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

colourful-Krishna

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

KRISHNA’S HOLY NAME IS FEARED EVEN BY FEAR PERSONIFIED


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

āpannah samsrtim ghorām yan-nāma vivaśo grnan

tatah sadyo vimucyeta yad bibheti svayam bhayam

[Srimad bhagavatam, Canto 1 – Chapter 1 – Verse 14]

Krishnas-battle-with-kamsa

TRANSLATION

Living beings who are entangled in the complicated meshes of birth and death can be freed immediately by even unconsciously chanting the holy name of Krishna, which is feared by fear personified.

PURPORT

Vāsudeva, or Lord Krishna, the Absolute Personality of Godhead, is the supreme controller of everything. There is no one in creation who is not afraid of the rage of the Almighty. Great asuras like Rāvana, Hiranyakaśipu, Kamsa, and others who were very powerful living entities were all Continue reading

AUTOCRACY IS BY FAR SUPERIOR TO SO-CALLED DEMOCRACY


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

 

 

kāmam vavarsa parjanyah

sarva-kāma-dughā mahī

sisicuh sma vrajān gāvah

payasodhasvatīr mudā

[SB 1.10.4]

TRANSLATION

During the reign of Mahārāja Yudhisthira, the clouds showered all the water that people needed, and the earth produced all the necessities of man in profusion. Due to its fatty milk bag and cheerful attitude, the cow used to moisten the grazing ground with milk.

New Vrindavana, West Virginia, USA

New Vrindavana, West Virginia, USA

PURPORT

The basic principle of economic development is centered on land and cows. The necessities of human society are food grains, fruits, milk, minerals, clothing, wood, etc. One requires all these items to fulfill the material needs of the body. Certainly one does not require flesh and fish or iron tools and machinery. During the regime of Mahārāja Yudhisthira, all over the world there were regulated rainfalls. Rainfalls are not in the control of the human being. The heavenly King Indradeva is the controller of rains, and he is the servant of the Lord. When the Lord is obeyed by the king and the people under the king’s administration, there are regulated rains from the horizon, and these rains are the causes of all varieties of production on the land. Not only do regulated rains help ample production of grains and fruits, but when they combine with astronomical influences there is ample production of valuable stones and pearls. Grains and vegetables can sumptuously feed a man and animals, and a fatty cow delivers enough milk to supply a man sumptuously with vigor and vitality. If there is enough milk, enough grains, enough fruit, enough cotton, enough silk and enough jewels, then why do the people need cinemas, houses of prostitution, slaughterhouses, etc.? What is the need of an artificial luxurious life of cinema, cars, radio, flesh and hotels? Has this civilization produced anything but quarreling individually and nationally? Has this civilization enhanced the cause of equality and fraternity by sending thousands of men into a hellish factory and the war fields at the whims of a particular man?

It is said here that the cows used to moisten the pasturing land with Continue reading

Never try to become purusha or the master – IT IS VERY DANGEROUS


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

People are searching after God. They do not know God. They are asking this question, “Can you show me God?” So many questions are there about God, but here is God, pointed out by Arjuna, a mahājana. Mahājano yena gatah sa panthāh [Cc. Madhya 17.186]. Why should you not accept? That is our Krishna consciousness movement. “Why you are searching God. Here is God.” As Arjuna says, “tvam ādyah purushah: You are the original person.”

lord-krishna-and-the-gopis

Purusha means enjoyer. God is not female. Sometimes they worship a female as God, like Durgā, Kālī, and so many others. But God is purusha (male). Everyone is prakrti. Prakrti means female. Everyone knows it. There are two things Continue reading

LORD SHIVA INFORMS ABOUT A WORSHIP HIGHER THAN THAT OF KRISHNA’S


By Niraj Bidawatka

In the Padma Purana, there is a very important instruction given by Lord Shiva to Devi Durga. Lord Shiva is not only one of the twelve mahajanas (exalted spiritual authorities) but also the best among Krishna’s devotees. vaishnavānām yathā śambhu (12.13.16): It is mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana that Śambhu, or Lord Shiva is the best amongst the vaishnavas, the devotees of Vishnu, or Krishna. Therefore whatever Lord Shiva says is considered and accepted as authorized and authentic.

Krishna approached His devotee

There are many types of worships such as demigod worship, ghost worship, spirit worship, politician worship, country worship, etc. Some people worship various demigods such as Shiva, Durga, Ganesha, Surya, Brahma, Indra, Chandra, Vayu, etc. As per the Vedic literatures, there are 330 million demigods, who are controlling various aspects of this material world. Those persons, who are motivated by material desires, worship such demigods for the attainment of temporal desires and comforts. Then there are some persons, who worship their place of birth or nation, some worship so-called great politicians and social workers. Similarly some persons worship their parents and there are others who worship ghosts and evil spirits. Srila Prabhupāda informs that there was a trader, who during the second world-war, used to worship Hitler, because he was making huge money in the black market.

So Lord Shiva, in the aforesaid Padma Purana, says that there are many types of worships, but the best amongst them is Continue reading

REAL CIVILIZATION MEANS UNDERSTANDING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

So these policies—eating, sleeping, mating and defending—they’re in all living entities. That is the general law for every living entity. So if you are simply engaged in eating, sleeping, mating and defending, then what is the difference between you and the animals? That is the defect of modern civilization. If you think that “We are very scientifically running so many slaughterhouses for eating purposes,” then that is not advancement of civilization. In that sense, a tiger is better situated – it hasn’t got to keep a slaughterhouse. By nature it has got nails and jaws – immediately attack and finish. So these things are not advancement of civilization.

Understanding God from Srila Prabhupada

Real civilization is how to understand your relationship with God, the Supreme Father. That is real civilization. You may learn it through any process. It doesn’t matter. You learn your relationship with the supreme father through Christianity. That’s all right. Or through Vedic process. That’s all right. Or Muhammadan, Koran process, that’s all right. But you learn it. Our Krishna consciousness movement is not that we are out to make Christians Hindus, or Hindus Christians, or Muhammadans… No. Our propaganda is not that. Our propaganda is that “You are human being. Your business is to understand your relationship with God.” That’s all. You learn it. Anywhere you learn it, but you learn it. Otherwise you are simply wasting your time by animal propensities.

Try to love Krishna, or God. That’s all. If you have got any own process, do it. Otherwise, please come to us. Learn it. Why one should grudge? Nīcād apy uttamām strī-ratnam duskulād api. Cānakya Pandita says that you have to catch up the right thing from any source. It doesn’t matter. He gives example:

visād api amrtam grāhyam. If there is a pitcher of poison, but if there is some nectarine over the pitcher, you catch it, take it out. Don’t take the poison, but take the nectarine.

Amedhyād api kāncana: if you find that in a filthy place there is some gold, take it out. You are not to take the filthy stool, but you take the gold.

Nīcād apy uttamām vidyām: According to Vedic system, education has to be taken from high class, intellectual persons like the brāhmanas. But if you find that a person who is not a brāhmana—he’s less than a brāhmana, or even lower caste—but if he has got some nice education, just accept him as your teacher and learn. Not that “Because he’s lowborn or not brāhmana, I shall not take the education from him.” The point is that you have to take the education. And

strī-ratnam duskulād api: In India, still the marriage takes place in equal family. The boy and the girl must be equally rich, equally cultured, equally educated. Equality. They find out. Even by horoscope, they test whether their astronomical calculations are also equal, so that after marriage they may not be unhappy. So many things, they are taken care of by the parents, and the marriage takes place. It is not that in youthful age the boy and girl mix and… No. But these things are now gone. So the point is that they were calculating especially to accept a girl from a Continue reading