WHENEVER THERE IS NEW BRANCH OF OUR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS SOCIETY, I BECOME VERY VERY HAPPY


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

 

Delhi

3 October, 1967

 

My Dear Nandarani, Krishna devi, Subala das, and Uddhava,

The Western World Headquarters of ISKCON at Los Angeles, California, USA

Please accept my blessings. I am very glad to know that you are now in Los Angeles & organizing the most important temple. I had great desire to have our center in L.A. & by grace of Krishna you have fulfilled my desire. I had another great desire to open a temple in London and hoped also that Kirtanananda after accepting sannyasa would do this job. For this purpose he was given an introductory letter to a London lady along with expenses. However out of his whim he did not go to London but went directly to New York. This is a terrible example and it has shocked me. Continue reading

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Although Modern Philanthropic Physicians Open Gigantic Hospitals, There Are No Hospitals to Cure the Material Disease of the Spirit Soul


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chaitanya Charitamrita

Adi Lila | Chapter 10 
Text 51

cikitsā karena yāre ha-iyā sadaya

deha-roga bhava-roga,—dui tāra ksaya

TRANSLATION

As Murari Gupta treated his patients, by his mercy both their bodily and spiritual diseases subsided.

PURPORT

Murari Gupta could treat both bodily and spiritual disease because he was a physician by profession and a great devotee of the Lord in terms of spiritual advancement. This is an example of service to humanity. Everyone should know that there are two kinds of diseases in human society.

The entrance of Murari Gupta's house in Mayapur-Navadvipa Dhama, West Bangal | Sri Murari Gupta was an intimate associate of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

The entrance of Murari Gupta’s house in Mayapur-Navadvipa Dhama, West Bangal | Sri Murari Gupta was an intimate associate of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

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I might have sold about half a million copies of this “Easy Journey” – My Krishna books are selling more than that!


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

 

Toronto

7 August, 1975

 

 

To,

Dr. Y. G. Naik, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Retired Principal, Gujarat College,

66 Hemdeep, Sharda Society

Ahmedabad, 7 INDIA

 

 

Dear Dr. Naik:

Please accept my greetings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated July 11, 1975. After long years it is pleasing and surprising to receive an affectionate letter from you. I think I met you sometimes in the year 1958. Since then in 1965 I came to America and started this missionary activity from New York in 1966. Now the Society has got about 100 branches all over the world. And, everywhere we have got Deity worship; Guru Gauranga, Radha Krishna, and Jagadisa.

Srila Prabhupada cooking a feast

Srila Prabhupada cooking a feast

Prasadam in this country means a full meal. From the very beginning even when I was alone, I was cooking myself for at least one dozen men, and I distributed full meals. According to Caitanya Mahaprabhu philosophy, prasadam should be taken up to the neck, akantha. In Jagannatha Puri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s only occupation was holding Sankirtana at least four hours every day and distributing prasadam to the devotees. It is stated in the Caitanya Caritamrta that the Lord was so liberal that He would give to every man prasadam quite sufficient for being eaten by two or three men. So we are trying to follow by distributing prasadam very liberally, and we invite everyone without any discrimination. Everywhere we have got temples we distribute prasadam especially to the poorer men. I am enclosing one issue of our “Back to Godhead” magazine which contains photos of our prasadam distribution starting on page 12. This prasadam distribution is going on all over the world.

Regarding the free distribution of books, there is no need in this country. They have sufficient money and sometimes they pay more than the price. Here in this country if literature is given free of charge, they throw it away. In most cases, we offer our books and ask for a contribution. And, sometimes they pay three rimes or four times the requested price. So about money matters they are very liberal. Krishna has given them money, and they spend it very liberally. Continue reading

When the government can take your life and plunder your property as it likes, then where is the law?


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

Prabhupada: “(In Kali yuga), the government men will take up the policy of plunderers and rogues,” that is stated in the Bhagavatam 12.2.8. Dasyu-dharma. Dasyu means plunderer. He catches: “What you have got, give me.” This will be government. “What you have got, give me.” Bas. You cannot say anything. “Law.” Plundering is law. Then where is your government? If killing is law, plundering is law, then what is this government? Government means to give security to the property and life. So when the government will make law, “I can take your life whenever I like, and I can plunder your property as I like,” then where is the law?

Pusta Krishna: The government’s duty, then, is to protect.

Prabhupada: Yes, that is government. That is ksatriya. Ksat trāyate iti ksatriya. Ksat means injury, and one who gives protection from injury, he is ksatriya. Just like Parikshit Maharaja. As soon as he saw that a cow was being killed, immediately he said, “Who are you, rascal? You are trying to kill this cow in my kingdom?” That is ksatriya. And nowadays, even if I kill you, the police will see from there; he’ll not come. This is government. And when the killing is finished, then he will say, “Who is this man?” He’ll note down, “A man is killed.” And then inquiry, and then finished. Who is the man killed and what is happened? Nothing of the sort. Inquiry and finish. Big commission report.

Giriraja with Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk at Juhu Beach, Mumbai

Madhudvisa: They have made a survey in America. They have made a survey that nine out of every ten crimes never get solved in America.

Prabhupada: No, it cannot be solved.

Madhudvisa: So the criminal is very much encouraged, because he has only one chance in ten of getting caught – whether he robs a bank or steals or rapes or something like that.

Prabhupada: But for this purpose they are maintaining huge police force, and you are earning money and tax, that’s all.

Ramesvara: The police, all accept bribes. They all accept bribes or they do some illegal business themselves with the criminals they capture.

Prabhupada: Yes, regular… Every criminal has got an organization to bribe the police. And the police does not take directly, and some in-between man, or agent collects from the criminal and gives to the police. In India this is going on. I know that. A via-media man, he makes fortune. Yes. Whatever is collected, ten percent he takes, and balance is given to the police. There is a confectioner in Delhi. He is selling jalebi. You know jalebi?

Devotees: Yes.

Prabhupada: He has got ten lakhs of rupees because he collects Continue reading

BAD MONEY DRIVES AWAY GOOD MONEY: GOOD MONEY MEANS GOLD COINS


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with His disciples in Germany

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with His disciples in Germany

In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna, the Supreme Lord, ordered that “You give up all engagements. Just surrender and I’ll give you protection.” But people sometimes misunderstand Him. There are many so-called commentators on the Bhagavad-gita. They mislead people by giving some wrong commentation on Krishna. One big scholar in India, Dr. Radhakrishnan, he gives comments on a verse where there is a direct order of Krishna: man-manā bhava mad-bhakto, mad-yājī mām namaskuru [Bg. 18.65], that “You become My devotee, always think of Me, offer your obeisances unto Me.”

But Radhakrishnan comments in a different way. Continue reading

“COMPROMISE” MEANS YOU WANT SOME MONEY BY CHEATING AND BY BLUFFING


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

WE ARE NOT FORCIBLY PUSHING KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS UNTO YOU


In conversation with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada with His disciples

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

Prabhupāda: Take Krishna consciousness. There is no tax. There is no loss. But everything is gained. Try it. At least, make an experiment for week or for fortnight and see. It is not difficult. Simply we must be willing. That’s all. Because every one of us are independent. Not fully, little. So we can use our independence, we can misuse our independence. So here is the offering. Take Krishna consciousness. Now it is your choice. If you can take, it is good. If you don’t take, that is your good wish. Is there any difficulty to accept our formula? I ask all of you, is there any difficulty? I am asking this. You have asked so many questions of me. Is there any difficulty to accept this formula?

Young man: No.

Prabhupāda: So why don’t you take it?

Young man: I have.

Prabhupāda: Thank you. (laughter) It is so simple, nice. Try to understand by Continue reading

How Tamaal Krishna Stopped Smoking Cigarettes?


Tamaal Krishna Goswami with His Divine Grace Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Tamaal Krishna Goswami with His Divine Grace Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Tamaal Krishna Goswami: Before I met you, Srila Prabhupada, I was smoking cigarettes. So I tried to stop smoking so many times because someone would Continue reading

DISEASE AND DISTRESS – THE GIFTS OF NATURE IN A GODLESS CIVILIZATION


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

League of Devotees Jhansi

The premises of “The League of Devotees” in Jhansi, India (circa 1952)

This letter dates back to the year 1956 AD, when Prabhupada was preaching Krishna consciousness in India through “The League of Devotees”, an organization, which he had personally established for the propagation of the Holy Name. However, since Indians were more interested in imitating western culture and lifestyle, Srila Prabhupada did not achieve the kind of success, which he achieved when he established the International Society for Krishna consciousness in New York in 1966.

In stark contrast to the Indians, the Americans and Europeans wholeheartedly embraced the message of Srila Prabhupada because they were fed up with their atheistic culture. On the other hand, Indians, having given up their rich spiritual legacy, were trying to imitate the western hedonistic culture.

So please read the following letter which is addressed to the members of the League of Devotees (circa 1956), wherein Prabhupada is pleading them to contribute to the preaching activities of The League of Devotees.

 

 

 

 

Bombay

THE LEAGUE OF DEVOTEES INC.

Under Societies Act No. XXI 1860

Editor: “Back to Godhead”

Founder Secretary: Goswami Abhay Charan Bhaktivedanta.

Bombay Office: 93, Narayan Dhuru St. Bombay-3.

Dated as post mark.

 

 

To,

The Members,

League of Devotees

 

 

 

On the Supreme Order of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaj, I beg to inform you that it is now high time to revive the divine consciousness of mankind, the people in general, modern leaders, philosophers, and religionists – considering the deteriorated world situation in every respect.

Dormant divine consciousness of the living entity is developed in the human being by natural evolution but it is sometimes snubbed down by Continue reading

Religion means Laws of God: Devotees abide by them and demons violate them


In Conversation with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Prabhupada: Religious principles cannot be manufactured by anyone within this universe. They are codes or laws given by God. That is religion. That means we have to know who is God, what is His desire, and we have to abide by that. That is religion. Just like a good citizen means “he knows the government and the government’s laws and he abides by it.” Then he is a good citizen. Otherwise he is a criminal. If he does not abide by the laws of the state, he is a criminal. Similarly, if one does not abide by the orders or the codes or the laws of God, he is Satan or demon. Therefore anyone who is disobedient to God, he cannot have any good qualification [harāv abhaktasya kuto mahad-gunāh (SB 5.18.12)]. Whereas, one who is a devotee, abiding by the orders of God, he has got all the good qualification of God’s [yasyāsti bhaktir bhagavaty akincanā sarvair gunais tatra samāsate surah (SB 5.18.12)].

Prabhupada sitting on Vyasa Asana

Therefore, it is the duty of the state, the duty of the father, the duty of the teacher, everyone – those who are guardians— that they should teach their subordinates how to become faithful to God. This one qualification will make him perfect. That is not being done. Everyone is godless mostly. And therefore there are problems, chaotic condition. Nobody is abiding by the supreme law. Everyone is creating his own law. That is the trouble. So our Krishna consciousness movement is meant for making the human society law-abiding citizen of the laws given by God. So that is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, wherein Krishna, God, is giving, “You do like this.” Or take even the Bible. If we follow strictly, then we become happy. So, am I right or wrong? What is your opinion?

Guest (1) (Indian gentleman): You are very right in saying this because we cannot solve any problem. The problems keep on multiplying. When we solve one problem, there are twenty ahead of us.

Prabhupāda: Our first problem is, because we have got this material body, eating. Everyone must eat. So Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, annād bhavanti bhūtāni: [Bg. 3.14] “If there is sufficient food grains, then both man and animal, they become happy.” Therefore our first religion is to produce food grain sufficiently to feed everyone. Krsi-go-raksya-vānijyam vaiśya-karma svabhāva [Bg. 18.44]. This matter has been entrusted to the vaiśyas. They should produce sufficient food and give protection to the cows for sufficient milk. Then the whole human society, animal society, will be happy.

Instead of producing food we are producing motor cars and weapons

But we are disobeying the orders or the rules given by God. Instead of producing food, we are producing motorcars. And motor tires, motor parts. And so many other things. And therefore people are starving. The manual labor is being misused. We are Continue reading