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

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with His disciples

Prabhupada: What is the basic philosophy for contraception…, contraceptive action?

Svarupa Damodara: Philosophy?

Prabhupada: Yes. Why do they prefer contraceptive method?

Svarupa Damodara: Their point being to reduce the population.

Prabhupada: Reduce the population.

Svarupa Damodara: Yes. Not to increase. Continue reading



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


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


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Arjuna says, sarvam etad rtam manye yad vadasi keśava: [Bg. 10.14] “My dear Krishna, whatever you say, I accept it in total.” Without any interpretation.

Bhagavad gita As It Is

But the rascals accept this Bhagavad-gita on the principle of ardha-kukkutī-nyāya. In the nyāya śāstra, there is a logic called ardha-kukkutī-nyāya. Kukkuti means the hen. The hen gives one egg every day. So the proprietor of the hen is considering that “This hen is very good. It is giving one egg every day. But its 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

What is the most important thing that the Bhagavad Gita teaches us?

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Surrender to Krishna

The most important instruction of the Bhagavad Gita is that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead (Bhagavan) and that we should surrender unto Him alone. We should understand that all the other so-called gods are in fact Continue reading

Do all Religions ultimately point to the same God?

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka

Yes. God is one and all religions point to the same God. Just as water is the same for all religions and for all castes, creeds and nationalities. Its called water in English, “neer” in sanskrit, “wasser” in German and “paani” in Hindi. But ultimately the substance is the same.

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Similarly, the Christians call Him “God”, Muslims call Him “Allah”, the Jews call Him “Jehovah” and the Hindus call Him “Bhagavan”. But ultimately He is the same person. From the Bhagavad Gita we can understand that Continue reading

Is the question, is there life after death, still unanswered?

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka:

In the circle of learned men, this question never arises because the educated and learned men are very well aware about the existence of life after death. It is only in the society of foolish men that this answer remains unanswered.

Those who are educated in the modern system, are unaware of this basic fact because they are not given any education about the soul. Unless one is taught about the existence of soul, one cannot factually understand that there is life after death.

The modern education system is simply churning out hard-working asses. Such innocent persons are unfortunately being given such an education, which revolves around the bodily concept of life – even so-called highly educated persons holding so-called exalted degrees and designations such as Doctors, PhDs, Judges, etc. do not know about the existence of the soul.

Dr. J. Stilson Judah

Srila Prabhupada with Dr. J. Stilson Judah

Whereas, even an uneducated fool in the Vedic society knew about life after death. The Bhagavad Gita gives complete information about the soul and about the existence of life after death. The Bhagavad Gita was spoken to Arjuna, who was speaking like an ignorant fool, and the first subject, which Krishna touched upon, was the existence of soul and informed him that there is life after death. If one talks foolishly, like Arjuna was doing, the first lesson that needs to be taught to him is that about the existence of life after death. Not only does life after death exist, but before this present life also, we have had innumerable lives.

So life after death exists. Complete information is available in the books of our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. You may also read the following blog-posts for a complete understanding of the cycle of birth and death:

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By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

For attaining Krishna consciousness, there are several stages. The first stage is faith or inquisitiveness. Just like you have come to me. This is the first stage, out of inquisitiveness or some faith, that “These people are teaching Krishna consciousness. We have heard it is very nice. Let us see what it is.” This is the first stage. One should be inquisitive and have a little faith or a little respect for Krishna consciousness. “It is very nice, they are speaking, doing nice work.” This is the first stage.

Srila Prabhupada leads Kirtana before delivering a lecture on the Bhagavad Gita

Srila Prabhupada leads Kirtana before delivering a lecture on the Bhagavad Gita

If you find it interesting in the first stage, then the second stage is to associate with us to understand more. Just like we are having our classes three days in a week. We are having morning classes daily, but for public we are holding classes in the evening from seven to nine in our temple. Perhaps you know. You have been there yesterday? So we are holding classes there and discussing on this book, having kirtana, distributing prasadam. So it is very nice. There is no labor. Simply you come, you hear nice songs, you dance, you take nice food, you hear nice philosophy, and you think over, and you may go home.

We don’t ask anybody that “You press your nose like this, you make your head down like this, make exercise like this.” We don’t ask anybody. But people automatically like to dance with us. Although dance is labor, but they like it. So the next stage is to associate with us, to understand more and more. This is the second stage, to associate.

Devotees dance blissfully while chanting Hare Krishna

Devotees dance blissfully while chanting Hare Krishna

First stage, faith and respect, and second stage, association. The third stage, if by association one becomes serious, that “I shall become a regular student of Swamiji,” that is third stage. That is called initiation. Just like these boys. They are initiated. So in that stage they are Continue reading

What is a good website for free books?

Answer by Niraj Bidawatka:

E-VEDAS – this is one of the best websites for free books because here you will find books written by Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acarya of the Hare Krishna Movement. Srila Prabhupada’s books contain the highest knowledge and after reading these books, one attains everlasting happiness. So if you want happiness in your life, then do visit this site and download all the sublime books for free.

What is a good website for free books?