Sanga

The benefit of modern education

Prabhupada: Gurukrpa Maharaja, what is the benefit of this modern education? Gurukrpa: No benefit. It makes them an ass. Prabhupada: Making them demons, that's all. Gurukrpa: They become puffed-up, thinking they know something. They don't know anything. Prabhupada: Not only that, modern educated youths, they are not inclined to come to the farm. So they're giving up… Expand>

Prabhupada: Gurukrpa Maharaja, what is the benefit of this modern education?

Gurukrpa: No benefit. It makes them an ass.

Prabhupada: Making them demons, that's all.

Gurukrpa: They become puffed-up, thinking they know something. They don't know anything.

Prabhupada: Not only that, modern educated youths, they are not inclined to come to the farm. So they're giving up their own father's property, farm. They do not come back from city. The farmers' children go to cities for education, and after so-called education the rascals do not come. Here also and in your country also, America and... They want city life and enjoy restaurant and prostitute.

[Morning Walk — January 24, 1977, Bhuvanesvara]

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Vox populi, the defect of Western civilization

The people may be asses, but still, their votes will be taken, the vox populi. The fourth-class, fifth-class men, and they are giving vote. And the mistake is detected. Just like this Nixon was voted, and the mistake was detected. But still, they follow the same process, vox populi. What is the value of the votes of the fourth-class, fifth-class men? Better one… Expand>

The people may be asses, but still, their votes will be taken, the vox populi. The fourth-class, fifth-class men, and they are giving vote. And the mistake is detected. Just like this Nixon was voted, and the mistake was detected. But still, they follow the same process, vox populi. What is the value of the votes of the fourth-class, fifth-class men? Better one intelligent man, if he knows things, if he is liberated, if he says, "This is right," that should be taken. That is Vedic civilization.

We are accepting Krsna. We are not accepting the vox populi. One person, the Supreme, that's all. This is our process. We don't accept vox populi. All these Vedic literature are accepted not on the people's vote, but who is presenting? Vyasadeva is presenting, Krsna is presenting, Parasara Muni is presenting. Therefore they are accepted. You cannot expect the mass of people very intelligent. That is not possible. So what is the value of their votes if they are not intelligent?

But in the Western countries this is the disease, vox populi. Socrates said there is soul, and he was killed because vox populi was against. Christ was killed because vox populi was against. This is the defect of the Western civilization.

Srila Prabhupada — May 16, 1975, Perth

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Pandit Nehru planned for up-to-date organized cow-slaughter house

India is going down by giving up this original cultural life which is its own. The government is enamored by the glittering civilization of the West, and it was a definite policy of our late prime minister, Mr. Nehru, who wanted to see India overnight as rich and materially advanced as America. It was, of course, Gandhi's policy to concentrate his organization in… Expand>

India is going down by giving up this original cultural life which is its own. The government is enamored by the glittering civilization of the West, and it was a definite policy of our late prime minister, Mr. Nehru, who wanted to see India overnight as rich and materially advanced as America. It was, of course, Gandhi's policy to concentrate his organization in village life, taking to simple life and cow protection. But just after Mahatma Gandhi's disappearance, his chief disciple, Pandit Nehru, planned for up-to-date organized cow-slaughter house. So this is our position. If you have understood Krisha consciousness science, then you will try to revive this cultural life in India.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Gopala Krishna — New Vrindaban 5 June, 1969

(Nehru died 27 May 1964)

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The unhappy story of life

This body is temporary, but so long you have got this body, you have to suffer, this way or that way. So this is your real unhappiness, to get this material... Klesada. Klesada means always giving trouble. From the childhood they are crying. He has got some klesa. The mother cannot understand. He's crying. He cannot express what is his inconvenience, and he's feeling… Expand>

This body is temporary, but so long you have got this body, you have to suffer, this way or that way. So this is your real unhappiness, to get this material... Klesada. Klesada means always giving trouble. From the childhood they are crying. He has got some klesa. The mother cannot understand. He's crying.

He cannot express what is his inconvenience, and he's feeling one inconvenience, and the mother is trying to make him happy in other way. He's crying more, more, more, more. Where is happiness? Within the womb there was unhappiness, packed-up. When he comes down there is unhappiness. Then go to school, take education, appear for examination — that is unhappiness. Then grow up, then engage in some earning money — that is unhappiness. Then maintain your children, and that is unhappiness. Where is happiness, rascals? Rascal. Both are suffering.

This is simply anarthas, unnecessary creating unhappiness. Unnecessary.

Srila Prabhupada — July 5, 1977, Vrndavana

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The only way to be immune from Kali

Only by the propagation of the chanting of the holy name of the Lord can we be immune from all effects of the age of Kali. SB 1.16.32-33 ppt… Expand>

Only by the propagation of the chanting of the holy name of the Lord can we be immune from all effects of the age of Kali.

SB 1.16.32-33 ppt.

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Krsna doesn't need us

...Krsna require any president or any GBC. He's giving chance to everyone, that's all. Otherwise thousands of presidents and thousands of GBC may come and go, His work will go on. Krsna is complete Himself. He doesn't require anyone's help. That is Krsna… Expand>

...Krsna require any president or any GBC. He's giving chance to everyone, that's all. Otherwise thousands of presidents and thousands of GBC may come and go, His work will go on. Krsna is complete Himself. He doesn't require anyone's help. That is Krsna.

Srila Prabhupada — September 26, 1976, Vrndavana

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Busy, perplexed God

Generally, in the material world everyone is necessity of gratifying his senses. So sometimes, under the cover of religiosity, they want to satisfy senses. Just like one goes to church or temple to mitigate some material necessities. Just like the Christians go to the church for meeting the problems of bread; similarly, the Hindus or the Muslim, everyone goes to… Expand>

Generally, in the material world everyone is necessity of gratifying his senses. So sometimes, under the cover of religiosity, they want to satisfy senses. Just like one goes to church or temple to mitigate some material necessities. Just like the Christians go to the church for meeting the problems of bread; similarly, the Hindus or the Muslim, everyone goes to church, temple or mosque to pray something material: "God, I am very distressed. Kindly get me relief from this distressed condition," or "God, I am in need of money. I am very poor. Kindly give me some money," or any other, "I am now implicated in war." Just like Churchill, he introduced that everyone should go and pray for victory. So England was also praying for victory, and Germany was also praying for victory. So [chuckles] God is perplexed. [laughter] The thief is praying to God that "This night, I may steal without any hindrances." And the householder is praying, "My Lord, thief may not come here and steal my goods." And God has to adjust everything. So just imagine how much busy is God. There are millions and trillions of living entities. Each one of them, if they are at all interested in God — not all — so they are praying. Everyone is praying, "God, give me this benediction. Give me this benediction."

So this is not pure devotional service. For some material profit one should not become a religious person or devotee of God.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 7.1 — March 1, 1975, Atlanta

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These books are the life of human society

These books are the life of human society. Others may be disturbed, but they cannot disturb this Srimad-Bhagavatam. Let any man come, but here they cannot touch. We are putting these books for deliberation before the topmost thinkers of human society. Therefore, I have to see that in all languages all of our books are published. If we strain, and if he takes one book… Expand>

These books are the life of human society. Others may be disturbed, but they cannot disturb this Srimad-Bhagavatam. Let any man come, but here they cannot touch. We are putting these books for deliberation before the topmost thinkers of human society. Therefore, I have to see that in all languages all of our books are published. If we strain, and if he takes one book home, some day people will come to understand what valuable knowledge they have received. It is transcendental literature. Nobody can challenge it. It is done so nicely, without any spot, the spotless Purana. Please continue like this to print books in all the languages for the benefit of suffering, misdirected humanity.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Puranjana — Honolulu 4 May, 1976

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Never be envious to Krsna and his devotee

We should never be envious to Krsna and his devotee. If you think that "I will become... I am envious to the devotees, but I am not envious to Krsna," no, no, Krsna does not accept that kind of business. You... First of all, you should be nonenvious to the devotee. Mad-bhaktah pujabhyadhika. "If you are envious to My devotee and if you become a devotee, that is not."… Expand>

We should never be envious to Krsna and his devotee. If you think that "I will become... I am envious to the devotees, but I am not envious to Krsna," no, no, Krsna does not accept that kind of business. You... First of all, you should be nonenvious to the devotee. Mad-bhaktah pujabhyadhika. "If you are envious to My devotee and if you become a devotee, that is not." That is stated, that one who is directly devotee of Krsna, he is not devotee. One who is devotee through His devotee, he is devotee. This philosophy you should learn. You cannot say, "But why shall I go through guru or through Vaisnava to Krsna? I can go directly. I am so qualified." No, you are not qualified. If you jump over like that, that is not... That is... In Bengal it is said, honar din ke ghaska[?]. There is grass before the horse. If you think that "I shall jump over the horse and eat the grass," that is not possible. So one should be devotee first of all. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum eva abhigacchet [MU 1.2.12]. We must approach a bona fide guru in order to understand the science of Krsna. Abhigacchet. This I have explained several times. So anasuyave. If you want to learn Krsna, then you should be very much humble and submissive to Krsna and His devotee, anasuyave.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 9.1 — Vrndavana, April 17, 1975

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The perfection of a representative of Krsna

Krsna and His representative, both of them are perfect because Krsna is perfect, there is no doubt, and one who speaks according to Krsna, he is also perfect. A human being or a living being is not expected to become as perfect as Krsna. That is not possible. Therefore, if a person sticks to the instruction of Krsna, does not make any addition and alteration, he is… Expand>

Krsna and His representative, both of them are perfect because Krsna is perfect, there is no doubt, and one who speaks according to Krsna, he is also perfect. A human being or a living being is not expected to become as perfect as Krsna. That is not possible. Therefore, if a person sticks to the instruction of Krsna, does not make any addition and alteration, he is also perfect.

Srila Prabhupada — December 27, 1975

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The meaning of Mayapur-candrodaya temple

We have established this temple, Mayapur-candrodaya. So this is the idea, that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is just like moon. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He appeared in this land of Mayapur; therefore He is said here as "the moon." Therefore we say candra, Mayapur-candra. Now, as Sri Mayapur-candra is rising, rising means He is to distribute the moonshine all over the world.… Expand>

We have established this temple, Mayapur-candrodaya. So this is the idea, that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is just like moon. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He appeared in this land of Mayapur; therefore He is said here as "the moon." Therefore we say candra, Mayapur-candra. Now, as Sri Mayapur-candra is rising, rising means He is to distribute the moonshine all over the world. This is the idea, moonshine. Sreyah-kairava candrika-vitaranam. Sreyah-kairava. Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally said. Don't keep Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu compact in your room and take some monetary profit. This is not required. This is not required.

You must allow Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to rise more and more so that this moonshine may be distributed all over the world. That is wanted. Therefore this temple is situated. Of course, we shall try to construct a very nice temple for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. So from this place, this moon, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, will distribute. Sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam. The Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Hare Krsna movement... Param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam. This is spoken by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself. Ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. Vidya-vadhu-jivanam. This is real enlightenment. People all over the world, they are in darkness. The moonshine will enlighten them. They are all foolish, mudha.

They are not surrendering to Krsna. Krsna came, appeared, upon this planet in this universe to canvass that "You surrender." Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam [Bg. 18.66]. But they did not. Therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as a devotee of Krsna... He's Krsna.

namo maha-vadanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te krsnaya krsna-caitanya- namne... [Cc. Madhya 19.53]

He's Krsna Himself. Krsna is so kind. First of all He came as the Supreme Personality of Godhead and He demanded as God's order, "You surrender." But people did not do it. Therefore Krsna has again come in the form of devotee, krsna-caitanya-namne, and now He is ready to give you not only Krsna, but love of Krsna, freely. Take it and distribute it all over the world. That is wanted.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 1.6 — March 30, 1975, Mayapur

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Create a situation

There are 8,400,000 species of living entities under the impression that "I am this," "I am plant," "I am fish," "I am mosquito," "I am man," "I am demigod," "I am tiger," "I am Indian," "I am American." In this way there are 8,400,000's of different types of identification. Therefore we find so many forms of life. Atmanam tri-gunatmakam manute. This is all the work… Expand>

There are 8,400,000 species of living entities under the impression that "I am this," "I am plant," "I am fish," "I am mosquito," "I am man," "I am demigod," "I am tiger," "I am Indian," "I am American." In this way there are 8,400,000's of different types of identification. Therefore we find so many forms of life. Atmanam tri-gunatmakam manute.

This is all the work of maya, to keep us under certain impression. And we work under certain impression and create another situation, and we get, tatha dehantara-praptih [Bg. 2.13]. Now, this life, if I create a situation like a dog, then I will get the body of a dog.

Or if I create a situation like the demigod, then I can go to the heavenly planets. But if I create a situation that "I am eternal servant of Krsna," then you go to Krsna. This is wanted. This is Krsna consciousness movement. Create a situation.

Don't create a situation that "I am this. I am that." Simply create a situation that you completely understand that "I have no other business than to advance in Krsna consciousness, and my only duty is to serve Krsna."

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.6 — Vrndavana, April 18, 1975

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The Krsna conscious fight

Krishna Consciousness is also a sort of fight; but not with rifles. Our weapon is karatalas. In this age there is no need of fighting with rifles because the population is so poor that they are already killed by so many disturbances. They are short lived, poor in knowledge, slack in advancement of spiritual life, unfortunate, and embarrassed by so many miserable… Expand>

Krishna Consciousness is also a sort of fight; but not with rifles. Our weapon is karatalas. In this age there is no need of fighting with rifles because the population is so poor that they are already killed by so many disturbances. They are short lived, poor in knowledge, slack in advancement of spiritual life, unfortunate, and embarrassed by so many miserable conditions of life; like war, famine, pestilence, poverty and so on. So to kill these persons by rifle is like bringing a cannon for killing a mosquito. So Lord Caitanya introduced this fighting principle of Sankirtana Movement to reclaim all the fallen souls, who consist of so-called philosophers, half-educated scientists, misguided educationists and a miscreant society. If you can consolidate a party of soldiers as described by you, chanting Hare Krishna Mantra and claiming everyone of them to Krishna Consciousness, that will be a glorious task, and you have all of my good wishes for you for this purpose.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Robert Hendry — Los Angeles 3 August, 1969

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Sudras ruling, harassment by government

The legislative assembly should be composition of intellectual brahmanas. Then the other administrators, the President or the minister, they should be ksatriyas. In this way, if social organization is made, then there will be perfect peace. If sudras are allowed to rule over, what they know? Their only aim is that so long he is in the office, ‘Let me collect some… Expand>

The legislative assembly should be composition of intellectual brahmanas. Then the other administrators, the President or the minister, they should be ksatriyas. In this way, if social organization is made, then there will be perfect peace. If sudras are allowed to rule over, what they know? Their only aim is that so long he is in the office, ‘Let me collect some money,’ that's all. And that will be the latest atmosphere, dasyu-dharmabhih.

Rajanyair dasyu-dharmabhih. All the government men will become thieves and rogues. Dasyu, dasyu means thieves and rogues. So as the thieves and rogues capture you on the street and ask ‘Whatever you have got, give, otherwise I shall kill you,’ so this will be the position in the Kali-yuga. It is happening now. You cannot have any private property; everything you have to declare. Otherwise, it will be taken by force.

So people will be very much embarrassed by two things: one thing is taxation, and another thing will be scarcity of food. In this way, all the people all over the world will be embarrassed, so much so that they will leave their home, hearth and home, acchinna-dara-dravina yasyanti giri-kananam. [From Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.8: "Losing their wives and properties to such avaricious and merciless rulers, who will behave no better than ordinary thieves, the citizens will flee to the mountains and forests."] Being separated from family and property, they will take shelter in the hilly ranges or in the forest to get relief. This will be the position. Harassment, so much harassment, by nature, by government.

Srila Prabhupada, Evening Darsana, Washington D.C., July 8, 1976

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Varnasrama training required — or be an animal

According to religious life, society is divided into four social divisions — brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya and sudra — and four spiritual divisions — brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa. One needs to be trained to become a brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya or sudra, just as one is trained to become an engineer, doctor or lawyer. Those who are properly trained can be… Expand>

According to religious life, society is divided into four social divisions — brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya and sudra — and four spiritual divisions — brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa. One needs to be trained to become a brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya or sudra, just as one is trained to become an engineer, doctor or lawyer. Those who are properly trained can be considered human beings; if one is not trained socially and spiritually — that is, if one is uneducated and unregulated — his life is on the animal platform. Among animals there is no question of spiritual advancement. Spiritual life can be attained by proper training-either by following the principles of varna and asrama or by being directly trained in the bhakti school by the methods of sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam/ arcanam vandanam dasyam sakhyam atma-nivedanam [SB 7.5.23].

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Madhya 24.94

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To become a sannyasi is also another problem

We have created so many problems under the impression of different gunas: "I am this. I am that." To become sannyasi, that is also another problem. Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said that "I am not a brahmana. I am not a sannyasi. I am not a brahmacari. I am not a grhastha. I am not a ksatriya." All "not, not." "I am not this, I am not this." "My only… Expand>

We have created so many problems under the impression of different gunas: "I am this. I am that." To become sannyasi, that is also another problem. Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said that "I am not a brahmana. I am not a sannyasi. I am not a brahmacari. I am not a grhastha. I am not a ksatriya." All "not, not." "I am not this, I am not this." "My only identification is that I am eternal servant of Krsna," gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah [Cc. Madhya 13.80]. This is required. So how this position you can attain, that is described in the next verse, anartha upasamam saksad bhakti-yogam adhoksaje. This is the remedy. Anartha. These are all anarthas. So long I will think, "I am this; I am that," "I am this; I am that," or even if you think that "I am big gosvami" or "big brahmana," that is also anartha. That is also anartha.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.6 — Vrndavana, April 18, 1975

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Grhastha mahatma

Our business at the present moment in conditioned life, nidraya hriyate naktam. At night we sleep, and vyavayena ca va vayah. Vyavayena means sex. At night our business is to sleep and to indulge in sex. In this way we are wasting time, night. And daytime, diva carthehaya rajan kutumba-bharanena va [SB 2.1.3]. And at the daytime, we are very busy going this side, that… Expand>

Our business at the present moment in conditioned life, nidraya hriyate naktam. At night we sleep, and vyavayena ca va vayah. Vyavayena means sex. At night our business is to sleep and to indulge in sex. In this way we are wasting time, night. And daytime, diva carthehaya rajan kutumba-bharanena va [SB 2.1.3]. And at the daytime, we are very busy going this side, that side. Why? To get some money, diva ca artha ihaya. Desiring, "Where I shall get money? Where I shall get money?" Diva carthehaya, and as soon as I get money, I spend it, kutumba-bharanena va, to maintain our family. So where is time for Krsna consciousness? There is no time, sir.

So one should not be interested in that way. Therefore it is said that dehambhara-vartikesu, those who are busy only for maintenance of this body, to such person, he is not interested, na priti-yukta. This is the sign. He..., he may be a grhastha, it does not matter, but he is interested with Krsna's business, not dehambhara-vartikesu. Those who are interested with this body only, with them he has no interest. This is the sign. That is also mahatma. Ye va mayise krta-sauhrdartha. His only business is how to keep friendship with Krsna. That is his only business. Then he is mahatma. And so far janesu, people in general, who are simply interested how to maintain this body, janesu dehambhara-vartikesu... And then what about his family? Yes, grhesu, at home. Jaya, jaya means wife. Jaya atma-ja, atma-ja means children. Grhesu jayatmaja-ratimatsu, and business about earning money, na priti-yukta, he's not interested. Although he is at home, he is not interested at home. Therefore generally devotees, they become very reluctant in the interest of maintaining family, children, wife. Simply as far as possible, duty. So much interested, not any more. These are the signs. If you want to find out a grhastha mahatma, then he has got his family, he has got his children, he has got his wife, he has got his business, he has got to meet so many other people — but they are..., he's not at all interested. Simply behavior, official: "Yes, yes, it is all right. Yes, it is all right. What you say it is all right, but I am not interested." This is called disinterested. People are generally very much interested in these things.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.3 — April 15, 1975, Hyderabad

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Replying to a question about Buddha

Guest (3): Buddha taught very similar things to what the Gita taught also, didn't he? Are there agreeances there, agreement in certain places what Buddha taught and what the Gita teaches? Prabhupada: Do you follow this Buddha? Guest (3): Uh, no. Prabhupada: You simply talk of him? You practice Buddha if you appreciate him. You give up everything like Buddha and… Expand>

Guest (3): Buddha taught very similar things to what the Gita taught also, didn't he? Are there agreeances there, agreement in certain places what Buddha taught and what the Gita teaches?

Prabhupada: Do you follow this Buddha?

Guest (3): Uh, no.

Prabhupada: You simply talk of him? You practice Buddha if you appreciate him. You give up everything like Buddha and meditate. But that you will not do. Then what is the talking of, useless talking about this? Do something. Either you believe Buddha or Jesus Christ or Krsna. Do something. Don't talk simply. Lord Buddha is very nice. He gave up his kingdom in youthful life. He was prince. He thought, "It is all nonsense. Let me meditate." Do like that. That is the disease. We won't do anything. We talk much of this, that, this, that. Do anything, but do it perfectly. "Jack of all trade, master of none." That is not good. Be master of something. It doesn't differ. Either you follow Lord Jesus Christ or Lord Buddha or Krsna, it doesn't matter much. But do it perfectly. That is our request.

(Conversation — May 10, 1969, Columbus)

On 10 May 2017 many Buddhists will observe Buddha Purnima, the celebration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.

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Hiranyakasipu delivered by thinking of Prahlada

As for Hiranyakasipu, although he was extremely inimical toward the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he always thought of his son, who was a great devotee. Therefore by the grace of his son, Prahlada Maharaja, Hiranyakasipu was also delivered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead… Expand>

As for Hiranyakasipu, although he was extremely inimical toward the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he always thought of his son, who was a great devotee. Therefore by the grace of his son, Prahlada Maharaja, Hiranyakasipu was also delivered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 7.1.26

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Nrsimha-deva's affection for His devotees

(Nrsimha-deva speaking to Prahlad) When a devotee looks at Me without hesitation and speaks to Me affectionately, My pleasure grows with every new moment. Although I am eternally free from all limitations, such behavior binds Me with ropes of love. Although I am unconquerable, My devotees can conquer Me. And although I am subject to no one's control, I become their… Expand>

(Nrsimha-deva speaking to Prahlad)

When a devotee looks at Me without hesitation and speaks to Me affectionately, My pleasure grows with every new moment. Although I am eternally free from all limitations, such behavior binds Me with ropes of love. Although I am unconquerable, My devotees can conquer Me. And although I am subject to no one's control, I become their subordinate subject. I belong only to him who has shown his love for Me by giving up all affection for family and possessions, and such a devotee also belongs to Me. Neither he nor I has any other true friend. My desires are always automatically fulfilled, but I take various births in this world just to bestow on My devotees the satisfaction of all their desires.

Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya (14.28–32), quoted in Brhad Bhagavatamrta 1.4.9, by Srila Sanatana Goswami Prabhupada

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Cleanliness in Indian villages

In India, especially in the villages, you'll find cleanliness. He has got one cloth, poverty-stricken, one cloth, not very white. Due to dirt, it is black. But that one cloth should be washed daily, still, one cloth. They'll take one napkin and wash the cloth, and India, tropical climate, here also, and spread it on the floor. Within five minutes it will be dry, and… Expand>

In India, especially in the villages, you'll find cleanliness. He has got one cloth, poverty-stricken, one cloth, not very white. Due to dirt, it is black. But that one cloth should be washed daily, still, one cloth. They'll take one napkin and wash the cloth, and India, tropical climate, here also, and spread it on the floor. Within five minutes it will be dry, and then change clothes. And early in the morning, even in chilly cold, they will take bath, taking water from the well. And nature's arrangement is, if you take well water, it is hot early in the morning. Early in the morning it is very..., not very hot, but is warm. You can take very easily your bath.

This is daily affair, taking bath and go early in the morning to evacuate, then wash your hand. Not required, soap. You can take the dirt from the earth and wash your hand nicely, then take your bath and change your cloth, washed cloth, then go to some temple.

Still this system is current. And see arati, mangala-arati. Chant Hare Krsna mantra. Ring the bells. In every temple such arrangement is there. Then come at home and do your duty, the businessman. In the shop also, they'll cleanse everything very nicely. Even the scale, weighing scale, they will wash every day. This is required, saucam.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.7 — February 3, 1975, Honolulu

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Varnasrama society or animal society

According to Vedic principles, there must be divisions of human society (catur-varnyam maya srstam [Bg. 4.13]). There should be brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas and sudras, and everyone should learn to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead (tam abhyarcya). This is real human society, and without this system we are left with animal society… Expand>

According to Vedic principles, there must be divisions of human society (catur-varnyam maya srstam [Bg. 4.13]). There should be brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas and sudras, and everyone should learn to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead (tam abhyarcya). This is real human society, and without this system we are left with animal society.

Srila Prabhupada — SB 10.2.34 Purport

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Srila Prabhupada's life and soul

This book distribution is the most important task in our Society. Therefore I am giving so much stress and I am working so hard on this. Because this is my life and soul according to the order of my Guru Maharaja. And by his grace it is to some extent successful. And I took it seriously. I take it seriously still now. That is my life and soul… Expand>

This book distribution is the most important task in our Society. Therefore I am giving so much stress and I am working so hard on this. Because this is my life and soul according to the order of my Guru Maharaja. And by his grace it is to some extent successful. And I took it seriously. I take it seriously still now. That is my life and soul.

Srila Prabhupada, 31 Dec 1976.

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Grhastha life is a concession for sex life

Grhastha life is a concession for sex life. Otherwise, there is no need of grhastha life. But everything can be used to make the best use of a bad bargain. That is another thing. Actually, to become free from all responsibility and anxieties, if one remains a brahmacari, that is very good. That is the recommendation of sastra. But if you cannot... Because the material… Expand>

Grhastha life is a concession for sex life. Otherwise, there is no need of grhastha life. But everything can be used to make the best use of a bad bargain. That is another thing. Actually, to become free from all responsibility and anxieties, if one remains a brahmacari, that is very good. That is the recommendation of sastra. But if you cannot... Because the material world is going on under sex impulse. By nature the sex impulse is there. He will agitate you. But if you can control by becoming a rigid brahmacari, that is better. But it is difficult. Therefore this concession is given. But what is this concession? The concession is sex life. That's all. Yan maithunadi-grhamedhi sukham hi tuccham kanduyanena karayor iva duhkha-duhkham. It is an itching sensation. And after satisfying the itching sensation, there are so many responsibilities and troubles. But trpyanti neha krpanah. Those who are krpanah, does not know how to utilize this life.

Srila Prabhupada — March 30, 1975, Mayapur

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Detachment: seeing things as they are

Detachment from matter and attachment to Krsna are one and the same. One who can see this sees things as they are. From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Bg 5.5… Expand>

Detachment from matter and attachment to Krsna are one and the same. One who can see this sees things as they are.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Bg 5.5

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Kirtana: satisfying the Lord, not artistry, should be the concern

Krishna Kirtana is not for earning livelihood. Krishna Kirtana is not meant for entertaining the public for demonstration of arts. It is dynamic service to the Lord. We do not therefore mind so much about the artistic presentation of Krishna Kirtana but we want to see how much a devotee is satisfying the Supreme Will… Expand>

Krishna Kirtana is not for earning livelihood. Krishna Kirtana is not meant for entertaining the public for demonstration of arts. It is dynamic service to the Lord. We do not therefore mind so much about the artistic presentation of Krishna Kirtana but we want to see how much a devotee is satisfying the Supreme Will.

(Srila Prabhupada, letter to Jadurani, December 12, 1967)

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The value of sadhu-darshan

sadhunam sama-cittanam sutaram mat-krtatmanam darsanan no bhaved bandhah pumso 'ksnoh savitur yatha When one is face to face with the sun, there is no longer darkness for one's eyes. Similarly, when one is face to face with a sadhu, a devotee, who is fully determined and surrendered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one will no longer be subject to material… Expand>

sadhunam sama-cittanam
sutaram mat-krtatmanam
darsanan no bhaved bandhah
pumso 'ksnoh savitur yatha

When one is face to face with the sun, there is no longer darkness for one's eyes. Similarly, when one is face to face with a sadhu, a devotee, who is fully determined and surrendered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one will no longer be subject to material bondage.

(Srila Prabhupada's rendering of SB 10.10.41)

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Understand one line, advance hundred years

Prescribed course of study, these two, three books, that's all. Anyone can read Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam or Caitanya-caritamrta — you'll learn everything. You haven't got to learn so many huge volumes of books. Because Bhagavad-gita is such nice book, if you can understand one line, you advance hundred years. So meaningful and so solid. Therefore we have… Expand>

Prescribed course of study, these two, three books, that's all. Anyone can read Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam or Caitanya-caritamrta — you'll learn everything. You haven't got to learn so many huge volumes of books. Because Bhagavad-gita is such nice book, if you can understand one line, you advance hundred years. So meaningful and so solid. Therefore we have published this Bhagavad-gita As It Is. Let your people read it, let them question, and try to understand what is this movement.

Srila Prabhupada — December 30, 1968, Los Angeles

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Why there is so much chaos in the world today

In the sastra it is said, kalau sudra-sambhavah. In the Kali-yuga almost every person is a sudra. Therefore there is so much chaos. The government is managed by the sudras or less than sudras, mleccha. Mleccha-rajendra-rupinah. Mlecchas have taken the post of government. From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6 — Calcutta… Expand>

In the sastra it is said, kalau sudra-sambhavah. In the Kali-yuga almost every person is a sudra. Therefore there is so much chaos. The government is managed by the sudras or less than sudras, mleccha.

Mleccha-rajendra-rupinah. Mlecchas have taken the post of government.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6 — Calcutta, February 26, 1974

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Prabhupada tells a brahmin by birth that he is godless and a demon

Prabhupada: Now our, our preaching is, "Here is the controller." Now, you may take it or not take it. That is different thing. But we say, "Here is the controller." Krishna Tiwari: Only difference of opinion is this, that, uh, one... Oh, you say or I say, it doesn't matter. It's not reflected to you. Anybody who says that they know about God, they have actually no… Expand>

Prabhupada: Now our, our preaching is, "Here is the controller." Now, you may take it or not take it. That is different thing. But we say, "Here is the controller."

Krishna Tiwari: Only difference of opinion is this, that, uh, one... Oh, you say or I say, it doesn't matter. It's not reflected to you. Anybody who says that they know about God, they have actually no, no, no, no way to prove any way, one way or the other.

Prabhupada: No. We don't know by your process.

Krishna Tiwari: By any process.

Prabhupada: That is your process. Your process is, you are trying to ascend. But we are taking knowledge from directly God. That is the difference.

Krishna Tiwari: That's where my trouble is, and I...

Prabhupada: No, no, your trouble must be there.

Krishna Tiwari: Yes.

Prabhupada: Because you're godless.

Krishna Tiwari: Oh, no. Not true.

Prabhupada: Yes. That is your problem.

Krishna Tiwari: Not true. Not true.

Prabhupada: That is your trouble.

Krishna Tiwari: No, no... Okay, go on saying like that. Fine. [laughs]

Prabhupada: Yes, because you are godless in this sense: because you are born in India, born in a brahmana family, and you do not believe Krsna the Supreme Lord.

Krishna Tiwari: Oh. I do not believe, but uh, I do believe that God is, but I do not understand whether the... [indistinct] God or not. I don't know.

Prabhupada: You do not understand, that is your godlessness. That is your godlessness, because...

Krishna Tiwari: No, that's not my godlessness at all. [laughs]

Prabhupada: Yes...

Syamasundara: Please listen while he explains the process of how to know God.

Prabhupada: Brahmana means one who knows the Brahman. Brahma janati iti brahmana. So at least you are not a brahmana, because you do not know the Brahman.

Krishna Tiwari: I do not believe in classes anyway.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Krishna Tiwari: It's all right.

Prabhupada: Yes. So there, that is your defect. One has to become a brahmana. One has to. But you're deviated from brahmanism.

Krishna Tiwari: I'm glad I did. [laughs] I'm really happy I did. I can assure you, Swami.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Krishna Tiwari: If I meet God, I'll tell Him I'm glad I did. [laughs]

Prabhupada: That's all right. The demons always say like that. [devotees laugh]. The demons say always like that. That is the fashion of the demons.

Krishna Tiwari: No, it's not true. [laughing] You know, Swamiji, what I am telling you, it's not true, because I know I'm a brahmana's son.

Prabhupada: You are.

Krishna Tiwari: I know a lot about...

Prabhupada: You are.

Krishna Tiwari: A lot about reading Gita myself...

Prabhupada: You have become a demon.

Krishna Tiwari: Huh?

Prabhupada: From brahmana you have become a demon.

Krishna Tiwari: I have not become demon, and God knows it. I am much more better man, right now...

Prabhupada: Demons always know better than God.

Krishna Tiwari: Is that right? I don't know better than God. Oh, I never said that. What I'm saying is God knows I'm not a bad man. I'm not a demon. [laughs]

Prabhupada: Demon's position is always to challenge God, that "I know better than You."

(May 16, 1973, Los Angeles)

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Shameless women

In India, woman drinking or taking meat is a horrible crime. And what to speak of smoking? That is most shameless. Srila Prabhupada, in conversation with Yogi Amrit Desai of Kripalu Ashram, Pennsylvania, USA — January 2, 1977, Bombay… Expand>

In India, woman drinking or taking meat is a horrible crime. And what to speak of smoking? That is most shameless.

Srila Prabhupada, in conversation with Yogi Amrit Desai of Kripalu Ashram, Pennsylvania, USA — January 2, 1977, Bombay

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We are going to Krsna

We are confident what is God, what is His father's name, what is His name, what is His address — everything. No samsaya, no doubt! Everything complete. Asamsayam. We are confident that we are going to Krsna, back to home, back to Godhead. There is no doubt… Expand>

We are confident what is God, what is His father's name, what is His name, what is His address — everything. No samsaya, no doubt! Everything complete. Asamsayam. We are confident that we are going to Krsna, back to home, back to Godhead. There is no doubt.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.1 — March 9, 1975, London

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Big-time Indologists

This Bhagavad-gita is the science of Krsna consciousness. No one can become Krsna conscious simply by mundane scholarship. One must be fortunate enough to associate with a person who is in pure consciousness. A Krsna conscious person has realized knowledge, by the grace of Krsna, because he is satisfied with pure devotional service. By realized knowledge, one becomes… Expand>

This Bhagavad-gita is the science of Krsna consciousness. No one can become Krsna conscious simply by mundane scholarship. One must be fortunate enough to associate with a person who is in pure consciousness. A Krsna conscious person has realized knowledge, by the grace of Krsna, because he is satisfied with pure devotional service. By realized knowledge, one becomes perfect. By transcendental knowledge one can remain steady in his convictions, but by mere academic knowledge one can be easily deluded and confused by apparent contradictions. It is the realized soul who is actually self-controlled, because he is surrendered to Krsna. He is transcendental because he has nothing to do with mundane scholarship. For him mundane scholarship and mental speculation, which may be as good as gold to others, are of no greater value than pebbles or stones.

(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Bg 6.8)

 

The following is from ISKCON in the 1970s, by SDG

The friendly scholars of Hinduism also invited me for an informal gathering at their hotel room one night. I brought pots of sabji, capatis and nectar drink from the St. Louis temple and acted as a humble servant of the scholars to give them krsna-prasadam. They sat around in a bedroom, speaking either academically about Hinduism, or talking in a most frivolous mood of prajalpa. They were, of course, drinking liquor and smoking cigarettes. One of the professors told a long story about how he and his friend, who were high on marijuana in India, imagined a small puddle to be a big river. Everyone listened and laughed hilariously. One eminent professor held forth his opinion that Ramanuja was actually an impersonalist and that Vaisnavism had, in a high, sophisticated sense, the same conclusions as Sankara. I had to wince upon hearing this, but I just did not feel it was my place to strongly preach at this gathering when they were all sitting around in such a relaxed, casual mood.

One of the professors, Thomas Hopkins, was the friendliest toward me, and he was certainly the biggest eater of prasadam, taking seconds and thirds. Another young professor, a Harvard graduate, asked the group whether they thought that any yoga or spiritual discipline was necessary in order to be learned in Hinduism. His remark was mostly replied to with jokes of various sorts. On the one hand, it was a thrilling occasion for me to be in the same room with many of the big-time Indologists in America, but by Krsna's mercy, their frivolousness made a deep impression on me. Since then it has been very hard to take them seriously.

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We are the Mayavadis

When Srila Prabhupada first began lecturing in New York in 1966, he would often attack the Mayavadi impersonalists in his talks, and not understanding this I joked with friend: "Mayavadi? When was the last time you saw a Mayavadi?" None of us could understand who Srila Prabhupada was talking about; we all thought that the Mayavadis were a little group of philosophers… Expand>

When Srila Prabhupada first began lecturing in New York in 1966, he would often attack the Mayavadi impersonalists in his talks, and not understanding this I joked with friend: "Mayavadi? When was the last time you saw a Mayavadi?" None of us could understand who Srila Prabhupada was talking about; we all thought that the Mayavadis were a little group of philosophers in India against whom Srila Prabhupada was waging theologic battle. But actually we were all Mayavadis.

(Hayagriva Dasa, in BTG #38, 1970)

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Vedic system of instruction

Especially instruction are given to men. All literatures, all Vedic literatures, they are especially meant for instruction to the men. Woman is to follow the husband, that's all. The husband will give instruction to the wife. There is no such thing as the girl should go to school to take brahmacari-asrama or go to spiritual master to take instruction. That is not… Expand>

Especially instruction are given to men. All literatures, all Vedic literatures, they are especially meant for instruction to the men. Woman is to follow the husband, that's all. The husband will give instruction to the wife. There is no such thing as the girl should go to school to take brahmacari-asrama or go to spiritual master to take instruction. That is not Vedic system.

Vedic system is a man is fully instructed, and woman, girl, must be married to a man. Even the man may have many wives, polygamy, still, every woman should be married. And she would get instruction from the husband. This is Vedic system. Woman is not allowed to go to school, college or to the spiritual master. But husband and wife, they can be initiated. That is Vedic system.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.13 — September 18, 1972, Los Angeles

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Motorcars means slaughterhouses

You have seen the picture, Krsna, Vrndavana picture, Krsna's father transferring Krsna — they were going on bullock carts, no motorcar. You have seen the picture. So formerly, transport was bullock carts. The cows and the bulls, the bulls were employed for agricultural purpose, for drawing the carts. So there was no necessity of motorcar. Now you have got motorcar… Expand>

You have seen the picture, Krsna, Vrndavana picture, Krsna's father transferring Krsna — they were going on bullock carts, no motorcar. You have seen the picture. So formerly, transport was bullock carts. The cows and the bulls, the bulls were employed for agricultural purpose, for drawing the carts. So there was no necessity of motorcar. Now you have got motorcar, motor-tractor, you don't want the bullocks; therefore kill them. How you can utilize them? Therefore you must have slaughterhouse to kill them. And as soon as you kill them, then you have to eat them.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.22–32 — May 27, 1972, Los Angeles

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If you are serious about increasing your attachment for Krsna...

Those who are actually engaged in Krsna consciousness, in devotional service, associate with them. Don't think that at home you will be perfect. That is not possible. At home there is no such facilities. Here you will get the facilities. Here the devotees, they are actually following the instruction of mad-asrayah, one who has taken the shelter. They are rising early… Expand>

Those who are actually engaged in Krsna consciousness, in devotional service, associate with them. Don't think that at home you will be perfect. That is not possible. At home there is no such facilities. Here you will get the facilities. Here the devotees, they are actually following the instruction of mad-asrayah, one who has taken the shelter. They are rising early in the morning. And at home you will think, "Oh, what is early in the morning?" [laughter] "Let me enjoy sleep."

So there is no such facilities at home. Therefore this institution is started. If you are serious about Krsna consciousness, if you are serious about increasing your attachment for Krsna, then you should come and live with the devotees.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.1 — March 9, 1975, London

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Chanting Hare Krsna, distributing free food, and so on

In the list of the ten kinds of offenses in chanting the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hare Krsna, the eighth offense is dharma-vrata-tyaga-hutadi-sarva-subha-kriya-samyam api pramadah. One should never consider the chanting of the holy name of Godhead equal to pious activities like giving charity to brahmanas or saintly persons, opening charitable… Expand>

In the list of the ten kinds of offenses in chanting the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hare Krsna, the eighth offense is dharma-vrata-tyaga-hutadi-sarva-subha-kriya-samyam api pramadah. One should never consider the chanting of the holy name of Godhead equal to pious activities like giving charity to brahmanas or saintly persons, opening charitable educational institutions, distributing free food and so on. The results of pious activities do not equal the results of chanting the holy name of Krsna.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Adi 3.79

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Brave Prabhupada

Brahmananda: ...Calcutta, on the Maidan, there's that big building, that big memorial. Is that... Prabhupada: Oh, Victoria Memorial. Brahmananda: That was built for the king when he was coming? Prabhupada: No, that was built in memory of Victoria. It was done imitating the Taj Mahal. It took twenty years. Sir Rajendra Nath Mukherjee of Martin Company, he took the… Expand>

Brahmananda: ...Calcutta, on the Maidan, there's that big building, that big memorial. Is that...

Prabhupada: Oh, Victoria Memorial.

Brahmananda: That was built for the king when he was coming?

Prabhupada: No, that was built in memory of Victoria. It was done imitating the Taj Mahal. It took twenty years. Sir Rajendra Nath Mukherjee of Martin Company, he took the contract. And after finishing, he got this title "Sir." And when it was being constructed, I went to the top by crossing the scaffolding.

Brahmananda: So you must have been very brave.

Prabhupada: Yes, I am still brave. [laughter] Otherwise how could I come alone to preach Krsna consciousness? I am still brave.

Devotees: Jaya, Srila Prabhupada!

Prabhupada: Some astrologer told that "This boy, for executing his purpose, he will enter into the fire." Yes. [break] ...recently, in our Bombay affair, it was fight with the fire. Is it not?

Brahmananda: Yes. Oh, yes.

Prabhupada: And we have come out victorious.

Brahmananda: Yes. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Morning Walk — March 11, 1975, London

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Give up sin means fifty percent purified

The four pillars of sinful life are these: illicit sex, meat-eating and intoxication and gambling. If we stop these voluntarily, this is called austerity, austerity, tapasya. Austerity means voluntarily accept some painful condition. So those who are habituated to all these things, namely illicit sex, meat-eating, intoxication and gambling, to give up these habits, it… Expand>

The four pillars of sinful life are these: illicit sex, meat-eating and intoxication and gambling. If we stop these voluntarily, this is called austerity, austerity, tapasya. Austerity means voluntarily accept some painful condition.

So those who are habituated to all these things, namely illicit sex, meat-eating, intoxication and gambling, to give up these habits, it may become little painful at the... in the beginning. But if you practice and pray to Krsna that He will help, it is not difficult to give up these habits. And as soon as you give up this waiting process, the sinful life, then immediately you become fifty percent purified to approach God. Then, by chanting Hare Krsna mantra, you make further, further, more and more progress. And when you are completely free of all sinful reaction, then you understand God and you love him. In the contaminated stage you are trying to love so many things, but you are frustrated. So if you can love God, then you will never be frustrated, and your loving desires will be fulfilled. That is Krsna consciousness movement. We are teaching all our students how to love God.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on initiation — February 22, 1975, Caracas

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