A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - July 20

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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.

This listing covers all available material and includes:
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  • 450+ short audio clips - Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada sprinkled throughout the months;
  • 1,080 short video clips extracted from lectures, conversations, morning walks and interviews, with subtitles in up to 88 languages, sprinkled throughout the months;
  • 13,350+ concise statements, drawn from Srila Prabhupada's lectures, conversations and letters, highlighted within quoteboxes;
  • For further study on the different subjects addressed, each statement links to the various categories in our thematic section of Vanipedia named Vaniquotes.

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 - July 20

Lecture BG 04.06-8 - New York
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Just like bona fide representative, Jesus Christ or other great, I mean to say, leaders of the religious faiths, they do not come with the inferior nature. They come with the superior nature of God. That we have to accept. If we have to accept the truth explained in the Bhagavad-gītā, then we must accept that, that God and His representative, they do not come, who come directly from the kingdom of God, they do not come, accepting this inferior nature.
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Lord Buddha is accepted as incarnation of Kṛṣṇa in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. So we also, Hindus, we worship Lord Buddha as incarnation of God. There is a very nice verse recited by one great poet, Vaiṣṇava poet. You'll be glad to hear, I'll recite it.
nindasi yajña-vidher ahaha śruti-jātaṁ
sadaya-hṛdaya darśita-paśu-ghātam
keśava dhṛta-buddha-śarīra
jaya jagadīśa hare jaya jagadīśa hare
The purport of this verse is 'O Lord Kṛṣṇa, You have assumed the form of Lord Buddha, taking compassion on the poor animals'. Because Lord Buddha's preaching was to stop animal killing. Ahiṁsā, nonviolence. His main objective was to stop animal killing."
660720 - Lecture BG 04.06-8 - New York
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Our function is to render service, and where the service is to be rendered? To the Supreme. That is our natural position. Now, under designation, we are rendering the same service to so many things. That function is already there. Just like the water. Water is liquid always, either black water, or green water or yellow water, or white water, it is always liquid. Because the water has become black, it does not mean the liquidity is lost. Similarly, because we are now in contact with material designation, so our service attitude is not lost. That is there. But it is being rendered in a different way.


1967 - July 20

Letter to Sumati Morarjee written from New York
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The societies are being worshiped with flowers and fruits, and Kirtana is being performed both morning and evening, and Srimad-Bhagavatam is being recited. Don't you think that this movement is glorious both for India and the world? Kindly, therefore cooperate with me in full heart.
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For the present, at least two of my disciples must come to India to assist me there both for the sake of my health and for the editorial work of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
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The whole idea is that due to my indifferent health in this old age, it may be that I may not come back again. But I must train up at Vrindaban some of my disciples. I can very well spread up this missionary work without any personal transfer. Please therefore cooperate with me as far as possible for Krishna's sake.
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Due to my indifferent health, for the time being I am going to India; and even if I cannot come back, I will work for an American house there so all you transcendental children can come there and learn and be strong enough to preach this cult for the benefit of all the human society.


1968 - July 20

Lecture Excerpt - Montreal
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Those who have accepted this body, for them, to think of something impersonal is simply artificial, is simply artificial. Therefore the impersonalists or the void philosophers, their process of so-called yoga is simply troublesome, and maybe some profit there, but the ultimate profit, they cannot have. It is not possible.


1969 - July 20

Letter to Gajendra written from Los Angeles
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When we see we are becoming aware of our infinitesimal nature, then we begin to also understand something of how infinitely great Krishna is.


1970 - July 20

Lecture Initiation Sannyasa - Los Angeles
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"So, this is now formal accepting of sannyāsa, but real sannyāsa purpose will be fulfilled when you'll be able to induce the people of the world dancing like... That is real sannyāsa. This formal dress is not sannyāsa. Real sannyāsa is when you can induce other people to become Kṛṣṇa conscious and they dance in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. If you can turn one man to become Kṛṣṇa conscious, then your going back to Godhead, back to home, guaranteed. That is real purpose of sannyāsa."
700720 - Lecture Initiation Sannyasa - Los Angeles
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This is now formal accepting of sannyāsa, but real sannyāsa purpose will be fulfilled when you'll be able to induce the people of the world dancing like you. That is real sannyāsa. This formal dress is not sannyāsa. Real sannyāsa is when you can induce other people to become Kṛṣṇa conscious and they dance in Kṛṣṇa consciousness.


1971 - July 20

Lecture - New York
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The purpose of the hospital is to bring a crazy fellow to his original consciousness. Similarly, this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement means to bring all crazy men to his original consciousness. Anyone who is not Kṛṣṇa conscious, he is to be understood—more or less crazy.
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
Prabhupāda: Any question?
Nanda-kiśora: What happens to a person if we just give him out on the street one Simply Wonderful or some prasādam, one piece of prasādam?
Prabhupāda: Oh, that is wonderful, simply wonderful. (laughter) (chuckles) He has not tasted such wonderful sweet in his life. Therefore you give him wonderful, and because he's eating that wonderful sweet, one day he'll come to your temple and become wonderful.
Devotees: Jaya!
Prabhupāda: Therefore it is simply wonderful. So go on distributing this Simply Wonderful. Your philosophy is simply wonderful. Your prasādam is simply wonderful. You are simply wonderful. And your Kṛṣṇa is simply wonderful. The whole process of simply wonderful. And He acts wonderfully, and He reacting wonderfully. Who can deny it?
Kīrtanānanda: Prabhupāda is simply wonderful.
Prabhupāda (chuckles) That's all right. You can become, everyone.
710720 - Lecture - New York
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So there is supreme control. The modern civilization, they do not understand it due to lack of knowledge. So our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is trying to enlighten people to come to this point of knowledge.
Lecture Purport to Jaya Radha-Madhava - New York
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09:05 minutes of a song purport in New York
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As the Gopi-jana-vallabha, His only business is how to protect gopi-jana. So our Krsna consciousness movement is how to become one of the gopi-jana. Then Krsna will save us from any danger, even by lifting a hill or mountain. Kṛṣṇa is so kind and so powerful. When Kṛṣṇa lifted the hill, He did not practice some yoga system. And that is God.
Conversation - New York
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Devotee: The GBC suggested that he give it just to your Book Fund or else to pay for the around-the-world tour, to help pay for it.
Pratyatosa: They thought that might have higher priority than... It's a project, I wanted to set up a library of all of your tapes and make them available to everybody and preserve them, and have them all indexed.
Prabhupada: Yes, I wanted a tape recorder.
Letter to Eugene L. Baum written from New York
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We require such funds so that we can print our books and over-flood all of the world with Krishna Conscious literature. That is the goal.
Letter to Krpasindhu (Rick Holtzman) written from New York
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I have given you the spiritual name Krpasindhu Das Brahmacari. Krpasindhu means Krishna, the ocean of mercy.


1972 - July 20

Lecture SB 01.01.10 - London
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If you say, "I shall make myself perfect by mystic yoga practice," śāstra says, "No!" because these things we'll not be able. Your qualification is that you are lazy, quarrelsome, unlucky, disturbed, so these things will not be possible. Therefore three times harer nāma harer nāma harer nāmaiva, eva, only, kevalam. There is no other alternative. Then next line, kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva nāsty eva gatir anyathā. Because this age is so polluted there is no other, alternative method. Nāsty eva. Nāsty means that there is nothing like this, nothing like this. So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is scientific, authorized according to the Vedic sanction. So this process in this age should be accepted by the intelligent men.
Lecture Arrival - Paris
Every Living Entity is Part and Parcel of God - 0220
04:44 minutes from an arrival address in Paris
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Unfortunately, our science, philosophy in school, college, university, they are simply concerned with the perishable, not with the imperishable. This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is meant for taking into account of the nonperishable. So it is the movement of the soul, not the movement as political movement, social movement or religious movement. They are pertaining to the perishable body. But Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is pertaining to the imperishable soul.
Interview A - Paris
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Guru-gaurāṅga: (translating) Can you please describe the dress in which you are clothed?
Prabhupāda: You can ask about some philosophy. Dress, what people will benefit knowing about my dress? Instead of wasting time in that way... I can ask you why you are in dressed in that way... That's not very important thing.
Interview B - Paris
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So we have to present things in such a way that intelligent person can accept the old teachings in the western countries. Like Lord Jesus Christ... Either they're not being followed or they're not properly understood because in London I saw hundreds of churches are vacant. That means that it's so practical that people have no more interest in Christianity or the Christian people could not convince them of the spiritual necessity of life. Many churches are for sale. That's not a good sign. That means people have lost interest in spiritual life but fortunately the younger generation, they are taking to this spiritual movement.
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From God's side there is always an attempt to make the people right. As soon as they're wrongly directed, some messenger comes like Jesus Christ or Buddha or, before Him, Lord Krsna.


1973 - July 20

Lecture BG 01.24-25 - London
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Hiraṇyākṣa, Hiraṇyakaśipu. They were Jaya-Vijaya in the Vaikuṇṭha world. So they came here, and Kṛṣṇa asked them that "If you become My enemy, then within three births you will come back. And if you remain friend, then seven births." So they preferred, "Oh, I shall become Your enemy, Sir, so that I can come back again after three births".
Letter to Bali-mardana written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
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Now we are going to install nice Radha-Krsna Deities here in our new Letchmore Heath Temple on Janmastami Day, August 22nd 1973.
Letter to Govinda dasi written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
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Of course we have to control the mind, and I have already instructed you and all my students that the restless fickle mind can only be controlled by putting the mind to the lotus feet of Krsna, and that can best be done by chanting Hare Krsna mantra, and there is no alternative in this age.
Letter to Nityananda written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
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The picture of tulasi is especially indicative, because if tulasi grows luxuriantly that proves the sincere devotional service of the place.
Letter to Tamala Krishna written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
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The important thing now for GBC members is that they go on working. It is not important to hold a meeting for passing resolutions etc. The best time and place is Mayapur on Lord Caitanya's Appearance Day.
Letter to Yasomatinandan written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
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We want all our foreign language books to be translated by devotees.


1974 - July 20

Letter to Caruhasa written from New Vrindaban, USA
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You should know it that Krsna is not a plaything. These things should strictly not be done.* If you do this, then Krsna will become a fairy tale. Please drop this matter.
Letter to Giriraja written from New Vrindaban, USA
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This morning we held a meeting of GBC members, and I have sent a telegram addressed to Karandhara as follows: "YOUR RESIGNATION ACCEPTED AFTER CONSULTATION WITH GBC GIVE CHARGE TO JAGADISHA"—BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI. So you note this and inform others. Jagadisa is immediately going there to India to take charge.
Letter to Madhavananda written from New Vrindaban, USA
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I have written to Saurabha Prabhu to send you the same pattern plans for your temple construction. You should build in the same pattern, not different. More when we meet soon.
Letter to Ramesvara written from New Vrindaban, USA
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You can add to that letter that Dr. Svarupa Damodara M.S. PhD. U.S.A. has written recently one book Scientific Basis of Krsna Consciousness and there was no contract or agreement. He has given us the book, and we have printed 30,000 copies. We shall not publish on the basis of royalty.
Letter to Sahadeva written from New Vrindaban, USA
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Regarding the Life Members, you cannot impose rules on the guests. They can remain two or three days as guests, so there should be no difficulty.
Letter to Satyabhama and Paramananda written from New Vrindaban, USA
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You have written that the devotees here say that you cannot know me, but only Kirtanananda Maharaja can know me. But, if Kirtanananda is a disciple and he can know me, and you are also a disciple, why you cannot know me?
Letter to Suchitra written from New Vrindaban, USA
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He is very nice boy. He is Vaisnava. So you are very fortunate to have such a son. You can take it that Krsna has given you this son. So you must take care of him nicely and raise him in Krishna consciousness.


1975 - July 20

Morning Walk - San Francisco
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Pure consciousness, Kṛṣṇa consciousness. He knows that "I am part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa". That is pure consciousness.
Lecture SB 06.01.39 - San Francisco
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Sudama: Take the children out.
Bahulasva: All the children should go out.
Prabhupada: No, that's all right. (some devotees say "Jaya!" and applaud) So, children are not punishable. (laughter, more applause) Neither the women. (more applause, laughter) Hmm. But don't take advantage. (laughter) And here we have got these brahmanas, saintly persons, women and children. So who is to be punished?
Letter to Bunke Behari written from Berkeley
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You have made it very nicely. I can see that it required skill to make it so artistically. You have made Radha and Krishna and Caitanya Mahaprabhu very attractively.
Letter to G.L. Nanda written from Berkeley
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Today we are holding our annual Ratha Yatra festival in San Francisco, They are expecting 25,000 people to participate. There are three raths each 45 feet high and weighing 10 tons. Mass prasadam will be distributed, and they have prepared 6,000 lbs. Of potatoes, 3,000 lbs. Of halawah, 2,000 gallons of lemonade, 2,000 lbs. Of salad, and 15,000 papadams.
Letter to Radhavallabha written from Berkeley
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In the next issue of "Back to Godhead" you should put one note of thanks to Mr. Alexander Kulik of Laguna Beach California. This boy has kindly paid BBT Dollars 25,000.00 for publication of books.


1976 - July 20

Morning Walk - New York
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Prabhupāda: Now there should be one rule that unless they are husband-wife, man and woman should not worship together.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: On the altar.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Strictly prohibited.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: On the same altar.
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Lecture CC Madhya 20.112 - New York
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Don't manufacture preaching. Preach as it is in the śāstra. That is Caitanya Mahāprabhu's instruction.
Conversation - New York
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As soon as one becomes devotee, all the good qualification immediately manifest.


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