A Month in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - December 1968

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The Months in the Life of Srila Prabhupada present 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:
  • 10,300+ links to Vanisource - our repository of all of Srila Prabhupada's words;
  • 470+ short audio clips Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada sprinkled throughout the months;
  • 1,080 short video clips extracted from lectures, conversations, morning walks or interviews with subtitles in up to 93 languages sprinkled throughout the months;
  • 13,350+ concise statements, drawn from Srila Prabhupada's lectures, conversations and letters are 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 Months 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.



Dec 1 to 31 - Los Angeles

1968 - December 01

Lecture Initiation and Ten Offenses - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Bhagavad-gītā instructs that "You surrender." Sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja (BG 18.66). So without surrender, there is no question of making any spiritual progress. Just like a person who has rebelled against the government—the first condition is to surrender; otherwise there is no question of mercy from the government. Similarly anyone, the living entity, any one of us who has rebelled against the supremacy of the Lord, the beginning of spiritual life is surrender."
Lecture Initiation and Ten Offenses - Los Angeles
Letter to Gurudasa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Harer Nama written from Los Angeles
Letter to Jayapataka written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 02

Lecture BG 07.01 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Our activities are conditions, not free. But you can attain a life of freedom, life of unlimited energy, unlimited happiness, unlimited bliss. There is possibility. This is not story or fiction. We see so many planets within this universe. We have got so many flying vehicles, but we cannot approach even to the nearest, we are so much limited. But if we worship Govinda, then it is possible. You can go anywhere. We have written these statements in our small booklet Easy Journey to Other Planets. This is possible. Don't think that this planet is all and all. There are many, many millions of other very nice planets. There the standard of happiness, standard of enjoyment is many more times greater than what we are enjoying here."
681202 - Lecture BG 07.01 - Los Angeles
You Can Attain a Life of Freedom - This is not Story or Fiction - 0516
06:54 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
We are Chanting,
We are Hearing, We are Dancing, We're Enjoying. Why? - 0520

04:09 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
My Policy is Following the Footstep of Rupa Gosvami - 0521
04:07 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
If you Chant Sincerely this Mantra, Everything will be Clear - 0522
05:22 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
Avatara Means who Comes from a Higher Sphere, Higher Planet - 0523
01:55 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
Arjuna is Eternal Friend of Krishna. He Cannot be in Delusion - 0524
02:22 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
If we Catch Krishna very Strongly, Maya Cannot do Anything - 0526
02:15 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
We are not Loser by Offering Krishna. We Become Gainer Only - 0527
04:18 minutes from a lecture on BG 07.01 in Los Angeles
Lecture SB 02.02.05 - Los Angeles
Letter to Gaurasundara written from Los Angeles
Letter to Jeffrey Hickey written from Los Angeles
Letter to Kirtanananda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Rayarama written from Los Angeles
Letter to Upendra written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 03

Letter to Mahapurusa written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 04

Lecture - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Generally, people, they are servant of the senses. When people, when a man becomes, instead of becoming servant of the senses, when he becomes master of the senses, then he is called svāmī. Svāmī is not this dress. This dress is superfluous, just to... As in everywhere there is some uniform dress to understand that "He is he." Actually, svāmī means who has control over the senses. And that is brahminical culture. Satya śama dama titikṣa ārjavam, jñānam vijñānam āstikyaṁ brahma-karma svabhāva-jam (BG 18.42). Brahma. Brahma means brāhmaṇa, brahminical culture. Truthfulness, cleanliness, and controlling the senses, controlling the mind, and simplicity and tolerance, full of knowledge, practical application in life, faith in God—these qualifications are brahminical culture. Anywhere we practice these qualifications, he'll revive brahminical culture."
681204 - Lecture - Los Angeles
Letter to Sivananda written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 05

Letter to Aniruddha written from Los Angeles
Letter to Annapurna written from Los Angeles
Letter to Jadurani written from Los Angeles
Letter to Mukunda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Yamuna written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 06

Lecture BG 02.26 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"The yoga process is to clear the mind. The whole process of yoga indriya-saṁyama, controlling the senses and clearing, that is actually yoga system. So the perfection of yoga system—bhakti-yoga. Bhakti-yoga. Because by executing bhakti-yoga you can cleanse up the mind perfectly. Yoga system, the purpose of yoga system is to cleanse up the mind, and this bhakti-yoga process... Just like Caitanya Mahāprabhu recommends, ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanam (CC Antya 20.12). The first benefit of this bhakti-yoga process, chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, is cleansing the mind."
681206 - Lecture BG 02.26 - Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 08

Letter to Kirtanananda written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 09

Lecture Festival Disappearance Day, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"A Vaiṣṇava, or devotee of Lord, his life is dedicated for the benefit of the people. You know—most of you belong to Christian community—how Lord Jesus Christ, he said that for your sinful activities he has sacrificed himself. That is the determination of devotee of the Lord. They don't care for personal comforts. Because they love Kṛṣṇa, or God, therefore they love all living entities, because all living entities are in relationship with Kṛṣṇa. So similarly, you should learn. This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement means to become Vaiṣṇava and feel for the suffering humanity."
Lecture Festival Disappearance Day, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati - Los Angeles
Become Vaisnava and Feel for the Suffering Humanity - 0161
06:13 minutes from a festival lecture in Los Angeles
Don't Give Up Pushing on this Movement - 0222
04:43 minutes from a festival lecture in Los Angeles
Letter to Gurudasa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Janaki written from Los Angeles
Letter to Upendra written from Los Angeles
Letter to Yamuna written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 10

Letter to Gaurasundara written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 12

Letter to Ananda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Hansadutta written from Los Angeles
Letter to Himavati written from Los Angeles
Letter to Joy Fulcher written from Los Angeles
Letter to Saradia written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 13

Lecture BG 02.40-45 - Los Angeles
Letter to Girish written from Los Angeles
Letter to Jadurani written from Los Angeles
Letter to Jagadisa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Paramananda written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 14

Letter to Gurudasa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Jadurani written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 16

Lecture BG 02.46-62 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"A devotee who is always in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, for him there is nothing unknown. He knows everything. Just like we can give information of the whole creation—not only of this material world; of the spiritual world. Clear conception: where is where, what is what. Everything. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. The more you make progress, then you fully, I mean to say, conversant with all departmental knowledge. Everything is complete."
681216 - Lecture BG 02.46-62 - Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 17

Letter to Ananda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Gaurasundara written from Los Angeles
Letter to Lilasukha written from Los Angeles
Letter to Mr. Chagan Govinda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Sivananda written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 19

Lecture BG 02.62-72 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"The whole material energy is enchanting every one of us by this beauty, the womanly beauty. Actually, there is no beauty. It is illusion. Śaṅkarācārya says that "You are after this beauty, but have you analyzed this beauty, what is the beauty?" Etad rakta-māṁsa-vikāram. It is just like our student Govinda dāsī and Nara-nārāyaṇa molding plaster of Paris. At this time, there is no attraction. But this plaster of Paris, when it will be nicely painted, it will be so attractive. Similarly, this body is combination of blood and muscles and veins. If you cut the upper portion of your body, as soon as you see inside, it is all obnoxious, horrible things. But outwardly so painted by the illusory color of māyā, oh, it looks very attractive. And that is attracting our senses."
681219 - Lecture BG 02.62-72 - Los Angeles
The Real Purpose of Yoga is to Control the Senses - 0549
06:31 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.62-72 in Los Angeles
Don't Run After this Mirage - Just Turn Back to Godhead - 0550
04:48 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.62-72 in Los Angeles
Our Students Have Got Better Engagement - Sweetballs - 0551
05:15 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.62-72 in Los Angeles
How to Stop this Repetition of Birth and Death - I am Drinking Poison - 0552
05:04 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.62-72 in Los Angeles
You Don't Require to go to Himalaya.
You Just Remain in Los Angeles City - 0553

04:56 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.62-72 in Los Angeles
In the Midst of the Pacific Ocean of this Mayika World - 0554
04:48 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.62-72 in Los Angeles
Sleeping In The Matter Of Spiritual Understanding - 0555
04:52 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.62-72 in Los Angeles
First Understanding of Self-realization, that Soul is Eternal - 0556
04:14 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.62-72 in Los Angeles
Our Position is Marginal. At Any Moment, We Can Fall Down - 0558
06:44 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.62-72 in Los Angeles
They Foolishly Think - "I am the monarch of all I survey" - 0559
07:05 minutes from a lecture on BG 02.62-72 in Los Angeles
Lecture Initiation - Los Angeles
Letter to Aniruddha written from Los Angeles
Letter to Brahmananda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Gargamuni written from Los Angeles
Letter to Janardana written from Los Angeles
Letter to Rukmini written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 20

Lecture BG 03.01-5 - Los Angeles
Letter to Rupanuga written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 21

Lecture Purport to Nitai-Pada-Kamala - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura advises, 'Please take shelter of Lord Nityānanda'. What will be the result of accepting the shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityānanda? He says that heno nitāi bine bhāi: "Unless you take shelter under the shade of lotus feet of Nityānanda," rādhā-kṛṣṇa pāite nāi, 'it will be very difficult to approach Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa'. Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa... This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is for approaching Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, to be associated with the Supreme Lord in His sublime pleasure dance. That is the aim of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura's advice is that 'If you actually want to enter into the dancing party of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, then you must take shelter of the lotus feet of Nityānanda'."
Lecture Purport to Nitai-Pada-Kamala - Los Angeles
Letter to Alan Ginsberg written from Los Angeles
Letter to Harer Nama written from Los Angeles
Letter to Jadurani written from Los Angeles
Letter to Syamasundara written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 22

Lecture Press Release - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"The International Society for Krishna Consciousness is a movement aiming at the spiritual reorientation of mankind through the simple process of chanting the holy names of God. The human life is meant for ending the miseries of material existence. Our present-day society is trying to do so by material progress. However, it is visible to all that in spite of the extensive material progress, the human society is not in peaceful condition. The reason is that a human being is essentially a spirit soul. It is the spirit soul which is the background of development of the material body."
681222 - Lecture Press Release - Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 23

Lecture BG 03.06-10 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Just like a naughty boy. By force, you can stop him acting mischievously. But as soon as he gets opportunity, again he will act so. Similarly, senses are very strong. You cannot stop them artificially. Therefore the only remedy is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. These boys in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, this is also sense gratification—eating nice prasādam, dancing, chanting, reading philosophy—but it is in connection with Kṛṣṇa. That is the significance. Nirbandhaḥ kṛṣṇa-sambandhe (Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu 1.2.255). It is the sense gratification of Kṛṣṇa. Not directly, but because I am part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa, my senses are automatically satisfied. This process should be adopted. Artificially... This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is an art of living by which you will feel your senses are fully satisfied, but you are going to be free next life. This is the nice process."
681223 - Lecture BG 03.06-10 - Los Angeles
Lecture Recorded to Members of ISKCON London - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"The whole material civilization is a process of hard struggle of life, ending in birth, death, old age and disease. The human society is struggling fruitlessly against these perpetual problems of life in different ways. Some of them are making material attempts and some of them are making partially spiritual attempts. The materialists are trying to solve the problems by achievement of scientific knowledge, education, philosophy, morality, ethics, poetic thoughts, etc., and the spiritualists are trying to solve the problems by different theses like discerning matter from spirit in various ways. And some of them are trying as mystic yogīs to arrive at the right conclusion. But all of them must know it for certain that in this age of Kali, or the age of quarrel and dissension, there is no possibility of success without accepting the process of Kṛṣṇa consciousness."
Lecture Recorded to Members of ISKCON London - Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 24

Letter to Cidananda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Gurudasa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Malati written from Los Angeles
Letter to Yamuna written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 25

Lecture Purport to Prayers by King Kulasekhara - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"So King Kulaśekhara says that "I cannot wait up to that time when everything will be topsy-turvied. Now my mind is sound. Let me enter immediately in the stem of your lotus feet." That means he's praying, "Let me die in the sound condition of my life, so that I can think of your lotus feet." In other words, he's giving us lessons that if we do not practice to engage our mind on the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa when our mind is sound, how it is possible to think of Him at the time of death? "
Lecture Purport to Prayers by King Kulasekhara - Los Angeles
Lecture Wedding of Syama dasi and Hayagriva - Los Angeles
Letter to Jadurani written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 26

Lecture Purport to Hari Hari Biphale - Los Angeles
Lecture Spelling of Prayers to the Six Gosvamis - Los Angeles
Interview - Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 27

Lecture BG 03.11-19 - Los Angeles
Letter to Himavati written from Los Angeles
Letter to Satyabhama written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 28

Lecture Purport Excerpt to Sri Sri Siksastakam - Los Angeles
Sri Sri Siksastakam Purport - 0401
02:17 minutes of a song purport in Los Angeles
Letter to Gaurasundara written from Los Angeles
Letter to Madhavi Lata written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 29

Lecture Purport to Gauranga Bolite Habe - Los Angeles
Gauranga Bolite Habe Purport - 0385
05:45 minutes of a song purport in Los Angeles
Letter to Dayala Nitai written from Los Angeles
Letter to Nandakisora written from Los Angeles
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Upendra written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 30

Lecture BG 03.18-30 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"One who is self-realized that "I am part and parcel of the Supreme God, everyone is part and parcel of the Supreme God, and human being, animal, ant, aquatic, beast, bird, every living entity is part and parcel of the Supreme Lord...,"that is self-realization. Then how can you kill? If everyone is part and parcel, son of the Supreme, how you can kill your brother? This is self-realization. You'll not... You'll hesitate even to kill even an ant."
Lecture BG 03.18-30 - Los Angeles
Interview - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Bhagavad-gītā, it is daily read by practically all over the world, but they do not understand it. Simply they become student of Bhagavad-gītā, or simply just to think falsely that "I am God." That's all. They don't take any particular information. There is a verse in the Eighth Chapter, paras tasmāt tu bhāvo 'nyo 'vyakto 'vyaktāt sanātanaḥ (Vanisource:BG 8.20): There is another nature, beyond this material nature, which is eternal. This nature is coming into existence, again dissolution, dissolution. But that nature is eternal. These things are there."
681230 - Interview - Los Angeles
Unless One Is Accepting Moral Character, We Don't Initiate - 0560
04:33 minutes from an interview in Los Angeles
Demigods Means Almost God. They Have Got All Godly Qualities - 0561
04:02 minutes from an interview in Los Angeles
My Authority is Vedic Literature - 0562
06:03 minutes from an interview in Los Angeles
Give the Dog a Bad Name and Hang it - 0563
06:59 minutes from an interview in Los Angeles
I am Training them How to Control the Senses - 0565
05:43 minutes from an interview in Los Angeles
I Want to Give this Culture to the World - 0567
03:55 minutes from an interview in Los Angeles
We are Simply Depending on Donation. If You Like, You Can Pay - 0568
04:40 minutes from an interview in Los Angeles
One Should Not Remain in Family Life. That is Vedic Culture - 0571
04:59 minutes from an interview in Los Angeles
I am Prepared to Talk with any God Conscious Man - 0573
04:39 minutes from an interview in Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1968 - December 31

Lecture Spelling of Arati Song - Los Angeles
Letter to Brahmananda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Sivananda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Uttama Sloka written from Los Angeles