1. Be perfect or be doomed

    You sing every day, guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya. That is the process. Wherever you live, if you follow strictly the instruction of guru, then you remain perfect. But if we create, concoct ideas against the instruction of guru, then we are gone, hell. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto ‘pi. There is no more shelter — finished. Yasya prasadat. […]
  2. Srila Prabhupada’s unlikely success story

    The story [of Srila Prabhupada] is, like many true stories, highly improbable. An elderly Indian swami comes to New York City in the mid-1960s on a vaguely defined mission. Charged by his teacher in India to bring his spiritual message to the West, he arrives in New York with no prior knowledge of America, no base of support, almost […]
  3. Glorious Mathura

    How wonderful it is that simply by residing in Mathura even for one day, one can achieve a transcendental loving attitude toward the Supreme Personality of Godhead! This land of Mathura must be more glorious than Vaikuntha-dhama, the kingdom of God! From NoD ch. 13
  4. Govardhana-lila and rasa-lila

    Krsna at the age of seven years old, He lifted Govardhana Hill. So if we try to imitate, “Oh, Krsna lifted the Govardhana Hill. Let me also try.” That is not following. You cannot do that. (chuckling) You see? Because sometimes the foolish rascals they say, “Oh, Krsna performed rasa-lila. Let me also perform rasa-lila.” Therefore I forbid that […]
  5. Krsna counts His cows

    Krsna had many thousands of cows, and they were divided into groups according to their colors. They were also differently named according to color. When He would prepare to return from the pasturing ground, He would gather all the cows. As Vaisnavas count 108 beads, which represent the 108 individual gopis, so Krsna would also count on 108 beads […]
  6. Dreaming of Krsna

    Devotee: How does the devotee go about practicing this Krsna consciousness when he’s asleep? Prabhupada: Yes, Sleep means your gross senses are stopped, but your mind works. Therefore you dream. So if you practice your mind to be engaged in Krsna consciousness, in dream also you’ll see that you are preparing prasadam. “I am going to sell Back to […]
  7. Vrajabhumi

    vraja-vasi lokera krsne sahaja piriti gopalera sahaja-priti vraja-vasi-prati The ideal place to execute Krsna consciousness is Vrajabhumi, or Vrndavana, where the people are naturally inclined to love Krsna and Krsna is naturally inclined to love them. Cc Madhya 4.95, with Srila Prabhupada’s translation
  8. Don’t try to understand gopi-lila

    You have to understand Krsna tattvatah, in truth, not superficially. Then you’ll misunderstand. Without understanding Krsna, if we try to understand Krsna’s pastimes with Radharani, that is foolishness. But they do not know Krsna. How can understand His pastimes with the gopis? That is foolishness. Therefore we have to understand Krsna first of all, and Krsna Himself, explaining Himself. In […]
  9. Mathura

    Who is that person who will not agree to worship the land of Mathura? Mathura can deliver all the desires and ambitions of the fruitive workers and of the salvationists, who desire to become one with the Supreme Brahman. Certainly Mathura will deliver the desires of the devotees, who simply aspire to be engaged in the devotional service of […]
  10. Going to Vrndavana, getting no spiritual benefit

    Materialists consider Vrndavana-dhama an unclean city because there are many monkeys and dogs there, and along the bank of the Yamuna there is refuse. Some time ago, a materialistic man asked me, “Why are you living in Vrndavana? Why have you selected such a dirty place to live after retiring?” Such a person cannot understand that the earthly Vrndavana-dhama […]
  11. Qualities of Krsna are all Krsna

    To be attracted by the qualities of Krsna means to be attracted by Krsna Himself, because there is no real distinction between Krsna and His qualities. Krsna’s name is also Krsna. Krsna’s fame is also Krsna. Krsna’s entourage is also Krsna. Krsna and everything related with Krsna which gives stimulation to love of Krsna are all Krsna. Srila Prabhupada; […]