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"The Spiritual Master is present wherever his sincere disciple is trying to serve his instructions. This is possible by the Mercy of Krishna. In your attempts to serve me and in all your sincere devotional sentiments I am with you as my Guru Maharaja is with me. Remember this always."
"Devotees should protect their valuable jewel of spiritual love from the clutches of thieves and burglars."
"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, how he can survive, what to speak of introducing God-consciousness movement for saving the humankind? That is Krishna's miracle. Now I can see it."
"The real ocean of mercy is Krishna and it is the duty of the spiritual master to tell his disciple to come to the ocean and be happy. The spiritual master's duty is to lead the disciple to this ocean. I am trying my best and if you try to follow surely you will benefit."
"Devotee means he is able to tolerate all kinds of discomfort and whims of the material nature, and because he is so much absorbed in serving Krishna, he takes no time to become angry or take offense with others or find out some fault, no."
"When a devotee is put into hellish conditions, he accepts them as Krishna's mercy: tat te 'nukampam susamiksamanah. He does not protest, 'Oh, I am such a great devotee of Krishna. Why have I been put into this misery?' Instead he thinks, 'This is Krishna's mercy.'"
"A small child walking with his father goes on enquiring constantly. He asks his father so many odd things, and the father has to satisfy him with proper answers. When I was a young father in my householder-life, I was overflooded with hundreds of questions from the then second son, who was my constant companion."
"Prabhupada: For the Vaisnava, to become poet is another qualification. Vaisnava has twenty-six qualifications. I think it is written there. Allen Ginsberg: And one of them is to become poet also. Prabhupada: Poet. He must be poet. All the Vaisnavas, they are poet."
"The beautiful place known as Vrindavana is a trancendental abode in the spiritual world and is made entirely of divine touchstones. There are many beautiful temples there made out of jewels, and the swans known as raja-hamsa play in the waters of the River Yamuna, which flow through that transcendental land."
Back in the 1980s, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness was in dire need of open and honest communication among its members, and so the The Vaisnava Journal was created to help fill that need. The result spoke for itself -- widespread popularity and participation from devotees around the world.
"Perhaps you may know that there are many political parties in a country but when the country's total responsibility has to be executed, they become combined. To have some little disagreements among yourselves is not very unnatural because we are all individual beings."
"For those who were fortunate to be there, this video will bring back wonderful spiritual memories. And for those watching for the first time, you'll witness the joy and exhilaration of Srila Prabhupada's association during the blossoming of the Krishna consciousness movement in the Western world."
"When I went in to see Srila Prabhupada to get gayatri mantra I sat down next to him and just as he was about to begin someone knocked on the door and walked in with remnants from the fire sacrifice that had just taken place."
"Interviewer: How would I recognize a true follower of the Krishna consciousness movement by his behavior? What would his traits be? What would his outward expressions be? Srila Prabhupada: He'd be a very perfect gentleman, that's all. You could not find any fault in him."
"Some time after Srila Prabhupada left this world, I had a very powerful dream... In that visionary dream, I saw Srila Prabhupada sitting on a huge lion-flanked and jewel-bedecked Vyasasana. His Vyasasana rested on the brightly shimmering globe of Mother Earth, and was positioned just above the sacred land of India."
"Everything here in the material world is temporary. Anything you take, anything material, that is temporary. Similarly this body is temporary, this house is temporary, this country is temporary. Say some five hundred years ago, this was not Canada. It was something else."
"O Bhagavad-gita/ Through Thy eighteen chapters/ Thou showerest upon man/ The immortal nectar/ Of the wisdom of the Absolute/ O blessed Gita/
By Thee, Lord Krsna Himself/ Enlightened Arjuna/ Afterward, the ancient sage Vyasa/ Included Thee in the Mahabharata/ O loving mother/ Destroyer of man's rebirth/ Into the darkness of this mortal world/ Upon Thee I meditate."
"He half turned his head to me and rolled his eyes at me so that the whites of his eyes flashed at me. It was a supremely friendly gesture, and one that I have never seen anyone duplicate before or after. That far out glance filled me with transcendental pleasure."
He Saved Me My Guru Maharaj, he was no ordinary spiritual master (April 12):
"Some of the devotees, worried that Swamiji has decided to go to India to leave his body, ask him whether, during his absence, one of his God-brothers should come to America to assume ISKCON leadership."
"I ended up with my feet pressed against the seat in front, my seat belt as tight as it could be, gripping on the thing, and yelling Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare at the top of my voice."
"George Harrison was a devotee of Lord Krishna who Srila Prabhupada once referred to as his 'uninitiated disciple.' George Harrison was very fortunate to receive some direct service to Prabhupada's mission at such an exciting time in its development."
"Devotees hearts everywhere are combined in love for His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, which ultimately -- despite our personal differences -- keeps us unified as a family of godbrothers and godsisters. If we can't always live together in body, at least we can live together in spirit. We are firmly united in our affection and appreciation for Prabhupada."
Saragrahi Vaisnava (Poem) by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura (April 8, 2016): "Alas, for those who spend their days/ In festive mirth and joy/ The dazzling, deadly liquid forms/ Their hearts fore'er employ/ The shining bottles charm their eyes/ And draw their heart's embrace/ The slaves of wine can never rise/ From what we call disgrace."
"Our process is simple, all-embracing, we have something to offer for everyone. There is chanting, dancing, feasting and very perfect philosophy, so everyone may be satisfied with our Krishna Consciousness Movement."
"By virtue of his complete faith in Krishna and His holy name, Srila Prabhupada quickly established Krishna Consciousness as the genuine 'peace and love' movement which so many were earnestly seeking at the time."
"There's a new dance about to sweep the country called the Swami. It's going to replace the frug, watusi, swim and even the good old barn stomp. Why? Because you can do any old step to it and at the same time find real happiness."
"The public is in need of such songs, and if they are administered through nice agents like the Beatles, it will surely be a great success."
"The famous Mantra Rock Dance Poster from 1967 is prominently displayed on page 52 of Newsweek's Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary magazine on newsstands."
"Amid the antiwar protests of late 1966, Srila Prabhupada put out a mimeographed leaflet (among the very first of his publications in America) from his small storefront temple on New York’s Second Avenue."
"Originally filmed on 'Hippie Hill' in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 1967. The music is by Ravi Shankar and His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who chants Hare Krishna amidst the flower children of the 1960's."
The Full Nectarine (Video) Srila Prabhupada and students (April 2, 2016): "Rare footage of Srila Prabhupada and his early disciples performing some plays about Lord Krishna and Lord Caitanya at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York, 1968."
"We are taught to address others as Prabhu. Prabhu means master; and the leader of the masters is called Prabhupada."
"Krishna is the lover of Radha. He displays many amorous pastimes in the groves of Vrndavana. He is the lover of the cowherd maidens of Vraja, the holder of the great hill named Govardhana, the beloved son of mother Yasoda, the delighter of the inhabitants of Vraja, and He wanders in the forests along the banks of the River Yamuna."
"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. It should be our definite policy that nobody is ill treated that he may go away."
Based on Love The essence of Krishna Consciousness (March 27, 2016):
"You cannot survive without my mercy and I cannot survive without your mercy. It is reciprocal. This mutual dependence is based on love -- Krishna Consciousness."
"We are Vaisnavas. We are not concerned with male or female position in life. That is simply bodily concept of life. It is not spiritual. Whether one is male or female, it doesn't matter, simply chant Hare Krishna and follow the four regulative principles and your life will be perfect."
"The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service. I bow to his lotus feet with great awe and reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Krishna."
"The Lord is seated in the heart of all living beings, and thus, He knows very well the movements of all individual persons. As soon as the Lord finds that a particular soul is very eager to go back to Godhead, the Lord at once sends His bona fide representative."
"Even by remembering the activities of such Vaisnavas, one becomes purified, along with his whole family. And what, then, can be said of rendering direct service to him?"
"Without much bother, if one simply keeps a picture of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at home and chants Hare Krishna, then one will realize God. Anyone can adopt this simple method. There is no expenditure, there is no tax, nor is there any need to build a very big church or temple."
"Although Lord Caitanya was widely renowned as a scholar in His youth, He left only eight verses, called Siksastakam. These eight verses clearly reveal His mission and precepts. These supremely valuable prayers are translated herein."
"Lord Caitanya's moon is rising, and you know it's not at all surprising, that we're singing in the street, telling everyone we meet, we're going home."
"I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya, who is more magnanimous than any other avatara, even Krishna Himself, because He is bestowing freely what no one else has ever given -- pure love of Krishna."
"May the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the form of Lord Sri Caitanya bestow His causeless mercy upon us. His smiling glance at once drives away all the bereavements of the world, and His very words enliven the auspicious creepers of devotion by expanding their leaves."
"When Krishna sees that 'This man, this living entity's now sincere to hear about Me,' He helps. Hrdi... Because He's there. You haven't got to find out somewhere else. You haven't got to go to Himalaya to find Him. He's here."
He is Here Srila Prabhupada is still with us spiritually (March 20, 2016):
"I first met Srila Prabhupada's devotees in 1969 in San Francisco. By Srila Prabhupada's grace I was taken to the temple. I was fourteen years old, and I did not take to it at the time. I was too involved in enjoying my teenage years. But Srila Prabhupada never gave up on me."
"Swamiji, the courageous/ opening a temple in a battlefield/ where it was most needed/ Swamiji, the genuinely humble/ 'I am nobody's guru/ I am everybody's servant'/ Swamiji, the wise/ 'Krishna Consciousness resolves everything/ Nothing else is needed.'"
"If the Spiritual Master is pleased with disciple then the blessings of Guru will be there. That is the best way to become Krishna conscious, and Krishna is non-different from Nityananda."
"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 anymore. It is eternal."
"A person in Krishna consciousness certainly sees Lord Krishna everywhere, and he sees everything in Krishna. Such a person may appear to see all separate manifestations of the material nature, but in each and every instance he is conscious of Krishna, knowing that everything is the manifestation of Krishna's energy."
"The need of the spirit soul is that he wants to get out of the limited sphere of material bondage and fulfill his desire for complete freedom. He wants to get out of the covered walls of the greater universe. He wants to see the free light and the spirit."
"Just as Krishna can be present simultaneously in millions of places. Similarly, the spiritual master can be present wherever the disciple wants. A spiritual master is the principle, not the body."
"By recalling the events and experiences which initially touched our hearts with Krishna consciousness, we can embrace the loving mood that Prabhupada so kindly shared with us all."
"Lord Nrsimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Nrsimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Nrsimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge."
"Prabhupada -- the Lord's dear wish/ To ignite the darkened soul/ Pouring immortal nectar sweet/ All cups to overflow/ Our vessels full and lips still moist/ Shall we now begin our task/ To spread his mercy everywhere/ All souls rejoice at last!"
"I am sitting alone in Vrindavan-dhama/ In this mood I am getting many realizations/ I have my wife, sons, daughters, grandsons, everything/ But I have no money so they are a fruitless glory/ Krishna has shown me the naked form of material nature/ By His strength it has all become tasteless to me today."
"To take shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord means to take shelter of the pure devotees. The pure devotees whose only business is serving are honored by the names Prabhupada and Visnupada, which indicate such devotees to be representatives of the lotus feet of the Lord."
"To the great delight of devotees everywhere, Srila Prabhupada was always eager to distribute cookies to the children (and sometimes adults). Watch this most endearing exchange of transcendental love and kindness."
"I saw Srila Prabhupada in New York, Brooklyn temple in 1974 and in New York, 55th St. temple in 1976, first Rathayatra. He gave me a cookie."
"Here was a paramahamsa, constantly absorbed in loving devotion to Krishna, who took the time to personally acknowledge the presence of a few young aspiring devotees."
"If one is able to obtain the dust of the lotus feet of such a guru, his life becomes successful. Otherwise he is baffled both in this life and in the next."
"Unless one accepts the dust of the lotus feet of a pure devotee, who is free from all material contamination, one cannot enter into the devotional service of the Lord."
"The feet of these holy beings are compared to the lotus, but to nothing else. The softness of the feet of holy beings is considered so unparalleled that it can be compared only to the delicacy of lotus petals."
"There we drank the sacred amrta from Prabhupada's lotus feet, laughing aloud and rolling on the floor in bliss. Who can measure the joy of that or describe it in mere words."
"Pure devotional service, even after endeavoring, endeavoring for millions and millions of births, it is very difficult to achieve. Pure devotional service can be achieved only through the mercy of a pure devotee. Otherwise, it is not possible."
"Personally, he has no unhappiness. Because he's in contact with Krishna, how he can be unhappy? Personally, he has no unhappiness. But he becomes unhappy by seeing the conditioned souls unhappy."
"After all, we are the eternal servants of Krishna, and by the Divine Will of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura we are now combined together, although originally we are born in different parts of the world, unknown to one another."
"Practically there is no credit for me, if there is any credit it goes to my Spiritual Master, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Prabhupada, Who is helping me by sending so many good souls like you in this movement."
"Gentlemen, the offering of such an homage as has been arranged this evening to the acaryadeva is not a sectarian concern, for when we speak of the fundamental principle of gurudeva or acaryadeva, we speak of something that is of universal application."
"Adore, adore ye all/ The happy day/ Blessed than heaven/ Sweeter than May/ When he appeared at Puri/ The holy place/ My Lord and Master/ His Divine Grace."
"I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Varsabhanavi-devi-dayita dasa (another name of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati), who is favored by Srimati Radharani and who is the ocean of transcendental mercy and the deliverer of the science of Krishna."
"Those who are favored by God find their paths set with thorns. There is no peace or happiness in our worldly life. Circumstances create turmoil and annoyance. Chant the maha mantra loudly and with attachment. This will drive away inertia, worldly evils and pests."
"Krishna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes."
"How to practice Krishna Consciousness at home. For those working toward priest/nun initiate lifestyle (with or without ceremony), or those already initiated to revitalize, or folks who simply want to do what they can handle -- finding nectar within it. All levels exist here."
"Anyone who comes at any point in their life to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada can experience the bliss! His mercy is not limited to any one set of devotees or timeline. He is always there and anyone can experience this who wants to experience it. Merely surrender unto him, let go and just do it."
"It was the summer of 1969. I was cleaning A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada’s apartment on 26 2nd Ave in New York City. His apartment was behind the Radha Krishna Temple, across the small courtyard, up the stairs, and on the second floor. His rooms were small, but functional."
"One hundred and eight glories to the wandering mendicant, to the great bhakta who resembles a swan, to the glorious master Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja Prabhupada, who has taken refuge at the lotuslike feet of Vishnu."
"O my Lord, the transcendental body of Krishna is very sweet, and His face is even sweeter than His body. The soft smile on His face, which is like the fragrance of honey, is sweeter still."
"I'll never forget the moment the curtains opened to reveal the most beautiful Deities in the universe. I was stunned and it took me a few minutes to remember that I was supposed to bow down and pay my obeisances."
"Lord Nityananda Prabhu offers this pure love of Godhead, pure love of Krishna indiscriminately. He distributes this prema with two hands! He never discriminates whether one is patita or pamara: most degraded, most fallen or most elevated, qualified or not qualified. He never discriminates."
"Because Nityananda is eternal. His lotus feet are also eternal, tahara sevaka nitya, and anyone who takes to the service of Nityananda, they also become eternal."
"If one actually wants relief from the struggle of existence and actually wants to extinguish the blazing fire of material pangs, Narottama das Thakura advises, 'Please take shelter of Lord Nityananda.'"
"In all the ancient literatures of devotional service and in the more recent songs of Srila Narottama dasa Thakura, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and other unalloyed Vaisnavas, the spiritual master is always considered either one of the confidential associates of Srimati Radharani or a manifested representation of Srila Nityananda Prabhu."
"But I have taken all the risk in the old age because I am in duty-bound. I am in duty-bound. So I have to execute my duty in spite of all my inconveniences. That is the idea."
Rain of Mercy A downpour of love from His Divine Grace (February 18, 2016):
"The pure devotee is the pleasure-possessing cloud, and when he is filled with transcendental loving service, then he can bestow his mercy as a downpour of rain -- and the pleasure potency returns to the ocean of Krishna."
"Devotional service is so pure and perfect that once having begun, one is forcibly dragged to ultimate success."
"The love is there, but we have misplaced the love. As soon as we replace our love to Krishna, then our perfection of love is manifested and our perfection of life is also achieved."
Unlimited Gain Chanting is beneficial to one and all (February 13, 2016):
"If you want to understand this movement through philosophy, science argument, we are prepared. There is ample opportunity for you. But if you simply chant, there is no need of education, there is no need of philosophizing."
"The Supreme Personality of Godhead is known as bhava-grahi janardana because He takes only the essence of a devotee’s attitude. If a devotee sincerely surrenders, the Lord, as the Supersoul in everyone’s heart, immediately understands this."
"The real perfection of life is whether by your actions, Krishna is satisfied. That is perfection. You don't consider of your personal victory, defeat, loss or gain, or distress or happiness."
"From my personal point of view, I think that I am so sinful that I cannot even approach Krishna to show me any favor. But I have only one hope -- my Spiritual Master -- He is very kind. So someway or other He is dragging me towards Krishna. That is the only hope."
"So if you actually feel for your country, for your community, for your people, just spread this Krishna consciousness. They're dying. You spread this Krishna consciousness. They'll come again to life, and everything will be actually beautiful. That is my request."
"It was his total surrender and dedication to the Lord which inspired so much love and adoration in the hearts of his followers. Prabhupada not only talked the talk, but he walked the walk."
What distinguishes a pure devotee from all others? It's no secret. Here's the list.
Note: The following article was written and published thirty years ago (1986), and I still stand by it today. (Some things never change.)
"You don't have to be his direct disciple, or initiated, or even a member of the Hare Krishna movement to love Srila Prabhupada because Prabhupada's love is oceanic, all-inclusive and unconditional."
Note: The following pictures were taken in the late 70s before much of the modern day traffic and congestion had invaded the holy dhama. I only had a simple camera at the time (with no focus), and most of the photos are in black-and-white; but I still hope they capture the sweet mood of Vrindavan.
"Although it may appear that such a great personality has come and gone from the world stage, he has promised us that we can still have his personal association if we have faith in his words and instructions."
"The purport is that for transcendental writing one must be an authorized Vaisnava and should write to purify oneself, not for credit. It may or may not be published, but one who is actually sincere in writing, all his ambitions will be fulfilled."
"Almost every Vaisnava and aspiring Vaisnava in the western world is indebted to Srila Prabhupada, who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all. No matter our personal doubts, at least we can afford him the respect and love that he so rightly earned and so richly deserves by people all over the world."
"Egypt was the first country in which Srila Prabhupada set foot outside India en route to America. He stopped in Port Said in 1965 and visited the town for a day with the captain of the Jaladuta steamship. Therefore it was Srila Prabhupada himself who first initiated the preaching of Krishna consciousness in Egypt and the Middle East."
"Since we have started this movement in the Western countries, Europeans, Americans, Africans, Egyptians, and Japanese are all chanting. There is no difficulty. They are chanting very gladly and they are getting the results. What is the difficulty?"
"Over the years devotees and friends have asked me what it was like preaching and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books in the Middle East back in the late Seventies and early Eighties."
"Wherever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics, and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality. That is my opinion."
Glowing Mercy A powerful dream about Prabhupada (January 13, 2016):
"Over 40 years ago, I had a wonderful dream of Srila Prabhupada which is still fresh in my mind. Prabhupada was sitting in the prasadam room at the old Vancouver temple. Golden rays of pure love were emanating from his spiritual body."
"Years before I had walked the streets of Winnipeg as a young and unhappy teenager searching for answers to life's problems and mysteries. This time I arrived in the city as a shaven-headed Hare Krishna monk. What a transformation, by Srila Prabhupada's divine grace."
"'I am very glad to hear about your new farm-ashram existing there. We want to develop many such farms all over the world.' This was ecstatic. Prabhupada had blessed New Gokula Dhama."
"Suddenly, as Prabhupada looked up at her, Kaliya broke away from her herd and made her way alone down the steep bank. Matching the devotees’ pace, she stepped out right in front of Srila Prabhupada, and began walking with him as if she were his pet calf."
"The summary is that one has to, first of all, seek the association of pure devotees who not only are learned in the Vedanta but are self-realized souls and unalloyed devotees of Lord Sri Krsna, the Personality of Godhead."
"Anyone can adopt this simple method. There is no expenditure, there is no tax, nor is there any need to build a very big church or temple. Anyone, anywhere, can sit down on the road or beneath a tree and chant the Hare Krishna mantra and worship God."
"Bhaktivinoda Thakura had many other sons, and he was the fifth son. And some of his other brothers did not marry, and my guru maharaj, he also did not marry. From the childhood he is strict brahmacari, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja. He underwent very severe penances for starting this worldwide movement. That was his mission."
"That night I couldn't sleep. I stayed up reading what immediately struck me as a rare discovery of celestial knowledge. I drank every word as if they were drops of divine nectar, and I couldn't put the book down. The feeling that I had then was unlike anything I had ever experienced while reading other books."
"Srila Prabhupada often referred to his disciples as boys and girls, even though many of them were in their twenties and thirties (and even older). When Prabhupada visited the Toronto temple in 1976, I saw this statement come to life."
"Ever since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the world has been faced with unprecedented danger and uncertainty. Recent headlines suggest that the threat of terrorism has reached critical proportions. News of another possible attack in the U.S. has been circulating in the press and the rhetoric of war has dominated world politics for quite some time."
"Those who may think that the Hare Krishna movement is only for monks or those in the renounced order of life are clearly mistaken. Srila Prabhupada has built a house in which the whole world can live. It doesn't matter who or what one is by virtue of material estimation."
"On November 2nd, 1974, ex-Beatle George Harrison launched his North American tour in Vancouver, Canada. Since George was a follower of Krishna consciousness, the Vancouver devotees were eager to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books and magazines to local fans attending his concert."
"Although Srila Prabhupada's health was not strong, he traveled to Allahabad in January of 1977 to preach at the Maha Kumbha Mela festival. Over ten million people were expected to attend the grand spiritual event."
"Words can't describe the devastation that we all felt. Hearts broke and tears flowed everywhere. The universe was in sorrow. The pure devotee of Lord Krishna had left the planet. We had lost our master, our protector and our ever well-wisher."
"Therefore, if you want peace at all, you will have to change your consciousness into Krishna consciousness, both individually and collectively, by the simple process of chanting the holy name of God. This is a standard and recognized process for achieving peace in the world."
"Krishna consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind; this consciousness is the original energy of the living entity. When we hear the transcendental vibration, this consciousness is revived. And this process of chanting Hare Krishna is recommended by authorities for this age."
"A Krishna Consciousness person thinks always about himself as the lowest creature in the world, and the more one thinks like that he becomes elevated more and more. A Krishna Conscious person is never falsely puffed-up; he is satisfied with his humble position as the servant of the servant of the servant of Krishna."
"I remember the first time I heard the phrase 'Hare Krishna.' I had just purchased my first record album entitled Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles. The lyrics to each song were printed on the inside sleeve or cover of the L.P. The following sentence appeared in the song ... 'Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna. Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe.'"
"So he said that 'I am not interested for my salvation or going back to Godhead. I am not interested.' Interested means it may come; it may not come. 'That I don't mind. But I am interested only with the words of my guru.' Visvanatha Chakravarti said."
Deities #732 Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara, Vrindavan (October 24, 2015):
"In the mirror of Radharani's heart, the transcendental features of Krishna appear increasingly new and fresh. In other words, the attraction of Krishna increases in proportion to the understanding of Srimati Radharani. Each tries to supersede the other. Neither wants to be defeated in increasing that intensity of love."
Deities #731 Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha, Radhadesh (October 23, 2015):
"Sri Krishna continued: 'All the inhabitants of Vrindavana-dhama -- My mother, father, cowherd boy friends and everything else -- are like My life and soul. And among all the inhabitants of Vrindavana, the gopis are My very life and soul."
"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 that in separation from him one cannot even pass a second happily."
Who is Crazy? By Swami A.C. Bhaktivedanta, 1969 (October 23, 2015):
"Lord Sri Krishna says, 'My dear Arjuna, there are different classes of men. One class of men, they are sleeping. And another class of men, they are awake. They are not sleeping.' And how is this so? This chanting, which we have performed just now, is the wakening process for the sleeping soul."
"For many of us who came of age in the Sixties and Seventies, the counterculture and its promise of an alternative society based on love and peace was an important part of our lives. Art, music, poetry, philosophy, ecology and human rights were just a few of the buzzwords floating around the collective psyche of the Sixties generation. Revolution was in the air."
Deities #730 Sri Gopinatha, Radhadesh, Belgium (October 22, 2015):
"The sound of Krishna's flute always resides within the ears of the gopis and increases their ecstacy. When it is heard, no other sound can enter their ears, and amongst their family they are not able to reply to questions properly, for all these beautiful sounds are vibrating in their ears."
"By following in the footsteps of the great acaryas, one associates with the hamsas or paramahamsas, those who are completely freed from material contamination. Indeed, by following the instructions of the acaryas one is always freed from all material contamination, and thus one’s life becomes successful, for one reaches the goal of life."
"He was moving smoothly like a swan or other water bird floating on the water. That was my first glimpse of him. At that time actually I saw he was effulgent, and that was the first time I’d ever seen any effulgence like that. It was real, and I hadn’t had any vision like that in dreams or any religious experiences like that. It was as real as I see this door."
"My respectful obeisances are unto You, O Lord, whose abdomen is marked with a depression like a lotus flower, who are always decorated with garlands of lotus flowers, whose glance is as cool as the lotus and whose feet are engraved with lotuses."
Deities #729 Beautiful Radharani, Radhadesh, Belgium (October 21, 2015):
"So krsna-prema is so valuable, but Krishna is after Radharani. Just see how Radharani is great. Just try to understand the greatness of Radharani. Therefore She is so great, and we have to offer our respect."
"The human being in general has forgotten his real purpose of life, being too much attracted by the External Energy of the Absolute Truth and as such he is enamoured with beauty of material Nature without any consideration of his spiritual identity."
"Chrissie Hynde, lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist of the legendary rock group The Pretenders, has just published her memoir entitled 'Reckless: My Life as a Pretender.' In her book, Ms. Hynde writes candidly about her 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll' lifestyle. Despite so much excess in her youth, Chrissie Hynde has gone from reckless to Krishna conscious."
Deities #728 Sri Gopinatha, Radhadesh, Belgium (October 19, 2015):
"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is Shyamasundara, Krishna Himself with inconceivable innumerable attributes, whom the pure devotees see in their heart of hearts with the eye of devotion tinged with the salve of love."
"My Lord, my heart breaks to see the sufferings of all conditioned souls; therefore I request You to transfer the karma of their sinful lives upon my head. My dear Lord, let me suffer perpetually in a hellish condition, accepting all the sinful reactions of all living entities. Please finish their diseased material life."
"So as I was kind of walking backwards towards the door, I told him that 'I’m not quite ready' in a very halting manner. As I was going out the door, Srila Prabhupada had his hand on the doorframe, and I distinctly remember he had a tear coming out of his eyes and he said, 'Please come back,' just like that."
Deities #727 Srimati Radharani, Radhadesh, Belgium (October 18, 2015):
"Srimati Radharani is as fully spiritual as Krishna. No one should consider Her to be material. She is definitely not like the conditioned souls, who have mental bodies, gross and subtle, covered by material senses. She is all-spiritual, and both Her body and mind are of the same spiritual embodiment."
"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; no separate endeavor is required."
"Srila Prabhupada was so personal in his dealings with the devotees, and that was one aspect that was so attractive to people in the early days of the Krishna consciousness movement. You see how Srila Prabhupada, he always relished reciprocating love with his devotees."
Deities #726 Sri Gopinatha, Radhadesh, Belgium (October 17, 2015):
"The question raised here is whether or not a person afflicted by material desires is fit to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The answer is that everyone is fit to worship Him."
"The Lord is seated in the heart of all living beings, and thus, He knows very well the movements of all individual persons. As soon as the Lord finds that a particular soul is very eager to go back to Godhead, the Lord at once sends His bona fide representative."
When Tribhuvanatha Prabhu left this world in October of 2001, some of his closest friends and admirers submitted eulogies to the old Chakra website. These clearly show how much Tribhuvanatha was loved and appreciated by all.
"Tribhuvanatha Prabhu passed away on October 16, 2001, at the age of 49. He was an important and beloved disciple of Srila Prabhupada who led by example. He is still an inspiration to devotees everywhere."
"Beatle drummer Ringo Starr, age 75, is on tour in North America this month with his All-Starr Band. He recently played in Victoria, Canada (October 8, 2015), spreading his now familiar message of 'peace and love' along with 'Hare Krishna.'"
Srila Prabhupada Videos: We're pleased to share with you 103 online videos of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Srila Prabhupada Chanting Japa: "In this age it is very difficult to follow thoroughly the regulative principles and studies of the Vedas which were formerly recommended. However, if one gives aural reception to the sound vibrated by great devotees and acaryas, that alone will give him relief from all material contamination." (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 10)