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ISKCON is more than the British Empire

Over the past ten years I have given the framework and now we have become more than the British Empire. Even the British Empire was not as expansive as we. They had only a portion of the world, and we have not completed expanding. We must expand more and more unlimitedly.… Expand>

Over the past ten years I have given the framework and now we have become more than the British Empire. Even the British Empire was not as expansive as we. They had only a portion of the world, and we have not completed expanding. We must expand more and more unlimitedly.

From Srila Prabhupada's Letter to: All Governing Board Commissioners -- Honolulu 19 May, 1976

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Human flesh is the tastiest

We were telling Prabhupada about some crazy news stunt that had been pulled off by some demented, popular pop artist named Andy Warhol. He and his people had just captured the news in America by eating dead fetuses that had come from aborted babies.… Expand>

We were telling Prabhupada about some crazy news stunt that had been pulled off by some demented, popular pop artist named Andy Warhol. He and his people had just captured the news in America by eating dead fetuses that had come from aborted babies. And it was the most gross thing. It got newspaper coverage because they had eaten them. We mentioned that to Prabhupada. Prabhupada said, "Yes. They have not yet learned that human flesh is the most tasty of all."

Told by Ramesvara Dasa

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We can create Vrndavana

Wherever there is electric light, there is electricity. It is naturally understood. Similarly, wherever there is Krsna consciousness, it is Vrndavana. We can create Vrndavana by the mercy of Krsna, if we chant Hare Krsna. Perfect this Krsna consciousness; try to understand the philosophy behind it. It is a science, not a bluff.… Expand>

Wherever there is electric light, there is electricity. It is naturally understood. Similarly, wherever there is Krsna consciousness, it is Vrndavana. We can create Vrndavana by the mercy of Krsna, if we chant Hare Krsna. Perfect this Krsna consciousness; try to understand the philosophy behind it. It is a science, not a bluff.

Ref. VedaBase => TYS 4: The Goal of Yoga

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Karmis dressed as devotees

There are many karmis in the dress of devotees, but the Supreme Personality of Godhead can detect their purpose. The karmis want to use the property of the Lord for their selfish sense gratification, but a devotee endeavors to use the Lord's property for God's service. Therefore a devotee is always distinct from the karmis, although the karmis may dress like devotees.… Expand>

There are many karmis in the dress of devotees, but the Supreme Personality of Godhead can detect their purpose. The karmis want to use the property of the Lord for their selfish sense gratification, but a devotee endeavors to use the Lord's property for God's service. Therefore a devotee is always distinct from the karmis, although the karmis may dress like devotees.

Ref. VedaBase => SB 8.9.28

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Fighting will spoil everything

If you fight amongst yourselves what can I do? This fighting will spoil everything. Regarding the preaching against ISKCON by Tusta Krishna Swami and Siddaswarupa as reported by you, it is another disturbance. … Expand>

If you fight amongst yourselves what can I do? This fighting will spoil everything.
Regarding the preaching against ISKCON by Tusta Krishna Swami and Siddaswarupa as reported by you, it is another disturbance. This matter and the matter of New Zealand president considering himself the self-appointed GBC of New Zealand, will be referred to the GBC meeting. If they criticize ISKCON still, we shall not cooperate with them.

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Bali Mardan, 8 Frebruary, 1977

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Srila Prabhupada appreciated study of his books

Thank you very much for so carefully studying my books. If you can actually understand the verses and purports of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is then your spiritual understanding is complete, without any other literature.… Expand>

Thank you very much for so carefully studying my books. If you can actually understand the verses and purports of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is then your spiritual understanding is complete, without any other literature.

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Bhadravardhana, February 22, 1977

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Dealing with opposing Christians

Regarding the persons who are opposing you in Minneapolis, we have to go on with our duty. This so called Christian says we are not a true religion and is opposing us because we have a different belief than his - but actually God is one. There cannot be two Gods, or a God of the Hindus, God of the Muslim, God of the Christian. Don't remain silent, but answer back in this way. Positively present our philosophy.… Expand>

Regarding the persons who are opposing you in Minneapolis, we have to go on with our duty. This so called Christian says we are not a true religion and is opposing us because we have a different belief than his - but actually God is one. There cannot be two Gods, or a God of the Hindus, God of the Muslim, God of the Christian. Don't remain silent, but answer back in this way. Positively present our philosophy.

They are misrepresenting us. We do not say one cannot be a Christian. We say be faithful to God. What is wrong in that? If one is a devotee of God, someone cannot argue against that. Just as gold is gold in anyone's hand. If a Hindu holds gold it is not Hindu gold, or Muslim gold. Gold is gold. We are preaching God consciousness. Love for God is equally applicable for all sects. Why should there be opposition?

And because we are scientifically presenting love of God, we have 84 books published - this is unique in the world. No one can speak so scientifically in so many books. We have thorough, perfect knowledge while others have only a vague idea or only sentiment. Therefore others should not oppose us but should cooperate and learn about God from us. In this way make a positive presentation in the media and go on with your regular preaching program, chanting, distributing prasadam and distributing books.

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Sivaram, 13 February, 1977

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Vegetarianism and Krsna consciousness

Prabhupada: There are many animals, vegetarian. So there is no perfection of life unless we come to the point of Krsna consciousness. Simply by becoming vegetarian, simply by becoming nonviolent, simply by... These are all theories only. It has no value.… Expand>

Prabhupada: There are many animals, vegetarian. So there is no perfection of life unless we come to the point of Krsna consciousness. Simply by becoming vegetarian, simply by becoming nonviolent, simply by... These are all theories only. It has no value.
Pusta Krsna: The argument is sometimes put forward that not everyone will be able to embrace Krsna consciousness fully. Therefore it may be better for them to accept some portion, like, for example, taking up vegetarianism or even doing hatha-yoga, or something like this is better than nothing.
Prabhupada: No, that is not very essential. Essential is how to think of Krsna. Krsna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. He doesn't say that you become vegetarian.
Dr. Patel: That said, tad-artham karma kaunteya mukta-sangah samacara: "You must do everything for Him, even eating."
Prabhupada: Yes.
Dr. Patel: That is vegetarianism.
Prabhupada: Then, then you are... Then automatically he'll become vegetarian. Automatically he'll become vegetarian. If he takes Krsna prasadam, then he is vegetarian automatically.
Pusta Krsna: So it may seem like these other things are stepping-stones to Krsna, but is it necessarily so?
Prabhupada: No stepping-stone. This is the ultimate, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru [Bg. 18.65], these four things. Unless you come to this point, there is no question of perfection.

Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- Bombay, April 15, 1976

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Philosophy, not stories, of Bhagavatam is important

We are not concerned with the stories of Srimad Bhagwatam. The book which you have sent is quite nice in abridging the stories of Bhagwatam, but there is no profit simply by knowing these stories. We must know the philosophy of Srimad Bhagwatam, and if one can understand the first verse of the Srimad Bhagwatam janmadyasa he becomes a great learned man in Vedic knowledge.… Expand>

We are not concerned with the stories of Srimad Bhagwatam. The book which you have sent is quite nice in abridging the stories of Bhagwatam, but there is no profit simply by knowing these stories. We must know the philosophy of Srimad Bhagwatam, and if one can understand the first verse of the Srimad Bhagwatam janmadyasa he becomes a great learned man in Vedic knowledge. All the great Acharyas have tried to elucidate Bhagwatam very elaborately; they never tried to abridge it; so we are trying to explain Srimad Bhagwatam elaborately, and students interested in Bhagwatam may purchase our books and try to understand it without any attempt to try and know the stories.

Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Hayagriva, 25 June, 1967

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For Guru-purnima

For spiritual achievement the easiest path is to take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master and to serve him with heart and soul. That is the secret of success.… Expand>

For spiritual achievement the easiest path is to take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master and to serve him with heart and soul. That is the secret of success.

Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.23.7

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University degrees and Krsna consciousness

As for your idea that your preaching will be more appreciated in the west if you are a professional or professor, we are already being appreciated by the professors. We don't want more. That is not our achievement. Real achievement is how we are advanced in Krsna Consciousness.… Expand>

As for your idea that your preaching will be more appreciated in the west if you are a professional or professor, we are already being appreciated by the professors. We don't want more. That is not our achievement. Real achievement is how we are advanced in Krsna Consciousness. That does not depend on degrees. As stated in the Bhagavatam, ahaituki apratihata, devotional service has to be executed without any condition, and there is no impediment. One doesn't become a great devotee on account of university degrees.

Letter to: Pusta Krsna,
19 February, 1977

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Vivekananda spoiled the whole Indian culture

Prabhupada: Dogs, hogs, camels and asses; the majority are like these animals, and if their vote is many, then you are a big dog, samstutah purusah pasuh [SB 2.3.19]. Therefore their election is another big animal, president. Election by these cats, dogs, hogs, camels means another big animal. So what we can expect from the animal? [chants japa] Vivekananda was telling, in religion everyone has his own opinion: yato mat t… Expand>

Prabhupada: Dogs, hogs, camels and asses; the majority are like these animals, and if their vote is many, then you are a big dog, samstutah purusah pasuh  [SB 2.3.19]. Therefore their election is another big animal, president. Election by these cats, dogs, hogs, camels means another big animal. So what we can expect from the animal? [chants japa] Vivekananda was telling, in religion everyone has his own opinion: yato mat tato patha. Was it not?

Svarupa Damodara: Swami Vivekananda?

Prabhupada: Yes.

Devotee: "As many paths, as many ways."

Prabhupada: Yes. As many paths [indistinct]. But Krsna does not say that. Krsna says, mam ekam: "Only surrender unto Me." He never says. But he became more than Krsna, this rascal Vivekananda. That is the difficulty. India is spoiled with this Vivekananda especially. This man spoiled the whole Indian culture.

 

Morning Walk

September 16, 1972, Los Angeles

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