1. Serving the head man in the Krsna family

    if we get the opportunity fortunate enough, then naturally we shall aspire to enter into the spiritual world. Bhaktivinoda Thakura said, krsnera samsara kara chadi' anacara: "If you want to enter into this association of spiritual kingdom, then practice here the family of Krsna." Just like here we are trying to be family members of Krsna.
  2. Description of Vrndavana

    Description of Vrndavana, Vrndavana, and Radha and Krsna situated there. The Vrndavana... Vana means forest, and vrnda means tulasi. Mostly there are tulasi plants and other trees also, but all the trees are living desire trees, spiritual. They can serve Krsna in any way, desire. They have become trees by their voluntary desire.
  3. Leaders of ISKCON should give careful attention to child education

    Any five-year-old child can be trained, and within a very short time his life will become successful by realization of Krsna consciousness. Unfortunately, this training is lacking all over the world. It is necessary for the leaders of the Krsna consciousness movement to start educational institutions in different parts of the world to train children, starting at the age of five years. Thus such children will not become hippies or spoiled children of society; rather, they can all become...
  4. Simple formula for success

    Simply if the standard of our routine work is maintained very highly, that is, if we steadfastly perform our daily program of rising early, cleansing, chanting 16 rounds, holding kirtana wherever we are at least twice daily, reading, worshiping the deity, going on Sankirtana, like that--if this routine work is always done nicely and never neglected, then our all success is guaranteed in whatever we do. But if this our regular KC program is allowed to slacken, then everything...
  5. Rasa-lila and the research scholar (for rasa-yatra)

    Indian woman: May I ask one question, please? In the Tenth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavata, chapter starting twenty-ninth to thirty-five, there is a beautiful description of this rasa-lila, and some scholars think that there is some role of imagination in that. So will you please comment upon this? Prabhupada: Because they are rascals. We are not commenting on rascals. [laughter] Why do you jump to rasa-lila? That is another rascaldom. Bhagavata, there is twelve cantos. And this rasa-lila is described in...
  6. Krsnadasa Kaviraja’s humility (for his upcoming disappearance day)

    The author of Caitanya-caritamrta, he is presenting himself: purisera kita haite muni sei laghistha [Cc. Adi 5.205]: "I am lower than the worm of the stool." Purisera kita haite muni sei laghistha. Laghistha means lower, lowest. Jagai madhai haite muni sei papistha. Jagai and Madhai was taken, they were drunkards, woman hunters; therefore they were sinful. So Caitanya-caritamrta kar says that jagai madhai haite muni sei papistha. Although...
  7. Srila Prabhupada on birth in India

    During Srimad-Bhagavatam class, which continued with the description of brahmacari life, Prabhupada explained the essential difference in attitude between the people of the East and West. He said that human beings are thoughtful. We have developed consciousness, but when this is not applied to higher thoughts, or when there is no spiritual idea, it is misused to artificially increase the necessities of life.
  8. Proper family life

    It is the duty of grown-up children to render service to their aged parents. This practice should be reintroduced into present society. Otherwise, what is the use of family life? Proper family life means that the husband should be protective, the wife chaste, and the children grateful to their father and mother. Children should think, "My father and mother gave me so much service.
  9. All knowledge is in Srimad-Bhagavatam

    In the Srimad-Bhagavatam you will find everything, whatever is necessity, for the advancement of human civilization. Everything is there described. And knowledge also, all departmental knowledge. Even astronomy, astrology, politics, sociology, atomic theory -- everything is there. Vidya-bhagavatavadhi. Therefore if we study Srimad-Bhagavatam very carefully, then you get all knowledge completely.
  10. Srila Prabhupada is anxious that we maintain pure standards

    I am very much anxious that at the same time as you carry out all these outside activities you are maintaining a strict schedule of Temple activities. Such regular activities like attendance of Arati, chanting of rounds, study of literatures in the class will keep you fit for effective preaching work in the outer field. Our standard of purity must be kept, otherwise there will be loss of spiritual strength, and subsequent fall down.
  11. For Durga-puja

    The blazing fire of material nature is supervised by Durga. Often she is portrayed with weapons in her hands. She has ten hands, and each holds a different type of weapon. This indicates that she is ruling all ten directions of this universe. She wields the different weapons to chastise the demons. There is one famous picture of a demon struggling with a lion, and the Goddess Durga is pulling the demon's hair and pushing her trident against his...