Every Householder Must Offer Food to the Lord – You Can Thus Satisfy All Your Guests

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srimad Bhagavatam

Canto 1 – Chapter 15 – Verse 11

During our exile, Durvasa Muni, who eats with his ten thousand disciples, intrigued with our enemies to put us in dangerous trouble. At that time He [Lord Krishna], simply by accepting the remnants of food, saved us. By His accepting food thus, the assembly of munis, while bathing in the river, felt sumptuously fed. And all the three worlds were also satisfied.


Durvasa Muni, a powerful mystic brahmana, had about ten thousand disciples, and wherever he visited and became a guest of the great kshatriya kings, he used to be accompanied by a number of followers. Once he visited the house of Duryodhana, the enemy cousin of Maharaja Yudhisthira. Duryodhana was intelligent enough to satisfy the brahmana by all means, and the great rsi wanted to give some benediction to Duryodhana. Duryodhana knew his mystic powers, and he knew also that the mystic brahmana, if dissatisfied, could cause some havoc, and thus he designed to engage the brahmana to show his wrath upon his enemy cousins, the Pandavas. When the rsi wanted to award some benediction to Duryodhana, the latter wished that he should visit the house of Maharaja Yudhisthira, who was the eldest and chief among all his cousins. But by his request he would go to him after he had finished his meals with his Queen, Draupadi. Duryodhana knew that after Draupadi’s dinner it would be impossible for Maharaja Yudhisthira to receive such a large number of brahmana guests, and thus the rsi would be annoyed and would create some trouble for his cousin Maharaja Yudhisthira. That was the plan of Duryodhana. Durvasa Muni agreed to this proposal, and he approached the King in exile, according to the plan of Duryodhana, after the King and Draupadi had finished their meals.

Bill Clinton volunteers for serving Prasadam at the Hare Krishna Temple in Bangalore

Bill Clinton volunteers for serving Prasadam at the Hare Krishna Temple in Bangalore

On his arrival at the door of Maharaja Yudhisthira, he was at once well received, and the King requested him to finish his noontime religious rites in the river, for by that time the foodstuff would be prepared. Durvasa Muni, along with his large number of disciples, went to take a bath in the river, and Maharaja Yudhisthira was in great anxiety about the guests. As long as Draupadi had not taken her meals, food could be served to any number of guests, but the rsi, by the plan of Duryodhana, reached there after Draupadi had finished her meals.

When the devotees are put into difficulty, they have an opportunity to recollect the Lord with rapt attention. So Draupadi was thinking of Lord Krishna in that dangerous position, and the all-pervading Lord could at once know the dangerous position of His devotees. He therefore came there on the scene and asked Draupadi to give whatever food she might have in her stock. On her being so requested by the Lord, Draupadi was sorrowful because the Supreme Lord asked her for some food and she was unable to supply it at that time. She said to the Lord that the mysterious dish which she had received from the sun-god could supply any amount of food if she herself had not eaten. But on that day she had already taken her meals, and thus they were in danger. Continue reading

When the government can take your life and plunder your property as it likes, then where is the law?

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

Prabhupada: “(In Kali yuga), the government men will take up the policy of plunderers and rogues,” that is stated in the Bhagavatam 12.2.8. Dasyu-dharma. Dasyu means plunderer. He catches: “What you have got, give me.” This will be government. “What you have got, give me.” Bas. You cannot say anything. “Law.” Plundering is law. Then where is your government? If killing is law, plundering is law, then what is this government? Government means to give security to the property and life. So when the government will make law, “I can take your life whenever I like, and I can plunder your property as I like,” then where is the law?

Pusta Krishna: The government’s duty, then, is to protect.

Prabhupada: Yes, that is government. That is ksatriya. Ksat trāyate iti ksatriya. Ksat means injury, and one who gives protection from injury, he is ksatriya. Just like Parikshit Maharaja. As soon as he saw that a cow was being killed, immediately he said, “Who are you, rascal? You are trying to kill this cow in my kingdom?” That is ksatriya. And nowadays, even if I kill you, the police will see from there; he’ll not come. This is government. And when the killing is finished, then he will say, “Who is this man?” He’ll note down, “A man is killed.” And then inquiry, and then finished. Who is the man killed and what is happened? Nothing of the sort. Inquiry and finish. Big commission report.

Giriraja with Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk at Juhu Beach, Mumbai

Madhudvisa: They have made a survey in America. They have made a survey that nine out of every ten crimes never get solved in America.

Prabhupada: No, it cannot be solved.

Madhudvisa: So the criminal is very much encouraged, because he has only one chance in ten of getting caught – whether he robs a bank or steals or rapes or something like that.

Prabhupada: But for this purpose they are maintaining huge police force, and you are earning money and tax, that’s all.

Ramesvara: The police, all accept bribes. They all accept bribes or they do some illegal business themselves with the criminals they capture.

Prabhupada: Yes, regular… Every criminal has got an organization to bribe the police. And the police does not take directly, and some in-between man, or agent collects from the criminal and gives to the police. In India this is going on. I know that. A via-media man, he makes fortune. Yes. Whatever is collected, ten percent he takes, and balance is given to the police. There is a confectioner in Delhi. He is selling jalebi. You know jalebi?

Devotees: Yes.

Prabhupada: He has got ten lakhs of rupees because he collects Continue reading


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




28 April, 1974




Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Balavanta,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of April 18, 1974.

As for political speaking, first of all, don’t go so much into the details of the affairs. Our message is that people should elect pure God Conscious leaders – that is our main statement. We cannot go into details. As a side touch you can speak on inflation.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Yes inflation is due to paper currency. As for land ownership, in the Vedic civilization the land was given to the people for cultivation not for ownership, and a tax was collected which was 25% of the person’s income. The land belonged to the state and the man would cultivate it and pay 25% to the state. If he has no income then he doesn’t have to pay. If he doesn’t pay tax he may be disowned of the land. One cannot get land from the government unless he agrees to produce something and if everyone produces food then there is no scarcity. At least he has his own food produced by himself. Now people are educated as sudras. They are going to work, to produce what is not urgently needed by society. Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with His disciples in Germany

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with His disciples in Germany

In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna, the Supreme Lord, ordered that “You give up all engagements. Just surrender and I’ll give you protection.” But people sometimes misunderstand Him. There are many so-called commentators on the Bhagavad-gita. They mislead people by giving some wrong commentation on Krishna. One big scholar in India, Dr. Radhakrishnan, he gives comments on a verse where there is a direct order of Krishna: man-manā bhava mad-bhakto, mad-yājī mām namaskuru [Bg. 18.65], that “You become My devotee, always think of Me, offer your obeisances unto Me.”

But Radhakrishnan comments in a different way. Continue reading

Paper currency is useless – If things are going on nicely, it has value, but in times of crisis it has no value

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

ye vā mayīse krta-sauhrdārthā

janesu dehambhara-vārtikesu

grhesu jāyātmaja-rātimatsu

na prīti-yuktā yāvad-arthāś ca loke

[SB 5.5.3]


Those who are interested in reviving Krishna consciousness and increasing their love of Godhead do not like to do anything that is not related to Krishna. They are not interested in mingling with people who are busy maintaining their bodies, eating, sleeping mating and defending. They are not attached to their homes, although they may be householders. Nor are they attached to wives, children, friends or wealth. At the same time, they are not indifferent to the execution of their duties. Such people are interested in collecting only enough money to keep the body and soul together.

So the recommendation is that if you want to go back home, back to Godhead, you have to practice austerities, penance. That austerity and penance is according to the age, deśa (place), kāla (time), pātra (candidate). Not that… Just like in the common law also, if a grown-up man commits some theft, he is punished more. And if a child or a boy commits theft, he is not so much punished. So there is consideration of deśa, kāla, pātra.


In Kali-yuga people cannot undergo very severe austerities. That is impossible for them, because mandāh sumanda-matayo manda-bhāgyā hy upadrutāh [SB 1.1.10]. They are already very much suppressed and suffering because they are all unfortunate (manda-bhāgyā). Mostly people, they have no provision for eating either today or tomorrow. There is no sufficient grains. Formerly even in the villages you would see that a common man had very good stock of food grains and cows, dhanyena dhanavan, gavaya dhanavan. Formerly the standard of richness was considered how many morai, the bank, what is called? Where grain is stocked? Silo. So in India it is called morai, grain stock. And how many cows one has got in stock. Then he is rich man. Nowadays how much paper money he has got. Actually it has no value. Suppose you have got some papers. Each paper it is written there “one thousand dollars.” But if there is no grain, what will this one-thousand-dollars paper will do?


It actually so happened in the last war in Germany. Their money was thrown in the street. Nobody cared to take it, because it had Continue reading

Can I Enjoy Sex Life Daily and Still Become a Yogi by Attending a Yoga Class?

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

The goal of life is to know Krishna, who is situated within the heart of every living being as Paramatma, the four-handed Vishnu form. The yoga process is practiced in order to discover and see this localized form of Vishnu, and not for any other purpose. The localized vishnu-murti is the plenary representation of Krishna dwelling within one’s heart. One who has no program to realize this vishnu-murti is uselessly engaged in mock yoga practice and is certainly wasting his time. Krishna is the ultimate goal of life, and the vishnu-murti situated in one’s heart is the object of yoga practice.

Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

To realize this vishnu-murti within the heart, one has to observe complete abstinence from sex life; therefore one has to leave home and live alone in a secluded place, remaining seated as mentioned above. One cannot enjoy sex life daily at home or elsewhere and attend a so-called yoga class and thus become a yogi. One has to practice controlling the mind and avoiding all kinds of sense gratification, of which sex life is the chief. In the rules of celibacy written by the great Continue reading

Prabhupada addresses Alfred Ford’s Questions on Sannyasa and Cow-slaughter

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



Los Angeles

16 July, 1974





Teton Village, Wyoming

Dear Sriman Alfred Ford:

So far as your questions are concerned, in India a sannyasi or a person in the renounced order of life is always honored. Even in this fallen down condition of India, a sannyasi is honored everywhere, and he has no problem for his living condition. So you are correct that a person in the renounced order of life is honored. Unfortunately some unscrupulous men take advantage of this renounced order dress and being filled up with all material desires they commit so many wrongful things, and the people in general take note of it and gradually the honor for the sannyasi is dwindling. Exactly like a person having received some counterfeit money is always afraid of being cheated, but this does not mean there is no good money. So unscrupulous men on account of this age of Kali yuga are taking advantage of sannyasi dress and are exploiting the people. So there is very awkward, and even a genuine sannyasi is sometimes in trouble. In the sastras therefore it is stated that unless one is perfectly detached from material things he should not be allowed to accept sannyasa order.


Alfred Ford, the great grandson of Henry Ford

I am very glad that you are so much inquisitive about the sense of the sastras. Yes, Krishna always gives shelter to the surrendered soul. Krishna never allows a brahmana to be killed. In the Bhagavad-gita it is stated as follows:

kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati [Bg. 9.31]

“My dear son of Kunti, be assured and declare it to the whole world that My devotee is never vanquished.”

Krishna is also worshiped as namo brahmanyaya devaya. His first business is to give protection to the cows and the brahmanas.

Alfred Ford ){

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with His disciples. Alfred Ford is on the immediate left of Srila Prabhupada

Now this question may be raised why are so many cows being killed in the slaughterhouse. The answer is that those who are Continue reading

Even a Dog-eater can become a Guru if he is a Devotee of Krishna

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Jagadguru Srila Prabhupada, the spiritual master of the entire world

Jagadguru Srila Prabhupada, the spiritual master of the entire world

Śva-paco means candāla, one who eats dogs. He is considered the lowest. There are different kinds of meat-eaters. But in India, there were no cow-flesh-eaters. Some of them were eating hogs, even dogs. But no government will allow to eat the flesh of a cow. No, that is not allowed. If you want to eat flesh, you can eat hogs and dogs, and goats also. But you cannot touch a cow. This is the restriction. First of all, they should not be meat-eaters. But even if you are a staunch meat-eater, still you cannot touch the cow. You can eat some other animal.

So śva-pacah means the dog-eaters. In Korea, and some parts of the world, they eat dogs. They Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Devotee (2): Prabhupada, I’ve heard that every one of us who is in the movement now has had some association with Lord Chaitanya.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Devotee (2): Is it so?

Prabhupada: Yes. He’s associating with Lord Chaitanya just now.

Devotee (2): Yes, now. But in some other life, this is what is…

Prabhupada: In other life may not be, but he is associating at the present. That’s a fact.

Atreya Rishi: When you first came, Srila Prabhupada, a lot of people probably presented you arguments such as, “If you call the movement God consciousness you’ll be more successful. If you not wear tilaka and do not shave your head and do not wear robes and do not go on sankirtana, you will be more successful.” And people still tell us things like this, that, “You tell us the philosophy, we like the philosophy, but why do you go on sankirtana?” So what were some of the arguments you presented to these type of people?

Devotees performing Sankirtana in New York City

Devotees performing Sankirtana in New York City

Prabhupada: This is the same argument, ardha-kukkuti-nyaya [Cc. Adi-lila 5.176]. You cut the mouth of the chicken because it eats, it is expensive, and keep the back side because it lays down egg. You see? An intelligent man said, I am getting an egg every day. So its back side is very good. But this side, (i.e. the mouth) is expensive, because it eats through it. So cut it. But he is so foolish that he does not know that if I cut the head, then the egg-giving business will also stop. Similarly, if you accept this philosophy, then you must accept this also.

Atreya Rishi: Yes, that is difference…

Prabhupada: If you don’t accept this kirtana, then it will prove that you don’t accept the philosophy.

Atreya Rishi: Yes. That’s the difference between Your Divine Grace and all these other bhogis. They make it according to Continue reading


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

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada with His disciples

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada with His disciples

Prabhupāda: Take Krishna consciousness. There is no tax. There is no loss. But everything is gained. Try it. At least, make an experiment for week or for fortnight and see. It is not difficult. Simply we must be willing. That’s all. Because every one of us are independent. Not fully, little. So we can use our independence, we can misuse our independence. So here is the offering. Take Krishna consciousness. Now it is your choice. If you can take, it is good. If you don’t take, that is your good wish. Is there any difficulty to accept our formula? I ask all of you, is there any difficulty? I am asking this. You have asked so many questions of me. Is there any difficulty to accept this formula?

Young man: No.

Prabhupāda: So why don’t you take it?

Young man: I have.

Prabhupāda: Thank you. (laughter) It is so simple, nice. Try to understand by Continue reading