Tuesday, 19 June 2018

A Day in the Life of Śrīla Prabhupāda - June 19

“...another passage is there in Prema-vivarta, janame janame sabe pitā mātā pāya: "In every life, one can get father and mother." Kṛṣṇa guru nahi mile bhajahun re bhāi(?): "But Kṛṣṇa and guru cannot be had in every life." That is only in human life. Otherwise, as soon as there is birth, there is father and mother. Either you become human being or tiger or snake or bird, the father-mother is there. But the spiritual father and Kṛṣṇa, that can be obtained in human life, not in every life.”

-Morning Walk - Honolulu, June 19 1975

Friday, 15 June 2018

A Day in the Life of Śrīla Prabhupāda - June 15

Makhanlāl: In the Upadeśāmṛta, in the eleventh verse, it says that if one takes his bath even once in the Rādhākuṇḍa he immediately awakens his love for Kṛṣṇa. I was wondering, some of those who have had the opportunity to take bath in Rādhākuṇḍa, it seems though it may take some time. I was wondering, is that because we don't see time in the proper perspective?
Prabhupāda: Why do you go to Rādhākuṇḍa, unless there is some awakening of Kṛṣṇa consciousness?
-Morning walk, DETROIT - June 15, 1976

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A Day in the Life of Śrīla Prabhupāda - June 13

“If we are Krishna Conscious, any type of occupation will suit me and we shall always be satisfied. Therefore, I recommend you to read books more and more and try to understand the subject matter from different angles of vision and be always discussing it with your godbrothers even while you are working at the press, and when you are working and you cannot read, then listen to the tapes of my lectures and hear in that way. And never neglect to chant your 16 rounds of beads daily, rise early without fail, attend mangal arati, take bath, and follow the other regulative principles, and everything will come out very successfully, you can rest assured of that.”
-Letter to Bhargava -- Los Angeles 13 June, 1972


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

A Day in the Life of Śrīla Prabhupāda - June 12

“Our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement means to teach Kṛṣṇa science, science of Kṛṣṇa, science of God. So the government should take up, American government, and cooperate with us. Teach the people the science of God. Then it will be a great, benevolent welfare activity. Simply giving their money to the poor, to the needy, will not help them.”
-Interview with Jackie Vaughn (Black Congressman) -- June 12, 1976, Detroit

Saturday, 9 June 2018

"O Devotee of the Lord"

akṣṇoḥ phalaṁ tvādṛśa-darśanaṁ hi

tanoḥ phalaṁ tvādṛśa-gātra-saṅgaḥ
jihvā-phalaṁ tvādṛśa-kīrtanaṁ hi
sudurlabhā bhāgavatā hi loke
“O devotee of the Lord, the purpose of the visual sense is fulfilled simply by seeing you, and to touch your body is the fulfillment of bodily touch. The tongue is meant for glorifying your qualities because in this world a pure devotee of the Lord is very difficult to find.”
Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya 13.2

Friday, 8 June 2018

A Day in the Life of Śrīla Prabhupāda - June 8

“There is a Sanskrit proverb, sati shatyam samacharit, and this means if somebody is cunning, we must also become cunning. To a cunning person we must not be a simpleton. Krishna Conscious devotees are expected to be very intelligent, so we have to work very intelligently to prove our advancement in Krishna Consciousness.”

-Letter to Hansadutta written from New Vrindaban, USA, June 08 1969

Thursday, 7 June 2018

A Day in the Life of Śrīla Prabhupāda - June 7

“If you simply follow the simple program that I have initiated you will be happy in this life time and in the end you will go back to home, back to Godhead.”
-Letter to Bhurijana and Jagattarini written from Los Angeles, June 07, 1976

Monday, 4 June 2018

A Day in the Life of Śrīla Prabhupāda - June 4

Man: Why did Kṛṣṇa create the universe?

Prabhupāda: Because He is creator. God, He is known as creator. He is creating so many, He has created you also. You are also creating. You scientists, you are creating so many things. You have got the creative energy. The electrician is creating the electric fan, electric light, heater, electric, so many things. Electrician, that is nature. And God is the Supreme. He has the power to create, create, create. He is becoming many by creation. Many, when there is variety, many, that means creation. So this is also one of His creations. When there was necessity of creation, therefore He has created. The necessity was that some of the living entities they wanted to enjoy. They did not want to serve Kṛṣṇa. So for them, enjoy here in this material world.

 -Conversation - Mexico, 4 June 1972

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Water Harvesting Preparations in full swing in Hare Krishna Village

On going construction of a large underground chamber to collect all the rain waters from the roof tops of the temple and roofs of other strcutures.

The following structure is to preserve and store the water flowing down slopes on the hills 

We are also recycling the water by means of canals and working towards increase of ground water level by means of recharge pits

Monday, 21 May 2018

Recent Krishnamrta Program at Tonk by the devotees of Hare Krishna Village

 Sankirtan and Book Distribution 
Performing Harinam Sankirtan & Distribution of Srila Prabhupada Books

Prasadam Distribution

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

"It is reciprocal"

You cannot survive without my mercy and I cannot survive without your mercy. It is reciprocal. This mutual dependence is based on love-Krishna Consciousness.
I hope this meets you well.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

- Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Jayatirtha, Mayapur, 22 January, 1976

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Why is it an offense to wear red or blue clothing in the Kṛṣṇa temple?

Śīlavatī: I understand that it is an offense to wear red or blue in the Kṛṣṇa temple. Why is this true?
Prabhupāda: What is that?
Devotee: She says that it is an offense to wear red or blue in the temple.
Prabhupāda: Blue?
Devotee: Red or blue. She wants to know why this is.
Prabhupāda: I do not follow.
Madhudviṣa: Why is it an offense to wear red or blue clothing in the Kṛṣṇa temple? That's what she thinks.
Prabhupāda: Oh. (laughs) Because it is red and blue. Is that all right?
Śīlavatī: Because the temple red and blue?
Prabhupāda: You see, you have to accept the Vedic injunction as it is. There is some meaning which may not be explained immediately, but because it is so enjoined, we have to accept it. Just like the conchshell. The conchshell is the bone of an animal. Now in the Vedas it is said that if you touch the bone of an animal or human being, you have to take bath immediately to purify yourself.
Now, this conchshell is also a bone of an animal. Now, it is kept in the Deities' room. Now, if you say, “The bone of an animal is impure. How it is that it is kept in the Deities' room?" So actually it is being done. Why it is being done? Because it is injunction of the Vedas. Similarly, all such injunctions we have to accept, but there is meaning. There is meaning, and that may not be understood immediately. That doesn't matter. So if, instead of red garment, if you take this saffron, what is harm to you? So you should accept the injunction.”

-Bhagavad-gītā 2.27-38,
Los Angeles, December 11, 1968

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

If you are lazy you cannot keep clean

Prabhupāda: Even though they're not... You cannot say not... They are clean. I have seen in Bombay even the poorest man, his house, and a Parsee gentleman, his house. Kitchen habits. A Parsee's kitchen is so nasty. And here you see this poor man's house, they are neat. Their utensils how much cleansed. I had been in Parsee kitchen. All the pots black. Nothing is cleansed. For eating they use this China. So clean or unclean cannot be understood. Simply washed. But so far the kitchen pots, all are... In our also, when it is handled by this European, American devotees, the black. Down, it is black. That should not be black. It must be cleansed.
Mahāṁsa: By the heat with these wood, it brings up a lot of soot.
Prabhupāda: But it must be cleansed daily.
Mahāṁsa: It should not come on your finger if you touch it. That black thing.
Prabhupāda: Not even you cannot see black, any black spots. Then it is clean. Otherwise not clean. If there's a single black spot, it is not clean. You can see from this poor class of men, how their utensils are cleansed. Before taking water the jug, the waterpot... You'll like to drink water. In our school days there were sweeper, they were a different quarter. So you like to sit down. So clean. The sweeper, cleansing the toilet, bangi. But when you come to his house, living quarter, oh, it is so clean. The bed, the room, the utensils. And they also will take twice, thrice bath, then they will eat. That is a Hindu culture. Even the sweeper class, lowest class. And I have seen one sweeper class who were in Allahabad, regularly worshiping Deity. Very nice worship.
Mahāṁsa: So a Vaiṣṇava then...
Prabhupāda: They took initiation from the Vṛndāvana Goswami and they follow strictly rules and regulations. Cleanliness is very essential. In English also it is said cleanliness is next to Godliness. Everything should be, especially temple. It will attract them. And we are singing daily, śrī-vigrahārādhana-nitya-nānā-śṛṅgāra-tan-mandira-mārjanādau **. Tat-mandira-mārjana. Mārjana means cleanliness. And want of cleanliness means laziness. If you are lazy you cannot keep clean. "Ah, let me sleep for the time being." That is mode of ignorance. Tamo-guṇa. So we have to conquer over rajo-guṇa, tamo-guṇa. Tadā rajas-tamo-bhāvāḥ [SB 1.2.19]. Then there is question of coming to the platform, śuddha, sāttvika. Sattvaṁ viśuddhaṁ vasudeva-śabditam. Where is this verse? In Caitanya-caritāmṛta.
Pradyumna: Sattvaṁ viśuddhaṁ vasudeva-śabditam.
Prabhupāda: Maybe Fourth Chapter, Caitanya-caritāmṛta.
Pradyumna: Caitanya-caritāmṛta was quoted? Ādi-līlā?
Prabhupāda: Mm.

 Room Conversation -- August 24, 1976, Hyderabad

Saturday, 28 April 2018

"You are already self-realized"

Devotee (5): We are becoming happy by distributing your books.
Prabhupāda: Thank you. It is Kṛṣṇa's book. You have got that cake? Give them.

Devotee (5): I was going to say, Śrīla Prabhupāda, I was talking, and I gave a family a big..., a husband and a wife, a big Kṛṣṇa book. The husband took the Kṛṣṇa book. The wife was indifferent. A year later the wife read the Kṛṣṇa book and left her husband and joined the temple, just from reading the one book. And I was very enlivened by this. When you can see the results like that, you become enlivened.

Tripurāri: Just by distributing your books we can become self-realized.

Prabhupāda: You are already self-realized. Otherwise how you can push on the books? You love Kṛṣṇa. Therefore you are taking so much labor for pushing on. And that is self-realization. If anyone tries to establish that Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Lord, that is self-realization.

Tripurāri: Sometimes the devotees ask if they can take birth again distributing books for you.

Prabhupāda: Very good. That is real devotion. A devotee does not want to go to Vaikuṇṭha or any liberation. They are satisfied with the service. That is pure devotion. And distributing books for the benefit of going to Kṛṣṇa, that is selfishness. But "I want to simply distribute the books without any remuneration, without any my personal..." that is pure devotee. 

Just like Prahlāda Mahārāja says that "I do not wish to go to Vaikuṇṭha unless I take all of these rascals with me." That is pure devotee. Pure devotion does not mean to... He is always under the protection of Kṛṣṇa. What is the use of going Vaikuṇṭha or...? Wherever he stays, that is Vaikuṇṭha. That is pure devotional service. Mama janmani janmanīśvare bhavatād bhaktir ahaitukī: [Cc. Antya 20.29, Śikṣāṣṭaka 4] "Life after life I may go on with this business. I don't want anything." That is pure devotion. (About cake:) So distribute.

 Room Conversation with Tripurāri -- March 2, 1975, Atlanta

Sunday, 22 April 2018

"That is insects' philosophy"

Prabhupāda: So what is the definition of that ideal person?
Śyāmasundara: Well, in some of his books it would be the very heroic type person who sees things as they are.
Prabhupāda: A big robber is also heroic.
Śyāmasundara: Yes. Many of his heroes are robbers and...
Prabhupāda: So these robbers are ideal persons? Big, big thieves.
Śyāmasundara: In that they portray an integrity, self-integrity.
Prabhupāda: Then a tiger is also...
Śyāmasundara: Yes.
Prabhupāda: So why do you fight with the tiger? Why you are afraid of tiger?
Śyāmasundara: His idea of a hero would be someone who meets the tiger face-to-face and courageously deals with him instead of running away. Whenever the challenge in life is there, the hero is the one who takes it up.
Prabhupāda: That is natural. It may be hero or not hero, it doesn't matter. If somebody comes to attack me, I try to fight with him, trying to save me. So I may not be successful, but that is my natural instinct. So everyone is hero.
Śyāmasundara: No. If a person is free of this bad faith, this...
Prabhupāda: What is bad faith and what is good faith, according to him?
Śyāmasundara: Bad faith is that I avoid decision making. I am avoiding decisions. Avoiding making decisions is bad faith.
Prabhupāda: Avoiding making decisions?
Śyāmasundara: Yes. And treating other people as objects. Good faith is to make decisions courageously and follow them out, whatever those decisions are.
Prabhupāda: So who makes the decisions?
Śyāmasundara: I make the decisions.
Prabhupāda: So if your decision is wrong?
Śyāmasundara: There's no question of right or wrong in that case.
Prabhupāda: Whatever decision I make, that is final, absolute?
Śyāmasundara: Yes.
Prabhupāda: How it is possible? Then the same philosophy comes with the insect's decision. Absolute decision, even if it is wrong, it's all right. That is seen in lower animals also.
Śyāmasundara: One of Sartre's counterparts, one of his colleagues, Albert Camus, he also wrote about this philosophy, and himself he typifies this type of person. He simply died in an automobile accident by driving 130 or -40 miles an hour on a small road.
Prabhupāda: That is insects' philosophy, that's all. This is "I have my decision to run hundred miles an hour, not caring for others." So this is exactly like the insects.
Śyāmasundara: And they say I'm responsible for my actions, but it's a very irresponsible position because it doesn't take into consideration other people, or supposing he would have killed other people too.
Prabhupāda: So that is animal decision. That is not human decision. Human decision that there is signboard, "Speed Limit 35." If he doesn't care, he is not a human being, he is animal. A human being, he will take care, "Why shall I drive 100?"

Discussions with Syāmasundara dāsa
 Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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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."

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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!!!

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