Sanga

Srila Prabhupada's awareness of the importance of agrarian culture

Varsana Swami: Prabhupada went for a morning walk in Talavan [New Vrindavana]. Prabhupada came out in this open field, and as soon as he stepped out of the woods and onto the field he stopped and looked at the devotees. He had a serious concern in his countenance and he asked, “Why are these fields fallow and why aren’t there any men working these fields and where is… Expand>

Varsana Swami: Prabhupada went for a morning walk in Talavan [New Vrindavana]. Prabhupada came out in this open field, and as soon as he stepped out of the woods and onto the field he stopped and looked at the devotees. He had a serious concern in his countenance and he asked, “Why are these fields fallow and why aren’t there any men working these fields and where is the oxen?” And that really impressed me. I was the only one farming at that time. I didn’t say anything, but it really touched me that Prabhupada was attentive to what was being done in the agricultural realm.

He had an awareness of the importance of an agrarian culture, not just for the sake of having your own food if and when the economy fails and all that, but for the sake of, as he explains, living off nature’s gifts as a matter of relationships where everything and everyone is assisting everyone and everything else in serving Krishna. And that kind of spirit fosters an appreciation for everyone and everything, which also fosters more appreciation of the designer of this whole perfect arrangement. And also seeing food as more than food and water as more than water, but sacraments.

I had been doing farm work and conservation work all my life, and I had seen the plight of the American farmer from 1950 on. I saw the introduction of tractors and how they displaced the draft animals, from which came overproduction of food, from which came government paying the farmers more for not growing than they get for the crops, from the farms all going under, being bought up by the big exploitive farmers. I saw this whole syndrome.

And then I saw by this concern, and it wasn’t just a question, you could see on his face a serious concern that this would befall the devotees in New Vrindavan because he was aware of this whole tendency and syndrome. His terminology, like defining the tractor as the killer of the bull. If you’re not seeing yourself as dependent on the land and dependent on the oxen, then you’re not going to have the proper appreciation, you’re not going to have cow protection on the level of what he defined as the cows are jolly. They’re not jolly unless they’re contributing to society. So seeing these things that Prabhupada would pick up on gave me such an appreciation of the depth of his wisdom and the integrity of his understanding of all aspects of spiritual life.

From Following Srila Prabhupada DVD #07

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Come and live with the devotees

Those who are actually engaged in Krsna consciousness, in devotional service, associate with them. Don't think that at home you will be perfect. That is not possible. At home there is no such facilities. Here you will get the facilities. Here the devotees, they are actually following the instruction of mad-asrayah, one who has taken the shelter. They are rising early… Expand>

Those who are actually engaged in Krsna consciousness, in devotional service, associate with them. Don't think that at home you will be perfect. That is not possible. At home there is no such facilities. Here you will get the facilities. Here the devotees, they are actually following the instruction of mad-asrayah, one who has taken the shelter. They are rising early in the morning. And at home you will think, "Oh, what is early in the morning?" [laughter] "Let me enjoy sleep."

So there is no such facilities at home. Therefore this institution is started. If you are serious about Krsna consciousness, if you are serious about increasing your attachment for Krsna, then you should come and live with the devotees.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.1 — March 9, 1975, London

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Social acts of the Hare Krsna movement

Indian man: Is there are social act which this Hare Krsna movement has taken? Prabhupada: So what is the best social activity? Our is the best social... Mr. Reddy: Serving the poor and the needy. Prabhupada: Everyone is poor. Who is rich? First of all find out: who is rich? Mr. Reddy: Rich in the sense, luxurious living. Prabhupada: He is not living very luxuriously… Expand>

Indian man: Is there are social act which this Hare Krsna movement has taken?

Prabhupada: So what is the best social activity? Our is the best social...

Mr. Reddy: Serving the poor and the needy.

Prabhupada: Everyone is poor. Who is rich? First of all find out: who is rich?

Mr. Reddy: Rich in the sense, luxurious living.

Prabhupada: He is not living very luxuriously, that he has no disease, he does not become old. Does not become?

Mr. Reddy: No.

Prabhupada: Then? Then where is richness?

Mr. Reddy: Somebody questioned me yesterday. "There are so many things. Doing any social activities?"

Prabhupada: No, these things are being done by so many others, people; we are doing something which is ultimate. There the hospital gives some medicine when there is some disease, but that does not mean there will be no disease. Can they guarantee that "I give you this medicine — no more disease"? We are giving that medicine, that no more disease. That is the best social work. Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9]. We are giving this medicine, that after leaving this body... So far this body is concerned, somehow or other you pass on. And as soon as you give up this body — tyaktva deham punar janma naiti — you'll have no more birth. And if you have no more birth, there will be no more death. And if you have no more birth, then there will be no more disease. This is our prescription. Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti [Bg. 4.9]. Not that he is finished. He goes back to home, back to Godhead. This is our program.

January 6, 1976, Nellore

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For Ramanavami

Due to His causeless mercy upon all living entities within the universe, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, along with His plenary extensions, appeared in the family of Maharaja Iksvaku as the Lord of His internal potency, Sita. Under the order of His father, Maharaja Dasaratha, He entered the forest and lived there for considerable years with His wife and younger… Expand>

Due to His causeless mercy upon all living entities within the universe, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, along with His plenary extensions, appeared in the family of Maharaja Iksvaku as the Lord of His internal potency, Sita. Under the order of His father, Maharaja Dasaratha, He entered the forest and lived there for considerable years with His wife and younger brother. Ravana, who was very materially powerful, with ten heads on his shoulders, committed a great offense against Him and was thus ultimately vanquished.

SB 2.7.23 text

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Ramayana and Rama-carita-manasa

Ramayana... This Tulasi, actually it is not Ramayana. It is called Rama-carita-manasa. Ramayana means Valmiki Ramayana, but people have taken it as Ramayana. Actually, Tulasi dasa has expressed his own feelings about his devotion to Lord Rama, and therefore he has named it Rama-carita-manasa, his mind full with service attitude for Lord Rama. That is the real meaning… Expand>

Ramayana... This Tulasi, actually it is not Ramayana. It is called Rama-carita-manasa. Ramayana means Valmiki Ramayana, but people have taken it as Ramayana. Actually, Tulasi dasa has expressed his own feelings about his devotion to Lord Rama, and therefore he has named it Rama-carita-manasa, his mind full with service attitude for Lord Rama. That is the real meaning of this book. But people have misinterpreted; they are going on just it is Ramayana. And Ramayana, of course, anywhere where Rama's activities are described, that is called Ramayana. That is another sense. But real Ramayana means the Ramayana composed by Valmiki Ramayana. Ramayana composed by Maharsi Valmiki. And this is... It is a popular notion that this is Ramayana, but actually this book is called Rama-carita-manasa. So some of the description of Rama are there, but not all the description. Rather there are many differences from the original Valmiki Ramayana. Anyway this is song of a devotee for his Lord Rama. In that sense, you can call it Ramayana, but this book is actually Rama-carita-manasa.

Srila Prabhupada; August 30, 1968

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Why highly qualified Ravana was nevertheless a raksasa

Ravana was very learned scholar, son of a brahmana, very good scholar, and economically developed, but only fault was avaisnava: he did not care for Rama. So he is designated as raksasa. From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.27 — January 4, 1975, Bombay… Expand>

Ravana was very learned scholar, son of a brahmana, very good scholar, and economically developed, but only fault was avaisnava: he did not care for Rama. So he is designated as raksasa.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.27 — January 4, 1975, Bombay

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Training for girls

You ask about marriage, yes, actually I want that every woman in the Society should be married. But what is this training to become wives and mothers? No school is required for that, simply association. And it is not necessary to say that women only can instruct the girls and men only can instruct the boys, not when they are so young. At 12 years, they may be… Expand>

You ask about marriage, yes, actually I want that every woman in the Society should be married. But what is this training to become wives and mothers? No school is required for that, simply association. And it is not necessary to say that women only can instruct the girls and men only can instruct the boys, not when they are so young. At 12 years, they may be initiated.

A woman's real business is to look after household affairs, keep everything neat and clean, and if there is sufficient milk supply available, she should always be engaged in churning butter, making yogurt, curd, so many nice varieties, simply from milk. The woman should be cleaning, sewing, like that. So if you simply practice these things yourselves and show examples, they will learn automatically, one doesn't have to give formal instruction in these matters.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Chaya — Calcutta 16 February, 1972

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Krsna maintains

The Supreme Lord, Krsna, He's maintaining everyone: yoga-ksemam vahamy aham [Bg. 9.22]. And He'll not maintain a person who has fully surrendered to Him? No. How it can be? Suppose a gentleman is maintaining so many others' children. And he does not maintain his own children? Surely he does. Therefore our principle should be we should not think about our personal… Expand>

The Supreme Lord, Krsna, He's maintaining everyone: yoga-ksemam vahamy aham [Bg. 9.22]. And He'll not maintain a person who has fully surrendered to Him? No. How it can be? Suppose a gentleman is maintaining so many others' children. And he does not maintain his own children? Surely he does. Therefore our principle should be we should not think about our personal maintenance. We should dedicate our life for Krsna, and Krsna will take care of it. That should be the principle. Don't be harassed, thinking always, "How I shall be maintained?" That is not the problem. Maintenance is not problem. Real problem is, "How we shall be fully surrendered to Krsna?" That is wanted. Upasannan. Upasannan means those who have surrendered. So if we are fully surrendered souls then there is no problem for our economic advancement. That is automatically it will be done. Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita,

yoga-ksemam vahamy aham...
tesam nityabhiyuktanam
yoga-ksemam vahamy aham
[Bg. 9.22]

He personally takes care, he's taking care of others also. Nobody is dying for want of food this is a misconception. Everyone is getting food according to his capacity. There are 8,400,000 species of life, out of that 8 million are lower grade life, fishes, plants, insects, trees. Jalaja nava-laksani sthavara laksa-vimsati (Padma Purana). Eight million, they have no business, they have no means of other income, by nature they are getting their all supplies. So why not the human being? Even the uncivilised human being they are living in the jungle. They have no business, they have no source of income but still they are getting food. Similarly, why the civilised man should be so much anxious for their maintenance? It is due to lack of Krsna consciousness therefore they are thinking how I shall remain. The maintenance is already there, simply you have to work it. You just till the ground, or the field and sow some seeds and naturally in due course of time one seed will give you thousands. So if you little work there is no question of scarcity of foodstuffs Krsna has given everything. So our main business should be, how to develop our dormant Krsna consciousness. That is our first business, tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovido [SB 1.5.18]. Everyone should endeavour, we have lost our Krsna consciousness. Therefore we have got so many problems in life. If you revive your Krsna consciousness all problems will be solved.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.2.5 — March 5, 1975, New York

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Put the quantity printed on the book

Radha-vallabha: That... We have one big framed stat showing the English. You have five or six books that have over one million copies in print. Tamala Krsna: This is very good, putting the quantity on the cover. It's very impressive. [devotees exclaiming among themselves about books] It's like McDonald's. They advertise... Prabhupada: This is the combination of… Expand>

Radha-vallabha: That... We have one big framed stat showing the English. You have five or six books that have over one million copies in print.

Tamala Krsna: This is very good, putting the quantity on the cover. It's very impressive. [devotees exclaiming among themselves about books] It's like McDonald's. They advertise...

Prabhupada: This is the combination of American money and Indian culture. This is the result. In every field of our activities, this will prove wonderful: American money and Indian culture. Andha-pangu-nyaya. Therefore Krsna sent me to America: "Go America." Generally people come to Western country means London. But I never thought of that. I thought, "I shall go to New York," from the very beginning.

Radha-vallabha: Isopanisad also. "Over one million copies in print" at the top.

February 24, 1977, Mayapur

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Prabhupada was not equal to women

From a talk by Tamal Krishna Goswami 8-24-2000, Hungary I will give you some instances to show you that Prabhupada was not equal to women. I was sitting with Prabhupada at 7 Bury Place, our first temple in London. He told me that if Jamuna Devi who was the wife of the temple president, had been a man, it would have been she that would have been the temple president.… Expand>

From a talk by Tamal Krishna Goswami 8-24-2000, Hungary

I will give you some instances to show you that Prabhupada was not equal to women. I was sitting with Prabhupada at 7 Bury Place, our first temple in London. He told me that if Jamuna Devi who was the wife of the temple president, had been a man, it would have been she that would have been the temple president. In other words, she was more qualified than her husband. But because she was a woman, he could not make her the temple president.

Later on, I was handed three slips of paper in which the names of different persons were listed when Prabhupada was preparing to form his first GBC. They finally found these three pieces of papers in the archives. They are in Prabhupada's own handwriting on backs of envelopes and on the first two he lists, on one of them he lists three women, on one he lists two women and in the third list that I got, he lists only eleven men. And when he formed the GBC, there were no women. Now he wouldn't allow women to be temple president, so how could he allow women to be GBC? I am just showing you how he was not equal.

Another way he was not equal is after a while, very rarely did women accompany him on a walk. Now the women claim that this is because of the sannyasis. I don't know which sannyasis they are talking about, but some of the sannyasis, they say, were really pushing the women away and not letting them have an equal right. There may be some truth to that but Prabhupada allowed it. Prabhupada was not so unaware of the fact that there were no women on the walk. He could have said, "Where is so and so, where is so and so?" and he did used to say, "Where is so and so, where is so and so?" but that so and so was always a sannyasi or a senior man. So I don't think that Prabhupada was equal to all.

Now I will show you how he was equal to all. Because when the movement was just beginning, he showed far more equality to the women, when there were no sannyasis in the movement. He had a woman secretary, Govinda Dasi. It is very interesting, how he got rid of her. Very interesting, because he did not want Govinda Dasi to realize that he wanted to change the secretary. So he dictated a letter to me and had me write the letter and post it separately to get a male secretary in but his first secretary was a woman secretary. He had ladies cooking for him. And the women used to come walking with him just as much as the men. Jamuna used to lead the kirtans. Jamuna and Himavati used to speak at public lectures.

But gradually as the movement became more established, he tried to establish what you may call Vedic culture and that is where he started to make these distinctions. In his mind he made no distinction. One time in 1977, Prabhupada asked me, "Where is," I think it was Upendra, perhaps. I said, "He is cooking in the kitchen." So Prabhupada said, "Who else is in the kitchen?" and I said, "Srutirupa, the wife of Abhirama." Prabhupada said, "Oh that is not very good, that they are in the same room together." He said, "I am above all of these things now. I am an old man but you are all young sannyasis, you must be very careful." So he did these things to protect the sannyasa asrama, and in general uphold Vedic etiquette.

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Every paisa for books

One time in winter Keshava Maharaja and Narayana Maharaja came to visit Srila Prabhupada at Radha Damodara. He had a severe cold but he would sleep on the cold floor on a thin grass mat. "Why dont you buy a bed?" they asked him. He replied, "I want to spend every paisa on books." Recalled during speeches, Srila Prabhupada disappearance festival, Vrndavan, 1983; noted… Expand>

One time in winter Keshava Maharaja and Narayana Maharaja came to visit Srila Prabhupada at Radha Damodara. He had a severe cold but he would sleep on the cold floor on a thin grass mat. "Why dont you buy a bed?" they asked him. He replied, "I want to spend every paisa on books."

Recalled during speeches, Srila Prabhupada disappearance festival, Vrndavan, 1983; noted at that time by Bhakti Vikasa Swami.

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Chanting "Mr. John"

Golokera prema-dhana, this hari-nama-sankirtana, chanting of Hare Krsna mantra, this sound vibration, it is not material. Suppose if I would have advised my disciples that "You chant 'Mr. John, Mr. John, Mr. John,' " this movement would not have spread. [laughter] How long one can chant this "Mr. John, Mr. John"? Therefore it is the proof, that all over the world we… Expand>

Golokera prema-dhana, this hari-nama-sankirtana, chanting of Hare Krsna mantra, this sound vibration, it is not material. Suppose if I would have advised my disciples that "You chant 'Mr. John, Mr. John, Mr. John,' " this movement would not have spread. [laughter] How long one can chant this "Mr. John, Mr. John"? Therefore it is the proof, that all over the world we have got about hundred centers. Everywhere, hundred, two hundred, three hundred disciples are there. They're chanting, dancing, with Hare Krsna mantra. Why? Because it is not material sound vibration. This is the proof. Don't think that Hare Krsna chanting and chanting the name of Mr. John is the same. No. This is the proof. You can go on chanting twenty-four hours, still you will not feel tired. This is the golokera... This is the proof, that this hari-nama-sankirtana, golokera prema-dhana, it is the property for loving. It is the thing which will lead you how to love God, prema-dhana. You will gradually develop your propensity to love Krsna.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.27 — March 6, 1975, New York

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Our Duty

Our duration of life is not very long, and there is no certainty of when we shall be ordered to leave everything for the next stage. Thus it is our duty to see that not a moment of our life is wasted in topics which are not related with Lord Krsna. Any topic, however pleasant, is not worth hearing if it is devoid of its relation to Krsna… Expand>

Our duration of life is not very long, and there is no certainty of when we shall be ordered to leave everything for the next stage. Thus it is our duty to see that not a moment of our life is wasted in topics which are not related with Lord Krsna. Any topic, however pleasant, is not worth hearing if it is devoid of its relation to Krsna.

Srila Prabhupada, SB 1.16.6 ppt.

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The limit of education

Each and every word of Srimad-Bhagavatam, full of volumes of explanation, each and every word. This is Srimad-Bhagavatam. Vidya-bhagavatavadhi. One's learning will be understood when he's able to understand Srimad-Bhagavatam. Vidya. Vidya means learning, not this science, that science. When one can understand Srimad-Bhagavatam in true perspective, then he's to be… Expand>

Each and every word of Srimad-Bhagavatam, full of volumes of explanation, each and every word. This is Srimad-Bhagavatam. Vidya-bhagavatavadhi. One's learning will be understood when he's able to understand Srimad-Bhagavatam. Vidya. Vidya means learning, not this science, that science. When one can understand Srimad-Bhagavatam in true perspective, then he's to be understood that he has finished his all educational advancement. Avadhi. Avadhi means "this is the limit of education." Vidya-bhagavatavadhi.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.13 — New Vrindaban, June 13, 1969

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Is this civilization?

Undoubtedly we have produced by dint of advancement of having the motors, the radios, the cinemas, the railways, the airways, the medicines, the toilets, the big buildings, the big mills, agricultural implements, big offices, hodgepodge philosophers, industrialists, poets, scientists, politicians, iron men, statesmen and what not but the net result is no food, no… Expand>

Undoubtedly we have produced by dint of advancement of having the motors, the radios, the cinemas, the railways, the airways, the medicines, the toilets, the big buildings, the big mills, agricultural implements, big offices, hodgepodge philosophers, industrialists, poets, scientists, politicians, iron men, statesmen and what not but the net result is no food, no clothing, no shelter, no peace.

Will any thinking and sober man with any sense of human reasoning call this status of human life as civilized? We think not. This unrestricted material progress of civilization must be checked if humanity has to exist at all and the big brains who pose to lead the people in general must now try to understand and recognise that matter is not all in all but it is subordinate to the spirit.

(From an early essay by Srila Prabhupada)

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God, the supreme cruel

If the number of sinful men are great, God immediately starts one war, and within few years, all finished. Russia finished, America finished, everyone. That is greatness of God. In this way try to understand how God is great in every activity. In mercy He's great, in cruelty He's great. If He wants to show cruelty, He's the greatest cruel. No discrimination; all… Expand>

If the number of sinful men are great, God immediately starts one war, and within few years, all finished. Russia finished, America finished, everyone. That is greatness of God. In this way try to understand how God is great in every activity. In mercy He's great, in cruelty He's great. If He wants to show cruelty, He's the greatest cruel. No discrimination; all finished. Never mind women, children or cats, dogs — all finished. That is cruelty, greatness of cruelty.

Srila Prabhupada — June 22, 1976, New Vrindavan

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Srila Prabhupada's idea of welfare work

Another time Prabhupada was staying at the house of a very wealthy business man of Bombay and the man himself was not so wealthy but his wife was from a very wealthy family. And the head of that wealthy family used to conduct eye clinics to help poor people and sadhus. Prabhupada was very critical. He said, "When they get their eyesight what will they see? Better we… Expand>

Another time Prabhupada was staying at the house of a very wealthy business man of Bombay and the man himself was not so wealthy but his wife was from a very wealthy family. And the head of that wealthy family used to conduct eye clinics to help poor people and sadhus. Prabhupada was very critical. He said, "When they get their eyesight what will they see? Better we give them that knowledge with which they can see even without these eyes." Prabhupada just didn't give an inch. His idea of welfare work was only one thing: directly giving love and knowledge of Krsna.

From a talk by Tamal Krishna Goswami 8-24-2000, Hungary

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Krsna consciousness for cannibals

When I was speaking to the students they were very much eagerly hearing me about the principles of Srimad-Bhagavatam and the clergy-men were cautious to allow the students to hear me so patiently. They thought that their students may not be converted into Hindu ideas as it is quite natural for any religious, sect. But they do not know that the devotional service of… Expand>

When I was speaking to the students they were very much eagerly hearing me about the principles of Srimad-Bhagavatam and the clergy-men were cautious to allow the students to hear me so patiently. They thought that their students may not be converted into Hindu ideas as it is quite natural for any religious, sect. But they do not know that the devotional service of the Lord (Sri Krsna) is the common religion for everyone including the aborigines and the cannibals in the jungles.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Sumati Morarji, 27th October, 1965

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Love means exchange

If I claim to love somebody, but I visit his house only once a week and ask, "Please give me such-and-such," where is the exchange of love? Love means there is some exchange. If you love somebody but you have not given anything to that person or taken anything from him, where is the love? Love means that there is exchange. If you love somebody, if you have not given… Expand>

If I claim to love somebody, but I visit his house only once a week and ask, "Please give me such-and-such," where is the exchange of love? Love means there is some exchange. If you love somebody but you have not given anything to that person or taken anything from him, where is the love? Love means that there is exchange. If you love somebody, if you have not given anything to that somebody, neither you have taken something from him, where is the love? Is that love?

Srila Prabhupada, June 28, 1976, Vrndavana

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Beautiful Krsna

Krsna is the most beautiful. Because Krsna is beautiful, even the chirping of a bird is beautiful. Krsna is the reservoir of all pleasure and beauty. Beauty is appreciated in the world because beauty is one of Krsna's qualities. Whatever little beauty we find in this material world is but the perverted reflection of Krsna's beauty… Expand>

Krsna is the most beautiful. Because Krsna is beautiful, even the chirping of a bird is beautiful. Krsna is the reservoir of all pleasure and beauty. Beauty is appreciated in the world because beauty is one of Krsna's qualities. Whatever little beauty we find in this material world is but the perverted reflection of Krsna's beauty. 

From Srila Prabhupada's discussion of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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This life is a flash

Please regularly chant Hare Krsna and read Srimad-Bhagavatam, and very soon you will get other books also, like Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, and always read and talk about Krsna between yourselves, and always remember that this life is but a flash only. We have to seek after our eternal life in Krsna consciousness and be transferred to the… Expand>

Please regularly chant Hare Krsna and read Srimad-Bhagavatam, and very soon you will get other books also, like Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, and always read and talk about Krsna between yourselves, and always remember that this life is but a flash only. We have to seek after our eternal life in Krsna consciousness and be transferred to the spiritual world in the association of Krsna. Continue to keep your present attitude and certainly even within this life, you will be successful in attaining perfection of Krsna consciousness.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Dayananda, July 7, 1968

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Industry, technology useless, but can continue

Hrdayananda: [translating] If there could be a Krsna conscious society, would this mean to stop the industry and technology? Prabhupada: Industry, technology you can continue, but practically it has no use. [break] Just like there is the bench, you can sit down on the ground, and to sit down little comfortably you manufacture the bench. So for sitting down, you can… Expand>

Hrdayananda: [translating] If there could be a Krsna conscious society, would this mean to stop the industry and technology?

Prabhupada: Industry, technology you can continue, but practically it has no use. [break] Just like there is the bench, you can sit down on the ground, and to sit down little comfortably you manufacture the bench. So for sitting down, you can utilize the ground, but you are unnecessarily wasting your time and manufacturing. This is industry. Philosophy is that we have to save time for becoming fully Krsna conscious. That is our necessity. And if we divert our energy for sitting down comfortably, then time is wasted.

There is natural mattress, and there is a natural pillow, so why should you manufacture pillow and mattress? This is Sukadeva Gosvami. And there is natural food, fruits. And if you want still nice home, go to the cave. It is already made. Why should you waste your time? This is the Bhagavata philosophy. But they are wasting time simply how to live in nice apartment, how to make a nice mattress, pillow.

So the whole philosophy is: save your time and make your life perfect within this short duration of life which you have obtained in this human form of life. Durlabham manusam janma [SB 7.6.1]. It is very rarely you have got. Utilize it. And if you don't utilize, if you waste your time in these bodily comforts and next life you become a cat and dog, then what is the benefit? They do not understand this.

February 21, 1975, Caracas

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How many followers in the United States?

Pressman: Do you know how many followers there are in the United States now? Prabhupada: Unlimited. (devotees roar) Some of them admit and some of them do not admit. That's all. (laughter). (Arrival Lecture and Press Conference - San Francisco, July 4 1970)… Expand>

Pressman: Do you know how many followers there are in the United States now?

Prabhupada: Unlimited. (devotees roar) Some of them admit and some of them do not admit. That's all. (laughter)

(Arrival Lecture and Press Conference - San Francisco, July 4 1970)

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Cheating in the name of charity

Swami Nikhilananda of Ramakrishna Mission, when I went to America, I met him. He said that "The Americans are asking that 'You take money from us for serving the poor. But when we go to India, we simply see poor men are lying on the footpath. So what you are doing with this money?'" You see? This is a plea for collection of money, "to serve the poor." I know in… Expand>

Swami Nikhilananda of Ramakrishna Mission, when I went to America, I met him. He said that "The Americans are asking that 'You take money from us for serving the poor. But when we go to India, we simply see poor men are lying on the footpath. So what you are doing with this money?'" You see? This is a plea for collection of money, "to serve the poor." I know in America there are so many foundations. And there are so many cheats also. They form a society, and the managers of the foundation, they have got plea, and they get out all the money. I have seen it. Who was that? That Mr. Bogus? No, Bogart. Bogart. I used to call him "Mr. Bogus." [laughter]

They have made a clique with the managers of the foundation, and they present by literature, and the subject matter is India: "Oh, so many people are starving, so many being..." In this way they take money from the managers, and it is divided amongst themselves.

Srila Prabhupada, March 23, 1974, Bombay

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Humbleness is not all-in-all

Humbleness is of course good qualification, but the humbleness you will find in animal also, very humble. If you cut his throat, he will not tell anything. If we forget the aim of life and simply become humble like ass, is that very good qualification? The ass is very humble. You load upon it tons of loads, it will not protest. Very humble. Srila Prabhupada, in… Expand>

Humbleness is of course good qualification, but the humbleness you will find in animal also, very humble. If you cut his throat, he will not tell anything. If we forget the aim of life and simply become humble like ass, is that very good qualification? The ass is very humble. You load upon it tons of loads, it will not protest. Very humble.

Srila Prabhupada, in conversation with professors, 19 Feb 1975

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Do we alienate by our dress, lifestyle? Srila Prabhupada replies

Hrdayananda: [translating] He's saying that he thinks the way we dress, our whole way of life, will make our movement only available to a few people, because it requires someone who is prepared to completely change his way of life. Prabhupada: Well, when there is question of knowledge, only you will find a few people to get the knowledge. When you put this question… Expand>

Hrdayananda: [translating] He's saying that he thinks the way we dress, our whole way of life, will make our movement only available to a few people, because it requires someone who is prepared to completely change his way of life.

Prabhupada: Well, when there is question of knowledge, only you will find a few people to get the knowledge. When you put this question, "Find out some learned scholar," generally they will be very..., their number will be very little. But one thing is that if there is one man in real knowledge, he can give the..., distribute the knowledge to many. The example is just like kas candras tamo hanti na ca tara sahasrasah: if you get one moon at night, that is sufficient to dissipate the darkness. And there are millions of stars—it is useless. So it is necessarily not required that everyone should be in perfect knowledge. But if one man is in perfect knowledge, hundreds and thousands can hear from him and they can perfect. So it does not depend on the quantity; it depends on the quality.

From a conversation with professors — February 19, 1975, Caracas

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Patience and confidence

One should not be impatient in Krsna consciousness. Indeed, this Krsna consciousness movement was started single-handedly, and in the beginning there was no response, but because we continued to execute our devotional activities with patience, people gradually began to understand the importance of this movement, and now they are eagerly participating. One should not… Expand>

One should not be impatient in Krsna consciousness. Indeed, this Krsna consciousness movement was started single-handedly, and in the beginning there was no response, but because we continued to execute our devotional activities with patience, people gradually began to understand the importance of this movement, and now they are eagerly participating. One should not be impatient in discharging devotional service but should take instructions from the spiritual master and execute them with patience, depending on the mercy of guru and Krsna. The successful execution of Krsna conscious activities requires both patience and confidence.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to NoI verse 3

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Krsna so kindly comes as Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Krsna is coming as Caitanya Mahaprabhu to show us the way how to understand Krsna. Caitanya Mahaprabhu means Krsna Himself, present to teach us how to understand Krsna. So Krsna is so kind: He is coming Himself. He's teaching Bhagavad-gita. Again He is coming as Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as devotee, to become a devotee of Krsna. Krsna-prema-pradaya te [Cc. Madhya 19.53].… Expand>

Krsna is coming as Caitanya Mahaprabhu to show us the way how to understand Krsna. Caitanya Mahaprabhu means Krsna Himself, present to teach us how to understand Krsna. So Krsna is so kind: He is coming Himself. He's teaching Bhagavad-gita. Again He is coming as Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as devotee, to become a devotee of Krsna. Krsna-prema-pradaya te [Cc. Madhya 19.53]. He's not only teaching Krsna but love of Krsna. Krsna, when He personally came, He did not teach how to love Him. He simply asked, "You rascal, surrender to Me." That's all. "You are all rascals. You have forgotten Me. I am the Supreme. You are searching after so many wrong things. You have created so many so-called occupational and religious duties, but these are all useless." That much.

But again Krsna came to teach people how to love Krsna. Therefore Rupa Gosvami offers his respect to Caitanya Mahaprabhu, namo maha-vadanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te: [Cc. Madhya 19.53] "You are not only giving Krsna but giving love of Krsna." That is very rare thing. Prema pumartho mahan. People are after dharma, after kama, moksa, but Caitanya Mahaprabhu says, "No, above this, there is fifth perfection. That is prema, Krsna-prema." Prema pumartho mahan.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.15 — Mayapur, February 22, 1976

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Who is Lord Caitanya?

Lord Caitanya is the ideal teacher of life's prime necessities. He is the most munificent bestower of love of Krsna. He is the complete reservoir of all mercies and good fortune. As confirmed in Srimad-Bhagavatam, the Bhagavad-gita, the Mahabharata and the Upanisads, He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna Himself, and He is worshipable by everyone in this age… Expand>

Lord Caitanya is the ideal teacher of life's prime necessities. He is the most munificent bestower of love of Krsna. He is the complete reservoir of all mercies and good fortune. As confirmed in Srimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita, Mahabharata and the Upanisads, He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna Himself, and He is worshipable by everyone in this age of disagreement. Everyone can join in His sankirtana movement. No previous qualification is necessary. Just by following His teachings, anyone can become a perfect human being. Anyone who is fortunate enough to be attracted by Lord Caitanya is sure to be successful in his life's mission.

From "Teachings of Lord Caitanya," preface

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Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught the ultimate aim and object of life

The basic principle is love. So similarly, our full surrender, full Krsna consciousness, can be achieved when we develop our love for Krsna little by little, little by little, and then come to the perfection. When we come to the perfection, then we cannot live without Krsna. Just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught us. In the last stage of His life He exhibited such… Expand>

The basic principle is love. So similarly, our full surrender, full Krsna consciousness, can be achieved when we develop our love for Krsna little by little, little by little, and then come to the perfection. When we come to the perfection, then we cannot live without Krsna. Just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught us. In the last stage of His life He exhibited such manifestation of love that He was dying without Krsna. Sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena me [Siksastaka 7]. Sunyayitam. Sunyayitam, "everything is vacant." Sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena me. "Without Govinda, I see everything vacant." Sometimes we have got experience. If we lose a friend, a son, at that time everything becomes vacant without my son, without my lover. That is practical. So Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was exhibiting that type of love for Krsna, that He was feeling that "Without Krsna, everything is void." Sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena me. This He taught personally, how to raise oneself to the topmost stage of love for Krsna. That is the ultimate aim and object of life.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.40 — January 15, 1975, Bombay

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Caitanya Mahaprabhu helps the poor — but who is poor?

Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement means to become compassionate to the poor people. Poor people means that those who are poor in spiritual understanding, Krsna consciousness. They are poor. They are thinking they are very big men, but they are the poorest, because they are losing the chance of understanding Krsna in this human form of life. They are thinking this… Expand>

Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement means to become compassionate to the poor people. Poor people means that those who are poor in spiritual understanding, Krsna consciousness. They are poor. They are thinking they are very big men, but they are the poorest, because they are losing the chance of understanding Krsna in this human form of life. They are thinking this motorcar or this big, high palatial buildings and bank balance, big business profits — that is the aim of achievement. No. That is not the aim of achievement. The aim of achievement it to athato brahma-jijnasa — to understand Brahman. That is the aim of life. But they are not interested in that aim of achievement; therefore very, very poor. And Caitanya Mahaprabhu's business, or mission, is to reclaim these poor human beings — those who are not interested in spiritual understanding.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 4.1 — February 7, 1974, Vrndavana

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Caitanya-caritamrta and simple truth

TRANSLATION In this Caitanya-caritamrta there is no contradictory conclusion, nor is anyone else’s opinion accepted. I have written this book to describe the simple substance as I have heard it from superiors. If I become involved in someone’s likes and dislikes, I cannot possibly write the simple truth. PURPORT The simplest thing for human beings is to follow their… Expand>

TRANSLATION
In this Caitanya-caritamrta there is no contradictory conclusion, nor is anyone else’s opinion accepted. I have written this book to describe the simple substance as I have heard it from superiors. If I become involved in someone’s likes and dislikes, I cannot possibly write the simple truth.

PURPORT
The simplest thing for human beings is to follow their predecessors. Judgment according to mundane senses is not a very easy process. Whatever is awakened by attachment to one's predecessor is the way of devotional service as indicated by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The author says, however, that he cannot consider the opinions of those who become attracted or repelled by such things, because one cannot write impartially in that way. In other words, the author is stating that he did not inject personal opinion in the Caitanya-caritamrta. He has simply described his spontaneous understanding from superiors. If he had been carried away by someone's likes and dislikes, he could not have written of such a sublime subject matter in such an easy way. The actual facts are understandable to real devotees. When these facts are recorded, they are very congenial to the devotees, but one who is not a devotee cannot understand. Such is the subject matter for realization. Mundane scholarship and its concomitant attachments and detachments cannot arouse spontaneous love of Godhead. Such love cannot be described by a mundane scholar.

Cc Madhya 2.86, rendered by Srila Prabhupada

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Chanting, praying, and spreading Lord Caitanya's mission

I can understand from your letter that you are working nicely for the spreading of Lord Caitanya's mission. Just keep this your attitude of sincere service and without a doubt Krishna will give you all intelligence to serve Him nicely. Krishna is not ungrateful but rather He sees all our efforts and appreciates our sincere service. Krishna is interested in how we… Expand>

I can understand from your letter that you are working nicely for the spreading of Lord Caitanya's mission. Just keep this your attitude of sincere service and without a doubt Krishna will give you all intelligence to serve Him nicely. Krishna is not ungrateful but rather He sees all our efforts and appreciates our sincere service. Krishna is interested in how we engage our energies in His service. We are very small, very insignificant, so what can we do? Simply He wants to see that we are engaging our time and energy in His service. And you always remember to abide by the laws of Krishna as described by His bona fide Representative, and the passage of going back to Godhead is assured. This is Krishna's Mercy. But pure devotees do not even want to go to Krishna's abode. Simply our prayer should be, My dear Krishna, please remind me to always chant Your Holy Name, please do not put me into forgetfulness. You are sitting within me as Supersoul, so you can put me into forgetfulness or into remembering You. So please do not put me into forgetfulness. Please always remind me to chant, even You send me into the hell, it doesn't matter, just so long as I can always chant Hare Krishna. Lord Caitanya and Nityananda are singing one very nice song in which they are requesting everyone to please chant Hare Krishna, and come along with Them. So that is our request to everyone.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Devananda — Los Angeles 23 November, 1968

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A Vaisnava's real qualification

We are in one of the universes. And Caitanya Mahaprabhu has described, "As there are many multimillions of mustard seed within a bag." Just imagine. If you bring one bag of mustard seed, round, round, so that round, round seed, that each and every universe. So one devotee of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Vasudeva Datta, he prayed to Caitanya Mahaprabhu, "Sir, You have come.… Expand>

We are in one of the universes. And Caitanya Mahaprabhu has described, "As there are many multimillions of mustard seed within a bag." Just imagine. If you bring one bag of mustard seed, round, round, so that round, round seed, that each and every universe. So one devotee of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Vasudeva Datta, he prayed to Caitanya Mahaprabhu, "Sir, You have come. You deliver all these fallen souls, conditioned souls within the universe. Your kindness can do that. And if You think they are so sinful they cannot be delivered, then I am prepared to take all their sins. I shall remain here alone to suffer. You kindly deliver them." This is Vaisnava desire. Vaisnava is not selfish. He is... Vaisnava's real qualification is para-duhkha-duhkhi: he is unhappy by seeing others unhappy. Personally he has no unhappiness. Why he should be unhappy? He has got Krsna. But as he has become happy by getting Krsna, so he wants others also to become happy, and therefore he tries to spread Krsna consciousness. This is called para-duhkha-duhkhi. He knows that all these conditioned souls, they are, I mean to say, rotting in this material world and suffering. And the only remedy is Krsna consciousness. That's a fact.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.40 — January 15, 1975, Bombay

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Not by mundane scholarship can sastra be understood

Many scholarly, learned scholars, Sanskrit scholars, they cannot understand Bhagavatam. I have seen many scholars, they cannot understand Bhagavata. Sanskrit scholars, they will read, but they will not be able to understand. Similarly, Bhagavad-gita also. If anyone studies Bhagavad-gita from scholarly point of view, a-b-c-d, he'll not understand. Krsna therefore says… Expand>

Many scholarly, learned scholars, Sanskrit scholars, they cannot understand Bhagavatam. I have seen many scholars, they cannot understand Bhagavata. Sanskrit scholars, they will read, but they will not be able to understand. Similarly, Bhagavad-gita also. If anyone studies Bhagavad-gita from scholarly point of view, a-b-c-d, he'll not understand. Krsna therefore says that "Arjuna, I shall speak the lessons of Bhagavata unto you because you are My very dear friend and you are My devotee." Krsna did not want to speak Bhagavad-gita to a scholarly student. No. These books are not to be understood by mundane scholarship. That is not possible.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.23 — June 20, 1972, Los Angeles

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War against this godless civilization

Preach as much as possible, by sankirtana, big sankirtana. Big sankirtana is book distribution, and small sankirtana is with mrdanga. Big sankirtana is going on all over the world; small sankirtana locally. Overflood the demons' godless civilization. Our declaration of war against this godless civilization. Srila Prabhupada — December 31, 1976, Bombay… Expand>

Preach as much as possible, by sankirtana, big sankirtana. Big sankirtana is book distribution, and small sankirtana is with mrdanga. Big sankirtana is going on all over the world; small sankirtana locally. Overflood the demons' godless civilization. Our declaration of war against this godless civilization.

Srila Prabhupada — December 31, 1976, Bombay

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Book production: There is so much scope

You should always remember the Gita Press example. They had third-class printing and doubtful subject matter, yet they were maintaining seventy-five big printing machines. There is so much scope. If we give first-class printing and first-class subject matter, there is huge scope. Whatever the price, Hindi-speaking people will pay; they are not poor. Print huge stock… Expand>

You should always remember the Gita Press example. They had third-class printing and doubtful subject matter, yet they were maintaining seventy-five big printing machines. There is so much scope. If we give first-class printing and first-class subject matter, there is huge scope. Whatever the price, Hindi-speaking people will pay; they are not poor. Print huge stock, ten thousand at a time minimum. I shall take charge of distribution. I want to see at least all manuscripts printed. We shall do exactly like the karmis, not for ourselves, but for Krsna.

Srila Prabhupada, quoted in TKG's Diary: July 28

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Ideal mode of grhastha living

This is Indian attitude. They do not care for the modern, civilized way of life, wasting time reading some nonsense book or going to the bars, the cinema, talking unnecessarily. They do not like. Those who are old style, they do not. They have no time to waste time in that way. They must be inclined that "I must prepare something nice so that my husband, my children… Expand>

This is Indian attitude. They do not care for the modern, civilized way of life, wasting time reading some nonsense book or going to the bars, the cinema, talking unnecessarily. They do not like. Those who are old style, they do not.

They have no time to waste time in that way. They must be inclined that "I must prepare something nice so that my husband, my children or my, all friends will be very pleased." That is their policy. I wanted that all our girls, they should be expert. And in America they are doing that. They should learn the art of cooking and prepare very nice foodstuff, daily change of menu. And the children should be so trained up that no more birth. And that is life. They can produce hundreds of children, it doesn't matter, but must be responsible, that "These children should be saved. This is the last birth; no more birth. I'll train the child in such a way that next life he's going to Krsna, back to home, back to Godhead." That is parents' duty. Otherwise they should not become parent. That is contraceptive: "I am not fit to train my children in that way, so I shall not produce cats and dogs." This is life. Why shall I produce cats and dogs? And Bhaktivinoda Thakura was grhastha; he produced Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. That is wanted. So in this way, if there is ideal institution, ideal mode of living, it is happy; everything is all right. That is grhastha. Produce Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. My Guru Maharaja used to say that "If I can produce krsna-bhakta as children, then I'm prepared to marry and produce hundreds of children." And if we cannot, then we shall not produce even one children.

Srila Prabhupada — January 3, 1977, Bombay

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Control lusty desire by Krsna consciousness

The brahmacari is educated in that way. Up to twenty-five years he cannot see a young woman. He cannot see even. This is brahmacari. He cannot see. Then he is trained up in that way, that he may continue a brahmacari life. Naisthika-brahmacari. But if he's unable, then he's allowed to marry. That is called grhastha life, householder life. Because between twenty-five… Expand>

The brahmacari is educated in that way. Up to twenty-five years he cannot see a young woman. He cannot see even. This is brahmacari. He cannot see. Then he is trained up in that way, that he may continue a brahmacari life. Naisthika-brahmacari. But if he's unable, then he's allowed to marry. That is called grhastha life, householder life. Because between twenty-five years to fifty years, this is the youthful time, so his lusty desires are very strong. One who is not able to control... Not for all. There are many naisthika-brahmacari. Naisthika-brahmacari — throughout the life, celibacy. But that is not possible in this age, neither it is possible to become a brahmacari. The time is changed, this age. Therefore you can control your lusty desire by Krsna consciousness. Otherwise it is not possible.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.10 — February 6, 1975, Honolulu

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Stop this suicidal policy

Now we see the sky, the sun, how nice it is. This is life. Green, down, and up, clear sky, sun. This is life. We get rejuvenation in this atmosphere. What is this nonsense, all skyscraper building, no air, no light? Jagato 'hitaya. The mind becomes crippled, the health becomes deteriorated, children cannot see even the sky — everything is spoiled. Improve this mode of… Expand>

Now we see the sky, the sun, how nice it is. This is life. Green, down, and up, clear sky, sun. This is life. We get rejuvenation in this atmosphere. What is this nonsense, all skyscraper building, no air, no light? Jagato 'hitaya. The mind becomes crippled, the health becomes deteriorated, children cannot see even the sky — everything is spoiled.

Improve this mode of life. Live in open place, produce your food grain, produce your milk, save time, chant Hare Krsna. Plain living, high thinking — ideal life. Artificial necessities of life do increase your so-called comfort, but if you forget your real business, that is suicidal. We want to stop this suicidal policy. 

Srila Prabhupada — June 26, 1976, New Vrindavan

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