One cannot approach Krishna unless one is free from all sins


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Vidura was undoubtedly a highly elevated and pious soul, otherwise he would not have taken his birth in the Kaurava family. To have high parentage, to possess wealth, to be highly learned and to have great personal beauty are all due to past pious acts. But such pious possessions are not sufficient for obtaining the grace of the Lord and being engaged in His transcendental loving service.

Lord Krishna beheads Shisupala

Continue reading

When a Brahmin accepted a Prostitute as his Spiritual Master


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

We may not hate even the prostitutes if they are devotees of the Lord. Even to date there are many prostitutes in great cities of India who are sincere devotees of the Lord. By tricks of chance one may be obliged to adopt a profession which is not very adorable in society, but that does not hamper one in executing devotional service to the Lord. Devotional service to the Lord is uncheckable in all circumstances. It is understood herewith that even in those days, about five thousand years ago, there were prostitutes in a city like Dvārakā, where Lord Kṛṣṇa resided. This means that prostitutes are necessary citizens for the proper upkeep of society. The government opens wine shops, but this does not mean that the government encourages the drinking of wine. The idea is that there is a class of men who will drink at any cost, and it has been experienced that prohibition in great cities encouraged illicit smuggling of wine. Similarly, men who are not satisfied at home require such concessions, and if there is no prostitute, then such low men will induce others into prostitution. It is better that prostitutes be available in the marketplace so that the sanctity of society can be maintained. It is better to maintain a class of prostitutes than to encourage prostitutes within society. The real reformation is to enlighten all people to become devotees of the Lord, and that will check all kinds of deteriorating factors of life.

IMG-20170417-WA0007

Śrī Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura, a great ācārya of the Viṣṇusvāmī Vaiṣṇava sect, in his householder life was overly attached to a prostitute who happened to be a devotee of the Lord. One night when the Ṭhākura came to Cintāmaṇi’s house in torrents of rain and thunder, Cintāmaṇi was astonished to see how the Ṭhākura could come on such a dreadful night after crossing a foaming river which was full of waves. Continue reading

IF YOU GIVE CHARITY TO KRISHNA, YOU CAN PURCHASE KRISHNA


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

As soon as you have got money. Best thing is, as soon as you get money, immediately you spend it for Krishna. Tyāgena means charity. Not that you starve. No. You keep yourself fit to execute Krishna consciousness, but don’t keep much money. Immediately give in charity to Krishna. Krishna can take your charity as much as you can give.

Just like Bali Mahārāja. Bali Mahārāja, he secured the whole three worlds. He became the master of the three worlds, i.e. the upper planetary system, lower planetary system, middle planets. But he was a devotee also. Therefore Krishna came to him as Vāmana.

Lord Vamana, the dwarf incarnation of Krishna

chalayasi vikramane balim adbhuta vāmana

pada-nakha-nīra-janita-jana-pāvana

keśava dhrta vāmana śarīra

jaya jagadīśa hare

So, because he was very proud of his possession, therefore Vāmanadeva came to Bali Mahārāja: “Mahārāja, you are ksatriya. I have heard that you are very charitable. If you can give me a little land?” So Bali Mahārāja was very much pleased: “Yes, I will give You. How much land do You want?” ‘Now, three feet.’ “Three feet? For this you have come to me?” ‘Yes, yes.’ So, “All right, I will give you three feet.”

So by one feet He covered the whole sky, and the other feet, he covered the whole lower planetary system. So Bali Mahārāja understood that what kind of beggar is He. (laughter) Yes. So Vāmanadeva said, “My dear Bali Mahārāja, you promised three feet, but by two feet you have finished all your possession. So what about the other feet?” Continue reading

Every Householder Must Offer Food to the Lord – You Can Thus Satisfy All Your Guests


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srimad Bhagavatam

Canto 1 – Chapter 15 – Verse 11
TRANSLATION

During our exile, Durvasa Muni, who eats with his ten thousand disciples, intrigued with our enemies to put us in dangerous trouble. At that time He [Lord Krishna], simply by accepting the remnants of food, saved us. By His accepting food thus, the assembly of munis, while bathing in the river, felt sumptuously fed. And all the three worlds were also satisfied.

PURPORT

Durvasa Muni, a powerful mystic brahmana, had about ten thousand disciples, and wherever he visited and became a guest of the great kshatriya kings, he used to be accompanied by a number of followers. Once he visited the house of Duryodhana, the enemy cousin of Maharaja Yudhisthira. Duryodhana was intelligent enough to satisfy the brahmana by all means, and the great rsi wanted to give some benediction to Duryodhana. Duryodhana knew his mystic powers, and he knew also that the mystic brahmana, if dissatisfied, could cause some havoc, and thus he designed to engage the brahmana to show his wrath upon his enemy cousins, the Pandavas. When the rsi wanted to award some benediction to Duryodhana, the latter wished that he should visit the house of Maharaja Yudhisthira, who was the eldest and chief among all his cousins. But by his request he would go to him after he had finished his meals with his Queen, Draupadi. Duryodhana knew that after Draupadi’s dinner it would be impossible for Maharaja Yudhisthira to receive such a large number of brahmana guests, and thus the rsi would be annoyed and would create some trouble for his cousin Maharaja Yudhisthira. That was the plan of Duryodhana. Durvasa Muni agreed to this proposal, and he approached the King in exile, according to the plan of Duryodhana, after the King and Draupadi had finished their meals.

Bill Clinton volunteers for serving Prasadam at the Hare Krishna Temple in Bangalore

Bill Clinton volunteers for serving Prasadam at the Hare Krishna Temple in Bangalore

On his arrival at the door of Maharaja Yudhisthira, he was at once well received, and the King requested him to finish his noontime religious rites in the river, for by that time the foodstuff would be prepared. Durvasa Muni, along with his large number of disciples, went to take a bath in the river, and Maharaja Yudhisthira was in great anxiety about the guests. As long as Draupadi had not taken her meals, food could be served to any number of guests, but the rsi, by the plan of Duryodhana, reached there after Draupadi had finished her meals.

When the devotees are put into difficulty, they have an opportunity to recollect the Lord with rapt attention. So Draupadi was thinking of Lord Krishna in that dangerous position, and the all-pervading Lord could at once know the dangerous position of His devotees. He therefore came there on the scene and asked Draupadi to give whatever food she might have in her stock. On her being so requested by the Lord, Draupadi was sorrowful because the Supreme Lord asked her for some food and she was unable to supply it at that time. She said to the Lord that the mysterious dish which she had received from the sun-god could supply any amount of food if she herself had not eaten. But on that day she had already taken her meals, and thus they were in danger. 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.

alfred-ford-1

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

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

Democracy is a farce – So many rascals are elected simply by votes


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

krishna and Kamsa

Lord Krishna kills Kamsa, His maternal uncle

Arjuna was a great warrior, fighter, and for a ksatriya, to kill one is not a very difficult task. The ksatriyas are trained up. Hunting is allowed for the ksatriyas. Just like medical practitioners, they are trained up how to practice surgical operation on dead body. Of course, it is not possible for a gentleman, to push knife in someone’s body. It is naturally a very difficult thing. But rogues and thieves, they can stab. So as the doctors, medical men, surgeons are trained up to operate their knife on the dead body to see where are the nerves, similarly, ksatriyas are also allowed (to hunt) for being trained “how to kill”. Ksatriya means ksat. Ksat means injury. And tra means trāyate (saves). A ksatriya has to save the citizens from being injured by others. Brāhmana means one who knows brahma, the supreme. So brāhmana, ksatriya, vaiśya, śūdra – these divisions are there according to quality. Guna-karma-vibhāgaśah [Bg. 4.13]. By guna. Guna means quality. And karma means actual operation of the guna. Continue reading

The Real Aim of Yoga is to get rid of this material body – It’s aim is not to keep the body fit and young


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

SB verse 3.19.25-28

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 3, Chapter 19, Text 25

TRANSLATION

The demon now began to strike the Lord with his hard fists, but Lord Adhoksaja slapped him in the root of the ear, even as Indra, the lord of the Maruts, hit the demon Vrtra.

PURPORT

The Lord is explained here to be adhoksaja, beyond the reach of all material calculation. Aksaja means “the measurement of our senses,” and adhoksaja means “that which is beyond the measurement of our senses.”

boar-incarnation

SB 3.19.26

TEXT 26

TRANSLATION

Though struck indifferently by the Lord, the conqueror of all, the demon’s body began to wheel. His eyeballs bulged out of their sockets. His arms and legs broken and the hair on his head scattered, he fell down dead, like a gigantic tree uprooted by the wind.

PURPORT

It does not take even a moment for the Lord to kill any powerful demon, including Hiranyaksa. The Lord could have killed him long before, but He allowed the demon to display the full extent of his magical feats. One may know that by magical feats, by scientific advancement of knowledge or by material power one cannot become the equal of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. His one signal is sufficient to destroy all our attempts. His inconceivable power, as displayed here, is so strong that the demon, despite all his demoniac maneuvers, was killed by the Lord when the Lord desired, simply by one slap.

SB 3.19.27

TEXT 27

TRANSLATION

Aja [Brahmā] and others arrived on the spot to see the fearfully tusked demon lying on the ground, biting his lip. The glow of his face was yet unfaded, and Brahmā admiringly said: Oh, who could meet such blessed death?

PURPORT

Although the demon was dead, his bodily luster was unfaded. This is very peculiar because when a man or animal is dead, the body immediately becomes pale, the luster gradually fades, and decomposition takes place. But here, although Hiranyaksa lay dead, his bodily luster was unfaded because the Lord, the Supreme Spirit, was touching his body. One’s bodily luster remains fresh only as long as the spirit soul is present. Although the demon’s soul had departed his body, the Supreme Spirit touched the body, and therefore his bodily luster did not fade. The individual soul is different from the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One who sees the Supreme Personality of Godhead when he quits his body is certainly very fortunate, and therefore personalities like Brahmā and the other demigods eulogized the death of the demon.

SB 3.19.28

TEXT 28

TRANSLATION

Brahmā continued: He was struck by a forefoot of the Lord, whom yogis, seeking freedom from their unreal material bodies, meditate upon in seclusion in mystic trance. While gazing on His countenance, this crest jewel of Diti’s sons has cast off his mortal coil.

PURPORT

The process of yoga is very clearly described in this verse of Srimad-Bhāgavatam. It is said here that the ultimate end of the yogis and mystics who perform meditation is to get rid of this material body. Therefore they meditate in Continue reading

PINDA-DANA means Oblations offered to Lord Vishnu


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Jagannath_puri

In India it is the old custom that a prostitute quarter is maintained for the lusty people. Those who are not satisfied with one wife, they should not pollute the society, but they should go to the prostitutes. So illicit sex means sex without the intention for begetting a nice child. Avaidha-strī-sanga: avaidha means against the vidhi, against the regulation. Putra-pinda. Putrārthe kriyate bhāryā. Bhāryā means wife. Wife is accepted simply for Continue reading