Sanga

Description of a sadhu

A sadhu behaves with all conditioned souls for their ultimate relief from material entanglement. Therefore, no one can be more friendly than a sadhu in relieving a conditioned soul. A sadhu is calm, and he quietly and peacefully follows the principles of scripture. A sadhu means one who follows the principles of scripture and at the same time is a devotee of the Lord.… Expand>

A sadhu behaves with all conditioned souls for their ultimate relief from material entanglement. Therefore, no one can be more friendly than a sadhu in relieving a conditioned soul. A sadhu is calm, and he quietly and peacefully follows the principles of scripture. A sadhu means one who follows the principles of scripture and at the same time is a devotee of the Lord. One who actually follows the principles of scripture must be a devotee of God because all the sastras instruct us to obey the orders of the
Personality of Godhead. Sadhu, therefore, means a follower of the scriptural injunctions and a devotee of the Lord. All these characteristics are prominent in a devotee. A devotee develops all the good qualities of the demigods, whereas a nondevotee, even though academically qualified, has no actual good qualifications or good characteristics according to the standard of transcendental realization.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.25.21

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The world is managed by raksasas

At present, this world is being managed by the raksasas. The raksasas are man-eaters who eat their own sons for the satisfaction of their senses. Now great regimes have been created to smash so many people for the satisfaction of the raksasas senses, but they do not realize that their senses will never be satisfied in this way.… Expand>

At present, this world is being managed by the raksasas. The raksasas are man-eaters who eat their own sons for the satisfaction of their senses. Now great regimes have been created to smash so many people for the satisfaction of the raksasas senses, but they do not realize that their senses will never be satisfied in this way. Nonetheless, the raksasas are prepared to
sacrifice everything to satisfy their whimsical desires. It is very difficult for them to understand the real situation because they are overly enamored with material civilization.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => RV 4: Knowledge by Way of the Mahatmas, Great Souls

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real bhakti-yoga

No material circumstances can check your Krsna consciousness. When it is, you are firmly convinced and situated in that position, that is real bhakti-yoga. Nothing can disturb you.… Expand>

No material circumstances can check your Krsna consciousness. When it is, you are firmly convinced and situated in that position, that is real bhakti-yoga. Nothing can disturb you. Nobody can say, "Oh, for this condition, now I am unable to prosecute this Krsna consciousness." That means he was never in Krsna consciousness. Nothing can check.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 3.87-88 -- New York, December 27, 1966

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Srila Prabhupada's gurukula agenda

This morning's verse for class emphasized the necessity of studying the Vedas under the guidance of the guru. Prabhupada explained that this does not mean everyone has to know Sanskrit. One simply has to hear and chant nicely; it isn't required that one be an erudite scholar. So the program he advised for the gurukula is for the students to attend mangala-arati and guru-puja, and then Srimad-Bhagavatam class. "So one should read or hear: candamsy adhiyita guroh. It is guru's duty. Transcendental knowledge, one should approach guru. So gurukula means "guru's place." So he keeps the disciples to learn the Vedic literature. This is gurukula.… Expand>

This morning's verse for class emphasized the necessity of studying the Vedas under the guidance of the guru. Prabhupada explained that this does not mean everyone has to know Sanskrit. One simply has to hear and chant nicely; it isn't required that one be an erudite scholar. So the program he advised for the gurukula is for the students to attend mangala-arati and guru-puja, and then Srimad-Bhagavatam class. "So one should read or hear: candamsy adhiyita guroh. It is guru's duty. Transcendental knowledge, one should approach guru. So gurukula means "guru's place." So he keeps the disciples to learn the Vedic literature. This is gurukula.
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"Our mission is to invite people to take advantage of learning Vedic literature. And what is the ultimate goal of studying Vedic literature? To understand Krsna. Therefore our Movement is known as Krsna consciousness movement."
He also gave a practical example to show the nature of the exchange between guru and disciple. This is something that we on his personal party experience daily. "The son may be offender, but when he comes and offers his respect to the father, he [the father] forgets.
"So that should be done regularly, suyantritah, just like machine. As soon as one sees guru, immediately he must offer obeisances. Beginning, end also. When he comes to see guru he must offer obeisances, and when he leaves that place he must offer obeisances. And in the in-between, coming and going, he should learn from the guru Vedic understanding. This is the principle of living in gurukula. So our students, they are very obedient. And if our students see the guru hundred times, he practices this process, offering obeisances while meeting and while going. These things are to be practiced. Then he'll be self-controlled.
"Obedience is the first law of discipline. If there is no obedience there cannot be any discipline. And if there is no discipline you cannot manage anything. That is not possible. Therefore this is very essential, that the students should be very disciplined."
He told us how this idea of gurukula training had long been on his agenda, complaining again about the unfortunate mentality that has overtaken the people of India. "This is essential. To make the human life really civilized, the children should be sent to the gurukula. But there is no gurukula at the present moment. So we are starting. We have some gurukula in the United States, Texas. We are starting another gurukula in Vrndavana, and we can start another gurukula here in Bombay to train the students.
"I wanted to start this gurukula long, long, ago before going to the USA, in 1960. Say '62, '61. But I approached so many gentlemen friends; they never agreed to give their sons to gurukula. They never agreed. Everyone said, 'Swamiji, what benefit there will be by training our students in the gurukula way? They have to earn their bread.' So that is India's position now. They do not care for their original culture. They are after money."

From Transcendental Diary by Hari-sauri Prabhu

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Spend for Krsna, or suffer

One who possesses more money than he needs should spend it for Krsna. Unless one does so, he will become puffed up because of his false possessions, and therefore he will be punished in the next life.… Expand>

One who possesses more money than he needs should spend it for Krsna. Unless one does so, he will become puffed up because of his false possessions, and therefore he will be punished in the next life.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 5.26.36

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preserve, not change

...every precaution must be taken to preserve our basic guiding principles as they are and not change them because we want to hear something new.… Expand>

...every precaution must be taken to preserve our basic guiding principles as they are and not change them because we want to hear something new.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Bhakta dasa  --  Delhi 20 November, 1971

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Serious Vaisnavas don't take part in demigod worship

The inhabitants of Vrndavana do not know anything but the worship of Radha and Krsna. In recent years some unscrupulous so-called priests known as caste gosvamis have introduced the worship of demigods privately, but no genuine and rigid Vaisnavas participate in this.… Expand>

The inhabitants of Vrndavana do not know anything but the worship of Radha and Krsna. In recent years some unscrupulous so-called priests known as caste gosvamis have introduced the worship of demigods privately, but no genuine and rigid Vaisnavas participate in this. Those who are serious about the Vaisnava method of devotional activities do not take part in such worship of demigods.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Adi 5.232

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Srila Prabhupada advises Nehru to quit Prime ministership

My humble advice to you, as I am your old friend from Allahabad, is that you should now take leave form you present responsibility of Prime ministership and as you are a popular gentleman of the world you can just engage the rest of your most valuable life in this organized spiritual movement to achieve the aim of your life which is yet to be known by the world.… Expand>

My humble advice to you, as I am your old friend from Allahabad, is that you should now take leave form you present responsibility of Prime ministership and as you are a popular gentleman of the world you can just engage the rest of your most valuable life in this organized spiritual movement to achieve the aim of your life which is yet to be known by the world. By pushing on this authorized spiritual movement you can make a real adjustment of the western material science combined with Indian way of spiritual realization.


>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Jawaharlal Nehru  --  Bombay 4 August, 1958

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Be naked like Sukadeva, or perform sacrifice

Sukadeva Gosvami was passing on naked, sixteen-years-old boy, and very nice feature of the body, peaceful. And he was passing naked, and the girls who were taking bath, naked on the river, they saw that innocent person, so they did not cover their body. But when the father was passing, such a learned sage, old man, Vyasadeva, who is the author of all Vedic literatures -- he is not an ordinary man. But because he was a worldly man, a householder, the girls, after seeing him, covered their body. The stage of Sukadeva Gosvami is atma-rati, self-satisfied, doesn't care for anything of the world. He is aloof from the world. We should not imitate Sukadeva Gosvami and become naked.… Expand>

Sukadeva Gosvami was passing on naked, sixteen-years-old boy, and very nice feature of the body, peaceful. And he was passing naked, and the girls who were taking bath, naked on the river, they saw that innocent person, so they did not cover their body. But when the father was passing, such a learned sage, old man, Vyasadeva, who is the author of all Vedic literatures -- he is not an ordinary man. But because he was a worldly man, a householder, the girls, after seeing him, covered their body. The stage of Sukadeva Gosvami is atma-rati, self-satisfied, doesn't care for anything of the world. He is aloof from the world. We should not imitate Sukadeva Gosvami and become naked.

Sukadeva Gosvami didn't care for anything, who is naked dancing, or naked bathing. No. He has no care. He is going on in the street. Yas tu atma-ratir eva syad atma-trptas ca manavah atmany eva ca santustah. He is satisfied in himself and with Krsna. Tasya karyam na vidyate: "He has nothing to do." Bas. He is free. Now, if you are not in that stage, then you have to perform
sacrifice, as recommended in the Bhagavad-gita. Yajnarthe karmano 'nyatra loko 'yam karma-bandhanah [Bg. 3.9]. You have to work in such a way that your work will be purified gradually and you will come to this stage of atma-rati. But if you, from the very beginning, you are satisfied with your self-understanding, then you have nothing to do.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.17-20 -- New York, May 27, 1966

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Serving, but not carried away by material tendencies

One's natural tendency is to serve because a living entity is an eternal servant of God. The living entity wants to serve, but because of his forgetfulness of his relationship with the Supreme Lord, he serves under the modes of material nature and manufactures various modes of service, such as socialism, humanitarianism and altruism.… Expand>

One's natural tendency is to serve because a living entity is an eternal servant of God. The living entity wants to serve, but because of his forgetfulness of his relationship with the Supreme Lord, he serves under the modes of material nature and manufactures various modes of service, such as socialism, humanitarianism and altruism. However, one should be enlightened in the tenets of Bhagavad-gita and accept the instruction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead that one give up all natural tendencies for material service under different names and take to the service of the Lord. One's original natural tendency is to act in Krsna consciousness because one's real nature is spiritual. The duty of a human being is to understand that since he is essentially spirit, he must abide by the spiritual tendency and not be carried away by material tendencies.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 6.1.53

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Adopt a Vedic civilization

The miserable conditions of this material world can be corrected by a sufficient supply of milk, yogurt, honey, ghee, molasses, food grains, ornaments, bedding, sitting places and so on. This is human civilization. Ample food grains can be produced through agricultural enterprises, and profuse supplies of milk, yogurt and ghee can be arranged through cow protection. Abundant honey can be obtained if the forests are protected.… Expand>

The miserable conditions of this material world can be corrected by a sufficient supply of milk, yogurt, honey, ghee, molasses, food grains, ornaments, bedding, sitting places and so on. This is human civilization. Ample food grains can be produced through agricultural enterprises, and profuse supplies of milk, yogurt and ghee can be arranged through cow protection. Abundant honey can be obtained if the forests are protected. Unfortunately, in modern civilization, men are busy killing the cows that are the source of yogurt, milk and ghee, they are cutting down all the trees that supply honey, and they are opening factories to manufacture nuts, bolts, automobiles and wine instead of engaging in agriculture. How can the people be happy? They must suffer from all the misery of materialism. Their bodies become wrinkled and gradually deteriorate until they become almost
like dwarves, and a bad odor emanates from their bodies because of unclean perspiration resulting from eating all kinds of nasty things. This is not human civilization. If people actually want happiness in this life and want to prepare for the best in the next life, they must adopt a Vedic civilization. In a Vedic civilization, there is a full supply of all the necessities mentioned above.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 5.16.25

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so-called kings and presidents

In this age, however, so-called kings and presidents do not treat all other living entities as their own self. Most of them are meat-eaters, and even though they may not be meat-eaters and may pose themselves to be very religious and pious, they still allow cow slaughter within their state. Such sinful heads of state cannot actually be popular at any time.… Expand>

In this age, however, so-called kings and presidents do not treat all other living entities as their own self. Most of them are meat-eaters, and even though they may not be meat-eaters and may pose themselves to be very religious and pious, they still allow cow slaughter within their state. Such sinful heads of state cannot actually be popular at any time.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.16.18

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We must disturb the envious

Jaya-gopala: Is it all right to disturb the mind of the envious? So many people are so envious of God... Prabhupada: Everyone is envious. This world is envious. They have declared that God is dead. You see. [laughs] [Bengali] There is a proverb in Bengali that one person wanted to see how many thieves are there in this village, and when he began to scrutinize, he saw that everyone is a thief. [laughter] Similarly, envious, you begin from President Johnson and go to anyone, they are all envious of God consciousness. You see? Otherwise in Los Angeles city, there are millions and trillions of people, and only a dozen people are coming here. You see? Why? They are envious. "What is this nonsense God consciousness, Krsna consciousness?" You see?… Expand>

Jaya-gopala: Is it all right to disturb the mind of the envious? So many people are so envious of God...

Prabhupada: Everyone is envious. This world is envious. They have declared that God is dead. You see. [laughs] [Bengali] There is a proverb in Bengali that one person wanted to see how many thieves are there in this village, and when he began to scrutinize, he saw that everyone is a thief. [laughter] Similarly, envious, you begin from President Johnson and go to anyone, they are all envious of God consciousness. You see? Otherwise in Los Angeles city, there are millions and trillions of people, and only a dozen people are coming here. You see? Why? They are envious. "What is this nonsense God consciousness, Krsna consciousness?" You see?

So we have to disturb them. That is our duty. We have to disturb these envious persons, "Hare Krsna!" [laughter] That is our duty, to disturb them. And that is the greatest service. Just like a man is sleeping. And somebody is coming to kill him, and other friend, "Mr. such and such, wake up! Wake up! Wake up!" So he may say, "Why you are disturbing me?" But that is the
greatest service, he'll be saved. Maya is coming to kill him, to send him to the darkest region of hell, and you are saving him, "Chant Hare Krsna and be saved."

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.18-30 -- Los Angeles, December 30, 1968

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attraction for the prison of family life

My dear Lord, we pray that we may never feel attraction for the prison of family life, consisting of home, wife, children, friends, bank balance, relatives and so on. If we do have some attachment, let it be for devotees, whose only dear friend is Krsna. A person who is actually self-realized and who has controlled his mind is perfectly satisfied with the bare necessities of life. He does not try to gratify his senses.… Expand>

My dear Lord, we pray that we may never feel attraction for the prison of family life, consisting of home, wife, children, friends, bank balance, relatives and so on. If we do have some attachment, let it be for devotees, whose only dear friend is Krsna. A person who is actually self-realized and who has controlled his mind is perfectly satisfied with the bare necessities of life. He does not try to gratify his senses. Such a person quickly advances in Krsna consciousness, whereas others, who are too attached to material things, find advancement very difficult.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 5.18.10 text

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No scope for compromising with impersonalists

Mr. Rose ... wants to develop an institution appealing to all sections of seekers in spiritual enlightenment. Such ideal of impersonal views can never be successful. That is the distinction between impersonalism and personalism. The impersonalists ultimate goal is something void, and therefore, any attempt for self-realization ending in voidness is all the same for the impersonalists. But we the personalists, we do not agree that all systems of self-realizing process ends in the same goal...… Expand>

Mr. Rose ... wants to develop an institution appealing to all sections of seekers in spiritual enlightenment. Such ideal of impersonal views can never be successful. That is the distinction between impersonalism and personalism. The impersonalists ultimate goal is something void, and therefore, any attempt for self-realization ending in voidness is all the same for the impersonalists. But we the personalists, we do not agree that all systems of self-realizing process ends in the same goal...

Persons in Krishna Consciousness ultimately reach to the planet of Krishna loka. So our mission is to reach the supreme planet, in the spiritual sky, namely the Abode of Krishna. As such, we cannot compromise that all sorts of meditation gives the same result. This sort of view is practiced and preached by the impersonalist missionaries like the Rama-Krishna mission, that one may follow any path, but he reaches the same destination. There is no Vedic evidence, neither any proof of the acharya principles.

You know that Lord Buddha was Hindu, born in India, in a royal family, but because He advocated voidism, His philosophy was not accepted by the leaders of Vedic principles. For the time being, Lord Buddha's philosophy was accepted by emperor Asoka, and due to royal influence, it spread all over India. But later on, when Sankaracarya preached the Vedic principle, the voidism of Lord Buddha was driven out of India. Similarly, when Ramanujacarya found Sankaracarya a second edition of Buddhist philosophy, he
also expunged Sankaracarya as compromising the Buddha, and he established Personal worship of Lord Visnu.

Later on, other acaryas, including Sri Caitanya, developed the transcendental reciprocation of devotional service to the Supreme
Personality of Godhead and Lord Caitanya preached that loving service in the highest conjugal love with Krishna is also possible. So we are preaching the highest principles of loving service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and as such, there is no scope for compromising with any of the kinds of philosophies of the impersonalist school.

If Mr. Rose wants something for the satisfaction of all sections of spiritualists, I think your endeavor in that part of the country will not be very successful.


From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Hayagriva  --  Montreal 10 July, 1968

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Condition for God realization

God is realized in proportion to one's freedom from the demoniac propensities.… Expand>

God is realized in proportion to one's freedom from the demoniac propensities.

Purport to Parama Koruna -- Los Angeles, January 16, 1969

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Who should live in temples?

Temples and monasteries should be constructed for the preaching of spiritual consciousness or Krsna consciousness, not to provide free hotels for persons who are useful for neither material nor spiritual purposes. Temples and monasteries should be strictly off limits to worthless clubs of crazy men. In the Krsna consciousness movement we welcome everyone who agrees at least to follow the movement's regulative principles -- no illicit sex, no intoxication, no meat-eating and no gambling. In the temples and monasteries, gatherings of unnecessary, rejected, lazy fellows should be strictly disallowed.… Expand>

Temples and monasteries should be constructed for the preaching of spiritual consciousness or Krsna consciousness, not to provide free hotels for persons who are useful for neither material nor spiritual purposes. Temples and monasteries should be strictly off limits to worthless clubs of crazy men. In the Krsna consciousness movement we welcome everyone who agrees at least to follow the movement's regulative principles -- no illicit sex, no intoxication, no meat-eating and no gambling. In the temples and monasteries, gatherings of unnecessary, rejected, lazy fellows should be strictly disallowed. The temples and monasteries should be used exclusively by devotees who are serious about spiritual advancement in Krsna consciousness.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 7.13.8

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defending from opposing elements

...try to understand the philosophy very nicely, because you are going to preach. So many opposing elements will come. So you have to defend yourself. The more you can defend yourself from the opposing elements, the more you are advancing. You should know. That is the test.… Expand>

...try to understand the philosophy very nicely, because you are going to preach. So many opposing elements will come. So you have to defend yourself. The more you can defend yourself from the opposing elements, the more you are advancing. You should know. That is the test. Because you are preacher, so you have to test yourself, how you are making advance. Don't be self-complacent: "Oh, I am very..., I have advanced very much." Your advancement will be tested when you can meet opposing elements. Not that when the opposing elements come, "Oh, let him talk with Guru Maharaja, or spiritual master." Why? What for you are being taught? So you should be very careful to understand the philosophy. Otherwise, you are not making progress. Progress means you shall defend yourself from the opposing elements. That is required.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Sri Isopanisad, Mantra 1 -- Los Angeles, April 30, 1970

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Preach this truth to the world

Prabhupada: So if you are not independent, what is the value of your thinking independently? But everyone is thinking independently.They are making plans, theories, "ism." What is the value of this? Therefore everything is becoming failure.… Expand>

Prabhupada: So if you are not independent, what is the value of your thinking independently? But everyone is thinking independently.They are making plans, theories, "ism." What is the value of this? Therefore everything is becoming failure.

So preach this truth to the world, that: "You are all rascals. Why you are thinking independently?"
"Why I am rascal?"
"Because you are thinking independently. That is the proof that you are a rascal."

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- Nellore, January 3, 1976

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God is disturbed, comes as Buddha

Lord Buddha appeared at a time where people were too much addicted to animal killing. Still it is going on. Kesava dhrta-buddha-sarira, jaya jagadisa hare. Sadaya-hrdaya darsita-pasu-ghatam. Pasu-ghatam. Any religion where pasu-ghatam is there, that is not religion. That is not religion. That is simply barbarianism, under the name of religion. So God Himself becomes so much disturbed that these rascals are simply killing. At that time, of course, the Buddha religion was not there. The so-called followers of the Vedic religion. In the Vedas there are sanction for killing animal in a special sacrifice, but people took it as general, and they began to kill animals like anything, under the protection of Veda.… Expand>

Lord Buddha appeared at a time where people were too much addicted to animal killing. Still it is going on. Kesava dhrta-buddha-sarira, jaya jagadisa hare. Sadaya-hrdaya darsita-pasu-ghatam. Pasu-ghatam. Any religion where pasu-ghatam is there, that is not religion. That is not religion. That is simply barbarianism, under the name of religion. So God Himself becomes so much disturbed that these rascals are simply killing. At that time, of course, the Buddha religion was not there. The so-called followers of the Vedic religion. In the Vedas there are sanction for killing animal in a special sacrifice, but people took it as general, and they began to kill animals like anything, under the protection of Veda.

Therefore when Lord Buddha began to preach his philosophy, ahimsa, nonviolence, he did not accept the authority of Vedas. Because people will misuse it. Therefore he said that "I don't care for your Vedas." Just like Lord Jesus Christ rebelled against the whole Testament. He formulated his own testament, New Testament. Similarly, Lord Buddha also, he rejected Vedas and He presented his own philosophy: ahimsa, nonviolence. Ahimsa paramo dharmah. Because he was very kind upon on the poor animals. Sadaya-hrdaya darsita-pashu-ghatam. Pasu-ghatam means animal killing. Nindasi yajna-vidher ahaha shruti-jatam. Sruti-jatam. Sruti means Veda.

So in the Vedas, although there are, in particular cases, there are animal sacrifice... That is also very restricted. But we cannot say that there is no animal sacrifice. There is in some cases. So Lord Buddha, nindasi, He decried, "No, I don't accept your Vedas." Therefore Buddha religion is different from Vedic religion, because he rejected Vedas. And the Vedic followers, because he rejected Vedic principles, Vedic followers said that he, "You are nastika." Nastika means unbeliever.

So Caitanya Mahaprabhu has explained this Buddha religion. Veda na maniya bauddha haya ta' nastika. Because nastika means, atheist means one who does not follow the principles of Veda.

[from a lecture by Prabhupada at Los Angeles on SB 1.3.24 given on Sept. 29, 1972]

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Be like Nrsimha-deva

I wish that every one of you should be Lion's descendant. Our Lord Krishna assumed the form of Lion & killed the atheist, Hiranyakasipu, & by disciplic succession we shall also kill all impersonalist atheist. Absolutely there is no Krishna Consciousness for the impersonalist.… Expand>

I wish that every one of you should be Lion's descendant. Our Lord Krishna assumed the form of Lion & killed the atheist, Hiranyakasipu, & by disciplic succession we shall also kill all impersonalist atheist. Absolutely there is no Krishna Consciousness for the impersonalist.


From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Madhusudana -- Navadvipa 2 November, 1967

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Living at home like Prahlada Maharaja

I am so pleased to hear that you are living nicely with your parents and carrying on with your Krsna consciousness activities. That is a good proposal. Nevermind there may be some inconvenience. Krsna always appreciates when his devotee makes some sacrifice on His behalf, so there is no real difficulty under any conditions so long as we remember the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Just like Prahlada Maharaja, he never asked Krsna for anything, Oh! Krsna please save me from my demon father, no. … Expand>

I am so pleased to hear that you are living nicely with your parents and carrying on with your Krsna consciousness activities. That is a good proposal. Nevermind there may be some inconvenience. Krsna always appreciates when his devotee makes some sacrifice on His behalf, so there is no real difficulty under any conditions so long as we remember the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Just like Prahlada Maharaja, he never asked Krsna for anything, Oh! Krsna please save me from my demon father, no. But because he was always remembering Krsna under all circumstances, Krsna saved him anyway, and when He became finally angry He came Himself and killed the demon father. But even Krsna came Himself, still Prahlada did not ask Him for any favours, only to please kindly have mercy upon my father. That is pure devotee. Of course we cannot imitate, but we should always try to remember the example of our predecessors and follow their example always.

(From a letter of Srila Prabhupada to Patty Dorgan, 4th September, 1972)

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Always remain dressed like a Vaisnava

The Vaisnavas, with tilaka, with kunti, with chanting beads, as soon as you see... And practically you know. As soon as they see these Hare Krsna movement people, they also chant, "Hare Krsna," giving a chance to the others. The dress is also required. You should be always equipped with tilaka, kunti, and sikha, sutra. Then, as soon as a common man sees, "Oh, here is a Hare Krsna man. Hare Krsna," he'll chant. Automatically you give a chance to chant Hare Krsna.… Expand>

The Vaisnavas, with tilaka, with kunti, with chanting beads, as soon as you see... And practically you know. As soon as they see these Hare Krsna movement people, they also chant, "Hare Krsna," giving a chance to the others. The dress is also required. You should be always equipped with tilaka, kunti, and sikha, sutra. Then, as soon as a common man sees, "Oh, here is a Hare Krsna man. Hare Krsna," he'll chant. Automatically you give a chance to chant Hare Krsna.

So this is required. The foolish rascals, they say that "What is the necessity of this, that?" No. This is necessity. You must always remain dressed like a Vaisnava. That is necessity.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.28.19 -- Nairobi, October 29, 1975

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Do not sin intentionally

Srila Prabhupada said: Everyone is papi (sinful) but one should not sin intentionally. Once taken shelter of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, that should be stopped. How to prevent these unfair means? I have given all the guidelines to the GBC. It is up to them. Whatever we do should be based on purity and honesty. If one does on one's whimsical motivation, that is not good.… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said:

Everyone is papi (sinful) but one should not sin intentionally. Once taken shelter of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, that should be stopped. How to prevent these unfair means? I have given all the guidelines to the GBC. It is up to them. Whatever we do should be based on purity and honesty. If one does on one's whimsical motivation, that is not good.

From a letter, November 11, 1977

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Dressing Krsna

It is not that one should worship Krsna once a week or once a month. Rather, one should worship Krsna twenty-four hours a day (nitya). The Deity should have a new dress every day or twice or four times a day -- as many times as possible. This is called srngara. Krsna is the most opulent enjoyer, and we should supply Him things by which He can enjoy. For instance, if someone gives me new clothing, I say, "Oh, this new clothing is very nice," and this is my enjoyment.… Expand>

It is not that one should worship Krsna once a week or once a month. Rather, one should worship Krsna twenty-four hours a day (nitya). The Deity should have a new dress every day or twice or four times a day -- as many times as possible. This is called srngara. Krsna is the most opulent enjoyer, and we should supply Him things by which He can enjoy. For instance, if someone
gives me new clothing, I say, "Oh, this new clothing is very nice," and this is my enjoyment.

Similarly, we should try to satisfy Krsna every day with gorgeous clothing. The dress for the Deity should be first class, the food offered to Him must be first class, and the place where He is situated in the temple must be first class or even more than first class. Furthermore, the temple should always be as clean as glass. Everyone remarks that the temples of the Krsna consciousness movement are very clean, and they must be very clean. The more one cleanses the temple, the more one's heart becomes cleansed. This is the process of devotional service. The more we dress Krsna, the more satisfied we become.

At the present moment we are accustomed to seeing and appreciating our own clothing. I think, "What costly clothing I have," and in this way I become satisfied. But when we dress Krsna we shall feel spiritual satisfaction.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => TQK 19: Crossing Beyond Illusion's Currents

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Impersonalists are the greatest cheaters

Everyone is combined to kill Krsna. Everyone, all over the world. 'There is no God'-the scientists, these philosophers, the politicians, everyone. This is the only movement talking of God. Nirvisesa sunyavadi. Everywhere, impersonalists and zero. 'There is no God'. The zero vadis, they are a little frank, but these rascals, nirvisesavadis -- God has no head, no tail-they are dangerous. Zero vadis, they call Him zero; that's all right. That is, we can understand, they admit.… Expand>

Everyone is combined to kill Krsna. Everyone, all over the world. 'There is no God'-the scientists, these philosophers, the politicians, everyone. This is the only movement talking of God. Nirvisesa sunyavadi. Everywhere, impersonalists and zero. 'There is no God'. The zero vadis, they are a little frank, but these rascals, nirvisesavadis -- God has no head, no tail-they are dangerous. Zero vadis, they call Him zero; that's all right. That is, we can understand, they admit.

But these rascals, nirvisesavadis -- 'Yes, there is God, but He has no head, He has no tail, He has no hand, He has no leg.' Then what He has? They are greatest cheaters. More dangerous than the sunyavadis. That is the version of Caitanya Mahaprabhu: veda na maniya bauddha haya ta' nastika/ vedasraya nastikya-vada bauddhake adhika [Cc. Madhya 6.168]. These Buddhists, they do not care for the Vedic injunction. We can understand. But these Sankarites, they take shelter of the Vedas and they say, 'There is no form of God.'

And that is being followed by the so called Hindus.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => TD 5-3: Sri Vrndavana Dhama 

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Qualified ksatriyas and modern presidents

According to Vedic civilization, a qualified ksatriya monarch is given the respect of the Lord because he represents the Lord by giving protection to the prajas. Modern elected presidents cannot even give protection from theft cases, and therefore one has to take protection from an insurance company.… Expand>

According to Vedic civilization, a qualified ksatriya monarch is given the respect of the Lord because he represents the Lord by giving protection to the prajas. Modern elected presidents cannot even give protection from theft cases, and therefore one has to take protection from an insurance company.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.6.31

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The main pillar of bhakti

...for all devotional service, the main pillar is sravanam, hearing. Without hearing, other processes of devotional service will not be perfect. Therefore hearing is most important. Hearing, according to our Vaisnava philosophy, especially Lord Caitanya's, this hearing and chanting are two main pillars for devotional service.… Expand>

...for all devotional service, the main pillar is sravanam, hearing. Without hearing, other processes of devotional service will not be perfect. Therefore hearing is most important. Hearing, according to our Vaisnava philosophy, especially Lord Caitanya's, this hearing and chanting are two main pillars for devotional service.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.18-30 -- Los Angeles, December 30, 1968

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Krsna's account book

We should not fall down. Because if we have got enthusiasm and patience, we shall not fall down. But suppose we fall down. Sastra says, tasya abhadra abhud amusya kim. There is nothing inauspicity because whatever you have done sincerely, that is recorded in the book. In Krsna's book. Krsna has got accountant. He keeps nice account of the activities of His devotees. That's a fact.… Expand>

We should not fall down. Because if we have got enthusiasm and patience, we shall not fall down. But suppose we fall down. Sastra says, tasya abhadra abhud amusya kim. There is nothing inauspicity because whatever you have done sincerely, that is recorded in the book. In Krsna's book. Krsna has got accountant. He keeps nice account of the activities of His devotees. That's a fact. Just like the nondevotees' accounts are kept by Yamaraja for punishment. Similarly, devotees' accounts are kept by Krsna, personally.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => The Nectar of Devotion -- Vrndavana, October 20, 1972

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The main pillar of bhakti

...for all devotional service, the main pillar is sravanam, hearing. Without hearing, other processes of devotional service will not be perfect. Therefore hearing is most important. Hearing, according to our Vaisnava philosophy, especially Lord Caitanya's, this hearing and chanting are two main pillars for devotional service.… Expand>

...for all devotional service, the main pillar is sravanam, hearing. Without hearing, other processes of devotional service will not be perfect. Therefore hearing is most important. Hearing, according to our Vaisnava philosophy, especially Lord Caitanya's, this hearing and chanting are two main pillars for devotional service.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.18-30 -- Los Angeles, December 30, 1968

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They will eat children

...more inauspicity will come. Now, still, in your country you are not poverty-stricken. You have got enough food. These things also will be stopped. Now you have got food in chaos, but there will be no food also. Then the mother and father will eat his own children. This is world, this Kali-yuga, everything. No food will be produced. Now by your talent, you are producing nice food, but producing food, the, tilling the ground some way or other, by machine or by this way...… Expand>

...more inauspicity will come. Now, still, in your country you are not poverty-stricken. You have got enough food. These things also will be stopped. Now you have got food in chaos, but there will be no food also. Then the mother and father will eat his own children. This is world, this Kali-yuga, everything. No food will be produced. Now by your talent, you are producing nice food, but producing food, the, tilling the ground some way or other, by machine or by this way...

There must be rain, so many conditions. But time will come when there will be no rain. Then what you will do with your tractor and machine? You'll have to eat the tractor. [laughter] That's all. What you will do? There will be no rain. It is said that "There will be cloud, there will be lightning, but there will be no rainfall." These are stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. This is the result of our sinful life, restriction.

Prakrteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvasah, ahankara-vimudhatma [Bg. 3.27]. These rascals are thinking, "We are master." What master you are? You are under the control of nature fully. And these rascals are thinking, "I am free. There is no God. I am free."

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.22 -- Hawaii, January 18, 1974

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Mad, stupid atheists will get kicked out

Prabhupada: Those who are not believing in God, to them God will come one day as death, "Now believe Me. Get out!" Finished. All your pride finished. Your pride, your property, your family, your bank balance, your skyscraper building -- all taken away. "Finished. Get out." This is God. Now understand God? To believe or not believe, God will come one day. He will take you, take your everything, and "Get out!" That is God.… Expand>

Prabhupada: Those who are not believing in God, to them God will come one day as death, "Now believe Me. Get out!" Finished. All your pride finished. Your pride, your property, your family, your bank balance, your skyscraper building -- all taken away. "Finished. Get out." This is God. Now understand God? To believe or not believe, God will come one day. He will take you, take your everything, and "Get out!" That is God. You believe or not believe. It doesn't matter. The same example, the tenant may not believe the landlord, but when the landlord will come with court's order, "Get out," then you have to go out. That's all. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, that "Those who are not believer in God, to them I come as death and take away everything, finished." That one has to believe, "Yes, as sure as death." Then God is sure. You may challenge so long you have got little life
for a few years, [laughter] but God will come and drive you away from your present pride, prestigious position, "Get out." So unless one is madman, he cannot say, "There is no God." Anyone who denies the existence of God, he is a madman.

Dr. Wolfe: Prabhupada, wouldn't it be better to say he is blind, he is stupid?

Prabhupada: Yes, the same thing. Mad is the sum total of all stupidity. [laughter] When I say mad, it is the sum total of all kinds of stupidity.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Garden Conversation -- Los Angeles, June 25, 1975

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External strength and spiritual strength

After the morning walk the sannyasis have been coming into Prabhupada's room for a few minutes, eager for as much association with him as they can get. As he relaxed behind his desk waiting for breakfast he told them our preaching will go on only if we have spiritual strength. "We may have external strength," he said, "but success will only come if we have spiritual strength. Preaching programs will work only if there is purity."… Expand>

After the morning walk the sannyasis have been coming into Prabhupada's room for a few minutes, eager for as much association with him as they can get. As he relaxed behind his desk waiting for breakfast he told them our preaching will go on only if we have spiritual strength. "We may have external strength," he said, "but success will only come if we have spiritual strength. Preaching programs will work only if there is purity."

Citing the example of one of his leading Godbrothers in the Gaudiya Matha, he pointed out that he had all kinds of material facility -- money, mathas, etc. But what had he done for spreading Krsna consciousness? He explained that simply amassing material wealth will not bring spiritual success, nor does it signify success. He gave the example of milk touched by a serpent: It looks like milk, but it is spoiled.

"How do we keep our spiritual strength?" Prabhupada asked. We can keep our spiritual strength by being very strict Vaisnavas, he told us: by strictly following the principles and not giving any consideration whatsoever to maya's allurements. Maya is always trying to weaken us, he said, but if we think only of Krsna we will have spiritual strength; if we think of something else then we will have no transcendental potency. As always, Srila Prabhupada emphasized that we must remain strictly regulated and chant all our rounds every day.


From Transcendental Diary

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My children, my bags

So anyone who identifies with this body, this bag of these three elements... This is a bag. So yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke sva-dhih kalatradisu. And from this bag there are many other bags emanated, just like my children. They are also my different bags, production of this bag.… Expand>

So anyone who identifies with this body, this bag of these three elements... This is a bag. So yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke sva-dhih kalatradisu. And from this bag there are many other bags emanated, just like my children. They are also my different bags, production of this bag.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.16-17 -- New York, May 25, 1966

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Not simply a cinema show

When Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that all over the world His message will be broadcast, does it mean that it will be simply a cinema show? No. He wanted that everyone should become perfect Vaisnava. That is His purpose. It is not to make a farce, some lecturing and..., or some mutual praising society. No. It is Krishna Society.… Expand>

When Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that all over the world His message will be broadcast, does it mean that it will be simply a cinema show? No. He wanted that everyone should become perfect Vaisnava. That is His purpose. It is not to make a farce, some lecturing and..., or some mutual praising society. No. It is Krishna Society.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's Appearance Day -- Atlanta, March 2, 1975

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Vote-manipulators cannot benefit society

...those who want to be leader of the society, they should be ideal persons, they should be Krsna conscious person. Then the whole world will be happy. Otherwise, these nonsense, simply by manipulating votes if they become leader, what they can do? They have no education.… Expand>

...those who want to be leader of the society, they should be ideal persons, they should be Krsna conscious person. Then the whole world will be happy. Otherwise, these nonsense, simply by manipulating votes if they become leader, what they can do? They have no education. They have no training how to do good to the people. They cannot do. Only those who are devotees, those who are Krsna conscious or God conscious, they can do actual benefit to the society. Others cannot do.


>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.18-30 -- Los Angeles, December 30, 1968

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Ideal leaders and their responsibility

...leaders must be very ideal men. Then automatically the country or the society becomes nicely situated. Because if the leader of the society is perfect... Therefore formerly, monarchy was current, and the king was educated very highly, how to administer state. Just like Maharaja Yudhisthira.… Expand>

...leaders must be very ideal men. Then automatically the country or the society becomes nicely situated. Because if the leader of the society is perfect... Therefore formerly, monarchy was current, and the king was educated very highly, how to administer state. Just like Maharaja Yudhisthira. ideal king. Lord Ramacandra, ideal king. Somebody came to Lord Ramacandra and made Him responsible that "How Your kingdom is going that my son in the presence of his father has died?" You see, king was responsible
for that. If there is severe cold, the king is responsible for that. If there is severe heat, the king is responsible for that.

Just try to understand how much a king was responsible for the happiness of the citizens. They were ideal king, and therefore the citizens also followed. They became Krsna conscious, they became all devotees. And if the leader is a sinful man and doing all impious activities, then how you can expect the citizens to be all good and pious? It is not possible. Therefore here, it is a very important subject matter. "Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men will follow in his footprints." Therefore good leader wanted. You haven't got to educate individually every citizen. If you have got a good leader, then the citizens automatically become good.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.18-30 -- Los Angeles, December 30, 1968

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Ramesvara Prabhu on Srila Prabhupada's literary output

Srila Prabhupada finished 2nd Canto and started 3rd Canto in 1969. He then took a break to write the Krsna Books and Nectar of Devotion. Sometime in 1970 - 1971 he resumed 3rd Canto and oversaw the publication of the Bhagvad-gita As It Is by McMillan in 1972. By 1973 the 4th canto was finished and His Divine Grace next wrote the 17-volumes of Sri Caitanya-Caritamrita, which he completed in Nov 1974. He then began working on the 5th Canto that was completed in early 1975.… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada finished 2nd Canto and started 3rd Canto in 1969. He then took a break to write the Krsna Books and Nectar of Devotion. Sometime in 1970 - 1971 he resumed 3rd Canto and oversaw the publication of the Bhagvad-gita As It Is by McMillan in 1972. By 1973 the 4th canto was finished and His Divine Grace next wrote the 17-volumes of Sri Caitanya-Caritamrita, which he completed in Nov 1974. He then began working on the 5th Canto that was completed in early 1975. His transcendental
literary output, year after year, averaged one volume per month between 1970-1977- which is by any standard a miracle in writing! Traveling the world, managing a growing worldwide revolutionary movement, writing dozens of letters a day, giving morning and evening class lectures, giving loans to buy and build temples throughout the world, meeting dignitaries, reporters,
guests and of course meeting with his disciples- with all those distractions no author in the history of the world could have concentrated, let alone authored one volume every month (average) for years. He gave up his sleep for all those years; no, he gave his life to give the world these transcendental literatures. And his disciples were thus empowered and inspired by him to give up everything in our lives to distribute them to the masses of fallen embodied humans in non-stop marathons. He cannot be
compared to others - no one had such worldwide preaching spirit that manifest is such tangible ways.

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Sure and certain you go back to Krsna

At the time of death, whatever you are thinking, that means you are preparing your next life like that. Therefore the whole life shall be so processed but at the same time, at the end of our life we can at least think of Krsna. Then sure and certain you go back to Krsna. This practice has to be done.… Expand>

At the time of death, whatever you are thinking, that means you are preparing your next life like that. Therefore the whole life shall be so processed but at the same time, at the end of our life we can at least think of Krsna. Then sure and certain you go back to Krsna. This practice has to be done. Because unless we practice while we are strong and stout and our consciousness is right thinking. So instead of wasting time in so many things for sense gratification, if we go on concentrating on Krsna consciousness, that means we are making a solution of all the miseries of our material existence. That is the process, Krsna consciousness, always thinking of Krsna.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.17-20 -- New York, May 27, 1966

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Tell this to vegans

The milk is produced by the cow, but it is not meant for the cow. It is meant for the human being. If you offer the milk, 30 pounds of milk, after milking the cow, and if you offer to the cow [or calf], it will refuse. It will refuse, "I don't want it." Give it dry grass? Oh, it will be very glad.… Expand>

The milk is produced by the cow, but it is not meant for the cow. It is meant for the human being. If you offer the milk, 30 pounds of milk, after milking the cow, and if you offer to the cow [or calf], it will refuse. It will refuse, "I don't want it." Give it dry grass? Oh, it will be very glad.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.13-16 -- New York, May 23, 1966

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