August 14, 2017
Krsna has many types of potencies, parasya saktir vividhaiva sruyate svabhav... , because He has to execute so many affairs, this material world, spiritual world, and just imagine so big universe. There are innumerable universes, and in each and every universe there are so many planets, so many different kinds of living entities, and He has to manage everything.
Therefore He is called Paramesvara. Paramesvara means the supreme controller. And Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita, sarvasya caham hrdi sannivistah [Bg. 15.15]: "I am living in everyone's heart." Now, imagine. There are innumerable universes, and each and every universe, there are innumerable planets, and in each and every planet, there are innumerable towns and cities, and each and every town, there are innumerable living entities, and Krsna has to manage all of them. That is Krsna.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.6 — Vrndavana, April 18, 1975^ Show less
August 14, 2017
Sri Krsna, in His Paramatma feature, lives in the hearts of all living beings in both the transcendental and mundane creations. As the Paramatma, He witnesses all actions the living beings perform in all phases of time, namely past, present and future. Sri Krsna knows what the living beings have done for hundreds and thousands of past births, and He sees what they are doing now; therefore He knows the results of their present actions that will fructify in the future. As stated in the Bhagavad-gita, the entire cosmic situation is created as soon as He glances over the material energy. Nothing can exist without His superintendence. Since He sees even the abode where the collective living beings rest, He is the original Narayana.
(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Adi 2.46)^ Show less
August 12, 2017
Ranganatha Dasa asked, "What happens to devotees who are initiated, even as brahmanas, and then they go away?"
Srila Prabhupada replied, "That is the fault of the recommender."
From Memories of Srila Prabhupada, CD 64.^ Show less
August 10, 2017
The Lord comes here to reestablish the principles of religion, and the basic principle is the development of an attitude of surrender to Him. This is the Lord's last instruction in the Bhagavad-gita (18.66): sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja. "Give up all other processes and just surrender unto Me alone." Unfortunately, foolish men have misinterpreted this prime teaching and misled the masses of people in diverse ways. People have been urged to open hospitals but not to educate themselves to enter into the spiritual kingdom by devotional service. They have been taught to take interest only in temporary relief work, which can never bring real happiness to the living entity. They start varieties of public and semi-governmental institutions to tackle the devastating power of nature, but they don't know how to pacify insurmountable nature. Many men are advertised as great scholars of the Bhagavad-gita, but they overlook the Gita's message, by which material nature can be pacified. Powerful nature can be pacified only by the awakening of God consciousness, as clearly pointed out in the Bhagavad-gita (7.14).
In this mantra, Sri Isopanisad teaches that one must perfectly know both sambhuti (the Personality of Godhead) and vinasa (the temporary material manifestation), side by side. By knowing the material manifestation alone, one cannot be saved, for in the course of nature there is devastation at every moment (ahany ahani bhutani gacchantiha yamalayam). Nor can one be saved from these devastations by the opening of hospitals. One can be saved only by complete knowledge of the eternal life of bliss and awareness. The whole Vedic scheme is meant to educate men in this art of attaining eternal life. People are often misguided by temporary attractive things based on sense gratification, but service rendered to the sense objects is both misleading and degrading.
We must therefore save ourselves and our fellow man in the right way. There is no question of liking or disliking the truth. It is there. If we want to be saved from repeated birth and death, we must take to the devotional service of the Lord. There can be no compromise, for this is a matter of necessity.
From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Isopanisad mantra 14^ Show less
August 9, 2017
When I was speaking in Berkeley University sometimes in the year 1966, one Indian student stood up, and he said, "Swamiji, what this Krsna consciousness movement will do? We require now technology."
So I replied, "Yes. You are after technology. So you are a beggar. I am not a beggar. I have come here to give something. That is the difference. I have come here to give some culture, and you have come to imitate the Western civilization by technology. That is the difference. You'll remain a beggar, I shall remain a giver. That is the difference."
So still I am maintaining that position of giving, not taking. Before me, so many svamijis went there. They did not give, but they took something and came here and advertised themselves as foreign-returned sannyasi and exploited the people. They lost even their original dress.
Everyone knows, I have never changed my dress. Rather, I have given the dress to the foreigners, and they have taken it. The Ramakrishna Mission people came to request me that I dress myself in coat, pant, hat. Because they are doing. Their so-called svami, they are dressed in coat, pant, hat. So this is a culture. This culture is meant for the human society.
Fortunately, this culture developed on this land of Bharata-varsa. Unfortunately, people are so much bewildered that they are giving up this culture. That is the most regrettable portion of..., of our movement. Anyway, my mission was that I shall go to America, and if some of the American boys and girls, younger section, would accept it, then I'll bring them here to show these rascals that how great this culture is.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.48 — June 14, 1973, Mayapur^ Show less
August 8, 2017
When Akrura entered Vrndavana, he saw Krsna and Balarama engaged in supervising the milking of the cows. Krsna was dressed in yellow garments and Balarama in bluish. Akrura also saw that Their eyes were exactly like the beautiful lotus flower that grows during the autumn season. He saw Krsna and Balarama in the spring of Their youth. Although They had the same bodily features, Krsna was blackish in complexion, whereas Balarama was whitish. Both were the shelter of the goddess of fortune. They had well-constructed bodies, beautiful hands and pleasing faces, and They were as strong as elephants. Now, after seeing Their footprints, marked with flag, trident, thunderbolt and lotus, Akrura actually saw Krsna and Balarama face to face. Although They were the most influential personalities, They were glancing at him with smiling faces. Akrura could understand that both Krsna and Balarama had returned from tending cows in the forest; They had taken Their baths and were dressed with fresh clothing and garlanded with flowers and with necklaces made of valuable jewels. Their bodies were smeared with the pulp of sandalwood. Akrura greatly appreciated the aroma of the flowers and sandalwood and Their bodily presence. He considered himself very fortunate to see Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His plenary expansion, Balarama, face to face, for he knew that They were the original personalities of the creation.
From KRSNA book, by Srila Prabhupada^ Show less
August 7, 2017
Brahma Samhita is the gist of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. In the Bhagavad gita as well as in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Krishna is accepted as Supreme Lord & everything about him is nicely described there, similarly in the Brahma-Samhita everything about Krishna is perfectly described. In the very beginning of the book, Krishna is accepted as the Supreme Lord existing eternally in his transcendental form and is the cause of all causes. One who reads Brahma Samhita very carefully & scrutinizingly can understand everything of Krishna without any fault. I recommend, therefore that all my students read Brahma Samhita very carefully — especially because it was translated personally by my spiritual master Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Pradyumna — Calcutta 17 October, 1967^ Show less
August 6, 2017
Vedic religion means varnasrama-dharma. Krsna says, God says, catur-varnyam maya srstam [Bg. 4.13]. So that is obligatory. Just like law is obligatory. You cannot say that "I don't take this law." No. You have to take it if you want to have a happy [society].
Srila Prabhupada — Answers to a Questionnaire from Bhavan's Journal; New Vrndavana, 28 June 1976^ Show less
August 5, 2017
Srila Rupa Gosvami, after retiring from his minister's seat in the government, went to Vrndavana and lived beneath a tree, like Maharaja Prthu. Since then, many people have gone to Vrndavana to imitate Rupa Gosvami's behavior. Instead of advancing in spiritual life, many have fallen into material habits and even in Vrndavana have become victims of illicit sex, gambling and intoxication. The Krsna consciousness movement has been introduced in the Western countries, but it is not possible for Westerners to go to the forest and practice the severe austerities which were ideally practiced by Prthu Maharaja or Rupa Gosvami. However, Westerners or anyone else can follow in the footsteps of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura by living in a temple, which is transcendental to residence in a forest, and to vow to accept krsna-prasada and nothing else, follow the regulative principles and chant sixteen rounds daily of the Hare Krsna mantra. In this way, one's spiritual life will never be disturbed.
From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 4.23.5^ Show less
August 4, 2017
In Vrndavana there are prakrta-sahajiyas who say that writing books or even touching books is taboo. For them, devotional service means being relieved from these activities. Whenever they are asked to hear a recitation of Vedic literature, they refuse, saying, "What business do we have reading or hearing transcendental literatures? They are meant for neophytes." They pose themselves as too elevated to exert energy for reading, writing and hearing. However, pure devotees under the guidance of Srila Rupa Gosvami reject this sahajiya philosophy. It is certainly not good to write literature for money or reputation, but to write books and publish them for the enlightenment of the general populace is real service to the Lord. That was Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati's opinion, and he specifically told his disciples to write books. He actually preferred to publish books rather than establish temples. Temple construction is meant for the general populace and neophyte devotees, but the business of advanced and empowered devotees is to write books, publish them and distribute them widely. According to Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, distributing literature is like playing on a great mrdanga. Consequently we always request members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness to publish as many books as possible and distribute them widely throughout the world. By thus following in the footsteps of Srila Rupa Gosvami, one can become a rupanuga devotee.
From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Madhya 19.132^ Show less
August 3, 2017
Even if you find in devotee something bad, and his behavior is not in the standard, but because he is Krsna conscious, he has no other business, he is sadhu. Api cet suduracaro bhajate mam ananya-bhak, sadhur eva sa mantavyah [Bg. 9.30]. He is sadhu. He is saintly man. Even if you find some defect in his character, because he is sticking to Krsna consciousness, he is saintly. Krsna says. How is that, a saintly man has got some this bad character? So that answer is next verse: ksipram bhavati dharmatma sasvac-chantim nigacchati kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati [Bg. 9.31] "Yes, there are some defects. It is right. But it will be very soon finished." Just like you make the switch off, electric fan. So after the switch is off, still it is moving. But that movement is not real movement because the switch is off. It will stop very soon.
Srila Prabhupada — June 22, 1975, Los Angeles^ Show less
August 2, 2017
We must be purely chanting. But we should not be disappointed, even impure. Therefore we must have fixed chanting process. Because we are not in the pure stage. Therefore, by force, just like a boy in the school. We had this training in our childhood school. Our teacher would ask me, "You write ten pages, handwriting." So that means practicing ten pages, my handwriting will be set up. So if we do not even follow sixteen rounds, where is the question of chanting Hare Krsna? So don't be artificial; don't be a showbottle. Be real thing. And that is wanted. If you want real benefit of spiritual life, don't be showbottle. If one can chant purified offenseless, once krsna-nama, he is free from all material bondage. Once only.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.26-30 — Hawaii, January 23, 1974^ Show less
August 1, 2017
Unfortunately, in present day society in the name of suddha-bhakti various types of mixed devotion such as karma-misra (mixed with fruitive action), jnana-misra (mixed with speculative knowledge) and yoga-misra (mixed with various types of yoga processes) as well as various polluted and imaginary conceptions are spreading everywhere like germs of plague. People in general consider these polluted and mixed conceptions to be bhakti, respect them as such, and thus remain deprived of suddha-bhakti. These polluted and mixed concepts are our greatest enemies. Some people say that there is no value in bhakti, that God is an imaginary sentiment only, that man has merely created the image of a God in his imagination, and that bhakti is just a diseased state of consciousness which cannot benefit us in any way. These types of people, though opposed to bhakti, cannot do much harm to us because we can easily recognise them and avoid them. But those who propagate that bhagavad-bhakti is the highest dharma yet behave against the principles of suddha-bhakti and also instruct others against the principles of suddha-bhakti can be especially harmful to us. In the name of bhakti they instruct us against the actual principles of bhakti and ultimately lead us onto a path which is totally opposed to bhagavad-bhakti. Therefore, with great endeavour our previous acaryas have defined the svarupa or intrinsic nature of bhakti and have repeatedly cautioned us to keep ourselves away from polluted and mixed concepts.
(From Bhakti-tattva-viveka, by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura)^ Show less
July 30, 2017
A civilization in which the people do not know how the representative of Narada and Krsna should be respected, how society should be formed and how one should advance in Krsna consciousness — a society concerned only with manufacturing new cars and new skyscrapers every year and then breaking them to pieces and making new ones — may be technologically advanced, but it is not a human civilization. A human civilization is advanced when its people follow the catur-varnya system, the system of four orders of life. There must be ideal, first-class men to act as advisors, second-class men to act as administrators, third-class men to produce food and protect cows, and fourth-class men who obey the three higher classes of society. One who does not follow the standard system of society should be considered a fifth-class man.
Srila Prabhupada — SB 6.7.13 Purport^ Show less
July 29, 2017
Siddha-svarupa: But if that seriousness is not there, then it makes a mockery of initiation.
Prabhupada: No, there is no question of mockery.
Siddha-svarupa: No, but if the seriousness is not there...
Prabhupada: That means your preaching is not good, because you are not preaching seriously. That means your preaching is failure. You should go on, but you should know also that "These men are not becoming serious. Then what is the use of initiation?"
(Conversation — June 15, 1975, Honolulu)^ Show less
July 28, 2017
The human form of life is meant for liberation, but unfortunately, due to the influence of Kali-yuga, every day the grhasthas are working hard like asses. Early in the morning they rise and travel even a hundred miles away to earn bread. Especially in the Western countries, I have seen that people awaken at five o'clock to go to offices and factories to earn their livelihood. People in Calcutta and Bombay also do this every day. They work very hard in the office or factory, and again they spend three or four hours in transportation returning home. Then they retire at ten o'clock and again rise early in the morning to go to their offices and factories. This kind of hard labor is described in the sastras as the life of pigs and stool-eaters. Nayam deho deha-bhajam nrloke kastan kaman arhate vid-bhujam ye: [SB 5.5.1] "Of all living entities who have accepted material bodies in this world, one who has been awarded this human form should not work hard day and night simply for sense gratification, which is available even for dogs and hogs that eat stool." (SB 5.5.1) One must find some time for hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita. This is Vedic culture. One should work eight hours at the most to earn his livelihood, and either in the afternoon or in the evening a householder should associate with devotees to hear about the incarnations of Krsna and His activities and thus be gradually liberated from the clutches of maya.
From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 7.14.3–4^ Show less
July 27, 2017
Bengali saying, dhula mati bhatte kare mata[?]: "They are catching dust and it is turning into coin." This proverb is there, dhula mati bhatte kare mato. He is thinking that "I am taking some dust, but when it is in hand, it is coin." That is good time. And when it is bad time, if you catch coin and when it is in your hand, it is dust. We should think that time may also come. Yes. Because after all, it is Krsna's desire, turn dust into coin, to turn coin into dust. So we should be always careful. If we remain Krsna conscious, then the coin will never turn into dust. Otherwise it can be turned. So you American, you are now full of coins. Before turning into dust, catch Krsna with the coin: it will never turn into dust; it will remain coin. I am very hopeful of the Americans. Because you are so nice devotees, you can keep your country coinful, no dustful. India is giving up Krsna, and therefore they are turning into dust.
Srila Prabhupada — June 20, 1975, Los Angeles^ Show less
July 26, 2017
Love means two persons, there is exchange. Giving something, taking something, feeding something and to eat something, and speaking everything, no secrecy, and to know everything of the other person. When these things are transacted, then there is love. Dadati pratigrhnati bhunkte bhojayate caiva guhyam akhyati prcchati. If I love you and I have got some secrecy, I don't disclose to you, that is not perfect love. I must deal with you open-hearted, you must deal with me open-hearted, then there is love. This is one of the basic principles.
Srila Prabhupada - Evening Darshan, Tehran, 9th August 1976^ Show less
July 25, 2017
Srutakirti: The other day you said that Govinda dasi, she had asked you if in general that we would have to take birth in India before going back home, and you said yes. So we were wondering [laughter] how that's possible that we have to take birth in India. Because we see that they're not very strict Vaisnavas there.
Prabhupada: The land is there. Just like this land, Vaisnava is there. This land is not meant for spiritual culture, but still the Vaisnavas are there. Similarly, in India... No, there are many Vaisnavas there. The mass of people, they are all Vaisnava.
Paramahamsa: So by joining this movement we come to the platform where we can take birth in India in a nice brahmana family? [laughter]
Prabhupada: No, you can go directly also, if you want to finish your business. Sucinam srimatam gehe [Bg. 6.41]. This is a consideration, who, one who fails in executing. But if you become successful, then you go directly where Krsna is there. Krsna is there in some universe. So those who are completely liberated, they go to that universe. Just like when Krsna comes here, in each and every universe there is a Vrndavana. So in that Vrndavana one takes birth. Then goes to original Vrndavana. [break]
Paramahamsa: Those who are not able to maintain the Krsna consciousness principle, then they may have to go to India next lifetime.
Prabhupada: Yes. Srimatam, srimatam sucinam. So srimatam, you can get here. Srimatam means rich — rich family. Here you get many families, Ford family. But srimatam and sucinam. So if you are creating so many brahmanas, so if this cult is permanent, then there will be many brahmana family here also.
Morning Walk — June 10, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
July 24, 2017
Along with the Deity worship in this temple, hold classes at least five hours. As in the schools and colleges there are regular classes, forty-five minutes' class, then five or ten minutes' recess, again forty-five minutes' class, in this way, so we have got enough subject matter to study, and if we study all these books, to finish them it will take at least twenty-five years. So you are all young men. I request you to engage your time in reading books, in chanting, in Deity worshiping, in going to preach, selling books. Don't be lazy. Always remain engaged. Then that is Krsna consciousness.
(Srila Prabhupada, Arrival Lecture — Mexico, February 11, 1975)^ Show less
July 23, 2017
This attachment, karmanubaddha, for this material world, everyone is busy — we have discussed many times — from morning till late at night, and night also, they are busy. Big, big factories, they are working day and night, one shift, other shift. That has become the criterion of civilization. Formerly it was less, because this ugra-karma... These factories means ugra-karma, unnecessarily severe, hard work. Unnecessarily. We have seen in Detroit, they are manufacturing one Ford, manufacturing Ford, simply wheels of the motorcar. Huge stock wheels. And somebody is manufacturing tire, huge stock of tire, and they are giving estimate: Up till now, so many millions of tire we have manufactured. Well, you know all this. It is in your country. And then there are so many motor parts, there are three thousand small parts. So big, big factories, they are working to manufacture the parts of the motorcar, different parts of the motorcar, day and night working. And ultimately, they are preparing one car, and people are using huge quantity of cars. This is called karmanubaddha, unnecessary, ugra-karma.
Transportation is required, but we see from Krsna books that the inhabitants of Gokula... There was a meeting headed by Nanda Maharaja's young brother, Upananda, and all the villagers, they assembled together. They discussed that Our Krsna is being repeatedly attacked by the asuras, and it has become very troublesome. So let us leave this place. They are villagers. They thought it wise that Because we are in this village, some of the demons, they are coming and disturbing. So they are villagers... Immediately Nanda Maharaja agreed, All right, let us leave this place. So immediately, they transferred the whole village with their possessions, cloth or something, everything, within one hour. And they transported by the bullock cart to Nandagrama. That means, the idea is the whole village was transferred from one village to another within very short time. So the transport is required, the transport by bullock carts. The bulls are there. They can be used for transport. Or asses can be used for transport. And camels can be used for transport. There are so many animals. So advancement, and big, big kings, royal families, they have got their transport service by keeping elephants and horses. They can get on the back of the horses and get yourself there. So nature's arrangement, God's arrangement is there. Transport is required in the human society, but you can utilize so many animals for your purpose. But at the present moment, ugra-karma. The transport is there, but they have manufactured big, big buses for transport, big, big cars, and the animals, they are now killed and eat. This is civilization. This is civilization. Not to reduce the labor, but increase the labor. Therefore they are called ugra-karma, jagatah hita, and that will create disastrous condition of the human society. This is discussed in Bhagavad-gita.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.10-13 — Vrndavana, November 1, 1976^ Show less
July 22, 2017
Prabhupada: ...their own food, it takes working eight hours for three months. So three months, if they work hard — hard means eight hours, not more than — then the whole year's provision is there.
Siddha-svarupa: Yes. Simply they have to harvest time, maybe two hours a day. Farming or being in the countryside also seems to be... In itself, working in the countryside rather than in a factory seems to be more conducive for thinking, even while they're working.
Prabhupada: No, it is a fact. This factory working is most demonic. It is not required at all. For the interest of a few persons this device has been invented.
(June 18, 1975, Honolulu)^ Show less
July 21, 2017
In regard to the instructions of the father and mother, it may be said that every living entity, including even the insignificant cats, dogs and serpents, takes birth of a father and mother. Therefore, getting a material father and mother is not a problem. In every form of life, birth after birth, the living entity gets a father and mother. In human society, however, if one is satisfied with his material father and mother and their instructions and does not make further progress by accepting a spiritual master and being educated in the sastras, he certainly remains in darkness. The material father and mother are important only if they are interested in educating their son to become free from the clutches of death. As instructed by Rsabhadeva (SB 5.5.18): pita na sa syaj janani na sa syat/ na mocayed yah samupeta-mrtyum. One should not strive to become a mother or father if one cannot save one's dependent son from the impending danger of death. A parent who does not know how to save his son has no value because such fathers and mothers may be had in any form of life, even among the cats, dogs and so on. Only a father and mother who can elevate their son to the spiritual platform are bona fide parents. Therefore according to the Vedic system it is said, janmana jayate sudrah: one is born of a material father and mother as a sudra. The purpose of life, however, is to become a brahmana, a first-class man.
From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 6.5.20^ Show less
July 20, 2017
Prabhupada: The lusty desire is so prominent that whenever they will get some opportunity. Therefore it is ordered that you should not remain alone even with your sister, with your daughter, with your mother — and what to speak of others. Sastra says, matra svasra duhitra va naviviktasano bhavet [SB 9.19.17]: "Don't keep yourself alone even with your mother or sister or daughter," what to speak of others. This is prohibited. And those who have taken this brahmana, celibacy, for them to see even one women and appreciate, "Oh, she is very nice," that is also subtle sex. Eight kinds of subtle sex. Therefore according to Vedic civilization, woman is allowed to dress herself very nicely only before the husband. On the street, they will not go out. They will not go out. Even they go out — covered. That is observed strictly by the Muhammadans. Nobody can see the bodily structure.
Siddha-svarupa: The Chinese, they are also like that. Conservative.
Prabhupada: Hindus, they did not do. Even my mother; my wife also. Now, from our daughter's time they are going to. Going to next-door neighbor, so my mother used to go there in car — next door. Not walking; by car, carriage, because next door simply one step. So there was no horse. The coachman, by hand he... But still the carriage must be. Otherwise... And there was palanquin going from this house to that house. A palanquin man, four men, carried. Four carriers. And they would charge maybe five paisa. That was the situation, even our mother's time. My mother, my wife also was taken in. My wife never gone in bus, tram. No. They would travel...
Bali-mardana: During the time you have been living, you have seen such vast changes.
Bali-mardana: We have grown up in this degraded culture.
Prabhupada: Nobody would see the face of woman. Veil. Who is going, nobody knows: "Some women is there." That is Oriental culture. I have seen in Iran, even nowadays, nobody can see.
Siddha-svarupa: Didn't the Japanese have something like that too, where they require them to be covered?
Bali-mardana: They had just palanquins, too, but covered palanquins. The Chinese, too.
Prabhupada: The Japanese, say about forty years ago... One of my friends, he had a Japanese tenant in Calcutta. Not tenant... He was working with the distribution at a big office, so he was assistant cashier. So during Christmas he gave some presentation, and went to his boss's house. So the servant came to receive the presentation, and when he asked about the lady, his wife, the servant replied that "In the absence of her husband, she does not see anybody." That I have seen. Not that she came to received, "Oh, Mister, you have come to Mr. Such-and-such's house. All right." No. It was done by the servant. And when he asked about the Mrs., the servant said that "In the absence of the master she does not see anyone."
Bali-mardana: When the husband was away, the Japanese women, they painted their teeth black — there was some dye — to make them look ugly.
Prabhupada: This is Vedic civilization. This is called prosita bhartrka. By dress one would understand what she is: whether she is married, whether she is not married, whether her husband was out of home, whether she is widow, whether she is prostitute — everything, by dress. One hasn't got to ask what she is; by her different dress people will understand. This, it is called sita. What do you call this?
Govinda dasi: Part? The part?
Prabhupada: So the prostitute would keep their part...
Bali-mardana: Right side.
Prabhupada: ...like that, not in the middle.
Bali-mardana: On the side.
Prabhupada: Then everyone will understand, "She is prostitute." And married means the red, vermilion. And unmarried means no vermilion. Widow means white, and prosita bhartrka, when husband is not at home she will not dress at all — not comb the hair, not dress, no ornaments. In this way, simply be seeing woman what is her dress, one can understand. Just like with the Japanese. This is Oriental culture.
The Britishers, they peacefully killed the Vedic culture. The Muhammadans, they were sometimes fighting, by force pushing meat to the mouth, and they became Muhammadans, and sprinkle on him. They did not know how to peacefully turn the whole culture. The Britishers, they knew how to convert them peacefully. And that they did. They would not take any forceful action. Muhammadans, they used to take some forceful actions, that's all. Britishers avoided that, but peacefully they injected poison. The school, college, society. In the Government House when there was some function, they created a rich man class: zamindars, landlords. So if some invitation would come to somebody from the Government House, he would think himself that he has become demigod. In the Government House, the drinking and talking with others' wives — naturally they studied this, and they adopted it. This is "civilization."
June 16, 1975, Honolulu NB talking with others' wives was also considered as "poison" by Srila Prabhupada^ Show less
July 19, 2017
Because people are suffering for want of this knowledge, therefore our Krsna consciousness movement is the only movement — I can declare very proudly — which can actually do some benefit to the human society. It is the only movement. All other, bogus movements, I declare. Let them come and study the sastras and decide for themselves. They're all cheating.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.30 — Vrndavana, August 11, 1974^ Show less
July 18, 2017
Convey my ardent affection and blessings for all the boys and girls. I am very much hopeful of my movement. Please keep steady, follow all my instructions scrupulously, chant Hare Krishna and Krishna will give you all strength.
(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Brahmananda - 24 July 1967)^ Show less
July 17, 2017
Unless you become Krsna conscious, there is no question of [happiness]. This is a false happiness, that "If I get money, I'll be happy." That is false.
So many men, they have got money. We see practically, the whole European civilization, American civilization, is based on this fundamental idea that "Let us have money and we shall be happy." And nobody is happy. Nobody is happy, [not] a single man.
Very big, big buildings, very nice car, very nice road, but there is no question of happiness. Always restlessness.
Srila Prabhupada — July 5, 1977, Vrndavana^ Show less
July 16, 2017
Our philosophy is that you produce your food anywhere. You stay, and keep cows, take milk, produce vegetable, food grains, and chant Hare Krsna. That's all. This is our philosophy. Make your life successful. By becoming Krsna conscious, you become free from all these troubles of material condition. This is our education. Don't be after these motorcars, television, and all nonsense things, sporting, wine, women. Don't be after these. Simply eat sufficiently, keep your health nicely, chant Hare Krsna, realize Krsna, and go back to home. This is our philosophy.
Srila Prabhupada — May 25, 1974, Rome^ Show less
July 15, 2017
The blacksmith's method and the goldsmith's method. The goldsmith, he has got a small hammer — tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk,-tuk-tuk. And the blacksmith has a big hammer — dumh, finish. [laughter] So our is blacksmith method. We take the big hammer of bhakti-yoga and finish all, everything. You see? We won't have to undergo so many tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk.
And there is no possibility. If I say, "Now you have to become completely brahmacari. You have to sit down in the forest and stay at right angle and press your nose for six months," who will follow? There is no possibility. This tuk-tuk method, there is no possibility. We have to get this hammer, blacksmith hammer of Krsna consciousness, and immediately finish everything. This is Kali-yuga. Simply one... Who can do this? This one hammer, finishing all sinful reaction, who can do this? Vasudeva-parayanah. Bhaktya vasudeva-parayanah. By devotional service one has to become vasudeva-parayana, devotee of Lord Vasudeva. That's all. That is being taught here: how to become lover of Vasudeva.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.15 — August 1, 1971, New York^ Show less
July 14, 2017
Prabhupada: What is the use of your serving poor? Are you serving the poor? Why do you talk like that? First of all, are you serving the poor?
Indian lady (5): Yes, sir. I am a doctor. And we see only poverty. So I want to ask.
Prabhupada: This has become a slogan, "Serving the poor." Where is the sastra? Where in Bhagavad-gita it is said, "Serving the poor?" You are yourself poor. So how you can serve? [laughter] First of all, we should know that "I am the poorest of the poor." So first of all let me become rich. Then I shall serve. This slogan has spread, "If I serve the poor..." And what you have got, you will serve the poor? You have to work like an ass to earn your livelihood, and you are going to serve the poor.
March 23, 1974, Bombay^ Show less
July 13, 2017
Siddha-svarupa: McDonald's, they are very proud. They announce how many hamburgers they have sold. They have branches everywhere in the world.
Prabhupada: Hamburger means?
Siddha-svarupa: Uh, that's beef. They kill the cows at an unbelievable rate, the number of cows they're killing for their meat.
Manasvi: I think up to now they have sold 200,000,000 hamburgers, or something like that.
Prabhupada: You also keep account? [laughs]
Manasvi: No, they put that ad in every day.
Siddha-svarupa: They put in a newspaper.
Ambarisa: You can't avoid seeing it.
Siddha-svarupa: No, they are always telling you.
Manasvi: In front of their shop it's always there.
Siddha-svarupa: "We have killed this many." They have also tried to connect themselves with patriotism and religion. They have, at all of their restaurants, they have the American flag flying along with the McDonald's flag. They have their own flag, McDonald's. So they fly alongside the American flag.
Morning Walk — June 11, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
July 12, 2017
Devotee (3): How then can we advise them, Srila Prabhupada, if they are like serpents? How can we...?
Prabhupada: You can advise only, "Chant Hare Krsna. Then everything will be all right," this one medicine. You can simply make plan how they will chant and take prasadam. Then everything all right. This simple method. Bring them: "Please come here, chant, dance and take prasadam." They will be all good men. This process. Otherwise, if you give them good advice, they will not be able to carry it out. They are so sinful. Their treatment, the only treatment, is this Krsna consciousness movement. Somehow or other, bring them together. Let them chant. Let them dance and take prasadam. They will be all right. Kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha. There is no other means to rectify them. We are opening centers different parts of the world just to give them chance, "Please come here, take prasadam, chant, dance, enjoy." But that transcendental enjoyment will make them correct. We are the best friends of the human society.
Morning Walk in the Botanical Gardens — May 23, 1975, Melbourne^ Show less
July 11, 2017
Siddha-svarupa: If that seriousness is not there, then it makes a mockery of initiation.
Prabhupada: No, there is no question of mockery.
Siddha-svarupa: No, but if the seriousness is not there...
Prabhupada: That means your preaching is not good, because you are not preaching seriously. That means your preaching is failure, you see? But you should go on, but you should know also that "These men are not becoming serious. Then what is the use of initiation?" You cannot give it up. Then your preaching becomes less important. Preaching should be there, and the listener should be prepared, "Yes, I will accept." That is success of preaching. Otherwise go on for three millions of years talking, and he is not prepared.
But if he is talking nonsense, then he has got nothing. Then preaching is failure. That preaching is failure, and the student is also failure. So what is the use of wasting time like that?
Unless you come to this position, karisye vacanam tava [Bg. 18.73], "Yes, I shall act only according to Your order," then it will [indistinct]. That means he has not understood everything. He remains the same fool.
Conversation – June 15, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
July 10, 2017
Nityam bhagavata-sevaya: we have to read Srimad-Bhagavatam daily, and twenty-four hours. That is the injunction: nityam. Nityam means "always." So our members especially those who are inmates, they, and those who are becoming members, ordinary member or patron member, we are giving them books. Please read them carefully. Don't take books that "I am member. It is my duty to take books and keep it in the almirah." No. Read it thoroughly. Nityam bhagavata-sevaya. By regular reading of Srimad-Bhagavatam, then our this material contamination becomes vanquished. Nasta-prayesu. Nasta-prayesv abhadresu nityam bhagavata-sevaya [SB 1.2.18]. As soon as it begins to diminish, then it will diminish finally, and then you will be situated in your pure, original constitutional position, Krsna consciousness, bhakti-yogatah. Evam prasanna-manaso bhagavad-bhakti-yogatah [SB 1.2.20]. By cleansing the heart we become prasanna-manasah, very jubilant. Bhagavad-bhakti-yogatah. Therefore this bhagavata-dharma should be practiced from the very beginning of life, and it should be studied. We have got so many books. One can read... Whatever already we have got, books, one can read for fifty years continually and get new enlightenment one after another.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.41 — January 16, 1975, Bombay^ Show less
July 9, 2017
There is a nice story about Sanatana Gosvami, of whom we are now studying. Sanatana Gosvami and Rupa Gosvami, two brothers, they went to Vrndavana for devotional service. So their all business was... Rupa Gosvami, especially, he was always engaged in writing books. And when he was hungry, he went to some householder: "Give me a piece of bread." And everyone at Vrndavana... They were leaders. All the Vrndavana inhabitants, they took... Even their household quarrels, they used to represent, "Swamiji, this is our position. Please settle up." So whatever decision he would give to the villagers, they will accept. Their court was Swamiji, Rupa Gosvami. So he was so lovable.
So one day Rupa Gosvami was thinking that "If I could get some, I mean to say, commodities for cooking, then I would have invited Sanatana Gosvami to take some prasadam." He thought like that. And, and after, say, one hour, one young girl came with sufficient quantity of rice, flour, ghee, and vegetables, so many things: "Babaji..." They were called... They call in the India, especially in Vrndavana quarters, they call all these transcendentalist swamis "Babaji."
"Babaji, please accept these commodities. There is some ceremony at our house. So My mother has sent you all these things."
"Oh, very good." He was thinking that "If I could get some commodity and I could prepare something and invite Sanatana Gosvami." So the things were there. So Rupa Gosvami inquired, "Where do You live? Oh, You are very nice girl. Where do You live?"
"Oh, I live in this village. You do not know?"
"No, I have never seen You. All right. Thank You very much." Then She went away. And invited Sanatana Gosvami, "My dear brother, please come and take your prasadam here. I have got some food."
"All right." So Sanatana Gosvami came during prasadam time, and Rupa Gosvami has prepared so many nice dishes. They were also expert in cooking, expert. You know, all devotees, they are expert. That is his qualification.
So then Sanatana Gosvami was inquiring, "Where did you get all these things, so nice things, you have prepared in this jungle? How did you get?"
So he narrated the story, "Yes, in the morning I thought that 'If somebody sends me something...' So by Krsna's grace, somebody, a nice girl, a very beautiful girl, and She brought all these things."
He began to state about the girl's beauty.
Then Sanatana Gosvami said, "Oh, I have never seen such beautiful girl. How...?"
"Yes, I have also never seen."
"Ohhh. Then She must be Radharani. She must be Radha. You have taken service from Radharani? Ohhh. You have murdered me. We don't want to take any service from Krsna, and He has taken the opportunity, sent us... We want to simply give our service, not any exchange. Oh, you have done a great mistake. Radharani has taken this opportunity." So he began to cry that "We have taken service from Krsna. We have given Her trouble." This is pure devotee. They were very sorry that "Krsna was troubled to send me all these goods."
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 20.118-119 — November 23, 1966, New York^ Show less
July 8, 2017
Prabhupada: What is the use of talking past, present and future? Ar na koriho mane asa. This is wanted. Don't think of anything else. That is the point.
Siddha-svarupa: So, then if I'm worried about my past or my future..?
Prabhupada: No, whatever is past is past. Now, I have got the knowledge, let me carry out. Cakhu-dan, now I have got this real knowledge. What is the use of thinking of past ? In the past somebody was hippie was drinking. No, that world was past. Let me progress. Now let me do responsible thing. That is the point.
Govinda dasi: Actually, I'm trying to understand the future of my misery.
Prabhupada: Oh, we do not think of future. If I work sincerely, then future is all right.
Siddha-svarupa: Bhaktivinode Thakura says forget the past that sleeps, and the future ne'er...
Prabhupada: Why should we bother about the past? Past was not perfect. Therefore, I have got this, birth again like that. What is the use of concocting? Whatever has passed has passed. Now let me be sincere.
Siddha-svarupa: And, and what is the basic reason for my concern for the future?
Prabhupada: For the future, let me do sincerely. Whatever future will be, that will be.
Siddha-svarupa: So then I haven't even...?
Prabhupada: If I do not go to Vaikuntha, doesn't matter. Still I shall carry out.
Siddha-svarupa: So I have to be free from all cares with my future for myself.
Prabhupada: Yes. If, faith should be there, if I am working rightly, then my future will be secure. That is future. I have taken to this path for going back to home, back to Godhead, so I am, if I am doing nicely, according to the instructions of [indistinct], why should he think of? And if I am not doing rightly, then [indistinct]. This is called faith. Why should you bother about future? What is the reason?
Siddha-svarupa: If I would bother about my future...
Prabhupada: There is no question of bothering.
Siddha-svarupa: I mean, I care about my future when...
Prabhupada: If you care you do, just like Krsna says,
janma karma ca me divyam evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti kaunteya [Bg. 4.9]
Past and future is explained there.
man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru [Bg 18.65]
Do this. Always chant, think of Me, that mam evaisyasi asamsayam, be assured you will come to Me. So why don't you do your duty? And Krsna assures, they will come to Me, there is no doubt. [indistinct]. Why should he bother for the future? If you do exactly according to the rules and regulations, then your future is guaranteed. Even it is not guaranteed, still I shall go on doing. And that is pure. It is guaranteed. Krsna said, mam evaisyasi asamsayam, so why do you doubt? Why there should be doubt? Krsna said it is guaranteed. Why should you bother about future? You bother whether you are doing rightly or not. That should be your business. Otherwise Krsna assures. Where is doubt? The future is assured by Krsna, and why you are doubting? That you don't believe in Krsna. You have to see whether you are doing rightly what Krsna says. That is your business. What is the use of thinking past, future, present? Do your duty as Krsna says, as spiritual master says, then everything is all right. There is no question or doubt. Krsna says, asamsayam, mam evaisyasi asamsayam. Asamsayam means without a doubt you will come to Me. And ours should be that, it is not a bargain, that Krsna is assuring, therefore I will have to serve Krsna. That even I will go to hell, it doesn't matter. That is my duty. Krsna is assuring, that is all right, but even, some reason or Krsna doesn't drive me, its still I shall do.
Siddha-svarupa: If I don't do that, it means imperfection in love then.
Siddha-svarupa: I'm still self-centered.
Prabhupada: That is taught by Caitanya Mahaprabhu, aslisya va pada-ratam pinastu mam marma-hatam karotu va [Cc. Antya 20.47] Krsna whatever you like [indistinct], still I cannot give up [indistinct]. To make bargain with Krsna, then you are not a pure devotee.
Room Conversation — June 12, 1975, Honolulu^ Show less
July 7, 2017
Prabhupada: Yes. Karma-yogi means one who does everything for Krsna. He's karma-yogi.
Indian man (1): One who does everything for...?
Prabhupada: For Krsna.
Indian man (1): For Krsna.
Prabhupada: Just like you are doing some work. For whom you are doing?
Indian man (1): For my own benefit.
Prabhupada: That's all. That is karma. But when you do the same thing for Krsna, that is karma-yoga.
Indian man (1): But if you do it for others, for Krsna, for Krsna's...
Prabhupada: Others... Others means... That is also a humbug. You cannot do anything for others. You do everything for yourself. That is a false propaganda. That is humbugism. So either you can do for yourself or for Krsna. That's all. [break] ...become a slogan nowadays. Nobody does for others. "For others," "For the poor," these are all humbug.
Indian man (1): You see people are doing so many hospitals, that is for others?
Prabhupada: Yes. That is also punya-karma.
Indian man (1): Helping these temples, hospitals...?
Prabhupada: Yes. Temple construction is different from hospital construction. That is for Krsna.
Indian man (1): But suppose somebody's doing hospitals. Is it not for others?
Prabhupada: Yes. But how many you can give shelter? A few. There are so many suffering people. You cannot provide hospital for all of them. The hospitals are increasing, and the disease also increasing.
Indian man (1): No, as you say that doing for others is humbug.
Prabhupada: No, no. Humbug means he cannot do it. He cannot do it. He can do to his satisfaction only. That is also for his satisfaction. Because by opening hospital, you cannot stop disease. That is not possible. Then what you are doing for the others? That is for your satisfaction. Try to understand. Because you cannot do anything, but still, you are wasting your time. That is for your satisfaction.
Indian man (1): Naturally for myself.
Prabhupada: Yes. [aside:] Hare Krsna. You cannot do anything. The hospitals are increasing, beds are increasing, and the diseases are increasing. Then what can you do?
Indian man (1): We can do our own satisfaction.
Prabhupada: That's all. [break] ...done not meant for Krsna, that is for his own satisfaction. Just like Arjuna wanted to become nonviolent: "No, no, Krsna. I cannot kill my kinsmen." That is a good proposal. But that was his satisfaction.
Indian man (1): That is very correct.
Prabhupada: Yes. That was his satisfaction. But Krsna wanted that "You must fight." And when he agreed to that, that is his perfection. Before that, he was trying to satisfy he.
Indian man (1): Yes. When he surrendered to Krsna, that was his...
Prabhupada: Yes, that is the only purpose of life. Anything that is done, that is useless waste of time. Therefore Krsna particularly said, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vra... [Bg. 18.66]. That ekam. You try to satisfy Krsna only. That will give you perfection. Otherwise your own satisfaction, that's all.
Indian man (1): Yes, very correct, very correct.
Prabhupada: Whatever you do, that is your satisfaction. That is karma.
Indian man (1): But not yogi.
Prabhupada: No, karma. [break] ...for your own sense satisfaction, that is karma. And if you do it for Krsna's satisfaction, that is karma-yoga.
Morning Walk — April 1, 1974, Bombay^ Show less
July 6, 2017
Tamala Krsna: Srila Prabhupada? Sometimes we find a dilemma in preaching, in the sense that if we preach very vigorously we invoke the attention of the authorities. That is to say, if we were to preach a little less vigorously, there might be less objection, but then again there would be the less benefit because we would not be preaching as vigorously. So it's very hard to know sometimes just how forcefully to preach.
Prabhupada: No, we are not to satisfy the authorities. We have to satisfy Krsna. Just like Arjuna, he wanted to satisfy his family members, but Krsna did not like that. Then He preached him Bhagavad-gita, and then Arjuna agreed, "Yes. Karisye vacanam tava [Bg. 18.73]." So it is the duty of the devotee to satisfy Krsna, not the public.
Brahmananda: In our Back to Godhead magazine now the tendency is that they're not mentioning Krsna's name so much. They're not putting the picture of Krsna. They're not putting the pictures of the devotees. They're stressing on the, like, simple, natural life in order to please the public.
Prabhupada: No. Why this is going on?
Satsvarupa: Probably because of this reasoning, that... They use this phrase, that "We have to make Krsna consciousness more conventional, and with the shaved heads and the pictures of Krsna, people won't like it." So they've taken to this description of simple life — vague talk of spiritual life, reincarnation, meditation.
Tripurari: Seems like a compromise.
Tamala Krsna: People are speaking about our movement now. Many people say to us that "You are selling out, compromising your position." And they...
Prabhupada: This should be stopped, immediately.
Conversation — February 17, 1977, Mayapur^ Show less
July 5, 2017
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is so kind to the conditioned souls that if they call upon Him by speaking His holy name, even unintentionally or unwillingly, the Lord is inclined to destroy innumerable sinful reactions in their hearts. Therefore, when a devotee who has taken shelter of the Lord's lotus feet chants the holy name of Krsna with genuine love, the Supreme Personality of Godhead can never give up the heart of such a devotee. One who has thus captured the Supreme Lord within his heart is to be known as bhagavata-pradhana, the most exalted devotee of the Lord.
SB 11.2.55, text^ Show less
July 4, 2017
Krsna is opulent, the most opulent enjoyer. And we should supply. We should supply by which He can enjoy. Just like if somebody gives me a new dress, so I say: "Oh, it is a new dress. Very nice." So that is my enjoyment. Similarly if you satisfy Krsna daily a very gorgeous dress. Just like today I see it is very nice. This kind of dress should be supplied to Krsna. First-class clothing, first-class. Everything first-class. No third-class thing for Krsna. All first-class. The gopis must be first class, the dress must be first-class, the eating foodstuff must be first-class, the sitting place must be first-class, more than first-class. That is called: sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-srngara-tan-mandira-marjanadau.
From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.36 — Los Angeles, April 28, 1973^ Show less