Sanga

Living at home like Prahlada Maharaja

I am so pleased to hear that you are living nicely with your parents and carrying on with your Krsna consciousness activities. That is a good proposal. Nevermind there may be some inconvenience. Krsna always appreciates when his devotee makes some sacrifice on His behalf, so there is no real difficulty under any conditions so long as we remember the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Just like Prahlada Maharaja, he never asked Krsna for anything, Oh! Krsna please save me from my demon father, no. … Expand>

I am so pleased to hear that you are living nicely with your parents and carrying on with your Krsna consciousness activities. That is a good proposal. Nevermind there may be some inconvenience. Krsna always appreciates when his devotee makes some sacrifice on His behalf, so there is no real difficulty under any conditions so long as we remember the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Just like Prahlada Maharaja, he never asked Krsna for anything, Oh! Krsna please save me from my demon father, no. But because he was always remembering Krsna under all circumstances, Krsna saved him anyway, and when He became finally angry He came Himself and killed the demon father. But even Krsna came Himself, still Prahlada did not ask Him for any favours, only to please kindly have mercy upon my father. That is pure devotee. Of course we cannot imitate, but we should always try to remember the example of our predecessors and follow their example always.

(From a letter of Srila Prabhupada to Patty Dorgan, 4th September, 1972)

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Always remain dressed like a Vaisnava

The Vaisnavas, with tilaka, with kunti, with chanting beads, as soon as you see... And practically you know. As soon as they see these Hare Krsna movement people, they also chant, "Hare Krsna," giving a chance to the others. The dress is also required. You should be always equipped with tilaka, kunti, and sikha, sutra. Then, as soon as a common man sees, "Oh, here is a Hare Krsna man. Hare Krsna," he'll chant. Automatically you give a chance to chant Hare Krsna.… Expand>

The Vaisnavas, with tilaka, with kunti, with chanting beads, as soon as you see... And practically you know. As soon as they see these Hare Krsna movement people, they also chant, "Hare Krsna," giving a chance to the others. The dress is also required. You should be always equipped with tilaka, kunti, and sikha, sutra. Then, as soon as a common man sees, "Oh, here is a Hare Krsna man. Hare Krsna," he'll chant. Automatically you give a chance to chant Hare Krsna.

So this is required. The foolish rascals, they say that "What is the necessity of this, that?" No. This is necessity. You must always remain dressed like a Vaisnava. That is necessity.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.28.19 -- Nairobi, October 29, 1975

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Do not sin intentionally

Srila Prabhupada said: Everyone is papi (sinful) but one should not sin intentionally. Once taken shelter of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, that should be stopped. How to prevent these unfair means? I have given all the guidelines to the GBC. It is up to them. Whatever we do should be based on purity and honesty. If one does on one's whimsical motivation, that is not good.… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said:

Everyone is papi (sinful) but one should not sin intentionally. Once taken shelter of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, that should be stopped. How to prevent these unfair means? I have given all the guidelines to the GBC. It is up to them. Whatever we do should be based on purity and honesty. If one does on one's whimsical motivation, that is not good.

From a letter, November 11, 1977

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Dressing Krsna

It is not that one should worship Krsna once a week or once a month. Rather, one should worship Krsna twenty-four hours a day (nitya). The Deity should have a new dress every day or twice or four times a day -- as many times as possible. This is called srngara. Krsna is the most opulent enjoyer, and we should supply Him things by which He can enjoy. For instance, if someone gives me new clothing, I say, "Oh, this new clothing is very nice," and this is my enjoyment.… Expand>

It is not that one should worship Krsna once a week or once a month. Rather, one should worship Krsna twenty-four hours a day (nitya). The Deity should have a new dress every day or twice or four times a day -- as many times as possible. This is called srngara. Krsna is the most opulent enjoyer, and we should supply Him things by which He can enjoy. For instance, if someone
gives me new clothing, I say, "Oh, this new clothing is very nice," and this is my enjoyment.

Similarly, we should try to satisfy Krsna every day with gorgeous clothing. The dress for the Deity should be first class, the food offered to Him must be first class, and the place where He is situated in the temple must be first class or even more than first class. Furthermore, the temple should always be as clean as glass. Everyone remarks that the temples of the Krsna consciousness movement are very clean, and they must be very clean. The more one cleanses the temple, the more one's heart becomes cleansed. This is the process of devotional service. The more we dress Krsna, the more satisfied we become.

At the present moment we are accustomed to seeing and appreciating our own clothing. I think, "What costly clothing I have," and in this way I become satisfied. But when we dress Krsna we shall feel spiritual satisfaction.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => TQK 19: Crossing Beyond Illusion's Currents

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Impersonalists are the greatest cheaters

Everyone is combined to kill Krsna. Everyone, all over the world. 'There is no God'-the scientists, these philosophers, the politicians, everyone. This is the only movement talking of God. Nirvisesa sunyavadi. Everywhere, impersonalists and zero. 'There is no God'. The zero vadis, they are a little frank, but these rascals, nirvisesavadis -- God has no head, no tail-they are dangerous. Zero vadis, they call Him zero; that's all right. That is, we can understand, they admit.… Expand>

Everyone is combined to kill Krsna. Everyone, all over the world. 'There is no God'-the scientists, these philosophers, the politicians, everyone. This is the only movement talking of God. Nirvisesa sunyavadi. Everywhere, impersonalists and zero. 'There is no God'. The zero vadis, they are a little frank, but these rascals, nirvisesavadis -- God has no head, no tail-they are dangerous. Zero vadis, they call Him zero; that's all right. That is, we can understand, they admit.

But these rascals, nirvisesavadis -- 'Yes, there is God, but He has no head, He has no tail, He has no hand, He has no leg.' Then what He has? They are greatest cheaters. More dangerous than the sunyavadis. That is the version of Caitanya Mahaprabhu: veda na maniya bauddha haya ta' nastika/ vedasraya nastikya-vada bauddhake adhika [Cc. Madhya 6.168]. These Buddhists, they do not care for the Vedic injunction. We can understand. But these Sankarites, they take shelter of the Vedas and they say, 'There is no form of God.'

And that is being followed by the so called Hindus.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => TD 5-3: Sri Vrndavana Dhama 

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Qualified ksatriyas and modern presidents

According to Vedic civilization, a qualified ksatriya monarch is given the respect of the Lord because he represents the Lord by giving protection to the prajas. Modern elected presidents cannot even give protection from theft cases, and therefore one has to take protection from an insurance company.… Expand>

According to Vedic civilization, a qualified ksatriya monarch is given the respect of the Lord because he represents the Lord by giving protection to the prajas. Modern elected presidents cannot even give protection from theft cases, and therefore one has to take protection from an insurance company.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.6.31

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The main pillar of bhakti

...for all devotional service, the main pillar is sravanam, hearing. Without hearing, other processes of devotional service will not be perfect. Therefore hearing is most important. Hearing, according to our Vaisnava philosophy, especially Lord Caitanya's, this hearing and chanting are two main pillars for devotional service.… Expand>

...for all devotional service, the main pillar is sravanam, hearing. Without hearing, other processes of devotional service will not be perfect. Therefore hearing is most important. Hearing, according to our Vaisnava philosophy, especially Lord Caitanya's, this hearing and chanting are two main pillars for devotional service.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.18-30 -- Los Angeles, December 30, 1968

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Krsna's account book

We should not fall down. Because if we have got enthusiasm and patience, we shall not fall down. But suppose we fall down. Sastra says, tasya abhadra abhud amusya kim. There is nothing inauspicity because whatever you have done sincerely, that is recorded in the book. In Krsna's book. Krsna has got accountant. He keeps nice account of the activities of His devotees. That's a fact.… Expand>

We should not fall down. Because if we have got enthusiasm and patience, we shall not fall down. But suppose we fall down. Sastra says, tasya abhadra abhud amusya kim. There is nothing inauspicity because whatever you have done sincerely, that is recorded in the book. In Krsna's book. Krsna has got accountant. He keeps nice account of the activities of His devotees. That's a fact. Just like the nondevotees' accounts are kept by Yamaraja for punishment. Similarly, devotees' accounts are kept by Krsna, personally.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => The Nectar of Devotion -- Vrndavana, October 20, 1972

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The main pillar of bhakti

...for all devotional service, the main pillar is sravanam, hearing. Without hearing, other processes of devotional service will not be perfect. Therefore hearing is most important. Hearing, according to our Vaisnava philosophy, especially Lord Caitanya's, this hearing and chanting are two main pillars for devotional service.… Expand>

...for all devotional service, the main pillar is sravanam, hearing. Without hearing, other processes of devotional service will not be perfect. Therefore hearing is most important. Hearing, according to our Vaisnava philosophy, especially Lord Caitanya's, this hearing and chanting are two main pillars for devotional service.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.18-30 -- Los Angeles, December 30, 1968

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They will eat children

...more inauspicity will come. Now, still, in your country you are not poverty-stricken. You have got enough food. These things also will be stopped. Now you have got food in chaos, but there will be no food also. Then the mother and father will eat his own children. This is world, this Kali-yuga, everything. No food will be produced. Now by your talent, you are producing nice food, but producing food, the, tilling the ground some way or other, by machine or by this way...… Expand>

...more inauspicity will come. Now, still, in your country you are not poverty-stricken. You have got enough food. These things also will be stopped. Now you have got food in chaos, but there will be no food also. Then the mother and father will eat his own children. This is world, this Kali-yuga, everything. No food will be produced. Now by your talent, you are producing nice food, but producing food, the, tilling the ground some way or other, by machine or by this way...

There must be rain, so many conditions. But time will come when there will be no rain. Then what you will do with your tractor and machine? You'll have to eat the tractor. [laughter] That's all. What you will do? There will be no rain. It is said that "There will be cloud, there will be lightning, but there will be no rainfall." These are stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. This is the result of our sinful life, restriction.

Prakrteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvasah, ahankara-vimudhatma [Bg. 3.27]. These rascals are thinking, "We are master." What master you are? You are under the control of nature fully. And these rascals are thinking, "I am free. There is no God. I am free."

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.22 -- Hawaii, January 18, 1974

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Mad, stupid atheists will get kicked out

Prabhupada: Those who are not believing in God, to them God will come one day as death, "Now believe Me. Get out!" Finished. All your pride finished. Your pride, your property, your family, your bank balance, your skyscraper building -- all taken away. "Finished. Get out." This is God. Now understand God? To believe or not believe, God will come one day. He will take you, take your everything, and "Get out!" That is God.… Expand>

Prabhupada: Those who are not believing in God, to them God will come one day as death, "Now believe Me. Get out!" Finished. All your pride finished. Your pride, your property, your family, your bank balance, your skyscraper building -- all taken away. "Finished. Get out." This is God. Now understand God? To believe or not believe, God will come one day. He will take you, take your everything, and "Get out!" That is God. You believe or not believe. It doesn't matter. The same example, the tenant may not believe the landlord, but when the landlord will come with court's order, "Get out," then you have to go out. That's all. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, that "Those who are not believer in God, to them I come as death and take away everything, finished." That one has to believe, "Yes, as sure as death." Then God is sure. You may challenge so long you have got little life
for a few years, [laughter] but God will come and drive you away from your present pride, prestigious position, "Get out." So unless one is madman, he cannot say, "There is no God." Anyone who denies the existence of God, he is a madman.

Dr. Wolfe: Prabhupada, wouldn't it be better to say he is blind, he is stupid?

Prabhupada: Yes, the same thing. Mad is the sum total of all stupidity. [laughter] When I say mad, it is the sum total of all kinds of stupidity.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Garden Conversation -- Los Angeles, June 25, 1975

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External strength and spiritual strength

After the morning walk the sannyasis have been coming into Prabhupada's room for a few minutes, eager for as much association with him as they can get. As he relaxed behind his desk waiting for breakfast he told them our preaching will go on only if we have spiritual strength. "We may have external strength," he said, "but success will only come if we have spiritual strength. Preaching programs will work only if there is purity."… Expand>

After the morning walk the sannyasis have been coming into Prabhupada's room for a few minutes, eager for as much association with him as they can get. As he relaxed behind his desk waiting for breakfast he told them our preaching will go on only if we have spiritual strength. "We may have external strength," he said, "but success will only come if we have spiritual strength. Preaching programs will work only if there is purity."

Citing the example of one of his leading Godbrothers in the Gaudiya Matha, he pointed out that he had all kinds of material facility -- money, mathas, etc. But what had he done for spreading Krsna consciousness? He explained that simply amassing material wealth will not bring spiritual success, nor does it signify success. He gave the example of milk touched by a serpent: It looks like milk, but it is spoiled.

"How do we keep our spiritual strength?" Prabhupada asked. We can keep our spiritual strength by being very strict Vaisnavas, he told us: by strictly following the principles and not giving any consideration whatsoever to maya's allurements. Maya is always trying to weaken us, he said, but if we think only of Krsna we will have spiritual strength; if we think of something else then we will have no transcendental potency. As always, Srila Prabhupada emphasized that we must remain strictly regulated and chant all our rounds every day.


From Transcendental Diary

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My children, my bags

So anyone who identifies with this body, this bag of these three elements... This is a bag. So yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke sva-dhih kalatradisu. And from this bag there are many other bags emanated, just like my children. They are also my different bags, production of this bag.… Expand>

So anyone who identifies with this body, this bag of these three elements... This is a bag. So yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke sva-dhih kalatradisu. And from this bag there are many other bags emanated, just like my children. They are also my different bags, production of this bag.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.16-17 -- New York, May 25, 1966

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Not simply a cinema show

When Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that all over the world His message will be broadcast, does it mean that it will be simply a cinema show? No. He wanted that everyone should become perfect Vaisnava. That is His purpose. It is not to make a farce, some lecturing and..., or some mutual praising society. No. It is Krishna Society.… Expand>

When Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that all over the world His message will be broadcast, does it mean that it will be simply a cinema show? No. He wanted that everyone should become perfect Vaisnava. That is His purpose. It is not to make a farce, some lecturing and..., or some mutual praising society. No. It is Krishna Society.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's Appearance Day -- Atlanta, March 2, 1975

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Vote-manipulators cannot benefit society

...those who want to be leader of the society, they should be ideal persons, they should be Krsna conscious person. Then the whole world will be happy. Otherwise, these nonsense, simply by manipulating votes if they become leader, what they can do? They have no education.… Expand>

...those who want to be leader of the society, they should be ideal persons, they should be Krsna conscious person. Then the whole world will be happy. Otherwise, these nonsense, simply by manipulating votes if they become leader, what they can do? They have no education. They have no training how to do good to the people. They cannot do. Only those who are devotees, those who are Krsna conscious or God conscious, they can do actual benefit to the society. Others cannot do.


>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.18-30 -- Los Angeles, December 30, 1968

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Ideal leaders and their responsibility

...leaders must be very ideal men. Then automatically the country or the society becomes nicely situated. Because if the leader of the society is perfect... Therefore formerly, monarchy was current, and the king was educated very highly, how to administer state. Just like Maharaja Yudhisthira.… Expand>

...leaders must be very ideal men. Then automatically the country or the society becomes nicely situated. Because if the leader of the society is perfect... Therefore formerly, monarchy was current, and the king was educated very highly, how to administer state. Just like Maharaja Yudhisthira. ideal king. Lord Ramacandra, ideal king. Somebody came to Lord Ramacandra and made Him responsible that "How Your kingdom is going that my son in the presence of his father has died?" You see, king was responsible
for that. If there is severe cold, the king is responsible for that. If there is severe heat, the king is responsible for that.

Just try to understand how much a king was responsible for the happiness of the citizens. They were ideal king, and therefore the citizens also followed. They became Krsna conscious, they became all devotees. And if the leader is a sinful man and doing all impious activities, then how you can expect the citizens to be all good and pious? It is not possible. Therefore here, it is a very important subject matter. "Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men will follow in his footprints." Therefore good leader wanted. You haven't got to educate individually every citizen. If you have got a good leader, then the citizens automatically become good.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.18-30 -- Los Angeles, December 30, 1968

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Ramesvara Prabhu on Srila Prabhupada's literary output

Srila Prabhupada finished 2nd Canto and started 3rd Canto in 1969. He then took a break to write the Krsna Books and Nectar of Devotion. Sometime in 1970 - 1971 he resumed 3rd Canto and oversaw the publication of the Bhagvad-gita As It Is by McMillan in 1972. By 1973 the 4th canto was finished and His Divine Grace next wrote the 17-volumes of Sri Caitanya-Caritamrita, which he completed in Nov 1974. He then began working on the 5th Canto that was completed in early 1975.… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada finished 2nd Canto and started 3rd Canto in 1969. He then took a break to write the Krsna Books and Nectar of Devotion. Sometime in 1970 - 1971 he resumed 3rd Canto and oversaw the publication of the Bhagvad-gita As It Is by McMillan in 1972. By 1973 the 4th canto was finished and His Divine Grace next wrote the 17-volumes of Sri Caitanya-Caritamrita, which he completed in Nov 1974. He then began working on the 5th Canto that was completed in early 1975. His transcendental
literary output, year after year, averaged one volume per month between 1970-1977- which is by any standard a miracle in writing! Traveling the world, managing a growing worldwide revolutionary movement, writing dozens of letters a day, giving morning and evening class lectures, giving loans to buy and build temples throughout the world, meeting dignitaries, reporters,
guests and of course meeting with his disciples- with all those distractions no author in the history of the world could have concentrated, let alone authored one volume every month (average) for years. He gave up his sleep for all those years; no, he gave his life to give the world these transcendental literatures. And his disciples were thus empowered and inspired by him to give up everything in our lives to distribute them to the masses of fallen embodied humans in non-stop marathons. He cannot be
compared to others - no one had such worldwide preaching spirit that manifest is such tangible ways.

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Sure and certain you go back to Krsna

At the time of death, whatever you are thinking, that means you are preparing your next life like that. Therefore the whole life shall be so processed but at the same time, at the end of our life we can at least think of Krsna. Then sure and certain you go back to Krsna. This practice has to be done.… Expand>

At the time of death, whatever you are thinking, that means you are preparing your next life like that. Therefore the whole life shall be so processed but at the same time, at the end of our life we can at least think of Krsna. Then sure and certain you go back to Krsna. This practice has to be done. Because unless we practice while we are strong and stout and our consciousness is right thinking. So instead of wasting time in so many things for sense gratification, if we go on concentrating on Krsna consciousness, that means we are making a solution of all the miseries of our material existence. That is the process, Krsna consciousness, always thinking of Krsna.

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

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Tell this to vegans

The milk is produced by the cow, but it is not meant for the cow. It is meant for the human being. If you offer the milk, 30 pounds of milk, after milking the cow, and if you offer to the cow [or calf], it will refuse. It will refuse, "I don't want it." Give it dry grass? Oh, it will be very glad.… Expand>

The milk is produced by the cow, but it is not meant for the cow. It is meant for the human being. If you offer the milk, 30 pounds of milk, after milking the cow, and if you offer to the cow [or calf], it will refuse. It will refuse, "I don't want it." Give it dry grass? Oh, it will be very glad.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.13-16 -- New York, May 23, 1966

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How even an animal can go back to Godhead

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

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


>>> Ref. VedaBase => Antya 1.33

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Two things that Krsna is very much interested in

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

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

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

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So-called political leaders

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

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

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.24.66

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Quit home!

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

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

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 2.1.16

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How to keep a wife satisfied

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

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

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.25.41

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Duty of sannyasis: not nonsense philanthropic work

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

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

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


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

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Election time

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

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

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.10.4

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Avoid impersonalists

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

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

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

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Balarama's rasa-yatra

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

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

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

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Fight!

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

Srila Prabhupada said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Excerpts from Transcendental Diary)

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Srila Prabhupada on gurukul and economic advancement

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

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

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

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

From Transcendental Diary by Hari-sauri Prabhu

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Millions of dollars for Krsna, none for me

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

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

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

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All the GBC men were in mangala-arati

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

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

Told by Banabatta Prabhu to me (BVS)

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

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

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

Srila Prabhupada, Conversation–July 6, 1972, London

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I can't live on a farm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Going way too far

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The fate of an old man

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

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

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.30.13

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A first-class treasurer!

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

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

(from a TKG lecture)

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The world of hypocrisy and how to check it

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

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

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.14.4

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More women, disaster

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

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

Prabhupada: Yes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morning Walk -- Mayapur, March 19, 1976

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Women addressed as mothers

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

Hansaduta Dasa recalls:

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

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