A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - December 16

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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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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 - December 16

Lecture BG 09.26-27 - New York
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Lord Kṛṣṇa says that 'Anyone who offers Me in devotion these four things', patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ toyam (BG 9.26), 'a bit of leaf and a bit of flower, a little fruit and little water'... So He is pleased to take, accept. Why? Because we are offering Him with devotion and love. That is the only way."
661216 - Lecture BG 09.26-27 - New York
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We must have faith. And we see that many faithful, great acaryas and devotees of the Lord, they achieved success by this faith. Why shall I not follow them? Therefore the Vedic literature says that you have to follow the footprints of great acaryas.
Lecture CC Madhya 20.245-255 - New York
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Persons who have no knowledge in the affairs of this material world, they think that "This material nature is working, and automatically, by magic, the sun is coming out, the moon is coming out, and the season is changing, and everything is going on just like magic, and we are the master of everything."


1967 - December 16

Letter to Advaita written from San Francisco
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I have very much enjoyed your appreciation of my humble service to Krishna.
Letter to Jadurani written from San Francisco
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Although officially I am your Spiritual Master, I consider you all students as my Spiritual Master because your love for Krishna and service for Krishna teach me how to become a sincere Krishna Conscious person.
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At the present moment, I have got some difficulty in sleeping. I cannot sleep more than 3 hours at night, and 1 hour in day. So if it continues like that, and if I keep fit, I think I shall have ample time to work writing books.
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A Krishna Conscious person is never tired of working and the symptoms I can see in you as you want to be overloaded with work.
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Your examples are great encouragement for an old man like me. I have got the same spirit of being overloaded with Krishna Conscious work, but physically I am not as strong as you are all young boys and girls. You can pray to Krishna that I may get your strength to serve the cause of Krishna Consciousness.
Letter to Krishna devi written from San Francisco
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I will give you many business ideas by which you can accumulate nice profits. For business four things are required. Namely place, labor, capital and organization.
Letter to Satsvarupa written from San Francisco
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I understand that Damodara has gone to N.Y. with manuscript of Teachings of Lord Caitanya. I thank you for your sincere service. I pray Krishna for your more & more improvement in Krishna Consciousness.
Letter A to Subala written from San Francisco
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I have already given you a business suggestion namely manufacturing incense locally. Once you are successful in this attempt you will get money more than your expectation and spend it for Krishna's service.
Letter B to Subala written from San Francisco
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On the Absolute world there is no such relativities as a success and failure. The one thing in the Absolute world is to serve Krishna. Don't care for the result. Krishna must know that we are working very seriously and that is our success of life.


1968 - December 16

Lecture BG 02.46-62 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"A devotee who is always in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, for him there is nothing unknown. He knows everything. Just like we can give information of the whole creation—not only of this material world; of the spiritual world. Clear conception: where is where, what is what. Everything. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. The more you make progress, then you fully, I mean to say, conversant with all departmental knowledge. Everything is complete."
681216 - Lecture BG 02.46-62 - Los Angeles
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Take practical example. We are Kṛṣṇa conscious. Now take any religion and take their highest conclusion—it is there in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Take for example Buddhism. They say nonviolence. Oh, we are nonviolent. Christianism, love of God. Oh, we are simply meant for loving God. Mohammedan, servant of God, to render service to the Lord. Oh, we are twenty-four hours engaged in the service of the Lord.


1970 - December 16

Lecture SB 06.01.27-34 - Surat
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Grandfather Bhisma was very severely piercing Krsna's body with arrows, and Krsna was enjoying. That is the relationship between Krsna and His devotees. Krsna can be worshiped, Krsna can be loved, by any capacity.


1973 - December 16

Morning Walk - Los Angeles
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Just like in each temple we elect a president. Then we get GBC. Then above all, I am. So that is needed. It is not conventional. It is needed. Therefore above everything, there must be God. So if these people, they say, "There is no need of God, there is no use for Him," that means they are all rascals.
Lecture SB 01.15.38 - Los Angeles
Simply by Pleasing the King, You Please the Almighty Father, God - 0844
05:32 minutes from a lecture on SB 01.15.38 in Los Angeles
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It is said by Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura, yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādaḥ. If the king is real representative of God, then simply by pleasing the king, you please the almighty father, God. This was the... So why Kṛṣṇa wanted this Battle of Kurukṣetra to install Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira on the throne? Because he knew that "He is My right representative, not Duryodhana. Therefore there must be fight, and this Duryodhana and company should be finished, and Yudhiṣṭhira should be installed."
Letter to All Centers written from Los Angeles
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Now we have the GBC, the sannyasins, the presidents and so many qualified devotees. We have to give up the habit of placing everything on Prabhupada's shoulders. We must be responsible, mature, steadfast and convinced.


1974 - December 16

Lecture SB 03.26.04 - Bombay
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Kṛṣṇa is present throughout the whole universe in some feature. In one universe you will find Kṛṣṇa is taking birth, janmāṣṭamī. In some universe you will see Kṛṣṇa is playing with the cowherd boys. Somewhere it is... In this way. Therefore it is called nitya-līlā. Nitya-līlā means the janmāṣṭamī-līlā is going on permanently somewhere or other. Therefore it is called līlayā, yadṛcchayā."
741216 - Lecture SB 03.26.04 - Bombay
Letter to Bhakta Lance written from Bombay
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My simple request is that you remain in association of devotees and continue to chant your 16 rounds daily and follow strictly the four regulative principles and read our books daily with great care.
Letter to Bhakta Steve written from Bombay
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I think it would be very nice if you would make nice silver jewellery for the Radha-Damodara Deities and in this way your talent will be used in the most perfect way.
Letter to Christy Hendryx written from Bombay
Letter to Durgesh written from Bombay
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The perfection of human existence is to somehow or another develop Krsna Consciousness and the sooner that one can develop his Krsna Consciousness the better. Not that I will wait until I become old man, then I will become spiritually advanced. No, it is better if one starts immediately.
Letter to Jayatirtha written from Bombay
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Regarding the GBC meeting to be held in Mayapur 1975, the meeting should be held five days before the actual festival is to begin and it will be held in my presence. As far as your proposals are concerned the real thing is that we must make broader constitution of the management by GBC.
Letter to Rsabhadeva written from Bombay
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The difficulty is that our GBC men are falling victim to maya. Today I trust this GBC and tomorrow he will fall down. That is the difficulty. If the GBC men are so flickering then what to speak of the others. Unless this problem is solved whatever we may resolve it will not be very useful. We shall discuss this at our meeting. If the GBC men can ever manage properly then I shall get some time for writing my books.
Letter to Rsabhadeva written from Bombay
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Real fruit of our preaching work is when people come and join and help us to spread this Krsna Consciousness movement.
Letter to S. K. Roy written from Bombay

1975 - December 16

Morning Walk - Bombay
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One is animal. So animal means ferocious. Dharmeṇa hīna paśubhiḥ samāna (Hitopadeśa). Paśubhiḥ samānaḥ They're as good as animal. You cannot expect any good behavior from animals. This is going on. They want to keep the whole population animal, and they're making big, big plans—United Nation, this, that.
Lecture SB 07.06.01 at Birla House - Bombay
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Our first business is to understand what is this material world, what is the spiritual world, what is God, what is my relationship with Him, and how to execute the business of my life, to become successful in this human form of life. The success of human form of life is to understand this thing: our relationship with God.


1976 - December 16

Lecture BG 16.08 - Hyderabad
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This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is trying to introduce this movement in the human society. It is not meant for any particular class of men, a particular country or particular religious system. No. It is meant for everyone.
Conversation - Hyderabad
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Similarly, a brāhmaṇa, although he is born of a high family, but because he has associated with the qualities of a caṇḍāla, he should be called caṇḍāla. This is śāstric injunction. Śāstra never says by birth, stated like that. And that is practically being accepted. One man's qualification is concerned, not that in which family he is born.
Interview - Hyderabad
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This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is trying to introduce this movement in the human society. It is not meant for any particular class of men, a particular country or particular religious system. No. It is meant for everyone.


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