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

Krishna’s Mercy is always bestowed upon one who is sincerely serving Him


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

 

Hawaii

9 March, 1969

 

My Dear Sivananda,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your three letters post dated March 5, 1969, and I thank you very much for them. I have noted your points, and one thing is that the instruction given by one gentleman Mr. Somanatha to go to India as agriculturalists is absurd. Don’t be carried away by all this nonsense advice. So far Indian authority is concerned for preaching work, I am prepared to go to your center for preaching at any time you call me. Your statement that you will try to organize the Hamburg Center very nicely and have a smooth running energetic temple when I go there is also very encouraging. Please stick to this principle without any diversion.

lecture-in-temple-room

Take it from me that I am always praying to Lord Krishna for your success in Krishna Consciousness movement.  You’re very sincere devotee and if you simply stick to the principles, success is sure for your life. Continue reading

A Disciple may leave the Bonafide Spiritual Master but the Spiritual Master never lets go of His disciple


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

 

 

Calcutta

23 November, 1967

 

 

 

My Dear Umapati,

Please accept my blessings. I am so glad to receive your letter dated 15th Nov. 1967. You’re very anxious to see me back in New York and I may inform you that I had settled to be in San Francisco on the 24 of Nov. but due to a petty revolution in Calcutta I am not able to leave. Future arrangements are pending. I wish to go from San Francisco to the other two new branches and then return to New York.

Prabhupada with His disciples

Prabhupada with His disciples during the early days of ISKCON

I am so glad to learn that you are now getting the fruit of chanting Hare Krishna. Hare Krishna is so nice that it clears the dirty things from the mind of the devotee and the more one is used to chant the Holy Name offenselessly, the more one develops love of God, forgetting the whole material nonsense. (It is my duty to deliver you the right thing in right earnestness and it is the duty of the receiver to act in the standard spiritual regulation. When you left us I simply prayed to Krishna for your return to Krishna Consciousness because that was my duty. Any good soul who approaches me once for spiritual enlightenment is supposed to be depending on my responsibility to get him back to Krishna, back to home. The disciple may misunderstand a bona fide spiritual master being obliged to do so under pressure of Maya’s influence. But a bona fide spiritual master never lets go of a devotee once accepted. When a disciple misunderstands a bona fide spiritual master, the master regrets for his inability to protect the disciple and sometimes he cries with tears in the eyes. We had an experience while my Guru Maharaja was alive. One of His disciples who accepted sannyasa was one day forcibly dragged by his wife. My Guru Maharaja lamented with tears in His eyes saying that He could not save the soul.) Continue reading

INFLATION IS DUE TO PAPER CURRENCY


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

 

 

Tirupati

28 April, 1974

 

 

 

Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Balavanta,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of April 18, 1974.

As for political speaking, first of all, don’t go so much into the details of the affairs. Our message is that people should elect pure God Conscious leaders – that is our main statement. We cannot go into details. As a side touch you can speak on inflation.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Yes inflation is due to paper currency. As for land ownership, in the Vedic civilization the land was given to the people for cultivation not for ownership, and a tax was collected which was 25% of the person’s income. The land belonged to the state and the man would cultivate it and pay 25% to the state. If he has no income then he doesn’t have to pay. If he doesn’t pay tax he may be disowned of the land. One cannot get land from the government unless he agrees to produce something and if everyone produces food then there is no scarcity. At least he has his own food produced by himself. Now people are educated as sudras. They are going to work, to produce what is not urgently needed by society. Continue reading

Prabhupada addresses Alfred Ford’s Questions on Sannyasa and Cow-slaughter


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

 

 

Los Angeles

16 July, 1974

 

 

 

 

Teton Village, Wyoming

Dear Sriman Alfred Ford:

So far as your questions are concerned, in India a sannyasi or a person in the renounced order of life is always honored. Even in this fallen down condition of India, a sannyasi is honored everywhere, and he has no problem for his living condition. So you are correct that a person in the renounced order of life is honored. Unfortunately some unscrupulous men take advantage of this renounced order dress and being filled up with all material desires they commit so many wrongful things, and the people in general take note of it and gradually the honor for the sannyasi is dwindling. Exactly like a person having received some counterfeit money is always afraid of being cheated, but this does not mean there is no good money. So unscrupulous men on account of this age of Kali yuga are taking advantage of sannyasi dress and are exploiting the people. So there is very awkward, and even a genuine sannyasi is sometimes in trouble. In the sastras therefore it is stated that unless one is perfectly detached from material things he should not be allowed to accept sannyasa order.

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Alfred Ford, the great grandson of Henry Ford

I am very glad that you are so much inquisitive about the sense of the sastras. Yes, Krishna always gives shelter to the surrendered soul. Krishna never allows a brahmana to be killed. In the Bhagavad-gita it is stated as follows:

kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati [Bg. 9.31]

“My dear son of Kunti, be assured and declare it to the whole world that My devotee is never vanquished.”

Krishna is also worshiped as namo brahmanyaya devaya. His first business is to give protection to the cows and the brahmanas.

Alfred Ford ){

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with His disciples. Alfred Ford is on the immediate left of Srila Prabhupada

Now this question may be raised why are so many cows being killed in the slaughterhouse. The answer is that those who are Continue reading

What if Muslims or Christians deny to chant the name of Krishna?


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

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with Father Emmanuel Jungclaussen

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with Father Emmanuel Jungclaussen

For all practical purposes if we systematically preach to chant the holy name of Godhead, I think nobody, including even the religious fanatics, will take objection to it. Every human being has a conception of the Supreme Truth. That conception is presented in some concrete shape. If therefore the Mussulman or the Christian denies to chant the name of Rama or Krishna we may Continue reading

“OM” IS THE IMPERSONAL SOUND FORM OF KRISHNA


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

 

 

London

15 November, 1969

 

 

 

My Dear Harold Torf,

Please accept my blessings. I am very glad to receive your letter dated November 11, 1969, and I am so much obliged to you for your kindly offering me your service. You are rightly placed by Krishna’s Grace under Brahmananda, and you try to follow his instructions. As soon as he will recommend, I shall initiate you; most probably when I return to Boston. Your picture shows you are a very nice boy, promising to become a good Vaisnava in the future. Krishna has sent you for being taken care of by us, so we shall do our best. You also kindly try to follow our instructions.

His Divine Grace chanting Hare Krishna in his quarters at Los Angeles

His Divine Grace chanting Hare Krishna in his quarters at Los Angeles

Regarding Omkar, you may know that Om is the impersonal sound form of Krishna. Those who are unable to utter immediately the Sweet Name of Krishna, they are recommended to chant Om. Just like a child is taught to make Continue reading

The Philosophy of being Cent Percent Dependent on the Mercy of God


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

Srila Prabhupada leading the blissful chant of Hare Krishna

Srila Prabhupada leading the blissful chant of Hare Krishna

In the Western World, people are simply interested more in politics because the problems here are materialistic. In the material way of life, people are embarrassed with the thoughts of how I shall sleep, how I shall eat, how I shall mate, and how I shall defend. That is the way of material life. Continue reading

Those who are agitated in the mind, they will neither hear Krishna Conscious philosophy nor Christian philosophy


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

 

Montreal

August 23, 1968

 

(Letter to: Unknown)

 

 

Brahman realization is considered catastrophic in the sense if one does not make further progress to Krishna Consciousness. The less intelligent class of men give more stress on the Brahman realization and they take it as final, so this conclusion is a catastrophe. Because one has to make further progress for Paramatma realization, and further progress for God realization. If one finalizes everything by Brahman realization, certainly that is a catastrophe.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhakivedanta Swami Prabhupada with his international disciples

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhakivedanta Swami Prabhupada with his international disciples

Yes, without cleaning the mind, nobody can advance in spiritual understanding. And the chanting of Hare Krishna is the cleansing process of the mind. That is our motto.

When one realizes the Personality of Godhead, he automatically realizes the impersonal Brahman. When you understand what is the sun planet, automatically you understand what is the sunshine. Understanding of the sunshine does not include understanding of the sun planet. So impersonal realization is always imperfect, whereas personal realization is always complete and perfect.

Eating is for maintaining the body, not for luxury or for satisfying the demands of the tongue

Yes, the point is that we should not eat more than required. Eating, sleeping, mating, all these are material demands; the more we minimize, then that is good, but not at the risk of health. Because we have to work for Krishna, so we must maintain our health nicely. But we should not eat more than is required for maintaining body and soul together. That is the principle. It does not mean, however, that if one’s body requires more food for maintaining it, that he should imitate someone who requires less food. The real point is that eating is for maintaining the body, not for luxury or for satisfying the demands of the tongue. Yes, you are right in saying that in the beginning of devotional service that one can only see Krishna in the Deity and the prasadam that is offered to Him. But, anyway, if anyone has the tendency to eat more, then let him eat more prasadam, than (eat) any nonsense, but eating more is not encouraged. But it is not that if I want more food that, artificially, I shall eat less. Yes, green dahl, yellow dahl, it does not matter, they are both o.k.

We chant Hare Krishna because Lord Caitanya also chanted Hare Krishna

Those who are agitated in the mind, they will neither hear neither Krishna Conscious philosophy nor Christian philosophy. So to make the mind smoother, you should chant Hare Krishna nicely, not to do it by changing the philosophical topics. The chanting will work. When there is no possibility of talking philosophy, we should simply chant, nothing more. Don’t talk anything. That will help both the singer and the audience. Your little speech is very nice. Caitanya Mahaprabhu also said there are millions of Names of God, and one can chant any one of them he prefers. We chant Hare Krishna because Lord Caitanya also chanted Hare Krishna. We recommend to chant any Name of God, but we prefer to chant the Holy Name of God, Krishna, following the Footprints of Lord Caitanya.

If somebody makes distinction between Hindu or Christian philosophy, he is not a philosopher

The ignorant people, they do not understand either Christian philosophy or Hindu philosophy. If somebody Continue reading

The Hare Krishna movement is so potent that it can do more than what is attempted by the United Nations


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

Los Angeles

22 April, 1970

Tokyo

My Dear Sriman Minoru and Kenji,

Please accept my blessings. This is the first time I am addressing to some of my Japanese friends and admirers and I am so glad to receive your nice letters. Sriman Sudama Das Adhikari has gone to your country carrying the message of Bhagavad-gita and I am so glad to learn that you two boys are cooperating with him in this great mission.

Devotees chanting Hare Krishna on the streets

Devotees chanting Hare Krishna on the streets

I am very glad to learn also that you are feeling joy while chanting the mantra Hare Krishna. Yes, it is exactly like this. If anyone chants this mantra in good faith and in simple understanding, then surely this transcendental vibration will act immediately in spiritual bliss. Please therefore continue to chant this mantra as many times as possible throughout the day and night. I do not think there is any inconvenience or loss on your part if you do so all the time. Even when you are walking, you can softly chant Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, or even when you are on the bus going to somewhere you can also chant. When you are working with your hands you can also chant and when you are resting or going to take rest you can also chant. Even in your toilet room while taking bath you can also chant. In this way there is no limitation or restriction for chanting this Holy Name of God, Krishna, and His Energy, Hara. In doing this business there is no loss, but there is very great gain which is transcendental realization. Continue reading