Monday, 30 November 2015
Friday, 27 November 2015
Srila Prabhupāda: You cannot expect many disciples, but still, there are two thousand. Because I have got so many conditions and the fact is so difficult to understand, Kṛṣṇa consciousness. They have forgotten Kṛṣṇa, they have forgotten God, and I am trying to make them Kṛṣṇa conscious. It is a very difficult job. I have to shed my blood three tons before I make one convinced in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That is my experience....
(Conversation - Hong Kong- April 18, 1972)
Thursday, 26 November 2015
"My Guru Mahārāja used to say that "When you get up, your first business is to beat the mind with shoes. And when you go to bed, you have to beat the mind with broomstick." (laughter) Then you will be able to control the mind.
So all catastrophes are happening on account of this rascal mind. Mind is not rascal; I am rascal. I am using my mind in a different way. So this can be stopped. You can control the mind if you place your mind always at the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa. Then it is possible."
Lectures : Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.52 ~ Detroit, August 5, 1975
By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Prabhupada: So when you speak of God, do you know what is the definition of God?
Prabhupāda: Love is not definition; love is the action. Yes, love. I love God. Love is my activity. But there must be some definition of God. That also you know. You now forget. Now, in one word, they say “God is great.” So how do you test one’s greatness? Next point. If you say that “This man is very great,” now there must be an understanding how you estimate that he is great. These are different stages of understanding.
So how do you understand that God is great? What is your calculation, that from, on this point, God is great? Just like in your Bible it is said, “God said ‘Let there be creation,’ and there was creation.” Is it not? Is it not statement? So here is greatness. He simply said, “Let there be creation,” and there was creation. Can you do that? Suppose you are very nice carpenter. Can you say, “Let there be a chair,” and at once there is a chair? Is it possible? Suppose you are manufacturer of this watch. Can you say that “I say, let there be watch,” and there is immediately watch? That is not possible. Therefore God’s name is satya-saṅkalpa. Satya-saṅkalpa. Satya-saṅkalpa means whatever He thinks, immediately it is present. Not only God, but those who have attained yogic perfection, they cannot desire like God, but almost. Wonderful things…
A yogi, if he has got perfection, if he desires something, that “I want this,” immediately it is there. This is called satya-saṅkalpa. In this way, there are many examples. That is greatness. What I… Just like the modern scientists, they are trying to fly some space machine in the good speed so that they can go to the moon planet. So many scientists of America, Russia, and other countries, they are trying. But they cannot. Their sputnik is coming back. But just see God’s power. Millions of planets are floating just like swabs. This is greatness. So any nonsense, if he says that “I am God,” he’s a rascal. God is great. You cannot compare yourself with God. There is no comparison. But the rascaldom is going on. “Everyone is God. I am God, you are God”—then he’s dog. You show the power of God, then you say. First deserve, then desire. What power we have got? We’re always dependent. So God is great, and we are dependent on God.
Therefore natural conclusion is that we have to serve God. This is the whole comment.(?) Serving means with love. Unless… Now just like these boys, my disciples, they are serving me. Whatever I say, they are immediately executing. Why? I am an Indian, I am a foreigner. Two or three years ago I was not known to them, nor they were known to me. Why they are doing that? Because it is love. Serving means developing love. So unless you develop your love for God you cannot serve Him. Anywhere. Whenever you give some service, it is based on love. Just like mother giving service to the helpless child. Why? Love.
So similarly, our life will be perfect when our love is perfect with the perfect Supreme Personality of Godhead. Then it is all right. You have to learn this. This is Kṛṣṇa consciousness: in a relationship with Kṛṣṇa. Just like I am loving my disciples, my disciples are loving me. Why? What is the medium? Kṛṣṇa. Yes?
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Monday, 23 November 2015
Vrindavan-The Land of God himself, Land of the Supreme Lord Krishna and land of the great devotees of him.A place which is non-different from the abode of Lord Krishna, the Goloka Vrindavan and to visit that land makes you feel very good. Kartik (Damodar month) is going on and just like previous years this year too many of us had the mercy of Srimati Radharani to enter into most sacred place on this earth .i.e. Vrindavan.
A group click of all the devotees who were there with us in this spiritual journey
The divine darshan of the "whole and soul" of this Sankirtan movement , of this Hare Krishna Society, of the "Savior" of the whole world, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada on his samdhi temple at ISKCON Vrindavan
In Vrindavan after having darshan of Shri Shri Krishna Balarama, Shri Gaur Nitai and Shri Shri Radha Shyamsundar at ISKCON we set out for having darshan of various temples and spots where Lord Krishna performed enormous pastimes.
The place where we all are sitting is the very place where Kaliya(the giant serpent) surrendered to Lord Krishna popularly known as "Kalidah".
The Parikrama cum Sankirtan of the Kadamba tree from which Lord Krishna jumped over Kaliya serpent to save Vrindavan from the evils of Kaliya.
The Kadamba tree on Kalidah is having the name of "Radha" on its surface
Sankirtan on the campus of Radha Madan Mohan Ji temple-the deity of Shri Sanatan Goswami
Sankirtan and Discussion on the glories of Radha Madan Mohan Ji and his dearmost servitor Sanatana Goswami in latter's samadhi mandir
The special darshans at Radha Damodar Ji temple
After doing parikrama of Radha Damodar temple we did sankirtan at Roop Goswami's Samadhi Mandir and Bhajan Kutir and all the devotees present there joined us
Dipa Daan at ISKCON Vrindavan
Finally we took prasadam, everyone above seems serious and very much engrossed in consuming the tasty gift from Krishna.
Darshan at Gokulanand temple in Sri Vrindavan Dham.
Samadhi of Srila Narottam Das Thakur
Samadhi of Loknath Nath Goswami,spiritual master of Loknath Goswami
The deities at Radha Gopinath Ji temple in Vrindavan
the beautiful temple of Radha Gopinath Ji
Below are some special clicks during Goverdhan Parikrama
At Govind Kund
We spent very quality time in Radha Kund and Shyam Kund
Kusum Sarovar's spectacular view in night in colorful lights
The successful "Parikrama Team"
The very beautiful and giant monumental temple of Shri Shri Radha Govind Devji in Vrindavan
Shri Shri Radha Raman Ji
A scenic view of "Jaipur Mandir" dedicated to Srimati Radha Rani by a king of Jaipur(Rajasthan) from main temple of Barsana.
Doing sankirtan while coming down on the stairs from Barsana temple
Now here is a very rare view of Shri Shri Krishna Balarama with Nand Maharaja and Mother Yasoda. A very difficult image to click but any how we managed too to click on pic.
A top view of Nandgaon
Last group pics of the journey