WHAT KIND OF A MOON ADVENTURE IS THIS?


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Sri Narada Muni - the eternal spaceman

Sri Narada Muni – the eternal spaceman

In each and every planet there is a predominating deity. It is understood from Bhagavad-gita that in the sun there is a predominating deity named Vivasvān. Similarly, there is a predominating deity of the moon and of the various planets. Actually the predominating deities in all the other planets are Continue reading

The Bhāgavatam is the original commentary on the Vedanta-sūtras


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Prabhupada-Bhagavatam Big

There is no point in arguing that a materialistic man can be happy. No materialistic creature—be he the great Brahmā or an insignificant ant—can be happy. Everyone tries to make a permanent plan for happiness, but everyone is baffled by the laws of material nature. Therefore the materialistic world is called the darkest region of God’s creation. Yet the unhappy materialists can get out of it simply by desiring to get out. Unfortunately they are so foolish that they do not Continue reading

THE WHOLE WORLD IS FULL OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

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The whole world is full of questions and answers. The birds, beasts and men are all busy in the matter of perpetual questions and answers. In the morning the birds in the nest become busy with questions and answers, and in the evening also the same birds come back and again become busy with questions and answers. The human being, unless he is fast asleep at night, is busy with questions and answers. The businessmen in the market are busy with questions and answers, and so also the lawyers in the court and the students in the schools and colleges. The legislators in the parliament are also busy with questions and answers, and the politicians and the press representatives are all busy with questions and answers. Although they go on making such questions and answers for their whole lives, they are not at all satisfied. Satisfaction of the soul can only be obtained by questions and answers on the subject of Krishna.

Krishna is our most intimate master, friend, father or son and object of conjugal love. Forgetting Krishna, we have created so many Continue reading

KRISHNA CAN CHANGE THE DESTINY OF A SURRENDERED SOUL


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

Johannesburg

21 October, 1975

 

 

 

To,

Satsvarupa das Gosvami

Los Angeles

 

 

 

My dear Satsvarupa das Maharaja,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated September 29, 1975, and I have noted the contents with care. Concerning your debate with the professor who claims that if God knows everything then His foreknowing makes men very much like puppets or machines.

Krishna protects a surrendered soul

Persons who think of God like himself has no knowledge of God. He immediately becomes a mudha, fool rascal. Avajananti mam mudha [Bg. 9.11] . . . God is omniscient and omnipotent. He knows everything what is going to happen. Therefore to save the living entity from future calamity He Continue reading

KARNA WAS BORN OUT OF HIS MOTHER’S EAR


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

New York

29 April, 1968

My Dear Nandarani and Dayananda,

Please accept my blessings. I am very pleased to receive your letters of April 23, 1968, and I am very thankful to you for your nice sentiments. You are very intelligent and nice boy and girl, and trying to understand Krishna Consciousness, and I can simply pray that you shall try to understand more and more about this transcendental science, and whenever possible, try to talk about Krishna Consciousness to your friends or whomever you may meet. Simply by this attempt you will get superior strength and knowledge about Krishna Consciousness. It doesn’t matter whether a man is convinced or not, but your sincere attempts to convince others will help you progress. Nandarani is very intelligent girl, both of you execute nicely and try to bring up your daughter in the same spirit, and live nicely in Krishna Consciousness.

Sun god appears before Kunti

Sun god appears before Kunti

So far your question about Karna, the first son of Kunti; that Radha was not the same Radha, as Krishna’s Radha. That was Karna’s adopted mother. Karna was born before Kunti was Continue reading

THE SUN CAN CURE ALL DISEASES BUT IS THAT THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION?


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Radha Krishna

ye ‘py anya-devatā-bhaktā yajante śraddhayānvitāh

te ‘pi mām eva kaunteya yajanty avidhi-pūrvakam

[Bg. 9.23]

Avidhi-pūrvakam: Now Krishna says… Of course, in India there are different types of worship. That I have already explained. Mostly they worship Lord Krishna, mostly. At least 80% of the people, they are Vishnu worshipers. And 20% of the people, Hindus, they are worshipers of different gods and impersonalists, like that, still.

The Vedic literature… That I explained the other day, that worship of different gods, that is also along with Vishnu worship. Ārādhanānām sarvesām vishnor ārādhanam param: Vishnu is the central point. Without Vishnu worship, without Krishna worship, no other worship is successful. So here, those who worship other gods in this conception – that because God is everything – therefore any demigod…

People, those who are less intelligent, they worship the demigods to take immediate effect. Just like a man who is diseased, he is recommended to worship the sun. Now, that is effective. Because when sun is worshiped you have to go to the sunshine and offer Continue reading

What is this Krishna consciousness movement?


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

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Bhaktadāsa: Śrīla Prabhupāda, “What is this Krishna consciousness movement?”

Prabhupāda: Krishna consciousness movement means that every one of us is in some type of consciousness: “I am American,” “I am Indian,” and, “It is my property,” “America is my property,” “India is my property.” But we say Continue reading

A highly educated man does not require athletics – He requires good brain


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

Krishna and Balaram in Gurukula with Sandipani Muni

Krishna and Balaram in studying in Gurukula of Sandipani Muni

Reporter (2): Are you attempting to form a college?

Prabhupāda:  Yes, that is my next attempt, that we shall educate according to classification. First-class, second-class, third-class, up to fourth-class. And then fifth-class, sixth-class, that is automatically there. So first-class men, there must be, at least in the society, an ideal class of men, and that is one who is trained up for controlling the mind, controlling the senses, very clean, truthful, tolerant, simplicity, full of knowledge, practical application of knowledge in life and full faith in God. This is first-class man.

Reporter (2): Will this college be quite different from our conventional college which has a great emphasis on athletics, I mean, football teams and… Continue reading

THE SECRET OF SUCCESS IN SPIRITUAL LIFE


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Sri Nityananda

vettha tvam saumya tat sarvam tattvatas tad-anugrahāt

brūyuh snigdhasya śisyasya guravo guhyam apy uta

[Srimad bhagavatam, Canto 1 – Chapter 1 – Verse 8]

 

TRANSLATION

And because you are submissive, your spiritual masters have endowed you with all the favors bestowed upon a gentle disciple. Therefore you can tell us all that you have scientifically learned from them.

PURPORT

The secret of success in spiritual life is Continue reading