1. A discussion about marriage

    Prabhupada: I married; my wife was eleven years old. Radha-vallabha: You were responsible, though. Prabhupada: Everyone is in India responsible. That is Indian culture still. Radha-vallabha: When they agree at this young age, they should wait till they get older, right? Prabhupada: Yes. Generally a girl attains puberty at fourteen years, thirteen years. In India, […]
  2. How devotees can always be secure

    “In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.” If the members of the Krsna consciousness movement strictly follow this recommendation of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, their position will always […]
  3. Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah

    In 1977, twenty-four hours a day, workers were carving marble to finish the Bombay temple. One old Muslim worker carved by himself and never stopped chanting, “Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah,” even during lunch. Surabhi Maharaja told Prabhupada how the name of Allah was this worker’s meditation all the time. Prabhupada said, “I want to go […]
  4. Srila Prabhupada’s sannyasa

    Devotee: …withdraw that independence, can we request Krsna to force us to surrender to Him, due to our conditioning? Prabhupada: Yes, you can request Him. And He sometimes forces. He puts youin such circumstances that you have no other way than to surrender to Krsna.Yes. That is special favor. That is special favor. Yes. My […]
  5. Levels of realization in chanting

    Relishing the transcendental sweetness of Krishna Kirtana is only possible when one is actually advanced, towards perfection. Srila Rupa Goswami used to say, wishing if he had possessed millions of ears, and billions of tongues then he could chant the Hare Krishna mantra a little bit relishably. In the conditioned stage, we chant Hare Krishna […]
  6. Pious children

    The children, they are dancing, they are chanting, they are playing the cymbal. All these activities are taking into account. Krta-punya-punjah. We collect all these effects of pious activities. This devotional service is so nice that whatever you do, little bit, that is pious. Punya-sravana-kirtanah [SB 1.2.17]. Even if you do not do anything, simply […]
  7. The failure of science

    Harikesa: The whole scientific craze seems to be settling down anyway. It seems to be dying down. Prabhupada: It must die. The scientists, they admit now, “What we shall do? We have bluffed in so many ways. Now what is the next bluffing?” Their bluff, last bluffing, was going to the Moon planet, and everything […]