|Beautiful bhajan of Srila Prabhupada singing Hari Hareye Namah Krishna|
December 16, 2010
"Sometimes the saintly or very religious person also has to meet with reversals in life. Such incidents should be taken as providential. Although there may be sufficient cause for being unhappy, one should avoid counteracting such reversals, for the more we become implicated in rectifying such reversals, the more we enter into the darkest regions of material anxiety. Lord Krsna has also advised us in this connection. We should tolerate things instead of becoming agitated."
Written by Srila Prabhupada's purport in Srimad Bhagavatam 4.19.34
December 14, 2010
"Sometimes Krsna may put us into some difficulty just to purify us and force us to advance in Krsna consciousness. The devotee should always see his difficulty in this light, that Krsna is so kind upon me for creating this condition of struggling, thus He is relieving me of so many billions of lifetime(s) of sinful reactions by this very insignificant and temporary condition of suffering something."
Written by Srila Prabhupada to Vaikunthanatha das, December 29, 1972
December 7, 2010
"I am most pleased especially to hear that you are distributing many books. Go on increasing books, and go on increasing my pleasure.” --In a letter from Srila Prabhupada to Giriraj Swami (Madras)
November 26, 2010
...You must see that they strictly follow the regulative principles, the four prohibitions as well as the devotional practices of arising early, taking morning bath, putting on tilaka, attending mangal arati, chanting japa 16 rounds, and attending Srimmad Bhagavatam class. This is the duty of all my initiated disciples, whether they are big or they are small. Actually in our movement there is no such thing as big or small. Everyone is a devotee. So everyone is expected to follow the devotional practices. Here in Vrindaban I am enjoying my disciples how they are speaking. So two times daily everyone must attend the classes. During the morning and evening times there should be no business, simply kirtana, chant, dance, and be purified. Do not be paramahamsa that now I haven't got to hear Srimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita. Don't be a better paramahamsa than your Guru Maharaja. I go and sit and I enjoy the lectures and how they are performing kirtana. So as I am doing, you must also do.
(Letter from Srila Prabhupada on November 19, 1974)
November 23, 2010
"Even the demigods from the heavenly planets want to come to Bharata- varsa (Earth) and achieve bodies that may be very easily used to cultivate Krsna consciousness."
Written in the purport of Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.19.28
November 2, 2010
"But even if He (Lord Krsna) puts us into extreme difficulty, we must always be prepared to consider everything as His special mercy, that He is testing my sincerity, or that this trouble is nothing to what I deserve."
(Letter from Srila Prabhupada to Patty Dorgan, November 17, 1971)
October 19, 2010
"The value of a moment's association with the devotee of the Lord cannot even be compared to the attainment of heavenly planets or liberation from matter, and what to speak of worldly benedictions in the form of material prosperity, which are for those who are meant for death."
October 6, 2010
The spiritual master accepts the sinful activities of his disciples from the first initiation. I may give initiation very easily, but what can I do? I am prepared to go to hell for service of Lord Caitanya.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Jadurani -- New Vrindaban 4 September, 1972
September 28, 2010
"We must understand the transcendental importance of Mathura-Vrndavana and Navadvipa-dhama. Anyone who executes devotional service in these places certainly goes back home, back to Godhead, after giving up his body." (Written in a purport in Srimad Bhagavatam 10.1.28)
September 7, 2010
"We come to the human form of body. Then we should know what is the goal of life. The goal of life is amrtatvam, to become immortal. That you can become immortal simply by becoming Krsna conscious.... If you try to understand Krsna in truth.. After giving up this body, you don't accept any more material body. And as soon as you don't accept any material body means you become immortal. Because by nature we are immortal."
September 3, 2010
In our Krsna consciousness movement we invite all the elderly persons of the world to come to Vrndavana and stay there in retired life, making advancement in spiritual consciousness.
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.5 purport)
August 2, 2010
" If you can avoid death, disease, old age, then you are well. You cannot avoid all these things. You must become old man, you must die, you must be diseased; where is the meaning of this well? It is simply concoction. Where is happiness? Where is well-being? That they do not know. That they do not know. Just like a man lying on sick bed, and some friends come, "How are you?" "Yes, today I am well." What is this "well"? You are lying on the sick bed, hospital, and you are speaking, "Yes, I am well." There is no "well." So long you are subjected to birth, death, old age and disease, there is no question of "Well." When you can avoid these things, then you are well."
Spoken on a morning walk, Mumbai, Feb. 17, 1974
July 20, 2010
"The root cause of devotional service to Lord Krsna is association with advanced devotees. Even when one's dormant love for Krsna awakens, association with devotees is still most essential."
Written in a purport in the Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya Lila 22.83
"The Personality of Godhead may not be present before one's eyes, but if one is sincere in wanting such guidance, the Lord will send a bona fide person who can guide one properly back home, back to Godhead."
Spoken in a Srimad-Bhagavatam class, 2.7.46
January 1, 2011
"Tamal Krsna Goswami once said to Srila Prabhupada, "What hope is there? Instead of thinking of Krsna, I'm thinking of the temple finances". Srila Prabhupada responded, "So many lifetimes we have wasted on ourselves. Now for this one lifetime let us work heart and soul to push on Lord Caitanya's sankirtan movement. Then at the end of life, Lord Caitanya will personally come and cover whatever we lack, and take us back to Godhead".
From "TKG-Servant of the Servant"
Posted December 3, 2010
"Anyone who takes up this endeavor on behalf of God to reclaim these conditioned souls back to Godhead, back to home, he is considered the most intimate devotee, dear devotee of the Lord. If you want to become very dear to Krsna or God, then try to take up these missionary activities. Spread Krsna consciousness. Krsna will be very much pleased.
If you want to live in a solitary place and perform yoga system for your personal elevation of self-realization, that is very good, undoubtedly. But if you try to convert others to the Krsna consciousness platform, it is far better."
Lecture by Srila Prabhupada on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.10 Montreal, July 12, 1968
"In Srimad-Bhagavatam, Third Canto, Twenty-ninth Chapter, verses 12 and 13, Srila Kapiladeva, while instructing His mother, has given the following characteristics of pure devotional service: 'My dear mother, those who are My pure devotees, and who have no desire for material benefit or philosophical speculation, have their minds so much engaged in My service that they are never interested in asking Me for anything — except to be engaged in that service. They do not even beg to live in My abode with Me.' "
--From Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 1
October 12, 2010
"My request to all of you is that you very seriously stick to the principles of devotional service as you have learned them, and especially observe strictly the four prohibitions and without fail always chant at least 16 rounds on your beads daily. In this way you will be always happy.
Now you have got the golden opportunity of this human form of life, and it is not by accident that you have met your spiritual master, so if you are actually intelligent you will stick very tightly to your position of Krsna Consciousness and go back to home, back to Godhead. The essential point to remember is that you should try always to please your spiritual master under every condition. That means to follow his orders and instructions very carefully. MY FIRST INSTRUCTION TO ALL OF MY DISCIPLES IS THAT THEY SHOULD HELP ME SPREAD THIS KRSNA CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT ALL OVER THE WORLD, UTILIZING THEIR ENERGY AS BEST THEY ARE ABLE TO DO IT. IN THIS WAY, KEEPING YOURSELVES ALWAYS ENGAGED IN KRSNA’S BUSINESS 24 HOURS, YOU WILL BECOME FREE FROM ALL ATTACHMENT TO MAYA BY KRSNA’S GRACE. JUST AS WHEN THE DARKNESS AND THE LIGHT COME TOGETHER, THE DARKNESS CANNOT STAND BEFORE THE LIGHT, SO MAYA CANNOT REMAIN IN THE PRESENCE OF KRSNA. ALWAYS REMEMBER THEREFORE TO CHANT HARE KRSNA AND THAT WILL SAVE YOU IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES WITHOUT ANY DOUBT."
Written in a letter by Srila Prabhupada on January 1, 1973 to Hasyakari
October 3, 2010
"Simply keep faith that whatever we describe, that is a fact. After all, we are an insignificant creature in the universe, so whether you take the modern scientists or Sukadeva Goswami, it is inconceivable. It is best to keep faith in Sukadeva Goswami, because actually our only business is to go back to home, back to Godhead. So whether Sukadeva Goswami or the modern scientists are right or wrong, it is nothing interesting to us. We want to go back to home, back to Godhead—yanti mad-yajino'pi mam."
Written in a letter to Madhava das on October 3, 1976
September 20, 2010
"Our relationship is eternal. But if somebody lags behind, so in spite of our eternal relationship one may not meet (the) other at the destination. Just like a flock of birds; although very intimately related, everyone of them has to fly in the sky by individual strength. If one is less stroing, the other cannot keep him in the sky. That is the law of nature. So as long as everyone of us is strong in Krishna Consciousness, there is no doubt, you can fly in the spirtual sky and meet together without failure. Therefore, individual strength is most important. And that individual strength is achieved in the association of devotees also. So you can make your own judgement."
Written in a letter to Satsvarupa, Sept. 20, 19
September 7, 2010
"One can attain the perfect stage of liberation from birth and death simply by knowing the Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There is no alternative because anyone who does not understand Lord Krsna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead is surely in the mode of ignorance. Consequently he will not attain salvation, simply, so to speak, by licking the outer surface of the bottle of honey, or by interpreting the Bhagavad-gita according to mundane scholarship. Such empiric philosophers may assume very important roles in the material world, but they are not necessarily eligible for liberation. Such puffed-up mundane scholars have to wait for the causeless mercy of the devotee of the Lord. One should therefore cultivate Krsna consciousness with faith and knowledge, and in this way attain perfection.
" Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Purport, 4.9
September 3, 2010
"We must understand the transcendental importance of Mathura-Vrndavana and Navadvipa-dhama. Anyone who executes devotional service in these places certainly goes back home, back to Godhead, after giving up his body."
(Srimad Bhagavatam 10.1.28 purport)
August 25, 2010
And whoever, at the end of his life, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt.
PURPORT by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada:
In this verse the importance of Kṛṣṇa consciousness is stressed. Anyone who quits his body in Kṛṣṇa consciousness is at once transferred to the transcendental nature of the Supreme Lord. The Supreme Lord is the purest of the pure. Therefore anyone who is constantly Kṛṣṇa conscious is also the purest of the pure. The word smaran ("remembering") is important. Remembrance of Kṛṣṇa is not possible for the impure soul who has not practiced Kṛṣṇa consciousness in devotional service. Therefore one should practice Kṛṣṇa consciousness from the very beginning of life. If one wants to achieve success at the end of his life, the process of remembering Kṛṣṇa is essential. Therefore one should constantly, incessantly chant the mahā-mantra — Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. Lord Caitanya has advised that one be as tolerant as a tree (taror iva sahiṣṇunā). There may be so many impediments for a person who is chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. Nonetheless, tolerating all these impediments, one should continue to chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare, so that at the end of one's life one can have the full benefit of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 8.5)
July 20, 2010
"Our Krsna consciousness movement is meant for, I mean to say, allowing, elevating all living entities... Of course, it is not for all. It is very difficult. But anyone who has accepted this Krsna consciousness movement, if he follows the principles, then he's surely going to home, back to home, back to Godhead. That is certain. But if you deviate, if you become attracted by maya, that is your business. But we are giving you information: This is the process, a simple process. Chant Hare Krsna maha-mantra, be purified, remain always liberated from material clutches, and tyaktva deham. Mam upetya. Janma karma me divyam yo janati... If you simply try to understand Krsna, then tyaktva deham, after quitting this body, mam eti, "You'll come to Me." So this is our philosophy. It is very simple. And everything is explained in the Bhagavad-gita. You try to realize and preach this for the benefit of the whole world. Then everyone will be happy."
Excerpt from a Bhagavad-gita class (2.13) given in Los Angeles, 1974
Attaining the Supreme
July 7, 2010
"One should try to understand the Seventh and Eighth Chapters of the Gita not by scholarship ormental speculation, but by hearing them in association with pure devotees. Chapters Seven through Twelve are the essence of Gita, if one is fortunate to understand the Gita--especially these middle six chapters--in the association of devotees, then his life at once becomes glorified beyond all penances, sacrifices, charities, speculations, etc. One should hear the Gita from the devotee because at the beginning of the Fourth Chapter it is stated that the Gita can only be perfectly understood by devotees. Hearing the Gita from devotees, not from mental speculators, is called faith. Through association of devotees, one is placed in devotional service, and by this service Krsna's activities, form, pastimes, name, etc., become clear, and all misgivings are dispelled. Then once doubts are removed, the study of the Gita becomes extremely pleasurable,and one develops a taste and feeling for Krsna consciousness. In the advanced stage, one falls completely in love with Krsna, and that is the beginning of the highest perfectional stage of life which prepares the devotee's transferal to Krsna's abode in the spiritual sky, Goloka Vrndavana, where the devotee enters into eternal happiness."
Written in the purport in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Chapter 8, Text 28