A conditioned man can never write Bhagavad Gita. We would very much like to write Bhagavad Gita. But it is beyond our capacity, we are conditioned and this literature is uncondition. There is no condition for this.
As we grow from childhood to youth and youth to oldage, we don’t shout, and we don’t cry. So ‘dehāntara-prāptir’ - so when we change the body, there is no need of any lamentation. And this tradition, to reintroduce this tradition, Prabhupada had really tried very hard and to some extent we are successful.
There are few families even now in Rajkot wherein the whole family is in a joint family, uncles and their sons - in one kitchen they eat. Thereby economy is already there. In one kitchen, everything is arranged and apart from that, there is some affinity and because of the loving relationship everybody has full courage to go ahead materially as well as spiritually.
scriptures advise you that minimize your requirements, necessaries and then you will do the required thing. This is the gist. How to do it is everybody’s problem. Because everybody of us are in different circumstances. You may tell me that this is my circumstance. Even then I cannot judge you well because you alone know, what set up you are in.
Unless you go into the heart of the Bhagavad Gita, you will never be wise. In order to create the wisdom, we must try this. very sincerely, you know. Nobody pushes us. But it should be our jijnāsa you know. Ya.. very earnest desire.
When a disciple is perfectly in consonance with the spiritual master, having received his message and executed it perfectly and sincerely, he has a right to ask a particular favor from the spiritual master.
The real fact is that a bona fide spiritual master knows the nature of a particular man and what sort of duties he can perform in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and he instructs him in that way. He instructs him through the ear, not privately, but publicly. “You are fit for such and such work in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. You can act in this way.” One person is advised to act in Kṛṣṇa consciousness by working in the Deities’ room, another is advised to act in Kṛṣṇa consciousness by performing editorial work, another is advised to do preaching work, and another is advised to carry out Kṛṣṇa consciousness in the cooking department.
It is actually a fact that if one meets a saintly person completely engaged in transcendental duties and achieves his favor, then one’s life mission becomes complete. What is not possible to achieve in thousands of lives can be achieved in one moment if there is an opportunity to meet a saintly person
Money has to go away. Money will not stay. That is nature of Lakshmi. Never stays in one place. It has to go. Either it goes in the use of Krishna consciouness or it goes, that is through some sinful activities.
How many days are already gone? When are we going to be awake about these things? And waking means, we ourselves should devote some time for chanting, reading, coming to the temple and see that what is happening and to the best of our ability, we just cooperate thinking that this is medical expense
That is the best effect of these - just by donations, just by coming here and encouraging the devotees, we do so much for our own health and so much for our own, own spiritual well being - is it not the necessity nowadays?
Maybe I am staying here since last 20 years. So I am used to these stairs. But no time, I can skip the stairs. I have to climb on my own. The same thing happens in our spiritual life also. These lower steps have got to be taken. Because as soon as we stop bhakti, the devotional service, then we glide down to the lower modes. That's our serious condition
It is very kind of really Srila Prabhupada and we are indebted, all of us who are in the foreign countries and India also now, we are indebted to him life after life. He is the only one who has guided us properly. Everywhere as we saw, the preaching is wrong. It's completely anti-god, Anti Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Nobody so far had insisted that, our life should be pure, to go to Kṛṣṇa.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead fulfills the material desires of a devotee who approaches Him with such motives, but He does not bestow benedictions upon the devotee that will cause him to demand more benedictions again. However, the Lord willingly gives the devotee shelter at His own lotus feet, even though such a person does not aspire for it, and that shelter satisfies all his desires. That is the Supreme Personality’s special mercy.
She was always burdened with lot of household chores. But in spite of all this; while milking the cow, cleaning the house, cooking and moping the house she would always be in thinking and chanting about Vitthal.
Narsi Mehta simply became happy on hearing that he could distribute prasadam and went to the market. He bought the provisions after selling her jewels and gave them to his wife. Only then they realised that he had missed to but the most important ingredient ghee.
The king felt very happy with the services offered by his barber Sena. When he was being massaged by oil, he could see the reflection of face of handsome blue boy in the vessel containing the oil and was mesmerised by the beauty of that reflection. He did not want to let the barber go.
As humans we may try to return help to people who help us or favour us. But we would not want to show any kindness, even by mistake to people who even intend to harm us. But here we see the glorious causeless mercy of the Supreme Lord. He is able overlook Putana's faults and simply take her attempt to serve Him, although it was just a fake attempt.
If you think of Kṛṣṇa twenty-four hours, Kṛṣṇa will think of you twenty-six hours. [laughter] Kṛṣṇa is so kind. If you do some service for Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa will reward you hundred times. But people, they do not want. They think, "What we shall benefit by serving Kṛṣṇa? Let us serve my dog." You see? This is the misunderstanding.
Once the temple is over we will concentrate on that. The school buildings and these things, they are play thing, once the temple is ready. This temple is an elephant. It's very costly thing. So difficult work. The thing is that everything circumambulates the temple. So that’s why temple has to be first. If temple is not there, then cow protection also will not prosper. Krishna must be there. That’s how we are giving priority to the temple. Otherwise cow protection, we should devote our lives to cow protection, really. We should not do anything else except that.
Cows are very near to human being and that’s why every thing from the cow is useful for the human being. That is evolution in Krishna's process and that's why Krishna likes cows very much. Because He knew that these are the human beings soon.
We talk = talk of Kṛṣṇa. We sing = chant of Kṛṣṇa. We eat = taste, eat Kṛṣṇa prasāda. You will understand Kṛṣṇa. Any foolish person, any uneducated or any position of life, you can use your tongue for Kṛṣṇa’s service. Don’t eat anything which is not eaten by Kṛṣṇa---your tongue becomes your most intimate friend. And don’t talk anything except Kṛṣṇa. If you follow these two principles, Kṛṣṇa will be within your grip
Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj even at the ripe age of 90 was able to read Srimad Bhagavatam (One Voulme book - which has very small fonts) without any spectacles. When devotees inquired Maharaj about the secret of his good sight, Maharaj said - "I have never misused my eyes throughout my life and so Lord Hrishikesha ensured that these senses are granted power to continue the service for many more years."
Devotees sacrifice all personal interests to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and similarly the Supreme Lord, although having no personal interests, can do anything for the interests of His devotees. One who is full in himself has no personal interests
The tiger is a myth for both of them, namely the person dreaming and the person awake, because actually there is no tiger; but the man forgetful of his awakened life is fearful, whereas the man who has not forgotten his position is not at all fearful. Thus the members of the Yadu dynasty were fully awake in their service to the Lord, and therefore there was no tiger for them to be afraid of at any time. Even if there were a real tiger, the Lord was there to protect them.
Many times we have the wrong notion that devotional service should be taken in the fag end of our lives. First of all we don't know when the end is. Secondly we have no guarantee that our body will be in working condition at that time. So it is very very important that we engage ourselves in bhakti right from childhood so that we can offer our best service to Lord, when the body is in nice working condition.
The Lord is provided with the best things in the universe by His pure devotees. Lord Kṛṣṇa was provided with all kinds of comforts and facilities available within the universe by the members of the Yadu dynasty, and in return such servitors of the Lord were protected and fearless.