By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

As soon as you have got money. Best thing is, as soon as you get money, immediately you spend it for Krishna. Tyāgena means charity. Not that you starve. No. You keep yourself fit to execute Krishna consciousness, but don’t keep much money. Immediately give in charity to Krishna. Krishna can take your charity as much as you can give.

Just like Bali Mahārāja. Bali Mahārāja, he secured the whole three worlds. He became the master of the three worlds, i.e. the upper planetary system, lower planetary system, middle planets. But he was a devotee also. Therefore Krishna came to him as Vāmana.

Lord Vamana, the dwarf incarnation of Krishna

chalayasi vikramane balim adbhuta vāmana


keśava dhrta vāmana śarīra

jaya jagadīśa hare

So, because he was very proud of his possession, therefore Vāmanadeva came to Bali Mahārāja: “Mahārāja, you are ksatriya. I have heard that you are very charitable. If you can give me a little land?” So Bali Mahārāja was very much pleased: “Yes, I will give You. How much land do You want?” ‘Now, three feet.’ “Three feet? For this you have come to me?” ‘Yes, yes.’ So, “All right, I will give you three feet.”

So by one feet He covered the whole sky, and the other feet, he covered the whole lower planetary system. So Bali Mahārāja understood that what kind of beggar is He. (laughter) Yes. So Vāmanadeva said, “My dear Bali Mahārāja, you promised three feet, but by two feet you have finished all your possession. So what about the other feet?” Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The whole world is working so hard. They are going to the office, working hours to earn livelihood, but what is the pleasure? The pleasure is sex. That’s all. Their ultimate goal is sex. yan maithunādi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham [SB 7.9.45]. So, one should consider, “The sex indulgence is given to the hogs and dogs, and for the same enjoyment I have to work so hard?” This is knowledge. “For same enjoyment? I have got this human form of life for understanding Krishna, for understanding God, my position, what I am. I am not this body. I am spirit soul. I have been put into this body, and because I have been put into this body—the body is material—it must finished. It must be finished.” Continue reading

By the Mercy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Even an Ignorant Child can Understand the Absolute Truth

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chaitanya Charitamrita

Adi Lila- Chapter 2 – Verse 1


I offer my obeisances to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, by whose mercy even an ignorant child can swim across the ocean of conclusions about the ultimate truth, which is full of the crocodiles of various theories.


By the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, even an inexperienced boy with no educational culture can be saved from the ocean of nescience, which is full of various types of philosophical doctrines that are like dangerous aquatic animals. The philosophy of the Buddha, the argumentative presentations of the jnanis, the yoga systems of Patanjali and Gautama, and the systems of philosophers like Kanāda, Kapila and Dattātreya are dangerous creatures in the ocean of nescience. By the grace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu one can have real understanding of the essence of knowledge by avoiding these sectarian views and accepting the lotus feet of Krishna as the ultimate goal of life. Let us all worship Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for His gracious mercy to the conditioned souls.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Incarnation

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Incarnation

Adi Lila- Chapter 2 – Verse 2


O my merciful Lord Chaitanya, may the nectarean Ganges waters of Your transcendental activities flow on the surface of my desertlike tongue. Beautifying these waters are the lotus flowers of singing, dancing and loud chanting of Krishna’s holy name, which are the pleasure abodes of unalloyed devotees. These devotees are compared to swans, ducks and bees. The river’s flowing produces a melodious sound that gladdens their ears.


Our tongues always engage in vibrating useless sounds that do not help us realize transcendental peace. The tongue is compared to a desert because a desert needs a constant supply of refreshing water to make it fertile and fruitful. Water is the substance most needed in the desert. The transient pleasure derived from Continue reading

Don’t Remain in the False Conception that “I am making Spiritual Progress by doing Yoga” – Yogic Postures can only Nourish the Body – Not the Soul

By Niraj Bidawatka

Mostly everyone who practices pranayama (breathing exercises) and asanas (bodily postures), thinks that he is on the spiritual path. But this is a wrong conception because he has no idea of the spirit soul. Unless one does not have any idea about the “spirit”, how can he make any “spiritual” progress ? Secondly, when such pranayamas and asanas do not, in any way, nourish the spirit soul, such a belief that “I am progressing on the spiritual path”, is a mistaken idea. This is called illusion, or maya.

Devotees blissfully chanting Hare Krishna and making some tangible spiritual progress

Devotees blissfully chanting Hare Krishna and making some tangible spiritual progress

When one starts doing yogic exercises, his body feels rejuvenated and fit and strong. This bodily fitness gives him a feeling of Continue reading

They will present so many False Gods but they will not Worship the Real God

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Krishna, the Real God

The science of Krishna consciousness or God consciousness is not meant for the rascals. It is meant for the intellectual persons. Krishna yei bhaje sei bada catura: Unless one is very intelligent, he cannot be God conscious or Krishna conscious.

kaumāra ācaret prājno dharmān bhāgavatān iha

durlabham mānusam janma tad apy adhruvam arthadam

[Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.1]

Therefore this word is used: prājna: pra means prakrsta-rūpena, specifically. jna means a man of intellect. So Bhāgavata-dharma means to re-establish our lost relationship with God.

Therefore in every section of human society there is an attempt to re-establish our relationship with God. But at the present moment there is a systematic propaganda to forget whatever little relationship we have got with God. People may not understand what is the science of God, but still, people know that there is something like God. Continue reading

Every Householder Must Offer Food to the Lord – You Can Thus Satisfy All Your Guests

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srimad Bhagavatam

Canto 1 – Chapter 15 – Verse 11

During our exile, Durvasa Muni, who eats with his ten thousand disciples, intrigued with our enemies to put us in dangerous trouble. At that time He [Lord Krishna], simply by accepting the remnants of food, saved us. By His accepting food thus, the assembly of munis, while bathing in the river, felt sumptuously fed. And all the three worlds were also satisfied.


Durvasa Muni, a powerful mystic brahmana, had about ten thousand disciples, and wherever he visited and became a guest of the great kshatriya kings, he used to be accompanied by a number of followers. Once he visited the house of Duryodhana, the enemy cousin of Maharaja Yudhisthira. Duryodhana was intelligent enough to satisfy the brahmana by all means, and the great rsi wanted to give some benediction to Duryodhana. Duryodhana knew his mystic powers, and he knew also that the mystic brahmana, if dissatisfied, could cause some havoc, and thus he designed to engage the brahmana to show his wrath upon his enemy cousins, the Pandavas. When the rsi wanted to award some benediction to Duryodhana, the latter wished that he should visit the house of Maharaja Yudhisthira, who was the eldest and chief among all his cousins. But by his request he would go to him after he had finished his meals with his Queen, Draupadi. Duryodhana knew that after Draupadi’s dinner it would be impossible for Maharaja Yudhisthira to receive such a large number of brahmana guests, and thus the rsi would be annoyed and would create some trouble for his cousin Maharaja Yudhisthira. That was the plan of Duryodhana. Durvasa Muni agreed to this proposal, and he approached the King in exile, according to the plan of Duryodhana, after the King and Draupadi had finished their meals.

Bill Clinton volunteers for serving Prasadam at the Hare Krishna Temple in Bangalore

Bill Clinton volunteers for serving Prasadam at the Hare Krishna Temple in Bangalore

On his arrival at the door of Maharaja Yudhisthira, he was at once well received, and the King requested him to finish his noontime religious rites in the river, for by that time the foodstuff would be prepared. Durvasa Muni, along with his large number of disciples, went to take a bath in the river, and Maharaja Yudhisthira was in great anxiety about the guests. As long as Draupadi had not taken her meals, food could be served to any number of guests, but the rsi, by the plan of Duryodhana, reached there after Draupadi had finished her meals.

When the devotees are put into difficulty, they have an opportunity to recollect the Lord with rapt attention. So Draupadi was thinking of Lord Krishna in that dangerous position, and the all-pervading Lord could at once know the dangerous position of His devotees. He therefore came there on the scene and asked Draupadi to give whatever food she might have in her stock. On her being so requested by the Lord, Draupadi was sorrowful because the Supreme Lord asked her for some food and she was unable to supply it at that time. She said to the Lord that the mysterious dish which she had received from the sun-god could supply any amount of food if she herself had not eaten. But on that day she had already taken her meals, and thus they were in danger. Continue reading

Can I Enjoy Sex Life Daily and Still Become a Yogi by Attending a Yoga Class?

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

The goal of life is to know Krishna, who is situated within the heart of every living being as Paramatma, the four-handed Vishnu form. The yoga process is practiced in order to discover and see this localized form of Vishnu, and not for any other purpose. The localized vishnu-murti is the plenary representation of Krishna dwelling within one’s heart. One who has no program to realize this vishnu-murti is uselessly engaged in mock yoga practice and is certainly wasting his time. Krishna is the ultimate goal of life, and the vishnu-murti situated in one’s heart is the object of yoga practice.

Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

To realize this vishnu-murti within the heart, one has to observe complete abstinence from sex life; therefore one has to leave home and live alone in a secluded place, remaining seated as mentioned above. One cannot enjoy sex life daily at home or elsewhere and attend a so-called yoga class and thus become a yogi. One has to practice controlling the mind and avoiding all kinds of sense gratification, of which sex life is the chief. In the rules of celibacy written by the great Continue reading

Even a Dog-eater can become a Guru if he is a Devotee of Krishna

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Jagadguru Srila Prabhupada, the spiritual master of the entire world

Jagadguru Srila Prabhupada, the spiritual master of the entire world

Śva-paco means candāla, one who eats dogs. He is considered the lowest. There are different kinds of meat-eaters. But in India, there were no cow-flesh-eaters. Some of them were eating hogs, even dogs. But no government will allow to eat the flesh of a cow. No, that is not allowed. If you want to eat flesh, you can eat hogs and dogs, and goats also. But you cannot touch a cow. This is the restriction. First of all, they should not be meat-eaters. But even if you are a staunch meat-eater, still you cannot touch the cow. You can eat some other animal.

So śva-pacah means the dog-eaters. In Korea, and some parts of the world, they eat dogs. They Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Devotee (2): Prabhupada, I’ve heard that every one of us who is in the movement now has had some association with Lord Chaitanya.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Devotee (2): Is it so?

Prabhupada: Yes. He’s associating with Lord Chaitanya just now.

Devotee (2): Yes, now. But in some other life, this is what is…

Prabhupada: In other life may not be, but he is associating at the present. That’s a fact.

Atreya Rishi: When you first came, Srila Prabhupada, a lot of people probably presented you arguments such as, “If you call the movement God consciousness you’ll be more successful. If you not wear tilaka and do not shave your head and do not wear robes and do not go on sankirtana, you will be more successful.” And people still tell us things like this, that, “You tell us the philosophy, we like the philosophy, but why do you go on sankirtana?” So what were some of the arguments you presented to these type of people?

Devotees performing Sankirtana in New York City

Devotees performing Sankirtana in New York City

Prabhupada: This is the same argument, ardha-kukkuti-nyaya [Cc. Adi-lila 5.176]. You cut the mouth of the chicken because it eats, it is expensive, and keep the back side because it lays down egg. You see? An intelligent man said, I am getting an egg every day. So its back side is very good. But this side, (i.e. the mouth) is expensive, because it eats through it. So cut it. But he is so foolish that he does not know that if I cut the head, then the egg-giving business will also stop. Similarly, if you accept this philosophy, then you must accept this also.

Atreya Rishi: Yes, that is difference…

Prabhupada: If you don’t accept this kirtana, then it will prove that you don’t accept the philosophy.

Atreya Rishi: Yes. That’s the difference between Your Divine Grace and all these other bhogis. They make it according to Continue reading

Bhagavad Gita Tutorial: Why did Krishna bother to explain karma-yoga and jnana-yoga when bhakti-yoga is the only way to understand Krishna?

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Srila Prabhupada giving a lecture on the Bhagavad gita

Srila Prabhupada giving a lecture on the Bhagavad gita

Guru-kripa: If one can understand Krishna only through bhakti-yoga, why did Krishna bother to explain karma-yoga and jnāna-yoga in the Bhagavad gita?

Prabhupāda: Because there are third-class men, fourth-class men. They cannot understand bhakti-yoga immediately. But at end of the Bhagavad gita, Krishna  says, sarva-dharmān parityajya [Bg. 18.66], if you are intelligent, [give up all varieties of religion and surrender unto Me]. Sarva-guhyatam [Bg. 18.64]. Real knowledge is here: sarva-guhyatamam. He’s proposing bhakti-yoga at the end. That is the most confidential knowledge. It is not for everyone. How can one give up karma-yoga, jnāna-yoga, dhyāna-yoga? They cannot. But Krishna says, “This is the most confidential knowledge. If you accept this, then it is to be understood that you have knowledge.” It is not for everyone. Find out this verse.

Pusta Krishna:

sarva-guhyatamam bhüyah

śrnu me paramam vacah

isto ‘si me drdham iti

tato vaksyāmi te hitam

[Bg. 18.64]

“Because you are My very dear friend, I am speaking to you…”

Prabhupāda: It is to be spoken to the most confidential person. “You are My dear friend; therefore I am telling you.” Other rascals will Continue reading