USE YOUR MONEY PROPERLY – Part II: DON’T BUILD A SKYSCRAPER, BUILD A TEMPLE INSTEAD


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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That is Vedic civilization – if money comes, you don’t hate it. Welcome it. But it should be used properly. That is proper use. If you use your money properly, then you make your path parapavarga, clear. And if you misuse your money, then you become again entangled in the 8,400,000’s of species of life. Therefore, as recommended here: nārthasya dharmai-kāntasya. [This recommendation is for the] dharmaikāntasya – not for the irreligious demons, but for those, who are actually religious, dharmaikāntasya. Your money should not be free, should not be spent unnecessarily for sense gratification. Formerly, this was the civilization in India.

The Radha Madan-mohan Temple in Vrindavana. It was established 500 years ago by Srila Sanatana Goswa

We see so many big, big temples in South India, and in other places also, such as Vrindavana, but especially in South India. At the present moment, it is not possible to construct such huge, expensive temples. But actually, they were done by rich kings, rich mercantile people. That Madana-mohana temple (in Vrindavana) was constructed by a Sindhi merchant. He approached Sanātana Goswāmi, who was sitting underneath the tree, and his Madana-mohana was hanging in the tree. Continue reading

USE YOUR MONEY PROPERLY – DON’T SPEND IT ON SENSE ENJOYMENT


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Without artha, without money, how can we live? That is also explained here, nārthasya dharmaikāntasya kāmo lābhāya hi smrtah (SB 1.2.8). You require money, that’s all right, but not for sense gratification, not for going to the cinema. Here in Bombay city, people are earning money, lots of money. But we see there are lots of cinemas advertised — there are hundreds and thousands of cinema houses— and people go there and spend their money. They’re standing for three hours, four hours to take a ticket for going to the cinema. Therefore, actually those who are striving to be religious for getting relief from this hard struggle for existence, for them arthasya, you require some artha, money… Nārthasya dharmaikāntasya. If you are actually religious, then your artha should not be spent for sense gratification. Na arthasya dharmaikāntasya kāmo lābhāyo hi smrtah. Kāmah means sense gratification. It should be properly utilized. If you have got money, that should be properly utilized, not for sense gratification – wine, women, and hotel, and cinema. No. Then by your artha you are going to hell.

Chanakya Pandit, the great politician, he says… He was not a…, he was a religious brahmana, but he was not for salvation—he was more or less a politician—still he says, san-nimitte varam tyāge vināśe niyate sati. If you have got some money, it will be Continue reading

WHAT ARE TEMPORARY RELIGIONS AND WHY WE SHOULD GIVE THEM UP?


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

In this material world, the so-called dharmas, Hindu dharma, Muslim dharma and Christian dharma and Buddhist dharma and so many… They are not sad-dharma (eternal dharma). They are asad-dharma (temporary religions). “Because I am born in the family of a Christian, I am Christian.” “Because I am born in the family of Hindu, I am Hindu.” And next time I may (be) born in the family of a dog, then there is no dharma. So these are not sad-dharma. These are all asad-dharma, for the time being.

In the Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna tells us to abandon all types of religions and emphatically demands that we surrender exclusively to Him. This is Real Religion

Asad means “that, which will not stay.” You are Hindu. How long you are Hindu? Say, fifty years. Or you are Indian. How long you are Indian? Say, fifty, sixty, hundred years. But again you have to
become something else. That we do not know. We are working very hard, “I am Hindu,” “I am
Muslim,” “I am Indian,” “I am American.” These are upādhi (designations). But the upādhi, or
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Inquisitive Persons like to Hear about Krishna because they know it is Beneficial


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

apasyatam atma-tattvam (SB 2.1.2): Those who are ignorant of the atma-tattvam, they indulge in nidraya hriyate naktam vyavayena ca va (SB 2.1.3). This is their night’s business. And what is the day’s business? Diva carthehaya rajan: During daytime, “Where is money? Where is money? Where is money? Where is money? Where is money? Go here, go there, go there, go… All right, take money. Then how to utilize it?” Now, kutumba-bharanena va. ‘Then go to the shop. Purchase this thing for my wife, for my children, for this, for that.” So money earned and spent. And in the night: sleeping and mating. Then where is your time for cultivating Krsna consciousness? This is the position.

Those who are blind, who do not know what is the value of this life, this human form of life, they are busy in these things. Apasyatam atma-tattvam (SB 2.1.2). But actually, this life is meant for understanding atma-tattvam (nature of the soul). Athato brahma jijnasa. This life is not meant for living like cats and dogs: eating, sleeping, mating and defending. This is all cats’ and dogs’ business. Therefore those who are engaged only in these businesses: Continue reading

A SIMPLE LIFESTYLE IS HELPFUL IN REALIZING GOD


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The main problem confronting the conditioned souls is the repetition of birth, old age, disease and death. In the material world one has to work for the maintenance of the body and soul, but how can one perform such work in a way that is favorable for the execution of Krishna consciousness? Continue reading

One cannot approach Krishna unless one is free from all sins


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Vidura was undoubtedly a highly elevated and pious soul, otherwise he would not have taken his birth in the Kaurava family. To have high parentage, to possess wealth, to be highly learned and to have great personal beauty are all due to past pious acts. But such pious possessions are not sufficient for obtaining the grace of the Lord and being engaged in His transcendental loving service.

Lord Krishna beheads Shisupala

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Industrialism and Capitalism is no Material Advancement – It is material exploitation.


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

Rupanuga, the recipient of this letter, sitting at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada

Your seventh question, “How is it that there is so much material “advancement” in the USA even though there is no formal demigod worship? Is a man after economic development automatically worshiping Lord Siva whether he is making Yajna or not?”

Actually there is no material advancement in the USA. Material advancement means there is amply opportunity for eating, sleeping, mating, and defending. Superficially, it appears that in the USA there is sufficient provision of eating, sleeping, mating and defending, but actually nobody is safe even in his good apartment. I have got practical experience in New York. Several times my typewriter and tape recorders were stolen and the police could not take any action. There are many persons in the Bowery street, they have no shelter to live.

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When a Brahmin accepted a Prostitute as his Spiritual Master


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

We may not hate even the prostitutes if they are devotees of the Lord. Even to date there are many prostitutes in great cities of India who are sincere devotees of the Lord. By tricks of chance one may be obliged to adopt a profession which is not very adorable in society, but that does not hamper one in executing devotional service to the Lord. Devotional service to the Lord is uncheckable in all circumstances. It is understood herewith that even in those days, about five thousand years ago, there were prostitutes in a city like Dvārakā, where Lord Kṛṣṇa resided. This means that prostitutes are necessary citizens for the proper upkeep of society. The government opens wine shops, but this does not mean that the government encourages the drinking of wine. The idea is that there is a class of men who will drink at any cost, and it has been experienced that prohibition in great cities encouraged illicit smuggling of wine. Similarly, men who are not satisfied at home require such concessions, and if there is no prostitute, then such low men will induce others into prostitution. It is better that prostitutes be available in the marketplace so that the sanctity of society can be maintained. It is better to maintain a class of prostitutes than to encourage prostitutes within society. The real reformation is to enlighten all people to become devotees of the Lord, and that will check all kinds of deteriorating factors of life.

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Śrī Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura, a great ācārya of the Viṣṇusvāmī Vaiṣṇava sect, in his householder life was overly attached to a prostitute who happened to be a devotee of the Lord. One night when the Ṭhākura came to Cintāmaṇi’s house in torrents of rain and thunder, Cintāmaṇi was astonished to see how the Ṭhākura could come on such a dreadful night after crossing a foaming river which was full of waves. Continue reading

My Musings – 4: IF I AM GOD, THEN I MUST BE OMNISCIENT, OMNIPOTENT AND OMNIPRESENT


By Niraj Bidawatka

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead being worshiped by Lord Brahma, the demigod who creates the universe.

The Mayavadis say that everyone is God. But this is a faulty theory.

If I am God, then I should be omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, which are the inherent qualities of God. I should be able to deduce the thoughts, which are going on in your mind. I should be able to remain in my office as well as in my home at the same time. But, when I’m in my office, l cannot remain simultaneously at my home. So how can I be God? Thus, I’m neither omnipresent nor omniscient. I’m also not omnipotent, which is another quality of God. I am always fearful that some strong person may come and attack me.

When I bring this to the notice of the Mayavadis, they propose that if I meditate, then I shall acquire all these qualities and then I’ll become God.

But I have heard from Srila Prabhupada, that God is always God. He never becomes God. When Krishna was barely a newborn baby, He killed Putana, the gigantic demoness. So, God never becomes God by meditation. He is always God. Hence, I reject their theory that we can become God by meditation.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada with His Disciples

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A FOOLISH MAN CANNOT UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS OPERATING THIS MACHINE


In conversation with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Prabhupada: There is an operator. A child cannot think. Motor car is running. Child will think the motor car is running automatically. But a sane man will understand that there is a driver. So persons who deny the existence of God are like that. They see the machine. Nature is the machine. But behind the machine there is an operator. These rascals cannot understand. Nābhijānāti, mām ebhyah paramam, tribhir gunamayair bhāvair. Machine is working, nature is working, that much they can see. And behind the machine there is operator. That they cannot see. What is your answer? What the atheist will say? Has the atheist any experience that any machine works without operator? Has he got any experience?

Srila Prabhupada speaking to His disciples on a morning walk

Paramahamsa: No.

Prabhupada: Then why does he say?

Paramahamsa: But this whole universe—we cannot compare the whole universe with any machine created by man.

Prabhupada: Yes, yes. Why you bring man? This machine is created and being operated by God.

Paramahamsa: Well, we don’t have any experience of such a machine.

Prabhupada: Huh? What do you mean by machine. First of all define what is your idea of machine. Just like the other day we saw, we saw the Thompson place, being printed, being collected, and so many things are being done. It is like this. By machine the seasonal changes are going on, the sun is rising, the moon is rising, the water in the ocean, the waves are there. Everything, machine working. It is machine. Everything being systematically done. Such a big ocean, vast water, it is just on the brink, no more. It is so organized. The sun is rising exactly in time, astronomically. The astronomical watch is one ten-thousandth part of a second. It is so accurate. You’ll find everything is going on. Today is ekādaśī, eleventh day of the moon, the moon shall be like this. There one can see the moon and he can calculate. “Today is ekādaśī.” This is not machine? It is exactly, machine.

Paramahamsa: But the thing is this machine is so wonderful that it goes on without an operator. Continue reading