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

Saturday, 14 July 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-14th July

Anyone who is making progress in Kṛṣṇa consciousness should not be envious, "Oh, he is so great. He is so rich man. He has got so nice palace. He has got so nice wife. I haven't got anything." Don't be. Because it is completely different life. Don't be captivated by the material opulence, even you are put into great difficulties. Because you are not this material body. You are spirit soul. So your progress should be steady on the spiritual platform.

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 07.09.10-11 - Montreal, July 14, 1968

Friday, 13 July 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - 13th July

Unless one is prepared that "I am accepting somebody as my spiritual master. I must accept whatever he says," if there is any doubt, that "I cannot accept his words verbatim," then one should not accept him as spiritual master. That is hypocrisy. One must be first of all convinced. Therefore it is the duty of the spiritual master and the disciple to associate—that is the injunction of Sanātana Gosvāmī—for some time, and both of them should study.
Initiation Lecture -- Los Angeles, July 13, 1971

Thursday, 12 July 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada- 12th July

In our conditioned life we are bitten by so many types of Maya snakes, and more and more we are put into unconsciousness of mind without any hope of eternal life. Krishna Consciousness is the only herb for such Maya snake-bite condition. So our duty is very responsible.
Letter to Carl Lange -- Los Angeles 12 July, 1969

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

A Day in the LIfe of Srila Prabhupada- 10th July

We are preaching the highest principles of loving service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and as such, there is no scope for compromising with any of the kinds of philosophies of the impersonalist school.

Letter to Hayagriva -- Montreal 10 July, 1968

Saturday, 7 July 2018

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

My idea is that if simply by narrating the Crucifixion incident of Lord Jess Christ, the Roman Catholic Religion can spread to such a wide area of the world, how much there is great potency of spreading our Krishna Consciousness by depicting hundreds of thousands of such incidents like Rathayatra.
Letter to Aniruddha -- Montreal 7 July, 1968

Thursday, 5 July 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-5th July

Servant of māyā means servant of senses. And spiritual life means instead of becoming servant of māyā or servant of senses, we become the servant of Kṛṣṇa, or God.
- Lecture CC Madhya 20.100 - Washington D.C. July 5 1976

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada- 4th July

Those who are following, they are happy, practically you can see. And those who are not following, they are unhappy. Yes.
- Lecture SB 01.08.18, Chicago, July 4 1974

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-3rd July

Materialists are always careful for maintaining his material status quo first, and then please Visnu. Although they profess to be devotees of Visnu.
Therefore the Krishna Consciousness persons are greater than such materialistic worshippers. Materialist person perform all pious activities or devotional activities for some material gain, and as soon as there is any hindrance in the path of material gain, they at once become demon.
Therefore bhakti means without any material desires. That is the sign of pure devotee.

- Letter to Satsvarupa written from Montreal, July 3 1968

Monday, 2 July 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-2nd July

Just sacrifice the fruit of the engagement. That is to be given to Kṛṣṇa. This is surrender. Just like a good boy surrenders to his father means whatever he earns, the money, at the end of month he puts in the hand of the father: "Oh, this is my month's earnings"; similarly, we have to sacrifice the fruits of our labor to Kṛṣṇa. This is the beginning of Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
- Lecture on SB 7.9.8 -- Montreal, July 2, 1968

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Snana Yatra/ Devsnana Purnima


On this auspicious day the Suaras and Mahasuaras go in a ceremonial procession to fetch 108 pots of water from the Golden well (called 'Suna Kua' in local language). The holy water drawn from this well once a year. During the entire process all of them cover their mouths with a piece of cloth so as not to contaminate it even with their breath. Then all the pots filled with water are preserved in the Bhoga Mandap. Then the priests purify the water with Haladi (turmeric), Java (whole rice), Sandal (Chandan), flowers and perfumes. The filled and purified water pots then carried from Bhoga Mandap to the bathing platform by the Suaras in a long single line queue. This ritual is called 'Jalabhisheka'. 'Jalabhishek' consists of two words 'Jala' and 'Abhisheka'. In local language 'Jala' means water and 'Abhishek' means Bath. This Abhiseka is accompanied by chanting of vedic mantras by the priests, kirtana and blowing of conch shells.

At evening, after the bath ritual, the Deities assume the special elephant form which is otherwise known as 'Hati Vesha'. Lord Jagannatha and Lord Balaram dressed like elephant, and Goddess Subhadra wears a lotus flower vesha.
After Snana Yatra, the deities are supposed to fall ill (fever) and do not return to their pedestal. The Deities are kept on a special sick room called the 'Ratan vedi' inside the temple. They stay away from the public view for a period of 15 days. This period is known as 'Anasara'. During Anasara the Deities offered only fruits and water mixed with cheese and Dasamula medicines to cure from fever. The Deities are treated by the Raj Vaidya (the King's physician) with specific medicines (Dasamulas). During all these days the daily rites of the temple remain suspended. Due to the sacred bath with 108 pitchers of water, the colours painted on the images fade out. The Daitas repaint the images with new colors and on the 16th day the Deities appear in their new forms after colouration become ready for the public view. The festival of the first appearance of the Lord Jagannath to his devotees is called 'Netrotsava' (festival for the eyes) or 'Nava Yauvanotsava' (festival of the ever new youth).


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada-June 27

"We want to distribute our literature and books within as well as our prasadam, and injecting our Hare Krishna medicine within the ear. So, reading of the literature and hearing of the chanting is the medicine, and prasadam is the diet."

- Letter to Satsvarupa written from Montreal June 27 1968

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

”How can one remain humble?”

Paramahaṁsa: Śrīla Prabhupāda, how can one remain humble?

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Paramahaṁsa: How can one remain humble in executing his devotional service?

Prabhupāda: Yes. If he thinks himself that "I am non-entity, helpless," then he can remain. If he thinks "I can do something. I have got so much intelligence," then he cannot become humble. Just like... (aside:) Don't come very near. Just like child is humble always because he knows that "I am completely helpless. Unless mother helps me, I am complete..." Therefore, whenever he's in need of something, he cries, "Mother, help me." This is helplessness. Helplessness. 
Always. Kārpaṇye. 

This is one of the items of surrender. Unless you think yourself helpless, you cannot surrender. Surrender is complete when you think yourself that you are helpless. "I am helpless, but because I am surrendered to Kṛṣṇa, He'll save me." This faith also must be there, that "Although I am helpless... Not although I am factually helpless but because I am surrendered to Kṛṣṇa, I have no danger. He'll help me, protect me.

-Morning Walk, June 11, 1974, Paris

Sunday, 24 June 2018

A Day in the Life of Śrīla Prabhupāda - June 24

“Muhammad says he is servant of God. Christ says he is son of God. And Kṛṣṇa says, "I am God." So where is the difference? The son will say the same thing, the servant will say the same thing, and the father also will say the same thing.”
- Conversation - Los Angeles, June 24 1974

Thursday, 21 June 2018

A Day in the Life of Śrīla Prabhupāda - June 21

“Although I had immense opportunities to indulge in the four principles of sinful life because I was connected with a very aristocratic family, Kṛṣṇa always saved me, and throughout my whole life I do not know what is illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating or gambling. So far my present life is concerned, I do not remember any part of my life when I was forgetful of Kṛṣṇa.”

-Letter to Tamāla Kṛṣṇa-- Los Angeles 21 June, 1970

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

A Day in the Life of Śrīla Prabhupāda - June 20

"I consider this Gurukula school to be one of our most important aspects of this movement and it should be given all serious consideration by the members. If we are able to make a whole generation of our children into fine Krsna Conscious preachers, that will be the glory of our movement and the glory of your country as well. But if we neglect somehow or other and if we lose even one Vaisnava, that is very great loss.”
-Letter to Stokakrsna -- Los Angeles 20 June, 1972

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