DEITY WORSHIP IS SPECIALLY MEANT FOR HOUSEHOLDERS


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

 

 

 

Hawaii

18 March, 1969

 

 

 

My Dear Himavati,

Please accept my blessings. I thank you very much for your letter dated February 21, 1969, along with the Deity dress. It has come to me late on account of changing places so quickly and the statement given by you in the matter of worshiping the Deity is super excellent. Please continue this system and Krishna will bestow upon you all blessings.

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If one attains perfection in Deity worship, that is called Arcana Siddhi. Arcana Siddhi means simply by Deity worship one goes back to Godhead, immediately after this life. So this Arcana Siddhi program is given in the Narada Pancharatra especially for the householders. Householders cannot undergo Continue reading

THE THREE CELEBRATED BHARATAS OF VEDIC HISTORY


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Maharaja Bharat, the son  of Rishabhadeva, after whom this planet earth is called Bharatvarsha

Maharaja Bharat, the son of Rishabhadeva, after whom this planet earth is called Bharatvarsha

There are three Bharatas in the history of Vedic literature. One Bharata is Lord Rāmacandra’s brother, younger brother. His mother, Bharata’s mother, wanted to make Bharata king. Therefore, by palace diplomacy, Rāmacandra was Continue reading

ORDINARY MEN ARE CRAZY – THEY THINK THAT THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND BANK BALANCES WILL PROTECT THEM


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Just like a nation feels itself well-protected when the nation has got good defense measures, similarly, an ordinary man, he thinks that “If I have got a strongly built body and a very faithful wife and nice children, some good bank balance, some land and property, security, then these things will give me protection. Yes, they will give protection. I am now well-protected. I have got nice children. I have got nice wife. I have got good bank balance. I have got so many properties. So why shall I go to Krishna consciousness? I am well-protected. These boys and girls, who have no bank balance and no home, they should go to Krishna consciousness.”

But they are blind. How are they blind? They are thinking that these things will give them protection. Pramatta means crazy. By craziness he is thinking that “These things will give me protection.” Tesām pramatto nidhanam paśyann api na paśyati. Because he is crazy, he does Continue reading

WHAT KIND OF A MOON ADVENTURE IS THIS?


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Sri Narada Muni - the eternal spaceman

Sri Narada Muni – the eternal spaceman

In each and every planet there is a predominating deity. It is understood from Bhagavad-gita that in the sun there is a predominating deity named Vivasvān. Similarly, there is a predominating deity of the moon and of the various planets. Actually the predominating deities in all the other planets are Continue reading

The Bhāgavatam is the original commentary on the Vedanta-sūtras


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

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There is no point in arguing that a materialistic man can be happy. No materialistic creature—be he the great Brahmā or an insignificant ant—can be happy. Everyone tries to make a permanent plan for happiness, but everyone is baffled by the laws of material nature. Therefore the materialistic world is called the darkest region of God’s creation. Yet the unhappy materialists can get out of it simply by desiring to get out. Unfortunately they are so foolish that they do not Continue reading

THE WHOLE WORLD IS FULL OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

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The whole world is full of questions and answers. The birds, beasts and men are all busy in the matter of perpetual questions and answers. In the morning the birds in the nest become busy with questions and answers, and in the evening also the same birds come back and again become busy with questions and answers. The human being, unless he is fast asleep at night, is busy with questions and answers. The businessmen in the market are busy with questions and answers, and so also the lawyers in the court and the students in the schools and colleges. The legislators in the parliament are also busy with questions and answers, and the politicians and the press representatives are all busy with questions and answers. Although they go on making such questions and answers for their whole lives, they are not at all satisfied. Satisfaction of the soul can only be obtained by questions and answers on the subject of Krishna.

Krishna is our most intimate master, friend, father or son and object of conjugal love. Forgetting Krishna, we have created so many Continue reading

KRISHNA CAN CHANGE THE DESTINY OF A SURRENDERED SOUL


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

Johannesburg

21 October, 1975

 

 

 

To,

Satsvarupa das Gosvami

Los Angeles

 

 

 

My dear Satsvarupa das Maharaja,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated September 29, 1975, and I have noted the contents with care. Concerning your debate with the professor who claims that if God knows everything then His foreknowing makes men very much like puppets or machines.

Krishna protects a surrendered soul

Persons who think of God like himself has no knowledge of God. He immediately becomes a mudha, fool rascal. Avajananti mam mudha [Bg. 9.11] . . . God is omniscient and omnipotent. He knows everything what is going to happen. Therefore to save the living entity from future calamity He Continue reading

KARNA WAS BORN OUT OF HIS MOTHER’S EAR


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

New York

29 April, 1968

My Dear Nandarani and Dayananda,

Please accept my blessings. I am very pleased to receive your letters of April 23, 1968, and I am very thankful to you for your nice sentiments. You are very intelligent and nice boy and girl, and trying to understand Krishna Consciousness, and I can simply pray that you shall try to understand more and more about this transcendental science, and whenever possible, try to talk about Krishna Consciousness to your friends or whomever you may meet. Simply by this attempt you will get superior strength and knowledge about Krishna Consciousness. It doesn’t matter whether a man is convinced or not, but your sincere attempts to convince others will help you progress. Nandarani is very intelligent girl, both of you execute nicely and try to bring up your daughter in the same spirit, and live nicely in Krishna Consciousness.

Sun god appears before Kunti

Sun god appears before Kunti

So far your question about Karna, the first son of Kunti; that Radha was not the same Radha, as Krishna’s Radha. That was Karna’s adopted mother. Karna was born before Kunti was Continue reading

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

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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