1. When Srila Prabhupada was first in Boston

    It is very nice to preach Krsna consciousness. When I was first in Boston, I was thinking on the ship that “I have come to preach here Krsna consciousness. I see these people are so much addicted to so many nonsense things. How I shall convince them? What shall I tell them? [chuckles] How they will understand me? It […]
  2. The dream of material existence

    SB 6.15.25 TRANSLATION These visible objects like wife, children and property are like dreams and mental concoctions. Actually what we see has no permanent existence. It is sometimes seen and sometimes not. Only because of our past actions do we create such mental concoctions, and because of these concoctions, we perform further activities. PURPORT Everything material is a mental […]
  3. Wrong genius

    There are different kinds of demons, different classes of demons. That is explained in the Bhagavad-gita. Duskrtinah. Duskrtina means? Krti means very intelligent, and? What is that word, if a man does something wonderful? Genius? Genius? Yes. So the genius, duskrtina, “wrong genius.” That means the materialistic persons, scientists, they’re genius. They have discovered very wonderful machine, wonderful things. They […]
  4. Don’t try to imitate big personalities like Haridasa Thakura

    Don’t try to imitate. My Guru Maharaja has strictly forbidden, “Don’t try to imitate big personalities like Haridasa Thakura, Rupa Gosvami.” He used to say, rupa gosvami ke mogha vancha[?]. Rupa Gosvami, because he used to put on a loincloth… Tyaktva turnam asesa-mandala-pati-srenim sada tucchavat bhutva dina-ganesakau karunaya kaupina-kantha… So it is no use imitating Rupa Gosvami, to imitate the […]
  5. Obedience is first discipline

    “One who takes asraya, shelter of a devotee, Krsna does not give him up. Krsna accepts him.” Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah… **. Because if that person who is giving shelter, if he’s pleased, Krsna is immediately… If he recommends a fool, “Oh, Krsna, here is a devotee,” Krsna will accept immediately. It doesn’t matter whether he’s a fool or rascal. […]
  6. Bhaktivinoda on brain-damaging education

    Modern education means to finish their brain. To make him more and more illiterate. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says, jada-vidya saba mayara vaibhava. This education is the expansion of maya. How it helps us? There is no question of help. It binds you more and more in material life. You are already illusioned, and it will create more illusion, so that […]
  7. Seek the association of pure, unalloyed devotees

    Srila Prabhupada’s summary of a verse spoken by Lord Kapiladeva: “My dear mother, when a person is actually in association with pure devotees, the sublime potency of My devotional service can be experienced.’ In other words, when a pure devotee speaks, his words act upon the hearts of the audience. What is the secret of hearing and chanting? […]
  8. For Radhastami

    From Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.23 purport: In Vrndavana all the pure devotees pray for the mercy of Srimati Radharani, the pleasure potency of Lord Krsna. Srimati Radharani is a tenderhearted feminine counterpart of the supreme whole, resembling the perfectional stage of the worldly feminine nature. Therefore, the mercy of Radharani is available very readily to the sincere devotees, and once She […]