By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Durga is working under the direction of Krishna – Without surrendering to Krishna, no one can get out of the clutches of Durga (Bg7.14)

But those who have no information how this Durgā is there, they think that by worshiping, by pleasing goddess Durgā, they’ll be happy. No. Pleasing means you have to abide by the laws of the durga, material world. Otherwise, Durgā will take her trident and pierce on the chest of the asura. Durgā is controlling. The asura is also a living entity within this durga (fortress). So those who are asuras – those who are not cultivating Krishna consciousness, they are asuras – for them, Durgā’s trident is on the chest of the asura. You have seen that picture.

So you cannot get out of this durga simply by bribing, by satisfying. You have to satisfy Durgā in a different way. Continue reading


Everyone is weak before Durga Devi but before Krishna, Durga devi is very weak

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





25 December, 1972





Sri Govinda das

Evanston, Illinois




My dear Sri Govinda,

Draupadi took full shelter of Krishna when she was being disrobed by the sons of Dhritarashtra

Draupadi took full shelter of Krishna when she was being disrobed by the sons of Dhritarashtra

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated December 5, 1972, and I am greatly pleased to hear from you that you have increased the selling (of) books five times more in Chicago center. That is very good news to me. Yes, there must always be competition, that gives life, that cannot be separated from life. Sanatana dharma means the strong will utilize the energy of the weak, the weak must serve the strong, that we see everywhere, is it not? Who can deny? So that competitive spirit makes us strong, otherwise it is a society of weak men only, and what is the good of such society? Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

So God is nitya (eternal). He is one – singular number, and we are being ruled. We are plural number. This is the difference. And how is He ruling the plural number? Eko yo bahūnām vidadhāti kāmān. He’s supplying all the necessities of life of all these plural number; therefore He’s īśvara, He’s Krishna, He’s God. One who provides all the necessities of life is īśvara – He’s Krishna, He’s God. So we can very well understand that we are being maintained by Krishna, and why should we not be ruled by Him?

This is a fact. Now, you can see that so many food grains are growing in this village, Mayapur, but who is supplying? That is Krishna. It is not possible to grow these food grains in your factory. No. That is not possible. He’s helping us. He has stated in the Bhagavad-gita, annād bhavanti bhūtāni [Bg. 3.14]. Unless you eat sufficiently, unless you have food grains in stock, you cannot flourish (bhavanti means flourishing). So both animals and men, they must eat sufficiently. There must be sufficient food grain. So you cannot manufacture food grain in your factory.

You may start a very big factory, Goodyear Tyre factory, but that tyre also will not move when there is no supply of petrol. This is your position. You are dependent even for this tyre and petrol, and what to speak of this food grain. So who is supplying the food grain? The supplying person is Krishna. eko yo bahūnām vidadhāti kāmān. That singular number individual person, He is supplying.

You can say prakrti, nature is supplying. No. Nature is not supplying. Nature is the agent of supply. Real supplier is Krishna. And that is also stated in the Bhagavad-gita: mayādhyaksena prakrtih sūyate sa-carācaram [Bg. 9.10]. Nature is working under the instruction or the indication of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna.

Krishna, the Supreme Lord, under whose control, Nature, or Durga is conducting her activities

Krishna, the Supreme Lord, under whose control, Nature, or Durga is conducting her activities

In Brahma-samhita also, it is stated, srsti-sthiti-pralaya-sādhana-śaktir ekā chāyeva yasya bhuvanāni bibharti durgā [Bs. 5.44]. So nature is dependent, although nature has got this power, very extensive power – srsti-sthiti-pralaya: to create, to maintain and to annihilate. Nature has got such power and therefore she is called Durgā. Continue reading


By Niraj Bidawatka

You switch on the lights.

If the bulb glows, what do you infer?

We infer that there is presence of electricity. Isn’t it?

Although we cannot see electricity but still, because the bulb is glowing, we infer that electricity is present. Continue reading

Appearance Day of Balarama, the Elder Brother of Krishna

Today is Balarama Jayanti, the appearance day of Lord Balarama.

Without the mercy of Balarama, we cannot achieve Krishna. (heno nitāi bine bhai radha krishna paite nai)

Balarama is the source of all happiness. Rāma means the reservoir of happiness.

Bala means strength. Balarama give us spiritual strength so that we may steadily make progress on our way back to Godhead. (nāyam ātmā bala hīnena labhyah)

The spiritual master is an expansion of Lord Balarama. Thus Lord Balarama is the ādi-guru, the original Spiritual Master

Balarama is also known as Haladhara because he carries a plough (hala).

Rāma in the Hare Krishna mantra stands for Balarama.

For those who may object to the averment that Rāma stands for Balarāma, the following verse from the Srimad Bhagavatam (10.2.13) makes the subject matter crystal clear: Continue reading


Letters of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

San Francisco
26 March, 1968


My Dear Mukunda,

Please accept my blessings. I am sorry I am delayed to reply your letter dated March 14, 1968, which I received over a week ago. I am very glad that you are repentant even for some action which is not sanctioned by me. This attitude is very nice and improves one in progressing on the path of devotional service. The Rakhi Bandhan ceremony observed by you under instruction of Prasad isn’t approved by our Vaisnava rituals. Of course, such ceremony is observed among the Hindu community as a socio-religious convention. But in our Vaisnava community there is no such observance. Now, forget the incidence, and in future don’t be misled by some unauthorized person.

Our next ceremony is Lord Ramacandra’s Birthday, on the 7th of April. It should be observed in the same way as Lord Caitanya’s Appearance Day, namely, fasting up to evening and then accept Prasadam, and all our ceremonies should be performed with continuous Kirtana, of Hare Krishna, Hare Rama. That will make all our functions successful. Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Lord Buddha decried the Vedic principles. Therefore He is calculated as atheist. Anyone who does not agree with the Vedic principles, he is considered as atheist. Just like one who does not believe in the Bible, they are called heathens, similarly, those who do not accept the Vedic principles, they are called atheists. So Lord Buddha although incarnation of Krishna, He said that “I do not believe in Vedas.” What was the reason?  Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

You are making some charity? All right. Make charity for Krishna. “Well, Krishna is God, and He is very rich. Why shall I make charity to Krishna?” No. Krishna says, dadāsi: “Give Me that charity. Give Me that charity.” Krishna is not poor, but you are very proud that you try to make charity with Krishna’s property.

I am thinking… I come here for a short duration of life. Say, I am born a hundred years before or fifty years before, and I live here for fifty years and then go away, but I claim, “This is my property.” Wherefrom your property comes? Before your birth the property was there, and after your death the property will remain there for thousand and millions of years. Wherefrom you claim your property? You have no property. You are simply an outcomer, a guest. So you should accept that this is Krishna’s property; this is God’s property. You are falsely claiming that it is your property. It is not your property. So when Krishna asks you that “Give Me in charity,” so that – you are foolishly thinking that it is your money – Krishna is just trying to take your money – so that your false consciousness may be dispelled. Therefore He is asking your money in charity.

Śukracārya, the spiritual master of Bali Mahārāja gives ill-advice to his disciple. Lord Vāmana is sitting in the background.

Just like there is a nice story, Bali Mahārāja. Bali Mahārāja, he became a very strong king. Nowadays, as in the modern age, we find a strong government or a strong king, he simply tries to conquer other countries. Formerly they were able to conquer other planets also. They were so powerful. So this Bali Mahārāja became so powerful that he conquered many of the higher planets of the demigods. Thus he became a disturbing element. So God, as incarnation of Vāmanadeva, He… Bali Mahārāja was also a grandson of a great devotee, Prahlāda Mahārāja. He had that blood – devotional blood. He had some devotion to Lord Krishna also. But at the same time, he was king. He was conquering life. He was making disturbance like that. Continue reading


By Hari Sauri Das

July 13th, 1976 New York

(Also read the First, Second and Third part)

A managerial crisis has erupted in India. Gopāla Kr̥ṣṇa wrote a disturbing report requesting Srila Prabhupāda to accept his resignation. He and Hansadūta Swami are co-GBC’s for Vrindāvana, but Gopāla Kr̥ṣṇa says that he is so troubled with their relationship that he wants to return to North America. And similarly his relationship with Gargamuni Swami is also perturbed. He went to considerable length detailing and refuting what he termed as the “dirty politics” the two sannyāsīs are using to drive him out. He said that both of them repeatedly undermine his position as GBC by telling other devotees that he won’t last long, so therefore they should just ignore his advice and instructions. He said he felt a disadvantage as a grihastha dealing with them. Rather than fight his Godbrothers, he felt he should just pull out.

Srila Prabhupada with Gopal Krishna Das and Hari Sauri Das (Gopal Krishna is on Prabhupada’s right wearing a white kurta and Hari Sauri is just next to Prabhupada on His left)

Srila Prabhupāda called for all the GBC men present in New York: Tamal Krishna, Rāmeśvara, Puṣṭa Kr̥ṣṇa  and newly arrived Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswami. He discussed the matter with them, handing them the responsibility to provide a solution. He made it clear that despite whatever short-comings Gopāla Kr̥ṣṇa might have, he has worked very successfully in many areas. He said Gopāla should be persuaded to remain. Hansadūta should concentrate on his traveling bus program, and not involve himself in Vrindāvana temple affairs. Continue reading


By Hari Sauri Das

July 13th, 1976 New York (Also read the First and Second part)

When Puṣṭa Kr̥ṣṇa Swami talked directly to Srila Prabhupāda on July 10th about his desire to leave his present service, His Divine Grace was not at all pleased. Puṣṭa’s rationale was that he needed a situation where he could preach more often. He explained that his mind was unsteady and his spiritual life so unregulated that he was unable even to chant his sixteen rounds properly. Prabhupāda countered him that he could not possibly have a better situation than traveling with his spiritual master. Prabhupāda asked me about him today during massage. When I said that he complains about being unable to control his mind, Prabhupāda made a sour face and shook his head disapprovingly. He said it was due to insincerity.

Srila Prabhupada with Pusta Krsna Swami

He wasn’t pleased that it would mean yet another change of secretary. Because Puṣṭa Kr̥ṣṇa  Mahārāja is convinced that leaving is the only solution, Prabhupāda has asked the GBC to decide on a replacement, and Brahmānanda Swami was the first choice. Tamal Krishna Mahārāja interrupted today’s massage to tell Prabhupāda he had just spoken to Brahmānanda in Africa. Brahmānanda declined because he feels he is needed in Africa, holding the opinion that all responsible post holders should remain in place for at least a year as per the Māyāpur decision. Tamal added that Brahmānanda sounded very responsible, mature and advanced.

Prabhupāda and Tamal Krishna discussed the possibility of Harikeśa Swami rejoining the party. He is preaching in eastern Europe, but recent reports indicate that he is feeling a little strained there.

Srila Prabhupāda was agreeable, although he said Harikeśa sometimes causes arguments. Still, he said that he is undoubtedly qualified to do the work. So a letter will be sent to Harikeśa asking him to meet Prabhupāda in London. The American GBC members, who will all be here for Ratha-yātrā, will meet to discuss a new engagement for Puṣṭa Kr̥ṣṇa Swami. Continue reading


By Hari Sauri Das

July 13th, 1976 New York (Click here to read the first part)

During class Prabhupāda expanded on the observations he made during his walk. He doesn’t talk dry philosophy simply to impress an audience with his learning; he gets to the root of the matter, dealing with the actual dilemma of living in the material world. His ability to relate the most elevated subject mater to the most ordinary person’s life is unsurpassed, and this is what makes him so effective. Whether out and about amidst the grand displays of māyā, or immersed directly in the recondite treatise of the Caitanya-caritāmrta, his consciousness is never bewildered. He remains irrevocably fixed in the vision of the unity of all things with the original fountainhead, the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna.

He began by explaining that Sanātana Gosvāmi is a nitya-siddha, an eternally perfect associate of Lord Caitanya. When the Lord appeared He went around and gathered up all His eternal assistants from different places to engage them in His mission. Prabhupāda said that everyone is eternally part and parcel of Krishna and Lord Caitanya’s mission is to transform the soul engrossed in material life to their perfection as eternal associates of the Lord. Continue reading


By Hari Sauri Das

July 13th, 1976 New York

Bhakta Viśvaretā, the six-year old son of Viśvaretā dāsa, accompanies Śrīla Prabhupāda on his walks. Prabhupāda likes him because he is very sober and obedient. This morning before we went out for the walk, Prabhupāda told us how once in Los Angeles Bhakta Viśvaretā had come into his room, offered his obeisances and sat down very silently. Although it is very difficult for a small child to remain sitting still for even a few minutes, this boy stayed for a considerable amount of time without any complaint or agitation. Even when it became obvious that it was difficult for him, he still did not say anything. It was only when Śrīla Prabhupāda told him, “Now you can go,” that he rose up and left. Prabhupāda had to also tell him to take some prasādam.

Hauri Sauri Das, the author, is on the extreme right, just next to Prabhupada (on His left)

Tamal Krishna informed Śrīla Prabhupāda that the boy’s father and mother were also very nice. “They are doing great service, both of them working in the restaurant.”

Prabhupāda spoke appreciatively, “So many children are coming, very fortunate children, from the beginning Krishna conscious. We had the chance of taking birth from such father and mother. So all these children should be taken care of very nicely. Oh, yes. They’ll be asset for our movement.”

“Future hope,” Tamal Krishna said.

“Oh, yes. Therefore I wanted to organize the gurukula very nicely. We have no objection. Let them produce hundreds of children.” He told us his Guru Mahārāja had once said, ‘If I could produce Krishna conscious children, I am prepared to produce hundreds of children.’ Prabhupāda said, “What is the use of producing children like cats and dogs? Produce children like Prahlāda Mahārāja. The whole world will be benefited. Progeny, that is not condemned. Why it should be condemned? Let there be pregnancy, but Krishna conscious. That, our Pradyumna’s son, these, all children—very nice. They should be trained up properly; special care should be taken. That is the idea of my Guru Mahārāja, a gurukula.”

He went on to explain his idea for educating children in our society. “Gurukula, we are not going to make some big, big scholars. We don’t require scholars. We require ideal men by character, by behaviour, by Krishna consciousness. Not by studying grammar, there are many grammarians. Let them study our books nicely, English, little Sanskrit, that’s all. Gurukula organize like that. There are so many scholars in the universities, drinking and woman-hunting, that’s all. In the universities, I know, to get the degree, pass the examination, the girls have to adopt prostitution with the teachers. I know that. That to pass the examination by prostitution. Whatever nonsense they may write, that’s all right.” Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Yes, Padma Purāṇa. There are eighteen Purāṇas. There are, men are conducted in three qualities: modes of goodness, modes of passion and modes of ignorance. To reclaim all these conditioned souls in different varieties of life, there are presentation of the Purāṇas. The six Purāṇas are meant for the persons who are in the modes of goodness. And six Purāṇas are meant for the persons who are in the modes of passion. In Vedic rituals, you find so many differences of ritualistic performances. And the six Purāṇas – who are in the modes of ignorance, those Purāṇas are meant for them. This Padma Purana is meant for the persons who are in the modes of goodness. In Vedic rituals, you find so many differences of ritualistic performances. It is due to different kinds of men. Just like you have heard that Vedic literature, there is a ritualistic ceremony offering goat sacrifice in the presence of goddess Kālī. But this Purāṇa, Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, is meant for the persons who are in the modes of ignorance.

His Divine Grace A, C, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Just like a person is attached to eat meat. Now, if all of a sudden, if he is instructed that meat eating is not good… Or a person is attached to drink liquor. If he at once said that liquor is not good, he cannot accept. Therefore in the Purāṇas we’ll find, “All right, if you want to eat meat, you just worship goddess Kālī and sacrifice a goat before the goddess. And you can eat meat. You cannot eat meat or flesh by Continue reading