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"If one seriously desires to return home, back to Godhead, one must therefore become strong enough by pleasing the spiritual master..."
"Just like this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is quickly spreading all over the world within four, five years. Is it my credit? No. It is credit of Kṛṣṇa."
"We are simply educating people, 'Don't waste your valuable life, the human form of life. If you are missing this chance, you are committing suicide.'"
"So as the father wants to see his sons very happy, similarly, Kṛṣṇa wants to see all of us very happy. That is Kṛṣṇa."
"The whole world is full of problems. They do not know what is their interest. The interest is this Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That they do not know."
"He does not think himself as spiritual master; he thinks himself their servant. Because they have to be trained. Kṛṣṇa has appointed him to train them."
"If you make your friendship with Kṛṣṇa, that will never break. If you make your master Kṛṣṇa, you'll never be cheated."
"So this Krishna Consciousness Movement is based on sincere service to the Lord. We shall always remember this, and then success is assured."
"In this way a devotee becomes fully Kṛṣṇa-ized and, being always situated in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, ultimately goes back to Kṛṣṇa."
"Already on this blog is information explaining 'How To Create Your Own Home Altar, How To Offer Food, Devotee Etiquette, Japa,' and more."
"It is characteristic of advanced Vaiṣṇavas following the principles of bhakti that they think themselves ordinary human beings."
"From my personal point of view, I think that I am so sinful that I cannot even approach Krishna to show me any favor."
"The pure devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa is never inimical to anyone, nor can any sane person be an enemy of a pure devotee."
"This acts like electricity, and if you touch a wire anywhere which is connected to the powerhouse, then you will be in contact with the electric current."
"Some scholars recommend that knowledge and renunciation are important factors for elevating oneself to devotional service. But actually that is not a fact."
"A man bound by the hands and feet cannot free himself—he must be helped by a person who is unbound."
"He understands that what is happiness to him is also happiness to others and that what is distress to him is distressing for others."
"That is my life. Whether I will be successful or not successful, it doesn't matter. I must take the words of my Guru Mahārāja as my life and soul."
"It is characteristic of advanced Vaiṣṇavas following the principles of bhakti that they think themselves ordinary human beings."
"A highly advanced Vaiṣṇava devotee is a friend to all living entities, and consequently he is a friend to his enemies also."
"When I first came to America, when I saw in the Bowery Street, they're lying on the street, And how is that?"
"Instruction alone cannot make one an expert. Unless one is blessed by the spiritual master, or the ācārya, such teachings cannot become fully manifest."
"Kṛṣṇa consciousness is open to all. Just like we are calling everyone, 'Come and chant Hare Kṛṣṇa.' It is open to all."
"I am the father of all living entities. So you come to Me, come to home. You will be happy. I am not poor. I can provide you with all necessities."
"He's sending His bona fide servant as spiritual master. He's coming as incarnation. He's coming as devotee, Lord Caitanya."
"So you please continue to serve Krishna in these ways you have mentioned, and do not feel that your service is any less valuable than that of others."
"Now my one request to you all is that you become fully happy by conducting your lives in Krishna Consciousness, and you can know it for sure..."
"Suppose if I love somebody and if I don't give him something, don't eat something or give him something eatable, then what kind of love it is?"
"You must always ask the Lord's grace to make you in the right position. It is not for your sense gratification, it is for the Lord's service."
"So there is no question of failure in Krishna Consciousness. It is only success. Krishna says, My devotee is never vanquished."
"If your prayers are sincere then Krishna will accept them and if Krishna accepts them then automatically I accept them..."
"While engaged in preaching work, he has to meet with so many opposing elements, and therefore the sādhu has to be very tolerant."
"Similarly, a Vaiṣṇava, a devotee, ocean of mercy. You can draw from it as much mercy as you like; still, it is full."
"So go on with your organization for distribution of my books through press and other modern media and Krishna will certainly be pleased upon you."
"So far as I am concerned, I have accepted you as my disciple and you have accepted me as your spiritual father."
"Still I am traveling all over the world. I am simply interested that whatever I have done, it may not be vanquished in my absence."
"Personally I have no credit for myself, but I am trying to act as faithful servant of my predecessors and just presenting without any adulteration the message..."
"When you are typing, you should know that it is as good as chanting, because the work is also on the matter of Krishna."
"So we should not be disturbed by the dangers of this material world. If we are actually Kṛṣṇa conscious, we should face the danger and depend on Kṛṣṇa."
"To err is human. Anyone commits mistake. There is no doubt about it."
"Over the years devotees and friends have asked me what it was like preaching and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books in the Middle East in the late '70s..."
"Five thousand Arabic Bhagavad-gitas and thousands of Arabic Isopanisads were distributed in the midst of civil war."
"They have no other desire. They simply want to satisfy their spiritual master and Kṛṣṇa."
"Kṛṣṇa is the lover of Rādhā. He displays many amorous pastimes in the groves of Vṛndāvana."
"So I have no right to accept service from any disciple, but on behalf of Krishna I can accept."
"As an astrologer can see the future fate of a man, or an astronomer can foretell the solar and lunar eclipses..."
"Of course, my students, they offer me so much respect, but all these respects are due to my spiritual master. I am nothing."
"Why should he not? If he thinks that he has committed offense, why should he not ask excuse?"
"If you do little thing for the service of the Lord, it is noted in the notebook of Kṛṣṇa. Don't think that your labor is going in vain."
"So the presence of Krishna is always everywhere, but it is simply manifested by your service. That is the technique."
"The devotee does not feel hackneyed or stereotyped, nor does he feel that he is in a stagnant position."
"But one test is that all the devotees should be satisfied. They have given their lives to Krishna, so we should see they are always happy."
"They are gopīs of Kṛṣṇa. They are enjoyable by Kṛṣṇa. I have to serve them. They're gopīs. Because I am servant of the servant."
"That is my misdeed—that I accepted some disciples who are nonsense. That is my misdeed."
"If one tries to follow the footprints of great personalities, that is very nice, but we cannot imitate. Imitate. Imitation is dangerous."
"Unless one is blessed by the spiritual master, or the ācārya, such teachings cannot become fully manifest."
"The mercy of the spiritual master is always there, but we have to take it."
I Was Alone Srila Prabhupada faced insurmountable odds (May 21):
"At that time none of you were with me. I was alone. I was completely dependent on anyone."
"Such a personality is kṛṣṇāliṅgita-vigraha—that is, he is always embraced by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa."
"Go on with Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Don't be disappointed or hopeless, even there is some trouble."
"A Vaiṣṇava, or devotee of Lord, his life is dedicated for the benefit of the people."
"Srila Prabhupada, when you are not present with us, how is it possible to receive instructions, for example, on questions that may arise?"
"By the grace of Kṛṣṇa, a devotee can become anything."
"Love means you must give something. You are taking something from Kṛṣṇa. Why not give something?"
"I am so much obliged to you for your valued cooperation in spreading my movement of Krishna Consciousness throughout the whole world."
"Women, men have equal rights to become godly and back to home, back to Godhead."
"There are many devotees who are engaged in the propagation of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and they require help."
"So unnecessary waste of life, we should be very careful. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That is the criterion of Kṛṣṇa conscious life."
"In other words, not only can a pure devotee easily surpass death, but by his grace his followers can also do so without difficulty."
"When something is arranged by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one should not be disturbed by it, even if it appears to be a reverse..."
"Why we are welcoming these children? Because he is part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa."
"Each and every soul has a potent, confidential, eternal relationship with the Personality of Godhead."
"You have written: 'We are all eager for the day when your books are recognized as the greatest masterpieces of all.'"
"It is not that everyone should be equally expert. But the thing that is needed is that we should be serious and sincere in our engagement."
"We do not bother what will happen tomorrow. But we are very nicely maintained by Kṛṣṇa's grace. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness."
"There is nothing inauspicity, because whatever you have done sincerely, that is recorded in the book, in the Kṛṣṇa's book."
"This is the world of duality. One should not think that because he has fallen sick he has fallen from Kṛṣṇa consciousness."
"We are always in danger, and we should always think of the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa. Then we are safe."
"So even the walls, they hear, then our kīrtana is sufficient. You don't mind."
"He is sitting in our heart. He knows what we're doing. So He sees, 'He's serving My pure devotee,' immediately there is advancement."
"An acarya who comes for the service of the Lord cannot be expected to conform to a stereotype..."
"The plans of the Supreme Personality of Godhead are understood by His mercy, and the plans of the devotees are as good as His plans."
"Don't try to give trouble to your spiritual master like that. Finish your business in this life."
"Our service to Krsna is voluntary and we are interested only that He shall be pleased, not myself."
"One who distinguishes a particular type of service as inferior or superior, he does not know the value of devotional service. It is all transcendental."
"These my disciples, they are part and parcel of me. Whole mission is going on with their cooperation. But if he says that 'I am equal to my Guru Mahārāja'..."
"I may not be able to do that, but that endeavor will be appreciated by Kṛṣṇa and the spiritual master. That is required."
"What is not possible to achieve in thousands of lives can be achieved in one moment if there is an opportunity to meet a saintly person."
"When a devotee is put into a situation of distress, his devotional activities are accelerated."
"An uncivilized man can do anything for the satisfaction of his senses. He can kill children, he can kill cows, he can kill brāhmaṇas, he can kill old men..."
"Within a second, Hiraṇyakaśipu and his followers were destroyed, and similarly if this godless civilization continues, it will be destroyed in a second..."
"You cannot survive without my mercy and I cannot survive without your mercy. It is reciprocal. This mutual dependence is based on love..."
"They do not know that destination of life is to attain Kṛṣṇa consciousness. No. They do not know. They think, 'By increasing motorcars, we shall be happy.'"
"So our this Vaiṣṇava philosophy, process, is go through the ācārya. Servant of the servant of the servant. We should try to become servant of the servant."
"Naturally, if you are cheated, you become suspicious. But this does not mean that if you are cheated once, you will always be cheated."
"When Prahlāda Mahārāja’s father was putting him into dangerous predicaments, Prahlāda was always thinking of Kṛṣṇa."
"So you have got this opportunity, Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Everything is explained in the Bhagavad-gītā, what is what. Do not lose this opportunity."
"My dear Lord, any person who is constantly awaiting Your causeless mercy to be bestowed upon him, and who goes on suffering the resultant actions..."
"Regarding your questions are the Spiritual Master and the Grand Spiritual Master consciously aware of the prayers of a sincere devotee who prays..."
"Even though such literature is presented in broken language or grammatical inconsistency or rhetorical irregularity, still, those who are saintly persons..."
"Just like a rope comes down the well so that anyone who may catch the rope from any position is sure to be delivered..."
"It is not by education or grammatical knowledge you can learn anything. No. It is by the grace of the Supreme Personality of Godhead."
"I am glad to see that bona fide students like you will undergo any kind of trouble for the satisfaction of the spiritual master."
"So please do not ever become discouraged. That is one of the defects of conditioned life."
"The original potency of the sastra remains in these books because I have not added or opinionated anything of my own."
"In all the ancient literatures of devotional service and in the more recent songs of Srila Narottama dasa Thakura, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura..."
"A slight brown man in faded orange drapes wearing white bathing shoes stepped out of a compact car yesterday and into the Butler YMCA..."
"So many people know about Mahatma Gandhi, for example, but how many people know about the founder of the Hare Krishna movement..."
"Live peacefully, chant Hare Krishna and be happy in your life."
"No More Coming Down. Practice Krishna Consciousness. Expand your consciousness by practicing the transcendental sound vibration."
"Prahlāda Mahārāja is the topmost example of a Vaiṣṇava, who is always compassionate toward sinful persons suffering a hellish life..."
"Krishna has got also energy, the original purusa -- Radharani, energy, prakrti. Krishna is engladdened in the presence of Radharani. That is nature."
"On July 11, 1966, Srila Prabhupada formally registered ISKCON in the state of New York as a nonprofit, tax-exempt religious organization."
"Krishna is very kind. He does not let go anyone who might have done a little bit of service. So how can He allow you to forget Krishna?"
"I am obliged to your good daughter for awarding me a good degree as SWAMI JESUS which is actually a great honour for me."
"Those who are favored by God find their paths set with thorns. There is no peace or happiness in our worldly life."
"Pure devotees are so absorbed in thought of Krishna that they have no other engagement..."
"You are doing solid work, even alone, and I am very pleased. This is the test for a sincere devotee."
"As fog is vanquished at the first glimpse of sunlight, one's sinful reactions are automatically vanquished as soon as one begins serving a pure devotee."
"In the Fifth Canto of Brhad-bhagavatamrta (5.44) it is stated that the association of a pure devotee is more desirable than life itself..."
"And our whole philosophy is love. We are just trying to learn how to love Krishna, that's all."
"Krishna is everyone's friend, and the pure devotee is carrying the friend's message. Therefore, he is a friend."
"The servants of God come to propagate God consciousness, and intelligent people should cooperate with them in every respect."
"Personally I am humble servant of Krishna as you are also, but I am deputed to accept your service just to transfer it to Krishna as via media."
"A pure devotee of the Lord does not live on any planet of the material sky, nor does he feel any contact with material elements."
"Our Society is like one big family and all our relationships should be based on love and trust."
"If I am in trouble, I express my open mind before you, and you also try to help me. These are the six signs of love. That is Vedic civilization."
"Today is the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva. It is called Nrsimha-caturdasi."
"This material world is sometimes regarded as an ocean of nescience and sometimes as a blazing forest."
"The devotee of the Lord does not retaliate against the wrongdoer, but the Lord does not tolerate any mischief done to the devotee by the miscreants."
"To feel separation from the Spiritual Master or Krishna is very good position. That means one who is in pure love with Krishna and His Representative..."
"Please always try to remember me by my teachings and we shall always be together."
"The Spiritual Master is present wherever his sincere disciple is trying to serve his instructions. This is possible by the Mercy of Krishna."
"Now I can see that it is a miracle. Otherwise, your city of New York, one single old man, with only a few books to sell for barely getting eatables..."
"Devotee means he is able to tolerate all kinds of discomfort and whims of the material nature..."
"When a devotee is put into hellish conditions, he accepts them as Krishna's mercy: tat te 'nukampam susamiksamanah. He does not protest..."
"For the Vaisnava, to become poet is another qualification. Vaisnava has twenty-six qualifications. I think it is written there."
"We are taught to address others as Prabhu. Prabhu means master; and the leader of the masters is called Prabhupada."
"It is said that a single pure devotee of the Lord can deliver all the fallen souls of the world."
"Either Indian or foreign whoever joins us they are not under any obligation, our only tie is Love of Godhead."
"The Lord is seated in the heart of all living beings, and thus, He knows very well the movements of all individual persons."
"So far as I am concerned, I have accepted you as my disciple, and you have accepted me as your spiritual father. This relationship cannot be ended."