Sanga

Our dilemma

We must always remember that we are in a material circumstance wherein at every moment our mind is subject to agitation. Actually we are not in a very comfortable situation. We are always thinking that by changing our situation we will overcome our mental agitation, and we are always thinking that when we reach a certain point, all mental agitations will disappear.… Expand>

We must always remember that we are in a material circumstance wherein at every moment our mind is subject to agitation. Actually we are not in a very comfortable situation. We are always thinking that by changing our situation we will overcome our mental agitation, and we are always thinking that when we reach a certain point, all mental agitations will disappear. But it is the nature of the material world that we cannot be free from anxiety. Our dilemma is that we are always trying to make a solution to our problems, but this universe is so designed that these solutions never come.

Srila Prabhupada, from "The Perfection of Yoga"

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Blessed to become a dog

A young hippie stood up and shouted, "Hey, Swamiji!" People in the audience turned around and looked. "You said if we're not careful, in the next life we'll become a dog. But I want to tell you that I don't mind if I become a dog in my next life."… Expand>

A young hippie stood up and shouted, "Hey, Swamiji!" People in the audience turned around and looked. "You said if we're not careful, in the next life we'll become a dog. But I want to tell you that I don't mind if I become a dog in my next life."

"You have my blessings," said Prabhupada, and the young man sat down.

From Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta

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Preaching purifies us

Preaching purifies us of these material tendencies for sense gratification. It is simply a matter of time that you will see this.… Expand>

Preaching purifies us of these material tendencies for sense gratification. It is simply a matter of time that you will see this.

From Srila Prabhupada's Letter to: Jagaddhatri, Pasupati, Sailogata, Pamela — Dallas 30 July, 1975

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A new style of life and civilization

[Srila Prabhupada] assured me, "In the future there will be a history of how Vedic culture was brought to America. We are introducing a new style of life and civilization. Everything should be ideal. Others have never dreamt of such a civilization: free life, happy life, no anxiety, and hope-great hope, that we are going back home, back to Godhead.… Expand>

[Srila Prabhupada] assured me, "In the future there will be a history of how Vedic culture was brought to America. We are introducing a new style of life and civilization. Everything should be ideal. Others have never dreamt of such a civilization: free life, happy life, no anxiety, and hope-great hope, that we are going back home, back to Godhead. Through increased distribution of our books, America and then the whole world will become Krsna conscious. All the world is in darkness. The scientists like Darwin and Freud are all in darkness. One day the whole world will appreciate how we have changed the face of the world from darkness to light."

Ramesvara Swami, BTG 13-08, 1978.

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Stopping the war with maya

Because people have no idea what is the soul, therefore they think that stopping war will help us in peaceful condition of the society. There are so many troubles so long this body is there. War is one of the items. Even war is stopped, there is no question that people will live forever. No. That is not the law of nature. Duhkhalayam asasvatam [Bg. 8.15]. This life, the problem is how to stop our contact with this material body… Expand>

Because people have no idea what is the soul, therefore they think that stopping war will help us in peaceful condition of the society. There are so many troubles so long this body is there. War is one of the items. Even war is stopped, there is no question that people will live forever. No. That is not the law of nature. Duhkhalayam asasvatam [Bg. 8.15]. This life, the problem is how to stop our contact with this material body That is the problem. Not that these general people, they are thinking, "If war, there is no war, then we shall be very happy." How you'll stop your war with maya? Maya has declared war with you, or you have declared war with maya. Daivi hy esa gunamayi mama maya duratyaya [Bg. 7.14]. The maya, the material nature is enforcing, "Why you are closing this door?" "Oh, because it is very cold outside." Who is forcing? Immediately there will be cold, immediately there will be fog, immediately there will be excessive heat, immediately there may be earthquake. How you can stop it? So they simply think... Just like innocent child, they are concerned with the immediate problem. But sane man is concerned with the ultimate problem. So our ultimate problem is not this war. The ultimate problem is repetition of birth and death.

Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.27-38 -- Los Angeles, December 11, 1968

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A devotee desires to be a dog

If one seeks the favor of a devotee instead of directly asking favors from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one is very easily successful. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has therefore recommended: vaisnava thakura tomara kukkura bhuliya janaha more, krsna se tomara krsna dite para. One should desire to become like a dog in strictly following a devotee.… Expand>

If one seeks the favor of a devotee instead of directly asking favors from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one is very easily successful. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has therefore recommended: vaisnava thakura tomara kukkura bhuliya janaha more, krsna se tomara krsna dite para. One should desire to become like a dog in strictly following a devotee. Krsna is in the hand of a devotee. Adurlabham atma-bhaktau. Thus without the favor of a devotee, one cannot directly approach Krsna, what to speak of engaging in His service.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 10.10.25

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Maya strikes: a broken window and much more

Advaita: Swamiji, last night our window was broken. Was that maya striking at us? Prabhupada: Hm? Advaita: Last night my window was broken. Was that maya striking? Prabhupada: Yes.… Expand>

Advaita: Swamiji, last night our window was broken. Was that maya striking at us?
Prabhupada: Hm?
Advaita: Last night my window was broken. Was that maya striking?
Prabhupada: Yes.
Advaita: Kids broke the window?
Prabhupada: Yes. Maya is always striking. Why do you take only a window? Why do you compact maya in the window? He is without window, within the window. Maya is not only limited to a certain extent. The whole world is maya. Jagan mithya. The whole universe is maya. Only that part is not maya where the chanting Hare Krsna is there.
Devotees: Haribol. Hare Krsna.
Prabhupada: As soon as there was some slacking in Hare Krsna the maya struck. [laughs] Yes. Yes.

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

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Before Srila Prabhupada went to America

Long before, I wrote one letter to Mahatma Gandhi, perhaps in the year 1946, requesting him to preach the gospel of Bhagavad gitaas it is. I told him that, "Mahatmaji, your position is unique, and you are lover of Bhagavad-gita. Now somehow or other your people have attained independence, you can retire from this politics and take to the business of preaching Bhagavad-gita as it is." Unfortunately, I did not receive any reply from him. He was so busy.… Expand>

Long before, I wrote one letter to Mahatma Gandhi, perhaps in the year 1946, requesting him to preach the gospel of Bhagavad gitaas it is. I told him that, "Mahatmaji, your position is unique, and you are lover of Bhagavad-gita. Now somehow or other your people have attained independence, you can retire from this politics and take to the business of preaching Bhagavad-gita as it is." Unfortunately, I did not receive any reply from him. He was so busy.

The fact is that since a very long time, I was thinking that throughout the whole world there are so many parties for political emancipation, which is only temporary thing, but there is no party representing Krsna, or the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That was my dream, that if Lenin and other big, big political leaders, they could form their party, why not Bhagavad-gita, or the followers of the Bhagavad-gita, or the devotees of Lord Krsna do form a party to preach this Krsna consciousness movement all over the world? That was my ambition.

But I tried to start this movement in India. I saw Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, I saw President Radhakrishnan, I saw Lal Behari Sastri, many prominent men, and requested them that this is Indian original culture -- Krsna consciousness -- and if we present this Krsna consciousness movement in its right form, people will accept it and the whole world will be benefited. But... Of course I was sympathetically received by Lal Behari Sastri. He was very much sympathetic with me. And our President Radhakrishnan, he promised that, "Swamiji, maybe after retirement I shall join you." Anyway, I could not get any help either from the politicians or from any other party. Then I decided that I should go to America. And I was dreaming that if the American people will accept this Krsna consciousness movement, maybe our Indian brothers may follow them.

So I went to America in 1965, September, alone...

Lecture, MPV College - Surat, India, December 24, 1970

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Always chanting

The injunction is kirtaniya sada hari, one should always be chanting all day. The 16 rounds is just a minimum I set for my disciples so they will chant at least that much. Actually chanting should always be going on.… Expand>

The injunction is kirtaniya sada hari, one should always be chanting all day. The 16 rounds is just a minimum I set for my disciples so they will chant at least that much. Actually chanting should always be going on.

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Jagadisa -- Melbourne 25 June, 1974

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Lord Caitanya's garland of kirtana and prema

Thus with two intentions the Lord appeared with His devotees and tasted the nectar of prema with the congregational chanting of the holy name.… Expand>

Thus with two intentions the Lord appeared with His devotees and tasted the nectar of prema with the congregational chanting of the holy name.

Thus He spread kirtana even among the untouchables. He wove a wreath of the holy name and prema, with which He garlanded the entire material world.

Cc Adi 4.40, 41

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Everyone is advised

In the Gita, in plain and simple language, it is stated that Sri Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There is none equal to or greater than Him. ... He is the root of the impersonal Brahman and Paramatma… Expand>

In the Gita, in plain and simple language, it is stated that Sri Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There is none equal to or greater than Him. ... He is the root of the impersonal Brahman and Paramatma; the Supersoul in every entity is His plenary portion. He is the fountainhead of everything, and everyone is advised to surrender unto His lotus feet.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is 7.15, Purport

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Chanting: guaranteed profit

I simply want to impress upon you the importance of chanting Hare Krsna. Try an experiment: Chant Hare Krsna for one week, and see how much spiritual progress you make. We don't charge anything, so there is no loss. But there is great profit; that is guaranteed.… Expand>

I simply want to impress upon you the importance of chanting Hare Krsna. Try an experiment: Chant Hare Krsna for one week, and see how much spiritual progress you make. We don't charge anything, so there is no loss. But there is great profit; that is guaranteed. Therefore please chant Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Ref. VedaBase => JSD 2.6: Absolute Love

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Harinama is so powerful; do not doubt it

When we got back in the car, there was a question that I had been meaning to ask Prabhupada about the chanting of Hare Krsna. So we were sitting in the back together and Prabhupada was relaxing after the morning walk. I said, "Prabhupada in the Sixth Canto in the story of Ajamila there is the description of the Yamadutas being checked by the Visnudutas because Ajamila in namabhasa, he chanted Hare Krsna and that one chanting just wiped away all his sinful reactions.… Expand>

When we got back in the car, there was a question that I had been meaning to ask Prabhupada about the chanting of Hare Krsna. So we were sitting in the back together and Prabhupada was relaxing after the morning walk. I said, "Prabhupada in the Sixth Canto in the story of Ajamila there is the description of the Yamadutas being checked by the Visnudutas because Ajamila in namabhasa, he chanted Hare Krsna and that one chanting just wiped away all his sinful reactions. Then they went on preaching that just one chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra without offense can actually remove sinful reactions accumulated over millions of lifetimes. Even if you chant the holy name unconsciously or in joking it has that effect." Prabhupada was saying, "Hm." So I said, "Prabhupada, is this really true? Is it really that powerful?" Prabhupada was smiling, he closed his eyes. He was in ecstasy actually. He closed his eyes and leaned his head back against the seat of the car. His head was all the way tilted back and he was smiling. He said, "Yes. Just see how Lord Caitanya has made it so cheap." We were actually astonished that Prabhupada confirmed so authoritatively that yes, the power of the holy name is so great. You should have no doubt.

Told by Ramesvara Dasa

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Chanting: the best sacrifice

Of all the sacrifices mentioned in the Vedic literatures, the performance of sankirtana-yajna is the best. Even the performance of one hundred asvamedha sacrifices cannot compare to the sacrifice of sankirtana. According to the author of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, if one compares sankirtana yajna to other yajnas, he is a pasandi, an infidel, and is liable to be punished by Yamaraja.… Expand>

Of all the sacrifices mentioned in the Vedic literatures, the performance of sankirtana-yajna is the best. Even the performance of one hundred asvamedha sacrifices cannot compare to the sacrifice of sankirtana. According to the author of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, if one compares sankirtana yajna to other yajnas, he is a pasandi, an infidel, and is liable to be punished by Yamaraja. There are many Mayavadis who think that the performance of sankirtana-yajna is a pious activity similar to the performance of the asvamedha-yajna and other such pious functions, but this is a nama-aparadha. Chanting of the holy name of Narayana and chanting of other names are never equal, despite what Mayavadis think.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 5.19.24

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By chanting, become a full moon

If you understand your position, then what is your real occupation, real activities, you will understand. Ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. Just like the moon rises from a line. On the Pratipat day, on the first moon side, you will see just like a line, but gradually it develops, develops, develops, and it becomes a full moon, very beautiful.… Expand>

If you understand your position, then what is your real occupation, real activities, you will understand. Ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. Just like the moon rises from a line. On the Pratipat day, on the first moon side, you will see just like a line, but gradually it develops, develops, develops, and it becomes a full moon, very beautiful. Similarly, if you chant this Hare Krsna mantra, then your first vision of your self, your constitutional position, will be visible just like a line of the moon. But if you go on continuing, you will find one day it is full moon and brilliant, very soothing, and nectarine. You'll taste your life as very sublime, blissful, and hopeful.

Ref. VedaBase => Lecture at Wayside Chapel -- Sydney, May 13, 1971

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Worshiping Hitler

...those who are in the mode of passion worship the demons. We recall that during the Second World War a man in Calcutta worshiped Hitler because thanks to that war he had amassed a large amount of wealth by dealing in the black market.… Expand>

...those who are in the mode of passion worship the demons. We recall that during the Second World War a man in Calcutta worshiped Hitler because thanks to that war he had amassed a large amount of wealth by dealing in the black market.

Ref. VedaBase => Bg 17.4

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What preaching is meant for

Preaching means to convert Mayavadis to Vaisnava. Otherwise where is the need of preaching?… Expand>

Preaching means to convert Mayavadis to Vaisnava. Otherwise where is the
need of preaching?

Ref. VedaBase => Prabhupada Vigil -- November 3, 1977, Vrndavana

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The gopis know that Krsna is Vamana

O mother earth, what austerity did you perform to attain the touch of Lord Kesava's lotus feet, which has brought you such great joy that your bodily hairs are standing on end? You appear very beautiful in this condition.… Expand>

O mother earth, what austerity did you perform to attain the touch of Lord Kesava's lotus feet, which has brought you such great joy that your bodily hairs are standing on end? You appear very beautiful in this condition. Was it during the Lord's current appearance that you acquired this ecstatic symptom, or was it perhaps much earlier, when He stepped upon you in His form of the dwarf Vamanadeva, or even earlier, when He embraced you in His form of the boar Varahadeva?

Ref. VedaBase => SB 10.30.10, spoken by the Vraja-gopis

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Radha's shelter solves all problems

If one takes shelter of Vrndavana under Vrndavanesvari, Srimati Radharani, certainly all the problems of his life are solved very easily.… Expand>

If one takes shelter of Vrndavana under Vrndavanesvari, Srimati Radharani, certainly all the problems of his life are solved very easily.

Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.8.24

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[Radha] The topmost servitor

Krsna means God. We are eternal servant of God. So our duty is to help the master to enjoy. Just like here is Krsna. Srimati Radharani, She is the topmost servitor of Krsna. So Her business is to keep pleased always Krsna.… Expand>

Krsna means God. We are eternal servant of God. So our duty is to help the master to enjoy. Just like here is Krsna. Srimati Radharani, She is the topmost servitor of Krsna. So Her business is to keep pleased always Krsna. That is the symbolic representation. Radha. Radha means anaya aradhyate. She is serving, the best service. Anaya aradhyate. Therefore Krsna is very much fond of Radharani, because She gives the best service to Krsna, in so many ways. She has got sixty-four qualifications.

Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.7 -- Bombay, November 7, 1974

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Radha Press

I am glad that you have named your printing press the Radha Press. It is very gratifying and may your Radha Press be enriched in publishing all our books and literatures in the German language.… Expand>

I am glad that you have named your printing press the Radha Press. It is very gratifying and may your Radha Press be enriched in publishing all our books and literatures in the German language. It is a very nice name. Radharani is the best, topmost servitor of Krsna, and the printing machine is the biggest medium at the present moment for serving Krsna. Therefore, it is really a representative of Srimati Radharani. I like the idea very much.

Srila Prabhupada's letter to Jaya Govinda, 4th July, 1969

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Divine association

If you want divine life, if you want spiritual elevation back to Godhead, back to home, that means eternal life, blissful life full of knowledge, then we have to train ourselves in divine consciousness or Krsna consciousness.… Expand>

If you want divine life, if you want spiritual elevation back to Godhead, back to home, that means eternal life, blissful life full of knowledge, then we have to train ourselves in divine consciousness or Krsna consciousness. That you can very easily do by association. Sangat sanjayate kamah. If you keep divine association, then your consciousness is made divine.

Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 6.35-45 -- Los Angeles, February 20, 1969

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Don't be disappointed

...it is a great pleasure for us, we are working on behalf of Krsna, on behalf of Lord Caitanya. That should be our philosophy. Don't be disappointed that the whole day you work, you got no collection, and nobody was interested in Krsna consciousness.… Expand>

...it is a great pleasure for us, we are working on behalf of Krsna, on behalf of Lord Caitanya. That should be our philosophy. Don't be disappointed that the whole day you work, you got no collection, and nobody was interested in Krsna consciousness. No. Don't be disappointed. You have worked sincerely the whole day, that is your credit. That's all. That's your credit. Krsna will see, bhava-grahi-janardana. Krsna wants to see that how much you are spending your valuable life and energy for Krsna. That's all. Don't be disappointed that many men are not coming here or we are very poorly pushing on. Never mind. Whatever Krsna has given us, chance, let us utilize it.

Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.26 -- Los Angeles, December 6, 1968

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Real association

When you are helping my missionary activities I am always thinking of you and you are always thinking of me. That is real association.… Expand>

When you are helping my missionary activities I am always thinking of you and you are always thinking of me. That is real association. Just like I always think of my Guru Maharaja every moment, although He is not physically present, and because I am trying to serve Him to my best capacity, I am sure He is helping me by His spiritual blessings. So there are two kinds of association: physical and preceptorial. Physical association is not so important as preceptorial association.

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Govinda -- Los Angeles 17 August, 1969

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Just by offering obeisances

Amogha Prabhu offered you [Srila Prabhupada] his obeisances with all the devotion he could muster. You turned and said to him, "Just by offering obeisances, all good activity is performed."… Expand>

Amogha Prabhu offered you [Srila Prabhupada] his obeisances with all the devotion he could muster. You turned and said to him, "Just by offering obeisances, all good activity is performed."

From Janananda Maharaja's Vyasa-puja offering 2013

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Full pleasure of the heart's desire

By submissively hearing this transcendental literature, one can attain the full pleasure of his heart's desire...… Expand>

By submissively hearing this transcendental literature, one can attain the full pleasure of his heart's desire...

Srimad-Bhagavatam is so carefully presented that a sincere and serious person can at once enjoy the ripened fruit of Vedic knowledge simply by drinking the nectarean juice through the mouth of Sukadeva Gosvami or his bona fide representative.

Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.1.3 purport

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Srila Prabhupada comments on NYC

New York -- everything ferocious! Ferocious garbage, ferocious buildings, ferocious everything!… Expand>

New York -- everything ferocious! Ferocious garbage, ferocious buildings, ferocious everything!

From "Transcendental Diary" by Hari-sauri Prabhu

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All illusion

...everything, from the beginning of our birth, we are illusioned, illusioned. And that illusion is so strong that it is very, very difficult to get out of it. Whole thing is illusion. The birth is illusion. This body is an illusion. And the bodily relationship, the country is illusion. The father is illusion. The mother is an illusion. The wife is illusion. The childrens are illusion. Everything illusion.… Expand>

...everything, from the beginning of our birth, we are illusioned, illusioned. And that illusion is so strong that it is very, very difficult to get out of it. Whole thing is illusion. The birth is illusion. This body is an illusion. And the bodily relationship, the country is illusion. The father is illusion. The mother is an illusion. The wife is illusion. The childrens are illusion. Everything illusion. Everything illusion. And we are compact in that illusion. We are thinking that we are very much learned and very much advanced and so many things we are imagining. But as soon as death comes, the actual fact, the beginning of death, then we forget everything. We can forget our country. We forget our relatives. We forget our wife, children, father, mother — everything gone.

From Srila Prabhupada's Lecture, 12 Apr 1966

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Birthday means deathday

A son is born. Oh, you are very glad, "I have got a son." But if you study philosophically, no, birth is not. He is not born. Death is born. Because the growing of the child means he is dying. It is dying.… Expand>

A son is born. Oh, you are very glad, "I have got a son." But if you study philosophically, no, birth is not. He is not born. Death is born. Because the growing of the child means he is dying. It is dying. The dying process. The very day, the very moment the child is born, the dying process begins. So we do not know that it is not birth. It is death. This is called maya. This is called illusion, that death is born and we are jolly that there is birth of a child.

From Srila Prabhupada's Lecture, 12 Apr 1966.

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The meaning of birth

Janma means birth... Birth means death. Birth means old age. Birth means disease. Whenever there is birth, the other things are corollaries. They'll follow.… Expand>

Janma means birth... Birth means death. Birth means old age. Birth means disease. Whenever there is birth, the other things are corollaries. They'll follow.

From Srila Prabhupada's Lecture, 12 Apr 1966.

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The only movement

...how you can stop this, the onslaught of material nature? Everywhere, either you are at home or you are outside, either you are young, you are old, either you are scientist or philosopher. Whatever you are, the material nature will not allow you to live in peaceful condition. That is her business.… Expand>

...how you can stop this, the onslaught of material nature? Everywhere, either you are at home or you are outside, either you are young, you are old, either you are scientist or philosopher. Whatever you are, the material nature will not allow you to live in peaceful condition. That is her business. Daivi hy esa gunamayi mama maya duratyaya [Bg. 7.14]. You cannot live peacefully, that is not possible. The only peaceful condition is that you become in Krsna consciousness. There is no other alternative. Kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha. Lord Caitanya clearly says, "There is no other alternative, no other alternative, no other alternative." It is not that our Krsna consciousness movement is one of the so many movements. No. It is the only one movement that can give peace and life and prosperity to the people.

Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 2.26 -- Los Angeles, December 6, 1968

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"If I had said to first give up Christian religion..."

Paramam guhyam is most confidential, that this teaching of Lord Krsna, that "You give up all religion, all occupation,"sarva-dharman parityajya [Bg. 18.66]. "Simply surrender unto Me." It is possible... It is not possible to take this advantage by everyone.… Expand>

Paramam guhyam is most confidential, that this teaching of Lord Krsna, that "You give up all religion, all occupation,"sarva-dharman parityajya [Bg. 18.66]. "Simply surrender unto Me." It is possible... It is not possible to take this advantage by everyone. It is practical. If I would have said that "You give up Christian religion and you take to this Krsna consciousness" in the first, you would have immediately left the meeting. So it is very confidential; it is not to be opened immediately. When gradually one comes to confidence, then it will be clear.

Srila Prabhupada; Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.2.46

Magha-mela, Prayag, January 30, 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's humility:

Yare dekha, tare kaha ‘krsna'-upadesa -- this is guru. Guru does not mean anything extraordinary. Any damn rascal like me can become guru. You cannot question, "You are a damn rascal. How you have become guru?"… Expand>

Yare dekha, tare kaha ‘krsna'-upadesa -- this is guru. Guru does not mean anything extraordinary. Any damn rascal like me can become guru. You cannot question, "You are a damn rascal. How you have become guru?"

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture, February 10, 1974

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Srila Prabhupada: a miner and jeweler

Canakya-niti 14.7, commentary by Patita-pavana Dasa d?ne tapasi ?aurye v? vijñ?ne vinaye naye vismayo na hi kartavyo bahu-ratn? vasundhar? We should not feel pride in our charity, austerity, valor, scriptural knowledge, modesty or morality for gems are found all over the earth.… Expand>

Canakya-niti 14.7, commentary by Patita-pavana Dasa

d?ne tapasi ?aurye v?
vijñ?ne vinaye naye
vismayo na hi kartavyo
bahu-ratn? vasundhar?

We should not feel pride in our charity, austerity, valor, scriptural knowledge, modesty or morality for gems are found all over the earth.

Commentary: What is the need for pride when there will always be someone better at whatever we can do? No better example of this verse can be seen than Srila Prabhupada who, finding no jewels in his homeland, set out with the shovel of his faith and determination to mine the jewels of Western shores. There he turned coal into diamonds and polished them into gemstones. Regarding the preservation of moral and spiritual assets as mentioned in this verse, the devotee ceaselessly cultivates humility, knowing well that all can be lost in a moment of unthinking pride.

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From a Janmastami Lecture: try to understand Krsna philosophically

We should try to understand Krsna philosophically. We should not go away because there is talk of philosophy. If there is story they may be interested, [laughs] but hearing, hearing story only, we are trying to forget Krsna. You see? Any religion, if it is not based on philosophy, one day it will be forgotten, it will be lost. So that is happening.… Expand>

We should try to understand Krsna philosophically. We should not go away because there is talk of philosophy. If there is story they may be interested, [laughs] but hearing, hearing story only, we are trying to forget Krsna. You see? Any religion, if it is not based on philosophy, one day it will be forgotten, it will be lost. So that is happening. There are many, so many Krsna temples, but there is no discussion of the Krsna philosophy. Krsna philosophy... They think Krsna is an idol, just "jaya jagadisa hare"– that's all; finished business. No. Janma karma me divyam, yo janati tattvatah [Bg. 4.9]. That is the injunction in the Bhagavad-gita: "Anyone who understands Me, My transcendental activities, appearance and disappearance," anyone who can understand janma karma me divyam, yo janati tattvatah, "in truth." That requires philosophical understanding. Religion without philosophy is sentiment. Sentiment has no value. And philosophy without religion is mental speculation. That is also no value. Both of them should be combined. Religion should be combined with philosophy; then intelligent persons will stay with it.

Srila Prabhupada, Janmastami Lecture

London, August 13, 1971

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Pre-Janmastami meditation -- Seeing the festival who is Krsna

Krsna's face is decorated with ornaments, such as earrings resembling sharks. His ears are beautiful, His cheeks brilliant, and His smiling attractive to everyone. Whoever sees Lord Krsna sees a festival. His face and body are fully satisfying for everyone to see, but the devotees are angry at the creator for the disturbance caused by the momentary blinking of their eyes.… Expand>

Krsna's face is decorated with ornaments, such as earrings resembling sharks. His ears are beautiful, His cheeks brilliant, and His smiling attractive to everyone. Whoever sees Lord Krsna sees a festival. His face and body are fully satisfying for everyone to see, but the devotees are angry at the creator for the disturbance caused by the momentary blinking of their eyes.

SB 9.24.65 text

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Pre-Janmastami meditation -- Krsna's pastimes in a nutshell

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, known as lila-purusottama, appeared as the son of Vasudeva but immediately left His father's home and went to Vrndavana to expand His loving relationship with His confidential devotees. In Vrndavana the Lord killed many demons, and afterwards He returned to Dvaraka, where according to Vedic principles He married many wives who were the best of women, begot through them hundreds of sons, and performed sacrifices for His own worship to establish the principles of householder life.… Expand>

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, known as lila-purusottama, appeared as the son of Vasudeva but immediately left His father's home and went to Vrndavana to expand His loving relationship with His confidential devotees. In Vrndavana the Lord killed many demons, and afterwards He returned to Dvaraka, where according to Vedic principles He married many wives who were the best of women, begot through them hundreds of sons, and performed sacrifices for His own worship to establish the principles of householder life.

Thereafter, Lord Sri Krsna created a misunderstanding between family members just to diminish the burden of the world. Simply by His glance, He annihilated all the demoniac kings on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra and declared victory for Arjuna. Finally, He instructed Uddhava about transcendental life and devotion and then returned to His abode in His original form.

SB 9.24.66,67 text

(As stated by Srila Visvanatha Calravarti Thakura, these two verses summarize all of the pastimes of Krsna when He appeared in this world 5,000 years ago.

These two verses are the last in the ninth canto; the stage is set for the tenth.)

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Real starvation

...important is the soul, not this material body. So anyone who's accepting this material body as very important... Just like the other day, some rascals came. They were very much eager for feeding this body. Those who are starving, starvation... Starvation of the bodily concept of life. But there is spiritual starvation. That we are not taking care.… Expand>

...important is the soul, not this material body. So anyone who's accepting this material body as very important... Just like the other day, some rascals came. They were very much eager for feeding this body. Those who are starving, starvation... Starvation of the bodily concept of life. But there is spiritual starvation. That we are not taking care. Material starvation may be there, but actually that is not a problem because there is sufficient arrangement for maintaining this material body. Real starvation is of the soul. The soul is not getting spiritual food. Here, in this meeting, this is meant for giving to the starving spirit soul. And as soon as you get some spiritual food, then we become happy. That is the situation. Yayatma suprasidati. Unless you get spiritual food there cannot be satisfaction of the real soul.

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

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"Now"

[Srila Prabhupada instructs Achyutananda Das about Vedanta-sutra] "The first sutra reads athato brahma jijnasa. Athata means 'now,' jijnasa means to inquire. 'Now we shall inquire into the Absolute Truth, Brahman.' So what does this now mean?… Expand>

[Srila Prabhupada instructs Achyutananda Das about Vedanta-sutra]

"The first sutra reads athato brahma jijnasa. Athata means 'now,' jijnasa means to inquire. 'Now we shall inquire into the Absolute Truth, Brahman.' So what does this now mean? Now that you have studied the Vedas; now that you have performed your duties as a brahmacari; now that you are serious in acquiring this knowledge; now that you have understood that impersonal and personal are in harmonious relationship; now that you have understood the eternal constitutional position of the spirit soul; now that you are fortunate to have had a good birth after passing through unlimited lifetimes as human, as animal, as plant, as demigod; now that you have come to this human form of life."

He pointed to me.

"Just like your father gave you the Gita when you were young. So you are not an ordinary person."

He closed his eyes and continued.

"Now that you have come into contact with a bona fide spiritual master; now that you are not hankering for material piety, wealth, sense gratification, or birth in the higher planets; now that you have set aside all other inquiries, you can inquire into Brahman."

He paused to say, "Just see how one word - now - can have so much meaning."

The world stood still, and so did I.

He continued: "Now we go to the next sutra: janmadyasya yatah. Janma means creation, source, and cause. Adi means -- it is the Sanskrit way of saying all the rest, etcetera. And adi means the original, the first. Krsna is the cause of all causes and all the rest. So, you can just imagine all the Vaikuntha planets, all the living entities, all the material energies, all the expansions of Vishnu. Pantheism says God does not create the universe; He becomes the universe. And we say that is all right, but it is incomplete, He becomes the universe and remains full in the balance in His own realm. He does not abandon His creations but accompanies them as the Purusha Avatars: Maha-Vishnu, Garbodakashayi Vishnu, and Kshirodakashayi Vishnu, or Paramatma. He is the source of all conscious beings in the spiritual worlds and the material worlds, from Brahma down to the insect.

From Blazing Sadhus, by Achyutananda Das

p. 118-119

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Difference between mind and intelligence

"Prabhupada, what is the difference between the mind and the intelligence?" [Srila Prabhupada replied] "When you look down from a tall building and your mind says jump, your intelligence says don't."… Expand>

"Prabhupada, what is the difference between the mind and the intelligence?"

[Srila Prabhupada replied] "When you look down from a tall building and your mind says jump, your intelligence says don't."

From Blazing Sadhus, by Achyutananda Das, p. 224

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