A pure devotee is kept in the hand of Krsna
- September 3, 2021
He sat facing the two sannyasis over his desk; Hansaduta to his left and Aksayananda to his right. Prabhupada addressed Hansaduta first. "You are a sannyasi. Why you are spending such a long time here? You have a bus and you must travel. Sannyasi means that now you have to preach all over the world. Why you should be thinking of becoming the president here? Actually a sannyasi should not remain in one place for more than three days at a time. You have your bus and if the wheels stop turning then it means the preaching is also stopped." Prabhupada gave Hansaduta the example of the Indian railways. "They have a motto: "The wheels must keep turning." And it is the business of every employee, whether a train driver, a fireman, or a clerk in the office, to do their bit so that the wheels never stop. If the wheels stop, business stopped." So he told Hansaduta that his bus should never stop. "Still," he said, "the temple is nirguna, so you may stay more than three days — that is allowed. But only if you have business here."
Then Prabhupada turned to Aksayananda Swami. "Now you must stay here in Vrndavana and never leave unless I say so. You must stay and do the management."
We all looked at each other and laughed. Prabhupada is so wonderful that he can give two apparently contradictory instructions and still be absolutely correct.
Hari Sauri Dasa, A Transcendental Diary 4-5: Sri Vrndavana-dhama
Somehow or other you have to engage your mind at the lotus feet of Krsna. Therefore so many paraphernalia how to engage your mind. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh: hearing about Krsna, chanting about Krsna, thinking of Krsna, worshiping Krsna, talking about Krsna, writing about Krsna, selling the books about Krsna, eating Krsna prasadam. In this way you become Krsna-ized. All-around Krsna. That is Krsna consciousness. This is called bhakti-yoga. This is called bhakti. Somehow or other, you become surrounded by Krsna atmosphere. This is Krsna consciousness.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.1 – June 29, 1974, Melbourne
There is no need to take shelter of unnecessary literature or concern oneself with many so-called philosophers and thinkers who are useless for spiritual advancement. Nor should one accept a disciple for the sake of fashion or popularity. One should be callous to these so-called sastras, neither opposing nor favoring them, and one should not earn one's livelihood by taking money for explaining sastra. A sannyasi must always be neutral and seek the means to advance in spiritual life, taking full shelter under the lotus feet of the Lord.
Quoted in Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 7.13.7
Krsna-bhakta doesn't want anything. Krsna-bhakta even does not want Krsna even. He wants only Krsna's service. That's all. "Why I shall bother Krsna? Krsna is busy in His own business. Let Him dance with the gopis. I shall simply serve Him. That's all. Why shall I want Krsna? Why shall I disturb Him?" This is devotion.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on The Nectar of Devotion – January 6, 1973, Bombay
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