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How to be successful in teaching yoga

Your sign reads "The Perfection of Yoga," actually that is a fact. Bhaktiyoga is the best. Yoginam api sarvesam, madgatenantaratmana . . . [Bg. 6.47]. This Hari-kirtana is the best yoga, bhakti-yoga. You just follow our regulative principles and teach others and you will be successful, without any doubt… Expand>

Your sign reads "The Perfection of Yoga," actually that is a fact. Bhakti-yoga is the best. Yoginam api sarvesam, madgatenantaratmana . . . [Bg. 6.47]. This Hari-kirtana is the best yoga, bhakti-yoga. You just follow our regulative principles and teach others and you will be successful, without any doubt.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Caitya-guru — New York 11 July, 1976

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Treating women as mothers

Candravali: Prabhupada, we hear that in our philosophy the men should treat the women as mothers. But actually, the men, especially the sannyasis, don't treat the women as mothers. Instead they treat them as maya. Their attitude, not the women, seems more like maya! It doesn't seem proper. Prabhupada heard her complaint carefully. He smiled softly and began to reply.… Expand>

Candravali: Prabhupada, we hear that in our philosophy the men should treat the women as mothers. But actually, the men, especially the sannyasis, don't treat the women as mothers. Instead they treat them as maya. Their attitude, not the women, seems more like maya! It doesn't seem proper.

Prabhupada heard her complaint carefully. He smiled softly and began to reply. His words dropped from his mouth as if they were sweet ripe fruits falling from a tree.

Prabhupada: Yes, the men do not treat the women as mothers. Nor do the women act like mothers. Neither do they dress as mothers.

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Prabhupada answered this delicate question with directness, acknowledging the "butter and fire" nature in the dealings between men and women. Vedic culture compares men to butter and women to fire, not vice versa. In Kali-yuga, women seem determined to break from their traditional roles in social dealing. They seem to be thinking, "If the butter-like men are disturbed, then that's their problem, not ours. Why should we be penalized and our position restricted or minimized?" Prabhupada, however, was not inclined to compromise the Vedic standard.

It is true that our bodily identity as male or female is illusory, but we still have to deal practically with the temporary nature of that illusion. ISKCON's men and women, therefore, need to conscientiously adopt the activities, restrictions, and responsibilities of their temporary, bodily roles and become sympathetic, not antagonistic, to the position and needs of others.

From "My Glorious Master" by Bhurijana Prabhu

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Yoga Village

So far the Road Show and this Yoga Village are concerned, these things should be stopped. Simply perform our kirtana. If we divert our attention in this way, the whole thing will gradually deteriorate. He is going far away. All these things are nonsense inventions. Such inventing spirit will ruin our this movement. People may come to see, some will become devotees… Expand>

So far the Road Show and this Yoga Village are concerned, these things should be stopped. Simply perform our kirtana. If we divert our attention in this way, the whole thing will gradually deteriorate. He is going far away. All these things are nonsense inventions. Such inventing spirit will ruin our this movement. People may come to see, some will become devotees, but such devotees will not stay because they are attracted by some show and not by the real thing or spiritual life according to the standard of Lord Caitanya. Our standard is to have kirtana, start temples. What is this "Road Show" and "Yoga Village?" It will be another hippie edition. Gradually the Krishna Consciousness idea will evaporate: another change, another change, every day another change. Stop all this. Simply have kirtana, nothing else. Don't manufacture ideas.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Sudama — Vrindaban 5 November, 1972

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Free time? Chant Hare Krsna — distinctly

As soon as we have got some time, chant Hare Krsna. Either loudly or silent... As far as possible loudly; if not possible, silently. But the tongue must go: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. The tongue must work. And as far as possible, should be heard... That is... And officially, krshkshaharamahaharama...… Expand>

As soon as we have got some time, chant Hare Krsna. Either loudly or silent... As far as possible loudly; if not possible, silently. But the tongue must go: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. The tongue must work. And as far as possible, should be heard... That is... And officially, krshkshaharamahaharama... [chants very fast, with words running into each other indistinctly] Not like that. [chants again like that] Not like that. That will not... Every word should be distinctly chanted and heard, not official.

Srila Prabhupada — July 16, 1973, London

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How Srila Prabhupada sees Krsna at every moment

Devotee (2): Srila Prabhupada, you are seeing Krsna at every moment. Does this mean you are seeing Krsna in His two-armed form playing the flute at every moment? Prabhupada: What do you think? Devotee (2): I don't know, Srila Prabhupada. Prabhupada: Then? "Seeing" means Krsna as He is. That's all. Santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti [Bs. 5.38]. You do not read… Expand>

Devotee (2): Srila Prabhupada, you are seeing Krsna at every moment. Does this mean you are seeing Krsna in His two-armed form playing the flute at every moment?

Prabhupada: What do you think?

Devotee (2): I don't know, Srila Prabhupada.

Prabhupada: Then? "Seeing" means Krsna as He is. That's all. Santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti [Bs. 5.38]. You do not read Brahma-samhita? Do you read?

Devotee (2): Yes, Prabhupada. What you have of the Brahma-samhita in your books.

Prabhupada: Brahma-samhita it is said, santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti. Those who are saintly persons, they always see Krsna within his heart. Everyone can see if he tries. Why you and me? Anyone can see. Krsna is open to everyone. But He is not open to the rascals. That is Krsna's distinguish... Naham prakasah sarvasya yoga-maya-samavrtah [Bg. 7.25]. He is open to everyone, but not to all others, only to the devotee.

Devotee (3): Srila Prabhupada, the Paramatma feature is in the heart.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Devotee (3): And the pure devotee, does he see the Paramatma feature, or does he see...?

Prabhupada: When you see Krsna, you see Paramatma, Brahman, everything. Brahmeti paramatmeti bhagavan iti sabdyate [SB 1.2.11]. If you see... Just like when you see the sun, you see sunlight also. The sun... We see the sun globe, the sun light, simultaneously. Nobody says, "I am seeing the sun but not the sunshine." Is it? [laughter] He is seeing everything. He is seeing everything.

Devotee (3): But does he focus his mind upon the two-armed...?

Prabhupada: There is no question of focus or no focus. One who sees Krsna, he sees everything. Yasmin vijnate sarvam evam vijnatam bhavanti [Mundaka Upanisad 1.3]. There is no question of imagination. This is fact.

> Room Conversation — July 31, 1975, New Orleans

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Learn by hearing

Vedic literature is known as "Sruti," which means to learn by hearing. Spiritual science does not require a high education, nor a high intellect. Simply by hearing we can pass over the ocean of birth and death… Expand>

Vedic literature is known as "Sruti," which means to learn by hearing. Spiritual science does not require a high education, nor a high intellect. Simply by hearing we can pass over the ocean of birth and death.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Notes transcribed by Woomapati Das Brahmachary (Wallace Sheffey) From lectures given Sept. 13th and 20th, 1966

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Kali-yuga: no culture, aristocracy, education, or knowledge

So aristocracy and respectability, these things were according to culture, according to education. But nowadays, what is that? Vittam eva kalau nrnam. If you get money somehow or other, then everything is there. You may be a third-class, fourth-class, tenth-class man, but if you get money some way or other, then you are very respectable. There is no question of your… Expand>

So aristocracy and respectability, these things were according to culture, according to education. But nowadays, what is that? Vittam eva kalau nrnam. If you get money somehow or other, then everything is there. You may be a third-class, fourth-class, tenth-class man, but if you get money some way or other, then you are very respectable. There is no question of your culture or aristocracy or education or knowledge. There is no, nothing. This is Kali-yuga. And then, dharma-nyaya-vyavasthayam karanam balam eva hi. And if you have got some influence, strength, then in your favor everything will be decided.

Srila Prabhupada; lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.46 — Los Angeles, December 24, 1973

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Adharma and the Western Countries

SB 5.6.11 TRANSLATION People who are lowest among men and bewildered by the illusory energy of the Supreme Lord will give up the original varnasrama-dharma and its rules and regulations. They will abandon bathing three times daily and worshiping the Lord. Abandoning cleanliness and neglecting the Supreme Lord, they will accept nonsensical principles. Not regularly… Expand>

SB 5.6.10 TRANSLATION
People who are lowest among men and bewildered by the illusory energy of the Supreme Lord will give up the original varnasrama-dharma and its rules and regulations. They will abandon bathing three times daily and worshiping the Lord. Abandoning cleanliness and neglecting the Supreme Lord, they will accept nonsensical principles. Not regularly bathing or washing their mouths regularly, they will always remain unclean, and they will pluck out their hair. Following a concocted religion, they will flourish. During this age of Kali, people are more inclined to irreligious systems. Consequently these people will naturally deride Vedic authority, the followers of Vedic authority, the brahmanas, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the devotees.

PURPORT
Presently the hippies in the Western countries fit this description. They are irresponsible and unregulated. They do not bathe, and they deride standard Vedic knowledge. They concoct new life-styles and religions. There are many hippie groups at the present moment, but they all originated from King Arhat, who imitated the activities of Lord Rsabhadeva, who was situated on the paramahamsa stage. King Arhat did not care for the fact that although Lord Rsabhadeva acted like a madman His stool and urine were nonetheless aromatic, so much so that they nicely scented the countryside for miles around. The followers of King Arhat went under the name Jains, and they were later followed by many others, particularly by the hippies, who are more or less offshoots of Mayavada philosophy because they think themselves the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such people do not respect the real followers of Vedic principles, the ideal brahmanas. Nor do they have respect for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Supreme Brahman. Due to the influence of this age of Kali, they are apt to concoct false religious systems.

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Illicit sex is forbidden

We say, "No illicit sex." The Vedic system teaches that one who wants to have sex must get married and live according to religious principles. Then the husband and the wife can satisfy their desire for sex by begetting good children. There is no prohibition against sex; it is allowed. But not illicit sex. Engaging in illicit sex means you increase your attachment for… Expand>

We say, "No illicit sex." The Vedic system teaches that one who wants to have sex must get married and live according to religious principles. Then the husband and the wife can satisfy their desire for sex by begetting good children. There is no prohibition against sex; it is allowed. But not illicit sex. Engaging in illicit sex means you increase your attachment for sex, not Krsna. Therefore it is forbidden.

From: The Quest for Enlightenment 7a: The Yoga of Pure Attachment by Srila Prabhupada

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Hari Sauri Prabhu appreciates Srila Prabhupada:

(From a letter, 13 March, 1977) Let me first offer my fallen head under the petal-soft soles of your lotus feet, where I hope it will eternally remain. Out of pure causeless mercy and kindness you have given this coarse, gross materialist a taste of real pleasure derived from the ocean of devotional service to the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna and His eternal consort… Expand>

(From a letter, 13 March, 1977)

Let me first offer my fallen head under the petal-soft soles of your lotus feet, where I hope it will eternally remain. Out of pure causeless mercy and kindness you have given this coarse, gross materialist a taste of real pleasure derived from the ocean of devotional service to the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani. For that extraordinary gift I shall always be grateful and I beg you for the benediction that I shall never leave the service of your lotus feet. All glories to Your Divine Grace, the all-blissful Personality of servitor Godhead, and all glories to those most fortunate souls who are engaged by you in their real business of devotional service. I roll in the dust of their lotus feet!

I just wanted to take the opportunity of expressing my heartfelt thanks for Your Divine Grace's kindness in allowing me to serve you these last sixteen months. I can honestly say that I have never been more satisfied at any time than when I had the opportunity to associate with you personally. Sri Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita that a person who knows Him in truth is a very rare personality, and actually, as I have traveled all over India and the world with you I have seen these words substantiated. I am convinced beyond a doubt that only one person on this entire planet has really realized who the Supreme is and how to serve Him, and that person is you.

There may be so many panditas, big big scholars, but Krsna says that the real pandita is the 'sama darsi,' that one who sees the equality of all living entities as part and parcels of the one Supreme Whole (mamaivamso jiva loke jiva bhuta sanatana [Bg. 15.7]). If anyone can be called 'pandita' it is you because you have practically demonstrated this equalness to all by engaging all persons from all parts of the world in service to Krsna, something which no one else, despite big words and much expellation of air, has been able to do.

Even amongst the Vaisnavas you are a rare jewel set in the purest gold. The brightness of your devotion to Krsna outshines all others, and while they stay at home with the Deity and their bhajan, you boldly set forth to preach the message of Lord Caitanya and your Guru Maharaja. In recognition of this the Supreme Lord has agreed to live amongst the mlecchas and accept their poor hearted offerings. Without your devotion He could never have agreed to do this.

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The impending danger of world war

Sometimes the members of the Krsna Consciousness Society are afraid of the impending danger of world war and ask what would happen to them if a war should occur. In all kinds of danger, they should be confident of their protection by the Visnudutas or the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati).… Expand>

Sometimes the members of the Krsna Consciousness Society are afraid of the impending danger of world war and ask what would happen to them if a war should occur. In all kinds of danger, they should be confident of their protection by the Visnudutas or the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati). Material danger is not meant for devotees. This is also confirmed in Srimad-Bhagavatam. Padam padam yad vipadam na tesam: in this material world there are dangers at every step, but they are not meant for devotees who have fully surrendered unto the lotus feet of the Lord. The pure devotees of Lord Visnu may rest assured of the Lord's protection, and as long as they are in this material world they should fully engage in devotional service by preaching the cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Krsna, namely the Hare Krsna movement of Krsna consciousness.

[Srila Prabhupada; Srimad-Bhagavatam, 6.3.18 purport]

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Chanting Hare Krsna here, chanting Hare Krsna there

Our service is eternal. We are serving here Krsna, and after leaving this body, when you go directly to Krsna, faced with..., the service is there. The service is the main means and the end. Not that this is simply means, and the end is something else. No. It is so nice, it is means and end, both. We are chanting Hare Krsna here, and when we go to Krsna we shall chant… Expand>

Our service is eternal. We are serving here Krsna, and after leaving this body, when you go directly to Krsna, faced with..., the service is there. The service is the main means and the end. Not that this is simply means, and the end is something else. No. It is so nice, it is means and end, both. We are chanting Hare Krsna here, and when we go to Krsna we shall chant Hare Krsna.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture at Initiation Fire Sacrifice — July 16, 1969, Los Angeles

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The greatest enemy of cows

This demonic world is the greatest enemy of cows. Just see how they are maintaining hundreds and thousands of slaughterhouse. Hundreds and thousands of slaughterhouse. Innocent animals, giving you milk, the most important foodstuff. Even after death, it is giving you its skin for your shoes, and you are so rascal that you are killing. And you want to be happy in this… Expand>

This demonic world is the greatest enemy of cows. Just see how they are maintaining hundreds and thousands of slaughterhouse. Hundreds and thousands of slaughterhouse. Innocent animals, giving you milk, the most important foodstuff. Even after death, it is giving you its skin for your shoes, and you are so rascal that you are killing. And you want to be happy in this world. You see? How sinful they are! They have no consideration that this animal...

Why cow protection is so much advocated? Because it is very, very important.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.43 — May 5, 1973, Los Angeles

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Temporary and eternal rasa

Any way, anything enjoyed, there is a rasa. Rasa. You love somebody, you kiss somebody, embrace somebody, there is a rasa. So this picture is ananda-cinmaya-rasa. Here we have got that taste of rasa in a perverted manner. But cinmaya-rasa means it continues. This Radha-Krsna with the gopis, they are enjoying, dancing, chanting. That is eternal; that is never stopped… Expand>

Any way, anything enjoyed, there is a rasa. Rasa. You love somebody, you kiss somebody, embrace somebody, there is a rasa. So this picture is ananda-cinmaya-rasa. Here we have got that taste of rasa in a perverted manner. But cinmaya-rasa means it continues. This Radha-Krsna with the gopis, they are enjoying, dancing, chanting. That is eternal; that is never stopped. It is not that they become old and there is no more enjoyment or they are separated or Krsna goes somewhere and Radharani goes to somewhere. No. Everything is eternal. They are enjoying. That is the difference between this rasa and that rasa. This rasa is temporary. Your youthful enjoyment will not exist; it will be finished. Your American life will be finished. Your this life, that life, everything will be finished — and finished forever. Not that you are going to have it again. Therefore this is flashing. It is coming and going. But that life is eternal.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture at Initiation Fire Sacrifice — July 16, 1969, Los Angeles

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The master dancer

Actually the whole world is full of Krsna's singing, but it is appreciated in different ways by different kinds of living entities. This is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita: ye yatha mam prapadyante tams tathaiva bhajamy aham [Bg. 4.11]. Krsna is dancing, and every living entity is also dancing, but there is a difference between the dancing in the spiritual world and… Expand>

Actually the whole world is full of Krsna's singing, but it is appreciated in different ways by different kinds of living entities. This is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita: ye yatha mam prapadyante tams tathaiva bhajamy aham [Bg. 4.11]. Krsna is dancing, and every living entity is also dancing, but there is a difference between the dancing in the spiritual world and that in the material world. This is expressed by the author of the Caitanya-caritamrta, who says that the master dancer is Krsna and everyone else is His servant. Everyone is trying to imitate Krsna's dancing. Those who are actually in Krsna consciousness respond rightly to the dancing of Krsna: they do not try to dance independently. But those in the material world try to imitate Krsna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The living entities are dancing under the direction of Krsna's maya and are thinking that they are equal to Krsna. But this is not a fact. In Krsna consciousness, this misconception is absent, for a person in Krsna consciousness knows that Krsna is the supreme master and everyone else is His servant. One has to dance to please Krsna, not to imitate or attempt to become equal to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The gopis wanted to please Krsna, and therefore as Krsna sang, they responded and encouraged Him by saying "Well done! Well done!" Sometimes they presented beautiful music for His pleasure, and He responded by praising their singing.

From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna book, ch. 33: Description of the Rasa Dance

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A most obedient servant of one's wife

When a living entity is in such bewilderment that he is under the control of his wife, or material intelligence, he has to satisfy the intelligence of his so-called wife and act exactly according to her dictates. Various sastras advise that for material convenience one should keep his wife always satisfied by giving her ornaments and by following her instructions. In… Expand>

When a living entity is in such bewilderment that he is under the control of his wife, or material intelligence, he has to satisfy the intelligence of his so-called wife and act exactly according to her dictates. Various sastras advise that for material convenience one should keep his wife always satisfied by giving her ornaments and by following her instructions. In this way there will be no trouble in family life. Therefore for one's own social benefit, one is advised to keep his wife satisfied. In this way, when one becomes the servant of his wife, he must act according to the desires of his wife. Thus one becomes more and more entangled. In Bengal it is said that if one becomes an obedient servant of his wife, he loses all reputation. However, the difficulty is that unless one becomes a most obedient servant of his wife, family life becomes disturbed. In the Western countries this disturbance gives rise to the divorce law, and in Eastern countries like India there is separation. Now this disturbance is confirmed by the new introduction of the divorce law in India. Within the heart, the mind is acting, thinking, feeling and willing, and falling under the control of one's wife is the same as falling under the control of material intelligence. Thus one begets children by his wife and becomes entangled in so many activities under the control of mental concoctions.

Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 4.25.56

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Developing bhakti to the level of the gopis

The gopis of Vrndavana were so attached to Krsna that they were not satisfied simply with the rasa dance at night. They wanted to associate with Him and enjoy His company during the daytime also. When Krsna went to the forest with His cowherd boyfriends and cows, the gopis did not physically take part, but their hearts went with Him. And because their hearts went… Expand>

The gopis of Vrndavana were so attached to Krsna that they were not satisfied simply with the rasa dance at night. They wanted to associate with Him and enjoy His company during the daytime also. When Krsna went to the forest with His cowherd boyfriends and cows, the gopis did not physically take part, but their hearts went with Him. And because their hearts went, they were able to enjoy His company through strong feelings of separation. To acquire this strong feeling of separation is the teaching of Lord Caitanya and His direct disciples, the Six Gosvamis. When we are not in physical contact with Krsna, we can associate with Him like the gopis, through feelings of separation. Krsna's transcendental form, qualities, pastimes and entourage are all identical with Him. There are nine different kinds of devotional service. Devotional service to Krsna in feelings of separation elevates the devotee to the highest perfectional level, to the level of the gopis.

From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna Book ch. 35: The Gopis' Feelings of Separation

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Bring the ecstasy and dance

As far as possible, people should be encouraged to chant Hare Krsna maha-mantra, and try to bring the ecstasy and dance. Even there is no ecstasy, dance; it will bring ecstasy. Dancing is so nice. Chanting, dancing and take prasadam, take rest. That's all… Expand>

As far as possible, people should be encouraged to chant Hare Krsna maha-mantra, and try to bring the ecstasy and dance. Even there is no ecstasy, dance; it will bring ecstasy. Dancing is so nice. Chanting, dancing and take prasadam, take rest. That's all.

Srila Prabhupada — July 16, 1973, London

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Why Krsna is called the reservoir of all pleasure

Whatever is attractive within the cosmic manifestation is due to Krsna. Krsna is therefore the reservoir of all pleasure. The active principle of everything is Krsna, and highly elevated transcendentalists see everything in connection with Him. In the Caitanya-caritamrta it is stated that a maha-bhagavata, or highly advanced devotee, sees Krsna as the active principle… Expand>

Whatever is attractive within the cosmic manifestation is due to Krsna. Krsna is therefore the reservoir of all pleasure. The active principle of everything is Krsna, and highly elevated transcendentalists see everything in connection with Him. In the Caitanya-caritamrta it is stated that a maha-bhagavata, or highly advanced devotee, sees Krsna as the active principle in all moving and nonmoving living entities. Therefore he sees everything within this cosmic manifestation in relation to Krsna. For the fortunate person who has taken shelter of Krsna as everything, liberation is already there. He is no longer in the material world. This is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita: Whoever is engaged in the devotional service of Krsna is already on the brahma-bhuta, [SB 4.30.20] or spiritual, platform. The very name Krsna suggests piety and liberation. Anyone who takes shelter of the lotus feet of Krsna enters the boat for crossing over the ocean of nescience. For him, this vast expanse of the material manifestation becomes as insignificant as the water in a calf's hoofprint. Krsna is the shelter of all great souls, and He is also the shelter of the material worlds. For one who is on the platform of Krsna consciousness, Vaikuntha, or the spiritual world, is not far away. He does not live within the material world, where there is danger at every step.

From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna book ch. 14: Prayers Offered by Lord Brahma to Lord Krsna

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Srila Prabhupada's request: Every one of you be a guru

Every one of us should become a spiritual master because the world is in blazing fire. So to understand the spiritual master... Spiritual master is not a new invention. It is simply following the orders of the spiritual master. So all my students present here who are feeling so much obliged... I am also obliged to them because they are helping me in this missionary… Expand>

Every one of us should become a spiritual master because the world is in blazing fire. So to understand the spiritual master... Spiritual master is not a new invention. It is simply following the orders of the spiritual master. So all my students present here who are feeling so much obliged... I am also obliged to them because they are helping me in this missionary work. At the same time, I shall request them all to become spiritual master. Every one of you should be spiritual master next. And what is their duty? Whatever you are hearing from me, whatever you are learning from me, you have to distribute the same in toto without any addition or alteration. Then all of you become the spiritual master. That is the science of becoming spiritual master. Spiritual master is not any... To become a spiritual master is not very wonderful thing. Simply one has to become sincere soul. That's all.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Sri Vyasa-puja — September 5, 1969, Hamburg

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Following Krsna's example of village life

This Krsna consciousness movement is trying to revive the original, constitutional position. So one of them, in Krsna consciousness movement, is village organization, as you are trying here. Krsna, in His natural life, is a village boy in Vrndavana. Vrndavana is a village. There is no factory, there is no motorcar, there is no big, big skyscraper buildings; it is… Expand>

This Krsna consciousness movement is trying to revive the original, constitutional position. So one of them, in Krsna consciousness movement, is village organization, as you are trying here. Krsna, in His natural life, is a village boy in Vrndavana. Vrndavana is a village. There is no factory, there is no motorcar, there is no big, big skyscraper buildings; it is village. That Krsna likes. In the sastra it is said, vrndavanam parityajya padam ekam na gacchati [Laghu-bhagavatamrta 1.5.461]. Krsna is so fond of that Vrndavana village life, with His cowherd boys and cowherd girls, gopis, mother Yasoda, father Nanda, and Upananda, uncles, and big family, the cows and the calves, the trees, the Yamuna River. He is satisfied in that life. So at least those who are Krsna conscious, they should be satisfied with simple life in the village. That is part of Krsna consciousness.

But it does not mean that we shall avoid city life or town life. No. Everything, every place is Krsna's place. Everywhere there should be Krsna consciousness. But if we keep ourself within the village and properly organize, as Krsna personally showed us the example... He was personally taking care of the cows, calves. When He was a child, He was taking care of the calves. When He was grown up, He was taking care of the cows, although He was a very rich man's son; Nanda Maharaja was the village king. But still, He was working hard whole day, going in the morning to the pasturing ground and coming back in the evening. Then He used to take His bathing, change dress and immediately go to sleep. This was Krsna's pastime.

From an evening lecture by Srila Prabhupada at Gita-Nagari Farm – July 16, 1976

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Tricky Krsna

Yudhisthira Maharaja was advised by Krsna that "You go to Dronacarya and tell him the lies." "What is that?" "Now, tell him that 'Your son Asvatthama is dead.' " Because Dronacarya had some benediction that unless he is shocked by the death of his son, he will never die. So Krsna had to take this diplomatic, because it is politics. Because Dronacarya will not believe… Expand>

Yudhisthira Maharaja was advised by Krsna that "You go to Dronacarya and tell him the lies." "What is that?" "Now, tell him that 'Your son Asvatthama is dead.' " Because Dronacarya had some benediction that unless he is shocked by the death of his son, he will never die. So Krsna had to take this diplomatic, because it is politics. Because Dronacarya will not believe anyone. He knew that Maharaja Yudhisthira is a most pious man; he never tells lies. So if Maharaja Yudhisthira goes and says that "Your son is dead," then he will believe. Otherwise, Krsna could have gone personally, but He knew that people do not believe Him. [laughter] He is very tricky. [laughter]

So therefore no tricky man can excel Him. A man may be very tricky, very intelligent, but he will not be able to excel Krsna. He is more tricky. Just like in His childhood, Krsna was naughty, so mother wanted to bind Him. So Krsna also became tricky. Mother first of all brought some rope and bound, and when it was to be knotted, it was short. And then again she joined another rope. In this way, whatever rope store she had, she brought one after another, and at last, when knotting, it is too short. Krsna thought, "Mother, nobody can bind Me, and because I have accepted to become your child, you are trying to bind Me? All right, you bring your all ropes. You will never be able to bind Me." This is Krsna. But Mother Yasoda is the greatest devotee. So when Krsna saw that "My mother is now exhausted, perspiring. All right, you can bind Me."

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.28-29 — July 13, 1975, Philadelphia

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Society's hope for the future

Innocent enquirers are known as jijnasu, "those who are inquisitive." These innocent enquirers are society's hope for the future. Most intelligent and innocent young children are inquisitive: they question their parents about many things and remember the answers. When these bright young boys and girls receive proper guidance from parents and teachers who can lucidly… Expand>

Innocent enquirers are known as jijnasu, "those who are inquisitive." These innocent enquirers are society's hope for the future. Most intelligent and innocent young children are inquisitive: they question their parents about many things and remember the answers. When these bright young boys and girls receive proper guidance from parents and teachers who can lucidly answer their queries, they easily understand each point and gradually develop fine brains. From among these intelligent souls, those who are especially pious begin to keenly enquire about God and other spiritual topics. Others, who pursue ignoble material knowledge, cannot become successful in life and end up beating the chaff.

From "Renunciation Through Wisdom" by Srila Prabhupada

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Hearing about Krsna in Vrndavan

First business is sravanam. You can hear. Whom? Visnu, not nonsense talks. Visnu, Krsna, you hear. So you can hear anywhere. There is no specific mention that it can be heard in such and such place. You can anywhere. But a holy place like Vrndavana, the hearing has got a special effect. So here we are establishing this mandira. And you foreigners, you have taken some… Expand>

First business is sravanam. You can hear. Whom? Visnu, not nonsense talks. Visnu, Krsna, you hear. So you can hear anywhere. There is no specific mention that it can be heard in such and such place. You can anywhere. But a holy place like Vrndavana, the hearing has got a special effect. So here we are establishing this mandira. And you foreigners, you have taken some interest. I am very much pleased. So constantly come here and hear about Krsna. This is the pastimious place of Krsna, Vrndavana.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.6 — Vrndavana, April 18, 1975

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What will happen to Srila Prabhupada in the next life?

Prabhupada: Because they are less intelligent, therefore they don't care for death even, neither they have got any idea what is going to happen after death. Formerly, people were afraid of committing sin. They knew that "After death, I will have to suffer." Now, at the present moment, the rascals are so daring, they do not care what is sin, what is going to happen… Expand>

Prabhupada: Because they are less intelligent, therefore they don't care for death even, neither they have got any idea what is going to happen after death. Formerly, people were afraid of committing sin. They knew that "After death, I will have to suffer." Now, at the present moment, the rascals are so daring, they do not care what is sin, what is going to happen next life. They do not care. That means less intelligent.

Dr. Copeland: What's going to happen to you in the next life?

Prabhupada: My life? According to sastra, if we have actually developed Krsna consciousness, we are going to Krsna.

Dr. Copeland: And you are.

Prabhupada: I may not, [laughs] but they will go. [laughter] And even it is a failure, then the next life he is guaranteed human life and very nice life.

Room Conversation with Dr. Copeland, Professor of Modern Indian History — May 20, 1975, Melbourne

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Srila Prabhupada, most powerful personality in the world

Brahmananda: In Mayapur there is one astrologer, and he likes our movement very much, and he told one of our devotees that you were the most powerful personality in the world. And he has given very accurate astrology readings to some of our devotees. Prabhupada: If I am representative of Krsna, then I must be the most powerful… Expand>

Brahmananda: In Mayapur there is one astrologer, and he likes our movement very much, and he told one of our devotees that you were the most powerful personality in the world. And he has given very accurate astrology readings to some of our devotees.

Prabhupada: If I am representative of Krsna, then I must be the most powerful.

> Morning Walk — June 30, 1975, Denver

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Get beaten by Srila Prabhupada's shoes

Satsvarupa: They say God should be exemplary. Prabhupada: No. God is not bound to prove His example character to you. You are a rascal. Satsvarupa: Then how will I know what to follow? Prabhupada: You learn! You come to me. I'll teach you and beat you with shoes and teach you. [laughter] Come to me. Why I am here? You come. I shall beat you with shoes and teach you.… Expand>

Satsvarupa: They say God should be exemplary.

Prabhupada: No. God is not bound to prove His example character to you. You are a rascal.

Satsvarupa: Then how will I know what to follow?

Prabhupada: You learn! You come to me. I'll teach you and beat you with shoes and teach you. [laughter] Come to me. Why I am here? You come. I shall beat you with shoes and teach you. Then you'll learn. You require some beating with shoes. You are a bad student. So I'll do that. "Come on."

Conversation — January 25, 1977

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Srila Prabhupada: always the leader

Srila Prabhupada said: I was very persistent. All my friends, children, would help me. I was never lazy from my birth, neither dull. Neither to be defeated by anyone. Whatever I would order to my parents or friends must be obeyed. Krsna has always given me leadership. I am surprised how I, a poor Indian, have leadership of the Europeans and Americans. Only my wife did… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said:

I was very persistent. All my friends, children, would help me. I was never lazy from my birth, neither dull. Neither to be defeated by anyone. Whatever I would order to my parents or friends must be obeyed. Krsna has always given me leadership. I am surprised how I, a poor Indian, have leadership of the Europeans and Americans. Only my wife did not obey my order, and I left her. I said, 'You must obey me.' She was very afraid of me. Amongst the authors in the world, I am the leader.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => TKG: September 5

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The difference between Srila Prabhupada and others

Atreya Rsi: When you first came, Srila Prabhupada, a lot of people probably presented you arguments such as "If you call the movement 'God consciousness' you'll be more successful. If you not wear tilaka and do not shave your head and do not wear robes and do not go on sankirtana, you will be more successful." And people still tell us things like this, that "You tell… Expand>

Atreya Rsi: When you first came, Srila Prabhupada, a lot of people probably presented you arguments such as "If you call the movement 'God consciousness' you'll be more successful. If you not wear tilaka and do not shave your head and do not wear robes and do not go on sankirtana, you will be more successful."

And people still tell us things like this, that "You tell us the philosophy. We like the philosophy. But why do you go on sankirtana?" So what were some of the arguments you presented to these type of people?

Prabhupada: This is the same argument, ardha-kukkuti-nyaya [Cc. Adi 5.176]. You cut the mouth of the chicken because it eats, it is expensive, and keep the back side because it lays down egg. You see? Intelligent man said, "I am getting every day one egg. So that side, the back side, is very good. But this side is expensive, eats. Cut it."

So he does not know, he is such a foolish, that if I cut the head, then the egg-giving business will also stop. Similarly, if you accept this philosophy, then you must accept this also.

Atreya Rsi: Yes, that is difference...

Prabhupada: If you don't accept this kirtana, then it will prove that you don't accept the philosophy.

Atreya Rsi: Yes. That's the difference between Your Divine Grace and all these other bhogis. They make it according to the taste of the people. They change. That's why this movement is so solid: no compromise.

Prabhupada: No. Why compromise? My Guru Maharaja never made any compromise.

Atreya Rsi: Compromise means you have some material attachment.

Prabhupada: Yes. Compromise means you don't want real business, but you want some money by cheating and by bluffing.

> Room Conversation — June 29, 1972, San Diego

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Srila Prabhupada discusses Govardhana-puja

The sacrifice known as Govardhana-puja is observed in the Krsna consciousness movement. Lord Caitanya has recommended that since Krsna is worshipable, so His land — Vrndavana and Govardhana Hill — is also worshipable. To confirm this statement, Lord Krsna said that Govardhana-puja is as good as worship of Him. From that day, Govardhana-puja has been going on and is… Expand>

The sacrifice known as Govardhana-puja is observed in the Krsna consciousness movement. Lord Caitanya has recommended that since Krsna is worshipable, so His land — Vrndavana and Govardhana Hill — is also worshipable. To confirm this statement, Lord Krsna said that Govardhana-puja is as good as worship of Him. From that day, Govardhana-puja has been going on and is known as Annakuta. In all the temples of Vrndavana or outside of Vrndavana, huge quantities of food are prepared in this ceremony and are very sumptuously distributed to the general population. Sometimes the food is thrown to the crowds, and they enjoy collecting it off the ground. From this we can understand that prasadam offered to Krsna never becomes polluted or contaminated, even if it is thrown on the ground. The people therefore collect and eat it with great satisfaction.

From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna Book, ch 24: Worshiping Govardhana Hill

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No better than the frogs

Who is talking there? He must stop. That portion is simply talking-camp. Just like these frogs or toads, they're talking whole day and night, ka-kara ka, ka-kara ka. Actually we have got tongues, and these frogs, they have got also tongue. So they are using their tongue, ka-kara ka, inviting snakes: "Please come here and eat me." That is their business. Nature's way.… Expand>

Who is talking there? He must stop.

That portion is simply talking-camp. Just like these frogs or toads, they're talking whole day and night, ka-kara ka, ka-kara ka. Actually we have got tongues, and these frogs, they have got also tongue. So they are using their tongue, ka-kara ka, inviting snakes: "Please come here and eat me." That is their business. Nature's way. So if we simply talk like the frogs, without any krsna-katha, then we are inviting death very soon. So don't waste your time, ka-kara ka. That is my request. It is our habit because we are no better than frogs also. We are also living entity, but we have got the chance to stop this ka-kara ka and chant Hare Krsna. This chance we have got. The frogs, they haven't got that chance. They cannot chant Hare Krsna. That is the difference between the frog and myself. So similarly, if we waste our time in that ka-kara ka, then we are no better than the frogs. We are no better than the frogs.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.48 — June 14, 1973, Mayapur

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For Kali-puja, 19 Oct 2017

Srila Prabhupada's translation of and purport to SB 5.26.25 A person who in this life is proud of his eminent position and who heedlessly sacrifices animals simply for material prestige is put into the hell called Visasana after death. There the assistants of Yamaraja kill him after giving him unlimited pain. PURPORT In Bhagavad-gita (6.41) Krsna… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada's translation of and purport to SB 5.26.25

A person who in this life is proud of his eminent position and who heedlessly sacrifices animals simply for material prestige is put into the hell called Visasana after death. There the assistants of Yamaraja kill him after giving him unlimited pain.

PURPORT
In Bhagavad-gita (6.41) Krsna says, sucinam srimatam gehe yoga-bhrasto 'bhijayate: "Because of his previous connection with bhakti-yoga, a man is born into a prestigious family of brahmanas or aristocrats." Having taken such a birth, one should utilize it to perfect bhakti-yoga. However, due to bad association one often forgets that his prestigious position has been given to him by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and he misuses it by performing various kinds of so-called yajnas like kali-puja or durga-puja in which poor animals are sacrificed. How such a person is punished is described herein. The word dambha-yajnesu in this verse is significant. If one violates the Vedic instructions while performing yajna and simply makes a show of sacrifice for the purpose of killing animals, he is punishable after death. In Calcutta there are many slaughterhouses where animal flesh is sold that has supposedly been offered in sacrifice before the goddess Kali. The sastras enjoin that one can sacrifice a small goat before the goddess Kali once a month. Nowhere is it said that one can maintain a slaughterhouse in the name of temple worship and daily kill animals unnecessarily. Those who do so receive the punishments described herein.

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Two points to note about kirtanas and dramas

All the pure devotees are as bright as sunshine, and their bodily luster is very effulgent. In addition, their performance of sankirtana is unparalleled. There are many professional chanters who can perform congregational chanting with various musical instruments in an artistic and musical way, but their chanting cannot be as attractive as the congregational chanting… Expand>

All the pure devotees are as bright as sunshine, and their bodily luster is very effulgent. In addition, their performance of sankirtana is unparalleled. There are many professional chanters who can perform congregational chanting with various musical instruments in an artistic and musical way, but their chanting cannot be as attractive as the congregational chanting of pure devotees. If a devotee sticks strictly to the principles governing Vaisnava behavior, his bodily luster will naturally be attractive, and his singing and chanting of the holy names of the Lord will be effective. People will appreciate such kirtana without hesitation. Even dramas about the pastimes of Lord Caitanya or Sri Krsna should be played by devotees. Such dramas will immediately interest an audience and be full of potency. The students of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness should note these two points and try to apply these principles in their spreading of the Lord's glories.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Madhya 11.95

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Keeping good relationships in Vrindavan

Srila Prabhupada said, "In Vrindavan there are five thousand caste goswamis, five thousand shopkeepers, and five thousand widows, and we have to keep good relations with all of them; otherwise we will end up in court like the Gaudiya Matha."… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said, "In Vrindavan there are five thousand caste goswamis, five thousand shopkeepers, and five thousand widows, and we have to keep good relations with all of them; otherwise we will end up in court like the Gaudiya Matha."

Told by Yamuna D.D. to Giriraja Maharaja

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Krsna returns home from the pastures

Krsna and His friends and calves began to return to their Vrajabhumi homes. When Krsna returned home to Vrajabhumi, He was seen by all the inhabitants of Vrndavana. He was wearing a peacock feather in His helmet, which was also decorated with forest flowers. Krsna was also garlanded with flowers and painted with different colored minerals collected from the caves of… Expand>

Krsna and His friends and calves began to return to their Vrajabhumi homes. When Krsna returned home to Vrajabhumi, He was seen by all the inhabitants of Vrndavana. He was wearing a peacock feather in His helmet, which was also decorated with forest flowers. Krsna was also garlanded with flowers and painted with different colored minerals collected from the caves of Govardhana Hill. Govardhana Hill is always famous for supplying natural red oxides, and Krsna and His friends painted their bodies with them. Each of them had a bugle made of buffalo horn and a stick and a flute, and each called his respective calves by their particular names. The cowherd boys were so proud of Krsna's wonderful activities that, while entering the village, they all sang His glories. All the gopis in Vrndavana saw beautiful Krsna entering the village.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => KB 14: Prayers Offered by Lord Brahma to Lord Krsna

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Performing Devotional Service in Karttika (3)

In the Padma Purana it is said, "The Lord may offer liberation or material happiness to a devotee, but after some devotional service has been executed, particularly in Mathura during the month of Karttika, the devotees want only to attain pure devotional service unto the Lord." The purport is that the Lord does not award devotional service to ordinary persons who are… Expand>

In the Padma Purana it is said, "The Lord may offer liberation or material happiness to a devotee, but after some devotional service has been executed, particularly in Mathura during the month of Karttika, the devotees want only to attain pure devotional service unto the Lord." The purport is that the Lord does not award devotional service to ordinary persons who are not serious about it. But even such unserious persons who execute devotional service according to the regulative principles during the month of Karttika, and within the jurisdiction of Mathura in India, are very easily awarded the Lord's personal service.

From NoD ch. 12

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Performing Devotional Service in Karttika (2)

The execution of devotional service during Urja-vrata in the month of Karttika is especially recommended to be performed at Mathura. This system is still followed by many devotees. They go to Mathura or Vrndavana and stay there during the month of Karttika specifically to perform devotional services during this period… Expand>

The execution of devotional service during Urja-vrata in the month of Karttika is especially recommended to be performed at Mathura. This system is still followed by many devotees. They go to Mathura or Vrndavana and stay there during the month of Karttika specifically to perform devotional services during this period.

From NoD ch. 12

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Equal rights for women

Srila Prabhupada: So-called equal rights for women means that the men cheat the women. Suppose a woman and a man meet, they become lovers, they have sex, the woman becomes pregnant, and the man goes away. The woman has to take charge of the child and beg alms from the government, or else she kills the child by having an abortion. This is the woman's independence. In… Expand>

Srila Prabhupada: So-called equal rights for women means that the men cheat the women. Suppose a woman and a man meet, they become lovers, they have sex, the woman becomes pregnant, and the man goes away. The woman has to take charge of the child and beg alms from the government, or else she kills the child by having an abortion. This is the woman's independence. In India, although a woman may be poverty-stricken, she stays under the care of her husband, and he takes responsibility for her. When she becomes pregnant, she is not forced to kill the child or maintain him by begging. So, which is real independence — to remain under the care of the husband or to be enjoyed by everyone?

From The Science Self Realization, Chapter 1, section "What is Krsna consciousness?"

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Christopher Columbus and self-realization

(Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas was on October 12, 1492) Hrdayananda: How many different ways are there for self-realization? Prabhupada: Only one path. God is one, and to realize Him, the path is one. There cannot be two paths. Just like suppose in India. So India is from here to the eastern side? Yes. This is an example. But you cannot find in the… Expand>

(Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas was on October 12, 1492)

Hrdayananda: How many different ways are there for self-realization?

Prabhupada: Only one path. God is one, and to realize Him, the path is one. There cannot be two paths. Just like suppose in India. So India is from here to the eastern side? Yes. This is an example. But you cannot find in the western side. Just like Columbus. He wanted to discover India. He did not go to the eastern side; he went to the western side. So he found America, that's all. [laughter] So if you want to find out God, then you have to take the right path. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita: bhaktya mam abhijanati yavan yas casmi tattvatah [Bg. 18.55]. He never says, "By jnana, karma, yoga one can achieve God." That is not possible. Only by bhakti. So if you want to have God, then you have to take these devotional activities, but if you want to have maya, you can take different paths.

Hrdayananda: [translating] ...there's only one path straight. He was saying how Columbus also, if he would have kept going, he could have...

Prabhupada: Yes, you are right. If Columbus would have gone still farther, farther, western side, and he could have gained India. That means if you take other path, then you will achieve God after many, many lifes, not immediately. So if you want to waste your time [indistinct] God, you can take different paths. But if you want immediately, take to bhakti path.

Srila Prabhupada — February 21, 1975, Caracas

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Our laugh is best

I asked Prabhupada, "What does this verse mean?" The verse was, Ya nisa sarva-bhutanam, what is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the self-controlled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the introspective sage" (Bhagavad-gita 2.69). Prabhupada started smiling and said, "Yes. This means that when we see the karmis, we laugh. And when… Expand>

I asked Prabhupada, "What does this verse mean?" The verse was, Ya nisa sarva-bhutanam, what is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the self-controlled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the introspective sage" (Bhagavad-gita 2.69).

Prabhupada started smiling and said, "Yes. This means that when we see the karmis, we laugh. And when the karmis see us, they laugh. But our laugh is better. We know that they are wrong. They see us, and they think that we are wasting our time chanting Hare Krishna. We see them, and we know that they are wasting their time in material life. Our laugh is best."

Hari-vilasa Prabhu; Srila Prabhupada Remembrances ch. 6

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