November 3

Spoken November 3
The Nectar of Devotion
Pradyumna: [reading] “4) Pure devotional service is rarely achieved. 5) Those in pure devotional service...” Prabhupāda: Page number? Page number? Pradyumna: Page 2. “Those in pure devotional service deride even the conception of liberation. [microphone feedback] 6) Pure devotional service is the only means to attract Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa is all-attractive, but pure devotional service attracts even Him. This means that pure devotional service is even transcendentally stronger t…
SB 1.2.23
Pradyumna: [leads chanting of verse, etc.] [Prabhupāda and devotees repeat] " sattvaṁ rajas tama iti prakṛter guṇās tair yuktaḥ paraḥ puruṣa eka ihāsya dhatte sthity-ādaye hari-viriñci-hareti saṁjñāḥ śreyāṁsi tatra khalu sattva-tanor nṛṇāṁ syuḥPrabhupāda:Pradyumna:Prabhupāda:
Bg 3.9 Lecture
Bhagavad-gītā 3.9 Prabhupāda: ...which produces some result which binds us in karma. This verse is explained in another place. The verse is, yajñārthe karmaṇo ‘nyatra loko ‘yaṁ karma-bandhanaḥ [Bg. 3.9]. Yajñārthe. Yajña means God. Yajña-pati, one name. God has got various names. One name is Yajña-pati. So you have to act for Lady devotee:Prabhupāda:Lady devotee:Prabhupāda:
Room Conversation on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.10.11
Pradyumna: " sat-saṅgān mukta-duḥsaṅgo hātuṁ notsahate budhaḥ kīrtyamānaṁ yaśo yasya sakṛd ākarṇya rocanam [SB 1.10.11]" Prabhupāda: Where... Where it is quoted from? Pradyumna: Quoted from Bhāgavatam, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, 1.10.11. Prabhupāda: Eh? Pradyumna: First Canto, Tenth Chapter, eleventh verse.Prabhupāda:Pradyumna:Prabhupāda:Pradyumna:Prabhupāda:Pradyumna:Prabhupāda:Pradyumna:Prabhupāda:Brahmānanda:Prabhupāda:Brahmānanda:Prabhupāda:Brahmānanda:Prabhupāda:Gurudāsa:Prabhupāda:Gurudā…
SB 3.25.3
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.25.3 Nitāi: [leads chanting of verse, etc.] [devotees repeat] " yad yad vidhatte bhagavān svacchandātmātma-māyayā tāni me śraddadhānasya kīrtanyāny anukīrtaya []" [break] [00:40] “Therefore please precisely describe all the activities and pastimes of the Personality of Godhead, who is full of self-desire and who assumes all these activities by His internal potency.Prabhupāda:Devotees:
Cc. Madhya 20.101-104
Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 20.101–104 Prabhupāda: ...from Caitanya-caritāmṛta. Caitanya means “the supreme living being.” In the Vedas it is said, nityo nityānāṁ cetanaś cetanānām eko yo bahūnāṁ vidadhāti kāmān [Kaṭha UpaniṣadIndian man:Prabhupāda:Devotees:
Morning Walk
Girirāja: So we told them that we didn’t want... They were putting in a permanent one. So we stopped that, and... [aside:] Saurabha Prabhu, did he say that he would also remove the present one? Saurabha: Well, he couldn’t do that immediately because this one has been there for twenty-five years. But they will try to get rid of all these things.Prabhupāda:Girirāja:Prabhupāda:Dr. Patel:Prabhupāda:Dr. Patel:Prabhupāda:Dr. Patel:Prabhupāda:Dr. Patel:Prabhupāda:Dr. Patel:Prabhupāda:Dr. Patel:Prabhup…
Room Conversation
Prabhupāda: ...brainwash. Hari-śauri: But how can they take it that what we’re doing is a bad thing? If we’re training people how to avoid intoxication, how to avoid illicit sex, abortion, contraception... Prabhupāda: They say, “Why you should avoid? This is life. Why you are brainwashing?Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Jagadīśa:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prab…
Room Conversation
[Śrīla Prabhupāda is taking prasādam during first part of the conversation] Prabhupāda: ...and we don’t smoke even. We don’t spend a paisa even for sense gratification. Jagadīśa: They squander billions of dollars. Prabhupāda: Eh? Jagadīśa: They’re squandering billions of dollars.Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śauri:Prabhupāda:Hari-śa…
SB 5.5.15
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.5.15 Pradyumna: [leads chanting of verse, etc.] [break] " putrāṁś ca śiṣyāṁś ca nṛpo gurur vā mal-loka-kāmo mad-anugrahārthaḥ itthaṁ vimanyur anuśiṣyād ataj-jñān na yojayet karmasu karma-mūḍhān kaṁ yogayan manujo Prabhupāda:
Prabhupāda Vigil
Prabhupāda: So somebody else come near me. Tamāla? Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yes, Śrīla Prabhupāda. Prabhupāda: If somebody has come from Delhi, in that car could not come? Hmm? Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Someone has come from Delhi. The cars came. Prabhupāda: But... No, no. It could not come in time. Bhakti-caru: They couldn’t come in time.Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Bhakti-caru:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Jayādvaita:Prabhupāda:Jayādvaita:Akṣayānanda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Akṣayānanda…
Room Conversation
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Lay down? [pause] Then I calculated what it would mean for the whole year. Prabhupāda: Now we have to open temple in every village. Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Temples in every village? Prabhupāda: Yes. Then spend money. Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: And then spend the money. Prabhupāda: Don’t keep money. Spend it. The karmīs, they spend for sense gratification. You spend for Kṛṣṇa.Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Brahmānanda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabh…
Room Conversation
Brahmānanda: Well, they were very stubborn. They simply insisted that there were two paths, and they were quoting Bhagavad-gītā. I said, “Well, that may be so, but of the two paths, your path is the most difficult, and you’ve called the conference to spread Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Brahmānanda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Svarūpa Dāmodara:Bhakti-caru:Brahmānanda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Brahmānanda:Bhavānanda:Brahmānanda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Brahmānanda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Brahmānanda:Jayādvaita:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇ…
Room Conversation
Prabhupāda: Resting. [Bengali with Dr. Kapoor] Dr. Kapoor: [whispered aside] Still too weak, huh? Can hardly speak. Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yes. He can’t speak, actually. Resting is good in this case. Best thing. Maybe I can read some nice news, Śrīla Prabhupāda. Would you like that? This is a very nice report, Śrīla Prabhupāda, from Peru. Dr. Kapoor said anyone would fall in love with it at first sight. [laughter] Pañca ought to see the Tenth Canto. This is a new edition of Tenth Canto that has just co…
Room Conversation with Gaura-Govinda and Girirāja
Bhakti-caru: [Bengali] Gaura-Govinda Mahārāja. Prabhupāda: [Bengali] Gaura-Govinda: It’s okay. Bhāgavata has arrived. Bhāgavata has arrived, so I came here to have darśana. Prabhupāda: [Bengali] Gaura-Govinda: We have been to Jagannātha Purī, and some Prabhupāda:Gaura-Govinda:Prabhupāda:Gaura-Govinda:Prabhupāda:Gaura-Govinda:Bhakti-caru:Prabhupāda:Bhakti-caru:Gaura-Govinda:Prabhupāda:Gaura-Govinda:Prabhupāda:Bhaktivikāśa:Prabhupāda:Gaura-Gov…
Room Conversation with Gaura-Govinda
Prabhupāda: Oh, they come to Bombay by car. Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yes. They drive from Bombay to Hyder... I’ve also done that driving. Long trip---ten, eleven hours. Prabhupāda: Hmm? Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Ten or eleven hours, I think. Long trip. Maybe even longer. Prabhupāda: Why kīrtana stopped? Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Kīrtana? Prabhupāda: Hmm? Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Gaura-Govinda:Prabhupāda:Gaura-Govinda:Prabhupāda:Gaura-Govinda:Prabhupāda:Gaura-Govinda:Prabhupāda…
Room Conversation with Śatadhanya
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Prabhupāda said, “What you have brought?” Śatadhanya: Bengali potols, big, very nice. Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Show him. Wow. Śatadhanya: That one’s a little soft, but... Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Give him a good one. Prabhupāda: Hmm. Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Fat. Śatadhanya: You’ll take, Śrīla Prabhupāda? Also some jhinga. Prabhupāda: Very good. Śatadhanya: In Māyāpur, when they heard that Your Divine Grace was coming, it was like electricity. There wasBhavānanda:Śatadhanya:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Śatadhanya:Tamāla …
Room Conversation
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Should I read this letter? It’s from Tuṣṭa Kṛṣṇa Swami. Prabhupāda: You have read already. Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: No, that was Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa. This is Tuṣṭa Kṛṣṇa, from New Zealand. He says, “Dear Śrīla Prabhupāda...” [break]Prabhupāda:Bhakti-caru:Prabhupāda:Bhakti-caru:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Prabhupāda:Bhakti-caru:Prabhupāda:Bhakti-caru:Prabhupāda:Bhakti-caru:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Bhakti-caru:Prabhupāda:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Bhakti-caru:Tamāla Kṛṣṇa:Bhakti-caru:Tam…
Letters November 3
Sivananda My dear Sivananda, Please accept my blessings. I have not heard anything from you in a fortnight, and I am anxious to hear how you are doing there. It may be there is some mail delay due to my leaving Seattle for Santa Fe, and then coming here to Los Angeles, California. You can write to me at the above address, my residential apartment. And you will be pleased to know that I am now accepted...
Satsvarupa My dear Satsvarupa, Please accept my blessings. I thank you for your letter dated November 18, 1969 and have noted all the points carefully. I can understand that the composing program is not going as planned. Therefore, I think Palika Dasi may immediately be trained to help with this task. For layout work I have already asked Aravinda to come to Boston to do that work. So these two devotees...
Dr. Chakravarti Reader of Philosophy Bolepur, India Dear Dr. Chakravarti: Please accept my greetings. I left Calcutta on Sept. 29 and came to Bombay to attend the Bharata Sadhu Samaj conference and then again from Bombay to Amritsar I went to attend the Vedanta Samelan conference. Now I have come back to Bombay again and the return address should be c/o Kailash Seksaria; 74 Marine Drive; Bombay-20....
Calcutta My dear Sagar Maharaja, Please accept my obeisances. I beg to thank you very much for your Bengali letter dated 16th, October, 1970. In Calcutta, the following inquiry should be made immediately: Madhudvisa Maharaja wrote me a letter which is missing, that somebody is willing to pay to my book fund 11,000 rupees on my return to Calcutta. So please inquire from Madhudvisa Maharaja if my immediate...
My dear Brahmananda, Please accept my blessings. I am just now in receipt of your letter from Zambia dated October 21, 1972 along with the photos which were very nice, and I have shown them to many guests. Yes, as I said in my last letter, there is no possibility to start temple there without sufficient local men who join us. If you think you shall keep the money you collect there for future use for...
Karandhara Los Angeles My dear Karandhara, Please accept my blessings. We have now decided to take legal proceedings against Nair because we have received one telegram from Tamala Krishna as follows: “Nair unreasonable, settlement impossible, immediately filing criminal and civil suits, letter follows, Tamala Krishna.
Sivananda Berlin My dear Sivananda, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated October 20, 1972, from Berlin, and I have noted the contents with care. I am very glad to hear from you that Berlin centre is progressing nicely under your expert supervision. You are one of my older disciples and I think you were the first devotee in European continent, so now you have...
Bombay My dear Tamala Krishna, Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your express delivery letter, and I am glad that you have chosen the right course of action to sue Nair and finish the business once and for all. We are prepared to take back the money and cancel the whole thing. Why doesn
Brooklyn My dear Bali Mardan das: Please accept my blessings. I have sent you one letter dated 20/10/74 but not yet received any reply. The copy is enclosed herewith. I request you to come here and see me in India. I hope this meets you in good health.
Bijay Kumar Kannungo c/o Bharata Coal & Coking Ltd. No. 4 Fairlie Place Calcutta-1 Dear Sri Kannungo: Please accept my blessings. I would like to especially invite you to come here to Bombay. We have kept two rooms vacated for you, so you can come with your wife and family to visit.
Dear Radhavallabha Prabhu: Please accept my humble obeisances. your letter addressed to Nitai Prabhu dated 25/10/74 has been brought to Srila Prabhupada’s attention. Regarding book production, Srila Prabhupada is most concerned that you finish C.C. Ādi:1 as soon as you can and at least by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
His Holiness Satsvarupa das Goswami Los Angeles Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated October 15, 1974 with enclosed copies of letters and the Bengali course advertisement. So they are putting me, as well as the others, for getting the students to learn Bengali. Tha(Bg. 7.7)
3764 Watseka Ave. Los Angeles, California 90034 USA Tridandi Goswami A.C.Bhaktivendanta Swami Krishna Balarama Mandir My dear disciples in New Dwaraka, Please accept my blessings. I am in receipt of your telegram regarding the avocado tree. As far as possible killing the tree should be avoided. If possible the tree should at least be transplanted.
Kathmandu My dear Hrsikesananda, Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated 23/10/76. I shall send Aksayananda as soon as possible. Let him survey the situation there. As soon as possible I shall also come. Worship Saligram Sila nicely, husband and wife. Do not forget to follow strictly the four regulative principles and chant sixteen rounds minimum daily.
Sacimata West Germany My dear Sacimata, Please accept my blessings. I am in receipt of your letter dated 26/10/76. You may send the money (1.000 DM) that you have offered to my account here in the name of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. The name of the bank is Punjab National Bank, Krishna Balarama Branch, account #1. Thank you very much.
Lautoka, Fiji My dear Vasudeva, Please accept my blessings. I am in receipt of your letter dated 30/10/76. I have replied to Ramesvara as follows: Regarding the Fiji situation, your solution to amend the constitution is nice. Let Vasudeva become president. Your idea to sell BTGs, collect donations, hold kirtanas and distribute prasada profusely, yes, do that. I was given the impression that this...

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