Thursday, 19 April 2018

you cannot neglect that

Bob: But let us say, when I, in the town I live in I drink boiled water because some of the water has disease in it. Now, why should I drink boiled water? If I have been good enough not to get a disease, then I may drink any water. And if I have been not doing proper, then I shall get diseased...
Prabhupāda: So boiled water is any water also. Boiled water is included within any water.
Bob: But, you see, I drink that to prevent disease.

Prabhupāda: Yes. So long you are in the material world, what is physical laws, you cannot neglect that. Just like if you go to a jungle, there is tiger. It is known that it will attack you. Why should you voluntarily go and be attacked? It is not that a devotee should take physical risk so long he has got some physical body. It is not a challenge to the physical laws: "Oh, I have become a devotee. I challenge everything." That is foolishness. 

Anāsaktasya viṣayān yathārham upayuñjataḥ. Viṣaya, these physical necessities, the devotee is advised to accept the necessities of life without any attachment. Physical law is take the boiled water, but if boiled water is not available, does it mean he'll not drink water? If it is not available, you drink ordinary water. [break] We take Kṛṣṇa-prasādam. But while in touring, in hotels sometimes we have to take some food in the hotel. Does it mean, "Oh, I do not take any foodstuff from the hotel, I shall starve"? If I starve, then I'll be weak, I cannot preach. [break]

 Talk with Bob Cohen -- February 27-29, 1972, Māyāpura

Monday, 16 April 2018

There is a nice song

In illusion one thinks that he can be happy only by fruitive activities, but what actually happens is that one becomes more and more entangled in the network of action and reaction and does not find any solution to the problem of life. There is a nice song in this connection: "Because of a great desire to have all happiness in life, I built this house. But unfortunately the whole scheme has turned to ashes because the house was unexpectedly set on fire."
 The law of nature is like that. Everyone tries to become happy by planning in the material world, but the law of nature is so cruel that it sets fire to one's schemes; the fruitive worker is not happy in his schemes, nor is there any satiation of his continuous hankering for happiness.

- Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.5.2 Purport

Monday, 2 April 2018

Krishna Consciousness means we should always be satisfied and happy

My dear Tejiyas,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated December 10, 1972, and I am very much disturbed to hear from you that you have become disturbed in your mind. Do not be disturbed. There is no cause for anxiety. You are doing your best to serve Krishna, that is very much appreciated, so do not lose enthusiasm out of frustration, that will spoil everything. Krishna Consciousness means we should always be satisfied and happy, not that we must work something impossible, becoming overburdened, and then because we are unhappy by so much trouble we lose enthusiasm altogether and give up all hope. No, if too much endeavour is there, that is to be avoided. By all means we must preserve our spiritual status, that is the point, not that we are mad after big buildings, many devotees, life-members, this, that—no, these are only ways to engage the devotees so that they may apply the principles of devotional living to some kind of work for practical realization of these principles. It is not the result of the work we want. If only one person daily, if we sincerely preach to such one person in a day, that is sufficient, never mind big, big programmes. So my request to you is that you do not be bothered by these things, and I have instructed Tamala Krishna and Syamasundara to send you men, so they will do it, rest assured. Krishna does not like to see His sincere devotee suffer or become frustrated or depressed. He will not stand idly by in any such case, so do not fear on that account. Krishna has got some plan for you, always think in that way, and very soon He will provide everything to your heart's desire.

- Srila Prabhupada's letter to Tejiyas, Bombay, 19 December, 1972

Friday, 30 March 2018

Vaishnava Calendar: April 2018

Download the Desktop Vaishnava Calendar: April 2018
All Glories to Sri Vrindavana Dham!!!!
"Keshi Ghat - The transcendental place in Sri Vrindavana Dhama where Lord Krishna killed the demon Keshi, who appeared in the form of a horse."

Download Link:

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Sri Jagannath Rath Yatra-2018 (Newai, Rajasthan)

It was the very first time when the transcendental chariot of Lord Jagannath appeared in the land of Newai (a township 60 kms from Jaipur, Rajasthan).

The deities of the Lord of the Universe, Lord Jagannath, His elder brother Lord Baladeva and His sister, Mother Shubhadra arrived in the special cars at the initial point where they were offered variety of prasadam (108 types). Devotees performed congregational sankirtan with thousands of people followed them. After a short festival lecture by His Grace Dayalu Nitai Prabhu and a drama by children from gurukula, the three Lords were placed in the exceptionally beautifully and elegantly decorated chariot and then the Chariot moved ahead after the devotees performed the arati.

There were a number of Kirtan Parties, People holding colorful flags, Some holding the placards of Lord Jagannath, the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and Srila Prabhupada and the women participating in the "Kalash" Procession.
We also had our Bullock Cart distributing prasadam to all the persons around.
To beat up the heat and the exhaustion, there were good enough stalls to provide water and other juice prasadams.
Thousands of people joined us, chanted and participated in the sankirtan.
The chariot journey or "Rath Yatra" after traversing through a 3-km route where again  arati was performed and full -meal prasadam was distributed to all those present there.
The chariot was welcomed every where the chariot passed and it was was memorable chariot festival for us, for those who watched and for those who enjoyed the delicious mahaprasadam!!! It was an overwhelming response from the crowd and much greater event than our expectations.
Jai Jagannath!!
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada who made it a world wide event around the globe and inspired us too for this chariot festival
Hare Krishna!!!

For complete album of the event

Friday, 23 March 2018

"Devotees do not suffer"

Devotee: But the devotees, they seem to be suffering too,from...

Prabhupada: Yes, you cannot expect, if you are suffering from some disease, you cannot expect to be cured immediately. But one who is taking the medicine, he is intelligent. His sufferings will be gone. But these rascals, they will not take medicine even. They will continue to suffer. This is the position. Devotees actually do not suffer, but you see that he is suffering. Because you are suffering. Devotees do not suffer.

Madhudvisa: What happens to them?

Prabhupada: They enjoy. They enjoy. Hare Krsna! How you are dancing always, Hare Krsna, unless you are enjoying?

Madhudvisa: Sometimes I get sick stomach too.

Prabhupada: That's all right, because you have got this body. And after giving up this body, completely, blissful life. Tyaktva dehampunar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9]. You are not going to get another body of suffering, that is your advantage. And these rascals, they are going to continue one body after another simply suffering. And for the devotees, although they do not suffer, it is just like, the fan is moving, you make the switch off. It is actually not moving, it is by the last force it is moving, but the switch is off. And it will stop, suffering. But you have no such chance, you will simply go on suffering, moving, moving, moving, bhutva bhutvapraliyate [Bg. 8.19]. You shall have to accept one body, suffer, and again give up this body. Another body suffer, because so long as you accept material body, this body or that body, you will have to suffer. Material body means suffering. So those who are not Krsna conscious, they will change bodies one after another, and continue to suffer threefold miseries. And devotees, actually they are not suffering, but even if you say they are suffering, so after giving up this body, they are no more accepting material body. They will remain in spiritual body.

 -Morning Walk -- April 7,1975, Mayapur

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Prayas 2018: An Effort for Spiritual Awakening (A Special Program for Engineering Students in Jaipur)

Bhaktivedanta Institute of Gita Gyan (BIG Gyan ), A unit of Hare Krishna Community in association with Club of Knowledge, SKIT recently organized a mega event, “Prayas’18-An Effort for Spiritual Awakening” in Gyan Mandir Auditorium, SKIT. 
Program began with a lecture cum spiritual discussion by Sri Dayalu Nitai Das (President, Hare Krishna Community) with hundreds of students and faculty members of SKIT. There were a number of good questions from the students and were excellently answered.
After the discussion, the Gita Gyan Quiz got started. The students enrolled for this quiz were more than 350 in number and final participants for the quiz were selected through a screening test. The final quiz had seven teams from different engineering colleges. After a series of rounds and nail-biting ties, first team from SKIT emerged as winner with JECRC and second team from SKIT emerged as Runner Up and Second Runner Up.
In the last segment of the event, there was a drama titled “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” performed by the students which depicted the quest of spiritual master or “Guru” by Munna Bhai and his sly & roguish assistant Circuit.
At the end of the drama the audience adieu was done with delicious Krishna Prasadam refreshments.
Here are some of the clicked moments of the program-