December 1, 2014
Syamasundara: In his theory of psychoanalysis, Freud states that by remembering and reevaluating emotional shocks from our childhood, we can release the tension we are feeling now.
Srila Prabhupada: But what is the guarantee that one will not get shocked again? He may cure the results of one shock, but there is no guarantee that the patient will not receive another shock. Therefore Freud's treatment is useless. Our program is total cure -- no more shocks of any kind. If one is situated in real Krsna consciousness, he can face the most severe type of adversity and remain completely undisturbed. In our Krsna consciousness movement, we are giving people this ability. Freud tries to cure the reactions of one kind of shock, but other shocks will come, one after another. This is how material nature works. If you solve one problem, another problem arises immediately. And if you solve that one, another one comes. As long as you are under the control of material nature,these repeated shocks will come. But if you become Krsna conscious, there are no more shocks.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => JSD 7.3: Psychoanalysis and the Soul
November 30, 2014
Dhrstadyumna Swami appeared at the door in some anxiety. He delivered a message from Tamal Krishna Goswami that the Berkeley and Washington D.C. temple presidents had banned the Radha-Damodara buses and men from attending the San Francisco Ratha-yatra parade, and the bicentennial Independence Day celebrations on July 4th in the capital.
Prabhupada's response was instant. Delivered with a great deal of disdain he said, "So long they are engaged in sinful activity, this fighting spirit will continue!" He ordered Pusta Krsna Maharaja to contact the appropriate GBC men and have the decisions reversed. "What does it matter who distributes the books so long they get distributed?" He inquired who was in charge of the Berkeley temple. When I informed him, he condemned the man's behavior as that of a "crazy eccentric."
(From Hari Sauri Prabhu's "Transcendental Diary")
November 29, 2014
Srila Prabhupada said:
By attending the morning and evening classes you will please the Lord within your heart and receive instructions from the Lord within.
Told by Jahnava Devi Dasi; Srila Prabhupada Remembrances video #29
November 28, 2014
Now you must see that the service to your Deities will go on very nicely. You should make it first class, just like in our Los Angeles and New Vrndavana centers. You have a very nice temple room there and now Radha and Krsna have come. So you must treat Them very nicely. Then many many devotees will be attracted by the bhakti. I am also glad to hear that in your temple no one misses mangala arati and that everyone is becoming steady and peaceful in their service. It sounds as if you are taking care of your men very nicely. This is first class management.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Kurusrestha — Bombay 28 December, 1974
November 27, 2014
Modern civilization has advanced considerably in the field of mass education, but the result is that people are more unhappy than ever before because of the stress placed on material advancement to the exclusion of the most important part of life, the spiritual aspect.
...a godless civilization directed toward the so-called advancement of education is more dangerous than a civilization in which the masses of people are less "educated."
. . . modern civilization is a patchwork of activities meant to cover the perpetual miseries of material existence. Such activities are aimed toward sense gratification, but above the senses is the mind, and above the mind is the intelligence, and above the intelligence there is the soul. Thus the aim of real education should be self-realization, realization of the spiritual values of the soul. Any education which does not lead to such realization must be considered avidya, or nescience. And to culture such nescience means to go down to the darkest region of ignorance.
(From Srila Prabhupada's commentary on Sri Isopanisad)
November 26, 2014
SB 6.11.25, Srila Prabhupada's translation and purport
O my Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, will I again be able to be a servant of Your eternal servants who find shelter only at Your lotus feet? O Lord of my life, may I again become their servant so that my mind may always think of Your transcendental attributes, my words always glorify those attributes, and my body always engage in the loving service of Your Lordship?
This verse gives the sum and substance of devotional life. One must first become a servant of the servant of the servant of the Lord (dasanudasa). Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu advised, and He also showed by His own example, that a living entity should always desire to be a servant of the servant of the servant of Krsna, the maintainer of the gopis (gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah [Cc.Madhya 13.80]). This means that one must accept a spiritual master who comes in the disciplic succession and is a servant of the servant of the Lord. Under his direction, one must then engage one's three properties, namely his body, mind and words. The body should be engaged in physical activity under the order of the master, the mind should think of Krsna incessantly, and one's words should be engaged in preaching the glories of the Lord. If one is thus engaged in the loving service of the Lord, one's life is successful.
November 25, 2014
If the living entity again associates with the path of unrighteousness, influenced by sensually minded people engaged in the pursuit of sexual enjoyment and the gratification of the palate, he again goes to hell as before.
He becomes devoid of truthfulness, cleanliness, mercy, gravity, spiritual intelligence, shyness, austerity, fame, forgiveness, control of the mind, control of the senses, fortune and all such opportunities.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.31.32-33
November 24, 2014
...my request is that you continue your devotional service very faithfully and rigidly, then in this life you will be able to see Krsna face to face. That is a fact.
So you follow the advice, as given by Rupa Gosvami, utsahat. The first thing is enthusiasm, that "I must see Krsna." You are seeing Krsna. The Deity of Krsna and Krsna is not different. But even personally you can see. Simply we have to continue the enthusiasm. Enthusiasm means to take things very seriously...
Srila Prabhupada, Departure Lecture -- February 25, 1975, Caracas
November 24, 2014
One should always offer to the spiritual master whatever one can. One should chant the Hare Krsna mantra at least 16 rounds daily and follow the four regulative principles then one's life can become perfect. Always try to remember Krsna in all your activities and gradually He will help you to break free of all material attachments of life and along with your sincere desire your path back home back to godhead can be clear. One should always be sincere to please the spiritual master by following his instructions, then life is very easy.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Joan Fields: -- Bhaktivedanta Manor 24 July, 1976
November 22, 2014
The feeling which you had by becoming compassionate to the fallen bum is very good, but the best way to deliver a bum is to revive his dormant Krishna Consciousness. If you can do that then give the bums good food and shelter. If you cannot do that, then simple supplying food and shelter is serving the Maya.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Mrinaline -- Vrindaban 27 August, 1967
November 21, 2014
There is no spiritual knowledge. Therefore the so-called advancement of ignorance is accepted as advancement of civilization.
Srila Prabhupada, Morning Walk -- March 4, 1975, Dallas
November 20, 2014
There are many missionaries, they open hospitals or similar philanthropic activities, but we never do that. So many friends advised me to open some hospitals, dispensaries. Oh, I flatly said that "We are not interested in the hospitals." There are so many hospitals. So people who are interested in hospitals, they can go there. Here is spiritual hospital. The disease is, the other hospitals, they cannot stop death, but our hospital can stop death.
Srila Prabhupada -- March 4, 1975, Dallas
November 19, 2014
Although they are party, their aim is how to develop the country. Similarly, these Vaisnava sampradaya, although they appear to be a separate party, but their aim is how to serve Krsna. So don't think the party means some opposite party. No. Everyone has got, for the advanced devotee, to serve the Lord in a particular way so that the Lord may be more satisfied. That is their intention. Sometimes we also have some parties in the temple: someone wants to dress the Deity in a way, another wants to... Of course, they are not transgressing the rules and regulation, but still, everyone wants that "I shall serve the Lord in this particular way." We cannot change the
original rules and regulation, but there is variety. We are not impersonalist. Every person has got to serve the Lord in a particular way,
and that is allowed. The center point is Krsna. So although there are parties, if the central point is Krsna, so there is no dissension. It is a
competition, that "My Godbrother, my Godsister is serving such a way. She is so well versed in this art. Why not try myself to do something?" This is variety. That is not this ordinary party strife if we make Krsna the center.
Srila Prabhupada -- March 4, 1975, Dallas
November 18, 2014
My students in the Krsna consciousness society are following these principles: They are cooking for Krsna, dancing for Krsna, singing for Krsna, talking for Krsna, going around the world for Krsna -- everything for Krsna. Anyone can adopt these principles. Where is the difficulty? Vasudeve bhagavati bhakti-yogah prayojitah [SB 1.2.7]. And if you practice Krsna consciousness in this way, the result will be janayaty asu vairagyam jnanam ca yad ahaitukam: Very soon you will automatically attain knowledge and detachment.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => DWT 2: Yes to Krsna, No to Illusion...
November 17, 2014
...too much official control is not good in spiritual life. The centers should remain spiritually fit and independent. Some control must be there as is now. Too much control means so many vouchers. Gradually it will become a mundane institution. All our managers should be spiritually advanced simple and honest in carrying out the orders of the spiritual master and Krsna. That will be a nice standard. Democracy in spiritual affairs is not at all good but breeds power politics. We should be careful about power politics. Our only aim should be that each and every devotee is full dedicated to Krsna, then things will go on nicely.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Karandhara -- Bhaktivedanta Manor 19 July, 1973
November 16, 2014
You have rightly pointed out that people are becoming more materialistic in this age on account of their forgetfulness of Krsna consciousness. Actually, there is nothing like materialism. Materialism means forgetfulness of Krsna or God. We are preaching therefore Krsna consciousness. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam it is said that the first-class religion is that which teaches love of Godhead. At the present moment, one professes a type of religion, but does not develop the real purpose of religion, namely love of Godhead--that is materialism. Materialism does not mean that one has to possess so many things, the actual fact is that one may be a perfect
transcendentalist or spiritual man by possessing the whole world and one may be a gross materialist without possessing a farthing. So this distinction can be made on the basis of consciousness. When one is Krsna conscious, possessing everything in the world, he is the perfect spiritualist, and one may have renounced everything in the world, but lacking in Krsna consciousness he is a gross materialist.
Srila Prabhupada; letter to Birlaji, 23rd April, 1970
November 15, 2014
...prajalpah, talking nonsense, gossiping some subject matter which has no concern with Krsna consciousness. We are accustomed to do that. We should avoid it.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Departure Lecture -- February 25, 1975, Caracas
For one who is a devotee of the Lord, there is no service other than serving the Lord. Such a person is a sadhu. All these sadhus who are here do not talk unnecessarily. It is appropriate for a devotee to talk and chant Krsna's names only. Unnecessary talking will result in loss of life span only, no benefit in that. That is why the scriptures say, vacamsi vaikuntha-gunanuvarnane.
If you talk it should be relating to the Lord residing in Vaikuntha. Not about some cinema actresses. sravanam kirtanam visnoh, if you want to hear about someone, hear about the topics relating to Lord Vishnu. And if you want to talk about someone the talk about the pastimes of the Lord only. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.58 -- [Hindi-final proofreading pending] -- August 19, 1975, Bombay
November 14, 2014
...because of the greed for tongue the whole world is going on; all the work in the world is going on because of the greed for the tongue. Some places have restaurant, some have tea, somewhere bidis, somewhere cigarettes, somewhere there is meat eating and intoxication and what is there, this tongue, everything is because of this tongue. If you can control your tongue and engage it in God's service, then you can see God. This is the instruction in the scriptures. First one must control the tongue.
Srila Prabhupada -- March 22, 1975, Calcutta.
November 13, 2014
Devotee: Prabhupada, before this movement came here we were so caught up in sinful activities. How is it that we were so fortunate to be benedicted with this great Hare Krsna movement?
Prabhupada: It is Krsna's mercy. Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to give you. Now He has come here. You take advantage of it. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is kind to everyone. He has no discrimination that this cult should be spread only in India or amongst the Hindus or amongst the brahmanas. No. He wanted to spread this movement to all living being, never mind. Prthivite ache yata nagaradi. That is Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission. So now He has come. If you want, accept Caitanya Mahaprabhu's order, "Simply chant Hare Krsna." That is sufficient. But if you want to know more, further, through philosophy, through science, we have got already thirty or fifty books. Read them. Everything is there. Either you accept directly, or if you want to accept through science, through philosophy, through knowledge, there are books. Both ways, Caitanya Mahaprabhu is ready to help you. Now you take advantage of it. And we are glad that you are taking advantage. Now some of you, they have already joined. And in the educational institution, universities, they are also very much appreciative of our literature. So gradually it will be appreciated. But the sooner you take advantage of it is better.
(March 2, 1975, Atlanta)
November 12, 2014
Krsna is providing for millions and trillions of living entities by supplying all their necessities, and even if all the innumerable living
entities wanted to become Krsna conscious, there would be no scarcity of love of Godhead, nor would there be insufficiency in providing for their maintenance. Our Krsna consciousness movement was started single-handedly, and no one provided for our livelihood, but at present we are spending hundreds and thousands of dollars all over the world, and the movement is increasing more and more. Thus there is no question of scarcity.
(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Adi 7.24)
November 11, 2014
Now, one can say that "All these people are mudhas, or rascals, who have passed this university education, B.A.C., D.A.C. and so many things? They are all mudhas?" Krsna says, "Yes, they are mudhas." Why? Now, mayayapahrta-jnana. They have struggled for education, for so many things, but he does not know what is God. Therefore real knowledge is taken away. He is proud of his false knowledge. Real knowledge is, ksetra-jnam capi mam viddhi sarva-ksetresu bharata [Bg. 13.3]. Etaj jnanam. This is knowledge. God is sitting within everyone's heart, but the so-called educated person, he does not know what is God. So what is the value of his knowledge? Therefore mayayapahrta-jnana. Maya, the illusory energy, has taken away his knowledge. He is a fool. ... This technological knowledge, that is not knowledge. Krsna says, "This is knowledge." What is that knowledge? That one should know that "I am not this body; I am the proprietor or occupier of the body." Similarly, God is also the supreme proprietor of this body. If you know these three things, then that is knowledge. Otherwise, all simply illusion, ignorance. This is the fact.
Srila Prabhupada; Bhagavad-gita 13.3 – February 26, 1975, Miami
November 10, 2014
When Jagadisa suggested that the impersonalist mentality might create problems for us in our efforts to get support from the Indian community, Prabhupada responded with his bottom line. "No, we don't care for Indians and Europeans. We care for Krsna, that's all. I didn't care for anyone. I simply care for Krsna, that's all. And my Guru Maharaja, that's all. I went to your country, not supported by Indians and Europeans. I went on the order of my Guru Maharaja and under the shelter of Krsna's protection, that's all. That is wanted. Guru krsna krpaya paya bhakti lata bija [Cc. Madhya 19.151]. We want two favors. One from guru, one from Krsna. That's all. We don't want anyone's favor."
>>> Ref. VedaBase => TD 5-3: Sri Vrndavana Dhama
November 9, 2014
If you do not follow the rules and regulation, you'll go to hell.
(Srila Prabhupada, speaking on Bhagavad-gétä 13.4 -- February 27, 1975, Miami)
November 8, 2014
Hrdayananda: [translating question] She says at the temple there is much maya and that the people who live in the temple are phonies.
Prabhupada: And where there is no maya? Tell me a place where there is no maya. We shall go there. [much laughter and cheering] In the temple there is no maya. Because I am in maya, I am thinking that temple is maya. That is said in the Bhagavad-gita, mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te [Bg. 7.14]: "One, anyone, who surrenders to Me, he overcomes the influence of maya." Therefore... Every member in this temple, they are surrendered. Therefore they are not in maya.
Srila Prabhupada, February 21, 1975, Caracas
November 7, 2014
Srila Prabhupada said:
"The devotees all over the world are doing the greatest service to Caitanya Mahaprabhu. There is no comparison to their service. I am only an instrument to give you guidance. Actually you are all born to spread Krishna Consciousness all over the world. Go on more and more. The books are selling. That is our greatest success. I am very much pleased."
(From the VedaBase; quoted in a letter to Satadhanya from a disciple of Srila Prabhupada)
November 6, 2014
...when Radharani left the area of the rasa dance out of anger at not receiving special treatment, Krsna became very sorrowful to see Her absent. The perfection of the rasa dance was considered to be complete due to Radharani's presence, and in Her absence Krsna considered the dance to be disrupted. Therefore He left the arena to search Her out. When He could not find Radharani after wandering in several places, He became very distressed. Thus it is understood that Krsna could not enjoy His pleasure potency even in the midst of all the gopis. But in the presence of Radharani He was satisfied.
(From TLC 30: The Transcendental Pastimes of Radha and Krsna)
November 5, 2014
Don't be worried, do your best and success or failure does not matter. Krishna is absolute, so there is no such thing as success or failure in Krishna Consciousness, or in other words, there is no question of failure in Krishna Consciousness, whatever we do it is success. Whatever one may do in the material world, if he is even Rockefeller, it is all failure, defeat, because it will not exist beyond this body. He does not know that next life I may be dog or cat. But whatever service we can do for Krishna, even if somebody is not able to execute fully Krishna Consciousness, whatever amount of service he does it never goes in vain. It will eternally remain. And it will act. Even somebody does small amount of service, and not even very willingly, still, he is assured to get human body in next birth, and chance to execute some service further. So there is no question of failure in Krishna Consciousness. It is only success. Krishna says, My devotee is never vanquished. So we must try sincerely, that's all.
Srila Prabhupada; Letter to: Mukunda -- Seattle 15 November, 1968
November 4, 2014
Always remember Krsna Who is your dearmost friend and always serve Him just to please Him, and He will give you all intelligence how to be a first-class devotee. Just try to learn all about Krsna, chant Hare Krsna, and you will be a great preacher of our Krsna Consciousness movement.
Srila Prabhupada, Letter to: Mr. DDD -- Los Angeles 3 March, 1970
November 3, 2014
Lord Krsna and His abode exist, and one can go there, reach Him, and associate with Him. That is a fact. Spiritual life means to be in
association with the Supreme Lord and to exist in bliss and knowledge eternally. Such eternal association means to play with Krsna, to dance with and love Krsna. Or Krsna can become your child -- whatever you like.
Srila Prabhupada; SSR 8b: The Highest Love
November 2, 2014
Krsna's business in the neighborhood was not only to steal but sometimes to pass stool and urine in a neat, clean house. When caught by the master of the house, Krsna would chastise him, saying, "You are a thief." Aside from being a thief in His childhood affairs, Krsna acted as an expert thief when He was young by attracting young girls and enjoying them in the rasa dance. This is Krsna's business. He is also violent, as the killer of many demons. Although mundane people like nonviolence and other such brilliant qualities, God, the Absolute Truth, being always the same, is good in any activities, even so-called immoral activities like stealing, killing and violence. Krsna is always pure, and He is always the Supreme Absolute Truth. Krsna may do anything supposedly abominable in material life, yet still He is attractive. Therefore His name is Krsna, meaning "all-attractive." This is the platform on which transcendental loving affairs and service are exchanged. Because of the features of Krsna's face, the mothers were so attracted that they could not chastise Him. Instead of chastising Him, they smiled and enjoyed hearing of Krsna's activities. Thus the gopis remained satisfied, and Krsna enjoyed their happiness. Therefore another name of Krsna is Gopi-jana-vallabha because He invented such activities to please the gopis.
(Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 10.8.31)
November 1, 2014
One day Abhimanyu, the so-called husband of Radharani, was returning home, and at that time he could not see that Krsna was there in his house. Krsna immediately changed His dress to look exactly like Abhimanyu and approached Abhimanyu's mother, Jatila, addressing her thus: "My dear mother, I am your real son Abhimanyu, but just see -- Krsna, dressed up like me, is coming before you!" Jatila, the mother of Abhimanyu, immediately believed that Krsna was her own son and thus became very angry at her real son who was
coming home. She began to drive away her real son, who was crying, "Mother! Mother! What are you doing?" Seeing this incident, all the girlfriends of Radharani, who were present there, began to smile, and a portion of their teeth was visible.
From "The Nectar of Devotion"
October 31, 2014
Your Excellency Srimati Indira Gandhi:
May it please Your Excellency, enclosed please find one copy of my letter addressed to Sri Jai Prakash Narayanji. I wish that both of you may sit together and agree to join together to work on the basis of the instructions given in the Bhagavad Gita. It is practical and good for India as well as for the whole world situation. The whole world is expectant to receive something from Indian culture. Why not push this movement and solve the complete problems of India?
I hope you will take this suggestion seriously and do the needful without delay. Thanking you in anticipation, I beg to remain,
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
(Indira Gandhi died Oct 31, 1984)
October 30, 2014
Asakti, that tendency of attachment, should be transferred to Krsna. That is Vrndavana life. In Vrndavana the center of asakti is Krsna. There is Nanda Maharaja, Yasoda -- they have asakti to Krsna. The young girls, they have got asakti to Krsna. The cowherd boys, they have got asakti to Krsna. The trees, they have got asakti to Krsna. The fruits, flowers, they have got asakti to Krsna. The water, Yamuna River, the asakti to Krsna. So if we make our central point of asakti, then you can create Vrndavana everywhere.
(Srila Prabhupada -- December 27, 1975)
October 29, 2014
There are two ways of association - by vani and by vapuh. Vani means words, and vapuh means physical presence. Physical presence is sometimes appreciable and sometimes not, but vani continues to exist eternally. Therefore we must take advantage of the vani, not the physical presence.
(From Srila Prabhupada's Concluding Words to Cc Antya-lila)
October 28, 2014
Govinda dasi: Suppose someone is firmly convinced that Krsna consciousness is the only thing that will save him but yet he still has inclinations toward material activities. Will Krsna force him in this case to become completely surrendered?
Prabhupada: Yes. He puts the devotee in such a way that he is obliged to become Krsna consciousness fully. Naturally, because we have materially associated for so many lives, so even though we are trying to become fully Krsna conscious, so our material attachment sometimes drag us. But if we are very strongly Krsna conscious, so these attachment will be taken away by Krsna. That is mentioned in the Srimad-Bhagavatam,
harisye tad-dhanam sanaih
I think I have personally that experience. Yes. I was not inclined to come to this line, but Krsna has forced me. That is His special favor. I am now understanding, "Yes." So, hmm, Krsna is very intelligent. So if we foolishly want something other than Krsna, He makes us forgetful of such nonsense. That is Krsna's special favor.
(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture, November 8, 1968)
October 27, 2014
Dear Srila Prabhupada,
INCONCEIVABLE is the word which to me most thoroughly describes you, because your activities are cent per cent inspired by the divine energy of the Lord -- daivim prakrtim asritah. Yet still, as your disciples, we are supposed to endeavor to understand you in our never-ending attempt to follow you in executing your mission of spreading Krsna consciousness throughout the world. But it is futile. How can a lowborn fool like myself comprehend the position of a paramahamsa? You possess acintya-sakti; therefore I cannot measure your greatness.
Personally I was never with you when you were not either talking about Krsna, preaching, or hearing krsna-katha. At those times I would be puzzled, considering how our movement was expanding throughout the world under your influence, while you were simply discussing philosophy, as if nothing were more important. You didn't fit my image of a sole managerial leader of a worldwide movement. It didn't look as though you were doing what someone would have to do to organize a large religious organization. In any case, I couldn't understand your position then, and I admit that today, even though I understand more, I still find your character beyond my grasp.
When I was personally initiated by you with a group of other devotees, the devotee who sat on my right had formerly been a heavy smoker. When he recited the four regulative principles, you questioned him in a humorous way about smoking, while making a gesture imitating a person smoking. When I recited the four principles you made no comment. When the devotee sitting on my left (formerly a heavy user of LSD) recited the four regulative principles, you said in a joking way, "What about LSD?" Again I was defeated in my futile attempts to estimate the position of my spiritual master. In 1973, during the Christmas marathon, our temple decided that we could be
just as successful by using direct preaching lines and wearing dhotis, while other devotees were in karmi clothes, using more indirect tactics. We felt this "pure approach" was the topmost form of sankirtana. Because we were successful, we wrote you, feeling that we had accomplished something wonderful and were setting a precedent as well. We were also a bit proud of our accomplishment, but being immature we didn't recognize it. We were certain that you would glorify us for discovering the ways and means to spread Krsna consciousness directly and purely. To our utter amazement, you replied that if some of us were uncomfortable wearing karmi clothes and
using indirect tactics, we could wear dhotis and be more direct. Thus we were made to feel inferior to the other sankirtana devotees (which we needed to hear), while you encouraged the mass of devotees who chose to wear karmi clothes. None of us expected such a reply. The 1970 San Francisco Rathayatra hosted the largest gathering of devotees to date. When you blissfully walked into the temple and saw the room completely filled with shaven-headed men, you became so pleased that you mentioned that you called your Guru Maharaja to come and see. You could call your spiritual master at will to visit and observe your activities. Thinking of this, I simply stand in awe with folded palms. In one lecture you mentioned the story of Bhismadeva lying on the bed of arrows and how wonderful he was. You also described how wonderful Lord Krsna was for being present before Bhisma on his deathbed. You then stopped speaking because of your choked voice, due to transcendental ecstasy. We've all also heard this story many times, and we all have some appreciation as
well. I cannot measure the depth of your attraction for Krsna, for simply by thinking of the Lord's mercy on Bhismadeva you become overwhelmed with loving sentiments. When you visited Mauritius in 1975 you predicted that Mauritius, which is but a small island of one million people, would become the Vatican of ISKCON and would also be the first Krsna conscious country. Sometimes we speak of
big vision. To me this is telescopic. In 1971 I ventured on one of the first traveling sankirtana parties launched in ISKCON; in fact it was the first traveling sankirtana party that was ever reported to you. The party was such a great success that I wrote the devotees a full report of our daily activities, which they then decided to forward to Your Divine Grace. My wife sent the letter, and for some reason
she mentioned that I had a wart and requested a remedy, as in those days we depended on you for everything. I had had this wart for seven years and was unable to get rid of it, despite much medical assistance. Shortly after she sent the letter the wart mysteriously disappeared. In 1972 my wife asked through your servant if you had a cure for worms, to which you replied, "I am not your doctor, I am your spiritual master. Consult a doctor." Another amazing feature of your personality was your knowledge of more obscure subjects. In Los Angeles, in 1972, you were explaining to the senior men how a model ship was built inside a bottle. Also, in the middle of the
night in Mayapur, you called for your servant to place your mosquito net around your bed and went on to give a complete explanation how, by the wind changing directions, the mosquitoes came flying into the room, whereas the wind's blowing in a particular other direction would cause them to fly elsewhere. When we think of saintly persons like Jesus Christ, Prahlada Maharaja, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, etc., we don't think of them as humorous persons. Although we consider you the greatest of saints and most sober, you would often be
funny and tell light jokes to engladden your disciples. A great sage telling jokes -- this certainly transcends preconceived notions of a world savior. On a morning walk in Los Angeles in 1976, Ramesvara Maharaja began glorifying the preaching work of Hrdayananda Maharaja. Tamala Krsna Maharaja was present, and knowing his disposition, you told Ramesvara Maharaja that he should not continue speaking in this way; Tamala would have a heart attack. Immediately everyone burst out smiling, and you were laughing more
than any of us. While you were watching the debut of the film Spiritual Frontier in the Los Angeles temple along with all the devotees, there was a scene showing puris rising in ghee. When you saw the puris, you jokingly stated, "Let me have one," and began chuckling with the other four hundred devotees. You are our spiritual master, our worshipable lord, the greatest personality to all of us, yet still you remain the most humble. In 1972 in Los Angeles, while coming into the temple to greet the Deities, a devotee immediately
behind you shouted, "Jaya Srila Prabhupada!" Thinking someone was calling you, you turned around to that devotee and said, "Yes?" The devotee again repeated, "Jaya Srila Prabhupada!" to confirm that no question was asked but that you were being praised. You replied a humble "Thank you very much," and proceeded to pay obeisances to the Deities. I can't understand why you said thank you, but that's understandable, because I can't understand you. At the 1970 Rathayatra, in the "Family Dog" auditorium, I saw, by your influence, a hall filled wall to wall with people dancing and jumping. When you stood up and raised your arms, onlookers could not control their ecstasy
and were forced to jump in the air under your influence. The fact is that chanting the holy name in your presence was the greatest ecstasy, to which no kirtana will ever compare.
Srila Prabhupada, whoever met you was never again the same. When I first saw you I cried, which is something I never do. I can't say why I cried, because I really didn't understand why I'd seen Godbrothers become inspired to distribute over one hundred big books in a day by seeing you arrive at the airport. I've seen myself become totally inspired to preach Krsna consciousness for an entire year just by seeing you for one day of that year. I've met life members who are fully dedicated to ISKCON because of meeting you. I've met people who are now beating their heads because they missed the opportunity to personally see your divine form. I've seen hoards of devotees who'd left ISKCON return with shaven heads and rededicated hearts when you would visit Los Angeles. I've seen wealthy grown men
surrender hundreds of thousands of dollars to you. One time you stated, "Are you sure you want to give this all to me?" I've seen two-year devotees become first-class sannyasis by your inspiration, three-month devotees open new temples by your order, and inexperienced men develop a million-dollar incense business with your ideas. While all this was going on, I would wonder in amazement and think, "All Srila Prabhupada seems to be doing is talking about Krsna, yet the Krsna consciousness movement is expanding by
leaps and bounds. How is this going on?" Acintya-sakti. We know that we are insignificant. Our prayer is to gain, through following your orders, a particle of your potency, for that potency will deliver the fallen souls.
October 25, 2014
(By Sura dasa; from St. Louis Vyasa-puja offering 1982)
I remember in 1976 at the Vrndavana festival you were in your room and one brahmacari asked me if I could guard on the outside porch while he took prasadam. I jumped at the opportunity for some personal service, yet didn't know what the job entailed, since I had never guarded your quarters at that time in Vrndavana. I was sitting, reading Seventh Canto, thinking how fortunate I was, when all of a sudden I heard a bell ringing. Not knowing what it was, I just kept reading as the bell kept ringing. Then, Srila Prabhupada, you came to the screen door and I rose, "Jaya, Srila Prabhupada."
You looked very grave, and I didn't know what I had done wrong, so you said, "You are sitting there, and I am sitting here, and I am ringing, and I must come to you?" I was shocked as you repeated, "I am the spiritual master and you are the disciple, and I am ringing, and I must come to you?" I was horrified. I said, "Srila Prabhupada, I had no idea. One brahmacari.. ."
You cut me off and gravely said, "I am an old man, and you are a young man, and there are six of you, and I am ringing and I must come to you?" I was so sorry I just begged, "Please forgive me, I didn't know. .." You sharply said, "Go find Pusta Krsna!"
All I could see was the gold tooth in your transcendentally angered lotus mouth. You returned to your room and I felt bewildered, realizing I had committed a grave offense. Then I thought that as all the other servants must be at prasadam, I couldn't leave the porch to get Pusta Krsna, or no one would be guarding. One boy came by, and I called him over and said,
"Prabhu, you gotta go get Pusta Krsna at the Fogel Ashram, because Prabhupada wants him and..."
He answered, "No habla Inglese, prabhu." I was fried, because prasadam was at the Fogel Ashram and I couldn't leave to go get the devotee there, and no other devotees were around. Then the bell rang again, and I ran into the room. As I attempted to offer obeisances, you said, "Where is Pusta Krsna?" I was bewildered and didn't know whether to answer the question or offer obeisances first, since I didn't want to commit another offense.
I answered, " He's taking prasadam and I couldn't find him and . . ." "Go to the kitchen and get someone," you said. I turned to go, and there were two doorways, so I choose the right one, which led to the servant's quarters, and you chastised, "No, the other door!" I felt like a fool and remembered the instruction that one should feel like a fool in front of the spiritual master but not act like a fool. I had also acted like a fool and considered that I had thrown away a great opportunity to please you, Srila Prabhupada.
So I ran in the back and luckily found Hari Sauri Prabhu preparing something, and I urged him, "You've got to come right away. Prabhupada needs you immediately." He sent me around, and I went back to guarding the door on the porch. As I sat there I tried to read, but my mind was reeling, and my eyes just stared at the book as I thought that I had committed the greatest offense to a pure devotee in the dhama. I thought that I'd probably be thrown out of the movement; Prabhupada is displeased with me.
Then I suddenly felt like crying, but I thought if I did something very good, I could make up for my bungle. You were to take prasadam at one man's place next door and would be coming out in ten minutes, the servant informed me. There was one big umbrella that the servant said should be held to shade you from the sun. I made up my mind to hold that umbrella for you, and in
that way be forgiven. As you were getting ready to walk out of your Vrndavana quarters, one sannyasi came and told me to give him the umbrella to hold for you.
I reluctantly submitted and felt completely dejected. As you came out of the room I offered dandavats and began repeatedly praying in anxiety, "Srila Prabhupada, please forgive me. Don't kick me away. Please let me serve you more." As I rose up, you were just passing by, and you softly said, "Jaya." I knew then that you knew my heart and would give me another chance to please you. You are so kind that you allow a fool like myself to serve you.
So, Srila Prabhupada, we are all begging you to allow us to serve and please you more and more. Don't kick us away, please. Destroy our foolishness and let us perform some activity that will make you proud of your disciples.
October 24, 2014
You cannot become God if you are not God. Krsna... Krsna was God when He was three months old on the lap of His mother. Krsna was God when He was four months old. Krsna was God when He was seven years old. Now we are chanting, jaya radha-madhava kunja-bihari gopi-jana-ballabha giri-bara-dhari. Krsna was gopi-jana-ballabha. He was always meant for pleasing the gopis, but that does not mean that he was not God. Giri-bara-dhari. When gopis were in danger, incessant rain in Vrndavana, He immediately lifted the whole
Govardhana Parvata. Immediately showed: "Here is, I am. I am God. I can give you protection." Giri-bara-dhari. One side, gopi-jana-ballabha, just like ordinary boy He is pleasing the gopis by His joking behavior, but that does not mean He is not God. So one imitates the joking behavior of Krsna, but one cannot imitate lifting the Govardhana Hill. That is not possible.
(Srila Prabhupada, speaking on Bhagavad-gita 9.11--Calcutta, June 30, 1973)
October 23, 2014
Money, spend for Krsna -- for Krsna's palace, for Krsna's temple, for Krsna's worship, gorgeous.
(Srila Prabhupada -- October 8, 1977, Vrndavana)
October 22, 2014
When Krsna opened His mouth, His mother saw innumerable universes inside. This is Krsna. Anor aniyan mahato mahiyan. Krsna enters within the universe, but at the same time millions of universes are within His mouth. This is the explanation of "greater than the greatest and smaller than the smallest." Of course, although Mother Yasoda saw Krsna's display, she could not believe it, because she never thought that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. She always thought, "He is my tiny child." That's all. "I have to take care of Him." These are called parental feelings -- vatsalya-rasa.
From BTG, March 2002
Based on a lecture by Srila Prabhupada on November 29, 1972