November 9, 2016
Progressive human civilization is based on brahminical culture, God consciousness and protection of cows. All economic development of the state by trade, commerce, agriculture and industries must be fully utilized in relation to the above principles, otherwise all so-called economic development becomes a source of degradation. Cow protection means feeding the brahminical culture, which leads towards God consciousness, and thus perfection of human civilization is achieved.
Srila Prabhupada; Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.19.3 Purport^ Show less
November 8, 2016
When you go to spiritual world Krsna is always dancing. You have to twenty-four hours dance there and eat there.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 6.1 — Los Angeles, February 13, 1969^ Show less
November 7, 2016
Tamala Krsna: It's amazing to think, Srila Prabhupada, that ten years ago you were living in Radha-Damodara temple and just conceiving all of this. Now Krsna has arranged everything. You were sitting alone, having to draw your own water, doing your own typing. Everything you had to do yourself. And now, gradually, the whole world is coming to assist you in serving Krsna. It is most wonderful.
Devotee (1): Everyone is knowing of your glories, Srila Prabhupada. I was coming in a truck from the airport in San Francisco, and one policeman pulled me over, and he ran an investigation and then he came back and said, "I know this isn't right, but do you have any books by Prabhupada?" So he pulled me over just to get one of your books. And later on I saw him, and he and his friend... He was a sergeant, and they were reading your book at a liquor store.
Tamala Krsna: [chuckling] The policeman pulled him over. He was in a car, Srila Prabhupada. He thought he was going to be arrested, but the policeman said, "I'm pulling you over to ask for one of Prabhupada's books."
Devotee (1): He said that he used to go through the airports all the time and get your books, but he hadn't been through the airport in so long, he was feeling the separation. So he had to pull us over, because he saw we were devotees, so that he could ask for some of your books.
Citsukhananda: In Los Angeles, at the Spiritual Sky Incense company, there are so many karmi workers also assisting in Spiritual Sky business. So actually, they are just coming to work every day without any change of heart. But we started... The receptionist started giving Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers to the people who work there. And this one man who's a theologian who works there in the bookkeeping department read your book, and he said, "This man speaks perfectly. He has no fault. Everything he says is completely right, perfect." So now they're coming to the temple, now, because they've read your book. Otherwise they didn't want to associate. But now they read this book, Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers, and they're coming to the temple. They take prasadam. They've become very submissive, all the workers.
Jayapataka: Now that your books are being printed in Hindi, in Calcutta, one of our Life Members, Mr. Tulsan, he got your Hindi Bhagavatam and Caitanya-caritamrta, and he's begun reading, and now he said his whole life is transformed. He said that never he found anywhere that the knowledge was presented so simply and so clearly. All the panditas he could never understand. So now he's become so enthusiastic he's purchasing four rooms in Mayapur — two for himself, and he's making two relatives purchase. And every month he comes out with his family, with the whole family. "Instead of going to other recreation," he said, "we'll go to the temple." And he brings big basket of fruit, and he comes out, and they stay for the weekend and they all attend mangala-arati.
Devotee (1): At one big fair, Prabhupada, we were distributing your books, and after the fair was over so many people were coming up. So we surrounded the truck with stacks of books and passing them out. And pretty soon after all the books were gone the people started rocking the truck. They were surrounding it, asking for one of your books. They were demanding that they have one of your books.
Conversation — November 8, 1977, Vrndavana^ Show less
November 6, 2016
In my absence you read the books. What I talk, I have written in the books.
You can associate with me by reading my books.
(Srila Prabhupada — August 7, 1975, Toronto)^ Show less
November 5, 2016
Please always try to remember me by my teachings and we shall always be together. Just like I have written in the first publications of Srimad-Bhagavatam, "The spiritual Master lives forever by His divine instruction and the disciple lives with him", because I have always served my Guru Maharaja and followed His teachings I am now even never separated from Him. Sometimes Maya may come and try to interfere but we must not falter, we must always follow the chalked out path layed down by the great acharyas and in the end you will see.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Cidananda — Bhaktivedanta Manor 25 November, 1973^ Show less
November 4, 2016
Srila Prabhupada speaks in his books very clearly. I find sometimes that someone who reads his books becomes a very very bold follower of Srila Prabhupada. Maybe more loyal then someone like myself who has had ample association. And that person may never have associated physically with Srila Prabhupada. But obviously he has associated with Srila Prabhupada's vani. Of course I also think that there is some advantage to having had physical personal association. Because physical association gives the opportunity to see the guru upholding scriptural instructions in terms of time and place and circumstance.
From a lecture by TKG^ Show less
November 3, 2016
nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya
bhutale srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine.
I offer my humble obeisances unto His Divine Grace Prabhupada A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, who is very dear to Lord Krsna on this earth, having taken shelter of the lotus feet of that ever-youthful, beautiful, transcendental Lord,
who, alone, in his seventieth year, threw family, society, friendship, love to the wind, left mother India and set sail around the earth to foreign, unknown shores because his spiritual master spoke to him in a dream,
who carried the glorious message of the munificent Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu to a nation plagued with the leprosy of voidism and impersonalism, who brought an ageless message of love of Godhead,
who landed in Manhattan with saffron robes, a suitcase and seven dollars and wondered at maya's skyscrapers and empty, noisy dreams,
who, with white, pointed holyman shoes, walked through the snow to Times Square and laughed at Kali's cinema ads,
who accepted residence with hashish-yogis who believed they were moving the sun and moon,
who played cymbals and chanted Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami, "I worship Govinda the Primeval Lord," explaining to void-meditators that Krsna's transcendental body is unlimited, that He can extend His hand to all parts of His creation, that any one part of His body can perform all the actions of all the other parts, and that simply by glancing at nature He impregnated her with countless living entities and set the cosmic systems spinning and struck up the song of the universe,
who journeyed downtown, out of compassion, and set up quarters in Lower East Side narrow mice-ridden storefront and trusted Krsna to bring next month's rent,
who opened the storefront doors even to Bowery derelicts and clashed cymbals and chanted Sanskrit hymns to God, whose vibrations caught the ears of young psychedelic middle class renegades searching for alternatives to their legacy of lies and materialism,
who had and everlastingly has infinite mercy, delivering it free of charge, a matchless gift, to whomever stops to hear,
who never, to my knowledge, turned one soul away, who effused them all with kindness, affection, truth,
who had mercy on my soul one bright July morning amidst the roaring Manhattan traffic of Houston and Bowery (Most holy spot! Transformed to Vaikuntha by his feet! Bowery transformed to Vaikuntha!),
who lectured every morning on Second Avenue and as the gold of dawn lit his face played cymbals and chanted softly, careful not to awake the neighbors lest they pour hot water through the floorboards,
who opened Bhagavad-gita and explained Sri Krsna's message verse by verse and set His names — Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare — on the lips of the young,
who, by contact only, warmed their hearts and lit the fires of love of God in their souls and smeared their eyes with the ointment of devotion,
who defied cheap popular adoration by truthfully telling the youth of America that to have Krsna the soul must be pure, free of everything,
who supplanted the old white-bearded Judaic-Christian God with a beautiful, blue adolescent Boy and evoked gopi tears from the eyes of men,
who led his flock to Washington Square to chant, was invited off the grass by the cops, sat complacently anyway on the asphalt and Hare Krsna'd as nervous sailors flicked their cigarets,
who initiated his first dozen disciples with a fire sacrifice in his apartment, told them their real, spiritual names, chanted their beads, threw rice and ghee in the flames (Svaha!) and sat smiling amidst the smoke as they coughed and ran to open the windows,
who listened, tolerant, to the threats of Jewish, Catholic and Protestant mothers accusing him of stealing their sons, and offered them bananas, apples, dates and tangerines and charmed them with his smile,
who every Sunday afternoon for a month sat down on the ground in Tompkins Square Park, pounded a bongo and chanted Hare Krsna three hours straight while dancing angels dropped exhausted and Lower East Side Ukranians and Poles stared uncomprehendingly and grumbled,
who delivered a beautiful lecture on the spiritualization of energy to a thousand empty seats in midtown's Judson Hall while across the street hundreds flocked to hear the Boston Pops at Carnegie,
who patiently endured the red tape visa harassment of immigration offices and allayed the fears of his children as they swore to follow him to India,
who, on a sudden invitation, jumped a jet to Frisco, telling his New York disciples he'd return in a fortnight, and after four months' absence laughed, "You have not reckoned a day of Brahma."
who lectured a thousand Hell's Angels, hippies and teenieboppers in the strobe-flashing Avalon ballroom on the glories of Lord Caitanya's sankirtan movement and, hands upraised, danced with poet Ginsberg, Moby Grape, Grateful Dead and Big Brother to Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna as Tim Leary looked on benevolently,
who chanted and danced in a ring with longhair boys, girls, beads, beards and headbands below the shadow of Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park on bright March and April afternoons,
who lectured at Frisco Christian Yoga societies, to hippies in the Panhandle, to pacifists at Berkeley, to yellow, red, white and black nationalists, to anyone, everyone and no one in the streets and parks of Saint Francis,
who taught the students of Palo Alto a new dance — the "swami" — which in fervor surpassed the frug and watusi,
who led a nighttime firelit kirtan at Frisco beach, roasted potatoes and sang starlit hymns to Narada Muni,
who sauntered through Muir woods contemplating the redwoods and reflecting how tired their souls must be for having to stand so long without Krsna,
who, back in Manhattan, wore his body down chanting and glorifying the transcendental blue body of Krsna, cooking and writing for Krsna, and suffered a stroke that would have killed a mere man, left his body and then returned with the names of his love on his lips,
who sang to Yamaraj, Death, as he stood before him, sang songs of love to the lotus-eyed Boy with pink bottom'd feet,
who, in Beth-Israel Hospital, sat like a helpless child as demonic needles came at him, tolerated them and listened to the Western diagnosis: "Tell him to take it easy. The old man prays too much,"
who, after five days, baffled obscene doctors by walking out the sickward's pea-green walls to recuperate across country in the dazzling Pacific sands of Stinson beach,
who sat amidst a labyrinth of kelp horns and sea shells proclaiming that there are only devotees and demons, naught between,
who composed Sanskrit odes to the Primeval Spirit whose eternal teenage lips play a flute,
who wept in a Frisco storefront — "Take to this process. I may be with you or not, but it is eternal." — and bade farewell to his students who thought he was going to India to die,
who bathed in the sun wearing a turban and flying on a carpet as the Pacific crashed in his ears — "All glories to the assembled devotees! All glories to the Pacific Ocean!" — and finally, following the sun, whizzed to Delhi, Vrndavana and Calcutta to Ayur-Vedic physicians,
who bathed in the Yamuna, where Lord Krsna played His water games, and lived in Radha-Damodar Temple, where repose the samadhis of Rupa and Jiva Gosvami,
who traveled through India, defying pneumonia, looking for a house for his American children,
who returned to the U.S. via Japan, trying to see the mayor of Tokyo to institute the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in a glass American-made skyscraper,
who finally proclaimed the Japanese "not ready," and returned to a deluge of tears and flowers in Frisco airport,
who, surpassing the Chinese, instituted a yearly festival of Jagannatha love down Haight Street through Golden Gate to the beach, nine miles, and led twenty thousand before the cart of Krsna, Subhadra and Balarama,
who bowed to Radha and Krsna in Seattle and sat in new glory on the New York Vyasasana, the floating dais of praise, as his children fell at his feet,
who forgave his renegade disciples in Montreal with a garland of roses and a shower of tears,
who told golden beachboys in Honolulu and Kaaawa, Oahu that sun, beach and palm worship is all maya, that golden flesh, after all, is just a bag covering blood, bone, stool, puss, bile, urine and guts, all rotting moment by moment,
who danced to Krsna beneath the sun in L.A. and beneath the red, white and blue flashing neon illusions of Hollywood Blvd., Kali-yuga plastic America, and beneath the moon danced to Govinda and Radharani in a Manhattan alley, searching for a possible temple,
who proclaimed natural vegetarian prasadamism to the nation's hamburger stands, the cow-eaters of America, the pig-eaters, bird-eaters, fish-eaters, lamb-eaters, threatening them with endless rebirths as tigers,
who declared that Colonel Sanders of the Fried Chickens of Kentucky would have to undergo a chicken-birth-life-and-death for every chicken smeared with his recipe making its saucy way into the all-devouring mouths of the American karmavores,
who burst two thousand Ohio State students out their skins and jumped for joy on his dais in the All-American City,
who, lauding the "big mrdangam," bought a press, said, "This is my heart," and printed his own books in Boston,
who, having chanted six years in temples of Vrndavana, India, where Lord Krsna's lotus feet danced, walked two miles up a West Virginia dirt road, stopping only once briefly for breath, and founded New Vrndavana in the locust-flower'd hills,
who lived there in a shack, sauntered on morning walks through the locusts and maples and blessed the dandelions, blackberries and pokeweed with his gaze,
who sat quietly beneath a persimmon tree reading Srimad-Bhagavatam and musing over the Appalachians,
who boarded the jet age from New York to Hamburg, carrying over the Atlantic real Aryan Vedic civilization in his head and magic mantras on his lips, the Paramhansa on Lufthansa, descending on Europe on his silver swan, singing songs of Krsna-love for fractured Germany,
who, not knowing one word of German, lectured on ecstasy in a little storefront temple on Eppendorfer Weg, chanting Hare Krsna uber alles,
who defined real Aryanism — life according to spirit, not to flesh — to rapt disciples following him on a vigorous morning walk amidst cold, implacable North German beer consciousness, sausages and Volkswagens,
who sat before an Elbe sunset, holding up a picture of Radha-Krsna dancing on the lotus shaped Vaikuntha planet, and who smiled and transformed the Elbe into the Yamuna,
who descended on London reporters like a thundercloud and deluged them with the Absolute Truth — "I have come to teach what you have forgot." "Which is?" "God."
who sang "Bhaja Govindam" to this century's British bards, the Beatles — "What are you doing? Your philosophical speculation and grammatical word jugglery will not save you at the moment of death, so bhaja Govinda, just worship Krsna," and struck up a new song in George's heart,
who shouted down the new crows in London's Conway Hall and continued playing cymbals as their wings fluttered,
who founded a six-story Radha-Krsna temple a block away from a storehouse of ravaged Indian treasures, the British Museum, and despite a Gandhi exhibition began the Vaisnava colonization of England,
who buried his head in flowers and danced in ecstasy before the Lord,
who saw Arjuna throw down his bow at Kuruksetra and Lord Krsna and Balarama pass through Mathura with Their cows and boy friends as the city girls showered Them with flowers from their balconies,
and who at this moment deluges the blazing fire of the soul trapped in materials and drowns the conflagration of even the most obdurant (my own!) soul entangled in the great chain fire of action and reaction,
who even now insists on wishing me well despite my pigheaded gnawing at o'erchewed stool,
who knows the innate sweetness of the soul in love with Krsna and who delivers that love with truth, who draws it out the timid soul with truth and who demands its flourishing and wishes it well,
who resides at the lotus feet of Krsna eternally, who is His ambassador on earth, transmitting His message infallibly,
who views this universe to be no more significant than water in a calf's hoofprint,
who floats upon the tossing ocean of material and looks with compassion upon the countless dynasties of suffering souls struggling below,
who hears the discordant sounds of Kali's millennia and blends them in harmony to one song that anyone can sing,
who must play in the starry sandbox of the universe like a child with his toys,
who must laugh at the maya karmaval, the vast play of illusion, of America, of the world,
who must talk to Krsna alone at night, sitting on his bed, conferring, listening carefully to His advice,
who perpetually receives the waters of benediction from the ocean of mercy and who pours them forth in torrents to extinguish the flames of materialism,
who, always engaged in chanting and celebrating the message of Lord Caitanya, sometimes dances in ecstasy and trembles and quivers in his trance,
who, with his disciples, untiringly worships Sri Sri Radha and Krsna in Their temple,
who is always offering food to Krsna and who derives great satisfaction in seeing his disciples eat bhagavat-prasadam, the delicious mercy of the Lord,
who is eternally eager to chant and preach the glories of the loving exchanges between Lord Krsna and Radharani and who aspires to relish these pastimes at every moment,
who expertly assists the gopis, Lord Krsna's transcendental cowherd girl friends engaged in the perfection of Radha-Krsna conjugal love affairs, who makes various tasteful arrangements for Them,
who, as all scriptures reveal, should be honored as highly as the Supreme and Almighty Lord, for he is the Great God's most confidential servitor,
whose mercy enables me to receive the benediction of the mercy of Krsna and without whose mercy I cannot advance on the spiritual path, and who is therefore worthy of my perpetual obeisances and my worship.
by Hayagriva Prabhu, From BTG #36^ Show less
November 2, 2016
Mahamsa Swami recently returned from Vrndavana where he was summoned by Srila Prabhupada. Prabhupada had just ended a seven day fast when Mahamsa Swami arrived, and now he is beginning to eat again. His Divine Grace had been very ill. Mahamsa Swami described Srila Prabhupada as being very white, and for the first time He looked very old. His Divine Grace was very weak, and when He talked it was very slowly, one word at a time, and that in a soft whisper. Prabhupada said that this was not a normal illness, but was caused by 90% of His disciples not following the devotional principles. Therefore, Srila Prabhupada had said that he requested 24-hour continuous kirtans to purify the devotees. He had refused to take any medicine, and repeated that samkirtan was the only cure. Here in Hyderabad the kirtans continued uninterrupted for over a week, and I could see practically that this sankirtan yajna initiated by Lord Caitanya is the prime benediction. The devotees here became enthused as the kirtans continued ecstatically through the night. Devotees worked in kirtan shifts and my feeling was that every day felt like Janmastami. Prabhupada indicated that in particular the senior disciples were lax in following the principles. Actually Srila Prabhupada has said many times that what is needed is not leaders, but acharyas-those who can demonstrate by their example. In His article "What is a Goswami?" Prabhupada has mentioned that the Six Goswami[s] did not need to tell people to chant; people would chant just by seeing them. This is the standard of purity. When someone sees a Vaisnava, just by his personal appearance and conduct they are reminded of Krishna. There is always need for us to personally see that our own devotion has not become impure, tinted by any fruitive desires, speculation, laxness, or compromise with the regulative principles. In practice there is need for the senior disciples, the GBC, the sannyasis, and advanced initiates to provide the standard for all devotees to follow. The actual purity, nirmatsaranam, cent percent devotion is there in Srila Prabhupada. But the spiritual master as a pure representative of Krishna, worshipped on an equal level like the Lord Himself, is able to instill pure love of Krishna in His disciples, and provided we accept His instructions and practice them, to bring us up to the standard of pure, undeviating devotion to Lord Krishna. Brahmananda Swami in Vrndavana emphasized that it is important we attend all regular devotional activities, from arotiks, tulasi worship, classes, etc. and help to give our Godbrothers (what to speak of ourselves) a taste of the full-nectar of Krishna Consciousness.
[Letter from Pancadravida. 740901 Featured in VedaBase.]^ Show less
November 1, 2016
This material world and the bones... The bones are not our... This is life. We are not concerned with bones and stones. Our real concern is the living force. Apareyam itas tu viddhi me prakrtim param, jiva-bhutam maha-baho yayedam dharyate jagat [Bg. 7.5]. The living force which is sustaining the bones... Bone is not important. It may remain; it may go. It doesn't matter. Real life, what is sustaining the bone, is steady. We have got history that there was a rsi, he had only bones. So there is a science by which you can sustain life — only bones. Hiranyakasipu did it, practically.
So take care of the bones as long as possible. Real life is here. Always remember that. And material world means they are simply all protecting bones and flesh together. They have no idea what they are. Bones and flesh. Bhumir apo 'nalo vayuh [Bg. 7.4]. Apareyam. It is useless. Not useless — inferior. Real? That jiva-bhuta, which is sustaining. Thank you very much. Print books, and as I have given in my will, half, again print, and half spent for propaganda as you like. In this way go on.
(Srila Prabhupada — October 12, 1977, Vrndavana)^ Show less
October 31, 2016
Acyutananda: "In India, there are many svamis who claim themselves to be Krsna. How to detect them?"
Prabhupada: Hmm? Many svamis...?
Devotee: Claim to be Krsna. How to detect them?
Prabhupada: Let them prove that he is Krsna. If you are foolish, then they will accept. If you are intelligent, then you'll ask him, "First of all lift the Govardhana Hill, then you become Krsna. Otherwise you are rascal, I kick you on your face." [laughter] This is our version. We do not accept these rascals as Krsna. We want to test, first of all, that you are Krsna. Why should we accept a rascal as Krsna unless he proves himself that he is Krsna? Krsna lifted Govardhana Hill when He was seven years old. What he has done that we shall accept him Krsna? Don't be foolish. First of all let him prove that he's Krsna. Test him. Then accept.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.3 — April 15, 1975, Hyderabad^ Show less
October 30, 2016
I have received information that some of our devotees are mixing with the babajis in Vrindaban. This has produced so many problems amongst our men and women who visit Vrindaban. Here in Los Angeles, we have found that there is a group of about 40 devotees who privately meet to discuss the intimate pastimes artificially thinking that they can enter into the understanding of the gopis prematurely. This will create havoc in our society, and the result will be that if this is allowed to go on, our preaching work will be greatly hampered. This premature desire to understand the lila of Krishna is due to mundane sex-life desire as we have seen amongst many of the babajis and sahajiyas in Vrindaban. Our Jagannatha das came back from Vrindaban asking me that he had heard some babaji speaking about siddha-deha and he also was listening to these babajis. So I want this immediately stopped. If it continues, this mixing with the babajis, then it will mean spoiling. In many cases, these babajis keep 2 or 3 women. Asatsanga tyagi. Their association is to be avoided and prohibited amongst all of our devotees who visit Vrindaban.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Nitai — Los Angeles 7 June, 1976^ Show less
October 29, 2016
Prabhupada: Everywhere. This male and female, nature's gift that is. Therefore tasyaiva hetoh. These things you'll get.
Tamala Krsna: Yes. So why use the...?
Prabhupada: Why you are after these things?
Tamala Krsna: Hm. Wasting human life.
Prabhupada: You'll get woman. So be satisfied, the nature's gift of woman, nature's gift of your position, and utilize your life for Krsna consciousness. Why more and more, more, and naked and this way and that way? The other day what did I say? Vagina-licking civilization.
Tamala Krsna: Vagina-licking civilization.
Prabhupada: They're spending so much money for vagina-looking.
Tamala Krsna: Oh, that's their whole consciousness.
Prabhupada: Yes. The money is earned with so hard labor and it is spent for vagina-looking.
Tamala Krsna: Polished dog society.
Prabhupada: Yes. Yes, dog also smells the vagina, and they also do the same thing. Therefore nature has arranged that dog are smelling vagina on the street. One vagina and three dozen dogs surrounded.
Tamala Krsna: Yes. Vrndavana you see that.
Tamala Krsna: Now that's going on in America. They are spending money just for that.
Tamala Krsna: Three dozen men look at one woman, same business.
Bali-mardana: And they make big literatures, magazines, everywhere, all over the streets. They put them in the street...
Tamala Krsna: The big thing now in America, the most popular shop, is called "Adult Books." "Adult Bookshop."
Hari-sauri: "Adult cinema," "adult this," "adult that."
Prabhupada: Topless, bottomless. Yan maithunadi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham kanduyanena karayor iva duhkha-duhkham, trpyanti neha krpana bahu-duhkha-bhajah. Bahu-duhkha-bhajah. Krpana. The rascals. Krpana means non-brahmana, without any spiritual knowledge. They are never satisfied, the vagina business. Trpyanti neha krp— although it is followed by so much miserable condition—bahu-duhkha-bhajah kandutivan manasijam visaheta dhirah. One who is dhira, sober, he tolerates little itching sensation: "What this nonsense?" And if you practice toleration, there will be no more. Finished. You become liberated. Therefore, from the very beginning of life, childhood, this teach him, that "Don't be a vagina-smelling animal." Brahmacari. Brahmacari guru-grhe vasan dantah. To learn how to control the senses, that is brahmacari. Where is that civilization? So establish. Give them food. Give them shelter. Give them knowledge. That is para-upakara, doing welfare to others. But don't be entangled in vagina civilization. Yan maithunadi-grhamedhi-sukham. It is most abominable civilization, tuccham, condemned civilization.
[February 25, 1977, Mayapura]^ Show less
October 28, 2016
So far spiritual life is concerned, it does not depend on the material brain substance. It is different thing. It is spiritual platform. It has nothing to do with this bodily construction. You must remember. We don't make any distinction that a man can be better Krsna consciousness than woman. No. A woman can be better Krsna consciousness because they are very simple. They can accept any religious system. Generally the women, they accept it because they are very simple. They have no crooked mind. Sometimes they are exploited therefore. So in the spiritual platform there is no such distinction, although in the material... Just like the bodily construction of man is different from woman, similarly, the brain substance may be also different, but that does not disqualify any woman for spiritual advancement in Krsna consciousness.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6 — August 3, 1968, Montreal^ Show less
October 27, 2016
Krishna was a cowherd's boy, and with His friends, other cowherd's boy, He used to go with His cows in the pasturing ground the whole day. That was the system. Because people at that time were satisfied with land and cows, that's all. That is the means of solution of all economic problems. They were not industrial, they were not servant of anyone. Simply get production from the land and take milk from the cows, the whole food problem solved. So Krishna used to go to the pasturing ground, and the gopis at home... They were girls or women. Women or girls were not allowed to work.
That is the Vedic system. They should keep at home, and they should be given protection by the father, by the husband, or elderly sons. They were not meant for going out. So they kept themselves at home. But Krishna was, say, miles away in the pasturing ground, and the gopis at home thinking, "Oh, Krishna’s feet is so soft."
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture at Seattle on September 30, 1968^ Show less
October 26, 2016
In this world there are three kinds of men: those who are liberated, those trying to be liberated, and those entangled in sense enjoyment. Of these three, those who are already liberated chant and hear the holy name of the Lord, knowing perfectly well that to glorify the Lord is the only way to keep oneself in a transcendental position. Those who are trying to be liberated, the second class, may regard the chanting and hearing of the Lord's holy name as a process of liberation, and they too will feel the transcendental pleasure of this chanting. As for karmis and persons engaged in sense gratification, they also may take pleasure in hearing the pastimes of the Lord, like His fighting on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra and His dancing in Vrndavana with the gopis.
[Srila Prabhupada: Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.1, additional notes to the chapter]^ Show less
October 25, 2016
Krsna has equal vision. That picture, Krsna, He's embracing the calf. He is not only embracing the gopis, but He is embracing the calf also, cows also. Sama-darsinah. For Krsna the gopis, the calf and the cows, or anyone in Vrndavana who has come to serve Him, they are all equal to Him. Somebody wants to serve Krsna as calf, somebody wants to serve Krsna as cow, somebody wants to serve Krsna as gopi, somebody wants to serve Krsna as cowherd boy, somebody wants to serve Krsna as His father, somebody wants to serve Krsna as His mother. These are the different mellows, different taste. Every living entity has got his own taste, how to love Krsna. But the central point is to love Krsna.
Krsna also reciprocates. He has no discrimination that "Here is gopis, beautiful girl. Therefore I shall love her more than the calf." No. Krsna is not so partial.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 1.44 — July 31, 1973, London^ Show less
October 24, 2016
The holy name of the Lord and the Lord are nondifferent; therefore when a devotee chants Hare Krsna, Krsna and His internal potency are dancing on the tongue of the devotee.
(From Srila Prabhupada's Bg 12.8 purport)^ Show less
October 23, 2016
In Radha-kunda, sometime in 1934, my Guru Maharaja was living, and he was discussing Upanisad. He was discussing Upanisad regularly. And the babajis... There are many babajis in Radha-kunda. First of all, they came, that "Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura has come, such a learned scholar and the establisher of Gaudiya Matha." So out of curiosity they came. And when they saw that he was discussing Upanisad, gradually they stopped coming. So my Guru Maharaja recommended that "These people are not living in Radha-kunda. They are living in Naraka-kunda." I have heard it personally.
[Naraka means hell]
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.3.20-23 — February 14, 1971, Gorakhpur^ Show less
October 22, 2016
What is this rascal civilization, whole day "Where is money? Where is money? Where is money? Where is money? Where is money?" Everyone. Busy means "Where is money? Where is money?" Just like the hog, he is busy: "What my...? Where is stool? Where is stool? Where is stool? Where is stool? Where is stool?" That is not civilization. If you remain always busy, "Where is stool?" like the hog, then what is your civilization? Whole day working, night, night shift, day shift, whole day, the same like hog. Get money and then drink wine and eat meat and do all nonsense things. This is their civilization.
Srila Prabhupada — October 28, 1975, Nairobi^ Show less
October 21, 2016
Prabhupada: How the Egyptian people are?
Prthu-putra: They're really a nationalistic type of persons.
Prabhupada: That is everywhere.
Prthu-putra: But I never noticed like this anywhere else. And they're really attached to family life, even more than in India.
Prthu-putra: Oh, yes.
Prabhupada: They have got nice family?
Prthu-putra: Oh, yes. They have nice family, and they have many children. And the man is working, and the woman stay home and prepare food, taking care...
Prabhupada: That is Indian culture.
Prthu-putra: Yes, it's exactly like in India. But their family attachment is so strong that it is..., it will be very difficult to have devotees out of them.
Prabhupada: No, no, why you should dissuade them from family life? That is not our...
Prthu-putra: No, I'm not doing that. I know.
Prabhupada: Let them remain, family life, but understand what is Krsna consciousness. That's all. We never condemn family life. Chant Hare Krsna anywhere. That's all.
Prthu-putra: Oh, yes. But that will be very difficult for them to become devotee. Instead, they went to the Western countries and become devotees there. But otherwise, in their own country will be very difficult for them.
Prabhupada: Let us invite them, whole family. Let them come, take prasadam, chant Hare Krsna.
Prthu-putra: Yes. That I did.
Prabhupada: That's all.
Prthu-putra: I was living with one whole family. Sometimes I cooked prasadam for them, and they like it very much. They like us as a person.
Prabhupada: Simply follow this. Give them prasadam and let them chant. That is preaching. And if they're educated, let them read books. Then gradually, he'll automatically come.
Conversation, January 30, 1977, Bhubaneshwar^ Show less
October 20, 2016
Narottama dasa Thakura says, gauda mandala bhumi, yeba jane cintamani tara hoy vrajabhume vasa. Anyone who understands gauda mandala bhumi in Bengal — this Navadvipa, Navadvipa-candra, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu — if anyone understands the spiritual value of this land, he lives in Vrajabhumi, in Vrndavana. There is no difference between Vrndavana and this Gaura-mandala-bhumi. That is the verdict of the sastra. Gauda-mandala-bhumi yena jane cintamani tara hoy vrajabhume vasa [Srila Narottama dasa Thakura].
So read Narottama dasa Thakura's Prarthana, Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Prarthana. They are very, very valuable for advancement of spiritual understanding, especially Narottama dasa Thakura's Prarthana. So, by reading them, by understanding them, we can understand Krsna very easily. Otherwise, it is very, very difficult to understand Krsna.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 7.2 — March 2, 1974, Mayapur^ Show less
October 19, 2016
The Lord is the protector of cows and the brahminical culture. A society devoid of cow protection and brahminical culture is not under the direct protection of the Lord, just as the prisoners in the jails are not under the protection of the king but under the protection of a severe agent of the king. Without cow protection and cultivation of the brahminical qualities in human society, at least for a section of the members of society, no human civilization can prosper at any length.
From Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.14.34 purport^ Show less
October 18, 2016
Vrndavana is actually experienced as it is by persons who have stopped trying to derive pleasure from material enjoyment. "When will my mind become cleansed of all hankering for material enjoyment so I will be able to see Vrndavana?" one great devotee asks. The more Krsna conscious we become and the more we advance, the more everything is revealed as spiritual.
Srila Prabhupada; Cc Adi Introduction^ Show less
October 17, 2016
Time is called kala — past, present and future. What is now present, tomorrow will be past, and what is now future, tomorrow will be present. But this past, present and future are the past, present and future of the body. We do not belong to the category of the past, present and future. We belong to the category of eternity. Therefore one should be concerned with how to attain or how to be elevated to the platform of eternity. The developed consciousness of the human being should be utilized not in the animal propensities of eating, sleeping, mating and defending but in searching out the valuable path which will help him get that life of eternity. It is said that the sun is taking away our duration of life — every minute, every hour, every day — but if we engage ourselves in the topics of Uttama-sloka, the topics of the Lord, that time cannot be taken away. The time one devotes in a Krsna consciousness temple cannot be taken away. It is an asset — a plus, not a minus. The duration of life, so far as the body is concerned, may be taken; however one tries to keep it intact, no one can do it. But the spiritual education we receive in Krsna consciousness cannot be taken away by the sun. It becomes a solid asset.
Chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is a very easy thing to do. Time spent chanting cannot be taken away like time pertaining to the body. Fifty years ago I was a young man, but that time has been taken and cannot be returned. The spiritual knowledge I received from my spiritual master, however, cannot be taken away, but will go with me. Even after I quit this body, it will go with me; and if it is perfect in this life, then it will take me to the eternal abode.
From Srila Prabhupada's "Easy Journey to Other Plants"^ Show less
October 16, 2016
If you open farm for financial help, then it will not be successful. You should take to farming for supporting yourself, that's all. Grow your own food. Grow your own cloth. There is no need of financial help from outside. You get your food grains sufficiently — rice, dal, wheat, vegetables, milk, sugar. Bas. You get everything. From these five, six items you should be economically free. That you have to do, not for trade to get money. Then it will be failure. Grow food first of all to feed yourself sumptuously. You must get strength, and that is needed. But not for trade.
Srila Prabhupada — October 28, 1975, Nairobi^ Show less
October 15, 2016
Don't spoil your children. The modern educational system without any knowledge of Bhagavan, I may tell you frankly, not only in India, everywhere, they are practically slaughterhouse.
Srila Prabhupada — November 20, 1971, Delhi^ Show less
October 14, 2016
And the women are declaring "independent." They are begging door to door to a man, "Please give me shelter. Give me a child," and they're independent. Hmm? One American woman was..., she was speaking that "In India the woman are treated as slave. We don't want." So I told her that it is better to become slave of one person than to slave of become hundreds. [laughter] The woman must become a slave. So instead of becoming slaves of so many persons, it is better to remain satisfied a slave of one person. So she was stopped.
Our Vedic civilization says, nari-rupam pati-vratam: "The woman is beautiful when she remains as a slave to the husband." That is the beauty, not the personal beauty. How much she has learned to remain as a slave to the husband, that is Vedic civilization. Kokilanam svaro rupam. The cuckoo, it is black bird, but why people love it? Because of the sweet voice. Kokilanam svaro rupam vidya-rupam kurupanam [Canakya Pandita]. A man may be ugly, black, but if he's learned, everyone will respect him. And nari-rupam pati-vratam. And the beauty of woman is how much she is devoted and obedient to the husband.
Srila Prabhupada — March 19, 1976, Mayapur^ Show less
October 13, 2016
Krsna personally teaches how to deal with cows. He never showed the example of killing the cows. He maintained the cows, the calf. He was distributing butter even to the monkeys. And the pasturing ground became muddy on account of milk dropping from the bags. This is Krsna. And He is personally taking care. So why the Krsna's devotees should not do it? Give protection to the cows and utilize the milk. That is one of the item of Krsna consciousness. We are not keeping hogs and dogs; we are keeping cows, because we are Krsna conscious. Krsna did not keep so many dogs, as nowadays so many big, big men, they are keeping dogs. Krsna did not do so. If we follow Krsna's instruction, then we are perfect. Practical example. We have not invent. If we simply follow what Krsna has instructed us, then we become perfect.
Srila Prabhupada — June 27, 1976, New Vrindavan^ Show less
October 12, 2016
We can begin to experience this bliss by following the prescribed methods of devotional service. When we see the deity we can gradually realize how Krsna is smiling, playing on His flute, and enjoying the company of Srimati Radharani. Then we also have to hear about Krsna. These two processes will increase in such a way that we will automatically become great devotees, anicchato me gatim anvim prayunkte. This is actually a scientific method. It is not imagination.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.36, Bombay, 5 December, 1974^ Show less
October 11, 2016
So you have to uncover. You have to discover. That discovering process is devotional service. The more you are engaged in devotional service, the more your senses become pure or uncovered. And when it is completely uncovered, without any designation, then you are capable to serve Krsna. This is apprenticeship. Vaidhi-bhakti, that is apprenticeship. Real bhakti, para-bhakti, that is raganuga-bhakti. This raganuga-bhakti, we have to come after surpassing the vaidhi-bhakti. In the material world, if we do not try to make further and further progress in devotional service, if we are simply sticking to the shastric regulation process and do not try to go beyond that... Shastric process also regulation, that is required. Without shastric process you cannot go to that platform. But if we stick to the shastric process only and do not try to improve ourself... The shastric process is kanistha-adhikara, lowest stage of devotional service.
arcayam eva haraye
pujam yah sraddhayehate
na tad-bhaktesu canyesu
sa bhaktah prakrtah smrtah
Generally, people come to this temple, they are very devoted to the Deity. They offer their respects, flowers and other things, make the regulative process, circumambulate. This is nice beginning, but one has to go above this. One has to know who is actually bhakta, who is ac... Na tad-bhaktesu canyesu. One has to do good for others. That is madhyama-adhikari. If I become satisfied only with these regulative principles for worshiping the Deity in the temple and following the regulative principle daily, but if I have no other idea, then sa bhaktah prakrtah smrtah. Prakrta means on the material platform. Such devotee can fall down at any moment, because he's on the prakrta stage. And prakrta means this gunamayi, prakrti. It is very strong.
So any devotee can fall down if he remains prakrta-bhakta. So he has to raise himself above this in the madhyama-adhikara. So here it is said that sva-nirmitesu nirvisto bhunkte bhutesu tad-gunan. So we are not enjoying actually. We are enjoying the interaction of the three modes of material nature. And we are thinking... The same thing, as my Guru Maharaja used to say, that licking up the bottle of honey. That is not real honey. You have to open the bottle of the honey and lick up the real honey, then you'll get taste. That is advancement of spiritual knowledge.
satam prasangan mama virya-samvido
bhavanti hrt-karna-rasayanah kathah...
Therefore, if we do not associate with the advanced devotees, uttama-adhikari, if we simply want to remain in the lowest stage of devotional service, then we are not making progress. Then we shall simply enjoy the material field, without entering into the spiritual platform.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.33 — November 12, 1972, Vrndavana^ Show less
October 10, 2016
You cannot see Krsna. You may have your eyes, big, big eyes, but you cannot see Krsna. You have to please Him. That pleasing activity is bhakti. Bhakti. And bhakti means the activities which will please Krsna. Without that bhakti, means sitting down silently... No. "No, no. I am chanting. I do not want to go out. I am busy." Means excuse. What you will chant? You will think of money and woman, that's all. Just work. Go to sell books and work hard. That is wanted. Therefore we do not give that opportunity. My Guru Maharaja did not give this opportunity, and we are following the same principle: no opportunity of sitting idly. No. You must work. That will rectify.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.53 — April 8, 1976, Vrndavana^ Show less
October 9, 2016
A devotee is also called a muni. The word muni means "thoughtful." A devotee is as thoughtful as a nondevotee is speculative. The nondevotee's speculation is impure, but a devotee's thoughts are pure. Lord Kapila and Sukadeva Gosvami are also called muni, and Vyasadeva is addressed as Mahamuni. A devotee is addressed as muni, or thoughtful, when he purely understands the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 4.24.59^ Show less
October 8, 2016
If you become leader, so-called leader, rascal leader, and you are addicted to illicit sex and intoxication and meat-eating, you must be sinful. If you are sinful, how you can lead persons? Andha yathandhair upaniyamanah [SB 7.5.31]. Blind man is leading other blind men. Therefore there is no solution. Why the world is in chaos? Because the leaders are all sinful.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 4.3 — March 23, 1974, Bombay^ Show less
October 7, 2016
According to Bhagavad-gita, as we are preaching, we are also opening centers, self-help center. In New Vrindaban, West Virginia, we have already opened a very big community center. We are going to open in California also, and we have already opened in India also, that we occupy a certain tract of land, we produce our own food, we keep our cows and take their milk, and there is no scarcity. Everything there. We don't require to go outside the land for our livelihood. So we are advising, we are making centers like that, that "Be self-sufficient. Save time for spiritual culture." That is human civilization.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture at World Health Organization — June 6, 1974, Geneva^ Show less
October 7, 2016
Please accept my greetings and blessings of Lord Krishna. I am in due receipt of your letter dated October 29, 1972. I very much regret for the loss of your good wife. I always remember her because she was so kind upon me when I used to visit your house. She was so affectionately feeding me, so I felt very much when I learned that she is no more in this world. Anyway, she was a pious lady, and she has left this world keeping her husband and children all well-placed and happy, so her death as a chaste lady is exemplary. Lord Sri Krishna will surely give her peace and prosperity in her next birth.
(Letter to Sri Krishna Pandit — Vrindaban 7 November, 1972)^ Show less
October 5, 2016
The example is set by the Supreme Personality of Godhead that human civilization will advance only on the basis of brahminical culture and cow protection. As soon as there is falldown from brahminical culture, and as soon as there is discrepancy in the protection of cows, there will be no more peace in the world. Therefore He specifically said, go-brahmana-hitaya ca. This Krsna consciousness movement is for the protection of brahminical culture and cows. Then automatically the peace of the world will come, if two things are done.
Srila Prabhupada, lecture — December 4, 1968, Los Angeles^ Show less
October 4, 2016
All the people are nowadays educated, but all of them, mostly, ninety-nine percent, they're engaged in sinful activities — illicit sex, meat-eating, intoxication, gambling. These are sinful activities and, in spite of advancement of education all over the world, these things are going on. Therefore they cannot understand Krsna. Krsna is understood by a person who is no more engaged in sinful activities.
Srila Prabhupada — April 14, 1975, Hyderabad^ Show less
October 3, 2016
Regarding your first question, is it offensive to think of Krishna's pastimes while chanting, I think you should know that it is not offensive, but rather it is required. One must try for the point when he simply hears Krishna, and immediately all of Krishna, His pastimes, His form, His quality, are in his thoughts. So to always be immersed in thoughts of Krishna this is our process. When we are full in Krishna then where there can be any chance for maya in us? So this is our duty to remember Krishna's pastimes. One who cannot remember Krishna, let him always hear Hare Krishna, and then when he has perfected this art, then always he will remember Krishna, His activities, His qualities, and so on.
[Srila Prabhupada; letter to Sivananda, Los Angeles, 4 December, 1968]
Generally it is the process to simply chant and hear, but if Krsna’s lila comes into remembrance, that is very good. It should come automatically. Not that you are remembering artificially.
[Srila Prabhupada, letter to Prahladananda, Bombay, 17 June, 1971]^ Show less
October 2, 2016
It is essential for persons who are actually liberated to hear about the pastimes of Krsna. That is the supreme relishable subject matter for one in the liberated state. Also, if persons who are trying to be liberated hear such narrations as the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, then their path of liberation becomes very clear. The Bhagavad-gita is the preliminary study of Srimad-Bhagavatam. By studying the Gita, one becomes fully conscious of the position of Lord Krsna; and when he is situated at the lotus feet of Krsna, he understands the narrations of Krsna as described in Srimad-Bhagavatam. Lord Caitanya has therefore advised His followers that their business is to propagate krsna-katha.
Krsna-katha means narrations about Lord Krsna. There are two krsna-kathas: narrations spoken by Krsna and narrations spoken about Krsna. The Bhagavad-gita is the narration or the philosophy on the science of God, spoken by Krsna Himself. Srimad-Bhagavatam is the narration about the activities and transcendental pastimes of Krsna. Both are krsna-katha. It is the order of Lord Caitanya that krsna-katha should be spread all over the world, because if the conditioned souls, suffering under the pangs of material existence, take to krsna-katha, then their path of liberation will be open and clear. The purpose of presenting this book is primarily to induce people to understand Krsna or krsna-katha, because thereby they can become freed from material bondage.
Srila Prabhupada; Krsna Book, Introduction^ Show less
October 1, 2016
Mahamsa: And this is a very nice thing he said, Prabhupada. He said that "We want to improve things in the countryside to an extent that people from the cities start running to the villages."
Prabhupada: Yes. That I want. I... Everywhere I go and say, how these rascals...? So much land is lying, and these rascals are not developing. And they are making... What is that? Coal stone. Coal. They are interested with these bricks and stones, not green vegetables. Such a rascal government. Give them facility. We know how to do it. Annad bhavanti bhutani parjanyad anna-sambhavah, yajnad bhavati parjanyah [Bg. 3.14]. Let them engage in kirtana. There will be more water for gardening, and it will be moist, and then produce fodder for the animals and food for you. And animal gives you milk. That is Vrndavana life. And they are absorbed in this so-called opulence. Krsna has taken birth. They are bringing so many nice, pleasant foodstuff, very well-dressed and ornamented. These are description. In the morning we were reading. How they were happy, the inhabitants of Vrndavana with Krsna and living and cows. That I want to introduce. At any cost do it. Don't bother about big, big buildings. It is not required. Useless waste of time. Produce. Make the whole field green. See that. Then whole economic question solved. Then you eat sumptuous. Eat sumptuously. The animal is happy. The animal even does not give milk; let them eat and pass stool and urine. That is welcome. After all, eating, they will pass stool. So that is beneficial, not that simple milk is beneficial. Even the stool is beneficial. Therefore I am asking so much here and..., "Farm, farm, farm, farm..." That is not my program — Krsna's program. Annad bhavanti bhutani [Bg. 3.14]. Produce greenness everywhere, everywhere. Vrndavana. It is not this motorcar civilization. If it has taken in his brain, then it is to be understood that he can do this plan. He'll be able.
(May 27, 1977, Vrndavana)^ Show less