By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead imparts knowledge to Lord Brahma at the time of Creation

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead imparts knowledge to Lord Brahma at the time of Creation

Religion is one. There cannot be two religions. If God is one… And what is religion? Religion means the law given by God. That is religion. This is a simple definition. “What is religion?” If somebody says… They will say, “Religion means this; religion means that.” No. The simple definition of religion is “the law of God.” Dharmam tu sāksād bhagavat-pranītam [SB 6.3.19].

Just like law. Law means the order given by the state. That is law. Your order is not law, or my order is not law. But when the state orders, “Keep to the right,” you must keep your car to the right side. Or the state orders that “Keep your car to the left side.” In Europe, and somewhere, it is right side … So, so, the, according to the state… You cannot say, “Why somewhere it is left side, and somewhere right side?” No. It may be. Whatever it is, but because it is the state order, you have to abide by it. You cannot say that “I was driving my car in India to the left side. Why shall I drive on the right side?” Sometimes they feel inconvenienced. But no, you have to, because that is the state order.

So similarly, as the law means state order, similarly, religion means God’s order. That’s all, simple definition. dharmam tu sāksād bhagavat-pranītam [SB 6.3.19]. Nobody knows what is dharma, neither the human being, nor the demigods, nor big, big sages, saintly persons; nor philosophers. Nobody knows what is religion. Dharmasya tattvam nihitam guhāyām mahājano yena gatah sa panthāh [Cc. Madhya 17.186]. Mahājana means those who are authorized person by God. One who knows what is the law of God is Continue reading

“Please ask him to come back and excuse me if I have struck his sentiment”

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



Los Angeles

11 January, 1968





My Dear Rayarama,

Please accept my blessings. I thank you very much for your letter of January 3, 1968, on ISKCON PRESS stationery. It is so nice and attractive and all the credit goes to you and your assistants. Please convey my sincere thanks to your two assistants, Jaya Govinda and Purusottama, for their sincere service in the cause of Krishna Consciousness. Please take it for granted that I have sanctioned for all your schemes. Because you are sincere worker, Krishna is dictating from within yourself as He has promised in the Bhagavad-gita, and things are coming so nicely. May Krishna grace you more and more and in your advance service of Krishna Consciousness.

Krishna wants you

You have very nicely stated that I am your life. This means you are my body and so neither life nor body can be separated because on the spiritual platform there is no such distinction. On material platform sometimes life is separated from body, but in the Absolute platform there is no such distinction. Dr. Radhakrishnan foolishly makes such distinction on the Body of Krishna, and therefore when Krishna says that one should become His devotee, he comments that it is not Continue reading

The Macmillan Miracle

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The surprising events surrounding the initial publication of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

The Macmillan Miracle
By Sriman Satyaraja Prabhu

The Bhagavad-gita was important to Srila Prabhupada. He saw it as the perfect book to convey Krishna consciousness, as it consists of the Lord’s own words and His interactions with His loving devotee. In 1939, just seven years after Prabhupada was initiated by his spiritual master, he wrote a lengthy introduction to the book in English, presaging his full translation and  commentary, which appeared soon after he began his mission in the West.

When Prabhupada arrived in New York in 1965, he gave priority to his work on the Gita. In India he had already completed a translation, spanning well over a thousand pages, but it was stolen. In March…

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By His Holiness Satsvarupa Goswami

morning walk with disciples

People ask, What is Srila Prabhupāda’s day like? Srila Prabhupāda rises about 1:30 a.m. Sometimes around 2 or 3 a.m. I awaken and hear him dictating. Once one man in Bombay said to Srila Prabhupāda, “Today I rose at 2:30!”—to which Srila Prabhupāda replied, “I rose at 1:30!” In Hyderabad Gargamuni Svāmī said to me, “What other sādhu in India gets up at 1:30 to write books?” It is great proof of his authenticity. In Bombay we set up a small house of mosquito netting for him to work in. He opens the big volume of Bengali Caitanya-caritāmrta, and with a small desk lamp lit, he begins translating the synonyms one by one, clicking the dictaphone button as he pauses briefly for his thoughts.

The translation work usually goes on for two or three hours, sometimes less. From around 3 to 5 he sits and chants Hare Krishna on his beads. Srila Prabhupāda chants beads almost silently, although the motion of the beads can sometimes be heard in the next room, and sometimes “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna.”

His regular morning walk begins just before Continue reading


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




1 May, 1974




Mahatma Das

San Diego



My Dear Mahatma das,

Please accept my blessing. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of April 20, 1974 and I have noted the contents.

Regarding your wanting to give up household life for vanaprastha, you may do it and spend your time positively by going on traveling sankirtana, provided it is recommended by the temple president and there is facility for taking such a party. Taking of sannyasa order is in one sense only a formality. I was preaching and writing for eight or nine years as Vanaprastha and then in 1959 I took sannyasa. So if after a few years as Vanaprastha your behavior is ideal sannyasa can be considered.

Prabhupada's Hare Krishna Soldier selling Bhagavad Gita to a mundane soldier

Prabhupada’s Hare Krishna Soldier selling Bhagavad Gita to a mundane soldier

If you actually are serious about taking out a travelling party, your main activity should be to distribute books. By this most powerful preaching we are becoming very influential in Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Srila Prabhupada - With His Godbrothers

Srila Prabhupada – With His Godbrothers

One who is qualified as a brāhmana, he has to observe the four āśramas:

  1. the brahmacārī-āśrama,
  2. the grhastha-āśrama,
  3. the vānaprastha-āśrama and
  4. the sannyāsa-āśrama.

The ksatriyas, have to observe three āśramas: brahmacārī, grhastha and vānaprastha.

And the vaiśyas, two āśramas: brahmacārī and grhastha.

And śūdra, only one āśrama – grhastha.

A śūdra is never offered sannyāsa. Only the brāhmana is offered. So in Śankara-sampradāya, strictly, unless one is born in brāhmana family, he’s not offered sannyāsa. He’s not given sannyāsa.

So far we are concerned, we also offer sannyāsa to the brāhmana, and not to the śūdras. But according to Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Prabhupada explaining

Sannyāsa has got four stages: kutīcaka, bahūdaka, parivrājakācārya and paramahamsa.

Kutīcaka: When one takes sannyāsa, he is not practiced to beg from door to door. Therefore in the beginning he makes a cottage outside the village, and the foodstuff comes from his home. But he has no connection because by vānaprastha he has already left home, and by sannyāsa, completely.  But he takes prasādam from home. That is called kutīcaka.

Then when he’s practiced, he goes from door to door, and that is called bahūdaka. And then, when he’s still more practiced, he becomes Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda


So long life is there, everyone is thinking, “I have got this responsibility. I have got this responsibility. I have got this responsibility,” and they are working very, very hard and doing all nonsense. Nūnam pramattah kurute vikarma [SB 5.5.4]. Now, somebody’s stealing for the sake of family maintenance, and) doing so many sinful activities, but when they are scattered again by the laws of nature, nobody will be sympathetic to me if I suffer for my own sinful activities. But they do so, for the so-called family. They get money, and they… Due to affection… First of all, whatever he earns, by hook or by crook, first of all he wants to see that his wife, children, are fed up very nicely. And, at last, if there is some remnants, he can eat. Out of affection, you see?

So therefore this affection is the very hard knot for being bound up in this material world, this affection. Therefore the Vedic civilization is that the affection is to be cut off compulsory at a certain age, not that the affection should continue. If the affection continues, then there is no chance of Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Hare Krishna devotee reaches out to Police

You can bluff the material police, but you cannot bluff Krishna. That is not possible. If you are doing anything wrong, then it is being seen by the Supreme Personality. He’s everywhere. Therefore those who are God conscious, as theists, they think, “I am doing this nonsense. Krishna, God, will see it.”… That is the Indian culture. Even an ordinary person, who has no education, will Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Back to Godhead - Volume 01, Number 64 - 1974

Tapah is explained in the smrti-śāstra as follows: manasaś cendriyānām ca aikāgryam paramam tapah. “Complete control of the mind and senses and their complete concentration on one kind of activity is called tapah.” Our Krishna consciousness movement is teaching people how to concentrate the mind on devotional service. This is first-class tapah. Brahmacarya, the life of celibacy, has eight aspects: one should not think of women, speak about sex life, dally with women, look lustfully at women, talk intimately with women or decide to engage in sexual intercourse, nor should one endeavor for sex life or engage in sex life. One should not even think of women or look at them, to say nothing of talking with them. This is called first-class brahmacarya. If a brahmacārī or sannyāsī talks with a woman in a secluded place, naturally there will be a possibility of Continue reading