Sanga

Srila Prabhupada's writing technique in Caitanya-caritamrta

Since we belong to this chain of disciplic succession from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, this edition of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta will contain nothing newly manufactured by our tiny brains, but only remnants of food originally eaten by the Lord Himself. Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu does not belong to the mundane plane of the three qualitative modes. He belongs to the transcendental plane beyond the reach of the imperfect sense perception of a living being.… Expand>

Since we belong to this chain of disciplic succession from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, this edition of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta will contain nothing newly manufactured by our tiny brains, but only remnants of food originally eaten by the Lord Himself. Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu does not belong to the mundane plane of the three qualitative modes. He belongs to the transcendental plane beyond the reach of the imperfect sense perception of a living being. Even the most erudite mundane scholar cannot approach the transcendental plane unless he submits himself to transcendental sound with a receptive mood, for in that mood only can one realize the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. What will be described herein, therefore, has nothing to do with the experimental thoughts created by the speculative habits of inert minds. The subject matter of this book is not a mental concoction but a factual spiritual experience that one can realize only by accepting the line of disciplic succession described above. Any deviation from that line will bewilder the reader's understanding of the mystery of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, which is a transcendental literature meant for the postgraduate study of one who has realized all the Vedic literatures such as the Upanisads and Vedanta-sütra and their natural commentaries such as Srimad Bhagavatam and the Bhagavad-gita.

This edition of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta is presented for the study of sincere scholars who are really seeking the Absolute Truth. It is not the arrogant scholarship of a mental speculator but a sincere effort to serve the order of a superior authority whose service is the life and soul of this humble effort. It does not deviate even slightly from the revealed scriptures, and therefore anyone who follows in the disciplic line will be able to realize the essence of this book simply by the method of aural reception.

(From Cc Adi 1, introduction by Srila Prabhupada)

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Caitanya Mahaprabhu's crying and artificial crying

Not that simply I sit I sit down and cry a little, I practice how to cry, sentiment. No. Sruta-grhitaya: understanding about the Absolute Truth from Vedic knowledge. That is bhakti. That is real bhakti. Sentiment is not bhakti -- I stand and I practice how to cry: "Oh, this man cries always." No. Of course, crying is there, just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to cry. But that stage is very, very high. It is not possible. You are crying, but next moment you are engaged in ordinary thing, that crying is artificial.… Expand>

Not that simply I sit I sit down and cry a little, I practice how to cry, sentiment. No. Sruta-grhitaya: understanding about the Absolute Truth from Vedic knowledge. That is bhakti. That is real bhakti. Sentiment is not bhakti -- I stand and I practice how to cry: "Oh, this man cries always." No. Of course, crying is there, just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to cry. But that stage is very, very high. It is not possible. You are crying, but next moment you are engaged in ordinary thing, that crying is artificial. One who can cry for Krsna, he becomes mad, just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Govinda-virahena me. Sunyayitam jagat-sarvam govinda-virahena me. He says, crying, "Everything is now over. There is I cannot see Krsna." So that crying is different crying. Not that in the meeting I cry, and, next moment, I am now dry, "I want this, I want that..." But that not crying. Caksusa pravrsayitam sunyayitam jagat-sarvam govinda-virahena. Caitanya caksusa pravrsayitam, just like torrents of rain falls from the sky, so govinda-virahena, on account of separation from Govinda, caksusa pravrsayitam, sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.10 -- Bombay, December 28, 1972

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Acaryas descend out of compassion, to save suffering men

In that planet of Satyaloka, there is neither bereavement, nor old age nor death. There is no pain of any kind, and therefore there are no anxieties, save that sometimes, due to consciousness, there is a feeling of compassion for those unaware of the process of devotional service, who are subjected to unsurpassable miseries in the material world.… Expand>

In that planet of Satyaloka, there is neither bereavement, nor old age nor death. There is no pain of any kind, and therefore there are no anxieties, save that sometimes, due to consciousness, there is a feeling of compassion for those unaware of the process of devotional service, who are subjected to unsurpassable miseries in the material world.

(SB 2.2.27, text)

From Srila Prabhupada's purport:

The Vedic wisdom guides us to understanding our relation with the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna and to acting accordingly in order to achieve the desired result of returning home, back to Godhead. But materialistic men do not understand this. They want to make a plan to become happy in a place where there is no happiness. For false happiness they try to reach other planets, either by Vedic rituals or by spacecraft, but they should know for certain that any amount of materialistic adjustment for becoming happy in a place which is meant for distress cannot benefit the misguided man because, after all, the whole universe with all its paraphernalia will come to an end after a certain period. Then all plans of materialistic happiness will automatically come to an end. The intelligent person therefore makes a plan to return home, back to Godhead. Such an intelligent person surpasses all the pangs of material existence, like birth, death, disease and old age. He is actually happy because he has no anxieties of material existence, but as a compassionate sympathizer he feels unhappiness for the suffering materialistic men, and thus he occasionally comes before the materialistic men to teach them the necessity of going back to Godhead. All the bona fide acaryas preach this truth of returning home, back to Godhead, and warn men not to make a false plan for happiness in a place where happiness is only a myth.

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Cleanliness is next to godliness

Cleanliness is essential. "Cleanliness is next to godliness." 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.… Expand>

Cleanliness is essential. "Cleanliness is next to godliness."

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, if you take well water 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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Banning polygamy is demonic

People have become so degraded in this age that on the one hand they restrict polygamy and on the other hand they hunt for women in so many ways. Many business concerns publicly advertise that topless girls are available in this club or in that shop. Thus women have become instruments of sense enjoyment in modern society. The Vedas enjoin, however, that if a man has the propensity to enjoy more than one wife -- as is sometimes the propensity for men in the higher social order, such as the brahmanas, ksatriyas and vaisyas, and even sometimes the sudras -- he is allowed to marry more than one wife. Marriage means taking complete charge of a woman and living peacefully without debauchery. At the present moment, however, debauchery is unrestricted. Nonetheless, society makes a law that one should not marry more than one wife. This is typical of a demoniac society.… Expand>

People have become so degraded in this age that on the one hand they restrict polygamy and on the other hand they hunt for women in so many ways. Many business concerns publicly advertise that topless girls are available in this club or in that shop. Thus women have become instruments of sense enjoyment in modern society. The Vedas enjoin, however, that if a man has the propensity to enjoy more than one wife -- as is sometimes the propensity for men in the higher social order, such as the brahmanas, ksatriyas and vaisyas, and even sometimes the sudras -- he is allowed to marry more than one wife. Marriage means taking complete charge of a woman and living peacefully without debauchery. At the present moment, however, debauchery is unrestricted. Nonetheless, society makes a law that one should not marry more than one wife. This is typical of a demoniac society.

Srila Prabhupada, SB 4.26.6 purport

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who is intelligent?

Good intelligence means becoming Krsna conscious... Unless one is Krsna conscious, he cannot be called an intelligent person.… Expand>

Good intelligence means becoming Krsna conscious... Unless one is Krsna conscious, he cannot be called an intelligent person.

Srila Prabhupada, SB 4.26.16 purport

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Advice from Hari-bhakti-vilasa on employment

From Hari-bhakti-vilasa: atmano nicalokanam sevanam vrttisiddhaye nitaram nindyate sadbhirvaisnavasya visesatah ||9.256|| "For livelihood, the service of lower grade persons is blameworthy (nindaniya) for a respectable man. This is especially so for Vaisnavas." Digdarsini tika for the above verse: atmanah sakasat ye nica lokastesam, vaisnavasya tu nicalokasevanam visesato'dhikam nindyate, nicasevanena nicanam-avaisnavadustajananam-adhinatva mahadosapatte ||256||… Expand>

From Hari-bhakti-vilasa:
atmano nicalokanam sevanam vrttisiddhaye
nitaram nindyate sadbhirvaisnavasya visesatah ||9.256||

"For livelihood, the service of lower grade persons is blameworthy (nindaniya) for a respectable man. This is especially so for Vaisnavas."

Digdarsini tika for the above verse:
atmanah sakasat ye nica lokastesam, vaisnavasya tu nicalokasevanam
visesato'dhikam nindyate, nicasevanena
nicanam-avaisnavadustajananam-adhinatva mahadosapatte ||256||

"Lower means in comparison to one's position; especially for Vaisnavas to serve lower grade persons is especially blameworthy. Serving lower grade persons in this case means (adhinatva) taking orders of or being dependent on one who is not a devotee and so is a rascal (dusta) because this engenders great fault."

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The qualification

The Supreme Lord is achieved by devotion (bhaktya mam abhijanati [Bg. 18.55]). One's devotion and sincere desire to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead are the only qualifications. Rupa Gosvami has also said that the price for achieving God's favor is simply one's sincere eagerness to have it (laulyam ekam mulyam).… Expand>

The Supreme Lord is achieved by devotion (bhaktya mam abhijanati [Bg. 18.55]). One's devotion and sincere desire to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead are the only qualifications. Rupa Gosvami has also said that the price for achieving God's favor is simply one's sincere eagerness to have it (laulyam ekam mulyam).

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 5.19.7.

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Sanatana-dharma everywhere

...the process by which we can understand our sanatana nature, that is called sanatana-dharma, not that having a big tilaka and considering this rascal lump of matter as "I am brahmana. This body is brahmana, and sanatana-dharma." This is all nonsense. Sanatana-dharma means you first of all you must know what you are. That is sanatana-dharma. Is it... Is sanatana-dharma is limited to a certain area? How it can be? Sarva-gatah. Sanatana-dharma must be there everywhere. Isavasyam idam sarvam [Iso mantra… Expand>

...the process by which we can understand our sanatana nature, that is called sanatana-dharma, not that having a big tilaka and considering this rascal lump of matter as "I am brahmana. This body is brahmana, and sanatana-dharma." This is all nonsense. Sanatana-dharma means you first of all you must know what you are. That is sanatana-dharma. Is it... Is sanatana-dharma is limited to a certain area? How it can be? Sarva-gatah. Sanatana-dharma must be there everywhere. Isavasyam idam sarvam [Iso mantra
1]. Everywhere, Krsna's kingdom, Krsna's property. How is that you are simply claiming that "India, there is sanatana-dharma"? "In India there is brahmana"? What Krsna creates, that is for everywhere. Because Krsna is the father of everyone. Aham bija-pradah pita, sarva-yonisu kaunteya [Bg. 14.4]. So this rascaldom, that sanatana-dharma is only in India, and that is also cut off... "Now, the Pakistan is cut off, and therefore there is no sanatana-dharma. Simply in here." If you remain foolish like that, then andha yathandhair upaniyamanah [SB 7.5.31], that means you are being led by some blind leaders. You do not know what is what. If living entity's sanatana, and if the process by which one can realize his sanatana nature... That is called sanatana-dharma.


From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.24 -- Hyderabad, November 28, 1972

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Our real purpose

Our plan is not to sponsor the Hindus or any other individual group. Our real purpose is to spread Krishna Consciousness. This means that there is one God; Krishna, there is one scripture; Bhagavad-gita As It Is, there is one mantra; Hare Krishna, and there is one work; service of Lord Krishna. We want to preach this cult all over the world, and I am sure people from all groups of religion will join us. If we establish a temple on the principles of Mataji, it is also very nice, we may draw the attention of a section of Hindus, but we cannot really execute our ideals. So we cannot be very much enthusiastic in this connection.… Expand>

Our plan is not to sponsor the Hindus or any other individual group. Our real purpose is to spread Krishna Consciousness. This means that there is one God; Krishna, there is one scripture; Bhagavad-gita As It Is, there is one mantra; Hare Krishna, and there is one work; service of Lord Krishna. We want to preach this cult all over the world, and I am sure people from all groups of religion will join us. If we establish a temple on the principles of Mataji, it is also very nice, we may draw the attention of a section of Hindus, but we cannot really execute our ideals. So we cannot be very much enthusiastic in this connection.

(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Yamuna — New Vrindaban 27 May, 1969)

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Krsna supplies both devotees and nondevotees

It is Krsna's pleasure that whatever you want, you can get it. You get all advantage by Krsna. If you want to become a demon, Krsna will supply you: "All right, you become a demon. You take whatever you want from Me." He will give you. Similarly, if you want to become a demigod or devotee, Krsna will supply you all the necessities. Now it is my choice whether I shall become a demon and whether I shall become a devotee. This is my choice. Krsna is equal to everyone. Samo 'ham sarva-bhutesu [Bg. 9.29]. Otherwise, how He is God? If He is partial to somebody, then He is not God. He must be equal. He is equal to the devotee and nondevotee. Whatever the nondevotees want, Krsna supplies. And whatever the devotees want, Krsna supplies.… Expand>

It is Krsna's pleasure that whatever you want, you can get it. You get all advantage by Krsna. If you want to become a demon, Krsna will supply you: "All right, you become a demon. You take whatever you want from Me." He will give you. Similarly, if you want to become a demigod or devotee, Krsna will supply you all the necessities. Now it is my choice whether I shall become a demon and whether I shall become a devotee. This is my choice. Krsna is equal to everyone. Samo 'ham sarva-bhutesu [Bg. 9.29]. Otherwise, how He is God? If He is partial to somebody, then He is not God. He must be equal. He is equal to the devotee and nondevotee. Whatever the nondevotees want, Krsna supplies. And whatever the devotees want, Krsna supplies.

But He is very much pleased with the devotee. Therefore, his supplies are very immediate; and the demonic supply, that will depend on his work, karma. It will depend on the karma. And devotee's supply, because this is bhakti, it is immediately there. That is the difference.

(From Srila Prabhupada's class on Bhagavad-gita 16.4  -- January 30, 1975, Honolulu)

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How to learn to do anything

Srila Prabhupada said, "A devotee can learn to do anything if they repeat this prayer before they begin any service." And then he spoke this wonderful prayer: om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah sri-caitanya-mano-'bhistam sthapitam yena bhu-tale svayam rupah kada mahyam dadati sva-padantikam… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said, "A devotee can learn to do anything if they repeat this prayer before they begin any service." And then he spoke this wonderful prayer:

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah
sri-caitanya-mano-'bhistam sthapitam yena bhu-tale
svayam rupah kada mahyam dadati sva-padantikam

(Recalled by Yamuna D.D.; quoted in "Yamuna Devi" by Dinatarini D.D., vol. 1 p. 101)

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How to learn to do anything

Srila Prabhupada said, "A devotee can learn to do anything if they repeat this prayer before they begin any service." And then he spoke this wonderful prayer: om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah sri-caitanya-mano-'bhistam sthapitam yena bhu-tale svayam rupah kada mahyam dadati sva-padantikam… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said, "A devotee can learn to do anything if they repeat this prayer before they begin any service." And then he spoke this wonderful prayer:

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah
sri-caitanya-mano-'bhistam sthapitam yena bhu-tale
svayam rupah kada mahyam dadati sva-padantikam

(Recalled by Yamuna D.D.; quoted in "Yamuna Devi" by Dinatarini D.D., vol. 1 p. 101)

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Female sannyasis

A female is never awarded the order of Sannyasam. Because a female is never considered independent and Sannyasam was never awarded to any female in the past by the great Acaryas like Sankara, Ramanuja etc. The female Sannyasins are to be immediately understood as pretenders or prostitutes. In India they have organized so many organizations where specially young females are maintained to attract rich women-hunters who pretend to pose as righteous in the society. This is the age of Kali which plunders away spiritual sense of the human being and it is only the Divine Grace of Lord Caitanya Who can protect us from all these dangerous pitfalls… Expand>

A female is never awarded the order of Sannyasam. Because a female is never considered independent and Sannyasam was never awarded to any female in the past by the great Acaryas like Sankara, Ramanuja etc. The female Sannyasins are to be immediately understood as pretenders or prostitutes. In India they have organized so many organizations where specially young females are maintained to attract rich women-hunters who pretend to pose as righteous in the society. This is the age of Kali which plunders away spiritual sense of the human being and it is only the Divine Grace of Lord Caitanya Who can protect us from all these dangerous pitfalls.

(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Brahmananda  --  San Francisco 14 March, 1967)

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Transcendental pleasure and material pleasure

"Pure devotional service automatically puts one in transcendental pleasure." Transcendental pleasure and material pleasure, there is difference. Material pleasure means sense gratification, and transcendental pleasure means satisfaction of Krsna. A devotee is satisfied seeing Krsna is pleased. That is their satisfaction -- through Krsna. Material pleasure means direct sense perception, and spiritual pleasure means by, through Krsna. If Krsna is satisfied, then the devotee is satisfied. Just like a tree, the leaves and twigs become satisfied through the root of the tree. So Krsna is the root.… Expand>

"Pure devotional service automatically puts one in transcendental pleasure." Transcendental pleasure and material pleasure, there is difference. Material pleasure means sense gratification, and transcendental pleasure means satisfaction of Krsna. A devotee is satisfied seeing Krsna is pleased. That is their satisfaction -- through Krsna. Material pleasure means direct sense perception, and spiritual pleasure means by, through Krsna. If Krsna is satisfied, then the devotee is satisfied. Just like a tree, the leaves and twigs become satisfied through the root of the tree. So Krsna is the root. Krsna is the origin of everything. Aham sarvasya prabhavo mattah sarvam
pravartate [Bg. 10.8]. So transcendental pleasure mean feeling of pleasure through Krsna. Just like the gopis and Krsna. Gopis, when they saw Krsna is pleased, they became happy, and Krsna, when He saw that the gopis are happy, He become happier. Again the gopis sees that Krsna is happier, they, again they become more happy. In this way, there is competition of happiness. The gopis sees Krsna happier; they feel happiness, and Krsna sees gopis happier; Krsna feels happiness. This word is described in the Caitanya-caritamrta: dui lagi nahi mudi [Adi 4.193]. This is spiritual competition.

So: "Pure devotional service automatically puts one in transcendental pleasure." In the material pleasure, if I see you happy, I am unhappy; If I see you unhappy, I become happy. This is nature. I may say otherwise, but material nature is, if one is put into difficulty, then I become very happy, and if I am happy, others become envious. This is material pleasure. Whereas spiritual pleasure means that when one sees Krsna is happy, a devotee's happy, the other devotee becomes happier. That is spiritual pleasure. In the spiritual world there is competition, but when one is advanced, the competitor become happy: "Oh, he's so advanced. I could not do so." There is
no enviousness. In the material world, if one is advanced, other, who is not advanced, he's envious. This is the difference between spiritual pleasure and material pleasure. It is not difficult to understand. Material pleasure means if you are happy, I become unhappy; if you are unhappy, then I become happy. This is material pleasure. And spiritual pleasure means by seeing your happiness, I become happy. By seeing... But there is no distress in the spiritual world. Simply by seeing the happiness of other devotee, another devotee becomes happier.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => The Nectar of Devotion -- November 3, 1972, Vrndavana

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We accept Muhammad's authority

Muhammad said. That is authority. That we accept. We accept Muhammad as the representative of God. Whatever he says, we accept, that's all. What he meant, that is his business. But he is authority. He said that "This is the name of God. You chant, you pray, Allah-u akbar." That's all. That is authority.… Expand>

Muhammad said. That is authority. That we accept. We accept Muhammad as the representative of God. Whatever he says, we accept, that's all. What he meant, that is his business. But he is authority. He said that "This is the name of God. You chant, you pray, Allah-u akbar." That's all. That is authority.

...Here is the perfect holy man. He never says that "You chant my name." He said, "Chant Allah's name." That is holy man. That is test of holy man. He does not become God; he serves God. That is holy man.

...We accept Muhammad's authority. That's a fact. He's authority.


(Srila Prabhupada, Conversation -- March 14, 1975, Tehran)

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Not Muhammed's private secretary

Girl: Before you ask with something else, I ask, how could you reach the Supreme Being by chanting... Prabhupada: By chanting, yes. Girl: ...by chanting of worldly name, tuned on prayer... Prabhupada: That is not worldly name. Why do you mistake that? God's name is not worldly. Girl: Because if you..., if you really know the tuning of God... Prabhupada: Do you think Allah is wordly name? Girl: We recognize that it is before Krsna, before Allah... Prabhupada: That's all right, you recognize it. Allah, Allah is not worldly name. It is given by the authority, Muhammad, so you have to chant it, who knows God.… Expand>

Girl: Before you ask with something else, I ask, how could you reach the Supreme Being by chanting...
Prabhupada: By chanting, yes.
Girl: ...by chanting of worldly name, tuned on prayer...
Prabhupada: That is not worldly name. Why do you mistake that? God's name is not worldly.
Girl: Because if you..., if you really know the tuning of God...
Prabhupada: Do you think Allah is wordly name?
Girl: We recognize that it is before Krsna, before Allah...
Prabhupada: That's all right, you recognize it. Allah, Allah is not worldly name. It is given by the authority, Muhammad, so you have to chant it, who knows God.
Girl: But he didn't really mean Allah is the name of God.
Prabhupada: If... Why do you say he didn't mean?
Girl: Because...
Prabhupada: That is you say. Muhammad did not say that "What I say, I did not mean it."
Girl: No, the name of God, he didn't mean Allah.
Prabhupada: You say. You say. Who cares for your word? Muhammad said this is the name of God. We have to accept, that's all.
Girl: So why...
Prabhupada: You cannot say he didn't mean. You are not a private secretary of Muhammad. [laughter]
Girl: So then how do they say that the name of God was in God...
Prabhupada: No, these things are not accepted.
Girl: ...was before God...
Prabhupada: Don't talk childish.

(March 14, 1975, Tehran}

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Deity worship -- Krsna doesn't require our service

He is present here, Krsna. He has nothing to do. Na tasya karyam karanam ca vidyate. Everything is ready. Either automatically or in order to accept service from the devotee, He is assuming that "I am dependent on you. If you dress Me, then I can be dressed." But actually that is not the fact. He is dressing Himself by giving you intelligence. Buddhi-yogam dadami tam yena mam upayanti te [Bg. 10.10]. Those who are desirous to serve Him, then Krsna gives him intelligence how to serve Him. He does not depend on your service. He's quite self-sufficient. But He assumes that "I am a statue of stone. I cannot dress Myself. Please dress Me." This is Krsna's mercy, to give you chance. He does not depend on you. Na tasya kar...… Expand>

He is present here, Krsna. He has nothing to do. Na tasya karyam karanam ca vidyate. Everything is ready. Either automatically or in order to accept service from the devotee, He is assuming that "I am dependent on you. If you dress Me, then I can be dressed." But actually that is not the fact. He is dressing Himself by giving you intelligence. Buddhi-yogam dadami tam yena mam upayanti te [Bg. 10.10]. Those who are desirous to serve Him, then Krsna gives him intelligence how to serve Him. He does not depend on your service. He's quite self-sufficient. But He assumes that "I am a statue of stone. I cannot dress Myself. Please dress Me." This is Krsna's mercy, to give you chance. He does not depend on you. Na tasya kar... There are many energies. Krsna is worshiped by many, many goddess of fortune. Laksmi-sahasra-sata-sambhrama-sevyamanam [Bs. 5.29]. So He doesn't require our service. But He agrees. He is so kind that He agrees to come here to accept our service. Therefore we must be very careful, that "Krsna has kindly consented to come here to accept our service. Now we may not do something which is not satisfactory to Him." That is devotion. That is Krsna consciousness -- always all full veneration. Don't think that "Here is a statue." Here is Krsna.

Srila Prabhupada, Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.41 -- January 16, 1975, Bombay

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If you are a fighter, fight for Krsna

General people understand that retiring from ordinary duties, one becomes spiritually advanced... It is not like that. Krsna taught to the whole world that Arjuna was a soldier, he was a fighter, and in his fighting also he can be Krsna conscious. It is not that he has to cease from fighting and then become Krsna conscious. No. There is no such question. There is no rejection of anything, but dovetailing everything. That is the process. Do everything, but in Krsna consciousness. If you are a fighter, fight, but for Krsna. If you are a businessman, all right. Do business for Krsna. If you are something else, do that, but for Krsna. This is wanted. This is called Krsna consciousness. To dovetail everything with Krsna.… Expand>

General people understand that retiring from ordinary duties, one becomes spiritually advanced... It is not like that. Krsna taught to the whole world that Arjuna was a soldier, he was a fighter, and in his fighting also he can be Krsna conscious. It is not that he has to cease from fighting and then become Krsna conscious. No. There is no such question. There is no rejection of anything, but dovetailing everything. That is the process. Do everything, but in Krsna consciousness. If you are a fighter, fight, but for Krsna. If you are a businessman, all right. Do business for Krsna. If you are something else, do that, but for Krsna. This is wanted. This is called Krsna consciousness. To dovetail everything with Krsna.

...You can begin Krsna consciousness from the very beginning. Earn for Krsna, spend for Krsna, think for Krsna, work for Krsna. That is Krsna consciousness. Fight for Krsna. Nothing to be rejected. Everything to be dovetailed with Krsna. That is Krsna consciousness.

(From Srila Prabhupada's talk on Bhagavad-gita 3.1-5 -- Los Angeles, December 20, 1968)

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Neophytes' mistaken judgment of difficulties

One mistake of judgment often made by the neophyte devotees is that any time there is some disturbance or some difficulty they are considering that the conditions or the external circumstances under which the difficulty took place are the cause of the difficulty itself. That is not the fact. In this material world there is always some difficulty, no matter in this situation or that situation. Therefore simply by changing my status of occupation or my status of life, that will not help anything. Because the real fact is that if there is any difficulty with others, that is my lack of Krsna consciousness, not theirs.… Expand>

One mistake of judgment often made by the neophyte devotees is that any time there is some disturbance or some difficulty they are considering that the conditions or the external circumstances under which the difficulty took place are the cause of the difficulty itself. That is not the fact. In this material world there is always some difficulty, no matter in this situation or that situation. Therefore simply by changing my status of occupation or my status of life, that will not help anything. Because the real fact is that if there is any difficulty with others, that is my lack of Krsna consciousness, not theirs.

(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Madhukara, 4 January, 1973)

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Srila Prabhupada's books:

Our Krsna consciousness movement is scientific, authorized. People has to give little attention. Then they will understand. Therefore we are publishing so many books, only about Krsna. In every page you will find "Krsna, Krsna, Krsna." Either in Krsna book or in Caitanya-caritamrta or in the Bhagavata or in The Nectar of Devotion or in Teachings of Lord Caitanya, the word is Krsna. That is simply explained in different way.… Expand>

Our Krsna consciousness movement is scientific, authorized. People has to give little attention. Then they will understand. Therefore we are publishing so many books, only about Krsna. In every page you will find "Krsna, Krsna, Krsna." Either in Krsna book or in Caitanya caritamrta or in the Bhagavata or in The Nectar of Devotion or in Teachings of Lord Caitanya, the word is Krsna. That is simply explained in different way.


Srila Prabhupada, in a conversation with the Canadian Ambassador to Iran -- March 13, 1975, Tehran.

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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada's true successor

Vrndavana, February 11, 1974 Dr. Kapoor: This was my firm belief, and it was impossible for anyone to dislodge me from it. But you know..., and you'll not believe what happened one day when I first met my Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja, at Allahabad at the house of one Mr. De, sometime in the month of August 1931. As I went to see him, he stared into my eyes, seemed to be looking deep into me, and it appeared that he had discovered something that nobody had discovered. He had discovered the ghost in me, the ghost of Mayavada, which had possessed me.… Expand>

Vrndavana, February 11, 1974

Dr. Kapoor: This was my firm belief, and it was impossible for anyone to dislodge me from it. But you know..., and you'll not believe what happened one day when I first met my Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja, at Allahabad at the house of one Mr. De, sometime in the month of August 1931. As I went to see him, he stared into my eyes, seemed to be looking deep into me, and it appeared that he had discovered something that nobody had discovered. He had discovered the ghost in me, the ghost of Mayavada, which had possessed me. And at once, you see, he started his alchemy. It was a long and a passionate discourse, which continued for about an hour and a half. I listened to him, spellbound. It was magic. I was charmed. As the words were coming from his mouth, I felt..., I felt that they were cracking the innermost..., penetrating the innermost recesses of my heart and were working a wonderful change in me. There was a strange ring in his words. There was a magic in it. The words seemed to be rousing me from my dogmatic slumber of Mayavada. I seemed to wake up and see a new light. There was a great commotion in me, you see. All my old beliefs seemed to be dashed into pieces. The strongest arguments on which the edifice Mayavada is raised seemed to have been cut into pieces by the sharp arguments of Prabhupada, and it appeared to me that the edifice of Mayavada, which had stood like a temple in my heart, was crumbling. Pillar after pillar was falling, and I saw that in very little time it was reduced into ashes. There was, as I said, a great commotion in me, a great storm. Old beliefs and new -- a tussle went on. And this went on for a very long time. It went on for about a year. And during this period, I followed Prabhupada wherever he went. I went with him from Allahabad to Benares, from Benares to Calcutta, from Calcutta to Darjeeling[?], from Darjeeling[?] back to Calcutta, and then to Allahabad, and then finally I came along with him here, Vrndavana. That tussle which had been going in my mind, that storm which was raging, had to subside. It did subside, and peace and calm was restored in my mind. But the peace that was restored, the calm that was restored, was not the calm of Mayavada, the still and barren calm of Mayavada, but the delightful and peaceful calm of bhakti. I was now a changed man. I was inclined to bhakti. I was inclined towards Vaisnavism. And so one day in Radha-kunda, perhaps in the month of Kartika on the day of Puranmasi, I was duly initiated by Srila Prabhupada. So I say that this day is a great day of great importance to me, because it has completely changed my life. I was just an insect of the grain. Prabhupada picked me up and made me a different man altogether. Now, Prabhupada is no more. But should I say that Prabhupada is no more when Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Maharaja is with us? I believe that Prabhupada is functioning through him. He is also a great alchemist. He is also working wonders. What my Prabhupada did to me, he is doing to millions and millions of people all the world over. And it will not be an exaggeration if I say that the indomitable spirit with which he is working, the crown of success which he wears, leave no doubt that Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Maharaja is the true successor of Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja. So that we may say on this day of the appearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja that although Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja has disappeared, he lives in Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Maharaja. And so Prabhupada has disappeared, and yet he is alive and active, and long, long live Prabhupada!

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Initiation, not by canvassing

This initiation is not canvassing. We don't canvass that "You become our disciple." Anyone who understands, "Oh, this is very nice," if he comes, "Swamiji, initiate me," he is welcome. But there is no canvassing or selling the mantra. No. We have no such business. We give everyone freedom to hear this chanting Hare Krsna mantra without any charges. We go from door to door, street to street: "Hear and be purified." And if anyone wants to be intimately associated with us, we welcome.… Expand>

This initiation is not canvassing. We don't canvass that "You become our disciple." Anyone who understands, "Oh, this is very nice," if he comes, "Swamiji, initiate me," he is welcome. But there is no canvassing or selling the mantra. No. We have no such business. We give everyone freedom to hear this chanting Hare Krsna mantra without any charges. We go from door to door, street to street: "Hear and be purified." And if anyone wants to be intimately associated with us, we welcome. But we don't canvass. That is no use. If I artificially ask somebody that "You become initiated and...," no, that will not stand. One must willingly come. Therefore, as a general principle, we distribute this Hare Krsna mantra. But if we find somebody reluctant, then we become callous. We don't mind. There are many others.

(Srila Prabhupada, Initiation lecture -- Los Angeles, January 10, 1969)

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Teaching Krsna consciousness in schools

I am very much encouraged to hear from you that you are teaching KC in the schools. This is our best field for making demons into devotees, so if you give intelligent presentation of our Krishna philosophy in all the schools and colleges, there will be no end of devotees to push this movement on all over the world. Simply demonstrate chanting and dancing, and induce them to participate, then give them nice philosophy talk, with questions and answers, distribute prasadam profusely, ask them to buy our books and magazines and study them closely—that's all. Try for this program, and that will help me very much. Thank you, for helping me in this way.… Expand>

I am very much encouraged to hear from you that you are teaching KC in the schools. This is our best field for making demons into devotees, so if you give intelligent presentation of our Krishna philosophy in all the schools and colleges, there will be no end of devotees to push this movement on all over the world. Simply demonstrate chanting and dancing, and induce them to participate, then give them nice philosophy talk, with questions and answers, distribute prasadam profusely, ask them to buy our books and magazines and study them closely—that's all. Try for this program, and that will help me very much. Thank you, for helping me in this way.

(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Madhucara — Bombay 4 February, 1972)

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Perform duty under all circumstances

Vrtrasura to Indra: O my enemy, just look at me. I have already been defeated, for my weapon and arm have been cut to pieces. You have already overwhelmed me, but nonetheless, with a desire to kill you, I am trying my best to fight. I am not at all morose, even under such adverse conditions. Therefore you should give up your moroseness and continue fighting.… Expand>

Vrtrasura to Indra:

O my enemy, just look at me. I have already been defeated, for my weapon and arm have been cut to pieces. You have already overwhelmed me, but nonetheless, with a desire to kill you, I am trying my best to fight. I am not at all morose, even under such adverse conditions. Therefore you should give up your moroseness and continue fighting.

Srila Prabhupada's purport:

Vrtrasura was so great and powerful that in effect he was acting as the spiritual master of Indra. Although Vrtrasura was on the verge of defeat, he was not at all affected. He knew that he was going to be defeated by Indra, and he voluntarily accepted that, but since he was supposed to be Indra's enemy, he tried his best to kill Indra. Thus he performed his duty. One should perform his duty under all circumstances, even though one may know what the result will be.

SB 6.12.17

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Perform duty under all circumstances

Vrtrasura to Indra: O my enemy, just look at me. I have already been defeated, for my weapon and arm have been cut to pieces. You have already overwhelmed me, but nonetheless, with a desire to kill you, I am trying my best to fight. I am not at all morose, even under such adverse conditions. Therefore you should give up your moroseness and continue fighting.… Expand>

Vrtrasura to Indra:

O my enemy, just look at me. I have already been defeated, for my weapon and arm have been cut to pieces. You have already overwhelmed me, but nonetheless, with a desire to kill you, I am trying my best to fight. I am not at all morose, even under such adverse conditions. Therefore you should give up your moroseness and continue fighting.

Srila Prabhupada's purport:

Vrtrasura was so great and powerful that in effect he was acting as the spiritual master of Indra. Although Vrtrasura was on the verge of defeat, he was not at all affected. He knew that he was going to be defeated by Indra, and he voluntarily accepted that, but since he was supposed to be Indra's enemy, he tried his best to kill Indra. Thus he performed his duty. One should perform his duty under all circumstances, even though one may know what the result will be.

SB 6.12.17

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Bhakti is advised even for non-humans

Therefore the devotional service of the Lord with perfect knowledge through the training of a bona fide spiritual master is advised for everyone, even if one happens not to be a human being. This is confirmed in the Garuda… Expand>

 

Therefore the devotional service of the Lord with perfect knowledge through the training of a bona fide spiritual master is advised for everyone, even if one happens not to be a human being. This is confirmed in the Garuda
Purana as follows:
kita-paksi-mrganam ca
harau sannyasta-cetasam
urdhvam eva gatim manye
kim punar jnaninam nrnam
"Even the worms, birds and beasts are assured of elevation to the highest perfectional life if they are completely surrendered to the transcendental loving service of the Lord, so what to speak of the philosophers amongst the human beings?"

(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 2.9.36)

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Advice to temple presidents

So as President, now you will be forced to advance in Krishna Consciousness because you must always set the highest example yourself, and I think that this is Krishna's special favoring you. Try to always see the highest purity is maintained in all respects, become yourself very convinced of this Krishna philosophy, be always preaching and trying to understand some basic points from different angle of vision, keep the devotees in your temple always satisfied and jolly, and that will be your success.… Expand>

So as President, now you will be forced to advance in Krishna Consciousness because you must always set the highest example yourself, and I think that this is Krishna's special favoring you. Try to always see the highest purity is maintained in all respects, become yourself very convinced of this Krishna philosophy, be always preaching and trying to understand some basic points from different angle of vision, keep the devotees in your temple always satisfied and jolly, and that will be your success.

(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Hrdayananda — Bombay 4 February, 1972)

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Marriage is serious business

So far as your getting yourself married, I have no objection provided you agree to some points. First of all you must promise that you will not separate under any circumstances. This marriage is serious business and not to be taken lightly. There is no question of separation in Krishna Conscious marriages. Therefore I am asking all those who want to be married that they sign one paper promising that there will be no separation. ... Then, if you are feeling able to handle the responsibilities of grhastha life, you can go ahead with the ceremony immediately and with my blessings.… Expand>

So far as your getting yourself married, I have no objection provided you agree to some points. First of all you must promise that you will not separate under any circumstances. This marriage is serious business and not to be taken lightly. There is no question of separation in Krishna Conscious marriages. Therefore I am asking all those who want to be married that they sign one paper promising that there will be no separation. ... Then, if you are feeling able to handle the responsibilities of grhastha life, you can go ahead with the ceremony immediately and with my blessings.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Madhukantha  --  London 8 August, 1971

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No need to seek properly qualified candidates

Therefore there is no need to seek properly qualified candidates for discharging devotional service to the Lord. Let them be either well behaved or ill trained, let them be either learned or fools, let them be either grossly attached or in the renounced order of life, let them be liberated souls or desirous of salvation, let them be inexpert in the discharge of devotional service or expert in the same, all of them can be elevated to the supreme position by discharging devotional service under the proper guidance.… Expand>

Therefore there is no need to seek properly qualified candidates for discharging devotional service to the Lord. Let them be either well behaved or ill trained, let them be either learned or fools, let them be either grossly attached or in the renounced order of life, let them be liberated souls or desirous of salvation, let them be inexpert in the discharge of devotional service or expert in the same, all of them can be elevated to the supreme position by discharging devotional service under the proper guidance.

(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 2.9.36)

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Serving Krsna with Coca-Cola

Guest: Could the president of the Coca-Cola company find the way to Krsna, to serve Krsna? Prabhupada: Yes, everyone can serve. Cola company? Guest: Somebody that manufactures a product which is basically destructive. Prabhupada: No. Coca-Cola company... Of course, we advise... Krsna advises, yat karosi. It includes Coca-Cola company. But He said yat karosi: "Whatever you do." Krsna said, "Whatever you do." So that includes all kinds of activities. But will the Coca-Cola company agree to give the profit to Krsna? Then he is Krsna conscious. The profit he will enjoy for his wine and woman, that's all, not for Krsna. That is the difficulty.… Expand>

Guest: Could the president of the Coca-Cola company find the way to Krsna, to serve Krsna?

Prabhupada: Yes, everyone can serve. Cola company?

Guest: Somebody that manufactures a product which is basically destructive.

Prabhupada: No. Coca-Cola company... Of course, we advise... Krsna advises, yat karosi. It includes Coca-Cola company. But He said yat karosi: "Whatever you do." Krsna said, "Whatever you do." So that includes all kinds of activities. But will the Coca-Cola company agree to give the profit to Krsna? Then he is Krsna conscious. The profit he will enjoy for his wine and woman, that's all, not for Krsna. That is the difficulty.

Guest: Can the profit of the manufacture of something which is manufactured purely for profit be turned to good?

Prabhupada: Yes, if he gives to Krsna. Just like Arjuna. He fought. He killed. Killing is not good business, but he killed on the advice of Krsna, and he became a bhakta by killing.

(March 13, 1975, Tehran)

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Nitai-Gauracandra and Srila Prabhupada's ecstasy

Two Lords, Nitai-Gauracandra, Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, They are very kind. They have appeared just to reclaim the fallen souls of this age. So They are more kind than Krsna. Krsna, He is also very kind. He comes to deliver. But Krsna demands that first of all surrender. Caitanya Mahaprabhu even does not demand surrender. He is so kind. (voice choking) So take shelter of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and be happy. Thank you very much. (weeping)… Expand>

Two Lords, Nitai-Gauracandra, Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, They are very kind. They have appeared just to reclaim the fallen souls of this age. So They are more kind than Krsna. Krsna, He is also very kind. He comes to deliver. But Krsna demands that first of all surrender. Caitanya Mahaprabhu even does not demand surrender. He is so kind. (voice choking) So take shelter of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and be happy. Thank you very much. (weeping)

Srila Prabhupada, Arrival Address — Atlanta, February 28, 1975

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Varaha-deva and public opinion

From a BTG article by Yadurani Devi Dasi In 1967 at ISKCON'S first temple, at 26 Second Avenue, New York City, Srila Prabhupada had just received a postcard from his disciples in Montreal. The city was hosting the World's Fair -- Expo '67 -- and the devotees were asking if he had any paintings they could display at the Fair. Prabhupada showed me the postcard and asked if we had any. … Expand>

From a BTG article by Yadurani Devi Dasi

In 1967 at ISKCON'S first temple, at 26 Second Avenue, New York City, Srila Prabhupada had just received a postcard from his disciples in Montreal. The city was hosting the World's Fair -- Expo '67 -- and the devotees were asking if he had any paintings they could display at the Fair. Prabhupada showed me the postcard and asked if we had any.

"Well, Swamiji," I said, "We have a painting of Lord Varaha just finished by Kancanabala Dasi. But I don't think people will believe it." 

After all, the picture showed Lord Varaha, Krsna in His incarnation as a giant boar, holding the Earth on his tusks and fighting with a big demon. The demon was at least ten times bigger than the Earth itself. 

Prabhupada didn't care for my objection. Instead, he told me a relevant story about Lord Caitanya. 

"When Lord Caitanya was thinking of going to Benares, the devotees told Him not to waste His time there. The people there were all impersonalists, and they wouldn't believe in or take part in the chanting of Hare Krsna. But Lord Caitanya said, ‘If they don't like what I have to sell, I'll take it back.' "

Prabhupada then raised his arms in the air, imitating Lord Caitanya. "So He chanted Hare Krsna and danced and everyone bought it."
He was impressing upon me, as he often did, to present Krsna "as He is" and not be overly concerned about "so-called public opinion."

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Material considerations about material circumstances

We should never think of our so-called advancement as being conditioned by or dependent upon some set of material circumstances such as marriage, vanaprastha, or this or that. Mature understanding of Krsna consciousness means that whatever condition of life I am in at present, that is Krsna's special mercy upon me, therefore let me take advantage in the best way possible to spread this Krsna consciousness movement and conduct my spiritual master's mission. If I consider my own personal progress or happiness or any other thing personal, that is material consideration.… Expand>

We should never think of our so-called advancement as being conditioned by or dependent upon some set of material circumstances such as marriage, vanaprastha, or this or that. Mature understanding of Krsna consciousness means that whatever condition of life I am in at present, that is Krsna's special mercy upon me, therefore let me take advantage in the best way possible to spread this Krsna consciousness movement and conduct my spiritual master's mission. If I consider my own personal progress or happiness or any other thing personal, that is material consideration.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Madhukara, 4 January, 1973

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Srila Prabhupada on relief work

Prabhupada: So immediately, first of all, He [Krishna] chastised. Asocyan anvasocas tvam prajna-vadams ca bhasase: "Arjuna, you are talking like a learned man, but you are a fool number one." [Bg. 2.11] Gatasun agatasums ca nanusocanti panditah. That means "If you had been actually pandita, learned man, then you would not have lamented for this body." Gatasun. "The body is neither a subject matter for lamentation, either living condition or dead condition. It has no value."… Expand>

Prabhupada: So immediately, first of all, He [Krishna] chastised. Asocyan anvasocas tvam prajna-vadams ca bhasase: "Arjuna, you are talking like a learned man, but you are a fool number one." [Bg. 2.11] Gatasun agatasums ca nanusocanti panditah. That means "If you had been actually pandita, learned man, then you would not have lamented for this body." Gatasun. "The body is neither a subject matter for lamentation, either living condition or dead condition. It has no value." This is the instruction, Krishna's word. But the modern civilization, they are giving all value to this body--all their philanthropic work, hospitalization, and this, so many things. Just like our Mr. George Harrison, he raised how many millions dollars for...

Karandhara: Nine million.

Prabhupada: Nine million dollars, and, to the... This is going on. In the Bhagavad-gita we don't find anywhere a single line that "You raise funds for giving relief to the poor" or "to the suffering." Is there any [such] instruction in Bhagavad-gita? You have read. Can you find out? But these people, they have become more learned than Krishna. In our country, Vivekananda: daridra-narayana-seva. The whole Ramakrishna Mission is collecting funds only on this rascal plea.

From a lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.4. Japan, April 22, 1972

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Violent to the mudhas

We have to kill this civilization of mudhas. That is Krsna consciousness movement. Paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam [Bg. 4.8]. Those who are actually human being, you have to give them Krsna. And those who are mudhas, we have to kill them. This is our business. Kill all the mudhas and give Krsna to the sane man. Yes. That will prove that you are really Krsna's. We are not nonviolent. We are violent to the mudhas.… Expand>

We have to kill this civilization of mudhas. That is Krsna consciousness movement. Paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam [Bg. 4.8]. Those who are actually human being, you have to give them Krsna. And those who are mudhas, we have to kill them. This is our business. Kill all the mudhas and give Krsna to the sane man. Yes. That will prove that you are really Krsna's. We are not nonviolent. We are violent to the mudhas.

Srila Prabhupada, Morning Walk -- January 21, 1976, Mayapur

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A devotee doesn't take credit for himself

Devotee's business is to glorify. He doesn't take any credit for himself. Actually, there is nothing to be taken credit. The all credit goes to Krsna. A devotee neither claims; neither it is possible. Even he may be very, very big devotee, he will never claim any credit for his glorious activities. His glorious activities means to make Krsna glorious. That is his glorious activities. Not that like the so-called materialist, he wants to take the credit.… Expand>

Devotee's business is to glorify. He doesn't take any credit for himself. Actually, there is nothing to be taken credit. The all credit goes to Krsna. A devotee neither claims; neither it is possible. Even he may be very, very big devotee, he will never claim any credit for his glorious activities. His glorious activities means to make Krsna glorious. That is his glorious activities. Not that like the so-called materialist, he wants to take the credit.

From Srila Prabhupada's class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.42 -- January 17, 1975, Bombay

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Very difficult to cure the disease of ignorance

Because you are human beings, you are together here to get this knowledge. The cats and dogs cannot come. They cannot take this knowledge. So we have got the advantage of getting this knowledge in this life, and again, if we go back to the cats' and dogs' knowledge, then what is the benefit of getting this body? So this civilization, this dog civilization, is so spread all over the world that it is very, very difficult to cure it. We are making little attempt, but the ignorance is so deep, the disease is so acute, it is very, very difficult.… Expand>

Because you are human beings, you are together here to get this knowledge. The cats and dogs cannot come. They cannot take this knowledge. So we have got the advantage of getting this knowledge in this life, and again, if we go back to the cats' and dogs' knowledge, then what is the benefit of getting this body? So this civilization, this dog civilization, is so spread all over the world that it is very, very difficult to cure it. We are making little attempt, but the ignorance is so deep, the disease is so acute, it is very, very difficult.

From Srila Prabhupada's talk on Bhagavad-gita 16.1-3  -- January 29, 1975, Honolulu

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Become perfect, become guru, deliver the world

...it is not limited under certain country, certain atmosphere or certain population. Krsna consciousness is open for everyone. So therefore our request is that these Europeans and Americans who have taken to Krsna consciousness, just become perfect in the understanding of this science and become guru and deliver the whole world.… Expand>

...it is not limited under certain country, certain atmosphere or certain population. Krsna consciousness is open for everyone. So therefore our request is that these Europeans and Americans who have taken to Krsna consciousness, just become perfect in the understanding of this science and become guru and deliver the whole world.

From Srila Prabhupada's class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.39 -- Los Angeles, December 17, 1973

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How Krsna is satisfied

I, the Soul of all beings, am not as satisfied by ritual worship, brahminical initiation, penances, or self-discipline as I am by faithful service rendered to one's spiritual master.… Expand>

I, the Soul of all beings, am not as satisfied by ritual worship, brahminical initiation, penances, or self-discipline as I am by faithful service rendered to one's spiritual master.

Lord Sri Krsna; Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.80.34

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