1. Srila Prabhupada’s internal life

    Prthu Dasa: “One morning we were walking with Srila Prabhupada near the Eiffel Tower when Sivananda asked, ‘What about your internal life, Srila Prabhupada?’ Prabhupada, obviously annoyed, replied sharply, ‘That you do not require!’ Somehow or other, Sivananda didn’t get the message and dared to ask the same question again: ‘But Prabhupada, it would be interesting to […]
  2. God and Godhead

    Prabhupada: There is little difference between “God” and “Godhead.” Isvarah paramah krsnah [Bs. 5.1]. Isvarah paramah. Isvara, more or less everyone, but isvarah paramah, that is Godhead. The Mayavadis, they do not distinguish between one isvara to another isvara. That may be on the ordinary level, but there is parama isvara. God means Supreme Person. […]
  3. Yavanas

    Anyone who is against the behavior of the Vedic principles is called a yavana. Such a yavana may be in India or outside of India. As described here, the symptom of yavanas is that they are violent killers of cows and brahminical culture. We offer our prayers to the Lord by saying, namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya […]
  4. What is this nonsense, divorce?

    Woman should be expert in cooking. That is their natural tendency. They should be educated how to cook nicely, how to please the husband, how to take care of the children. This is Vedic civilization. In the beginning a woman, childhood, she’s trained up by the mother. Then as soon as she is married, formerly, child-marriage, so she’s transferred […]
  5. Everything has got divine purpose

    Bill Sauer: I believe that materialism has a divine purpose. Prabhupada: Everything has got divine purpose. But if you do not understand the divine purpose, then you remain animal. This human form of life is given to us by the laws of nature to understand what is God, what we are, what is our relationship with God, what […]
  6. A proud man bows down

    Jaya Gauranga: One time I brought my father to see Srila Prabhupada. My father used to live in Beverly Hills when he was conducting an orchestra for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera Company. He was a big shot. He had been a medical doctor so he was a little puffed up, always looking down at people and especially me […]
  7. Severe examination in the human form of life

    There is a civil service examination before one man is posted in some responsible office. Similarly, to be recognized by Krsna, as He says, na ca tasman manusyesu [Bg. 18.69], one has to pass examination, severe test of examination. All the big, big devotees we see. Narada Muni, before becoming Narada Muni, he had to pass through severe examination, […]
  8. Why has Krsna recommended go-raksya?

    “All right, you want flesh?” “No, I want flesh, but I want this big cow.” Why not a less important animal? There are so many other animals. The goats are there, the lambs are there, the hogs are there. Take them. Why Krsna says go-raksya? It is a very important animal. It will give you brain substance, this […]
  9. Losing interest in sex life

    By engaging the mind in Krsna, it is possible. The more you advance in Krsna consciousness, you’ll lose interest in this sex life. In Vaikuntha there is no sex life because the sex pleasure is not the foremost pleasure in the Vaikunthaloka. The sex pleasure is foremost here in this material world. They have got so much transcendental […]
  10. We cannot really do very much

    It is true that Krishna has given some the opportunity to serve Him by nice writing, some by good business ability, some by nice cooking, and so on, but these various services are all accepted equally by Krishna. On the transcendental plane, one service is as good as another. There is no question of higher or lower. […]