September 24, 2013
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^ Show less
September 23, 2013
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^ Show less
September 22, 2013
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^ Show less
September 20, 2013
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^ Show less
September 19, 2013
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^ Show less
September 18, 2013
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^ Show less
September 17, 2013
...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^ Show less
September 16, 2013
Preaching means to convert Mayavadis to Vaisnava. Otherwise where is the
need of preaching?
Ref. VedaBase => Prabhupada Vigil -- November 3, 1977, Vrndavana^ Show less
September 15, 2013
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^ Show less
September 13, 2013
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^ Show less
September 12, 2013
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^ Show less
September 11, 2013
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^ Show less
September 10, 2013
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^ Show less
September 9, 2013
...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^ Show less
September 8, 2013
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^ Show less
September 7, 2013
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^ Show less
September 6, 2013
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^ Show less
September 5, 2013
New York -- everything ferocious! Ferocious garbage, ferocious buildings, ferocious everything!
From "Transcendental Diary" by Hari-sauri Prabhu^ Show less
September 4, 2013
...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^ Show less
September 3, 2013
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.^ Show less
September 2, 2013
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.^ Show less
September 1, 2013
...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^ Show less
August 31, 2013
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
August 30, 2013
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^ Show less
August 29, 2013
Canakya-niti 14.7, commentary by Patita-pavana Dasa
d?ne tapasi ?aurye v?
vijñ?ne vinaye naye
vismayo na hi kartavyo
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.^ Show less
August 28, 2013
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
August 27, 2013
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^ Show less
August 26, 2013
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.)^ Show less
August 25, 2013
...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^ Show less
August 24, 2013
[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^ Show less
August 23, 2013
"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^ Show less
August 22, 2013
Someone once asked Srila Prabhupada a challenging question.
"Can Krishna make a rock so heavy that He can't pick it up?"
"Then he is not all-powerful."
Prabhupada answered, "Then He will pick it up."
The challenger said, "Then He can't create a rock He can't lift."
Prabhupada said, "Then He will create another rock, then lift it again, and again create and lift. Krishna is always expanding His energy, and then He measures it, then expands it again and measures it. This is the nature of Krishna's pastimes."
From Blazing Sadhus, by Achyutananda Das
August 21, 2013
You cannot understand how it has happened. How it has happened, this is the miracle. Just like when I went to America, I was thinking that "Who will hear me? As soon as I will say that ‘You cannot eat meat, you cannot have illicit sex, you cannot have any intoxication up to smoking and you cannot indulge in gambling,' the next day they will say ‘Please go home.' " Yes. Because it was actually experienced by one of my Godbrothers. He went to London, and Lord Zetland, Marquis of Zetland, He was talking with him, this gentleman at my Godbrother, that "Can you make me brahmana?" He said, "Yes, I can make you brahmana." "How?" "Then give up these four things: don't drink, don't have illicit sex, don't indulge in gambling and don't eat meat." He said, "Impossible!" He said, "Impossible. This is our life." So I was thinking that "As soon as I will prescribe these things, these boys, or these people of America, they will say, ‘Please go home.' " But it is Krsna's mercy. Here it is said, ahaituki. Nobody can understand how it has happened, but actually it has happened. How?
Simply I advised them to accept Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and worship Him. They have done it, and they have attained jnana and vairagya.
From a lecture by Srila Prabhupada
Bombay, March 26, 1972
August 20, 2013
(including playing football)
Sometimes Krsna and Balarama would play on Their flutes, sometimes They would throw ropes and stones devised for getting fruits from the trees, sometimes They would throw only stones, and sometimes, Their ankle bells tinkling, They would play football with fruits like bael and amalaki. Sometimes They would cover Themselves with blankets and imitate cows and bulls and fight with one another, roaring loudly, and sometimes They would imitate the voices of the animals. In this way They enjoyed sporting, exactly like two ordinary human children.
Vrndavana is full of peacocks. Kujat-kokila-hamsa-sarasa-ganakirne mayurakule. The Vrndavana forest is always full of cuckoos, ducks, swans, peacocks, cranes and also monkeys, bulls and cows. So Krsna and Balarama used to imitate the sounds of these animals and enjoy sporting.
Ref. VedaBase => SB SB 10.11.39-40^ Show less
August 19, 2013
A disciple asked, "Is there one special day of the week that is holy like Sunday?"
Prabhupada replied, "Every day with Krsna is a holy day."
From Blazing Sadhus, by Achyutananda Das, p. 226^ Show less
August 18, 2013
A challenging question: "If you say you have full knowledge, then how many windows are in the Empire State Building?"
Prabhupada challenged back, "How many drops of water are in a mirage?"
From Blazing Sadhus, by Achyutananda Das, p. 226^ Show less
August 17, 2013
Srila Prabhupada said:
Similarly, when you remain fully surrendered to the supreme will, either in distress or in happiness, that is your happiness. That is real happiness. This condition cannot be without love. In any condition, you remain surrendered. It cannot be done without love. When there is lack of love, this kind of mentality cannot develop: "In any condition I shall remain surrendered." Just like, you are...you are...A whole society is carrying my order, not because I am superior person. There is love. Without love, you cannot do so. You have got some bit of love for me, therefore you carry my order. Otherwise it is not possible. And I cannot also. You are foreigners, you are Americans; I came from another country, I have no [bank] account. I cannot also order you: "You must do it, otherwise I will chastise you." Because there is love. It is a connection of love. I can also become bold enough to chastise you, but you also, in whatever condition you carry my order due to the basic principle is love. And our whole philosophy is love. We are just trying to learn how to love Krsna, that's all. So without the basic principle of love, these things cannot be conceived.
Discussion on Arthur Schopenhauer^ Show less
August 16, 2013
(For the upcoming Radha Govinda Jhulana Yatra and Srila Rupa Gosvami's Disappearance Anniversary)
Rupa Gosvami has written the following verse: "My dear friend, if you still have any desire to enjoy the company of your friends within this material world, then don't look upon the form of Krsna, who is standing on the bank of Kesi-ghata [a bathing place in Vrndavana]. He is known as Govinda, and His eyes are very enchanting. He is playing upon His flute, and on His head there is a peacock feather. And His whole body is illuminated by the moonlight in the sky."
Ref. VedaBase => NoD 13: Five Potent Forms of Devotional Service^ Show less
August 15, 2013
Politics are always there, and enviousness, jealousy. This is the nature of this material world. You cannot avoid it. Spiritual world means just the opposite. There is no politics. There is no jealousy. There is no enviousness. That is spiritual world. And material world means politics, jealousy, diplomacy, enviousness, so many things.
Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 1.1 -- London, July 7, 1973^ Show less
August 14, 2013
We should learn how to do good to the people in general. They have forgotten their relationship with God. You should be sympathetic for them. That they're suffering on account of their forgetfulness of God, let us do some service to them. Awaken them. Awaken their Krsna consciousness. That is Krsna consciousness movement. It is the best welfare activities to the human society. Because he has got, he has forgotten Krsna, he's suffering and if you awaken his Krsna consciousness then he will be happy.
Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 4.9 -- Bombay, March 29, 1974^ Show less