A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - October 27

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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.


1965 - October 27

Letter to Sumati Morarji written from New York
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The Bhagavata cult is preached also through the art of music and dance as it was done by Lord Caitanya. I am just thinking of introducing the very same system for my Bhagavatam preaching but I have no means.


1967 - October 27

Letter to Rayarama written from Navadvipa
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We have got experience in India that the jackals roar four times at night without any influence but the one roar of a lion drives away many elephants. The pressure Maya is elephant-like, big, but the roaring of Nrsimhadeva can drive away many elephants.


1968 - October 27

Conversation - Montreal
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My Guru Mahārāja used to say that, photar kathara sei usane na: "If somebody becomes cheap, then nobody hears him." Especially in this country. If you become free speaker, then he's not taken into very seriously. So we must charge.
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My Guru Mahārāja used to say, "The best use of a bad bargain." Everything in Kṛṣṇa relationship. That is yukta-vairāgya. Nirbandhaḥ kṛṣṇa-sambandhe yukta-vairāgyam ucyate. Vairagya means detachment. So when we are attached to Kṛṣṇa, automatically we are detached to māyā. Not artificially we want to be detached from māyā.


1969 - October 27

Letter to Brahmananda written from Tittenhurst, UK
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Decide amongst yourselves what is to be done and do the needful. This is management. You have asked about the management of our society, and the position is that management should be done in such a way that people may not break away. That is the first business of management. I have already explained the matter to you and Tamala, so you do it consulting amongst yourselves, gradually coming to the general governing body for managing the whole affairs.
Letter to Govinda dasi written from Tittenhurst, UK
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I am anxious to know about the result of the church negotiations. If by the Grace of Krishna it comes out successful, it will be a great achievement for your activities in Honolulu. When you get the church I must go there.
Letter to Paramananda written from Tittenhurst, UK
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Take care of this nice child and raise him along with the other boys in New Vrindaban so that a new generation of Krishna Conscious children will come out of this movement.
Letter to Sai written from Tittenhurst, UK
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Everything is subordinate to the Supreme Person. So if you kindly try to understand this philosophy of the Supreme Person as described in Bhagavad-gita, 8th chapter, you will understand our activities more clearly.
Letter to Upendra written from Tittenhurst, UK
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I am so encouraged to learn of your nice propaganda work in the local schools. Last Monday we were at a law college and at least one hundred law students were up and chanting and dancing along with us.


1970 - October 27

Letter to Gargamuni written from Amritsar
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Before preaching of your Spiritual Master as God, you never consulted me whether it was right. This means you were inspired by some external influence. Subala said that it was a mystic influence. Why that was wasn't cleared up until now. That mystic influence was widely spread which I clearly saw in Honolulu, Tokyo or in other words, wherever Brahmananda went. Now we have to forget the past incidences and shall have to go forward with clear consciousness.
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You have been awarded Sannyas so you have the best opportunity to serve Krishna by preaching His glories. Why punishment? Before taking Sannyas, I told you that you may remain a brahmacari because management in L.A. was with you. Now you have voluntarily taken sannyasa. You may take advantage of this opportunity and preach this Krishna cult and expand missionary activities. Do it sincerely.
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For my disciples there is no punishment. There is no need for that. One who preaches Krishna Consciousness is supposed to be glorious.


1972 - October 27

Lecture NOD - Vṛndāvana
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At the present moment, it has become a fashion to manufacture some idea. But that is not the Vedic way. Vedic way is to receive the message through paramparā system.
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Our main business is to serve the ācāryas. This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement means we are trying to serve the ācāryas. Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His direct disciples, the Ṣaḍ-gosvāmīs, and their disciples. Rūpa-raghunātha-pade haibe ākuti. That is required.
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Now you are converting the Christians into Hinduism. Then where is the difference between their activities and your activities?" So this fool does not know this is not making a person from Christian to Hindu. This is not the process. We are not interested. I never said in any meeting in the Western countries that "Hindu religion is better than your Christian religion. You give up your Christian religion and come to Hindu religion." No, that was not my propaganda. There are many old students here present. They may remember.
Lecture SB 01.02.16 - Vṛndāvana
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"One devotee, he requested Caitanya Mahāprabhu, 'My Lord, You have come. Please liberate all the people of this universe, and if they are sinful, so all their sins I may take, but they may be delivered'. This is Vaiṣṇava philosophy. 'Others may be delivered by the grace of the Lord; I may rot in the hell. That doesn't matter'. Not that 'First of all I go to the heaven, and others may rot'. This is not Vaiṣṇava philosophy. Vaiṣṇava philosophy is, 'I may rot in the hell, but others may be delivered'. Patitānāṁ pāvanebhyo vaiṣṇavebhyo namo namaḥ (Maṇgalācaraṇa 9). Vaiṣṇava is meant for delivering all the fallen souls."
721027 - Lecture SB 01.02.16 - Vrndavana
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People should be educated how to increase the taste for understanding Kṛṣṇa. This is Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Everyone should come forward. Āpani ācari prabhu jīvere śikṣāya. One should behave himself as Kṛṣṇa conscious. Then he will be able to make others Kṛṣṇa conscious—not by theoretical knowledge, but by behavior. Āpani ācari prabhu jīvere śikṣāya. So this is required. It is a very, very, very important movement.
Conversation - Vṛndāvana
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What is the use of starting temple if you do not do it properly? Why should you waste your energy? Better travel and preach.
Letter to Aksayananda written from Vṛndāvana
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I have very much appreciated also the copy of latest BTG in Dutch language, and I have shown it to some of my Godbrothers and other visitors here. I am happy to hear all of the programs there in Amsterdam temple are going on nicely, and I think you are the best man to give all of the younger students good advice and guidance how to make advancement in their Krsna Consciousness devotional service.
Letter to Kirtanananda written from Vṛndāvana
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Regarding your questions, try to finish the temples in New Vrindaban as quickly as possible using whatever materials you have. Later on they can be improved more and more and eventually they will be the first-class opulent temples in the world.


1974 - October 27

Lecture SB 01.08.47 - Mayapur
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Preaching means he must be conscious, Krsna conscious, advanced. Krsna conscious means that he's a lover of Krsna.
Letter to Jayatirtha written from Mayapur
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I understand from Bhavananda and Jayapataka that you have agreed to give Dollars 8,000.00 from BBT funds for construction of the second story of the Kitchen here. So, you can do this. The money may be sent to Gargamuni Swami in Calcutta, and he will forward here.


1975 - October 27

Lecture BG 07.01 - Nairobi
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You'll find in our temple, we are cooking so many nice preparations. Perhaps you have tasted some of them. But we are not preparing tea or coffee or meat - nothing. These are anarthas. What is the necessity?
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If one is learned paṇḍita, he does not see Hindu, Muslim, Christian. When I went to America, I did not go there to turn the Christian to become Hindu. No, I never said that. Did I say, any, anyone, that "You are Christian. You become a Hindu"? No, never I said. That is not my business.
Lecture SB 03.28.18 - Nairobi
You Become Pious Simply by Kirtana - 0822
04:45 minutes from a lecture on SB 03.28.18 in Nairobi
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Even if you do not fix up your mind—kīrtana means fix up your mind—but even if you do not fix up your mind, then you are still gainer. The more you glorify the Lord, you become pious simply by kīrtana. It is not necessary that you understand, but if you go on chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, then you become pious. Puṇya-śloka. Kṛṣṇa's another name is Puṇya-śloka, Uttama-śloka. Simply by chanting "Kṛṣṇa," you become pious.
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So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is not on the bodily platform. It is on the spiritual platform. To come to the spiritual platform, it is necessary that you reduce or make nil sex life. So if one remains brahmacārī throughout the whole life it becomes very easy for him to go back to home, back to Godhead. This is the secret.


1976 - October 27

Lecture SB 05.05.05 - Vṛndāvana
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The more you are inclined to render service, the more the spiritual truth becomes revealed. And two things: if you are not inquisitive, don't bother yourself to have a guru. Useless. There is no need. Tasmād guruṁ prapadyeta (SB 11.3.21).
Letter to Bahudak written from Vṛndāvana
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The names of the new initiates are: Mark L. - Madhu Pandita dasa; Marilyn - Madhava-priya dasi; John B. - Janapati dasa; James H. - Jaya Hari dasa.
Letter to Jayatirtha written from Vrindavan
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Krsna becomes more and more pleased by seeing the increment of book distribution. Devotional service is absolute but one who preaches His message becomes very dear to Lord Krsna.
Letter to Manidhara and Rohini Suta written from Vṛndāvana
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I have received a Letter from Jayatirtha saying that you have distributed in one week 522 and 521 big books respectively. This is very wonderful. I thank you so much.
Letter to Yudhisthira written from Vṛndāvana
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As far as the farm being authorized, you discuss with Kuladri and Kirtanananda Maharaja. Whatever they say I agree. Kuladri is an experienced man so you may organize things there taking his advice. Please just work sincerely and Krsna will bless you.


1977 - October 27

Conversation A - Vṛndāvana
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Believe in Kṛṣṇa. Hmm. I am hearing kīrtana how very nice here. It is stated in the śāstra, nivṛtta-tarṣair upagīyamānād bhavauṣadhāc chrotra... (SB 10.1.4). This is the medicine, panacea, for material disease. So kindly let me hear kīrtana as far as possible, long as I live.
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Who has got such substantial books? Nowhere in the world.
Conversation B - Vṛndāvana
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They bow down like stick. This is called daṇḍavat. Daṇḍa means "stick"; vat means "like." When you fall down, just like a stick falls, before superior, that is called daṇḍavat. Not by simply saying daṇḍavat... Eh, one must fall down.


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