely mix, not others. Mahat-sevam dvar... That is the defect of the modern civilization. They are not interested associating with devotees. They are interested associating with man or woman, that's all. Woman is interested to associate with man, and man is interested to associate with woman. Yositam sangi-sangam [SB 5.5.2]. Therefore the civilization is becoming hellish. It is already said in the sastra. One should associate with spiritually advanced men, but that is not being done. Now the woman is hankering after man, man is hankering after woman. Yosit sang... Yosit means for sense gratification. Tamo-dvaram. This is the path of darkness.
Srila Prabhupada; Morning Walk — May 21, 1975, Melbourne^ Show less
June 22, 2017
Here we have got artraction, material, so we have to withdraw this attraction. How it will be possible? If we become more attracted to Krsna, then this attraction will go away. Bhaktih paresanubhavo viraktir anyatra syat [SB 11.2.42]. Bhakti means the more you realize Krsna, the more you will become detestful: "Ah, nonsense." This is test. One side increasing taste, the other side decreasing. This is the test.
If we think that "I have got attraction on Krsna and also the sense gratification," that means bogus. The test is how far I am detached to sense gratification. Then it means that you have increased your spiritual life. And Yamunacarya says,
yad-avadhi mama cetah krsna-padaravinde
nava-nava-dhamany udyatam rantum asit
tad-avadhi bata nari-sangame smaryamane
bhavati mukha-vikarah susthu nisthivanam ca
This is the test. Yamunacarya, he was emperor. He said, "Since I have taken to Krsna consciousness and I am enjoying Krsna's association, since then, as soon as I think of sex, I spit on it." This is the test. This is test. Krsna... How I am increasing my Krsna consciousness, the test is how I am decreasing my sex attachment. This is test. A man is suffering from fever, that means how much he is becoming cured means how much he has decreased the degree of fever. This is the test. It is not that I have got 105-degrees fever and I am advancing and curing. That is not. This is the test, the vita-raga. You have got attachment for this material world, and the central point of attachment is sex. All man, birds, beast, everyone — test.
Srila Prabhupada; Arrival Lecture on Farm — May 25, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
June 21, 2017
It is very difficult to push on this movement, but still we have to do it. And this is the highest yoga. If you push on this movement of Krsna consciousness, then you'll be performing the highest type of yoga. Don't be misled by so-called yogas. This is yoga. Yoga means cooperation, cooperation with the Supreme.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.1 — March 17, 1968, San Francisco^ Show less
June 20, 2017
Hari-sauri: You were speaking before about controlling the tongue is very important. And in your lectures you have said simply by eating prasadam this is controlling the tongue. But still, we have tendency when there is a big feast to eat very much prasadam. Is this a good thing, or...?
Prabhupada: [chuckles] It is not very good, but it is still good. [laughter] Instead of going to the restaurant and eat like the hogs and dogs, better take more prasadam. There is no harm. Krsna baro doyamoy, koribare jihwa jay. Krsna is so kind. Just to conquer over our tongue He has given us nice variety of prasada. Take it and control your tongue.
Morning Walk in the Botanical Gardens — May 23, 1975, Melbourne^ Show less
June 19, 2017
Go-raksya means protection to the cows. Instead of protection to the cows, they are killing the cows. How you can have perfect society? Cows must be protected. It is so important animal. It is giving the you nectarean food milk, and from milk, you can save your children, you can save your diseased persons. And how it is that you take the cow's milk and send it for slaughterhouse. Oh, this is not, not at all human civilization. Here it is said go-raksya. You should give all protection to this important animal. Krsna does not say that you should protect the pigs and hogs or other animals. He especially meant the cows because cow is very important animal to the human society. If there are meat-eaters, they can kill other animals, but they should not kill the cow. This is, if you want actually perfect society. Krsi-go-raksya-vanijyam [Bg. 18.44].
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 18.41 - Stockholm, September 7, 1973^ Show less
June 18, 2017
Such corruption of the judicial system is very prominent in Kali-yuga. The judicial system is meant to provide for execution of justice, yet false witnesses and bribery make it difficult. With money, almost anyone can get a favorable judgment in court. If the justice system is corrupt, life becomes extremely troublesome. The government is supposed to offer the citizens protection, as parents do for their children. A small child is completely dependent on his father and mother, thinking with full faith, "My father is here, my mother is here — I am safe." But if the father and mother are corrupt, where is the protection for the child? Similarly, if the whole government is corrupt, where is the protection for the citizens? Whatever the heads of society do, people generally follow. The government or king is like a father to the citizens. A father will never tolerate the killing or injuring of his children. He will give up his own life trying to attack the person threatening his children. Yet today crime is rampant. The government spends billions of dollars, but the citizens have no security in their lives. The government is answerable to the citizens because it must protect and provide for them. If the government is incapable or corrupt, then what is the position of the citizens?
From "A Second Chance" by Srila Prabhupada^ Show less
June 17, 2017
You have to stay on the platform. Then eternally you are safe. If you fall down from the platform, then it is your fault. Just like we are all in the Vaikuntha planet. Now, we wanted to enjoy this material world. We have fallen down, just like Jaya-Vijaya. Now we are trying to go back again. Therefore we say, "Go back to home, back to Godhead." So everything is... There is process. If you follow the process, then you go back. If you fall down, that is our fault. Therefore the life is meant for tapasya, that Rsabhadeva's instruction, that our life should not be wasted like dogs and hogs and pigs. It should be utilized for tapasya, for understanding our position. Tapo putraka yena suddhyed sattva [SB 5.5.1]. This is the aim of life. We have to purify our existence. At the present moment our existence is impurified. Therefore we are subjected to birth, death, old age and disease. And as soon as we purify ourself, then we are not subjected to these four material laws.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.1-2 — May 22, 1975, Melbourne^ Show less
June 16, 2017
I am fervently appealing to you all not to create fracture in the solid body of the Society. Please work conjointly, without any personal ambition. That will help the cause.
It is the injunction of the Vedas that the Spiritual Master should not be treated as ordinary man even if sometimes the Spiritual Master behaves like ordinary man. It is the duty of the disciple to accept Him as Superhuman Man. In the beginning of your letter your comparison of the soldier and commander is very appropriate. We are on the battlefield of Kuruksetra—one side Maya, the other side Krsna. So the regulative principles of a battlefield, namely to abide by the order of the commander, must be followed. Otherwise it is impossible to direct the fighting capacity of the soldiers and thus defeat the opposing elements. Kindly therefore take courage. You are capable in so many ways. Let things be rightly done so that our mission may be correctly pushed forward to come out victorious.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Brahmananda , Gargamuni — Los Angeles 31 July, 1970^ Show less
June 16, 2017
First of all kill the guru. That is called guru-mara-vidya. Guru advised that you take food in goodness, sattvika. So he first of all advised that don't take fish, just like we are advising, meat, eggs, don't take. Then they thought that "The cow is very pure. Cow is very pure, so let us eat cow, sattvika."
So when Guru Maharaja inquired that "You have given up everything bad?" "Yes, now we are eating cow." "What?" "No, it is sattvika." "No, no, no, no, no. You cannot eat even." Then they thought, "Then what we shall eat? Guru Maharaja is sattvika, most sattvika. So let us eat him." [laughter] So it is called guru-mara-vidya: "For sattvika eating, let us eat Guru Maharaja." This is intelligence. "Why so much botheration seeking here and there? The Guru Maharaja is there."
Srila Prabhupada; Morning Walk — May 21, 1975, Melbourne^ Show less