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


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


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

The aim is to satisfy Vishnu. We should always remember this fact, that we are eternally servant, part and parcel of Krishna, or Vishnu. As I have given many times the example, there are so many parts of the body, but what are they meant for? To satisfy the belly. You are walking, you are catching, you are thinking, you are doing so many things—what is the aim? The aim is satisfy the stomach. You cook, you earn hard money, and then you purchase goods and cook nicely and put it into the stomach. Is it not?

radha madhava mayapur

There is a story in the Hitopadeśa: Udarendriyānām. udara means this belly, abdomen, and indriya means senses. All the different parts of the body, hands, legs, fingers and everyone, they held a meeting, that “We are working day and night, and this rascal abdomen is sitting down and eating only. He is doing nothing. We are collecting everything, and putting into the stomach, and he is eating, very…, sitting nice. So strike: ‘We shall not work.’ So strike.” Udara said, “All right, you strike. What can I do? I cannot work. You can strike.” So they did not work. “Did not work” means there was no food given to the stomach. They…, gradually they became weak. The indriyas, the different parts of the body, they became weak, because if there is…, if you do not eat, naturally you shall be… Then again, next meeting they held that “What is this? Why we are becoming weak?” Then they decided that “The stomach must be given, sir. We have to work.”

This is our position. Krishna is bhoktā (enjoyer), and we are parts and parcel of Krishna. That means we have to work for Krishna. This is a fact. If you don’t work for Krishna, then you’ll starve. That is the position. But these rascals, they do not know. Na te viduh svārtha-gatim hi vishnum [SB 7.5.31]. Exactly in the same way as these rascals, different parts of the body, limbs, they did not know that “Without satisfying the stomach, we shall die,” similarly these rascals, these karmīs,  those who have come to this material world, they do not Continue reading


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

important point

Prabhupāda: … And you have got your sugar also. In this way organize. Avoid machine. Keep everyone employed as brāhmana, as ksatriya, as vaiçya. Nobody should sit down. Brāhmanas, they are writers, editors, lecturers, instructors, worshiping Deity, ideal character. They have no anxiety for food, for clothing. Others should supply them. They haven’t got to work. Sannyāsi is always preaching, going outside. In this way keep everyone fully engaged. Then it will be ideal. Otherwise people will criticize that we are simply eating and sleeping, escaping, so many, so many. And actually that is the position. Unless one is fully engaged, oh, that is not good. That is tamo-guna. And rajo-guna very active, and sattva-guna, intellectual activity. Both of them, active, only tamo-guna, not active. (indistinct) Tamo-guna means sleeping and laziness. These are the symptoms of tamo-guna. Every saintly man can avoid these two things—laziness and sleeping. Of course, as much you require, sleeping allowed, not more than… And keep everyone active, man or woman-all. Then it will be ideal society.

Nityānanda: Without a machine how can you make sugar from the cane?

Prabhupāda: Hand machine.

Nityānanda: Hand machine?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Nityānanda: Metal?

Prabhupāda: Yes, they manufacture, hand, hand … in the sugar cane, two men. Even we can prepare hand machine by cutting the wood. They do that. We are not against machine. You can utilize machine. But we should not allow others unemployed and use machine. This should be point. You can use. Use machine, that’s good, but not at the risk of keeping others unemployed. This should be noted. First thing is that everyone should be employed. If you have got many men, then why should you engage machine. These rascals, they do not know. They’re taking machine and keeping so many men unemployed. And the welfare department is paying them. They do not know how to organize society. And therefore hippies are coming out. Crime, criminals are Continue reading

Irregularity in the worship of Guru and Gauranga can be tolerated because they are kind and forgiving

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




19 September, 1970



My Dear Karandhara,

Please accept my blessings. I am in receipt of your letter dated Sept. 13, 1970, and I congratulate you on the good news of opening the Portland center so successfully, and I am very pleased that things are going on nicely. I received your telegram, and also receipts for three deposits to the BBT at Dai Nippon; and I received your other letters, but on account of Devananda’s disposition, I have not been able to reply them. Today I am taking the help of Kirtanananda. Please go on sending the reports.

Merciful Gauranga 1


On the whole I am very pleased with your management. The Ekadasi program is very nice. Krishna is giving you good sense and intelligence. Take care of your godbrothers and godsisters very carefully.

Regarding Deity worship, Silavati and Yamuna Devi may be considered expert, so if some new hands come and take their help – that is a good proposition. Once established, however, Deities should not be removed. We should treat the Deities as the Personality of Godhead, and to invite Him to come to your home you must Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Here the perfection of life is to get a comfortable life of the body. But that is not possible. However comfortably you may be situated – you may be a very rich man, you may have very rich connection or good apartment – but still, you cannot be happy because you are not this body. But they do not know.

Therefore one should be inquisitiveness that “I want to be happy. I am arranging for my happiness with so many material paraphernalia, but still I am not happy.” This inquiry should be there. That is called jijnāsuh śreya uttamam. And that is brahma-jijnāsā. So brahma-jijnāsā is not for everyone.

Industrialists bow down to Srila Prabhupada

And for brahma-jijnāsā, one should make a guru, not for any material welfare. If I get some money, if some guru gives me some money, some gold, I think he is Bhagavān. Because I am attached to this gold and material things. But people like that. If somebody, by miracles, gives you some money, some gold, they think, “Oh, here is God. Here is God, here is God.” But that is not śreyas (the ultimate benefit). And if gold is the standard of happiness, then there are many persons – Birlas and others – they possess huge stock of gold. Does it mean that they will not die? They will not suffer from disease? But foolish persons, they think, “If I get some gold, then Continue reading


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


Acyutananda: Yes, one girl, she is Hindu, but she is studying in a convent. And they were catching butterflies in the garden. So the head sister said, “No, don’t harm them because they are God’s creatures.” So she said, “Well, why do you eat meat?” So the sister left, but she failed her. She failed her in her classes. She gave her a failing grade, because she spoke back to her.

Kirtanananda: It means they have no philosophy.

Prabhupada: No philosophy. No authority, no philosophy.

Kirtanananda: If they say, “One living entity has soul and another living entity doesn’t,” what is the difference? What is the principle of movement, they don’t know.

Prabhupada: What is that idea? I do not follow.

Acyutananda: The girl embarrassed the sister by saying that Continue reading


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


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




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