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]

Translation

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.

inspecting-prasadam-arrangement

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?

THEIR MONEY WAS THROWN IN THE STREET

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

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

PRABHUPADA SPEAKS OUT ON THE KUNDALINI PROCESS OF YOGA


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

mad-gatenāntarātmanā

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

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

By chanting Hare Krishna, I can understand “Who I am”


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

You may inquire why we chant Hare Krishna.

“Hare Krishna” was chanted by Lord Chaitanya, who introduced this movement five hundred years ago in India. We are following the footprints of Lord Chaitanya. Because He chanted Hare Krishna, therefore we are also chanting Hare Krishna.

Lord Chaitanya dancing ecstatically to the transcendental chant of Hare Krishna

Lord Chaitanya dancing ecstatically to the transcendental chant of Hare Krishna

Lord Chaitanya has recommended that God has innumerable names, and any one of those names can be chanted, and there are no hard and fast rules and regulations for chanting. It is not that you have to prepare yourself or you have to educate yourself or you have to adjust yourself for chanting. No. Everyone can chant Hare Krishna. Similarly, there is no preoccupation or any rules and regulations.

So the benefit will be that Continue reading

The three stages of chanting Hare Krishna mantra


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

By chanting Hare Krishna mantra one becomes free from sinful reaction. Not only that, he becomes very soon a devotee. Not only does he become free from all sinful reactions of his life, but his mind becomes fixed up in the lotus feet of Krishna. So try to understand what is the result of chanting. By the offenseless chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, we remain freed from all sinful reaction of life and our attachment for the Supreme Lord in devotional service increases.

Prabhupada in Tompkins Square Park

Prabhupada chanting the Hare Krishna mantra

There was an argument between Haridasa Thakura and a brahmana. Haridasa Thakura said that by the offenseless chanting of the holy name of Lord, one not only does one become free, not only does he become brahma-bhuta (liberated), but his love of Godhead manifests. The dormant love of Godhead manifests and automatically he is liberated. So that brahmana protested that “Don’t exaggerate your chanting in this way. One becomes liberated after performing Continue reading

THE HALF HEN LOGIC MUST BE AVOIDED WHILE STUDYING BHAGAVAD GITA


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