A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - December 02

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

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1966 - December 02

Lecture BG 09.15-18 - New York
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Actually, the intelligent person who knows his real position, his constitutional position, and his relationship with Kṛṣṇa, then he takes directly this Kṛṣṇa consciousness. And that is recommended in the Bhagavad-gītā and all scriptures. All scripture. But if you want to go round-about way, you can go, but you have come to this ultimate point. That is the conclusion.
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"In the Bhagavad-gītā (BG 9.4) it is said by the Lord, mayā tatam idaṁ sarvaṁ jagad avyakta-mūrtinā: "I am spread all over the universe, all over the manifestation, in My impersonal feature." Mat-sthāni sarva-bhūtāni nāhaṁ teṣu avasthitaḥ: "Everything is resting on Me, but I am not there." Paśya me yogam aiśvaram (BG 9.5). So this simultaneously one and different, this philosophy, is accepted by Lord Caitanya, but it is also accepted in the Bhagavad-gītā; mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat kiñcid asti dhanañjaya (BG 7.7). But this form, these two hands, with flute, Kṛṣṇa, form of Kṛṣṇa, there is nothing beyond this. So one has to come to this point."
661202 - Lecture BG 09.15-18 - New York


1968 - December 02

Lecture BG 07.01 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Our activities are conditions, not free. But you can attain a life of freedom, life of unlimited energy, unlimited happiness, unlimited bliss. There is possibility. This is not story or fiction. We see so many planets within this universe. We have got so many flying vehicles, but we cannot approach even to the nearest, we are so much limited. But if we worship Govinda, then it is possible. You can go anywhere. We have written these statements in our small booklet Easy Journey to Other Planets. This is possible. Don't think that this planet is all and all. There are many, many millions of other very nice planets. There the standard of happiness, standard of enjoyment is many more times greater than what we are enjoying here."
681202 - Lecture BG 07.01 - Los Angeles
You Can Attain a Life of Freedom - This is not Story or Fiction - 0516
06:54 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
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Our activities are conditioned, not free. But you can attain a life of freedom, life of unlimited energy, unlimited happiness, unlimited bliss. There is possibility. This is not story or fiction.
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The troubles of birth, the troubles of death, and the troubles of disease, and the troubles of old age are everywhere the same. It is not that because you are born in a very rich family, you'll be immune from diseases. It is not that you'll not become old. It is not that you'll be saved from the troubles of birth or you'll be saved from the troubles of death.
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When you are on the plane on the sky, you know you are in the midst of desert..., of danger. At any moment there can be crash. You may fall down on the sea, you may fall down anywhere. So it is not very safe. So similarly, any method we manufacture, we discover, to conquer over the laws of material nature, it is backed by another set of dangerous things. That is the law of nature. That is not the way to get out of this material pangs of life.
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The first thing is we do not make progress in transcendental knowledge on account of doubts, saṁśayaḥ. These doubts can be removed by culture of real knowledge, by real association, by following the real methods, the doubts can be removed. So Kṛṣṇa consciousness persons, they are not after will-o'-the-wisp, phantasmagoria. No. They're actually making progress to the concrete Supreme Personality of Godhead.
We are Chanting,
We are Hearing, We are Dancing, We're Enjoying. Why? - 0520

04:09 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
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Simply you increase your attachment for Kṛṣṇa. Simply this method. These, all these, we are chanting, we are hearing, we are dancing, we're enjoying. Why? Just to detach our life from all nonsense things and attach to Kṛṣṇa. This is the process. This is Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
My Policy is Following the Footstep of Rupa Gosvami - 0521
04:07 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
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My policy is following the footstep of Rupa Gosvami. He says that somehow or other, let them become first of all attached to Krsna.
If you Chant Sincerely this Mantra, Everything will be Clear - 0522
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Viṣṇujana: There are so many stories of Lord Caitanya converting so many rascals. By just His presence, they would chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. How can we get His mercy so that we can help the people around us to chant Hare Kṛṣṇa?
Prabhupada: If you chant sincerely this mantra, everything will be clear. It is the clearing process. Even if you have got some rascal ideas, rascal association, it doesn't matter. Simply if you chant... You know practically, everyone, that this chanting process is the only method that will make people advanced.
Avatara Means who Comes from a Higher Sphere, Higher Planet - 0523
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Madhudviṣa: Prabhupāda, what is the difference between an incarnation and an avatāra?
Prabhupāda: Avatāra is incarnation. Avatāra means incarnation. Incarnation, in your dictionary, is "accepting some body"? Is that...? But avatāra... Of course, there are different grades of avatāra. Avatāra means one who comes...
Arjuna is Eternal Friend of Krishna. He Cannot be in Delusion - 0524
02:22 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
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Jaya-gopāla: In Chapter Four in Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, it is said that Arjuna was present at the speaking of Bhagavad-gītā to the sun-god so many years ago. What position did he have there?
Prabhupāda: He was also present, but he has forgotten.
Jaya-gopāla: Which position did he have, if it wasn't spoken at the Battle of Kurukṣetra? Which position?
Prabhupāda: Arjuna was put into that position by the supreme will of the Lord. Just like in the theatrical stage, both the father and the son, they are playing some part. The father is playing a king, and the son is playing another king. Both are inimical. But actually they are playing as such. Similarly, Arjuna is eternal friend of Kṛṣṇa. He cannot be in delusion.
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Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Prabhupāda, when I'm serving you sometimes I feel very nice, but then when I think of how bad and imperfect this service is, I feel terrible. Which is right to feel?
Prabhupāda: (chuckles) You feel terrible?
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yes.
Prabhupāda: Why? When you feel terrible?
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: When I see all the blunders I make, all the mistakes.
If we Catch Krishna very Strongly, Maya Cannot do Anything - 0526
02:15 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
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Simply whenever there is māyā's attraction, just pray to Kṛṣṇa, "Please save me. Please save me." This is the only way. And He'll save you. We are in māyā's kingdom, so māyā is strong very here, but if we catch Kṛṣṇa very strongly, māyā cannot do anything. Yes. That we should be fixed up in catching Kṛṣṇa very tightly. Then there is no falldown. Yes.
We are not Loser by Offering Krishna. We Become Gainer Only - 0527
04:18 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
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Jaya-gopāla: Is taking prasādam one of the exchanges of love, where we accept food from a lover?
Prabhupāda: Yes. You offer and you take. You disclose your mind to Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa will give you direction also. You see. You offer Kṛṣṇa, that "Kṛṣṇa, You have given us so many nice things. So You first of all taste. Then we shall take." Kṛṣṇa will be pleased.
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To accept the blunders... Even there is no blunder. This is the symptom of sincere service. Just like a father is very beloved to his son or the son is very beloved to the father. A little ailments of the son, the father is thinking, "Oh, my son may die. I may be separated." It is the sign of intense love. Not always that the son is dying immediately, you see, but he's thinking like that. Separation. You see? So that is a good sign. We should not think that we are doing very nicely. We should always think that "I am unable." This is not bad.
Lecture SB 02.02.05 - Los Angeles
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This service is unimpaired, unchecked by any material condition. So Sukadeva Gosvami, he gives us some definition how you can be completely independent to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Now our problem is eating-sleeping. Eating-sleeping. After sleeping, there is mating or fearing. These are the problems of bodily demands.
Letter to Gaurasundara written from Los Angeles
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You are making arrangements for me but also I think you should make arrangements for calling your wife. The husband and wife must live together for helping one another in developing Krishna Consciousness. So I think that you may write to your wife and request that she join you in your temple at Hawaii.
Letter to Jeffrey Hickey written from Los Angeles
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I have noted by your letter that already you are progressing nicely by associating with devotees and chanting 22 rounds daily so there is no more any need to wait. You may send to my Los Angles address your chanting beads so that you may receive initiation.
Letter to Kirtanananda written from Los Angeles
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I think that it is best that you stick to New Vrindaban, chant Hare Krishna, worship the deities and Krishna will send you help in men and money. So do not be agitated. If no one will come then you may live alone with Krishna and I am sure that Krishna will give you all facilities for progress in the very near future.
Letter to Rayarama written from Los Angeles
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Marginal energy is that the jiva soul is always called marginal energy whether he is in the spiritual world or in the material world. There are instances where marginal energy jiva souls have fallen from the spiritual world, just like Jaya and Vijaya. So the potency to fall under the influence of the lower energy is always there. And thus the individual jiva soul is called as Krishna's marginal energy.
Letter to Upendra written from Los Angeles
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On the Disappearance Day of my Guru Maharaja, you may hold meeting to discuss His activities and offer respect to His Memory. Practically, this movement is His because it is under His order that I have come to your country.


1969 - December 02

Letter to Brahmananda written from London
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I am very pleased that Jayadvaita Brahmacari will be going to Boston soon for typing BTG and our books. He is the first class typist in our society so far I have heard, so he can create so many assistants.
Letter to Krishna dasa written from London
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Please dress the Deities in your temple as nicely as possible. Also decorate Them with some jewelry.
Letter to Madhudvisa written from London
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I am very pleased to learn that you are confident of obtaining the new house. It is good credit for you that since you have gone there the San Francisco branch is going to purchase one house. You nicely arrange for that. Krishna will be very much pleased upon you. Please endeavor in that way for Krishna's service.
Letter to Yadavananda written from London
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The purpose of our society for Krishna Consciousness is to train people in the science of breaking their servitorship to maya and re-establishing their relationship with Krishna as His loving servitor. When we act in this position of Krishna's servitor very soon we understand that this is our natural, constitutional position, and thus we regain our constitutional qualities of eternity, bliss and knowledge.


1970 - December 02

Letter to Puri Maharaja written from Bombay
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Tomorrow I am going to Indore; from Indore I shall come to Surat. From there I shall go to Gorakpur. From Gorakpur I shall go to Allahabad, and most probably from Allahabad I may go to Vrndavana.


1973 - December 02

Morning Walk - Los Angeles
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Unless there is a real man, a real woman, how the illusory man and woman is there, doll? Illusion means which is not fact. So the fact must be there; otherwise how the illusion, reflection, comes? Illusion is exemplified by the mirage, water in the desert. So the man is or the animal is running after water, but that is not water. This is illusion. But that does not mean there is no water.
Lecture SB 01.15.22-23 - Los Angeles
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Everyone who is in this material world, forgotten God, or Kṛṣṇa, he is already intoxicated. Just like intoxicated man, he cannot recognize even his father, mother, or even his sister or mother. It has been practical. One father intoxicated—there are so many instances—raped the daughter.


1974 - December 02

Lecture SB 03.25.32 - Bombay
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"To ask from Kṛṣṇa anything else than bhakti is foolishness. That is foolishness. My Guru Mahārāja used to give this example: just like if you go to a rich man and he says, 'Now, whatever you like, you can ask from me. I shall give you,' then if you ask him that 'You give me a pinch of ash,' is that very intelligent? Similarly, to... There is a story, that one old woman in the forest... I think it is in Aesop's Fable or somewhere. So she was carrying a big bundle of dry wood, and somehow or other, the bundle fell down. It was very heavy. So the old woman became very much disturbed, 'Who will help me to get this bundle on my head?' So she began to call God, 'God, help me.' And God came: 'What you want?' 'Kindly help me to get this bundle on my head.' (laughter) Just see. God came to giving benediction, and she wanted to 'Give this bundle again on my head'."
741202 - Lecture SB 03.25.32 - Bombay
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We are doing the same thing. When we go to God we ask Him, "Kindly give me the bundle on my head. My family become may happy. I may have a large amount of money to enjoy material things." We ask that. That is our foolishness. Caitanya Mahāprabhu teaches us, therefore, that actually, if you want something from God, that should be only begging for His service.
Letter to Bhurijana written from Bombay
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Trivikrama Swami has published one Chinese literature, On the Way to Krishna. I have not read it of course, but it appears very nice, with my photo on the cover. I have asked him to organize the center there.
Letter to Jayadvaita written from Bombay
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Have seen on the new books printed that on the spine of the jacket the words “Bhaktivedanta Book Trust” have been omitted. Formally they were there on all the books. It is understood from Ramesvara that you removed these words. Why did you do this? Who authorized it? Did Bali Mardan authorize it? These things must be there.
Letter to Madhudvisa written from Bombay
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It is very good that the Deity is facing East.
Letter to Patita Uddharana written from Bombay
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It is nice that you had a nice Diwali-Govardhana Puja celebration.
Letter to Sudama written from Bombay
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Regarding the complaints against yourself you have mentioned, I do not find any complaints. But even if there should be such complaints, you must remain pure, and automatically the complaints will vanish. And, if there is any truth in the complaints, you should rectify and be purified.
Letter to Trivikrama written from Bombay
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I received today also the Chinese literature On the Way to Krsna. One Chinese literature is 1000 times better preaching than worshiping in the temple.
Letter to Yasomatinandana written from Bombay
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I have received one letter from Sucarudev das, a devotee there who has some complaint, that he is left in charge when Mahamsa Swami goes out on tour, and no one cooperates with him, just sleeping and eating. So please enquire and let me know actually what is the situation there, and how things are going on. Also let me know what is the program for Hindi publishing there. Here in Bombay they are going on daily Sankirtana in Fort and selling 100 BTG's (English) daily, and they get requests for Hindi literature.
Telegram to Madhudvisa written from Bombay

1975 - December 02

Lecture SB 07.06.01 - Vṛndāvana
Depend on Krishna - There Will be no Scarcity - 0129
03:39 minutes from a lecture on SB 07.06.01 in Vṛndāvana
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If you remain Krsna consciousness, fully dependent on Krsna, then there will be no scarcity. I started this Krsna business with forty rupees. Now we have got forty crores of rupees. Is there any businessman in the whole world within ten years with forty rupees he can increase forty crores? There is no example. And ten thousand men, they are eating prasādam daily. So this is Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
Letter to Cakravarti written from Delhi
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The students must all attend morning and evening arati and classes. If we follow this simple program along with regular sankirtana, distributing the books and preaching, then there will be no fall down.
Letter to Gopiparanadhana written from Delhi
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Yes! You have done it very nicely. I thank you very much, so immediately it can be printed in BTG and then later on it can be published in book form. I thank you very much for your sincere efforts, please continue to work sincerely and Krishna will bless you more and more.
Letter to Kirtiraja written from Delhi
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I am very happy that you are taking a chance for Krishna, do everything very carefully and sincerely, Krishna will help you. Lord Caitanya predicted that in the modern age this movement would be spread to every town and village of the world.
Letter to Pusta Krsna written from Delhi
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The list of devotees to be initiated have been named as follows; Mike Harris - Pandavagrya Das, John Antonopaula - Nagendra Das, Gail Netherlands - Vimoha Devi Dasi, Martha Kriek - Venurati Devi Dasi.
Letter to Tusta Krsna written from Delhi
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Every student is expected to become Acarya. Acarya means one who knows the scriptural injunctions, follows them practically in life, and teaches them to his disciples. I have given you sannyasa with the great hope that in my absence you will preach the cult throughout the world and thus become recognized by Krishna as the most sincere servant of the Lord.
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Keep trained up very rigidly and then you are bona fide Guru, and you can accept disciples on the same principle. But as a matter of etiquette it is the custom that during the lifetime of your Spiritual master you bring the prospective disciples to him, and in his absence or disappearance you can accept disciples without any limitation. This is the law of disciplic succession. I want to see my disciples become bona fide Spiritual Master and spread Krishna consciousness very widely, that will make me and Krishna very happy.


1976 - December 02

Letter to Brahmananda written from Hyderabad
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One may remain perpetually illiterate, but if one practices the devotional service activities, he will become a devotee. That's all, train them up to become devotees. How to play mrdanga, how to play karatalas, take prasadam, attend arati, etc. They'll never understand the books.
Letter to Krsna Kanti written from Hyderabad
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The music is nice for the nondevotee class of men. However, the picture on the album cover is not nice. Why this crazy picture? This will not help our cause. They will not be able to understand. They will think it is change of body, not of heart. We have got so many nice pictures of Krsna.
Letter to Mr. Karsan written from Hyderabad
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It is an open secret, anyone who helps spread Krsna consciousness becomes very dear to Krsna. Others are simply wasting time in the valuable human form of life.
Letter to Ramesvara written from Hyderabad
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If they are giving us trouble to distribute at the airports, then go to the courts. What can be done? We already have favorable decisions from some courts. We are doing something good for the whole world. Present the scholars' opinions. They have the power, we are powerless. What can be done? Depend on Krishna.
Letter to Vrikodara written from Hyderabad
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Upon your recommendation I will accept the devotees you have recommended as my duly initiated disciples. Now hold a fire sacrifice. Instruct them on the offenses to be avoided while chanting the Holy Names. They must promise to always chant a minimum of 16 rounds and strictly follow the four regulative principles. Balavanta may chant on their beads. Their new names are; Victor—Vedanta Krt dasa, Albert—Ananda dasa, Paul—Paramatma dasa.


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