December 8, 2014
Krsna Himself, as Lord Caitanya, seeing the pitiable condition of the present day, is directly giving free love of Godhead. Yet because love of God is being given freely and so easily, people do not care for it. My spiritual master used to say that if you take a langra mango, which is a first-class, topmost quality mango in India, very costly, very sweet and very tasteful, and go from door to door and try to distribute it freely, people will doubt: "Why has this man brought this langra mango? Why is he trying to distribute it freely? There must be some motive behind it." Similarly, Lord Caitanya distributed this Krsna consciousness langra mango very cheaply, but people are so foolish that they think, "Oh, they are simply chanting Hare Krsna; what is there to it? This is meant for the foolish, who cannot speculate and do not have any higher standard of knowledge."
From: Krsna consciousness, The Topmost Yoga System
December 8, 2014
If the same devotion with which we worship God is not aroused in our hearts to the feet of His devotees, we are rendered perfectly worthless, and we have lived in vain.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
December 8, 2014
...is that they talk nonsense.
(from Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 2.5.13)
December 8, 2014
Material desires in the mind are the trash of material contamination. By such contamination, the living being is faced with so many compatible and incompatible things that discourage the very existence of spiritual identity. Birth after birth the conditioned soul is entrapped with so many pleasing and displeasing elements, which are all false and temporary. They accumulate due to our reactions to material desires, but when we get in touch with the transcendental Lord in His variegated energies by devotional service, the naked forms of all material desires become manifest, and the intelligence of the living being is pacified in its true color.
From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 1.15.29
December 4, 2014
When Srila Prabhupada requested me to read Bhagavad-gita 16:23 during his darsana with Alice Coltrane, I could not find the verse at first; and Srila Prabhupada chastised me for not studying his books. "You must be like an expert lawyer who can give all the references from law books in order to win the case." I told Srila Prabhupada that I wanted to read his books but found too little time because of my heavy work schedule. Srila Prabhupada demanded, "You have to find the time. Less eating and sleeping." He quoted the verse describing how the Six Gosvamis overcame their animal functions. He concluded, "It requires practice."
From TKG's Diary.
December 3, 2014
My only credit is that I have presented Bhagavad-gita as it is, without any speculation, or interpretation, therefore for the first time in the history of the world people are accepting it and living practically according to the principles of Bhagavad-gita.
(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Tulsi — Bombay 18 December, 1975)
December 2, 2014
...if we accept Bhagavad-gita as it is, we shall no longer have to transmigrate. Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9]. We shall no longer have to endure birth and death, for we can attain our spiritual bodies (sac-cid-ananda-vigraha [Bs. 5.1]) and live happily in Krsna's family. Krsna is providing for us here, and He will also provide for us there. So we should know that our happiness is in returning home, back to Godhead, where we can eat, drink and be merry in Krsna's company.
(Srila Prabhupada, "Teachings of Lord Kapila")
December 1, 2014
Syamasundara: In his theory of psychoanalysis, Freud states that by remembering and reevaluating emotional shocks from our childhood, we can release the tension we are feeling now.
Srila Prabhupada: But what is the guarantee that one will not get shocked again? He may cure the results of one shock, but there is no guarantee that the patient will not receive another shock. Therefore Freud's treatment is useless. Our program is total cure -- no more shocks of any kind. If one is situated in real Krsna consciousness, he can face the most severe type of adversity and remain completely undisturbed. In our Krsna consciousness movement, we are giving people this ability. Freud tries to cure the reactions of one kind of shock, but other shocks will come, one after another. This is how material nature works. If you solve one problem, another problem arises immediately. And if you solve that one, another one comes. As long as you are under the control of material nature,these repeated shocks will come. But if you become Krsna conscious, there are no more shocks.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => JSD 7.3: Psychoanalysis and the Soul
November 30, 2014
Dhrstadyumna Swami appeared at the door in some anxiety. He delivered a message from Tamal Krishna Goswami that the Berkeley and Washington D.C. temple presidents had banned the Radha-Damodara buses and men from attending the San Francisco Ratha-yatra parade, and the bicentennial Independence Day celebrations on July 4th in the capital.
Prabhupada's response was instant. Delivered with a great deal of disdain he said, "So long they are engaged in sinful activity, this fighting spirit will continue!" He ordered Pusta Krsna Maharaja to contact the appropriate GBC men and have the decisions reversed. "What does it matter who distributes the books so long they get distributed?" He inquired who was in charge of the Berkeley temple. When I informed him, he condemned the man's behavior as that of a "crazy eccentric."
(From Hari Sauri Prabhu's "Transcendental Diary")
November 29, 2014
Srila Prabhupada said:
By attending the morning and evening classes you will please the Lord within your heart and receive instructions from the Lord within.
Told by Jahnava Devi Dasi; Srila Prabhupada Remembrances video #29
November 28, 2014
Now you must see that the service to your Deities will go on very nicely. You should make it first class, just like in our Los Angeles and New Vrndavana centers. You have a very nice temple room there and now Radha and Krsna have come. So you must treat Them very nicely. Then many many devotees will be attracted by the bhakti. I am also glad to hear that in your temple no one misses mangala arati and that everyone is becoming steady and peaceful in their service. It sounds as if you are taking care of your men very nicely. This is first class management.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Kurusrestha — Bombay 28 December, 1974
November 27, 2014
Modern civilization has advanced considerably in the field of mass education, but the result is that people are more unhappy than ever before because of the stress placed on material advancement to the exclusion of the most important part of life, the spiritual aspect.
...a godless civilization directed toward the so-called advancement of education is more dangerous than a civilization in which the masses of people are less "educated."
. . . modern civilization is a patchwork of activities meant to cover the perpetual miseries of material existence. Such activities are aimed toward sense gratification, but above the senses is the mind, and above the mind is the intelligence, and above the intelligence there is the soul. Thus the aim of real education should be self-realization, realization of the spiritual values of the soul. Any education which does not lead to such realization must be considered avidya, or nescience. And to culture such nescience means to go down to the darkest region of ignorance.
(From Srila Prabhupada's commentary on Sri Isopanisad)
November 26, 2014
SB 6.11.25, Srila Prabhupada's translation and purport
O my Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, will I again be able to be a servant of Your eternal servants who find shelter only at Your lotus feet? O Lord of my life, may I again become their servant so that my mind may always think of Your transcendental attributes, my words always glorify those attributes, and my body always engage in the loving service of Your Lordship?
This verse gives the sum and substance of devotional life. One must first become a servant of the servant of the servant of the Lord (dasanudasa). Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu advised, and He also showed by His own example, that a living entity should always desire to be a servant of the servant of the servant of Krsna, the maintainer of the gopis (gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah [Cc.Madhya 13.80]). This means that one must accept a spiritual master who comes in the disciplic succession and is a servant of the servant of the Lord. Under his direction, one must then engage one's three properties, namely his body, mind and words. The body should be engaged in physical activity under the order of the master, the mind should think of Krsna incessantly, and one's words should be engaged in preaching the glories of the Lord. If one is thus engaged in the loving service of the Lord, one's life is successful.
November 25, 2014
If the living entity again associates with the path of unrighteousness, influenced by sensually minded people engaged in the pursuit of sexual enjoyment and the gratification of the palate, he again goes to hell as before.
He becomes devoid of truthfulness, cleanliness, mercy, gravity, spiritual intelligence, shyness, austerity, fame, forgiveness, control of the mind, control of the senses, fortune and all such opportunities.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.31.32-33
November 24, 2014
...my request is that you continue your devotional service very faithfully and rigidly, then in this life you will be able to see Krsna face to face. That is a fact.
So you follow the advice, as given by Rupa Gosvami, utsahat. The first thing is enthusiasm, that "I must see Krsna." You are seeing Krsna. The Deity of Krsna and Krsna is not different. But even personally you can see. Simply we have to continue the enthusiasm. Enthusiasm means to take things very seriously...
Srila Prabhupada, Departure Lecture -- February 25, 1975, Caracas
November 24, 2014
One should always offer to the spiritual master whatever one can. One should chant the Hare Krsna mantra at least 16 rounds daily and follow the four regulative principles then one's life can become perfect. Always try to remember Krsna in all your activities and gradually He will help you to break free of all material attachments of life and along with your sincere desire your path back home back to godhead can be clear. One should always be sincere to please the spiritual master by following his instructions, then life is very easy.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Joan Fields: -- Bhaktivedanta Manor 24 July, 1976
November 22, 2014
The feeling which you had by becoming compassionate to the fallen bum is very good, but the best way to deliver a bum is to revive his dormant Krishna Consciousness. If you can do that then give the bums good food and shelter. If you cannot do that, then simple supplying food and shelter is serving the Maya.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Mrinaline -- Vrindaban 27 August, 1967
November 21, 2014
There is no spiritual knowledge. Therefore the so-called advancement of ignorance is accepted as advancement of civilization.
Srila Prabhupada, Morning Walk -- March 4, 1975, Dallas
November 20, 2014
There are many missionaries, they open hospitals or similar philanthropic activities, but we never do that. So many friends advised me to open some hospitals, dispensaries. Oh, I flatly said that "We are not interested in the hospitals." There are so many hospitals. So people who are interested in hospitals, they can go there. Here is spiritual hospital. The disease is, the other hospitals, they cannot stop death, but our hospital can stop death.
Srila Prabhupada -- March 4, 1975, Dallas
November 19, 2014
Although they are party, their aim is how to develop the country. Similarly, these Vaisnava sampradaya, although they appear to be a separate party, but their aim is how to serve Krsna. So don't think the party means some opposite party. No. Everyone has got, for the advanced devotee, to serve the Lord in a particular way so that the Lord may be more satisfied. That is their intention. Sometimes we also have some parties in the temple: someone wants to dress the Deity in a way, another wants to... Of course, they are not transgressing the rules and regulation, but still, everyone wants that "I shall serve the Lord in this particular way." We cannot change the
original rules and regulation, but there is variety. We are not impersonalist. Every person has got to serve the Lord in a particular way,
and that is allowed. The center point is Krsna. So although there are parties, if the central point is Krsna, so there is no dissension. It is a
competition, that "My Godbrother, my Godsister is serving such a way. She is so well versed in this art. Why not try myself to do something?" This is variety. That is not this ordinary party strife if we make Krsna the center.
Srila Prabhupada -- March 4, 1975, Dallas
November 18, 2014
My students in the Krsna consciousness society are following these principles: They are cooking for Krsna, dancing for Krsna, singing for Krsna, talking for Krsna, going around the world for Krsna -- everything for Krsna. Anyone can adopt these principles. Where is the difficulty? Vasudeve bhagavati bhakti-yogah prayojitah [SB 1.2.7]. And if you practice Krsna consciousness in this way, the result will be janayaty asu vairagyam jnanam ca yad ahaitukam: Very soon you will automatically attain knowledge and detachment.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => DWT 2: Yes to Krsna, No to Illusion...
November 17, 2014
...too much official control is not good in spiritual life. The centers should remain spiritually fit and independent. Some control must be there as is now. Too much control means so many vouchers. Gradually it will become a mundane institution. All our managers should be spiritually advanced simple and honest in carrying out the orders of the spiritual master and Krsna. That will be a nice standard. Democracy in spiritual affairs is not at all good but breeds power politics. We should be careful about power politics. Our only aim should be that each and every devotee is full dedicated to Krsna, then things will go on nicely.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Karandhara -- Bhaktivedanta Manor 19 July, 1973
November 16, 2014
You have rightly pointed out that people are becoming more materialistic in this age on account of their forgetfulness of Krsna consciousness. Actually, there is nothing like materialism. Materialism means forgetfulness of Krsna or God. We are preaching therefore Krsna consciousness. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam it is said that the first-class religion is that which teaches love of Godhead. At the present moment, one professes a type of religion, but does not develop the real purpose of religion, namely love of Godhead--that is materialism. Materialism does not mean that one has to possess so many things, the actual fact is that one may be a perfect
transcendentalist or spiritual man by possessing the whole world and one may be a gross materialist without possessing a farthing. So this distinction can be made on the basis of consciousness. When one is Krsna conscious, possessing everything in the world, he is the perfect spiritualist, and one may have renounced everything in the world, but lacking in Krsna consciousness he is a gross materialist.
Srila Prabhupada; letter to Birlaji, 23rd April, 1970
November 15, 2014
...prajalpah, talking nonsense, gossiping some subject matter which has no concern with Krsna consciousness. We are accustomed to do that. We should avoid it.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Departure Lecture -- February 25, 1975, Caracas
For one who is a devotee of the Lord, there is no service other than serving the Lord. Such a person is a sadhu. All these sadhus who are here do not talk unnecessarily. It is appropriate for a devotee to talk and chant Krsna's names only. Unnecessary talking will result in loss of life span only, no benefit in that. That is why the scriptures say, vacamsi vaikuntha-gunanuvarnane.
If you talk it should be relating to the Lord residing in Vaikuntha. Not about some cinema actresses. sravanam kirtanam visnoh, if you want to hear about someone, hear about the topics relating to Lord Vishnu. And if you want to talk about someone the talk about the pastimes of the Lord only. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.58 -- [Hindi-final proofreading pending] -- August 19, 1975, Bombay
November 14, 2014
...because of the greed for tongue the whole world is going on; all the work in the world is going on because of the greed for the tongue. Some places have restaurant, some have tea, somewhere bidis, somewhere cigarettes, somewhere there is meat eating and intoxication and what is there, this tongue, everything is because of this tongue. If you can control your tongue and engage it in God's service, then you can see God. This is the instruction in the scriptures. First one must control the tongue.
Srila Prabhupada -- March 22, 1975, Calcutta.
November 13, 2014
Devotee: Prabhupada, before this movement came here we were so caught up in sinful activities. How is it that we were so fortunate to be benedicted with this great Hare Krsna movement?
Prabhupada: It is Krsna's mercy. Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to give you. Now He has come here. You take advantage of it. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is kind to everyone. He has no discrimination that this cult should be spread only in India or amongst the Hindus or amongst the brahmanas. No. He wanted to spread this movement to all living being, never mind. Prthivite ache yata nagaradi. That is Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission. So now He has come. If you want, accept Caitanya Mahaprabhu's order, "Simply chant Hare Krsna." That is sufficient. But if you want to know more, further, through philosophy, through science, we have got already thirty or fifty books. Read them. Everything is there. Either you accept directly, or if you want to accept through science, through philosophy, through knowledge, there are books. Both ways, Caitanya Mahaprabhu is ready to help you. Now you take advantage of it. And we are glad that you are taking advantage. Now some of you, they have already joined. And in the educational institution, universities, they are also very much appreciative of our literature. So gradually it will be appreciated. But the sooner you take advantage of it is better.
(March 2, 1975, Atlanta)
November 12, 2014
Krsna is providing for millions and trillions of living entities by supplying all their necessities, and even if all the innumerable living
entities wanted to become Krsna conscious, there would be no scarcity of love of Godhead, nor would there be insufficiency in providing for their maintenance. Our Krsna consciousness movement was started single-handedly, and no one provided for our livelihood, but at present we are spending hundreds and thousands of dollars all over the world, and the movement is increasing more and more. Thus there is no question of scarcity.
(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Adi 7.24)
November 11, 2014
Now, one can say that "All these people are mudhas, or rascals, who have passed this university education, B.A.C., D.A.C. and so many things? They are all mudhas?" Krsna says, "Yes, they are mudhas." Why? Now, mayayapahrta-jnana. They have struggled for education, for so many things, but he does not know what is God. Therefore real knowledge is taken away. He is proud of his false knowledge. Real knowledge is, ksetra-jnam capi mam viddhi sarva-ksetresu bharata [Bg. 13.3]. Etaj jnanam. This is knowledge. God is sitting within everyone's heart, but the so-called educated person, he does not know what is God. So what is the value of his knowledge? Therefore mayayapahrta-jnana. Maya, the illusory energy, has taken away his knowledge. He is a fool. ... This technological knowledge, that is not knowledge. Krsna says, "This is knowledge." What is that knowledge? That one should know that "I am not this body; I am the proprietor or occupier of the body." Similarly, God is also the supreme proprietor of this body. If you know these three things, then that is knowledge. Otherwise, all simply illusion, ignorance. This is the fact.
Srila Prabhupada; Bhagavad-gita 13.3 – February 26, 1975, Miami
November 10, 2014
When Jagadisa suggested that the impersonalist mentality might create problems for us in our efforts to get support from the Indian community, Prabhupada responded with his bottom line. "No, we don't care for Indians and Europeans. We care for Krsna, that's all. I didn't care for anyone. I simply care for Krsna, that's all. And my Guru Maharaja, that's all. I went to your country, not supported by Indians and Europeans. I went on the order of my Guru Maharaja and under the shelter of Krsna's protection, that's all. That is wanted. Guru krsna krpaya paya bhakti lata bija [Cc. Madhya 19.151]. We want two favors. One from guru, one from Krsna. That's all. We don't want anyone's favor."
>>> Ref. VedaBase => TD 5-3: Sri Vrndavana Dhama
November 9, 2014
If you do not follow the rules and regulation, you'll go to hell.
(Srila Prabhupada, speaking on Bhagavad-gétä 13.4 -- February 27, 1975, Miami)
November 8, 2014
Hrdayananda: [translating question] She says at the temple there is much maya and that the people who live in the temple are phonies.
Prabhupada: And where there is no maya? Tell me a place where there is no maya. We shall go there. [much laughter and cheering] In the temple there is no maya. Because I am in maya, I am thinking that temple is maya. That is said in the Bhagavad-gita, mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te [Bg. 7.14]: "One, anyone, who surrenders to Me, he overcomes the influence of maya." Therefore... Every member in this temple, they are surrendered. Therefore they are not in maya.
Srila Prabhupada, February 21, 1975, Caracas
November 7, 2014
Srila Prabhupada said:
"The devotees all over the world are doing the greatest service to Caitanya Mahaprabhu. There is no comparison to their service. I am only an instrument to give you guidance. Actually you are all born to spread Krishna Consciousness all over the world. Go on more and more. The books are selling. That is our greatest success. I am very much pleased."
(From the VedaBase; quoted in a letter to Satadhanya from a disciple of Srila Prabhupada)
November 6, 2014
...when Radharani left the area of the rasa dance out of anger at not receiving special treatment, Krsna became very sorrowful to see Her absent. The perfection of the rasa dance was considered to be complete due to Radharani's presence, and in Her absence Krsna considered the dance to be disrupted. Therefore He left the arena to search Her out. When He could not find Radharani after wandering in several places, He became very distressed. Thus it is understood that Krsna could not enjoy His pleasure potency even in the midst of all the gopis. But in the presence of Radharani He was satisfied.
(From TLC 30: The Transcendental Pastimes of Radha and Krsna)
November 5, 2014
Don't be worried, do your best and success or failure does not matter. Krishna is absolute, so there is no such thing as success or failure in Krishna Consciousness, or in other words, there is no question of failure in Krishna Consciousness, whatever we do it is success. Whatever one may do in the material world, if he is even Rockefeller, it is all failure, defeat, because it will not exist beyond this body. He does not know that next life I may be dog or cat. But whatever service we can do for Krishna, even if somebody is not able to execute fully Krishna Consciousness, whatever amount of service he does it never goes in vain. It will eternally remain. And it will act. Even somebody does small amount of service, and not even very willingly, still, he is assured to get human body in next birth, and chance to execute some service further. So there is no question of failure in Krishna Consciousness. It is only success. Krishna says, My devotee is never vanquished. So we must try sincerely, that's all.
Srila Prabhupada; Letter to: Mukunda -- Seattle 15 November, 1968
November 4, 2014
Always remember Krsna Who is your dearmost friend and always serve Him just to please Him, and He will give you all intelligence how to be a first-class devotee. Just try to learn all about Krsna, chant Hare Krsna, and you will be a great preacher of our Krsna Consciousness movement.
Srila Prabhupada, Letter to: Mr. DDD -- Los Angeles 3 March, 1970
November 3, 2014
Lord Krsna and His abode exist, and one can go there, reach Him, and associate with Him. That is a fact. Spiritual life means to be in
association with the Supreme Lord and to exist in bliss and knowledge eternally. Such eternal association means to play with Krsna, to dance with and love Krsna. Or Krsna can become your child -- whatever you like.
Srila Prabhupada; SSR 8b: The Highest Love
November 2, 2014
Krsna's business in the neighborhood was not only to steal but sometimes to pass stool and urine in a neat, clean house. When caught by the master of the house, Krsna would chastise him, saying, "You are a thief." Aside from being a thief in His childhood affairs, Krsna acted as an expert thief when He was young by attracting young girls and enjoying them in the rasa dance. This is Krsna's business. He is also violent, as the killer of many demons. Although mundane people like nonviolence and other such brilliant qualities, God, the Absolute Truth, being always the same, is good in any activities, even so-called immoral activities like stealing, killing and violence. Krsna is always pure, and He is always the Supreme Absolute Truth. Krsna may do anything supposedly abominable in material life, yet still He is attractive. Therefore His name is Krsna, meaning "all-attractive." This is the platform on which transcendental loving affairs and service are exchanged. Because of the features of Krsna's face, the mothers were so attracted that they could not chastise Him. Instead of chastising Him, they smiled and enjoyed hearing of Krsna's activities. Thus the gopis remained satisfied, and Krsna enjoyed their happiness. Therefore another name of Krsna is Gopi-jana-vallabha because He invented such activities to please the gopis.
(Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 10.8.31)
November 1, 2014
One day Abhimanyu, the so-called husband of Radharani, was returning home, and at that time he could not see that Krsna was there in his house. Krsna immediately changed His dress to look exactly like Abhimanyu and approached Abhimanyu's mother, Jatila, addressing her thus: "My dear mother, I am your real son Abhimanyu, but just see -- Krsna, dressed up like me, is coming before you!" Jatila, the mother of Abhimanyu, immediately believed that Krsna was her own son and thus became very angry at her real son who was
coming home. She began to drive away her real son, who was crying, "Mother! Mother! What are you doing?" Seeing this incident, all the girlfriends of Radharani, who were present there, began to smile, and a portion of their teeth was visible.
From "The Nectar of Devotion"
October 31, 2014
Your Excellency Srimati Indira Gandhi:
May it please Your Excellency, enclosed please find one copy of my letter addressed to Sri Jai Prakash Narayanji. I wish that both of you may sit together and agree to join together to work on the basis of the instructions given in the Bhagavad Gita. It is practical and good for India as well as for the whole world situation. The whole world is expectant to receive something from Indian culture. Why not push this movement and solve the complete problems of India?
I hope you will take this suggestion seriously and do the needful without delay. Thanking you in anticipation, I beg to remain,
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
(Indira Gandhi died Oct 31, 1984)
October 30, 2014
Asakti, that tendency of attachment, should be transferred to Krsna. That is Vrndavana life. In Vrndavana the center of asakti is Krsna. There is Nanda Maharaja, Yasoda -- they have asakti to Krsna. The young girls, they have got asakti to Krsna. The cowherd boys, they have got asakti to Krsna. The trees, they have got asakti to Krsna. The fruits, flowers, they have got asakti to Krsna. The water, Yamuna River, the asakti to Krsna. So if we make our central point of asakti, then you can create Vrndavana everywhere.
(Srila Prabhupada -- December 27, 1975)