A Month in the Life of Srila Prabhupada - May 1970

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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 31 - Los Angeles

1970 - May 01

Letter to Kenneth written from Los Angeles
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Tamala Krishna written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 02

Lecture ISO 01 - Los Angeles
Spiritual Energy And Material Energy - 0017
04:21 minutes from a lecture on ISO in Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Two energies are working in this material world: the spiritual energy and the material energy. The material energy means these eight kinds of material elements. Bhūmir āpo 'nalo vāyuḥ: (BG 7.4) earth, water, fire, air, sky, mind, intelligence, and ego. These are all material. And similarly, finer, finer, finer, finer, and grosser, grosser, grosser. Just like water is finer than the earth, then fire is finer than the water, then air is finer than the fire, then sky, or ether, is finer than the air. Similarly, intelligence is finer than the ether, or mind is finer than the ether. The mind... You know, I have given several times example: the speed of mind. Many thousands of miles within a second you can go. So the finer it becomes, it is powerful. Similarly, ultimately, when you come to the spiritual part, finer, from which everything is emanating, oh, that is very powerful. That spiritual energy."
700502 - Lecture ISO 01 - Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 03

Lecture ISO 01 - Los Angeles
Buddha Is God - 0028
04:49 minutes from a lecture on ISO in Los Angeles
Buddha Cheated The Demons - 0029
03:40 minutes from a lecture on ISO in Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
sa vai puṁsāṁ paro dharma
yato bhaktir adhokṣaje
ahaituky apratihatā
yayātmā suprasīdati
(SB 1.2.6)

"This is Bhāgavata religion. That is first-class religion. What is that? Yataḥ, by executing the religious principles, if you develop your love for the Supreme, who is beyond expression of your words and beyond the activities of your mind... Adhokṣaja. This very word is used, adhokṣaja: where your material senses cannot approach. And what kind of that love? Ahaitukī, without any cause. 'O Lord, I love You, God, because You supply me so many nice things. You are order-supplier'. No. Not that sort of love. Without any exchange. That is taught by Caitanya Mahāprabhu, that 'Whatever You do... Āśliṣya vā pada-ratāṁ pinaṣṭu mām (CC Antya 20.47). 'Either You trample me under Your feet or You embrace me... What You like. You make me brokenhearted by not seeing You—that doesn't matter. Still You are my worshipable Lord.' That is love."

700503 - Lecture ISO 01 - Los Angeles
Letter to Ekayani written from Los Angeles
Letter to Lilavati written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 04

Lecture ISO 01 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Either you take birth in a very rich family, aristocratic family, or you take birth in the animal womb, so the pangs of birth, death, disease and old age will continue. So Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement means to make a solution of these four things: birth, death, old age and disease. So if we act sinfully and if we eat sinfully, then this life of birth, death, old age will continue. Otherwise, you can make a solution, and as it is stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti kaunteya (BG 4.9): "After leaving this body," tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti, "he does not take birth again in this material world."
700504 - Lecture ISO 01 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"We can simply eat such things which are offered to the Deity, Kṛṣṇa. That is yajña-śiṣṭāśinaḥ (BG 3.13). Even if we have committed some sin, by eating this prasādam we counteract it. Mucyante sarva-kilbiṣaiḥ. Yajña-śiṣṭa... Aśiṣṭa means the remnants of foodstuff after offering yajña. If one eats, then mucyante sarva-kilbiṣaiḥ. Because our life is sinful, so we become, I mean to say, freed from the sinful activities. How it is? That is also stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, that ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi (BG 18.66): 'If you surrender unto Me, then I'll give you protection from all sinful reaction'. So if you make it a vow that "I shall not eat anything which is not offered to Kṛṣṇa," that means it is a surrender. You surrender to Kṛṣṇa, that 'My dear Lord, I shall not eat anything which is not offered to You'. That's vow. That vow is surrender. And because there is surrender, you are protected from the sinful reaction."
700504 - Lecture ISO 01 - Los Angeles
Letter to ISKCON Temple Presidents written from Los Angeles
Letter to Citsukhananda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Damodara written from Los Angeles
Letter to Gurudasa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Sudama written from Los Angeles
Letter to Vamanadeva written from Los Angeles

Go-up.png 1970 - May 05

Lecture ISO 03 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Kṛṣṇera saṁsāra koro chāḍi anācāra (Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura). Our propaganda is that let us become the member of Kṛṣṇa's family. That is our program. And if we enter into Kṛṣṇa's family... Just like Kṛṣṇa is enjoying with His consort. So there is nothing negation; everything is there. Kṛṣṇa is eating, Kṛṣṇa is enjoying, Kṛṣṇa is dancing, Kṛṣṇa is offering His prasādam—reciprocation. Nothing is denied. If we live in Kṛṣṇa consciousness then we can live for hundreds, thousands, or any number of years. Actually we do not die. What is death and birth? That is of this body. So we are eternal; Kṛṣṇa is eternal."
700505 - Lecture ISO 03 - Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 06

Lecture ISO 1-4 - Los Angeles
Krishna Is Simply Enjoying - 0030
03:25 minutes from a lecture on ISO in Los Angeles
This is Called Maya - 0144
02:53 minutes from a lecture on ISO in Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Kṛṣṇa, although He's always in Goloka Vṛndāvana, He has nothing to do, He's simply enjoying in the company of His associates, the gopīs and the cowherds boy, His mother, His father. Free, completely free. And those who are associates, they are still more free. Because when the associates are in danger, Kṛṣṇa has got some anxiety how to save them, but the associates, they have no anxiety. 'Oh, there is Kṛṣṇa'. Just see. (chuckles) The associates, they have no anxiety."
700506 - Lecture ISO 1-4 - Los Angeles


Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Any, anything happening, you will read in the Kṛṣṇa book—so many dangers. The boys, along with Kṛṣṇa, they used to go every day with their calves and cows and play in the forest on the bank of the Yamunā, and Kaṁsa will send some demon to destroy them. So you have seen, you will see also pictures. So they'll enjoy simply because they are so much confident. That is spiritual life. Avaśya rakṣibe kṛṣṇa viśvāsa pālana (Śaraṇāgati). This strong faith, that 'Any dangerous condition, Kṛṣṇa will save me', this is surrender."
700506 - Lecture ISO 02-4 - Los Angeles
Letter to Gurudasa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Kirtanananda written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 07

Lecture ISO 05 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Kṛṣṇa, although He is in Vṛndāvana, Goloka Vṛndāvana, enjoying pastimes with the associates, He is everywhere, according to the position, shape, form, activities. Everywhere. Therefore it is said here that Supreme Lord walks and does not walk. He does not go from His abode. He is fully enjoying. But at the same time, everywhere He is. Everywhere He's walking. Just like we offer foodstuff. So do not think that Kṛṣṇa is not accepting. Kṛṣṇa is accepting, because He can spread His hand immediately if you offer something with devotion. Tad ahaṁ bhakty-upahṛtam aśnāmi (BG 9.26). Kṛṣṇa says, 'Anyone offering Me..., offering Me something with faith and love, I eat'. People may ask, 'Oh, Kṛṣṇa is far away, in Goloka Vṛndāvana. How He eats? How He takes'? Oh, that is God. Yes, He can take. Therefore it is said, "He walks; He does not walk."
700507 - Lecture ISO 05 - Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 08

Lecture ISO 06 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Caitanya Mahāprabhu's this philosophy, that jīvera svarūpa haya nitya kṛṣṇa dāsa (CC Madhya 20.108-109). A living entity's eternally servant of Kṛṣṇa, either he admits or not admits. That doesn't matter. He's a servant. Just like any citizen is law abider or subservient to the state. He may say that "I don't care for the state," by the police, by the military, he'll be forced to accept. So one is being forced to accept Kṛṣṇa as the master, and the other is voluntarily offering service. That is the difference. But nobody is free from the service of Kṛṣṇa. That is not possible."
700508 - Lecture ISO 06 - Los Angeles
Letter to Bhagavan written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 09

Lecture ISO 07 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is to bring some men on the platform of goodness. The world requires it now. The world is (in) need of some brāhmaṇas, qualified brāhmaṇas. Not that... You are being trained up to become qualified brāhmaṇas."
700509 - Lecture ISO 07 - Los Angeles
Letter to Candanacarya and Bharadraja written from Los Angeles
Letter to Gurudasa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Patita Uddharana written from Los Angeles
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Tamala Krishna written from Los Angeles

Go-up.png 1970 - May 10

Lecture ISO 07 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Whatever we see within this universe, within material world and spiritual world, the spiritual world is expansion of Kṛṣṇa's internal energy, and this material world is Kṛṣṇa's expansion of external energy, and we living entities, we are expansion of marginal energy. So three energies. He has got multi-energies. All the multi-energies grouped in three headings: antaraṅga-śakti, bahiraṅga-śakti, taṭasthā-śakti. Antaraṅga-śakti means internal energy; bahiraṅga śakti means external energy; and taṭasthā-śakti means these living entities. We are śakti. We are energy."
700510 - Lecture ISO 07 - Los Angeles
Letter to Bali-mardana and Upendra written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 11

Lecture ISO 08 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"So some way or other, if we can develop our Kṛṣṇa consciousness, then immediately we become purified. That is the process. Kṛṣṇa gives chance to everyone. Just like Kaṁsa. Kaṁsa was thinking of Kṛṣṇa. He was also Kṛṣṇa conscious, always thinking of Kṛṣṇa, 'Oh, how shall I find out Kṛṣṇa? I shall kill Him'. That was his business. That is the asuric mentality. Āsuriṁ bhāvam āśritāḥ (BG 7.15). But he also became purified. He got salvation."
700511 - Lecture ISO 08 - Los Angeles
Letter to Hit Sharanji written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 12

Lecture ISO 08 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Kṛṣṇa is not embodied. He has no difference between His body and His soul. His soul and body, the same. He does not change His body, because He hasn't got material body. And because He does not change body, He remembers everything. We change body; therefore we do not remember what had happened in our last birth. We have forgotten."
700512 - Lecture ISO 08 - Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 13

Lecture ISO 09 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"We cannot be desireless. We cannot be silent. But our desires, our activities, have to be purified. That is real knowledge. That is real knowledge. We shall desire only to serve Kṛṣṇa. That is purification of desire."
700513 - Lecture ISO 09 - Los Angeles
Letter to Balmukundji written from Los Angeles
Letter to Brahmananda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Damodara Maharaja written from Los Angeles
Letter to Pradyumna written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 14

Lecture ISO 09-10 - Los Angeles
Culture Of Knowledge Means Spiritual Knowledge - 0085
04:37 minutes from a lecture on ISO in Los Angeles
Why There are Dissimilarities? - 0086
05:07 minutes from a lecture on ISO in Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"You cannot relieve this body from repeated birth and death, and while manifested, disease and old age. So people are very much busy for culturing knowledge of this body, although they are seeing every moment that this body is decaying. The death of the body was registered when it was born. That's a fact. So you cannot stop the natural course of this body. You must meet the process of the body, birth, death, old age, and disease."
700514 - Lecture ISO 09-10 - Los Angeles
Letter to Syamasundara written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 15

Lecture ISO 10 - Los Angeles
Letter to Tamala Krishna written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 16

Lecture ISO 11 - Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Vidyām avidyām ca: two sides, darkness and light. So you must know two things: what is māyā and what is Kṛṣṇa. Then your knowledge is perfect. Of course, Kṛṣṇa is so nice that somehow or other, if you surrender to Kṛṣṇa, then your all business finished. You automatically will learn what is māyā if you have got full surrender to Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa will give you intelligence from within."
700516 - Lecture ISO 11 - Los Angeles
Letter to Bhagavan written from Los Angeles
Letter to Gurudasa written from Los Angeles
Letter to Sivananda written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 17

Lecture ISO 11 - Los Angeles
Letter to Yamuna written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 18

Lecture ISO 13-15 - Los Angeles
There are Millions and Trillions of Universes - 0143
05:59 minutes from a lecture on ISO in Los Angeles
Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Either the karmīs or the jñānīs or the yogis, they are always... they are, every one of them, trying to elevate. And above them is the devotees. So devotee's place is the highest because by devotion only you can understand what is God. Bhaktyā mām abhijānāti (BG 18.55), Kṛṣṇa says. He does not say that 'By karma one can understand Me'. He does not say that 'By jñāna one can understand Me'. He does not say that 'By yoga one can understand Me'. He clearly says, bhaktyā mām abhijānāti: 'Simply by devotional service one can understand'. Yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ (BG 18.55). Knowing Him as He is, that is bhakti. So except devotional service, there is no possibility of understanding the Absolute Truth."
700518 - Lecture ISO 13-15 - Los Angeles


Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"If you smear your eyes with love of Godhead, then you will see God always. Santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti. Yes. So devotion. So this is the way of understanding God. By service, by enhancing love... This love can be increased only by service. Otherwise there is no possibility. Sevonmukhe hi jihvādau (Brs. 1.2.234). The more you increase your service spirit, the more you increase your dormant love of God. And as soon as you are in the perfectional stage of love of God, you see God always, every moment. Twenty-four hours you can see. Thank you very much."
700518 - Lecture ISO 13-15 - Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 19

Letter to Dinesh written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 20

Letter to Tejiyas written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 21

Letter to Manager of Bank of Baroda written from Los Angeles
Letter to Manager of Security Pacific Bank written from Los Angeles
Letter to Yogesvara, Gurudasa, Digvijaya, Lesley, Yvonne, Jyotirmayi, Paul, Prithadevi, Purnananda, Tom, Lena, Dhananjaya, Inga, Mandakini, Tirthapada, Trivikrama, Yamuna and Jaya Hari written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 22

Letter to Gaurasundara written from Los Angeles
Letter to Hayagriva written from Los Angeles
Letter to Sriman Murthy written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 23

Letter to Hanuman Prasad Poddar written from Los Angeles
Letter to Sri Govinda (Bob Lindberg) written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 24

Letter to Govinda Maharaja written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 25

Letter to Bali-mardana written from Los Angeles
Letter to Upendra written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 26

Letter to Bhagavan written from Los Angeles
Letter to Jadurani written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 27

Letter to Tamala Krishna written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 28

Letter to Advaita written from Los Angeles
Letter to Manager of Security Pacific Bank written from Los Angeles
Letter to Satsvarupa written from Los Angeles


Go-up.png 1970 - May 31

Letter to Madhudvisa written from Los Angeles