HOW SRILA PRABHUPĀDA SPENT HIS DAY?


In conversation with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Guest: Is it true that there are more young people now in the world that are giving more serious thought to what life is really all about?

Prabhupāda: Yes, they should. Because they are being educated, they are experiencing the faults of their fathers and grandfathers.

Guest: And they’re able to tell that?

Prabhupāda: So we are telling this is the aim. You take. And therefore (there is) more response from the younger section. All our devotees, they are just like my grandchildren. Their fathers may be like my children. But they are responsive.

Guest: How do you spend a day?

Prabhupāda: We have got activities day and night, but because the body is there, we have to Continue reading

THERE IS NO QUESTION OF SEPARATION IN A KRISHNA CONSCIOUS MARRIAGE


Letters of  His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

 

 

Los Angeles

21 July, 1969

Prabhupada writes a letter

My Dear Balai,

Please accept my blessings. I thank you so much for your letter of July 15, 1969, and I think of you very often that you are a most ideal devotee wife. Your husband, Advaita, is working very hard and nicely in Krishna Consciousness, and when the husband is executing his activities very nicely it is credit not only to the husband himself, but it is a credit to his wife also. In materialistic marriages generally there are too many troubles and frustrations because the basic principle for both the husband and wife is their own personal sense gratification. Therefore there is inevitable conflict and divorce petition. But in a Krishna Conscious marriage the basic principle is for both husband and wife to serve Krishna nicely and to help the partner advance in spiritual life. In this way both the husband and wife are true benefactors for one another and there is no question of any serious conflicts or separation. So I am sure that to have such nice parents who are devotees of Lord Krishna, your child Nandini is very, very fortunate. In Bhagavad-gita Krishna instructs us that for one to be born in the family of devotees means that such person was Continue reading

Soccer Fans Join Brazilian Devotees in Chanting Amidst World Cup Fever


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Although World Cup host Brazil is still reeling from a 7 – 1 loss to Germany on Tuesday July 8th, football fever still grips the country as the World Cup barrels towards the Germany vs Argentina final on Sunday June 13th.

In the midst of it all, a large Harinama party of ISKCON devotees has been a hit as they travel to the major cities where World Cup games are being held, as well as to viewing parties in nearby locales.

The devotees are bringing their own message – celebration of God’s names. And the audience for them is huge.

Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami and Bhakti Narasimha Swami at FIFA Fan Fest in São Paulo, 06.12. On this day, Brazil vs Croatia at Corinthians Stadium in São Paulo.

“Brazil usually receives a lot of tourists, but never like this,” says Harinama party member and professional football commentator Sri Krishna Murti Das. “Around 700,000 people came from all over the world for the World Cup. The hotels are crowded, the roads are crowded. People from Chile came with 4,000 cars and trailers. Three guys from Colombia spent over a year traveling to Brazil on a rickshaw just to see the World Cup. It’s crazy.”

Colombia fan with a colombian devotee

Sri Krishna Murti explains that the World Cup has always been a time to get together with family and friends in Brazil, and with the nation hosting this year, the mood of togetherness has only heightened.

“All over the country, people are getting together on the streets, or gathering at city-organized parties in squares or on beaches to watch the game on big screens,” he says.

 

Bhakti Narasimha Swami leading a harinama in Rio de Janeiro. 06.18 At that day, Chile 2 vs 0 Spain in Maracanã Stadium, in Rio

It’s not just the numbers that are ideal – the mood is, too. “Generally, when we do Harinamas, people in Brazil are Continue reading

WHY KRISHNA TOOK AWAY PRABHUPĀDA’S MONEY, FAMILY AND FRIENDS?


In conversation with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Prabhupada in Conversation

Prabhupāda: Therefore we forbid to take to the karmī’s life. Because at the time of death, if he remains a karmī, then he’ll have to take birth as a karmī. That is the risk. So this regulated life, holding class, chanting, that will not make us fall down. That is essential. It is essential to follow the regulative principles, chanting sixteen rounds, holding class. You can do anything, but this will keep us alive to the Krishna consciousness platform. If you neglect that, then that is very risky. Even if you get next birth in a rich man’s family, that is not a guarantee. Because generally, a rich man’s sons, they go astray. They get money for nothing and they want to squander it. And material world, if you have got money, so many bad associates will come and help you to squander your money and spoil your life. Because you have got money, then so many friends will come. As soon as you have no money, nobody will come. Even your wife, children will not come. Therefore harisye tad dhanam śanaih. Krishna, first of all, takes away the money, makes him poor so that everyone will neglect him, and because he’s Krishna conscious, he’ll take Krishna, “Sir, I have no other alternative. Please give me protection.” That is also another Krishna’s policy, special favor, that “This man wanted Me. Now he’s going astray. All right. That’s all right. Take everything of his…”

Śyāmasundara: Like that man Patrick. Three businesses failed.

Prabhupāda: Yes. That was Continue reading

A SINCERE DEVOTEE IS HELPED BOTH EXTERNALLY AND INTERNALLY


Letters of  His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

 

 

Los Angeles

14 January, 1968

 

 

My Dear Kancanbala dasi,

In New Vrindavan

Please accept my blessings. I have duly received your letter (undated), and noted the contents very gladly. My sincere blessings are for you for your nice prosecution of Krishna Consciousness. Whatever you are doing at the present moment is approved by me and I think on account of your becoming a sincere soul, Krishna is dictating from within and you are doing things so nicely. There are two gurus—one internal and the other external. The internal Guru is Krishna Himself seated in everyone’s heart, and the external Guru is the Spiritual Master. So a sincere devotee is helped both externally and internally. To the sincere devotee the internal Guru Krishna dictates, but the thing has to be confirmed by the external Guru then it is all right. I am very glad that you don’t go out, and keep indoors engaging yourself in Krishna Consciousness activities.

Regarding love affairs in the material world: they are Continue reading

Married Life is not for Sex Indulgence


Letters of  His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

 

 

San Francisco

20 September, 1968

 

 

My Dear Satsvarupa,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your two letters dated 8 and 17, 1968, and I am so happy to learn that you are proud of being husband of Jadurani. Yes, you should be proud of having a nice wife like that. And I have handed over my daughter unto you, because I knew it that you will be the perfect boy to take care of her. Recently she was deteriorating in her health, so I was very much anxious about her, therefore, I decided to give her in your charge. Of course, even when you were not married, you were taking care of her always, but when the relationship is there as husband and wife, there is the question of responsibility. So I wanted you to take that responsibility. Anyway, everyone in our society thinks that your combination is very much appropriate. So be happy with your nice wife and take care of her properly.

Sannyasi Saint

In your letter of the 17th instant, you have very frankly inquired from me about householder life, especially in the matter of sex relationship. A sannyasi is not supposed to be asked about anything sexual. But still, because you are so much dependent on my instruction, so I must give you information as far as possible. Married life is not for sex indulgence. The principle of marriage is on the background of getting good children. So the householder is allowed to have sex life once in a month, just after the menstrual period. The menstrual period prolongs at least for 5 days, so after this 5 days, one can have sex life provided he desires to get a child. And as soon as the wife is pregnant, Continue reading

Dr. Mukunda Madhava Dasa?!?


By Niraj Bidawatka

SRI SRI RADHA RASBIHARI - the presiding deities of the ISKCON Juhu Temple, Mumbai, India

SRI SRI RADHA RASBIHARI – the presiding deities of the ISKCON Juhu Temple, Mumbai, India

Yesterday I received an invitation letter from the Temple President of ISKCON Juhu Temple situated in Mumbai, India. It was an invite to the forthcoming Janmashtami festival. Accompanying the invitation letter was a colorful brochure which narrated the wonderful pastime of Krishna lifting the Govardhan hill. The brochure also listed the various programs that the temple was organizing, which included distributing prasadam to nearly 2 million visitors that the temple was expecting. Donations were also invited from patrons and if anyone had any queries, they were directed to contact one Dr. Mukunda Madhava Dasa, whose phone number was appended beside his name. This Dr. Mukunda Madhava struck my attention and made me think, which led to this write-up.

The devotees of Krishna consider themselves as servants of Krishna and as such they accept names which identify them as servants of Krishna. ‘Dāsa’ in Sanskrit means servant. So they accept names such as Krishna dasa, Shyamsundar dasa, Madhava dasa, Mukunda dasa, and so on and so forth. Krishna has millions of names, in fact He has unlimited number of names and the devotees accept any one name and add the suffix ‘dasa’, which identifies them as a servant of Krishna.

Thus, when I saw the name Dr. Mukunda Madhava dasa, I was surprised and wondered – “Since when has Krishna become a DOCTOR???” Mukunda Madhava is another name of Krishna, which describes Krishna, whose smiling face is just like the kunda flower, as the husband of the goddess of fortune and the bestower of liberation. The name Dr. Mukunda Madhava dasa, however, indicates that the person is the servant of Dr. Mukunda Madhava. But Krishna is not a doctor, neither a medical doctor nor a doctorate holder.

Krishna is free from any material designations and surely does not Continue reading

FAMILY LIFE HAS NO MEANING – IT IS JUST LIKE A GATHERING OF STRAWS AND INSECTS


atha viśveśa viśvātman viśva-mūrte svakesu me
sneha-pāśam imam chindhi drdham pāndusu vrsnisu

[SB 1.8.41 - Click here to see English Translation]

Bolton girls carrying Hare Krishna mantra sign

So Kuntī is praying. The prayer is very peculiar. What is that peculiar prayer? The prayer is sneha-pāśam imam. Pāśam means “rope.” We are bound up by the ropes of affection to the family. This family or that family, everyone is bound up. Ato grha-ksetra-sutāpta-vittair janasya moho ‘yam [SB 5.5.8].

This family combination is māyā because we all, living entities, we are being washed Continue reading

DON’T ACCEPT A GURU WHO CANNOT STOP YOUR DEATH


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

 

Prabhupada in a jovial moodBhagavad-Gita proposes, that is wonderful thing, if you can stop death. And whole spiritual life means how to stop death.

It is advised in the Bhagavatam, “Don’t accept guru, don’t be father, don’t be mother, if you cannot stop death.” Either you don’t accept, or don’t become. Just like they want a guru (spiritual master) – so don’t accept a guru who cannot stop your death. And from guru’s side, it is advised, “Don’t become guru if you cannot stop the death of your disciple.”

So our Krishna consciousness movement is to stop death, live eternally with Krishna, go back to home, back to Godhead. This is our movement. So our guru gives us this opportunity – no more death.

Tyaktvā… After leaving this body, you don’t accept any more material body. And if you don’t accept material body, then there is no death. As soon as you are spiritual, you remain in spiritual body – there is no death. There is no birth also. Death is concomitant where birth is there. If the death is stopped, then there is Continue reading

WHY THE SONS OF PANDU ARE KNOWN AS PANDAVAS IN SPITE OF BEING KURUS


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The sons of Pāndu were called Pandavas whereas the sons of Dhrtarāstra were known as Kauravas, even though both Pāndu and Dhrtarāstra were brothers and belonged to the same Kuru family. Then why is it that the sons of Pandu were not referred to as Kauravas (the descendants of King Kuru)?

Srila Prabhupāda, in a lecture delivered in Mayapur on Oct 21, 1974, touched upon this interesting subject matter. He explained,

“From the husband’s side, Kuntīdevī, the mother of the Pandavas, belonged to the Kuru family. Later on, the sons of Pāndu became Pāndavas because Dhrtarāstra wanted to Continue reading