Tuesday 30 May 2017

"but nowhere I am allowed to live."

Interviewer: Do you spend your whole year traveling, or is it only part of the year?
Prabhupāda: Huh?
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Do you spend your whole year traveling, or only part of the year?
Prabhupāda: I am traveling either in Europe, America, Africa, Canada, India, everywhere.
Interviewer: So, do you have a home, or do you have...
Prabhupāda: I have 102 houses, but nowhere I am allowed to live. That is the difficulty. (laughter)

Press Conference -- April 27, 1976, Auckland, New Zealand

Saturday 27 May 2017

"It May Be Said that Everyone is a Thief"

One who accumulates more money than needed is a thief, and by the laws of nature he will be punished. One who acquires more money than necessary becomes desirous of enjoying material comforts more and more. Materialists are inventing so many artificial necessities, and those who have money, being allured by such artificial necessities, try to accumulate money to possess more and more. This is the idea of modern economic development. Everyone is engaged in earning money, and the money is kept in the bank, which then offers money to the public. In this cycle of activities, everyone is engaged in getting more and more money, and therefore the ideal goal of human life is being lost. Concisely, it may be said that everyone is a thief and is liable to be punished. Punishment by the laws of nature takes place in the cycle of birth and death. No one dies fully satisfied by the fulfillment of material desires, for that is not possible. Therefore at the time of one's death one is very sorry, being unable to fulfill his desires. By the laws of nature one is then offered another body to fulfill his unsatisfied desires, and upon taking birth again, accepting another material body, one voluntarily accepts the threefold miseries of life.
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.14.9

Tuesday 23 May 2017


"A person who is actually a devotee of Kṛṣṇa does not care about so-called public opinion and Vedic or philosophical literatures. Prahlāda Mahārāja, who is such a devotee, always defied the false instructions of his father Read More

Monday 22 May 2017

We observe Ekadasi from sunrise to sunrise

Regarding you first question, we observe Ekadasi from sunrise to sunrise. The 12 midnight is western astronomical calculation, but the Vedic astronomical calculation begins either from the sunrise or the moonrise. Generally it is sunrise. Our calculation is like this: when the sunrise is there, Ekadasi tithi (date) must be there. If Ekadasi tithi is not in the sunrise and the tithi begins, say after a few minutes after the sunrise, then we accept that day as previous to Ekadasi. All our ceremonies are calculated in that way. This means we must see the tithi during sunrise.

Letter to: Madhudvisa  --  England 30 September, 1969

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Humblest servitor of the Personality of Godhead

A spiritual master always represents himself as the humblest servitor of the Personality of Godhead, but the disciple must look upon him as the manifested representation of Godhead.

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta Ädi 1.45


Friday 12 May 2017

Is there a Christ-loka?

Rukmiṇī: Is there a Christ-loka?
Prabhupāda: Yes. Why not? There are innumerable lokas. Why not Read More

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Happy Nṛsiṁha-caturdaśī

"We should always consider that this material world is a dangerous place and therefore we shall chant Lord Nṛsiṁha's Holy Name in order to be protected by Him in all dangers."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda

Saturday 6 May 2017

One should execute Kṛṣṇa consciousness in right path

So, parāvare brahmaṇi dharmato vrataiḥ. So one should execute Kṛṣṇa consciousness, dharmataḥ, in right path, Read More...

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Renunciation and Surrender

Guest (5):Sir, what is the difference between renunciation and surrender?
Prabhupāda: Yes. Renunciation is the beginning of this material world. You cannot take, you cannot surrender to Kṛṣṇa, unless you renounce this ma.... If you have got material necessities... Sarva-dharmān parityajva. Kṛṣṇa says, "Absolute surrender." And if you want material necessities, then you have got so many dharmas—Read More