1. Follow Srila Jiva Gosvami’s path

    Unless one is situated in uncontaminated goodness, it is very difficult to understand Lord Caitanya as the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. Thus in order to understand Lord Caitanya, one has to follow the direct disciples of Lord Caitanya — the Six Gosvamis — and especially the path chalked out by Srila Jiva Gosvami. From […]
  2. Powerful hari-nama

    The powerful hari-nama is so strong that even one unconsciously or conscious… Sometimes they imitate: “Hare Krsna.” They have no intention to chant the holy name of Krsna, but they imitate or criticize, “Hare Krsna.” That has also effect. From Srila Prabhupada’s lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.2.5-8 — Calcutta, January 10, 1971
  3. Christ-loka

    Rukmini: Is there a Christ-loka? Prabhupada: Yes. Why not? There are innumerable lokas. Why not Christ-loka?…jagad-anda-koti-kotisv asesa-vasudhadi-vibhuti-bhinnamtad brahma niskalam anantam asesa-bhutamgovindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami[Bs 5.40] In the effulgence, bodily effulgence of Govinda, just like the sunshine is effulgence of the sun planet, similarly, Govinda’s planet, the original planet, which is called Goloka Vrndavana, that […]
  4. Fashion guru

    A spiritual master is not a fashion, that “Oh, I should have a spiritual master.” People after fashion. No. One must be very much inquisitive to know. What about, inquisitive? Uttamam. Sreya uttamam, what is the highest perfection of life. If one is actually inquisitive to understand about the highest perfectional stage of our life, […]
  5. Love, frustrating and otherwise

    Love affairs in the material world: they are only shadows or reflections of the real love with Krishna. If you love Krishna in any capacity, you shall never be frustrated because everything in Krishna is perfect, eternal, blissful, and full of knowledge. From Srila Prabhupada’s letter to Kancanbala — Los Angeles 14 January, 1968
  6. We shall go forward

    You can do all kinds of opposition, but we shall go forward. The caravan will pass. “You may bark.” So take all these things as Krsna’s mercies and engage more enthusiastically. Why should we be defeated? Srila Prabhupada, Conversation on 1976 Book Scores — January 16, 1977, Calcutta
  7. Lessons from Sudama

    An ordinary man who is very poor and prays to the Lord for benediction in material opulence, and who somehow or other becomes richer in material opulence, immediately forgets his obligation to the Lord. Therefore, the Lord does not offer opulences to His devotee unless the devotee is thoroughly tested. Rather, if a neophyte devotee […]
  8. Operation (not) required!

    Prabhupada: [laughs] The servant was crying, “Oh! I am dying, I am dying, I am dying.” So I immediately called ambulance and took her [him] to the hospital. Then, when I went there, there were so many neophyte doctors. They experimented, and they said, “Immediate operation is required.” “Why?” They gave us some technical terms. […]
  9. Cheaters and teachers

    A cheater is taking the place of teacher. Therefore the whole world is degraded. You can cheat others that “I am in dress of a devotee, so I am…” What is your character? What is your actual value? That has to be judged. That is called bona fide teacher. Srila Prabhupada, Questions and Answers — […]