1. Asat sanga

    For a devotee to live with nondevotees is so obnoxious and troublesome, it is sometimes mentioned, better to remain within a cage surrounded by fire, and still, don’t remain with nondevotees. You prefer to live within a cage surrounded by fire. That living is preferable than to live with this nondevotee class. Srila Prabhupada Room […]
  2. We have to undergo (simple) tapasya

    If you simply take little trouble to understand Krsna… That tapasya required: to read Krsna’s instruction, Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and try to understand Krsna. Because that tapasya, if you take little painful… It is not painful; it is very pleasing. But we avoid it. We think it is painful: “Ah! Who is going to read books? […]
  3. Contaminated and qualified brahmanas

    Unless one is a fully qualified brahmana, he cannot advance in the spiritual science. A real brahmana is never envious of Vaisnavas. If he is, he is considered an imperfect neophyte. Impersonalist brahmanas are always opposed to Vaisnava principles. They are envious of Vaisnavas because they do not know the goal of life. Na te […]
  4. You must finish sixteen rounds a day

    Once at a lecture in the temple room in Los Angeles in 1970, just after moving into the building, Srila Prabhupada asked the assembled devotees, “Is anyone not chanting sixteen rounds? ” Only one boy raised his hand. It was Bhakta dasa. Prabhupada said, “You are not finishing sixteen rounds? ” “Well, Srila Prabhupada,” he […]
  5. Austerities for the body

    The Supreme Godhead here explains the different kinds of austerity and penance. First He explains the austerities and penances practiced by the body. One should offer, or learn to offer, respect to God or to the demigods, the perfect, qualified brahmanas and the spiritual master and superiors like father, mother or any person who is […]
  6. The real thing is bhakti

    Any language, you should submit, and you should feel that, that “I am worthless. My Guru Maharaja has given this chance to serve Krsna, to offer Krsna… My Lord, I am worthless. I have no capacity to serve You. But on the order of my Guru Maharaja, I am trying to serve You. Please do […]
  7. Devotional service is greater than God

    How Krsna becomes attracted by the devotional service of His devotees is described by Narada in Srimad-Bhagavatam, Seventh Canto, Tenth Chapter, 37th verse. There Narada addresses King Yudhisthira while the King is appreciating the glories of the character of Prahlada Maharaja. A devotee always appreciates the qualities of other devotees.” … So that was the […]