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

“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


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


By Niraj Bidawatka


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