By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

You are making some charity? All right. Make charity for Krishna. “Well, Krishna is God, and He is very rich. Why shall I make charity to Krishna?” No. Krishna says, dadāsi: “Give Me that charity. Give Me that charity.” Krishna is not poor, but you are very proud that you try to make charity with Krishna’s property.

I am thinking… I come here for a short duration of life. Say, I am born a hundred years before or fifty years before, and I live here for fifty years and then go away, but I claim, “This is my property.” Wherefrom your property comes? Before your birth the property was there, and after your death the property will remain there for thousand and millions of years. Wherefrom you claim your property? You have no property. You are simply an outcomer, a guest. So you should accept that this is Krishna’s property; this is God’s property. You are falsely claiming that it is your property. It is not your property. So when Krishna asks you that “Give Me in charity,” so that – you are foolishly thinking that it is your money – Krishna is just trying to take your money – so that your false consciousness may be dispelled. Therefore He is asking your money in charity.

Śukracārya, the spiritual master of Bali Mahārāja gives ill-advice to his disciple. Lord Vāmana is sitting in the background.

Just like there is a nice story, Bali Mahārāja. Bali Mahārāja, he became a very strong king. Nowadays, as in the modern age, we find a strong government or a strong king, he simply tries to conquer other countries. Formerly they were able to conquer other planets also. They were so powerful. So this Bali Mahārāja became so powerful that he conquered many of the higher planets of the demigods. Thus he became a disturbing element. So God, as incarnation of Vāmanadeva, He… Bali Mahārāja was also a grandson of a great devotee, Prahlāda Mahārāja. He had that blood – devotional blood. He had some devotion to Lord Krishna also. But at the same time, he was king. He was conquering life. He was making disturbance like that. Continue reading



By Hari Sauri Das

July 13th, 1976 New York

(Also read the First, Second and Third part)

A managerial crisis has erupted in India. Gopāla Kr̥ṣṇa wrote a disturbing report requesting Srila Prabhupāda to accept his resignation. He and Hansadūta Swami are co-GBC’s for Vrindāvana, but Gopāla Kr̥ṣṇa says that he is so troubled with their relationship that he wants to return to North America. And similarly his relationship with Gargamuni Swami is also perturbed. He went to considerable length detailing and refuting what he termed as the “dirty politics” the two sannyāsīs are using to drive him out. He said that both of them repeatedly undermine his position as GBC by telling other devotees that he won’t last long, so therefore they should just ignore his advice and instructions. He said he felt a disadvantage as a grihastha dealing with them. Rather than fight his Godbrothers, he felt he should just pull out.

Srila Prabhupada with Gopal Krishna Das and Hari Sauri Das (Gopal Krishna is on Prabhupada’s right wearing a white kurta and Hari Sauri is just next to Prabhupada on His left)

Srila Prabhupāda called for all the GBC men present in New York: Tamal Krishna, Rāmeśvara, Puṣṭa Kr̥ṣṇa  and newly arrived Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswami. He discussed the matter with them, handing them the responsibility to provide a solution. He made it clear that despite whatever short-comings Gopāla Kr̥ṣṇa might have, he has worked very successfully in many areas. He said Gopāla should be persuaded to remain. Hansadūta should concentrate on his traveling bus program, and not involve himself in Vrindāvana temple affairs. Continue reading


By Hari Sauri Das

July 13th, 1976 New York (Also read the First and Second part)

When Puṣṭa Kr̥ṣṇa Swami talked directly to Srila Prabhupāda on July 10th about his desire to leave his present service, His Divine Grace was not at all pleased. Puṣṭa’s rationale was that he needed a situation where he could preach more often. He explained that his mind was unsteady and his spiritual life so unregulated that he was unable even to chant his sixteen rounds properly. Prabhupāda countered him that he could not possibly have a better situation than traveling with his spiritual master. Prabhupāda asked me about him today during massage. When I said that he complains about being unable to control his mind, Prabhupāda made a sour face and shook his head disapprovingly. He said it was due to insincerity.

Srila Prabhupada with Pusta Krsna Swami

He wasn’t pleased that it would mean yet another change of secretary. Because Puṣṭa Kr̥ṣṇa  Mahārāja is convinced that leaving is the only solution, Prabhupāda has asked the GBC to decide on a replacement, and Brahmānanda Swami was the first choice. Tamal Krishna Mahārāja interrupted today’s massage to tell Prabhupāda he had just spoken to Brahmānanda in Africa. Brahmānanda declined because he feels he is needed in Africa, holding the opinion that all responsible post holders should remain in place for at least a year as per the Māyāpur decision. Tamal added that Brahmānanda sounded very responsible, mature and advanced.

Prabhupāda and Tamal Krishna discussed the possibility of Harikeśa Swami rejoining the party. He is preaching in eastern Europe, but recent reports indicate that he is feeling a little strained there.

Srila Prabhupāda was agreeable, although he said Harikeśa sometimes causes arguments. Still, he said that he is undoubtedly qualified to do the work. So a letter will be sent to Harikeśa asking him to meet Prabhupāda in London. The American GBC members, who will all be here for Ratha-yātrā, will meet to discuss a new engagement for Puṣṭa Kr̥ṣṇa Swami. Continue reading


By Hari Sauri Das

July 13th, 1976 New York (Click here to read the first part)

During class Prabhupāda expanded on the observations he made during his walk. He doesn’t talk dry philosophy simply to impress an audience with his learning; he gets to the root of the matter, dealing with the actual dilemma of living in the material world. His ability to relate the most elevated subject mater to the most ordinary person’s life is unsurpassed, and this is what makes him so effective. Whether out and about amidst the grand displays of māyā, or immersed directly in the recondite treatise of the Caitanya-caritāmrta, his consciousness is never bewildered. He remains irrevocably fixed in the vision of the unity of all things with the original fountainhead, the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna.

He began by explaining that Sanātana Gosvāmi is a nitya-siddha, an eternally perfect associate of Lord Caitanya. When the Lord appeared He went around and gathered up all His eternal assistants from different places to engage them in His mission. Prabhupāda said that everyone is eternally part and parcel of Krishna and Lord Caitanya’s mission is to transform the soul engrossed in material life to their perfection as eternal associates of the Lord. Continue reading


By Hari Sauri Das

July 13th, 1976 New York

Bhakta Viśvaretā, the six-year old son of Viśvaretā dāsa, accompanies Śrīla Prabhupāda on his walks. Prabhupāda likes him because he is very sober and obedient. This morning before we went out for the walk, Prabhupāda told us how once in Los Angeles Bhakta Viśvaretā had come into his room, offered his obeisances and sat down very silently. Although it is very difficult for a small child to remain sitting still for even a few minutes, this boy stayed for a considerable amount of time without any complaint or agitation. Even when it became obvious that it was difficult for him, he still did not say anything. It was only when Śrīla Prabhupāda told him, “Now you can go,” that he rose up and left. Prabhupāda had to also tell him to take some prasādam.

Hauri Sauri Das, the author, is on the extreme right, just next to Prabhupada (on His left)

Tamal Krishna informed Śrīla Prabhupāda that the boy’s father and mother were also very nice. “They are doing great service, both of them working in the restaurant.”

Prabhupāda spoke appreciatively, “So many children are coming, very fortunate children, from the beginning Krishna conscious. We had the chance of taking birth from such father and mother. So all these children should be taken care of very nicely. Oh, yes. They’ll be asset for our movement.”

“Future hope,” Tamal Krishna said.

“Oh, yes. Therefore I wanted to organize the gurukula very nicely. We have no objection. Let them produce hundreds of children.” He told us his Guru Mahārāja had once said, ‘If I could produce Krishna conscious children, I am prepared to produce hundreds of children.’ Prabhupāda said, “What is the use of producing children like cats and dogs? Produce children like Prahlāda Mahārāja. The whole world will be benefited. Progeny, that is not condemned. Why it should be condemned? Let there be pregnancy, but Krishna conscious. That, our Pradyumna’s son, these, all children—very nice. They should be trained up properly; special care should be taken. That is the idea of my Guru Mahārāja, a gurukula.”

He went on to explain his idea for educating children in our society. “Gurukula, we are not going to make some big, big scholars. We don’t require scholars. We require ideal men by character, by behaviour, by Krishna consciousness. Not by studying grammar, there are many grammarians. Let them study our books nicely, English, little Sanskrit, that’s all. Gurukula organize like that. There are so many scholars in the universities, drinking and woman-hunting, that’s all. In the universities, I know, to get the degree, pass the examination, the girls have to adopt prostitution with the teachers. I know that. That to pass the examination by prostitution. Whatever nonsense they may write, that’s all right.” Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Yes, Padma Purāṇa. There are eighteen Purāṇas. There are, men are conducted in three qualities: modes of goodness, modes of passion and modes of ignorance. To reclaim all these conditioned souls in different varieties of life, there are presentation of the Purāṇas. The six Purāṇas are meant for the persons who are in the modes of goodness. And six Purāṇas are meant for the persons who are in the modes of passion. In Vedic rituals, you find so many differences of ritualistic performances. And the six Purāṇas – who are in the modes of ignorance, those Purāṇas are meant for them. This Padma Purana is meant for the persons who are in the modes of goodness. In Vedic rituals, you find so many differences of ritualistic performances. It is due to different kinds of men. Just like you have heard that Vedic literature, there is a ritualistic ceremony offering goat sacrifice in the presence of goddess Kālī. But this Purāṇa, Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, is meant for the persons who are in the modes of ignorance.

His Divine Grace A, C, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Just like a person is attached to eat meat. Now, if all of a sudden, if he is instructed that meat eating is not good… Or a person is attached to drink liquor. If he at once said that liquor is not good, he cannot accept. Therefore in the Purāṇas we’ll find, “All right, if you want to eat meat, you just worship goddess Kālī and sacrifice a goat before the goddess. And you can eat meat. You cannot eat meat or flesh by Continue reading


By Niraj Bidawatka

Day before yesterday the Supreme Court of India asked the Jagannath Temple authorities to consider allowing entry to everyone. After this interim observation, there is hope of a favourable order from the Apex Court when it hears the matter finally next month.

Lord Jagannath’s Temple at Puri, India

Since the temple authorities of Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri did not allow Prabhupada’s American and European disciples to enter the temple, Srila Prabhupada also decided not to enter the temple. His Divine Grace spoke to the authorities that this type of a stricture is against the Vedic principles and urged them to abolish this practice. But the authorities did not relent. Therefore Prabhupada also never entered Lord Jagannath temple. Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

In the Bhagavad-gītā it is said, manusyānām sahasresu [Bg. 7.3]: Out of many thousands, hundreds of thousands men, manusyānām,… Especially it is said manusyānām. Manusya means human being. Manusyānām sahasresu. God realization is not meant for the animals or persons who are almost animals, or animals in the shape of human beings. Animals. At the present moment, in the shape of human beings, the population is animals, an assembly of animals, because they do not know beyond the animal propensities.

The animal propensities: The animal is busy all day. The bird or any beast, rising early in the morning, they are busy: “Where there is some food? Where there is some sex? How to defend?” Then, at night, “How to take shelter and sleep?” They have got their own arrangement. In the morning they know that “In that tree there are some fruits. Let us go there.” So they fly. Āhāra: eating. As we go to office… In your, this New York City, thousands of people are coming from other islands by the ferry boat, waiting for the bus, going to the office. What is the purpose? The purpose is, “Where is food?” The birds are also going. You have made ferry boat and nice—so many not nice—very nice. It is crowded always. But you have to come. For your bread, you have to go fifty miles, forty miles. But the birds are free to fly from tree to another tree without any bus, without any ferry boat.

So these problems—eating, sleeping, mating—these problems are there amongst the living entities other than human being. Other than human being, they’re many. If you take a census of the living entities in different categories, how many human beings are there in this city, how many sparrows are there, how many pigeons are there, how many dogs are there, how many trees are there, how many insects are there—they’re all living entities—the number of other-than—human-being will be far, far greater. The votes will be smaller in number. If the municipality, city, or the government said, “Everyone can vote, all living entities,” then your vote will be lost, because you are very small in number. Continue reading


By Niraj Bidawatka

In the above quote Srila Prabhupada gives us the most important message. It is the foundation of our spiritual life. Only a bonafide spiritual master can give this information.

Due to want of a genuine spiritual master, most of the spiritual seekers do not know what is the aim of their spiritual practice. Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Bile batorukrama-vikramān ye na śrṇvatah. They have decided, “There is no God. God is dead. God has no personality. He’s zero.” Therefore they have no opportunity to hear about God. Na śrṇvatah karṇa-puṭe narasya. This human form of body… These earholes are meant for giving aural reception to the message of God. But they’ll not do that. Therefore, your mission is to go home to home, village to village, town to town, and give them injection, “Hear.” Make such arrangement, nice dancing, nice chanting, prasāda distribution. Why? Just to inject in their snake holes the words of Krishna. This is your mission. Those who have taken sannyāsa especially, it is their duty. Sat-nyāsa, to sacrifice everything … Sacrifice means … Nothing to be sacrificed. But sacrifice the sense of “I am the Lord.” That’s all. What you have got, (which) you can sacrifice? This is simply a bluff, sacrifice. We cannot sacrifice. What we have got (that) we can sacrifice? There is no question of sacrifice, but sacrifice means (giving up) this doggish mentality that “I am the Lord, I am God, I am enjoyer.” This doggish mentality has to be sacrificed. Otherwise, what you can sacrifice? What have you got?

Renouncement. There is no question of renouncement. You haven’t got anything. What to renounce? When you come naked, and you go naked. Simply by false, illusory conception, you think: “This is mine, this is mine, this is mine.” Actually, when you take your birth, you do not bring anything with you. And when you go away, you do not take away anything. The things were there, and things will be there. You come and go. But then where is the question of sacrifice? Where is the question of renouncement? This is illusion. Īśāvāsyam idaṁ sarvam [Isopanisad mantra 1]. Everything belongs to God; nothing belongs to you. So what is the meaning of renouncement? And what is the meaning of enjoyment? You cannot enjoy others’ property, neither it is a very nice thing if you say, “I renounce it.” Suppose you are passing through Bank of America, if you say, “I renounce this.” Where, where? What is the renouncement? Bank of America belongs to you? This is craziness. You cannot enjoy the Bank of America. If you go and try to enjoy, then you’ll be criminal. And if you say, “I renounce it,” then you are a madman. This is your position.

But people are going on under two impressions. Somebody, the karmīs, they are thinking, “I am enjoyer. I am the lord of all I survey. This America is mine. You cannot enter.” So this is the karmī’s position. Falsely, they are claiming proprietorship, which does not belong to them. Thieves, rather; they are thieves, rogues. There is a story that a group of thieves, they plundered some booty, some property, somewhere, and then, out of the town, they were Continue reading