THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
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No Material Impediments to Love of God
(Srila Prabhupada alone in New York, 1965, wearing coat donated by Dr. Mishra.)

"Love of God cannot be checked by any material impediments. You cannot say that 'I am very poor. Oh, how can I love God?' You cannot say, 'I am very rich,' or 'I am black,' 'I am white,' 'I am this,' 'I am that.' No. These material impediments has nothing to do for loving God. In any condition you can love God. Ahaituky aprati... yenatma samprasidati. And if you attain that stage, then you become completely happy. Svamin krtartho 'smi varam na yace (CC Madhya 22.42): 'I have no more want.' That is perfection of life."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Melbourne, April 22, 1976)

"If you love somebody here in this material world, then if you have no money, the exchange of love will be hampered. But this love of God cannot be hampered. If you want to love God, there is no material impediments. Ahaituky apratihata. It cannot be checked. You may be the poor of the poorest of the poor; still you can love God."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Delhi, November 11, 1973)

"One can execute devotional service even in the most poverty-stricken condition. The Lord says, patram puspam phalam: He is ready to accept from the devotee any kind of offering, never mind what. Even a leaf, a flower, a bit of fruit, or a little water, which are all available in every part of the world, can be offered by any person, regardless of social position, and will be accepted if offered with love."

(Bhagavad-gita As It Is 9.2, Purport)

"I am very glad that these girls, with great difficulty you come to this class. I very much thank you. This is ahaituky apratihata. The devotional service cannot be checked by any material impediment. It is not conditional, that 'Because I am in this condition, I cannot execute devotional service.' No. Anyone in any position, in any circumstances, he can become the greatest devotee of the Lord -- if he desires."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Montreal, August 3, 1968)

"Devotional service is, I mean to say, without any impediment, apratihata. Nothing can check it -- that is devotional service -- in any circumstances. No material circumstances can check your Krishna consciousness. When it is, you are firmly convinced and situated in that position, that is real bhakti-yoga. Nothing can disturb you. Nobody can say, 'Oh, for this condition, now I am unable to prosecute this Krishna consciousness.' That means he was never in Krishna consciousness. Nothing can check."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New York, December 27, 1966)

"When there is material transaction, if I want to purchase something, then I must have the requisite money to purchase. It is conditioned. But if you want to render service to God, or Krishna, there is no condition. Therefore ahaituky apratihata: 'It cannot be checked.' Because I am born in particular type, particular time, or particular country, I cannot render service to Krishna -- that's not a fact. Anywhere, any part of the world, any part of the universe, any man, in any condition, he can serve Krishna. There is no impediment. Ahaituky apratihata. And when that type of religion is followed, to serve the Supreme Absolute without any motive, and without any impediment, then you will be happy. Yayatma suprasidati. You are wanting happiness, peace. So if you try, if you learn how to love Krishna without any motive and without any impediment, then you will be happy. This is the program of Krishna consciousness, to make everyone happy. Atma, yayatma suprasidati. Prasidati means fully satisfied."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Montreal, August 2, 1968)

"You are doing solid work, even alone, and I am very pleased. This is the test for a sincere devotee. Simply by depending on the mercy of the Lord and carrying out the order of the spiritual master, one's success in spiritual life is guaranteed."

(Srila Prabhupada letter, November 4, 1975)

"Of course ultimately we must depend only on Krishna. If He gives us something we shall accept and offer it in His service, if we have nothing, what is the harm, we shall sit under a tree and chant Hare Krishna."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, December 29, 1972)
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