By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Today is the birth appearance ceremony of Lord Krishna. In the Bhagavad-gītā the Lord says,

janma karma me divyam yo jānāti tattvatah

tyaktvā deham punar janma naiti mām eti kaunteya

 [Bg. 4.9]

“My dear Arjuna, any person who simply tries to understand about My transcendental appearance and activities, does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.”

The Personality of Godhead is not niskriya, without activities. So anyone who can understand that what kind of activities the Lord has and what kind of birth He accepts, simply by understanding these two things one gets wonderful result. What is that?. By quitting this body, he does not take any more birth in this material world [tyaktvā deham punar janma naiti]. Some of us may think that punar janma naiti means he becomes vanquished. No. Punar janma naiti, but mām eti, “He does not come to this material world, but he comes to Me.” This is possible simply by understanding the nature of His appearance and activities.

So today is that auspicious day, Janmastami, when Lord Krishna appeared five thousand years ago in India, Mathurā. Those who are Indian ladies and gentlemen present, they know very well where Mathurā is. It is about ninety miles south of New Delhi. Mathurā is still existing and it is eternally existing. Krishna appeared in Mathurā in His maternal uncle’s house in a very precarious condition. That birthplace, Lord Krishna’s birthplace, is now maintained very nicely. One who goes to India can see it.

So anyway, Lord Krishna appeared on this planet five thousand years ago. Now Krishna says, janma karma me divyam [Bg. 4.9]. Divyam means “not ordinary.” Krishna’s birth should not be understood like our birth. Krishna does not take his birth like us. That is also explained in the Bhagavad-gītā. When Arjuna inquired from Krishna, “My dear Krishna, You are saying that formerly You spoke this yoga system of Bhagavad-gītā to the sun-god. That means it was millions and trillions years ago that You spoke. How can I believe it?” Because Krishna was a contemporary of Arjuna, he was thinking that, “Krishna is my friend, is my cousin brother. How it is possible that He spoke this Bhagavad-gītā yoga to sun-god?” So what was the reply? The reply was this, that “You also appear many, many times; I also appear many, many times. The difference is that I Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


kecid āhur ajam jātam punya-ślokasya kīrtaye

yadoh priyasyānvavāye malayasyeva candanam

“Some say that the Unborn is born for the glorification of pious kings, and others say that He is born to please King Yadu, one of Your dearest devotees. You appear in his family as sandalwood appears in the Malaya Hills.” (Queen Qunti, the mother of the Pandavas, prays to Lord Krishna) [Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.32]

Krishna says, ajo ‘pi: “Although I am birthless, I take birth,” Krishna is the Supreme Being, He’s the master of everyone, and He never takes birth. Still, He takes birth—a contradiction. Although He never takes birth, yet at the same time it is said that He has taken birth (jātam). This contradiction should be Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

By devotional service, you can become dear to Krishna. Just like Arjuna is addressed by Krishna, bhakto ‘si priyo ‘si: [Bg. 4.3] “You are My devotee and very dear friend.” So our business is, somehow or other, to become very dear to Krishna, as a servant, as a friend, or as father, mother, or as lover. Some way or other, make Krishna your dear as master or as son or as father or….

Mother Yasoda dresses Krishna in jewels and silk clothes, and Krishna's friend Jambu places anklebells on His lotus feet. Out of their love and affection for Krishna, everyone is eager to serve Him.Painted in 1978.

Mother Yasoda dresses Krishna in jewels and silk clothes, and Krishna’s friend Jambu places anklebells on His lotus feet. Out of their love and affection for Krishna, everyone is eager to serve Him.

Painted in 1978.

Even ordinary person, if he is God conscious, he takes Krishna as supreme father. Just like the Christians, they take that “O Father, give us our daily…” Father means to ask Him, “Give me, give me, give me, give me.” Nobody wants to give father, but wants to take from father. Sometimes our students, when they spend extravagantly and I point out, he says, “My father has sent money.” ‘Why did you stay at Ashoka Hotel?’ “My father sent money.” “Why not ask your father to send money? Why are you collecting by making life member?”

So means idea of father… Father means that “Whenever I want to stay in Ashoka Hotel, he’ll send money,” not that “I will send money to father. He may stay at Ashoka Hotel.” Nobody thinks like that. “Father may send money, and I shall stay in Ashoka Hotel.” This is the idea of father. Father means “to exploit him”.

So the father conception of God, mother conception of God, is not bad. Just like in Bengal especially, they have got mother conception. Mother conception means Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

So Krishna has nothing to do. He is the Supreme. Why He shall have something to do? Na tasya kāryam karanam… This is the definition in the Vedas: “God has nothing to do. He is self-sufficient. Neither has He got any aspiration.” Just like we are thinking of purchasing this land, that land. Why will Krishna think like that? Because every land is belonging to Him. So He has nothing to purchase. Everything is there. So why does He come?

Krishna personally serves His devotee - madhavendra puriHe comes for paritrānāya sādhūnām vināśāya ca duskrtām [Bg. 4.8]. He wants to give protection to the devotees, to glorify the devotees. That is His business. Otherwise He has no business. He has nothing to do. Just like a devotee has nothing to do except serving Krishna, except to see Krishna is pleased, similarly, Krishna has nothing to do, but He wants to glorify His devotee. This is reciprocation. Ye yathā mām prapadyante [Bg. 4.11]. If you… If you dedicate your life for glorifying the Supreme Lord, the Lord is also ready. His business is to glorify you. Otherwise, He has no business.

Therefore here it is said that priyasya, yadoh priyasya. King Yadu became very dear to Krishna by rendering service. As Krishna is very dear to the devotee, similarly, devotees are also very, very dear to Krishna. There is another verse, sva-pāda-mūlam bhajatah priyasya. “If one is engaged at the lotus feet of Krishna, he becomes very, very dear.” One who is simply engaged for rendering service to the lotus feet of Krishna—he has no other business—he becomes priya (dear). And as soon as you become priya, or dear to Krishna, then your all problems solved. Just like if you become a dear child of a very big, rich man, then where is your problem? Automatically he’s taken care of. Because he has become dear child of a very big man, so what is his problem? No problem. Similarly, we have to become very dear to Krishna. Then all our problems solved.

These rascals, karmīs, they do not know. They want to become happy by their Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Indra surrendering to Krishna

Indra surrenders to Krishna

The conclusion is that one should be completely satiated from the attachment of sex. Then he is liberated. Liberation means no more material life, and the basic principle of material life is sex. Therefore whole Vedic civilization is based on to train people on how to become free from sex desire. The great emperor Yāmunācārya gave his experience of how he became liberated from sex desire: Continue reading


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


Bhaktivedanta Manor

17 July, 1973




Dear Isvara,

Please accept my blessings. I beg acknowledge receipt of your undated letter and I have carefully considered the contents.

Hare Krishna devotees holding sankirtana and distributing books on the streets

Hare Krishna devotees holding sankirtana and distributing books on the streets

I can understand that you wish to remain as householders living outside the temple, and that you have bought your own cottage in Argyll, Scotland. That is perfectly all right. Narottama dasa thakur has sung that it does not matter whether one is sannyasi or householder, simply that one should be always in Krsna Consciousness chanting the holy name. So you describe that you have set up an altar in your home and you are offering Continue reading


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

Indian man (1): It is really marvelous, how the (Hare Krishna) movement has spread.

Prabhupāda: This is marvelous. You give the real thing, and it will act. If you give false things… but if it is spoiled, it will create disease. Our leaders, our politicians, our swamis and yogis, they have spoiled Bhagavad-gitā by misinterpretation. Then what benefit he’ll derive? They are spoiling, and they are followers. Now whatever is done is done. You can reform it and again it will be all right. Now call, if there is any question.

Ideal Householders

Tamāla Krishna: Does anyone have any questions they would like to ask Srila Prabhupada?

Indian man (2): Can one be a householder, I mean, with his normal worldly life, and at the same time be a…

Prabhupāda: First of all, what do you mean by householder?

Indian man (2): I mean continue the normal, occupation of one’s…

Prabhupāda: Tell me. Explain what is householder?

Indian man (2): Looking after one’s business, after one’s…

Prabhupāda: So that is… Dog is also doing that business.

Indian man (2): Pardon?

Prabhupāda: Dog is also doing that. Is he householder? Taking care of children, the dog is also doing that. So is he householder? First of all, you do not know what is meant by householder. “Taking care of children” – that is done by Continue reading


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





18 March, 1969




My Dear Himavati,

Please accept my blessings. I thank you very much for your letter dated February 21, 1969, along with the Deity dress. It has come to me late on account of changing places so quickly and the statement given by you in the matter of worshiping the Deity is super excellent. Please continue this system and Krishna will bestow upon you all blessings.


If one attains perfection in Deity worship, that is called Arcana Siddhi. Arcana Siddhi means simply by Deity worship one goes back to Godhead, immediately after this life. So this Arcana Siddhi program is given in the Narada Pancharatra especially for the householders. Householders cannot undergo Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Maharaja Bharat, the son  of Rishabhadeva, after whom this planet earth is called Bharatvarsha

Maharaja Bharat, the son of Rishabhadeva, after whom this planet earth is called Bharatvarsha

There are three Bharatas in the history of Vedic literature. One Bharata is Lord Rāmacandra’s brother, younger brother. His mother, Bharata’s mother, wanted to make Bharata king. Therefore, by palace diplomacy, Rāmacandra was Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Just like a nation feels itself well-protected when the nation has got good defense measures, similarly, an ordinary man, he thinks that “If I have got a strongly built body and a very faithful wife and nice children, some good bank balance, some land and property, security, then these things will give me protection. Yes, they will give protection. I am now well-protected. I have got nice children. I have got nice wife. I have got good bank balance. I have got so many properties. So why shall I go to Krishna consciousness? I am well-protected. These boys and girls, who have no bank balance and no home, they should go to Krishna consciousness.”

But they are blind. How are they blind? They are thinking that these things will give them protection. Pramatta means crazy. By craziness he is thinking that “These things will give me protection.” Tesām pramatto nidhanam paśyann api na paśyati. Because he is crazy, he does Continue reading


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