Sanga

Yearning for personal association

A pure devotee always yearns to associate personally with the Lord and render service unto Him. The examples given in this regard are most appropriate. A small baby bird is practically never satisfied except when the mother bird comes to feed it, a small calf is not satisfied unless allowed to suck the milk from the mother's udder, and a chaste, devoted wife whose husband is away from home is never satisfied until she has the association of her beloved husband.… Expand>

A pure devotee always yearns to associate personally with the Lord and render service unto Him. The examples given in this regard are most appropriate. A small baby bird is practically never satisfied except when the mother bird comes to feed it, a small calf is not satisfied unless allowed to suck the milk from the mother's udder, and a chaste, devoted wife whose husband is away from home is never satisfied until she has the association of her beloved husband.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 6.11.26

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Gopis are the best yogis

Bhakti comes from the word bhaj-dhatu, so this word has been used, bhajate mam; it means "engaged in devotional service." Yoginam api sarvesam mad-gatenantaratmana -- "a person who is keeping Me always within the core of the heart." The best example are the gopis. They had no other business than to keep Krsna always within the heart. Gopis requested Krsna, "Please, if You get out from our hearts then we can concentrate to our household duties. These yogis and munis and great saintly persons, they are trying to keep You within the heart, and we request You, 'Kindly go out of our hearts so we can concentrate on our household duties.' " They wanted to do it, but they could not. This is gopis' position.… Expand>

Bhakti comes from the word bhaj-dhatu, so this word has been used, bhajate mam; it means "engaged in devotional service." Yoginam api sarvesam mad-gatenantaratmana -- "a person who is keeping Me always within the core of the heart."

The best example are the gopis. They had no other business than to keep Krsna always within the heart. Gopis requested Krsna, "Please, if You get out from our hearts then we can concentrate to our household duties. These yogis and munis and great saintly persons, they are trying to keep You within the heart, and we request You, 'Kindly go out of our hearts so we can concentrate on our household duties.' " They wanted to do it, but they could not. This is gopis' position.

Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu has advised, ramya kacid upasana vraja-vadhu-vargena ya kalpita: there is no more better method of worship than what was done by the gopis, because gopis always kept Krsna within their hearts. So therefore they are the most perfect yogis.

(Srila Prabhupada, lecture -- February 7, 1974)

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Cheating religion: trying to cheat God

Dharmah projjhita kaitavah. Kaitava means cheating. To cheat God or to be cheated by God, this kind of religion is rejected. But people are very much fond of that kind of religion by which the God is cheated and he is cheated. He will commit all kinds of sins and he will be excused. That means God is cheated.… Expand>

Dharmah projjhita kaitavah. Kaitava means cheating. To cheat God or to be cheated by God, this kind of religion is rejected. But people are very much fond of that kind of religion by which the God is cheated and he is cheated. He will commit all kinds of sins and he will be excused. That means God is cheated. And if he thinks that "I will go on committing sinful; God will excuse me," that is also cheating. He is cheating himself, as if God is so fool that he will go on committing sin and God will excuse. These are cheating. This is not religion. God is personally speaking, yesam tv anta-gatam papam jananam punya-karmanam [Bg. 7.28], and he is thinking that "I will go on committing sinful activities and God will excuse." Why God will excuse? This is foolishness. He can excuse once, twice, thrice, but as a matter of routine he will commit sinful activities and God will excuse -- this is all nonsense.

Srila Prabhupada, Morning Walk -- November 12, 1975, Bombay

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Succinct definition of religion

Real religion means "God is there; I am there. God is great; I am subordinate. I must abide by the laws of God." This is religion... Real religion means to revive our consciousness -- we say "Krsna consciousness," or God consciousness -- by which we agree to abide by the laws of God... First-class religion: "which teaches us how to surrender to God and love Him."… Expand>

Real religion means "God is there; I am there. God is great; I am subordinate. I must abide by the laws of God." This is religion...

Real religion means to revive our consciousness -- we say "Krsna consciousness," or God consciousness -- by which we agree to abide by the laws of God...

First-class religion: "which teaches us how to surrender to God and love Him."

(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.2 -- February 23, 1975, Caracas)

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Lila-smaranam

In this way, as he makes advance in spiritual life, then simply by hearing about Krsna's pastimes, immediately he will be filled up in ecstasy and he will cry. These are the symptoms. Krsna is killing so many demons, Krsna is dancing with gopis, Krsna is playing with His cowherd boys, Krsna is going there, this is lila smaranam. The Krsna book reading means remembering all these activities of Krsna. Simply go on reading Krsna book, repeat it, you are in the perfect stage of transcendental position. Simply read our Nectar of Devotion.… Expand>

In this way, as he makes advance in spiritual life, then simply by hearing about Krsna's pastimes, immediately he will be filled up in ecstasy and he will cry. These are the symptoms. Krsna is killing so many demons, Krsna is dancing with gopis, Krsna is playing with His cowherd boys, Krsna is going there, this is lila smaranam. The Krsna book reading means remembering all these activities of Krsna. Simply go on reading Krsna book, repeat it, you are in the perfect stage of transcendental position. Simply read our Nectar of Devotion.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.7.28, 32-35 -- Mombassa, September 11, 1971

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Try it and see

I assure you that if you follow the regulative principles of chanting 16 rounds, observing strictly the prohibitive injunctions, keep association with pure devotees, plus taking care of the Deities in the Temple, surely all your problems will be solved without any difficulty. Please try it for at least one month and see the result.… Expand>

I assure you that if you follow the regulative principles of chanting 16 rounds, observing strictly the prohibitive injunctions, keep association
with pure devotees, plus taking care of the Deities in the Temple, surely all your problems will be solved without any difficulty. Please try it for
at least one month and see the result.

(Srila Prabhupada, Letter to: Kulasekhara - Los Angeles 11 January 1970)

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Krsna becomes very glad

That is the personal relationship with the devotee and God. The devotee, he does not know anything beyond God, and God also does not know anything beyond His devotee. So sweet relation. God is always after me, as we have discussed many times, that He is sitting in the same tree, in this heart. I am sitting, and my friend, God, is also sitting, Supersoul, eternally. Wherever I am taking my transmigration, when I leave this body and enter into another body, God also goes there just to see what I am doing. When I shall turn my face towards Him -- He is simply waiting.… Expand>

That is the personal relationship with the devotee and God. The devotee, he does not know anything beyond God, and God also does not know anything beyond His devotee. So sweet relation. God is always after me, as we have discussed many times, that He is sitting in the same tree, in this heart. I am sitting, and my friend, God, is also sitting, Supersoul, eternally. Wherever I am taking my transmigration, when I leave this body and enter into another body, God also goes there just to see what I am doing. When I shall turn my face towards Him -- He is simply waiting. And as soon as I turn my face towards God, oh, He says, "My dear son, come on." Sa ca mama priyah. Lord says, "You are eternally dear to Me. Now you are turning your face to Me. So I am very glad."

Srila Prabhupada, October 9, 1966, New York

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Vrndavana life, the difference between material and spiritual

This is the difference, bhakti and karma. Karma means to fulfill my desires, and bhakti means to fulfill Krsna's desires. That is the difference. Now you make your choice, whether you want to make your desires fulfilled or if you want to make Krsna's desire fulfilled. If you make your decision to make Krsna's desire fulfilled, then your life is successful. That is our Krsna conscious life. "Krsna wants it; I must do it. I will not do anything for me." That is Vrndavana.… Expand>

This is the difference, bhakti and karma. Karma means to fulfill my desires, and bhakti means to fulfill Krsna's desires. That is the difference. Now you make your choice, whether you want to make your desires fulfilled or if you want to make Krsna's desire fulfilled. If you make your decision to make Krsna's desire fulfilled, then your life is successful. That is our Krsna conscious life. "Krsna wants it; I must do it. I will not do anything for me." That is Vrndavana. All the inhabitants of Vrndavana, they are trying to fulfill Krsna's desire. The cowherds boys, the calves, the cows, the trees, the flowers, the water, the gopis, the elderly inhabitants, Mother Yasoda, Nanda -- they are all engaged in fulfilling Krsna's desire. That is Vrndavana. So you can turn this material world into Vrndavana, provided you agree to fulfill the desires of Krsna. That is Vrndavana. And if you want to fulfill your own desires, that is material. This is the difference between material and spiritual.

Srila Prabhupada -- January 30, 1975, Honolulu

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Laughing Ecstasy

Once an old mendicant approached the door of mother Yasoda's house, and Krsna told Yasoda, "My dear mother, I don't wish to go near this skinny villain. If I go there, he might put Me within his begging bag and take Me away from you!" In this way, the wonderful child, Krsna, began to look at His mother, while the mendicant, who was standing in the door, tried to hide his smiling face, although he could not do so. He immediately expressed his smiling. In this instance, Krsna Himself is the object of laughing affairs.… Expand>

Once an old mendicant approached the door of mother Yasoda's house, and Krsna told Yasoda, "My dear mother, I don't wish to go near this skinny villain. If I go there, he might put Me within his begging bag and take Me away from you!" In this way, the wonderful child, Krsna, began to look at His mother, while the mendicant, who was standing in the door, tried to hide his smiling face, although he could not do so. He immediately expressed his smiling. In this instance, Krsna Himself is the object of laughing affairs.

From NoD

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How everyone (including women) can become gurus

People are giving me credit that I have done miracles, but my miracle is that I carried the message of Caitanya Mahaprabhu: yare dekha tare kaha 'krsna'-upadesa [Cc. Madhya 7.128]. So this is the secrecy. So any one of you, you can become guru. It is not that I am an extraordinary man, an extraordinary god coming from some mysterious place. It is not that -- it is very simple thing. Caitanya Mahaprabhu says that yare dekha tare kaha krsna'-upadesa.… Expand>

People are giving me credit that I have done miracles, but my miracle is that I carried the message of Caitanya Mahaprabhu: yare dekha tare kaha 'krsna'-upadesa [Cc. Madhya 7.128]. So this is the secrecy. So any one of you, you can become guru. It is not that I am an extraordinary man, an extraordinary god coming from some mysterious place. It is not that -- it is very simple thing. Caitanya Mahaprabhu says that yare dekha tare kaha krsna'-upadesa. So I request you, follow the Caitanya Mahaprabhu's instruction that you also, you become a guru at your home. It is not that you have to make a gigantic show of becoming guru. The father has to become guru, the mother has to become guru. Actually, in the sastra it is said one should not become father, one should not become mother if he does not become a guru to his children.

Srila Prabhupada, Sri Vyasa-puja Lecture -- Hyderabad, August 19, 1976

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Damodara month

Similarly, there is a statement in Padma Purana describing the ritualistic function during the month of Karttika (October-November). During this month, in Vrndavana it is the regulative principle to pray daily to Lord Krsna in His Damodara form. The Damodara form refers to Krsna in His childhood when He was tied up with rope by His mother, Yasoda. Dama means "ropes," and udara means "the abdomen." So Mother Yasoda, being very disturbed by naughty Krsna, bound Him round the abdomen with a rope, and thus Krsna is named Damodara. During the month of Karttika, Damodara is prayed to as follows: "My dear Lord, You are the Lord of all, the giver of all benedictions."… Expand>

(From The Nectar of Devotion, ch. 4)

Similarly, there is a statement in Padma Purana describing the ritualistic function during the month of Karttika (October-November). During this month, in Vrndavana it is the regulative principle to pray daily to Lord Krsna in His Damodara form. The Damodara form refers to Krsna in His childhood when He was tied up with rope by His mother, Yasoda. Dama means "ropes," and udara means "the abdomen." So Mother Yasoda, being very disturbed by naughty Krsna, bound Him round the abdomen with a rope, and thus Krsna is named Damodara. During the month of Karttika, Damodara is prayed to as follows: "My dear Lord, You are the Lord of all, the giver of all benedictions." There are many demigods, like Lord Brahma and Lord Siva, who sometimes offer benedictions to their respective devotees. For example, Ravana was blessed
with many benedictions by Lord Siva, and Hiranyakasipu was blessed by Lord Brahma. But even Lord Siva and Lord Brahma depend upon the benedictions of Lord Krsna, and therefore Krsna is addressed as the Lord of all benefactors. As such, Lord Krsna can offer His devotees anything they want, but still, the devotee's prayer continues, "I do not ask You for liberation or any material facility up to the point of liberation. What I want as Your favor is that I may always think of Your form in which I see You now, as Damodara. You are so beautiful and attractive that my mind does not want anything besides this wonderful form." In this same prayer, there is another passage, in which it is said, "My dear Lord Damodara, once when You were playing as a naughty boy in the house of Nanda Maharaja, You broke the box containing
yogurt, and because of that, Mother Yasoda considered You an offender and tied You with rope to the household grinding mortar. At that time You delivered two sons of Kuvera, Nalakuvara and Manigriva, who were staying there as two arjuna trees in the yard of Nanda Maharaja. My only request is that by Your merciful pastimes You may similarly deliver me."

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Win all day on book distribution

Svavasa Dasa: During a darsana with Srila Prabhupada in the Atlanta temple we asked, "How can we increase our devotion and our desire to distribute more books?" We were sitting there eagerly awaiting some special formula to expand our book distribution. Srila Prabhupada sat there and didn't even look at us. He was looking above us, and we kept waiting. Finally he said, "If you want to increase book distribution, if you really want, I have only one recommendation." We were holding our breath. He wouldn't say it immediately. Then he looked at us and said, "If you want to increase, then you must chant your rounds uninterrupted.… Expand>

Svavasa Dasa: During a darsana with Srila Prabhupada in the Atlanta temple we asked, "How can we increase our devotion and our desire to distribute more books?" We were sitting there eagerly awaiting some special formula to expand our book distribution. Srila Prabhupada sat there and didn't even look at us. He was looking above us, and we kept waiting. Finally he said, "If you want to increase book distribution, if you really want, I have only one recommendation." We were holding our breath. He wouldn't say it immediately. Then he looked at us and said, "If you want to increase, then you must chant your rounds uninterrupted. After beginning your chanting, you do not stop until you finish." Srila Prabhupada said that this is the key for increasing book distribution, because if you win that fight, you will win all day. If you lose and let your mind carry you to another thing, it's obvious you will have a difficult day.

(The Nectar of Book Distribution, p. 322)

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Educational advice

I do not think it is necessary for you to return to your university for taking further education. Your education is to be found in our books, the material education is finished. If you want to teach in universities and colleges, they must accept us on our high degree of Vedic learning, not on our so-called credentials. They must accept our system of scholarly learning from the spiritual master. So do not bother yourself anymore with this idea but go on learning from our own scriptural evidence how great is the supreme science. Your depth of understanding it will be the credentials, let them accept us on that basis.… Expand>

I do not think it is necessary for you to return to your university for taking further education. Your education is to be found in our books, the
material education is finished. If you want to teach in universities and colleges, they must accept us on our high degree of Vedic learning, not on our so-called credentials. They must accept our system of scholarly learning from the spiritual master. So do not bother yourself anymore with this idea but go on learning from our own scriptural evidence how great is the supreme science. Your depth of understanding it will be the credentials, let them accept us on that basis.

(Srila Prabhupada, Letter to: Pusta Krsna - London 5 August, 1972)

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Spiritual pride is good

Why I shall be proud? What I have got? "I am humble servant of Krsna. Let me discharge my duties." But if one is proud after becoming a pure servant of Krsna, that is very good. That dambhah, that pride, is very glorious. "I am a servant of Krsna." That is very nice.… Expand>

Why I shall be proud? What I have got?

"I am humble servant of Krsna. Let me discharge my duties."

But if one is proud after becoming a pure servant of Krsna, that is very good. That dambhah, that pride, is very glorious. "I am a servant of Krsna." That is very nice.

One has got the tendency to become proud. So if one is proud to become a cats and dog or a tiger or a so-called big man of this material world, that is for his bondage. If you become proud in daivi sampad, if you become proud by becoming the most confidential servant of Krsna, the same pride is for your liberation.

And if you become proud that "I am minister," or "I am this big dog or big...," that is for nibandhaya, your bondage; you will continue material
life. By your spiritual pride... Of course, we must be proud after being situated in the spiritual platform. Otherwise that is also ignorance.

(FromSrila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.4  -- January 30, 1975, Honolulu

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Preachers relieve God's pain

...the members of the Krsna consciousness Society. What is their endeavor? Their only endeavor is how this Krsna consciousness should be spread all over the world. Why they're endeavoring? Because Krsna wants it. Krsna wants it. God wants it. Why God wants it? Because we are all sons of God. We have gone to dog. Instead of going to God, we have gone to dog. Therefore God is very anxious to reclaim us. He comes therefore in person, Krsna. He sends His son, Lord Jesus Christ, or He sends His devotee. He leaves behind Him the books like Bhagavad-gita or Srimad-Bhagavatam, or many other such literatures. Why? To reclaim these obstinate, bewildered sons of God. They have forgotten God, and they are, instead of loving God, they are now loving dog.… Expand>

...the members of the Krsna consciousness Society. What is their endeavor? Their only endeavor is how this Krsna consciousness should be spread all over the world. Why they're endeavoring? Because Krsna wants it. Krsna wants it. God wants it. Why God wants it? Because we are all sons of God. We have gone to dog. Instead of going to God, we have gone to dog. Therefore God is very anxious to reclaim us. He comes therefore in person, Krsna. He sends His son, Lord Jesus Christ, or He sends His devotee. He leaves behind Him the books like Bhagavad-gita or Srimad-Bhagavatam, or many other such literatures. Why? To reclaim these obstinate, bewildered sons of God. They have forgotten God, and they are, instead of loving God, they are now loving dog. Therefore God is very anxious. It is natural. If a father is very rich man and he has got many sons, he wants to see the sons very happy. But if a son goes away from home and becomes crazy, does not come back home, the father is more anxious than the son. The son does not understand what is his precarious condition of life in this material world, but God understands how much in miserable condition he's living. Threefold miserable condition of this material existence. He's always disturbed, but still he does not wish to go back to Godhead. Therefore there is a constant endeavor on the part of God to reclaim these conditioned souls.

But the pain is more felt by God than the living creature in this conditioned life. So it is always . . . There is always endeavor on the part
of God to send His representative; He comes Himself, He gives book. So anyone who takes up this endeavor on behalf of God to reclaim these
conditioned souls back to Godhead, back to home, he is considered the most intimate devotee, dear devotee of the Lord. It is stated in the
Bhagavad-gita, na ca tasman manusyesu kascin me priya-krttamah. If you want to become very dear to Krsna, or God, then try to take up these missionary activities. What is that? Spread Krsna consciousness. Krsna will be very much pleased.

[From Srila Prabhupada's class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.10, Montreal, 12 July 1968])

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Six Goswamis, not loafers

We should always know that great thinkers, great sages, rsis, they are sitting in the secluded place, in a forest, not idly. They are always thinking how people should be benefited, how people should be benefited. Lokanam hita-karinau. Just like we sing daily about the Gosvamis. nana-sastra-vicaranaika-nipunau sad-dharma-samsthapakau lokanam hita-karinau tri-bhuvane manyau saranyakarau radha-krsna-padaravinda-bhajananandena mattalikau vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau **… Expand>

We should always know that great thinkers, great sages, rsis, they are sitting in the secluded place, in a forest, not idly. They are always
thinking how people should be benefited, how people should be benefited. Lokanam hita-karinau. Just like we sing daily about the Gosvamis.

nana-sastra-vicaranaika-nipunau sad-dharma-samsthapakau
lokanam hita-karinau tri-bhuvane manyau saranyakarau
radha-krsna-padaravinda-bhajananandena mattalikau
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau **

These gentlemen, some of them were big zamindar, some of them were learned scholars, some of them were ministers in the government service, but they left everything. And at Vrndavana they sat down? Nana-sastra-vicaranaika-nipunau. No, they were making research by
researching all kinds of Vedic literature how things should be presented to the people of this age so that they can take up the matter very seriously and easily and they can make progress. That was their business, not that they left home, become easy going, and take prasadam and go on sleeping.

Oh. No, no, no, no. They had no time to sleep. They were always thinking, lokanam hita-karinau, how people should be benefited. As much as the Lord is very much anxious for our benefit, similarly, the devotees of the Lord, they are equally anxious for the benefit of the public.

(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.17-20 -- New York, May 27, 1966)

 

 

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The effect of Srila Prabhupada's books

...if anyone reads our books, then he will accept it. Therefore we are trying to publish all our books in different languages.… Expand>

...if anyone reads our books, then he will accept it. Therefore we are trying to publish all our books in different languages.

Srila Prabhupada, in a conversation with professors  -- February 19, 1975, Caracas

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Gandhi's interpretation of Gita

This is the secret of modern fashionable interpretation. If you want to establish... Suppose you have got some conviction, and if you want to establish it by evidence of an approved literature. Just like Gandhi. Gandhi wanted to establish nonviolence from Bhagavad-gita. He is known to be a great student of Bhagavad-gita, but he was not at all. His political theory was that he wanted to conquer over the enemies by nonviolence method. Nonviolent noncooperation, that was his theory. … Expand>

This is the secret of modern fashionable interpretation. If you want to establish... Suppose you have got some conviction, and if you want to
establish it by evidence of an approved literature.

Just like Gandhi. Gandhi wanted to establish nonviolence from Bhagavad-gita. He is known to be a great student of Bhagavad-gita, but he was not at all. His political theory was that he wanted to conquer over the enemies by nonviolence method. Nonviolent noncooperation, that was his theory. He wanted to get away all kinds of violence from the world. So he wanted to prove from Bhagavad-gita nonviolence. But how you can prove nonviolence from Bhagavad-gita? Because Bhagavad-gita is being spoken in the violent battlefield.

But because he wanted to prove nonviolence, therefore he says, "Oh, these Pandavas means this. This Krsna means this. This chariot means this. These Kurus means this. Dharmaksetra means this. Kuruksetra means this." He has invented and manufactured so many rascal meaning that it is very difficult...

He said that dharmaksetre... In the beginning of Bhagavad-gita there is the verse, dharmaksetre kuruksetre samaveta yuyutsavah [Bg. 1.1]. Now the very word yuyutsavah means persons who are desiring to fight with one another. Now, how you can prove nonviolence? But he extracts some meaning: "These Pandava means five senses and the Kuruksetra means this body." In this way, his interpretation.

Therefore, all different interpretation... The Vedic literature, either take Bhagavata or Srimad Bhagavad-gita, or any Upanisad, the meaning is very clear. It is sheer foolishness to understand that "The meaning is vague, now I am clearing. I am a great scholar. I can interpret in a different way." As if Vyasadeva left the meaning to be cleared by some rascal. He was not himself competent to clear the meaning, but he left the work to be done by some rascal. That is their interpretation.

But actually it is not. In every sloka, if you know Sanskrit, you'll see the meaning is clear. Just like in the Bhagavad-gita, dharmaksetre kuruksetre samaveta yuyutsavah [Bg. 1.1]. There was actual some fight between the two cousin groups, and they fought at the battlefield of Kuruksetra. That Kuruksetra is still existing. There is a railway station, Kuruksetra. It is about 150 miles from Delhi. And people go there for pilgrimage. Therefore it is dharmaksetra, a place of religious rites. And in one of the Vedas it is written that kuruksetre dharma yajayet. If anyone wants to perform religious rites, he should go to Kuruksetra and perform there. It will have better effect. This is the indication in the Vedic literatures. Therefore Kuruksetra is still accepted.

Those who travel, wander in pilgrimages, they go to Kuruksetra still. The system is going on. If there is a lunar eclipse, they go to Kuruksetra to make some charities. So Kuruksetra is accepted from the very, very long period in the Vedic age as the place of pilgrimage. So it is stated there, dharmaksetra. How can I interpret that this Kuruksetra means this body? In which dictionary he finds this meaning? But people are so foolish, because Mahatma Gandhi has interpreted, "Oh, it is right." So this is going on. So, yei grantha-karta cahe sva-mata... If anyone wants to establish his own foolish theory, he takes advantage of popular book and tries to explain in his own way.

(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 25.40-50 -- San Francisco, January 24, 1967)

(October 2nd is celebrated as "Gandhi Jayanti" in India)

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Durga kills the asuras

(For Durga-puja; from Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 4.24.19) Lord Siva is always accompanied by his material energy (saktya ghoraya). Material energy -- goddess Durga, or goddess Kali -- is always under his control. Goddess Kali and Durga serve him by killing all the asuras, or demons. Sometimes Kali becomes so infuriated that she indiscriminately kills all kinds of asuras.… Expand>

(For Durga-puja; from Srila Prabhupada's purport to  SB 4.24.19)

Lord Siva is always accompanied by his material energy (saktya ghoraya). Material energy -- goddess Durga, or goddess Kali -- is always under his control. Goddess Kali and Durga serve him by killing all the asuras, or demons. Sometimes Kali becomes so infuriated that she indiscriminately kills all kinds of asuras. There is a popular picture of goddess Kali in which she wears a garland composed of the heads of the asuras and holds in her left hand a captured head and in her right hand a great khadga, or chopper, for killing asuras. Great wars are symbolic representations of Kali's devastation of the asuras and are actually conducted by the goddess Kali. srsti-sthiti-pralaya-sadhana-saktir eka
(Bs. 5.44)

Asuras try to pacify the goddess Kali, or Durga, by worshiping her in material opulence, but when the asuras become too intolerable, goddess Kali does not discriminate in killing them wholesale. Asuras do not know the secret of the energy of Lord Siva, and they prefer to worship goddess Kali or Durga or Lord Siva for material benefit. Due to their demoniac character, they are reluctant to surrender to Lord Krsna, as indicated by Bhagavad-gita (7.15):

na mam duskrtino mudhah
prapadyante naradhamah
mayayapahrta-jnana
asuram bhavam asritah

Lord Siva's duty is very dangerous because he has to employ the energy of goddess Kali (or Durga). In another popular picture the goddess Kali is sometimes seen standing on the prostrate body of Lord Siva, which indicates that sometimes Lord Siva has to fall down flat in order to stop goddess Kali from killing the asuras. Since Lord Siva controls the great material energy (goddess Durga), worshipers of Lord Siva attain very opulent positions within this material world...

Since a devotee has nothing to do with any kind of material possession, he does not come under the control of goddess Kali, or the goddess Durga. Lord Siva is also in charge of the tamo-guna, or the mode of ignorance in this material world. His potency, the goddess Durga, is described as keeping all living entities in the darkness of ignorance (ya devi sarva-bhutesu nidra-rupam samsthita). Both Lord Brahma and Lord Siva are incarnations of Lord Visnu, but Lord Brahma is in charge of the creation whereas Lord Siva is in charge of the destruction, which he carries out with the help of his material energy, goddess Kali, or goddess Durga...

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Governments promoting sin

No government is helping us. They are increasing brothels, drinking. At least in India there was no drinking propaganda. Now the government is making that. They are opening wine shop. India, even in the British period, drinking was very, very restricted. Very, very restricted. First of all socially if anyone drinks, he is rejected as gentleman. A drunkard was never respected. Similarly meat-eaters. He was considered third-class man. In our childhood we have seen, when people learned to eat meat, very secretly, not within the house. Outside the house with some Muhammadan cooker. It was considered very abominable to eat meat, to drink.… Expand>

No government is helping us. They are increasing brothels, drinking. At least in India there was no drinking propaganda. Now the government is making that. They are opening wine shop. India, even in the British period, drinking was very, very restricted. Very, very restricted. First of all socially if anyone drinks, he is rejected as gentleman. A drunkard was never respected. Similarly meat-eaters. He was considered third-class man. In our childhood we have seen, when people learned to eat meat, very secretly, not within the house. Outside the house with some Muhammadan cooker. It was considered very abominable to eat meat, to drink.

And women, they were kept strictly under the vigilance of parents, father. Young girls not to mix with any young boy. If one young girl goes out of home and does not come back at night, then her life is finished. Nobody will marry her. So the father had to keep the young girls with great care. And the father was very, very anxious to find out a boy to hand it over. We have seen in our childhood. But now these things are slackened. Jawaharlal Nehru, our late prime minister, introduced divorce law. Now the society is in chaotic condition.


Srila Prabhupada, in a conversation with Director of Research of the Dept. of Social Welfare -- May 21, 1975, Melbourne

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Not Hinduism but varnasrama

Do not misunderstand that we are trying to spread Hinduism. Hinduism is a fictitious term...We don't find this word in the Vedic literature...This is the convention of latest age. Actually, we, the followers or Vedic principles, our system is varnasrama-dharma, four varnas and four asramas. Varnasrama-dharma is applicable anywhere. Catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah [Bg. 4.13]. The creation of God... Just like sun. Sun is creation of God. Sun is visible everywhere. Not that something American sun and something Indian sun. No. The sun is the same. Similarly, catur-varnyam, the four principles of division, brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, and sudra, they are everywhere. It is not the monopoly of India.… Expand>

Do not misunderstand that we are trying to spread Hinduism. Hinduism is a fictitious term...We don't find this word in the Vedic literature...This is the convention of latest age. Actually, we, the followers or Vedic principles, our system is varnasrama-dharma, four varnas and four asramas. Varnasrama-dharma is applicable anywhere. Catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah [Bg. 4.13]. The creation of God... Just like sun. Sun is creation of God. Sun is visible everywhere. Not that something American sun and something Indian sun. No. The sun is the same. Similarly, catur-varnyam, the four principles of division, brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, and sudra, they are everywhere. It is not the monopoly of India.

From a lecture by Srila Prabhupada, on The Nectar of Devotion; Vrndavana, 27 October 1972

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European philosophers tend toward craziness

...transcendence is beyond our mind, bodily activities, mental activities or intelligence. The European philosophers and transcendentalists, they do not know actually what is transcendence. They understand that there is something, but they do not know what it is. Therefore they speculate by their imperfect senses. Gradually it becomes craziness.… Expand>

...transcendence is beyond our mind, bodily activities, mental activities or intelligence. The European philosophers and transcendentalists, they do not know actually what is transcendence. They understand that there is something, but they do not know what it is. Therefore they speculate by their imperfect senses. Gradually it becomes craziness.

Srila Prabhupada, in a Room Conversation with Professors  -- February 19, 1975,  Caracas

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Very humble ass

...humbleness is of course good qualification, but humbleness you will find in animal also, very humble. If you cut his throat, he will not tell anything. But what should be the aim of life? If we forget the aim of life and simply become humble like ass, is that very good qualification? The ass is very humble. You load upon it tons of loads, it will not protest. Very humble.… Expand>

...humbleness is of course good qualification, but humbleness you will find in animal also, very humble. If you cut his throat, he will not tell
anything. But what should be the aim of life? If we forget the aim of life and simply become humble like ass, is that very good qualification? The ass is very humble. You load upon it tons of loads, it will not protest. Very humble.

Srila Prabhupada, in a Room Conversation with Professors  -- February 19, 1975,  Caracas

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One world, one king, one God

Pariksit Maharaja was the emperor of the whole world. Not a teeny village or something. And that empire also, without any disturbance. He was so powerful that nobody could go against him. Rajye ca avikale. Avikale. Vikala means "broken" or "disturbed." But his kingdom was never broken or disturbed. Now the whole world is broken and disturbed, at the present moment. They have got so many countries, independent countries. That means the world is broken into pieces. Formerly there was no such piecework. One world, one king, one God, Krsna. One scripture, Vedas.… Expand>

Pariksit Maharaja was the emperor of the whole world. Not a teeny village or something. And that empire also, without any disturbance. He was so powerful that nobody could go against him. Rajye ca avikale. Avikale. Vikala means "broken" or "disturbed." But his kingdom was never broken or disturbed. Now the whole world is broken and disturbed, at the present moment. They have got so many countries, independent countries. That means the world is broken into pieces. Formerly there was no such piecework. One world, one king, one God, Krsna. One scripture, Vedas. One civilization, varnasrama-dharma. Perfect civilization, God conscious. Happy civilization. Now they are broken, disturbed. It was not the case formerly.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.4.2 -- June 26, 1972, Los Angeles

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Greater than God!

...the position of the Pandavas; although Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the greatest among all greats, He remained with those royal brothers, being attracted by their devotion, by their friendship and by their love. That is the proof of how great this process of devotional service is. It can attract even the Supreme Personality of Godhead. God is great, but devotional service is greater than God because it attracts Him. People who are not in devotional service can never understand what greatvalue there is in rendering service to the Lord.… Expand>

...the position of the Pandavas; although Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the greatest among all greats, He remained with those royal brothers, being attracted by their devotion, by their friendship and by their love. That is the proof of how great this process of devotional
service is. It can attract even the Supreme Personality of Godhead. God is great, but devotional service is greater than God because it attracts Him. People who are not in devotional service can never understand what greatvalue there is in rendering service to the Lord.

From: The Nectar of Devotion

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Man/woman distinction

There is no very great scientist, mathematician, philosopher among women. You'll never find, because their brain substance cannot go. Artificially do not try to become equal with men. That is not allowed in the Vedic sastra. Na striyam svatantratam arhati [Manu-samhita]. That is called sastra. You have to understand that woman is never given to be independence. Independence means just like child has to be taken care, similarly, woman has to be taken care.… Expand>

There is no very great scientist, mathematician, philosopher among women. You'll never find, because their brain substance cannot go. Artificially do not try to become equal with men. That is not allowed in the Vedic sastra. Na striyam svatantratam arhati [Manu-samhita]. That is called sastra. You have to understand that woman is never given to be independence. Independence means just like child has to be taken care, similarly, woman has to be taken care. You cannot let your child go in the street alone. There will be danger. Similarly, according to Vedic civilization, Manu-samhita, woman should be given protection. In this way, acara. This is called acara. The demons, they do not know what is what, how one thing should be treated. In the Western countries there is no such distinction between man and woman. But there is. We have to accept it and construct this social institution in that way. Then it will be perfect.

Fr60 Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.7 -- February 3, 1975, Honolulu

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How the hopeless can pray

...if you cannot do anything, simply come and offer your obeisances: "My dear Lord Krsna, I am so poor, so unfortunate, I cannot do all these things, but I offer my humble obeisances unto Your lotus feet." … Expand>

...if you cannot do anything, simply come and offer your obeisances: "My dear Lord Krsna, I am so poor, so unfortunate, I cannot do all these things, but I offer my humble obeisances unto Your lotus feet."

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture, Sri Vyasa-puja -- August 22, 1973, London

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The perfect husband

A man within this material world is just a dead body. In fact, superficially, the living entity is covered by this body, which is nothing but a bag of skin decorated with a beard and mustache, hairs on the body, nails on the fingers, and hairs on the head. Within this decorated bag are bunches of muscles, bundles of bones, and pools of blood, always mixed with stool, urine, mucus, bile and polluted air and enjoyed by different kinds of insects and germs.… Expand>

A man within this material world is just a dead body. In fact, superficially, the living entity is covered by this body, which is nothing
but a bag of skin decorated with a beard and mustache, hairs on the body, nails on the fingers, and hairs on the head. Within this decorated bag are bunches of muscles, bundles of bones, and pools of blood, always mixed with stool, urine, mucus, bile and polluted air and enjoyed by different kinds of insects and germs. A foolish woman accepts such a dead body as her husband and, in sheer misunderstanding, loves him as her dear companion. This is possible only because such a woman has never relished the ever-blissful fragrance of Your lotus feet.

(From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna Book; spoken by Queen Rukmini)

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religions of the meat eaters

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).… Expand>

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).

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No alternative

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.… Expand>

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

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Don't be a peacefully killed rabbit

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." … Expand>

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

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Staying in devotee association

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.… Expand>

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

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Simple and appealing, in three words

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.… Expand>

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.

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Qualification for leader of a center

...when one has to take charge of a center, he has to become completely above suspicion.… Expand>

...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

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Not only chanting

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.… Expand>

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

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impossible four regs in West, but possible by Krsna's grace

(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.… Expand>

(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

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Go, go, go, go preach this chanting

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.… Expand>

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

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Our bigotry, our misfortune

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.… Expand>

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

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Worship of the transcendental name

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.… Expand>

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

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Srila Prabhupada's bold arrival in London

(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?… Expand>

(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.

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