Srila Prabhupada's Vani

Hare Krishna Dear Vaishnavas,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. 

I was talking with one senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada recently, and he said an emphatic statement that impressed me very deeply. He said, "If at all you want to know how to preach, then listen to the conversations of Srila Prabhupada." 

Just a few days after I got this instruction, I came across another deep instruction along similar lines written by HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in his diary:

"Srila Prabhupada's conversations reveal the nature of a pure devotee of Krsna. They are amazing record of a personality absorbed in KC, who was at the same time completely committed and involved in this world. The key to this dual nature was Srila Prabhupada's dedication to preaching. He was fearless, tireless and at the same time sympathetic to all." 

The above two instructions are 100% factual because they came from the hearts of realized souls. I have been trying to follow their instructions in my humble way since then and have found amazing transformation of consciousness. Another unique point to note is that, it is perhaps the first time in the history of Bhakti-cult that a pure devotee's voice has been preserved for future generations. Srila Prabhupada's vani instills love of Godhead in our hearts so subtly that without even knowing that we are advancing, we will be advancing in our consciousness. I wanted to share with you one interesting piece of his vani here. This was a press conference recorded in Delhi, March 25, 1976. 

Reporter: Swamiji, I would like to know, that I feel that your society, the Krsna consciousness society, has a very, very stable economy and that it is self-sufficient in itself. Is that so?

Prabhupada: So don't you think that we are self-sufficient? We are feeding at least ten thousand devotees daily, but we have no fixed income.

Reporter: No fixed income ? (All the reporters are astonished to hear this..)

Prabhupada: No. None of us have any fixed income, but we are traveling all over the world, New York , London , Calcutta . It is just like going from this quarter to that quarter. Our men are moving like that. Immediately coming, one dozen men from Germany , one dozen from London , and immediately going. We are paying so much money to the airplanes, and we have got so many centers. So how it is going on? On Krsna's grace. We depend on Krsna. Our income, daily collection, is not less than one lakh of rupees, and we are spending everything.

Reporter: One lakh daily.!!!

Prabhupada: (very emphatically) That is minimum. Sometimes we collect five lakhs daily.


The speciality of Srila Prabhupada's answers to questions is that through his answers he will instill amazing amount of faith in us and at the same time teach us how to preach boldly.  Another beauty of Srila Prabhupada is that he was so emphatic in spreading the glory of the Lord. He is so transcendentally proud of Krsna! It is said in Bhagavatam, Kṛṣṇena adbhuta karmaṇaḥ - i.e., Krsna is a performer of superhuman feats. Srila Prabhupada reveals the superhuman activity of the Lord here by his fearless and bold preaching! After all, who can start a world-wide movement with a mere forty rupees?!!! 

To spread the message of Lord Sri Krsna, His Divine Grace left no stone unturned. He defied all material logics. We all must surely cherish this most fortunate chance we have got to follow in the footsteps of this exalted mahatma and try to let the pure nectar from his lotus mouth flow through our ears into the hearts!!! 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das.