Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Monday, 31 July 2017
Thursday, 27 July 2017
Svarūpa Dāmodara: [break] without knowing Kṛṣṇa, is this a struggle for existence, any activity?
Prabhupāda: Yes. Activity without knowing the purpose of it, that is struggle for existence. You must know why you are working so hard. What for I shall work? The aim of life is missing. Na te viduḥ. They do not know it. Therefore failure, confusion, hopelessness. All the results of this world, hopelessness. Is it not? What is one... Show one result, that it is very successful, hopeful. Just like, say, moon planet-hopelessness.
What is there? They spend so much time and money, but what is this? Hopelessness. They do not know. All scientists are working, all politicians are financing, but result is hopelessness. Is it not? Similarly, everything they are doing, but they are so rascal, they will never admit that "We are failure." Still they will stick, "Yes, we are success... Future, in ten years we shall do it.
Never mind." I have seen, one man was condemned to death in Allahabad high-court. So the lawyer was assuring, "Don't be disappointed. I shall get you out by appeal. Don't be disappointed." I have seen it. That lawyer was very big lawyer, an Englishman, Mr. Allston. And one man was condemned to death. He killed his servant very mercilessly. And the case was... He was a doctor, medical practitioner. So he was condemned to death. So after the condemnation, when he was coming out of the courtroom, I saw that he was flattering, "Don't be disappointed. I shall get you out by appeal."
This is going on. He wants to bluff him, but this is the high-court judgement. How there can be appeal? There may be appeal in the Supreme Court, but he is simply bluffing. Just like medical men. They'll repeatedly give you medicine, "All right, let me try this. This pill you try. This pill you try." They will never admit, "This is hopeless." This is going on. Bluffing, simply bluffing. Cheating, that's all.
Kṛṣṇa-Kāntī: If they admit they are failures, they'll never get any more grants.
Prabhupāda: You see. All utopian. One platform... It is called ākāśa-puṣpa, ākāśa-puṣpa, to get flower from the sky. It is called ākāśa-puṣpa. This kind of plan is called ākāśa-puṣpa. Ākāśa-puṣpa. Or the bakāṇḍa-nyāya. Bakāṇḍa, the testicle of the bull and the duck, he is expecting, "Here is a fish. It will drop, and I will take it." He is following. Have you seen? In India we have seen many. The bull is going on, on the..., and the baka is going on. And whole day and night, he is after that. "It is a fish, big fish. It will drop and I shall take." Bakāṇḍa-nyāya.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: There is also a bird, Śrīla Prabhupāda; it is called heron.
Prabhupāda: Heron? I do not know.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: Yeah. They have long beaks. They also, they are always with the cows.
Prabhupāda: That is baka. We call baka.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: They are all the time... They stay mostly in wet lands.
Prabhupāda: Yes, bakāṇḍa-nyāya.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: The scientists, when we say that "The attempts that you are doing are no good." Then they want to make sure that what I am saying is right.
Prabhupāda: Yes, because I see that you are rascal, therefore I am right. You are rascal. You don't admit, but I see that you are rascal. You don't admit, but I see that you are a rascal. Therefore I am right. This is the argument. You are so rascal that you cannot admit your rascaldom. Just like this moon planet expedition. But I, sixteen years before, I told that these are rascals. Therefore I am right.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: They claim that "We have done so much."
Prabhupāda: What have you done? You have simply spoiled money. That's all. In that sense I have done so much. Simply by teaching people, "Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa," they are coming to such light. What do you think? I have done most wonderful thing than them.
Svarūpa Dāmodara: But even if they do not know during their lifetime, at least, towards the end of their life, at the time of death, then they'll remember that, "I have wasted my life."
Morning Walk At Cheviot Hills Golf Course -- May 17, 1973, Los Angeles
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Question: To what extent the Society has succeeded in India for propagating Kṛṣṇa consciousness?
Prabhupāda: Now you have come, it is success. It is success. You have come to Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That is our success. Formerly you were not coming. Now you have come. So that is our success.
Bhagavad-gītā 6.47 -- Ahmedabad, December 12, 1972
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
There are different kinds of welfare activities in this material world, but the supreme welfare activity is the spreading of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Other welfare activities cannot be effective, for the laws of nature and the results of karma cannot be checked. It is by destiny, or the laws of karma, that one must suffer or enjoy. For instance, if one is given a court order, he must accept it, whether it brings suffering or profit. Similarly, everyone is under obligations to karma and it reactions. No one can change this. Therefore the śāstra says:
tasyaiva hetoḥ prayateta kovido
na labhyate yad bhramatām upary adhaḥ
One should endeavor for that which is never obtained by wandering up and down the universe as a result of the reactions of karma. What is that? One should endeavor to become Kṛṣṇa conscious. If one tries to spread Kṛṣṇa consciousness all over the world, he should be understood to be performing the best welfare activity. The Lord is automatically very pleased with him. If the Lord is pleased with him, what is left for him to achieve? If one has been recognized by the Lord, even if he does not ask the Lord for anything, the Lord, who is within everyone, supplies him whatever he wants.
- Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 8.7.44 Purport
Saturday, 1 July 2017
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
"There are so many they have invented. Just like Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra is prescribed in the śāstras, and they have invented so many. Although there is the name of the Supreme Lord, still you have to follow the śāstra. If you say Rāma Rāma Rāma, RādheRādhe Rādhe, Kṛṣṇa, there are so many mentioned. That is also name, but you have to follow the śāstra. Śāstra says:
Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
You have to take that. Not that you can say, nitāi-gaura rādhe-śyāma, hare kṛṣṇahare rāma, no. Why? Is there any in the śāstra? No, you have invented. What is the value of your invention? You are not perfect. But they like that "It is my guru, I have got some followers, I invent some type of chanting." This is nonsense. You must follow, mahājano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ [Cc. Madhya 17.186]. You cannot invent. "
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.5.14—Vṛndāvana, November 2, 1976
Monday, 19 June 2017
Prabhupāda: That is everywhere. So that village gentleman, that place I liked.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Would you have agreed to stay with him?
Prabhupāda: I would have been glad. Very nice foodstuff, very nice, clean, and he has got his fresh vegetables, like that.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: How old were you?
Prabhupāda: At that time I was ten years old. Or twelve years. Not more than twelve years. But I liked that place very much. They still presented the foodstuff, fresh. I have been many... Not many. In the village so tasteful, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and they cooked so nicely. Nice milk. Everything very nutritious. That life is gone. What is this nonsense life, hanging in the daily buses, outside. Kṛṣṇa advises to live village life, agriculture, and utilize time for understanding your spiritual life. That is... So we are trying to introduce this, this farm life. [break]
Room Conversation -- April 19, 1977, Bombay
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Now take any religion and take their highest conclusion—it is there in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Take for example Buddhism. They say nonviolence. Oh, we are nonviolent. Christianism, love of God. Oh, we are simply meant for loving God. Mohammedan, servant of God, to render service to the Lord. Oh, we are twenty-four hours engaged in the service of the Lord. Yogis—samādhi, always in samādhi, absorbed in the thought of the Supreme.
We are always absorbed in the thought of Kṛṣṇa. So take any religion, any process, any well. This river, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, will overflood everyone. There cannot be any comparison. What is there? How much water is there in the well? In the river, unlimited. Thousands of wells can be merged into the river. This example is given. Kasmin tu bhagavo vijñāte sarvam idaṁ vijñātaṁ bhavati. If you know Kṛṣṇa, you know everything.
Lecture on Bhagavad-gītā 2.46-62, Los Angeles, December 16, 1968
Saturday, 10 June 2017
"To take shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord means to take shelter of the pure devotees. The pure devotees whose only business is serving are honored by the names Prabhupāda and Viṣṇupāda, which indicate such devotees to be representatives of the lotus feet of the Lord. Anyone, therefore, who takes shelter of the lotus feet of a pure devotee by accepting the pure devotee as his spiritual master can be at once purified.
Such devotees of the Lord are honored equally with the Lord because they are engaged in the most confidential service of the Lord, for they deliver out of the material world the fallen souls whom the Lord wants to return home, back to Godhead.
Such pure devotees are better known as vice-lords according to revealed scriptures. The sincere disciple of the pure devotee considers the spiritual master equal to the Lord, but always considers himself to be a humble servant of the servant of the Lord [Cc. Madhya 13.80]. This is the pure devotional path."
Monday, 5 June 2017
There are following 3 deviations from the original teachings of Srila Prabhupada in a video on Nirjala ekadashi which some devotees are propagating. Just clarifying them so that innocent devotees do not get cheated.
Deviation 1 - Drinking or distributing water on nirjala ekadashi is sin, against the teachings of Sanatana dharma etc. etc.
Answer 1 - With every ekadashi there is a pastime of Lord Krishna which is also indicated by the name that ekadashi also. Just like on Mohini Ekadashi, the pastime of Mohini took place, on Mokshada ekadashi the pastime of Bhagavad Gita being spoken to Arjuna took place. Similarly on Nirjala Ekadashi the pastime that since Bhima was unable to obeserve every ekadashi so Vyasadeva gave him this special concession that he can observe this one ekadashi without taking even water and it will be considered as fasting for all ekadashis. This concesssion was given by Vyasadeva for Bhima, not for us. For us all ekadashis are same as will be confirmed by Srila Prabhupada later on in this message. If we want we can do nirjala on any or all ekadashis depending on our capacities.
Deviation 2 - Overstressing on fasting without water without referring to preaching which is not in line with Srila Prabhupada's mood.
Answer 2 - Moreover if somebody can fast and go out for preaching that is very good but out of the other 2 classes of devotees one who is fasting and unable to go out for preaching and one who takes ekadashi prasadam and goes out to preach the second is better. This is applicable for all ekadashis, not just for nirjala.
Deviation 3 - If someone has missed some ekadashi and if he observes nirjala ekadashi without taking water then he will be excused for the mistake of missing that ekadashi or if someone observes nirjala ekadashi without water he will get the benefit of all ekadashis.
Answer 3 - This is nowhere mentioned by Srila Prabhupada and hence unauthorized.
All the above points can be verified by the following conversations with Srila Prabhupada.
Rāmeśvara: On the calendar it says it is Bhīma-ekādaśī.
Prabhupāda: Bhīma-ekādaśī, yes.
Rāmeśvara: So I've been told that if one fasts on Bhīma-ekādaśī, that it is like fasting on all the ekādaśīs. Is that true?
Prabhupāda: Yes. Ekādaśī is meant for fasting, either Bhīma or Arjuna. But we cannot fast, therefore we have to take little fruits and.... Otherwise, ekādaśī means fasting.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: If it is possible, should we go without eating at all?
Prabhupāda: Yes. But don't lie down and sleep.
Mahendra: Eating mahā-prasādam is also fasting.
Prabhupāda: Who says?
Mahendra: You said that to Paramahaṁsa Swami once.
Prabhupāda: And you heard from Paramahaṁsa.
Mahendra: No, I was in the room. It was when he was trying to observe Caturmāsya.
Prabhupāda: I never said that.
Mahendra: Oh, okay, I must have heard wrong.
Prabhupāda: If there is service and, on my fasting, service will be stopped, then I can take. First consideration, service. Now if somebody feels weak, he can take mahā-prasāda, render service.
Morning Walk -- June 7, 1976, Los Angeles
Note the point made by Srila Prabhupada in the above conversation that for us all ekadashis are same.
Srila Prabhupada is saying "Yes. Ekadashi is meant for fasting either Bhima or Arjuna"
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: I remember you were instructing once that all of your initiated disciples should chant twenty-five rounds...
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Minimum on this day. Is that a rule that we should all follow in our temples?
Prabhupāda: We are sixteen rounds.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: No, I mean on ekādaśī.
Prabhupāda: Oh yes. Ekādaśī, simply you should chant. No other business. Nirjala.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: No preaching work? Should they go out for preaching?
Prabhupāda: No, those who are preaching, not for them. Those who are sitting idle, or they... (laughter) [break] ...has no other regulation, simply preaching. A preacher is so exalted. He hasn't got to follow any regulation. But don't take it. (laughter) And actually if one is busy in preaching work, that is first-class. [break] ...not my manufactured word, my Guru Mahārāja, that the... That Mādhava Mahārāja, when he was a brahmacārī, his name was Hayagrīva. So he was to go somewhere. So but he was sick. Guru Mahārāja was informed that he was sick and "Today is ekādaśī. He cannot take his regular meals." So Guru Mahārāja said, "No. Let him take immediately meals and go."
Revatīnandana: For preaching. [break]
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: ...Mahārāja would sacrifice everything for preaching.
Morning Walk -- July 5, 1975, Chicago
So the conclusion is that Srila Prabhupada is not laying any special stress on Nirjala Ekadashi for us . If we can we should fast with or without water or ekadashi prasadam according to our capacities on all ekadashis but our service should not stop under any circumstances. Same we should teach others.
So everything should be understood in the light of our eternal spiritual master Srila Prabhupada's teaching and not by somebody's mental speculation.
Thursday, 1 June 2017
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Interviewer: Do you spend your whole year traveling, or is it only part of the year?
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Do you spend your whole year traveling, or only part of the year?
Prabhupāda: I am traveling either in Europe, America, Africa, Canada, India, everywhere.
Interviewer: So, do you have a home, or do you have...
Prabhupāda: I have 102 houses, but nowhere I am allowed to live. That is the difficulty. (laughter)
Press Conference -- April 27, 1976, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday, 27 May 2017
One who accumulates more money than needed is a thief, and by the laws of nature he will be punished. One who acquires more money than necessary becomes desirous of enjoying material comforts more and more. Materialists are inventing so many artificial necessities, and those who have money, being allured by such artificial necessities, try to accumulate money to possess more and more. This is the idea of modern economic development. Everyone is engaged in earning money, and the money is kept in the bank, which then offers money to the public. In this cycle of activities, everyone is engaged in getting more and more money, and therefore the ideal goal of human life is being lost. Concisely, it may be said that everyone is a thief and is liable to be punished. Punishment by the laws of nature takes place in the cycle of birth and death. No one dies fully satisfied by the fulfillment of material desires, for that is not possible. Therefore at the time of one's death one is very sorry, being unable to fulfill his desires. By the laws of nature one is then offered another body to fulfill his unsatisfied desires, and upon taking birth again, accepting another material body, one voluntarily accepts the threefold miseries of life.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
"A person who is actually a devotee of Kṛṣṇa does not care about so-called public opinion and Vedic or philosophical literatures. Prahlāda Mahārāja, who is such a devotee, always defied the false instructions of his father Read More
Monday, 22 May 2017
Regarding you first question, we observe Ekadasi from sunrise to sunrise. The 12 midnight is western astronomical calculation, but the Vedic astronomical calculation begins either from the sunrise or the moonrise. Generally it is sunrise. Our calculation is like this: when the sunrise is there, Ekadasi tithi (date) must be there. If Ekadasi tithi is not in the sunrise and the tithi begins, say after a few minutes after the sunrise, then we accept that day as previous to Ekadasi. All our ceremonies are calculated in that way. This means we must see the tithi during sunrise.
Letter to: Madhudvisa -- England 30 September, 1969
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
A spiritual master always represents himself as the humblest servitor of the Personality of Godhead, but the disciple must look upon him as the manifested representation of Godhead.
Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta Ädi 1.45
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Saturday, 6 May 2017
So, parāvare brahmaṇi dharmato vrataiḥ. So one should execute Kṛṣṇa consciousness, dharmataḥ, in right path, Read More...
Monday, 1 May 2017
Sri Narasimha Chaturdashi
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Monday, 24 April 2017
Once a man was chased by an elephant in a forest. Seeing no respite, he climbed a tree but he slipped, was about to fall before he could hold on to a branch. He looked up and found that the elephant is waiting to devour him and two rats, one black and one white, were slowly nibbling the branch he was hanging on to. He understood that very soon the branch would fall to the ground.
As the man looked down, he discovered that there were many snakes. SuddenlyRead More
Sunday, 23 April 2017
I read your Sankirtana news letter with great relish. Europe and America are in great danger, this Hare Krishna movement is enveloping them. The Sankirtana devotees are very very dear to Krishna. Because you are doing the field work of book distribution, Krishna has immediately recognized them as true servants. Just like during war time, a farm boy or ordinary clerk who goes to fight for his country on the front, immediately becomes a national hero for his sincere effort. So Krishna immediately recognizes a preacher of Krishna consciousness who takes all risks to deliver his message.
[ Letter to: Uttamasloka -- Vrindaban 11 December, 1975]
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Prabhupāda: What is the use of keeping big, big paraphernalia? Bahvārambhe laghu kriyā. Ārambha, arrangement is very big, but work is no, no work. What is the use of keeping useless machine? So that is going on. In the material world, everything is bahvārambhe laghu kriyā. That has been spoken by Cāṇakya Paṇḍita. Ajā yuddhe muni śrāddhe. Ajā yuddhe. Ajāḥ means goats.
Monday, 17 April 2017
Devotee: But the devotees, they seem to be suffering too,from...
Prabhupāda: Yes, you cannot expect, if you are suffering from some disease, you cannot expect to be cured immediately. But one who is taking the medicine, he is intelligent. His sufferings will be gone. But these rascals, they will not take medicine even. They will continue to suffer. This is the position. Devotees actually do not suffer, but you see that he is suffering. Because you are suffering. Devotees do not suffer.
Madhudvisa: What happens to them?
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Student: Some scientists argue that there are several souls within each body. They use the earthworm as an example. If you cut it in half, both parts will live. They say this proves that two souls occupied the original worm's body.
Śrīla Prabhupāda:No. It is simply that a new soul has come to occupy the other half of the worm's body.
Dr. Singh. Must the spirit soul necessarily have a body—either spiritual or material?
Śrīla Prabhupāda. The soul already has a spiritual body....Read More
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Lord Śiva is rarely seen by common men, and similarly a person who is fully surrendered unto Vāsudeva, Kṛṣṇa, is also very rarely seen because a person who is fully surrendered unto the Supreme Lord is very rare (sa mahātmā sudurlabhaḥ). Consequently Lord Śiva came especially to see the Pracetās because they Read More
Friday, 7 April 2017
Rama-Navami was celebrated on the 5th of April, 2017 at Hare Krishna Center. The mahabhishekam was done of their Lordship Shri Shri Gaur Nitai. The great Vaishnava Poet and Stalwart Narottama Das Thakur says "brajendra nandana jei śacī-suta hoilo sei balarāma hoilo nitāi". That means Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama appeared as Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityanand Prabhu.And Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityanand Prabhu are non different from Lord Rama and Lakshmana.
The festival celebrations started at 6 p.m. Devotees started theHare Krishna kirtan, and also sang the glories of Lord Rama. During the mahabhishek, the devotees performed the kirtan of "Sita-Rama Tattva".
The devotees fasted throughout the day and broke their fast at sunset. A special offering of 56 dishes was made and distributed as prasadam to all the assembled devotees at the temple along with large scale ekadashi feasting.
Monday, 3 April 2017
Woman Guest: It seems that most of the devotees are young people, persons under thirty, under twenty-five. Why is this so? Why hasn't the movement spread? Is this a deliberate thing, or why do you feel it hasn't spread to parents or to older people?
Prabhupāda: Why the young people go to university?
Woman Guest: I'm sorry?
Prabhupāda: Why in the university you'll find all the students are young boys and girls? Why?
Woman Guest: That's the age of education....Read More
Friday, 31 March 2017
Haṁsadūta: George Bernard Shaw. Prabhupāda: Yes. So they are becoming animals, animals eating animal flesh. Bernard Shaw was vegetarian. Devotee (6): Except he would take liver for his health. Prabhupāda: Liver? Devotee (6): Yes. He used to take some liver periodically for his health. Prabhupāda: Medicine. There are many liver extract preparations. Devotee (6): No, not liver extract. Maybe. I don't know exactly. But I know he used to take liver. Not cod liver oil or anything. Prabhupāda: No, liver extract preparations there are many medicines. For anemic patient liver extract is recommended. Devotee (6): That's all right for us to take? Prabhupāda: No, but if you are going to die Read More