THE IDEA OF TRAVELING SANKIRTANA IS TO DISTRIBUTE BOOKS – NOT TO DO DEITY WORSHIP


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

 

Bhaktivedanta Manor

15 August, 1973

 

 

My Dear Jagadisa,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated August 1, 1973 and I have noted the contents carefully.

The book fund debts should always be cleared very quickly, otherwise how books will come out, so always pay regularly as you collect.

HK-bus-1972 Travelling Sankirtan Party TSKP

To install Deities in a moving vehicle is not very good. There is always danger of falling and breaking. Sudama already has experience of this. Why is Deity worship being introduced? It should not be introduced because it is very difficult to maintain the standard under such circumstances. If you have picture of Guru Gauranga that is sufficient. You are wondering if you did the right thing by giving the Deities to Sudama, so the answer is no. The deities may be brought back and worshiped in the temple as before. The idea of traveling Sankirtana is to distribute books not to do Deity worship, it is very difficult to maintain the standard of Deity worship in the temple, how will it be maintained in a truck?

Another thing is that opening temples should not be encouraged at this time. Subala did the same thing in Santa Fe years ago, why again he is doing the same thing? Hamsaduta in Germany instead of increasing the temples and Deity worship Continue reading

Srila Prabhupāda – THE JET-AGE PARIVRAJAK-ACARYA


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

 

 

Bombay

5 May, 1974

 

 

Dear Jayatirtha,

Please accept my blessings. I have received your recent letters of April 16 and April 25 and have noted the contents.

Jet age Acharya

You have also written in a letter to Satsvarupa that temple donations are being put toward the Indian BBT debt. Please, let me know in this connection what is the amount taken from donations and transferred to the BBT account for the book debt by India? Also I will request you that as much book debt amount as you receive from donations you should again dispatch that amount in new books to India. There is not sufficient stock of books here. Whatever variety of books are in stock send according to the amount paid against the debt.

I think you are aware Gargamuni Maharaja has formed a spiritual sky tours program and will be bringing about 70 life members on a world tour including of course the United States. I need to know from you whether the BBT has sufficient capital in the bank to cover the amount of $130,000.00. This amount will be required to cover their expenditure.

Regarding the grhasthas houses, we have given these houses with the purpose that they should execute devotional service exactly like the Brahmacaris and sannyasis. Otherwise, why purchase houses near the temple? The whole idea is to live near the temple and take advantage of the temple program, which means morning arati, classes, sankirtana and all services connected with the temple. They are also members of the temple.

Locana das may deposit his contributions with the Mayapur Vrindaban fund which will also go for the Krsna Balarama temple as is his desire. I am still not aware how fast the remittance is going from the Union Bank to the Punjab National Bank in Vrindaban. For example I have not received Continue reading

The aim of family planning is automatically achieved when you search after the Absolute Truth


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Lord Krishna, the Absoute Truth satyam param dhimahi

Lord Krishna, the Absoute Truth
satyam param dhimahi

The completely bewildered material civilization is wrongly directed towards the fulfillment of desires in sense gratification. In such civilization, in all spheres of life, the ultimate end is sense gratification. In politics, social service, altruism, philanthropy and ultimately in religion or even in salvation, the very same tint of sense gratification is ever-increasingly predominant. In the political field the leaders of men fight with one another to fulfill their personal sense gratification. The voters adore the so-called leaders only when they promise sense gratification. As soon as the voters are dissatisfied in their own sense satisfaction, they dethrone the leaders. The leaders must always Continue reading

“I am very much ambitious to lead a Kirtana party…”


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

 

Los Angeles

26 February, 1968

 

Ambition to Lead Kirtana

My Dear Brahmananda,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated Feb. 24, along with two copies of letters, one from Purusottama das Brahmacari at Vrindaban, another from Teen Activity Center of Kings. This letter from the Activity Center is very hopeful for our Kirtana propaganda. I am very much ambitious for leading a Kirtana party, especially all over your state, and Europe. Hamsaduta is trying to organize this party. If you can move with this Kirtana party, say a batch of 12 to 15 heads, all over the States, as well as Europe, I am sure we will be more popular than the so-called yogi Maharishi Mahesa. I have received another letter from Acyutananda in which it Continue reading

YOU WILL HAVE TO APPROACH A “GURU” TO UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

With Journalist giving interview

Scriptures are also different. Because scriptures are made according to time, circumstances, people. Just like Bible. Lord Jesus Christ preached in the desert, Jerusalem. Or where it is? People who were not so advanced. Therefore his first instruction is “Thou shall not kill.” That means they were very much engaged in killing affairs; otherwise, why is this instruction? And actually, it so happened that they killed Jesus Christ. So that society was not very enlightened society.

So a scripture for a society which is not very enlightened and a scripture for a society which is very enlightened must be different. Just like a dictionary. For the schoolboy – a pocket dictionary; and for a college student – international, big dictionary. Both of them are dictionaries. But the small pocket dictionary is not equal to the big dictionary because it is made for different classes of men. So scriptures are made according to different classes of men.

There are three classes of men: first-class, second-class, and third-class. The third-class man cannot understand the philosophy and scriptural injunctions of the first-class man. That is not possible. Higher mathematics cannot be understood by the small schoolboys who are simply trying to Continue reading

REAL APPRECIATION OF SRILA PRABHUPADA


By Niraj Bidawatka

srila-prabhupada-showered-with-flowers

Yesterday, during a visit to a government office for some personal work, when I was sitting in front of the clerk’s table, perusing some documents, one elderly gentleman came near the clerk’s table, where I was sitting, and said something. I thought he was speaking to the clerk, so I did not pay any attention to what he was saying. Moreover I was busy reading something important, so my attention was fixed on the document that I was reading. But then he drew my attention by repeating what he had just said.

He was saying, “I said Hare Krishna.” I thought he was speaking to the clerk, but in fact he was greeting me by saying Hare Krishna. Since I was engrossed in perusing the documents, I didn’t pay attention to what he was saying. In fact, he saw the vaishnava tilak on my forehead and thus having identified me as a Hare Krishna, he greeted me by saying Hare Krishna.

The gentleman broke the ice by saying that he had personally seen Srila Prabhupāda in the 1970s during the Cross-Maidan Festival of Bombay. He said that Prabhupāda was a real sadhu and that he considered him as one of those rare saints who are not after money. Therefore he said that he really admired Prabhupāda. He further informed that when he was Dubai, he used to attend the programs organized by Hare Krishna devotees on Fridays.

So I asked him whether he was chanting Hare Krishna regularly.

He said, “No.”

“So how do you call yourself a bhakti-mārgi,” I counteracted.

Just at the start of the conversation he had bragged that he was also a bhakti-mārgi, i.e. a follower of the path of devotional service, or bhakti.

He gave me his business card and invited me to Continue reading

FIXED CHANTING OF THE HARE KRISHNA MAHAMANTRA IS VERY ESSENTIAL


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

Prabhupada on a walk

Akṣayānanda Swami: Of course we accept, ah, when you tell us to chant sixteen rounds, we accept that figure as being, in perfect faith, that you’re the ācārya, but ah, what if others we wanted to convince, is there any, any ah, sastr… Is there any Vedic verse we can refer to to corroborate that at least they must chant sixteen rounds. Or that many number of names?

Prabhupāda: No. In the śāstra it is not said like that…

Akṣayānanda Swami: I see.

Prabhupāda: It is said, saṅkhyā-pūrvakaḥ

Akṣayānanda Swami: saṅkhyā-pūrvakaḥ.

Prabhupāda: You must fix up.

Akṣayānanda Swami: Counting.

Prabhupāda: You must fix up in numerical strength.

Akṣayānanda Swami: I see.

Prabhupāda: Whatever you can.

Akṣayānanda Swami: Yes.

Prabhupāda: But I have fixed up sixteen rounds, because you cannot do.

Akṣayānanda Swami: That’s all we can do.

Prabhupāda: (smiling, touch of irony) Yes. That also is difficult.

Akṣayānanda Swami: Yes. (laughing)

Prabhupāda: Otherwise, Haridāsa Ṭhākura was chanting 300,000. So, That is not possible. You should not imitate, but whatever you fix up you must do.

Akṣayānanda Swami: Yes. Yes.

Prabhupāda: That is wanted.

Akṣayānanda Swami: Yes. I was told in the beginning you asked the first disciples to chant 64 rounds?

Prabhupāda: Yes. I asked them to Continue reading

EVEN A MILTARY MAN CAN LOVE KRISHNA


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

San Francisco

29 December, 1967

 

 

My Dear Jadurani,

Please accept my blessings. I thank you very much for your letter of Dec. 23(?), 1967, and I am glad to hear you are doing so nicely in Krishna Consciousness.

Krishna attacks Bhisma

Regarding your questions: This incidence is in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Bhismadeva.., when he was lying on his arrow bed before passing away, Lord Krishna, accompanied with the Pandavas, came to see him. Ordinarily, Bhismadeva… was worshipper of Lord Visnu, buy mant he knew also that Krishna is the same Lord Visnu. When Krishna came to see Bhismadeva… on his death bed, Bhismadeva… remembered Krishna in His fighting feature at the battlefield of Kuruksetra. Bhismadeva… wanted to see Krishna angry, he knew that Krishna was very kind upon him, but to make a front he displayed a chivalrous mood, pretending to kill Arjuna, although he knew it very well that no power in the world could kill Arjuna while he was shielded by Krishna Himself as his charioteer. Yet he tried to agitate the mind of Krishna, but Arjuna he almost killed. Actually, Krishna thought it that Bhismadeva… was to see Him in His angry mood and supposed to be broken in His promise, to fulfill the desire of Bhismadeva… He got down from the chariot and took a wheel of the chariot, going forward as if to kill Bhismadeva.. Bhismadeva…, as soon as found Krishna in that angry mood, he gave up his fighting weapons and prepared himself for being killed by Krishna. This attitude of Krishna pleased Bhismadeva… very much, and at the time of his death he recalled back the angry feature of Krishna. He was a military man so he was pleased to see Krishna in military spirit, as much as the Gopis wanted to see Krishna as the most beautiful lover. There is no difference between the attitude of the gopis and Bhismadeva… in the matter of exchanging transcendental mellows between God and His devotee. Krishna can be loved in any feature and because he is absolute there is no difference to love Krishna as a military man or as a simple Gopi.

During the day the two sides would battle, and at night they would visit one another’s camps, just like friends, talking and eating together. Bhisma was accused of not trying hard enough to kill the Pandavas, due to affection for them. So, he said, tomorrow I will kill all five brothers, and these five special arrows I shall kill them with. For safekeeping Bhismadeva… gave the five arrows to Duryodhana, who had accused Bhisma of too much affection for the Pandavas. Formerly, Duryodhana had made promise to Arjuna that he could someday ask for some favor, so Krishna, knowing all these things, sent Arjuna to Duryodhana for asking favor of giving the arrows to Arjuna. So as the promise was made, Duryodhana Continue reading

NEVER THINK OF THE DEITY AS MADE OF STONE OR WOOD


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

Bombay

10 November, 1975

 

 

To,

Jayatirtha das and Manjuali dasi

Los Angeles

 

 

My dear Jayatirtha das and Manjuali dasi,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your card dated October 25, 1975 along with the beautiful photographs of Sri Sri Rukmini-Dvarakadhisa of New Dvaraka. So do it nicely. I have invited Krishna and He may not be insulted by disrespectful behavior. I have introduced this system of Deity worship amongst the non-believers, the atheists, the mlecchas, the yavanas and I prayed to Krishna that I am inviting You to come, so please, because You are seated in their hearts, please give them the intelligence how to serve You so that You may not be inconvenienced. I have introduced this system to the mlecchas, the yavanas and the lowest and the fallen, but still it is successful. I think that you are doing nicely.

The Deity of the Alachua Temple

The Deity of the Alachua Temple

As soon as one thinks that he is greater than his spiritual master that is the greatest offense. Krishna will give one everything, but to these offenders everything is lost. I thank you very much. You know how to dress and how to worship and I am very much pleased. It is a question of heart how to please Krishna. One simply has to agree to be trained up how to do it. You have done very nicely. I am very much pleased. And now you should teach others how to do it. This is very important business, Deity worship. The more the Deity is decorated, the more your heart will be Continue reading

I have taken up the policy of my Guru Maharaja – “NO COMPROMISE”


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

Bhaktivedanta Manor

27 July, 1973

 

 

To,

Karandhara dasa

Los Angeles

 

 

My dear Karandhara,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated July 22nd, 1973. You are to be congratulated—you have defeated the rascal scientist Mr. Roger Reville from the Big University. Actually, it is not a very difficult task, they have no definite ideas, everything they put forward is doubtful, even they say—”I think”, “perhaps”, “it may be”, “theoretically speaking”, and like that.

Prabhupada with a guest

Vedic knowledge is definite. Take for example Padma Purana, there it is said there are 8,400,000 species of life: two million trees, one million insects, four hundred thousand humans. Nowhere do we find about so and so many, but exactly the number is given. Or we see the description of Kali yuga, and we are experiencing it. “People of this age will keep big bundles of hair and thus think themselves very beautiful.” So this is going on. “For want of bathing the population of this age will appear like Pisācas”—hippies. Everything is given in Vedas exactly. Why should we go to such men for knowledge? They pose themselves as big leaders, philosophers. But we have to accept our leader according to the standard symptoms—or qualifications. The standard text book for civilized administration is Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. A leader must be peaceful, self-controlled austere, pure, tolerant, honest, wise learned and religious. Not like your President Nixon—a rogue and thief—such men cannot do any good to society, only Continue reading