Karma is Very Dangerous for Persons who want to go back to Godhead: We shall prefer to starve and chant Hare Krishna


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

 

 

Montreal

21 June, 1968

 

 

My Dear Hamsaduta,

Please accept my blessings. I thank you very much for your letter dated June 18, 1968, and I am so glad to note the contents. I think Krishna is giving you the required intelligence how to spread our transcendental movement. This is the right way, as you have adopted. To chant Hare Krishna very nicely with musical instruments and mrdanga, speak the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita, and sell our literatures like books and magazines. That process will make our mission successful. Please try to do it very nicely.

A Hare Krishna devotee distributing Prabhupada's books to an inquisitive soul. One can find Hare Krishna devotees distributing Prabhupada's books all over the world.

A Hare Krishna devotee distributing Prabhupada’s books to an inquisitive soul. One can find Hare Krishna devotees distributing Prabhupada’s books all over the world.

Regarding the bus, the best thing will be to dispose of and get some money. One thing, you must be very careful that we should not divert our attention for money making too much. If we can make money by the process which you have now adopted, that is very nice. But we cannot divert our attention to such things as running on the bus, etc. This is not good. The bus should be sold to get out of the botheration. If the bus was in good condition, we could have it to utilized to move ourselves, but that is not possible. Under the circumstances, better that you dispose of it at highest possible price and get out of the complication.

Yes, that is all right, Himavati can sew nice things for selling. And your advice for the boys in San Francisco is very nice. They can also go out everyday into the Golden Gate Park and hold kirtana and so many people will come.

Yes, Vamanadeva can stay as your assistant, and can come here when you come. There is no objection.

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Karma means working for enjoyment and Jnana means speculating about God


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

 

Seattle

13 October, 1968

 

 

 

My Dear Janaki,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter, very nice letter. You have expressed very nice sentiments and this shows that you are positively advancing in Krishna Consciousness. Your talk with the Indian ladies and gentlemen is very interesting. They inquire from you, and they are astonished that you are very serious. That means they are not at all serious. They take Krishna Consciousness as something fictitious. So they are not very hopeful combination, but try to make them interested as far as possible, it is our duty. We do not mind whether he is Englishman or Indian or any man; our duty is to impress Krishna Consciousness as far as possible.

Devotees seeing off Srila Prabhupada at the airport. Janaki dasi, the recipient of this letter, after having mischievously stolen Prabhupada’s ticket, is saying, “Now you can’t leave.” Her husband Mukunda dasa (Michael Grant) is on her right. Kirtanananda dasa is standing in the background (second from left).

Answering your puzzle, it may be said that a pure devotee is he who loves Krishna, without any material desire. People are generally engaged in karma. Karma means work and get the result and enjoy life. Continue reading

If you have got some time, instead of learning Bengali, the best thing would be to chant Hare Krishna


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

 

 

Seattle

6 October, 1968

 

 

 

My Dear Jayapataka,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter Sept. 25, 1968, and I have noted the contents carefully. I am very much concerned about yourself that you have been injured, by working; I do not know what sort of ugra-karma you were doing, but whatever you do, you must be careful. Your body is dedicated to Krishna, therefore you should not be neglectful about your body. You should always think that your body is no more your body, but it is Krishna’s body. Therefore you should take care of it.

Jayapataka, the recipient of this letter, is seen here on the extreme left, with Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk in Mayapur, the holy birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu situated in West Bengal, India

Jayapataka, the recipient of this letter, is seen here on the extreme left, with Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk in Mayapur, the holy birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu situated in West Bengal, India

So far studying Bengali, of course if you can do with spare time, I have no objection. But I don’t think there is any importance in studying Bengali. It is too late now to study Bengali and become a scholar, neither Bengali is very useful in your country and this part of the world, but there are many literatures in Bengali. If you can study conveniently, then spare your time; otherwise, do not waste your time. If you have got some time, the best thing would be to chant Hare Krishna more and more. Because our life is very short, and we have to finish our Krishna Consciousness this life very quickly. We do not know when we shall meet our next death, our next Continue reading

FIRST OF ALL THEY ACT SINFULLY AND WHEN THERE IS REACTION, THEY PRAY TO GOD


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

God cannot be their order supplier. First of all they act sinfully, and when there is reaction of war, pestilence, famine, and so many other nature’s disturbances, they pray to God for stopping them. This is not possible.

Agarbattis

Just like a criminal first of all commits theft, burglary and debauchery, and when he is captured, by the police force, if he prays to the government to stop, that is not possible. So they are engaged in all sinful activities, and by natures’ law, there must be reaction.

I am now encouraging cow killing or animal killing, and when by nature’s law, the turn comes upon me to be killed, if I pray I want to stop it, how it can be stopped? So their process is not very genuine. They want to make God Continue reading

THE CHANTING OF HARE KRISHNA GIVES BENEFIT TO EVEN A CHILD IN THE WOMB


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

 

 

Los Angeles

28 February, 1968

 

 

 

To Mukunda and Janaki

San Francisco

 

Dear Mukunda and Janaki,

Please accept my blessings. I thank you very much for your letters of Feb. 24 and 25, 1968, and I have noted the contents. Yes, if you can find out some distributing agent for our Back to Godhead, that is very good. Please do it. I have received both dictaphone machines, and the new one is working nicely. The foreign one I have yet to test at some shop, which I will do this week. I have written in Uddhava’s letter that I shall be arriving on March 8th, and we can discuss the meeting at the Immigration Bureau at that time.

Prabhupada-Kids

I thank you very much for that nice sketch done by Janaki, and I shall have Jadurani begin a painting from that pose. So far the spirit soul is concerned, if conditions are for some reason not favorable in some place, he is forced to leave that womb and take shelter in another. And if there is Continue reading

BHAKTI IS THE CULMINATION OF YOGA AND THE HIGHEST PERFECTION OF LIFE


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

 

 

Calcutta

29 January, 1973

 

To,

Ksirodakasayi das

85, Duddon Hill Lane,

London N.W. 10,

 

 

My dear Ksirodakasayi,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 7 January, 1973, and have noted the contents with great care. Thank you very much for the information enclosed. There is no difference between brahmacari, grhastha, vanaprastha, and sannyasi. Simply grhastha means that he lives outside the temple with wife, that is the only difference. Otherwise grhastha must follow the same regulative principles and remain fully engaged in the temple activities.

Devotees chanting Hare Krishna in London

Devotees chanting Hare Krishna in London

There in London we have such big field for pushing on the preaching work, so I want that you should assist the other devotees there as much as possible and cooperate very closely for helping me in this way. These temples, they are just like oasis in the desert for the conditioned souls to quench the thirst of their desire for real happiness. So they must be organized as nicely as possible, and I know you have many talents which can be put to good use. So in cooperation with Dhananjaya and Syamasundara Prabhu, let us work together. You may assist me in this way and I shall be very much pleased upon you. Continue reading

How should one surrender to God?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

A devotee surrenders to Krishna

A devotee surrenders to Krishna

We should pray to God, “Oh my Lord, I have been trying to be happy independently of you. But I have not attained even an iota of happiness. I have been working so hard since so long and I have amassed so much wealth and I have given the best comforts to my body and senses, but still I am not happy.

“I have tried my best to give the best facilities to my wife, children and family members. But still they are not satisfied and happy. I have tried to give the best comforts to my senses, I have shown the best movies, the best picturesque tourist spots of the world and the most beautiful women to my eyes, I have given the best perfumes and fragrances to my nose, the best cuisine to my tongue, the best music to my ears and the best sex life to my skin. Continue reading

The Job of Maya, the illusory energy of Krishna


By Niraj Bidawatka

A person surrenders when he is in a helpless state and comes to the conclusion that he has no power to defend himself. He comes to the realization that the enemy is very strong and that he cannot over power the enemy on his own strength. In such a situation, he has two options, either he should surrender unto the enemy or approach someone, who is more powerful than the enemy.

In our case, we are overpowered by māyā, the material illusory energy of the Supreme Lord. In the Bhagavad-gita (7.14), Krishna says that “It is impossible to overpower My illusory energy called māyā. One can surpass it only by surrendering unto Me”

surrender - daivi hyesa guna mayi

The job of māyā is to put us into the false impression that we can become happy by keeping our bodies Continue reading

When Traders become greedy, they take to Large-Scale Commerce and Industry


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

9. A picturesque scene of green paddy fields enlivens the heart of the poor agriculturalist, but it brings gloom to the face of the capitalist who lives by exploiting the poor farmers.

With good rains, the farmer’s business in agriculture flourishes. Agriculture is the noblest profession. It makes society happy, wealthy, healthy, honest, and spiritually advanced for a better life after death. The vaiśya community, or the mercantile class of men, take to this profession. In Bhagavad-gita the vaiśyas are described as the natural agriculturalists, the protectors of cows, and the general traders. When Lord Sri Krishna incarnated Himself at Vrindavana, He took pleasure in becoming a beloved son of such a vaiśya family. Nanda Maharaja was a big protector of cows, and Lord Sri Krishna, as the most beloved son of Nanda Maharaja, used to tend His father’s animals in the neighboring forest. By His personal example Lord Krishna wanted to teach us the value of protecting cows. Nanda Maharaja is said to have possessed nine hundred thousand cows, and at the time of Lord Sri Krishna (about five thousand years ago) the tract of land known as Vrindavana was flooded with milk and butter. Therefore God’s gifted professions for mankind are agriculture and cow protection.

light of Bhagavata verse 9

Trade is meant only for transporting surplus produce to places where the produce is scanty. But when traders Continue reading

What is the most important thing that the Bhagavad Gita teaches us?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Surrender to Krishna

The most important instruction of the Bhagavad Gita is that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead (Bhagavan) and that we should surrender unto Him alone. We should understand that all the other so-called gods are in fact Continue reading