Srila Prabhupada Vani

selected quotes and verses for instruction

 

 

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"When a sentimental devotee takes the part of becoming representative
of Krishna, there is simply havoc."

"The word 'progress' is used when there is imperfection at the
beginning."

"I am glad to learn that Govinda dasi, in spite of her sick health,
is going out on Sankirtana Party, and this will cure her of all
disease."

"It is not required for us to become artists. Our main point is
service to Krishna, not to please an audience. We shall not divert
our attention too much to adjustment of musical sounds. People should
not misunderstand that we are a band of musical artists. They must
know that we are devotees of Krishna. Our devotional practice and
purity shall be so strong that wherever we chant there will be
immediately an impression in the audience for devotion to Krishna."

"Instead of importing devotees, it is better to attract devotees from
your own area. And the basic principle for doing this is Sankirtana
Party."

 

 


 

Thus, the human race has descended to the qualitative status of the dogs, who are habituated to barking as soon as they come upon another set of dogs who happen to hail from another quarter. We cannot conceive of a greater degradation of the human being than when he is apt to raise a hue and cry as soon as he sees another human being who does not happen to belong to his quarter or his religious denomination. He raises this hue and cry as if he had been faced with a tiger or a wolf. Without transcendental knowledge, the human race has actually become no more than the tigers and the wolves.     (from Message of Godhead)

 

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"Initiation does not mean that it is a ceremony and it is finished, no. It is progressive. It is progressive just like education is progressive. So in the first beginning, ceto darpana marjanam, just to cleanse oneself from the understanding of material identification, Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna. So at least for one year chanting regularly, observing the rules and regulation, one comes to the platform of spiritual platform. And then, another initiation, this is called diksa. That is also diksa, that is first process. This diska, second process is not very essential. The essential is to chant. In this age there is no need of this second initiation, but those who are going to be recognized as properly initiated, so this second installment was introduced by Sanatana Gosvami." Lecture May 21, 1968:

 

 

Quoted from letters written by His Divine Grace in 1969:

"I think you should try to always have sankirtana going on. All other
things are subsidiary. This chanting is our life and soul, so we must
arrange our program now so that there will be as much chanting on the
streets and at college engagements as possible."

If everyone's problems are sent by me, then who will solve my
problems?"

"So far as I am concerned, in relationship with my disciples who are
so kindly cooperating with me in the matter of my rendering service
to my spiritual master, for them I am always ready to come back from
Goloka Vrndavana, if they are not delivered along with me."

"By Krishna's grace I find all sides bright. My only request to all
of you is to keep it bright. Don't let it go dim."

"You have asked about the management of our society, and the position
is that management should be done in such a way that people may not
break away. That is the first business of management."

 

 


Becoming Mahatma is easy and joyful

 

“This devotional service is not only easy, but it can be performed in a happy mood. One does not need to undergo any severe penance and austerity. He can live this life in devotional service, guided by an expert spiritual master, and in any position, either as a householder or a sannyasi, or a brahmacari; in any position and anywhere in the world, he can perform this devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and thus become actually mahatma, a great soul.”                From the purport of Bhagavad-gita 9.14

"From now on, unless I order you to do something change or in

addition, go on with the usual standard way. You manufacture ideas

and then I have to waste my time. I have given you everything

already, there is no need for you to add anything or change anything.

"The greatest danger to our movement will come when we

manufacture and create our own process for worshipping the Deities.

So don't ask any more questions, whatever is going on, follow it just

to the exact standard as I have given you, that's all."

(Letter to Dhruvananda dated 1-4-73)

 

"Regarding prasadam, leftovers should always be taken if they have

not spoiled or if they have not been touched by diseased persons.

We should never waste Krishna prasadam."

 

"You should take it to heart as a guiding principle that somehow or

other we always please Krishna by doing what is practical and

necessary according to time and place. Not that we should be

whimsical. But one test is that all the devotees should be satisfied.

 

They have given their lives to Krishna, so we should see they are

always happy."

 

"So if we take instruction from them, all senior godbrothers may be

treated as guru, there is no harm."

 

"You write to say that with prasadam and the Mahamantra we shall

conquer over the world. That was the beginning of my program in your

country. I thought like that. It was my plan from the very beginning,

before even coming here."

 




Nectar from Srila Prabhupada's 1971 Letters
"We have a very heavy task before us. Together we have to push on 
this Krishna consciousness movement for a revolutionary change all 
over the world. It is not our manufactured movement but it was ordered
by Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and we are simply carriers of His 
shoes."
 
"The best thing for you is to set the example by your personal 
behavior and try to reform the others, not by criticizing but by 
friendly behavior. If sometimes there are any disagreements we should 
try to forget such incidences and be always in friendship with each 
other."
 
"Philosophy is the highest, but even higher than philosophy is 
practice of philosophy."
"Actually, because you have given your life to Krishna, you are 
already perfect. But it is just like the ocean, if you are swimming 
in it you may swim forever and not reach the shore. Similarly, there 
is no limit to the perfection of Krishna consciousness."
 
Quoted from letters written by His Divine Grace in 1969:
"We are selling BTG through the personal approach, through the 
sankirtana party, without any consideration of return."

"Unless one is a resident of Krishna Loka, one cannot be a spiritual 
master."

"Regarding your desire to improve your singing voice, by singing you 
will become an expert singer. Anything you practice regularly you 
become expert in."
 
"I want that all the hippies shall come to me and I shall solve their 
problems. They are our best customers. If your government would give 
us some help, I can save all of them."
 
"I am now getting all respect and honor, so now you must preserve that
standard and not dishonor me."
 
"You are more dear to me than my own sons and daughters."
 
"Our process is to show Krishna consciousness as it is, not as others 
want to see it."
 

Nectar from Srila Prabhupada's 1971 Letters
 
Srila Prabhupada’s letter written to Jahnava on 8-1-73: 
”You have written so many nice things in praise of me but I think that my 
Guru Maharaja is great, I am not great, he is great. So sometimes by 
association  of the great, one appears great."
 
"It is my firm conviction that this Krishna consciousness movement
of Lord Caitanya's will be successful in all parts of the world if
our students kindly continue in their enthusiastic endeavors to 
distribute this message freely to all persons."
 
"Our movement is being carried by spiritual strength from chanting of 
the Hare Krishna Mahamantra from the lips of pure devotees. Our 
disciples are pure and therefore the effect is that this movement is
gaining in scope all over the world."
 
"The future hope of solid standing of our mission is on the proper 
management of our governing body."
 
"So our movement should be vigorously pushed on. But those who push 
must be pure; then it will be effective."
 
"So far your question is concerned, you should understand that a 
devotee is never under any karmic reaction. Whatever is happening is 
the mercy of Krishna. That should be the viewpoint of the devotee.
Once surrendered to Krishna, karmic reaction is immediately gone, but 
if he acts again independently, then he is again in the clutches of 
maya."
 
"The fig tree is not worshipable by us. Try to worship tulasi instead.
That will include all tree worship."
 
"Yes, even the Buddhists will come forward gradually and inquire into
this Krishna consciousness. Everyone is sophisticated by their so-
called religion but chanting Hare Krishna mantra will attract 
everyone all over the world."
 

The Glories of Sankirtana.   How everyone benefits from the chanting of the Holy Name:

 "Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement gives spiritual life to all living entities by dint of its transcendental radiation, and also it prevents the demonic class of men from overwhelming the pious class of men, and thus in every way it bestows all benediction, just like the moon illuminates everything." (Letter to Srinivasa  12-28-71)

How to expand the Krishna consciousness movement:    "Just maintain our strong position of purity of routine work and preach and distribute literature, that's all. Go on increasing books, and go on increasing my pleasure." (Letter to Giriraja 12-28-71)

On using the mass media for preaching:    "As much as possible try to increase our preaching programs by using all the mass media which are available. We are modern day vaisnavas and we must preach vigorously using all the means available."  (Letter to Rupanuga 12-30-71)

 On adversity:    "But even if He puts us into extreme difficulty, we must always be prepared to consider everything as His special mercy, that He is testing my sincerity, or that this trouble is nothing to what I deserve."  (Letter to Patty Dorgan 11-17-71)

When chanting is effective: "But who is chanting, he must be a sincere devotee. Then his chanting will be effective. A gramaphone machine will not do. He must be realized, then his chanting will be effective. He must behave like a pure vaisnava. Then if he chants, his chanting will be effective."

(Conversation 8-3-76) Get people to chant: "Yes, on sankirtana we want everyone we meet to go away with a magazine and having heard and chanted Hare Krishna Mantra. That will be the sign of success." (Lette to Sivananda  11-12-70)

On opportunities for expansion: "The opportunities for expanding the Sankirtana Movement are unlimited. We should tax our brains as to what is the best way to present Krishna consciousness to particular people at a particular time and place. I have always thought that in LA there should be at least ten Sankirtana Parties going out simultaneously and as you have indicated, such places as Long Beach and other areas can each have their own Krishna conscious center."  (Letter to Karandhar  (11-13-70)

 A devotee is expert: "Your program for training everyone in the proper form of Deity worship and other temple activities is very, very good. We want that all our men shall be able to do everything in Krishna consciousness.

A devotee is expert in all things.  (Letter to Karandhar  11-13-70)

 On GBC vigilance: "In a family if there is one good boy, he can glorify the whole family and similarly if there is bad boy he can turn the whole family into ashes. Similarly in this institution, if there is a bad disciple he can burn the whole institution into ashes. The GBC's duty is therefore to see that every member is following the rules and regulations and chanting sixteen rounds regularly on the beads. I hope the GBC in cooperation with the sannyasis in their touring

program will be able to keep vigilance systematically in order to keep the society as pure as possible." (Letter to Bali Mardan 8-25-70)

On our centers: "Our different centers are meant for organizing a group of pure devotees so that neophyte visitors may take examples from them and thus become attached to Krishna consciousness." (Letter to BaliMardan  8-16-70)

On surrender to Krishna:    "This is our principle, that the spiritual science becomes revealed to the devotee from within the heart according to the degree of his surrender to Krishna."  (Letter to Ekayani 7-25-70)

On self-realization: Tripurari: Just by distributing your books we can become self-realized.

 Srila Prabhupada: You are already self-realized. Otherwise, how you can push on the books? You love Krishna. Therefore you are taking so much labor for pushing on. And that is self-realization. If anyone tries to establish that Krishna is the Supreme Lord, that is self-realization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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