Thursday, 13 September 2018

Srila Prabhupada on Lord Ganesha Worship



Guest: (indistinct) Any worship we first worship Lord Ganeśa, India.
Prabhupāda: That is not necessary. That is not necessary. If we worship other demigods to fulfill our, some particular desire... (Hindi) There are different demigods they worship, but one who knows that "If I approach Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Lord, then everything is obtained..."
 Room Conversation -- November 11, 1971, New Delhi

So far worshiping Ganesa is concerned, that is not necessary. Not that it should be done on a regular basis. If you like you can pray to Ganapati for removing all impediments on the path of Krishna Consciousness. That you can do if you like.
 Letter to: Sivananda — London 25 August, 1971

The Ganesa puja may not be performed. No, it is not to be done. No need of it.

 Letter to: Sudama — Bombay 21 November, 1974

Regarding Ganesa Puja, I have received some letters from persons requesting to also perform it. I have explained to them that ultimately it is not required, but if you have some sentiment to get the blessings of Ganesa in order to get huge sums of money for service of Krishna, then it can be done, but privately. I have instructed them that if they want to do it, they must send me at least 100,000 dollars monthly—not less.
 Letter to: Gurukrpa — Bombay 31 December, 1974


Monday, 10 September 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-10th September

If we take this case into court and spend so much money for big big lawyers, and still if we do not win, then they have got legal right to stop us. So better to forget this business of lawyers and judges and simply go on with Sankirtana. That is Civil disobedience movement. Let them fill their jails with us again and again, but we shall not stop our Sankirtana movement. Also it may help if you get some public sympathy through publicizing our constant persecution in the newspaper journals. Gradually the city officials and constabulary will become embarrassed to arrest us further and gradually we will be allowed to carry on our Sankirtana unhampered.

- Letter to Caru -- Dallas 10 September, 1972

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-15th August

"So these rascal, they do not know that 'How I can see God if I have not the qualification?' The machine has gone wrong, I am seeing the machine. And the engineer, the mechanic, he is also seeing the machine. But his seeing and my seeing is different. He's qualified to see. Therefore when the machine has gone wrong, immediately he touches some part, it runs. So if for a machine we require so much qualification, and we want to see God without any qualification? Just see the fun. Without any qualification. Rascal, they are so rascal, so fool, that they want to see God with their nuisance qualification.”
- Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.12, 15 August 1972, Los Angeles

Friday, 10 August 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-10th August

Sūta Gosvāmī, who is a disciple of Śukadeva Gosvāmī... Śukadeva Gosvāmī is his spiritual master. Therefore it is the etiquette, before speaking anything, the disciple should first of all offer respect to the spiritual master.
So offering respect to the spiritual master means to remember some of his activities.

- Lecture Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 01.02.02 - London, August 10 1971