Sanga

Education for women

TRANSLATION 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.… Expand>

TRANSLATION
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.
PURPORT
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

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Restrictions

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. … Expand>

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

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Krsna is not a shopkeeper

...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).… Expand>

...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

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Reply to an Arya-samaji: God eats!

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.… Expand>

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

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Krsna consciousness is for the strong

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.… Expand>

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

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Remain in your principles and make the whole world your disciple

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.… Expand>

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."

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From Transcendental Diary, by Hari-sauri Prabhu (slightly edited)

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Twenty years to read all of Srila Prabhupada's books

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."… Expand>

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

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Puppets of Krsna

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.… Expand>

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

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God cannot help those who deny the mercy

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.… Expand>

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

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Guru's opinion

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."… Expand>

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

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Why God created this world

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."… Expand>

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

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Spend money to torture their own mind

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...… Expand>

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.

Prabhupada: Oh.

Hari-sauri: Mysticism.

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

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The poor, needy and disabled

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.… Expand>

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.

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The meaning of the cross

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.… Expand>

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

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Special clothing to remind others

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? … Expand>

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

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Don't go Himalayas, stay in LA

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.… Expand>

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

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Bhaktisiddhanta's mercy: Srila Prabhupada's books

London, 1977: "Produce books," said Srila Prabhupada. "These books are all the mercy of my Guru Maharaja. No author throughout the world has written so many books -- Shakespeare, Milton, Dickens. Neither their books have been so widely read or with such appreciation."… Expand>

London, 1977:

"Produce books," said Srila Prabhupada. "These books are all the mercy of my Guru Maharaja. No author throughout the world has written so many books -- Shakespeare, Milton, Dickens. Neither their books have been so widely read or with such appreciation."

From Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta

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Bhaktisiddhanta: answers to all questions

All sorts of puzzling questions will be solved if only we give our lending ear to those persons who have very little to do with this world.… Expand>

All sorts of puzzling questions will be solved if only we give our lending ear to those persons who have very little to do with this world.

(Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada)

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Bhaktisiddhanta: so much misery, pain, trouble, and danger

The Supreme Lord is saying, “I have arranged so much misery, so much pain, so much trouble and danger, not to make you suffer, but to teach you that all this misery is unnecessary; so you will search for the happiness that is eternally desirable, the joy that is eternally adorable."… Expand>

The Supreme Lord is saying, “I have arranged so much misery, so much pain, so much trouble and danger, not to make you suffer, but to teach you that all this misery is unnecessary; so you will search for the happiness that is eternally desirable, the joy that is eternally adorable."

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

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Srila Prabhupada's inspiration: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

"Before writing these books, I never really wrote before," Swamiji [Srila Prabhupada] tells me. "I wondered, ‘How will I do it?' So I just sat down and repeated what I had heard from my spiritual master. I did not invent. If I'm satisfied, it is because I have delivered the message as it is, without any concoctions. But as for writing -- " He laughs. "It is all the mercy of my spiritual master, who is your grand spiritual master.… Expand>

"Before writing these books, I never really wrote before," Swamiji [Srila Prabhupada] tells me. "I wondered, ‘How will I do it?' So I just sat down and repeated what I had heard from my spiritual master. I did not invent. If I'm satisfied, it is because I have delivered the message as it is, without any concoctions. But as for writing -- " He laughs. "It is all the mercy of my spiritual master, who is your grand spiritual master. He was such a scholar, such a transcendental aristocrat, a Vaikuntha man. He never
married. Eternal brahmachari. It is he who is inspiring us. He once said, ‘Don't build temples in this age. Print books.' Books were very important to him, for by them we can spread this movement most effectively. Perhaps a modern gentleman may not want to visit a temple, but he will want to buy a book."

(From The Hare Krishna Explosion by Hayagriva dasa)

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Without the Service of Hari --- Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

If you are not engaged in the service of Hari, then you will either be a jnani (follower of absolute monism) or a karmi (performer of scriptural rites for securing pleasures in this life or in the next), or an unabashed servant of worldly desires without restraint.… Expand>

If you are not engaged in the service of Hari, then you will either be a jnani (follower of absolute monism) or a karmi (performer of scriptural rites for securing pleasures in this life or in the next), or an unabashed servant of worldly desires without restraint.
- Sri Chaitanya's Teachings page. 128

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The qualification to preach according to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta

My Guru Maharaja used to say, prana ache yara sei hetu pracara. A person can become a preacher if he has got life. A dead man cannot become a preacher. So you must be very enthusiastic that "I shall preach the glories of the Lord to my best capacity."… Expand>

My Guru Maharaja used to say, prana ache yara sei hetu pracara. A person can become a preacher if he has got life. A dead man cannot become a preacher. So you must be very enthusiastic that "I shall preach the glories of the Lord to my best capacity." It is not that one has to become very learned scholar to become a preacher. Simply it requires enthusiasm, "My Lord is so great, so kind, so beautiful, so wonderful. So I must speak something about my Lord." This is the qualification, enthusiasm.

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

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"A Slight Desire" --- Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

It is better to commit suicide by swallowing poison than to associate with people who desire other things than Krishna, or seek the enjoyment of such things. Having begun to serve Hari, if such a person becomes attached to things other than Krishna, he is utterly ruined. Bharata became king of Bharatavarsha.… Expand>

It is better to commit suicide by swallowing poison than to associate with people who desire other things than Krishna, or seek the enjoyment of such things. Having begun to serve Hari, if such a person becomes attached to things other than Krishna, he is utterly ruined. Bharata became king of Bharatavarsha. He had formerly practiced a great variety of endeavors for spiritual progress. He had practiced asceticism and had made actual progress on the path of the service of Hari. But he had to be born as the young son of a deer. He had conceived a very slight desire for an object other than Krishna. He had wished to perform what is ordinarily known in the world as an act of kindness. It was nothing more serious than a slight desire to serve a helpless animal, but for only this reason Bharata had to take birth as a deer. Therefore the lotus feet of our Sri Gurudeva command us to have
no duty other than the service of Krishna. "May you have your mind fixed on Krishna", is the only proper benediction.
- Sri Chaitanya's Teachings, page 20

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Make Vrndavana life

So much land is lying, and these rascals are not developing. And they are making... What is that? Coal stone. Coal. They are interested with these bricks and stones, not green vegetables. Such a rascal government. Give them facility. We know how to do it. Annad bhavanti bhutani parjanyad anna-sambhavah, yajnad bhavati parjanyah [Bg. 3.14]. Let them engage in kirtana.… Expand>

So much land is lying, and these rascals are not developing. And they are making... What is that? Coal stone. Coal. They are interested with these bricks and stones, not green vegetables. Such a rascal government. Give them facility. We know how to do it. Annad bhavanti bhutani parjanyad anna-sambhavah, yajnad bhavati parjanyah [Bg. 3.14]. Let them engage in kirtana. There will be more water for gardening, and it will be moist, and then produce fodder for the animals and food for you. And animal gives you milk. That is Vrndavana life. And they are absorbed in this so-called opulence. Krsna has taken birth. They are bringing so many nice, pleasant foodstuff, very well-dressed and ornamented. These are description. In the morning we were reading. How they were happy, the inhabitants of Vrndavana with Krsna and living and cows. That I want to introduce. At any cost do it
and... Don't bother about big, big buildings. It is not required. Useless waste of time. Produce. Make the whole field green. See that. Then whole economic question solved. Then you eat sumptuous. Eat sumptuously. The animal is happy. The animal even does not give milk; let them eat and pass stool and urine. That is welcome. After all, eating, they will pass stool. So that is beneficial, not that simple milk is beneficial. Even the stool is beneficial. Therefore I am asking so much here and..., "Farm, farm, farm, farm..." That is not my program--Krsna's program. Annad bhavanti bhutani [Bg. 3.14]. Produce greenness everywhere, everywhere. Vrndavana. It is not this motorcar civilization.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Conversation Pieces -- May 27, 1977, Vrndavana

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How helping the poor can block spiritual liberation

Suppose you have got one thousand dollars in your pocket. You spend it for some good cause. But that sort of sacrifice is also cause of your bondage. Now, suppose you have given to a poor man one hundred dollars to help. According to law of karma, you have given one hundred dollars to a poor man to help him.… Expand>

Suppose you have got one thousand dollars in your pocket.  You spend it for some good cause. But that sort of sacrifice is also cause of your bondage. Now, suppose you have given to a poor man one hundred dollars to help. According to law of karma, you have given one hundred dollars to a poor man to help him. This means that the poor man has to pay you four hundred dollars in your next life, with interest and compound interest. And you will have to take that four hundred dollars. And suppose you are preparing yourself to conquer over the next life, but by contributing this one hundred dollars you are now bound up to take payment of four hundred dollars; therefore you have to take your birth. These are subtle laws.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.58-59 -- New York, April 27, 1966

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Living in a direct relationship with the Supreme Lord

One who is engaged in Lord Krsna's devotional service lives in a direct relationship with the Supreme Lord, so there is no doubt that his position is transcendental from the very beginning. A devotee does not live on the material plane -- he lives in Krsna.… Expand>

One who is engaged in Lord Krsna's devotional service lives in a direct relationship with the Supreme Lord, so there is no doubt that his position is transcendental from the very beginning. A devotee does not live on the material plane -- he lives in Krsna. The holy name of the Lord and the Lord are nondifferent; therefore when a devotee chants Hare Krsna, Krsna and His internal potency are dancing on the tongue of the devotee. When he offers Krsna food, Krsna directly accepts these eatables, and the devotee becomes Krsna-ized by eating the remnants. One who does not engage in such service cannot understand how this is so, although this is a process recommended in the Bhagavad-gita and in other Vedic literatures.

Srila Prabhupada's purport to Bg 12.8

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Arjuna's nonsense

Arjuna says that "I'll not fight. I'll not fight with my relatives and brothers for the sake of achieving some kingdom. No, no, no." Now, for the ordinary man it appears to be: "Oh, Arjuna is very nice man, nonviolent. He's giving up everything for the sake of his relatives. Oh, what a nice man he is." This is ordinary calculation. But what Krsna says? "You are fool, damn fool number one." You see? And that we have already discussed. Asocyan anvasocas tvam prajna-vadams ca bhasase: [Bg. 2.11] "My dear Arjuna, you are talking like very learned man, but you are number fool one." Yes. This is the, I mean to say, reward given.… Expand>

Arjuna says that "I'll not fight. I'll not fight with my relatives and brothers for the sake of achieving some kingdom. No, no, no." Now, for the ordinary man it appears to be: "Oh, Arjuna is very nice man, nonviolent. He's giving up everything for the sake of his relatives. Oh, what a nice man he is." This is ordinary calculation. But what Krsna says? "You are fool, damn fool number one." You see? And that we have already discussed. Asocyan anvasocas tvam prajna-vadams ca bhasase: [Bg. 2.11] "My dear Arjuna, you are talking like very learned man, but you are number fool one." Yes. This is the, I mean to say, reward given. "You are, you are declining to fight? This is your nonsensical." Now, just see. The things which are estimated in the public eyes very nice, very good, that is condemned by God. Condemned by God. We have got so many examples and experiences life that what is eulogized by some of our friends, it is condemned by others. So whole thing, our perfection of any act, that should be certified by the Supreme Lord. Dharmah svanusthitah pumsam... [SB 1.2.8]. Svanusthitasya dharmasya samsiddhir hari-tosanam [SB 1.2.13]. Hari-tosanam. We have to see it, "Whether the Supreme Consciousness is pleased with my, this action." So Arjuna's action was not approved, not approved by Lord Krsna. But the same Arjuna, he fought at the last. After hearing the instruction of Bhagavad-gita, he engaged himself in the fight.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.55-58 -- New York, April 15, 1966

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Who can understand Srimad-Bhagavatam?

All Vedic literatures maintain that Srimad-Bhagavatam has to be learned from the person bhagavata, and to understand it one has to engage in pure devotional service. Srimad-Bhagavatam cannot be understood by so-called erudite scholars or grammarians.… Expand>

All Vedic literatures maintain that Srimad-Bhagavatam has to be learned from the person bhagavata, and to understand it one has to engage in pure devotional service. Srimad-Bhagavatam cannot be understood by so-called erudite scholars or grammarians. One who has developed pure Krsna consciousness and has served the pure devotee, the spiritual master, can
understand Srimad-Bhagavatam. Others cannot.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Madhya 24.313

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Giving up mental speculation is the whole art of spiritual life

All kinds of mental concoction, mental speculation, should be given up. That is the science. That is the beginning of our spiritual life, that "I shall not use my mind for my activities. I shall wait for the direction from the higher authority, supreme consciousness. Then I shall act."… Expand>

All kinds of mental concoction, mental speculation, should be given up. That is the science. That is the beginning of our spiritual life, that "I shall not use my mind for my activities. I shall wait for the direction from the higher authority, supreme consciousness. Then I shall act."

...if we act according to our mental speculation or mental whims, then we are bound up by the reaction. And if we practice ourself to be active under the direction of the Supreme, then we are free. This is the whole art of spiritual life.


>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.58-59 -- New York, April 27, 1966

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Everyone can become a swami

...so far these senses are concerned, that should be under my control. I should not be servant of my senses. And that is possible when I am situated in the spiritual platform of consciousness. Otherwise it is not possible. I cannot control my senses if I am on the material plane. It is impossible. But I can control my senses... But this is possible. This is possible. It is not impossible fact. This "swami"... We are known as swami. What is the meaning of "swami"? Swami means who is the master of the senses. That is the swami. Swami means master.… Expand>

...so far these senses are concerned, that should be under my control. I should not be servant of my senses. And that is possible when I am situated in the spiritual platform of consciousness. Otherwise it is not possible. I cannot control my senses if I am on the material plane. It is impossible. But I can control my senses... But this is possible. This is possible. It is not impossible fact. This "swami"... We are known as swami. What is the meaning of "swami"? Swami means who is the master of the senses. That is the swami. Swami means master. One who has attained the perfectional stage of controlling the senses, he is called swami or goswami, master of the senses. So this can be done by practice, by knowledge. This is not impossible. I was also young man. I also, I was also married, and I have got my wife still living, and my family is still living, but some way or other, by practicing
or by some knowledge, I have come out of the clutches. So everyone can have that. Not... This dress is not the swami. Actually you can also be swami, even in your, the present dress. The dress is immaterial. The actual fact is that one should, by spiritual development of consciousness, they should come to the stage of becoming the master of the senses.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.55-58 -- New York, April 15, 1966

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Building a house just to burn it

This bodily affection is false affection. Because the body will not exist. Suppose I and my wife, or my children, we are all very happy. Pasyann api na pasyati. Tesam nidhanam pramattah pasyann api na pasyati. It is said in the Bhagavata that... Now, for example, suppose if you are preparing very nice thing, a nice, very nice house. All right. If somebody asks you, "Well, sir, why you are building such nice house?" Now, if you answer, "Yes, just to set fire in it," so what the people will think? "What a fool he is, that he is building such a nice house, and at the end he'll set fire in it? Then why you are taking so much trouble, sir?" "No. Yes." … Expand>

This bodily affection is false affection. Because the body will not exist. Suppose I and my wife, or my children, we are all very happy. Pasyann api na pasyati. Tesam nidhanam pramattah pasyann api na pasyati. It is said in the Bhagavata that... Now, for example, suppose if you are preparing very nice thing, a nice, very nice house. All right. If somebody asks you, "Well, sir, why you are building such nice house?" Now, if you answer, "Yes, just to set fire in it," so what the people will think? "What a fool he is, that he is building such a nice house, and at the end he'll set fire in it? Then why you are taking so much trouble, sir?" "No. Yes." Actually our position is like this. Actually our position is like this because the whole life I am working so hard because of maintaining this temporary body of myself, my son, my daughter, my father, my mother. So setting fire. At the end the setting fire. Setting fire I am speaking specially because after death, as you put it into graveyard, in India, Hindus, they set fire to the dead body.

So everything that we are creating, at the end it will be set into fire.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.55-58 -- New York, April 15, 1966

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Bubbles in the waves

...what is this manifestation in the course of this material world, so many things coming? Just like a bubble in the ocean. If you travel over the seas you will find so many waves are tossing each other, and so many bubbles are formed, and again it is submerged in the water -- no account of it.… Expand>

...what is this manifestation in the course of this material world, so many things coming? Just like a bubble in the ocean. If you travel over the seas you will find so many waves are tossing each other, and so many bubbles are formed, and again it is submerged in the water -- no account of it. Similarly, all these manifestations are coming and going and coming and going and, packed within this coming and going, there is the actual spirit soul, which na hanyate hanyamane sarire [Bg. 2.20], which exists, and we are that permanent existent. We are that permanent form...

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.55-58 -- New York, April 15, 1966

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No fatigue in Krsna consciousness

We have to work. Without working even our, this body and soul cannot go. It is a misconception that for spiritual realization he hasn't got to work. No, he has got to work more. Persons who are not for spiritual realization, they may be engaged in work for eight hours only, but those who are engaged for spiritual realization, oh, they are engaged twenty-four hours, twenty-four hours. That is the difference. And that difference is...… Expand>

We have to work. Without working even our, this body and soul cannot go. It is a  misconception that for spiritual realization he hasn't got to work. No, he has got to work more. Persons who are not for spiritual realization, they may be engaged in work for eight hours only, but those who are engaged for spiritual realization, oh, they are engaged twenty-four hours, twenty-four hours. That is the difference. And that difference is... You'll find that on the material platform, on the bodily conception of life, if you
work for eight hours only, you'll feel fatigued. But spiritual purpose, if you work more than twenty-four hours... Unfortunately, you haven't got more than twenty-four hours at your disposal. Still, you won't feel fatigued. I tell you. This is my practical experience. This is my practical experience. And I am here, always working, something reading or writing, something reading or writing, twenty-four hours. Simply when I feel hungry, I take some food. And simply when I feel asleep, I go to bed. Otherwise, always, I don't feel fatigued. You can ask Mr. Paul whether I am not doing this. So I take, I take pleasure in doing that. I don't feel fatigued. Similarly, when one will have that spiritual sense, he won't feel... Rather, he will, he will feel disgusted to go to sleep. "Oh, sleep has come just to disturb." He wants to lessen the time of sleeping. Then... Now, as we pray, vande
rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau. These Six Gosvamis, they were deputed by Lord Caitanya to discuss this science. They have written immense literature about it. You'll be surprised that they were sleeping only for one and half hours daily, not more than that. That also, sometimes they forego. Now, so much busy in spiritual activities, krsnotkirtana-gana-nartana-parau...

So spiritual life is so sublime and so invigorating that you won't feel fatigued. You have to be engaged. And as you are engaged actually in spiritual life, you won't feel fatigued. You'll be fearless, and your life will be always blissful.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.49-51 -- New York, April 5, 1966

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The Singhania family deity

In every Indian aristocratic family you'll find they have got their particular temples and temple worship, and they go, they offer their respect, and do their business as it is. There is no harm. Side by side with material activities, they have got the chance of spiritual... Now, this particular family I am speaking to you, Singhania family, you'll be very glad to learn that how they are family arrangement... They have got a temple, Dvarakadhisa, a Radha-Krsna temple, just like this picture.… Expand>

In every Indian aristocratic family you'll find they have got their particular temples and temple worship, and they go, they offer their respect, and do their business as it is. There is no harm. Side by side with material activities, they have got the chance of spiritual... Now, this particular family I am speaking to you, Singhania family, you'll be very glad to learn that how they are family arrangement... They have got a temple, Dvarakadhisa, a Radha-Krsna temple, just like this picture. They have got a very nice temple, and that temple has got some property. And out of the property, one of the land is leased out to this Singhania Organization business. So they pay rent to the Deity. The Deity has large income. And they spend also in so many ways. If we have got the chance of starting a temple here, we shall also let you know how to spend for spiritual consciousness. Now their family duty is that they are, this Singhania, Sir Padampat Singhania, they have got four or five brothers, and the mother is still living. And the order is that each and every family member must go every day and pay respect to the Deity. And if somebody is absent one day, then he must be fined. A fine is imposed. The, the big brother, Sir Padampat Singhania, if he's absent one day to pay respect to the Deity, he's fined ten rupees, or ten dollars. And, and next day the brahmana, or the pujari, the worshiper engaged, he goes to collect the fine. He presents, "Yes, yes. I am sorry. Yes. Here is my fine." [laughs] So of
course, this is self-imposed, but the idea is that they are spiritually conscious in this way. "Oh, I did not go yesterday to offer my respect to the Deity, Krsna. So I must pay fine." This is also spiritual consciousness.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.49-51 -- New York, April 5, 1966

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Even those who fall are fortunate

Prabhupada: Krsna's mercy is always there. It is your misuse of free will. You are given the opportunity -- that is fortune. But you do not accept the fortune. That is your misfortune. That is stated in the Caitanya-caritamrita. Lord Caitanya said, ei rupe brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva [Cc. Madhya 19.151]. Kono -- some fortunate man can accept it. Because mostly they are unfortunate.… Expand>

Prabhupada: Krsna's mercy is always there. It is your misuse of free will. You are given the opportunity -- that is fortune. But you do not accept the fortune. That is your misfortune. That is stated in the Caitanya-caritamrita. Lord Caitanya said, ei rupe brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva [Cc. Madhya 19.151]. Kono -- some fortunate man can accept it. Because mostly they are unfortunate. Just see, throughout the whole of Europe and America we are making propaganda. How many students have come? A very insignificant number, although they have come. They are fortunate.

Amogha: Sometimes we see that a devotee may be very sincere, but at the same time he becomes weak somehow, and he falls down.

Prabhupada: Even if he falls down, still he is fortunate, because the injection is there. It will act, some day or another. Still he is fortunate. As fortunate man he took it, but he fell down. That does not mean he's unfortunate. Still he's fortunate, because the poison is already there. It will develop. That is called ajnata sukrti. Therefore he is not loser. He continues to be fortunate. It will take some time.

Amogha: So he became weak because he misused his individual will.

Prabhupada: He misused the instruction of his spiritual master. Therefore he became unfortunate, or he fell down.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- Perth, May 10, 1975

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Remember the Supreme amid very grave duties

Life should be molded in such a way that in every step or action, we shall feel the presence of the Lord. That is spiritual life. That is spiritual life. You need not change your present occupation. ... The aim is toward Krsna. ... Now, suppose a man or woman is in love, and the man is a third person, beyond the husband of the wife, beyond the, of the woman.… Expand>

Life should be molded in such a way that in every step or action, we shall feel the presence of the Lord. That is spiritual life. That is spiritual life. You need not change your present occupation. ... The aim is toward Krsna. ... Now, suppose a man or woman is in love, and the man is a third person, beyond the husband of the wife, beyond the, of the woman. Now, it is a example given in scripture that the woman who is fallen in love, the woman of man with other woman, other man, opposite sex. So he may be engaged in so many duties, but his mind is always to that point when he or she will meet his lover. With all his duty, or her duties, during the daytime, she or he always thinks, "Oh, when that moment will come when we shall meet together?" That means the mind is always there. The example is said because when there is ecstasy, when there is ecstasy of love, even within our, within the midst of our multifarious duties, we can remember that thing always. Similarly,God consciousness, we shall have to mold our life in that way that in the midst of our very grave duties, serious duties, we shall always remember the Supreme, the Supreme, in every step. That discrimination, that much love, we have to develop.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.49-51 -- New York, April 5, 1966

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Graces of the Lord

...the graces of the Lord are abhaya, free from fearfulness. In the material world, if someone accumulates a million dollars, he is always full of fear because he is always thinking, "What if the money is lost?" But the benediction of the Lord, bhagavat-prasada, is never to be lost. It is simply to be enjoyed. There is no question of loss. One simply gains and enjoys gaining.… Expand>

...the graces of the Lord are abhaya, free from fearfulness. In the material world, if someone accumulates a million dollars, he is always full of fear because he is always thinking, "What if the money is lost?" But the benediction of the Lord, bhagavat-prasada, is never to be lost. It is simply to be enjoyed. There is no question of loss. One simply gains and enjoys gaining. Bhagavad-gita also confirms this: when one achieves the grace of the Lord, the result is that sarva-duhkhani, all distresses, are destroyed. When situated in the transcendental position, one is freed from the two kinds of material diseases -- hankering and lamentation. This is also stated in Bhagavad-gita. After devotional life begins, we can achieve the full result of love of Godhead. Love of Krsna is the highest perfection of bhagavat-prasada, or divine mercy. This transcendental achievement is so greatly valuable that no material happiness can compare to it.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.23.7

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Impressions that are never lost

Let us remain in our position, but at the same time, simultaneously, side by side, let us have spiritual culture. Just like we are holding this class. This is also spiritual culture, sravanam kirtanam [SB 7.5.23]. With your multifarious duties you come here thrice in a week and try to understand. This is also spiritual culture. This will not go in vain.… Expand>

Let us remain in our position, but at the same time, simultaneously, side by side, let us have spiritual culture. Just like we are holding this class. This is also spiritual culture, sravanam kirtanam [SB 7.5.23]. With your multifarious duties you come here thrice in a week and try to understand. This is also spiritual culture. This will not go in vain. This will give you impression. Even you stop coming here, that impression will never go. I tell you the that impression will never go. It is such a thing. But if we take it up very seriously and go on molding our life in that way, then it becomes quickly successful.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.49-51 -- New York, April 5, 1966

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Why India went from rich to poor

Now India there is scarcity of foodstuff. But the same India was producing so much grains, even during British time, that many thousands and thousand tons of rice were being exported from India to other countries. That I have seen.My maternal uncle was very rich man by simply exporting rice to the foreign countries.… Expand>

Now India there is scarcity of foodstuff. But the same India was producing so much grains, even during British time, that many thousands and thousand tons of rice were being exported from India to other countries.  That I have seen.My maternal uncle was very rich man by simply exporting rice to the foreign countries. Spices... And old history you will find that India, they had got their own ships for exporting spices to Greece and other countries of Europe. The history is there. And they were supplying muslin cloth, even just before the British period, Muslim period. So India's export status was far greater than other countries. And these spices and other export attracted persons from Europe, that Vasco de Gama, and the Columbus also wanted to go, but he fortunately came to America. All these Europeans and the Britishers went and established their supremacy. So India was so rich. But now how that India has become so poor? The same land is there. Why? Because they have lost that old culture, God consciousness.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.48-49 -- New York, April 1, 1966

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Brahmacaris' and sannyasis' bank balance

Any householder requires some deposit in the bank for emergency. That is, of course, allowed for householders. But we are sannyasi; we are renounced order. We haven't got to accumulate any money. That is the system of Indian philosophy. But those who are householder, family men, they may have some deposit for emergency.… Expand>

Any householder requires some deposit in the bank for emergency. That is, of course, allowed for householders. But we are sannyasi; we are renounced order. We haven't got to accumulate any money. That is the system of Indian philosophy. But those who are householder, family men, they may have some deposit for emergency. Otherwise, those who are renounced order, those who are brahmacari, for them to keep money separately for his maintenance or for accumulating bank balance is not allowed.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.46-47 -- New York, March 28, 1966

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