Again we have to remember that we are situated in the temporary material world. In that field also we cannot afford to be careless. That goes hand in hand with this knowledge. It is not that we realise that we are in just one breath of the Lord and just forget about everything else.
You don't know where are you going, what we we are doing, because we are completely ignorant of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita and Bhagavatam, completely ignorant of so much treasure our saints and sages have left. Fortunately Prabhupada has converted the treasure into semi-liquid form so that we can swallow it.
We should not waste time and we have to be serious about devotional service else we will never progress. Neither we achieve anything, nor does anyone achieve anything useful from us also. Srila Prabhupada's eagerness to give Krishna to everyone is the cause of this great movement.
"Because in the beginning of our lives, we take the wrong step, concerning the Personality of Godhead, thats why our whole life is wasted. In mathematics sum, in the beginning if we calculate two plus two as five, then everything goes wrong. If we calculate two plus two as four and proceed, then it will be alright.
Prasadam is not just tasty vegetarian food, but it is spiritualised by the touch of Lord and that's why we are able to experience the wonderful transformation in our behaviour. Jagat Guru Srila Prabhupada ki Jai ! Let us express our gratitude to our spiritual master.
"Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead is ad infinitum, more powerful than the most powerful sun of our experience." ad infinitum means He is unlimited. In every respect He is unlimited. Srila Prabhupada further says, "Millions and billions of suns are created by Him and annihilated by Him within His one breathing period."
As along as we stay in the association of devotees and render service unto the Supreme Lord, then our life has value. The moment we go away from the association of devotees and Supreme Lord, our lives become meaningless and is of no value.
Few days ago we came across a nice letter written by Srila Prabhupada to a devotee named Sriman Brian Fleming on 6th March 1974. The devotee had some difficulties in inspiring his wife to take up the process of Krishna bhakti and so wanted to know if he has to leave his wife. His Divine Grace gives very practical and sublime advice.
The Supreme Lord can extend His hand without limit; the individual soul cannot. In Bhagavad-Gita the Lord says that if anyone offers Him a flower, or a fruit, or a little water, He accepts it. If the Lord is a far distance away, how can He accept things? This is the omnipotence of the Lord
Accepting the Lord's remnants are not only applicable to a fallen soul, but it is also mandatory for even exalted souls to receive Lord's mercy. We can also understand from life of Narada Muni that in his previous birth, he was son of a maid servant and receptive to spiritual knowledge and how the prasadam of the Lord offered by great devotees, after their consumption transformed him completely.
There is a nice story in the life of Sripada Ramanujacharya about this. Ramanuja studied science of logic, Sanskrit grammar under one teacher called Yadava Prakasa, a learned and qualified brahmana in Kanchipuram. Once, the daughter of the king of Kanchipuram was haunted by a brahma rakshasa.
Anything which is offered to Him and accepted by Him and given to us as His remnants have infinite value. That value will be spiritual and lead to spiritual uplift of those who consume His remnants. Not only the Lord's remnants, but the remnants of the Lord's devotees also can give great spiritual benefits to those who consume them.
Please, you may have to send your children to the public school so that they have to be prepared to fit into the society. Everyone cannot just sacrifice their life in the temple. But in the house, you must be 100% Krishna conscious
I must not be false egoistic that, "I am your guru. I don’t want to learn." No, no, be humble, learn from him. It is nice thing to learn. Please this false ego must be completely forgotten. It is false, why you are having false things? And as soon as you go to some people to learn, then that is your shelter. And as soon as you have sound shelter, you are completely safe.
Prabhupada says that we have to create a revolution in this impious, misdirected civilization and this is our duty. We should just teach them how to be grateful. In direct preaching, please see who you are preaching and find out his own condition, don't cut him off. Cutting him off, will not convince him about Krishna consciousness.
Free of charge, everything He is supplying. This iskrtajnam. So we should always say, "Thank you very much Krishna." Then we are indebted to every living entity, every living entity and more so to our parents. Please don't neglect your parents. Whoever they may be and whatever they may be doing.
Srila Prabhupada had only kartals with him and few books of Srimad Bhagavatam, and no acquaintances, no money, nothing at all and such a big society he could establish in eleven years, one hundred and eight temples managed by him alone, moving around the globe.
In India, Surdas you might have heard, one blind man, a very nice devotee. He was a devotee poet. He was famous all over the world because he was blind and he was always singing bhajans in Nathdwara in Rajasthan. Surdas was very much engrossed in his bhajans.
because your mind is completely absorbed in Me and that is why the three fold miseries are gone." Please, you clean your mind and don't worry about anything at all. As it is we are not in control, the control is Krishna's. Krishna will sort out everything. We should not worry about these things.
The medicine is the real awakening of Krishna consciousness activities. That is why Prabhupada is very kind to establish temple communities. Before Prabhupada, the association was completely absent. You may read one book in your house. What about the masses? Where are they going to get the good association?
Gunaayanam means we should always be reservoir of good qualities. Do you know reservoir, water reservoir? Water is supplied to all the taps from the reservoir. All the taps are running when the reservoir is full. The reservoir of good qualities is needed. Unless you are the reservoir, how can you pass on these things?
And those who just remember Krishna, the name itself purifies him. It is so very powerful. It is high time that you realize these things. Since last so many years we are hearing from the pages of Bhagavatam. But even now these ideas do not sink in our mind that we have to be attracted to brahmana and brahmanical culture.
The Supreme Lord enjoins that brahmanas and cows must be given all protection. The Lord is Himself very much inclined to do good to brahmanas and cows (go-brahmana-hitaaya ca). Maharaja Parikshit knew all this, and thus he concluded that his insulting a powerful brahmana was certainly to be punished by the laws of the Lord
In the heart, the Supersoul is always present. This is the process is even now. The Supersoul always suggests us from the heart. Only the correct direction is given in our heart and always He goads us to go in the correct direction. When we commit some sins, again He stops us. But when we stop hearing Him, He keeps quiet.
Unless we improve our behaviour pattern, there is no hope. Each member of the society must improve their behaviour pattern. Otherwise, the whole society cannot be peaceful. Because the society has so many units and these living entities are the different units. That is our endeavour. We go and feed them - Krishna prasadam.
Srila Prabhupada has translated so very expertly, that wherever you stay, you create the temple. We cannot be without temple. You may be in Johannesburg, you may in Dublin, you may be in a jungle. Wherever you stay, you create a temple
hese morning and evening programs are very much important. As soon as you ignore this, in the temple also you will be killed by the illusory energy. You lose your luster of the figure, you lose your existence and you lose everything because you are in a illusion that you are in the temple.
We should join our hands and pay respects to sunshine. Thats why in Vedic culture, they go early in the morning to the river to take bath. And before sunrise they take bath. At the time of sunrise, they worship sun, because sun is non-different from Krishna.
Offering is not restricted to food alone. Whatever we do in this life, whatever we are blessed with - be it family, friends, wealth, assets - everything is Lord's mercy and so we should offer everything to Lord with love. In this way our entire life becomes an offering to the Lord.