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"I'm writing to inform you that our computer is on its last legs. It's been contantly crashing lately and making a loud buzzing sound. Yesterday's 'What's New' postings took much longer than usual to publish. So this might be our last entry here for a while, depending on how things unfold." (Click for more info.) Deities #699 Srimati Radharani, Sri Vrindavan Dhama (August 24, 2015):
"Among the gopis, Srimati Radhika is the foremost. She surpasses all in beauty, good qualities, in good fortune, and, above all, in love."
"Krishna is everyone's friend, and the pure devotee is carrying the friend's message. Therefore, he is a friend. If there is a nice friend, and if somebody gives information about that nice friend, he is also a friend."
"I liked Prabhupada's humbleness. I always liked his humility and his simplicity The servant of the servant of the servant is really what it is, you know. None of us are God -- just His servants. He just made me feel so comfortable. I always felt very relaxed with him, and I felt more like a friend. I felt that he was a good friend."
Deities #698 Srimati Radharani, Krishna-Balarama Mandir (August 23, 2015):
"There is no comparison to Radharani's beauty and the luster of Her transcendental body. The so-called beauty of the moon has fallen on the ground in the presence of Radharani's beauty."
"The sun is far above the planetary systems, and there is no possibility of its being covered by any kind of cloud; similarly, when a devotee is purified like the sun, from his pure heart there is a diffusion of ecstatic love which is more glorious than the sunshine."
"Even if one is not situated in such a transcendental position, if he simply approves of such a transcendental life, he also becomes very dear to Krishna."
"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."
Deities #697 Srimati Radharani, Sri Vrindavan Dhama (August 22, 2015):
"Actually, because Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it is very difficult to approach Him. But the devotees, taking advantage of His compassionate nature, which is represented by Radharani, always pray to Radharani for Krishna's compassion."
"This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed."
"When Prabhupada came though the doors of the lounge, his smile was oceanic. He was beaming. I was supposed to put a garland on him, but I froze. I thought, 'This person is not in this dimension.' I was only 18, but I could tell that he was not of this world."
Deities #696 Srimati Radharani, the Queen of Vrindavan (August 21, 2015):
"Radharani is hari-priya, 'very dear to Krishna.' Through the mercy of Radharani we can easily approach Krishna. If Radharani recommends, 'This devotee is very nice,' then Krishna immediately accepts me, however great a fool I may be. Because I am recommended by Radharani, Krishna accepts me."
"There is a proverb in Sanskrit literature that enthusiastic persons achieve the Goddess of Fortune. In the Western part of the world there is tangible example of this slogan. People in this part of the world are very much enthusiastic in material advancement and they have got it."
"I was holding the door, and there was only Prabhupada and me. His servant was behind. When Prabhupada got to the door, he put both his hands on my head and started rubbing it in a very gentle way. I couldn't believe it."
"I wish to inform the Vaisnava community that a great soul has passed from our midst. Her name was Rita McNaughton -- better known as Momji among devotees. She left her body peacefully on the morning of August 6, 2015, at the age of 93. Momji was a sincere devotee, and she also happened to be my mother. Following are a few words in her honor."
Deities #695 Beautiful Shyamasundara, Vrindavan, India (August 19, 2015):
"The sages, knowing Me as the ultimate purpose of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attain peace from the pangs of material miseries."
"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."
"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?"
Deities #694 Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara, Vrindavan (August 18, 2015):
"The form of Krishna is visible to that eye in proportion to its purification by the practice of devotion. When the devotion of the neophyte reaches the stage of bhava-bhakti the pure eye of that devotee is tinged with the salve of love by the grace of Krishna, which enables him to see Krishna face to face."
"Krishna is yours. You have the power to give Him to me. I am simply your servant running behind you shouting, 'Krishna! Krishna!'"
"Hari Krishna, Hari Krishna, Hari Krishna'? George kept chanting as thunderbolts exploded all around the jet like ack-ack fire."
"Please accept my greetings. I hope everything is going well with you. You will be pleased to know that this year two of my books have been published."
Deities #693 Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama, Vrindavan, India (August 17, 2015):
"My dear Nanda, we do not know why we are so attracted by your son Krishna. We want to forget Him, but this is impossible. Why are we so naturally affectionate toward Him? Just imagine how wonderful it is!"
"O Vaisnava, you are an ocean of mercy. Please shower your compassion upon me. Give me the shade of your lotus feet and purify my polluted heart. I am following you, begging -- Sri Krishna is yours -- you have the power -- give Him to me."
"I consider your good self as one of the associates of Srimati Radharani Lord Krishna's most beloved consort. So your prayer to Lord Krishna for success of my mission in the Western countries will surely be heard."
Deities #692 The beautiful London-Isvara, London, England (August 16, 2015):
"May He continue to mercifully glance over us and our cows. May we live peacefully under the protection of wonderful Krishna."
"Krishna is always ready to help us for He is more eager to have us come back to Him than we are to go. Simply we have to accept His helping hand and then all our worries are over."
"Surely you will be very much pleased to know that my preaching work is getting ground in this country. The most important factor is that my followers and assistants are all young Americans. They are educated and possess an aptitude for grasping reality."
"I am very glad to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated the 9th instant and have noted the contents. Since I have landed in U.S.A. I have improved my health and I am very glad to see that in America practically everything is available for our Indian vegetarian dishes."
Deities #691 Sri Shyamasundara, Vrindavan, India (August 15, 2015):
"Krishna's face is decorated with ornaments, such as earrings resembling sharks. His ears are beautiful, His cheeks brilliant, and His smiling attractive to everyone. Whoever sees Lord Krishna sees a festival. His face and body are fully satisfying for everyone to see, but the devotees are angry at the creator for the disturbance caused by the momentary blinking of their eyes."
"In the stage of perfection called trance, or samadhi, one's mind is completely restrained from material mental activities by practice of yoga. This perfection is characterized by one's ability to see the self by the pure mind and to relish and rejoice in the self. In that joyous state, one is situated in boundless transcendental happiness, realized through transcendental senses."
"In the port of Calcutta on August 13, 1965, carrying only a small suitcase, an umbrella, and a bag of dry cereal, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, as he was known at the time, climbed up the steep gangway onto a cargo ship named the Jaladuta. The ensuing journey presented considerable hardship. Srila Prabhupada wrote of some sea-sickness, and on the thirteenth day of the voyage, during the passage through the Arabian Sea, he suffered a massive heart attack."
"My dear Lord Krishna, You are so kind upon this useless soul, but I do not know why You have brought me here. Now you can do whatever You like with me. But I guess You have some business here, otherwise why would You bring me to this terrible place?"
"When he left Calcutta harbour for New York there was no one on the shore to bid him goodbye. He was alone. A lone fighter. No friends, no supporter, no disciple, nobody. Even if you call me, I was not a disciple of his. I was a disciple of somebody else. So I was not his follower. But due to shared love, I had very much respect for him. So, I was the only person standing on the shore to say him good-bye. No one was with me. I could not know that it was such an important thing."
"I am crying alone in the wilderness at the present moment. So please help me in this noble cause and oblige."
"A person who is engaged in devotional service in full Krishna consciousness is to be understood to be doing the best service to the whole world and to be pleasing everyone in the world."
"I can find no means to drive away this grief which is drying up my senses. I will not be able to destroy it even if I win an unrivaled kingdom on earth with sovereignty like the demigods in heaven."
"You are a great president of a great nation. In this age of unrest and quarrel, your strength, as well as the strength of your nation, will be lasting if it is built upon the pillars of spiritual knowledge and Absolute Truth."
"Now I am confused about my duty and have lost all composure because of weakness. In this condition I am asking You to tell me clearly what is best for me. Now I am Your disciple, and a soul surrendered unto You. Please instruct me."
"Actually, without the mercy of a devotee nobody can approach the Lord directly--and it is easier to get the mercy of a devotee than to get the mercy of the Lord. So therefore the most intelligent way of approaching God is to take shelter of a pure devotee."
"You should therefore take a note of warning from your insignificant friend like me, that unless you retire timely from politics and engage yourself cent per cent in the preaching work of Bhagwat Geeta, which is the real function of the Mahatmas, you shall have to meet with such inglorious deaths as Mussolini, Hitlers, Tojos, Churchills or Lloyd Georges met with."
"The Blessed Lord said: While speaking learned words, you are mourning for what is not worthy of grief. Those who are wise lament neither for the living nor the dead."
"In Bhagavad-gita (10.34) it is said that the Lord in the shape and form of death destroys all a person's possessions. Mrtyuh sarva-haras caham: 'I am all-devouring death.' The Lord in the shape of death takes away everything that is created by the conditioned soul. Everything in this material world is subject to perish in due course of time."
Correspondence A heartfelt thanks to our dear friends (August 10, 2015):
"Many thanks to our dear readers and friends who have written to us recently. It's wonderful to hear from so many of you. Your kind messages are deeply appreciated. Due to circumstances, I'm behind in all correspondence, but will try to get back to you ASAP."
"Great soul does not mean politician, or scholar, or so-called yogi, or any other so-called big, big man, famous musician, or scientist, or anything like that. No, great soul is one who understands that Vasudevah, Krishna, is the cause of all causes and all that is, and then surrenders unto Him. You are doing that, therefore I say that you are great soul, not because you have got some material name, fame or wealth."
"After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare."
"If you think of me and work for me, then I am in your heart. If you love somebody he is in your heart. It is common thing, everyone understands it."
"Please try to understand this simple philosophy by critical analysis, and I hope by the grace of Krsna you will be a great servant of His in fulfilling His desire that He may be known by His Holy Name in every village and every city all over the world, and thus the people will become happy."
"In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear."
"Devotees should protect their valuable jewel of spiritual love from the clutches of thieves and burglars."
"I am so glad to receive your very affectionate letter of the 3rd instant and have noted the contents carefully. Yes I have got this nice typewriter by the Grace of the Lord and I am very much satisfied with it working."
Bhagavad-gita As It Is 2.20 Not slain when the body is slain (August 8, 2015): "For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain."
"You are doing your best to serve Krishna, that is very much appreciated, so do not lose enthusiasm out of frustration, that will spoil everything. Krishna Consciousness means we should always be satisfied and happy, not that we must work something impossible, becoming overburdened, and then because we are unhappy by so much trouble we lose enthusiasm altogether and give up all hope."
"You are my brother in relation to our common and Eternal Father the Almighty Personality of Godhead Sree Krishna the revealing Author of the great book of Philosophy 'Bhagwat Geeta.' And from this book of transcendental knowledge, I have known that you and all other living entities, in whatever form they may be, are all my brothers."
"All of you please chant Hare Krishna, and hear the sound vibration, and serve Krishna and Spiritual Master to your best capacity and everything will be all right."
"'Momj has left the house.' These are the words Momji herself chose to describe her imminent departure just a few weeks ago in conversation. She said that it perfectly describes the situation of the soul which is just passing from one dwelling to another. No big deal -- just moving on, hopefully to a better place."
"Whatever talent you have got, whatever little strength you have got, education you have got... you haven't got to learn anything. Whatever you have got, in whatever position you are, you can serve Krishna. Not that you have to learn something first and then you can serve. No. The service itself is learning."
Momji Update A humble servant prepares to depart (August 6, 2015):
"Momji is resting quietly with either live chanting of Hare Krishna, Prabhupada bhajans or her favorite song, 'My Sweet Lord' by George Harrison playing in the background. Although she is not moving physically (or taking food and water), her nurses say that she can still hear."
"When one is sincere, then Krishna is sitting within everyone. As soon as He sees that 'Here is a sincere soul. He’s seeking after Me,' so He manifests Himself out externally as spiritual master. The spiritual master is therefore representative of Krishna."
"Actually there is nobody else who can become so causelessly merciful friend of us, except the Lord. He is called the friend of the needy. Unfortunately we seek our friendship in the flesh and blood without knowing a spiritual spark of the Lord cannt be happy in non-spiritual flesh and blood. A needy man cannot help another needy fellow."
"Momji, one of the first 'Hare Krishna Moms,' is now in the final stages of her life. She has been chanting the holy names since 1974 and has performed many services for Srila Prabhupada's movement and his followers. May we humbly request all devotees to kindly say a prayer on Momji's behalf."
"So far I am concerned, I have not come here to cheat you nor to gain. I've come to execute the order of my Guru Maharaja."
Deities #690 Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama, Vrindavan, India (August 5, 2015):
"Krishna is always remembered, and His name is always chanted by millions of devotees, but the devotees never become saturated. Instead of becoming disinterested in thinking of Krishna and in chanting His holy name, the devotees get newer and newer impetus to continue the process."
"The Purpose of establishing an association like 'The League of Devotees' on the wish of Om Vishnupada Paramahansa 108 Sree Shreemat Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswatee Goswami Maharaj and Thakur Bhakti Vinode of Navadwipa (W. Bengal) is keenly felt a necessary enterprise on the face of the present world situation with special reference to the degraded and distressed condition of the human being."
"After more than 20 years, I've decided to make the following letter available to devotees. I have to admit that I'm rather embarrassed to do so because the letter is quite personal at times. However when a great personality leaves this world it's customary to make available his or her letters, writings and statements for posterity."
Deities #689 Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama, Vrindavan, India (August 3, 2015):
"Our Krishna consciousness movement has therefore established two very large centers, one in Vrindavana and another in Mayapur, Navadvipa. There one may bathe in the Ganges or Yamuna, chant the Hare Krishna mantra and thus become perfect and return home, back to Godhead."
"One who is not envious but is a kind friend to all living entities, who does not think himself a proprietor and is free from false ego, who is equal in both happiness and distress, who is tolerant, always satisfied, self-controlled, and engaged in devotional service with determination, his mind and intelligence fixed on Me -- such a devotee of Mine is very dear to Me."
"As an humble disciple of Om Vishnu Pad Sree Sreemad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswamin, I wish to remain always true to you and everyone. And if you sincerely be true to your forefather, I mean the Brahminical culture, you have the strength and capacity to save the world by presenting the Brahminical culture once again for consummation of the distressed world. In such acts of your broadness of mind, I am always at your service."
Deities #688 Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama, Vrindavan, India (August 2, 2015):
"The abode known as Vrindavana or Gokula is also known as Goloka. The Brahma-samhita states that Gokula, the highest region of the kingdom of God, resembles a lotus flower with thousands of petals."
"He who follows this imperishable path of devotional service and who completely engages himself with faith, making Me the supreme goal, is very, very dear to Me."
"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."
"By sincerely cultivating a bona fide spiritual science, we can be free from anxiety and come to a state of pure, unending, blissful consciousness in this lifetime. We are not our bodies but eternal spirit souls, parts and parcels of God (Krishna). As such, we are all brothers, and Krishna is ultimately our common father."
Deities #687 Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama, Vrindavan, India (August 1, 2015):
"The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama is His second body. These two are one and the same identity. They differ only in form."
"If one takes shelter of the lotus feet of a great soul, there is every possibility of one's also becoming a great soul."
"Adore thy feet my Master/ And those who are devotees/ Rupa with elder and the other/ Jiva Adwaita with societies/ Krishna Chaitanya is my Lord/ Radha Krishna and Lalita accord/ Vishaka is there in the midst/ That's my prayer in the gist."
"The old Valencia Street Temple in San Francisco went through many changes of ownership. Through all the different businesses -- this picture remains in the second floor window (since early 70's)."
"We’re talking with Swami A.C. Bhaktivedanta, head of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. If you have questions our numbers are 478–3456, in the East Bay 832–9707, in San Jose 272–1233. [break] A.C. Bhaktivedanta, International Society for Krishna Consciousness. What does the word Krishna mean?"
Deities #686 Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga, Vrindavan, India (July 31, 2015):
"My dear Lord Caitanya, please have mercy upon me. There is no one who is as merciful as You. My plea is most urgent because Your mission is to deliver fallen souls, and no one is more fallen than I. I beg priority."
"Now I am an old man, and am depending on you to carry on our mission more enthusiastically. The seed is already there. Now water it and let it grow and fruit will come out, fruit of love of Godhead, and you will all enjoy, even in this material world."
"The following speech was given by Abhay Charan Das (His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada) before the members of the Sri Gaudiya Math in Bombay, February, 1935, on the Appearance Anniversary of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada."
Deities #685 Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama, Vrindavan, India (July 30, 2015):
"There is no mechanical process to see the form of the Lord. It completely depends on the causeless mercy of the Lord. We cannot demand the Lord to be present before our vision, just as we cannot demand the sun to rise whenever we like."
"The mercy of the spiritual master is always there, but we have to take it. Just like the sun, it is there for everyone, but we at least have to stand in a receptive place to get the benefit."
"It was the summer of '75, and we were hustling like anything, getting ready for Ratha-yatra and the coming of Srila Prabhupada. We all greeted Srila Prabhupada at the Frisco airport, and Jayananda was there with an umbrella and bouquet for him."
"The result of chanting is that one awakens his love for Krishna and tastes transcendental bliss. Ultimately, one attains the association of Krishna and engages in His devotional service, as if immersing himself in a great ocean of love."
Deities #684 Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadhish, Los Angeles, 1974 (July 29, 2015):
"The transcendental form of the Lord installed in a temple is not different from the Lord personally. Such a form of the Lord is called arca-vigraha, or arca incarnation, and is expanded by the Lord by His internal potency just to facilitate the devotional service of His innumerable devotees who are in the material world."
"I am neither a great scholar nor a great devotee; I am simply a humble servant of my spiritual master, and to the best of my ability I am trying to please him by publishing these books, with the cooperation of my disciples in America."
"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."
"One can be free from all sinful reactions after reaching a place of pilgrimage, but one can have the same benefit at home or at any place simply by chanting the holy name of the Lord."
Deities #683 Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara, Vrindavan, India (July 28, 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."
"No, I am lower than you. I am the lowest of the all creatures. I am simply trying to execute the order of my spiritual master. That's all. That should be the business of everyone. Try best. Try your best to execute the higher order. That is the safest way of progressing."
"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. I shall try to do this service to you and Krishna throughout my life, and I am so proud to have such assistants as you are to help me in my mission to push on the Krishna Consciousness Movement."
"The Absolute Truth in His Supreme Feature is 'Purushotam' or the Personality of Godhead. Impersonal 'Brahma' and localised super-soul 'Paramatma' features are His hazy and partial realisation, although 'Brahma', 'Paramatma' and 'Bhagwan' are one and the same Absolute Truth."
"This is a song sung by Bhaktivinoda Thakur, depicting the picture of the conditioned soul. Bhaktivinoda Thakur is speaking, taking himself as one of the ordinary human beings, that, 'Due to my past fruitive activities (karma), I have now fallen in this ocean of nescience, and I do not find any means of coming out of this great ocean' ... 'It is just like the ocean of poison.'"
"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. Sri Caitanya Caritamrta says therefore: Guru Krishna. By the mercy of the Spiritual Master, and by the mercy of Krishna, one gets into Krishna Consciousness."
"The supreme spiritual master is Krishna, who is therefore known as caitya-guru. This refers to the Supersoul, who is sitting in everyone's heart. He helps from within as stated in Bhagavad-gita, and He sends the spiritual master, who helps from without. The spiritual master is the external manifestation of the caitya-guru, or the spiritual master sitting in everyone's heart."
"The marriage ceremony was yet another fire sacrifice. Many guests and visitors filled the temple room, including Yamuna’s Aunt Edna from Klamath Falls, Oregon. Janaki, Yamuna’s sister, had been running around making preparations and had brought margarine instead of butter to make the ghee used in the ceremony. To make things even more precarious, wood from fruit cartons was used instead of forest twigs and branches, so that during the ceremony the fire continuously sputtered, even in Swamiji’s expert hands."
"Devotional service begins with śravaṇaḿ kīrtanam, hearing and chanting. When a man is sleeping, he can be awakened by sound vibration; therefore every conditioned soul should be given the chance to hear the Hare Krishna mantra chanted by a pure Vaiṣṇava. One who hears the Hare Krishna mantra thus vibrated is awakened to spiritual consciousness, or Krishna consciousness."
"The holy name of Krishna is transcendentally blissful. It bestows all spiritual benedictions, for it is Krishna Himself, the reservoir of all pleasure. Krishna's name is complete, and it is the form of all transcendental mellows. It is not a material name under any condition, and it is no less powerful than Krishna Himself." (Hear the transcendental sound vibration from Krishna's pure devotee.)
"So when Prabhupada said he was leaving, it was a shock. And then, not only did he say he was leaving but he said because he was old … he said there’s a good chance he wouldn’t return, but we should carry on the movement anyway. So devotees took that very hard. At the airport everyone was crying. We ran out to the fence to watch the plane and new devotees, old devotees, everybody was crying."
"Pressman: Do you know how many followers there are in the United States now? Prabhupāda: Unlimited. Some of them admit and some of them do not admit. That's all. Everyone is eternally servant of God, but some of them admit and some of them do not admit. That is the difficulty. But anyone who does not admit, he is servant of somebody. That is a fact. He cannot be master. Everyone is servant. But one who knows that 'I am servant of Krishna,' his life is perfect. That's all."
"Prabhupada was so happy about the Rathayatra festival and the success of it. He was just going on and on. He was saying, 'Why have we done all this? Why have we put out all this energy to put on this festival?' And he began to speak that 'This is the compassion of the Vaisnava. For the purpose of benefiting others, the Vaisnava goes to such great lengths to see to the preaching of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.' He said, 'This is Vaisnavism, this is Vaisnavism,' twice he said. And actually tears began to come to his eyes."
"Therefore my request is, I have specially come to you. I was not very feeling well to come here. But because I have come to San Francisco, I must give you the message. It is very important message. Those of you who are feeling frustration and confused, kindly take to this chanting of Hare Krishna mantra, that's all. There is no expenditure, there is no loss. We are not charging anything. It is not a business, that we are asking you to pay something because I am giving this information. No. It is freely distributed."
"The Supreme Lord is said to be 'Sachidananda Vigraha' in the revealed scriptures. 'Sat' means eternal. 'Chit' means fully cognizant and 'Ananda' means joy, and 'Vigraha' means specific Personality. Therefore the Lord or the Supreme Godhead who is one without a second is eternally a joyful personality with full sense of His identity. That is the nutshell description of the Supreme Lord and nobody is equal to Him nor greater than Him."
"nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale/ srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine/ namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine/ nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine"
"There is no time limitation for a pure devotee. He is always, twenty-four hours, one hundred percent engaged in activities under the direction of the Supreme Lord. To a devotee who is thus engaged in Krishna consciousness the Lord is very, very kind. In spite of all difficulties, he is eventually placed in the transcendental abode, or Krishnaloka."
"We open hundreds of centers all over the world just to give people in general a chance to hear about Krishna and accept Krishna's prasada. These two processes can be accepted by anyone, even a child. It doesn't matter whether one is poor or rich, learned or foolish, black or white, old or still a child..."
"In the Secretariat Buildings in New Delhi there is an inscription on the stone that Liberty does not descend upon a people but it has to earned before it can be enjoyed. Actually this is the fact and we have seen it that much sacrifice had to be rendered by the people of India before they could gain Swaraj. But in the matter of Godhead some irresponsible people ask, 'Can you show me.' 'Have you seen God?'"
"The pure devotee is always within the core of My heart, and I am always in the heart of the pure devotee. My devotees do not know anything else but Me, and I do not know anyone else but them."
"Every living entity is eternally a servant of Sri Krishna Caitanya; therefore the spiritual master cannot be other than a servant of Sri Krishna Caitanya. The spiritual master's eternal occupation is to expand the service of the Lord by training disciples in a service attitude."
"Everyone is sleeping in the darkness of Kaliyuga, but when there is a great acarya, by his calling only, everyone takes to the study of the Vedas to acquire actual knowledge."
"When a man enters into the sitting room of a friend, the friend receives the man with all cordiality and offers him the best coaches for his comfortable rest. The friend accepts this friendly welcome and sits along with his host in all security. Does this mean that the man who has entered the house of his friend will consider the sitting room his own property?"
"As you have described the placing of my photograph and offering to it Prasadam, that is good."
"The damsels of Vrindavana, the gopis, are super goddesses of fortune. The enjoyer in Vrindavana is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna. The trees there are all wish-fulfilling trees, and the land is made of transcendental touchstone."
"Everything connected to the Lord is worshipable. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructs us that just as Krishna is worshipable, Krishna's place, Vrindavana is also worshipable. And as Vrindavana is worshipable, similarly the paraphernalia in Vrindavana -- the trees, roads, river, everything -- is worshipable."
"Lord Caitanya further explained that not only Krishnaloka but even Vrindavana, Lord Krishna's abode on this planet, cannot be estimated as far as potency is concerned. From one point of view, Vrindavana is estimated to be thirty-two square miles in area, yet in one part of this Vrindavana all the Vaikunthas exist."
"Dr. Sharma of Delhi asked this question to one well known Swamijee (?) and the reply which he received from him did not satisfy him. The doctor asked the Swamijee whether the sufferings of humanity were created by God. If so, why did He create such sufferings?"
"In my room at Radha Damodara Temple you should keep one photo of me and offer to it Prasadam of Sri Radha Damodara."
"It is said by Sri Rupa Gosvami: 'When one is actually liberated from material contamination, he can always remember an eternal devotee in Vrindavana in order to love Krishna in the same capacity. And developing such an aptitude, one will always live in Vrindavana, even within his mind.'"
"Vedic literature states that there is nothing superior to the abode of the Supreme Godhead, and that that abode is the ultimate destination. When one attains to it, he never returns to the material world. Krishna's supreme abode and Krishna Himself are nondifferent, being of the same quality."
"Srila Prabhupada describes the word murti in the Srimad-Bhagavatam as 'having transcendental form.' As the bona fide jagat-guru (spiritual master of the entire world), Srila Prabhupada and his murti are worshiped daily in numerous temples around the globe."
Human Welfare Activities (Article) Friday 20th April, 1956 (July 19, 2015): "We met the other day the founder of one human welfare society and we have been pleased to see the plan. And we suggested a little more improvement on it by the method of keeping all the items of plans etc. in touch with the plannings of Bhagwat Geeta. The whole theme of the Bhagwat Geeta is to do everything in relation with the wish of the Supreme Lord."
"I am sitting alone in Vrindavan Dham/ 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."
"Srila Prabhupada translated and wrote his purports to the first three volumes of the Srimad-Bhagavatam in his room at the Radha-Damodar temple before leaving for America."
"Srila Prabhupada sailed from Calcutta to New York in 1965 on board the Jaladuta steamship. His first stop outside India was in Port Said, Egypt on the Suez Canal."
"I am the Person who lives as the Super Soul (Paramatma) in the heart of all living beings. It is from me only that one makes recollection of his past deeds and it is also from me only that one forgets the same. So I am not only the all pervasive impersonal 'Brahman' but also I am living individually as the 'Paramatma' within every living entity."
"If you stick to these principles with determination, you will be freed from all attachment to maya, by Krishna's grace. The example is that when the sun is in the sky then where is the question of darkness?"
"A deep and meditative rendition of the Hare Krishna mantra sung by Srila Prabhupada."
"This transcendental vibration established by the chanting of 'Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare' is the sublime method for reviving our Krishna consciousness."
To the Subscribers and Sympathizers of Back to Godhead (July 17, 2015): "You have been reading my paper 'Back to Godhead' for sometime and certainly you might have formed some opinion about it. Some of my learned readers have already sent their valuable suggestions and opinions about it and I shall be glad to receive your opinion about your impression of the paper."
"Next you ask if I am present in my picture and form? Yes. In form as well as in teachings. To carry out the teachings of guru is more important than to worship the form, but none of them should be neglected."
"A rare video of Srila Prabhupada and devotees in the early days of the Hare Krishna movement."
"The fortnightly periodical BACK TO GODHEAD is the need of the time as the panacea for all sorts of material diseases in their various forms. The Ahmedabad incidences and several other occurances all over the world are creations of a Godless civilization and the need of the time is to counteract them for the tendency is so much harmful to the humanity at large."
"A pure devotee never thinks himself as great; he always thinks that other devotees are greater than himself."
Causeless Mercy #180 Krishna consciousness is simple (July 16, 2015): "Prabhupada's Lotus Feet are our only shelter. Everything else is just a bubble in the sea."
"As the latest headlines and news reports from around the world become more disturbing for us all, it's quite natural to wonder just where the joy of life has gone for so many people. The pressing threat of world war hangs ominously above our heads as we go about our daily activities, hoping against hope that somehow everything will work out all right."
"Sometime we meet gentlemen of uptodate taste and try to make them interested in the matter of 'Back to Godhead.' Unfortunately we meet 80% men of atheistic views and they say very frankly that they have not only no interest in such theistic subject but also they condemn the attempt to bring back people in general to the path of 'Back to Godhead.'"
Deities #682 Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (July 15, 2015):
"The characteristics of Krishna are understood to be a storehouse of transcendental love. Although that storehouse of love certainly came with Krishna when He was present, it was sealed. But when Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu came with His associates of the Panca-tattva, they broke the seal and plundered the storehouse to taste transcendental love of Krishna."
"Your next question is, should we love Krishna or love the spiritual master: You cannot go to Krishna directly, loving Him. It is common sense that if Krishna is the object of your love, His pet dog is also the object of your love. Friends meet friends and if the friend is with his dog the gentleman pats his dog first, is it not?"
"If you sit down and write some article on Krishna, that means you have to concentrate on Krishna’s activities or Krishna’s devotees’ activities, and that very process will purify your heart. Therefore we always recommend to our students that you write articles, read our magazine, read our book."
Deities #681 Sri Manohara's Lotus Feet, Montreal, Canada (July 14, 2015): "Krishna is very kind upon you because he has given you so many responsible tasks. So always think of the Lotus Feet of Sri Krishna and you will find no difficulties in executing the tasks allotted to you by Krishna."
"You have written so many nice things in praise of me but I think that my Guru Maharaja is great, I am not great he is great. So sometimes by association of the great one appears great."
"You write your realization, what you have realized about Krishna. That is required. It is not passive. Always you should be active. Whenever you find time, you write. Never mind, two lines, four lines, but you write your realization. Sravanam kirtanam, writing or offering prayers, glories. This is one of the function of the Vaisnava."
"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."
Deities #680 Sri Manohara, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (July 13, 2015):
"I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who know this perfectly engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts."
"Srila Prabhupada chants 'Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami' along with temple devotees during morning Deity greetings." (Length: 1:35 minutes)
"This is tug of war. So don't be afraid of māyā. Simply enhance chanting and you'll be conqueror. That's all. We are not afraid of māyā because Krishna is there. Yes. Krishna says, kaunteya pratijānīhi na me bhaktah pranaśyati. You just declare, 'My devotee will never be vanquished by māyā.'"
"The true acarya, the spiritual master of the entire world, must be considered an incarnation of Krishna's mercy."
Deities #679 Sri Sri Radha Manohara, Montreal, Canada (July 12, 2015):
"To those who are constantly devoted and worship Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me."
"Yes, from the very beginning I went to New York because I thought that Krishna Consciousness is the most important idea in the world, so let me go to that place, New York, which is the most important city in the world, and if I am able to do anything for Krishna and my Spiritual Master, even I am at the fag-end of my life, at least let me try for it there."
"Your Holiness: Please accept my respectful humble obeisances at Your lotus feet. I beg to introduce myself as an Indian monk, following the Vedic principles of religious life, and at the present, I am in the renounced order of Sannyas (aged 72 years) and preaching God consciousness all over the world."
Deities #678 Sri Sri Radha Manohara, Montreal, Canada (July 11, 2015):
"One can understand Me as I am, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of Me by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God."
"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. Devotee means very liberal and kind to everyone, always gentleman under all kinds of conditions of life."
"If you want to enjoy laughing and joking with friends and family, if this is really your desire, then listen to me. Don’t go, don’t go to Mathura (Vrndavana) to Kesi-ghata."
"Srila Prabhupada never compromised. He was innovative and creative and made some adjustments to accommodate and achieve success in the matter of teaching Krishna consciousness ... but he never compromised. He didn't have to." (By Swarup Das, an early disciple of Srila Prabhupada.)
"For my part I have taken up the policy of my Guru Maharaja -- no compromise. All these so called scholars, scientists, philosophers who do not accept Krsna are nothing more than rascals, fools lowest of mankind etc."
Jaya Radha Madhava (Video) by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura (July 10, 2015): "Srila Prabhupada was very fond of this song and sang it just before his lectures. In Allahabad and Gorakhpur Srila Prabhupada fell into a trance after singing the first two lines, and after some time he came back into external consciousness and said, 'Now just chant Hare Krishna.'"
"Srila Prabhupada delivers a must-see lecture with ecstatic chanting before and after class." (Hear from a self-realized soul.)
Deities #677 Jagannatha Deities, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (July 9, 2015): "My dear Arjuna, only by undivided devotional service can I be understood as I am, standing before you, and can thus be seen directly. Only in this way can you enter into the mysteries of My understanding."
"One must approach a self-realized person if he wants to understand the truth."
"By nature's own way the complete system of material activities is a source of perplexity for everyone. In every step there is perplexity, and therefore it behooves one to approach a bona fide spiritual master who can give one proper guidance for executing the purpose of life."
"One who desires to go back to one's eternal home and back to Godhead may adopt the following recognised and authoritative devotional activities in order to train oneself to be eligible to enter into the transcendental realm, the eternal kingdom of God. No body returns from the kingdom of God to this material world of threefold miseries."
Deities #676 Jagannatha Deities, New Remuna Dhama, Toronto (July 8, 2015):
"In His left hand Lord Jagannatha holds a flute. On His head He wears the feathers of peacocks and on His hips He wears fine yellow silken cloth. Out of the corners of His eyes He bestows sidelong glances upon His loving devotees and He always reveals Himself through His pastimes in His divine abode of Vrindavana."
"The Lord is the master of all time and all space, and therefore the Lord's holy name must be heard, glorified and remembered everywhere in the world. That will bring about the desired peace and prosperity so eagerly awaited by the people of the world."
"Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu." (Two minutes of ecstacy.)
"The Purpose of establishing an association like 'The League of Devotees' on the wish of Om Vishnupada Paramahansa 108 Sree Shreemat Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswatee Goswami Maharaj and Thakur Bhakti Vinode of Navadwipa ( W. Bengal) is keenly felt a necessary enterprise on the face of the present world situation with special reference to the degraded and distressed condition of the human being."
Deities #675 Jagannatha Deities, New Remuna Dhama, Toronto (July 7, 2015):
"Sometimes in great happiness Lord Jagannatha, with His flute, makes a loud concert in the groves on the banks of the Yamuna. He is like a bumblebee who tastes the beautiful lotus-like faces of the cowherd damsels of Vraja, and His lotus feet are worshiped by great personalities such as Lakshmi, Shiva, Brahma, Indra and Ganesha."
"It is therefore said, vaisnavera kriya jijna na bhujhaya. A highly advanced Vaisnava lives in such a way that no one can understand what he is or what he was."
"One of the first books that I read by Srila Prabhupada was Easy Journey to Other Planets in 1972. At the time, UFO's were a big thing. Television programs like "My Favorite Martian" and "Star Trek" were all the rage. Everyone was talking about the latest sightings of flying saucers in their part of the country. As a youngster, my imagination ran wild."
"This human form of body is a rare and very important boat for crossing over the nescience of material existence. On the boat there is the expert service of the boatman the spiritual master. The boat is a plying by Divine Grace under favourable wind and who will not take this good chance of crossing over the ocean of nescience?"
Deities #674 Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Toronto (July 6, 2015):
"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is inaccessible to the Vedas, but obtainable by pure unalloyed devotion of the soul, who is without a second, who is not subject to decay, is without a beginning, whose form is endless, who is the beginning, and the eternal puruṣa; yet He is a person possessing the beauty of blooming youth."
"When a devotee is put into hellish conditions, he accepts them as Krishna's mercy: tat te 'nukampāḿ susamīkṣamāṇaḥ̣. 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.'"
"In this way we are wandering from one life to another, one planet to another. If one is fortunate, he gets the clue of devotional service and makes his life perfect and goes back to home, back to Godhead." (Ten minutes with Prabhupada.)
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Deities #673 Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Toronto (July 5, 2015):
"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, residing in His own realm, Goloka, with Radha, resembling His own spiritual figure, the embodiment of the ecstatic potency possessed of the sixty-four artistic activities, in the company of Her confidantes [sakhis], embodiments of the extensions of Her bodily form, permeated and vitalized by His ever-blissful spiritual rasa."
"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."
"Only in the association of pure devotees can the words of Lord Krishna be fully potent and relishable to the heart and ear. Dhruva Maharaja explicitly wanted the association of devotees. That association in devotional activities is just like the waves of an incessantly flowing river."
"On your new $2 note it is stated 'In God We Trust,' and directly beneath 'Declaration of Independence, 1776.' On the 200th anniversary of this occasion, why not begin teaching the science of God as described in the Vedic literature, like the Srimad Bhagavatam, which is authorized and appreciated by all learned professors in the universities throughout the whole world."
Deities #672 Srimati Radharani, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 4, 2015):
"To perform devotional service means to follow in the footsteps of Radharani, and devotees in Vrindavana put themselves under the care of Radharani in order to achieve perfection in their devotional service. In other words, devotional service is not an activity of the material world; it is directly under the control of Radharani."
"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. His so-called material body does not exist, being surcharged with the spiritual current of the Lord's identical interest, and thus he is permanently freed from all contaminations of the sum total of the mahat-tattva."
"Srila Prabhupada walks back and forth and softly chants Hare Krishna on his beads: 'Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.'" (A must-see one minute video.)
Deities #671 Sri Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Toronto, Canada (July 3, 2015):
"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose transcendental form is full of bliss, truth, substantiality and is thus full of the most dazzling splendor. Each of the limbs of that transcendental figure possesses in Himself, the full-fledged functions of all the organs, and eternally sees, maintains and manifests the infinite universes, both spiritual and mundane."
"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."
"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."
"The Personality of Godhead is perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes. Whatever is produced of the Complete Whole is also complete in itself. Because He is the Complete Whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance."
Deities #670 Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Toronto (July 1, 2015):
"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, round whose neck is swinging a garland of flowers beautified with the moon-locket, whose two hands are adorned with the flute and jeweled ornaments, who always revels in pastimes of love, whose graceful threefold-bending form of Syamasundara is eternally manifest."
"It should be our definite policy that nobody is ill treated that he may go away. We recruit a person to join us after spending gallons of blood. Everyone comes for reformation, you cannot expect everyone to be perfect, rather it is our duty to make everyone perfect as far as possible."
"A chronological collection of various 8mm, S8mm, & 16mm silent footage of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada made during the years 1974-1975. His life's activities were always exemplary of a great spiritual teacher whose every action was an expression of devotion to Krishna and an example to his disciples."
Deities #669 Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Toronto (June 30, 2015):
"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor who is tending the cows, yielding all desire, in abodes built with spiritual gems, surrounded by millions of purpose trees, always served with great reverence and affection by hundreds of thousands of laksmis or gopis."
"For me, the most prominent feature of Srila Prabhupada (especially in his personal presence) has always been his overwhelming compassion and love. Never have I seen or felt such incredible mercy. Even the simple act of receiving prasadam from his hand was filled with spiritual meaning and joy."
Srila Prabhupada Toronto (Video) Prabhupada's mercy (June 30, 2015): "Photos of Srila Prabhupada's transcendental visit to Toronto, Canada in 1976, accompanied by His Divine Grace chanting the Hare Krishna mantra (japa)." Deities #668 Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Toronto (June 29, 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."
"You have inquired why Caitanya Mahaprabhu has not mentioned anything about accepting a Spiritual Master in His Siksastaka. But perhaps you have missed the point that He says amanina manadena kirtaniya sada hari. This means one has to chant the Holy Names of Krishna, becoming humbler than the straw, and more tolerant than the tree."
"One time when Srila Prabhupada arrived at the Toronto temple, a foot bathing ceremony was performed with milk, ghee, honey, etc. Somehow or other, a few of us managed to hijack the entire bowl of nectar and make off to the brahmacari room."
"Having been born in Toronto, Canada, the opportunity to be with our spiritual master, the eternal father, when he visited Toronto in 1976 was an especially memorable occasion. The nectar was flowing everywhere."
Deities #667 Sri Ksira-Chora Gopinatha's Lotus Feet, Toronto (June 28, 2015):
"Tulasi leaf is very, very dear to Visnu. All Visnu-tattva Deities require profusely Tulasi leaves. Lord Visnu likes garland of Tulasi leaves. Tulsi leaves mixed with sandalwood pulp and placed on the lotus feet of the Lord is the topmost worship."
"Personally, I have no hope for any direct service for the coming crores of births of the sojourn of my life, but I am confident that some day or other I shall be delivered from this mire of delusion in which I am at present so deeply sunk."
"Early black-and-white footage of Srila Prabhupada arriving and giving class in Pittsburgh."
Deities #666 Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (June 27, 2015): "The purpose of the appearance of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda is to dispel the darkness of the soul."
"Pure devotees of the Lord are more powerful than the waters of the sacred river Ganges. One can derive spiritual benefit out of prolonged use of the Ganges waters. But one can be sanctified at once by the mercy of a pure devotee of the Lord."
"Srila Prabhupada celebrates and empowers the Rathayatra Festival in Philadelphia, 1975, to the great delight of the adoring crowds and his devoted disciples."
"The great mistake of modern civilization is to encroach upon others' property as though it were one's own and to thereby create an unnecessary disturbance of the laws of nature. These laws are very strong. No living entity can violate them."
"Featuring His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness." (Must see!)
"I have noted that you describe yourself as being just a 'lump of ignorance.' Actually the devotee should always think like that. That the devotee should feel himself so lowly is the teaching of Lord Caitanya."
"Since the vast majority of our readers are coming to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna Consciousness for the first time through Internet searches and without access to devotee association or a nearby Hare Krishna temple, many people have inquired about how they can set up an altar in their homes and start practicing Krishna Consciousness at their own pace."
"I am sitting alone in Vrindavan Dham/ 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."
"When Krishna descended on the earth, He appeared in Vrindavan. Although I am presently living in America, my residence is in Vrindavan, because I am always thinking of Krishna. Although I may be in a New York apartment, my consciousness is there, and this is as good as living there."
Deities #665 The beautiful London Isvara, London, England (June 24, 2015):
"Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee, offer obeisances to Me and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me."
"If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it."
"I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and unto the feet of all Vaisnavas."
"That is real character. And actually we are servants. We are serving. That is our character. Either he may be Hindu or Muslim or Christian, but the real business is that everyone is servant."
"The initiation ceremony consisted of Bhaktivedanta Swami singing prayers of purification to his guru and to the past spiritual masters. A sacrificial fire was built, and rice and barley soaked in ghee were thrown into it, as well as dyes of red, green, yellow, white, and blue."
"Krishna is everyone's friend, and the pure devotee is carrying the friend's message. Therefore, he is a friend. If there is a nice friend, and if somebody gives information about that nice friend, he is also a friend."
"I have fallen into the ocean of material existence as a result of my selfish activities, which are without beginning, and I see no means of deliverance from this great ocean of nescience. Day and night my heart burns from the poison of these worldly activities, and on account of this my mind never finds any satisfaction or happiness."
"This is a song sung by Bhaktivinoda Thakura depicting the picture of the conditioned soul. Bhaktivinoda Thakura is presenting himself as one of the ordinary human beings, saying 'Due to my past fruitive activities, I have now fallen into this ocean of nescience, and I do not find any means of coming out of this great ocean. Ei visaya-halahale: 'It is just like an ocean of poison.'"
Deities #664 Sri Sri Radha Gopi-vallabha, Boston, U.S.A. (June 22, 2015):
"O Lord, I am just like a puppet in Your hands. So if You have brought me here to dance, then make me dance, make me dance, O Lord, make me dance as You like."
"On September 17, 1965, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada arrived in Boston on board the ship Jaladuta. He carried within his heart the order of his spiritual master to spread the teachings of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu to the Western world."
"Today is the 35th day of our journey and yesterday night at about 10/30 p.m. we have turned one wheel(?) towards north eastern corner from the Bermuda latitude towards Boston port. In the morning the atmosphere was fairly cleared and the ship was plying very smoothly."
"Krishna is historical personality. But He is the Supreme Personailty of Godhead. According to Vedic literature, we get information that God comes within all kinds of societies. Not only human society, but in animal society also."
Deities #663 Srimati Radharani, Bhaktivedanta Manor, U.K. (June 21, 2015):
"I emphatically say to you, O brothers, you will obtain your good fortune from the Supreme Lord Krsna only when Srimati Radharani becomes pleased with you."
"On September 13, 1965, Srila Prabhupada wrote the following prayer on board the Jaladuta steamship bound for America."
"I think it is Krishna's desire that you would vacate the former building and go to the hippy quarters. Actually, the hippies are our best customers. Almost all of our important disciples are recruited from that group, and you are also from that group."
Deities #662 Sri Gokulananda, Bhaktivedanta Manor, U.K. (June 20, 2015):
"I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend, is in Me, and I am also a friend to him."
"When a diamond is set in a golden ring, it looks very nice. The gold is glorified, and at the same time the diamond is glorified. The Lord and the living entity eternally glitter, and when a living entity becomes inclined to the service of the Supreme Lord he looks like gold."
Who is Crazy? by Swami A.C. Bhaktivedanta, 1969, NYC (June 20, 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."
"Association with a pure devotee for even half a moment in this material world is the greatest treasure for human society."
Deities #661 Srimati Radharani, Bhaktivedanta Manor, U.K. (June 19, 2015):
"Radharani is hari-priya, very dear to Krishna. So if we approach Krishna through the mercy of Radharani, then it becomes very easy. If Radharani recommends that, 'This devotee is very nice,' then Krishna immediately accepts, however foolish I may be. Because Radharani recommends it, Krishna accepts."
Photo Album #839 Prabhupada shares the secret of success (June 19, 2015): "This is the symptom of a pure devotee. One should serve the spiritual master first. It is not that one should bypass the spiritual master and desire to serve the Supreme Lord. This is not the principle for a Vaisnava." Simply Wonderful (Video) Simply wonderful Prabhupada (June 19, 2015): "Your philosophy is simply wonderful. Your prasadam is simply wonderful. You are simply wonderful. And your Krishna is simply wonderful. The whole process of simply wonderful. And He acts wonderfully. And it is acting wonderfully. Who can deny it?"
"The famous Mantra Rock Dance Poster from 1967 is prominently displayed on page 52 of Newsweek's Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary magazine on newsstands now."
Deities #660 Sri Gokulananda, Bhaktivedanta Manor, U.K. (June 18, 2015):
"For one who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, I am never lost, nor is he ever lost to Me."
Photo Album #838 His Divine Loving Grace Srila Prabhupada (June 18, 2015): "This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed."
"Dukhalayam asavatam. Dukha, dukha means suffering. Alayam, alayam means place. So the creator of this universe, the Supreme Lord, is saying this is a place for suffering. And it is called mrtyuloka, for death. The planets for dying. That means death is unnatural to the eternal soul."
"We have to defeat tryranny in the realm of thought, and create a will for world peace."
Deities #659 Srimati Radharani, Bhaktivedanta Manor, U.K. (June 17, 2015):
"All glories to Radharani! She is so dear to Krishna. Everyone is trying to love Krishna, but Krishna is trying to love Radha. Just imagine how great She is. Krishna prema is so valuable, but Krishna is after Radharani. She is so great. We have to offer Her our respects."
Photo Album #837 Srila Prabhupada sitting by the Yamuna (June 17, 2015): "The stage of perfection is called trance, or samadhi, when one's mind is completely restrained from material mental activities by practice of yoga. This is characterized by one's ability to see the self by the pure mind and to relish and rejoice in the self." Samsara Davanala (Video) Produced by George Harrison (June 17, 2015): "The words of this ancient Sanskrit prayer define the qualities of a bonafide guru who is situated in the parampara system (the chain of disciplic succession) originating from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna." Saragrahi Vaisnava (Poem) by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura (June 16, 2015): "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." Deities #658 Gokulananda's Lotus Feet, Bhaktivedanta Manor (June 16, 2015): "When one sees the lotus feet of the Lord, all kinds of doubts and fears within the heart are vanquished." Photo Album #836 His Divine Loving Grace Srila Prabhupada (June 16, 2015): "My success is always there. Yes. Just like the sun is there always. It may come before your vision or not -- the sun is there. But if you are fortunate, you come before the sun. Otherwise, you remain in darkness. The sun is open to everyone."
"The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of mercy. Just as a cloud pours water on a forest fire to extinguish it, so the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence."
"If we take shelter of the lotus feet of the spiritual master, we can become free from illusion, fear and distress. If we wholeheartedly beg for his mercy without any deceit then the spiritual master bestows all auspiciousness upon us."
"Srila Prabhupada explains the eternal benefit of loving devotional service to Krishna."
Deities #657 Sri Gokulananda, Bhaktivedanta Manor, U.K. (June 14, 2015): "What great penance and austerities the damsels of Vrindavana must have undergone, for they are able to drink the nectar of Krishna, who is all beauty, all strength, all riches, all fame and whose bodily luster is the center of all beauty." Photo Album #834 HDG Srila Prabhupada chanting on beads (June 14, 2015): "It is said that a single pure devotee of the Lord can deliver all the fallen souls of the world." Japa with Srila Prabhupada (Video) Grab your bead bag (June 14, 2015): "When the mantra is chanted by a pure devotee of the Lord in love, it has the greatest efficacy on hearers, and as such this chanting should be heard from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord, so that immediate effects can be achieved." On Chanting Hare Krishna Prabhupada explains the chanting (June 14, 2015): "The transcendental vibration established by the chanting of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare is the sublime method for reviving our Krishna consciousness." Photo Album #833 HDG Srila Prabhupada in deep meditation (June 13, 2015): "As a lamp in a windless place does not waver, so the transcendentalist, whose mind is controlled, remains always steady in his meditation on the transcendent self." Looking Eastward A three-part series by Sriman Gaura Das (June 13, 2015): "In the late 60's and early 70's, I - like millions of others - had been profoundly influenced by the popular musicians known as the Beatles to look eastward for an alternative to the "Establishment" that represented greedy capitalism, and that was sending off young men to be killed in the Vietnam war." My Sweet Lord (Video) George Harrison live in concert, 1971 (June 13, 2015): "I wanted to show that Hallelujah and Hare Krishna are quite the same thing. I did the voices singing 'Hallelujah' and then the change to 'Hare Krishna' so that people would be chanting the maha-mantra before they knew what was going on!" Deities #656 Srimati Radharani, Bhaktivedanta Manor, U.K. (June 12, 2015): "Krishna attracts everyone, but devotional service attracts even Krishna. The symbol of devotional service in the highest degree is Radharani." Photo Album #832 HDG Srila Prabhupada seated on airplane (June 12, 2015): "So far I am concerned I always take risk for Krishna. I came here in your country risking my life. And still although I am physically unfit, I am trying to execute the orders of my Guru Maharaja as far as possible."
"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is adept in playing on His flute, with blooming eyes like lotus petals with head decked with peacock's feather, with the figure of beauty tinged with the hue of blue clouds, and His unique loveliness charming millions of Cupids."
Deities #655 Sri Gokulananda, Bhaktivedanta Manor, England (June 11, 2015): "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." Photo Album #831 Srila Prabhupada in Hyderabad, India (June 11, 2015): "Your strong desire to serve me is very beautiful; your serving me means serving Krishna. I am also your servant so I cannot accept your service from you, or from any of my disciples. I accept service from my disciples on behalf of Krishna. Just like a tax collector must collect for the treasury, not for himself." Hare Krishna Prabhupada Chant (Video) Jaya Prabhupada! (June 11, 2015): "The transcendental vibration from the mouth of a pure devotee is so powerful that it can revive the living entity's memory of his eternal relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead." Golden Dawn (Poem) In honor of HDG Srila Prabhupada (June 11, 2015): "Alas, we're drowning deep/ In waves of colored hue/ Raging winds and thrashing gale/ Doth blight all reason true." Deities #654 Sri Sri Radha London Isvara, London, England (June 10, 2015): "Vrindavana is such a nice place. Flowers are always blooming, and there are even various kinds of decorated deer. Birds are chirping, peacocks are crowing and dancing, and bees are humming. The cuckoos there sing nicely in five kinds of tunes." Photo Album #830 Prabhupada and Radha London Isvara (June 10, 2015): "The Spiritual Master and Krishna are two parallel lines. You have to make your progress on these two parallel lines, you cannot avoid one in preference of the other. The train, on two tracks, moves forward. The Spiritual Master and Krishna are like these two tracks, they must be served simultaneously."
"I have a long term view, which is 'All things must pass' ... Krishna said, there's no time when we didn't exist and there'll be no time that we cease to exist. The only thing that changes is the body."
Deities #653 Sri London Isvara's Lotus Feet, London, England (June 9, 2015): "My dear Lord, Your two lotus feet are so beautiful that they appear like two blossoming petals of the lotus flower which grows during the autumn season. Indeed, the nails of Your lotus feet emanate such a great effulgence that they immediately dissipate all the darkness in the heart of a conditioned soul." Photo Album #829 Prabhupada installing Radha London Isvara (June 9, 2015): "Sri-vigraha is the arca, or suitable worshipable form of the Lord, and the disciple should be engaged in worshiping the Deity regularly by sringara, by proper decoration and dressing, as also by mandira-marjana, the matter of cleansing the temple." The Full Nectarine (Video) Prabhupada and his students (June 9, 2015): "Rare footage of Srila Prabhupada and his early disciples performing various spiritual plays about Lord Krishna and Lord Caitanya at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 1968." Matchless Gifts (Video) In honor of H.G. Brahmananda Prabhu (June 8, 2015): "Srila Prabhupada and his first followers (including new guests) are filmed at the Hare Krishna temple on 26 Second Avenue, New York City, 1966. Also included is an historic gathering at Tompkins Square Park." Deities #652 Sri London Isvara's Lotus Feet, London, England (June 8, 2015): "The person who has not at any time received the dust of the feet of the Lord's pure devotee upon his head is certainly a dead body. And the person who has never experienced the aroma of the tulasi leaves from the lotus feet of the Lord is also a dead body, although breathing." Photo Album #828 Prabhupada installing Radha London Isvara (June 8, 2015): "Book knowledge is theoretical, whereas the arcana process is practical. Spiritual knowledge must be developed by a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge, and that is the guaranteed way for attainment of spiritual perfection." Hare Krishna Festival Poster (U.K.) Preaching is the essence (June 8, 2015): "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." Hear Me Lord By George Harrison Krishna for a modern world (June 8, 2015): Srila Prabhupada writes: "I am so glad that Mr. Harrison is composing songs like 'Lord which we so long ignored'. He is very thoughtful. When we actually meet, I shall be able to give him thoughts about separation from Krishna, and they will be able to compose very attractive songs for public receptions." Deities #651 Sri London Isvara's Lotus Feet, London, England (June 7, 2015): "For those who have accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Murari, the enemy of the Mura demon, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf's hoof-print." Photo Album #827 Prabhupada installing Radha London Isvara (June 7, 2015): "By worshiping the arca-vigraha, one can at once approach the Lord, who accepts the service of a devotee by His omnipotent energy. The arca-vigraha of the Lord descends at the request of the acaryas, the holy teachers, and works exactly in the original way of the Lord by virtue of the Lord's omnipotence." Deities #650 Sri London Isvara's Lotus Feet, London, England (June 6, 2015): "The beauty of the lotus feet of the Lord is compared to the petals of a lotus flower which grows in the autumn season. By nature's law, in autumn the dirty or muddy waters of rivers and lakes become very clean. At that time the lotus flowers growing in the lakes appear very bright and beautiful." Photo Album #826 Prabhupada installing Radha London Isvara (June 6, 2015): "Installed by Srila Prabhupada in 1969, They are ISKCON's first full-size Radha-Krishna deities. When asked who were his favourite deities, Srila Prabhupada replied, on more than one occasion, that Sri Sri Radha Londonisvara were the most beautiful." Artistic Offering #159 World Acharya Dream by Govinda Dasi (June 6, 2015): "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."
"I try to hold back my tears/ seeing you're love for your lord/ all these years
despite the mad atheist horde!/ My god-siblings still run with Prabhupada's flag/ they finish what they've begun/ despite the impersonal drag/ Despite years of separation/ from our lord and master/ despite all onslaughts of delusion and disaster."
Deities #649 Sri Sri Radha London Isvara, London, England (June 5, 2015):
"So Krishna is so kind. If you are actually sincere to the service of Krishna, then He has got agents everywhere. Sarvatah pani-padam tat. He has got hands and legs everywhere. Wherever He will order, the things will come. Simply we have to become sincere; then everything is there."
Photo Album #825 Prabhupada leaving the Bury Place Temple (June 5, 2015): "Please accept my blessings. I beg to thank you very much for your kind feelings of appreciation of my humble service unto you. You are all helping me in pushing forward this mission of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu coming down by disciplic succession to my guru Maharaj." Deities #648 Sri Sri Radha London Isvara, London, England (June 4, 2015): "When we established the Bury Place Deity, on the three days before, the Deity which I ordered from India, it did not arrive. Three days before. And I was so much full of anxiety, that 'Where to get...? We are arranging, we are issuing invitation card, and there is no Deity. Where is the installation?'"
"So, forty years ago, my Guru Maharaja attempted to start a Temple there, but someway or other it was not possible. Still, I cherished a strong desire to start a Temple in the heart of the city, and by Lord Krishna's grace these boys and girls rented a five storied house in the busiest quarter of central London, at 7 Bury Place, which is near to the British Museum, London University, Great Russell Street, and Bloomsbury Square."
A Glimpse of Srila Prabhupada in the U.K. (Video) (June 4, 2015): "'A Glimpse of Srila Prabhupada in the U.K.' is not to be missed. It was created for Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja 2013. It features lectures, kirtans, video and bhajans of Srila Prabhupada in the U.K." (Highly recommended.) Causeless Mercy #177 The Sublime Essence of the Lotus Feet (June 3, 2015): "A student or follower in a tradition of higher truth, a disciple of a spiritual teacher, master, saint or guru, or the devotee of a particular deity or lord can express humility, surrender, devotion, deference, dedication and love by worshiping, contemplating or meditating upon the lotus feet of his chosen spiritual teacher, etc. In these ways, communion with the divine is established." The Sacred Nectar from Prabhupada's Lotus Feet Memory (June 3, 2015): "One time when Srila Prabhupada arrived at the Toronto temple, a foot bathing ceremony was performed with milk, ghee, honey, etc. Somehow or other, a few of us managed to hijack the entire bowl of nectar and make off to the brahmacari room. There we drank the sacred amrta from Prabhupada's lotus feet, laughing aloud and rolling on the floor in bliss." San Francisco Airport Arrival Lila, 1974 Experience the bliss (June 2, 2015): "Greeting Srila Prabhupada at the airport was never an ordinary occasion. Some of my fondest spiritual memories are of those wonderful times when devotees would gather together en masse to meet the world traveling paramahamsa. One such occasion was at the San Francisco International Airport in 1974 when Srila Prabhupada so kindly gave us a glimpse of his true transcendental nature."
"A rare and previously lost kirtan of Srila Prabhupada at Dr.Misra's asrama in NYC, 1965."
"At first, upon returning, I was a little skeptical of the Swami and his message. I was leery of organized anything those days. 'Chant Hare Krishna and be happy.' I tried it, and it did feel nice, but so did getting high, loving exchanges, good food, or music. And I didn't understand why we couldn't let our beads touch the ground. Didn't God create the ground?"
Hare Krishna 1967 (Video) (June 1, 2015): "Historic footage of an early Hare Krishna kirtan at the San Francisco temple on Frederick St, Haight-Ashbury, and the first Western Rathayatra in 'New Jaganntha Puri,' San Francisco, 1967." Swamiji (Video) (May 31, 2015): "A rare film of Srila Prabhupada which captures the early mood of the Hare Krishna movement." Swami in Hippyland (May 31, 2015): "'I think what you are calling 'hippies' are our best potential,' Swamiji says. 'Although they are young, they are already dissatisfied with material life. Frustrated. And not knowing what to do, they turn to drugs. So let them come, and we will show them spiritual activities.'" Swami Invites the Hippies (Newspaper Headlines, 1967) (May 31, 2015): "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." Hare Krishna and the Magical Mystery Tour w/ The Beatles (May 30, 2015): "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." All glories to the Pacific Ocean! (Prabhupada Memory) (May 30, 2015): "On Tuesday evenings, we go to the beach with Swamiji and hold unforgettable Pacific Ocean sunset kirtans. Sitting on the sand, we watch the tide roll in, or chant and wait for the sun to dip below the horizon." Radha-Krishna Temple, Haight-Ashbury, 1967 (Street Map) (May 30, 2015): "Srila Prabhupada and his early band of disciples played an intrinsic part in the spiritual and cultural revolution of America in the Sixties. Both in the Lower East Side of New York in 1966, and in the Haight-Ashbury of San Francisco in 1967, Prabhupada was there preaching the sublime message of Krishna Consciousness." Mantra Rock Dance Revisited Peace, love and Hare Krishna (May 30, 2015): "Srila Prabhupada went anywhere and everywhere to spread Krishna Consciousness. He was not afraid to sit down on the hot pavement in New York City or in the parks of San Francisco among the hippies and flower children of the Sixties." Photo Album #823 A rare photo of the "Mantra Rock Dance" (May 29, 2015): "Sunday, January 29, 1967 marked the major spiritual event of the San Francisco hippy era, and Srila Prabhupada, who was ready to go anywhere to spread Krishna Consciousness, was there." Haight-Ashbury, 1967 (Poem) Swamiji charms San Francisco (May 29, 2015): "It was the darkest of darkness/ the flower childrens' dream/ hallucinated hopes/ LSD-gods/ aimless, lost chemically-induced lovers/ Then unexpected, uninvited, Swamiji entered." Srila Prabhupada in San Francisco, 1967 (Video) (Ekadasi, May 29, 2015): "Prabhupada arrived at the airport a day or two before the mantra rock concert. No one knew what to expect. Mukunda and Yamuna had met Prabhupada, but none of us had met Prabhupada yet... We were of course delighted and could immediately see that we had made the right choice once we saw Prabhupada." Deities #647 Sri Sri Radha London Isvara, London, England (May 28, 2015):
"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is Syamasundara, 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."
"1. Krishna consciousness means clear consciousness/ 2. Material existence means hazy consciousness./ 3. Identifying the body as self is hazy consciousness./ 4. One has to understand himself first before making progress in Krishna consciousness."
Gurudeva (Video) Chanting with Srila Prabhupada (May 28, 2015): "Enjoy the pure bliss of Srila Prabhupada's personal association in the early days of the Krishna consciousness movement in the Western world." Deities #646 Sri Sri Radha London Isvara, London, England (May 27, 2015):
"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is adept in playing on His flute, with blooming eyes like lotus petals with head decked with peacock's feather, with the figure of beauty tinged with the hue of blue clouds, and His unique loveliness charming millions of Cupids."
Photo Album #821 Hare Krishna, Fillmore Auditorium, 1967 (May 27, 2015): "We are saying, 'Chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, be freed from all the complexities of life, and realize Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Engage in His devotional service and perfect your life so that you can return home, back to Godhead.'" Paramahamsa (Video) The early days with Srila Prabhupada (May 27, 2015): "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." Causeless Mercy #176 Connecting with Krishna in Hawaii (May 26, 2015): "As the crowd streamed out of the Shell, it gathered around the devotees, young people clapping, swaying, and chanting along. As I heard the mantra, I found it oddly familiar. Sure, I had heard the song from the tribal rock musical Hair on the radio, but this was different." Whatever Happened to the Revolution? (Editorial) (May 25, 2015): "From his first official temples in the middle of the new 'hip' communities in New York and San Francisco, Prabhupada ignited a spiritual revolution that swept across the globe at lightning speed." Photo Album #820 Transcendental Airport Chant handbill (May 25, 2015): "Chant Hare Krishna and dance in everlasting ecstasy & bliss... Won't you come join us in the ocean of Krishna's divine love. Greet Swami Bhaktivedanta on his return from the San Francisco temple." The Peace Formula Prabhupada's program to save us all (May 24, 2015): "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." Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg on Srila Prabhupada (Interview) (May 24, 2015): "It was also about the same time that the Hare Krishna movement settled in the Lower East Side where I was working with them for a while and then settled with Prabhupada (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami) in San Francisco right after the Be-in in Haight-Ashbury." Deities #645 The classic beauty of Madan Mohan, Vancouver (May 23, 2015): "Krishna is known as Madana-mohana because He conquers the mind of Cupid." Photo Album #819 Srila Prabhupada bowing to Radha-Krishna (May 23, 2015): "Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion." Hope For Society (Video) Hear Srila Prabhupada's wisdom (May 23, 2015): "Please come in, sit down and spare ten minutes of your time to hear from Srila Prabhupada." Avoid Problems (Video) More of Srila Prabhupada's wisdom (May 22, 2015): "My real self interest is to go back to home, back to Godhead. That is my real self interest. They do not know." Photo Album #818 The power of a pure devotee of Krishna (May 22, 2015): "Not only does a pure devotee purify his own personal existence, but whoever becomes his disciple also becomes purified and is ultimately able to enter the kingdom of God without difficulty." This is Allen Ginsberg (Interview) From the New Age Journal (May 22, 2015): "Since '66 I had known Swami Bhaktivedanta and was somewhat guided by him, although not formally -- spiritual friend. I practiced the Hare Krishna chant, practiced it with him, sometimes in mass auditoriums and parks in the Lower East Side of New York." How to Love Everyone (Video) Srila Prabhupada's wisdom (May 21, 2015): "Krishna is the supreme, so by serving the supreme, you can serve everyone." Photo Album #817 The only way to attain pure Krishna-bhakti (May 21, 2015): "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."
"Poet. He must be poet. All the Vaisnavas, they are poet."
Deities #644 Exquisite Madan Mohan of Vancouver, Canada (May 21, 2015): "The perfection of life is simply to surrender to the Supreme. In the beginning of our spiritual life we must therefore worship Madana-mohana so that He may attract us and nullify our attachment for material sense gratification." Allen Ginsberg by Gurudas Reflections on the influential poet (May 20, 2015): "Allen Ginsberg had always shown friendly and helpful interest in the Society and had agreed to headline the giant Mantra Rock Festival that the temple members held in the Avalon Ballroom to introduce Bhaktivedanta Swami to the hip community." Deities #643 Elegant Srimati Radharani of Vancouver, Canada (May 19, 2015): "Actually, because Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it is very difficult to approach Him. But the devotees, taking advantage of His compassionate nature, which is represented by Radharani, always pray to Radharani for Krishna's compassion." Always Expect Danger (Video) Srila Prabhupada's wisdom (May 19, 2015): "We should not be so fool that 'I am living very now comfortably.' No sir. You are in danger. That is said by Krishna: 'dukhalayam asasvatam.' Do not take this material existence comfortable... at any moment... then you'll not be able to make progress in spiritual life."
"I have come to America with this view, that America is on the summit of material civilization. They are not poverty-stricken. You see? And they are seeking after something. Therefore I have come, that 'You take this, you'll be happy.' That is my mission."
Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg and Krishnaism (Article) (May 19, 2015): "Ginsberg was also involved with Krishnaism. He met and became friends with Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krishna movement in the Western world." Deities #642 Enchanting Madan Mohan of Vancouver, Canada (May 18, 2015): "He is known as Govinda, and His eyes are very enchanting. He is playing upon His flute, and on His head there is a peacock feather." Photo Album #816 Speaks on behalf of Krishna (May 18, 2015): "A spiritually advanced person who acts with authority, as the spiritual master, speaks as the Supreme Personality of Godhead dictates from within." Happiness in God Consciousness (Video) (May 18, 2015): "You will feel wonderful. If you accept it by systematic deliberation about the mercy of Lord Caitanya, then you'll feel that it is wonderful." The Bhagavad-gita As It Is 1968 Srila Prabhupada's first Gita (May 17, 2015): "To choose to attend to the Lower East Side, what kindness and humility and intelligence!" Photo Album #814 His causeless mercy (May 16, 2015): "Whatever one may be, one must take shelter at the lotus feet of a devotee mahatma and treat him as the most exalted well-wisher of all human society. We should take shelter of such a mahatma and ask for his causeless mercy." Causeless Mercy #175 Preserving Srila Prabhupada's legacy (May 16, 2015): "There is theoretical knowledge and specific or realized knowledge, and perfect realized knowledge is attained when one realizes the teachings received from the spiritual master." The Exchange of Flowers with Srila Prabhupada (Video) (May 16, 2015): "The exchange of flowers that started in Los Angeles after Prabhupada came back from his morning walk was just one of the sweetest and most memorable exchanges that I’ve ever had in my Krishna conscious career with Prabhupada." Photo Album #813 Getting the mercy (May 15, 2015): "Krishna can easily offer a person material happiness or even liberation, but He does not agree very easily to award a person engagement in His devotional service. Devotional service can in fact be attained only through the mercy of a pure devotee." Deities #641 Jagannatha Deities, Vancouver, Canada (May 15, 2015): "So Jagannatha is another feature of Krishna, and He is especially favorable to the people who are not strictly advanced to the Brahminical culture of Vedic rituals." Srila Prabhupada at Dr. Misra's Ashram, 1965 (Video) (May 15, 2015): "Because I am ordered by superior, my spiritual master, that 'Whatever you have learned, you should go to the Western countries, and you must distribute this knowledge.' So in spite of all my difficulties, all my inconveniences, I am here because I am in duty.'" Photo Album #812 Stay High Forever! No More Coming Down. (May 14, 2015): "Practice Krishna Consciousness, Expand your consciousness by practicing the Transcendental Sound Vibration, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare." Deities #640 Beautiful Madan Mohan, Vancouver, Canada (May 14, 2015): "Only those who are on the transcendental platform of love of God, who out of love engage in devotional service, can appreciate the transcendental beauty of Krishna." Photo Album #811 Srila Prabhupada, Avalon Ballroom, 1967 (May 13, 2015): "If the surface of the globe is overflooded with the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, the people of the world will be very, very happy." Deities #639 Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan, Vancouver, Canada (May 13, 2015): "This exchange of feelings between Krishna and Radharani is very difficult to understand unless one is elevated to the platform of pure goodness." Becoming Fearless (Video) A short lecture by Prabhupada (May 13, 2015): "When you see Krishna actually, then you see Madan Mohan. Then no more suffering." Become Humble (Video): Words of wisdom from Prabhupada (May 12, 2015): "This is real knowledge, to always remain insignificant before guru, Krishna." Deities #638 Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Vancouver, Canada (May 12, 2015): "Your incarnation is just to reclaim the conditioned souls, fallen souls. But I assure You that You will not find a greater fallen than me. Therefore my claim is first." Photo Album #810 The principle of relay monitoring (May 12, 2015): "Just like Krishna can be present simultaneously in millions of places. Similarly, the Spiritual Master also can be present wherever the disciple wants." Making of "My Sweet Lord" (Video): Behind the music (May 12, 2015): "I think George does not require to become my formal disciple because he is already more than my disciple. He has sympathy for my movement and I have all blessings for him." Deities #637 Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan, Vancouver, Canada (May 11, 2015): "Glory to the all-merciful Radha and Madana-mohana! I am lame and ill advised, yet They are my directors, and Their lotus feet are everything to me." Photo Album #809 Srila Prabhupada's golden footprints (May 11, 2015): "One cannot obtain Krishna-bhakti, or the devotional service of the Lord, by official execution of the Vedic rituals. One has to approach a pure devotee." Happiness on 2nd Avenue (Video) A rare classic! (May 11, 2015): "A CBS news presentation about Srila Prabhupada's fledgling temple at 26 2nd Avenue, New York City, 1966, aired on national television." Deities #636 Srimati Radharani, Vancouver, Canada (May 10, 2015): "Therefore Radha is parama-devata, the supreme goddess, and She is worshipable for everyone. She is the protectress of all, and She is the mother of the entire universe." Photo Album #808 Srila Prabhupada's divine lotus feet (May 10, 2015): "The dust of the feet of a devotee, the water that has washed the feet of a devotee, and the remnants of food left by a devotee are three very powerful substances. By rendering service to these three, one attains the supreme goal of ecstatic love for Krishna." Hare Krishna -- A Giorgio Film (Video) (May 10, 2015): "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." Hare Krishna Festivals with Tribhuvanatha Prabhu (Video) (May 9, 2015): "Tribhuvanatha Prabhu left this world on October 16th, 2001. He was my best friend. Since meeting him in India back in the 70's, my life has never been the same. A few years older than me, Tribhuvanatha graciously took me under his wing and nurtured my fledgling -- and always shaky -- spiritual life." (Must see!) Srila Prabhupada's Middle East Preaching Program (May 9, 2015): "In early 1978, Tribhuvanatha Prabhu gathered together a small group of devotees with the aim of spreading Krishna consciousness in the Middle East for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada. The group traveled overland from London to Beirut, where 5,000 Arabic Bhagavad-gitas and thousands of Arabic Isopanisads were distributed in the midst of civil war." Tribhuvanatha Memoirs by Grahame Whitehead (May 9, 2015): "This is a dedication to my teacher Tribhuvanatha Prabhu, a well known saintly Hare Krishna devotee born in 1952 in Longford, Ireland as Thomas Kevin Hegarty. He met the Hare Krishna devotees while living in London in the late Sixties." Deities #635 Beautiful Madan Mohan, "the attractor of Cupid" (May 8, 2015): "We welcome every religion. We don't decry any religion. Our point is the love of Godhead. Or Krishna is love, all-attractive. So we want to be attracted by Krishna. Just like a magnetic force and iron. Unless iron is rusty, it is automatically attracted by the magnetic force." Photo Album #807 Srila Prabhupada letter to his disciples (May 8, 2015): "Therefore having a bona fide spiritual master and serving him and pleasing him and getting his mercy is essential. Otherwise there can be no advancement in Krishna consciousness." The Life and Pastimes of Vishnujana Swami (Video) (May 8, 2015): "Vishnujana Swami joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1967, amid the Summer of Love -- his legend would become immortal. Vishnujana Swami's appearance on this planet was to directly assist Srila Prabhupada in distributing the transcendental sankirtan movement of Lord Caitanya, and to forever inspire and enchant the hearts of the devotees." (Highly recommended!) Mantra Rock Dance, 1967 (May 8, 2015): "Sunday, January 29, 1967 marked the major spiritual event of the San Francisco hippy era, and Srila Prabhupada, who was ready to go anywhere to spread Krishna Consciousness, was there." Mantra Rock Dance Revisited (May 8, 2015): "Srila Prabhupada went anywhere and everywhere to spread Krishna Consciousness. He was not afraid to sit down on the hot pavement in New York City or in the parks of San Francisco among the hippies and flower children of the sixties." Remembering Srila Prabhupada #143 by Gurudas (May 7, 2015): "'The Swami's coming, the Swami's coming!' shouted the brightly clad youths. We raced to our vehicles. It was January 17, 1967. Caravans of painted cars, hippie vans, and motorcycles rode out to the airport to greet the Swami." (An excerpt from Gurudas' new book, Love Medicine and Music, the flipside of the Sixties.) Deities #634 Lord Jagannatha, Vancouver, Canada (May 7, 2015): "Krishna means Jagannatha. Jagat. Jagat means this world, and natha means master, or proprietor. So Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram: 'I am the proprietor of all the planets.' Therefore He is Jagannatha. Jagannatha means the proprietor of all the world, all the planets." Assorted Prabhupada Video Footage (May 7, 2015): "Rare video clips of Srila Prabhupada as Vishnujana Swami chants 'Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.'" Deities #633 The Queen of Vrindavan (May 6, 2015): "Radharani is hari-priya, very dear to Krishna. So if we approach Krishna through the mercy of Radharani, then it becomes very easy. If Radharani recommends that, 'This devotee is very nice,' then Krishna immediately accepts, however foolish I may be. Because Radharani recommends it, Krishna accepts." Photo Album #806 Srila Prabhupada's Jaladuta Ticket (May 6, 2015): "When he left Calcutta harbour for New York there was no one on the shore to bid him goodbye. He was alone. A lone fighter. No friends, no supporter, no disciple, nobody. Even if you call me, I was not a disciple of his. I was a disciple of somebody else. So I was not his follower." Causeless Mercy #174 An interview with the artist Vishnudas (May 5, 2015): "I joined ISKCON in 1970, and even though I already had some training in painting, my reason for joining was not to paint. I had serious questions about life: Why am I here? Why is society divided into so many religious and political factions? Whose wars are we fighting? And so on." Photo Album #805 Srila Prabhupada's Jaladuta Dream (May 5, 2015): "In the port of Calcutta on August 13, 1965, carrying only a small suitcase, an umbrella, and a bag of dry cereal, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, as he was known at the time, climbed up the steep gangway onto a cargo ship named the Jaladuta. The ensuing journey presented considerable hardship." Deities #632 (May 5, 2015): "Let Krishna, who is so kind, beautiful and merciful, protect us. When angry Indra sent torrents of rain, accompanied by showers of ice blocks and high wind, He immediately took compassion upon us and saved us and our families, cows and valuable possessions by picking up the Govardhana Hill, just as a child picks up a mushroom." Here Comes the Sun (Video) (May 5, 2015): Srila Prabhupada has already had an amazing effect on the world. There's no way of measuring it. One day I just realized, 'God, this man is amazing!' He would sit up all night translating Sanskrit into English, putting in glossaries to make sure everyone understands it, and yet he never came off as someone above you." Deities #631 (May 4, 2015): "The body of Krishna, the ocean of the eternal beauty of youth, can be seen to move in waves of beauty. There is a whirlwind at the sound of His flute, and those waves and that whirlwind make the hearts of the gopis flutter like dry leaves on trees, and when those leaves fall down at Krishna's lotus feet, they can never rise up again." Lover of the Lord (Video) (May 4, 2015): "He's a kind and gentle soul/ His heart is never cold/ So peaceful and poetic/ With a message true and bold/ He's never seeking praise/ So silent and so grave/ And his transcendental love/ Is the magic in his ways." Deities #630 (Purnima, Full Moon, May 3, 2015): "The Vedic hymn known as kama-gayatri describes the face of Krishna as the king of all moons. In metaphorical language, there are many different moons, but they are all one in Krishna." Notes #20 BTG Interview (May 3, 2015): "I've always wanted to help spread Srila Prabhupada's glories around the world. So many people know about Mahatma Gandhi, for example, but how many people know about the founder of the Hare Krishna movement in the Western world?" Lord Nrsimhadevas's Appearance Day Lecture (May 2, 2015): "Today is the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva. It is called Nrsimha-caturdasi. So this is very instructive struggle between the atheist and the theist. This story of Prahlad Maharaj is eternally true. There is always a struggle between the atheist and the theist." Nrsimha Prayers with Srila Prabhupada (Video) (May 2, 2015): Srila Prabhupada personally teaches and chants the Nrsimha Prayers to the assembled devotees: "I offer my obeisances to Lord Narasimha, who gives joy to Prahlada Maharaja and whose nails are like chisels on the stonelike chest of the demon Hiranyakasipu. Lord Nrsimha is here and also there." Deities #629 (May 2, 2015): "Both the Lord and the living entities are essentially all spiritual. Therefore both of them are eternal, and neither of them has birth and death. The difference is that the so-called births and disappearances of the Lord are unlike those of the living beings." Deities #628 (May 2, 2015): "When Krishna walked on the bank of the Yamuna, He was seen nicely decorated with tilaka on His head. He was garlanded with different kinds of forest flowers, and His body was smeared by the pulp of sandalwood and tulasi leaves." San Francisco Rathayatra Festival 1968 (Video) (May 1, 2015): "The first Rathayatra festival in the western world was celebrated in San Francisco on July 9, 1967. A flatbed truck was used to carry the Deities through the Haight-Ashbury district to the sea. The second Rathayatra festival occurred the following year on June 30, 1968." The Beautiful Life of Jayananda Thakur (Video) (May 1, 2015): "I'm so glad to receive your letter of Aug 30, and I know also that you are a sincere devotee of Lord Krishna. When you drive your car you always chant 'Hare Krishna' and when I was by your side I could understand how heartily you have accepted the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness." Meditations on Jayananda (May 1, 2015): In honor of Srila Prabhupada's beloved disciple, Jayananda Prabhu, there are three pages linked here to help us remember Jayananda and his many good qualities (#167, #168 and #169). "Jayananda gave love to everyone. That is our mission, to give love of God, love of Krsna to all the souls of this material world." Deities #627 (May 1, 2015): "My dear friends, Krishna is so beautiful that the goddess of fortune always remains on His chest, and He is always adorned with a golden necklace. Beautiful Krishna plays His flute in order to enliven the hearts of many devotees. He is the only friend of the suffering living entities." Photo Album #804 (May 1, 2015): "A bona fide devotee of Lord Krishna is always pained to see the fallen condition of the whole world. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura used to say, 'There is no scarcity of anything within this world. The only scarcity is of Krishna Consciousness.'" Notes #19 "Making Prabhupada Smile" (April 30, 2015): "It's been a few years since we've been posting regularly at The Prabhupada Connection. A lot has happened since we first launched this website back in March of 2002. But firstly a big thanks go out to all of you who have so kindly stuck with us through thick and thin because admittedly it's been rather thin around here during the past few years." Photo Album #803 (April 30, 2015): "Pure devotees are so absorbed in thought of Krishna that they have no other engagement; although they may seem to think or act otherwise, they are always thinking of Krishna. The smile of such a Krishna conscious person is so attractive that simply by smiling he wins so many admirers, disciples and followers." Causeless Mercy #173 "Chant" Part 4 (April 30, 2015): "All glory to Lord Krsna, Govinda, the Supreme Godhead!/ Glory to His eternal blissful spiritual youthful body!/ Glory to Him who is the origin and prime cause of all!/ Glory to Gokula, His supernal abode!/ Glory to the lotus of a thousand petals sprung from a part of His infinitude!/ Glory, all glory to Srimati Radharani who stands there beside Him!/ Glory to the Holy Names! Glory! Glory to the Great mantra of Deliverance!" Art Page #158 (April 29, 2015): "In the Lalita-madhava, Rupa Gosvami explains that the movements of Krishna's eyebrows are just like the Yamuna, and the smiling of Radharani is just like the moonshine. When the Yamuna and the moonshine come in contact on the bank of the river, the water tastes just like nectar, and drinking it gives great satisfaction. It is as cooling as piles of snow." Causeless Mercy #172 "Chant" Part 3 (April 29, 2015): "May my mind seek the shelter of him/ Whose lotus feet destroy kalpas of sin/ Whose feet are garlanded with flowers/ Whose feet are eternally auspicious/ Whose feet traverse the three worlds/ Whose feet dance to a thousand drums/ Whose feet appear to me in dreams/ Whose feet, I, unworthy, touch." Art Page #157 (April 28, 2015): "Krishna's face is decorated with ornaments, such as earrings resembling sharks. His ears are beautiful, His cheeks brilliant, and His smiling attractive to everyone. Whoever sees Lord Krishna sees a festival. His face and body are fully satisfying for everyone to see, but the devotees are angry at the creator for the disturbance caused by the momentary blinking of their eyes." Causeless Mercy #171 "Chant" Part 2 (April 28, 2015): "Jagannatha svami nayana pathagami bhavatu me/ Lord of the universe, kindly be visible unto me/ Jagannatha Svami, Your two round eyes rivet to my soul/ Jagannatha Svami, You are possessed of unlimited intellect, and we must look very silly to You/ Jagannatha Svami, I think it must be You alone who knows Your universe, America, myself." Photo Album #802 "Save Earth Now !!" East Village Other (April 27, 2015): "But while this was all going on, an old man, one year past his allotted three-score-and-ten, wandered into New York's East Village and set about to prove to the world that he knew where God could be found. In only three months, the man, Swami A.C. Bhaktivedanta, succeeded in convincing the world's toughest audience - bohemians, acidheads, potheads and hippies - that he knew the Way to God: Turn Off, Sing Out and Fall In."
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)