My Musings – 1: God is always more Clever than us


By Niraj Bidawatka

yasoda-mouth-krsna-Nhagavatha

If I am a powerful prime minister or a big business magnate in this life, I consider myself very intelligent and clever.

But if I become a dog or a hog in my next life, where is my intelligence?

It is a big failure.

I shall not be awarded this valuable human form in my next life because I did not use it for cultivating God consciousness. I misused it for sense gratification and for making a false show of mundane religiosity.

I made a false show of  religiosity because that helps me garner popularity and respect in my political and business circles. 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

By the Mercy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Even an Ignorant Child can Understand the Absolute Truth


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chaitanya Charitamrita

Adi Lila- Chapter 2 – Verse 1

TRANSLATION

I offer my obeisances to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, by whose mercy even an ignorant child can swim across the ocean of conclusions about the ultimate truth, which is full of the crocodiles of various theories.

PURPORT

By the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, even an inexperienced boy with no educational culture can be saved from the ocean of nescience, which is full of various types of philosophical doctrines that are like dangerous aquatic animals. The philosophy of the Buddha, the argumentative presentations of the jnanis, the yoga systems of Patanjali and Gautama, and the systems of philosophers like Kanāda, Kapila and Dattātreya are dangerous creatures in the ocean of nescience. By the grace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu one can have real understanding of the essence of knowledge by avoiding these sectarian views and accepting the lotus feet of Krishna as the ultimate goal of life. Let us all worship Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for His gracious mercy to the conditioned souls.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Incarnation

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Incarnation

Adi Lila- Chapter 2 – Verse 2

TRANSLATION

O my merciful Lord Chaitanya, may the nectarean Ganges waters of Your transcendental activities flow on the surface of my desertlike tongue. Beautifying these waters are the lotus flowers of singing, dancing and loud chanting of Krishna’s holy name, which are the pleasure abodes of unalloyed devotees. These devotees are compared to swans, ducks and bees. The river’s flowing produces a melodious sound that gladdens their ears.

PURPORT

Our tongues always engage in vibrating useless sounds that do not help us realize transcendental peace. The tongue is compared to a desert because a desert needs a constant supply of refreshing water to make it fertile and fruitful. Water is the substance most needed in the desert. The transient pleasure derived from Continue reading

Don’t Remain in the False Conception that “I am making Spiritual Progress by doing Yoga” – Yogic Postures can only Nourish the Body – Not the Soul


By Niraj Bidawatka

Mostly everyone who practices pranayama (breathing exercises) and asanas (bodily postures), thinks that he is on the spiritual path. But this is a wrong conception because he has no idea of the spirit soul. Unless one does not have any idea about the “spirit”, how can he make any “spiritual” progress ? Secondly, when such pranayamas and asanas do not, in any way, nourish the spirit soul, such a belief that “I am progressing on the spiritual path”, is a mistaken idea. This is called illusion, or maya.

Devotees blissfully chanting Hare Krishna and making some tangible spiritual progress

Devotees blissfully chanting Hare Krishna and making some tangible spiritual progress

When one starts doing yogic exercises, his body feels rejuvenated and fit and strong. This bodily fitness gives him a feeling of 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

They will present so many False Gods but they will not Worship the Real God


By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Krishna, the Real God

The science of Krishna consciousness or God consciousness is not meant for the rascals. It is meant for the intellectual persons. Krishna yei bhaje sei bada catura: Unless one is very intelligent, he cannot be God conscious or Krishna conscious.

kaumāra ācaret prājno dharmān bhāgavatān iha

durlabham mānusam janma tad apy adhruvam arthadam

[Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.1]

Therefore this word is used: prājna: pra means prakrsta-rūpena, specifically. jna means a man of intellect. So Bhāgavata-dharma means to re-establish our lost relationship with God.

Therefore in every section of human society there is an attempt to re-establish our relationship with God. But at the present moment there is a systematic propaganda to forget whatever little relationship we have got with God. People may not understand what is the science of God, but still, people know that there is something like God. 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

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

When the government can take your life and plunder your property as it likes, then where is the law?


In conversation with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Prabhupada: “(In Kali yuga), the government men will take up the policy of plunderers and rogues,” that is stated in the Bhagavatam 12.2.8. Dasyu-dharma. Dasyu means plunderer. He catches: “What you have got, give me.” This will be government. “What you have got, give me.” Bas. You cannot say anything. “Law.” Plundering is law. Then where is your government? If killing is law, plundering is law, then what is this government? Government means to give security to the property and life. So when the government will make law, “I can take your life whenever I like, and I can plunder your property as I like,” then where is the law?

Pusta Krishna: The government’s duty, then, is to protect.

Prabhupada: Yes, that is government. That is ksatriya. Ksat trāyate iti ksatriya. Ksat means injury, and one who gives protection from injury, he is ksatriya. Just like Parikshit Maharaja. As soon as he saw that a cow was being killed, immediately he said, “Who are you, rascal? You are trying to kill this cow in my kingdom?” That is ksatriya. And nowadays, even if I kill you, the police will see from there; he’ll not come. This is government. And when the killing is finished, then he will say, “Who is this man?” He’ll note down, “A man is killed.” And then inquiry, and then finished. Who is the man killed and what is happened? Nothing of the sort. Inquiry and finish. Big commission report.

Giriraja with Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk at Juhu Beach, Mumbai

Madhudvisa: They have made a survey in America. They have made a survey that nine out of every ten crimes never get solved in America.

Prabhupada: No, it cannot be solved.

Madhudvisa: So the criminal is very much encouraged, because he has only one chance in ten of getting caught – whether he robs a bank or steals or rapes or something like that.

Prabhupada: But for this purpose they are maintaining huge police force, and you are earning money and tax, that’s all.

Ramesvara: The police, all accept bribes. They all accept bribes or they do some illegal business themselves with the criminals they capture.

Prabhupada: Yes, regular… Every criminal has got an organization to bribe the police. And the police does not take directly, and some in-between man, or agent collects from the criminal and gives to the police. In India this is going on. I know that. A via-media man, he makes fortune. Yes. Whatever is collected, ten percent he takes, and balance is given to the police. There is a confectioner in Delhi. He is selling jalebi. You know jalebi?

Devotees: Yes.

Prabhupada: He has got ten lakhs of rupees because he collects 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