By Niraj Bidawatka

I gave a copy of our newspaper, “The Hare Krishna Revolution” to my devotee-friend, Shri Hari dasa, who is a practicing criminal lawyer. After a few days, when I met him, he told me that he read the newspaper and exclaimed that he relished every word of the publications. He later pointed out one printing mistake in the article “WHO AM I?”


He said that I had described in the said article that Srila Rupa and Sanatana Goswamis were well-versed in various languages such as Arabic, “Parsi” and Urdu. He pointed out that I had erroneously written “Farsi” as “Parsi”. He said that the Goswamis were well-versed in the Farsi language and not “Parsi”, as I had mentioned in the said article. Although I was sure that Parsi and Farsi are the same, I did not refute his claims because I had no concrete argument to prove how both the terms were the same.

I came back, did some research and found out that Farsi is the corrupted form of Parsi. Parsi was the language spoken by the inhabitants of Parsa, an erstwhile province of Iran. When the Arabs invaded the province it came to be known as Farsa because the Arabs pronounce ‘Pa’ as ‘Fa’ and thus Parsi became Farsi. So what I had written was correct and informed my dear friend to that effect. Fortunately, my devotee friend, who being a lawyer has a knack of getting into extensive arguments, did not argue and accepted my statements on face value.

This reminded me to share with our valued followers, that the word Hindu is also a corrupted form of Continue reading


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



Los Angeles
15 January, 1968





My Dear Yamuna devi and Harsarani devi,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter, undated, and I can understand that in some points you disagree with Gargamuni but you have not clearly mentioned what is this point of disagreement. So far I know, Gargamuni’s activities are approved by the president Jayananda, and so far I know Gargamuni, he has a business tactfulness, but his aim is to help the society financially. Whatever he does is not for his personal interest but for the interest of the society. If you have any specific grievance, please let me know, but don’t be disturbed by any sort of disagreement with your God-brothers and sisters.

Each and every living entity is an individual soul and as such disagreement is quite possible in our dealings with one another but we have to consider the central point of interest. You are both very intelligent sober girls and I have got good estimation of you; do not take at any time an attitude of non-cooperation because you may have not agreed with another’s point of view. I have heard about the incidents created by a new devotee, Jivanuga. He appears to be a crazy fellow. He should not have

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




New York
14 January, 1966




Mr. A. B. Hartman
New York City




Dear Sir,

Re: Your House 143 W. 72nd Street for sale.

Please accept my greetings. Perhaps you may know me by my name because I am in correspondence with Mr. Baum of Messrs. Phillips, Wood Dolson Inc. in connection with your house at 143 W. 72nd Street. As I do not know your office address so I contacted by phone Mrs Hartman and she was very kind to talk with me. I have already left with you a paper on my mission for which I wanted the place.

In Germany

The thing is that Government of India is very strict in getting money from India for expenditure in foreign country. But because the Prime Minister was due to come here and he was personally known to me, I expected Continue reading

If you can open an institution for educating our children, it will be great service…

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



Los Angeles
11 January, 1968




My Dear Hamsaduta,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your very encouraging letter dated January 3, 1968. Because you are a sincere servant of Krishna, Krishna is giving you gradually facilities to advance in your engagement of Krishna Consciousness. I am so glad to learn that now you have nice apartment of 4 rooms, and also a nice job for meeting your all necessary expenses. Take them as benediction from Krishna and utilize them for Krishna Consciousness business. If you can provide yourself by independent handwork then you can give up your present job, otherwise you continue with your job, even it is nonsense. The thing is, we must have sufficient time for executing Krishna Consciousness business, so you have to select which one will be suitable for you. If you think that by carving Jagannathas or painting you will have sufficient income, it is very nice. Otherwise do not give up your present job for some future hope.

With Devotee Child

Rayarama’s suggestion to open an asrama is very nice. If it is possible to keep sufficient number of cows in the asrama, there can be very nice milk business and that may make sufficient income for maintaining one institution for educating children in Krishna Consciousness. Actually the modern educational institutions are different grades of slaughter houses. If you can Continue reading

“ONE CANNOT SUCCEED WITHOUT THE LORD’S MERCY” – But A Great Sannyasi of India Protested this fact

By  His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

From Him only, all our kingly opulence, good wives, lives, progeny, control over our subjects, victory over our enemies, and future accommodations in higher planets have become possible. All this is due to His causeless mercy upon us.

-          Yudhisthira Maharaja in the Srimad Bhagavatam (1.14.9)


Material prosperity consists of a good wife, good home, sufficient land, good children, aristocratic family relations, victory over competitors and, by pious work, attainment of accommodations in the higher celestial planets for better facilities of material amenities. These facilities are earned not only by one’s hard manual labor or by unfair means, but by Continue reading


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



8 October, 1967




Nandarani devi dasi




My Dear Nandarani,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter Oct 2 and I am so glad to have it. You and your husband’s service in respect of opening the L.A. center will be recorded in the history of our Krishna Consciousness movement. Most probably I shall be in your country by the end of October or early in Nov. I am thinking of going by pacific route so when I am in your country I shall either be first in San Francisco or L. A. My mind is always with you. Practically your country is my home now. India is foreign country for me. The reason is that my spiritual family is there and my material relationships are in India; therefore factually where my spiritual family exists, there is my home.

Women  accept Husband as Master

Regarding your personal question in the matter of relationship with your husband. Your relationship with your husband is all right. You must be faithful and devoted to your husband, Dayananda. Vedic system advises women to become very chaste and accept the husband as master. Your husband is especially good because he is progressing in Krishna Consciousness. I am very glad that you two are very good combination and your devotion for your husband and your husband’s love for you are considered great achievements so I have also advised Krishna Devi for her husband, Subala. I feel very happy when I see my spiritual boys and girls especially those who have been married by Continue reading


By  His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda



Sometimes I am questioned in European countries that “What is the difference between patram pushpam (leaves and flowers)? That is also eatables. They are also vegetables. They have got life. Why do you ask us not to eat meat because they are living beings?”

So answer is that it is not the question of living being. Every living being has to eat another living being. That is the law of nature. Jivo jivasya jivanam [SB 1.13.47]. Those who have got hands, they are eating the legless. Just like cows, goats, or other animals, they are eating grass. The grass is also a living entity, but it has no legs. It is being eaten up by another animal which has got legs. Similarly, we are also a kind of animal with hands. We are eating another animal which has no hands. Similarly, those who are strong – even in animal kingdom or vegetable kingdom – they are eating the less strong.

In this way the whole world is maintained where one animal is eating another animal or one living entity is eating another living entity. That is the law of nature. Jivo jivasya jivanam.

So we are not interfering with the right of the living entities. A tiger has got the right to eat another animal. So we are not going to preach amongst the tigers that “You become vegetarian” or “You become Krishna conscious.” That is not our business.

Our business is that we are inducing, we are entreating, we are requesting people that “You take Continue reading


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

With Srila Prabhupada in the temple

Prabhupada: …but they will explain immediately. Explain immediately. Say so many things. One man becomes blind. They will explain, “This happened and, oh, that…” But why don’t you replace it? This is going on.

Satsvarupa: When there is a big earthquake, they will come out and say, “This happened…”

Prabhupada: “This happened, this happened, this happened.” And therefore in Bengal it is said, pāgale ki nā bale chāgale ki nā khāya: “The madman, what he does not say, and a goat, what he does not eat?”

Gurukripa: Madman?

Prabhupada: What does he not say?

Satsvarupa: He’ll say anything.

Prabhupada: He says anything nonsense. Everything they will immediately explain, “It is this.” Why this color? “And this electron and…” What is called? Proton? No? What are the names?

Satsvarupa: Electron, proton, neutron?

Prabhupada: No, no. They have got another invention. Die-N-E. What is called?

Gargamuni: DNA?

Prabhupada: DNA. In explaining, they are very expert. And if you know what is that, then why don’t you replace it? What is that DNA nonsense? Put it into use. In the classroom they’ll make: “This DNA is going this way, that way…” Now, who has made this arrangement, exactly going in the same way? You cannot manufacture – either DNA and the movements also. Actually it is very wonderful things are going.

Satsvarupa: Any explanation except Krishna. They give some alternative explanation than Krishna.

Prabhupada: That is their aim: no God.

Satsvarupa: Now these psychiatrists are doing that with our Hare Krishna. They say, “When these people… They take to Hare Krishna because of this, because of that, and when they chant this happens in their brain, and this is happening.” They don’t believe that it is anything transcendental.

Prabhupada: Yes. They say that “There is a brain. There is a tissue. There is cerebrum. On account of, they are thinking spiritually. Otherwise if it is cut off, there will be no more opportunity.” They’ll do that, brain operation. And whatever nonsense they will do, we’ll accept.

Gurukripa: They have electric.

Satsvarupa: Electric shock.

Prabhupada: Dangerous community. These scientists, the so-called, they are dangerous community. Now, if five ounce(?) sight(?) is there, “No, it should be operated. Then he will be cured.” And actually it is happening. In the hospitals they make all kinds of experiment, and if you say, “No, why you are doing that? A patient is suffering,” “We must execute our science. So long the life is there we shall try to save him.” They say like that. They will go on with all nonsense activity, and if you want to stop them, they will say, “No, our science has got so…” They take in writing that “Whatever we shall do, you cannot object.” Hospital -it is a place of demons. And as soon as they get a patient who will not protest, they’ll make it, they’ll make it and operation. No medicine, simply operate.

Gurukripa: What they do now is… What they’ve been doing is they have all these pills, and they give them to people to experiment, to see what the reaction is.

Prabhupada: Hm. That is going on. Big, big patent medicine, they will explain scientifically and give to the doctor and make experiment, and they will go on making experiment. I know this. This is their business. They’ll write, they will call for the medical students—they have learned new, new words—and they’ll pay to make a literature with bombastic scientific word, and they’ll prepare literature. This literature will be distributed and give their medicine, and they may pay them for false propaganda. This is going on to introduce new patent medicine. I know that. Simply water they will inject to get money. The patients have come, innocent, illiterate—”Do you want to be cured very quickly or little less?” He’s a laborer -he says, “Yes, sir, if you cure me.” “So then injection will be required.” He has no disease, and they’ll give some water injection, yes, and take fee. Because as soon as there is question injection, he’ll charge at least four rupees, five rupees. He has no disease. They will inject water and take four, five rupees. In India I have seen.

Gurukripa: If you need… If you have one infection in America, you know what you need—some penicillin, something to kill the infection. But the doctor will have to make all sorts of experiments to tell you what you already know.

Prabhupada: “You first of all give so much blood. So much give me, and then…”

Gurukripa: Yes. And charge you fifty dollars.

Prabhupada: Regular business. It is very difficult to consult with a doctor.

Gurukripa: And I saw the dentist. He tried to ruin one of my tooth so he could Continue reading


By Niraj Bidawatka

Hare Krishna Preachers

The headline of one of our recent posts was “I am afraid of the Repeated Cycle of Birth and Death”. That is a sentiment expressed by the exalted and learned saintly personalities, who are aware of the pitfalls of repeated birth and death.

But I must say that most of us are very brave because we aren’t afraid of birth and death. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Only an ignorant fool will say that “I am not afraid of death”.

Most of us brag that we don’t think of death and that we are always ready to embrace death. That is only as long as you are speaking to a Hare Krishna devotee. The devotee informs about the treacherous  cycle of birth and death and apprises you of the dangers of falling down to lower species. But immediately there is a retort, “I have no problems if I become a dog”. Next, with confident exuberance, comes a reminder, “And mind you, I am not afraid of death either.”

But this so-called fearlessness from death is only present as long as you are with the devotee. As soon as there is Continue reading


Letters of  His Divine Grace A. C. Bhativedanta Swami Prabhupada

Los Angeles
13 January, 1968

  Initiation Giving Beads   My Dear Andrea Temple,

Please accept my blessings. I have received your letter of January 9, 1968, and I thank you very much for it. I have heard from Govinda dasi that you are such a nice girl, and I appreciate your sincere interest in this Krishna Conscious philosophy and this Sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya. I have also heard how you typed Sri Sri Brahma Samhita and I am very pleased with your sincere service.

Recently I have come to Los Angeles where the warmer climate is better for my health than in San Francisco. I am told the Bahama Islands are very warm year round, and I am very interested to come there. If you can Continue reading