Anyone can see. Kṛṣṇa is open to everyone-SP

June 18, 2022 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

July 31 1975 New Orleans
 
Prabhupāda: Why the prison house is filled up with so many criminals?
Guest: Why the prison house is filled up?
Prabhupāda: Prison house. In the state.
Guest: With so many prisoners?
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Guest: Of course, many people are committing crimes.
Prabhupāda: Yes. So that committing crimes is his option or government canvasses that “You become criminal and give up”?
Guest: His option.
Prabhupāda: That’s it. It is your option. You rot in this material world or go back to home, back to Godhead. That is your option. It is open to you both ways. You go to hell or go to heaven. That is your option. So human life is meant for selecting—”What shall I do? I shall go to hell or heaven?” And that is purpose. If you want to go to hell, you can go.
Guest: What does Kṛṣṇa say about truth?
Prabhupāda: Kṛṣṇa is truth. Without Kṛṣṇa, everything is untruth. Truth is one. Just like zero is zero. And it is added with one, then it is ten. It is truth. So zero is zero always. Hundred million times zero—it is zero. But when there is one, immediately value increases. So without Kṛṣṇa, all this material advancement, they are all zeros. But if you bring Kṛṣṇa, then it… that increases value-ten, hundred, thousand, tens of thousands, like that, million, billions. Because the one is there. So bring Kṛṣṇa, and then everything will be value. Otherwise, all zero. You may be proud of so-called material advancement. It is zero, because it will not save you, because tathā dehāntara-prāptiḥ: [Bg. 2.13] you have to change your body. So you have earned so much millions and billions of money. That’s all right. But you have to go empty-handed. The money will remain here. You cannot take that money within the tomb. That is not possible. Then it is zero. You are going empty-handed. You came empty-handed and going empty-handed. You came with zero and you are going with zero. So whatever you have earned, that is zero. But if you have attempted to serve Kṛṣṇa with all these zeros, then you have taken some value. Then Kṛṣṇa will see: “Oh, he has done so much for Me. Let him come.” Otherwise zeroWhat is the value of your skyscraper building and billions of dollars in the bank? You cannot take it with you. And this is called māyā. You cannot take it with you; still, you are struggling hard day and night. This is called māyā. Not a single farthing you will be able to take with you, and still, you are simply happy. They are called “asses.” Just like asses, they have so much big burden, but nothing of the burden belongs to him. Mūḍha. They are called mūḍha, asses. For nothing happiness, which he will never be able to take with him. What do they say? They are doing it for next generation.
Guest: Posterity.
Prabhupāda: He is not interested for himself. He is interested for his generation, which he will kill as soon as he’s rebellious. Just see the argument.
Devotee (1): Prabhupāda, should everyone move to the temple?
Prabhupāda: Why?
Devotee (1): Live here?
Prabhupāda: Not necessarily. Invite him. But who is coming here? Nobody is coming.

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Krsna is on the streets, trees, lamp posts..-SP

June 18, 2022 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Dec 21 1967 letter Krsna devi
Please accept my blessings. I thank you very much for your letter of Dec. 21, 1967. And I am glad to learn that you are getting strength in Krishna Consciousness so that you have decided to remain in the Temple in the absence of your husband. This is very nice. We should learn to depend on Krishna more and more. Actually, Krishna is always guiding us as Supersoul, but due to our forgetfulness, we do not understand that Krishna is friend everlasting. With advance of Krishna Consciousness one is able to realize that Krishna is always with His devotees—not only with His devotees, also with the non-devotees, but the devotees can recognize His Presence and the non-devotees cannot. The more you make advancement in Krishna Consciousness you will see Krishna everywhere. Not only on the bank of the river, but also on streets, trees, lampposts, and so on. The more you see like that you know you are making tangible advancement in Krishna Consciousness. Actually, there is nothing but Krishna all around us. This is explained in the Gita. He is the taste of water, light of the moon, the fragrance of the flower, light of the sun, sound of the sky, the power of the strong and so on. so one who is actually making progress in Krishna Consciousness, he can see Krishna everywhere. At every stage of life, who can avoid the sunlight, the moonlight, the fragrance of the flower, the taste of the water, the sound of the sky, and so on; but one has to learn it, that there is Krishna in all these varieties of existence. Without Krishna there is nothing. It is simply by the influence of Maya that we forget the relationship of Krishna with everything that be.
Simply always chant Hare Krishna and with faith in Krishna and the Spiritual Master. I am very glad Krishna is helping you and He will help you more and more in the future.

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3 letters from SP with some very good advice–SP

June 18, 2022 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Feb 1 1969 letter Upendra

Regarding your question, maya comes from Krishna. Everything comes from Krishna, but when something is found in Krishna it is just as good as anything can be. Just like Krishna has the stealing propensity. As such He is called the Butter Thief, and he is worshiped as the Butter Thief. He is worshiped by His devotees all over the world with love and affection, while the same propensities in us would result in our being handed over to the police. That is the difference between Krishna and ourselves. He being Absolute, everything in Him is also Absolute. In the relative prospective it is very difficult to understand what is the Absolute. From the material point of view, one cannot understand that one plus one equals one, and one minus one equals one. It requires a little time to understand this axiomatic truth. But in time such truths will become revealed to you without any mental speculation.
Please convey my blessings to the others who are so nicely helping you in Seattle. I hope this will meet you all in good health.
 

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Everyone, cent percent godless, neither they have got intelligence to understand what is God. This is the position.

June 18, 2022 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Hare Krsna-Below is a very nice morning walk conversation wtih Srila Prabhupada where he kindly explains the position of human beings in this present degraded age. They are so brain dead it is not possible for them to appreciate actual religion, or what to speak take it up as responsible human beings. 
And even among those who do take up Dharma, we find so many who also do not properly understand  Srila Prabhupada Siddhanta.
damaghosa das
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Aug 12 1975 Paris
 
Brahmānanda: They will say that suffering is a part of life, that suffering is a necessary part of life.
Prabhupāda: Then why you are trying to get out of suffering? Suffer, rascal. Why you are trying to get out of suffering. Why?
Brahmānanda: Because they don’t like it. But they say you have to accept it.
Prabhupāda: Then, if you say… If it is a part of life, why don’t you like it? Suffer. Go on suffering. You are accepting as part of life because you cannot get out of it. “The grapes are sour.” That’s all. After jumping, jumping, jumping, when it is not available, “Oh, the grapes are sour. It is no… There is no necessity.” Jackal’s philosophy.
Bhagavān: They will surrender to the misery, but they will not surrender to Kṛṣṇa.
Prabhupāda: That is their disease.
Yogeśvara: Śrīla Prabhupāda? When you speak of taking care of your responsibilities for Kṛṣṇa, doesn’t that also have a material aspect to it? Just like a parent must bring up the child, must take care of the child, train it to read, and to write, and so on…
Prabhupāda: Yes. That means we are taking care of the children—why? Just to make them Kṛṣṇa conscious, not to become cats and dogs. This is our responsibility. That is Kṛṣṇa conscious, that “Here is a child. He may be saved to make him Kṛṣṇa conscious.” Therefore we are taking so much care in the Dallas. We are not irresponsible. But our responsibility is there, that “Make him Kṛṣṇa conscious.”
Yogeśvara: So when we say that we have finished all responsibility by surrendering to Kṛṣṇa, that doesn’t mean that we’ve abandoned execution of duty, does it?
Prabhupāda: No, no. Who says that?
Yogeśvara: Well, some people say that “You’ve taken to Kṛṣṇa consciousness and now you have given up all of your…”
Prabhupāda: It is not duty? This is the main duty. This is the main duty. Kṛṣṇa says, sarva-dharmān parityajya mām [Bg. 18.66]. We have taken responsibility for Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. We are doing. Why we are traveling all over the world thrice in a year? We have taken the responsibility. Otherwise, who is, an old man, he’ll take such responsibility? That is a greater responsibility. When you become a big officer of the government, it means you overburdened with responsibility, not this flickering resp… Here the material respons… means it has no use. You are simply wasting time. And here is real responsibility and real life. That I explained to that lady, that “Even if you take respons… what can you do? You cannot do anything.” The example I gave, that “You have taken responsibility for your son’s disease. He is suffering. You have brought good physician, you have brought good medicine, everything, but what can you do? In spite of your all responsibility, your son dies. Then where is the value of your responsibility?” Do you think simply by bringing a nice physician and nice medicine you can save your son? Then where is your responsibility? Actually you cannot do anything, so what is the use of saying that “I am responsible”? You cannot do anything. Andhā yathāndhair upanīyamānāḥ [SB 7.5.31]. If one blind man says, “I’ll take responsibility. You all blind men follow me,” so what is the use of this responsibility? He will die and others will die. So what is the meaning of this responsibility? Even if you take as very responsible man, you cannot do anything. That is not possible. You cannot save. Who wants that “My son dies, my father dies, and I’ll take them and…”? But one little disease will finish your responsibi… Every nation is taken, all the leaders, and as soon as there is war, thousands and thousands will be killed. What responsibility? As soon as one atom bomb is dropped, then is many thousand will be finished. Then what is your responsibility? You cannot give. You can make a statue: “These soldiers died. These soldiers died.” That’s all. But you could not save them from death.
Mādhavānanda: Then they would say that we also must die. Everyone must die.
Prabhupāda: Yes, we die—to live forever. Tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9]. We die for that. This is the last death.
Mādhavānanda: Then they will say, “How do we know?”
Prabhupāda: That… You are rascal. How you will know? You come to my feet; then you will know. (laughter)
Brahmānanda: To your feet or to your boot.
Prabhupāda: Yes, provided there is boot. Yes. Therefore there is a Vedic injunction, tad-vij�ānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchet: [MU 1.2.12] “Because you are fool, rascal, you must approach a guru.” That is the way. Sa gurum eva, eva, “certainly,” abhigacchet, “must go.” Otherwise there is no possibility. You remain as foolish forever and suffer.
Yogeśvara: There is one German historian named Frederick Engels.
Prabhupāda: Yes, he is another foolish. (laughter) I can…
Yogeśvara: He wrote against Vedic culture by saying that even the brāhmaṇas of Vedic culture were not responsible because the culture failed. It ended at a certain period in history. It was simply exploitation of the workers under the guise of religion. That was his argument.
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Brahmānanda: That was not the fault of the
Prabhupāda: The argument of foolish man—who is caring? Vedic culture when finished?
Yogeśvara: [break] …five thousand years ago.
Prabhupāda: Five thousand years ago. And Caitanya Mahāprabhu, five hundred years, how He accepted if it is finished? He is more than Caitanya Mahāprabhu, this rascal?
Yogeśvara: Haribol.
Bhagavān: They are willing to take so many material risks, but they are not willing to try spiritual life.
Prabhupāda: That is their fault. That is their foolishness. Mūḍho nābhijānāti mām ebhyaḥ param avyayam. Therefore they are called mūḍhas.
Yogeśvara: How would we define the word responsibility in Kṛṣṇa consciousness?
Prabhupāda: Responsibility is that you have got this human form of life. Realize God. This is your responsibility. Otherwise you are finished. Three words: “You have got this human form of life. Your only responsibility is to understand God. This is your responsibility.” That is Vedic culture. For understanding God, many, many kings, many, many saints, they left everything and went to the forest to realize God. That is Vedic culture. Bhārata Mahārāja, under whose name India is called Bhāratavarṣa, he was the emperor of this planet, and at the age of twenty-four years he left everything to realize God. This is Vedic culture. Caitanya Mahāprabhu, His position was very, very nice, as a gṛhastha—a nice beautiful wife, affectionate mother, good influence, brāhmaṇa family, learned scholar, everything first class. He left everything just to show us. He was God Himself, but to set the example, tyaktvā sudustyaja-surepsita-rajya-lakṣmīm [SB 11.5.34]. He gave up a kingdom of fortune which is aspired by the demigods. Such a nice life, such a nice family, but He gave up. Tyaktvā sudustyaja-surepsita-rājya-lakṣmīm dharmistha arya… [SB 11.5.34]. Just to teach us the process of realizing God. This is Vedic system. [break] Somebody may not push. [break] …water? No. Very deep?
Dhana�jaya: Not so much here. [break]
Prabhupāda: When you ask me… What is that, definition of respons…? So you understand what is the responsibility?
Yogeśvara: We have this human life. We must realize God.
Prabhupāda: This, three words. Make the rascals understand it. We speak the whole responsibility in three words. Is it complete or not?
Brahmānanda: Yes.
Prabhupāda: Or you have got any protest? This is the only…
Bhagavān: Let Śrīla Prabhupāda go through.
Brahmānanda: They have not taken God realization as a responsibility.
Prabhupāda: That is their misfortune.
Brahmānanda: Simply as a pastime.
Prabhupāda: That is their ignorance. They do not know what is respons…
Mādhavānanda: They would say that so many may have taken God realization as responsibility, following some Christ… church or something like that, but they are also frustrated.
Prabhupāda: We are not frustrated. Eh? We are not frustrated. Are we frustrated? Then? How the rascal says, “frustrated”? If you take false thing, then you will be frustratedIf you take real path of God realization, there is no question of frustration. It is ānandāmbudhi-vardhanam, increasing pleasure, no frustration.
Mādhavānanda: Then they say that no one has real information of God.
Prabhupāda: You have no, rascal, because you are rascal. I have got. You just wash my feet, and I will inform you.
Devotees: Jaya. Haribol. [break]
Prabhupāda: …not know how to swim; that does not mean I do not. Is it a very honest statement? Oh, nobody can swim because he does not know. But if anyone knows how to swim, then why do you say that no one has done? You do not know. You accept that.
Mādhavānanda: Everyone thinks in terms of their own relative position.
Prabhupāda: Yes. [break] Even an insignificant bird, because he knows swimming, he knows swimming, so he can challenge, and because you do not know swimming, you cannot say like that. Even insignificant bird, just see how nicely he is swimming. He knows the art. [break] ...one, cent percent of the modern people, they do not believe in God, and they do not know what is religion. That is the position. They think, “Religion is sentiment. Anyone can manufacture his own sentiment. There is no God.” This is the position. So we are in fault. “It is folly to be wise where ignorance is bliss.” The whole world is under this conception. Therefore we are at fault. We are preaching God consciousness.
Brahmānanda: Generally they make it difficult for us to preach.
Prabhupāda: Yes.

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