Monday, 19 June 2017

What is this nonsense life?

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

Highest Conclusion of evey religion exists in Krishna Consciouness

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

"The pure devotees are honored by the names Prabhupāda and Viṣṇupāda"

"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."
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.15

Monday, 5 June 2017

Nirjala Ekadashi Special Instructions

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...

Prabhupāda: Minimum.

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.
Hare Krishna!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

"but nowhere I am allowed to live."

Interviewer: Do you spend your whole year traveling, or is it only part of the year?
Prabhupāda: Huh?
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

"It May Be Said that Everyone is a Thief"

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.
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.14.9

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

We observe Ekadasi from sunrise to sunrise

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

Humblest servitor of the Personality of Godhead

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

Friday, 12 May 2017

Is there a Christ-loka?

Rukmiṇī: Is there a Christ-loka?
Prabhupāda: Yes. Why not? There are innumerable lokas. Why not Read More

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Happy Nṛsiṁha-caturdaśī

"We should always consider that this material world is a dangerous place and therefore we shall chant Lord Nṛsiṁha's Holy Name in order to be protected by Him in all dangers."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda

Saturday, 6 May 2017

One should execute Kṛṣṇa consciousness in right path

So, parāvare brahmaṇi dharmato vrataiḥ. So one should execute Kṛṣṇa consciousness, dharmataḥ, in right path, Read More...

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Renunciation and Surrender

Guest (5):Sir, what is the difference between renunciation and surrender?
Prabhupāda: Yes. Renunciation is the beginning of this material world. You cannot take, you cannot surrender to Kṛṣṇa, unless you renounce this ma.... If you have got material necessities... Sarva-dharmān parityajva. Kṛṣṇa says, "Absolute surrender." And if you want material necessities, then you have got so many dharmas—Read More

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

"Otherwise it is impossible to advance"

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: So is it correct to say that if we're not Kṛṣṇa conscious, then if it's not the gṛhastha problem, it would be some other problem?
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: We'll find something or another to absorb our time with besides Kṛṣṇa.
Prabhupāda: No, you should always remember that either gṛhastha or brahmacārī or sannyāsī, nobody Read More

Monday, 24 April 2017

The plight of man is a wonder indeed!

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

Sankirtana devotees are very very dear to Krishna.

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

What is the use of keeping big, big paraphernalia?

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

"Devotees do not suffer"

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

Destiny and Karma

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

Devotees of Lord Krishna are dear to Lord Shiva

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 Celebrations2017

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

That's the age of Kṛṣṇa consciousness

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

If you are going to die, then you can take

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

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Village Sankirtan Trip 2017:Udaipur

Devotees from Hare Krishna Village recently went for a village sankirtan trip in nearby villages of Udaipur viz. Kejad and Nimuch last weekend.
Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu wanted His followers to move all over the world to preach in every town and village. In the Caitanya-sampradāya those who strictly follow the principles of Lord Caitanya must travel all over the world to preach the message of Lord Caitanya, which is the same as preaching the words of Krishna—Bhagavad Gita—and Srimad Bhagavatam.
So on last weekend on the special request of some devotees from above mentioned villages, a team of 21  devotees comprising of Brahmacaris, Varnashrama college boys and  students went on to distribute the mercy of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada.
Devotees set out for the trip on 24th night via train and reached our destination in day time next day. In the evening devotees held street sankirtan in Kejad and hundreds of people joined us .Devotees also went to a very ancient Lord Vishnu temple which was built in the 16th century. The villagers including the children enjoyed taking part in the sankirtan procession. Later in the evening, a lecture was organized, in which lots of people  gathered to listen and gain knowledge from Srimad Bhagavatam  and Bhagavad Gita As It Is.
Next day, devotees went to a neighboring village, Nimuch. Again there was a mass scale sankirtan in that village . Devotees were very happily dancing and chanting engaging all the villagers in this process. After sankirtan, a small talk was given on the importance of chanting the holy name in the age of kali-yuga and thereafter prasadam was distributed. Although the schedule was quite packed-up but devotees felt very enthusiastic.
In the afternoon devotees went to take bath in nearby lake where they got refreshed and were again ready for next program. After visiting some other local temples and spots, devotees again reached Kejad village for the evening lecture. Around 90 transcendental books of Srila Prabhupada were distributed in this trip.
After successful completion of the lecture devotees took prasadam and that was end of our two-day sankirtan trip. Devotees then went to Udaipur to catch their train for Jaipur memorizing the sankirtans snaps in their hearts and minds.
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Monday, 27 March 2017

How can iron become gold?

Reporter: But the bad gurus... 

Śrīla Prabhupāda
: And what is a “bad” guru? 

: A bad guru just wants some money or some fame. 

Śrīla Prabhupāda
: Well, if he is bad, how can he become a guru? [Laughter.] Read more

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Where do you get money?

Prabhupāda: So if you simply push on our literature, then our movement is going, you must know. It is really going forward. And there will be no scarcity. You'll get everything. [break] Our neighbors they inquire, is it not? That, "You are living so happily, where do you get money?"

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

They don't care for the citizens

Prabhupāda: Land belongs to the king, and you take land for cultivation, and you pay 25% tax to the king. That's all. All taxes. If you don't produce, then don't pay tax.

Yogeśvara: Oh, it wasn't forced that you had to pay so much.

Prabhupāda: No.

Atreya Ṛṣi: You pay 25% of what you have produced.

Prabhupāda: What you have produced, that's all. Very simple thing. Everyone was engaged producing. There was no necessity. And here Click here to read more

Friday, 17 March 2017

Humbleness and the Aim of life

"Humbleness is of course good qualification, but the humbleness you will find in animal also, very humble. If you cut his throat, he will not tell anything. So humbleness also, that is another thing, but what should be the aim of life? What is the actual aim of life?
If we forget the aim of life and simply become humble like ass, is that very good qualification? The ass is very humble. You load upon it tons of loads, it will not protest. Very humble."
Śrīla Prabhupāda, in conversation with professors, 19 Feb 1975, Caracas

Thursday, 16 March 2017

"That's what hooked all of us"

Brahmānanda: When I first came to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, I'd only been coming I think maybe two days to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and then Mukunda had his wedding. Oh, that hooked me. Nice wedding and nice feasting. I was hooked.

Rāyarāma: That was the day after our initiations. They initiated the night before. We had two days feasting.

Devotee: I came into San Francisco looking for a spiritual teacher and I came to prasādam and I never left.

I think that's what hooked all of us. (laughter)

Prasāde sarva-duhkhānāṁ hanir asyopajāyate. (pause) Thank you. Govinda dāsī has become very good housewife. Yes. (pause) Rāyarāma, come. Kṛṣṇa baṛo doyāmoy koribāre jihvā jay sva-prasād-anna dilo bhāi. No more. (end)

 Room Conversation -- April 12, 1969, New York

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Initiation Ceremony 2017

On the most auspicious occasion of Gaura-pūrṇimā, an initiation ceremony was conducted by Hare Krishna Community at Hare Krishna Village, Rajasthan.

Hare Krishna Community has been following the Ritvik system of initiation from the very beginning accepting Śrīla Prabhupāda as the ONLY dīkṣā guru. Śrīla Prabhupāda, in his teachings, especially in his 9th July 1977 letter outlined the Ritvik system of initiation to be carried out in order to accept new disciples after his physical departure from this world.
We accept and follow this Ritvik system of initiation as outlined in the 9th July,  1977 letter addressed to all temple president's and GBC members.

This time we conducted both first (Harināma) and second (Brāhmaṇa) initiation.
12 devotees took first initiation and 8 devotees took second initiation.
His grace Dayālu Nitāi Prabhu, Temple president gave a talk explaining that Śrīla Prabhupāda is our ONLY dīkṣā guru and also about the ten offences.
Devotees took a vow to chant minimum 16 rounds of Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra  and follow four regulative principles (no meat eating, no intoxication, no gambling and no illicit sex). Then they were given spiritual names by Dayālu Nitāi Prabhu on behalf of His Divine Grace A. C Bhaktivedānta Swāmi Prabhupāda.
Thereafter, fire sacrifice was performed by second initiated brāhmaṇa devotees and everyone offered oblations into the fire.
Those who got second initiation received the sacred thread and the Gāyatrī mantra through their right ear from Śrīla Prabhupāda's audio tape.
All initiated devotees were happy to know that if they stick to their promise which they have given to Śrīla Prabhupāda , of following the 4 regulative principles and chanting a minimum of 16 offenseless rounds everyday then their eternal spiritual master Śrīla Prabhupāda has promised that he will take them back to Godhead in this very life time.