Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Who are mūḍhās?


Prabhupāda: ....... You know who are mūḍhās?
Tripurāri: Yes Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: Who?
Tripurāri: Fools and rascals who won't take your books. Sometimes we convince them that the philosophy is very nice, and they agree when we use Lord Kṛṣṇa's words, dehino 'smin yathā dehe [Bg. 2.13], and they say "Yes, I can understand that, but I don't need your book," or "I would never read it." We say, "Well, no. Take it."
Prabhupāda: (chuckles) You ask them, "So you want to remain mūḍhā?"
Tripurāri: We say, "No, take it home, and some day you will read it." They think they can find out on their own.
Prabhupāda: That is foolishness. They cannot. Mām eva ya prapadyante māyām etāṁ taranti te.
Tripurāri: Sometimes they will agree to everything we say, but they will not give a donation. They trust more the man on the T.V.

Morning Walk, March 1, 1975, Atlanta

Monday, 8 October 2018

"One man has become old even without age."

Devotee (2): How do you teach Kṛṣṇa consciousness to a five year old who is only a children? What it means to be a teacher? What teaching...?
Prabhupāda: How you are learning? You are also young. Anyone who is completely, I mean to say, unaware of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, he is to be taken as child. Doesn't matter one who has got age. It doesn't depend on the age. It depends on the knowledge. So not only young children, but anyone who is unaware of the science, he is also child. And anyone who knows this science, he is old. Vṛddhatvaṁ vāyasā vinā. There is a Sanskrit word that "One man has become old even without age." This is contradictory. How one can become old without age? Suppose a man, a boy, is sixteen years old, just like Śukadeva Gosvāmī. He was teaching Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam when he was only sixteen years old, but he was so learned that when he entered the assembly, all the great sages, including his father, stood up to receive him. So he was oldest. So he was older than his father even. Why? Because he was so learned. So our childishness or experience, old age, means according to the acquirement of knowledge. If one is advanced in knowledge, he is to be understood older. And if one is not advanced in knowledge, he is a child. That's all. So child does not mean that a five years old boy. Just like Prahlāda Mahārāja, he was only five years old, and just see how nicely he is teaching. So he is older than any other man.
-Excerpt From: Śrila Prabhupāda, Lecture on Śrimad Bhāgavatam 7.6.1, June 12 1968, Montreal

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

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Ekadashi Reminder: Kamika Ekadashi

Hare Krishna!It is fasting for Kamika Ekadashi tomorrow (8th August 2018). Fast breaking time next day(9th August 2018) : 5:11 am to 9:32 am(Jaipur).

Monday, 6 August 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-6th August

Now all my disciples must work combinedly and with cooperation to spread this Sankirtana Movement. If you cannot work together then my work is stopped up. Our Society is like one big family and our relationships should be based on love and trust. We must give up the fighting spirit and use our intelligence to push ahead. You should accept help from your Godbrothers.
Letter to Upendra -- Los Angeles 6 August, 1970

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Vaishnava Calendar: August 2018

Lord Balarama's Appearance Day Special
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Monday, 23 July 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-23rd July

Without discipline there cannot be any spiritual progress. Therefore our system is to follow the authority or our superiors, no that we can independently question, not this is right and this is wrong. That is not the way.
Letter to Sankarasana -- Paris 23 July, 1972

Friday, 20 July 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-20th July


Prabhupāda: Any question?
Nanda-kiśora: What happens to a person if we just give him out on the street one Simply Wonderful or some prasādam, one piece of prasādam?
Prabhupāda: Oh, that is wonderful, simply wonderful. (laughter) (chuckles) He has not tasted such wonderful sweet in his life. Therefore you give him wonderful, and because he's eating that wonderful sweet, one day he'll come to your temple and become wonderful.
Devotees: Jaya!
Prabhupāda: Therefore it is simply wonderful. So go on distributing this Simply Wonderful. Your philosophy is simply wonderful. Your prasādam is simply wonderful. You are simply wonderful. And your Kṛṣṇa is simply wonderful. The whole process of simply wonderful. And He acts wonderfully, and He reacting wonderfully. Who can deny it?
Kīrtanānanda: Prabhupāda is simply wonderful.
Prabhupāda (chuckles) That's all right. You can become, everyone.
- Lecture - New York, 20 July 1971

Thursday, 19 July 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-19th July

Owl will never open the eyes to see that there is sunlight. You know this, owl? So they will not open. However you may say, "Mr. Owl, please open your eyes and see the sun," "No, there is no sun. I don't see." (laughter) This owl civilization. So you have to fight with these owls.
You must be very strong, especially the sannyāsīs. We have to fight with the owls. We have to open their eyes by force from this, with machine. (laughter) So this is going on. So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is a fight against all the owls.
Lecture on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.1.37 -- San Francisco, July 19, 1975
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