Conversations with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Back to Godhead - Volume 11, Number 06 - 1976

Yes. Temple is open for everyone. Let them come and sit down, chant Hare Krishna, hear Bhagavad-gītā. We don’t say, “Oh, are you potter? No. You are not allowed.” We don’t say that. “Are you cobbler? Oh, you are not allowed.” No. We don’t say that. Everyone is welcome. Come on. And what is the business? Chant Hare Krishna. Everyone can do it. And what is the next business? Continue reading

ISKCON News: New Book “Swamiji” Fills in ISKCON’s Early History

Brahmananda holding a danda (rod), is on the left of Srila Prabhupada

Brahmananda prabhu holding a danda (rod), is on the left of Srila Prabhupada

Brahmananda Das, one of the early disciples of Srila Prabhupada recollects his intimate association with Srila Prabhupada in the newly launched book “Swamiji” Visit the following link to know more.

ISKCON News: New Book “Swamiji” Fills in ISKCON’s Early History.


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Krishna Balrama Temple, Vrindavana, India

Krishna Balrama Temple, Vrindavana, India

So Śukadeva Gosvāmī is recommending that either you go through this austerity process, brahmacarya, śama, dama, titiksa dhana, satya, śauca, yama, niyama [Bg. 18.42], so many items… Either you go through this process to come to the platform of spiritual understanding, or kecit, those who are fortunate, kecit kevalayā bhaktyā, the same result is open.

Sometimes other people, the so-called yogis, jnānīs, karmīs, or followers of religious, ritualistic ceremonies, they think, “How it is possible that these Hare Krishna people have Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

It is not possible to become God says Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada – the pure devotee of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead


In the Bhagavad-gītā, it is said, bahūnām janmanām ante jnānavān mām prapadyate [Bg. 7.19]. After many, many births, sufferings and cultivation of knowledge, when one comes to the right point, at that time he becomes vāsudeva parāyanāh (surrendered and devoted unto Vāsudeva Krishna, the son of Vasudeva-Ed.).

Vāsudevah sarvam iti sa mahātmā su-durlabhah. One who understands that “Vasudeva is everything; He is the cause of everything [sarva-kārana-kāranam (Bs. 5.1)]”, sa mahātmā su-durlabhah, that kind of mahatma (is very rare). You were asking yesterday about some mahātmā’s instruction. But we are talking of this mahātmā who is vāsudeva-parāyanāh. He is the perfect mahātmā. Similarly, vāsudeva parāyanāh means vāsudevah sarvam iti sa mahātmā su-durlabhah [Bg. 7.19]. One who has known perfectly well that Krishna, Vāsudeva, is the source of everything, such kind of mahātmā is very rare (sa mahātmā su-durlabhah).

You can find out so-called mahātmās with great beard, mustaches and… But that is different mahātmā. That is not mahātmā. They are sometimes durātmā, because they want to Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Food Shortage is not created by God says Srila Prabhupada

Sometimes we are put into difficulty by the laws of nature, starvation. Just like if you eat more and then next two days you cannot eat; you have to starve. Similarly the difficulty in this material world is that we take more than what we need; therefore we have created problems. Otherwise there is sufficient supply from God’s side. There is no scarcity, no problem. We have created problems.

Just like in your country sometimes I have heard that you throw away grains, thousands of tons of grains, in Continue reading


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