Sanga

The Indian disease

In India, "Oh, Vasudeva, we know everything of Vasudeva," "Hare Krsna, oh, What you can teach? We know everything." This is the Indian disease. Because familiarity breeds contempt. Because Indians are familiar with the name of Vasudeva, with the name of Hare Krsna, they think...… Expand>

In India, "Oh, Vasudeva, we know everything of Vasudeva," "Hare Krsna, oh, What you can teach? We know everything."

This is the Indian disease. Because familiarity breeds contempt. Because Indians are familiar with the name of Vasudeva, with the name of Hare Krsna, they think...

Just like in Europe and American cities these boys and girls, they go for sankirtana, and the Indian people, they say, "Oh, we know everything about it. We have now come here to learn how to eat meat, how to drink wine." This is the condition.

And the leaders, they are also leading in that way: "Give up this Vedic culture. Throw away." The leaders say openly that "Throw away your sastras in the water. No more sastra. Now you take to industry, technology, if you want to become happy just like the Americans, like the Europeans." So the leaders, such leaders have been described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, andha. Andha means blind. They do not know how to lead people, what is the aim of life.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.26 -- January 3, 1975, Bombay

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to Prithu, BVKS, Shyamasundara, (Krsna), (ISKCON)

Because they heard of our program in Bombay along with the Zavery sisters Manipuri Dancers, here in London they had arranged one program of lecturing by me along with a recital by one man playing on the vina just to attract attention to my speaking. I am not in approval of such arrangements, and it will be dangerous thing in future if we begin this type of program just to attract the masses.… Expand>

Because they heard of our program in Bombay along with the Zavery sisters Manipuri Dancers, here in London they had arranged one program of lecturing by me along with a recital by one man playing on the vina just to attract attention to my speaking. I am not in approval of such arrangements, and it will be dangerous thing in future if we begin this type of program just to attract the masses. Already I see this happening practically all over the Society, so better we stop it now and get ourselves firmly on the track chalked out for us by Lord Caitanya. We are simply Sankirtana men, our program is chanting, dancing, distributing prasadam, and speaking high philosophy, that's all.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Madhudvisa  --  London 8 July, 1972

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No program just to attract the masses; be firm on Caitanya's track

Because they heard of our program in Bombay along with the Zavery sisters Manipuri Dancers, here in London they had arranged one program of lecturing by me along with a recital by one man playing on the vina just to attract attention to my speaking. I am not in approval of such arrangements, and it will be dangerous thing in future if we begin this type of program just to attract the masses. Already I see this happening practically all over the Society, so better we stop it now and get ourselves firmly on the track chalked out for us by Lord Caitanya.… Expand>

Because they heard of our program in Bombay along with the Zavery sisters Manipuri Dancers, here in London they had arranged one program of lecturing by me along with a recital by one man playing on the vina just to attract attention to my speaking. I am not in approval of such arrangements, and it will be dangerous thing in future if we begin this type of program just to attract the masses. Already I see this happening practically all over the Society, so better we stop it now and get ourselves firmly on the track chalked out for us by Lord Caitanya. We are simply Sankirtana men, our program is chanting, dancing, distributing prasadam, and speaking high philosophy, that's all.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Madhudvisa  --  London 8 July, 1972

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Srila Prabhupada to Hrdayananda on how to push on Krsna consciousness

...our task ahead is very huge, but it will be quite simple and easy if you simply do as I am doing. (From Srila Prabhupada's Letter to: Hrdayananda -- New York 9 July, 1972. The full letter is shown below.)… Expand>

...our task ahead is very huge, but it will be quite simple and easy if you simply do as I am doing.

(From Srila Prabhupada's Letter to: Hrdayananda  --  New York 9 July, 1972. The full letter is shown below.)


Letter to: Hrdayananda
--
New York
9 July, 1972
72-07-09
[To Hrdayananda]
Now you must all three, along with the other sannyasis, GBC members, and other leaders become very serious to actually give the human kind the greatest welfare, namely, this Krishna Consciousness movement. Your task ahead is very huge, but it will be quite simple and easy if you simply do as I am doing. You must become conversant in every feature wherever it is needed throughout the society. Out first business is to preach to the devotees and to maintain the highest standard of Vaisnava education. Management must be there as well, just as I am preaching daily from S. Bhagavatam, B.G., but I am also going to the bank, making investments, seeing the trial balance making letters, seeing how things are going on, like that. So you must become expert in all these matters, just as I am giving you example . . . Syamasundara has passed on your telephone message that you wish to open a Vedic college or school of higher Krishna Consciousness education there at Houston. That is not very much desirable. Actually, every center should be a college, and this is our training, singing dancing, working, temple worship, like that . . .
Try to understand the subject matter from different varieties or approaches. For example, we know from Bhagavad-gita that Krishna says He is the taste in water. Now try to understand just how Krishna is that taste in water, that is the high-class education.

 

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Srila Prabhupada's letter to Jai Prakash Narayan‚ 1 July 1975

(Jai Prakash Narayan was a nationally known figure in India; his fast in protest against what he saw as the corrupt and increasingly undemocratic government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was a major political event.)… Expand>

(Jai Prakash Narayan was a nationally known figure in India; his fast in protest against what he saw as the corrupt and increasingly undemocratic government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was a major political event.)

Dear Sri Jai Prakash Narayanji,
Please accept my greetings. I am hearing from the newspapers that in India there is some upheaval on the ground of political activities. I have also heard that you are observing "fast" and it has given me some concern. I think that your goodness and Srimati Indira Gandhi are equally well wishers of India, but there is a difference of opinion only. Under the circumstances I would request you to give up this fasting. If you and Indira Gandhi sit down together, I can give you some suggestions on the basis of Sri Srimad Bhagavad Gita, and this will solve all of the problems of India. Perhaps it is known to you that I am leading the Hare Krishna Movement all over the world. I am glad to inform you that the movement is appreciated by the thoughtful educated circles in the western countries. They are seriously reading my English translations of the Vedic instructions, and I think that
if this movement is pushed forward, the whole world will be happy and it will glorify the prestige of India, which is considered to be the most holy place in the universe. I am forwarding a copy of this letter to Srimati Indira Gandhi to take necessary action in this connection. I am always prepared to meet you both in this connection, and I hope that such a meeting will be a great epoch in the human society for changing the chaotic condition. Hope this meets you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
cc: Srimati Indira Gandhi
     New Delhi

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Our real friend Krsna will help us, not politicians

Everyone is hankering after santi [peace]. The santi formula is given everywhere in the sastra. And the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, is personally saying, "This is santi." What is this? bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram suhrdam sarva-bhutanam jnatva mam santim rcchati [Bg. 5.29]… Expand>

Everyone is hankering after santi [peace]. The santi formula is given everywhere in the sastra. And the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, is personally saying, "This is santi." What is this?
bhoktaram yajna-tapasam
sarva-loka-mahesvaram
suhrdam sarva-bhutanam
jnatva mam santim rcchati
 [Bg. 5.29]
Suhrdam sarva-bhutanam -- who? Not these political leaders. We are taking these political leaders as our friend and carried away by their dictation. Some political leader says, "You do like this," another political leader, "Do like that." If we want to take advice of real well-wisher, so suhrdam sarva-bhutanam. Similarly, a sadhu, he is also suhrdam sarva-dehinam, the same thing. As Krsna is the supreme friend, well-wisher, suhrt... Suhrt means good heart. Friend, mitra, it is little different from suhrt. Mitra means I make friendship with you with some motive. But a father, he is suhrt, mother is suhrt, always well-wishing. Or there may be some friend also, always well-wishing. But the best example, that the father is always well-wishing: "How my son will be well situated? How he will be happy?" Similarly, Krsna is... Krsna says that "When one can understand Me as suhrdam sarva-bhutanam," then santim rcchati, "then he will get santi, santatvam." When we accept it, firmly convinced that "Krsna is my father, Krsna is my friend, Krsna is my well-wisher..." And Krsna says. Where is the difficulty? Aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami [Bg. 18.66]. He takes charge. Kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati [Bg. 9.31]. He is giving assurance.
mam hi partha vyapasritya
ye 'pi syuh papa-yonayah
striyo vaisyas tatha sudras
te 'pi yanti param gatim
 [Bg. 9.32]
Everything is there. So on account of this dirty position of material contamination, we cannot accept Krsna as the real friend. Therefore we cannot get santi. So if we want really santi, then we must accept the formula, suhrdam sarva-dehinam jnatva mam, not this political leader, that political leader, no. They do not know what is the actually path of santi. They cannot. They do not have santi in themselves. How they can...? "Physician heal thyself." The physician himself is a diseased person, maya-mohita, so how they can help us? So this is not possible. We have to accept Krsna as suhrdam sarva-bhutanam jnatva: [Bg. 5.29] He is the proprietor of everything. Sarva-loka-mahesvaram. Mahesvaram. Isvara, mahesvaram. Paramesvaram. Mahesvaram or paramesvaram. Isvarah paramah krsnah [Bs. 5.1]. In this way, if we can understand that "Krsna is the proprietor, Krsna is the enjoyer, Krsna is my supreme friend," then we can get santi.


From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.23-4 -- Bombay, January 1, 1975

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Jagannatha and the fish-eaters

Jagannatha is another feature of Krishna, and He is especially favorable to the people who are not strictly advanced to the Brahminical culture of Vedic rituals. Lord Jagannatha is situated in India, at Puri; this place is one of the towns of Orissa province. And the people of Orissa and Bengal, they are sometimes fish-eaters, why sometimes -- about 90% population they are fish-eaters.… Expand>

Jagannatha is another feature of Krishna, and He is especially favorable to the people who are not strictly advanced to the Brahminical culture of Vedic rituals. Lord Jagannatha is situated in India, at Puri; this place is one of the towns of Orissa province. And the people of Orissa and Bengal, they are sometimes fish-eaters, why sometimes -- about 90% population they are fish-eaters. But Jagannatha Swami in Puri, He accepts service from these people although they are sometimes fish-eaters. So in the Kali yuga, the people are supposed to be not so clean, and therefore, service to Jagannatha Swami is preferred. So far service to Laksmi-Narayana, and Radha Krishna, it requires highly elevated position, transcendental to Brahmins. But still, either we serve Jagannatha or Radha Krishna, the effect is the same. But to facilitate the worship of the Lord in the Form of Jagannatha is more
congenial than others. But when anything is offered to Jagannatha, it does not mean that it is not taken by Krishna. So in the temple, although we offer to Jagannatha, it is also accepted by Krishna. Be rest assured of this fact.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Dayananda, Nandarani  --  Montreal 24 August, 1968

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This is the poison

Illicit sex is so dangerous. Everyone will be killed with the illicit sex. That is the difficulty -- falldown. What can I do? I have already given instruction. If they do not follow, they fall down. That is sure. So dangerous. And in our society it is very easy to have affair, so many girls are there. I can say "Don't do this," but if you do, what can I do?… Expand>

Illicit sex is so dangerous. Everyone will be killed with the illicit sex. That is the difficulty -- falldown. What can I do? I have already given instruction. If they do not follow, they fall down. That is sure. So dangerous. And in our society it is very easy to have affair, so many girls are there. I can say "Don't do this," but if you do, what can I do?

This is the poison, illicit sex, and this poison will kill everything. This is the poison. And I cannot understand whether I shall be able to save my disciples from this poison. This is the poison. They do not take it seriously, but in the beginning I said, "No illicit sex." These four principles, if they are not strictly followed, then he's victimized forever -- today or tomorrow.

That is the disease. They are now sexually desiring. Everyone is desiring, one who cannot control. Then they will break all the regulative principles. Everything will be happening. What can I do? Even they will not stick married life.

They are accustomed to break this law. It is very difficult for them. Their fathers, they have done so also -- every year thrice divorced, twice. What can I do? I have given the formula.



Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversation -- January 3, 1975, Bombay

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Bhaktivinoda: distress is happiness

Bhaktivinoda Thakura has sung that: "When I work very difficult task for Krsna, that difficult task becomes very happiness for me. That difficult task becomes very happiness for me." That is the standard of happiness. In the material world, there is duality. In the absolute world, there is simply happiness.… Expand>

Bhaktivinoda Thakura has sung that: "When I work very difficult task for Krsna, that difficult task becomes very happiness for me. That difficult task becomes very happiness for me." That is the standard of happiness. In the material world, there is duality. In the absolute world, there is simply happiness. There is nothing else. Just like when Krsna is going to Mathura, all the gopis become very, very distressed, crying. But we cannot understand what is the happiness of that distress. That we cannot understand from this material point of view. That is greatest happiness. When the gopis were crying in separation from Krsna, that is greater happiness than meeting Krsna, than meeting Krsna. This is Krsna philosophy.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.36-37 -- London, September 4, 1973

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The desire for relaxation and flexibility

They want relaxation, flexibility. That means that spiritually fallen, fallen down.… Expand>

They want relaxation, flexibility. That means that spiritually fallen, fallen down.

Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversation -- January 3, 1975, Bombay

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Stubbornly refusing Krsna's cure

Krsna says, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66], but we are revolting, "Why? Why shall I surrender to You? This is too much You are demanding." This is going on. This is the disease. And to cure the disease Krsna Himself comes. Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati, tadatmanam srjami [Bg. 4.7]. But we are so stubborn that we won't, do not like to be cured.… Expand>

Krsna says, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66], but we are revolting, "Why? Why shall I surrender to You? This is too much You are demanding." This is going on. This is the disease. And to cure the disease Krsna Himself comes. Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati, tadatmanam srjami [Bg. 4.7]. But we are so stubborn that we won't, do not like to be cured.
So what Krsna will do? How Krsna will help? He is coming. He is sending His devotee. He is leaving behind Him the sastras.

[But the materialist] thinks that "What is the use of this slave mentality? This bhakti-marga is slave mentality. Instead of becoming God, they want to become servant or slave of God." No, this is not slave mentality. This is actual liberation, because our constitutional position is to remain. We are servant of Krsna. But somehow or other, we revolted. Still we are revolting.
Although Krsna coming and canvassing, "Just surrender unto Me," but still we are revolting. This is our disease.


From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.23-4 -- Bombay, January 1, 1975

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Srila Prabhupada transits in Karachi, Pakistan

Although we were not allowed off the airplane, no one objected when Prabhupada and I walked through the open door to stand for a few minutes at the top of the mobile stairway. Scanning the dilapidated airfield heavily guarded by soldiers, Srila Prabhupada shook his head. "Everything is so low class. This place has no importance; there is not one other foreign airline here. They wanted their independence from India, but what have they gained?"… Expand>

Although we were not allowed off the airplane, no one objected when Prabhupada and I walked through the open door to stand for a few minutes at the top of the mobile stairway. Scanning the dilapidated airfield heavily guarded by soldiers, Srila Prabhupada shook his head. "Everything is so low class. This place has no importance; there is not one other foreign airline
here. They wanted their independence from India, but what have they gained?"

From Hari-sauri Prabhu's "Transcendental Diary"

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No need to research how we fell

Some way or other, originally, we are all Krsna conscious, pure... We cannot ascertain when this transformation took place. There is no necessity of making research how we fell in this material contamination or envelopment. But we should be intelligent enough to understand that we are fallen now. How we fell -- you can trace out the history, but it is very difficult because anadi karama-phale, nobody can ascertain.… Expand>

Some way or other, originally, we are all Krsna conscious, pure...  We cannot ascertain when this transformation took place. There is no necessity of making research how we fell in this material contamination or envelopment. But we should be intelligent enough to understand that we are fallen now. How we fell -- you can trace out the history, but it is very difficult because anadi karama-phale, nobody can ascertain. Just like when a man is diseased he goes to doctor. So when he goes to the doctor, the doctor gives him medicine according to the symptoms and the diagnosis. There is no necessity of find out the history, how he fell diseased. There is history, but that is not possible to trace out.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.23-4 -- Bombay, January 1, 1975

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Such fools

Fools who cannot perceive repeated birth and death and the other miseries of materialistic life cannot be sure of what will happen to them in their next birth. Indeed, these foolish, materially contaminated rascals have manufactured an irresponsible way of life that does not consider the next life. They do not know that according to one's own activities, one receives a body selected from 8,400,000 species. … Expand>

Fools who cannot perceive repeated birth and death and the other miseries of materialistic life cannot be sure of what will happen to them in their next birth. Indeed, these foolish, materially contaminated rascals have manufactured an irresponsible way of life that does not consider the next life. They do not know that according to one's own activities, one receives a body selected from 8,400,000 species. These rascals have been described in Bhagavad-gita as duskrtino mudhah. Nondevotees, those who are not Krsna conscious, must engage in sinful activities, and therefore they are mudhas -- fools and rascals. They are such fools that they do not know what will happen to them in their next life. Although they see varieties of living creatures eating abominable things -- pigs eating stool, crocodiles eating all kinds of flesh, and so on -- they do not realize that they themselves,
because of their practice of eating all kinds of nonsense in this life, will be destined to eat the most abominable things in their next life. A Vaisnava is always afraid of such an abominable life, and to free himself from such horrible conditions, he engages himself in the devotional service of the Lord.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 7.9.41

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Srila Prabhupada is always in Vaikuntha

When I go to Los Angeles I am in Vaikuntha. When I am got to New York I am in Vaikuntha. Wherever we have got temple, that is Vaikuntha.… Expand>

When I go to Los Angeles I am in Vaikuntha. When I am got to New York I am in Vaikuntha. Wherever we have got temple, that is Vaikuntha.

Srila Prabhupada -- May 28, 1977, Vrndavana

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Greedy for more bhakti

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura herein gives a very good example. When one is very eager for more and more money, he is not satisfied even when he is a millionaire or a multimillionaire, but wants to earn more and more money by any means. The same mentality is present in a devotee. The devotee is never satisfied, thinking, "This is the limit of my devotional service." The more he engages in the service of the Lord, the more service he wants to give.… Expand>

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura herein gives a very good example. When one is very eager for more and more money, he is not satisfied even when he is a millionaire or a multimillionaire, but wants to earn more and more money by any means. The same mentality is present in a devotee. The devotee is never satisfied, thinking, "This is the limit of my devotional service." The more he engages in the service of the Lord, the more service he wants to give. This is the position of a devotee. Maharaja Ambarisa, in his family life, was certainly a pure devotee, complete in every respect, because his mind and all his senses were engaged in devotional service (sa vai manah krsna-padaravindayor vacamsi vaikuntha-gunanuvarnane [SB 9.4.18]). Maharaja Ambarisa was self-satisfied because all of his senses were engaged in devotional service (sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam tat-paratvena nirmalam/ hrsikena hrsikesa-sevanam bhaktir ucyate [Cc. Madhya 19.170]). Nonetheless, although Maharaja Ambarisa had engaged all his senses in devotional service, he left his home and went to the forest to concentrate his mind fully at the lotus feet of Krsna, exactly as a mercantile man, even though complete in wealth, tries to earn more and more. This mentality of getting more and more engaged in devotional service puts one in the most exalted position. Whereas on the karma platform the mercantile man who wants more and more money becomes increasingly bound and entangled, the devotee becomes increasingly liberated.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 9.5.27

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When leaders are having difficulty

Srila Prabhupada said that when our leaders are having difficulty, they should come to Vrindavan and sit and chant and read until he advises.… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said that when our leaders are having difficulty, they should come to Vrindavan and sit and chant and read until he advises.

From a letter by Upendra Dasa

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Training unwieldy children

Srila Prabhupada advised about the teachers carrying sticks, meaning that this should only be done within the classroom. Sticks should only be used for showing, but in order to teach these children properly it requires tactics. Srila Prabhupada gave the example of a tiger in a circus.… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada advised about the teachers carrying sticks, meaning that this should only be done within the classroom. Sticks should only be used for showing, but in order to teach these children properly it requires tactics. Srila Prabhupada gave the example of a tiger in a circus. The tiger is controlled by the trainer, but the trainer never strikes him with the whip. Simply he cracks it in a very fierce manner. Similarly children should be trained in the same way. Teachers should be very expert and not have to resort to actually striking, but to be able to influence and control the children by simply being very staunch and strict. Srila Prabhupada said that everyone in this age is a rogue and demon so these children are unwieldy and untrained so it will take time and kindness and perseverance to bring them to become Krishna conscious gentlemen, but to make the regulation too strict
and to punish too severely will not serve to bring them. to become Krishna conscious devotees. Srila Prabhupada further stated that if the teachers are not qualified to handle the children then they should be beaten with the stick and not the children.

From a letter from Karandhar Dasa, 8 Oct 72

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Get this ticket

One should try to purchase a ticket to go back home, back to Godhead. The price of such a ticket is one's intense desire for it, which is not easily awakened, even if one continuously performs pious activities for thousands of lives. All mundane relationships are sure to be broken in the course of time, but once one establishes a relationship with the Personality of Godhead in a particular rasa, it is never to be broken, even after the annihilation of the material world.… Expand>

One should try to purchase a ticket to go back home, back to Godhead. The price of such a ticket is one's intense desire for it, which is not easily awakened, even if one continuously performs pious activities for thousands of lives. All mundane relationships are sure to be broken in the course of time, but once one establishes a relationship with the Personality of Godhead in a particular rasa, it is never to be broken, even after the annihilation of the material world.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Adi 1.56

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The king and the bug

A king is sitting on the throne and there is a bug. The bug and the king, they are on the same throne, but the bug and the king, much difference. Sitting on the same throne does not mean that they have become equal. Why? Due to the constitutional position. The bug's constitutional position is to bite only, and the king's position is to rule.… Expand>

A king is sitting on the throne and there is a bug. The bug and the king, they are on the same throne, but the bug and the king, much difference. Sitting on the same throne does not mean that they have become equal. Why? Due to the constitutional position. The bug's constitutional position is to bite only, and the king's position is to rule. Although they are on the same level, the difference is great gulf of difference. Similarly, God and the living entity may sit down together, may talk together, they lie together, eat together, but that difference will be there.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 4.5 -- Montreal, June 10, 1968

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Advice to a writer

I am very glad to know that your pen is inspired to create, because we are in need of many intelligent writers who can express our Krishna consciousness philosophy nicely just following exactly the transcendental words and purports of our vast Vedic scriptures according to the previous Acaryas of our Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya. And if you continue to work in this writing and publishing of our literatures with steady enthusiasm and sincerity, your success in Krishna Consciousness is certain.… Expand>

I am very glad to know that your pen is inspired to create, because we are in need of many intelligent writers who can express our Krishna consciousness philosophy nicely just following exactly the transcendental words and purports of our vast Vedic scriptures according to the previous Acaryas of our Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya. And if you continue to work in this writing and publishing of our literatures with steady enthusiasm and sincerity, your success in Krishna Consciousness is certain. Therefore to keep your spiritual strength, always observe the regulative principles strictly and chant at least sixteen rounds of beads daily without fail. This is essential for understanding our philosophy practically to advance in Krishna Consciousness. And we should always avoid mental speculations.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Patita Uddharana  --  Los Angeles 19 March, 1970

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practical sannyasis

Actually, all of you are more than sannyasis. Anyone who has dedicated his life to Krishna, he is sannyasi, yogi, and everything. That is the statement of Bhagavad-gita -- one who does not work for his personal benefit is a sannyasi. It doesn't matter what is his dress. So all our devotees are more than sannyasis. We are members of Krishna's family. Our aim is not to become a Mayavadi sannyasi, but to become family members of Krishna's devotees.… Expand>

Actually, all of you are more than sannyasis. Anyone who has dedicated his life to Krishna, he is sannyasi, yogi, and everything. That is the statement of Bhagavad-gita -- one who does not work for his personal benefit is a sannyasi. It doesn't matter what is his dress. So all our devotees are more than sannyasis. We are members of Krishna's family. Our aim is not to become a Mayavadi sannyasi, but to become family members of Krishna's devotees. Krishna maintains 16,000 families, and if you get a chance to serve in one of the families, then your life is a success. Real sannyasa means no more interest in material activities, but simply dedicated to Krishna's service. That is real sannyasa. So you are greater than a sannyasi. You train all these boys to be practical sannyasis in the service of Krishna.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Hansadutta  --  Tokyo 24 April, 1972

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Unlike so-called swamis, Prabhupada gave culture, including dress

When I was speaking in Berkeley University sometimes in the year 1966, one Indian student stood up and said, "Swamiji, what this Krsna consciousness movement will do? We require now technology." So I replied, "Yes. You are after technology. So you are a beggar. I am not a beggar. I have come here to give something. That is the difference. I have come here to give some culture, and you have come to imitate the Western civilization by technology. That is the difference. You'll remain a beggar, I shall remain a giver. That is the difference."… Expand>

When I was speaking in Berkeley University sometimes in the year 1966, one Indian student stood up and said, "Swamiji, what this Krsna consciousness movement will do? We require now technology." So I replied, "Yes. You are after technology. So you are a beggar. I am not a beggar. I have come here to give something. That is the difference. I have come here to give some culture, and you have come to imitate the Western civilization by technology. That is the difference. You'll remain a beggar, I shall remain a giver. That is the difference." So still I am maintaining that position of giving, not taking. Before me, so many swamijis went there. They did not give, but they took something and came here and advertised themselves as foreign-returned sannyasi and exploited the people. They lost even their original dress. Everyone knows, I have never changed my dress. Rather, I have given the dress to the foreigners, and they have taken it. The Ramakrishna mission people came to request me that I dress myself in coat, pant, hat. Because they are doing. Their so-called swamis, they are dressed in coat, pant, hat.

Srila Prabhupada, Lecture, 14 Jun 1973

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Experiencing Krsna as Wine

Even you are a drunkard, you are fond of tasting wine, I should recommend that you simply think that "This taste of wine is Krsna." That will make a yogi of you. That will make you the greatest yogi. If you simply think this, that "I am tasting wine. Oh, very nice taste. This is Krsna."… Expand>

Even you are a drunkard, you are fond of tasting wine, I should recommend that you simply think that "This taste of wine is Krsna." That will make a yogi of you. That will make you the greatest yogi. If you simply think this, that "I am tasting wine. Oh, very nice taste. This is Krsna."

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.1 -- Upsala University Stockholm, September 8, 1973

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We should not give up; perfection will come

In the beginning there may be some failures. That is quite natural. Just a child is trying to stand, he may fall down. But that does not mean he should give up the idea. Go on. A time will come come when he will be perfect. So we should not give up this business, to try to serve the Supreme. May be imperfect in the beginning, but stick to it, and a time will come when you'll be perfect, Krsna conscious.… Expand>

In the beginning there may be some failures. That is quite natural. Just a child is trying to stand, he may fall down. But that does not mean he should give up the idea. Go on. A time will come come when he will be perfect. So we should not give up this business, to try to serve the Supreme. May be imperfect in the beginning, but stick to it, and a time will come when you'll be perfect, Krsna conscious.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.31-43 -- Los Angeles, January 1, 1969

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Convinced, enthralled devotees exchange thoughts about Krsna

The Lord declares that by enlightenment in theistic knowledge He awards attachment for Him to those who constantly engage in His transcendental loving service. This awakening of divine consciousness enthralls a devotee, who thus relishes his eternal transcendental mellow. Such an awakening is awarded only to those convinced by devotional service about the transcendental nature of the Personality of Godhead.… Expand>

The Lord declares that by enlightenment in theistic knowledge He awards attachment for Him to those who constantly engage in His transcendental loving service. This awakening of divine consciousness enthralls a devotee, who thus relishes his eternal transcendental mellow. Such an awakening is awarded only to those convinced by devotional service about the transcendental nature of the Personality of Godhead. They know that the Supreme Truth, the all-spiritual and all-powerful person, is one without a second and has fully transcendental senses. He is the fountainhead of all emanations. Such pure devotees, always merged in knowledge of Krsna and absorbed in Krsna consciousness, exchange thoughts and realizations as great scientists exchange their views and discuss the results of their research in scientific academies. Such exchanges of thoughts in regard to Krsna give
pleasure to the Lord, who therefore favors such devotees with all enlightenment.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Adi 1.49

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Srila Prabhupada's advice for GBC members

I think it is best thing if the GBC members always travel on Sankirtana Party in their zone and go from one village to another and visit the temples to see how the students are learning and do my work. In this way, they will avoid the propensity to sit down and plot and scheme how to eat and sleep.… Expand>

I think it is best thing if the GBC members always travel on Sankirtana Party in their zone and go from one village to another and visit the temples to see how the students are learning and do my work. In this way, they will avoid the propensity to sit down and plot and scheme how to eat and sleep. So you can advise them all to travel extensively on Sankirtana all over their zone.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Karandhara  --  Tokyo 4 May, 1972

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Kalki-avatara is coming

....people are becoming degraded, forgetting God. That is their degradation. So at the end of this Kali-yuga they will be so much degraded that it will be impossible for them to understand God. At the present moment, although it is Kali-yuga, there are some persons who are trying to understand God. At least, there is attempt. But, at the end of Kali-yuga, say, about 400,000's of years, then people... Because they're becoming animals, more and more.… Expand>

....people are becoming degraded, forgetting God. That is their degradation. So at the end of this Kali-yuga they will be so much degraded that it will be impossible for them to understand God. At the present moment, although it is Kali-yuga, there are some persons who are trying to understand God. At least, there is attempt. But, at the end of Kali-yuga, say, about 400,000's of years, then people... Because they're becoming animals, more and more. The more we become animals, we cannot understand God. So our modern civilization is to make the people animal. That is advancement of civilization. Ahara-nidra-bhaya-maithunam ca samanyam etat pasubhih naranam. The modern civilization is how we can eat very nicely, how we can sleep nicely, how we can have sexual intercourse nicely, how we can defend nicely. Only these four principles are being taught. They have no idea what is soul, what is God, what is the relationship with the soul. So this is, this type of civilization is increasing. So just imagine how much it will be increased after four hundred thousands of years. The Kali-yuga has begun only five thousand years. Within this five thousand years, we have so much degraded, illusioned by the maya as advancement of civilization. This is maya. So the
more days go, we shall be more illusioned. So there will be no capacity to understand about God. At that time, God will come to destroy all this population by cutting their throat. That is kalki-avatara.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.25 -- Hyderabad, November 29, 1972

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Books for giving the Western people knowledge

The Krsna consciousness movement is very eager to present Vedic literature in modern languages, especially Western languages such as English, French and German. The leaders of the Western world, the Americans and Europeans, have become the idols of modern civilization because the Western people are very sophisticated in temporary activities for the advancement of material civilization. A sane man, however, can see that all such grand activities, although perhaps very important for temporary life, have nothing to do with eternal life.… Expand>

The Krsna consciousness movement is very eager to present Vedic literature in modern languages, especially Western languages such as English, French and German. The leaders of the Western world, the Americans and Europeans, have become the idols of modern civilization because the Western people are very sophisticated in temporary activities for the advancement of material
civilization. A sane man, however, can see that all such grand activities, although perhaps very important for temporary life, have nothing to do with eternal life. The entire world is imitating the materialistic civilization of the West, and therefore the Krsna consciousness movement is very much interested in giving the Western people knowledge by translating the original Sanskrit Vedic literatures into Western languages.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 6.5.18

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Our program is the best social work

Upon noticing a colony of bhangis, or "untouchables," Mr. Reddy mentioned that the government was distributing land to them. He asked whether ISKCON was engaged in any sort of social welfare work, because many people have asked him what our Society did to benefit others. Prabhupada replied by asking him what he considered the best social welfare. When Mr. Reddy said serving the poor and the natives, Prabhupada told him, "Everyone is poor. Who is rich? First of all find out: Who is rich?" … Expand>

Upon noticing a colony of bhangis, or "untouchables," Mr. Reddy mentioned that the government was distributing land to them. He asked whether ISKCON was engaged in any sort of social welfare work, because many people have asked him what our Society did to benefit others.

Prabhupada replied by asking him what he considered the best social welfare. When Mr. Reddy said serving the poor and the natives, Prabhupada told him, "Everyone is poor. Who is rich? First of all find out: Who is rich?" Srila Prabhupada went on to explain how everyone is poor because each of us must suffer disease, old age, and death. Adjustment of a person's material condition can be done by anyone, but ISKCON was established for a different purpose. "These things are being done by so many other people, and we are doing something which is ultimate. The hospital gives some medicine when there is some disease, but that does not mean there will be no disease. Can they guarantee that, 'I give you this medicine -- no more disease?' We are giving that medicine -- that no more disease. That is the best social work. As soon as you give up this body -- tyaktva deham punar janma naiti -- you'll have no more birth. And if you have no more birth, there will be no more death. And if you have no more birth, then there will be no more disease. This is our prescription. Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti. Not that he is finished; he goes back to home, back to Godhead. This is our program."

From Transcendental Diary by Hari Sauri Prabhu

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to check corruption, bribery and nepotism

By the influence of the age of Kali, even a pauper is proud of his penny, the women are always dressed in an overly attractive fashion to victimize the minds of men, and the man is addicted to drinking wine, smoking, drinking tea and chewing tobacco, etc. All these habits, or so-called advancement of civilization, are the root causes of all irreligiosities, and therefore it is not possible to check corruption, bribery and nepotism.… Expand>

By the influence of the age of Kali, even a pauper is proud of his penny, the women are always dressed in an overly attractive fashion to victimize the minds of men, and the man is addicted to drinking wine, smoking, drinking tea and chewing tobacco, etc. All these habits, or so-called advancement of civilization, are the root causes of all irreligiosities, and therefore it is not possible to check corruption, bribery and nepotism. Man cannot check all these evils simply by statutory acts and police vigilance, but he can cure the disease of the mind by the proper medicine, namely advocating the principles of brahminical culture or the principles of austerity, cleanliness, mercy and truthfulness. Modern civilization and economic development are creating a new situation of poverty and scarcity with the result of blackmailing the consumer's commodities. If the leaders and the rich men of the society spend fifty percent of their accumulated wealth mercifully for the misled mass of people and educate them in God consciousness, the knowledge of Bhagavatam, certainly the age of Kali will be defeated in its attempt to entrap the conditioned souls. We must always remember that false pride, or too high an estimation of one's own values of life, undue attachment to women or association with them, and intoxication will divert human civilization from the path of peace, however much the people clamor for peace in the world. The preaching of the Bhagavatam principles will automatically render all men austere, clean both inside and
outside, merciful to the suffering, and truthful in daily behavior. That is the way of correcting the flaws of human society, which are very prominently exhibited at the present moment.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.17.24

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Description of a sadhu

A sadhu behaves with all conditioned souls for their ultimate relief from material entanglement. Therefore, no one can be more friendly than a sadhu in relieving a conditioned soul. A sadhu is calm, and he quietly and peacefully follows the principles of scripture. A sadhu means one who follows the principles of scripture and at the same time is a devotee of the Lord.… Expand>

A sadhu behaves with all conditioned souls for their ultimate relief from material entanglement. Therefore, no one can be more friendly than a sadhu in relieving a conditioned soul. A sadhu is calm, and he quietly and peacefully follows the principles of scripture. A sadhu means one who follows the principles of scripture and at the same time is a devotee of the Lord. One who actually follows the principles of scripture must be a devotee of God because all the sastras instruct us to obey the orders of the
Personality of Godhead. Sadhu, therefore, means a follower of the scriptural injunctions and a devotee of the Lord. All these characteristics are prominent in a devotee. A devotee develops all the good qualities of the demigods, whereas a nondevotee, even though academically qualified, has no actual good qualifications or good characteristics according to the standard of transcendental realization.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.25.21

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The world is managed by raksasas

At present, this world is being managed by the raksasas. The raksasas are man-eaters who eat their own sons for the satisfaction of their senses. Now great regimes have been created to smash so many people for the satisfaction of the raksasas senses, but they do not realize that their senses will never be satisfied in this way.… Expand>

At present, this world is being managed by the raksasas. The raksasas are man-eaters who eat their own sons for the satisfaction of their senses. Now great regimes have been created to smash so many people for the satisfaction of the raksasas senses, but they do not realize that their senses will never be satisfied in this way. Nonetheless, the raksasas are prepared to
sacrifice everything to satisfy their whimsical desires. It is very difficult for them to understand the real situation because they are overly enamored with material civilization.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => RV 4: Knowledge by Way of the Mahatmas, Great Souls

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real bhakti-yoga

No material circumstances can check your Krsna consciousness. When it is, you are firmly convinced and situated in that position, that is real bhakti-yoga. Nothing can disturb you.… Expand>

No material circumstances can check your Krsna consciousness. When it is, you are firmly convinced and situated in that position, that is real bhakti-yoga. Nothing can disturb you. Nobody can say, "Oh, for this condition, now I am unable to prosecute this Krsna consciousness." That means he was never in Krsna consciousness. Nothing can check.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 3.87-88 -- New York, December 27, 1966

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Srila Prabhupada's gurukula agenda

This morning's verse for class emphasized the necessity of studying the Vedas under the guidance of the guru. Prabhupada explained that this does not mean everyone has to know Sanskrit. One simply has to hear and chant nicely; it isn't required that one be an erudite scholar. So the program he advised for the gurukula is for the students to attend mangala-arati and guru-puja, and then Srimad-Bhagavatam class. "So one should read or hear: candamsy adhiyita guroh. It is guru's duty. Transcendental knowledge, one should approach guru. So gurukula means "guru's place." So he keeps the disciples to learn the Vedic literature. This is gurukula.… Expand>

This morning's verse for class emphasized the necessity of studying the Vedas under the guidance of the guru. Prabhupada explained that this does not mean everyone has to know Sanskrit. One simply has to hear and chant nicely; it isn't required that one be an erudite scholar. So the program he advised for the gurukula is for the students to attend mangala-arati and guru-puja, and then Srimad-Bhagavatam class. "So one should read or hear: candamsy adhiyita guroh. It is guru's duty. Transcendental knowledge, one should approach guru. So gurukula means "guru's place." So he keeps the disciples to learn the Vedic literature. This is gurukula.
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"Our mission is to invite people to take advantage of learning Vedic literature. And what is the ultimate goal of studying Vedic literature? To understand Krsna. Therefore our Movement is known as Krsna consciousness movement."
He also gave a practical example to show the nature of the exchange between guru and disciple. This is something that we on his personal party experience daily. "The son may be offender, but when he comes and offers his respect to the father, he [the father] forgets.
"So that should be done regularly, suyantritah, just like machine. As soon as one sees guru, immediately he must offer obeisances. Beginning, end also. When he comes to see guru he must offer obeisances, and when he leaves that place he must offer obeisances. And in the in-between, coming and going, he should learn from the guru Vedic understanding. This is the principle of living in gurukula. So our students, they are very obedient. And if our students see the guru hundred times, he practices this process, offering obeisances while meeting and while going. These things are to be practiced. Then he'll be self-controlled.
"Obedience is the first law of discipline. If there is no obedience there cannot be any discipline. And if there is no discipline you cannot manage anything. That is not possible. Therefore this is very essential, that the students should be very disciplined."
He told us how this idea of gurukula training had long been on his agenda, complaining again about the unfortunate mentality that has overtaken the people of India. "This is essential. To make the human life really civilized, the children should be sent to the gurukula. But there is no gurukula at the present moment. So we are starting. We have some gurukula in the United States, Texas. We are starting another gurukula in Vrndavana, and we can start another gurukula here in Bombay to train the students.
"I wanted to start this gurukula long, long, ago before going to the USA, in 1960. Say '62, '61. But I approached so many gentlemen friends; they never agreed to give their sons to gurukula. They never agreed. Everyone said, 'Swamiji, what benefit there will be by training our students in the gurukula way? They have to earn their bread.' So that is India's position now. They do not care for their original culture. They are after money."

From Transcendental Diary by Hari-sauri Prabhu

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Spend for Krsna, or suffer

One who possesses more money than he needs should spend it for Krsna. Unless one does so, he will become puffed up because of his false possessions, and therefore he will be punished in the next life.… Expand>

One who possesses more money than he needs should spend it for Krsna. Unless one does so, he will become puffed up because of his false possessions, and therefore he will be punished in the next life.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 5.26.36

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preserve, not change

...every precaution must be taken to preserve our basic guiding principles as they are and not change them because we want to hear something new.… Expand>

...every precaution must be taken to preserve our basic guiding principles as they are and not change them because we want to hear something new.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Bhakta dasa  --  Delhi 20 November, 1971

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Serious Vaisnavas don't take part in demigod worship

The inhabitants of Vrndavana do not know anything but the worship of Radha and Krsna. In recent years some unscrupulous so-called priests known as caste gosvamis have introduced the worship of demigods privately, but no genuine and rigid Vaisnavas participate in this.… Expand>

The inhabitants of Vrndavana do not know anything but the worship of Radha and Krsna. In recent years some unscrupulous so-called priests known as caste gosvamis have introduced the worship of demigods privately, but no genuine and rigid Vaisnavas participate in this. Those who are serious about the Vaisnava method of devotional activities do not take part in such worship of demigods.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Adi 5.232

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Srila Prabhupada advises Nehru to quit Prime ministership

My humble advice to you, as I am your old friend from Allahabad, is that you should now take leave form you present responsibility of Prime ministership and as you are a popular gentleman of the world you can just engage the rest of your most valuable life in this organized spiritual movement to achieve the aim of your life which is yet to be known by the world.… Expand>

My humble advice to you, as I am your old friend from Allahabad, is that you should now take leave form you present responsibility of Prime ministership and as you are a popular gentleman of the world you can just engage the rest of your most valuable life in this organized spiritual movement to achieve the aim of your life which is yet to be known by the world. By pushing on this authorized spiritual movement you can make a real adjustment of the western material science combined with Indian way of spiritual realization.


>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Jawaharlal Nehru  --  Bombay 4 August, 1958

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Be naked like Sukadeva, or perform sacrifice

Sukadeva Gosvami was passing on naked, sixteen-years-old boy, and very nice feature of the body, peaceful. And he was passing naked, and the girls who were taking bath, naked on the river, they saw that innocent person, so they did not cover their body. But when the father was passing, such a learned sage, old man, Vyasadeva, who is the author of all Vedic literatures -- he is not an ordinary man. But because he was a worldly man, a householder, the girls, after seeing him, covered their body. The stage of Sukadeva Gosvami is atma-rati, self-satisfied, doesn't care for anything of the world. He is aloof from the world. We should not imitate Sukadeva Gosvami and become naked.… Expand>

Sukadeva Gosvami was passing on naked, sixteen-years-old boy, and very nice feature of the body, peaceful. And he was passing naked, and the girls who were taking bath, naked on the river, they saw that innocent person, so they did not cover their body. But when the father was passing, such a learned sage, old man, Vyasadeva, who is the author of all Vedic literatures -- he is not an ordinary man. But because he was a worldly man, a householder, the girls, after seeing him, covered their body. The stage of Sukadeva Gosvami is atma-rati, self-satisfied, doesn't care for anything of the world. He is aloof from the world. We should not imitate Sukadeva Gosvami and become naked.

Sukadeva Gosvami didn't care for anything, who is naked dancing, or naked bathing. No. He has no care. He is going on in the street. Yas tu atma-ratir eva syad atma-trptas ca manavah atmany eva ca santustah. He is satisfied in himself and with Krsna. Tasya karyam na vidyate: "He has nothing to do." Bas. He is free. Now, if you are not in that stage, then you have to perform
sacrifice, as recommended in the Bhagavad-gita. Yajnarthe karmano 'nyatra loko 'yam karma-bandhanah [Bg. 3.9]. You have to work in such a way that your work will be purified gradually and you will come to this stage of atma-rati. But if you, from the very beginning, you are satisfied with your self-understanding, then you have nothing to do.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.17-20 -- New York, May 27, 1966

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