His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(founder of the Hare Krsna movement)
If rivers are not polluted and are allowed to flow in their own way, or sometimes allowed to flood the land, the land will become very fertile and able to produce all kinds of vegetables, trees and plants. The word rasa means "taste." Actually all rasas are tastes within the earth, and as soon as seeds are sown in the ground, various trees sprout up to satisfy our different tastes. For instance, sugarcane provides its juices to satisfy our taste for sweetness, and oranges provide their juices to satisfy our taste for a mixture of the sour and the sweet. Similarly, there are pineapples and other fruits. At the same time, there are chilies to satisfy our taste for pungency. Although the earth's ground is the same, different tastes arise due to different kinds of seeds. As Krsna says in Bhagavad-gita (7.10), bijam mam sarva-bhutanam: "I am the original seed of all existences." Therefore all arrangements are there. And as stated in Isopanisad: purnam idam [Isopanisad, Invocation]. Complete arrangements for the production of all the necessities of life are made by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. People should therefore learn how to satisfy the yajna-purusa, Lord Visnu. Indeed, the living entity's prime business is to satisfy the Lord because the living entity is part and parcel of the Lord. Thus the whole system is so arranged that the living entity must do his duty as he is constitutionally made. Without doing so, all living entities must suffer. That is the law of nature.
Question: Is Krsna consciousness movement just another organized religion?
Answer by Purujit Dasa:
No, it is not “another”, it is the religion, or you can say that Krishna consciousness is the essence of religion and what is that essence? That essence is to love God. Unless we develop our love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, our so-called religion becomes a mere formality, a set of rules and regulations which serve only as a means to satisfy our material desires. Just like the Christians they pray: “God, give us our daily bread.” But God is giving bread to everyone, even to the atheists who do not pray. So naturally people doubt whether such prayer is needed and they are giving up religion altogether, especially here in the Western countries where there is sufficient bread for everyone. For this purpose the Krishna consciousness has been brought here by our spiritual master A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, to remind us of the essence of religion –to love God, not bread. And this practically you can see how the members of this movement are doing. Twenty-four hours a day they glorify Krsna’s name, offer Him delicious foodstuffs, fan Him with a camara (special fan), dance for Him in the kirtan, let Him smell nice incense, there are so many services where God is directly served. Janmady asy yatha –Krsna is the source of everything and Krsna has created man in His image. If we have five senses (smelling, touching, hearing, tasting, seeing), Krsna, the Supreme godhead must also have these senses and He enjoys. What is this foolish idea that God does not enjoy? When I enjoy, it is most ridiculous type of enjoyment of mundane eating, sleeping, sex life, etc. so He might not enjoy like me, that is true, but He must enjoy, otherwise you are making God incomplete. From the Vedic literatures such as the Bhagavad-gita, or Srimad Bhagavatam we have the information about how the Supreme Lord enjoys transcendentally, how actually He becomes conquered by pure devotion to Him, so everyone interested in the subject matter of God must read especially these two books and learn the process of how to please the Supreme Lord’s transcendental senses. If he is not interested, but sticks to the rituals only without developing such inquisitiveness, he has missed the essence of religion and he is worshipping uselessly never mind what religion he is proudly professing to belong to. Krishna consciousness movement is therefore not another sectarian organized religion, but a genuine spiritual movement to enlighten people how to satisfy the transcendental senses of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There is no other motive. Let everyone follow whatever religion he belongs to and at the same time join this wonderful movement and learn the process of how to directly serve the Supreme Lord.
One is mistaken if he thinks that by applying modern machines such as tractors, grains can be produced. If one goes to a desert and uses a tractor, there is still no possibility of producing grains. We may adopt various means, but it is essential to know that the planet earth will stop producing grains if sacrifices are not performed. The earth has already explained that because nondevotees are enjoying the production of food, she has reserved food seeds for the performance of sacrifice. Now, of course, atheists will not believe in this spiritual method of producing grains, but whether they believe or not, the fact remains that we are not independent to produce grain by mechanical means. As far as the approved method is concerned, it is enjoined in the sastras that intelligent men in this age will take to the sankirtana movement, and by so doing they shall worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Caitanya, whose bodily complexion is golden and who is always accompanied by His confidential devotees to preach this Krsna consciousness movement all over the world. In its present condition, the world can only be saved by introducing this sankirtana, this Krsna consciousness movement. As we have learned from the previous verse, one who is not in Krsna consciousness is considered a thief. Even though he may be materially very advanced, a thief cannot be placed in a comfortable position. A thief is a thief, and he is punishable. Because people are without Krsna consciousness, they have become thieves, and consequently they are being punished by the laws of material nature. No one can check this, not even by introducing so many relief funds and humanitarian institutions. Unless the people of the world take to Krsna consciousness, there will be a scarcity of food and much suffering.
The B.L.I.S.S. (The Bhaktivedanta Lives in Sound Society) was established in order to systematically propagate the cult of devotional service to Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the last incarnation of Lord Sri Krishna appeared 500 years ago to deliver the most fallen people of the age of Kali, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy. In the Vedas it is described that in this age the production of vegetables and fruits is less than before. As such, all living beings, both men and animals, do not have sumptuous, nourishing food. Due to want of so many necessities of life, naturally the duration of life is reduced, the memory is short, intelligence is meager, mutual dealings are full of hypocrisy and so on. Additionally almost anyone who seeks bona fide spiritual practice is cheated and coming to the platform of self-realization seems to be impossible. Therefore the Lord appeared in His most munificent form as Lord Krishna Chaitanya to deliver the suffering conditioned souls by the simple and sublime process of sankirtan yajna – congregational chanting of the holy names of Krishna, the Supreme Personality Of Godhead and sumptuous distribution of prasadam – foodstuff which is offered first to the Lord, then sanctified by Him and which is thus free from any material reaction. Anyone who practices such action, regardless of color, cast, creed, nationality, gender, religion, beliefs or even type of material body whether a dog, cat or a raccoon is automatically advancing towards the goal of life.
This process is not self concocted but is approved by the Vedic authority. In The Brihad Naradiya Puranam it is said that in the Kali yuga (the present Yuga or age), when people in general are short-living, slow in spiritual realization, and always disturbed by various anxieties, the best means of spiritual realization is to chant the holy Name of the Lord. "In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is to chant the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way to success."
In our centers around the world we hold daily activities such as “kirtan”, the local teachers and instructors lecture on the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-Gita As It Is and on Saturdays the centers hold a weekly karma-free vegetarian feast which is open to the general public free of charge.
Together with the local practitioners the centers are able to finance, maintain and facilitate this platform in local and global format for the benefit of the whole human society, namely going back home, back to Godhead.
The first center of our society was started in Montreal by his grace Purujit Prabhu. Since then the center has created a record of more than 6000 books of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada distributed to the public in English and French languages. It has also fed many thousands of Montrealers with Krsna-prasadam and blessed them by weekly harinam-sankirtan chanting. Our second center in Slovakia was recently established by his grace Makhancora Prabhu, who single-handedly translated over 30 books of Srila Prabhupada into Slovakian language. He also translated numerous lectures of His Divine Grace and attracted many local Slovakians to take part in the weekly programs in his center.
We are constantly looking forward to reconnect with our eternal friends from the spiritual world to expand the mission of Srila Prabhupada both in a world wide temple community and also in terms of mass distribution of books in as many languages as possible.
According to Vedic understanding, men are transformed into thieves when they plan economic development for sense gratification. It is also explained in Bhagavad-gita that if one eats food grains without offering them to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Yajna, he is a thief and liable to be punished. According to spiritual communism, all properties on the surface of the globe belong to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The population has a right to use goods only after offering them to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is the process of accepting prasada. Unless one eats prasada, he is certainly a thief. It is the duty of governors and kings to punish such thieves and maintain the world nicely. If this is not done, grains will no longer be produced, and people will simply starve. Indeed, not only will people be obliged to eat less, but they will kill one another and eat each other's flesh. They are already killing animals for flesh, so when there will no longer be grains, vegetables and fruits, they will kill their own sons and fathers and eat their flesh for sustenance.
Both for spiritual and material prosperity, everyone should devotedly chant the Hare Krsna mantra.
In modern electronics, a mechanic may, by pushing only one button, set off an electronic chain-reaction, by which so many actions are carried out one after another. Similarly, the Supreme Personality of Godhead pushes the button of creation, and different energies create the material elements and various controllers of the physical elements, and their subsequent interactions follow the inconceivable plan of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
WHAT IS THIS
The Bhaktivedanta Lives In Sound Society is an international organization of Hare Krsna devotees practicing and teaching bhakti-yoga(the essence of religion) under the direct guidance of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is the last link to the ancient unbroken chain of disciplic succession(parampara) originating with the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krsna Himself. Although His Divine Grace has departed physically from this world in 1977, the members of the society hold him to be still transcendentally present in his instructions.