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Unlimited Gain Chanting is beneficial to one and all (February 13, 2016):
"If you want to understand this movement through philosophy, science argument, we are prepared. There is ample opportunity for you. But if you simply chant, there is no need of education, there is no need of philosophizing."
"The Supreme Personality of Godhead is known as bhava-grahi janardana because He takes only the essence of a devotee’s attitude. If a devotee sincerely surrenders, the Lord, as the Supersoul in everyone’s heart, immediately understands this."
"The real perfection of life is whether by your actions, Krishna is satisfied. That is perfection. You don't consider of your personal victory, defeat, loss or gain, or distress or happiness."
"From my personal point of view, I think that I am so sinful that I cannot even approach Krishna to show me any favor. But I have only one hope -- my Spiritual Master -- He is very kind. So someway or other He is dragging me towards Krishna. That is the only hope."
"So if you actually feel for your country, for your community, for your people, just spread this Krishna consciousness. They're dying. You spread this Krishna consciousness. They'll come again to life, and everything will be actually beautiful. That is my request."
"It was his total surrender and dedication to the Lord which inspired so much love and adoration in the hearts of his followers. Prabhupada not only talked the talk, but he walked the walk."
What distinguishes a pure devotee from all others? It's no secret. Here's the list.
Note: The following article was written and published thirty years ago (1986), and I still stand by it today. (Some things never change.)
"You don't have to be his direct disciple, or initiated, or even a member of the Hare Krishna movement to love Srila Prabhupada because Prabhupada's love is oceanic, all-inclusive and unconditional."
Back in the 80s, ISKCON was in dire need of open and honest communication among its members, and so the The Vaisnava Journal was created to help fill that need. The result spoke for itself -- widespread popularity and participation from devotees around the world.
Note: The following pictures were taken in the late 70s before much of the modern day traffic and congestion had invaded the holy dhama. I only had a simple camera at the time (with no focus), and most of the photos are in black-and-white; but I still hope they capture the sweet mood of Vrindavan.
"Although it may appear that such a great personality has come and gone from the world stage, he has promised us that we can still have his personal association if we have faith in his words and instructions."
"The purport is that for transcendental writing one must be an authorized Vaisnava and should write to purify oneself, not for credit. It may or may not be published, but one who is actually sincere in writing, all his ambitions will be fulfilled."
"Almost every Vaisnava and aspiring Vaisnava in the western world is indebted to Srila Prabhupada, who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all. No matter our personal doubts, at least we can afford him the respect and love that he so rightly earned and so richly deserves by people all over the world."
"Egypt was the first country in which Srila Prabhupada set foot outside India en route to America. He stopped in Port Said in 1965 and visited the town for a day with the captain of the Jaladuta steamship. Therefore it was Srila Prabhupada himself who first initiated the preaching of Krishna consciousness in Egypt and the Middle East."
"Since we have started this movement in the Western countries, Europeans, Americans, Africans, Egyptians, and Japanese are all chanting. There is no difficulty. They are chanting very gladly and they are getting the results. What is the difficulty?"
"Over the years devotees and friends have asked me what it was like preaching and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books in the Middle East back in the late Seventies and early Eighties."
"Wherever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics, and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality. That is my opinion."
Glowing Mercy A powerful dream about Prabhupada (January 13, 2016):
"Over 40 years ago, I had a wonderful dream of Srila Prabhupada which is still fresh in my mind. Prabhupada was sitting in the prasadam room at the old Vancouver temple. Golden rays of pure love were emanating from his spiritual body."
"Years before I had walked the streets of Winnipeg as a young and unhappy teenager searching for answers to life's problems and mysteries. This time I arrived in the city as a shaven-headed Hare Krishna monk. What a transformation, by Srila Prabhupada's divine grace."
"I'll never forget the moment the curtains opened to reveal the most beautiful Deities in the universe. I was stunned and it took me a few minutes to remember that I was supposed to bow down and pay my obeisances."
"'I am very glad to hear about your new farm-ashram existing there. We want to develop many such farms all over the world.' This was ecstatic. Prabhupada had blessed New Gokula Dhama."
"Suddenly, as Prabhupada looked up at her, Kaliya broke away from her herd and made her way alone down the steep bank. Matching the devotees’ pace, she stepped out right in front of Srila Prabhupada, and began walking with him as if she were his pet calf."
"The summary is that one has to, first of all, seek the association of pure devotees who not only are learned in the Vedanta but are self-realized souls and unalloyed devotees of Lord Sri Krsna, the Personality of Godhead."
"Amidst this night of dread and fear/ Our mindful Lord did send/ A rare and precious jewel of light/ All broken dreams to mend/ Prabhupada -- the Lord's dear wish/ To ignite the darkened soul/ Pouring immortal nectar sweet/ All cups to overflow."
"Anyone can adopt this simple method. There is no expenditure, there is no tax, nor is there any need to build a very big church or temple. Anyone, anywhere, can sit down on the road or beneath a tree and chant the Hare Krishna mantra and worship God."
"Those who are favored by God find their paths set with thorns. There is no peace or happiness in our worldly life. Circumstances create turmoil and annoyance. Chant the maha mantra loudly and with attachment. This will drive away inertia, worldly evils and pests."
"Bhaktivinoda Thakura had many other sons, and he was the fifth son. And some of his other brothers did not marry, and my guru maharaj, he also did not marry. From the childhood he is strict brahmacari, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja. He underwent very severe penances for starting this worldwide movement. That was his mission."
"The feet of these holy beings are compared to the lotus, but to nothing else. The softness of the feet of holy beings is considered so unparalleled that it can be compared only to the delicacy of lotus petals. Just as the lotus is soft, sublime, sacred and sweet, so are the lotus feet."
"That night I couldn't sleep. I stayed up reading what immediately struck me as a rare discovery of celestial knowledge. I drank every word as if they were drops of divine nectar, and I couldn't put the book down. The feeling that I had then was unlike anything I had ever experienced while reading other books."
"It was the summer of 1969. I was cleaning A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada’s apartment on 26 2nd Ave in New York City. His apartment was behind the Radha Krishna Temple, across the small courtyard, up the stairs, and on the second floor. His rooms were small, but functional."
"To the great delight of devotees everywhere, Srila Prabhupada was always eager to distribute cookies to the children (and sometimes adults). Watch this most endearing exchange of transcendental love and kindness." (Recipe included.)
"I saw Srila Prabhupada in New York, Brooklyn temple in 1974 and in New York, 55th St. temple in 1976, first Rathayatra. He gave me a cookie."
"Srila Prabhupada often referred to his disciples as boys and girls, even though many of them were in their twenties and thirties (and even older). When Prabhupada visited the Toronto temple in 1976, I saw this statement come to life."
"Ever since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the world has been faced with unprecedented danger and uncertainty. Recent headlines suggest that the threat of terrorism has reached critical proportions. News of another possible attack in the U.S. has been circulating in the press and the rhetoric of war has dominated world politics for quite some time."
"Interviewer: How would I recognize a true follower of the Krishna consciousness movement by his behavior? What would his traits be? What would his outward expressions be? Srila Prabhupada: He'd be a very perfect gentleman, that's all. You could not find any fault in him."
"Those who may think that the Hare Krishna movement is only for monks or those in the renounced order of life are clearly mistaken. Srila Prabhupada has built a house in which the whole world can live. It doesn't matter who or what one is by virtue of material estimation."
"On November 2nd, 1974, ex-Beatle George Harrison launched his North American tour in Vancouver, Canada. Since George was a follower of Krishna consciousness, the Vancouver devotees were eager to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books and magazines to local fans attending his concert."
"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."
"Although Srila Prabhupada's health was not strong, he traveled to Allahabad in January of 1977 to preach at the Maha Kumbha Mela festival. Over ten million people were expected to attend the grand spiritual event."
"Words can't describe the devastation that we all felt. Hearts broke and tears flowed everywhere. The universe was in sorrow. The pure devotee of Lord Krishna had left the planet. We had lost our master, our protector and our ever well-wisher."
"Therefore, if you want peace at all, you will have to change your consciousness into Krishna consciousness, both individually and collectively, by the simple process of chanting the holy name of God. This is a standard and recognized process for achieving peace in the world."
"Krishna consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind; this consciousness is the original energy of the living entity. When we hear the transcendental vibration, this consciousness is revived. And this process of chanting Hare Krishna is recommended by authorities for this age."
"A Krishna Consciousness person thinks always about himself as the lowest creature in the world, and the more one thinks like that he becomes elevated more and more. A Krishna Conscious person is never falsely puffed-up; he is satisfied with his humble position as the servant of the servant of the servant of Krishna."
"I remember the first time I heard the phrase 'Hare Krishna.' I had just purchased my first record album entitled Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles. The lyrics to each song were printed on the inside sleeve or cover of the L.P. The following sentence appeared in the song ... 'Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna. Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe.'"
"Thinking back to the late Sixties and early Seventies, I fondly remember how the Hare Krishna mantra had already infiltrated contemporary culture due to Srila Prabhupada's extraordinary efforts to spread the holy names throughout the world."
"So he said that 'I am not interested for my salvation or going back to Godhead. I am not interested.' Interested means it may come; it may not come. 'That I don't mind. But I am interested only with the words of my guru.' Visvanatha Chakravarti said."
Deities #732 Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara, Vrindavan (October 24, 2015):
"In the mirror of Radharani's heart, the transcendental features of Krishna appear increasingly new and fresh. In other words, the attraction of Krishna increases in proportion to the understanding of Srimati Radharani. Each tries to supersede the other. Neither wants to be defeated in increasing that intensity of love."
Deities #731 Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha, Radhadesh (October 23, 2015):
"Sri Krishna continued: 'All the inhabitants of Vrindavana-dhama -- My mother, father, cowherd boy friends and everything else -- are like My life and soul. And among all the inhabitants of Vrindavana, the gopis are My very life and soul."
"In the Fifth Canto of Brhad-bhagavatamrta (5.44) it is stated that the association of a pure devotee is more desirable than life itself and that in separation from him one cannot even pass a second happily."
Who is Crazy? By Swami A.C. Bhaktivedanta, 1969 (October 23, 2015):
"Lord Sri Krishna says, 'My dear Arjuna, there are different classes of men. One class of men, they are sleeping. And another class of men, they are awake. They are not sleeping.' And how is this so? This chanting, which we have performed just now, is the wakening process for the sleeping soul."
"For many of us who came of age in the Sixties and Seventies, the counterculture and its promise of an alternative society based on love and peace was an important part of our lives. Art, music, poetry, philosophy, ecology and human rights were just a few of the buzzwords floating around the collective psyche of the Sixties generation. Revolution was in the air."
Deities #730 Sri Gopinatha, Radhadesh, Belgium (October 22, 2015):
"The sound of Krishna's flute always resides within the ears of the gopis and increases their ecstacy. When it is heard, no other sound can enter their ears, and amongst their family they are not able to reply to questions properly, for all these beautiful sounds are vibrating in their ears."
"By following in the footsteps of the great acaryas, one associates with the hamsas or paramahamsas, those who are completely freed from material contamination. Indeed, by following the instructions of the acaryas one is always freed from all material contamination, and thus one’s life becomes successful, for one reaches the goal of life."
"He was moving smoothly like a swan or other water bird floating on the water. That was my first glimpse of him. At that time actually I saw he was effulgent, and that was the first time I’d ever seen any effulgence like that. It was real, and I hadn’t had any vision like that in dreams or any religious experiences like that. It was as real as I see this door."
"My respectful obeisances are unto You, O Lord, whose abdomen is marked with a depression like a lotus flower, who are always decorated with garlands of lotus flowers, whose glance is as cool as the lotus and whose feet are engraved with lotuses."
Deities #729 Beautiful Radharani, Radhadesh, Belgium (October 21, 2015):
"So krsna-prema is so valuable, but Krishna is after Radharani. Just see how Radharani is great. Just try to understand the greatness of Radharani. Therefore She is so great, and we have to offer our respect."
"The human being in general has forgotten his real purpose of life, being too much attracted by the External Energy of the Absolute Truth and as such he is enamoured with beauty of material Nature without any consideration of his spiritual identity."
"Chrissie Hynde, lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist of the legendary rock group The Pretenders, has just published her memoir entitled 'Reckless: My Life as a Pretender.' In her book, Ms. Hynde writes candidly about her 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll' lifestyle. Despite so much excess in her youth, Chrissie Hynde has gone from reckless to Krishna conscious."
Deities #728 Sri Gopinatha, Radhadesh, Belgium (October 19, 2015):
"I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is Shyamasundara, Krishna Himself with inconceivable innumerable attributes, whom the pure devotees see in their heart of hearts with the eye of devotion tinged with the salve of love."
"My Lord, my heart breaks to see the sufferings of all conditioned souls; therefore I request You to transfer the karma of their sinful lives upon my head. My dear Lord, let me suffer perpetually in a hellish condition, accepting all the sinful reactions of all living entities. Please finish their diseased material life."
"So as I was kind of walking backwards towards the door, I told him that 'I’m not quite ready' in a very halting manner. As I was going out the door, Srila Prabhupada had his hand on the doorframe, and I distinctly remember he had a tear coming out of his eyes and he said, 'Please come back,' just like that."
Deities #727 Srimati Radharani, Radhadesh, Belgium (October 18, 2015):
"Srimati Radharani is as fully spiritual as Krishna. No one should consider Her to be material. She is definitely not like the conditioned souls, who have mental bodies, gross and subtle, covered by material senses. She is all-spiritual, and both Her body and mind are of the same spiritual embodiment."
"As fog is vanquished at the first glimpse of sunlight, one's sinful reactions are automatically vanquished as soon as one begins serving a pure devotee; no separate endeavor is required."
"Srila Prabhupada was so personal in his dealings with the devotees, and that was one aspect that was so attractive to people in the early days of the Krishna consciousness movement. You see how Srila Prabhupada, he always relished reciprocating love with his devotees."
Deities #726 Sri Gopinatha, Radhadesh, Belgium (October 17, 2015):
"The question raised here is whether or not a person afflicted by material desires is fit to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The answer is that everyone is fit to worship Him."
"The Lord is seated in the heart of all living beings, and thus, He knows very well the movements of all individual persons. As soon as the Lord finds that a particular soul is very eager to go back to Godhead, the Lord at once sends His bona fide representative."
When Tribhuvanatha Prabhu left this world in October of 2001, some of his closest friends and admirers submitted eulogies to the old Chakra website. These clearly show how much Tribhuvanatha was loved and appreciated by all.
"Tribhuvanatha Prabhu passed away on October 16, 2001, at the age of 49. He was an important and beloved disciple of Srila Prabhupada who led by example. He is still an inspiration to devotees everywhere."
"Beatle drummer Ringo Starr, age 75, is on tour in North America this month with his All-Starr Band. He recently played in Victoria, Canada (October 8, 2015), spreading his now familiar message of 'peace and love' along with 'Hare Krishna.'"
Srila Prabhupada Videos: We're pleased to share with you 103 online videos of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Srila Prabhupada Chanting Japa: "In this age it is very difficult to follow thoroughly the regulative principles and studies of the Vedas which were formerly recommended. However, if one gives aural reception to the sound vibrated by great devotees and acaryas, that alone will give him relief from all material contamination." (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 10)