A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - August 08

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Srila Prabhupada's letters, lectures and conversations throughout consecutive years

The Days in the Life of Srila Prabhupada presents 2200+ of his lectures; 905+ of his conversations; 490+ of his morning walks; 65+ of his interviews and 6,570+ of his letters.

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  • 13,350+ concise statements, drawn from Srila Prabhupada's lectures, conversations and letters, highlighted within quoteboxes;
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These statements from the Days in the Life of Srila Prabhupada offer unparalleled insights into his devotional character; his vision to re-spiritualize human society; his dedication to translate, publish & distribute his books; his expertise to tirelessly lead & manage his worldwide movement; his empowered ability to encourage, care for, train & clearly communicate the disciplines he expects from all his disciples as he engages them in their pursuit of Krsna consciousness & performance of missionary activities. Through all these situations one can also experience how Srila Prahhupada consistently represents the pure teachings of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates.


1966 - August 08

Lecture BG 04.19-22 - New York
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"A person in Kṛṣṇa consciousness should not be attached either to the good result or bad result because even if I want good result, that is my attachment. And of course, if there is bad result, we haven't got any attachment, but sometimes we lament. That is our attachment. That is our attachment. So one has to transcend both from the good result and the bad result. How it can be done? It can be done. Just like if you are working on account of some big firm. Suppose you are a salesman. You are working on behalf of that big firm. Now, suppose if you make one million dollars profit, you have no attachment for that because you know that 'This profit goes to the proprietor'. You have no attachment. Similarly, if there is some loss, you also know that 'I have nothing to do with the loss. It goes to the proprietor'. Similarly, if we work on account of Kṛṣṇa, then I shall be able to give up the attachment for the result of the work."
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I was invited in Butler, here also, by some churches, and they wanted to give me some food. So they asked me, "Swamiji, what do you desire to eat?" So I told them, "I eat... I am strictly vegetarian. I shall accept fruits and milk. That's all." Similarly, if anyone invites somebody, it is natural that the guest is asked what sort of foodstuff he would like.
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I have to propagate this mission, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, so I am not so much attached to the rules and regulations, but I am attached to the preaching work. But if I go to some other place where the rules and regulations cannot be strictly observed, and if I want to observe such rules and regulations, then my main business is suffering. So we should not stick to the rules and regulations. We should see to the business.
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They asked me, "Swamiji, what do you desire to eat?" So I told them, "I eat... I am strictly vegetarian. I shall accept fruits and milk. That's all.


1968 - August 08

Letter to Brahmananda written from Montreal
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You will be pleased to learn that I have got now immigration permission and identification card in Canada.
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Montreal
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Regarding collection from the public: I think you should take special license or permission from the authority because as a religious society, we can collect in such a way. Simply the authorities have to be informed that we are a serious institute for spreading God consciousness, and that we are not professional beggars.


1969 - August 08

Letter A to Manager, Bank of Baroda - Bombay written from Los Angeles
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Regarding your inquiry of when I left India, I beg to inform you that I left India on the 4th of December, 1967, and I have no program to return back to India. Therefore, I beg to request you to send me some addresses of musical instrument dealers in Delhi.
Letter A to Manager, Bank of Baroda - Delhi written from Los Angeles
Letter B to Manager, Bank of Baroda - Bombay written from Los Angeles
Letter B to Manager, Bank of Baroda - Delhi written from Los Angeles
Letter to Rupanuga written from Los Angeles
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In further reference to your question about the form of the spirit soul of the conditioned living entity, there is a spiritual form always, but it develops fully only when the living entity goes back to Vaikuntha. This form develops according to the desire of the living entity. Until this perfectional stage is reached, the form is lying dormant like the form of the tree is lying dormant in the seed.


1971 - August 08

Lecture - London
Letter to Madhukantha written from London
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So far as your getting yourself married, I have no objection provided you agree to some points. First of all you must promise that you will not separate under any circumstances. This marriage is serious business and not to be taken lightly. There is no question of separation in Krishna Conscious marriages. Therefore I am asking all those who want to be married that they sign one paper promising that there will be no separation.


1972 - August 08

Conversation - London
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As far as we know from sādhu-guru-śāstra. That's all. That is our understanding. Don't try to extend also. Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura said that "Whatever I heard from my guru, that is my life. That's all. Let me execute that."
Letter to Citsukhananda written from London
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So far his asrama in Puerto Vallarta, we are not taking that place on lease or rent, only if he gives it to us can we manage. It is very nice place, and I want to come there for spending some time, but he has told me it is our ISKCON place so he should make good his promise and give it to Krishna, otherwise we shall not take it.
Letter to Giriraja written from London
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Our initiated members must be in the majority, and if any deed has to be prepared then I shall send you the wordings. If not, verbally is all right. If they want to make any documents, that must be approved by me.
Letter to Satsvarupa written from London
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Go on preaching with full vigor and determination, keep our standard of Krsna Consciousness always at the highest level, and remain sincere always by remembering Krsna, through vibrating of His holy name.


1973 - August 08

Lecture BG 02.08 - London
Real Happiness is Described in the Bhagavad-gita - 0253
05:29 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.08 in London
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This is the position of material existence. We are sometimes in difficulty. Not sometimes. Always, we are in difficulty, but we call it sometimes, because to get over the difficulty, we make some attempt, and that attempt—making is taken as happiness. Actually there is no happiness.
Vedic Knowledge is Explained by Guru - 0254
05:54 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.08 in London
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The principle is to understand things in reality one has to approach Kṛṣṇa as Arjuna has approached, śiṣyas te 'ham: (BG 2.7) "Now I am Your disciple. You just teach me. Śādhi māṁ prapannam. I am surrendering. I am not trying to talk with You on equal level."
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Ordinary men, they think that: "We are earning so much money. What is the use of making a guru? I can understand everything in my own way." And another rascal is: "Yes, yata mata tata patha. Whatever their opinion, that's all right. You can make your own opinion." That is going on. You can make your own opinion to understand God. So all foolish rascals, they're making their own opinion. No, that is not possible.
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The yajnic brāhmaṇa used to test how correctly they are pronouncing Vedic mantra. The test was that one animal should be put into the fire and he would again come with fresh, young body. Then it is tested that the yajña is being performed nicely. The brāhmaṇas, the yajnic brāhmaṇa, they are pronouncing the Veda mantra correctly. This is the test. But where is that brāhmaṇa in this age? Therefore no yajña is recommended. So there is no yajña in this age. There is no yajnic brāhmaṇa. This is the only yajña: chant Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra and dance in ecstasy. This is the only yajña.
Letter to Bali-mardana written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
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Actually this book production is most important, and you have pleased me very much. Just go on and flood the whole world with these Krsna books.
Letter to Kirtanananda written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
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Here Syamasundara has arranged a gorgeous festival beginning 21st till 27th August. Just see the program.
Letter to Mahamsa written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
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The Hyderabad caste brahmanas came to fight with me on the issue that brahmanas are made by Birth, but we do not follow this principal, therefore now if we accept this defective donation and later on this question is raised that we are getting the Deity Worship maintained by Europeans and Americans who are not born in brahmana families there will be great litigation on this issue and it may be judgement is against us, then what we will do?
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
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Before the Spiritual Master a dullheaded fool is required, an over intelligent disciple is not a very good qualification.
Letter to Tamala Krishna written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
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Observe many festivals, that will keep both public and devotees alive. Temple means festivals and festivals means chanting and distribution of Prasadam.
740608 - Lecture Arrival - Paris
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If the soul is important in this body, why there shall not be bigger soul, the Supersoul, in this gigantic body? What is this universal body and this body? The same thing. It is only small, and that is very big. The same material construction.


1974 - August 08

Letter to Dayananda written from Vṛndāvana
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I am especially concerned that the second initiations not be taken cheaply. Brahmins are expected to rise early in the morning and follow strictly all the devotional practices.
Letter to Gargamuni written from Vṛndāvana
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Regarding Karandhara's comment that Mayapur and Calcutta were the best organized centers in India, that I know. I have full faith in you, and also Bhavananda and Jayapataka Maharajas.
Letter to Giriraja written from Vṛndāvana
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Regarding your Janmastami program expectation of 10,000 people, it is very good. Thank you very much. I am very much pleased what you are doing. Give the people nice prasadam. This is what is temple—life. Chanting, dancing, prasadam, this is what I want.
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Vṛndāvana
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Regarding your suggestion for a book especially for use in college courses, if possible you can pick it up from my other books, articles and speeches. You have the idea, so you can do it, just suitable for them.
Letter to Tripurari written from Vṛndāvana
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Yes, the advanced men can distribute the big books, and the new men the smaller ones. Your entire program is approved by me.


1975 - August 08

Letter to Amogha written from Toronto
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I think you should take Australian rather than the American passport. The Australian passport is better because it is Commonwealth. So you take the Australian passport, and immediately go to India. We require good men in India now. Indonesia is not a very important place.
Letter to Jayatirtha written from Toronto

1976 - August 08

Morning Walk - Tehran
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Bali Mahārāja says, "What is the use of such endeavor?" Therefore big, big saintly persons, they do not care for the body. Lying down anywhere. But they are very serious about spiritual advancement. And people in general, they are interested in maintaining the body. It is not that we should be neglectful to the body.
Lecture SB 03.22.19 - Tehran
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Sex life should be utilized only to produce a nice child, not for any other purpose. Human life is especially meant for complete devotion to the service of the Lord.
Conversation - Tehran
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"Gold, either in Iran or in India, gold is gold. You cannot say 'Iranian gold' or 'Indian gold'. That is not possible. Similarly, when you say 'Iranian spiritual culture' and 'Indian spiritual culture', the common point is spiritual culture. Spiritual culture is one. It cannot be Iranian, Indian, or anywhere belonging to some sycophant. Just like this moon. This moon is now on Iran. But that does not mean it's Iranian moon. Or the sun, it does not mean Iranian sun. Moon is one. Either in India or in Iran, the moon is moon. You cannot say 'Iranian moon' or 'Indian moon'. So spiritual culture is one, and material culture is one."
760808 - Conversation - Tehran
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I am insisting that, preach in America vigorously. If America accepts, then whole world will accept. That's a fact.


1977 - August 08

Conversation - Vṛndāvana
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Do nicely, quickly, and spend money. That's all. (laughter) I want to see things are done very nice. Never mind money is spent.
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Make some arrangement so that you can avoid hired cooks unless it is absolutely necessary. The hired cook, they are most wretched people.


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