A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - March 11

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

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1966 - March 11

Lecture BG 02.13 - New York
In the Sun Planet the Bodies are Fiery - 0081
05:28 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.13 in New York
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In this planet we have got this body which is where earth is very prominent. Similarly, in other planets, other planets, somewhere water is very prominent, somewhere fire is very prominent. In the sun planet, the bodies there... There are also living entities, but their body is so made that it is fiery. They can exist in the fire. They can exist in the fire. Similarly, Varuṇaloka, in the Venus, all these planets, they have got different types of body.
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Now, the, our point is, as from the mother's womb, from the very beginning of our birth, as the body develops, develops, similarly, after coming out of the body, it also develops. But the spirit spark is there, the same. The body takes development. So... Now, that development—from this small child, he becomes a bigger child, then he becomes a boy, then becomes a youth, then gradually a old man like me, and then gradually, when this body is no longer useful, then it is, it has to be given up and another body has to be taken—this is the process of transmigration of soul. I think there is no difficulty to understand this simple process."
660311 - Lecture BG 02.13 - New York


1967 - March 11

Letter to Ramananda Bhaktisindhu written from San Francisco
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I can understand your difficulty for the work I wanted to entrust upon you. But I shall be much pleased if you kindly introduce to me some good presses who can take up the work. To print my books in U.S.A. is five to ten times more expensive than in India. I therefore want to get the books printed in a first class press in India. So if you can send me some names of first class press it will be very kind of you.
Letter to Sar Maharaja written from San Francisco

1969 - March 11

Lecture SB 07.09.10 - Hawaii
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"So Vaiṣṇava is humble and meek. He is not proud, because...(break) ...even if he has got great amount of wealth, good qualification, everything, he thinks that "These things are Kṛṣṇa's. I am His servant. I have got the opportunity to serve Him with these qualification. If I am highly educated, if I have got good knowledge, if I am great philosopher, scientist—everything—if I do not engage all these qualifications to Kṛṣṇa's service, then I shall naturally become falsely proud, and that is the cause of my falldown."
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Letter to Hansadutta written from Hawaii
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I am very much surprised that other nonsense magazines are being published by Dayala Nitai, and Janardana says it is in my knowledge! I am very much surprised to hear this. Enclosed I am forwarding one letter to Dayala Nitai, and how it is that without your knowledge these things are being done? Certainly it must be disturbing to you—it is disturbing to me also!
Letter to Jayapataka written from Hawaii
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Relishing the transcendental sweetness of Krishna Kirtana is only possible when one is actually advanced, towards perfection. Srila Rupa Goswami used to say, wishing if he had possessed millions of ears, and billions of tongues then he could chant the Hare Krishna mantra a little bit relishably. In the conditioned stage, we chant Hare Krishna mantra officially without any attachment and try to finish the rounds as soon as possible.
Letter to Upendra written from Hawaii
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We are preachers, and we do not expect our audience or candidates completely respondent to our call. If everyone is trained then what is the use of our preaching. I receive daily so many odd letters, still we have to reply them properly.
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You are in charge of the Seattle branch. You should try to develop and manage this temple as your life interest. Don't be flickering, thinking of going here and there.
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Whatever charge given from Krishna through the medium of Spiritual Master you should be carrying out very faithfully. I have come to your country in this old age with this interest. We should not mind where we are kept or where we have to discharge our duties. But we should accept and do them nicely.
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You should clear up this thing that we do not preach any particular "ism." We are simply teaching how to develop our dormant love of Godhead. So what religion is there that does not approve love of Godhead? One may say that all improve our love of Godhead according to our own way, but from practical point of view, in no religious principle the love of Godhead is seen to be enhanced.
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They make God as order-supplier for their material needs. Or some of them are taught to love God because He is considered to be order-supplier. But our principle is not to make God our order-supplier—we want to execute the order of God.
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I expect that each center must have a nice Samkirtan party. If you join Samkirtan party, who will maintain and manage the center? You should manage the Seattle temple; that is your principle duty. They also developed the Samkirtan party in L.A. very gradually, not in one day. So you work in this way.
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Instead of join Samkirtan, you just develop a Samkirtan party there, I expect that each center must have a nice Samkirtan party. If you join Samkirtan party, who will maintain and manage the center? You should manage the Seattle temple; that is your principle duty. They also developed the Samkirtan party in L.A. very gradually, not in one day. So you work in this way.


1972 - March 11

Conversation A - Vṛndāvana
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It is the duty of the disciple that even the spiritual master, or senior ācārya , they agree to be defeated, it is the duty of the disciple to see that his spiritual master and superior is not defeated. That is the instruction we get from Jīva Gosvāmī's behavior.
Conversation B - Vṛndāvana
Conversation - Mathura
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Prabhupāda: One thing is that he says that it is from Buddhism. So where is the authoritative statement in the Buddhism about Pañca-tattva? That he has not mentioned.
Indian man: No. He has said in Buddhism you have the principle of pañca-śaktis.
Prabhupāda: Śakti and tattva is not the same thing.
Indian man: Well, yes.
Prabhupāda: Śakti is part of tattva.
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Prabhupāda: But Caitanya Mahaprabhu as śaktimān, and others...
Indian man (2): As śakti.
Prabhupāda: Not all śakti; two pañca-tattva. Īśāvatāra, tat-prakāśa(?) avatāra, they are not śakti. They are all the śaktimān.
Indian man (2): Yes, yes.
Prabhupāda: And only śakti-tattva, Gadādhara and Śrīvāsa. And other three, They are śaktimān-tattva.


1973 - March 11

Letter to Govinda dasi written from Calcutta
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Gaura Nitai Deities may be approved and ordered by the local Temple presidents with consultation of the GBC. There should be at least three or four brahmanas available. So there is no need to delay any shipments if these qualifications are met.


1974 - March 11

Letter to Tarun Kanti Ghosh Babu written from Delhi
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In the beginning if we start a varnasrama college to teach internationally students from all over the world to learn to be educated as brahmanas, as Ksatriyas, as vaisyas, as sudras, by quality and work, that will be the basic principle of Krishna Consciousness. It is the duty of the government to see that everyone is employed. This is only possible when varnasrama is established.


1975 - March 11

Morning Walk - London
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It was so nice to live there, spiritual atmosphere, on the bank of the Ganges and Yamunā. Immediately you go, you become spiritualized. Vṛndāvana is also like that. Therefore Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, bhārata-bhūmite janma haila..., manuṣya-janma haila. To get the human form of life born in India, that is a special prerogative. Bhārata-bhumite manuṣya-janma haila yāra. He is fifty percent prepared by birth.
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Yes, I am still brave. (laughter) Otherwise how could I come alone to preach Kṛṣṇa consciousness? I am still brave. Some astrologer told that "This boy, for executing his purpose, he will enter into the fire."
Lecture BG 07.03 - London
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More machine means more diversion of attention. I have to take care, more technician, more technologies. Simply if one razor can shave, can make my cheek very clean, where is the necessity? Formerly, at least we Indian know that go to a blacksmith and he prepares a razor, very nice razor. You pay him four annas, and it will last for your life and shave your cheek very nicely, daily or occasionally. But the modern civilization means that in everything there must be machine.
Letter to Kenneth H. Petchenik written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK
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I thank you for your having selected me for being listed in this noteworthy publication. I look forward to receiving the completed biography before publication.


1976 - March 11

Morning Walk - Mayapur
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How you can do business? I am doing business because I have got all these things. I went to America—land. Then I worked—labor. Then I earned some capital, and I have got brain how to do it.
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I wanted first of all this house, not the temple, because where they'll stay? They'll come to the temple, where they will stay? If you get staying place, then you can act your brain and improve. And if you are harassed—no place—then brain will not work. Therefore I wanted first of all the residential place. And they criticize me, "Oh, you did not construct temple first." And a temple of the devotees is first, our temple. Then God. God will come if there are devotees.
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Don't become paramahaṁsa immediately. Paramahaṁsa is the last stage of sannyāsa. First stage is kuṭicaka. Second stage is parivrājakācārya. Third stage is... No, first stage is kuṭicaka. Then second stage is bahudaka, bahudaka. And third stage is parivrājakācārya, and fourth stage is paramahaṁsa. Therefore paramahaṁsa stage is the topmost.
Lecture SB 07.09.33 - Mayapur
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These verses of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, they are Vedic mantras. They're not ordinary wording, set of wording. It is not. Veda-mantra; saṁhitā. So every one of you must try to chant. This is required. Each verse of Bhagavad-gītā or Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, they are Vedic mantras, veda-mantra. So simply by chanting them we become purified. So every one of you... There is diacritic marks, literation, transliteration, so everyone should try to chant the mantra. That is very beneficial. That is kīrtana.
Letter to Giridharilal written from Mayapur
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I beg to acknowledge receipt of your kind letter dated March 8, 1976 and I have noted the contents very carefully. It will be a great pleasure for me to meet with you either at Delhi or Vrindaban when I return the 26th of March, this month, to Delhi. More when we meet. In the meantime, I hope this meets you in good health.


1977 - March 11

Letter to Akshayananda Swami written from Mayapur
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I notice on the letterhead the road is still called Chattikara Road. Why the change has not been made yet?


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