In the summer of 1969 we watched ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’ on our TV sets. 3 1/2 months later I was blessed to meet Srila Prabhupada in Boston as he arrived from England where he had been staying with his disciples and friends at Sriman John Lennon’s estate. He was accompanied by Purushottama dasa his servant who was leaving the movement because Prabhpada was insisting “They did not go to the Moon.”
Indeed SP instructed ...Read More
A blind man was once trying to negotiate the path to his father-in-law’s house with the help of only his walking stick. In a field nearby he heard a cowherd boy humming a tune to himself. The blind man hailed the boy and asked, Kindly lead me to the house of my father-in-law. It is nearby, but I can’t find the way myself.
The cowherd boy replied, “I’m very sorry, but if I leave this field to go with you, what ...Read More
The idea of preaching about God in a missionary spirit is not part of India’s religion. That’s something the Christians introduced into India a few hundred years ago…
India’s greatest gift to civilization is her highly advanced spiritual culture, based on the eternal truths of the Vedic literatures. Sometimes, however, we hear the strange idea that this culture is not meant to be shared with others. I have heard more than one Western professor of Indian religion say, “The idea of ...Read More
He says, ‘Here is a servant of Kali. He has got a tilaka and neck beads, that’s all.’ He does not know what is the philosophy. If you simply mark your body with tilaka and kanthi, then you are not proper servant, you are not qualified.
Los Angeles, June 4, 1976
Pradyumna: Translation: “The blessed messengers of Lord Visnu, the Visnudutas, said: If you are actually servants of Yamaraja, you must explain to us the meaning of religious ...Read More
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Now that I got your attention, here’s the deal:
For the last 10 years Prahlada-Nrsimha das has been going on The Vans Warped Tour distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books and it is wonderful! So many transcendental books are distributed to so many eager souls.
The Vans Warped Tour is an amazing traveling punk rock music festival that rocks out for a two month period daily (June 16 – August 5) and hits the majority of the states in the USA.
Okay get ready – ...Read More
It is a wonderful story, how His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada came to the United States in 1965 and established the Hare Krishna Movement in the Western world. Of course there are many books by disciples of Srila Prabhupada describing this time but there is one very special book, “The Hare Krishna Explosion” by Hayagriva dasa which stands supreme above all the other books describing this amazing achievement of Srila Prabhupada.
The Hare Krishna Explosion only deals with the ...Read More
What India is suffering from today is not so much poverty of the means of material existence. She is suffering much more from the bankruptcy of her spiritual resources.
Man is the architect of his own fortune. That is an old well known English maxim and the good fortune that the man has evolved out for him at the present moment can be amply verified as soon as we receive our morning newspapers. The sample good news that we are ...Read More
So if you want to remodel your life, the society, the human society, nationally or internationally then you have to take to the advice of Krsna. This is the purpose of Krsna consciousness movement: wholesale, thorough, overhauling of the human society.
Bhagavad-gita 4.13 – Bombay, April 2, 1974
Pradyumna: (leads chanting)
catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah tasya kartaram api mam viddhy akartaram avyayam
Translation: “According to the three modes of material nature and the work ...Read More
Any scientist can understand that no machine, however nicely made, finely made, without some person to push the button, it cannot work.
Bhagavad-gita 4.12 – Vrndavana, August 4, 1974
kanksantah karmanam siddhim yajanta iha devatah ksipram hi manuse loke siddhir bhavati karmaja
Generally, people are karmaja. Karmaja means one who wants to enjoy the fruit of his labor. Everyone in this material world, they have come to enjoy. So therefore they are working so ...Read More
At this strange time in history, although the world totters on the brink of colossal destruction and chaos, the vast majority of people go on as if the social structure and way of life they know will continue forever. In fact, as Yudhisthira Maharaja observed long ago, everyone usually adopts the mind set that they will somehow survive all perils, even in old age, and live forever.
Today, perhaps more than ever before, people have rejected the genuine authority of Vedic ...Read More
Satyam, truthfulness, means that facts should be presented as they are for the benefit of others. Facts should not be misrepresented. According to social conventions, it is said that one can speak the truth only when it is palatable to others. But that is not truthfulness. The truth should be spoken in a straight and forward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are. If a man is
SB 2.3.24 THE BHAVA STAGE IS MANIFESTED BY EIGHT ...Read More
There are many conceptions of God ranging from one of a formless spirit to that of an old man with a beard sitting on a throne…
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Who Is God?
There are a variety of names which the scriptures of many religions present as names of God. There are also many conceptions of God ranging from one of a formless spirit to that of an old man with a beard sitting on a ...Read More
“The Blessed Lord said: One who is unattached to the fruits of his work and who works as he is obligated is in the renounced order of life, and he is the true mystic: not he who lights no fire and performs no work.” (Bhagavad-gita 6.1)
In this world we see that everyone is acting with some personal interest, some self-interest. Practically everyone is working, even in the spiritual field, with the idea of getting some personal benefit from his ...Read More
During the earlier years of the Krishna Consciousness movement in the west, many devotees of Krishna were artists. Some of them used their talents to make extraordinary paintings of Krishna and his pastimes, as well as paintings depicting other stories from the Srimad Bhagavatam.
There is a quote by Srila Prabhupada about these Krishna Art paintings. He referred to them as “Windows to the Spiritual World.” Much of this art is featured as illustrations in his books.
‘Krishna Art,’ while it ...Read More
For those who saw the Hare Krishna movement spread from city to city and from country to country, it was clear that the original version of Srila Prabhupada’s books was full of spiritual potency and did not require to be changed in any way for his words to act upon the hearts of the conditioned souls.
The question as to whether the writings of the acarya may or may not be revised by his disciples after his disappearance is answered by ...Read More
His Divine Grace Sree Sreemad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaj the celebrated Acharya (Spiritual Head) of the Gaudiya Vaisnavas spoke the following few lines as His Message just a few days (23rd December, 1936) before His passing away from this mortal world.
“I have most probably given many people troubles in the mind. Some of them might have thought about me that I am their enemy because I was obliged to speak the plain truth for service and devotion towards the ...Read More
We have been able to acquire the last copies of “Mathura: A District Memoir”, a truly amazing book first published in 1874 which could be called an encyclopedia and dictionary on Mathura and Vrindavan in 1874.
It is written by F.S. Growse who was a British District Officer in the East India Company days. He lived for many years in Mathura and produced this fabulous book documenting all aspects of Vrindavan and Mathura at the time. The book includes many ...Read More
I can understand someone getting a little bewildered about our relationship with Srila Prabhupada’s godbrothers before his letters and conversations were published, but what excuse does anyone have now? Any of Srila Prabhupada’s so-called disciples who still insist on associating with Srila Prabhupada’s godbrothers or godnephews after reading the quotes below are obviously not very sincere or very serious about following Srila Prabhupada’s instructions.
Dear Prabhus, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Please keep in mind, while ...Read More
A Peace Corps worker on assignment in India resolves to follow the transcendental call.
Brahmatirtha dasa at Sridhama Mayapur, ISKCON’s flourishing spiritual project in West Bengal. Here, more than fourteen years ago, he received valuable instructions about spiritual life from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. One hot smoggy day in the summer of 1968, 1 went for a walk in New York’s Greenwich Village, browsing through the occult bookstores. As I stood inside one store, reading a small ...Read More
They’ll talk of Krsna, so many things but they’re not devotees. Just like Kamsa. They may talk of Krsna or think of Krsna, but they don’t accept Krsna as the Supreme. Therefore they are demons. This is the test…
Prabhupada: The Mayavada is a very dangerous philosophy. It has made the whole world atheistic. Hare Krsna. Jaya. Mayavadam asac-chastram pracchanam bauddham ucyate. They cannot understand that this is a dangerous philosophy. Yasomatinandana: He comes to the mangala arati, but then ...Read More
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