A Month in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - May 1969

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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.



May 1 to 7 - Boston

1969 - May 01

Lecture Excerpt - Boston
Lecture Festival Appearance Day, Lord Nrsimhadeva, Nrsimha-caturdasi - Boston
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"When the ointment of love of Godhead will be applied in our eyes, then with these eyes we shall be able to see God. God is not invisible. Simply just like a man with cataract or any other eye disease, he cannot see. That does not mean the things are not existing. He cannot see. God is there, but because my eyes are not competent to see God, therefore I deny God. God is there everywhere. So in the material condition of our life, our eyes are blunt. Not only eyes, every sense, especially eyes, because we are very proud of our eyes, and we say, 'Can you show me God?' You see. But he does not think that whether his eyes are competent to see God. That is atheism."
690501 - Lecture Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimhadeva - Boston
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Atheist class of men, they're declaring themselves free, 'No God', when that is all nonsense—mūḍha. They have been described as mūḍha, first-class fool. Na māṁ duṣkṛtino mūḍhā prapadyante narādhamāḥ (BG 7.15). Study Bhagavad-gītā. Everything is there. Those who are narādhama, lowest of the mankind. As the lowest of the mankind is atheist, similarly, the highest of the mankind is Kṛṣṇa conscious. So try to be the highest kind of mankind. The world is suffering for want of highest kind of mankind. And be examplary (sic)."
690501 - Lecture Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimhadeva - Boston
Letter to Dayananda written from Boston


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Letter to Rayarama written from Boston


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Lecture - Boston
Letter to Hayagriva and Pradyumna written from Boston


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Lecture Initiation - Boston
Letter to Sivananda written from Boston


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Lecture Excerpt - Boston
Letter to Brahmananda written from Boston
Letter to Sivananda written from Boston


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Lecture Wedding - Boston
Letter to Brahmananda written from Boston
Letter to Revatinandana written from Boston
Letter to Syamasundara written from Boston
Letter to Tamala Krishna written from Boston


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Lecture at Harvard University Divinity School Cambridge - Boston
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"In every age, there is a class of men who are intellectual class. So this intellectual class of men is called brāhmaṇa. And the next class, the administrative class. Those who takes part in politics for administration of the state, government, they are called kṣatriyas. The actual meaning of kṣatriya is 'one who protects a man from being hurt by others'. That is called kṣatriya. That means, that is the business of the administrators, government. So brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, then vaiśyas. Vaiśyas means productive class, who are interested in producing things for consumption by the people. Mercantile class, industrialists, they are called vaiśyas. And the last class, fourth class, they are called śūdras. Śūdras means that they are neither intellectual, nor they're administrator, nor industrial or mercantile, but they can serve others. That's all. So it is said that kalau śūdra sambhava. In the modern age, people are being taught in the university to become śūdra."
690507 - Lecture at Harvard University Divinity School Cambridge - Boston


May 8 to 20 - Columbus

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Letter to Gargamuni written from Columbus
Letter to Jayagovinda written from Columbus
Letter to Krishna dasa written from Columbus
Letter to Mukunda written from Columbus
Letter to Sivananda written from Columbus
Letter to Sudama written from Columbus
Letter to Upendra written from Columbus


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Lecture BG 04.01-2 - Columbus
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Advaita means Kṛṣṇa expands Himself. Kṛṣṇa can expand Himself, that is God. Just like I am sitting here, you are sitting here. Suppose you are wanted by your, some relative at home, but if somebody inquires that 'Mr. such-and-such is at home,' so the reply will... 'No. He's not at home'. Kṛṣṇa is not like that. Kṛṣṇa, goloka eva nivasaty akhilātma-bhūtaḥ (BS 5.37) . He is present everywhere. It is not that because Kṛṣṇa was speaking with Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukṣetra, therefore He was not in the Goloka or Vaikuṇṭha, not only Goloka, Vaikuṇṭha, everywhere. You'll find in the Bhagavad-gītā Kṛṣṇa is here also, now. Īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ hṛd-deśe arjuna tiṣṭhati (BG 18.61). Kṛṣṇa is everyone's heart. In your heart there is Kṛṣṇa, in my heart there is Kṛṣṇa, everyone's heart."
690509 - Lecture BG 04.01-2 - Columbus
Lecture Temple Opening - Columbus
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"So this Mahābhārata history was specially meant for these classes: woman, worker class and this dvijabandhu class, or the so-called brāhmaṇas and kṣatriyas. But still if you read Mahābhārata you will find that it is difficult even for the greatest scholar of this age. Just like Bhagavad-gītā. Bhagavad-gītā is set up in the Mahābhārata, and originally it was meant for the less-intelligent class of men. So you can just try to understand what class of men existed in those days. Actually it is so. Bhagavad-gītā is such nice philosophical spiritual treatise, whilst taught to Arjuna in the battlefield. So in the battlefield how much time he could spare? And at the point he was going to fight, he thought, “Oh, why shall I fight?” So some instruction was given by Kṛṣṇa—so you can imagine, utmost half an hour or at most one hour He talked—and he understood the whole Bhagavad-gītā. So what class of man was Arjuna? The same Bhagavad-gītā even big scholars of this age, they cannot understand. And Arjuna understood it within half an hour"
690509 - Lecture Temple Opening - Columbus


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Conversation - Columbus
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Etādṛśī tava kṛpā bhagavān (CC 20.16), Caitanya Mahāprabhu teaches that 'O Kṛṣṇa, You are so kind that You have come to Me in the sound vibration, word, 'Kṛṣṇa'. I can very easily chant, and You remain with Me. But I am so misfortunate that I have no attraction even for this'. You say people, 'You chant Kṛṣṇa; you get everything'. They will not believe it. If you say, 'You press your nose. You pay me fifty dollars. I'll give you some nice mantra and this, that. You make your head like this, (laughter) leg like this,' 'Oh,' he'll say, 'here is something'. So, (chuckles) 'And this Swamiji says, 'Simply chant Kṛṣṇa'. Oh, what is this?' Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, etādṛśī tava kṛpā bhagavān mamāpi durdaiva (CC 20.16): 'But I am so unfortunate that You have become so easily available in this age, but I am so unfortunate, I cannot accept it'. So the Kṛṣṇa consciousness so easily being distributed, but they are so unfortunate, they cannot accept. Just see. And you give them bluff, you cheat them—they will, 'Ah, yes, welcome. Yes'."
690510 - Conversation - Columbus


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Lecture to Indian Association - Columbus
Conversation - Columbus
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"This Kṛṣṇa sound and Kṛṣṇa, non-different. Therefore if we vibrate sound Kṛṣṇa, then I am immediately in contact with Kṛṣṇa, and if Kṛṣṇa is whole spirit, then immediately I become spiritualized. Just like if you touch electricity, immediately you're electrified. And the more you become electrified, more you become Kṛṣṇized. Kṛṣṇized. So when you are fully Kṛṣṇized, then you are in the Kṛṣṇa platform. Tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti kaunteya (BG 4.9), then fully Kṛṣṇized, no more comes back to this material existence. He remains with Kṛṣṇa."
690511 - Conversation - Columbus
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
Allen Ginsberg: If LSD is a material attachment, which it is, I think, then is not the sound, śabda, also a material attachment?
Prabhupāda: No, śabda is spiritual. Originally, just like in Bible there is 'Let there be creation', this sound, this spiritual sound. Creation. Creation was not there. The sound produced the creation. Therefore, sound is originally spiritual, and through the sound... Sound—from sound, sky develops; from sky, air develop; from air, fire develop; fire, water develop; from water, land develop.
Allen Ginsberg: Sound is the first element of creation?
Prabhupāda: Yes, yes.
Allen Ginsberg: What was the first sound, traditionally?
Prabhupāda: Vedic states oṁ. Yes. So at least we can understand, from your Bible, that God said, 'Let there be creation'. So this is sound, and there is creation. God and His sound is nondifferent, absolute. I say 'Mr. Ginsberg'," this sound and I, a little difference. But God is nondifferent from His energy.
690511 - Conversation - Columbus


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Lecture with Allen Ginsberg at Ohio State University - Columbus
Don't Waste Your Valuable Life - 0116
03:18 minutes from a general lecture in Columbus
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Every one of us are rascals, born ignorant. But we have got the capacity to take the message of God from authorized information. That we have got. So Bhāgavata says, parābhavas tāvad abodha-jātaḥ (SB 5.5.5): 'All living entities who are born ignorant, whatever they are doing for advancement of society, culture, education, civilization, all such activities are defeat only if he does not inquire what he is'. Parābhavas tāvad abodha-jāto yāvan na jijñāsata ātma-tattvam. Ātma-tattvam. So long one does not inquire, 'What I am? What is God? What is this material nature? What are these activities? What are our relationships?'—if these inquiries are not there, then all our activities are simply defeat. Parābhavas tāvad abodha-jāto yāvan na jijñāsata ātma-tattvam. Yāvan na prītir mayī vāsudeve: 'So long one does not develop his dormant love of God', na mucyate deha-yogena tāvat (SB 5.5.6), 'so long he will not be able to get out of this repeated birth and death and transmigration of the soul'."
690512 - Lecture with Allen Ginsberg at Ohio State University - Columbus
Conversation - Columbus
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Either you take material energy or spiritual energy or marginal energy, all energy of God's, Kṛṣṇa's—but they are acting differently. So, so far I am marginal energy, if I am under the control of the material energy, that is my misfortune. But if I am controlled by the spiritual energy, that is my fortune. Therefore in the Bhagavad-gītā it is said, mahātmānas tu māṁ pārtha daivīṁ prakṛtim āśritāḥ (BG 9.13) They take shelter of the spiritual energy, they are mahātmā. And what is their symptom: bhajanty ananya manaso, simply engaged in devotional service. That, that is it."
690512 - Conversation - Columbus
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Our recommendation is simply, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. So far the Sanskrit word is, that is not a problem, everyone is chanting. So what is the difficulty? Bring any religious principle. You cannot find so easy. We don't recommend the ritualistic. That is... That is not very important thing. We are giving, say, simply chant. Ritualistic performance a little more helping. That's all. It is helping. It is not required. Caitanya Mahāprabhu says that all the strength and all the beauty, all the wisdom, everything is there in the Name. Simply by chanting we get all, everything. But just to help it. It does not... If somebody does not want our ritualistic, that is not an important thing. We don't say. We simply recommend that 'You please chant'. That's all."
690512 - Conversation - Columbus
Letter to Balabhadra written from Columbus
Letter to Colin Jury written from Columbus
Letter to Gaurasundara written from Columbus


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Conversation - Columbus
Letter to Bibhavati written from Columbus
Letter to Dayananda written from Columbus
Letter to Gopala Krishna written from Columbus
Letter to Ishan written from Columbus
Letter to Jayasri written from Columbus
Letter to Tamala Krishna written from Columbus


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Lecture Initiation and Wedding - Columbus
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"So this merciful benediction was given by Lord Krsna, er, by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He is incarnation of Krsna. Krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam (SB 11.5.32). He is Krsna. Categorically, He's Krsna, or chanting Krsna. But by complexion He's akrsna. Tvisakrsnam. So He gave us this greatest benediction, that you simply chant Hare Krsna mantra and you get all knowledge. The greatest impediment of acquiring knowledge is congestion of our heart with dirty things. And Lord Caitanya says that if you chant without any offense very nicely, then your heart becomes cleansed of all dirty things. Ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam (CC Antya 20.12). And then you are liberated. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma na socati (BG 18.54)."
690514 - Lecture Initiation and Wedding - Columbus
Conversation - Columbus
Letter to Ananda written from Columbus
Letter to Indira written from Columbus
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Columbus


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Letter to Brahmananda written from Columbus
Letter to Dinesh written from Columbus
Letter to Gargamuni written from Columbus
Letter to Gurudasa written from Columbus
Letter to Rayarama written from Columbus


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Letter to Krishna dasa written from Columbus
Letter to Rayarama written from Columbus
Letter to Rsi Kumara written from Columbus
Letter to Rupanuga written from Columbus


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Lecture - Columbus
Don't be Disappointed, Don't be Confused - 0225
05:33 minutes from a general lecture in Columbus
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Suppose you are twenty years old. Today is 19th May, and there was 4 p.m. Now, this time, 4 p.m., 19th May, 1969, gone. You can never get it back even if you are prepared to pay millions of dollars. Just try to understand. Similarly, even a moment of your life is wasted for nothing, simply in the matter of sense gratification-eating, sleeping, mating and defending—then you do not know the value of your life. You cannot get back even a moment of your life by paying millions of dollars. Just try to understand how much valuable is your life. So, our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is to let people know how much valuable life is his, and utilize it in that way."
690519 - Lecture - Columbus


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Lecture Purport to Jiv Jago - Columbus
Letter to Sudama written from Columbus


May 21 to 31 - New Vrinbadan

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Lecture Initiation - New Vrindaban
Letter to Sivananda written from New Vrindaban, USA


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Lecture SB 01.05.01-4 - New Vrindaban
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Mattaḥ smṛtir jñānam apohanaṁ ca (BG 15.15). One forgets and also one remembers. Remembrance and forgetfulness. So why one remembers Kṛṣṇa consciousness and why one forgets Kṛṣṇa consciousness? Actually, my constitutional position is, as Caitanya Mahāprabhu says, that jīvera svarūpa haya nitya-kṛṣṇa-dāsa (CC Madhya 20.108-109). Actually, the constitutional position of the living entities are that he is eternally servant of God. That is his position. He's meant for that purpose, but he forgets. So that forgetfulness is also janmādy asya yataḥ (SB 1.1.1), the Supreme. Why? Because he wanted to forget."
690522 - Lecture SB 01.05.01-4 - New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Brahmananda written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Jayagovinda written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Mohini Mohana written from New Vrindaban, USA


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Lecture SB 01.05.01-8 - New Vrindaban
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"When I was in New York, one old lady, she used to come to my class. Not in Second Avenue; when I first started in 72nd Street. So she had a son. So I asked, "Why don't you get your son married?" "Oh well, if he can maintain a wife, I have no objection." Just to maintain a wife is a great job in this age. Dākṣyaṁ kuṭumba-bharaṇam (SB 12.2.6). And still we are very much proud that we are advancing. Even a bird maintains a wife, even a beast maintains wife. And human being hesitates to maintain a wife? You see? And they are advanced in civilization? Hmm? It is a very horrible age. Therefore Caitanya Mahāprabhu has said that don't waste your time in any way. Simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. Harer nāma harer nāma harer nāmaiva... (CC Adi 17.21). So people are not at all interested in spiritual life. No inquiry."
690523 - Lecture SB 01.05.01-8 - New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Gaudiya Mission written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Harer Nama written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Isana written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Nandarani written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Tamala Krishna written from New Vrindaban, USA


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Lecture SB 01.05.08-9 - New Vrindaban
Preaching is Not Very Difficult Thing - 0118
04:02 minutes from a lecture on SB 01.05.08-9 in New Vrindaban
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"So for a devotee, there is no need of controlling senses. It automatically becomes controlled. Just like we have taken the vow we are not going to eat anything except kṛṣṇa-prasāda. Oh, the sense is already controlled. There is no question of asking a devotee, 'You don't drink, don't this, don't this, don't this'. So many don'ts. Simply by accepting kṛṣṇa-prasādam, all don'ts there, already there. And it becomes very easier. Others, if one is requested that 'You don't smoke', it will be very difficult job for him. For a devotee, he can give up at any moment. He has no problem. Therefore the same example, that these senses are very strong undoubtedly, as strong as the snake. But if you break the poison teeth, the poison teeth, then it is no more fierceful. Similarly, if you engage your senses in Kṛṣṇa, no more controlling. It is already controlled."
690524 - Lecture SB 01.05.08-9 - New Vrindaban, USA


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Lecture Initiation Brahmana - New Vrindaban
Letter to Ananda written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Mandali Bhadra written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Vrndavanesvari written from New Vrindaban, USA


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Letter to Brahmananda written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Gaurasundara written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Gopala Krishna written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Jadurani written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Pradyumna written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Satsvarupa written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Syamasundara written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Uddhava written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Upendra written from New Vrindaban, USA


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Letter to Gopala Krishna written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Hansadutta written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Mukunda written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Rayarama written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Sir written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Yamuna written from New Vrindaban, USA


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Letter to Sripati written from New Vrindaban, USA


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Letter to Upendra written from New Vrindaban, USA


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Letter to Brahmananda written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Patita Uddharana written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Raktaka written from New Vrindaban, USA
Letter to Satsvarupa written from New Vrindaban, USA