By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

If you come here and dance and chant or ring the bell or anything about the ārātrika, if you see  anything you do, that is your permanent credit. Therefore, for the common man, this chance is given. This temple is meant for that purpose – that people will come to see the Deity.

Srila Prabhupada offering “aratrika”, a ceremony for showing respect and veneration to the Supreme Lord  

The Deity is Krishna. Don’t think otherwise. Krishna has agreed to be dressed by you. If you think of Krishna, about His virāt-rūpa (universal form), you will fail to Continue reading



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 designation may be changed at the next moment. This is temporary dharma for the body. Continue reading

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


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 should understand Religion on the basis of Philosophy and Logic

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Prahlāda Mahārāja says that this bhāgavata-dharma means to revive our lost relationship with God. We should know what is God. We should know what we are, living entities. We should know what is this material nature. We should know what is time, and we should know what are our real activities. So Bhāgavata-dharma is scientific knowledge. It is not sentiment.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Religion without philosophical understanding is sentiment. And philosophy without understanding of God is mental speculation. So we should not be both, neither sentimentalist nor dry mental speculator. There is a class of mental speculators, they’re writing volumes of books but there is no substance. And there are some religious fanatics, but they do not know, do not understand what is religion. So these two classes of men are now very prominent at the present moment. Continue reading

Paper currency is useless – If things are going on nicely, it has value, but in times of crisis it has no value

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

ye vā mayīse krta-sauhrdārthā

janesu dehambhara-vārtikesu

grhesu jāyātmaja-rātimatsu

na prīti-yuktā yāvad-arthāś ca loke

[SB 5.5.3]


Those who are interested in reviving Krishna consciousness and increasing their love of Godhead do not like to do anything that is not related to Krishna. They are not interested in mingling with people who are busy maintaining their bodies, eating, sleeping mating and defending. They are not attached to their homes, although they may be householders. Nor are they attached to wives, children, friends or wealth. At the same time, they are not indifferent to the execution of their duties. Such people are interested in collecting only enough money to keep the body and soul together.

So the recommendation is that if you want to go back home, back to Godhead, you have to practice austerities, penance. That austerity and penance is according to the age, deśa (place), kāla (time), pātra (candidate). Not that… Just like in the common law also, if a grown-up man commits some theft, he is punished more. And if a child or a boy commits theft, he is not so much punished. So there is consideration of deśa, kāla, pātra.


In Kali-yuga people cannot undergo very severe austerities. That is impossible for them, because mandāh sumanda-matayo manda-bhāgyā hy upadrutāh [SB 1.1.10]. They are already very much suppressed and suffering because they are all unfortunate (manda-bhāgyā). Mostly people, they have no provision for eating either today or tomorrow. There is no sufficient grains. Formerly even in the villages you would see that a common man had very good stock of food grains and cows, dhanyena dhanavan, gavaya dhanavan. Formerly the standard of richness was considered how many morai, the bank, what is called? Where grain is stocked? Silo. So in India it is called morai, grain stock. And how many cows one has got in stock. Then he is rich man. Nowadays how much paper money he has got. Actually it has no value. Suppose you have got some papers. Each paper it is written there “one thousand dollars.” But if there is no grain, what will this one-thousand-dollars paper will do?


It actually so happened in the last war in Germany. Their money was thrown in the street. Nobody cared to take it, because it had 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


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


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

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Young man: What do you think of kundalini or rāja-yoga?

Prabhupāda: We are practicing the emperor yoga. Therefore rāja-yoga is included there. The Bhagavad-gita says that,

yoginām api sarvesām


śraddhāvān bhajate yo mām

sa me yuktatamo matah

 [Bg. 6.47]

Anyone who is always thinking of Krishna within himself, he is the topmost yogi. Therefore a person who is in Krishna consciousness on the authority of Vedic literature, he is supposed to have surpassed all kinds of yogic principles. What is your understanding of kundalini yoga? Do you know?

Young man: It’s very dangerous.

Prabhupāda: So why do you accept such a dangerous thing?

Young man: No, I just wanted to know what you thought of it.

Prabhupāda: There is no need of… It is not possible to practice that yoga. The kundalini process of yoga is not possible in this age. It is a very Continue reading

Bhagavad Gita Tutorial: The Beginning of Spiritual Life is Surrender

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Namah means surrender. “Om namah” – this is the way of chanting Vedic mantra. Om means addressing the Absolute, and namah means “I am surrendering.” Every Vedic mantra begins with om namah. So this mantra is chanted with surrender, namah. Nothing can be done without surrender because our present conditional life is rebellious life. We have rebelled against the supremacy of the Personality of Godhead. That is conditioned life.

Prabhupada taking darshan of the deities

Prabhupada taking darshan of the deities

There are so many theses to support this rebellious condition. Somebody is thinking that “I am one with God”; somebody is thinking, “God is dead”; somebody is thinking, “There is no God”; somebody is thinking, “Why are you searching God? There are so many Gods loitering in the street.” So in this way, there are many theses. All of them are different symptoms of rebellious condition. The sum and substance is, just like atheists are boldly saying, “There is no God.” Continue reading