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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta said: Don't try to see Krsna

Without knowing Krsna, they want to make trade with Krsna. That is not very good. You cannot make trade commodity, Krsna as trade commodity. You cannot handle Krsna by your whims. Let you be handled by the Krsna's whims. Then you'll be successful. Then... My Guru Maharaja used to say that "Don't try to see Krsna; do something so that Krsna may see you." That is… Expand>

Without knowing Krsna, they want to make trade with Krsna. That is not very good. You cannot make trade commodity, Krsna as trade commodity. You cannot handle Krsna by your whims. Let you be handled by the Krsna's whims. Then you'll be successful. Then... My Guru Maharaja used to say that "Don't try to see Krsna; do something so that Krsna may see you." That is wanted.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.11 — October 22, 1972, Vrndavana

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Why our movement was solid

Prabhupada stated that Mr. Sethie, the manager of Swarga Ashram and Ganga Darshan in Rishikesh, had said our movement was solid but that Transcendental Meditation was bogus. I felt that Mr. Sethie was impressed that Prabhupada's statements were all backed by sastra; and he could see that the caliber of our men was different from that of the hippies and young Indian… Expand>

Prabhupada stated that Mr. Sethie, the manager of Swarga Ashram and Ganga Darshan in Rishikesh, had said our movement was solid but that Transcendental Meditation was bogus. I felt that Mr. Sethie was impressed that Prabhupada's statements were all backed by sastra; and he could see that the caliber of our men was different from that of the hippies and young Indian opportunists who were attracted to Mahesh Yogi. Further, the judge in New York, unless he had been completely sure of the bona fide nature of Krsna consciousness, would not have given such a decision on the first day of the hearing. Prabhupada said, "We have achieved this position because we have followed the order of my Guru Maharaja."

From TKG's Diary: May 17

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Narottama dasa Thakura on living among devotees

Everyone is being washed away by the big waves of the ocean of nescience, but if he simply accepts, "No, I am krsna-dasa. I am not master. I am not God. I am simply a servant..." And the more you become servant of the servant, more you are perfect. Not directly servant. Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasa-dasanudasah [Cc. Madhya 13.80].… Expand>

Everyone is being washed away by the big waves of the ocean of nescience, but if he simply accepts, "No, I am krsna-dasa. I am not master. I am not God. I am simply a servant..." And the more you become servant of the servant, more you are perfect. Not directly servant. Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasa-dasanudasah [Cc. Madhya 13.80]. This is perfection. Don't try to become directly krsna-dasa. Krsna's servant, his servant, his servant, his servants — you come down to the hundredth point of servant; then you are perfection. tandera carana-sevi-bhakta-sane vas janame janame mora ei abhilas Narottama dasa Thakura said, "Let me become the servant of the servant and live with devotees. That is my desire." So this Krsna consciousness movement is that let us live amongst devotees. Why we are struggling to get so many centers open? Because devotees will live there, follow the regulative principles according to the instruction of the sastra and spiritual master, guided by, and people will get chance. As soon as one comes in this society of devotee, he'll get some opportunity.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 20.108–109 — July 15, 1976, New York

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Haridasa Thakura – don't imitate, follow

If one cannot complete the fixed number of rounds he is assigned, he should be considered to be in a diseased condition of spiritual life. Srila Haridasa Thakura is called namacarya. Of course, we cannot imitate Haridasa Thakura, but everyone must chant a prescribed number of rounds. In our Krsna consciousness movement we have fixed sixteen rounds as the minimum so… Expand>

If one cannot complete the fixed number of rounds he is assigned, he should be considered to be in a diseased condition of spiritual life. Srila Haridasa Thakura is called namacarya. Of course, we cannot imitate Haridasa Thakura, but everyone must chant a prescribed number of rounds. In our Krsna consciousness movement we have fixed sixteen rounds as the minimum so that the Westerners will not feel burdened. These sixteen rounds must be chanted, and chanted loudly, so that one can hear himself and others.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Antya 11.23

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Nityananda vamsa

The original gosvamis, he (Srila Prabhupada) said, were sri caitanya krpa bhara — carrying the mercy of Lord Caitanya to the whole world, so those who claim to be in their line should be prepared to do the same. "They are descendants. Now prove; come forward. Sri caitanya krpa bharau. Simply sitting at home. And in Bengal there is Nityananda vamsa. What is Nityananda… Expand>

The original gosvamis, he (Srila Prabhupada) said, were sri caitanya krpa bhara — carrying the mercy of Lord Caitanya to the whole world, so those who claim to be in their line should be prepared to do the same. "They are descendants. Now prove; come forward. Sri caitanya krpa bharau. Simply sitting at home. And in Bengal there is Nityananda vamsa. What is Nityananda vamsa? Nityananda went forward before Jagai Madhai and He was hurt. Blood came out. Where is that Nityananda vamsa? Fight between Jagai Madhai and Nityananda. That is Nityananda vamsa. Simply taking advantage of coming from Nityananda vamsa, 'I have become guru, give me your money,' and sit down, 'Let me enjoy life with my wife and children' — that kind of Nityananda vamsa will not help. Come forward to fight. This fighting is now. Here.

(From Transcendental Diary, by Hari Sauri Prabhu)

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Approach Nityananda Prabhu by following His footsteps

By following His footsteps, you can approach Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu approached Jagai and Madhai at the risk of being personally injured and still He definitely delivered them. The world is full of Jagais and Madhais; namely drunkards, women-hunters, meat eaters and gamblers, and we will have to approach them at the risk of insult, injury and similar… Expand>

By following His footsteps, you can approach Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu approached Jagai and Madhai at the risk of being personally injured and still He definitely delivered them. The world is full of Jagais and Madhais; namely drunkards, women-hunters, meat eaters and gamblers, and we will have to approach them at the risk of insult, injury and similar other rewards. To face such reverse conditions of life and to suffer thereby the results of actions is considered as the greatest penance and austerity in the matter of spiritual advancement of life.

To sit down in a corner without preaching risk and to make a show of chanting Hare Krishna Mantra is condemned by my Spiritual Master and He has written a very nice song in this connection. The substance is that to become very dear to Krishna or Balarama or in other words to Lord Caitanya and Nityananda is to take the task of preaching work very seriously at all risk. Please always remember this and you will be successful.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Gajendra — Los Angeles 27 January, 1970

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Properly understanding Varaha-avatara

The incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is not forced to act by the material laws of nature. The word sveccha is used here to indicate that He appears out of His supreme will. The conditioned soul is forced to accept a particular type of body according to his karma given by the laws of material nature under the direction of the Supreme Lord. But when the… Expand>

The incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is not forced to act by the material laws of nature. The word sveccha is used here to indicate that He appears out of His supreme will. The conditioned soul is forced to accept a particular type of body according to his karma given by the laws of material nature under the direction of the Supreme Lord. But when the Lord appears, He is not forced by the dictation of material nature; He appears as He likes by His own internal potency. That is the difference. The conditioned soul accepts a particular type of body, such as the body of a hog, by his work and by the superior authority of material nature. But when Lord Krsna appears in the incarnation of a boar, He is not the same kind of hog as an ordinary animal. Krsna appears as Varaha-avatara in an expansive feature which cannot be compared to an ordinary hog's. His appearance and disappearance are inconceivable to us. In the Bhagavad-gita it is clearly said that He appears by His own internal potency for the protection of the devotees and the annihilation of the nondevotees. A devotee should always consider that Krsna does not appear as an ordinary human being or ordinary beast; His appearance as Varaha-murti or a horse or tortoise is an exhibition of His internal potency. In the Brahma-samhita it is said, ananda-cinmaya-rasa-pratibhavitabhih: [Bs. 5.37] one should not mistake the appearance of the Lord as a human being or a beast to be the same as the birth of an ordinary conditioned soul, who is forced to appear by the laws of nature, whether as an animal, as a human being or as a demigod. This kind of thinking is offensive.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 4.8.57

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Milk from protected cows for long life, good brain, bhakti

Milk is compared to nectar, which one can drink to become immortal. Of course, simply drinking milk will not make one immortal, but it can increase the duration of one's life. In modern civilization, men do not think milk to be important, and therefore they do not live very long. Although in this age men can live up to one hundred years, their duration of life is… Expand>

Milk is compared to nectar, which one can drink to become immortal. Of course, simply drinking milk will not make one immortal, but it can increase the duration of one's life. In modern civilization, men do not think milk to be important, and therefore they do not live very long. Although in this age men can live up to one hundred years, their duration of life is reduced because they do not drink large quantities of milk. This is a sign of Kali-yuga. In Kali-yuga, instead of drinking milk, people prefer to slaughter an animal and eat its flesh. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, in His instructions of Bhagavad-gita, advises go-raksya, which means cow protection. The cow should be protected, milk should be drawn from the cows, and this milk should be prepared in various ways. One should take ample milk, and thus one can prolong one's life, develop his brain, execute devotional service, and ultimately attain the favor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As it is essential to get food grains and water by digging the earth, it is also essential to give protection to the cows and take nectarean milk from their milk bags.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 8.6.12

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Ideal institution; train real brahmanas

We have to present an ideal institution, not that we make compromise with everybody. That is not our business. We don't want stars; we want moon. What is the use of millions of stars? Get one moon. That is sufficient. [break] ...not expect everyone to become brahmana. That is not possible. Because the three qualities are working, you cannot make all the population on… Expand>

We have to present an ideal institution, not that we make compromise with everybody. That is not our business. We don't want stars; we want moon. What is the use of millions of stars? Get one moon. That is sufficient. [break] ...not expect everyone to become brahmana. That is not possible. Because the three qualities are working, you cannot make all the population on the modes of goodness. That is not possible. There must be people in passion and ignorance. Otherwise, why Krsna says, catur-varnyam, four division? He could have done one kind of men. But all of them can be utilized in Krsna consciousness if they are guided properly. Sva-karmana tam abhyarcya samsiddhim labhate narah [Bg. 18.46]. One can get perfection, even becoming a sudra, provided he is properly guided, not that only the brahmanas can become Krsna conscious. No. The sudras also can become, provided he is guided by the brahmana. [break] At the present moment the whole human society is full of sudras. There is no brahmanas. So you have to train real brahmanas.

Srila Prabhupada; Morning Walk — June 23, 1975, Los Angeles

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Sudra education is not education

Celibacy, yes. Life of celibacy, controlling the sex desire. This is tapasya. Tapasa brahmacaryena samena damena va [SB 6.1.13]. These things are education. And what is this nonsense education how to become a big mechanics of motorcar parts? This is not education. This is sudra, sudra education. It is not education. From Srila Prabhupada's… Expand>

Celibacy, yes. Life of celibacy, controlling the sex desire. This is tapasya. Tapasa brahmacaryena samena damena va [SB 6.1.13]. These things are education. And what is this nonsense education how to become a big mechanics of motorcar parts? This is not education. This is sudra, sudra education. It is not education.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.50 — Detroit, August 3, 1975

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Live very carefully so that maya may not snatch you

This human form of life is meant for saving time to develop our Krsna consciousness. It is not meant for wasting unnecessarily, because we do not know when the next death is coming. And if we do not prepare ourself for the next life, then at any moment we can die, and we have to accept a body offered by the material nature. Therefore I wish that all of you who have… Expand>

This human form of life is meant for saving time to develop our Krsna consciousness. It is not meant for wasting unnecessarily, because we do not know when the next death is coming. And if we do not prepare ourself for the next life, then at any moment we can die, and we have to accept a body offered by the material nature. Therefore I wish that all of you who have come to join this Krsna consciousness movement live very carefully so that maya may not snatch you from the hand of Krsna. We can keep ourself very steady simply by following the regulative principles and chanting, minimum, sixteen rounds. Then we are safe. So you have got some information about the perfection of life. Don't misuse it. Try to keep it very steadily, and your life will be successful. This movement does not stop anything for comfortable life, but it makes regulated. So if we follow the regulative principles and chant sixteen rounds, that is our safe position. I think this instruction you will follow. That is my desire.

Srila Prabhupada; Departure Lecture — February 18, 1975, Mexico City

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Varnasrama, sex for propagating a good child, and varna-sankara

SB 7.11.13 TRANSLATION Those who have been reformed by the garbhadhana ceremony and other prescribed reformatory methods, performed with Vedic mantras and without interruption, and who have been approved by Lord Brahma, are dvijas, or twice-born. Such brahmanas, ksatriyas and vaisyas, purified by their family traditions and by their behavior, should worship the Lord… Expand>

SB 7.11.13

TRANSLATION
Those who have been reformed by the garbhadhana ceremony and other prescribed reformatory methods, performed with Vedic mantras and without interruption, and who have been approved by Lord Brahma, are dvijas, or twice-born. Such brahmanas, ksatriyas and vaisyas, purified by their family traditions and by their behavior, should worship the Lord, study the Vedas and give charity. In this system, they should follow the principles of the four asramas [brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa].

PURPORT
After giving a general list of thirty qualifications for one's behavior, Narada Muni now describes the principles of the four varnas and four asramas. A human being must be trained in the above-mentioned thirty qualities; otherwise, he is not even a human being. Then, among such qualified persons, the varnasrama process should be introduced. In the varnasrama system, the first ceremony for purification is garbhadhana, which is performed with mantras at the time of sex for propagating a good child. One who uses sex life not for sensual pleasures but only to beget children according to the reformatory method is also accepted as a brahmacari. One should not waste semen on sensual pleasure, violating the principles of Vedic life. Restraint in sex is possible, however, only when the populace is trained in the above-mentioned thirty qualities; otherwise, it is not possible. Even if one is born in a family of dvijas, or twice-born, if they have not followed the reformatory process he is called a dvija-bandhu-not one of the twice-born, but a friend of the twice-born. The whole purpose of this system is to create good population. As stated in Bhagavad-gita, when women are polluted the populace is varna-sankara, and when the varna-sankara population increases, the situation of the entire world becomes hellish. Therefore, all the Vedic literatures strongly warn against creating varna-sankara population. When there is varna-sankara population, the people cannot be properly controlled for peace and prosperity, regardless of great legislative assemblies, parliaments and similar bodies.

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This is the poison, illicit sex

[Extracts from Srila Prabhupada's response to the claim of some disciples(?) that "the basic principles of Krsna consciousness, as taught by you, are the first-class method, but that it is too much difficult to be followed by people in the West.] Once one becomes rascal, he becomes more and more and more and more and more. They want relaxation, flexibility. That means… Expand>

[Extracts from Srila Prabhupada's response to the claim of some disciples(?) that "the basic principles of Krsna consciousness, as taught by you, are the first-class method, but that it is too much difficult to be followed by people in the West.]

Once one becomes rascal, he becomes more and more and more and more and more.

They want relaxation, flexibility. That means that spiritually fallen, fallen down.

Illicit sex is so dangerous. Everyone will be killed with the illicit sex. That is the difficulty — falldown. What can I do? I have already given instruction. If they do not follow, they fall down. That is sure. So dangerous. And in our society it is very easy to have affair, so many girls are there. I can say “Don’t do this,” but if you do, what can I do?

This is the poison, illicit sex, and this poison will kill everything. This is the poison. And I cannot understand whether I shall be able to save my disciples from this poison. This is the poison. They do not take it seriously, but in the beginning I said, "No illicit sex." If you want, at all. These four principles, if they are not strictly followed, then he's victimized forever — today or tomorrow. He should take little time, of his time, to save himself. Artificially, that will not save him; he will fall down. Krsna can excuse for some time, but it is not [indistinct]. Api cet su-duracaro [Bg. 9.30]. If unconsciously, or if you have some accidentally falldown, that is excused. But purposefully — it is all rascaldom. Bali-mardana fell. Karandhara fell. Sudama fell. And gradually they are falling down. What can I do? I say that you shall remain fixed up in this way, but if you do not accept it, then how can I help you? If I say that "Don't dry your knife on your neck," and if you do it, so how can I save you?

January 3, 1975, Bombay

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Srila Prabhupada describes Raghunatha dasa Gosvami

Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, he was the only child of his father and uncle, and at that time their income not less than one lakh of rupees per month. One lakh of rupees of that day, it is fifty lakhs now; you can understand from the exchange value. So he was such rich man, and he was only child. The whole property was for him. And he was married, with a very, very… Expand>

Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, he was the only child of his father and uncle, and at that time their income not less than one lakh of rupees per month. One lakh of rupees of that day, it is fifty lakhs now; you can understand from the exchange value. So he was such rich man, and he was only child. The whole property was for him. And he was married, with a very, very beautiful wife. He left everything for preaching Caitanya Mahaprabhu's cult.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.2.46 — January 30, 1971, Prayaga

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Protection of cows is essential

In Bhagavad-gita Lord Krsna advises go-raksya, the protection of cows. This is essential because if cows are cared for properly they will surely supply sufficient milk. We have practical experience in America that in our various ISKCON farms we are giving proper protection to the cows and receiving more than enough milk. In other farms the cows do not deliver as much… Expand>

In Bhagavad-gita Lord Krsna advises go-raksya, the protection of cows. This is essential because if cows are cared for properly they will surely supply sufficient milk. We have practical experience in America that in our various ISKCON farms we are giving proper protection to the cows and receiving more than enough milk. In other farms the cows do not deliver as much milk as in our farms; because our cows know very well that we are not going to kill them, they are happy, and they give ample milk. Therefore this instruction given by Lord Krsna—go-raksya—is extremely meaningful. The whole world must learn from Krsna how to live happily without scarcity simply by producing food grains (annad bhavanti bhutani [Bg. 3.14]) and giving protection to the cows (go-raksya). Krsi-go-raksya-vanijyam vaisya-karma svabhavajam [Bg. 18.44].

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.15.25

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School = slaughterhouse

I have seen intelligent boys, they go to school and he is spoiled. Bas, spoiled. He learns how to smoke, how to use sex, how to talk nonsense, how to use knife, how to fight, these things. At least at the present moment. Yes. Simply slaughterhouse. This so-called school is called, colleges yes, slaughterhouse. Yes, slaughterhouse. Srila Prabhupada… Expand>

I have seen intelligent boys, they go to school and he is spoiled. Bas, spoiled. He learns how to smoke, how to use sex, how to talk nonsense, how to use knife, how to fight, these things. At least at the present moment. Yes. Simply slaughterhouse. This so-called school is called, colleges yes, slaughterhouse. Yes, slaughterhouse.

Srila Prabhupada — July 9, 1973, London

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Education to become a dog

Modern education means to create dogs. The dog goes door to door and moves the tail: "Please give me if you have anything." So this educated person with application goes, and they say, "No vacancy. Get out." Therefore they are dogs. Educated means dogs. They are creating dogs. In Vedic culture no brahmana will accept any job. No ksatriya will accept any job. No vaisya… Expand>

Modern education means to create dogs. The dog goes door to door and moves the tail: "Please give me if you have anything." So this educated person with application goes, and they say, "No vacancy. Get out." Therefore they are dogs. Educated means dogs. They are creating dogs. In Vedic culture no brahmana will accept any job. No ksatriya will accept any job. No vaisya will accept any... Only sudras. Only sudras.

Doggish mentality is there. Educated dogs. After passing so many examinations, they are seeking after master. And without master they will starve. This is doggish mentality. A big technologist, unless he gets a good job, he is nothing but dog.

On the principle it is dog's business. Unless you get a master, you are useless. So that is dog's business. Just like these dogs here on the beach. Because they have no master, they are forlorn, only barking and going here, there. That's all. Sanatha jivitah. So we are, every one of us, we are now dogs of the material nature, or just like street dogs.

Hare Krsna. Therefore we should take shelter of the big master, Krsna. Then it will be all right.

Srila Prabhupada — November 17, 1975, Bombay

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Mundane scholarship and realized knowledge

No one can become Krsna conscious simply by mundane scholarship. One must be fortunate enough to associate with a person who is in pure consciousness. A Krsna conscious person has realized knowledge, by the grace of Krsna, because he is satisfied with pure devotional service. By realized knowledge, one becomes perfect. By transcendental knowledge one can remain steady… Expand>

No one can become Krsna conscious simply by mundane scholarship. One must be fortunate enough to associate with a person who is in pure consciousness. A Krsna conscious person has realized knowledge, by the grace of Krsna, because he is satisfied with pure devotional service. By realized knowledge, one becomes perfect. By transcendental knowledge one can remain steady in his convictions, but by mere academic knowledge one can be easily deluded and confused by apparent contradictions. It is the realized soul who is actually self-controlled, because he is surrendered to Krsna. He is transcendental because he has nothing to do with mundane scholarship. For him mundane scholarship and mental speculation, which may be as good as gold to others, are of no greater value than pebbles or stones.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Bg 6.8

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The real hospital

The mudhas may demand that "Open this hospital." But we are not going to do that. Of course, hospital required so far the body is concerned, but there are so many hospitals. The real hospital which is not existing, we are starting. That is our mission, which is not possible for the so-called leaders and politicians. Srila Prabhupada January 6, 1976… Expand>

The mudhas may demand that "Open this hospital." But we are not going to do that. Of course, hospital required so far the body is concerned, but there are so many hospitals. The real hospital which is not existing, we are starting. That is our mission, which is not possible for the so-called leaders and politicians.

Srila Prabhupada January 6, 1976, Nellore

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Jackal king

There is a Bengali saying that a jackal is king in a small forest. The story is that a jackal became king in the forest by fooling the other animals for some time, but he remained always a jackal and his ruse was at last exposed. From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Rupanuga — Bombay 13 November, 1970… Expand>

There is a Bengali saying that a jackal is king in a small forest. The story is that a jackal became king in the forest by fooling the other animals for some time, but he remained always a jackal and his ruse was at last exposed.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Rupanuga — Bombay 13 November, 1970

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Temple duty more important than chanting

I have received one letter from one of the women devotees there in London. It seems that she is a bit more slow than the others to finish her 16 rounds. Srila Prabhupada said that "She must do some duty. Sometimes it is given as a plea to avoid doing some more active service. The temple duty is more important than chanting." From a letter from Pusta… Expand>

I have received one letter from one of the women devotees there in London. It seems that she is a bit more slow than the others to finish her 16 rounds. Srila Prabhupada said that "She must do some duty. Sometimes it is given as a plea to avoid doing some more active service. The temple duty is more important than chanting."

From a letter from Pusta Krishna. 760523. Featured in VedaBase.

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Pessimism is required

We must be very much pessimistic, not at all optimistic of this world. Unless you become pessimistic, you will not be able to go back to home. If you have little attraction for this world — "It is good" — then you have to remain here. Yes. Krsna is so strict. Srila Prabhupada — May 17, 1975, Perth… Expand>

We must be very much pessimistic, not at all optimistic of this world. Unless you become pessimistic, you will not be able to go back to home. If you have little attraction for this world — "It is good" — then you have to remain here. Yes. Krsna is so strict.

Srila Prabhupada — May 17, 1975, Perth

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Absorption in Krsna thought

If you think of Krsna twenty-four hours, then you'll become fully Krsna conscious, and your life is successful. Don't allow anything. This requires little practice, abhyasa-yoga-yuktena cetasa nanya-gamina [Bg. 8.8]. I should not allow my mind to go, to think of any other subject than Krsna. Now we have got so many books. So whenever you find time... You must find… Expand>

If you think of Krsna twenty-four hours, then you'll become fully Krsna conscious, and your life is successful. Don't allow anything. This requires little practice, abhyasa-yoga-yuktena cetasa nanya-gamina [Bg. 8.8]. I should not allow my mind to go, to think of any other subject than Krsna. Now we have got so many books. So whenever you find time... You must find time. There is so much time. So read all these books or chant. But when you are hungry, you take prasadam. When you are sleepy, take a snap. Not very much, just to refresh. And go on, either chanting the beads or reading the books or talking about Krsna. In this way, always remain in Krsna consciousness. Smartavyah satatam visnuh. Krsna consciousness means to remember Visnu always, twenty-four hours. Some way or other. Type for Krsna, write for Krsna, go outside for Krsna, sankirtana party, sell book for Krsna, bring money for Krsna, spend for Krsna. Krsna. That's all. Everything Krsna. This is Krsna consciousness.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.14-15 — May 31, 1972, Los Angeles

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Girls' gurukula

Tamala Krsna: I thought there were girls in Vrndavana now. They said that they're going to have the girls' gurukula behind the boys' gurukula. Prabhupada: No, no, no. No girls. Tamala Krsna: It should be in another city or somewhere else. Prabhupada: Yes. They should be taught how to sweep, how to stitch, clean, cook, to be faithful to the husband. Tamala Krsna: They… Expand>

Tamala Krsna: I thought there were girls in Vrndavana now. They said that they're going to have the girls' gurukula behind the boys' gurukula.

Prabhupada: No, no, no. No girls.

Tamala Krsna: It should be in another city or somewhere else.

Prabhupada: Yes. They should be taught how to sweep, how to stitch, clean, cook, to be faithful to the husband.

Tamala Krsna: They don't require a big school.

Prabhupada: No, no. That is mistake. They should be taught how to become obedient to the husband.

Tamala Krsna: Yeah, you won't learn that in school.

[April 29, 1977, Bombay]

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Book distribution is self-realization

Tripurari: Just by distributing your books we can become self-realized. Prabhupada: You are already self-realized. Otherwise how you can push on the books? You love Krsna. Therefore you are taking so much labor for pushing on. And that is self-realization. If anyone tries to establish that Krsna is the Supreme Lord, that is self-realization. Tripurari: Sometimes the… Expand>

Tripurari: Just by distributing your books we can become self-realized.

Prabhupada: You are already self-realized. Otherwise how you can push on the books? You love Krsna. Therefore you are taking so much labor for pushing on. And that is self-realization. If anyone tries to establish that Krsna is the Supreme Lord, that is self-realization.

Tripurari: Sometimes the devotees ask if they can take birth again distributing books for you.

Prabhupada: Very good. Very good. That is real devotion. A devotee does not want to go to Vaikuntha or any liberation. They are satisfied with the service. That is pure devotion. And distributing books for the benefit of going to Krsna, that is selfishness. But "I want to simply distribute the books without any remuneration, without any my personal...," that is pure devotee. Just like Prahlada Maharaja says that "I do not wish to go to Vaikuntha unless I take all of these rascals with me." That is pure devotee. Pure devotion does not mean to... He is always under the protection of Krsna. What is the use of going Vaikuntha or...? Wherever he stays, that is Vaikuntha. That is pure devotional service. Mama janmani janmanisvare bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki [Cc. Antya 20.29, Siksastaka 4]: "Life after life I may go on with this business. I don't want anything." That is pure devotion.

Room Conversation — March 2, 1975, Atlanta

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Some valuable instructions for grhasthas by Srila Prabhupada

A systematic family life as enjoined in the Vedas is better than an irresponsible sinful life. If a husband and wife combine together in Krsna consciousness and live together peacefully, that is very nice. However, if a husband becomes too much attracted by his wife and forgets his duty in life, the implications of materialistic life will again resume. Srila Rupa… Expand>

A systematic family life as enjoined in the Vedas is better than an irresponsible sinful life. If a husband and wife combine together in Krsna consciousness and live together peacefully, that is very nice. However, if a husband becomes too much attracted by his wife and forgets his duty in life, the implications of materialistic life will again resume. Srila Rupa Gosvami has therefore recommended, anasaktasya visayan (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.255). Without being attached by sex, the husband and wife may live together for the advancement of spiritual life. The husband should engage in devotional service, and the wife should be faithful and religious according to the Vedic injunctions. Such a combination is very good.

However, if the husband becomes too much attracted to the wife due to sex, the position becomes very dangerous. Women in general are very much sexually inclined. Indeed, it is said that a woman's sex desire is nine times stronger than a man's. It is therefore a man's duty to keep a woman under his control by satisfying her, giving her ornaments, nice food and clothes, and engaging her in religious activities. Of course, a woman should have a few children and in this way not be disturbing to the man. Unfortunately, if the man becomes attracted to the woman simply for sex enjoyment, then family life becomes abominable.

The great politician Canakya Pandita has said: bharya rupavati satruh-a beautiful wife is an enemy. Of course every woman in the eyes of her husband is very beautiful. Others may see her as not very beautiful, but the husband, being very much attracted to her, sees her always as very beautiful. If the husband sees the wife as very beautiful, it is to be assumed that he is too much attracted to her. This attraction is the attraction of sex.

The whole world is captivated by the two modes of material nature rajo-guna and tamo-guna, passion and ignorance. Generally women are very much passionate and are less intelligent; therefore somehow or other a man should not be under the control of their passion and ignorance. By performing bhakti-yoga, or devotional service, a man can be raised to the platform of goodness. If a husband situated in the mode of goodness can control his wife, who is in passion and ignorance, the woman is benefited. Forgetting her natural inclination for passion and ignorance, the woman becomes obedient and faithful to her husband, who is situated in goodness. Such a life becomes very welcome. The intelligence of the man and woman may then work very nicely together, and they can make a progressive march toward spiritual realization. Otherwise, the husband, coming under the control of the wife, sacrifices his quality of goodness and becomes subservient to the qualities of passion and ignorance. In this way the whole situation becomes polluted.

The conclusion is that a household life is better than a sinful life devoid of responsibility, but if in the household life the husband becomes subordinate to the wife, involvement in materialistic life again becomes prominent. In this way a man's material bondage becomes enhanced. Because of this, according to the Vedic system, after a certain age a man is recommended to abandon his family life for the stages of vanaprastha and sannyasa.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 4.27.1

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Srila Prabhupada is ISKCON

Prabhupada: If I say that "I am ISKCON," what is the wrong there? Because I have created this; therefore I say, "ISKCON means I. I am ISKCON." Morning Walk — Nellore, January 3, 1976… Expand>

Prabhupada: If I say that "I am ISKCON," what is the wrong there? Because I have created this; therefore I say, "ISKCON means I. I am ISKCON."

Morning Walk — Nellore, January 3, 1976

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Varnasrama is essential

It is essential that society be divided into four groups of men — brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas and sudras. Here we see that although Prahlada was perfect in every respect, he nonetheless followed the instructions of the brahmanas who performed the Vedic rituals. Therefore in society there must be a very intelligent class of leaders who are well versed in the Vedic… Expand>

It is essential that society be divided into four groups of men — brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas and sudras. Here we see that although Prahlada was perfect in every respect, he nonetheless followed the instructions of the brahmanas who performed the Vedic rituals. Therefore in society there must be a very intelligent class of leaders who are well versed in the Vedic knowledge so that they can guide the entire populace to follow the Vedic principles and thus gradually become most perfect and eligible to return home, back to Godhead.

Srila Prabhupada — SB 7.10.24 Purport

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No nonsense followers, just one moon

I thank you very much for your appreciation of my disciples in New York and you will be glad to know that all my disciples in different centers are being so trained. The four principles of restriction, namely no illicit sex relations, no animal food, no intoxication, and no gambling, are acting on their character. Character building is the groundwork for seating Krsna… Expand>

I thank you very much for your appreciation of my disciples in New York and you will be glad to know that all my disciples in different centers are being so trained. The four principles of restriction, namely no illicit sex relations, no animal food, no intoxication, and no gambling, are acting on their character. Character building is the groundwork for seating Krsna consciousness and the Vedic injunction is that one can advance in spiritual life by following the rules of austerity and celibacy. We do not bluff our students that he has liberty to do all sorts of nonsense and at the same time advance in spiritual understanding. And because we are a little bit strict in this matter, we have not a very large number of followers, neither do we want any large number of nonsense followers. We want only one moon at night, and we do not care for millions of stars.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Jai Mazo, 18th January, 1968

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Earholes always filled with Krsna-katha

Pradyumna: "If the ear is not engaged in the service of the Lord by hearing about Him in the Bhagavad-gita or in the Srimad Bhagavatam, certainly the holes of the ear will be filled up with some rubbish." Prabhupada: Yes. This is the secret. We have got the ears, and we have got the sound also. Just like we are reading this book. So if we don't fill up our ears with… Expand>

Pradyumna: If the ear is not engaged in the service of the Lord by hearing about Him in the Bhagavad-gita or in the Srimad Bhagavatam, certainly the holes of the ear will be filled up with some rubbish.

Prabhupada: Yes. This is the secret. We have got the ears, and we have got the sound also. Just like we are reading this book. So if we don't fill up our ears with this transcendental sound, then it will be filled up with some rubbish things. It cannot remain empty. Either you fill up with transcendental message, or you fill up with rubbish nonsense. Two ways. So if you take care that your earholes are always filled up with the transcendental message of Krsna, so there is no scope for rubbish things to enter into it. So therefore our attempt should be twenty-four hours hearing. Kirtaniyah sada harih [Cc. Adi 17.31]. Twenty-four hours. As soon as you get time, read books, discuss amongst yourself, [indistinct]. Don't fill up the ears with rubbish things. Then advance will be choked up.

June 17, 1972, Los Angeles

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Stick to Krsna and accept His words as it is

What we are requesting you? "You think of Krsna. Chant Hare Krsna." That's all. Where is the difficulty? We don't say, "You think of that, this of that, to this demigod, that demigod." No. We don't say. What is the use of other demigod? We show all respect to everyone, even to the ant, but that does not mean that any demigod, any damn, any rascal, should be worshiped… Expand>

What we are requesting you? "You think of Krsna. Chant Hare Krsna." That's all. Where is the difficulty? We don't say, "You think of that, this of that, to this demigod, that demigod." No. We don't say. What is the use of other demigod? We show all respect to everyone, even to the ant, but that does not mean that any demigod, any damn, any rascal, should be worshiped as God? No. That is not possible. We can show respect even to the insignificant ant. Trnad api sunicena taror api sahisnuna [Cc. Adi 17.31, Siksastaka 3]. That may be another thing. But we cannot accept anyone as God. That is not possible. That is knowledge. That is knowledge. Be convinced firmly, krsnas tu bhagavan svayam [SB 1.3.28]: "Bhagavan means Krsna, nobody else." Kamais tais tair hrta-jnanah yajante anya-devatah [Bg. 7.20]. Anya-devatah, accept as God, they are accepted by the rascals, hrta-jnanah, those who have lost their knowledge.

So don't be lost of your knowledge. Stick to Krsna and accept His words as it is.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.1-3 — January 29, 1975, Honolulu

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Kali-yuga: bribes, showbottle leaders

Bhagavata says, anadhena nyaya ratim[?]: "If you have no money, then don't expect justice. Don't expect justice." Even high-court judges, they take bribe to give you favorable judgment. In India we have seen so many bribe. Police, you give bribe; high-court judge, you can give bribe. This is the position of Kali-yuga, horrible position. The king or the so-called… Expand>

Bhagavata says, anadhena nyaya ratim[?]: "If you have no money, then don't expect justice. Don't expect justice." Even high-court judges, they take bribe to give you favorable judgment. In India we have seen so many bribe. Police, you give bribe; high-court judge, you can give bribe. This is the position of Kali-yuga, horrible position. The king or the so-called president is simply showbottle.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.1–12 — April 29, 1972, Tokyo

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What is your character?

Woman devotee: If we have a desire to keep these promises, but we have a hard time to do it... Prabhupada: As soon as you fail to keep your promise, then you're fallen. You have to rectify yourself. Immediately you're fallen. Yah sastra-vidhim utsrjya vartate kama-karatah, na sa siddhim [Bg. 16.23]. That means you'll never get perfection. You'll fall down. You can… Expand>

Woman devotee: If we have a desire to keep these promises, but we have a hard time to do it...

Prabhupada: As soon as you fail to keep your promise, then you're fallen. You have to rectify yourself. Immediately you're fallen. Yah sastra-vidhim utsrjya vartate kama-karatah, na sa siddhim [Bg. 16.23]. That means you'll never get perfection. You'll fall down. You can cheat others that "I am in dress of a devotee, so I am..." What is your character? What is your actual value? That has to be judged.

Questions and Answers — January 17, 1974, Hawaii

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Take advantage

Take advantage of these books, this knowledge, this prasadam, and this chanting. Be happy, and go to Krsna. It is such a nice thing. From Srila Prabhupada's Purport to Jaya Radha-Madhava… Expand>

Take advantage of these books, this knowledge, this prasadam, and this chanting. Be happy, and go to Krsna. It is such a nice thing.

From Srila Prabhupada's Purport to Jaya Radha-Madhava

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Judge by action, not by promises

“One cannot understand the value of touchstone until it turns iron into gold.” One should judge by action, not by promises. A maha-bhagavata can turn a living entity from abominable material life to the Lord's service. This is the test of a maha-bhagavata. From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Madhya… Expand>

“One cannot understand the value of touchstone until it turns iron into gold.” One should judge by action, not by promises. A maha-bhagavata can turn a living entity from abominable material life to the Lord's service. This is the test of a maha-bhagavata.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Madhya 16.74

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Why are there slaughterhouses?

It is said here that the cows used to moisten the pasturing land with milk because their milk bags were fatty and the animals were joyful. Do they not require, therefore, proper protection for a joyful life by being fed with a sufficient quantity of grass in the field? Why should men kill cows for their selfish purposes? Why should man not be satisfied with grains… Expand>

It is said here that the cows used to moisten the pasturing land with milk because their milk bags were fatty and the animals were joyful. Do they not require, therefore, proper protection for a joyful life by being fed with a sufficient quantity of grass in the field? Why should men kill cows for their selfish purposes? Why should man not be satisfied with grains, fruits and milk, which, combined together, can produce hundreds and thousands of palatable dishes? Why are there slaughterhouses all over the world to kill innocent animals? Maharaja Pariksit, grandson of Maharaja Yudhisthira, while touring his vast kingdom, saw a black man attempting to kill a cow. The King at once arrested the butcher and chastised him sufficiently. Should not a king or executive head protect the lives of the poor animals who are unable to defend themselves? Is this humanity? Are not the animals of a country citizens also? Then why are they allowed to be butchered in organized slaughterhouses? Are these the signs of equality, fraternity and nonviolence?

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 1.10.4

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Antidote to the stool-seeking civilization

Searching out some means of food, exactly like the hog, he is loitering here and there, "Where is stool? Where is stool? Where is stool?" And this is going on in the polished way as civilization. There is so much risk, as running these cars so many people are dying. There is record, it is very dangerous. At least I feel as soon as I go to the street, it is dangerous… Expand>

Searching out some means of food, exactly like the hog, he is loitering here and there, "Where is stool? Where is stool? Where is stool?" And this is going on in the polished way as civilization. There is so much risk, as running these cars so many people are dying. There is record, it is very dangerous. At least I feel as soon as I go to the street, it is dangerous. The motorcar are running so speedy, and what is the business? The business is where to find out food. So therefore it is condemned that this kind of civilization is hoggish civilization. This hog is running after, "Where is stool? Where is stool? Where is stool?" And you are running in a car. The same. Purpose is the same: "Where is stool?" Purpose is the same.

Therefore this is not advancement of civilization. Advancement of civilization is, as Krsna advises, that you require food, so produce food grain. Remain wherever you are. You can produce food grain anywhere, a little labor. And keep cows, go-raksya, krsi-go-raksya vanijyam vaisya-karma svabhava-jam [Bg. 18.44]. Solve your problem like... Produce your food wherever you are there. Till little, little labor, and you will get your whole year's food. And distribute the food to the animal, cow, and eat yourself. The cow will eat the refuse. You take the rice, and the skin you give to the cow. From dahl you take the grain, and the skin you give to the... And fruit, you take the fruit, and the skin you give to the cow, and he will give you milk. So why should you kill him?

Milk is the miraculous food; therefore Krsna says krsi-go-raksya vanijyam vaisya [Bg. 18.44]. Give protection to the cow, take milk from it, and eat food grains — your food problem is solved. Where is food problem? Why should you invent such civilization always full of anxieties, running the car here and there, and fight with other nation, and economic development? What is this civilization?

Therefore we require to take to Krsna consciousness to become happy every way — economically, philosophically, religiously, culturally, everything. That is Krsna consciousness.

From Srila Prabhupada's discussion of Socrates

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Material Formulas

In a memo, Prabhupada said to one devotee: "Your material formulas will not help you. Krsna consciousness means to become mad after Krsna and to follow the order of the spiritual master. Why have you missed this important point?" Quoted in BTG #29-05, 1995… Expand>

In a memo, Prabhupada said to one devotee: "Your material formulas will not help you. Krsna consciousness means to become mad after Krsna and to follow the order of the spiritual master. Why have you missed this important point?"

Quoted in BTG #29-05, 1995

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Real mercy

bhaktih krsne daya jivesv akuntha-jnanam atmani yadi syad atmano bhuyad apavargas tu samsrteh TRANSLATION If a living entity is developed in Krsna consciousness and is merciful to others, and if his spiritual knowledge of self-realization is perfect, he will immediately attain liberation from the bondage of material existence. PURPORT In this verse the words daya… Expand>

bhaktih krsne daya jivesv
akuntha-jnanam atmani
yadi syad atmano bhuyad
apavargas tu samsrteh

TRANSLATION
If a living entity is developed in Krsna consciousness and is merciful to others, and if his spiritual knowledge of self-realization is perfect, he will immediately attain liberation from the bondage of material existence.

PURPORT
In this verse the words daya jivesu, meaning "mercy to other living entities," indicate that a living entity must be merciful to other living entities if he wishes to make progress in self-realization. This means he must preach this knowledge after perfecting himself and understanding his own position as an eternal servant of Krsna. Preaching this is showing real mercy to living entities. Other types of humanitarian work may be temporarily beneficial for the body, but because a living entity is spirit soul, ultimately one can show him real mercy only by revealing knowledge of his spiritual existence. As Caitanya Mahaprabhu says, jivera 'svarupa' haya-krsnera 'nitya-dasa': [Cc. Madhya 20.108] "Every living entity is constitutionally a servant of Krsna." One should know this fact perfectly and should preach it to the mass of people. If one realizes that he is an eternal servant of Krsna but does not preach it, his realization is imperfect.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.29.1b

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Don't write nonsense

You cannot write nonsense. You have to write something which corroborates with the Vedic injunction. /Srila Prabhupada, Lecture, January 7, 1967 You must write just as you have heard from your Guru and nothing else. Otherwise, your writing is useless. /Srila Prabhupada, Letter, 8 April 1975… Expand>

You cannot write nonsense. You have to write something which corroborates with the Vedic injunction.

Srila Prabhupada, Lecture, January 7, 1967

You must write just as you have heard from your Guru and nothing else. Otherwise, your writing is useless.

Srila Prabhupada, Letter, 8 April 1975

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