Sanga

How even an animal can go back to Godhead

...everyone in the human form of life should be induced to associate with devotees. By rendering a little service, even by eating prasadam, what to speak of chanting and dancing, everyone can be promoted to Vaikunthaloka. It is therefore requested that all our devotees in the ISKCON community become pure Vaisnavas, so that by their mercy all the people of the world will be transferred to Vaikunthaloka, even without their knowledge.… Expand>

...everyone in the human form of life should be induced to associate with devotees. By rendering a little service, even by eating prasadam, what to speak of chanting and dancing, everyone can be promoted to Vaikunthaloka. It is therefore requested that all our devotees in the ISKCON community become pure Vaisnavas, so that by their mercy all the people of the world will be transferred to Vaikunthaloka, even without their knowledge. Everyone should be given a chance to take prasadam and thus be induced to chant the holy names Hare Krsna and also dance in ecstasy. By these three processes, although performed without knowledge or education, even an animal went back to Godhead.


>>> Ref. VedaBase => Antya 1.33

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Two things that Krsna is very much interested in

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is very much interested in brahmanical civilization and cow, brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca [Visnu Purana 1.19.65]. Why specifically cow and brahmana is mentioned? This means that unless there is this varnasrama system in any civilization and there is no cow protection, that is not human civilization.… Expand>

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is very much interested in brahmanical civilization and cow, brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca  [Visnu Purana 1.19.65]. Why specifically cow and brahmana is mentioned? This means that unless there is this varnasrama system in any civilization and there is no cow protection, that is not human civilization. Namo brahmanya-devaya
go-brahmana-hitaya ca  [Visnu Purana 1.19.65], the first consideration is brahminical culture and protection of the cow. Because cow protection is especially mentioned, and brahminical culture, the two things are meant for advancing spiritual consciousness. Because one has to go, transcend, even brahminical culture, sattva-guna. And to support the brahminical culture, cow protection is essential. Without milk you cannot develop the finer tissues of your brain, and without developing the finer tissues of brain it is not possible to understand what is God, what we are, what is our relationship with, with blunt, alpa-medhasam. It is mentioned in the Bhagavad-gita, tad bhavaty alpa-medhasam  [Bg. 7.23]: a little brain substance cannot help one to advance in spiritual consciousness. Therefore this cow protection and expansion of brahminical culture is essential throughout the whole world. But we should not think that brahminical culture is only limited within India. No. Krsna says, catur-varnyam maya srstam
guna-karma-vibhagasah  [Bg. 4.13]. What is created by Krsna, or God, that is not for a particular country or particular nation. It is meant for everyone.

Srila Prabhupada, Initiation Ceremony – Bombay, March 17, 1972

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So-called political leaders

The so-called political leaders are busy making plans to advance the material prosperity of their nation, but factually these political leaders only want an exalted position for themselves.… Expand>

The so-called political leaders are busy making plans to advance the material prosperity of their nation, but factually these political leaders only want an exalted position for themselves. Due to their greed for material position, they falsely present themselves as leaders before the people and collect their votes, although they are completely under the grip of the laws of material nature.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.24.66

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Quit home!

To prepare oneself for the better next life, one must get out of one's so-called home. The system of varnasrama-dharma, or sanatana-dharma, prescribes retirement from family encumbrances as early as possible after one has passed fifty years of age.… Expand>

To prepare oneself for the better next life, one must get out of one's so-called home. The system of varnasrama-dharma, or sanatana-dharma, prescribes retirement from family encumbrances as early as possible after one has passed fifty years of age. Modern civilization is based on family comforts, the highest standard of amenities, and therefore after retirement everyone expects to live a very comfortable life in a well-furnished home decorated with fine ladies and children, without any desire to get out of such a comfortable home. High government officers and ministers stick to their prize posts until death, and they neither dream nor desire to get out of homely comforts. Bound by such hallucinations, materialistic men prepare various plans for a still more comfortable life, but suddenly cruel death comes without mercy and takes away the great planmaker against his desire,
forcing him to give up the present body for another body. Such a planmaker is thus forced to accept another body in one of the 8,400,000 species of life according to the fruits of the work he has performed. In the next life, persons who are too much attached to family comforts are generally awarded lower species of life on account of sinful acts performed during a long duration of sinful life, and thus all the energy of the human life is spoiled. In order to be saved from the danger of spoiling the human form of life and being attached to unreal things, one must take warning of death at the age of fifty, if not earlier. The principle is that one should take it for granted that the death warning is already there, even prior to the attainment of fifty years of age, and thus at any stage of life one should prepare himself for a better next life. The system of the sanatana-dharma institution is so made that the follower is trained for the better next life without any chance that the human life will be spoiled. The holy places all over the world are meant for the residential purposes of retired persons getting ready for a better next life. Intelligent persons must go there at the end of life, and for that matter, after fifty years of age, to live a life of spiritual regeneration for the sake of being freed from family attachment, which is considered to be the shackle of material life. One is recommended to quit home just to get rid of material attachment because one who sticks to family life until death cannot get rid of material attachment and as long as one is materially attached one cannot understand spiritual freedom.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 2.1.16

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How to keep a wife satisfied

Every husband is certainly a great hero to his wife. In other words, if a woman loves a man, that man appears very beautiful and magnanimous. Unless one becomes beautiful in the eyes of another, one cannot dedicate his whole life to another. The husband is considered very magnanimous because he gives as many children to the wife as she likes.… Expand>

Every husband is certainly a great hero to his wife. In other words, if a woman loves a man, that man appears very beautiful and magnanimous. Unless one becomes beautiful in the eyes of another, one cannot dedicate his whole life to another. The husband is considered very magnanimous because he gives as many children to the wife as she likes. Every woman is fond of children;
therefore any husband who can please his wife by sex and give her children is considered very magnanimous. Not only does the husband become magnanimous by begetting children, but by giving his wife ornaments, nice food and dresses, he keeps her completely under submission. Such a satisfied wife will never give up the company of her husband. Manu-samhita recommends that to keep a wife satisfied a husband should give her some ornaments because women are generally fond of home, ornaments, dresses, children, etc. In this way the woman is the center of all material enjoyment.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.25.41

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Duty of sannyasis: not nonsense philanthropic work

Abruptly, if we take to sannyasa order, then... We have seen many persons abruptly taking or without understanding the self-realization process. He fails. He again comes back to the materialistic way of life in a different form. Suppose he begins in philanthropic work, some hospitalizing or opening educational institution.… Expand>

Abruptly, if we take to sannyasa order, then... We have seen many persons abruptly taking or without understanding the self-realization process. He fails. He again comes back to the materialistic way of life in a different form. Suppose he begins in philanthropic work, some hospitalizing or opening educational institution. That is nice, but these things are being done by the government and many philanthropic persons. That is not the duty of a sannyasi. A sannyasi, a renounced order of life, his main business is to spread Krsna consciousness, or God consciousness. That is his real business. But if one has not the taste what is Krsna consciousness, simply accept sannyasa, then he will do all this nonsense work.

Sannyasa means to give up all material contaminated activities for the sake of the Supreme Lord.


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

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Election time

In contrast with the modern, advanced, civilized form of government, an autocracy like Maharaja Yudhisthira's is by far superior to a so-called democracy in which animals are killed and a man less than an animal is allowed to cast votes for another less-than-animal man.… Expand>

In contrast with the modern, advanced, civilized form of government, an autocracy like Maharaja Yudhisthira's is by far superior to a so-called democracy in which animals are killed and a man less than an animal is allowed to cast votes for another less-than-animal man.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.10.4

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Avoid impersonalists

Regarding your dealings with impersonalists, any one who teaches of the impersonal nature should be avoided. If we hear them, it will hamper our progress. That will be the result -- no progress.… Expand>

Regarding your dealings with impersonalists, any one who teaches of the impersonal nature should be avoided. If we hear them, it will hamper our progress. That will be the result -- no progress. Therefore, rigidly we will try to avoid the impersonal teachings. Generally, it only produces bad effects.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Sivananda  --  Los Angeles 13 February, 1969

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Balarama's rasa-yatra

To keep the gopis in Vrndavana satisfied, Lord Balarama stayed there continuously for two months, namely the months of Caitra (March–April) and Vaisakha (April–May). For those two months He kept Himself among the gopis, and He passed every night with them in the forest of Vrndavana to satisfy their desire for conjugal love.… Expand>

To keep the gopis in Vrndavana satisfied, Lord Balarama stayed there continuously for two months, namely the months of Caitra (March–April) and Vaisakha (April–May). For those two months He kept Himself among the gopis, and He passed every night with them in the forest of Vrndavana to satisfy their desire for conjugal love. Thus Balarama also enjoyed the rasa dance with the gopis during those two months. Since the season was springtime, the breeze on the bank of the Yamuna was blowing very mildly, carrying the aroma of different flowers, especially the flower known as kaumudi. Moonlight filled the sky and spread everywhere, and thus the banks of the Yamuna appeared very bright and pleasing, and Lord Balarama enjoyed the company of the gopis there.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => KB 65: Lord Balarama Visits Vrndavana

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Fight!

Srila Prabhupada said: So you have to fight. Krsna never said, 'Arjuna, oh, you are My devotee, you sit down and sleep, I shall take care of . . . ' He never said that. So if you take that position -- we are devotees, non violent, and let us sleep .. . . Fight! With all the resources that we have got. That is wanted.… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said:

So you have to fight. Krsna never said, 'Arjuna, oh, you are My devotee, you sit down and sleep, I shall take care of . . . ' He never said that. So if you take that position -- we are devotees, non violent, and let us sleep .. . . Fight! With all the resources that we have got. That is wanted.

So prepare for fight. Don't be afraid. Arjuna, they were five brothers and the other party, one hundred brothers. Therefore Dhrtarastra was confident that 'What are these five brothers without any help? We have ruined them. They were in the forest for thirteen years. Lost all connection, no kingdom. I have got government in hand, and my hundred sons, and we are well equipped.'

You must come forward to fight. If you simply sit down in Vrndavana, then Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission is not being carried. He says, prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama.  [CB Antya-khanda 4.126] That is His mission. I am a teeny person; single handed we shall fight? Why you should see the fun and do not fight? That I am asking you. I shall fight and you shall see the fun?
Come with me to fight, because there is a world fight now.

It is a serious situation; you should not see simply the fun and claim to belong to Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Now you should come out to fight. Am I wrong or right?

Now we should combine together and fight. As soon as you introduce something strong, there will be fight. There will be fight. Even Krsna had to see the fight, Kuruksetra. Dharmaksetre kuruksetre samaveta yuyutsavah [Bg. 1.1]. The fight must be there, yuyutsavah. So if you belong to Caitanya Mahaprabhu's party, then you should come out to fight. Whatever's done is done, and it is done single handed. Nobody has helped me. Even not my Godbrothers. These American boys, they have helped me. They understood the philosophy and they helped me.

Now you should come forward, all combine together. There is a great fight. We are just planning how to fight. Now when there is fight, it requires real strength. Now their fight is confronting us because they are feeling the strength. Their whole civilization is threatened. We are recommending no illicit sex, no intoxication, no gambling, and no meat eating. This is the basic principle of modern civilization. So the foundation is threatened. Theoretically they are taking that 'If these four things are stopped, then
where is our civilization?' The millions of liquor manufacturers, breweries, millions of gambling houses, cigarette factories, so theoretically if this movement is successful, then whole civilization is finished. Because these young men have taken seriously, so they are threatened and they are making a strong party to fight with us."

We should gather our strength. Fight. Krsna never said that 'Don't fight.' Never said to Arjuna that 'You are My devotee; you don't fight. You are very good gentleman, nonviolent, and I shall do everything for you.' Never said that. He said, 'Now there is a great dangerous fight. Why you are saying like a nonsense?' anarya justam, like non Aryan. This fight is another good news that they are feeling the strength.

Fight! Without fight, where is life? If there is no fighting, then what is that life? That is dead stone. Fight must be there. Krsna's whole life is fighting from the very birth. His father carried Him to Gokula and He fell down in the Yamuna and . . . Just born, the fighting began. Just born. And at Yasodamayi's house, Nanda Maharaja's house, so many demons daily coming -- Sakatasura, Aghasura, Bakasura, Putana, so on, so on, so on. Ultimately Kamsa, when He was young boy. Vrndavana, so many asuras came. You have seen the pictures? Krsna is fighting with the horse demon, with the bull, fighting. If Krsna is fighting, why not Krsna consciousness the same thing? You cannot expect peaceful life. No, there must be fighting; then think, 'That is Krsna's presence, His fight.' So this fighting means they're feeling the presence of Krsna consciousness movement. Otherwise why they're making fight? Had it been an insignificant thing, there was no question of fighting."

(Excerpts from Transcendental Diary)

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Srila Prabhupada on gurukul and economic advancement

Prabhupada talked a lot on his walk, especially focusing on the topic of the gurukula. He told Giriraja, the temple president, that a large gurukula should be constructed on our land here in Bombay. He said that twice a day the boys can come to the beach and sport and swim. In this way they will grow healthy, get a good education, and become men of good character.… Expand>

Prabhupada talked a lot on his walk, especially focusing on the topic of the gurukula. He told Giriraja, the temple president, that a large gurukula should be constructed on our land here in Bombay. He said that twice a day the boys can come to the beach and sport and swim. In this way they will grow healthy, get a good education, and become men of good character. They will learn to control their senses, and this will save them from becoming "nonsense."

Prabhupada said there are many wealthy persons in Bombay who would want to put their children in such a school, because they are not concerned whether their children become expert technologists or not. When you have wealth, you can hire others to do such work.

He told of a man he knew in Allahabad who was a Ph.D., yet he could not get a job. The man was manufacturing soap bars at home and going by cycle every day to sell them in the market. Although he had a Ph.D., he was living like a coolie.
Prabhupada emphasized that therefore one should not make much endeavor for economic advancement, because whatever one is due, either success or failure, is already decided. Getting a Ph.D. will not change that. One should simply try to become Krsna conscious. He mentioned that Mr. Modi, the founder of Modinagar, where we recently had our program, was not an educated
man, but he had fifty thousand people working for him.

From Transcendental Diary by Hari-sauri Prabhu

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Millions of dollars for Krsna, none for me

Service for Krsna should not be accepted as profession for livelihood. It should be simply for the service of the Lord. For the service of the Lord you can collect millions of dollars, but for your livelihood you cannot take one dollar from any person.… Expand>

Service for Krsna should not be accepted as profession for livelihood. It should be simply for the service of the Lord. For the service of the Lord you can collect millions of dollars, but for your livelihood you cannot take one dollar from any person. Then you'll be indebted. You have to repay him. You cannot cheat others. It is very strictly enjoined.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.6-10 -- Los Angeles, December 23, 1968

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All the GBC men were in mangala-arati

Banabatta Dasa was temple commander in Mayapur during the 1976 GBC meetings. One day he went to Srila Prabhupada's room and complained to him that hardly any of the GBC members attended any part of the morning or evening temple programs except when Srila Prabhupada was present, namely at deity greeting, guru-puja, and Srimad-Bhagavatam class.… Expand>

Banabatta Dasa was temple commander in Mayapur during the 1976 GBC meetings. One day he went to Srila Prabhupada's room and complained to him that hardly any of the GBC members attended any part of the morning or evening temple programs except when Srila Prabhupada was present, namely at deity greeting, guru-puja, and Srimad-Bhagavatam class. Srila Prabhupada thanked Banabatta Prabhu. Next morning all the GBC men were in mangala-arati. Srila Prabhupada had ordered that the GBC meetings finish at a fixed time and that all GBC members attend the whole morning and evening program.

Told by Banabatta Prabhu to me (BVS)

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Duty is already there -- don't be over-intelligent

Don't manufacture duty. Duty is already there. Take it up and be happy. We are doing that. How we say, "Here is duty"? We may be not very much learned, but we take the simple thing, that's all.… Expand>

Don't manufacture duty. Duty is already there. Take it up and be happy. We are doing that. How we say, "Here is duty"? We may be not very much learned, but we take the simple thing, that's all. Our duty is to carry out the order of Krsna. Caitanya Mahaprabhu confirmed it, my Guru Maharaja confirmed it, we accept it. Why should we be unnecessarily very learned man? Eh? There is a Bengali proverb, uthi chala kel balai derhi[?]: "If one is too much intelligent, he should be hanged." [laughter] [laughs] Over-intelligent. Krsna may give me the good intelligence that whatever I have been able to do or what I am going to, let me be fixed up in my faith in Krsna, that's all. I don't want anything. Why shall I create my duty? Duty is already there.

Srila Prabhupada, Conversation–July 6, 1972, London

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I can't live on a farm

Harikesa: What happens with all these people who, like for example, myself, I can't live on a farm? Prabhupada: That does not make you unfit. You can do something like that.… Expand>

Harikesa: What happens with all these people who, like for example, myself, I can't live on a farm?

Prabhupada: That does not make you unfit. You can do something like that.

Harikesa: I was born in a city, raised in a city, and feel very good when I'm in a city, but when I'm on a farm, I'm very disturbed.

Prabhupada: Rajasika, you have got rajasika. So that means your mode of nature is rajasika. There are three kinds of-sattvika, rajasika, tamasika.

Harikesa: But what are we going to do with all these kind of people?

Prabhupada: That is already there, three kinds of propensities. Sattvika, rajasika, tamasika. So you belong to the rajasika, that's all. So it can be conquered by sattvika.

Hari-sauri: So we should all aim towards leaving the cities. If everyone becomes sattvika...

Prabhupada: That tendency is there, why these bungalows are here? They do not like to live in the city. They are paying so high rent. Why? The inner tendency is to live like this, with trees, with lawn.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- Tehran, August 12, 1976

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Going way too far

(From Mukunda Goswami's Vyasa-puja offering, 2000) "We cannot make this institution or this center as a brothel!" That's how you ended your lecture at the Manor one Sunday morning in August, 1973. I'd been sitting erect on the temple floor, eyes closed, brows knit, affecting my best pseudo-yogi listening posture. But I was sound asleep. How I managed to stay upright remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of my life.… Expand>

(From Mukunda Goswami's Vyasa-puja offering, 2000)
 

"We cannot make this institution or this center as a brothel!" That's how you ended your lecture at the Manor one Sunday morning in August, 1973. I'd been sitting erect on the temple floor, eyes closed, brows knit, affecting my best pseudo-yogi listening posture. But I was sound asleep. How I managed to stay upright remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of my life.

It had been a late night. That wake-up call was the end of your lecture. It was over! But wait a minute! I thought you were speaking on Srimad-Bhagavatam. How did that sentence creep in? Devotees were bowing down, and you stood up and headed toward the temple room door. You were climbing the stairs to your rooms.

I thought back to the evening before. What had happened that night probably infuriated the neighbors against us more than anything else. There was the stage, with its 250-watt amplifiers, huge speakers, and blasting rock music in the tiny village of Letchmore Heath -- Letchmore Heath, population 250, the coveted bucolic hideaway where frog-and-cricket choruses can keep you awake at night.

During our "environmentally unfriendly" promotional event, guests puffed on reefers, and some couples walked arm-in-arm, occasionally stealing into the bushes. Apparently none of this had escaped your watchful eye. From the vantage point of your second-story quarters, you had scanned the grounds, clearly observing the evening's happenings under an English summer sun that didn't set until 9.30 p.m.

Your startling statement the morning after, about the temple becoming a brothel, brought our miscalculation into sharp focus. We'd gone way too far along the track of yukta-vairagya, or engaging matter in the service of spirit.

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The fate of an old man

Not only in the present age but from time immemorial, no one has liked an old man who is unable to earn in the family. Even in the modern age, in some communities or states, the old men are given poison so that they will die as soon as possible. In some cannibalistic communities, the old grandfather is sportingly killed, and a feast is held in which his body is eaten.… Expand>

Not only in the present age but from time immemorial, no one has liked an old man who is unable to earn in the family. Even in the modern age, in some communities or states, the old men are given poison so that they will die as soon as possible. In some cannibalistic communities, the old grandfather is sportingly killed, and a feast is held in which his body is eaten. The example is given that a farmer does not like an old bull who has ceased to work. Similarly, when an attached person in family life becomes old and is unable to earn, he is no longer liked by his wife, sons, daughters and other kinsmen, and he is consequently neglected, what to speak of not being given respect. It is judicious, therefore, to give up family attachment before one attains old age and take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One should employ himself in the Lord's service so that the Supreme Lord can take charge of him, and he will not be neglected by his so-called kinsmen.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.30.13

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A first-class treasurer!

H.H. Tamal Krsna Dasa Goswami related that in the early days of ISKCON Los Angeles he was the temple commander and Madhudvisa Prabhu was the treasurer. On weekdays Madhudvisa Prabhu would collect from the devotees the income from sankirtan, but at the weekend, when money was needed for the Sunday festival, he was not to be found.… Expand>

H.H. Tamal Krsna Dasa Goswami related that in the early days of ISKCON Los Angeles he was the temple commander and Madhudvisa Prabhu was the treasurer. On weekdays Madhudvisa Prabhu would collect from the devotees the income from sankirtan, but at the weekend, when money was needed for the Sunday festival, he was not to be found. When Tamal Krsna complained about this to Srila Prabhupada, Srila Prabhupada commented, "He is a first-class treasurer. The first qualification of a treasurer is that he does not like to spend money."

(from a TKG lecture)

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The world of hypocrisy and how to check it

In the conditioned state the living being is not satisfied even if he actually becomes the lord of all that he surveys, which he never becomes, and therefore he becomes the victim of all kinds of cheating, even with his nearest and most intimate relations.… Expand>

In the conditioned state the living being is not satisfied even if he actually becomes the lord of all that he surveys, which he never becomes, and therefore he becomes the victim of all kinds of cheating, even with his nearest and most intimate relations. In such an unsatisfactory state of affairs, there is no harmony, even between father and sons or between husband and wife. But all these contending difficulties can be mitigated by one process, and that is the devotional service of the Lord. The world of
hypocrisy can be checked only by counteraction through devotional service to the Lord and nothing else.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.14.4

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More women, disaster

Radhavallabha: In one BTG article, you described increase in women population as a natural disaster. Prabhupada: Yes. Radhavallabha: So when one woman read this article, she became very angry. She came back and was very angry.… Expand>

Radhavallabha: In one BTG article, you described increase in women population as a natural disaster.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Radhavallabha: So when one woman read this article, she became very angry. She came back and was very angry.

Prabhupada: She may be angry. She is woman and man. Actually this is physiological. If a man is too much addicted to sex life, he'll become impotent, and if he begets child, it will be a girl. With no potency to give birth to a male child.... That requires potency.

Hamsaduta: When we were going around in London making life members, I noticed that in so many families, all the children are girls.

Prabhupada: Yes. The whole world is full of girls, girl children. Why? There is no potency. Potency finished. Or impotent. And if you keep one boy brahmacari, no sex life, and get him married, the first child must be a boy, must be, without any doubt.

Lokanatha: That means, then, woman is more potent than...

Prabhupada: Yes, yes. Yes. The Ayur-vedic formula is that when there is discharge, woman's discharge, more, means girl, and man's discharge, more, means boy. This is physiological.

Ramesvara: The women argue that they are stronger than the men.

Prabhupada: Yes. You are stronger than the man, that when there is fight, the man goes; you do not go. You are so strong. You are simply ravished in the absence of your husband. That's all.

Ramesvara: Now.... The women are joining the Army in America now.

Prabhupada: Yes, I have seen a police in London. So I told that "If I catch your hand and give you a slap, where is your police?" [laughter] "I am old man. If I catch your hand and give you a slap, what police action will be there?"

Morning Walk -- Mayapur, March 19, 1976

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Women addressed as mothers

Hansaduta Dasa recalls: Early on when we were still debating how to address the female devotees, Prabhupada cleared the way by saying that we are to address all women, regardless of how young or old as "mother," either they are actually mothers or they are potential mothers. … Expand>

Hansaduta Dasa recalls:

Early on when we were still debating how to address the female devotees, Prabhupada cleared the way by saying that we are to address all women, regardless of how young or old as "mother," either they are actually mothers or they are potential mothers. We originally used to call them sisters, then we tried gopis, but the matter was solved by Prabhupada: "They are all mothers." He often quoted the verse regarding the seven mothers.

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Abhiseka: "Only the head!"

I poured the milk liquids onto the head of Radharani, while Prabhupada chanted the Brahma-samhita. As I poured I moved the liquids so that they flowed over Her shoulders and other parts of Her body, Her legs and feet.… Expand>

I poured the milk liquids onto the head of Radharani, while Prabhupada chanted the Brahma-samhita. As I poured I moved the liquids so that they flowed over Her shoulders and other parts of Her body, Her legs and feet. From the vyasasana, which was somewhat distant from me, Prabhupada said, "The head, Her head." I did not hear him at first and kept pouring on the different parts of Her body. Then I finally heard him shouting, "The head! Only the head!"

SDG, Prabhupada Meditations 2.6.3: Prabhupada in Dallas

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What a wife should do if the husband is sinful and irresponsible

You have got a very big responsibility to give your daughters a good Krishna conscious atmosphere for developing into nice devotees. If you also take up these sinful activities and neglect the principles of Krishna Consciousness,… Expand>

You have got a very big responsibility to give your daughters a good Krishna conscious atmosphere for developing into nice devotees. If you also take up these sinful activities and neglect the principles of Krishna Consciousness, then that is a great misfortune. Your first consideration must be to see that your children become Krishna conscious, and if your husband will not
take his responsibility, then what can be done? Simply you must keep to the principles, and pray to Krishna to help you.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Caitanya Dasi, Los Angeles 25 April, 1973

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Krsna's dreaming is reality

This material world is a product of the mahat-tattva, which is a state of the Lord's dreaming condition in His yoga-nidra mystic slumber in the Causal Ocean, and yet the whole creation appears to be a factual presentation of His creation.… Expand>

This material world is a product of the mahat-tattva, which is a state of the Lord's dreaming condition in His yoga-nidra mystic slumber in the Causal Ocean, and yet the whole creation appears to be a factual presentation of His creation. This means that the Lord's dreaming conditions are also factual manifestations.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.16.26-30

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A devotee acts according to Krsna's desire

If Krsna wants, the devotee can do anything which is ordinarily undesirable; and if Krsna does not want, he shall not do that which he would have ordinarily done for his own satisfaction.… Expand>

If Krsna wants, the devotee can do anything which is ordinarily undesirable;
and if Krsna does not want, he shall not do that which he would have ordinarily done for his own satisfaction.

From Bg 2.64 ppt.

As described in The Nectar of Devotion:

Pradyumna's attachment for Krsna was always exhibited by his action. Whenever he was ordered by his father to execute something, he would immediately execute the order, taking the task as nectarean even though it may have been poison. Similarly, whenever he would find something to be disapproved of by his father, he would immediately reject it as poison, even though it may have been nectarean.

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A comment on current space exploration

Arjuna, by the grace of Lord Sri Krsna, was able to reach the heavenly planet even with the selfsame body and was honored by the heavenly demigod Indradeva, being seated with him half-elevated. One can reach the heavenly planets by the pious acts recommended in the sastras in the category of fruitive activities.… Expand>

Arjuna, by the grace of Lord Sri Krsna, was able to reach the heavenly planet even with the selfsame body and was honored by the heavenly demigod Indradeva, being seated with him half-elevated. One can reach the heavenly planets by the pious acts recommended in the sastras in the category of fruitive activities. And as stated in the Bhagavad-gita (9.21), when the reactions of such pious acts are spent, the enjoyer is again degraded to this earthly planet. The moon is also on the level with the heavenly planets, and only persons who have performed virtues only -- performing sacrifices, giving charity and undergoing severe austerities -- can be allowed to enter into the heavenly planets after the duration of life of the body. Arjuna was allowed to enter into the heavenly planets in the selfsame body simply by the grace of the Lord, otherwise it is not possible to do so.
The present attempts to enter into the heavenly planets by the modern scientists will certainly prove futile because such scientists are not on the level of Arjuna. They are ordinary human beings, without any assets of sacrifice, charity or austerities. The material body is influenced by the three modes of material nature, namely goodness, passion and ignorance. The present population is more or less influenced by the modes of passion and ignorance, and the symptoms for such influence are exhibited in their becoming very lusty and greedy. Such degraded fellows can hardly approach the higher planetary systems. Above the heavenly planets there are many other planets also, which only those who are influenced by goodness can reach. In heavenly and other planets within the universe, the inhabitants are all highly intelligent, many more times than the human beings, and they
are all pious in the higher and highest mode of goodness. They are all devotees of the Lord, and although their goodness is not unadulterated, still they are known as demigods possessing the maximum amount of good qualities possible within the material world.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.15.12

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Our Program

A devotee told a story of when Prabhupada first came to India and traveled with his disciples in a group from one home to another. When they arrived in one place, Acyutananda asked Prabhupada, "What will our program be here?"… Expand>

A devotee told a story of when Prabhupada first came to India and traveled with his disciples in a group from one home to another. When they arrived in one place, Acyutananda asked Prabhupada, "What will our program be here?"
Prabhupada replied, "Our program is to cry for Krsna."

From Prabhupada Meditations by SDG

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Not take advantage of the concession

Drdha means very firm, steady. Krsna is so kind that He has given us so many concession. But we should be... Because there are some concession, better we should not take advantage of the concession,… Expand>

Drdha means very firm, steady. Krsna is so kind that He has given us so many concession. But we should be... Because there are some concession, better we should not take advantage of the concession, but we should be very steady and strong in our conviction and perform devotional service strictly.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.1-8 --  New Vrindaban, May 23, 1969

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Grateful God

Only fools are ungrateful to their benefactors. The Lord, however, does not require benefit from anyone besides Himself because He is full in Himself; still He feels benefited by the unalloyed services of His devotees. … Expand>

Only fools are ungrateful to their benefactors. The Lord, however, does not require benefit from anyone besides Himself because He is full in Himself; still He feels benefited by the unalloyed services of His devotees. The Lord feels grateful to His devotees for such unsophisticated, unconditional service and tries to reciprocate it by rendering service, although the devotee also has no such desire in his heart. The transcendental service of the Lord is itself a transcendental benefit for the devotee, and therefore
the devotee has nothing to expect from the Lord.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.16.26-30 ppt

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Truth and Beauty

There may sometimes be arguments about whether "truth" and "beauty" are compatible terms. One would willingly agree to express the truth, one might say, but since truth is not always beautiful -- indeed, it is frequently rather startling and unpleasant -- how is one to express truth and beauty at the same time?… Expand>

There may sometimes be arguments about whether "truth" and "beauty" are compatible terms. One would willingly agree to express the truth, one might say, but since truth is not always beautiful -- indeed, it is frequently rather startling and unpleasant -- how is one to express truth and beauty at the same time?

In reply, we may inform all concerned that "truth" and "beauty" are compatible terms. Indeed, we may emphatically assert that the actual truth, which is absolute, is always beautiful. The truth is so beautiful that it attracts everyone, including the truth itself. Truth is so beautiful that many sages, saints, and devotees have left everything for the sake of truth. Every one of us has the urge to search for truth alone, for the truth is not only beautiful but also all-powerful, all-resourceful, all-famous, all-renounced, and all-knowledgeable.

Unfortunately, people have no information of the actual truth. Indeed, 99.9 percent of men in all walks of life are pursuing untruth only, in the name of truth. We are actually attracted by the beauty of truth, but since time immemorial we have been habituated to love of untruth appearing like truth. Therefore, to the mundaner "truth" and "beauty" are incompatible terms.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SSR 1e: Truth and Beauty

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Although not having fully realized Krsna

Although not having fully realized Krsna, persons who have even once surrendered completely unto His lotus feet and who have become attracted to His name, form, qualities and pastimes are completely freed of all sinful reactions, for they have thus accepted the true method of atonement.… Expand>

Although not having fully realized Krsna, persons who have even once surrendered completely unto His lotus feet and who have become attracted to His name, form, qualities and pastimes are completely freed of all sinful reactions, for they have thus accepted the true method of atonement. Even in dreams, such surrendered souls do not see Yamaraja or his order carriers,
who are equipped with ropes to bind the sinful.

SB 6.1.19

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A house in which the whole world can live peacefully

(For the anniversary, 24 July, of the incorporation of ISKCON in New York) Bhavananda: In Svarup Ganj there's one big astrologer. So he saw your photograph, and he said, "This is the face of the most powerful spiritual personality on the planet."… Expand>

(For the anniversary, 24 July, of the incorporation of ISKCON in New York)

Bhavananda: In Svarup Ganj there's one big astrologer. So he saw your photograph, and he said, "This is the face of the most powerful spiritual personality on the planet."
Prabhupada: (laughs) Hare Krsna.
Brahmananda: Then what else?
Bhavananda: Then he said that "I can tell from his face that he can make a house in which the whole world can live peacefully."
Devotees: Jaya Prabhupada!
Prabhupada: At least I desire so.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- July 1, 1975, Denver

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Three items will make your life perfect

I am very much pleased to know that you are trying to set a fine example to your young son, Joseph, and your good wife. It is the duty of our students who are married men to train both their wife and children in devotional service to the Supreme Lord. The easiest program is that you add to your daily schedule a Kirtana chanting of Hare Krsna Maha-mantra both in the evening and the morning with your family and after chanting you can read something from our Bhagavad Gita As It Is or Krsna Book or our other literatures. … Expand>

I am very much pleased to know that you are trying to set a fine example to your young son, Joseph, and your good wife. It is the duty of our students who are married men to train both their wife and children in devotional service to the Supreme Lord. The easiest program is that you add to your daily schedule a Kirtana chanting of Hare Krsna Maha-mantra both in the evening and the morning with your family and after chanting you can read something from our Bhagavad Gita As It Is or Krsna Book or our other
literatures. You are already offering service to Lord Jagannatha and offering Him some nicely prepared fruits, milk, sweet smelling flowers and incense. That is the way for householders. For householders it is prescribed that one should hear the Bhagavad-gita or other transcendental texts of which we now have ample supply from the lips of the devotee of the Lord, one should accept a Bona fide Spiritual Master and follow his instructions and one should install the Deity in his home and carry on worship there. These three items will make your life perfect. So you simply try to observe these things and if you need some advice how to do it you can ask the elder devotees of our New York Temple. Be very strict in your observance of the four principles of regulation, namely no illicit sex life, no intoxicants, no eating of any meat, fish or eggs, and no gambling. Always chant Hare Krsna at least sixteen rounds daily and be happy.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Ben — Bombay November 22, 1970

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Everything that you should know

You have asked me to tell you everything that you should know, and this, of course, is a great subject matter. We now have published several books which delve deeply into the topic of the Absolute Truth,… Expand>

You have asked me to tell you everything that you should know, and this, of course, is a great subject matter. We now have published several books which delve deeply into the topic of the Absolute Truth, so you should read them very carefully, and gradually the knowledge will become revealed to you.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Steve  --  New Vrindaban 16 June, 1969

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Most sinful if you break your promise

Therefore, to bring the neophyte devotees to the perfectional stage, we offer the brahmana's sacred thread. But if people, after promising everything, and break their promise, that is very abominable.… Expand>

Therefore, to bring the neophyte devotees to the perfectional stage, we offer the brahmana's sacred thread. But if people, after promising everything, and break their promise, that is very abominable. When they're initiated before the Deity, before the Lord, before the fire, they should not break it. That is most sinful if you break your promise. Otherwise, you should not be coming forward for initiation if you cannot keep your promise.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.20 -- Hawaii, January 16, 1974

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Pravrtti, nivrtti, so-called swamis and priests, homosex marriage...

Pravrtti means sense enjoyment. And nivrtti means self-negation. So when we say that "You shall not have illicit sex," and their inclination is illicit sex, so therefore it is revolutionary. They are materialistic persons. They want sex enjoyment to the best capacity -- homosex, this sex, that sex, naked dance, all sexually inclined, pravrtti.… Expand>

Pravrtti means sense enjoyment. And nivrtti means self-negation. So when we say that "You shall not have illicit sex," and their inclination is illicit sex, so therefore it is revolutionary. They are materialistic persons. They want sex enjoyment to the best capacity -- homosex, this sex, that sex, naked dance, all sexually inclined, pravrtti.

And we say, "Stop this," nivrtti. They do not like it because asura. Pravrtti jagat. They do not know this is essential. They do not know it. This is essential. Tapasa brahmacaryena [SB 6.1.13]. Tapasya means brahmacarya.

The so-called swamis, they are coming for this so-called yoga practice but they are themself victim of sex. This is going on. Actually, it is a bluff -- they have become swami and teaching some yoga system -- because they do not know that one has to stop this first of all. Brahmacaryena. So this bluffing is going on all over the world, and we are speaking just against them. Murkhayopadeso hi prakopaya na santaye. If you give instruction to the rascals, he will simply be angry. He will not take advantage of it. This is our position.

All the so-called professors, philosophers, they are all in the pravrtti-marga. Therefore they are bringing somebody, "Our interpretation is like this." Pravrtti-marga. Because if they can find out some support from the sastra, then they think, "We are secure." This is going on.

Pravrttim ca nivrttim jana na vidur asurah. The whole world is full of asuras, descendant of Hiranyakasipu, and it is very difficult. But if we give them chance to chant Hare Krsna mantra, gradually they will understand. Our difficulty: the so-called swamis, priests, popes, they are also in the pravrtti-marga. All these, priests, and they have illicit sex. Pravrtti-marga.

So they are passing, "Yes, you can have homosex with man." They are getting man-to-man marriage. They are performing the marriage ceremony between man to man in the open church. What class of men they are? And they are priest. Just see. Such degraded persons, drinking... They have got hospital for curing their drinking disease. Five thousand patients in a hospital in
America, all drunkards, and they are priest. Just see. Simply by dressing long cloak and cross, they have become. In India also, simply having a thread, a brahmana. Two-paisa thread. And by simply one danda, one is sannyasi.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- Perth, May 13, 1975

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Test yourself

If you become pure devotee of Krsna, then as soon as you think of sex, you'll spit. "Eh! Nonsense. What is this?" This is the result. That is the certificate, whether you have got that attitude -- spit on it.… Expand>

If you become pure devotee of Krsna, then as soon as you think of sex, you'll spit. "Eh! Nonsense. What is this?" This is the result. That is the certificate, whether you have got that attitude -- spit on it. Then you understand that you are increasing. Otherwise you are in the same hellish condition. You may show that you are becoming a devotee, very great devotee. So test yourself, how much you have advanced.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.4 -- Vrndavana, December 5, 1975

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Sri Caitanya is Sri Krsna

Krsna as the source of love Himself is Caitanya. The two aspects of the Divine Personality are not complimentary but are identical. Sri Krsna is eternally served by the denizens of Vraja. Krsna is thus served in a visible form in the Dvapara Age in this world. Sri Krsna is also served in a visible form in Kali-yuga.… Expand>

Krsna as the source of love Himself is Caitanya. The two aspects of the Divine Personality are not complimentary but are identical. Sri Krsna is eternally served by the denizens of Vraja. Krsna is thus served in a visible form in the Dvapara Age in this world. Sri Krsna is also served in a visible form in Kali-yuga. He is served as Sri Caitanya by the denizens of Navadvipa which is identical with the white island [Svetadvipa] of the scriptures. The servants and associates of Sri Krsna Caitanya are identical with those of Sri Krsna.  The service of Sri Krsna Caitanya alone is attainable in the Kali age. Those who aspire for the service of Krsna in this age have no other alternative but to serve Sri Krsna Caitanya.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Harmonist

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Caitanya Mahaprabhu is very practical

Caitanya Mahaprabhu is very practical, that "I want to give krsna-prema. One should be ecstatic, emotional in krsna-prema. One shall cry for Krsna." And He taught everyone by His practical example how He was mad after Krsna.… Expand>

Caitanya Mahaprabhu is very practical, that "I want to give krsna-prema. One should be ecstatic, emotional in krsna-prema. One shall cry for Krsna." And He taught everyone by His practical example how He was mad after Krsna. Govinda-virahena me. Sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena me. This is krsna-prema: without Krsna, one should see everything vacant. This is
Radharani's prema.

But that is not possible for ordinary human being. It might be possible for Caitanya Mahaprabhu and few devotees.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.30 -- Bombay, November 30, 1974

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the secret of Lord Caitanya's incarnation

In material consciousness we are trying to love that which is not at all lovable. We give our love to dogs and cats, running the risk that at the time of death we may think of them and consequently take birth in a family of cats or dogs. Thus love that does not have Krsna as its object leads downward.… Expand>

In material consciousness we are trying to love that which is not at all lovable. We give our love to dogs and cats, running the risk that at the time of death we may think of them and consequently take birth in a family of cats or dogs. Thus love that does not have Krsna as its object leads downward. It is not that Krsna or God is something obscure or something that only a few chosen people can attain. Caitanya Mahaprabhu informs us that in every country and in every scripture there is some hint of love of Godhead. Unfortunately no one knows what love of Godhead actually is. The Vedic scriptures, however, are different in that they can direct the individual in the proper way to love God. Other scriptures do not give information on how one can love God, nor do they actually define or describe what or who the Godhead actually is. Although they officially promote love of Godhead, they have no idea how to execute it. But Caitanya Mahaprabhu gives a practical demonstration of how to love God in a conjugal relationship. Taking the part of Radharani, Caitanya tries to love Krsna as Radharani loved Him. Krsna was always amazed by Radharani's love. "How does Radharani give Me such pleasure?" He would ask. In order to study Radharani, Krsna lived in Her role and tried to understand Himself. This is the secret of Lord Caitanya's incarnation. Caitanya is Krsna, but He has taken the mode or role of Radharani to show us how to love Krsna. Thus He is addressed: "I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord who is absorbed in Radharani's thoughts."

From TLC intro

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