By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Generally, the atheist class, they have no interest in God. The atheist class … long, long ago, thousands of years ago, there was atheist also. Because there are two classes of men always within this world, atheist and theist, asura and deva, devatā. So not that atheist class men have developed at the present moment. It may be the number has increased, but atheist class of men were long, long ago also.

Sri Sri Radha Gopinath, the presiding deities of ISKCON Temple in Chowpatty, Mumbai, India

There was Carvaka Muni, he was also called muni. Muni means mental speculator, or thoughtful. So this Carvaka Muni, he also presented his philosophy, atheism, that rnam krtvā ghrtam pibet yāvaj jīvet sukham jīvet: So long you live, you live very joyfully by enjoying your senses. This is atheistic principle. And in India, the sense enjoyment principle is Continue reading



By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The brāhmaṇas are the religious preceptors for all other castes, and the sannyāsīs are the spiritual masters for all the castes and orders of society. So also are the king and the public leaders who are responsible for the material welfare of all people. The progressive religionists and those who are responsible human beings or those who do not want to spoil their valuable human lives should refrain from all the principles of irreligiosity, especially illicit connection with women.

Srila Prabhupada giving spiritual advice to a government official

If a brāhmaṇa is not truthful, all his claims as a brāhmaṇa at once become null and void. If a sannyāsī is illicitly connected with women, all his claims as a sannyāsī at once become false. Similarly, if the king and the public leader are unnecessarily proud or habituated to drinking and smoking, certainly they become disqualified to discharge public welfare activities. Truthfulness is the basic principle for all religions. The four leaders of the human society, namely the sannyāsīs, the brāhmaṇa, the king and the public leader, must be tested crucially by their character and qualification. Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

If you place your loving tendency to Vāsudeva, then vāsudeve bhagavati bhakti-yogaḥ. This can be done perfectly by bhakti-yoga, not by any other system. There are different yoga systems. Everything is mixed up with a little bhakti like karma-yoga, jnāna-yoga, dhyāna-yoga.. But the real yoga means loving Vāsudeva, Bhagavān. Therefore Bhagavān says in the Bhagavad-gita, yogināṁ api sarveṣāṁ [Bg. 6.47]. In all other yoga systems there is little tinge of vāsudeva-bhakti, but not cent percent pure. It is mixed, miśrā-bhakti. Miśrā-bhakti will not be immediately fruitful. It will take a long, long time. Bahūnām janmanām ante jnānavān mām prapadyate [Bg. 7.19]. Everything, there is some bhakti-yoga, but if it is not pure, then it will take very, very, very, very long time.

Bhagavan Vāsudeva Krishna – the son of Vasudeva

Bahūnām janmanām: One janma (birth) means hundreds of years. We are not talking of any other janma. Even human form of life. Because those who are advanced in spiritual life, there is every possibility for getting next life a human being. Otherwise nobody knows. Those who are ignorant, they do not know that there will be change of body: tathā dehāntara prāptir. That is a fact. But those who are in the sattva-guṇa, they are sure to get next life in the human society. Śucīnāṁ śrīmatāṁ gehe yoga-bhraṣṭo sanjāyate [Bg. 6.41]. śucīnāṁ means pure brāhmaṇa, and śrīmatāṁ means very rich vaiśya or kṣatriya. Kings and mercantile communities are rich, or śrīmat. Śrī means opulence, and mat means “one who has”. Śrīmatām. Continue reading


By Niraj Bidawatka

One day (12 hours) of Lord Brahmā is equal to 4.32 billion years. One full day and night (24 hours) of Brahmā is 8.64 billion years. Brahmā lives for 100 years. Thus the total life span of Brahmā is 8.64 (billion years) x 30 (days) x 12 (months) x 100 years. The resultant figure is 311 trillion and 40 million earth years. This is the life span of Brahmā.

This huge life span is equivalent to one exhalation of Mahā-Vishnu. As long as Mahā-Vishnu exhales, Brahmā lives, and when He inhales, Brahmā is annihilated. And this great Mahā-Vishnu is just a portion of Krishna’s expansion.

Brahma worships Lord Krishna

Therefore, just imagine how great Krishna is and how insignificant we are!!!

But still we have such high opinion about ourselves. This is called māyā, the illusory energy of Krishna. Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Krishna says that everyone can be delivered simply by the process of Krishna consciousness. So whose duty is to enlighten them to Krishna consciousness? I was just talking with Gosvāmījī, Harijana Gosvāmījī. Whose duty it is to enliven people to Krishna consciousness? It is the duty of guru. We came to this conclusion. And who is guru? Śrotriyaṁ brahma-niṣṭham [MU 1.2.12]. That means perfectly learned in Vedic literature and firmly convinced in Brahman realization. That means first-class brāhmaṇa. So if the first-class brāhmaṇas do not take care of these pāpa-yoni, then who will deliver them? Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Man is made after God. We are imitation of Krishna. Krishna is not imitation of us. The atheist class, they think that “They have painted a form of God according to one’s own feature of the body.” What is it called? Anthropomorphism. But that is not the fact. Here in this material world we are getting different types of forms of body, 8,400,000’s. When we get this human form of body, it is just an imitation of Krishna’s body. Krishna has got two hands; we have got two hands. Krishna has got two legs; we have got two legs. But the difference of this body and Krishna’s body is stated in this verse: angāni yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti [Brahma Samhita 5.32].

Here, with our hands, we can catch something but we cannot walk. But Krishna can walk with His hands. Or with our legs we can simply walk, but we cannot catch something. But Krishna can catch also. With our eyes we can see, but we cannot eat. But Krishna can see with His eyes and eat also and hear also. That is the explanation of this verse. Angāni yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti: [Bs. 5.32] “Each and every limb has got the function of the other limbs.” That is called Absolute. He is not dependent. He is not dependent. Just like if we have lost our sight, we become dependent; no more we can see. But Krishna can see with His hand, with His leg. Try to understand. Therefore He is Absolute. This is the meaning of Absolute. Everything is complete. Pūrṇam adaḥ. Pūrṇa means complete.

So atheist will say that “You offer foodstuff. Where Krishna eats? The foodstuff is still there.” But they do not know that simply by seeing, Krishna can eat. And because He is complete, He eats and again keeps the thing complete. Pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate [Iso Invocation]. He can take everything complete, again it remains complete. Just like when we take food, we finish it. But Krishna can eat; at the same time, the things may remain as it is. Otherwise where is the difference between ourself and Krishna? That is the difference.

Why it is so? Ānanda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya: Vigraha, His form is not like our form. When in the Vedas it is stated, “formless,” that means Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

If you want to go to the higher planetary systems by pious activities, then you can go there, yānti deva-vratā devān. You can go to the planet where Lord Brahma lives or where Indra lives or Chandra lives. Through the modern process, you can go to the moon planet by taking a sputnik or jet. But by (the sputnik or jet) you can go – whether you can go or not, that is up to you (to believe) – but you cannot stay there. That is not possible.

Krishna tends the cows in His Supreme Abode, Goloka Vrindavan

If you want to stay there, then yānti deva-vratā devān. You have to prepare yourself by worshiping that particular deva, or deity, demigod; then you will be admitted. Just like if you want to go to a foreign country you have to take the permission of the immigration department, visa, then you can go. If that law is there in this planet, why not for other planets? How can you go abruptly, by force? That is not possible. Yānti deva-vratā devān. You have to prepare yourself to go.

You can go there, but after this life. If you are sufficiently prepared to enter that particular type of planet, you can go there. Similarly, you can go to the planet where Krishna lives. Mad-yājino ‘pi yānti mām [Bg. 9.25]. So what is the difference between going to the higher planetary systems, heavenly planet, and going to the planet where Krishna lives? Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Five thousand years ago Krishna came to kill some of the demons. (At that time) not all of them were demons. But the next time, when Krishna will come, there will only be demons. Only demons.

Kalki avatāra. What is that stotra? Keśava dhr̥ta-kalki-śarīra jaya jagadīśa hare. So at that time Krishna will not preach Bhagavad-gītā. Kalki avatāra will simply come to cut the throat only. That will be the preaching. That will be preaching. Mleccha-nivaha-nidhane kalayasi karavālam, karālam. Karālam means death personified. Mleccha-nidhane. Mleccha means meat-eaters. Those who are meat-eaters, fish-eaters, they are mlecchas. Mleccha-yavana, they are called, according to Vedic…

Kalki Avatara

So people are becoming meat-eaters nowadays. There is no secrecy. Formerly, at least in India, the meat-eaters used to eat meat very secretly. We had seen in our childhood. If somebody will eat meat, it was not allowed within the house. They, formerly, rich men, they used to keep Muslim servants as the caretaker of the horse or the carriage driver. So in the horse stable they would secretly cook some meat, and the so-called Babu, Zamindar, would eat. It was not allowed. And those who were not rich — poor men, śūdra class—they would go to Kālī-ghāṭa, and get one goat, sacrifice there, and cook there and eat, then come back. Meat-eating was not at all allowed. The higher caste, especially the brāhmaṇas, they would never touch. Still in some provinces, in Maharastra province, in Madras… Of course, they are now taking. Continue reading

Transmigration from Godhood to Doghood after Death

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

They will never be God, but we see so many persons, who by the influence of the illusory energy, they think, “I am God. I shall become God by pressing my nose like this, doing this.” So this is going on. They will never be able. That is not possible. Otherwise, there is no meaning of God. If everyone can become God, then there is no meaning of God.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

But by influence of… Just like karmīs are saying “I shall become millionaire. I shall become trillionaire. I shall become head of the state. I shall become prime minister.” This struggle, this is another struggle: “I shall become God.” This is another struggle. But it is illusion. So Krishna gives them opportunity, some yogic success.

Just like in India there is a rascal. He makes like that, and there is immediately some gold. And people become after him: “Oh, he is God. He is God.” By producing a little gold, he becomes God. Another yogi, he gives immediately two rasagullā. So by producing two rasagullā, four annas’ worth, he becomes God. You see? This is illusion. These rascals, they do not know that, “What is this rasagullā, two rasagullā? I can purchase from the market for four annas. So he is becoming God by four annas?” But they have no sense. “Oh, he is God. He can produce rasagullā.” Rasagullā I can produce in our kitchen. But they are so rascal. “Oh, wonderful.” Continue reading


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Great vows of austerity are undertaken by sages to achieve success in self-realization. Human life is meant for such tapasya, with the great vow of celibacy, or brahmacarya. In the rigid life of tapasya, there is no place for the association of women. And because human life is meant for tapasya, for self-realization, factual human civilization, as conceived by the system of sanātana-dharma or the school of four castes and four orders of life, prescribes rigid dissociation from woman in three stages of life. In the order of gradual cultural development, one’s life may be divided into four divisions: celibacy, household life, retirement, and renunciation.

The Lord appeared as a beautiful woman (Mohini) to captivate the asurās

During the first stage of life, up to twenty-five years of age, a man may be trained as a brahmacārī (celibate student) under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master just to understand that woman is the real binding force in material existence. If one wants to get freedom from the material bondage of conditional life, he must get free from the attraction for the form of woman. Woman, or the fair sex, is the enchanting principle for the living entities, and the male form, especially in the human being, is meant for self-realization. The whole world is moving under the spell of womanly attraction, and as soon as a man becomes united with a woman, he at once becomes a victim of material bondage under a tight knot.

The desires for lording it over the material world, under the intoxication of a false sense of lordship, specifically begin just after the man’s unification with a woman. The desires for acquiring a house, possessing land, having children and becoming prominent in society, the affection for community and the place of birth, and the hankering for wealth, which are all like phantasmagoria or illusory dreams, encumber a human being, and he is thus impeded in his progress toward self-realization, the real aim of life.

The brahmacāri, or a boy from the age of five years, especially from the higher castes, namely from the scholarly parents (the brāhmanas), the administrative parents (the ksatriyas), or the mercantile or productive parents (the vaiśyas), is trained until twenty-five years of age under the care of a bona fide guru or teacher, and under strict observance of discipline he comes to understand the values of life along with taking specific training for a livelihood. The brahmacārī is then allowed to go home and enter householder life and get married to a suitable woman. But there are Continue reading