“regularly this book Kṛṣṇa, he will be liberated, simply by reading this book.”-SP

January 12, 2022 in Articles

May 2, 1974 m0rning walk Bombay
…”regularly this book Kṛṣṇa, he will be liberatedsimply by reading this book.”
 
In this morning walk Srila Prabhupada explains the meaning of full surrender, how only demons come to this material world, and the real meaning of transcendental anxiety or separation from Krsna
Girirāja: Another thing we were discussing yesterday is that in Goloka there are no demons.
Prabhupāda: No. There cannot be any demons. Then how it is Vaikuṇṭha? Vaikuṇṭha means without any anxiety. So the situation of anxiety is created by the demons. Therefore, when Kṛṣṇa wants to fight, He has to come down here because there is no question of fighting. There is no chance of fighting. Everyone is devotee. A devotee will never agree. But they will agree Kṛṣṇa’s fight, but here, in this field.
Girirāja: But the sentiment of anxiety or fear for Kṛṣṇa, is that sentiment in Goloka?
Prabhupāda: No. There is no such thing. That is separation. Just like gopīs, they are full of anxiety: “Oh, Kṛṣṇa has gone to the pasturing ground.” Their anxiety is there. Just like Rukmiṇī, she was thinking, “Oh, Kṛṣṇa may not give me up. He is talking in this way.” She fainted. So anxiety is there. So the anxiety is that one may not be separated from Kṛṣṇa. That is the anxiety. And actually there is no separation, but the feeling of separation out of ecstatic love. Just like one who has got love for the other person, beloved, he always thinks like that, “My beloved may not be separated from me.” This is ecstasy of love. Just like a miser man who has got much wealth, he always thinks, “My money may not be lost. My money may not be lost.” Out of his too much attachment for the money, he thinks like that. Is it not? “How shall I protect this money? How shall I protect this?” To earn money is also troublesome. To keep money also troublesome. And when it is lost, that is also troublesome. This is the position. But there is no such thing, loss, but the anxiety is there. We shall return from here? [break] …vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām. So both the sādhu and the duṣkṛtina, by Kṛṣṇa’s two activities, act differently to the devotees and to the demons. They realize. That is their achievement. By punishment, this Kāliya realized, “Oh, Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Lord.” And devotees, by out of love, they realize. Therefore Kṛṣṇa is Absolute. In either process He is realized. Mama vartmānuvartante manuṣyāḥ pārtha sarvaśaḥ. If one is sincere, then they gradually make progress. Yes. [break] …vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām.
Girirāja: “O Lord, You have descended especially for the purpose of annihilating all kinds of disturbing elements within the world, and because You are the Absolute Truth, there is no difference between Your mercy and punishment.” [break]
Prabhupāda: …surgical operation is there, the knife is being used on the body, that means he is getting relief. It is not punishment. Hare Kṛṣṇa. (Hindi) [break]
Girirāja: Is that benefit coming in all suffering or only when it is given by Kṛṣṇa?
Prabhupāda: Yes. When there is suffering given by Kṛṣṇa… Therefore a devotee does not take seriously suffering. Tat te ‘nukampāṁ susumīkṣamāṇaḥ [SB 10.14.8]. A devotee thinks, “It is the favor of Kṛṣṇa that he has put me into suffering.” They never see suffering as suffering. It is favor of Kṛṣṇa. That is devotee’s vision. [break] It is exactly like a son who knows his father well. If the father slaps, the son never protests. He knows that “It is good for me.” Similarly, a devotee is never disturbed when there is suffering given by Kṛṣṇa. [break]
Girirāja: A karmī is suffering just the laws of…
Prabhupāda: The karmī is different. The karmī is suffering. He is suffering just like criminal is suffering. A criminal is given slap by the police. That slap, and the father is giving slap, that slap is different. Although it looks the same thing, but there is great difference.
Satsvarūpa: So there is no benefit to suffering unless it is connected with Kṛṣṇa.
Prabhupāda: Yes. When Kṛṣṇa… Therefore we shall fully surrender to Kṛṣṇa. As Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura says, mārobi rākhobi yo icchā tohārā: “Now I surrender. Now if you want to maintain me, that is all right, and if You want to kill me, that is also all right.” This is surrender. It is not business, “If You maintain me, then I surrender. If You kill me, then I do not.” It is not like that. Mārobi rākhobi yo icchā tanhārā. “As You like. If You want to maintain, that is also good; if You want to kill, that is also good.” This is devotee’s view.
Satsvarūpa: Someone might say, “But if one is surrendered why should Kṛṣṇa give him trouble?”

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Prabhupada explains the process of death and how to avoid it

January 8, 2022 in Articles

April 7 1974 Bombay
 
Prabhupāda: This example is givenSuppose we are walkingThis step, when I assure that “This is all right, it is not, it will not go down,” then I take up this. Then again thisThis example is given. Similarly, change of body like that. As soon as it is settled up what kind of body he is going to accept or which is being offered to him, daivanetreṇa, by higher authority, then this man leaves this body and again enters in the womb of the body which he is destined to get. This is the process of death.
Yadubara: Is that immediate, Śrīla Prabhupāda?
Prabhupāda: Immediate. Just like immediate I am walking. When it is fixed up, then I take up. Then when it is fixed up, then I take up, like this. Immediately.
Yaśomatīnandana: What about hell? How does the jīva soul go to hell?
Prabhupāda: Yes. They go. Those who are going to hell, that is fixed up very quickly. It doesn’t take much time. Hell means he is getting the next body, hellish body. That’s all. Suppose he is going to get the hellish body to become the worm of stool, so in that way he enters the worm, mother worm, to get the body and enjoy the hell. That’s all.
Satsvarūpa: Don’t they sometimes have to go to Yamarāja first for practice?
Prabhupāda: Yes. That is daivanetreṇa. These things are finished very quickly. And if it takes little time, then this man who is dying, he remains in coma and does not die. Because the judgement is going on, the decision waiting, coma. You have seen sometimes a man is in coma for seven days, eight days? Yes. That means his judgement is going on, that… Such kind of death means very sinful death. Not yet settled up, very complicated case. Therefore it takes time.
Yadubara: What about persons who die in their sleep? Is that a sinful death?
Prabhupāda: Yes. Dream or awakened, everything is dream, gross dream and subtle dream. That’s all. This is also dream. What do you mean by dream? Dream means existent for a little period. That’s all. So night dream is for two hours and this dream is for twenty-four hours.

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3 morning walk conversations-but all tied together

January 7, 2022 in Articles

April 11 1974 Bombay
(because Krsna can give knowledge of past present future, that means He and His body are eternal-no misery because no birth or death)
 
Prabhupāda: These Māyāvādī philosophers, they create God. Anthropomorphism. What is that anthropomorphism.
Satsvarūpa: To imagine that God has a form. Man imagines God, not that God exists originally, but man imagines God based on his own form.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Anthropomorphism it is called. They create a form, but that is not the fact. God has His eternal form. That I explained. Sac-cid-ānanda-vigraha [Bs. 5.1]. Vigraha means form. And it is sac-cid-ānanda, means eternal, full of knowledge and… Just like Kṛṣṇa is speaking Bhagavad-gītā. People are accepting, because that is real knowledge. And nobody reads other books so carefully. And this Bhagavad-gītā is read all over the world. All big, big scholars, big, big philosophers, theologists, they read. Because that is real knowledge. That is the proof. It is real knowledge. Cit. Sac-cid. And one who is giving real knowledge, it is natural conclusion, he has got eternal body. We cannot give real knowledge because we forget. As we change our body, we forget. Just like at night we dream, but we forget the body, this body. In another body we go to some dreamland. So because we change body therefore we forget. And because Kṛṣṇa is giving knowledge perfect, past, present and future, therefore it means that He has got eternal body. This is the proof. One should understand everything with logic. Is it not? We forget because we have no eternal body. Last birth, what I was, what you were, we have forgotten, because changed body. Death means forgetting. So because Kṛṣṇa is giving perfect knowledge of past, future and present, therefore it is to be understood that He has got eternal body. And eternal body means there is no misery. Misery means janma-mṛtyu-jarā-vyādhi [Bg. 13.9], to take birth, to die… (aside:) (Hare Kṛṣṇa.) And to suffer from disease, to suffer from old age. These are the miseries. So because Kṛṣṇa hasn’t got this temporary body, therefore He is not suffering from these things. Therefore Kṛṣṇa, you will see always, young man. You will never see Kṛṣṇa’s picture as old man, because He is eternal body. This is the conclusion..
March 31 1974 Bombay
(Because the Lord and His parts are both nitya, eternal, there must be a place where these transactions (of bhakti) take place-therefore Vaikuntha must exist)
 
Mr. Sar: Eko bahūnāṁ vidadhāti kāmān.
Prabhupāda: In this way, from Vedas, from guru, from saintly persons, we have to understand. Sādhu guru śāstra vākya. Sādhu means who speaks strictly on the śāstra. Guru also speaks strictly on śāstra. Śāstra is the medium. Yaḥ śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya vartate kāma-kārataḥ, na siddhim avāpno… [Bg. 16.23]. Therefore we protest. Unless there is something mentioned in the authorized śāstras we don’t accept it.
Guest (1): Is it nityaḥ anityānām or nityaḥ nityānām?
Prabhupāda: Nityo nityānām. Plural number.
Dr. Patel: Plural, yes.
Guest (1): No, no, that’s right.
Prabhupāda: Plural number.
Guest (1): Permanent. Permanent, impermanent.
Prabhupāda: Both of them permanent. No, no, no. Permanent… The jīvas and the Supreme Lord, both of them are permanent, nityā. Na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre [Bg. 2.20]. Just like nityaḥ śāśvato ‘yam. It is said in the Bhagavad-gītā, nityaḥ śāśvato ‘yam. Eternal, always existing. And this material word has been described: asasvataḥ. Duḥkhālayam aśāśvataḥ.
Dr. Patel: Aśāśvatam.
Prabhupāda: Aśāś… It is not permanent. Bhūtvā bhūtvā pralīyate [Bg. 8.19]. It appears and disappears. So because nityo nityānām, there is transaction between the nitya, the Supreme Nitya, Kṛṣṇa, and the…
Dr. Patel: Cetanaś cetanānām.
Prabhupāda: And the subordinate nityas, the living entities. So there must be one place also where this transaction takes place. Because this is anitya. This material world is anitya. So how the transaction between the nitya and nityānām can take place? Because the place is anitya. Therefore there must be a place which is nitya. There must be place. That is Vaikuṇṭha dhāma, spiritual worldSo by practicing bhakti-yoga scientifically, by practical understanding, practical application, yogaṁ yuñjan mad-āśrayaḥ, either at the shelter…
….If you simply understand Kṛṣṇa, then sarvam eva vijñātaṁ bhavanti. Then you have got full knowledge. And that is also stated in the Fourth Chapter. Janma karma me divyam yo janāti tattvataḥ, tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti… [Bg. 4.9]. He becomes immediately liberated. Simply if you understand Kṛṣṇa, what is Kṛṣṇa, tattvataḥ, in truth, then you are, your business is finished.
 

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Will I be able to think of Krsna at the time of my death? SP answers

January 4, 2022 in Articles

April 1 1974 Bombay-Srila Prabhupada covers a lot of important topics just in this one morning walk conversation. To think of God or Krsna at time of death is not so simple a thing. …the sraddha ceremony,and karma yoga, what is it?

.Prabhupāda: So at the time of death, when everything is disordered, nothing is in order, unless one is very strongly practiced, how he can remember?
Dr. Patel: My father spoke, “Oṁ,” and he stopped breathing and…
Prabhupāda: That’s nice. Oṁ, oṁ ity eka… That is…
Dr. Patel: Then he stopped breathing.
Prabhupāda: That means he practiced. Therefore, either you practice Oṁ or Hare Kṛṣṇa, that is all right.
Dr. Patel: Whatever we do of our whole, all our whole, all day of life, it comes at the end. That is why you must continue to do for the life.
Prabhupāda: Twenty-four hours. Kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ [Cc. Ādi 17.31]. Always Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa… In this way practicing, if somebody is fortunate enough, he can remember.
Dr. Patel: Eṣā brāhmī sthitiḥ pārtha na… Sthitvā samanta-kāle ‘pi brahma-nirvāṇam ṛcchati.
Prabhupāda: So…
Dr. Patel: Therefore at the last moment you… But you can’t get that last moment in this position because you have, whole life, you have…
Prabhupāda: Yes, you have spoiled your life simply in material activities. How you can remember?
Dr. Patel: But even if you are doing material activities by your body, and by your mental activities you are bhaja kṛṣṇa…
Prabhupāda: But you are under the body… Prakṛteḥ kriyamāṇāni [Bg. 3.27]. Body and mind is working… Unless you practice to be above body and mind… That is bhakti-yoga. Māṁ cāvyabhicāriṇi-bhakti-yoga…, sa guṇān samatītya. You cannot expect that you go on doing all these material activities and at the time of death you’ll remember Kṛṣṇa. That is not possible.
Dr. Patel: That can’t be done.
Prabhupāda: That is not possible.
Chandobhai: Should be a real concentrated difference
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Chandobhai: When you do the work, you should be a real concentration.
Prabhupāda: That is not possible.
Chandobhai: Therefore there is no… Because your attachment is more to the…
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Chandobhai: …reserves of that…
Prabhupāda: Vīta-rāga-bhaya-krodhā man-mayā… [Bg. 4.10].
Chandobhai: Mad-bhaktaḥ.
Prabhupāda: Man-mayā mad-aśritāḥ. Unless he takes shelter of Kṛṣṇa, these things are not possible. Simply by talking it is not possible. There must be practice.
Chandobhai: Acaropanam.(?)
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Dr. Patel: (Sanskrit)
Chandobhai: Yaṁ yaṁ vāpi smaram bhāvaṁ tyajanty ante… [break]
Prabhupāda: There is a risk. Yaṁ yaṁ vāpi. If you are thinking of dog, then you become a dog.
Dr. Patel: Just as Bhārata did it.
Prabhupāda: Yes. yes, that is example. Even Bhārata Mahārāja, such a great personality, simply due to little affection to a cub of deer, he became a deer. So these people are attached to so many things. So how much risk is there at the time of death they do not understand. Therefore Kṛṣṇa says, mām ekam.

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Wealth, in Vedic time was not paper money-SP

January 1, 2022 in Articles

April 10 1974 Bombay
Prabhupāda: Anna-vastra, anna-vastra-dhana. Charity means to give in charity anna and vastra and cows. [break] …give in charity some paper, one hundred rupees. (laughs) Another cheating. And he is also satisfied, “One hundred rupees.” What is this one hundred? It is a paper, a piece of paper. [break] …earned, black market, white market. Because when one does business, he has to do it, but it should be purified. I have seen the Marwaris, they do that. Although when earning money, they don’t care, they do anything, but they give in charity. [break] …purify the body by taking bath, similarly, the wealth is purified by the charity process, giving it to the brāhmaṇas and Vaiṣṇavas. Just like Rūpa Gosvāmī. He accumulated much wealth. He brought in a big boat, all gold coins. So… So he distributed fifty percent to the brāhmaṇa and Vaiṣṇava and twenty-five percent he gave to the relatives, and twenty-five percent he kept for his personal emergency. This is example shown by Rūpa Gosvāmī. [break] Kṛṣi-go-rakṣya-vāṇijyam vaiśya-karma svabhāva-jam [Bg. 18.44]. So where is that vaiśya, giving protection to the cows? Although they were village men, they were very rich. That is the old Vedic civilization. Now you go to the village—all poor. The cows are skinny, people have no home, no nice cloth. This is the position. And we are still advanced, advanced. They are proud of “advanced.” And here is the… Just hear the description of the village, with cows only. So how much fallen we have become, we can just imagine.

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“That is the point. If you love God, then why you disobey His order?”-SP

December 30, 2021 in Articles

April 22 1974 Hyderabad conversations/mock debate with Srila Prabhupada
 
“That is the point. If you love God, then why you disobey His order?”
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Prabhupāda: …principles? What we should inform to the people in general?
Pañcadraviḍa: I try to remember that Lord Caitanya, He informed that the purpose of all Vedic literatures is to acquaint people with their relationship which they have forgotten with God, to teach them how to engage themself in that relationship and to understand that the goal is to come to pure love of God…..
Prabhupāda: No, they will say that “We have not forgotten God. We go to church regularly.” And the Mohammedans will say that “We go to mosque. So why we have forgotten God?”
Pañcadraviḍa: Going to church or mosque… When we are speaking to the people, we don’t discourage that they change their religion or anything.
Prabhupāda: No. You, your charge is that they have forgotten God. They will answer that “We have not forgotten God. We are going to church, we are going to our mosque. Why we have forgotten God?”
Pañcadraviḍa: Because they are not serving Him… [break] …relationship. They are not actively serving Him. They are engaging themselves… We see practically that some people say they are theists…
Prabhupāda: Then what is the meaning of service?
Pañcadraviḍa: Service means a relationship of serving out of love. So people are simply serving their stomach or…
Prabhupāda: “So if I haven’t got love, then why I am coming to church?
Satsvarūpa: Well, we’re educating them what is God. They go to church, but they don’t know. “What is your idea of God?” We ask them.
Prabhupāda: “Whatever it may be, when I offer my prayers, I remember there is some God. I may not have clear idea. I have got my own conception of God.” So what is the answer?
Satsvarūpa: Well, there are symptoms if you… We don’t discourage, as Pañcadraviḍa Mahārāja says, but if you are following God, the best religion is that which develops love of God.
Prabhupāda: Yes. That is answered. “If I haven’t got love for God, then why I am coming to church?”
Pañcadraviḍa: If you have love for God, why you are coming to church?
Prabhupāda: No. “Because I have got love for God, therefore I am coming to church. At that time I could have earned some money.
Pañcadraviḍa: But we’re also teaching that this love, love is not just based on sentimentality. Love is also practical. Just like in this world, when there is relationship between man and woman, there is a practical exchange of love. It is not simply that love is only based on words. Also one is based on actions. We can judge how much a man is developing love by what his activities are.
Prabhupāda: “So what you have found in me that you have concluded that I have no love for God. What you have seen in me?”
Pañcadraviḍa: I have not concluded that… When I speak with a person, I do not say, “I have concluded that you have no love of God.”
Prabhupāda: “You say. That you have charged, but on what account you say like that? What I have done?”

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.Without becoming jñānī, nobody can become bhakta. Without knowledge, if one has become bhakta, he’s sentimentalist.–SP

December 30, 2021 in Articles

Aug 5 1976  French farm-New Mayapura

Bhūgarbha: He doesn’t think he’ll be able to follow the life of the Vaiṣṇavas, because our life is too difficult.
Prabhupāda: That attitude will help him. That humbleness, that “I cannot follow,” that will help.
Bhūgarbha: He says he has a tendency more of a jñānī, and his training has been according to Śaṅkarite and also Buddhist lines. But still he appreciates very much bhakti, and he is very happy to meet the devotees, and at the same time he’s very depressed to meet all these intellectuals who know so many things but cannot understand anything.
Prabhupāda: Without becoming jñānī, nobody can become bhakta. Without knowledge, if one has become bhakta, he’s sentimentalist. It is stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, find out this verse. Samaḥ sarveṣu bhūteṣu mad-bhaktiṁ labhate parām [Bg. 18.54]. brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā na śocati na kāṅkṣati samaḥ sarveṣu bhūteṣu mad-bhaktiṁ labhate parām
(French translation read) So without becoming fully in knowledge, nobody can become devotee.

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Without seeing (Krsna) he cannot be spiritual master-SP

December 29, 2021 in Articles

Below we have the definitive statements by Srila Prabhupada as to WHO if the real guru.

Some will accept and understand this and many will never get it

The bona fide spiritual master must be able to see Krsna and talk with Him-face to face. This is not some figurative idea but the actual reality.
Srila Prabhupada….”Yes. A spiritual master must have seen Kṛṣṇa.Without seeing, he cannot be spiritual master.But how Kṛṣṇa can be seen? Kṛṣṇa can be seen by love. Premāñjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena [Bs. 5.38]. Premāñjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti. Just like if you are in love with somebody, you can see him constantly—he is always on your eyes, anyone you love—so similarly, Kṛṣṇa also can be seen by development of love. Otherwise how we can see Kṛṣṇa? He is so great, unlimited. Your eyes, your senses, are all limited. You cannot see the unlimited by your limited sense perception. But you can see… Not you can see, but svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ.When you are developed in the sense of love of Godhead, then He reveals unto you. Therefore you can see. “
Srila prabhupada’s Lecture : Bhagavad-gita 4.34-39 — Los Angeles, January 12, 1969
 
Srila Prabhupada…”So this adhokṣajam, Kṛṣṇa, we have to worship. Adhokṣaja. So we cannot see if it is beyond our sense perception. How we can worship Him?Therefore you have to take shelter of the spiritual master who has seen Him.“Srila Prabhupada’s Lecture : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.25 — Los Angeles, August 28, 1972
 
Srila Prabhupada…”When the devotee sees the Supreme Personality of Godhead by his meditation, orwhen he sees the Lord personally, face to face, he becomes aware of everything within this universe.Indeed, nothing is unknown to him.Everything within this material world is fully manifested to a devotee who has seen the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”
The Demigods and Demons Declare a Truce : SB 8.6.9 : Srila Prabhupada’s PURPORT :
 
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July 14 1976 interview with reporter-guru must see God face to face-not figuratively
Interviewer: But in the same way that Kṛṣṇa says He’ll provide for your needs you still must work to achieve whatever Kṛṣṇa is giving you.
Prabhupāda: Yes. You work for Kṛṣṇa. You have to work to get your necessities.
Interviewer: In the same way I’m curious with respect to the way Kṛṣṇa communicates with you, whether it’s in a similar kind of way that He gives you your necessities.
Bali-mardana: In other words, when you decide that someone is to be in charge of a particular temple does Kṛṣṇa tell you that this person should be in charge.
Interviewer: Or do you by judging him say this person is qualified.
Prabhupāda:Yes, because a devotee always consults Kṛṣṇa and He gives order.
Interviewer:It’s a more direct communication.
Prabhupāda:Yes. And He gives order.
Rāmeśvara:Because intelligence, our philosophy is that intelligence comes from Kṛṣṇa. So if I have some…
Interviewer: And your philosophy is that your daily necessities come from Kṛṣṇa as well.
Rāmeśvara:Yes, try to understand. Suppose my intelligence sees that this person is qualified, that means Kṛṣṇa has told me.
Prabhupāda:No, not necessarily, Kṛṣṇa will tell directly. A devotee always consults Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa tells him, “Do like this.” Not figuratively.

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Four definitive statements by SP as to who is the real guru-He must see God-Krsna

December 28, 2021 in Articles

 

Below we have the definitive statements by Srila Prabhupada as to WHO if the real guru.

Some will accept and understand this and many will never get it

The bona fide spiritual master must be able to see Krsna and talk with Him-face to face. This is not some figurative idea but the actual reality.
Srila Prabhupada….”Yes. A spiritual master must have seen Kṛṣṇa.Without seeing, he cannot be spiritual master.But how Kṛṣṇa can be seen? Kṛṣṇa can be seen by love. Premāñjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena [Bs. 5.38]. Premāñjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti. Just like if you are in love with somebody, you can see him constantly—he is always on your eyes, anyone you love—so similarly, Kṛṣṇa also can be seen by development of love. Otherwise how we can see Kṛṣṇa? He is so great, unlimited. Your eyes, your senses, are all limited. You cannot see the unlimited by your limited sense perception. But you can see… Not you can see, but svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ.When you are developed in the sense of love of Godhead, then He reveals unto you. Therefore you can see. “
Srila prabhupada’s Lecture : Bhagavad-gita 4.34-39 — Los Angeles, January 12, 1969
 
Srila Prabhupada…”So this adhokṣajam, Kṛṣṇa, we have to worship. Adhokṣaja. So we cannot see if it is beyond our sense perception. How we can worship Him?Therefore you have to take shelter of the spiritual master who has seen Him.“Srila Prabhupada’s Lecture : Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.25 — Los Angeles, August 28, 1972
 
Srila Prabhupada…”When the devotee sees the Supreme Personality of Godhead by his meditation, orwhen he sees the Lord personally, face to face, he becomes aware of everything within this universe.Indeed, nothing is unknown to him.Everything within this material world is fully manifested to a devotee who has seen the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”
The Demigods and Demons Declare a Truce : SB 8.6.9 : Srila Prabhupada’s PURPORT :
 
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July 14 1976 interview with reporter-guru must see God face to face-not figuratively
Interviewer: But in the same way that Kṛṣṇa says He’ll provide for your needs you still must work to achieve whatever Kṛṣṇa is giving you.
Prabhupāda: Yes. You work for Kṛṣṇa. You have to work to get your necessities.
Interviewer: In the same way I’m curious with respect to the way Kṛṣṇa communicates with you, whether it’s in a similar kind of way that He gives you your necessities.
Bali-mardana: In other words, when you decide that someone is to be in charge of a particular temple does Kṛṣṇa tell you that this person should be in charge.
Interviewer: Or do you by judging him say this person is qualified.
Prabhupāda:Yes, because a devotee always consults Kṛṣṇa and He gives order.
Interviewer:It’s a more direct communication.
Prabhupāda:Yes. And He gives order.
Rāmeśvara:Because intelligence, our philosophy is that intelligence comes from Kṛṣṇa. So if I have some…
Interviewer: And your philosophy is that your daily necessities come from Kṛṣṇa as well.
Rāmeśvara:Yes, try to understand. Suppose my intelligence sees that this person is qualified, that means Kṛṣṇa has told me.
Prabhupāda:No, not necessarily, Kṛṣṇa will tell directly. A devotee always consults Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa tells him, “Do like this.” Not figuratively.
Interviewer:Does that apply then to other kinds of decisions and other kinds of activities as well?
Prabhupāda:Everything. Because a devotee does not do anything without consulting Kṛṣṇa.
Bali-mardana: But that applies to a very greatly elevated soul, that is not an ordinary person.
Prabhupāda:That is,therefore the minor devotees, they consultthe spiritual master. That is our process. Yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādaḥ **.
Rāmeśvara:I see, I was trying to explain the minor devotees.
Interviewer: No, I was talking about…
Rāmeśvara: You’re talking about the topmost level.
Interviewer: Yes.

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Many Sastric predictions of the appearance of Srila Prabhupada

December 23, 2021 in Articles

Prediction of Srila Prabhupada appearing, the Yuga Acharya

The mlecchas who are born from mixed countries ruled by descendants of Kasyapa (demons) and the sudras will become brahmanas by initiation. They will wear sikhas and brahmana threads and will become well versed in the uncontaminated fruit of the Vedas (Srimad Bhagavatam). They will worship Me by the Yajna prescribed by the Lord of Lords, the protector of Sacidevi, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

(Bhavisya Purana, Pratisarga Chapter 20 verses 71-73)

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Prediction by Caitanya Mahaprabhu

ebe nama sankirtana tiksna khadga lana

antara asura jivera pheliba katiya

yadi papi chadi dharma dura dese yaya

mora senapati-bhakta yaibe tathaya

Taking the sharp sword of the congregational chanting of the Holy Name, I will root out and destroy the demoniac mentality in the hearts of the conditioned souls. If some sinful people escape and giving up religious principles go to far off countries, then My commander in chief (Senapati Bhakta) will appear to chase them and distribute Krsna consciousness.”

(Caitanya Mangala, Sutra-khanda, song 12, texts 564-565)

prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama

sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama

In every town and village, the chanting of my name will be heard.

(Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata, Antya 4.126 – Srila Vrindavana Dasa Thakura)

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Prediction by Sri Vishnuchitta / Perialvar

There will come a race which will tread the Earth with raised hands and vertical tilaka on their foreheads, who will chant the names of Hari; this will destroy the influence of Kali.

(Divya Prabandha 1.10)

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Prediction by Srila Madhvacharya

The real knowledge of the difference between jiva and Sri Hari and the service of Sri Hari will spread all over the world very shortly.

(Sumadhwa Vijaya – Last Chapter)

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Prediction by Sri Ramanujacharya

The pure devotion to Sri Hari devoid of karma and jnana will grow and grow like a banyan tree covering the whole world, teaching everyone who takes shelter.

(Prapannamrta Tarpana, Last Chapter)

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Predictions by Sri Nammalvar

poliga poliga poliga! poyitru valluyir ccapam

naliyum naragamum nainda namanukkingu yadonrum illai

kaliyum kedum kandu kolmin kadalvannan budangal manmel

maliya ppugundisai padi adi ulidara kkandom

Victory ! Victory ! Victory ! I behold something wonderful : all the inauspiciousness of the living entities is destroyed, no one is going to hell, Yamaraja has no more any work, and the effects of Kaliyuga ceased to exist. This is because all over the world an increasing number of Lord Vishnu’s devotees sing his names while dancing and playing musical instruments.

(Divya Prabandha, Tiruvaymoli 5.2.1)

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Prediction by Srimati Bhakti devi

Bhakti personified tells Narada muni that after travelling through several places in India, she reached Vrindavana. Then she declares her resolution of leaving from Vrindavana to go to foreign countries:

idam sthanam parityajya videsam gamyate maya

Leaving this place, I will go abroad.

(Padma Purana, Bhagavata Mahatmya in the Uttara Khanda

194.57)

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Prediction by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

“In a short time, there will be only one sampradaya and that will be the Brahma sampradaya. All other sampradayas will find their conclusions in this sampradaya.”

(Sajjana Tosani 4.3, ‘Nityadharma Suryodoy’)

A personality will soon appear to preach the teachings of Lord Chaitanya and move unrestrictedly over the whole world with His message.

(Sajjana Tosani, ‘Nityadharma Suryodoy’)

Very soon the unparalleled path of hari-nama sankirtana will be propagated all over the world. Oh, for that day when the fortunate English, French, Russian, German, and American people will take up banners, mridangas, and karatalas and raise kirtana through their streets and towns! When will that day come?

(Sajjana Tosani 4.3, ‘Nityadharma Suryodoy’, 1885)

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Prediction by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati

Bhaktisiddhanta lectured to a crowd that had assembled for a parikrama or walking tour of Mayapur, the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. “Guru Maharaj was looking out at the large crowd of devotees,” Nayanananda Das Babaji recalled. “Then he turned his head toward the left side where I was standing. He was looking intently at someone behind me and became silent for a long moment. I turned and saw that the person with whom he was making eye contact was Abhay Charanaravinda Prabhu.” “I have a prediction,” Bhaktisiddhanta announced. “However long in the future it may be, one of my disciples will cross the ocean. That devotee will bring back the whole world.”

(Excerpt from book Our Srila Prabhupada a Friend to All)

In 1935 Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaj (Spiritual Master of Srila Prabhupada) foretold to his disciple Sridhara Maharaja and others, that “He’ll (Srila Prabhupada) do the needful when time comes. Nobody requires to help him”

(Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta Volume 1 by Satsavrupa Dasa Goswami)

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A religion from the East will move the West” –Nostradamus, 16th century French apothecary and seer

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Prediction by Srila Prabhupada Himself

“…And in my horoscope there was written there, “After seventieth year this man will go outside India and establish so many temples.(…) I could not understand. “What is this, that I have to go outside India? That is not…” And Guru Maharaja foretold. He told my Godbrothers, Sridhara Maharaja and others, that “He’ll do the needful when time comes. Nobody requires to help him.” He told in 1935. And after all, this was true(?). Guru Maharaja told. And in the beginning, first sight, he told, “You have to do this…”

(Room Conversation, June 17, 1977, Vrndavana)

SP letters on studying his books

December 22, 2021 in Articles

 Studying the books
 
…” I think that all of the devotees should purchase one copy of all of our books for study and future preaching activities.
 
…”This homeopathic medicine you have mentioned is not genuine and therefore is a bluff. 
 
…”So if our men simply study our books and magazines, and assimilate them nicely and clarify as soon as there is some doubt, then surely we shall drive out all these so-called yogis and propagandists who are simply cheating the innocent people to solve their pecuniary problems
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Feb 20 1968 letter Robert
So far school is concerned, we know that modern education in schools and colleges is not very much helpful in advancement of Krishna Consciousness, but still we have to take advantage of such institutions in absence of any other good organization. But I shall advise you that by leaving your school, you have got immense books and literatures for studying, so you should form the habit of studying and understanding the philosophy very nicely and when there is difficulty in understanding, Brahmananda or Rayarama, or myself, will help you in all respects. School may be bad, but studying is not bad, it is very good. So we should not give up the habit of studying, especially Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and Brahma Samhita.
Hope you are well.
 
Sept 29 1968 letter Gurudas
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 9/23/68, and thank you very much for it. Now, because you are on the field work, you have to meet so many opposite elements. And you have to satisfy them or fight with them with conclusive statements from Bhagavad-gita, and Srimad-Bhagavatam, and as such, it is needed that you should be thoroughly conversant with the truth.
Nov 18 1968 letter Satsvarupa
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated Nov. 16, 1968, and it is very encouraging that Devananda is combating with Mr. Jarvis representing Maharishi Mahesa. Yes, in each and every such meeting you should go and challenge these persons, but you must be equipped very strongly with conclusions of the Bhagavad-gita. In the Bhagavad-gita it is clearly said that the first class yogi is he who has in his heart always the eternal form of Krishna. I could not follow what Devananda said to the Jerry Jarvis when he said that he was also worshiping Krishna. It is very good to argue with him even at the suspension of meetings, and it is very good enthusiasm.
 
Special Note—I also went to see this Jerry Jarvis back in 1969 as MSUniversity when he came to town. At that time the Maharishi mantra cost $35 bucks and they promised Cosmic Consciousness in 6 months time.
I also had a hard time believing that this $35 dollars would produce this effect so I snuck around the house the night before the meeting to see if I could hear any devious talks between these people. I heard nothing and the next day when I plopped down my 35 bucks and got the same “mantra” that thousands of other also did, I left my body temporarily at that time. So I was kind of amazed that this happened so was never quite sure what to think.
Then some few years later I met Srila Prabhupada and thru his disciples and the Maharishi was history
Later on when the Indian guru maharaji boy came to Seattle and Prabhupada told Sukadev not to go to these meetings and fight with these people but just five them a book. So two different instructions to two different devotees.
 
 
Nov 14 1968 letter Aniruddha
You should all read very carefully Srimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita, and you should be able to answer all questions like this, and only in rare cases approach me. But it is important that our students must be able to answer all questions for becoming preachers.
Arati is performed at 1 1/2 hour before sunrise to awaken the Deities. Each offering is made by moving it in 7 big circles, starting at the Lotus Feet of the Lord, and going clockwise round. First of all, burning camphor or ghee (5 fires if possible) is offered in this way, slowly circling them before the Lord. With left hand bell is being rung, and with right hand the offerings are made by circling. Next burning dhupa is offered. Then water is offered in a conchshell. Then a nice handkerchief is offered. Then a nice flower, as a rose. Then the Deities are offered a fan, nice peacock feather fan. And the last item is the blowing of the conch shell three times. Throughout arati there is bell ringing, cymbals, mrdanga, gong, harmonium, etc.
 

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Become dog (servant) of Krsna-you will be happy–SP

December 22, 2021 in Articles

Dec 31 1973 LA MORNING WALK CONVERSATION
 
Viṣṇujana: They say, “We want to regress and become like India.” If everyone becomes devotees, then they’ll all walk around like us and regress.
Prabhupāda: There is no devotee in India, real devotee, at the present moment.
Viṣṇujana: So they classify us like that. They say, “You Hare Kṛṣṇa people, you want to take us back to cholera and dysentery and everything.”
Prabhupāda: But you are already suffering from cancer. What you have done? (laughter) Instead of cholera, you have got cancer. Is that very good exchange?
Viṣṇujana: One out of eight men has venereal disease.
Prabhupāda: From frying pan to the fire. Cholera has got some remedy, but here there is no remedy. Hm? What is that?
Viṣṇujana: In this country they have the venereal disease. One out of ten men is suffering gonorrhea.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Long ago one professor, medical professor, he said, he was Englishman—that in our country, 75% students are suffering from venereal disease. Colonel Megor (?). Yes. Colonel Megor. There must be venereal disease because sex life is so cheap. There must be venereal disease. And venereal disease, once infected, it brings so many other diseases, one after another, one after another. The cancer is also due to that. Madness. Yes. And the Vedic civilization knew it. Therefore first restriction: sex. Brahmacārī. First beginning, brahmacārī. No sex life. You see? Just to save. This venereal disease is mentioned in the Āyur-veda. It is called phiraṅgāmaya. Phiraṅga means “white Europeans.” It is diseased… And medical science also says that it was begun from dog. The girls, they have sex life with dog and there is the beginning of venereal disease.
Viṣṇujana: Yes, from animal. Ass, dog, cow.
Prabhupāda: That is the beginning. So the girl becomes infected, and she distributes to all men who have sex life with… This is the beginning of sex life. And in Mexico I have heard that they regularly make theatrical demonstration, how a woman is getting sex with ass. Is it?
Bahulāśva: Yes. That is in Tijuana.
Prabhupāda: Just see. Brahmānanda told me. People have become so degraded. They make regular show, how sex life can be enjoyed with animals.
Bahulāśva: That is abominable.
South American Devotee: In South of Argentina, the soldiers, they have sex life with different animals. The army. When they are so long alone without…, and they have…
Prabhupāda: The government allow?

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Without fighting and killing no government or rulers will just give in–SP

December 22, 2021 in Articles

Morning Walk, December 30, 1973. [break]
Prajāpati: In this morning’s class you were giving us the example of the takeover of the kingship, of the brāhmaṇas getting rid of a bad king.
Prabhupāda: Well, in politics, unless there is violence, you cannot take. Simply by sweet words, not possible. That was the difference between our political leaders, Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose. So Subhash Chandra Bose was of opinion that—and that is a fact—that “You are agitating non-violence. These people will never care for your non-violence. Unless there is violence, so these Britishers will never go away.” So Gandhi would say, “No, I am not going to accept this violence theory. I shall continue.” So for thirty years... He started from 1917 and up to ’47, the Britishers did not go. But when Subhash Chandra Bose, he saw… He took the political power. He became the president. But Gandhi was angry. So because he was old leader, out of respect, he resigned the presidentship. Then he though that “So long this man will live, there will be no independence.” So he went out of India and joined with Hitler, and Tojo, Japanese.
Nitāi: Who went out of India?
Prabhupāda: This Subhash Chandra Bose. And he organized the INA, Indian National Army. So when this Indian National Army was organized and the Britishers… They were great politicians. They saw, “Now the army is going to national movement. We cannot be.” Then they left. Because it was not possible. They were maintaining British Empire with Indian money, Indian men. You see? They did not conquer by their British soldiers all round the Far East, Burma and the Mesopotamia, and the Egypt. That was Indian army, the Sikh soldiers and the Gurkha soldiers, and Indian money. On the pretext that “For Indian protection, we are maintaining this army.” Actually, they were expanding their empire. Africa, Burma. And when they saw that “India is lost,” voluntarily they liquidated all others. Went back... Back to home, back to Godhead. (devotees laugh) So in politics this is nonsense, non-violence. It is nonsense, cowardism. In politics in sweet words you cannot get. There must be fight, arms. That is army. “If you don’t agree, then fist.” That is politics. There must be violence. Otherwise you cannot control. When there is educated good men, then you can argue. But when people are ruffians, there is no question of good… Argumentum vaculum, 

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Devotional service and enthusiasm-letters from SP

December 22, 2021 in Articles

 Devotional service and enthusiasm
 
…” To surrender to Krishna all at once is not generally possible, but as we serve Krishna more and more, we gradually become more and more surrendered at His Lotus Feet.
 
…”In the material world we want to minimize our activities and take rest more but in the spiritual world, there is no rest and there is no limit of activities.
 
…”I am pressed with heavy work. I am receiving letters about 12 daily, from different centers with different problems and then at the same time I am just trying to write my books,
 
…”When we begin this sublime chanting process, or even if we simply hear the sound Hare Krishna, then we have begun our journey back to the Spiritual Kingdom, back to Godhead. “
 
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 Feb 25 letter Karunamayi
This transcendental pleasure is unlimited and increases as we increase our desire to give more and more voluntary service. To surrender to Krishna all at once is not generally possible, but as we serve Krishna more and more, we gradually become more and more surrendered at His Lotus Feet. So you please continue to serve Krishna in these ways you have mentioned, and do not feel that your service is any less valuable than that of others. In the transcendental loving service of the Lord, it doesn’t matter whether we are working, cooking, painting, writing, chanting, or whatever, they are all the same. There are no such distinctions of higher and lower on the transcendental platform. The important thing is that we are engaging our time and energy in the service of the Lord. After all, we are so tiny, what can we do? Krishna sees simply that this time is being spent in His service.
 
Oct 16 1968 letter Brahmananda
Regarding Acyutananda and Jaya Govinda: I have already written them again, that they do not be lethargic; be enthusiastic. And do something for the society. So you can also write to them that they have gone there on a mission to work for the society, so they should try their best to remain in India and work for the society. Simply if they approach big business firms in Bombay, I think they can collect not less than 100 to 200 Rs. daily. But they must be enthusiastic. If they become dead bodies, then it is not possible. I do not know why American boys should be so much lethargic. And I don’t think Acyutananda can be engaged as leader in any group. He can work only as assistant. So you write them as far as possible. Otherwise, let them come back—what can be done? I have already written to them.
I think also that Gargamuni also should be supplied with another bride. Because karmis without association of woman, cannot work. So as he is going to be a karmi—not exactly karmi, karma-yogi, so if he likes, he can marry again. But he cannot be a very strict husband, otherwise the same thing will happen. Because in America, the girls are not so trained that they will be very much obedient. So you think over, but if he likes, he can marry again.

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Inflation, what it is, what it does, and how to stop it–SP

December 18, 2021 in Articles

Dec 31 1973 LA morning walk

Prabhupāda: …theologician?
Prajāpati: Here I am, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: No theory?
Prajāpati: Actually, I was concerned this morning about inflation. The government and the newspapers, they say the biggest problem today is inflation. From our Kṛṣṇa conscious standpoint, how can we cure this problem of inflation?
Prabhupāda: It is very simple. Don’t accept paper currency. It must be gold or some metal worth. Just like one dollar, it must be worth one dollar metal. Then it is solved. But they want to cheat. How it can be solved? Because if I pay you one dollar, I must pay you value for one dollar. But it is the cheating process is going on, “I pay you one dollar, a piece of paper. That’s all.” So you accept cheatingand I also cheat. Government allows. So how the problem can be solved? It is cheating. But the government allows it as law. And you accept, I accept. Then how they can be solved, solution? This is the solution.
Prajāpati: In the economy itself there isn’t actually enough money to, that’s even in the banks…
Prabhupāda: That is cheating. Therefore I say cheating. I have no money. I give you simply paper. I promise to pay hundred dollars. What is the use of that promise if I have no money? But you want to be cheated. I cheat you. That’s all. You are satisfied of being cheated by me; so I take the advantage and I cheat you. I give you a paper. That’s all.
Bahulāśva: Real money is gold and silver.
Prabhupāda: Any… It must be value. According to the market price, it must be value. Whatever it may be. Gold is taken, because gold is the most valuable metal. A small piece of gold, it can carry two hundred dollars. But if I give you iron, then you have to bring another, what is called, bus, to carry it. (laughter) So therefore gold standard is accepted everywhere. There is a standard price of gold, so when I pay you money, it must be, carry the value in gold. That’s all. Then there is no inflation. The people want to be cheated, and people cheat. That’s all.
Bahulāśva: In the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Prabhupāda, you say that Kali became gold standardized.
Prabhupāda: That is another pointThat one who has gold, he can purchase these four kinds of sinful activities: meat-eating, gambling, intoxication, illicit sex. If you have money, you can get illicit sex from big, big quarters. Is it not?
Karandhara: Yes.
Prabhupāda: Yes. The sinful activities have increased because the world has produced too much wealth. Because they can purchase sinful activities. And that is being increased by inflation. False money I have got, and with that false money I can purchase all this illicit sex, wine, intoxication, and… It is just like nowadays, bank is giving you a card, “Americard…” What is that?
Karandhara: Charge card. Bank Americard.
Prabhupāda: Ah. So you simply show the card, you get the goods. So to exchange, it has become very cheap. So cheaply you can purchase. Therefore cheaply you can purchase sinful things also. The people are becoming sinful. The modern economy is, “Engage people in hard working to produce, and by artificial cheating, secure the goods, commodities.” This is modern economySo a worker is getting three thousand dollar per month, but he is getting paper. But he is thinking that “I am getting money.” He is giving his labor, and things are being produced. This is the policy. “Cheat him. Without giving money, give him paper, and get his labor, and produce goods.” This is modern economy. Is it not? A laborer, a worker, is given high salary, high wages. So what he is getting? It is paper. And he is very enthusiastic to give his labor. So production is more. And when you go to purchase the products, then you have to pay again. Whatever you have earned, you have to pay everything, pay to the bank or pay to the man. Simply cheating process is going on. There is no solution. People are cheaters. They have been taught how to cheat. Everyone has got a cheating propensity. That is conditioned life. Four defects: to commit mistake, to become illusioned, to cheat and imperfectness of the senses. So cheating propensity everyone has got. So that cheating propensity is being encouraged more and more. Instead of minimizing it or stop it, it is being encouraged.

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