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Why we say, "Go back to home, back to Godhead"

You have to stay on the platform. Then eternally you are safe. If you fall down from the platform, then it is your fault. Just like we are all in the Vaikuntha planet. Now, we wanted to enjoy this material world. We have fallen down, just like Jaya-Vijaya. Now we are trying to go back again. Therefore we say, "Go back to home, back to Godhead." So everything is… Expand>

You have to stay on the platform. Then eternally you are safe. If you fall down from the platform, then it is your fault. Just like we are all in the Vaikuntha planet. Now, we wanted to enjoy this material world. We have fallen down, just like Jaya-Vijaya. Now we are trying to go back again. Therefore we say, "Go back to home, back to Godhead." So everything is... There is process. If you follow the process, then you go back. If you fall down, that is our fault. Therefore the life is meant for tapasya, that Rsabhadeva's instruction, that our life should not be wasted like dogs and hogs and pigs. It should be utilized for tapasya, for understanding our position. Tapo putraka yena suddhyed sattva [SB 5.5.1]. This is the aim of life. We have to purify our existence. At the present moment our existence is impurified. Therefore we are subjected to birth, death, old age and disease. And as soon as we purify ourself, then we are not subjected to these four material laws.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.1-2 — May 22, 1975, Melbourne

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Srila Prabhupada's fervent appeal

I am fervently appealing to you all not to create fracture in the solid body of the Society. Please work conjointly, without any personal ambition. That will help the cause. It is the injunction of the Vedas that the Spiritual Master should not be treated as ordinary man even if sometimes the Spiritual Master behaves like ordinary man. It is the duty of the disciple… Expand>

I am fervently appealing to you all not to create fracture in the solid body of the Society. Please work conjointly, without any personal ambition. That will help the cause.

It is the injunction of the Vedas that the Spiritual Master should not be treated as ordinary man even if sometimes the Spiritual Master behaves like ordinary man. It is the duty of the disciple to accept Him as Superhuman Man. In the beginning of your letter your comparison of the soldier and commander is very appropriate. We are on the battlefield of Kuruksetra—one side Maya, the other side Krsna. So the regulative principles of a battlefield, namely to abide by the order of the commander, must be followed. Otherwise it is impossible to direct the fighting capacity of the soldiers and thus defeat the opposing elements. Kindly therefore take courage. You are capable in so many ways. Let things be rightly done so that our mission may be correctly pushed forward to come out victorious.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Brahmananda , Gargamuni — Los Angeles 31 July, 1970

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Eat the guru

First of all kill the guru. That is called guru-mara-vidya. Guru advised that you take food in goodness, sattvika. So he first of all advised that don't take fish, just like we are advising, meat, eggs, don't take. Then they thought that "The cow is very pure. Cow is very pure, so let us eat cow, sattvika." So when Guru Maharaja inquired that "You have given up… Expand>

First of all kill the guru. That is called guru-mara-vidya. Guru advised that you take food in goodness, sattvika. So he first of all advised that don't take fish, just like we are advising, meat, eggs, don't take. Then they thought that "The cow is very pure. Cow is very pure, so let us eat cow, sattvika."

So when Guru Maharaja inquired that "You have given up everything bad?" "Yes, now we are eating cow." "What?" "No, it is sattvika." "No, no, no, no, no. You cannot eat even." Then they thought, "Then what we shall eat? Guru Maharaja is sattvika, most sattvika. So let us eat him." [laughter] So it is called guru-mara-vidya: "For sattvika eating, let us eat Guru Maharaja." This is intelligence. "Why so much botheration seeking here and there? The Guru Maharaja is there."

Srila Prabhupada; Morning Walk — May 21, 1975, Melbourne

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Love is not one-way

You must give something to beloved and accept something from your beloved. If you simply go on accepting but you do not give anything, then there is no love… Expand>

You must give something to beloved and accept something from your beloved. If you simply go on accepting but you do not give anything, then there is no love.

Srila Prabhupada - Lecture, London, 26th August 1971

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Why Mayavadis fear the Krsna consciousness movement (or should do)

The present so-called Hindu religion, being predominantly conducted by the Mayavada philosophy, has become a hodgepodge institution of various concocted ideas. Mayavadis greatly fear the Krsna consciousness movement and accuse it of spoiling the Hindu religion because it accepts people from all parts of the world and all religious sects and scientifically engages them… Expand>

The present so-called Hindu religion, being predominantly conducted by the Mayavada philosophy, has become a hodgepodge institution of various concocted ideas. Mayavadis greatly fear the Krsna consciousness movement and accuse it of spoiling the Hindu religion because it accepts people from all parts of the world and all religious sects and scientifically engages them in the daiva-varnasrama-dharma.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Adi 12.73

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Chant, read, take little prasada, don't sleep much

Either chant Hare Krsna or read books. And when you are hungry, you take little prasadam. Don't take much — then you will sleep more. Take as little as possible. Then you will also sleep... Our business is to conquer over the demands of the body. The demands of the body is eating, sleeping, sex and defense. So spiritual life means make it almost nil.… Expand>

Either chant Hare Krsna or read books. And when you are hungry, you take little prasadam. Don't take much — then you will sleep more. Take as little as possible. Then you will also sleep... Our business is to conquer over the demands of the body. The demands of the body is eating, sleeping, sex and defense. So spiritual life means make it almost nil. Nidrahara-viharakadi-vijitau. All the Gosvamis, they did so. They conquered over sleeping, conquered over eating, conquered over sex desire and conquered defense. So in this way we have to minimize nidrahara-vihara and save time for chanting Hare Krsna. [break] [indistinct] And chant Hare Krsna.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 13.4 — February 27, 1975, Miami

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Democracy, quasi-kings, and corruption

In a monarchy, one man sufficiently trained was competent enough to conduct alone the business of the state. But in a democracy no one is trained like a prince; instead, politicians are voted to responsible posts of administration by diplomatic arrangements. In place of one king or supreme executive officer, in a democracy there are so many quasi-kings: the president… Expand>

In a monarchy, one man sufficiently trained was competent enough to conduct alone the business of the state. But in a democracy no one is trained like a prince; instead, politicians are voted to responsible posts of administration by diplomatic arrangements. In place of one king or supreme executive officer, in a democracy there are so many quasi-kings: the president, the ministers, the deputy ministers, the secretaries, the assistant secretaries, the private secretaries, and the undersecretaries. There are a number of parties — political, social, and communal — and there are party whips, party whims, and so on. But no one is well enough trained to look after the factual interests of the governed. In a so-called democratic government, corruption is even more rampant than in an autocracy or monarchy.

Light of the Bhagavat verse 44

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The basic principle of Krsna consciousness

Even in this material world we can have a little sense of love. How is this possible? It is due to the love which is found in the Godhead. Whatever we find within our experience within this conditional life is situated in the Supreme Lord, who is the ultimate source of everything. In our original relationship with the Supreme Lord there is real love, and that love is… Expand>

Even in this material world we can have a little sense of love. How is this possible? It is due to the love which is found in the Godhead. Whatever we find within our experience within this conditional life is situated in the Supreme Lord, who is the ultimate source of everything. In our original relationship with the Supreme Lord there is real love, and that love is reflected pervertedly through material conditions. Our real love is continuous and unending, but because that love is reflected pervertedly in this material world, it lacks continuity and is inebriating. If we want real transcendental love, we have to transfer our love to the supreme lovable object — the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is the basic principle of Krsna consciousness.

From TLC Intro

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ISKCON, Ramakrishna Mission, and social work

Dr. Copeland: And what is your relationship with, say, the Ramakrishna Mission? Prabhupada: Oh, we have no relation. We don't accept them as any authority. Dr. Copeland: Why not? Prabhupada: Because they are not doing according to sastra. They are doing whimsically. Dr. Copeland: But they are doing very good social work. Prabhupada: That social work has nothing to do… Expand>

Dr. Copeland: And what is your relationship with, say, the Ramakrishna Mission?

Prabhupada: Oh, we have no relation. We don't accept them as any authority.

Dr. Copeland: Why not?

Prabhupada: Because they are not doing according to sastra. They are doing whimsically.

Dr. Copeland: But they are doing very good social work.

Prabhupada: That social work has nothing to do with spiritual work.

Dr. Copeland: Does this organization do social work?

Prabhupada: Yes. This is the best social work. We are giving the best education, best knowledge, best hope of next life. And what they are giving? They do not know what is next life even.

Conversation with Dr. Copeland, Professor of Modern Indian History — May 20, 1975, Melbourne

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Mahaprabhu, kartals and mridanga

Chaturatma: One night there was a darshan with one musician. I never got the understanding whether this was a person coming to Krishna consciousness or this person was already a devotee. Anyway, this was someone who wanted to use his western rock and roll guitar style in service to Lord Chaitanya. Prabhupada was very adamant and the guy kept bringing the point up two… Expand>

Chaturatma: One night there was a darshan with one musician. I never got the understanding whether this was a person coming to Krishna consciousness or this person was already a devotee. Anyway, this was someone who wanted to use his western rock and roll guitar style in service to Lord Chaitanya. Prabhupada was very adamant and the guy kept bringing the point up two or three times and Prabhupada finally said, "No." He pointed to a beautiful picture of the Panchatattva on the wall of his room and said, "You see Mahaprabhu, kartals and mridanga. That's all."

From Srila Prabhupada Remembrances ch. 51

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Sannyasis as gurus

Simply travel and preach depending on Krsna for all material arrangements. Not worrying much about my bodily care, not worrying much about foodstuffs, not worrying much about my shelter. Simply worrying about how to preach, mad after preaching, reaching to as many people as possible, distributing literatures, travelling. Distributing prasadam, so many things. This is… Expand>

Simply travel and preach depending on Krsna for all material arrangements. Not worrying much about my bodily care, not worrying much about foodstuffs, not worrying much about my shelter. Simply worrying about how to preach, mad after preaching, reaching to as many people as possible, distributing literatures, travelling. Distributing prasadam, so many things.

This is parivrajakacarya because our sannyasis they can begin there and then there is paramahamsa stage. When one becomes a little advanced and purified by this process he can take some disciples. Like that, and help this family of the holy name grow all over the world. We must have spiritual children; in order to do that we must be potent and pure and we must push on this movement purely so that our offspring, our spiritual children will be strong and grow up to be better preachers and travel further than we. 

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture at the sannyasa initiation of Trivikrama Maharaja — July 27, 1971, New York

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Firm determination to finish this business in this life

Even they fall down, they are guaranteed best life in the next birth, sucinam srimatam gehe [Bg. 6.41], to take birth in devotee's or nice brahmana's house. So they get again chance. So our point should be why another chance? Finish this business in this life. That is determination. Why another chance? I may be misled again. That should be our determination. "Finish… Expand>

Even they fall down, they are guaranteed best life in the next birth, sucinam srimatam gehe [Bg. 6.41], to take birth in devotee's or nice brahmana's house. So they get again chance. So our point should be why another chance? Finish this business in this life. That is determination. Why another chance? I may be misled again. That should be our determination. "Finish this business, this life. One life let me be strict in following the discipline and regulative principles." This is called tapasya. So "Although it is inconvenient, I must do it to solve my problems." That is determination, drdha-vrata, firm determination.

Srila Prabhupada — May 20, 1975, Melbourne

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Live 1,500 years to study Srimad-Bhagavatam

Prabhupada: Srimad-Bhagavatam is presented in such a nice way that go on reading, reading, there are eighteen thousand verses, and in each verse you will find new knowledge about God, Srimad-Bhagavatam. And if you study one verse, it will take at least one month. Professor Durckheim: Yes, I suppose so. Prabhupada: Yes. So eighteen thousand month you have to live.… Expand>

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Prabhupada: Srimad-Bhagavatam is presented in such a nice way that go on reading, reading, there are eighteen thousand verses, and in each verse you will find new knowledge about God, Srimad-Bhagavatam. And if you study one verse, it will take at least one month.

Professor Durckheim: Yes, I suppose so.

Prabhupada: Yes. So eighteen thousand month you have to live.

Professor Durckheim: [laughs] Very good.

Hamsaduta: 1,500 years.

Prabhupada: What these theologicians think about God? It is already 1,500 months' substance to read. What they will discover? Teeny discovery? We have already stock for 1,500 years' understanding. So what we have to understand from them? If a gentleman simply reads the Srimad-Bhagavatam quietly at home, he will be fully conversant, fully aware of what is God.

Morning Walk with Professor Durckheim — June 21, 1974, Germany

 

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Srila Prabhupada: Srimad-Bhagavatam, eighteen thousand verses. And each and every verse is so important that if a serious student studies each and every verse, each verse will take at least one month to understand. And there are eighteen thousand verses, so for serious study of Srimad-Bhagavatam, it will take eighteen thousand months. So eighteen thousand months meaning how many years? One thousand five hundred years.

(From a lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.1–5 — June 26, 1974, Melbourne)

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Greedy politicians increase the suffering of the people

The so-called political leaders are busy making plans to advance the material prosperity of their nation, but factually these political leaders only want an exalted position for themselves. Due to their greed for material position, they falsely present themselves as leaders before the people and collect their votes, although they are completely under the grip of the… Expand>

The so-called political leaders are busy making plans to advance the material prosperity of their nation, but factually these political leaders only want an exalted position for themselves. Due to their greed for material position, they falsely present themselves as leaders before the people and collect their votes, although they are completely under the grip of the laws of material nature. These are some of the faults of modern civilization. Without taking to God consciousness and accepting the authority of the Lord, the living entities become ultimately confused and frustrated in their planmaking attempts. Due to their unauthorized plans for economic development, the price of commodities is rising daily all over the world, so much so that is has become difficult for the poorer classes, and they are suffering the consequences. And due to lack of Krsna consciousness, people are being fooled by so-called leaders and planmakers. Consequently, the sufferings of the people are increasing.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.24.66

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Don't trust the mind

After capturing animals, a cunning hunter does not put faith in them, for they might run away. Similarly, those who are advanced in spiritual life do not put faith in the mind. Indeed, they always remain vigilant and watch the mind's action. All the learned scholars have given their opinion. The mind is by nature very restless, and one should not make friends with it.… Expand>

After capturing animals, a cunning hunter does not put faith in them, for they might run away. Similarly, those who are advanced in spiritual life do not put faith in the mind. Indeed, they always remain vigilant and watch the mind's action.

All the learned scholars have given their opinion. The mind is by nature very restless, and one should not make friends with it. If we place full confidence in the mind, it may cheat us at any moment.

SB 5.6.2-3, texts

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Marriage: legalized prostitution

The basic principle of material attraction is sex. We have organized sex life in many social conventions. Marriage is a social convention that gives sex a nice finishing touch, that's all. Sometimes it is said that marriage is legalized prostitution. But for keeping up social relations one has to accept some regulative principles, some restrictions on sense… Expand>

The basic principle of material attraction is sex. We have organized sex life in many social conventions. Marriage is a social convention that gives sex a nice finishing touch, that's all. Sometimes it is said that marriage is legalized prostitution. But for keeping up social relations one has to accept some regulative principles, some restrictions on sense gratification. Therefore civilized human beings recognize that there is a difference between sex in marriage and sex outside of marriage, which is just like sex between animals.

Srila Prabhupada, quoted in Journey of Self Discovery 3.2: Liberation to a Higher Pleasure

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Bound by a tie of spontaneous love

Because of his development of transcendental attachment for the Supreme Lord, a surrendered soul feels the presence of his beloved everywhere, and all his senses are engaged in the loving service of the Lord. His eyes are engaged in seeing the beautiful couple Sri Radha and Krsna sitting on a decorated throne beneath a desire tree in the transcendental land of… Expand>

Because of his development of transcendental attachment for the Supreme Lord, a surrendered soul feels the presence of his beloved everywhere, and all his senses are engaged in the loving service of the Lord. His eyes are engaged in seeing the beautiful couple Sri Radha and Krsna sitting on a decorated throne beneath a desire tree in the transcendental land of Vrndavana. His nose is engaged in smelling the spiritual aroma of the lotus feet of the Lord. Similarly, his ears are engaged in hearing messages from Vaikuntha, and his hands embrace the lotus feet of the Lord and His associates. Thus the Lord is manifested to a pure devotee from within and without. This is one of the mysteries of the devotional relationship in which a devotee and the Lord are bound by a tie of spontaneous love. To achieve this love should be the goal of life for every living being.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Adi 1.55

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Get many new devotees by public chanting

You have to take sankirtana party. That should be the main business. At least sixteen men, four mrdangas. Practice mrdanga like that. And twelve cymbals, and one chanting and all others responding. Oh, it will be tremendous. Take some flags, "ISKCON, Hare Krsna" flag, red flag. And conchshell, mrdanga. Yes. Oh, you will get devotees. You just begin sankirtana party.… Expand>

You have to take sankirtana party. That should be the main business. At least sixteen men, four mrdangas. Practice mrdanga like that. And twelve cymbals, and one chanting and all others responding. Oh, it will be tremendous. Take some flags, "ISKCON, Hare Krsna" flag, red flag. And conchshell, mrdanga. Yes. Oh, you will get devotees. You just begin sankirtana party. You will get many devotees. In Los Angeles, daily the devotees, new devotees, are coming, and very nice boys.

Srila Prabhupada, 27 April 1969.

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Six kinds of people

Srila Prabhupada said — There are basically six types of human beings: Those who see only the bad in someone else; those who see both good and bad in others and choose the bad; those who see a little bad in someone and choose to make it very big. These are three. Then there are those who see both good and bad and choose the good; then those who see only good in… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said —

There are basically six types of human beings: Those who see only the bad in someone else; those who see both good and bad in others and choose the bad; those who see a little bad in someone and choose to make it very big. These are three. Then there are those who see both good and bad and choose the good; then those who see only good in others; and then there are the devotees, who see a little bit of good in someone and choose to make it very big.

From Shyamasundar Das's "Chasing Rhinos With the Swami." Vol. 1, p. 156.

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The benefit of modern education

Prabhupada: Gurukrpa Maharaja, what is the benefit of this modern education? Gurukrpa: No benefit. It makes them an ass. Prabhupada: Making them demons, that's all. Gurukrpa: They become puffed-up, thinking they know something. They don't know anything. Prabhupada: Not only that, modern educated youths, they are not inclined to come to the farm. So they're giving up… Expand>

Prabhupada: Gurukrpa Maharaja, what is the benefit of this modern education?

Gurukrpa: No benefit. It makes them an ass.

Prabhupada: Making them demons, that's all.

Gurukrpa: They become puffed-up, thinking they know something. They don't know anything.

Prabhupada: Not only that, modern educated youths, they are not inclined to come to the farm. So they're giving up their own father's property, farm. They do not come back from city. The farmers' children go to cities for education, and after so-called education the rascals do not come. Here also and in your country also, America and... They want city life and enjoy restaurant and prostitute.

[Morning Walk — January 24, 1977, Bhuvanesvara]

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Vox populi, the defect of Western civilization

The people may be asses, but still, their votes will be taken, the vox populi. The fourth-class, fifth-class men, and they are giving vote. And the mistake is detected. Just like this Nixon was voted, and the mistake was detected. But still, they follow the same process, vox populi. What is the value of the votes of the fourth-class, fifth-class men? Better one… Expand>

The people may be asses, but still, their votes will be taken, the vox populi. The fourth-class, fifth-class men, and they are giving vote. And the mistake is detected. Just like this Nixon was voted, and the mistake was detected. But still, they follow the same process, vox populi. What is the value of the votes of the fourth-class, fifth-class men? Better one intelligent man, if he knows things, if he is liberated, if he says, "This is right," that should be taken. That is Vedic civilization.

We are accepting Krsna. We are not accepting the vox populi. One person, the Supreme, that's all. This is our process. We don't accept vox populi. All these Vedic literature are accepted not on the people's vote, but who is presenting? Vyasadeva is presenting, Krsna is presenting, Parasara Muni is presenting. Therefore they are accepted. You cannot expect the mass of people very intelligent. That is not possible. So what is the value of their votes if they are not intelligent?

But in the Western countries this is the disease, vox populi. Socrates said there is soul, and he was killed because vox populi was against. Christ was killed because vox populi was against. This is the defect of the Western civilization.

Srila Prabhupada — May 16, 1975, Perth

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Pandit Nehru planned for up-to-date organized cow-slaughter house

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

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

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Gopala Krishna — New Vrindaban 5 June, 1969

(Nehru died 27 May 1964)

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The unhappy story of life

This body is temporary, but so long you have got this body, you have to suffer, this way or that way. So this is your real unhappiness, to get this material... Klesada. Klesada means always giving trouble. From the childhood they are crying. He has got some klesa. The mother cannot understand. He's crying. He cannot express what is his inconvenience, and he's feeling… Expand>

This body is temporary, but so long you have got this body, you have to suffer, this way or that way. So this is your real unhappiness, to get this material... Klesada. Klesada means always giving trouble. From the childhood they are crying. He has got some klesa. The mother cannot understand. He's crying.

He cannot express what is his inconvenience, and he's feeling one inconvenience, and the mother is trying to make him happy in other way. He's crying more, more, more, more. Where is happiness? Within the womb there was unhappiness, packed-up. When he comes down there is unhappiness. Then go to school, take education, appear for examination — that is unhappiness. Then grow up, then engage in some earning money — that is unhappiness. Then maintain your children, and that is unhappiness. Where is happiness, rascals? Rascal. Both are suffering.

This is simply anarthas, unnecessary creating unhappiness. Unnecessary.

Srila Prabhupada — July 5, 1977, Vrndavana

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The only way to be immune from Kali

Only by the propagation of the chanting of the holy name of the Lord can we be immune from all effects of the age of Kali. SB 1.16.32-33 ppt… Expand>

Only by the propagation of the chanting of the holy name of the Lord can we be immune from all effects of the age of Kali.

SB 1.16.32-33 ppt.

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Krsna doesn't need us

...Krsna require any president or any GBC. He's giving chance to everyone, that's all. Otherwise thousands of presidents and thousands of GBC may come and go, His work will go on. Krsna is complete Himself. He doesn't require anyone's help. That is Krsna… Expand>

...Krsna require any president or any GBC. He's giving chance to everyone, that's all. Otherwise thousands of presidents and thousands of GBC may come and go, His work will go on. Krsna is complete Himself. He doesn't require anyone's help. That is Krsna.

Srila Prabhupada — September 26, 1976, Vrndavana

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Busy, perplexed God

Generally, in the material world everyone is necessity of gratifying his senses. So sometimes, under the cover of religiosity, they want to satisfy senses. Just like one goes to church or temple to mitigate some material necessities. Just like the Christians go to the church for meeting the problems of bread; similarly, the Hindus or the Muslim, everyone goes to… Expand>

Generally, in the material world everyone is necessity of gratifying his senses. So sometimes, under the cover of religiosity, they want to satisfy senses. Just like one goes to church or temple to mitigate some material necessities. Just like the Christians go to the church for meeting the problems of bread; similarly, the Hindus or the Muslim, everyone goes to church, temple or mosque to pray something material: "God, I am very distressed. Kindly get me relief from this distressed condition," or "God, I am in need of money. I am very poor. Kindly give me some money," or any other, "I am now implicated in war." Just like Churchill, he introduced that everyone should go and pray for victory. So England was also praying for victory, and Germany was also praying for victory. So [chuckles] God is perplexed. [laughter] The thief is praying to God that "This night, I may steal without any hindrances." And the householder is praying, "My Lord, thief may not come here and steal my goods." And God has to adjust everything. So just imagine how much busy is God. There are millions and trillions of living entities. Each one of them, if they are at all interested in God — not all — so they are praying. Everyone is praying, "God, give me this benediction. Give me this benediction."

So this is not pure devotional service. For some material profit one should not become a religious person or devotee of God.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 7.1 — March 1, 1975, Atlanta

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These books are the life of human society

These books are the life of human society. Others may be disturbed, but they cannot disturb this Srimad-Bhagavatam. Let any man come, but here they cannot touch. We are putting these books for deliberation before the topmost thinkers of human society. Therefore, I have to see that in all languages all of our books are published. If we strain, and if he takes one book… Expand>

These books are the life of human society. Others may be disturbed, but they cannot disturb this Srimad-Bhagavatam. Let any man come, but here they cannot touch. We are putting these books for deliberation before the topmost thinkers of human society. Therefore, I have to see that in all languages all of our books are published. If we strain, and if he takes one book home, some day people will come to understand what valuable knowledge they have received. It is transcendental literature. Nobody can challenge it. It is done so nicely, without any spot, the spotless Purana. Please continue like this to print books in all the languages for the benefit of suffering, misdirected humanity.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Puranjana — Honolulu 4 May, 1976

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Never be envious to Krsna and his devotee

We should never be envious to Krsna and his devotee. If you think that "I will become... I am envious to the devotees, but I am not envious to Krsna," no, no, Krsna does not accept that kind of business. You... First of all, you should be nonenvious to the devotee. Mad-bhaktah pujabhyadhika. "If you are envious to My devotee and if you become a devotee, that is not."… Expand>

We should never be envious to Krsna and his devotee. If you think that "I will become... I am envious to the devotees, but I am not envious to Krsna," no, no, Krsna does not accept that kind of business. You... First of all, you should be nonenvious to the devotee. Mad-bhaktah pujabhyadhika. "If you are envious to My devotee and if you become a devotee, that is not." That is stated, that one who is directly devotee of Krsna, he is not devotee. One who is devotee through His devotee, he is devotee. This philosophy you should learn. You cannot say, "But why shall I go through guru or through Vaisnava to Krsna? I can go directly. I am so qualified." No, you are not qualified. If you jump over like that, that is not... That is... In Bengal it is said, honar din ke ghaska[?]. There is grass before the horse. If you think that "I shall jump over the horse and eat the grass," that is not possible. So one should be devotee first of all. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum eva abhigacchet [MU 1.2.12]. We must approach a bona fide guru in order to understand the science of Krsna. Abhigacchet. This I have explained several times. So anasuyave. If you want to learn Krsna, then you should be very much humble and submissive to Krsna and His devotee, anasuyave.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 9.1 — Vrndavana, April 17, 1975

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The perfection of a representative of Krsna

Krsna and His representative, both of them are perfect because Krsna is perfect, there is no doubt, and one who speaks according to Krsna, he is also perfect. A human being or a living being is not expected to become as perfect as Krsna. That is not possible. Therefore, if a person sticks to the instruction of Krsna, does not make any addition and alteration, he is… Expand>

Krsna and His representative, both of them are perfect because Krsna is perfect, there is no doubt, and one who speaks according to Krsna, he is also perfect. A human being or a living being is not expected to become as perfect as Krsna. That is not possible. Therefore, if a person sticks to the instruction of Krsna, does not make any addition and alteration, he is also perfect.

Srila Prabhupada — December 27, 1975

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The meaning of Mayapur-candrodaya temple

We have established this temple, Mayapur-candrodaya. So this is the idea, that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is just like moon. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He appeared in this land of Mayapur; therefore He is said here as "the moon." Therefore we say candra, Mayapur-candra. Now, as Sri Mayapur-candra is rising, rising means He is to distribute the moonshine all over the world.… Expand>

We have established this temple, Mayapur-candrodaya. So this is the idea, that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is just like moon. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He appeared in this land of Mayapur; therefore He is said here as "the moon." Therefore we say candra, Mayapur-candra. Now, as Sri Mayapur-candra is rising, rising means He is to distribute the moonshine all over the world. This is the idea, moonshine. Sreyah-kairava candrika-vitaranam. Sreyah-kairava. Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally said. Don't keep Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu compact in your room and take some monetary profit. This is not required. This is not required.

You must allow Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to rise more and more so that this moonshine may be distributed all over the world. That is wanted. Therefore this temple is situated. Of course, we shall try to construct a very nice temple for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. So from this place, this moon, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, will distribute. Sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam. The Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Hare Krsna movement... Param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam. This is spoken by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself. Ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. Vidya-vadhu-jivanam. This is real enlightenment. People all over the world, they are in darkness. The moonshine will enlighten them. They are all foolish, mudha.

They are not surrendering to Krsna. Krsna came, appeared, upon this planet in this universe to canvass that "You surrender." Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam [Bg. 18.66]. But they did not. Therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as a devotee of Krsna... He's Krsna.

namo maha-vadanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te krsnaya krsna-caitanya- namne... [Cc. Madhya 19.53]

He's Krsna Himself. Krsna is so kind. First of all He came as the Supreme Personality of Godhead and He demanded as God's order, "You surrender." But people did not do it. Therefore Krsna has again come in the form of devotee, krsna-caitanya-namne, and now He is ready to give you not only Krsna, but love of Krsna, freely. Take it and distribute it all over the world. That is wanted.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 1.6 — March 30, 1975, Mayapur

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Create a situation

There are 8,400,000 species of living entities under the impression that "I am this," "I am plant," "I am fish," "I am mosquito," "I am man," "I am demigod," "I am tiger," "I am Indian," "I am American." In this way there are 8,400,000's of different types of identification. Therefore we find so many forms of life. Atmanam tri-gunatmakam manute. This is all the work… Expand>

There are 8,400,000 species of living entities under the impression that "I am this," "I am plant," "I am fish," "I am mosquito," "I am man," "I am demigod," "I am tiger," "I am Indian," "I am American." In this way there are 8,400,000's of different types of identification. Therefore we find so many forms of life. Atmanam tri-gunatmakam manute.

This is all the work of maya, to keep us under certain impression. And we work under certain impression and create another situation, and we get, tatha dehantara-praptih [Bg. 2.13]. Now, this life, if I create a situation like a dog, then I will get the body of a dog.

Or if I create a situation like the demigod, then I can go to the heavenly planets. But if I create a situation that "I am eternal servant of Krsna," then you go to Krsna. This is wanted. This is Krsna consciousness movement. Create a situation.

Don't create a situation that "I am this. I am that." Simply create a situation that you completely understand that "I have no other business than to advance in Krsna consciousness, and my only duty is to serve Krsna."

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.6 — Vrndavana, April 18, 1975

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The Krsna conscious fight

Krishna Consciousness is also a sort of fight; but not with rifles. Our weapon is karatalas. In this age there is no need of fighting with rifles because the population is so poor that they are already killed by so many disturbances. They are short lived, poor in knowledge, slack in advancement of spiritual life, unfortunate, and embarrassed by so many miserable… Expand>

Krishna Consciousness is also a sort of fight; but not with rifles. Our weapon is karatalas. In this age there is no need of fighting with rifles because the population is so poor that they are already killed by so many disturbances. They are short lived, poor in knowledge, slack in advancement of spiritual life, unfortunate, and embarrassed by so many miserable conditions of life; like war, famine, pestilence, poverty and so on. So to kill these persons by rifle is like bringing a cannon for killing a mosquito. So Lord Caitanya introduced this fighting principle of Sankirtana Movement to reclaim all the fallen souls, who consist of so-called philosophers, half-educated scientists, misguided educationists and a miscreant society. If you can consolidate a party of soldiers as described by you, chanting Hare Krishna Mantra and claiming everyone of them to Krishna Consciousness, that will be a glorious task, and you have all of my good wishes for you for this purpose.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Robert Hendry — Los Angeles 3 August, 1969

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Sudras ruling, harassment by government

The legislative assembly should be composition of intellectual brahmanas. Then the other administrators, the President or the minister, they should be ksatriyas. In this way, if social organization is made, then there will be perfect peace. If sudras are allowed to rule over, what they know? Their only aim is that so long he is in the office, ‘Let me collect some… Expand>

The legislative assembly should be composition of intellectual brahmanas. Then the other administrators, the President or the minister, they should be ksatriyas. In this way, if social organization is made, then there will be perfect peace. If sudras are allowed to rule over, what they know? Their only aim is that so long he is in the office, ‘Let me collect some money,’ that's all. And that will be the latest atmosphere, dasyu-dharmabhih.

Rajanyair dasyu-dharmabhih. All the government men will become thieves and rogues. Dasyu, dasyu means thieves and rogues. So as the thieves and rogues capture you on the street and ask ‘Whatever you have got, give, otherwise I shall kill you,’ so this will be the position in the Kali-yuga. It is happening now. You cannot have any private property; everything you have to declare. Otherwise, it will be taken by force.

So people will be very much embarrassed by two things: one thing is taxation, and another thing will be scarcity of food. In this way, all the people all over the world will be embarrassed, so much so that they will leave their home, hearth and home, acchinna-dara-dravina yasyanti giri-kananam. [From Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.8: "Losing their wives and properties to such avaricious and merciless rulers, who will behave no better than ordinary thieves, the citizens will flee to the mountains and forests."] Being separated from family and property, they will take shelter in the hilly ranges or in the forest to get relief. This will be the position. Harassment, so much harassment, by nature, by government.

Srila Prabhupada, Evening Darsana, Washington D.C., July 8, 1976

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Varnasrama training required — or be an animal

According to religious life, society is divided into four social divisions — brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya and sudra — and four spiritual divisions — brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa. One needs to be trained to become a brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya or sudra, just as one is trained to become an engineer, doctor or lawyer. Those who are properly trained can be… Expand>

According to religious life, society is divided into four social divisions — brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya and sudra — and four spiritual divisions — brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa. One needs to be trained to become a brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya or sudra, just as one is trained to become an engineer, doctor or lawyer. Those who are properly trained can be considered human beings; if one is not trained socially and spiritually — that is, if one is uneducated and unregulated — his life is on the animal platform. Among animals there is no question of spiritual advancement. Spiritual life can be attained by proper training-either by following the principles of varna and asrama or by being directly trained in the bhakti school by the methods of sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam/ arcanam vandanam dasyam sakhyam atma-nivedanam [SB 7.5.23].

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Madhya 24.94

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To become a sannyasi is also another problem

We have created so many problems under the impression of different gunas: "I am this. I am that." To become sannyasi, that is also another problem. Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said that "I am not a brahmana. I am not a sannyasi. I am not a brahmacari. I am not a grhastha. I am not a ksatriya." All "not, not." "I am not this, I am not this." "My only… Expand>

We have created so many problems under the impression of different gunas: "I am this. I am that." To become sannyasi, that is also another problem. Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said that "I am not a brahmana. I am not a sannyasi. I am not a brahmacari. I am not a grhastha. I am not a ksatriya." All "not, not." "I am not this, I am not this." "My only identification is that I am eternal servant of Krsna," gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah [Cc. Madhya 13.80]. This is required. So how this position you can attain, that is described in the next verse, anartha upasamam saksad bhakti-yogam adhoksaje. This is the remedy. Anartha. These are all anarthas. So long I will think, "I am this; I am that," "I am this; I am that," or even if you think that "I am big gosvami" or "big brahmana," that is also anartha. That is also anartha.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.6 — Vrndavana, April 18, 1975

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Grhastha mahatma

Our business at the present moment in conditioned life, nidraya hriyate naktam. At night we sleep, and vyavayena ca va vayah. Vyavayena means sex. At night our business is to sleep and to indulge in sex. In this way we are wasting time, night. And daytime, diva carthehaya rajan kutumba-bharanena va [SB 2.1.3]. And at the daytime, we are very busy going this side, that… Expand>

Our business at the present moment in conditioned life, nidraya hriyate naktam. At night we sleep, and vyavayena ca va vayah. Vyavayena means sex. At night our business is to sleep and to indulge in sex. In this way we are wasting time, night. And daytime, diva carthehaya rajan kutumba-bharanena va [SB 2.1.3]. And at the daytime, we are very busy going this side, that side. Why? To get some money, diva ca artha ihaya. Desiring, "Where I shall get money? Where I shall get money?" Diva carthehaya, and as soon as I get money, I spend it, kutumba-bharanena va, to maintain our family. So where is time for Krsna consciousness? There is no time, sir.

So one should not be interested in that way. Therefore it is said that dehambhara-vartikesu, those who are busy only for maintenance of this body, to such person, he is not interested, na priti-yukta. This is the sign. He..., he may be a grhastha, it does not matter, but he is interested with Krsna's business, not dehambhara-vartikesu. Those who are interested with this body only, with them he has no interest. This is the sign. That is also mahatma. Ye va mayise krta-sauhrdartha. His only business is how to keep friendship with Krsna. That is his only business. Then he is mahatma. And so far janesu, people in general, who are simply interested how to maintain this body, janesu dehambhara-vartikesu... And then what about his family? Yes, grhesu, at home. Jaya, jaya means wife. Jaya atma-ja, atma-ja means children. Grhesu jayatmaja-ratimatsu, and business about earning money, na priti-yukta, he's not interested. Although he is at home, he is not interested at home. Therefore generally devotees, they become very reluctant in the interest of maintaining family, children, wife. Simply as far as possible, duty. So much interested, not any more. These are the signs. If you want to find out a grhastha mahatma, then he has got his family, he has got his children, he has got his wife, he has got his business, he has got to meet so many other people — but they are..., he's not at all interested. Simply behavior, official: "Yes, yes, it is all right. Yes, it is all right. What you say it is all right, but I am not interested." This is called disinterested. People are generally very much interested in these things.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.3 — April 15, 1975, Hyderabad

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Replying to a question about Buddha

Guest (3): Buddha taught very similar things to what the Gita taught also, didn't he? Are there agreeances there, agreement in certain places what Buddha taught and what the Gita teaches? Prabhupada: Do you follow this Buddha? Guest (3): Uh, no. Prabhupada: You simply talk of him? You practice Buddha if you appreciate him. You give up everything like Buddha and… Expand>

Guest (3): Buddha taught very similar things to what the Gita taught also, didn't he? Are there agreeances there, agreement in certain places what Buddha taught and what the Gita teaches?

Prabhupada: Do you follow this Buddha?

Guest (3): Uh, no.

Prabhupada: You simply talk of him? You practice Buddha if you appreciate him. You give up everything like Buddha and meditate. But that you will not do. Then what is the talking of, useless talking about this? Do something. Either you believe Buddha or Jesus Christ or Krsna. Do something. Don't talk simply. Lord Buddha is very nice. He gave up his kingdom in youthful life. He was prince. He thought, "It is all nonsense. Let me meditate." Do like that. That is the disease. We won't do anything. We talk much of this, that, this, that. Do anything, but do it perfectly. "Jack of all trade, master of none." That is not good. Be master of something. It doesn't differ. Either you follow Lord Jesus Christ or Lord Buddha or Krsna, it doesn't matter much. But do it perfectly. That is our request.

(Conversation — May 10, 1969, Columbus)

On 10 May 2017 many Buddhists will observe Buddha Purnima, the celebration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.

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Hiranyakasipu delivered by thinking of Prahlada

As for Hiranyakasipu, although he was extremely inimical toward the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he always thought of his son, who was a great devotee. Therefore by the grace of his son, Prahlada Maharaja, Hiranyakasipu was also delivered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead… Expand>

As for Hiranyakasipu, although he was extremely inimical toward the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he always thought of his son, who was a great devotee. Therefore by the grace of his son, Prahlada Maharaja, Hiranyakasipu was also delivered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 7.1.26

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Nrsimha-deva's affection for His devotees

(Nrsimha-deva speaking to Prahlad) When a devotee looks at Me without hesitation and speaks to Me affectionately, My pleasure grows with every new moment. Although I am eternally free from all limitations, such behavior binds Me with ropes of love. Although I am unconquerable, My devotees can conquer Me. And although I am subject to no one's control, I become their… Expand>

(Nrsimha-deva speaking to Prahlad)

When a devotee looks at Me without hesitation and speaks to Me affectionately, My pleasure grows with every new moment. Although I am eternally free from all limitations, such behavior binds Me with ropes of love. Although I am unconquerable, My devotees can conquer Me. And although I am subject to no one's control, I become their subordinate subject. I belong only to him who has shown his love for Me by giving up all affection for family and possessions, and such a devotee also belongs to Me. Neither he nor I has any other true friend. My desires are always automatically fulfilled, but I take various births in this world just to bestow on My devotees the satisfaction of all their desires.

Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya (14.28–32), quoted in Brhad Bhagavatamrta 1.4.9, by Srila Sanatana Goswami Prabhupada

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Cleanliness in Indian villages

In India, especially in the villages, you'll find cleanliness. He has got one cloth, poverty-stricken, one cloth, not very white. Due to dirt, it is black. But that one cloth should be washed daily, still, one cloth. They'll take one napkin and wash the cloth, and India, tropical climate, here also, and spread it on the floor. Within five minutes it will be dry, and… Expand>

In India, especially in the villages, you'll find cleanliness. He has got one cloth, poverty-stricken, one cloth, not very white. Due to dirt, it is black. But that one cloth should be washed daily, still, one cloth. They'll take one napkin and wash the cloth, and India, tropical climate, here also, and spread it on the floor. Within five minutes it will be dry, and then change clothes. And early in the morning, even in chilly cold, they will take bath, taking water from the well. And nature's arrangement is, if you take well water, it is hot early in the morning. Early in the morning it is very..., not very hot, but is warm. You can take very easily your bath.

This is daily affair, taking bath and go early in the morning to evacuate, then wash your hand. Not required, soap. You can take the dirt from the earth and wash your hand nicely, then take your bath and change your cloth, washed cloth, then go to some temple.

Still this system is current. And see arati, mangala-arati. Chant Hare Krsna mantra. Ring the bells. In every temple such arrangement is there. Then come at home and do your duty, the businessman. In the shop also, they'll cleanse everything very nicely. Even the scale, weighing scale, they will wash every day. This is required, saucam.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.7 — February 3, 1975, Honolulu

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