A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - February 21

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1957 - February 21

Letter to K. M. Munshi written from Bombay
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The Mayavadi philosophy having killed the spiritual variegatedness of the Supreme Being—the people are generally attracted in the variegatedness of material existence. In the vedanta sutras, we have direct information of how a spiritual entity is joyful—full of spiritual bliss. This idea of enjoyment is focussed through a material _ and as such the spiritual focus is reflected in a perverted manner.


1967 - February 21

Letter to Brahmananda written from San Francisco
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I am glad to know that the "Happiness On Second Avenue" film has come out very happy.
Letter to Gargamuni written from San Francisco
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Since Neal is not available here, I am sending the recorded tapes to New York for typing as you have the Dictaphone there.
Letter to Rayarama written from San Francisco
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Unless there is written order by me Back to Godhead should regularly be printed from New York. There is no question of its being printed here. So go on printing it right time. You can send the copies here with bill and I shall see that it is duly paid.


1968 - February 21

Letter to Jadurani written from Los Angeles
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In my opinion your guiding the girls working under you for painting is very important, and if this business doesn't suffer, you can think of going to S.F. for organizing the asrama. If all the Brahmacarini's gather together and work under your guidance, at any place, I will prefer that proposition.
Letter to Mr. David J. Exley written from Los Angeles
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It is not a sectarian movement meant for a certain class of men, but it is a necessary movement for all humanity irrespective of caste, creed, or color. So far I am concerned, I am a humble disciple of His Divine Grace, Om Visnupad Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja, who was the original pioneer of spreading this movement in the Western world.
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I am recognized Acarya of this movement, as will be evidenced by the enclosed copies of different branches of the Gaudiya Math institutions. The certificates enclosed herewith are signed by my God-brothers, who have now different branches of the same Gaudiya Math Institution which I am now spreading in this country.
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Los Angeles
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Yes, the general principle is that one is sent to the particular type of hell, and when he is practiced to suffer the hellish condition, he is given a similar body as reaction. These hell planets are described in the 5th Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam; there is no question of imagination. One who is particular about this may read the different descriptions of hells in the 5th Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam.


1969 - February 21

Lecture BG 06.46-47 - Los Angeles
Bhakti-yoga is the Highest Platform of Yoga Principles - 0692
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Bhakti-yoga is the highest platform of yoga principles. So Kṛṣṇa says here, "And of all yogis." There are different kinds of yogis. "Of all yogis, he who always abides in Me," - in Kṛṣṇa. Me means, Kṛṣṇa says "in Me." That means one who is keeping always in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. "Abides in Me with great faith, worshiping Me in transcendental loving service, is most intimately united with Me in yoga, and is the highest of all."
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At the right moment, his spiritual master said through that prostitute, "Oh, you are so much attached with this flesh and bone. If you had been attached so much with Kṛṣṇa, how good you could have achieved." Immediately he took to that position. So that responsibility is for the spiritual master. But we should not take advantage of that. That is not very good. We should try: yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādaḥ. We should not try to put our spiritual master in a position that he has to reclaim me from prostitute's house. But he has to do it. Because he accepts his disciple, he has got the responsibility like that.
When We Speak of Service, There is No Motive. Service is Love - 0693
08:46 minutes from a lecture on BG 06.46-47 in Los Angeles
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Those who have lost their sense, bewildered by lust, they go to worship demigods, with a motive. So when we speak of worship, there is motive. But when we speak of service, there is no motive. Service is love. Just like mother renders service to the child. There is no motive. It is love only.
Placed Again Into That Service Attitude. That is the Perfect Cure - 0694
04:42 minutes from a lecture on BG 06.46-47 in Los Angeles
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We have fallen down. Being rebelled against the principles of God consciousness, we are all fallen down. So if we want to revive our original position, we must be placed again into that service attitude. That is the perfect cure. Otherwise we shall suffer pain and God will be suffering pain on account of us. Just like if your son is not good, you suffer and the son suffers.
Cheaply They Select God.
God Has Become So Cheap - "I am God, you are God" - 0695

05:33 minutes from a lecture on BG 06.46-47 in Los Angeles
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Without knowing the supreme position of the Lord. Cheaply, cheaply they select God. God has become so cheap. "I am God, you are God." What is the meaning of God? Do you know? If I am God, you are God, then what is the meaning of God?
Bhakti-yoga Is Unadulterated Devotion - 0696
07:06 minutes from a lecture on BG 06.46-47 in Los Angeles
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In the Vedas also it is said: simply through bhakti, devotional service, you can attain to the highest perfectional stage. Other yoga system there must be mixture of bhakti. But bhakti-yoga is unadulterated devotion. Therefore this direct process of bhakti-yoga is recommended for this age, because they haven't got sufficient time to execute all the paraphernalia, any other system of yoga.
Please Engage Me in Your Service,
That's All. That Should Be The Demand - 0697

07:44 minutes from a lecture on BG 06.46-47 in Los Angeles
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Hare means addressing the energy of the Lord; and Kṛṣṇa, the Lord; Rāma, the Lord. Why? Please engage me in your service, that's all. That should be the demand. Please engage me in Your service. Because the whole disease is that we have forgotten to serve God. Because we are thinking, "I am God. What is any other God that I have to serve? I am myself God." That is the only disease.
Instead of Serving Your Senses,
Please Serve Radha-Krishna, Then You'll Be Happy - 0698

04:01 minutes from a lecture on BG 06.46-47 in Los Angeles
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I am giving them the right information - that service you have to render. But instead of serving your senses, please serve Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, then you'll be happy. Your position of servant remains the same, but I'm offering a good service. If you don't serve Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, then you have to serve your senses, māyā. So your service position will remain.
A Devotee in Love, Wants to Love Krishna in His Original Form - 0699
07:32 minutes from a lecture on BG 06.46-47 in Los Angeles
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A devotee in love, wants to love Kṛṣṇa in His original form. This Viśvarūpa is not His original form. He can appear in any form, that is His all-potency. But the lovable form is Kṛṣṇa, Śyāmasundara.
Service Means Three Things: The Servitor, The Served, And Service - 0700
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Prabhupāda: By bhakti-yoga you can understand Lord, the Supreme Lord, God. But in Buddha philosophy there is no God? That you know? So where is bhakti-yoga?
Devotee: In the case of Christians, some of them worship Jesus Christ.
Prabhupāda: That is bhakti-yoga. Because they accept God. Unless you accept God there is no question of bhakti-yoga. So Christian religion is also Vaiṣṇavism, because they accept God.
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"Why should I act in such a way that my spiritual master has to take the trouble to reclaim me again? Let my business be finished in this life." That should be the right way of thinking. Not that, "Oh I am sure my spiritual master will come, let me do all nonsense." No. So if you have got any, I mean to say, affection for the spiritual master, then you should finish your business in this life so that he may not come again to reclaim you.
I Am Spirit, Eternal -
I Have Contaminated This Matter, Therefore I Am Suffering - 0702

11:04 minutes from a lecture on BG 06.46-47 in Los Angeles
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Every conditioned soul has natural inclination. Pravṛtti. But one has to control that. That is human life. If you put yourself in the waves of natural inclination, that is not human life. You have to restrict. The whole human life is meant for learning restriction. That is human life.
If You Absorb Your Mind With Krishna Then It Is Samadhi - 0703
01:51 minutes from a lecture on BG 06.46-47 in Los Angeles
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Samādhi means to absorb the mind with Viṣṇu. That is samādhi. So if you absorb your mind with Kṛṣṇa then it is samādhi.
Chant Hare Krishna and Use This Instrument (your ear) To Hear - 0704
05:01 minutes from a lecture on BG 06.46-47 in Los Angeles
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You have got all the instruments with you. You haven't got to purchase or hire from anywhere. You have got the tongue and you have got the ear. Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and use this instrument to hear. Finished. All perfection is there.
We Will Find in Bhagavad-gita,
the Super-excellence of this Science of God - 0705

06:36 minutes from a lecture on BG 06.46-47 in Los Angeles
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They formally say "God is great." But, when actually he thinks, "Oh, how much great He should be? I cannot do this. How Kṛṣṇa can do." But formally, "Oh, God is great." They have no idea how far God is great. That we'll find in Bhagavad-gītā. Therefore the superexcellence of this science of God. Akhilātma-bhūtaḥ (BS 5.37). If you want to know how God is great then you have to take reference of this Vedic literature. No other literature.
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It is medical advice, that there are two kinds of mistakes in eating. Over-eating and under-eating. So under-eating mistake for old man is very good. And over-eating mistake for boys, that is good. So you can overeat. I cannot.
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Being rebelled against the principles of God consciousness, we are all fallen down. So if we want to revive our original position, we must be placed again into that service attitude. That is the perfect cure. Otherwise we shall suffer pain, and God will be suffering pain on account of us. Just like if your son is not good, you suffer and the son suffers. Similarly, we are all sons of God. So when we are painful, God is also painful. The best thing is to revive our original Kṛṣṇa consciousness and be engaged in the service of the Lord. That is natural life, and that is possible in the spiritual sky or in the Goloka Vṛndāvana.
Letter to Arundhati written from Los Angeles
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Your desire to serve me is very praiseworthy. But because I am the humble servant of Krishna I cannot accept any service on my account. So what I say you follow so you may advance in Krishna Consciousness. That is your service and I accept it on behalf of Krishna. This is a very good attitude, and your wish to serve me actually means to serve Krishna.
Letter to Hansadutta written from Los Angeles
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So far as the bowing down in Deity worship, before opening the door you should bow down. Then turn on the light and bow down again. There is no restriction on bowing down. As many times as you can is all right. Of course, your clothes and under garments should always be as clean as possible.
Letter to Syama written from Los Angeles
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Regarding the ailments with your finger, I am describing here a treatment for it. Take turmeric powder and add the same quantity of limestone. Then mix with water and boil it to a paste. Then apply that paste while it is hot. I understand that Hayagriva had some backache so for him you take one part of a crushed to a powder red-pepper and add to it five parts of rubbing alcohol. Keep this for twenty four hours, then strain and add one part camphor. When it is mixed, just apply it on the painful part of the back three times daily.


1970 - February 21

Letter to Manmohini written from Los Angeles
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You know that as my initiated disciple you must chant regularly sixteen rounds of beads daily and follow the four restrictions; namely no eating of meats, fish or eggs; no illicit sex life; no taking of any kinds of intoxicants; and no gambling or mental speculation. If you stick to these principles and chant the Holy Name avoiding the ten offenses in the matter of chanting you will become steady and rapidly advanced in Krsna Consciousness.
Letter to Syamasundara written from Los Angeles
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Every living entity has a dormant propensity of love for somebody else. That is exhibited not only in human society, but also in the animal society. That love is exhibited primarily in five kinds of relationship—especially as master and servant, as friend and friend, as parents and children, and as lover and beloved. This stock of love in every living entity is dormant eternal love for Krsna, but because the living entity has forgotten Krsna since a very, very long time, even before this creation was manifested, therefore all of us are misplacing that dormant love in a perverted way.


1971 - February 21

Letter to Citsukhananda written from Gorakhpur
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It is very good news that your Temple has attracted so many sincere, intelligent and enthusiastic devotees. Please see them all trained nicely in devotional service and let them continue to follow the regulative principles and work on patiently. Patience is required for the successful discharges of Krsna conscious duties. Krsna is pleased to award benediction upon the aspiring devotee engaged in His service with patience determination and regularity.
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Patience is required for the successful discharges of Krsna conscious duties. Krsna is pleased to award benediction upon the aspiring devotee engaged in His service with patience determination and regularity.
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It is our main consideration in the development of our centers that the people should be attracted to this Krsna consciousness Movement one way or another. So we inform them of Lord Caitanya's sublime message which easily enables any man to overcome the difficulties of materialistic existences and graduate to the pure transcendental platform where he finds shelter from the ravages of birth, death, disease and old-age.


1972 - February 21

Lecture at Andhra College - Visakhapatnam
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Kṛṣṇa in the Bhagavad-gītā says;
māṁ hi pārtha vyapāśritya
ye 'pi syuḥ pāpa-yonayaḥ
striya vaiśyās tathāśūdrās
te 'pi yānti parāṁ gatim
(BG 9.32)

The thing is one has to take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness then it doesn’t matter where he is born. He can be elevated to the highest position of transcendental life."

720221 - Lecture at Andhra College - Visakhapatnam
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These boys and girls although their father are atheist by nature they have come out very theist, high class God conscious students. So there is no question of disappointment if we take to the process the asuras can be changed into suras or devata.
Letter to Bhakta dasa written from Calcutta
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I especially appreciate your attitude toward increasing more and more the sales of our books, that will sanctify all other activities of preaching because preaching means selling books.
Letter to Unknown written from Calcutta
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There is a Bengali proverb "When you pay the price it becomes purified", just like if I purchase something and it is unclean in so many ways, but, because I have paid, it becomes purified.
Letter to Vaikunthanatha written from Calcutta
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You may send to ISKCON Press for any small literatures which are available, such as "Easy Journey" and "Topmost Yoga." I am told that ISKCON Press has recently printed a large stock of these two books.


1973 - February 21

Lecture BG 02.13 - Auckland
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This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is meant for creating some brāhmaṇas, or the most intelligent class of men. There is no hindrance. Anyone can become brāhmaṇa. Just like in education anyone can become engineer, anyone can become medical practitioner or anyone can become lawyer if he takes such education from the very beginning, similarly, brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya, śūdra, there are natural division of the society.
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We commit mistake. Every one of us who are sitting in this meeting, nobody can say that "I have never committed any mistake." That is not possible. We commit mistake, everyone. We commit mistakes and we are sometimes illusioned. Illusioned. That we can make experiment, that every one of us at the present moment is illusioned. How it is? That I have...I am not this body, but I am accepting this body as "I am." The whole world is—I may say whole world, but at least the majority portion—everyone is under the impression that "I am this body." But I am not this body. I am soul.
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If you inquire whether I am perfect or my disciples who are preaching this Krsna conscious movement, they are perfect, we may be imperfect. We are imperfect. We accept we are imperfect. But we are distributing the perfect knowledge.
Lecture SB 06.01.13-15 - Auckland
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"It is the duty of the father, it is the duty of the mother, it is the duty of the government, the state, to raise the children very nicely. Now how horrible civilization it is that instead of raising them to perfect their human life they are being killed in the womb. Oh, how much horrible civilization this is, just imagine. It is simply horrible to think that the duty of the parents is to raise the child to the highest perfection of life; instead of doing that they are being killed in the womb of the mother."
730221 - Lecture SB 06.01.13-15 - Auckland
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This is not our condition of life to die or to take birth. Things have come to such horrible condition that birth has become also very much risky. One child, one living entity, takes birth in the womb of a human being, and that child is being killed by the conspiration of the mother and the doctor. This is going on.
Letter to Dr. Singhal, Mr. Saraf, Dr. Poddar, Mr. Vasista and Giriraja written from Auckland
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Prahlada Maharaja said that even a saintly person becomes pleased when a scorpion or a snake is killed. So if it is a fact that Nair is dead it is a matter of great pleasure for all devotees.
Letter to Karandhara written from Auckland
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Regarding Sriman Hayagriva Dasa; it is our duty to rectify him. To create a devotee takes much labor and to reject him in a minute is not to our credit so please try to do the needful in this regard. Consult the other GBC men there, then make a proposal to Hayagriva and if still he is incorrigible then you take the necessary steps.
Letter to Mukunda written from Auckland
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You should try and get these TV personalities to show our books and advertise them over the air. This will be the real success of our endeavors with the media.


1975 - February 21

Morning Walk - Caracas
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Instead of contemplating what will happen to this world, you have got a short duration of life, say fifty, sixty years. You chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and go back to home, back to Godhead. Don't consider what will happen to this world. The nature will take care of it. You don't puzzle your brain with these thoughts. You utilize whatever time you have got in your possession and go back to home, back to Godhead.
Lecture SB 01.01.01 - Caracas
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Kṛṣṇa, we have already stated, is seated in everyone's heart. If you want to consult Him, He can give you instruction. The only thing is that you have to become qualified like Brahmā so that you can received instruction from Him within the heart.
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Simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and you become first-class yogī. And as soon as you become first-class yogī, all power is within you. Perhaps you do not know the yogic perfection, eight kinds of power. Simply gymnastic practice is not yoga. You must attain the power. The power is aṇimā, laghimā, mahimā, prāpti-siddhi, vaśitā, īśitā, like that.
Conversation - Caracas
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As soon as He has got a brain, He is a person. Therefore God is person ultimately. Just like the government. Government is imperson, but the president is person. Similarly, the cosmic manifestation, the energy working, they are all imperson, but the brain behind this is person. That is the distinction between person and imperson.


1976 - February 21

Morning Walk - Mayapur
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And besides that, we should not think anyone as our enemy. They are misled. Let us do our own duty.
Lecture Festival Appearance Day, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati - Mayapur
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Today, the auspicious day of our predecessor spiritual master, Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Paramahaṁsa Parivrājakācārya Aṣṭottara-śata Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura's mission... Apart from his life, we are especially stressing on the mission of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura.
Real Welfare Activity Means to See to the Interest of the Soul - 0545
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Real welfare activity means to see to the interest of the soul. So what is the interest of the soul? The interest of the soul is that the soul is part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa, God. Just like small spark of fire is part and parcel of the big fire, similarly, we living entities, we are very minute, small spark of the Supreme Brahman, Para-brahman, or Kṛṣṇa. So as the spark within the fire looks very beautiful, the fire also looks beautiful, and the spark also looks beautiful, but as soon as the sparks fall down from the fire, it becomes extinguished.
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We are touring all over the world. So anywhere we speak English, it is understood, except in some places. So on this day, particular on the advent of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, I'd especially request my disciples who are cooperating with me that try to publish books as many as possible and distribute throughout the whole world. That will satisfy Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as well as Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura. Thank you very much.
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We have named this temple Māyāpur Chandrodaya. We have got great ambition to develop this place nicely and gloriously, and fortunately we are now connected with foreign countries, especially with the Americans. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura's great desire was that the Americans would come here and develop this place and they would chant and dance along with the Indians.
Lecture SB 07.09.14 - Mayapur
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People are affectionate to father and mother, and they hesitate how to give up... Especially boys, give up the company of family, father and mother, take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness. But here in the śāstra it is said, "If the father is demon or a mother is demon or a friend is demon or a family member is demon, they should not be accepted as relative."
Letter to Gabhira written from Mayapur
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I have received one article from Rupanuga entitled, "Officials approve Krishna Ministry". Thank you very much. We have succeeded by Krishna's blessing. Now do it nicely. It is a great stride.
Letter to Maeve Davies written from Mayapur
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The main responsibility of my disciples is to follow the four regulative principles and chant 16 rounds without fail. Please worry about that first.
Letter to Rupanuga written from Mayapur
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That is good they have sold the jewelry business; we have got so nice book business, why shall we have this?
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So to pass the examination means one must have knowledge. There are higher intelligent class of disciples, otherwise it is not compulsory. So how to organize it, how to do it, you GBC can decide. I have given the idea, now how to do it is up to the GBC.
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Regarding the examination, I never meant that the examination would be held this year. It will be held first next year. The examination is meant for the intelligent class, not all. Neither it is compulsory.
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Yes, this supplying of milk to the temple is wanted. Thank you. In the way that Atlanta is doing, every center must have a farm so we can get all milk and if possible vegetable, even fruit, flowers and milk.
Letter to Sudhir Kumar Dutta written from Mayapur
Letter to Sukirti written from Mayapur
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Thank you for serving steadily and taking responsibility in Krishna Consciousness. The spiritual master cannot be approached for solving marriage problems. That is not the business of the guru.
Letter to Trivikrama written from Mayapur
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Regarding having Parivrajakacarya go to Asia to preach, yes, I agree. It is all right.
Letter to Yamuna and Dinatarine written from Mayapur
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Cow protection is not possible for women. You can keep two or three cows, but on larger scale it is not possible. You should not try to take care of more. It is not women's business. Women's business is getting milk and making milk preparations. On the whole larger scale is not to be attempted by women. Manage a small asram, but don't try bigger scale, then you require the help of men.


1977 - February 21

Conversation - Mayapur
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One who is devotee, he is devatā. One who is not devotee, he's asura. That's all—in different names. So our this movement is making the asuras to become devatā. This is our movement. This is, therefore, the most prominent welfare activities within the human society.
Letter to Candra lila devi dasi written from Mayapur
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I have received your note along with the folio of drawings for the proposed “Bhagavad-gita Coloring Book”. I can see from this work that you are a talented artist. However, I do not think we can publish this book. The reason is that the Bhagavad-gita is not a play-toy for boys, but philosophy to be understood by saintly kings, rajarsis.
Letter to Gupta written from Mayapur
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Please go on chanting Hare Krishna, as ultimately the shelter of Krishna is our only solace in this material world. Hope this meets you in improved health.
Letter to Haimavati written from Mayapur
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You report that Bhagaji is tired of dealing with the politics of ISKCON. Of course as soon as there are a number of men dealing, there are politics, but we still have to execute our duty. Anyway, I shall be coming there to Vrindaban and we shall talk. As for yourself, after hearing your problems there and your difficulties living with Bhagaji etc., I suggest you come and live in Mayapur for some days.
Letter to Rajendra Sahai written from Mayapur
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I am glad that you are thinking how the Beni Madhava Temple may be properly utilized by our Krishna Consciousness Movement, and I am hopeful of discussion with yourself and the Mahant on this subject.


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