A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - October 15

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

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1968 - October 15

Letter to Cidananda written from Seattle
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I understand that the son of Tulasi devi, Karnapura, has chosen coins in his Annaprashan ceremony. It is very nice. I think this boy will earn enough money for spreading Krishna Consciousness.
Letter to Nandarani written from Seattle
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I am very much pleased with your preaching enthusiasm, when you say, "If people won't come to us, here, we will go to them." And this is the process of preaching, and this is required. I thank you very much for your this spirit. Just like I have come to your country, with the same spirit.
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We may not expect good behavior from people where we go to preach, still we have to do that. The best example is Lord Jesus Christ, he was crucified by the people who were not very much advanced.
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Although I am very busy, still it is my duty to answer all inquiries from my disciples, so you never hesitate to write me letters, and whenever there is some inquiry, you must ask me, and it is my duty to explain. In the Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu it is stated that the inquisitive disciple advances very quickly in Krishna Consciousness.
Letter to Rayarama written from Seattle
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The issue of Back To Godhead which you have sent me is very very nice, and Krishna is helping you for your sincere efforts. I hope you will continue this attitude and improve the quality and writing of Back To Godhead both nicely.
Letter to Rupanuga written from Seattle
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There is a proverb in Sanskrit that you speak truth but don't speak unpalatable truth. When you speak the truth it must be very palatable. So this social convention is not applicable to a person who is preaching the Absolute Truth. Absolute Truth is not dependent on material pleasure or unpleasure.


1969 - October 15

Letter to Brahmananda written from Tittenhurst, UK
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The worshippers of the demigods at least have fear of some higher personality, and that may eventually develop into fear of the Supreme Personality. But the impersonalists think that everything is Brahma, everyone is God.
Letter to Jayagovinda written from Tittenhurst, UK
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The source of strength is Krishna and His manifest representative, the Spiritual Master. We get this instruction from Caitanya-caritamrta that we receive the seed of Krishna Consciousness through the Spiritual Master and Krishna. Therefore, we should serve both simultaneously for continuous supply of spiritual vitality. So you are now serving Krishna under the instruction of your Spiritual Master, so there will be no scarcity of supply of strength unless there is some weakness on your part in the matter of absolute faith in these two shelters.
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People in this part of the world are very much enthusiastic in material advancement and they have got it. Similarly, according to the instructions of Srila Rupa Goswami, if we become enthusiastic in spiritual matters, then we also get success in that way. Take for example, I came to your country in ripe old age, but I had one asset: enthusiasm and faith in my Spiritual Master. I think these assets only are giving me some lights of hope, whatever I have achieved so far with your cooperation.
Letter to Ranadhir written from Tittenhurst, UK
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Things are coming along nicely in London, and last week we were granted permission by the authorities to occupy the building at 7, Bury Place. So more and more Krishna is giving us facilities to push on this Krishna Consciousness throughout the world.
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Tittenhurst, UK
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You are a sincere devotee of Krishna and He has given you a great opportunity of service, perhaps #1 in all the centers. You are the only pioneer center who possess your own property and press. I am so glad to learn that things are going on nicely and Krishna is giving you good income also. Please therefore manage things very nicely, both husband and wife and other assistants.
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In BTG the rasa lila episode cannot be published. We are writing on the activities of Krishna and rasa lila is one of the most important Pastimes of His transcendental activities. Therefore it must be published in the book, but it cannot be published in any public paper. That is the instruction of my Guru Maharaja.
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I have heard also from Brahmananda that he plans to spend 3 days per week at Boston, but I have also heard that during his absence 3 devotees have left the temple. So things should be managed so nicely that our devotees may not leave us. We get a devotee after great endeavour, and we must train such devotee in a nice way so that he may not go back and be at large in the clutches of Maya.


1972 - October 15

Morning Walk - Vṛndāvana
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After the Gosvāmīs came here, practically, all this Vṛndāvana city has developed. Before that, it was open fields.
Conversation - Vṛndāvana
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So it was my mistake that I did not take up the words of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja immediately. I thought that "I am now married. Let me settle down." Perhaps if I would have joined from 1922, by the blessings of Guru Mahārāja, I could do more preaching work. Anyway, it is better late than never.
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I took some of my books, Srimad-Bhagavatam, printed here, up to three parts, First Canto. And I was personally selling these books to the book sellers and to the persons.


1973 - October 15

Lecture BG 13.21 - Bombay
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How much foolish we are that we are getting a particular type of body, and the sukha-duḥkha, happiness and distress, is already fixed up. That is called destiny. As soon as I get a particular type of body, my happiness and sufferings are all destined. This is our position.
Letter to Tusta Krsna and Beharilal written from Bombay
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I never believed that again you would go back to your old habits, giving up the Krsna Consciousness Movement in a whimsical way. Please do not do this mistake. It will be a great calamity for you. If you have any misunderstanding with the GBC member, you should have let me know. But I do not think there can be any misunderstanding.


1974 - October 15

Lecture SB 01.08.35 - Mayapur
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He is so much absorbed in ignorance that he has no time to think that "Repeatedly I am stealing, and repeatedly I am arrested, and I am punished, I sent to jail. Why I am doing this?"
Lecture Bengali - Mayapur
Letter to Caitya-guru written from Mayapur
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How long do I have to bring devotees from abroad for preaching here in India? You must recruit local devotees. That is wanted. I went to New York without any Indians to help me. You are Indian and this is India, so you cannot create? One experienced man must go and create local man anywhere; that is real preaching.
Letter to Hansadutta written from Mayapur
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For building the temple you can purchase some nearby land and construct. There are so many lands there I have seen. We are going to spend so much for the temple, so what is it to purchase some land?
Letter to Jagatikanda written from Mayapur
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I am in due receipt of your letter dated September 12, 1974 with enclosed silken bead bag. I thank you very much for it. I am now using it for my chanting beads, so it is a welcome gift.
Letter to Subala written from Mayapur
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I thank you for following the order of your spiritual master. This is the motto of our spiritual life: yasya prasadad bhagavata prasadao.
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My other godbrothers they are concerned with litigations, politics, and diplomacy, so what is the pracara? As far as I am concerned I have the blessings of my guru maharaj. I do not need anything else. That is how I went to your country, just to try to carry out his order. By his blessings it has come out successful.


1975 - October 15

Lecture SB 01.07.05-6 - Johannesburg
This Body is a Machine, but We Are Accepting Machine as Myself - 0816
08:32 minutes from a lecture on SB 01.07.05-6 in Johannesburg
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Yantrārūḍhāni māyayā. We are riding on a machine. This body is a machine, but we are accepting machine as myself. This is called sammohita, "bewildered." If you are running on a car, if you think, "I am the car," as it is foolishness, similarly, I have got this yantra, machine, body, and it is running on on account of my presence, or I am driving, or Kṛṣṇa is giving me intelligence how to drive. But if I identify myself with this body, exactly like a foolish man—he is driving the car, and if he identifies himself with the car, he is a foolish man—so this is called sammohita.
Conversation - Johannesburg
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"You should understand that as soon as you get this material body, it will be suffering only. Therefore whole Vedic civilization is a culture how to stop this material body. The Māyāvādī philosophers, they are also trying. The Buddhists, they are also trying. But they are thinking that 'There is no soul. Finish this body' This is Buddhist theory. But they know that this is suffering. Similarly, the Māyāvādī, they also know this body is suffering, so they want to come out of the body and merge into the existence of God. The senses are already there, either Buddhist or Māyāvāda. And Vaiṣṇava philosophy is, 'Not only come out of this miserable condition of life, but enter into Kṛṣṇa's family and live peacefully'. But so far the body is bad, it is accepted by all philosophies."
751015 - Conversation - Johannesburg
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Whole Vedic civilization is a culture how to stop this material body. The Māyāvādī philosophers, they are also trying. The Buddhists, they are also trying. But they are thinking that "There is no soul. Finish this body." This is Buddhist theory. But they know that this is suffering. Similarly, the Māyāvādī, they also know this body is suffering, so they want to come out of the body and merge into the existence of God.


1976 - October 15

Lecture BG 07.01 Hindi - Chandigarh
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A first class devotee of the Lord never asks for anything from the Lord. He is always ready to offer something to the Lord – oh Lord! Take whatever I possess from me. pranair arthair dhiya vaca (SB 10.22.35), take my life, my wealth, and my words, and my intelligence.
Letter to Cittahari written from Chandigarh
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Jita Garisa Das Brahmacari is duly accepted by me as a second initiated disciple. Hold a fire ceremony and let him hear the tape of the Gayatri mantra chanted by me through the right ear. See to it that he is properly trained up in brahminical habits, cleanliness, truthfulness, tolerance, self control, etc.
Letter to Dr. R.M. Dave written from Chandigarh
Letter to Kirtanananda written from Chandigarh
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In all our dealings we should be above suspicion. They say first impressions are lasting. If someone feels cheated by our men because they are using dubious methods of distribution and collecting money our purity may be doubted and reputation spoiled.
Letter to Mrs. Tania Perera written from Chandigarh
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So that your husband is against Krishna is nothing astonishing, it is quite normal. So if you like you can leave him, and move into the temple of your choice.
Letter to Radhavallabha written from Chandigarh
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There is no need to print Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, His Life and Precepts, it is already there in other books.
Letter to S. B. Bartarya written from Chandigarh
Letter to Sacimata written from Chandigarh
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There is nothing mystical about getting Gaura Nitai deities for worshiping. The Lord is all powerful and omnipresent, he knows the heart of the devotee and reciprocates with the devotee accordingly.


1977 - October 15

Conversation A - Vṛndāvana
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Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Okay. We'll just talk amongst ourselves and decide what you should take.
Prabhupāda: But don't give much.
Conversation B - Vṛndāvana
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Ten thousand loving salesmen who are working day and night without asking any salary.
Conversation C - Vṛndāvana
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Make it an ideal institution.


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