Sanga

The meaning of faith

Prabhupada: What do you mean by faith? Atreya Rsi: Conviction. Prabhupada: What is that conviction? Describe it. Atreya Rsi: That Krsna is the controller. Prabhupada: Krsna is controller. You may have faith or no faith, that doesn't matter. Hari-sauri: If one is convinced that Krsna will always protect him.… Expand>

Prabhupada: What do you mean by faith?

Atreya Rsi: Conviction.

Prabhupada: What is that conviction? Describe it.

Atreya Rsi: That Krsna is the controller.

Prabhupada: Krsna is controller. You may have faith or no faith, that doesn't matter.

Hari-sauri: If one is convinced that Krsna will always protect him.

Nava-yauvana: When he's convinced to abide by the instructions of...

Prabhupada: Faith means that you are meant for giving some service to Krsna. You should stick to that service, that path, inspite of all impediments. That is the passing of test. Generally, just like we are meant for preaching Krsna consciousness. So there may be severe test, but still we shall remain determined. That is wanted. There may be so many impediments, punishment, still you should do that. That is wanted. That is test. Not that as soon as there is some difficulty I give it up. There may be severe test, but still we shall not give it up. We must go on. That is determination.

Nava-yauvana: Passing the test means executing the order of the spiritual master.

Prabhupada: Yes, that is spiritual life. One has to take order from the spiritual master and execute it, despite all impediments. That is determination.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- Tehran, August 11, 1976

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Hearing from other sources

Madhudvisa: Prabhupada, I have heard from different sources that there is a vibration that is going on in the universe at all times. When they refer to this vibration, are they referring to the om, the sacred om vibration? Prabhupada: First of all, you should stop to receive any knowledge from any other source.… Expand>

Madhudvisa: Prabhupada, I have heard from different sources that there is a vibration that is going on in the universe at all times. When they refer to this vibration, are they referring to the om, the sacred om vibration? 

Prabhupada: First of all, you should stop to receive any knowledge from any other source.

Madhudvisa: Well, I'm not taking it as knowledge, I'm just...

Prabhupada: No, you said that "I have heard from different sources."

Madhudvisa: From people on the street that I've talked to.

Prabhupada: Yes. So what is the question?

Madhudvisa: They talk about the vibration that's going on in the universe at, uh, at all times, and they talk about vibrating with this vibration, and uttering this vibration, and that this is what they're after.

Prabhupada: Yes, any vibration, there is sound. So there is... The sound is heard omkara. That is also accepted in the Bhagavad gita. So there is no objection accepting this...

Madhudvisa: They talk about this as the ultimate stage of...

Prabhupada: Then you have to accept their statement, not the Bhagavad-gita. Therefore I say that you don't hear from all sources. Because they have said that that is the ultimate, would you accept that?... A man in the street, is he greater than Narada? Is he greater than Vyasa? He is greater than Krsna? Then why should I hear him? You should ask him, "Please, keep your theory with you. We are greater authority than you."

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.46-62 -- Los Angeles, December 16, 1968

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Changing consciousness, from bug to king

I have given this example many times. Just like a king and a bug is sitting on the same throne. The bug is biting and the king is ruling. It is not that because the bug is there on the throne, he is king, or the king is sitting with the bug, he is bug. Why this difference? Difference of consciousness. The king knows his duty.… Expand>

I have given this example many times. Just like a king and a bug is sitting on the same throne. The bug is biting and the king is ruling. It is not that because the bug is there on the throne, he is king, or the king is sitting with the bug, he is bug. Why this difference? Difference of consciousness. The king knows his duty. He is working in his duty; therefore he's king. And the bug knows his business, to bite; therefore he's bug. But sitting on the same place. But because due to different consciousness, one is bug, one is king. So if you take to Krsna consciousness and if you remain in Krsna consciousness, you don't belong to this world. You are no more bug, you are king. Change this consciousness. Even apparently you may seem to remain with the bug, you are no more bug. Is it clear?

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.46-62 -- Los Angeles, December 16, 1968

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Srila Prabhupada and his disciples don't follow American ways of life

Jaya-gopala: I thought I heard it said that you are in this world without being a part of it. You are in the world without being a part of it, being a part of it, like the lotus flower which floats on the water. Prabhupada: Yes, that is the way of understanding. Just like I am in America. … Expand>

Jaya-gopala: I thought I heard it said that you are in this world without being a part of it. You are in the world without being a part of it, being a part of it, like the lotus flower which floats on the water.

Prabhupada: Yes, that is the way of understanding. Just like I am in America. It is very easy to understand. I am not adopting any ways of life as the Americans do. So I am not in America. Not only myself, all my disciples who are following me, they are also not Americans. They're different from American behavior, American ways of life. In that sense I'm not in America. I am in Vrndavana because wherever I go in my apartment or in my temple I live with Krsna and Krsna consciousness. I don't accept any consciousness of America. And I teach my disciples also to take to that consciousness. So one who takes to that consciousness, he is also not in America, not in this world.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.46-62 -- Los Angeles, December 16, 1968

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Invoke the Blessings of the Desire-Tree

A pure devotee is just like the Desire-Tree from whom we can have on request everything desirable. This is no myth or bluff but it is actual fact. The devotee can deliver to us the mercy of God and what is not obtainable by one who has got the mercy of God? Therefore the devotees are the most magnanimous in their charitable disposition of mind.… Expand>

A pure devotee is just like the Desire-Tree from whom we can have on request everything desirable. This is no myth or bluff but it is actual fact. The devotee can deliver to us the mercy of God and what is not obtainable by one who has got the mercy of God? Therefore the devotees are the most magnanimous in their charitable disposition of mind. They are also the deliverers of the fallen souls and we need to offer our obeisances unto their lotus feet so that we can invoke their blessings in our all attempts.

[Essay: “Devotee and the Divinity”, pre-1965]

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Statistical analysis of the enlightened

Guest: How many other people are there on this planet who have made as much spiritual progress as you have? Prabhupäda: Many. But not many, but there are many also. There is no statistics in my possession. But... The formula is that what is the use of taking statistics how many there are? Why don't you become one of them? [laughter] Why you are wasting time in that way?… Expand>

Guest: How many other people are there on this planet who have made as much spiritual progress as you have?

Prabhupäda: Many. But not many, but there are many also. There is no statistics in my possession. But... The formula is that what is the use of taking statistics how many there are? Why don't you become one of them? [laughter] Why you are wasting time in that way? These are not very intellectual questions. You just try to become enlightened. What is use of who is enlightened or not. You try to be enlightened. That's all. You are going somewhere, purchasing the plane ticket. Do you ask, "How many tickets you have sold?" Huh? What is the use of? You just purchase your ticket and get on the airplane and go. [laughter] Don't waste your valuable time in that way. If you are serious, just purchase ticket and get on the airplane and pass on.

(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gétä 2.40-45 -- Los Angeles, December 13, 1968)

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Various invented methods and the art of loving Krsna

The whole world is very eager to satisfy the dormant propensity of love for others, but the various invented methods like socialism, communism, altruism, humanitarianism and nationalism, along with whatever else may be manufactured for the peace and prosperity of the world, are all useless and frustrating because of our gross ignorance of the art of loving Krsna.… Expand>

The whole world is very eager to satisfy the dormant propensity of love for others, but the various invented methods like socialism, communism, altruism, humanitarianism and nationalism, along with whatever else may be manufactured for the peace and prosperity of the world, are all useless and frustrating because of our gross ignorance of the art of loving Krsna.

(Preface to Krsna Book)

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Krsna's test

Atreya Rsi: Is it true, Srila Prabhupada, that Krsna is testing us every day? We're having tests, opportunities... Prabhupada: No, just like if you want responsible post, then there is question of test. If you want to become a vagabond, remain vagabond. Where is question of test?… Expand>

Atreya Rsi: Is it true, Srila Prabhupada, that Krsna is testing us every day? We're having tests, opportunities...

Prabhupada: No, just like if you want responsible post, then there is question of test. If you want to become a vagabond, remain vagabond. Where is question of test?

Atreya Rsi: No, for devotees.

Prabhupada: Ah, for devotees, there is test. For devotees there is test. We see from the devotee's life, Prahlada Maharaja, how much severe test he had to pass through. Bali Maharaja, Narada Muni.

Atreya Rsi: And the most advanced the devotee is, the more severe the test is, the more chance.

Prabhupada: No, after you pass the examination, there is no more test. But before coming to the post of recognized devotee, Krsna tests very severely. That one has to pass.

Hari-sauri: I read once in the Bhagavatam in one of your purports, you said that maya is there to test the sincerity of the candidate.

Prabhupada: Yes, we see from the life of Bali Maharaja, how he was put into difficulty. Even his spiritual master cursed him. [break]... put into test and still he remains in his determination, then he's passed. That is very natural. And there is a word, "acid test"?

Hari-sauri: Yes.

Prabhupada: For ascertaining real gold, the acid test one has to pass to become real gold.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- Tehran, August 11, 1976

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Appreciations of Srila Prabhupada from Direct Disciples

H.H. Mukunda Goswami ACBSP 1966: "Srila Prabhupada was not an ordinary spiritual master; he saved me. H.H. Satsvarupa Goswami ACBSP 1966: "Srila Prabhupada gave to me, to my whole generation, and to future generations the precious gift of realization that God is not dead, but He lives in the spiritual world; we are meant to live eternally with Him in bliss and full knowledge and, as part of Prabhupada's gift, we do this by taking up bhakti-yoga, and especially the chanting of Hare Krsna."… Expand>

H.H. Mukunda Goswami ACBSP 1966: "Srila Prabhupada was not an ordinary spiritual master; he saved me.

H.H. Satsvarupa Goswami ACBSP 1966: "Srila Prabhupada gave to me, to my whole generation, and to future generations the precious gift of realization that God is not dead, but He lives in the spiritual world; we are meant to live eternally with Him in bliss and full knowledge and, as part of Prabhupada's gift, we do this by taking up bhakti-yoga, and especially the chanting of Hare Krsna."

H.H. Tamal Krsna Goswami ACBSP 1968 : "Though I had no previous qualification, Srila Prabhupada gave me His Divine association and instructions which have saved me from material existence and given me the means to perfect my human life-Krishna Consciousness, pure devotional service to His lotus feet and the lotus feet of Sri Pancha Tattva."

H.H. Hridayananda dasa Goswami ACBSP 1970: I am eternally grateful to Srila Prabhupada who gave me my real life, and I am endeavoring to dedicate that life fully to his mission, for his pleasure, for he is the pure, and most authorized representative of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna.

H.H. Sridhar Swami ACBSP 1970: "I love Srila Prabhupada because he reached out and touched my crying heart with his love and planted the seed of devotion to Krsna by which I am becoming very very happy in Krsna's service."

H.H. Kavicandra Swami ACBSP 1971: "Srila Prabhupada gave me a reason to exist, or a purpose in life, to hear about Krsna from him and to work to engage others, hopefully everyone, in hearing about Krsna from Srila Prabhupad."

H.H. Harikesa Swami ACBSP : "Srila Prabhupada gave me what no other person in my entire existence within this material world could ever give me, connection to the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna and the easy, sublime and certain means to return to the spiritual world."

H.H. Prahladananda Swami ACBSP : "When I met Srila Prabhupada I met a pure devotee of God (Krsna) from the spiritual world who kindly came to bring me and everyone else back home."

H.H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami ACBSP 1971: "I would like to broadcast at the top of my voice that Srila Prabhupada is the embodiment of Srila Naradamuni and Srila Vyasadeva of the 20th century who traveled and flooded the entire world with Sri Harinama mahamantra and who gave the immense literatures of the science and philosophy of Krishna consciousness for freeing everyone from material bondage."

H.H. Bir Krishna Goswami ACBSP : "Srila Prabhupada gave me an eternal mission to serve him in working for the benefit of all living entities by preaching Krishna consciousness."

H.H. Umapati Swami ACBSP 1966: "Srila Prabhupada gave me everything when he gave me Krsna, and he gave me still more when he gave me himself for my spiritual master."

H.H. Bhakti Raghava Swami ACBSP 1974: " No one can compare to you Srila Prabhupada who has saved me and countless others from the darkness of illusion by so mercifully giving the most precious of all gifts, pure devotional service in Krishna consciousness."

H.H. Radhanath Swami ACBSP 1973: " I offer my life and soul to Srila Prabhupada who has offered his unlimited compassion to the fallen souls as the supreme sacrifice for the pleasure Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the previous acharyas."

H.G. Guru Dasa ACBSP 1967: "His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, is the kindest, wisest, most determined, non-compromising, open-minded personality I have ever come in contact with; His Divine Grace has given us everything by bringing Krishna Consciousness everywhere; His compassion and patience taught me invaluable spiritual lessons, and brought You to me, my Vaishnava family."

H.G. Badrinarayana Dasa ACBSP 1970: "When I heard Srila Prabhupad say on the Cintamini album....`The residents of Vrndaban have no desires to fulfill...still they have variegated transcendental desires to please their Lord in loving service'......all the pieces of my long philosophical search fell into place; freedom from attachment, lust, karma, and re-incarnation did not mean formlessness or void...but ever-fresh and increasingly sweet devotional service; how can I ever repay His Divine Grace?"

H.G. Svavas Dasa ACBSP : When on a morning walk with Srila Prabhupada I told him how I and some other sankirtana men were distributing as many of his books as we could and had plans to distribute so many more, Srila Prabhupada stopped and looked straight at me and said, "Just see, this is my real devotee."

H.G. Gaura Mandala Bhumi Dasa ACBSP 1973: Srila Prabhupada spoke this to me in a dream when I was in Secunderabad a few years ago, Srila Prabhupada said, ''Are you ready to leave your body and come back to Godhead with me RIGHT NOW?''

H.G. Nalini-kanta Dasa ACBSP 197: "Srila Prabhupada gave me a loving example of how my consciousness should be fixed in God's service and radiating kindness and compassion to other living entities, rather than absorbed in self-achievement and gratification under the dictates of illusion."

H.G. Bhakta Dasa ACBSP 1970: "We think that we have met Your Goodness by the will of providence, just so that we may accept you as captain of the ship for those who desire to cross the difficult ocean of Kali, which deteriorates all the good qualities of a human being." SB 1.1.22 What can say it better???

H.G. Tridandi Dasa ACBSP: 'Dear Srila Prabhupada I'm always praying the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna, the Origin of all knowledge, remembrance and forgetfulness also, to please never let me forget Your divine instructions and wonderful pastimes; so that wherever I'll be, I'll never loose Your association, my only life and soul.'

H.G. Dravida Dasa ACBSP : "I offer millions of prostrated obeisances to the lotus feet of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who has blessed me and countless others with two priceless gifts--the holy name of Krsna, and the means for becoming qualified to chant the name purely."

H.G. Agrahya das ACBSP 1976: At one stroke you vanquished all crooked and blind philosophies, and by your transcendental association gave us the opportunity to enter into the devotional service of Sri Vrindavana Dhama.


Also, a Sanskrit sloka,

ya urugaya-lilanuvarnanad
adhama-gan hi rupanugayate
sa vikarotu mam daitya-cetasam
sarana-padako bhakti-dayinah


H.G. Dayananda Dasa ACBSP : "Srila Prabhupada has given me the greatest occupation, chanting Hare Krishna, the greatest philosophy, Bhagavad-Gita, and the greatest companions, Vaishnavas, thus I pray to satisfy his desire to spread his movement everywhere."

H.G. Brahmananda Dasa ACBSP 1966: "Srila Prabhupada convinced me that God lives and we can live with Him."

H.G. Nrsimhananda Dasa ACBSP : "Srila Prabhupada bestowed VAISNAVA ASSOCIATION upon me which satsified my mind's need to engage in meaningful activities, pacified my heart's yearning for true friendship, and facilitated my tongue's insatiable desire for prasadam."

H.G. Drutakarma Dasa ACBSP 1976: "Srila Prabhupada, you have shown the world and me the real definition of love, pure devotion to Krishna (the dearmost friend of all) through pure devotion to you, which means pure devotion to your order."

H.G. Arijit Dasa ACBSP 1971: "Thank you Prabhupada, I now know what you meant"

H.G. Vrndapati Dasa ACBSP 1974: "Srila Prabhupada, Jagat Guru, please allow this fool the immeasurable mercy of your disciples association."

H.G. Vidyapati Dasa ACBSP 1973: "Srila Prabhupada has shown me that Krishna exists and there is so much love for us to dive into, but I am so unfortunate that I am not serious enough to take advantage of his wonderful gift."

H.G. Jitakrodha Dasa ACBSP 1974: "In a life of darkness, with no thought or belief in God, or anything pious, Srila Prabhupada brought the light of Godhead into my life illuminating me with spiritual truth and giving purpose and brilliance to my life."

H.G. Yajnesah Dasa ACBSP 1976: "Shrila Prabhupada came from the spiritual world to break the dam that stopped the great ocean of mercy in the form of the Sankirtan movement initiated by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from flooding this entire material world, in which we were like fish struggling out of the water to get a drop of that nectar that we wanted since time immemorial."

H.G. Kalakantha Dasa ACBSP : "I had a little desire to understand God, and Srila Prabhupada fulfilled it more vigorously and throughly than humanly possible."

H.G. Naresvara Dasa ACBSP 1977: "Srila Prabhupada's magnanimity is evinced by the fact that by his mercy an unqualified ingrate such as myself is able to engage in devotional service to the Lord in the association of His devotees.

H.G. Brahma-muhurta dasa ACBSP 1976: "My Dear Srila Prabhupada, Your life is Your perfect lesson of pure devotional Love, Your Love contains all that is wonderfull, beautiful, compassionate pure and true, O' my Dearest Master, Father and Friend how I wish to be with You! Hare Krishna Hare Krishna...

H.G. Bhutatma Dasa ACBSP : "Prabhupada, dearmost servant of Krishna, your preaching stems the madness by invoking Reality, your sweet voice leads the world in the Great Chanting for Deliverance.

H.G. Vasanta Dasa ACBSP 1976: "I am eternally greatful for the association from the pure spiritual world, our dearest master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada."

H.G. Dina Sharana Dasa ACBSP: 1976: "There is a living God, a spiritual world, I can go there, we can all go there, and he wants us to go, Back to Godhead, all glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, who has brought us this news."

H.G. Sankarsana dasa (ACBSP: 1971 "Dear Srila Prabhupada, You are everything to me. Without you my life has no meaning and no purpose. Please allow me to never for all of eternity forget that you are my eternal spiritual father. And please bless me that I can always serve you in any way which pleases you very much."

H.G. Malati Dasi ACBSP 1967: "Srila Prabhupada: the supreme personality of guru-ship, loving mercy, compassion --- the beloved of his devotees--the guru of gurus (may our hearts always reside at your lotus feet)."

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Simply wasting their time

In the eyes of a devotee, politicians, social workers, philanthropists, philosophers and humanitarians are simply wasting their time, for human society is not freed from the cycle of birth and death by their activity and propaganda.… Expand>

In the eyes of a devotee, politicians, social workers, philanthropists, philosophers and humanitarians are simply wasting their time, for human society is not freed from the cycle of birth and death by their activity and propaganda.

(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Madhya lila 24.104)

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Revive India's village culture

India is going down by giving up this original cultural life which is its own. The government is enamored by the glittering civilization of the West, and it was a definite policy of our late prime minister, Mr. Nehru, who wanted to see India overnight as rich and materially advanced as America. It was, of course, Gandhi's policy to concentrate his organization in village life, taking to simple life and cow protection.… Expand>

India is going down by giving up this original cultural life which is its own. The government is enamored by the glittering civilization of the West, and it was a definite policy of our late prime minister, Mr. Nehru, who wanted to see India overnight as rich and materially advanced as America. It was, of course, Gandhi's policy to concentrate his organization in village life, taking to simple life and cow protection. But just after Mahatma Gandhi's disappearance, his chief disciple, Pandit Nehru, planned for up-to-date organized cow-slaughter house. So this is our position. If you have understood Krishna Consciousness science, then you will try to revive his cultural life in India.

From Srila Prabhupada's Letter to: Gopala Krsna  --  New Vrindaban 5 June, 1969

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For Rasa-purnima

As the gopis and Krsna danced together, a very blissful musical sound was produced from the tinkling of their bells, ornaments and bangles. It appeared that Krsna was a greenish sapphire locket in the midst of a golden necklace decorated with valuable stones. While Krsna and the gopis danced, they displayed extraordinary bodily features.… Expand>

As the gopis and Krsna danced together, a very blissful musical sound was produced from the tinkling of their bells, ornaments and bangles. It appeared that Krsna was a greenish sapphire locket in the midst of a golden necklace decorated with valuable stones. While Krsna and the gopis danced, they displayed extraordinary bodily features. The movements of their legs, their placing their hands on one another, the movements of their eyebrows, their smiling, the movements of the breasts of the gopis and their clothes, their earrings, their cheeks, their hair with flowers -- as they sang and danced these combined to appear like clouds, thunder, snow and lightning. Krsna's bodily features appeared just like a group of clouds, the gopis' songs were like thunder, their beauty appeared to be just like lightning in the sky, and the drops of perspiration visible on their faces appeared like falling snow. In this way, the gopis and Krsna fully engaged in dancing.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => KB 33: Description of the Rasa Dance

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Taking credit and giving blame

When there is miseries, a Krsna conscious person takes the responsibility himself, and when there is happiness, it is due to Krsna. But the materialistic person is just the opposite. When he is in miseries, he'll say, "Oh, God has put me into such miseries." And when he's happiness, his friend says, "Oh, you are now well-to-do." "Yes, you do not know how much I have worked hard."… Expand>

When there is miseries, a Krsna conscious person takes the responsibility himself, and when there is happiness, it is due to Krsna. But the materialistic person is just the opposite. When he is in miseries, he'll say, "Oh, God has put me into such miseries." And when he's happiness, his friend says, "Oh, you are now well-to-do." "Yes, you do not know how much I have worked hard." When he's happiness, he takes the credit for himself, and when he's in distress, he gives the discredit to Krsna. "Oh, Krsna has put me into such miserable..." But a Krsna conscious person, when he's in distress, he'll say, "Yes, due to my misdeeds I should have suffered a hundred times more than this distress, but Krsna is so kind, He has given me little. That's all." And when he's happiness, "Oh, it is all given by Krsna. Therefore all the opulence should be utilized for Krsna's service." This is the difference.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.46-62 -- Los Angeles, December 16, 1968

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Miser and liberal

Miser knows his self-interest, "How much nice foodstuff I have got to eat daily." That's all. And liberal, "How much Krsna prasada I am distributing to the world."… Expand>

Miser knows his self-interest, "How much nice foodstuff I have got to eat daily." That's all. And liberal, "How much Krsna prasada I am distributing to the world."

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.46-62 -- Los Angeles, December 16, 1968

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Becoming Krsna's "yes man"

In the beginning he [Arjuna] was not in agreement with Krsna. He made so many arguments with Krsna against fighting. And at the end, he agreed. "Yes," he said. He became a yes man. So we have to become a yes man to the Supreme Lord. That's all. That is the perfection of our spiritual life. Now we are all "no men." God says this, I say "no." Stubborn. I say, "no." Now simply we have to say "yes". That's all. In everything we say, "no" at the present.… Expand>

In the beginning he [Arjuna] was not in agreement with Krsna. He made so many arguments with Krsna against fighting. And at the end, he agreed. "Yes," he said. He became a yes man. So we have to become a yes man to the Supreme Lord. That's all. That is the perfection of our spiritual life. Now we are all "no men." God says this, I say "no." Stubborn. I say, "no." Now simply we have to say "yes". That's all. In everything we say, "no" at the present. Present formation of our existence is to say "no." Anything godly, we say "no." We shudder even by the name of God. We have come to a certain stage of our civilized life, that we want to banish God altogether. Not only saying "no," but we now prepare to agree to the point that there is no existence of God. So how much foolish we are becoming day by day in the name of advancement of civilization.

So we should correct this. Now, we shall try to understand our position and try to say "Yes, there is God, and I am servant of God." That's all. ...Simply we have to agree. "Yes." Yes man. Simply you have to agree, "Yes," henceforward we shall become karma-yogi. Then, from that very point, your life begins. Karma-yoga. The yes man. Mind that, that instead of saying no to Krsna... Just like Arjuna said no in the beginning: "No, sir. I am not going to fight. You don't try to induce me, my dear Krsna." He argued so many things with Krsna. Then, at the last moment, he said, "Yes. I shall fight." So from "no man" to "yes man," that's all. So we have to agree. We are now "no men." We say everything about God, "no." Now we have to learn "yes."

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

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Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji didn't preach

We are trying, even our Krsna consciousness mission, we are trying to awaken. Still they are so unfortunate they cannot give up sense gratification. So unfortunate. Condemned, unfortunate. Repeatedly we are spending our gallons of blood -- "Don't do this" - still they are doing. Cannot give up even sleeping. So condemned. Kali-yuga. Mandah sumanda-matayah.… Expand>

We are trying, even our Krsna consciousness mission, we are trying to awaken. Still they are so unfortunate they cannot give up sense gratification. So unfortunate. Condemned, unfortunate. Repeatedly we are spending our gallons of blood -- "Don't do this" - still they are doing. Cannot give up even sleeping. So condemned. Kali-yuga. Mandah sumanda-matayah.

So it is very difficult with these rascals. Very, very difficult. Therefore my Guru Maharaja's Guru Maharaja, Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji Maharaja, they were not preaching. They were disgusted that "I have no power to reform these rascals. Better don't bother. Let them go to hell. At least... Let them." But still, my Guru Maharaja preached. He was so kind. And he asked us also to do the same thing. But it is very, very difficult job. People are so rascal, so condemned, so sinful. It is very, very difficult to raise them. Very difficult.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.17 -- London, August 23, 1973

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Fearless guru, nondifferent from Krsna

One who is engaged in devotional service has not the least fear in material existence. This is because the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the Supersoul and friend of everyone. One who knows this secret is actually educated, and one thus educated can become the spiritual master of the world. One who is an actually bona fide spiritual master, representative of Krsna, is not different from Krsna.… Expand>

One who is engaged in devotional service has not the least fear in material existence. This is because the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the Supersoul and friend of everyone. One who knows this secret is actually educated, and one thus educated can become the spiritual master of the world. One who is an actually bona fide spiritual master, representative of Krsna, is not different from Krsna.

SB 4.29.51 text

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Saving humanity from the jaws of death

Neither spiritual retreats, churches, mosques, temples, karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, dry empirical philosophy, nor imitation devotees can save humanity from the jaws of death. They are inadequate for purifying the consciousness because what they offer as spiritual succor is limited by their sectarian vision, a set of do's and don'ts, and a rigid approach that simply further entangle humanity in the material energy.… Expand>

Neither spiritual retreats, churches, mosques, temples, karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, dry empirical philosophy, nor imitation devotees can save humanity from the jaws of death. They are inadequate for purifying the consciousness because what they offer as spiritual succor is limited by their sectarian vision, a set of do's and don'ts, and a rigid approach that simply further entangle humanity in the material energy. What is needed are exemplary spiritual actions and the espousal of the genuine path of self realization, but these have not been properly instituted.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => RTW 5.1: The Highest Use of Intelligence

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There are still such yogis in India

Yesterday we learned from Bhagavad-gita soul's position is sarva-gatah. Soul can go anywhere. That is, it has got the freedom. Those who are spiritually advanced by yogic mystic power, they can also move anywhere he likes. Anima, laghima siddhi. There are still yogis in India who early in the morning takes bath in four dhamas: Hardwar, Jagannatha Puri, Ramesvaram, and Dvaraka. There are still yogis.… Expand>

Yesterday we learned from Bhagavad-gita soul's position is sarva-gatah. Soul can go anywhere. That is, it has got the freedom. Those who are spiritually advanced by yogic mystic power, they can also move anywhere he likes. Anima, laghima siddhi. There are still yogis in India who early in the morning takes bath in four dhamas: Hardwar, Jagannatha Puri, Ramesvaram, and Dvaraka. There are still yogis. Within one hour, they'll take bath in four places. Sarva-gatah, the speed. They'll sit down in one place and by yogic process within few minutes will get up and dip in here, in this water. Suppose in London you dip, take your dip in the Thames River, and when you get up you see in Calcutta Ganges.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.25 -- London, August 28, 1973

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By hearing, Krsna manifests Himself as the devotee desires

O my Lord, Your devotees can see You through the ears by the process of bona fide hearing, and thus their hearts become cleansed, and You take Your seat there. You are so merciful to Your devotees that You manifest Yourself in the particular eternal form of transcendence in which they always think of You.… Expand>

O my Lord, Your devotees can see You through the ears by the process of bona fide hearing, and thus their hearts become cleansed, and You take Your seat there. You are so merciful to Your devotees that You manifest Yourself in the particular eternal form of transcendence in which they always think of You.

SB 3.9.11 text

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What now, after Srila Prabhupada's departure? A 1978 answer.

Only by Srila Prabhupada's compassion, intelligence, and complete surrender to the will of Krsna were Westerners able to receive the rare gift of Krsna consciousness. Thus Srila Prabhupada's contribution, proves that he was empowered by God to spread love of God all over the world. Such a unique world-teacher is not to be replaced.… Expand>

(From Back to Godhead Magazine #13-01/02, Feb 1978,  Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Edition)

Only by Srila Prabhupada's compassion, intelligence, and complete surrender to the will of Krsna were Westerners able to receive the rare gift of Krsna consciousness. Thus Srila Prabhupada's contribution, proves that he was empowered by God to spread love of God all over the world. Such a unique world-teacher is not to be replaced.

Nonetheless, speculations abound. Shortly before Srila Prabhupada's passing, one scholarly "expert" on the Hare Krsna movement, an anthropologist, conjectured that Srila Prabhupada was keeping his choice of successor a secret, but that he would reveal it before his departure. This is simply not a fact: he picked no such single person to succeed him as leader. How then will ISKCON -- the International Society for Krishna Consciousness -- go on? The answer is that our spiritual master has given us a complete arrangement for pushing forward the worldwide Krsna consciousness movement. As early as 1970, Srila Prabhupada created a Governing Body Commission (GBC), which now consists of twenty-four senior devotees, all personally selected by His Divine Grace to supervise ISKCON's missionary activities in various zones around the world. These GBC devotees have been trained (some of them for ten or eleven years) under Srila Prabhupada's direct guidance. For years now they have been conducting all the spiritual management of this mission within their assigned zones, and now they will continue to do so. The GBC meets yearly in India, and together its members plan how to execute the will of His Divine Grace.

Also, during his last months in this world, Srila Prabhupada selected eleven senior disciples to act as initiating gurus who could accept disciples after his disappearance. In this way he insured the continuation of the parampara. As for spiritual leadership in general, Srila Prabhupada has often quoted to us from the scripture,

kiba vipra, kiba nyasi, sudra kene naya
yei krsna-tattva-vetta, sei 'guru' haya

"Whoever you are, regardless of your birth or social position, if you know the science of Krsna you can become a guru." Srila Prabhupada, then, expects all his disciples to become pure devotees, or instructing gurus, capable of bringing pure spiritual life to the conditioned souls of this material world. Thus, now that His Divine Grace has left us and gone to the eternal, spiritual world of Krsna, there shall be not just one leader but numerous gurus to carry on this tradition.

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When Srila Prabhupada first realized God

I remember in the airport after the ecstatic greeting and kirtan there were some reporters there, and this reporter kept asking Srila Prabhupada when it was that he realized God. Srila Prabhupada, as we know, would never ever put himself forward or take credit. He was always a humble servant of the servant of the servant of the servant of the most intimate devotees of Krishna.… Expand>

I remember in the airport after the ecstatic greeting and kirtan there were some reporters there, and this reporter kept asking Srila Prabhupada when it was that he realized God. Srila Prabhupada, as we know, would never ever put himself forward or take credit. He was always a humble servant of the servant of the servant of the servant of the most intimate devotees of Krishna. So Srila Prabhupada would just explain to the person that anyone can realize God and how God is there in the transcendental sound of His Holy Name. So Srila Prabhupada was trying to give him some philosophical understanding. But the man was very persistent and he kept inquiring, "But you, Swamiji, when did you first realize God?" So Srila Prabhupada smiled and he said, "I first realized God when I was five years old." Of course, Srila Prabhupada then said, "Actually there was never time when I did not remember God." So we know that, that Srila Prabhupada displayed the symptoms of a pure devotee from birth. He talks about that in the Bhagavatam and how his symptoms also of holding Rathayatra and worshipping Radha-Krishna, these are symptoms of a liberated soul coming into this material world just for the purpose of delivering the conditioned souls. So here Srila Prabhupada confirmed his full God realization from inception in this material world.

Narada Muni dasa
From the transcript to Following Srila Prabhupada, DVD #2.

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Srila Prabhupada dreams of his departure

"I had a dream that Vaikuntha men came to take me. They were all white men with shaven heads." Quoted in Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta, Vol. 6, Chapter 8, "I Have Done My Part."… Expand>

"I had a dream that Vaikuntha men came to take me. They were all white men with shaven heads."

Quoted in Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta, Vol. 6, Chapter 8, "I Have Done My Part."

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Srila Prabhupada leaves Vrndavana and then returns

Just as Krsna does not take a step away from Vrndavana, Krsna's devotee also does not like to leave Vrndavana. However, when he has to tend to Krsna's business, he leaves Vrndavana. After finishing his mission, a pure devotee returns home, back to Vrndavana, back to Godhead.… Expand>

Just as Krsna does not take a step away from Vrndavana, Krsna's devotee also does not like to leave Vrndavana. However, when he has to tend to Krsna's business, he leaves Vrndavana. After finishing his mission, a pure devotee returns home, back to Vrndavana, back to Godhead.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Madhya 13.156

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Srila Prabhupada is always in Vrndavana

In India I lived in Vrndavana, and now I am in America, but this does not mean that I am out of Vrndavana, because if I think of Krsna always, then I'm always in Vrndavana, regardless of the material designation. Krsna consciousness means that one always lives with Krsna on that spiritual planet, Goloka Vrndavana, and that one is simply waiting to give up this material body.… Expand>

In India I lived in Vrndavana, and now I am in America, but this does not mean that I am out of Vrndavana, because if I think of Krsna always, then I'm always in Vrndavana, regardless of the material designation. Krsna consciousness means that one always lives with Krsna on that spiritual planet, Goloka Vrndavana, and that one is simply waiting to give up this material body.

From "Beyond Birth and Death" by Srila Prabhupada

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A sadhu has no privacy

Na hi gopyam hi sadhunam: "Sadhu, those who are saintly person, for them there is no secret." There is no secret. There is no privacy. A sadhu has no privacy. Just now in our ordinary social affairs, there is difference between private life and his public life. Now, if somebody is teacher... Now, he is very good teacher, he can explain very nicely a subject matter, but his private life is not very good, then he is not a teacher, he is not a sadhu.… Expand>

Na hi gopyam hi sadhunam: "Sadhu, those who are saintly person, for them there is no secret." There is no secret. There is no privacy. A sadhu has no privacy. Just now in our ordinary social affairs, there is difference between private life and his public life. Now, if somebody is teacher... Now, he is very good teacher, he can explain very nicely a subject matter, but his private life is not very good, then he is not a teacher, he is not a sadhu. That is Vedic conception. One must be a teacher according to his own behavior in life. There is no secrecy or privacy. Now, we think that "We don't mind what is private character. We don't mind. We are concerned with his teaching." No. That sort of teaching will not have any effect. Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, apani acari prabhu jiveri siksaya: a teacher must demonstrate in his practical life what he is teaching. That is the meaning of acarya.

From Srila Prabhupada's Govardhana Puja Lecture in New York on November 4, 1966

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Srila Prabhupada describes Krsna's cowherding pastimes

You have no experience here in your country. Have you got any experience? But in India we have got experience how in the morning the cowboy takes some food from the mother and with the cows he goes to the field. The cows are let loose on the grazing ground. They are enjoying, and this cowboy is sometimes singing. The flute, Krsna's flute is because He is cowboy.… Expand>

You have no experience here in your country. Have you got any experience? But in India we have got experience how in the morning the cowboy takes some food from the mother and with the cows he goes to the field. The cows are let loose on the grazing ground. They are enjoying, and this cowboy is sometimes singing. The flute, Krsna's flute is because He is cowboy.

The cowboys still play in that flute. In India you'll find. Because the cows are let... They are doing their own work, and what this boy will do? They are playing. There are many cowherds boys, they are playing. Sometimes playing on flutes, sometimes sporting, sometimes eating. So Krsna was exactly doing like that. All the cowboy friend went with Him. Krsna was, of course, a very rich man's son. His father was very rich. So He used to take with Him very nice foodstuff, lugdoo, kacauri. And other, His poor friends, they were taking capatis, dry capatis. [laughs] So they were enjoying, dividing, "Your food, my food, his food."

And sometimes there was some trouble in the forest because Kamsa was after Krsna to kill Him. He was sending his assistants. So some asura would come, Bakasura, Aghasura, and Krsna would kill. And the boys would return and narrate the story to their mother. "Oh, my dear mother! Such and such thing happened and Krsna killed it! Very..." [laughter] The mother will, "Oh, yes, our Krsna is very wonderful!" [laughter]

So Krsna was their enjoyment. That's all. The mother is speaking of Krsna, the boy is speaking of Krsna. So therefore they did not know anything but Krsna. Krsna. Whenever there is some trouble, "Oh Krsna." When there is fire, "Oh, Krsna."

That is the beauty of Vrndavana. Their mind is absorbed in Krsna. Not through philosophy. Not through understanding, but natural love. "Krsna is our village boy, our relative, our friend, our lover, our master." Some way or other, Krsna. That is the beauty. Therefore Sukadeva Gosvami is describing the playing of the boys.

ittham satam brahma-sukhanubhutya
dasyam gatanam para-daivatena
mayasritanam nara-darakena
sakam vijahruh krta-punya-punjah
  [SB 10.12.11]

"Oh, these boys playing with Krsna, they have attained this position, oh, after, I mean to say, accumulating many, many births pious activities."

Krta-punya punjah. Just like a man collects dollar, dollar, dollar, dollar, dollar, and one time he amasses money, say, millions of dollars. Similarly, Sukadeva Gosvami is describing that these boys who are playing with Krsna, they have amassed their pious activities for millions and billions of births.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation -- New York, April 11, 1969

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Cultivate knowledge of Vrndavana

In the Brahma-samhita the transcendental land of Vrndavana is described as being always spiritual. That spiritual land is populated by goddesses of fortune, who are known as gopis. These are all beloved of Krsna, and Krsna is the only lover of all those gopis. The trees of that land are all desire trees: you can have anything you want from any tree.… Expand>

In the Brahma-samhita the transcendental land of Vrndavana is described as being always spiritual. That spiritual land is populated by goddesses of fortune, who are known as gopis. These are all beloved of Krsna, and Krsna is the only lover of all those gopis. The trees of that land are all desire trees: you can have anything you want from any tree. The land is made of touchstone and the water is nectar. In that land all speech is song, all walking is dancing, and the constant companion is the flute. Everything is self-illuminated, just like the sun and moon in this material world. The human form of life is meant for understanding this transcendental land of Vrndavana, and one who is fortunate should cultivate knowledge of Vrndavana and its residents. In that supreme abode of Krsna are surabhi cows who overflood the land with milk. Since not even a moment there is misused, there is no past, present or future. An expansion of that Vrndavana is present on this earth, and superior devotees worship the earthly Vrndavana as nondifferent from the supreme abode. No one can appreciate Vrndavana without being highly elevated in spiritual knowledge, Krsna consciousness. According to ordinary experience, Vrndavana appears to be just like an ordinary tract of land, but in the eyes of a highly elevated devotee, it is as good as the original Vrndavana. A great saintly acarya has sung: "When will my mind be cleared of all dirty things so I will be able to see Vrndavana as it is? And when will I be able to understand the literature left by the Six Gosvamis so that I will be able to understand the transcendental pastimes of Radha and Krsna?"

Teachings Of Lord Chaitanya 31: The Supreme Perfection

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No failure, but don't aim to fail

Even there is no loss by falling down from this path, that does not mean that we should neglect it. No. Formerly, in Medical College of Calcutta the students who failed in the final examination, they were given some title, L.M.S., "License in Medical, Medicine and Surgery," L.M.S. And those who passed, they were given the title M.D. or M.D.… Expand>

Even there is no loss by falling down from this path, that does not mean that we should neglect it. No. Formerly, in Medical College of Calcutta the students who failed in the final examination, they were given some title, L.M.S., "License in Medical, Medicine and Surgery," L.M.S. And those who passed, they were given the title M.D. or M.D. So even by failure, they would get some title and allowed to practice as medical man. But that does not mean that we may try to fail also. No. The aim should be to become successful, not to fail. Even though we are in failure, still, there is profit undoubtedly, but we should not aim to that objective. We should be determined that in this very life we must have a spiritual realization perfectly.

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

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Kamsa was fully Krsna conscious

Putana wanted to serve Krsna by feeding Krsna with her breast, but the purpose was the breast was poison, so Krsna would suck the milk and He would die. There is a different motive. But still, Krsna is so kind that He thought that "This rascal Putana, she wanted to kill Me, but she does not know that I am not a person to be killed, but still, although the motive was to kill Me, but she has served Me to suck her breast.… Expand>

Putana wanted to serve Krsna by feeding Krsna with her breast, but the purpose was the breast was poison, so Krsna would suck the milk and He would die. There is a different motive. But still, Krsna is so kind that He thought that "This rascal Putana, she wanted to kill Me, but she does not know that I am not a person to be killed, but still, although the motive was to kill Me, but she has served Me to suck her breast. I have drunk her milk. So she is My mother. So she is My mother. Never mind she came with a motive."

So this is the Krsna consciousness benefit. Of course, we should not have any more... Kamsa. Kamsa, just like. He was simply thinking of Krsna. He was Krsna conscious fully, always thinking of Krsna. But the motive was to kill. So still, Kamsa got liberation because he was constantly thinking of Krsna. But ac... That is not bhakti. Bhakti is the same thinking of Krsna -- favorably. Anukulyena krsnanusilanam [Cc. Madhya 19.167]. That is bhakti. To think of Krsna as enemy, that is not required. One may think, but a devotee, how can he think of Krsna as enemy? He thinks of Krsna as friend, as son, as master, as lover. A devotee thinks like that, whereas a demon or an enemy of Krsna, he's always thinking of... This is the difference between demon and devotee. Demon is thinking how to wipe out, how to banish Krsna, how to kill Krsna. They don't want Krsna. That is demonic.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.39 -- London, September 12, 1973

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Love is the basis

...always trying to render some service to the Lord. How? Priti-purvakam: "with love and faith." Not that "Oh, I have to do it? All right, let me do." No. "Oh, I have to do it? Let me do it nicely." Unless there is love, you cannot do it nicely, any matter. In the material world also, unless you have got some attachment for something, you cannot act it very nicely.… Expand>

...always trying to render some service to the Lord. How? Priti-purvakam: "with love and faith." Not that "Oh, I have to do it? All right, let me do." No. "Oh, I have to do it? Let me do it nicely." Unless there is love, you cannot do it nicely, any matter. In the material world also, unless you have got some attachment for something, you cannot act it very nicely. Just like a musician. Because one has got a good attachment for music, he tries to perform it very perfectly. So love is the basis. Similarly, when you serve Krsna, if you have no love for Krsna, you cannot serve Him very nicely. And Krsna also does not accept your service if it is not done in great love and affection. That is the basic principle. Krsna does not require your service. He is self-sufficient. He has got many servants anywhere and everywhere. So Krsna does not require our service. It is our interest. If we render service to Krsna, then we become happy. That is the profit.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.39 -- London, September 12, 1973

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Every man is hungry for spiritual happiness

Every man is hungry for spiritual happiness. Therefore they are not satisfied. They are trying to gratify their senses in so many ways, but still they are not satisfied, because actually he is hungry. Just like this child crying. Mother is offering something, but he's still crying. That means he is asking something which the mother cannot understand.… Expand>

Every man is hungry for spiritual happiness. Therefore they are not satisfied. They are trying to gratify their senses in so many ways, but still they are not satisfied, because actually he is hungry. Just like this child crying. Mother is offering something, but he's still crying. That means he is asking something which the mother cannot understand. Similarly, the dissatisfaction of the modern world means that actually everyone is hankering after spiritual happiness. But nobody is offering. And even if it is offered, they cannot understand. They do not take it.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.40-45 -- Los Angeles, December 13, 1968

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Materialism and bhakti -- you can't have both

Krsna consciousness, or bhakti, devotional service, means to develop attachment for Krsna and in the same proportion develop detachment for material sense gratification. Two things cannot go on. Just like here is a glass containing water. If you want to put milk in this glass, then you have to throw away the water. If you think that "I shall keep half water, half milk," that can be done, but both of them becomes diluted or polluted. If you want to keep milk, then you have to throw out the water, and if you want to keep water, then you cannot keep milk.… Expand>

Krsna consciousness, or bhakti, devotional service, means to develop attachment for Krsna and in the same proportion develop detachment for material sense gratification. Two things cannot go on. Just like here is a glass containing water. If you want to put milk in this glass, then you have to throw away the water. If you think that "I shall keep half water, half milk," that can be done, but both of them becomes diluted or polluted. If you want to keep milk, then you have to throw out the water, and if you want to keep water, then you cannot keep milk. Similarly, bhakti paresanubhavah. This is the test. If you become Krsna conscious, if you are improving in spiritual life, proportionately you'll be detached from materialistic way of life. That is the test. Simply thinking that "I am meditating so much, I am making very good advance," is not. You have to test. The test is that your... Improvement of spiritual life means that you become detached to the materialistic way of life. Bhaktih paresanubhavo viraktir anyatra syat [SB 11.2.42].

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.40-45 -- Los Angeles, December 13, 1968

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The bionic man

avinasi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idam tatam vinasam avyayasyasya na kascit kartum arhati [Bg. 2.17] Now Krsna is giving a practical way of understanding the presence of soul. He says, yena sarvam idam tatam: "One thing, which is spread all over the body, that is avinasi." That means immortal. So what is that which is spread all over the body? It is not the skin, not the... This is also spread over the body.… Expand>

avinasi tu tad viddhi
yena sarvam idam tatam
vinasam avyayasyasya
na kascit kartum arhati  [Bg. 2.17]

Now Krsna is giving a practical way of understanding the presence of soul. He says, yena sarvam idam tatam: "One thing, which is spread all over the body, that is avinasi." That means immortal. So what is that which is spread all over the body? It is not the skin, not the... This is also spread over the body. The skin, the bone, the marrow, the blood -- they are also spread over the body, but Krsna is not meaning this material things. The actual active principle within this body is the spirit soul. Now, in medical science, bones are being replaced; flesh also being replaced; blood is also being replaced by injection. So everything can be replaced materially by scientific improvement. But when that things which is immortal, that is gone, it cannot be replaced. Even nowadays the heart is being replaced, but no medical science or any science has ever been able to replace the life. So he's giving the example that that presence of the soul is perceived by consciousness. So the flesh is there, the bone is there, the blood is also there, but when the consciousness is not there, that means it is finished. Because the consciousness is there, therefore any part of the body, if we pinch, we can feel pains and pleasure. And when the consciousness is not there, when the man is dead, the flesh is there, the blood is there and other ingredients are there, but there is no more life because it is useless now. Therefore Krsna says that avinasi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idam tatam. The tatam means spread. The consciousness is spread. If we pinch in this part, by consciousness you'll feel pain, or this part or any part of the body, because the consciousness is there, you feel pains and pleasure. So Krsna points out that this consciousness is immortal, avyaya.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.17 -- Mexico, February 17, 1975

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If there was Vedic culture now, cow-killers would be killed

Ksatriya means who gives protection the citizens from being hurt by the irreligious person. That is called ksatriya. Ksat. Ksat means injury, and tra means deliver. Just like Maharaja Pariksit. When he saw that a black man Kali was going to kill a cow, so he was going to inflict injury to the cow, and immediately Maharaja Pariksit took his sword, that to give protection to the cow from the injury of black man.… Expand>

Ksatriya means who gives protection the citizens from being hurt by the irreligious person. That is called ksatriya. Ksat. Ksat means injury, and tra means deliver. Just like Maharaja Pariksit. When he saw that a black man Kali was going to kill a cow, so he was going to inflict injury to the cow, and immediately Maharaja Pariksit took his sword, that to give protection to the cow from the injury of black man. So that violence required. Tit for tat. One who is going to commit violence unnecessarily, the king, government, should immediately take the sword and kill that person. That is government's duty. Had it been Vedic culture prevailing now, all these persons who are unnecessarily killing the cows in the slaughterhouse, they would have been killed by the king. "You have done so sinful." So that kind of killing is pious. To give protection innocent citizen or animals from being injured by the rascals, the government or the king should take his sword and kill immediately. This kind of killing is there in the Bhagavad gita. Not that general killing. You can capriciously kill anyone and give the evidence, "Oh, it is Bhagavad-gita. It is there." How... See how rascals, they are interpreting. Therefore we are presenting Bhagavad-gita as it is, without interpreting in a rascal's way.

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

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Narottama dasa's thunderburst

The prayers of Narottama dasa Thakura. This sound is above the material platform. It is directly from the spiritual platform. And there is no need of understanding the language. It is just like a thunderburst. Everyone can hear the sound of thunder--there is no misunderstanding. Similarly, these songs are above the material platform, and they crack like thunder within your heart.… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said:

The prayers of Narottama dasa Thakura. This sound is above the material platform. It is directly from the spiritual platform. And there is no need of understanding the language. It is just like a thunderburst. Everyone can hear the sound of thunder--there is no misunderstanding. Similarly, these songs are above the material platform, and they crack like thunder within your heart.

From Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta

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Government encouraging people to become sudras

Yesterday I was presented with a paper, Indian government scheme to help people starting small-scale industries, and government is ready to help. [aside:] You sit cross-legged, not like that. All of you. So a small industry, there are so many motor parts, so many other parts. About 200, 300 items, government is ready to help a small industry. But the government does not know or the leaders do not know that to engage people in such industrial affair means to bring them to the sudra platform.… Expand>

Yesterday I was presented with a paper, Indian government scheme to help people starting small-scale industries, and government is ready to help. [aside:] You sit cross-legged, not like that. All of you. So a small industry, there are so many motor parts, so many other parts. About 200, 300 items, government is ready to help a small industry. But the government does not know or the leaders do not know that to engage people in such industrial affair means to bring them to the sudra platform. Sudra platform. Every government is encouraging people how to become sudra.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.31 -- London, September 1, 1973

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How to stop millions of thieves

In this Parasara-smrti it is said: ksatriyo hi praja raksan sastra, sastra-panih pradandayan. Sastra-pani means always with sword in the hand for the benefit of the prajas. He [the ksatriya] should be so strong. "Oh, you are a thief? You have stolen?" Immediately cut his hand, bas. This one example will stop millions of thieves not to commit stealing. Simply by cutting. Even a hundred years ago this system was prevalent in Kashmir.… Expand>

In this Parasara-smrti it is said: ksatriyo hi praja raksan sastra, sastra-panih pradandayan. Sastra-pani means always with sword in the hand for the benefit of the prajas. He [the ksatriya] should be so strong. "Oh, you are a thief? You have stolen?" Immediately cut his hand, bas. This one example will stop millions of thieves not to commit stealing. Simply by cutting. Even a hundred years ago this system was prevalent in Kashmir. If a thief is arrested and if he's proved that he has stolen, immediately king will cut off his two hands. Bas, finished.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.32 -- London, September 2, 1973

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Sinful paradise

Everyone is sinful. The government is sinful, the people are sinful. Then how you can become happy? It is a fool's paradise, sinful paradise. How you can be happy? Therefore despite all sorts of education, scientific improvement, brainwash and so many things, people are unhappy. Diseased, unhappy, dissatisfaction, confusion, this is going on. Because everything is not properly done. The government is not strict.… Expand>

Everyone is sinful. The government is sinful, the people are sinful. Then how you can become happy? It is a fool's paradise, sinful paradise. How you can be happy? Therefore despite all sorts of education, scientific improvement, brainwash and so many things, people are unhappy. Diseased, unhappy, dissatisfaction, confusion, this is going on. Because everything is not properly done. The government is not strict.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.32 -- London, September 2, 1973

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Is the exterior clothing important?

Guest: Is the exterior clothing important? Prabhupada: Yes, important. Just like officially the policeman must dress, but a policeman sometimes in ordinary cloth also, that's his duty. But that is special case. But external, external dress is also required. In the dress of a police if he is a thief, that is very dangerous. That is very dangerous.… Expand>

Guest: Is the exterior clothing important?

Prabhupada: Yes, important. Just like officially the policeman must dress, but a policeman sometimes in ordinary cloth also, that's his duty. But that is special case. But external, external dress is also required. In the dress of a police if he is a thief, that is very dangerous. That is very dangerous. Just like this dress of sannyasi, saffron cloth, one will respect that "Here is a sannyasi." But if he is a thief in a dress of a sannyasi, that is dangerous.

From: My Glorious Master, by Bhurijana Prabhu.

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