September 22, 2014
Basu Ghosh Prabhu related:
Srila Prabhupada said that modern science and education, like the religions of the West, are the "religions of the meat eaters" (Prabhupada told me this personally -- and Brahmananda Prabhu, who resides at Vrindavan was also present -- on a morning walk at Vrindavan during September 1975).
September 21, 2014
Krsna says in the fourteenth verse, Seventh Chapter of Bhagavad-gita: "It is very difficult to surmount the problems offered by the laws of material nature, but one who surrenders unto Me, he overcomes." Therefore we are teaching this Krsna consciousness to solve the problems of life. It is not sentiment or fanaticism or any sectarian religion. It is a fact that if you want to solve the problems of life, you have to become Krsna conscious. There is no other alternative.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 7.14 -- September 8, 1969, Hamburg
September 20, 2014
If you are proud of your advancement of knowledge, that you have solved all the questions, all the problems, in the Bhagavad-gita Krsna says, "Don't think like that. That is your foolishness. These problems are there. What you can do?" That is learning: "Yes. Problems are not solved. The problems are there." That is learning. If you have got some problem, and... Just like the rabbits. The rabbits, when they face one hunter and it understands that "Now my life is in danger," he closes his eyes. He thinks that "The problem is now solved." [laughs] And peacefully he is killed. [laughs] You see? Similarly, the problems are there, but we are closing our eyes: "Oh, there is no problem. We are very happy." That's it. [laughter] So this is called maya. The problem is not solved, but they are thinking their problem is solved by closing the eyes.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 7.14 -- September 8, 1969, Hamburg
September 19, 2014
Maya is so strong that as soon as I am sitting in a solitary place, then I'll think of money and women. Therefore we should live always in assembly and chant Hare Krsna, and save ourself from the danger of material falldown.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 16.11-12 -- February 7, 1975, Honolulu
September 18, 2014
Make things very simplified. Then it will be appealing to everyone. So this Krsna consciousness movement is meant for making things very simplified. Accept God, accept your position as God's servant and serve God. That's all, three words.
Srila Prabhupada, Conversation, 21 Feb 1975.
September 17, 2014
...when one has to take charge of a center, he has to become completely above suspicion.
From Srila Prabhupada's Letter to: Brahmananda -- San Francisco 12 March, 1968
September 16, 2014
if we follow Krsna, not only we are chanting
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
but we have to follow the principles laid down in the Bhagavad-gita. That will make our life successful. Practically we have to apply this, have to apply the principle. Otherwise the whole attempt will be failure.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.21-25 -- New York, May 30, 1966
September 16, 2014
(For Srila Prabhupada's arrival in America)
It is very difficult for this country or this part of the world to follow the four principles of regulative life: no illicit sex, no gambling, no
meat-eating and no intoxication. Even Lord Zetland, when he was given this formula for becoming advanced in spiritual consciousness, he flatly replied, "It is impossible for us." Yes. But impossible thing can be made possible by the grace of Krsna. That is possible -- Krsna is all-powerful -- provided we are serious and sincere. That is the main business. We must be very serious and sincere. Then Krsna will give you intelligence.
... It doesn't matter, either in India or outside. People thought like that, that Krsna consciousness is the monopoly business for the Indians or for the Hindus. They were thinking like that: "It cannot be preached. Nobody will take it." But I thought, "If Krsna is God, why it will not be taken by everyone? It must be taken." So I was not very much hopeful to become successful. When I was in Boston port, I wrote one poetry that "I do not know why I have been brought here. How these people will take to Krsna consciousness? As soon as I will say these four regulative principles, they will ask me to go away." [laughter]
From Srila Prabhupada's Arrival Address -- February 9, 1975, Los Angeles
September 14, 2014
We should push Krsna consciousness as disinfecting agent. They're all infected, the whole world. So by chanting you disinfect.
Therefore chanting is so important. Philosophy later on. First of all, ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12], cleansing the heart.
By hearing this chanting their heart will be cleansed gradually. Then they will understand the real position.
So we have to do this chanting, not sit down in a solitary place, chanting himself. No, not like that. You are to vibrate the sound for the benefit of others. So that their heart may be cleansed and they can understand.
And if I sit down in a solitary place, for my benefit, that may be his benefit, but it is not very high class engagement. He must sacrifice for
others. Pararthe prag utsri, utsri[?]. That is the Canakya Pandita's moral instruction, that "Everyone should sacrifice for the Supreme."
Caitanya Mahaprabhu is God Himself. He comes down to preach, to become sannyasi, and to take so much trouble all over India and everywhere, and giving instruction and sending men, "Go, go, go, go." What? Why you...? He's perfect. Why He's coming? He doesn't require. No. For the benefit of others, we must follow the footsteps of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
From Srila Prabhupada's Morning Walk -- December 5, 1973, Los Angeles
September 13, 2014
We have to give up this body. But if at the time of death we can think of Krsna... It is very difficult, but if we practice it... Sada
tad-bhava-bhavitah. Sada means always. If we practice this simple method: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama..., then it is possible. So where is the difficulty? Where is the loss? If we ask you to do something, if you think there will be loss, you may reject it. But if there is no loss and the gain is that you get Krsna, then why don't you do it? Such is our bigotry: "No, we shall not chant. We shall not do this." This is our misfortune.
Srila Prabhupada, lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.46 -- January 21, 1975, Bombay
September 12, 2014
A bona fide spiritual master chants the holy names Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, and the transcendental sound vibration enters the ear of the disciple, and if the disciple follows in the footsteps of his spiritual master and chants the holy name with similar respect, this chanting constitutes worship of the transcendental name.
From Teachings of Lord Caitanya, by Srila Prabhupada
September 11, 2014
(September 11, 1969)
Reporter: What do you try and teach, sir?
Prabhupada: I am trying to teach what you have forgotten.
Devotees: Haribol! Hare Krsna! (laughter)
Reporter: Which is what?
Prabhupada: That is God. Some of you are saying there is no God, some of you are saying God is dead, and some of you are saying God is impersonal or void. These are all nonsense. I want to teach all these nonsense that there is God. That is my mission. Any nonsense can come to me, I shall prove that there is God. That is my Krsna consciousness movement. It is a challenge to the atheistic people. There is God. As we are sitting here face to face, you can see God face to face. If you are sincere and if you are serious, that is possible. Unfortunately, we are trying to forget God; therefore we are embracing so many miseries of life. So I am simply preaching that you have Krsna consciousness and be happy. Don't be swayed away by these nonsense waves of maya, or illusion. That is my request.
September 10, 2014
Arjuna is fighting. That is also Krsna consciousness. Yudhyasva mam anusmara [Bg. 8.7]. Krsna said that "You chant. You remember Me. At the same time, fight." Yudhyasva mam anusmara. He never said that "Simply fight" or "Simply chant," because in the material world that is not possible. Therefore chanting must be there, but at the same time, you have to work how to continue this movement. The movement requires energy. We are printing so many books. For spreading this knowledge, that must be distributed. Home to home, place to place, man to man, this literature must go there. If he... If one takes one book, at least one day he'll read it: "Let me see what is this book I have purchased the other day." And if he reads one line his life will be successful -- if he reads one line only, carefully. This is such literature. So therefore book distribution I am giving so much stress. Somehow or other, small book or big book, if it is given to somebody he'll read someday, and he'll derive... Svalpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato...
Srila Prabhupada, lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.9 -- February 5, 1975, Honolulu
September 9, 2014
...this is called tapasya. I do not like to go out of my home, very comfortable home, happy home, but sastra says, "You must." So I have to
accept inconveniences. If I leave my home, comfortable home, I do not know where to live, how to eat, where to stay. These are experienced. When we took sannyasa, in the beginning, we thought like that, but by the grace of God, Krsna, we are not uncomfortable.
Srila Prabhupada, Lecture -- London, September 16, 1969
September 9, 2014
The Vedas have defined milk as coming from protected cows that are loved as family members. They roam the pastures grazing on
fresh grasses to their heart's content. They are lovingly milked by hand and in reciprocation, give their milk with love. Such milk is the only food that is given out of love. The rishis of yore would always come to a g.hastha home to get a cup of this milk which nourishes the finer tissues of the brain.
Factory farming in the 21st Century is so unhealthy that the cows are continually sick. They do not eat grass, but are fed genetically modified
corn and soy laced with antibiotics to kill the toxic organisms as a result of their diet, bovine growth hormones so they will mature rapidly, and other products that can cause mad cow disease.
In order to give milk, cows must bear a calf. As soon as a calf is born, the cows are immediately artificially impregnated the same day and their calves are taken from them. Male calves are put in tiny crates to become veal and their stomach lining is used as rennet to make cheese. The cows cry in agony when their calves are forcibly taken away. They live in concentration camps chained to the feeding tough where they can't even turn their head. The life expectancy of such exploited and tortured cows is 3-5 years after which they are sent to be slaughtered. The normal life expectancy of cows and bulls are 18-20 years. The milk is subsidized by the sale of animals to the abattoirs, to keep costs down and milk prices low.
Study after study has shown that this liquid masquerading as milk causes all kinds of disease. When genuine cow milk is taken instead, the body responds favorably and disease vanishes. Clearly, the white liquid extracted by machine from cows and laced with harmful chemicals is not milk according to the Vedic version. Shockingly, today India exports more beef than any other country in the world, even surpassing Brazil, Australia, and the USA. Sadly, almost all of these cows were retired dairy animals.
From Vaiyasaski Dasa's VP offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2014
September 8, 2014
Krsna says that "You must be engaged in some work. You cannot sit idle. That is not good." "Idle brain is a devil's workshop." Krsna never said that "My dear Arjuna, you are My first-class devotee. Now you sit down and I'll do everything for you." No. Krsna never said. Rather, Arjuna was not willing to fight, and Krsna was inducing him, "You must fight. You must fight." Krsna never said that "You become idle krsna-bhakta." Never said.
So those who are trying to be idle krsna-bhaktas, they are not devotees. One must be engaged with Krsna's work. That is devotion. Satatam kirtayanto mam yatantas ca drdha-vratah [Bg. 9.14]. Always chanting the glory of Krsna and trying everything for benefit of Krsna, that is mahatma. Mahatmanas tu mam partha daivim prakrtim..., bhajanty an... [Bg. 9.13]. Bhajanti means "He's always engaged in My service." That is mahatma. Laziness is not bhakti. There must be something. But if somebody says, "Now I'll chant, sitting down. Who is going to see me? I'll doze, and people will know I am chanting." You see? This kind of cheating will not do. All those who are interested in Krsna consciousness... Therefore we have given time, sixteen rounds. But you are not Haridasa Thakura that you'll be able to chant whole
day and night. If without working, if you chant, that is the highest state. That you cannot do. Then you sleep, that's all. So not that. The minimum quantity, sixteen rounds chant, and that will take not more than two hours. And other twenty-two hours, you be always busy in Krsna's activities.
Srila Prabhupada, lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.9 -- February 5, 1975, Honolulu
September 7, 2014
Pure devotional love of God is unattainable without great faith, without intense eagerness to relish the nectarean pastimes of the Supreme Lord, and without a deep understanding of the esoteric truths of the scriptures.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura -- Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam (commentary on Lord Caitanya's Sri Siksastaka)
September 6, 2014
We have to give up this body. But if at the time of death if we can think of Krsna... It is very difficult, but if we practice it... Sada tad-bhava-bhavitah. Sada means always. If we practice this simple method: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama..., then it is possible. So where is the difficulty? Where is the loss? If we ask you to do something, if you think there will be loss, you may reject it. But if there is no loss and the gain is that you get Krsna, then why don't you do it? Such is our bigotry: "No, we shall not chant. We shall not do this." This is our misfortune.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.46 -- January 21, 1975, Bombay
September 5, 2014
Devotee: Srila Prabhupada, it's very difficult to control my mind when I chant. It wanders.
Prabhupada: So what is the controlling of mind? You have to chant and hear, that's all. You have to chant with your tongue, and the sound you hear, that's all. What is the question of mind?
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- February 3, 1975, Honolulu
September 4, 2014
These people or this revolution is meant for killing the sinful resultant actions of the people. This revolution. Janata agha, agha means resultant action of sinful life. Janata agha viplavah. Viplavah means revolution, this very word is used. Tad-vag-visargo janatagha-viplavo yasmin prati-slokam abaddhavaty api [SB 1.5.11]. Such revolutionary literature, even they are not properly composed. Yasmin prati-slokam abaddham. Not according to the grammatical rules and other rhetorical rules, but the, I mean to say, thoughts and the effects of such revolutionary literature is required. Not the grammatical. The so-called rascals, they are concerned with the grammatical. But those who are actually worker, they are concerned with the thoughts. What is the thought is there? Therefore, it is said that tad-vag-visargo janatagha-viplavo yasmin prati-slokam abaddhavaty api, namany anantasya yaso 'nkitani yat [SB 1.5.11]. If there is simply the attempt is there how to glorify the Supreme Lord, that is a fact. It doesn't
matter whether it is written in correct language or incorrect language, it doesn't matter. If the whole thought is targeted to glorify the Supreme Lord, then namany anantasya yaso 'nkitani yat grnanti gayanti srnvanti sadhavah. Then those who are actually sadhu, even in spite of all these defects, because the only attempt is to glorify the Lord, then those who are sadhu, those who are devotee, they hear it. Srnvanti gayanti grnanti. Not only hear, they chant also the same thing. And not only chant, but grnanti, they apply in their actual life. This is the Bhagavata sloka. Is it clear now? Yes. Tad-vag-visargo janatagha-viplavo [SB 1.5.11]. If the thought is revolutionary for transcendental realization, even it is not properly composed from grammatical and literary point of view, because the attempt is there for glorifying the Supreme Lord, all devotees, all great sages, saintly persons, sadhavah, grnanti, they accept. Yes. Grnanti srnvanti, hear with attention, and gayanti, and chant also. This is the principle. The only center is whether it is meant for awakening God consciousness. That is the central point, not the language(?). But it does not mean that it should not be correctly written. Correctly or incorrectly, if it is spoken by realized
soul, that is important. Srnvanti gayanti. Somehow or other, if the attempt is to glorify the Supreme Lord
(Srila Prabhupada, from a conversation -- January 19, 1972)
September 3, 2014
In the Vaikuntha world there is comparative devotional service. Just like Radharani and the gopis. They are on the same status, but the gopis know that "Radharani is the better worshiper than us." Therefore their only business is how to take Radharani and join with Krsna. This is Vaikuntha understanding. They are not envious that "Krsna loves Radharani so much," and they are envious. No, no, not at all. They want it that "Krsna loves Radharani so much, and Radharani loves..." They simply try to join Them. And they are happy, "Oh, Krsna and Radharani is now joined together." That is their happiness. This is Vaikuntha appreciation. Here in the material world, suppose there are competition. "Oh, this girl has got such a nice lover. Then let us break it." This is material. But Vaikuntha, there is everything. Everything, varieties. But that variety is concentrated on Krsna.
(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.1 -- Delhi, November 4, 1973)
September 2, 2014
Don't try to see Krsna. You cannot see Krsna with your material eyes. Neither you can hear about Him with your material ears. Neither you can touch. But if you engage your tongue in the service of the Lord, then He'll reveal Himself to you: "Here I am." That is wanted. So feel separation of Krsna just like Radharani, as Lord Caitanya teaches us, and engage your tongue in the service of the Lord; then, one day, when you are mature, you'll see Krsna eye to eye.
Srila Prabhupada, speaking on Radhastami, Srimati Radharani's Appearance Day -- London, August 29, 1971
September 1, 2014
In order to change this materialistic society and prevent them from gliding to hell, first thing is to educate them. All decent men want to give service to humanity, only thing is they do not have information really what is that service. Hospitals, feeding the poor, Red Cross, these are service to the bodies only, not to the man. Service to humanity means jnana. By giving people knowledge, jnana, that is the highest service to humanity. So we are performing the actual welfare work of society by informing everyone through our literatures who is God, who they are, and what is the relationship. In this way everyone who hears our message gets the opportunity to fulfill his actual position as human entity and become delivered from the clutches of maya. So you may understand it that by disseminating our Krsna consciousness propaganda anywhere and everywhere, by selling books, by making publicity, newspapers, television, so many ways there are to spread Krsna consciousness information, you may know it that by utilizing our energy in this way to give everyone access to the Absolute Truth, that is the real understanding of desire to serve humanity.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Ramesvara -- India 9 January, 1973
August 31, 2014
By Krishna's plan everything will come out for the best. We have only to work very sincerely, depending fully on the mercy of the Lord, and in this consciousness we can make very quick advancement in Krishna Consciousness.
From Srila Prabhupada's Letter to Syamasundara -- Los Angeles 31 July, 1969
August 30, 2014
If you go in a house ghostly-haunted, if you chant Hare Krsna mantra they'll go away. They cannot tolerate. In my life there was several incidences like that. In my household life, I was doing business in Lucknow. So there was one house, very big house, worth thousands of rupees' rent, but it was ghostly haunted. So nobody would take that house. I took it at two hundred
rupees, [laughter] and very big house. All the servants, they complained, "Sir, there is ghost." So I was chanting. He was living in several spots, especially on the gate side. But I would chant Hare Krsna, and I was saved. Everyone was saved.
And, say, in 1969 I was guest in the house of John Lennon in London. So there was a ghost. It was a big plot. There was a guesthouse. So they complained, "Sir, here is ghost." So I advised them to chant Hare Krsna, and the ghost went away. Yes. This is fact. When there is Hare Krsna chanting, these ghostly, demonic living entities, they'll not be able to stay there.
They'll go away.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 16.7 -- February 3, 1975, Honolulu
August 29, 2014
When one possesses more wealth than necessary, he certainly becomes very proud. i Wherever there is money, it must be engaged in the service of Lord Narayana. Everyone should use his money to spread the great transcendental movement of Krsna consciousness. If one does not spend money for this purpose but accumulates more than necessary, he will certainly become proud of the money he illegally possesses. The money actually belongs to Krsna, who says in Bhagavad-gita (5.29), bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram: "I am the true enjoyer of sacrifices and penances, and I am the owner of all the planets." Therefore nothing belongs to anyone but Krsna. 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, as described herein.
Srila Prabhupada, SB 5.26.36 ppt.
August 28, 2014
This verse hints at the perfection of human society even within this material world. 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.
Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 5.16.26
August 27, 2014
It is not necessary always to be officially initiated, but if they participate in the group chanting of Hare Krsna Mantra and taking of Prasadam weekly or daily as it is possible, that will fulfill our mission.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Syamasundara -- Los Angeles 14 May, 1970
That there have been no newly initiated devotees from Japan is all right. It doesn't matter whether they are initiated or not. If they are coming in large number, that is the success of our mission. We are not after making initiated members very many but our concern is that people understand this philosophy in wider circles. Initiated members are for managing the temples and preaching work, but our program is to invite people to our feasts, let them hear our philosophy and dance and chant. That is the basic principle of our philosophy in preaching work.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Sudama -- Bombay 11 April, 1971
August 26, 2014
The whole history of the world, you just study, is a history of sense gratification. Just take, for example, some twenty years ago one Mr. Adolf Hitler came in the scene, and there was great upheaval as war in Europe and America. From 1933 to 1947 or something like that, the whole world was in trouble. But he is gone, finished. And what did he do? Sense gratification, that's all. He wanted that this way government should be, according to his own sense. Another person, just like Mr. Churchill or your President Roosevelt, they said "No. The sense gratification should not be like that. The sense gratification should be like this." [laughter] So it is the war of sense gratification, that's all. One leader is presenting a program of sense gratification, another leader is presenting another program of sense gratification, and there is clash. This is going on. This is the history of the world.
From a lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.6-10 -- Los Angeles, December 23, 1968
August 25, 2014
Another night the psychiatrists came. They also disagreed with Prabhupada. They thought he was claiming too much and criticizing too much. Prabhupada explained, "Mental disease is there basically because he is thinking he is the body." He gave the example of the driver and the car. If a man identifies with the damage done to his car, then that is a mental disease. The man is actually different from his car, but he thinks that he has become damaged by the damage of the car. "So if the psychiatrist informs him, 'Why are you sorry? You are not the car,' then the man is cured. So the defect of modern civilization is that he is not this body, but he does not know it."
The psychiatrists objected, arguing that even if a doctor was looking for God, that did not mean he should stop trying to cure his patients' physical ailments with psychiatry.
"No, no," Prabhupada corrected, "it is not that I am talking of God. I am talking of the constitutional position of the living being." Although Srila Prabhupada repeatedly hammered out the example of the driver and the car, the psychiatrists kept insisting, in effect, that it was the car that was important. "But," Prabhupada insisted, "the insanity is not of the car. The insanity is of the driver. So when we feel the problems of humanity, it means the insanity of the soul, not of the body." To this the psychiatrists
replied that Prabhupada's points were in common with many philosophies. They said there were many different ways and different philosophies for passing the time of this temporary life.
Prabhupada: "'So you are interested only in the temporary life, never mind there may be disaster." The psychiatrists insisted that both body and spirit were important. As for the body, they felt responsibility for curing it through psychiatry; as for the soul, that was a speculative field in which one persons opinion was as good as another. Finally, after repeated attempts, Prabhupada made them admit the simplest truth. Prabhupada: "Just like the dead body. Everything is present in the dead body. The machine is there. Now somehow or other you try to drive it. But you cannot."
Psychiatrist (translated through Hrdayananda Maharaja): "The body cannot be driven because the spirit is gone. I admit that."
Prabhupada: "That means the driver is gone. So who is important, the body or the driver?"
Psychiatrist: "Both are important."
Prabhupada: "Both are there, but comparatively which is more important?"
Psychiatrist: "The spirit is."
But then a woman psychiatrist spoke, suggesting that Srila Prabhupada was being overly critical of society, without a specific solution. Again Srila Prabhupada referred to the car and the driver. When Prabhupada said that no educational department was giving clear information of the prime factor, the car's driver, she said he was a radical, because many groups were doing just
that, and she herself had studied theology for two years in college. As on previous nights, the talk was tense, the guests unyielding in their refusal to accept the most elementary aspects of transcendental science. Srila Prabhupada was offering them instruction in Krsna consciousness, but he would not compromise.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SPL 7-10: A World Tour
August 24, 2014
You have rightly observed that I am simply trying to execute the order of my Spiritual Master. Whatever is being done it is not on account of my intelligence or endeavor because I am simply an instrument in the hands of my Spiritual Master. I do not know how far I have got the capacity to carry His order, but I may say that I have a sincere desire to do it. This is Parampara system. If a student tries to satisfy his immediate Acarya or the Spiritual Master, that is the only qualification for advancing in Krsna consciousness.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Paramananda -- Los Angeles 17 June, 1970
August 23, 2014
In 1969 Srila Prabhupada came back to America from his first speaking tour outside the country, and the devotees from the East Coast centers rushed to the Boston center to greet him. While Srila Prabhupada was sitting in his room with all his disciples, one came forward with a gift-wrapped box. He wanted to offer something to Srila Prabhupada, but only had a sweater that his parents had sent as a birthday gift. Someone opened the box before Srila Prabhupada. It was an inexpensive synthetic sweater, but Srila Prabhupada said it was very nice. The devotee apologized to Srila Prabhupada, explaining that it was just a gift from his parents to himself. Then Srila Prabhupada pulled off his own sweater -- a beautiful, silky Scottish cashmere sweater that he'd received in London, Srila Prabhupada held it out to the devotee in exhange for the one he had given. The devotee was so moved
that he broke into tears. Srila Prabhupada always gave more to us than we were able to give him, because he had the greatest thing to give -- Krsna.
Brahmananda Svami -- from a 1978 BTG
August 22, 2014
When Srila Prabhupada was visiting Detroit in 1976, he met with two clergymen. First he asked them if they believed that God is a person. "Yes," they agreed. Then he asked, "Aren't we also eternal persons meant to love God?" They agreed again. "And isn't the only thing separating us from enjoying ecstatic life with God sin?" Once again they agreed. Like a pouncing lion, Srila Prabhupada challenged, "Then why don't you teach people how to lead a sinless life!"
Srila Prabhupada went on to show that meal-eating, illicit sex, intoxicants, and gambling pollute people's consciousness, and that if the clergymen rose above these things, others would follow their example. Mundane welfare work or political agitation would be simply a waste of time.
As they left with flower garlands around their necks, packages of Bengali sweets in their hands, and Bhagavad-gitas under their arms, one of them turned to Srila Prabhupada. "Why, I feel like we've become your disciples." Srila Prabhupada chuckled. After they'd gone he quoted a Sanskrit verse which confirmed that only a gosvami--someone who has gained complete control
over his bodily senses--can give real spiritual life to his disciples. And we knew we had a gosvami for our spiritual master.
Badarinarayana Swami, from a 1978 BTG
August 21, 2014
"Swami Bhaktivedanta came to the USA and went swiftly to the archetype spiritual neighborhood, the New York Lower East Side, and installed intact an ancient, perfectly preserved piece of street India. He adorned a storefront as his ashram and adored Krishna therein and by patience and good humor, singing, chanting and expounding Sanskrit terminology day by day
established Krishna consciousness in the psychedelic (mind manifesting) center of America East. To choose to attend to the Lower East Side, what kindness and humility and intelligence!"
August 20, 2014
Tamala Krsna Goswami: If someone wants to understand what Srila Prabhupad was like, he should read about Krsna's intimate devotees and associates in transcendental books like Nectar of Devotion and Krsna. Actually, Srila Prabhupad manifested all the qualities of the eternal associates of Krsna. His humor was completely sublime, his compassion was sublime and transcendental. Courage, competitiveness--all the qualities we read about in Krsna and Nectar of Devotion were manifested in Srila Prabhupad. He was the living embodiment of Krsna-Krsna's representative. We learned about Krsna by seeing Srila Prabhupad. And we learned to believe in Krsna by seeing Prabhupada, because we could see that here was a person who had actually come from the spiritual world to be among us. So "beautiful devotee" means that he was a pure devotee of Lord Krsna, with all transcendental, beautiful
qualities. Srila Prabhupad called a chapter of one of his books "Wonderful Krsna." And Srila Prabhupad was Krsna's representative--so, "wonderful Prabhupada." Everything he did was wonderful. Everything. All the qualities possessed by the greatest personalities were present in Srila Prabhupad to a wonderful degree.
From a 1978 BTG
August 19, 2014
We have no distinction between Los Angeles and Vrndavana. Wherever I am, I am in Krsna consciousness, that is Vrndavana. That's all. I don't live in Los Angeles or anywhere. I live in Krsna consciousness, I preach Krsna consciousness, therefore I live in Krsna.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.11-19 -- Los Angeles, December 27, 1968
August 19, 2014
That is Vrndavana life, either in rasa dance or the cowherd's play or killing the demons or in dining and dancing. The friends are eating, they are being stolen by Brahma -- but the center is Krsna. That is Vrndavana. All activities are going on, just like in other place. But here in Vrndavana, all activities centered around Krsna. When Brahma is stealing His friends, the center is Krsna. The demon is coming to destroy -- the center is Krsna. When there is forest fire, the center is Krsna. This is Vrndavana beauty. In happiness, in danger, in perplexities, in friendship -- everything Krsna. Kaliya-damana. "Oh, Krsna has gone to Yamuna. He has
fallen down in the..., to fight the Kaliya." It is a calamity. But still, the center is Krsna. This is the beauty of Vrndavana. "Krsna has entered Yamuna to fight with Kaliya." It is not at all good news for mother Yasoda, Nanda, friends and family, not at all. Their life is lost. But still the Krsna is center. This is Vrndavana life. In everything Krsna is center.
Srila Prabhupada, January 9, 1977, Bombay
August 17, 2014
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, is the reservoir of all beauty. All beautiful things emanate from Him, and His personal form is so attractive that it steals the eyes away from all other objects, which then seem devoid of beauty in comparison to Him. When Lord Krsna was on the earth, He attracted the eyes of all people. When Krsna spoke, His words attracted the minds of all who remembered them. By seeing the footsteps of Lord Krsna, people became attracted to Him, and thus they wanted to offer
their bodily activities to the Lord as His followers. In this way Krsna very easily spread His glories, which are sung throughout the world by the most sublime and essential Vedic verses. Lord Krsna considered that simply by hearing and chanting those glories, conditioned souls born in the future would cross beyond the darkness of ignorance.
From Srila Prabhupada's servants' rendering of SB 11.1.6-7
August 16, 2014
Prabhupada: God is great. He's great in every respect, in strength...
Jesuit: Is He a person?
Prabhupada: Yes. Unless a person, what is the meaning of great?
Jesuit: Well you can speak about a mountain being great and that's not God.
Prabhupada: But God can swallow millions of mountains. That is God. Your conception is: mountain is very great. But our conception is: God is so great that He can swallow millions of mountains. So whose greatness is greater, the mountain's or God's?
(Room Conversation -- May 19, 1975, Melbourne)
August 15, 2014
...the enlightened person should endeavor only for the minimum necessities of life while in the world of names. He should be intelligently fixed and never endeavor for unwanted things, being competent to perceive practically that all such endeavors are merely hard labor for nothing.
SB 2.2.3 text