1. A new style of life and civilization

    [Srila Prabhupada] assured me, "In the future there will be a history of how Vedic culture was brought to America. We are introducing a new style of life and civilization. Everything should be ideal. Others have never dreamt of such a civilization: free life, happy life, no anxiety, and hope-great hope, that we are going back home, back to Godhead.
  2. Stopping the war with maya

    Because people have no idea what is the soul, therefore they think that stopping war will help us in peaceful condition of the society. There are so many troubles so long this body is there. War is one of the items. Even war is stopped, there is no question that people will live forever. No. That is not the law of nature. Duhkhalayam asasvatam [Bg. 8.15]. This life, the problem is how to stop our contact with this material...
  3. A devotee desires to be a dog

    If one seeks the favor of a devotee instead of directly asking favors from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one is very easily successful. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has therefore recommended: vaisnava thakura tomara kukkura bhuliya janaha more, krsna se tomara krsna dite para. One should desire to become like a dog in strictly following a devotee.
  4. Before Srila Prabhupada went to America

    Long before, I wrote one letter to Mahatma Gandhi, perhaps in the year 1946, requesting him to preach the gospel of Bhagavad gitaas it is. I told him that, "Mahatmaji, your position is unique, and you are lover of Bhagavad-gita. Now somehow or other your people have attained independence, you can retire from this politics and take to the business of preaching Bhagavad-gita as it is." Unfortunately, I did not receive any reply from him. He was so busy.
  5. A Public Statement from HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami

    I do not support ISKCON's pronounced tendency toward Hinduization and to secular influences such as those of bodily welfare work, mundane feminism, mundane psychology, and mundane scholarship. By stating this, I do not expect to effect any major changes. ISKCON's administrators are upbeat about the society's present course, which however I opine is in many ways different from that given by Srila Prabhupada.
  6. Scandalous Sadhus

    From time to time, the Indian press exposes some respected godman or sādhu for serious misbehaviour, such as sexual impropriety. For a renunciant sādhu, any sexual activity is an impropriety. In some cases, there are accusations of murder and sometimes in-fighting within the organizations of such sādhus...
  7. Harinama is so powerful; do not doubt it

    When we got back in the car, there was a question that I had been meaning to ask Prabhupada about the chanting of Hare Krsna. So we were sitting in the back together and Prabhupada was relaxing after the morning walk. I said, "Prabhupada in the Sixth Canto in the story of Ajamila there is the description of the Yamadutas being checked by the Visnudutas because Ajamila in namabhasa, he chanted Hare Krsna and that one chanting just wiped...