February 8, 2014
These demons, they are preaching Bhagavad-gita without Krsna. Nobody preaches about Krsna. Nobody says what Krsna wants. Sarva-dharman parityajya. Krsna wants this, but they are misinterpreting in different ways and diverting the attention of the people most foolishly, that... In the Bhagavad-gita Krsna is the center. So this is going on. You know, you are coming all from foreign countries. Bhagavad-gita is popular in your country, at least amongst the scholars and theosophists and theologists. Going on, for the last two hundred years at least. But nobody understood Krsna. That is the difference. Now for the last, say, five or ten years, because we are presenting Krsna as it is, it has become very easy for you to accept it. Unadulterated Krsna. Before this, everything was presented adulterated. Therefore there was no effect.
So if you push on this movement, unadulterated Krsna, it will go on. It will go on. And as soon as you adulterate Krsna, it will not go on. It will not be effective. You may be very good scholar or very good politician or this or that, but you'll never understand what is Krsna. Naham prakasah sarvasya yoga-maya-samavrtah [Bg. 7.25]. If you want to pollute Krsna, Krsna will never be revealed to you.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 1.1 -- Mayapur, March 25, 1975
February 7, 2014
Thank you very very much for the color slides. I am very much satisfied with all of my disciples who have worked so hard on these paintings for Srimad-Bhagavatam. In fact, I think there is no other art existing which can in any way match them. They are truly transcendental to every mundane conception of art anywhere, and I can understand that Krishna is giving you all good guidance from within, because you have shown Him that you are all such sincere boys and girls. I have got good news from Rupanuga that MacMillan Co. will be printing our Bhagavad-gita As It Is, so why not they should print our Srimad-Bhagavatam as well? These color illustrations are not found so nicely in any other publications but ours, so we are unique in this way. Now go on producing them profusely, along with all kinds of nice photo displays, slide shows, advertisements, etc., for public propaganda,
and the public will note that Krishna Consciousness, yes, it must be very nice thing. I am very much pleased by your wonderful cooperation in spreading this Krishna Consciousness Movement. Actually, this Movement is full with wonderful form, color, activities, everything. So now you go on in this way, and simply by your desiring to paint and photograph His attractive features, Krishna will give you all benedictions, please know it for certain. Thank you very much for assisting me in this way.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Uddhava -- Delhi 12 December, 1971
February 6, 2014
His [the Supreme Lord's] existence can be realized by one who has the single qualification of submissiveness and who thereby becomes a surrendered soul. The development of submissiveness is the cause of proportionate spiritual realization, by which one can ultimately meet the Supreme Lord in person, as a man meets another man face to face.
[Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 1.55 purport]
February 5, 2014
[Srila Prabhupada said:] My disciples — their previous history is all black. Before they became devotees, they were eating meat, they were having illicit sex, intoxication... We do not want to discuss it, we do not want to even think about it.
Quoted in The Great Transcendental Adventure by Kurma dasa^ Show less
February 4, 2014
In the beginning, a conditioned soul is bereft of Krsna consciousness and is always morose in his material activities. Later, by associating with a pure devotee, one becomes inquisitive to know the Absolute Truth. In this way one begins to engage in the transcendental service of the Lord. Next, by the Lord's grace all misconceptions are vanquished and the heart is cleansed of
all material dirt. It is only then that the pleasure of transcendental bliss is awakened. By the Lord's mercy one is completely convinced of the value of devotional service. When one can see the pastimes of the Lord everywhere, he is firmly situated in transcendental bliss. Such a devotee is relieved of all kinds of material desires, and he preaches the glories of the Lord all
over the world. These Krsna conscious activities separate him from material activities and the desire for liberation, for at every step the devotee feels himself connected with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although such a devotee may sometimes be involved in household life, he is untouched by material existence due to his constant engagement in devotional service. Thus everyone is advised to take shelter of devotional service to become happy and liberated.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Madhya 10.119
February 3, 2014
There is a misconception that the Krsna consciousness movement represents the Hindu religion. In fact, however, Krsna consciousness is in no way a faith or religion that seeks to defeat other faiths or religions. Rather, it is an essential cultural movement for the entire human society and does not consider any particular sectarian faith. This cultural movement is especially meant to educate people in how they can love God. Sometimes Indians both inside and outside of India think that we are preaching the Hindu religion, but actually we are not. One will not find the word Hindu in the Bhagavad-gita. Indeed, there is no such word as Hindu in the entire Vedic literature.
From "Science of Self-Realization"
February 2, 2014
So in this age, it is more important to create devotees than to construct temples. My Guru Maharaja advised me to give more stress on literary work such as publishing books and magazines in Krishna Consciousness, and temple opening is a secondary consideration. I am just trying to open some temples in the Western countries because there is none.
>>> Letter to: Gopala Krishna, 69-03-16
January 31, 2014
As a man cannot separate his life from his body, so a disciple cannot separate the order of the spiritual master from his life. If a disciple follows the instruction of the spiritual master in that way, he is sure to become perfect.
SB 3.24.13 ppt
January 30, 2014
Ananda-lilamaya-vigrahaya: Krsna's pastimes are all jubilant. Anandamayo 'bhyasat (Vedanta-sutra 1.1.12): He is by nature full of bliss. We shall never find Krsna unhappy. Krsna is always happy, and whoever associates with Him is also happy. Therefore He is known as Govinda. The word go means "senses." We are looking for sense gratification, and if we associate with Krsna we shall enjoy our senses abundantly, just like the gopis who are dancing with Krsna. Thus there is no scarcity of sense gratification, but
this sense gratification in association with Krsna is not gross sense gratification; rather, it is the spiritual sense gratification enjoyed in the spiritual world.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => TQK 4: Approaching Krsna, the All-pervading Truth
January 28, 2014
The first principle is one must be very enthusiastic. He must believe that Krsna has said that, na me bhaktah pranasyati, "My devotee will never be vanquished." So "Let me becomes Krsna's devotee sincerely. I must become Krsna's devotee sincerely." This is called enthusiasm. Then dhairyat. "I have become Krsna's devotee, but still I'm not feeling happy. How is that?" So therefore you have to become patient. The enthusiasm must be there, you must be patient also. And niscayat. Niscayat means you must be confident. "Oh, Krsna has said that His devotee will never be vanquished, so surely I shall not be vanquished, even though I don't feel now. Let me do my duty."
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.13-17 -- Los Angeles, November 29, 1968
January 27, 2014
But those who, out of envy, disregard these teachings and do not follow them regularly are to be considered bereft of all knowledge, befooled, and ruined in their endeavors for perfection.
The flaw of not being Krsna conscious is clearly stated herein. As there is punishment for disobedience to the order of the supreme executive head, so there is certainly punishment for disobedience to the order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. A disobedient person, however great he may be, is ignorant of his own self, and of the Supreme Brahman, Paramatma and the
Personality of Godhead, due to a vacant heart. Therefore there is no hope of perfection of life for him.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bg 3.32
January 26, 2014
...we have to be very cautious in executing our spiritual duties by observing the rules and regulations and regularly chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. If we neglect doing this, we will eventually fall down. We must rise early in the morning, bathe, attend mangala-arati, worship the Deities, chant the Hare Krsna mantra, study the Vedic literatures and follow all the rules prescribed by the acaryas and the spiritual master. If we deviate from this process, we may fall down, even though we may be very highly advanced.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 5.8.8
January 22, 2014
Maya is very strong. In the name of philanthropy, altruism and communism, people are feeling compassion for suffering humanity throughout the world. Philanthropists and altruists do not realize that it is impossible to improve people's material conditions...
The only benefit we can render to suffering beings is to try to raise them to spiritual consciousness...
If one is at all sympathetic or able to do good to others, he should endeavor to raise people to Krsna consciousness. In this way everyone advances spiritually by the grace of the Lord...
We should be very careful not to be misled by so-called welfare activities conducted in bodily terms.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 5.8.10
January 21, 2014
Their center is sex -- this sex or that sex or that sex, even ordinarily. In Paris, Paris you know it is a city of prostitutes. On the roads there are prostitutes. Where we have got our temple, so many prostitutes are standing. And those who are prostitute-hunter, they go to Paris. From our childhood I know about one family physician. We are at that time boy, 8 or 10 years old. He was talking with his another Muhammadan friend how he toured many countries and how many different types of prostitutes he tasted. This was his talk. So he was talking of Paris, "Though you are boy...," this we could understand." This is the talk. Old men, retired men, they will also talk of the sex [indistinct], and they will enjoy. Now they could not enjoy sex, but by talking... And we have practically seen when we were young, our grandmother-in-law, my mother-in-law's mother, old lady, she would talk
freely about sex. She will ask me, "You capture the breast of your wife." She would make a pun and enjoy. "You do like that, you do like that." She teaches like that. We were... I was twenty, twenty-three years, so I was just married, but she will enjoy sex.
Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversations -- Vrndavana, September 11, 1974
January 20, 2014
You'll find those who are animal killers, the so-called Christians and Mohammedans, they cannot understand. They (are) simply fanatics. Cannot understand what is soul, what is God. They have got some theories and they are thinking we are religionists. What is sin, what is pious activities, these things are not understood by them because they are animal killers. It is not possible.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.18 -- London, August 24, 1973
January 19, 2014
No one is free to act freely and independently, and as such, one should always seek the permission of the Lord to act or eat or speak, and by the blessing of the Lord everything done by a devotee is beyond the principles of the four defects typical of the conditioned soul.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 2.4.11
January 18, 2014
Radha-vallabha: He is nineteen years old, the boy that wrote that. And he made arrangement with another devotee to marry her daughter at a later date. She's only twelve. So I've told him not to do anything until I spoke to you, because I don't think this has ever been done in our movement yet, the Vedic system. So I had a few questions about it. First of all I told them that they shouldn't associate until the actual time that they get married. That's true, isn't it?
Prabhupada: No, no, [before] marriage, they do not speak. That is the disease in your country, that... There is no objection nineteen-years-old boy and twelve-years girl, it is very good combination, but the culture is so bad that after few days they will separate.
Radha-vallabha: Yes. That's the actual problem.
Prabhupada: If they stick to have one husband and one wife, it is very good. Or even the man can marry more than one wife. That is allowed in the Vedic system. The difficulty is nobody remains as wife, nobody remains husband. It is very dangerous. That is against Vedic... Otherwise man can have more than one wife, but woman cannot marry more than one husband. But the system -- the boys and girls intermingle so freely, and in your country there is no restriction -- naturally it becomes adulterated. That is the danger.
Radha-vallabha: So he wanted to know that...
Prabhupada: Knowing or no knowing, they'll not do it even. So what is the use of consulting me? They'll break. They'll promise and they'll break. How you can make them standardized? They will break.
Radha-vallabha: They have to be responsible people.
Prabhupada: They'll never become. That is my experience. So what is the use of consulting me? They'll never become. Almost impossible. They'll not keep standardized.
Radha-vallabha: So then it should just be up to them.
Prabhupada: What is the use of consulting? They'll promise and they'll break.
Radha-vallabha: Yes, you were telling me in Hawaii about that, that that is the difficulty. They have no responsibility. All right, I'll tell him that.
Prabhupada: Otherwise there is no objection. I married; my wife was eleven years old.
Radha-vallabha: You were responsible, though.
Prabhupada: Everyone in India responsible. That is Indian culture still.
Radha-vallabha: When they agree at this young age, they should wait till they get older, right?
Prabhupada: Yes. Generally a girl attains puberty at fourteen years, thirteen years. In India, because it is tropical climate... I think in Western countries they attain puberty not before fifteen, sixteen years. So although a girl is married before puberty, she is not allowed to go to the husband until she has attained puberty. Formerly, in our days also, after attaining puberty there is another, second marriage. Then the husband and wife live together.
Radha-vallabha: Is there a minimum age for the man?
Prabhupada: Minimum age means generally the husband must be older than the wife, at least five years' difference.
Radha-vallabha: What is the most amount of years they can be different? What is the maximum amount of years there can be difference?
Prabhupada: Man has no maximum. Even an eighty-years-old man can marry a sixteen-years-old girl. [laughter]
Radha-vallabha: Because this one devotee has a daughter twelve, and he wanted to marry her to a man twenty-six, but he thought that was too much difference.
Prabhupada: Yes. That is too much difference. But eight years, ten years usual.
Radha-vallabha: Eight or ten years is best. So he also wanted to know if...
Prabhupada: That is healthy.
Radha-vallabha: He wanted to know also...
Prabhupada: And in no case... The girl must not be older than the boy. That's not good at all.
Radha-vallabha: At the time of the agreement, when they are not yet old enough, they do not associate at all. So not until the actual marriage do they associate or wear white or anything like that.
Prabhupada: No, even they can be married, but no association.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation -- February 27, 1977, Mayapur
January 17, 2014
The servant should be as good as the master. That is servant. Because sometimes servants may be challenged. So that is the qualification of Krsna's servant. Krsna's servants must be always equipped, because they have to meet so many opposing elements. Paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam. Practically the whole material world is full of duskrtam. They want to create God. They don't want to become the servant of God. That is their challenge. Therefore, anyone who is claiming to become a servant of God, Krsna, must be well equipped to meet the challenging spirit of others.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.37 -- San
Francisco, July 19, 1975
January 16, 2014
Someone asked, "Can you love your wife without reference to Krsna?" Prabhupada said, "You have to put your love in the right place. Carrots are good for eyesight but you can't put them directly into your eyes."
From Prabhupada Meditations by SDG.
January 15, 2014
When an individual living entity surrenders to the Supreme Lord, Krsna, he can then develop natural transcendental love for Him. This surrendering process should be the primary concern of a human being.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Adi 1.56
January 14, 2014
...governments exist only for saying no...
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Sudama — Delhi 20 November, 1971
January 13, 2014
If you are lacking enthusiasm, then you should rest, instead of making too much agitation within the mind. If something has dropped in the water, in the river, you cannot see the things dropped within the water by agitating the water. Just stand still for sometimes. As soon as the water is settled up, you'll see the things as they are. So as soon as our enthusiasm is agitated, it is better to sit down in any temple suitable and chant Hare Krsna. There is no question of being disappointed. After all, we commit so many mistakes. That is human nature. To err is human. That is not fault. But try to rectify with cool head.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => The Nectar of Devotion -- Calcutta, January 27, 1973
January 12, 2014
...family means rogues and thieves. Whatever you want, they'll take away. The pickpocket takes from your pocket and he becomes a criminal, and when the wife takes thousand dollars from your pocket, you do not consider her to be criminal. You laugh, "Oh, you have taken the money?" "Yes, I've taken." The business is a pickpocket. But in one case we say "criminal," and one case we say "friend." The business is the same. Svajanakhya-dasyu. Actually thieves and rogues, but we have named them "relatives." Jnanagamya: They are just like us, they are related to us. We are also thieves and rogues, and they are related to us. This is family relation. Their only business is that you earn money with hard labor, and they'll take away. Their business is to take away.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk at Niavaran Park -- Tehran, August 8, 1976
January 11, 2014
We have nothing to do with peace vigils. We simply want to spread this chanting of Hare Krsna, that's all. Once people take to this chanting of Hare Krsna, peace will automatically come. They won't have to try artificially for peace then.
Srila Prabhupada, quoted in BTG #47.
January 10, 2014
To render service to the husband, to be always favorably disposed toward the husband, to be equally well disposed toward the husband's relatives and friends, and to follow the vows of the husband -- these are the four principles to be followed by women described as chaste.
It is very important for peaceful householder life that a woman follow the vow of her husband. Any disagreement with the husband's vow will disrupt family life. In this regard, Canakya Pandita gives a very valuable instruction: dampatyoh kalaho nasti tatra srih svayam agatah. When there are no fights between husband and wife, the goddess of fortune automatically comes to the home. A woman's education should be conducted along the lines indicated in this verse. The basic principle for a chaste woman is to be always favorably disposed toward her husband. In Bhagavad-gita (1.40) it is said, strisu dustasu varsneya jayate varna-sankarah: if the women are polluted, there will be varna-sankara population. In modern terms, the varna-sankara are the hippies, who do not follow any regulative injunctions.
Another explanation is that when the population is varna-sankara, no one can know who is on what platform. The varnasrama system scientifically divides society into four varnas and four asramas, but in varna-sankara society there are no such distinctions, and no one can know who is who. In such a society, no one can distinguish between a brahmana, a ksatriya, a vaisya and a sudra. For peace and happiness in the material world, the varnasrama institution must be introduced. The symptoms of one's activities must be defined, and one must be educated accordingly. Then spiritual advancement will automatically be possible.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 7.11.25
January 8, 2014
If you put restrictions then not so many men will come, but sincere ones will come, those who are actually sincerely searching after real spiritual life.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Kris -- Los Angeles 13 November, 1968
January 7, 2014
...because they cannot enter into the network of the lotus feet of the Lord, all mental speculators differ in conclusions, and at the end they make a useless compromise by saying, "as many conclusions, as many ways," according to one's own inclination (yatha-rucam). But the Lord is not like a shopkeeper trying to please all sorts of customers in the mental speculator exchange. The Lord is what He is, the Absolute Personality of Godhead, and He demands absolute surrender unto Him only.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 2.4.21
January 6, 2014
One Arya-samajist... You see, in the Hindu society since a very long time, especially since the days of India's destruction of the original culture, so many offshoots they have come out under the name of so many isms. So there is one section who are called Arya-samajists. Their business is only to criticize all the scriptures. That is their business. So one of the members of the Arya-samajis, he... They do not favor the temple worship. So he asked me, "Swamiji, do you think God eats?" I said, "Yes." "Then how do you think?" "Because God says, 'I eat.' " Here is, Krsna says, asnami. So God says, "I eat." Who are you that He does not eat? I replied him like that. Who are you? You say that God does not eat, but here God says, "I eat." So whom shall I believe, a loafer like you, or Krsna? [laughter] I am a third person, and you are also a third person, and Krsna is recognized the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Whom shall I believe? I accept that I am the fool number one, but whom shall I accept, you or Krsna? You said that... What you are? What is your position? You are an ordinary man. So you say that God does not eat, but God says, "I eat." Why shall I not believe?
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 9.26-27 -- New York, December 16, 1966
January 5, 2014
So long we are stout and strong and we can work very nicely, the health is quite all right, take advantage of it. It is not Krsna consciousness movement is for the lazy fellow. No. It is meant for the strong man: strong in body, strong in mind, strong in determination -- everything strong -- strong in brain. It is meant for them, because we have to execute the highest goal of life.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.5 -- Toronto, June 21, 1976
January 4, 2014
After the exit [of two Catholic priests who had come to meet Srila Prabhupada] Jayadvaita Prabhu commented to Srila Prabhupada that the priests liked to be in the role of his disciples.
"If you remain to your principles," Prabhupada told him, "you can make the whole world your disciple."
He quoted the first verse from Sri Upadesamrta. "You'll be accepted."
From Transcendental Diary, by Hari-sauri Prabhu (slightly edited)
January 3, 2014
Before taking rest after his night-time massage, Prabhupada asked Srutakirti, "How long does it take to read one verse and purport of my books, and understand it?"
Srutakirti replied, "I suppose about thirty minutes." Prabhupada made a quick calculation. "So, at 400 verses a book, three hours reading a day, it will take at least eight years to read all of the books published so far. And it will take at least twenty years to read them all when published."
From The Great Transcendental Adventure by Kurma dasa
January 2, 2014
We are all set of puppets of Krsna. I am also puppet. This is disciplic succession. We have to become puppet. As I am puppet of my Guru Maharaja, if you become my puppet, then that is success. Our success is there when we become puppet of the predecessor. Tandera carana sevi bhakta sane vasa. To live in the society of devotees and to become puppet of the predecessor acarya. This is success. So we are trying to do that. Krsna consciousness society and serve the predecessor. Harer nama harer nama...
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- Los Angeles, April 19, 1973
January 1, 2014
Prabhupada: If you want to remain unhappy by your whims, then God cannot help you. But you have got the independence.
Hrdayananda: So Prabhupada, if some people say, "Well, I have no free will," that means that they are actually lazy.
Prabhupada: Yes. You have got free will, but must utilize it properly. That is free will. Free will means to utilize it properly.
Svarupa Damodara: Sometimes Krsna interferes in the free will?
Prabhupada: Yes. That is Krsna's special favor. Because by your free will you are going to hell. If Krsna interferes, that is Krsna's special favor. Just like a child is going to touch fire by free will, and father, "Eh, don't do it." That is his special favor.
Svarupa Damodara: But it's called causeless mercy.
Prabhupada: Causeless mercy. His mercy is already there, but we are denying the mercy. That is the defect of material existence.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- Los Angeles, December 4, 1973
December 31, 2013
Real guru will not talk differently. Some guru says that, "In my opinion, you should like this." And some guru will say, "In my opinion, you'll do this." They are not guru; they are all rascals. Guru has no "own" opinion. Guru has got only one opinion, the same opinion which was expressed by Krishna, Vyasadeva, or Narada, or Arjuna, or Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, or the Gosvamis. You'll find the same thing.
Srila Prabhupada, Lecture: What is a Guru? London, August 22, 1973
December 30, 2013
One man, one boy, young boy, he asked me, "Why God has created this world?" And "Why don't you ask your father why he has created you? Then you'll understand." I told him like that. "Go and ask your father why he has created you."
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation -- January 21, 1977, Bhuvanesvara
December 29, 2013
Ramesvara: That was their sport, entertainment. Just like wrestling in India, but in the Middle East in Roman times the wrestling was fought until somebody had to be killed. That was their entertainment. They wanted to see them die. Even today, actually, all the entertainment in America and the Western world is based on violence. They have bull fighting. They want to see the bull tortured and killed. And they have chicken fighting, and they have...
Prabhupada: Dog fighting.
Ramesvara: And even the most popular sport in America now is football. It is more popular than baseball, and it's based on men jumping on each other. While one team is carrying the ball, every... A very violent sport.
Hari-sauri: And boxing also. So many different sports.
Ramesvara: They are fascinated by pain and fighting.
Prabhupada: Torture. They like to see that somebody is tortured by another.
Hari-sauri: All the movies are becoming increasingly more violent. And on TV.
Ramesvara: Yes, actually there is... I was just told, there is one movie now which is breaking all the records for attendance. It is called The Omen, and it is about a prophecy in the Bible called the Antichrist. This idea is that the Devil comes from hell to the planet earth, and he impregnates one woman, and then his son is born. So the son is called Antichrist, son of the Devil. And he is very powerful, with mystic power, very evil, and he takes over the whole world. So there's a movie now about this, and it's breaking all the sales records. And in the movie they have all sorts of ghastly things happening. This is what people like to see. They like to be scared. Horror
movies are also very popular. People go to the movie, and they come out and they have nightmares for a week. It is so frightening with special effects, and that is... They are paying money to be frightened.
Prabhupada: While sometimes the movies that are demonstrated in the plane, I close my eyes. I do not like to see them, because that impression carries. It is a very disturbing fact to me.
Hari-sauri: Yes. It's very disturbing. Those night flights are horrible. You can't sleep or anything.
Ramesvara: Even this movie that we have just been involved with, called Audrey Rose, about reincarnation, in order to make it popular they have made it very, very frightening. In order to get people to come, they have to have that element of terror.
Ramesvara: So they concoct different arrangements. Because people are willing to spend money to torture their own minds. No one is happy. They are very disturbed when they leave the movie theater. They are frightened. And at night they cannot sleep peacefully after seeing such movies. And they are paying money to go to these things.
Prabhupada: And again they will take tranquilizer.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation -- January 21, 1977, Bhuvanesvara
December 28, 2013
The following is from Transcendental Diary, by Hari-sauri Prabhu (slightly edited).
Monseigneur Kern [a Catholic dignitary who had come to meet Srila Prabhupada] seemed mainly concerned about the poor, needy and disabled.
Prabhupada however, told him that this type of work is not so important. "You have to accept it. But as far as possible we can give them help. That is not the question. Question is, those who are not handicapped, they are rotting without education, without enlightenment by keeping themselves as fourth-class, fifth-class men. Why not train them to become first-class men? That is the point. If one is blind, you cannot give him eyes. If one is lame, you cannot give him leg. That is beyond your ability. That is another thing; we shall deal with them later on. First of all, those who are born as human beings, why should you keep them as third-class, fourth-class men?"
He told them that we cannot expect that everyone will become first class, but there must be at least one class of man who is peaceful and self-controlled. "If there is a first-class man on the head of the society, then everything will be done properly."
Monseigneur Kern's concern was for the poor, the downtrodden, those who suffer and those who are deprived.
Prabhupada was frank with him. He said it was imagination to think that one can change that -- there will always be a richer class, a middle class and a poor class in human society. Before coming to America he had thought that everyone here was rich. But after arriving he saw there were so many bums lying on the street. In London he had also seen so many hippies lying in the parks with the police moving them on. So simply having money will not change things.
December 27, 2013
Tamala Krsna: He says, "What is the actual meaning of the sacrifice of the cross, Jesus dying on the cross?"
Prabhupada: It has no meaning. The people were so rascal that they attempted to kill him, because he was speaking of God. So we can understand the pollution of the then society, how intelligent they were. He had to deal with such rascals that he was speaking about God, and the result is that they wanted to kill him first. He preached, "Thou shall not kill," and they killed him first. This is their intelligence. Now people are advanced. Those doctrines, they are not [indistinct]. That's all. The answer.
Tamala Krsna: He says, "Did Jesus die on the cross to redeem all the sins of the world?"
Prabhupada: This is another sinful thought -- Jesus has taken contract for ridding your sinful activities. That's a plea, what is called plea for the sinners, that they will continue acting sinfully, and Christ will take contract to counteract. This is most sinful conviction. Instead of stopping sinful activities, we have given contract to Jesus Christ to counteract it.
Tamala Krsna: So these people are not actually getting free of their sins unless they stop sinning.
Prabhupada: Then what is the use of his preaching? They will continue sinful activities, and Jesus Christ will take contract for saving them. How nonsense idea this is! Bhavananda, do you think it is good idea?
Bhavananda: Not a good idea, Srila Prabhupada.
Prabhupada: Nonsense rascals. These people should be immediately hanged.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation -- April 2, 1977, Bombay
December 26, 2013
Interviewer: As far as rites which you practice and demands upon you which Krsna makes, what are any of these rites or demands? That is must you eat special foods, wear special clothing, special..., anything special which you put upon your face, sign, symbols, and also, is there any connection of Krsna consciousness to the meditation of yoga or of Zen, and what of physical fitness? How does Krsna consciousness look at this?
Prabhupada: Our process is to accept everything which conduces to develop Krsna's love. So those methods are given by experienced acaryas, that "You just follow." Just like when a child tries to walk, the mother gives some direction or some help in a wooden plank, that "You try to move in this way. You will learn how to walk," similarly, there are certain principles given by experienced acaryas. If we follow those principles, then we can work or we can go to the perfection of Krsna consciousness movement. It is not the method that is important. The real important is how to develop your love of Krsna. If somebody develops love of Krsna, or God, without those methods,there is no objection. We are not limited by the methods or ritualistic methods. But there are certain ritualistic method, which, if one follows, then he can quickly learn the art of Krsna consciousness. Just like we restrict our students in four principles: illicit sex life and intoxication, gambling, and meat-eating. So it is not that a gambler or a meat-eater or a man addicted to illicit sex life, he cannot love Krsna. It is not that. But that is very rare case. If he follows these principles, then it will be easier for him. Because Krsna, or God is pure, so so long one is impure in his habits, it is not possible for him. So these are the purificatory processes. And so far our signals or some marks on the body -- just like we take tilaka; we have some beads -- this means... Just like it is practical. When I was in Montreal and other cities, when we passed through the road, the children, the persons, they also said, "Hare Krsna!" So these marks and
this symbolic representation reminds others to Krsna consciousness. Just like a policeman, as soon as he appears in his dress, "Oh, here is a policeman," so similarly, these things are also required to remind others. Our process is to raise persons to Krsna consciousness. So if by our symbolic representation one immediately remembers Krsna, that is our success.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Interview -- Seattle, September 24, 1968
December 25, 2013
The yogis are trying to control the senses by force. "I shall go to the Himalayas. I shall not see any more beautiful woman. I shall close down my eyes." These are forceful. You cannot control your senses. There are many instances. You don't require to go to Himalaya. You just remain in Los Angeles city and engage your eyes to see Krsna, you are more than a person who has gone to Himalayas. You'll forget all other thing. This is our process. You don't require to change your position. You engage your ears for hearing Bhagavad-gita As It Is, you'll forget all nonsense. You engage your eyes to see the beauty of the Deity, Krsna. You engage your tongue for tasting Krsna prasadam. You engage your legs to come to this temple. You engage your hands to work for Krsna. You engage your nose to smell the flowers offered to Krsna. Then where your senses will go? He's captivated all round. The perfection is sure. You don't require to control your senses forcibly, don't see, don't do it, don't do it. No. You have to change the engagement, the status. That will help you.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.62-72 -- Los Angeles, December 19, 1968