WHY I GAVE UP EATING ONIONS AND GARLIC?


By Niraj Bidawatka

This is one question that people often ask me, “Why did you give up eating onions and garlic after joining the Hare Krishna movement? After all, onions and garlic are vegetables and no killing of innocent animals is involved in eating them.”

Prabhupada

My revered Spiritual Master – His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The answer is that my Continue reading

YOU CAN SEE KRISHNA FACE-TO-FACE THROUGH YOUR TONGUE


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Try to understand Krishna. How will you understand Krishna? Krishna is so great. You cannot understand Krishna by these blunt material senses. That is not possible. You have to purify them. Tat-paratvena nirmalam [Cc. Madhya 19.170]. Simply by Krishna consciousness, by always thinking of Krishna, all your senses will be purified. This is the process. Sevonmukhe hi jihvādau [Cc. Madhya 17.136]. And you can begin service with your tongue.

Now, this is also very surprising. By utilizing our tongue, we can become perfect. This is also unknown to the modern science. By utilizing the tongue, one can become perfect. Yes. This is the process. If, by the tongue, you Continue reading

THEY COMMIT SO MANY SINFUL ACTIVITIES FOR A SMALL PIECE OF MEAT


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

SP with Brahmananda in airplane

Bhaktivinoda Thakura says, “This body is a material body and the senses are our greatest enemies. Out of all the senses, the tongue is formidable.” It is sudurmati, it has no limit to taste. I have seen in Japan. From twenty miles away they are coming to taste some fried birds in the hotel. You see. The hotel has got its own bus, and it brings Continue reading

What is a good website for free books?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka:

E-VEDAS – this is one of the best websites for free books because here you will find books written by Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acarya of the Hare Krishna Movement. Srila Prabhupada's books contain the highest knowledge and after reading these books, one attains everlasting happiness. So if you want happiness in your life, then do visit this site and download all the sublime books for free. http://e-vedas.com/

What is a good website for free books?

How do you attain Moksha?


Answer by Niraj Bidawatka:

Moksha means liberation from birth, old age, disease and death. The principal problem of our present existence is repeated birth and death. We are sure to die and once we die, we are sure to get a new birth. And a new birth means encountering the the same problems that we are experiencing at the moment and going through the same struggle for existence. Therefore an intelligent person thinks about moksha, or liberation.
We can attain moksha by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. It is mentioned in the Kalisantaran Upanishad that in the present age of Kaliyuga, this Hare Krishna mantra is the only way for attaining liberation. Krishna and His holy names are non-different. The name of Krishna has immense potencies. Therefore by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, we become pure and go back home, back to Krishna.
So please chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra regularly. There is no expense in chanting this great mantra for deliverance. It is free. But the benefit is immense.
The Hare Krishna mahamantra, composed of 16 names, is as follows:
 HK_mantra

How do you attain Moksha?

WE CAN NEVER ATTAIN HAPPINESS IN THE BODILY CONCEPT OF LIFE


By Niraj Bidawatka

Everyone wants to be happy because that is the nature of the soul. We are all spirit souls, who are residing within this body just as a pilot is seated within the airplane. The pilot is a living entity whereas the airplane has no life. Only if the pilot occupies it, can the airplane fly. Similarly this body will work only if the soul occupies it. The soul is full of life whereas the body is devoid of any life. Therefore, when the soul leaves the body, it is called a dead body. The soul, which is occupying the body, is our real identity. We are spirit souls and not these bodies. But under the influence of the illusory spell of Krishna’s external energy, i.e. maya, we are thinking that “I am this body”. This is called the bodily conception of life. As long as we shall remain in this bodily conception of life, we shall never attain real happiness.

The Devotees of Krishna are always happy because they are not in the bodily concept of life

The Devotees of Krishna are always happy because they are not in the bodily concept of life

The nature of the soul, in its original state, is ānandamaya, full of happiness because the soul is a part and parcel of the Supersoul, or Krishna. But due to contact with the material world we are in a state of misery. The material world is compared to Continue reading

CHANTING HARE KRISHNA IN A SOLITARY PLACE IS A TYPE OF CHEATING PROCESS


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Devotees chanting Hare Krishna mantra in public for the benefit of everyone

Devotees chanting Hare Krishna mantra in public for the benefit of everyone

It is another ambition of the spiritual master to see his disciples not only chant, dance and follow the regulative principles but also preach the sankirtana movement to others in order to deliver them, for the Krishna consciousness movement is based on the principle that one should become as perfect as possible in devotional service oneself and also preach the cult for others’ benefit. There are two classes of unalloyed devotees—namely, gosthy-ānandis and bhajanānandīs. Bhajanānandī refers to one who is satisfied to cultivate devotional service for himself, and gosthy-ānandi is one who is not satisfied simply to become perfect himself but wants to see others also take advantage of the holy name of the Lord and advance in spiritual life. The outstanding example is Prahlada Maharaja. When he was offered a benediction by Lord Nrsmhadeva, Prahlada Maharaja said:

naivodvije para duratyaya-vaitaranyās

tvad-vīrya-gāyana-mahāmrta-magna-cittah

śoce tato vimukha-cetasa indriyārtha-

māyā-sukhāya bharam udvahato vimūdhān

“My dear Lord, I have no problems and want no benediction from You because I am quite satisfied to chant Your holy name. This is sufficient for me because whenever I chant, I immediately merge in an ocean of transcendental bliss. I only lament to Continue reading

Mayavadis say that God has No Legs, No Eyes, No Ears and No Hands


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu addressing the Mayavadis 2

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu addresses the Mayavadi sannyasis of Benaras

The Māyāvādī sannyāsīs met Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Varanasi to criticize the Lord regarding His participation in the sankirtana movement, which they did not like. This demonic nature of opposition to the sankirtana movement perpetually exists. As it existed in the time of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, similarly it existed long before that, even in the time of Prahlada Maharaja. He used to chant in sankirtana although his father did not like it, and that was the reason for the misunderstanding between the father and son. In the Bhagavad-gita (7.15) the Lord says:

na mām duskrtino mūdhāh prapadyante narādhamāh

māyayāpahrta-jnānā āsuram bhāvam āśritāh

“Those miscreants who are grossly foolish, who are lowest among mankind, whose knowledge is stolen by illusion, and who partake of the atheistic nature of demons do not surrender unto Me.” The Māyāvādī sannyāsīs are āsuram bhāvam āśritāh, which means that they have taken the path of the asuras (demons), who do not believe in the existence of the form of the Lord. The Māyāvādīs say that the ultimate Continue reading

SCRIPTURES OF THE MEAT-EATERS ARE NOT LOGICAL AND ARE THEREFORE NEGLECTED BY THEIR FOLLOWERS


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Book Distribution

An inquisitive soul buying books written by Srila Prabhupada from a Hare Krishna devotee

In our practical preaching work we meet many Christians who talk about statements of the Bible. When we question whether God is limited or unlimited, Christian priests say that God is unlimited. But when we question why the unlimited God should have only one son and not unlimited sons, they are unable to answer. Similarly, from a scientific point of view, the answers of Continue reading

JEWELS WILL ATTRACT ONLY THIEVES AND ROGUES


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

 

 

 

Los Angeles

13 December, 1973

 

 

 

 

ALL GLORIES TO

SRI GURU AND GAURANGA!

MEMO TO ALL CENTERS

 

 

 

Dear Prabhus,

Please accept my most humble obeisances at your lotus feet. Today we received a newsletter from Syamasundara Prabhu regarding gems and I assume every Center received the same letter. I discussed the contents with Srila Prabhupada and His Divine Grace instructed me to immediately issue the following letter.

The Presiding Deities at Krishna Balarama Temple, Vrindavana. These Deities were personally installed by Srila Prabhupada in 1975.

The Presiding Deities at Krishna Balarama Temple, Vrindavana. These Deities were personally installed by Srila Prabhupada in 1975.

First of all, Srila Prabhupada never sanctioned or encouraged this program of buying or selling jewels. Furthermore, Srila Prabhupada does not want us to purchase jewels and gems for decorating the Deities in our own Temples. Expensive gems and jewelry will only attract thieves and rogues. It was because of the jewels in Indian Temples that the Mohammedans Continue reading