A Day in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - September 11

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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.


1968 - September 11

Lecture BG 07.02 - San Francisco
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"A Kṛṣṇa conscious person should not be fool. If he is required to explain how these universal planets are floating, how this human body is rotating, how many species of life, how they are being evolved... These are all scientific knowledge—physics, botanics, chemistry, astronomy, everything. Therefore Kṛṣṇa says, yaj jṣātvā: if you understand this knowledge, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, then you'll have nothing to know. That means you'll have complete knowledge. We are hankering after knowledge, but if we are in knowledge of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and if we know Kṛṣṇa, then all knowledge is included."
680911 - Lecture BG 07.02 - San Francisco
Krsna Consciousness Means to Have all Kinds of Knowledge - 0277
07:25 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.02 in San Francisco
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Kṛṣṇa consciousness means to have all kinds of knowledge. Not that we Kṛṣṇa conscious people are being carried away by some sentiment. No. We have got philosophy, science, theology, ethics, morality, everything—everything that is required to be known in human form of life. So Kṛṣṇa says that "I'll speak to you all about knowledge." So this is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. A Kṛṣṇa consciousness, a Kṛṣṇa conscious person should not be fool.
Disciple Means who Accepts the Discipline - 0278
07:24 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.02 in San Francisco
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Actually, these discussions of scripture is not to be acted unless there is relationship between the speaker and the audience. So audience means the disciples. Disciple means who accepts the discipline. Śiṣya. Śiṣya. The exact Sanskrit word is śiṣya. A śiṣya means... There is a verb, Sanskrit verb, which is called śās. Śās means controlling. From śās, the "śāstra" comes. Śāstra means controlling books.
Actually We Are Serving Money - 0279
05:59 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.02 in San Francisco
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Suppose if I am serving somebody as my boss, actually I am not serving his money..., serving his person. I am serving his money. If he says, "Tomorrow you have to work free. You are getting twenty dollars a day now. Tomorrow I have no money. You will have to work free." "Ah, no, no, sir. I'm not coming because I am not serving you; I am serving your money." So actually we are serving money. Any why you are serving money? Because with the money we can satisfy our senses.
Devotional Service Means Purifying the Senses - 0280
05:11 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.02 in San Francisco
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Kṛṣṇa consciousness, or devotional service, means purifying the senses. That's all. We haven't got to eradicate, get out of the sensual activities. No. We have simply to purify the senses. How you can get out of the senses? Because you are living entity, the senses are there. But the thing is that at the present moment, because we are materially contaminated, our senses are not getting full enjoyment. This is most scientific.
Man is Animal, but Rational Animal - 0281
05:09 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.02 in San Francisco
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Man is rational. Man is animal, but rational animal. The special gift to man is that he can decide what is good, what is bad. He has got an extra knowledge than the animals. So at the present moment the education system is so bad that it is practically animal education.
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Read Bhagavad-gītā rightly, as it is spoken by Kṛṣṇa, not foolishly interpreting nonsensically, but as it is, as it is... Call the spade a spade. Kṛṣṇa says that "I am the Supreme Personality of Godhead." Don't interpret this version with your foolish interpretation, but accept Kṛṣṇa as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And by His acts, by His sastric knowledge, wisdom... Everyone accepted previously, all the ācāryas.
We Have to Follow the Footprints of the Acaryas - 0282
04:44 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.02 in San Francisco
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We have to follow the footprints of the acaryas. Mahajano yena gatah sa panthah. We cannot understand higher things unless we follow the footprint of great personalities.
Letter to Syama written from San Francisco
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It is my duty to open your eyes, because a Spiritual Master is he who can save his disciples from the darkness of nescience, illusion. So I am trying my best to do my duty, and if you cooperate with me, fully, certainly both yourself and myself will be successful in our missionary work.


1969 - September 11

Lecture Arrival - London
I Am Trying to Teach What You Have Forgotten - 0156
01:25 minutes from an arrival address in London
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Some of you are saying there is no God, some of you are saying God is dead, and some of you are saying God is impersonal or void. These are all nonsense. I want to teach all these nonsense that there is God. That is my mission. Any nonsense can come to me, I shall prove that there is God. That is my Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement.
Conversation - London
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Prabhupāda: If mantra has got potency, all people should take advantage of it. Why it should be secret?
George Harrison: All people can get the mantras that we have, but it's just they must get it from somebody else. We can't give it to them, but it is available for everyone.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Mantra, if it is valuable, it is valuable for everybody. Why it should be for a particular person?
John Lennon: If all mantras are... All mantras just the name of God. Whether it's a secret mantra or an open mantra, it's all the name of God. So it doesn't really make much difference, does it, which one you sing?
Prabhupāda: No. Just like in drug shop they sell all medicine for disease, curing disease. But still, you have to take doctor's prescription to take a particular type of medicine. They will not supply you. If you go to a drug shop and you say, "I am diseased. You give me any medicine," that is not... He'll ask you, "Where is your prescription?" So similarly, in this age, in Kali-yuga age, this mantra, Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, is recommended in the śāstras, and great stalwart—we consider Him the incarnation of Kṛṣṇa-Caitanya Mahāprabhu, He preached this. Therefore our principle is everyone should follow. Mahājano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ (CC Madhya 17.186). We should follow the footprints of great authorities. That is our business.
690911 - Conversation - London
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Bhagavad-gītā is so nice book and it is accepted. Not that because we are preaching Kṛṣṇa consciousness, we are advocating for Bhagavad... No. It is accepted by scholarly section, religious section, not only in India, but all over the world. Perhaps you know. In every country there are thousands of Bhagavad-gītā translation, in every language, in English, in French, in German, all languages.


1971 - September 11

710911 - Lecture Hindi - Nairobi

1972 - September 11

Lecture SB 02.01.02 - Dallas

1973 - September 11

Telegram to Tamal Krsna written from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK

1974 - September 11

Conversation - Vṛndāvana
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Kṛṣṇa is the original guru. Tene brahma ādi-kavaye, ādi-kavi. Ādi-kavaye means ādi-kavi, the original learned scholar. How much brain he has that he has created this universe, Brahmā. He has created the demigods, he has created the planets.


1975 - September 11

Lecture SB 06.02.08 - Vṛndāvana
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Nārāyaṇa is so kind that although he did not mean real Nārāyaṇa—he was meaning his son—but the affection was there for Nārāyaṇa. So Nārāyaṇa is so kind that consciously or unconsciously, if you chant the holy name of the Lord, it goes to your credit.
Letter to Bhurijana written from Vṛndāvana
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A difference between godbrothers is natural. That difference of opinion will continue, what can be done.
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It is a natural thing for the brothers to fight, as long as they all stay obedient to the father
Letter to Giriraja written from Vṛndāvana
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The following scheme should be followed hence forth. We have Guest Rooms and Devotee Rooms. The Guest Rooms can be used by anyone who pays the fees, in advance. Any Life Patron Member can live in a Guest room for a period not exceeding three days free of charge.
Letter to Radhavallabha written from Vṛndāvana
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Regarding the calculation of my birthday. The system for calculating is as follows: the first day of birth is the first birthday. The next year that day is the second birthday; i.e. the second birthday means that one year has been completed. So it is my 80th birthday, and I have completed 79 years.
Letter to Sri Ramchandra Chabria written from Vṛndāvana
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I wish that you may kindly come here to Vrindaban to train up my men how to organize and run the Guest House nicely. I think one week will be sufficient. We shall pay all your expenses in coming and going from Bombay.
Letter to Sudama written from Vṛndāvana
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I am glad that you are doing nicely in Krishna consciousness, and that you are reading my books and preaching. Tamal Krishna Goswami also gave me a good report of your activities. So now continue.


1976 - September 11

Lecture SB 01.07.12 - Vṛndāvana
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The battlefield of Kurukṣetra, historical references, description, so superficially it appears that what a devotee has got to do with this battlefield? But battlefield or no battlefield, wherever there is Kṛṣṇa, that is transcendental. This has to be understood.
Conversation A - Vṛndāvana
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The small Deities, salagrama, They are worshiped. And big Deity, They are decorated nicely. No need of washing.
Conversation B - Vṛndāvana
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God is an Indian, that is also rascaldom. He says, sarva-yoniṣu kaunteya sambhavanti mūrtayaḥ yāḥ, ahaṁ bīja-pradaḥ pitā (BG 14.4). So how He's Indian? Throughout the whole universe, as many forms of body are there, He is the father. So how He is Indian? If the father is Indian, then the son is also Indian. So father is non-Indian, so how the God can be Indian?
Letter to Balarama written from Vṛndāvana
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The names are, for Bhakta Rarmer - Vrajaraja dasa, and for Bhakta Ted - Tribhuvanapati dasa. Jyotir Maya das has been accepted by me for second initiation.
Letter to Hansadutta written from Vṛndāvana
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On your recommendation I am accepting David Davidson as my first initiated disciple. His name shall be Visnudutta das. Also on your recommendation I am accepting Parajnana das brahmacari as my second initiated disciple and the thread is found enclosed.
Letter to Revatinandana written from Vṛndāvana
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On your recommendation I am accepting Simhesvara das brahmacari as brahmana and his thread is enclosed within. The name of Tyaga dasa may be given to Terry Gardner and the name Sarana devi dasa may be given to Sandra Joaquim.
Letter to Sukadeva written from Vṛndāvana
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On your recommendation I am accepting the following devotees for initiation: First Initiation - William Jerald Leonard - Vidyagati dasa, Steven Edward Kulakowski - Svatantra dasa, Laura Ellan - Krsnalaulya dasi. Second Initiation - Piyuskanti das brahmacari, Sarva Satya das brahmacari.


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