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His Divine Grace

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Leading Exponent of the Science of Krishna Consciousness in the West and the World’s Most Distinguished Teacher of Vedic Religion and Thought. Author of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, KṚṢṆA and many other English Versions of Vedic Literature. Founder and Spiritual Master of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

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Spoken May 26
Room Conversation
Prabhupāda: …the crow and a peacock dance. Kāka-moya[?]. There is a story. Do you know it? Do you know? The crow imitated a peacock. He got some tail feathers and put, [laughter] holding his head up, and began to… So that is imitation. But if guru-vaiṣṇava blesses, even a crow can become a peacock. That is the… There is vast ocean of difference between peacock and crow. Still, by guru-vaiṣṇava, a crow can become a peacock.
SB 2.3.9
Prabhupāda: This is significant. Those who are Kṛṣṇa conscious, they have no material desires. Finished. Brahmaṇy upaśamāśrayam. Upaśama. Upaśama means completely finished, don’t want. They can worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Otherwise, without being akāma… Akāma means no material desires. Anyābhilāṣitā-śūnyam, completely. If we have got least desire for material enjoyment, Kṛṣṇa will give us chance again to accept a body which will satisfy the senses.
Morning Walk at Villa Borghese
Prabhupāda: …philosophy and the so many bogus svāmīs’ philosophies, they are different. They offer some material benefit by their philosophy: “If you take this mantra, then your material life will be easier.” People are captivated for material benefit. Spiritual benefit, they do not understand, and neither our philosophy provides any facility for material benefit. Although spiritual benefit includes material benefit, but people do not understand this.
SB 1.2.2
Prabhupāda: Yaṁ pravrajantam. Pravrajantam means to leave home in renounced order of life. That is called pravrajantam. Therefore a sannyāsī is called parivrājakācārya. A sannyāsī is supposed to be wandering without any shelter. That is called pravrajya. So Śukadeva Gosvāmī, he remained sixteen years within the womb of his mother. He did not come out. He was hearing his father within the womb. So this is called paramahaṁsa. So a paramahaṁsa does not require any reformatory process, because they are already reformed. Yaṁ pravrajantam anupetam. Anu. Ana means without. Upeta. Upeta means taking shelter of guru or being offered the sacred thread. Upanayanam. The sacred thread ceremony is called upanayanam. That means he did not undergo the regulative principles, because he was within the womb. Without any saṁskāra, he was going immediately, taking birth. Dvaipāyano viraha-kātaraḥ. The father certainly was expecting the son to remain at home. Every father expects. But he, Śukadeva Gosvāmī, immediately after his birth, he began to go away. He was simply just waiting, “When I shall be fit to immediately go out of home, I shall take my birth.”
Morning Walk
Prabhupāda: Yes. So when it is used for Kṛṣṇa… Just like these rascals, they do not know. They wanted to use it for themselves. It is ugly, no fruit. Give us… We see near Bombay, they have got so many coconuts. How beautiful it is with fruits and leaves. Because we use it for Kṛṣṇa. [break] …abhaya. They have got fear, the coconut will fall down on your head. [laughter] And they make it ugly. They kill children, but we, we’re training children how they’re offering obeisances. We do not kill. We beg them, Kṛṣṇa conscious. So our activities all spiritual. [break] …afraid of population. We say, “Create any number of population, but make them Kṛṣṇa conscious.” That is our restriction, that if you cannot make your children Kṛṣṇa conscious, then don’t beget. And if you can do that, then hundred children can be got. Na sasya. Na mocayed yaḥ samupeta-mṛtyum [SB 5.5.18]. This is our… We say that if you cannot beget Kṛṣṇa conscious child, don’t become father and mother. And if you can produce Kṛṣṇa conscious children, you become father and mother hundreds of children.
SB 6.1.26
So this is the general way of life. Everyone is engaged in these material activities, and the basic principle of material activity is gṛhastha, family life. Family life, according to Vedic system, or anywhere, is responsible life to maintain the wife, children. Everyone is engaged. They think this is the only duty. “To maintain the family, that is my duty. As comfortably as possible. That is my duty.” One does not think that this kind of duty is performed even by animals. They have got also children, and they feed. So what is the difference? Therefore here the word used is mūḍha. Mūḍha means ass. One who is engaged in such duties, bhuñjānaḥ prapiban khādan. Prapiban. Prapiban means drinking, and bhuñjānaḥ means eating. While eating, while drinking, khādan, while chewing. Carva cūṣya lehya peya. There are four kinds of eatables. Sometimes we chew, sometimes we lick up, carva cūṣya, lehya, sometimes we swallow, and sometimes we drink. So there are four kinds of foodstuff. Therefore we sing catuḥ vidhā śrī-bhagavat-prasādāt. Catuḥ vidhā means four kinds. So we offer to the Deity so many foodstuffs within these four categories: something is chewed, something is licked up, something is swallowed. In that way.
Letters May 26
Detroit My dear Bhagavan das, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 21st May, 1970, along with the letters and beads from Roger and Bob. I have accepted them as my initiated disciples as you have recommended, and their beads and reply letters have been dispatched on Sunday May 24th, I hope you have received them by this time. Please continue to see that these...
Detroit My dear Bhagavan das, Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated 4th May, 1971 and have noted the contents carefully. So far as the donated offset press is concerned, if it is being used locally, then there is no need of sending it to India. Go on with your work there.
Central Bank of India, Calcutta RESOLVED At a meeting of the executive officers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, held yesterday the 25th May, 1971 at their office at 3A, Albert Road, Calcutta-17, the following was agreed: An account would be opened under the name INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS BUILDING FUND and that it would be operated jointly by the Founder-Acarya...
Sriman Rupanuga Das Adhikary; 439 Henry St; Brooklyn, N.Y. 11231 ISKCON, 3, Albert Road, Calcutta-17, INDIA My Dear Rupanuga, Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated 12th May, 1971 and have noted the contents carefully. This Krishna Consciousness Movement is sublime in the sense that if simply people see Krishna in every state of daily activities, they become perfect....
Boston My dear Satsvarupa, Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letters dated 1st and 7th May, 1971, respectively and have noted the contents carefully. So far as “Back To Godhead” is concerned, the answers to your questions are as follows: Recipes are all right if you think that there is such a public demand. But just recipes, no pictures; Yes, parts of my letters may be reprinted...
Brooklyn My dear Sons and Daughters, Please accept my blessings. I thank you very much for your kind letter dated 17th May, 1971 and I am appreciating it very much. So far as your joint application for my returning to U.S.A., you will be glad to know that by the middle of June I shall be returning and I am surely going to see you all then. Presently I am in Calcutta where we just held a very successful...
Bombay My dear Syamasundara, Please accept my blessings. You will be glad to know that I am starting for Bombay on the morning of the 31st May, 1971, at 9:00 P.M. on Indian Airlines, flight no. 130. So please attend the airport and pick me up. A telegram will follow.
Ferndale, Michigan My dear Dinadayadri, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge your letter of May 8, 1974. You are a very good girl and a sincere devotee therefore, even though you have experienced difficulty you are remaining pure in Krsna Consciousness and keeping faith in Krsna and the spiritual master. This faithfulness has pleased me very much. So many great devotees have had to undergo...
San Diego My dear Mahesvari, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated May 11. I am very sorry that your husband Mahatma das has taken my letter to him in the wrong way and has told you to get married to another man although you are only 20 years old and have a 7 month old son. This is a most irresponsible and nonsensical proposal on his part. I never wrote or...
My dear Saurabha das: Please accept my blessings. I may inform you that the Governor of U.P. has accepted the invitation to become Chief Guest at our temple opening. Now many big men will come. So we have to arrange very nicely for their accommodation. The Governor will require a special apartment for his staying.
Honolulu My dear Sudama Maharaja, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of letters from devotees of Hawaii ISKCON dated 4/23/74. Based on their declarations of sincerely following all the prescribed Vaisnava regulations for one year, and on your recommendation, I have accepted Jagat Prabhu das, Praghosa das, Kanva das and Nitai Gauracandra das for second initiation and I have...
My dear Damodara dasa, Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated May 9th, 1975, and have noted the contents. Regarding your writing, this is very much wanted, but I think that it is better if you write articles, not books. Write articles that can be printed in our Back to Godhead magazine. That will be very nice. Also, be very sure that you always maintain a high spiritual...
Natural Sky Alameda, California My dear Tapana Misra dasa, Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated May 6, 1975 and have noted the contents. Thank you for your kind donation of . Regarding your business, if Jayatirtha and the others give their sanction, then I have no objection. The most important thing is that you must follow all of the rules and regulations very strictly....
Stockholm My dear Alanatha das, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated May 7, 1976, and I thank you for the copy of Easy Journey to Other Planets in the Finnish language. Now go throughout all of Europe with your travelling party and distribute my books profusely, just as the Radha-Damodara TSKP is doing in America. You must remain strong by following the four...
Los Angeles My dear Ramesvara Maharaja, Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your BBT Trustee’s Report dated May 22, 1976, and I have noted the contents with care. You have mentioned this Kingsport Press which is now printing our books in America. Where is this located? I am interested to know the details of several expenditures. Firstly, it appears from your report that the BBT...
Hyderabad My dear Yasodananda Swami, Please accept my blessings. I am in receipt of the Hare Krishna Souvenir printed from the Madras Centre. It appears that you neglected to advertise my books. It was a very good opportunity but why was it overlooked?
Auckland, New Zealand My dear Yasomatinandana das, Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated May 23, 1976, and I have noted the contents with care. I remember how so many people were coming to visit the temple. The Deities should be very beautifully decorated so that people will be able to see the gorgeous worship in the temple. Now you have also received shipment of books...

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