Rama Navami special – Srila Prabhupada Amrtam Updated

April 21, 2021 in Articles


Rama Navami special –
Srila Prabhupada Amrtam UpdatedHare Krsna. All glories and Ananta Koti Dandavats to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and to all Vaisnavas.On the auspicious festival Sri Rama Navami, the following links to Srila Prabhupada’s Original works are compiled. It is hoped that all devotees will be benefited. 

1. ORIGINAL BOOKS DRIVE:

Please find a link to a Google drive with Srila Prabhupada’s first edition unrevised, non adulterated, original books.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1nHm72gVwAeei95WDkSLf2aw5x-jRXDoF?usp=sharingAnother folder for Srimad Bhagavatam 1972 on-wards first edition original books:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1am9rKGII3wMrmkyxHp85hfjMjgnWGzT9?export?format=pdf

2. ORIGINAL TAPES DRIVE:

In 2019 the Bhaktivedanta Archives released last installments of the original unedited recordings of Srila Prabhupada’s classes, room conversations, morning walks, etc.
For those used to listening to Srila Prabhupada on a daily basis, now the entire archive – a total of 4,120 mp3-files (except musical recordings,recitals and book dictations since they did not have a date) – is also available sorted by the day of the year that Srila Prabhupada spoke them on. In other words, each of 366 days of a year now has a corresponding folder with Srila Prabhupada’s audios that were recorded on that day of the year.

You can download the complete SP Daily or its individual folders at this link:
https://yadi.sk/d/-fFAOT44_FE9jg?ncrnd=312
(Please keep in mind that the entire collection is over 100 GB.)

3. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S DOWNLOADABLE ALBUM FILES:

1. ISKCON Media Original Size 
https://causelessmercy.com/?P=_PrabhupadasPictureLinks
2. 6301 ISKCON Media Images Renamed 1920 Max (click “Download Folder”)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tCq5d4k7MZgYid0zIapurs8sHzGNnSTq/view?usp=sharing

3. asitis.com

https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AMBhf5X4XJ2QhNU&id=8AB51FADD8FC82E9%2115530&cid=8AB51FADD8FC82E9

4. krsna-art.com Images
https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AJ9YcdD1crmNMS4&id=8AB51FADD8FC82E9%2115287&cid=8AB51FADD8FC82E9

5. srila_prabhupada_110_hd_photos_cropped_to_1920x1080_jpg_quality_90.rar
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BzR876u4ZuxEZDdiYTZjNGUtMzMzZC00NGZm
LTgxNzctYjRlYWM5M2U0OWM5&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

6.srila_prabhupada_30_hd_grainy_book_scans_srimad_bhagavatam_600_dpi.rar
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0Bz3ouS6L_-N3NmM1YzJmZDctOWNlM
C00NGI3LTgyNzEtYmZhMDBlYmJhNWYw&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

7. srila_prabhupada_32_hd_photos_easy_share_com.rar
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0Bz3ouS6L_-N3MDRhMDljZTktNWY2Yy00ZjllLTg5ODAtMjRjMmJlYjliMmU1&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

8. srila_prabhupada_56_et_hd_photos.rar
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0Bz3ouS6L_-N3Y2VlNTA0YmItYjU1NS00ZWU2LWIyNzYtYmI1ODI0NjMxZGU4&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

9. srila_prabhupada_9568_of_19494_svga_photos_folders_SP-BN001_SP-CT043.rar
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6YaxaeNCn40ZWExZjU5MzQtMmJiZC00NjE5LTk3M2EtOTcwMjA3NTQwNWQ4

10. srila_prabhupada_9926_of_19494_svga_photos_folders_SP-CT044_SP-CT091.rar
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3q_WrDluDbHYWU3ZWFjOGItZGYwOS00MzRmLWI5OTAtMGVhZTlmNGU2Zjk1

11. srila_prabhupada_9816_svga_photos_touched_up.rar
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B97rjMfuuyRBZGU1M2FlZDktNjYwZS00YzA5LTgwZGMtZWE0NGE3M2Y2MjMz

4. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S BHAJANS, KIRTANS, PURPORTS ETC:
Please find this link below for Bhaktivedanta Archives’ Music & Purports as given by Srila Prabhupada.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VafOb2najh3Lmfu_efdxhQjJerf6erSX

5. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S TRANSCRIPTS, LECTURES, JAPA, CONVERSATIONS, ETC BY BHAKTIVEDANTA ARCHIVES:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1naAUKV1sIFLDkWpGGeV21rgaoko_anzN

6. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S 103 VIDEOS:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PL5517889893DB671A

7. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S AUDIO COLLECTION:
Prabhupada Audio Collection – Google Drive

8. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S ORIGINAL BOOKS SITES LINKS:For more first edition original books to download please visit any of the following sites:1. https://sites.google.com/view/prabhupadasoriginalbooks/srila-prabhupadas-original-books-without-bogus-editing-by-iskcon?authuser=0
2. https://sites.google.com/view/firsteditionoriginals/download-first-edition-originals?authuser=0

3. https://www.krishnapath.org/ebooks/
4. https://krishna.org/category/free-pdf-downloads/

9. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S 6854 LETTERS:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/134JgfSPx6E5A4TOkXDs1EQad4yO-5HAS/view

10. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S PRE-1967 LETTER SCANS:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzR876u4ZuxEbF9XTlJsMVB1elE/view?usp=sharing

11. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S BACK TO GODHEAD MAGAZINE COLLECTION( ALL SCANS FROM 1944-77):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzR876u4ZuxEbF9XTlJsMVB1elE/view?usp=sharing

12. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S EARLY BACK TO GODHEAD ARTICLES (ALL IN ONE):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/q9l2pqt3xub7z3l/BTG%20COMPILATION%20(1944-1960).pdf?dl=0

13. DOWNLOADABLE PDF SCRIPTS FOR ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM,1969 ISOPANISHAD AND 1960 EASY JOURNEY TO OTHER PLANETS, 1968 TEACHINGS OF LORD CHAITANYAThe following links direct to the first edition books, so the devotees are requested to use these links only for reading,preaching,quoting etc. 
Srimad Bhagavatam (Original first prints):
Canto 1: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n03kji8r59zg1lh/Canto%201%20-%20Creation.pdf?dl=0Canto 2:https://www.dropbox.com/s/lnslfpzerj4sfyc/Canto%202%20-%20The%20Cosmic%20Manifestation.pdf?dl=0Canto 3:https://www.dropbox.com/s/j9d40k4ytykeznu/Canto%203%20-%20The%20Status%20Quo.pdf?dl=0Canto 4https://www.dropbox.com/s/2f57ojuymc4n2sz/Canto%204%20-%20The%20Creation%20of%20The%20Fourth%20Order.pdf?dl=0Canto 5:https://www.dropbox.com/s/3llvntdzwr7l84q/Canto%205%20-%20The%20Creative%20Impetus.pdf?dl=0Canto 6: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wzg6b6wbst8bilm/Canto%206%20-%20Prescribed%20Duties%20for%20Mankind.pdf?dl=0Canto 7:https://www.dropbox.com/s/0se7so9zjtss8an/Canto%207%20-%20The%20Science%20of%20God.pdf?dl=0Canto 8:https://www.dropbox.com/s/kzn1uq20il2491t/Canto%208%20-%20Withdrawal%20of%20the%20Cosmic%20Manifestation.pdf?dl=0Canto 9https://www.dropbox.com/s/mqmeb6fr0fs9nun/Canto%209%20-%20Liberation.pdf?dl=0Canto 10:https://www.dropbox.com/s/2spmell3s4wo61e/Canto%2010%20-%20The%20Summum%20Bonum.pdf?dl=0

Sri Isopanisad 1969 edition: 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ppcm8cfhqtrqad/Sri-Isopanisad-original-1969-edition.pdf?dl=0
Easy Journey to Other Planets 1960 India Edition:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ttoyvo89hhpj4ro/Easy-Journey-to-Other-Planets-original-India-edition.pdf?dl=0
Teachings of Lord Chaitanya 1968 Edition:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zw0pghy0fbk555v/TLC%201968%20ORIGINAL.pdf?dl=0

14. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S ORIGINAL SCANS OF DELHI SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SpTYeByncIaGi_j1xbjP2vuh8Lefie9h?usp=sharing

15. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S KRSNA BOOK DICTATIONS AND TAPES:

16. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S IMPORTANT NECTAR DROPS:

https://causelessmercy.com/a/

17. SRILA PRABHUPADA’S LECTURES AND CONVERSATIONS EPUB DOWNLOAD LINKS:

Lectures: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K9RaV7o0y5S2BRKn6pOm_5Rwo8U2wW6N/view?usp=sharing

Conversations: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11vxA4Fac4BjRiWU6RsKHfGuHjm9of0xk/view?usp=sharing

Sri Rama Navami, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]

April 21, 2021 in Articles

Sri Rama Navami, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]








Sri Rama Navami lecture by His Divine Grace 

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Hawaii, March 27, 1969

ramadi murtishu kala-niyamena tishthan
nanavataram akarod bhuvaneshu kintu
krishnah svayam samabhavat paramah puman yo
govindam adi-purusham tam aham bhajami
[Bs. 5.39

This is a verse from Brahma-samhita in which the incarnation of Lord Ramacandra is described. Ramadi. Not only Rama, but there are many other, innumerable incarnations. They are compared with the waves of a river. As the waves of the river or the waves of the ocean cannot be counted, similarly, how many incarnations are there of the Supreme Lord it is not possible to count. But out of them, the principal names are mentioned in the sastras. Therefore, it is said ramadi. Ramadi means Rama and also other, many incarnations. And they are existing. Not that one incarnation appeared and it is finished. No. Not like that. Just like Lord Ramacandra appeared on this planet, say millions of years before. He appeared in the Treta-yuga. Treta-yuga means… We have passed only five thousand years of this age, Kali-yuga. Before that, there was Dvapara-yuga. Dvapara-yuga means 800,000 years. And before that, there was Treta-yuga, which continued for twelve hundred thousands of years. That means at least two million years before Lord Ramacandra appeared on this planet.

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ASURAS IN THE DRESS OF SANNYASIS EVEN EXPLAIN BHAGAVAD- GITA AND SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM IN DIFFERENT WAYS

April 21, 2021 in Articles

SRILA PRABHUPADA SPEAKS OUT-

 “ASURAS IN THE DRESS OF SANNYASIS EVEN EXPLAIN BHAGAVAD- GITA

AND SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM IN DIFFERENT WAYS

ACCORDING TO THEIR IMAGINATIONS.

THUS, THEY CONTINUE TO REMAIN ASURAS BIRTH AFTER BIRTH.”

mauṣala-līlā, āra kṛṣṇa-antardhāna

keśāvatāra, āra yata viruddha vyākhyāna

mahiṣī-haraṇa ādi, saba—māyāmaya

vyākhyā śikhāila yaiche susiddhānta haya

mauṣala-līlā—the pastimes of destroying the Yadu dynasty; āra—also; kṛṣṇa-antardhāna—the disappearance of Kṛṣṇa; keśa-avatāra—the incarnation of the hairs; āra—also; yata—all; viruddhavyākhyāna—statements against the Kṛṣṇa conscious conclusions; mahiṣī-haraṇa—kidnapping of the queens; ādi—and so on; saba—all; māyā-maya—made of the external energy; vyākhyā—explanations (countering the attack of the asuras); śikhāila—instructed; yaiche—which; su-siddhānta—proper conclusions; haya—are.

Translation

Illusory stories opposed to the conclusions of Kṛṣṇa consciousness concern the destruction of the Yadu dynasty, Kṛṣṇa’s disappearance, the story that Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma arise from a black hair and a white hair of Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, and the story about the kidnapping of the queens. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu explained to Sanātana Gosvāmī the proper conclusions of these stories.

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Srila Prabhupada cites and glorifies Ramanujacarya

April 21, 2021 in Articles

Sri Ramanuja
Vaishnava guru Ramanuja's original body mummified & preserved inside Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam since 1137 CE with Sandalwood & Camphor coatings
Alwars-Ramanuja agreed to argue single handed.the king  arranged a huge dias and open ground for 12000 jains.Ramanuja centrally seated over the dias should answer all queries.Ramanuja manifested as ADISESHA with 1000 hoods and successfully addressed all jain acharyas and satisfied their questions.

(above).  the body of Ramanuja in Sri Rangam .
(right) Ramanuja agreed to argue single handed.the king arranged a huge dias and open ground for 12000 jains.Ramanuja centrally seated over the dias should answer all queries. Ramanuja manifested as Adi Sesha with 1000 hoods and successfully addressed all jain acharyas and satisfied their questions.
Srila Prabhupada cites and glorifies Ramanujacarya.compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

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1969 Isopanisad translation from BTG 1969 Magazine

April 21, 2021 in Articles

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1969 Isopanisad translation from BTG 1969 Magazine

Part 1:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mWBW0N5embxLK6Mt9HUmBDdwbiIXmc97/view?usp=sharing[Page 16-29]
Part 2:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Aafp2NZztouKaMzrmK7eAz_rB6mWMisH/view?usp=sharing
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Bhagavad Gita As It Is 1972 Macmillan Edition is the only “REVISED AND ENLARGED” edition

April 21, 2021 in Articles

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Bhagavad Gita As It Is 1972 Macmillan Edition

is the only “REVISED AND ENLARGED” edition

“You know how much I am anxious to see this enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is printed and also we are being requested for this book from all parts of the world, so everybody is also anxious.” [Letter to: Advaita—Bombay,17 April, 1971]

I was very happy to receive the new edition of Bhagavad gita the make-up is very nice. Every time I see a new publication of my books it gives me so much enthusiasm that my life is increased by 100 years. Thank you for helping me so much. [Letter to: Ramesvara Prabhu—New Delhi, 27 November, 1975]

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POTENCY OF MACMILLAN EDITION: ŚRĪLA PRABHUPĀDA PROVES THAT THEY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL TO SPREAD KṚṢṆA CONSCIOUSNESS ALL OVER THE WORLD BASED ON THE BHAGAVAD GĪTĀ AS IT IS (ONLY 1972 EDITION)

There is a great need for spreading Krishna Consciousness all over the world based on the Bhagavad gita As It Is. We have been successful in this attempt. I am very well known to Dixitji Goswami of Bombay. He likes very much my movement and my books. I am very much grateful for your contribution of so many books on Vallabh Sampradaya and also the framed pictures. They are being kept in Delhi, and when I return to Vrindaban via Delhi, I shall see them. [Letter to: Srinathji Temple—Mayapur, 11 October, 1974]

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THE AUTHORIZED EDITION OF BHAGAVAD-GITA WILL HELP TO STOP THE TERRIBLE CHEATING OF ‘GURUS’ AND ‘YOGIS’ WHO ARE FALSE AND UNAUTHORIZED.

Letter to: Svarupa, Ranadhira

Mayapur-3 February, 1976

Los Angeles

The reviews have very much encouraged me. Especially those of Prof. Bhatt and Prof. Vajpeye. I have personally written a letter of thanks to Dr. Bhatt, that he has so much encouraged me. Dr. Vajpeye’s review we are going to print and widely distribute, especially in Bombay and Madras, where there is so much propaganda from these bogus gurus and yogis. He has got practical experience of how they are cheating the innocent people in foreign countries and he has written; “The authorized edition of Bhagavad-gita will help to stop the terrible cheating of ‘gurus’ and ‘yogis’ who are false and unauthorized.

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PROOF THAT ŚRĪLA PRABHUPĀDA WAS SATISFIED WITH THE LAYOUT AND PAINTINGS OF THE BHAGAVAD GĪTĀ AS IT IS AND THAT THERE WAS NO NEED TO CHANGE THE PAINTINGS

My Dear Jadurani, Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letters dated 30th May and 1st June and have noted the contents carefully. I have received all the photographs of the paintings for the enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, and they are so very beautiful. Everyone here is so much appreciative of all you artists. All of you have my full blessings and your godbrothers’ congratulations. Krishna will surely bless you all. Thank you very much.

[Letter to: Jadurani—Bombay,8 June, 1971]

I have seen the layout proposal for the first pages of our new edition of
Bhagavad-gétä As It Is and it is fully approved by me. I shall immediately write one preface to the enlarged edition as you have requested and send it as soon as possible.

[Letter to: Satsvarupa—Surat,19 December, 1970]

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DESIRE OF ŚRĪLA PRABHUPĀDA TO PRINT A “REVISED AND ENLARGED EDITION” OF BHAGAVAD GĪTĀ AS IT IS TO RESTORE THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT

Regarding Bhagavad-gitä manuscript: If you have got two copies then you can send one to Janārdana. Otherwise you have to send him a copy only, and keeping one copy with you. Because in future I am thinking of publishing a revised and enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is. You know that we have to cut short the book because the MacMillan Company wanted within 400pages. So, you know that the majority of the verses in the back portion of the book were not given purports. Therefore, in our next publication we shall give purport for all the verses. * So, you should keep one copy with you before you send the manuscript to Janardhan. [Letter to: Rāyarāma—Hawaii ,6 March, 1969]

The first volume of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam can be printed if it is composed. From second Canto they are printing chapter-wise. That is alright. So otherwise whatever is already composed KṚṢṆA, volume 2; Bhagavad-gītā AS IT IS, revised and enlarged edition; Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, first Canto; etc., anyone of them may be printed. [Letter to: Brahmānanda—Los Angeles,19 June, 1970]

Regarding the printing of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, I have already advised you in my last letter dated 19th June, 1970, not to make contract. We shall continue to print Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam chapter wise on ISKCON Press and when all the chapters are there we shall bind them together. The next book we shall print in Japan will be KṚṢṆA volume II and maybe Bhagavad-gītā AS IT IS—Revised and Enlarged Edition if composition is finished. KṚṢṆA volume II is almost ready now. [Letter to: Brahmānanda—Los Angeles, 25 June, 1970]

You may immediately resume your former activities and work the press according to your best ability because I am very eager to see our own press printing the majority of our publications. The first thing now should be the printing of the new, enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is. That will be a great boon to our Movement. Letter to Advaita—Surat, 19 December, 1970]

Please let me know the right information by return post. You know how much I am anxious to see this enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is printed and also, we are being requested for this book from all parts of the world, so everybody is also anxious. [Letter to: Advaita—Bombay,17 April, 1971]

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Srila Prabhupada speaks – “So Caitanya Mahāprabhu said that niṣkiñcanasya bhagavad-bhajanonmukhasya. Bhagavad-bhajana, to advance in spiritual life, to be engaged in Kṛṣṇa’s devotional service, that is the aim of life.”

April 14, 2021 in Articles

Srila Prabhupada speaks – “So Caitanya Mahāprabhu said that niṣkiñcanasya bhagavad-bhajanonmukhasya.Bhagavad-bhajana, to advance in spiritual life, to be engaged in Kṛṣṇa’s devotional service, that is the aim of life.

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Srila Prabhupada speaks – “So Caitanya Mahāprabhu said that niṣkiñcanasya bhagavad-bhajanonmukhasya. Bhagavad-bhajana, to advance in spiritual life, to be engaged in Kṛṣṇa’s devotional service, that is the aim of life.”

So that attitude should be maintained because here it is said, tvām akiñcana-gocaram [SB 1.8.26]. And Caitanya Mahāprabhu also, he said that niṣkiñcanasya. Here it is called akiñcana. And the same thing in different way, niṣkiñcana. Akiñcana.”A” means negation, and “na” means negation. Niṣkiñcana. So Caitanya Mahāprabhu said that niṣkiñcanasya bhagavad-bhajanonmukhasya. Bhagavad-bhajana, to advance in spiritual life, to be engaged in Kṛṣṇa’s devotional service, that is the aim of life. That is the purpose of human form of life. So for him, he should always remain niṣkiñcana. Niṣkiñcanasya bhagavad-bhajanonmukhasya. So therefore Gaura-kiśora dāsa Bābājī, he remained niṣkiñcana. And his disciple, Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī, he also remained niṣkiñcana although he possessed so many temples, because nothing was for his personal…, but for Kṛṣṇa.

So one may question that “Your Guru Mahārāja was sitting on the ground in a municipal lavatory…” Because he did not like that “Anybody should disturb me,” he was sitting by the side of municipal lavatory. Because so many people will come for darśana and āśīrvāda, he did not like it. He did not like to be disturbed by these āśīrvāda. You see? They will not take any spiritual instruction. They are thinking that “Here is a saintly person, and he’ll bless me. So I have got now one thousand. I’ll take ten thousand.” That’s all. Therefore, they come. They do not come to take any spiritual instruction. Therefore, it is botheration. It is botheration. So Gaura-kiśora dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja did not like this botheration. He was sitting by the side of a municipal lavatory so that “These rascals will not come out of the bad smell and will not disturb me.” You see? So Mahārāja Mahīndrānandī, he was one of the… He had organized one saṅkīrtana festival. So he came to Gaura-kiśora dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja and to invite him. So after many requests, Gaura-kiśora dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja said, “Mahārāja, you have got many tenants. You are Mahārāja. Why you are trying to make me your tenant? Because you are rich man, you also want… As your tenants carries your order, so you also want me. So why you are…?” “No, sir, no. You are my lord. Whatever you say, I shall carry out.” “Will you carry out?” “Why not?” So, he said that “Don’t go home. Sit down here. Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa.” He fled away. (laughter) You see. So he was very humorous also, Gaura-kiśora dāsa Bābājī, that “If you are so obedient, then I ask you, ‘Don’t go home. Better give up your dress and chant Hare Kṛṣṇa here.’ “

So, he was akiñcana. So similarly, … Just like Rāmānanda Rāya. He was gṛhastha, very opulent, governor. He is also akiñcana because nothing was possessed by personal; everything for Jagannātha. This is distinction. On one side, Rūpa Gosvāmī, and one side, Rāmānanda Rāya. And Rāmānanda Rāya is the most confidential devotee of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, although he’s a gṛhastha, because he is akiñcana, as akiñcana as Rūpa Gosvāmī. So we have to become akiñcana. Akiñcana. Then we shall realize Kṛṣṇa. Therefore, it is said, akiñcana-gocaram: “You are understandable only by a person who does not possess so-called material opulence.” So we should always remember that whatever we are trying for material…, it is all for Kṛṣṇa, nothing for us. So that people may… Big, gorgeous temple means people will be attracted to come here, and we’ll distribute Kṛṣṇa’s prasādam. The aim is some way or other to turn them to convert them into Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Then you remain akiñcana. And if we think that “We have got now very big house. We shall live comfortably and sleep comfortably,” then na gocaram, then Kṛṣṇa will not be realized. Then that comfort will be realized only, not Kṛṣṇa. Akiñcana-gocaram. We should always remember this.

This is… Kuntī devī is saying, tvām akiñcana-gocaram [SB 1.8.26]. And Caitanya Mahāprabhu said also, niṣkiñcanasya bhagavad-bhajanonmukhasya. Bhagavad-bhajana, devotional service to Kṛṣṇa, if one is interested, he should not desire anything material possession. Material… Anyābhilāṣitā-śūnyam [Brs. 1.1.11]. Niṣkiñcanasya bhagavad-bhajano… And Bhagavad-bhajana, why required? Now, pāraṁ paraṁ jigamiṣor bhava-sāgarasya. We are rotting in this material world. We have to cross over the nescience ocean, and go to Vaikuṇṭha. That is bhagavad-bhajana. Bhagavad-bhajana does not mean to increase our material possessions. That is dharmārtha-kāma-mokṣa [SB 4.8.41]. These are material things. People become religious to increase their economic condition better, dharma artha, generally. They want to… Just like there are so many so-called saintly persons. They advertise that “If you give me one, I shall give you ten.” Magic, gold manufacturing, or some cloth and they get more… People are after them. But akiñcana. We have nothing to give. So they do not come to us.

So Kṛṣṇa is akiñcana-gocaram. We should always remember that, that if we desire to be materially happy, and if we think, “Some material possession and prestige in the society and becoming a learned scholar… I shall be getting more and more adoration from the society. I’ll be a big man,” then Kṛṣṇa will be finished. Kṛṣṇa will be finished. Kṛṣṇa is akiñcana-gocara. That is the instruction of this verse. Naivārhaty abhidhātum. These persons, janmaiśvarya-śruta-śrībhir edhamāna [SB 1.8.26], increasing material opulence, they does not, they do not deserve approaching Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa will be approached by Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura when he says, tomā bine ke āche āmāra: “I have no other alternative than to take shelter at the lotus feet of Your Lordship. Please give me…” We should always remember this. Then we shall be able to make progress in spiritual life.

Thank you very much. (end)

Link to this page: https://prabhupadabooks.com/classes/sb/1/8/26/mayapura/october/06/1974

Some key points:

  • So Caitanya Mahāprabhu said that niṣkiñcanasya bhagavad-bhajanonmukhasya. Bhagavad-bhajana, to advance in spiritual life, to be engaged in Kṛṣṇa’s devotional service, that is the aim of life. That is the purpose of human form of life. 
  • So therefore Gaura-kiśora dāsa Bābājī, he remained niṣkiñcana. And his disciple, Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī, he also remained niṣkiñcana although he possessed so many temples, because nothing was for his personal…, but for Kṛṣṇa.
  • a, he did not like it. He did not like to be disturbed by these āśīrvāda. You see? They will not take any spiritual instruction. 
  • They are thinking that “Here is a saintly person, and he’ll bless me. So I have got now one thousand. I’ll take ten thousand.” That’s all. Therefore, they come. They do not come to take any spiritual instruction. 
  • Just like Rāmānanda Rāya. He was gṛhastha, very opulent, governor. He is also akiñcana because nothing was possessed by personal; everything for Jagannātha. This is distinction. 
  • On one side, Rūpa Gosvāmī, and one side, Rāmānanda Rāya. And Rāmānanda Rāya is the most confidential devotee of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, although he’s a gṛhastha, because he is akiñcana, as akiñcana as Rūpa Gosvāmī. So we have to become akiñcana. Akiñcana. 
  • Then we shall realize Kṛṣṇa. Therefore, it is said, akiñcana-gocaram: “You are understandable only by a person who does not possess so-called material opulence.”
  • And if we think that “We have got now very big house. We shall live comfortably and sleep comfortably,” then na gocaram, then Kṛṣṇa will not be realized. Then that comfort will be realized only, not Kṛṣṇa.
  • Bhagavad-bhajana does not mean to increase our material possessions. 
  • That is dharmārtha-kāma-mokṣa [SB 4.8.41]. These are material things.
  • People become religious to increase their economic condition better, dharma artha, generally. They want to… Just like there are so many so-called saintly persons. 
  • They advertise that “If you give me one, I shall give you ten.” Magic, gold manufacturing, or some cloth and they get more… People are after them. But akiñcana. We have nothing to give. So they do not come to us.
  • We should always remember that, that if we desire to be materially happy, and if we think, “Some material possession and prestige in the society and becoming a learned scholar… I shall be getting more and more adoration from the society. I’ll be a big man,” then Kṛṣṇa will be finished. Kṛṣṇa will be finished. Kṛṣṇa is akiñcana-gocara.
  • Kṛṣṇa will be approached by Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura when he says, tomā bine ke āche āmāra: “I have no other alternative than to take shelter at the lotus feet of Your Lordship. Please give me…” We should always remember this. Then we shall be able to make progress in spiritual life.

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out regarding what is “Action”,”Inaction” and “Forbidden Action”

April 14, 2021 in Articles

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Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out regarding what is “Action”,”Inaction” and “Forbidden Action”

Hare Krishna, Dandavat pranams and all glories to His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and all Vaisnavas.

In this article, a collection of instructions by Srila Prabhupada in his original books is presented in which he explains the meaning of action, inaction and forbidden action.

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Srila Prabhupada quotes on Misinterpretation of Bhagavad GIta

April 14, 2021 in Articles

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Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on Misinterpretation of Bhagavad Gita

Hare Krsna, all glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and all Vaisnavas. The following quotes give some instructions on misinterpretations of Bhagavad Gita.

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Idol Worship in “Iskcon”

April 14, 2021 in Articles

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Idol Worship in “Iskcon”

by Narasimha das

“Intermingling the spiritual with the material causes one to look on transcendence as material and the mundane as spiritual. This is all due to a poor fund of knowledge.” (Cc. Madhya 16.72, Purport)

We have seen pictures that show a vyasasana in an Iskcon temple room. On this vyasasana is mounted a large picture of an “iskcon guru,” and it appears there is a ritvik initiation ceremony going on–but without Srila Prabhupada. Apparently the iskcon gbc accepts ritvik initiations if Srila Prabhupada is not recognized as the diksha-guru. These photos and various Iskcon altars show that the GBC is promoting idolatry in Iskcon.

Idol worship is condemned in every scripture. Idolatry is defined as the unauthorized worship or adoration of a material object or person as if it (or he) were super potent, super cognizant, fully divine, and capable of reciprocating with all devotional offerings. Srila Prabhupada and our previous acharyas teach that those who think Krishna’s archa-vigraha manifestation is simply a statue or prop to be used for money collection are atheists and idol worshippers. Those who think bona fide Deity worship and the Holy Names of Krishna are material or similar to the names and worship of demigods are considered atheists (psandis). Similarly, those who teach that the Vedic puranas like Srimad-Bhagavatam, which describe Krishna and His pastimes, are mythological, are atheists, although they sometimes pose as Vaishnavas.

“If one tries to mingle the worship of yogamaya with mahamaya, considering them one and the same, he does not really show high intelligence.” (Cc. Madhya 8.90, Purport)

One reason idolatry is sinful is because simple persons who are pious and naturally inclined to offer worship to the Supreme Lord often become diverted from authorized devotional service to the Lord’s Deity form and become bewildered instead by showy displays of idolatrous rituals based on concocted traditions. Sometimes, in imitation of Deity worship, tribesmen, fallen dvijas, misguided sudras, and others offer incense, flowers, fruits, ghee lamps, cooked foods, and other items to pictures or idols of minor devatas, yaksas, raksasas, bogus “avatars,”bogus “gurus,”and even political leaders.All such unauthorized ritual is farcical.

“Presently people are so fallen that they cannot distinguish between a liberated soul and a conditioned soul.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.18.5, Purport)

Archana-marga and sri guru-puja are completely different from idol worship because both the Deity and Sri Guru are fully divine, omniscient, omnipotent, and fully capable of reciprocating all devotional offerings. Such worship has been going on since time immemorial and is authorized in the Vedic scriptures and by all Vedic acharyas. Sometimes great Vaishnavas or nitya-siddha parishadas of the Supreme Lord are worshiped in the same manner as Lord Krishna Himself, either as a painting, picture, or murti made of earth, stone, or wood.

If a devotee follows the rules of archana-marga with devotion, the representational form of the Supreme Lord or great Vaishnava becomes identical with the divine personality Himself, who accepts all sincere offerings and prayers and speaks to advanced worshipers. In true Vedic culture, even Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva are generally not worshiped on the same level as the Supreme Lord and His nitya-siddha parisada. Demigod worship, as described in the karma-kanda sections of the Vedas, is meant for less intelligent materialist—not Vaishnavas. In this age most demigod worship is done whimsically and without reference to Lord Vishnu, and is thus the same as idol worship.

Authorized worship of the Supreme Lord and His empowered devotees, one the other hand, is true spiritual action. It is not a mere “festival of flowers”, a Hindu custom, demigod worship, or an ecclesiastical ritual. Rather, it is the essence of pure spiritual activity, “the character of the living force in immortality”. Archana-marga, particularly the pancaratriki-vidhi enunciated by our param guru, Sri Narada Muni, is sanatana-dharma. Sanatana-dharma means activity that is eternal, common to all living beings, and directly enunciated by the Supreme Lord Himself or His empowered expansions such as Narada Muni, Asita, Vyasadeva, the Six Goswamis, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srila Bhaktiisiddhanta, or Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Prabhupada introduced the full practice of sri guru-puja as described in the revealed scriptures and by great acharyas like Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura. For the benefit of us fallen souls of Kali Yuga, Srila Prabhupada instituted elaborate guru-puja in His temples, in public, and all over the world. He has made all necessary arrangements to remain fully available for everyone through His books, His murtis, His mission, His institutions, and His representatives. This is His causeless mercy. He made it as easy as possible for conditioned souls of this age to approach Him and accept Him as spiritual master. By His mercy, He has prescribed an easy minimum sadhana to help guarantee anyone’s return home, back to Godhead. Only an empowered maha-bhagavata can offer this supreme boon to everyone in the world on behalf of Lord Krishna and Lord Chaitanya.

“The Lord empowers a special devotee to teach people their constitutional position.” (Cc. Madhya 19.114, Purport)

Without being empowered by the direct potency of Lord Krishna to fulfill His desire, and without being specifically favored by the Lord, no human being can become spiritual master for the whole word… Only an empowered personality can distribute the holy name of the Lord and enjoin all fallen souls to worship Krishna. By distributing the holy name of the Lord, He cleanses the hearts of the most fallen people; therefore, He extinguishes the blazing fire of the material world. Not only that, He broadcasts the shining brightness of Krishna’s effulgence throughout the world… Such a person is… guru or spiritual master for the entire world, a devotee of the topmost platform, the maha-bhagavata stage.” (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s prediction, Cited in Cc., Madhya 25.9, Purport.)

When imperfect preachers imitate Srila Prabhupada by allowing their followers to offer worship to their own pictures or put their pictures on the altar with nitya-siddha acharyas, such a farce is an offense. Such concocted rituals are never authorized and should never be allowed in Srila Prabhupada’s temples. It betrays a paucity of real knowledge on the part of the upstart “guru” and his followers.

“But if everyone simply imitates your exalted status, there will be only a contradictory result. As long as this pretense continues, there will only be utter failure.” (From Vaisistya-Astaka, a poem by Srila Prabhupada, 1961)

“However, one should not imitate the behavior of an advanced devotee or mahā-bhāgavata without being self-realized, for by such imitation one will eventually become degraded.” (Nectar of Instruction, Text 5, Purport.)

Srila Prabhupada, of course, is perfect and always fully present in His vani, His murti, His worshiped picture,andHismission. By Srila Prabhupada’s divine grace, devotees also have access to mercy and guidance from our great nitya-siddha param gurus: Their songs, Their stories, Their examples, Their pranams, Their prayers, Their murtis, Their pictures, Their poems, Their books, Their instructions.We have all this association, sadhu-sanga of the highest level,in Srila Prabhupada’s books and mission.Why should Srila Prabhupada’s followers believe they need a voted-in or self-appointed upstart “guru”? The reason is ignorance. The reason is their “poor fund of knowledge” and gbc campaigns of deliberate misinformation, envy, and deceit.

Regarding our eternally living gurus, Srila Prabhupada comments as follows: “As Narottama dasa Thakura has sung, tandera carana-sevi-bhakta-sane vasa. One’s aim of life should be to serve the acharyas. Acharya upasanam. So, our ahcarya in the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya, the sri-rupa sanatana bhatta-raghunatha, sri-jiva gopala-bhatta dasa-raghunatha, the Six Gosvamins, and if we associate with them…this book, Nectar of Devotion, Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, if you read regularly, try to understand, this means you are associating with Srila Rupa Gosvami directly. And if you act accordingly, then you are serving their lotus feet. Tandera carana-sevi-bhakta-sane vasa.

It is a great credit to many second-generation disciples of Srila Prabhupada that they have seen through the gbc’s acidic smoke screens and–in spite of the politics and chaos generated by these misguided clerics–have accepted Srila Prabhupada as their eternal diksha-guru.

Responding to the same question repeated twice–“Who will be your successor?”–Srila Prabhupada replied, “My success is always there. Yes. Just like the sun is there always. It may come before your vision or not–the sun is there. But if you are fortunate, you come before the sun… The sun is open to everyone.” (Interview, Mexico City, 1975.)

“These initiations–I have deputed my disciples. Is it clear or not?” (Conversation, Oct. 18, 1977, Vrindaban.)

Additional References:

“The spiritual master is not a question of [‘living’ or ‘dead’] … The spiritual master is eternal. The spiritual master is eternal…” (Lecture, Seattle, Oct. 2,1968.)

“Although the physical body in not present, the vibration should be accepted as the presence of the spiritual master. Vibration–what we have heard from the spiritual master–that is ‘living’.” (Lecture, January 13, 1969, LA, CA.)

“When one has attained the topmost position of maha-bhagavata, He is to be accepted as guru and worshiped exactly like Hari, the Personality of Godhead. Only such a person is eligible to occupy the post of guru.” (Chaitanya-charitamirta, Madhya 24.330, Purport, citing Padma Purana.)

“Srila Jiva Goswami advised that one not accept a spiritual master in terms of hereditary or customary social and ecclesiastical conventions. One should simply try to find a genuinely qualified spiritual master for actual advancement in spiritual understanding.” (Cc., Adi 1.35, Purport)

“As soon as a foolish disciple tries to overtake his spiritual master and becomes ambitious to occupy his post, he immediately falls down.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.12.14, Purport.) 

“And as soon as he learns that Guru Maharaja is dead, ‘Now I am so advanced that I can kill my guru and I become guru’… then he is finished.” (Conversation, August 16, 1976, Bombay)

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Extensive collection of BTG Magazine Ads of Bhagavad Gita As It Is (1972 Edition) to spread its glories

April 7, 2021 in Articles

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Extensive collection of BTG Magazine Ads

of Bhagavad Gita As It Is (1972 Edition) to spread its glories

Hare Krishna, Dandavat pranams and all glories to  His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and all Vaisnavas.

The following link contains a collection of many advertisements of Original Bhagavad Gita As It Is(1972) that appeared in BTG Magazines in the 1970s. 

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:ccafded7-ecf3-4bd5-8d29-d5f80976ed6c

This collection is presented to glorify the Original Macmillan Edition(Complete 1972 Edition) that Srila Prabhupada gave 100s of lectures from and always wanted to print it in large numbers.

All these advertisements can be used by the book distributors who want this original edition to be restored to distribute to all sections of people. 

A quote below gives a proper proof where the original Gita is reviewed by Dr. Vajpayee. 

“The reviews have very much encouraged me. Especially those of Prof. Bhatt and Prof. Vajpeye. I have personally written a letter of thanks to Dr. Bhatt, that he has so much encouraged me. Dr. Vajpeye’s review we are going to print and widely distribute, especially in Bombay and Madras, where there is so much propaganda from these bogus gurus and yogis. He has got practical experience of how they are cheating the innocent people in foreign countries and he has written; “The authorized edition of Bhagavad-gita will help to stop the terrible cheating of ‘gurus’ and ‘yogis’ who are false and unauthorized.  [Letter to: Svarupa, Ranadhira, Mayapur-3 February, 1976 Los Angeles]”

Srila Prabhupada explains the potency of Macmillan edition – “We present it exactly as it is; without any additions or subtractions. That is perfect in every way and THEREFORE IT IS ACTUALLY HAVING A TREMENDOUS EFFECT ALL OVER THE WORLD. “

75-03-14 Letter: Mr. Dennany 

“You mentioned in your letter that you had read many other Bhagavad-gitas before you read mine and that none of them revealed as much to you as Bhagavad-gita As It Is. The reason is because we do not change the actual meaning of the gita at all. MANY OTHER COMMENTATORS DUE TO POOR FUND OF KNOWLEDGE TAMPER WITH THE LINES OF BAHGAVAD-GITA AND TWIST THE MEANING FOR THEIR PERSONAL MOTIVES, BUT WE DO NOT DO LIKE THAT. We present it exactly as it is; without any additions or subtractions. That is perfect in every way and THEREFORE IT IS ACTUALLY HAVING A TREMENDOUS EFFECT ALL OVER THE WORLD. The original words of Lord Krishna have unrivalled potency and anyone who is fortunate enough to hear those words and tries to apply them to his life becomes perfect.”

Srila Prabhupada proves that Macmillan edition fulfills the want of the Gita received in the Parampara system

Please find a wonderful quote below that proves that the 1972 Macmillan edition of  the Bhagavad Gita As It Is fulfills the want of an edition that is in the line of disciplic succession.

Purport from Chapter 4: Transcendental Knowledge,Verse 2, Bhagavad Gita As It is,1972 original unrevised Macmillan Edition:

“There are innumerable interpretations rendered by different mundane scholars, but almost all of them do not accept the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, although they make a good business on the words of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. This spirit is demonic, because demons do not believe in God but simply enjoy the property of the Supreme. Since there is a great need of an edition of the Gītā in English, as it is received by the paramparā (disciplic succession) system, an attempt is made herewith to fulfill this great want. Bhagavad-gītā—accepted as it is—is a great boon to humanity; but if it is accepted as a treatise of philosophical speculations, it is simply a waste of time.

The above quote “an attempt is made herewith to fulfill this great want” proves that this Macmillan edition fulfills the great want of the edition of Bhagavad Gita in English that’s received by Parampara as it is.

Also the quote “Bhagavad-gita—accepted as it is—is a great boon to humanity” explains everything.

Kṛṣṇa says in the Bhagavad-gītā, na ca tasmān manuṣyeṣu kaścin me priya-kṛttamaḥ (BG 18.69): “One who is doing this humble service of preaching work, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, nobody is dearer than him to Me.” So if you want to become recognized by Kṛṣṇa very quickly, you take up this process of becoming spiritual master, present the Bhagavad-gītā as it is, your life is perfect.

[Lecture Festival Appearance Day, Sri Vyasa-puja – London,22nd August,1973]

Srila Prabhupada speaks – “So all my disciples are expected to become siksa-guru on my order, not by his own order.”

April 5, 2021 in Articles

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Srila Prabhupada speaks out- “So all my disciples are expected
to become siksa-guru on my order, not by his own order.”

Indian lady: Can the death of a spiritual master take to us, or I can get… Is that spiritual master still guiding after the death? (?) 
Srila Prabhupāda: Yes, yes. Just like Kṛṣṇa is guiding us, similarly, spiritual master will guide. We are being guided by Kṛṣṇa, by the Bhagavad-gītā. Although Kṛṣṇa is not physically present, so-called… Kṛṣṇa is present always. But even if we say that Kṛṣṇa is not physically present as He was present before Arjuna, still, His book, Bhagavad-gītā, is there. And that Bhagavad-gītā is non different from Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa’s teaching, the same, absolute. That is Absolute Truth. Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa’s… Here form, the same. It is not that we are making show of offering Kṛṣṇa some food. No, we are offering directly to Kṛṣṇa and He’s eating. Kṛṣṇa being absolute, He can perform through anything provided we are sincere and serious. All right. (Srila Prabhupada’s Lecture on the Appearance Day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākur London, September 3, 1971)

Gopala Krsna: Srila Prabhupada, I am just trying to clarify — I don’t want to offend anyone — but no disciple of yours should call himself diksa-guru or siksa-guru. Am I right?
Srila Prabhupada:..” Well, everyone is engaged to become siksa-guru, but one should become perfect. The attempt is — what is called? — probationer. When probationer period is finished, then he is naturally, automatically, bona fide guru. Not in the probationer period. That is immature attempt. That will failure. Amara ajnaya [Cc. Madhya 7.128], Caitanya Mahaprabhu said: “By My order.” So all my disciples are expected to become siksa-guru on my order, not by his own order.”  That is meaning I am giving sannyasa, I am sending you to different places, so this means that you have to carry out the order of the guru very strictly; then you become mature. Otherwise it will be artificial attempt, and that kind of guru will not help.”(Srila Prabhupada’s room conversation May 30 1976 Honolulu, Hawaii.)

BACK TO GODHEAD ORIGINAL SCANS FROM 1944-1977

April 5, 2021 in Articles

BACK TO GODHEAD ORIGINAL SCANS FROM 1944-1977
[Srila Prabhupada – “BTG is my life and soul. Please therefore try to distribute BTG as many as it is possible.“(Letter to Gurudasa — Los Angeles 16 April, 1970)]

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Hare Krishna. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and all Vaisnavas. 

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The following link contains the nectar of all available scans of the Back to Godhead Magazine from 1944-77. 

There are a total of 141 scanned files in the drive with 100s of interesting and transcendental articles written by Srila Prabhupada. 

Please click the link below to access the scanned copies: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NPfgrqxyrcT1CIEfoNM8WRgcpbbrON7E?usp=sharing

Some quotes below emphasize how dear was the BTG Magazine to Srila Prabhupada and how important it is for all of us to study thoroughly again and again. Therefore, all the devotees are requested to receive all the nectarean benefits of all these 141 copies and distribute them to everyone.

BTG is my life and soul. Please therefore try to distribute BTG as many as it is possible. I started this magazine in 1947 in my householder life. I was spending Rs. 300 to 400 at the time ($300 to 400 in your exchange), and I was distributing this magazine without any consideration how much I was getting in return. Practically the whole money was spent without any return. But ten years after, from 1954 to 1959, the struggle was very hard because at that time I had no money and alone I was editing, publishing, and securing money for publication. So it was a great struggle. My ambition was that I would publish BTG in huge quantity so that people may understand transcendental blessings of Lord Caitanya.

[Letter to Gurudasa — Los Angeles 16 April, 1970] 

Please accept my blessings. I have not heard anything from you in long time what is the situation with publication of our Back To Godhead. So I am anxious to know when it will be again published, and if it can be regularly printed, even on our mimeograph machine. It is too much important that it must be distributed regularly, as it is the backbone of our mission. So, even it is not printed very expensively and highly, still, it must be distributed even in mimeograph copy. And then in future we can print it very nicely, when there is the money there to do it. So please see to it, and please let me know the position by return of post as soon as possible.

[Letter to Rayarama — Montreal 8 June, 1968]

Please therefore save them from the great falldown. Believe me or not, I have got the clue of going “Back to Godhead” just after leaving my present material body and in order to take along with me all my contemporary men and women of the world, I have started my paper “Back to Godhead” as one of the means to the way.

Please do not think of me as an wonderful or a mad man when I say that I shall go “Back to Godhead” after leaving my present material body! It is quite possible for everyone and all of us.

[Letter to Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President of Indian Union — Delhi 21 November, 1956]

I am very glad to learn that S.F. Temple is doing very nicely in the street Sankirtana with transcendental plays. And your BTG sales are very encouraging to me. I have heard from Gargamuni that you are ordering 20,000 issues of BTG and this is very good news. Selling BTG means that our movement is increasing and our philosophy is being appreciated.

[Letter to Madhudvisa — Los Angeles 14 February, 1970]

You should take BTG as your life and soul. Your work for BTG is first and foremost above all. If you do not find any time for other things, there is no objection, but I want to see that you make BTG a successful magazine like Life magazine or Illustrated Weekly of India. I am very much ambitious of the progress of the paper, and you can use your discretion how to do it.

[Letter to Rayarama — San Francisco, March 23, 1968

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Hearing and Chanting Srimad-Bhagavatam and the Mahamantra by Narasimha dasa

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Hearing and Chanting Srimad-Bhagavatamand the Mahamantra

By Narasimha das

The tenth offense to the holy name is to “become disinterested” in the holy name of the Lord and to remain attached to material desires. After having so many negative experiences in this mundane world, and after hearing many instructions regarding the value of renunciation and the glories of Krishna’s holy names, intelligent persons begin chanting Hare Krishna with determination. (See: SB.2.1.11, Purport) Often in Vedic prescriptions the most important instruction comes last. Without becoming disinterested in material existence, we may become inattentive or “disinterested” in chanting Hare Krishna.

Material desires make it difficult for us to chant the divine names with faith, humility and attention. This is described by Queen Kuntidevi in her prayers to Lord Krishna.

The First Result of Chanting and Hearing:

Hearing and chanting Krishna’s holy names with careful attention is the only means of attaining perfection in this age. Real devotional service, or bhakti, begins when we are freed from false ego and its associated false ambitions. Inattentive chanting is said to be the mother of offenses in chanting the holy names because it gives rise to the other offenses. Fully attentive and pure chanting is not possible without careful renunciation of material desires. Such renunciation helps lead us to pure chanting of the holy names, and this is also the first step to understanding Srimad-Bhagavatam. “The effect of chanting the holy name of the Lord is perceived by the chanter as liberation from the conception of false egoism.” (SB. 2.1.11, Purport) Material desires are born and breed due to “false egoism”.

Sri Sukadeva Gosvami, a genuine paramahamsa, has indicated that other Vedic proponents and students in the realm of karma, jnana and yoga are barred from understanding the real purpose and essence of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He mentioned that his father, Srila Vyasadeva, rejected His own disciples because they remained attached to these pursuits. Srila Vyasadeva apparently didn’t consider them qualified to receive the transcendental realizations offered by the Bhagavatam. Our first qualification for deep understanding of Srimad-Bhagavatam is our willingness to renounce material ambitions.

Srila Vyasadeva Rejects His Disciples:

It appears that among the disciples of Sri Vyasadeva, not all were pure devotees—not all were free from material desires. Not all were on the same level, and not all were qualified to understand Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Srila Sukadeva Gosvami has explained, “…The incarnation of Godhead Vedavyasa, rejecting his disciples, headed by Paila, instructed Srimad-Bhagavatam to me because I was free from all material desires…”

“O King Pariksit, mainly the topmost transcendentalist, who are above the regulative principles and restrictions, take pleasure in describing the glories of the Lord.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.7)

Srimad-Bhagavatam is especially meant for paramahamsas. It’s real meanings and purposes can’t be understood or appreciated by materialistic persons.  Without the special assistance and mercy of the great devotees in the line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, no one in this age is qualified to understand the Bhagavatam, which is described by Srila Prabhupada as the “post-graduate” study of Vedic literature. Srimad-Bhagavatam is best studied daily according the sadhana Srila Prabhupada established for his temples. In this way, by regular attendance in classes of Srimad-Bhagavatam all that is “inauspicious in the heart” becomes almost completely vanquished.

The best way for hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam is in association with non-duplicitous devotees, following the format Srila Prabhupada prescribed. A similar format was shown by great devotees when Srila Sukadeva Gosvami first spoke it to Maharaja Pariksit on the banks of the Ganges, and again when Sri Suta Goswami spoke it to the assembly of great sages in the sacred forest of Naimisaranya. (We should always hear and chant Srila Prabhupada’s translations and purports found in his original, authorized editions.)

Chanting Hare Krishna is the Only Way:

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has said that there are “no hard and fast rules” for chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra. Chanting the holy names can be effectively done anywhere and everywhere by all persons in all times and all places. In a series of classes on Nectar of Devotion in Vrindaban (Nov. 12 and 13, 1972), Srila Prabhupada mentions that anyone can attain perfection— “even if he doesn’t read any scripture”—simply by chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.

“O King, constant chanting of the holy names of the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is the doubtless and fearless way of success for all, including those who are free from all material desires, and also those who are desirous of all material enjoyment, as well as those who are self-satisfied by dint of transcendental knowledge.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.11)

It mentions above that even those “who desire all material enjoyment” should chant Hare Krishna for success. Such materialists may achieve their desired objectives by chanting, but they can never attain liberation or prema-bhakti. Gradually, however, by chanting Hare Krishna for a long time and associating with devotees, materialists may learn to detest material desires. The problem for materialists, however, is that it is hard for them to associate with devotees or chant regularly and attentively.  

What is the solution for offensive chanting? Chanting Hare Krishna is the way to become freed from the reactions of all kinds of offenses, but what is the solution for one who chants offensively? According to great authorities, there is no remedy for offenses to the holy name—other than constant chanting. We can save time and suffering by chanting Hare Krishna and avoiding the 10 offenses in chanting. In this we can quickly arise to the level of pure chanting with full attention, by the mercy of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai and Srila Prabhupada. At this stage, pure devotional service really begins and becomes truly effective. Srimad-Bhagavatam assures us that this the “doubtless and fearless way of success for all”.