His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
While distributing Srila Prabhuapda´s books in Gibraltar, Makhancora Prabhu met a lady who works for the local Magazine with coverage in England. Feeling inspired to know more about the Hare Krsna movement and feature the devotees of B.L.I.S.S. Fuengirola in the upcoming issue, the journalists came to make an interview to the temple. Here is a bit of it!!!
Devotee (4): There are many strange animals in Australia.
Devotee (4): Just strange. The marsupials.
Syamasundara: Those animals that bear their young in a pouch.
Devotee (4): The pouch here, kangaroo.
Prabhupada: That is kangaroo.
Devotee (1): And platypuses.
Devotee (4): And platypus, the platypus animal.
Syamasundara: Half bird, half...
Devotee (4): Half snake.
Syamasundara: Under water.
Devotee (4): Half beaver?
Prabhupada: Hm, snake? Snake?
Devotee (1): Yeah, it's part... It has some snake features, it has webbed feet, it has a duck like a beaver, a body like a...
Devotee (4): A tail like a beaver.
Syamasundara: A bill like a duck.
Devotee (1): And a tail like a beaver, and a body like a wolverine or something.
Prabhupada: So the Vedic literature says 8,400,000.
Devotee (1): This is all in one.
Prabhupada: This is Krsna's mercy. If somebody is thinking, "If I had like this, like that, like that, like that." "All right you will have all." [laughter]
(Room Conversation -- April 2, 1972, Sydney)
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…The saṅkīrtana movement inaugurated by Lord Caitanya is a transcendental pastime of the Lord. “By it I live simultaneously to preach and popularize this movement in the material world.” In that saṅkīrtana movement of Lord Caitanya, Nityānanda and Advaita are His expansions, and Gadādhara and Śrīvāsa are His internal and marginal potencies. The living entities are also called marginal potency because they have, potentially, two attitudes-namely the tendency to surrender unto Kṛṣṇa and the tendency to become independent of Him. Due to the propensity for material enjoyment, the living entity becomes contaminated by the material world. When a living entity is dominated by a desire for material enjoyment and becomes entangled in material life, he is subjected to the threefold miseries of material existence. He is just like a seed sown in the earth. If a seed is overpowered by too much water, there is no possibility of its fructifying. Similarly, if a man is captivated by material enjoyment, and even if the seed of such enjoyment is within the heart of the conditioned soul, he can be overpowered by a flood of transcendental activities performed in love of God. In this way his potential seed cannot fructify into a conditional life of material existence. The conditioned living entities in the material world, especially in the present age of Kali, are overpowered by the flood of love of God inaugurated by Lord Caitanya and His associates. (from Teachings of Lord Caitanya Chapter 17)
(From Teachings of Lord Caitanya Chapter 17)
In this series we show various changes found in the 1972 edition of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and how they change the meaning of Srila Prabhupada's words. It is understood that while editing, sometimes words are changed for clarity. Therefore, in these series of articles, we try to avoid spending too much time focusing on changes that alter the words with the purpose of giving the intended meaning in the original writing more force. With each change discussed we present the original spoken dictation as recorded by Srila Prabhupada on February the 19-20th 1966, the same passage in the 1972 Macmillan edition and finally our humble commentary.
Now, Arjuna says, after hearing Bhagavad-gita from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he accepts Krsna as param brahma, the Supreme Brahman. Brahman. Every living being is Brahman, but the supreme living being or the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the Supreme Brahman or supreme living being. And param dhama. Param dhama means He is the supreme rest of everything. And pavitram. Pavitram means He is pure from material contamination. And He's addressed as purusam. Purusam means the supreme enjoyer; sasvatam, sasvata means from very beginning, He's the first person; divyam, transcendental; devam, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; ajam, never born; vibhum, the greatest.
Introduction to Gitopanisad (Earliest Recording of Srila Prabhupada in the Bhaktivednta Archives) Bhagavad-gita Introduction, New York, February 19-20, 1966.
After hearing Bhagavad-gita from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Arjuna accepted Krsna as Param Brahma, the Supreme Brahman. Every living being is Brahman, but the supreme living being, or the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the Supreme Brahman. Param dhama means that He is the supreme rest or abode of everything, pavitram means that He is pure, untainted by material contamination, purusam means that He is the supreme enjoyer, divyam, transcendental, adi-devam, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, ajam, the unborn, and vibhum, the greatest, the all-pervading.
In this particular section Srila Prabhupada is explaining the following verse:
param brahma param dhama
pavitram paramam bhavan
purusam sasvatam divyam
adi-devam ajam vibhum
Arjuna said: You are the Supreme Brahman, the ultimate, the supreme abode and purifier, the Absolute Truth and the eternal divine person. You are the primal God, transcendental and original, and You are the unborn and all-pervading beauty.
(Bg 10.13 1972 edition)
As we see the editor has omitted the word sasvatam. Although Srila Prabhupada does translate this word in his dictation tape, the editor has simply left it out in the 1972 edition. This word is part of the sloka and it does not make any sense to remove it, especially when Srila Prabhupada himself has translated. Even in the word for word translation of this sloka in the 1972 edition the word sasvatam is translated as "original". Srila Prabhupada dictates here "from the very beginning" The meaning is the same. Why was the word taken out? The translation of the sloka is incomplete without it. Srila Prabhupada dictated it, it should be kept as it is.
Excellent video. Very nicely produced. I regard it as an important contribution to Srila Prabhupada’s movement. Thanks for producing it. Jaya Srila Prabhupada! With appreciation, Sincerely,
Dhira Govinda dasa, author of "Relationships That Work", founder of Satvatove Institute(USA)
Very impressive Prabhu.
Yasoda Nandana Dasa, original disciple of Srila Prabhupada, president of the Hare Krishna Society (USA)
Who made this video? I see you have done it. Very nice! Thank you for this effort. I'll add it to my website.
Dhanesvara Dasa, original disciple of Srila Prabhupada, author of "Spiritual Economics" from the Bhagavad-gita
Thanks Prabhu. Very nice.
Puranjana Dasa, original disciple of Srila Prabhupada, founder of PADA(Prabhupada Anti-defamation Association) (USA)
Wow it’s wonderful prabhu. I hope you can make more videos like this.
Bhakta Mark Edward Post (China)
i loved it!!!!!very to the point and clear and sweet.love the close ups of prabhupada
love how you explained the truth of what happened like that to clear up the bad crap
all glories to you!!!!
Dana Premanandi (USA)
Hare Krishna , Prabhu . Jai Prabhupada !!! Sorry for not replying Immediately . I like the film. Very good preaching. Are you the one man devotee, who preaches in Israel ???? Sri Caitanya Nityananda Prabhupada Ki Jai !!!
Sudarshana Dasa (Trinidad)
Hare Krishna Prabhu I saw the video on your page I watched it immediately And I posted it on my page I am not officially positioned ritvik for the moment, but I wholeheartedly support and my master is Srila Prabhupada Accept my humble obedience
Pima Mapi (France)
First few seconds.... BRILLIANT. EXCELLENT PRABHU. ALL GLORIES
Best service I've seen yet. Finally.
Only a quarter through, and wetting myself
Captive Bolt Dasa (Australia)
Very wonderful script you did a wonderful service for Srila Prabhupada I’ll share this hope you are well All Glories to Srila Prabhupada HareKrsna
Shyama Dasi (USA)
Hare Krishna prabhu. Thank you for sharing. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Jai Gopala Dasa (Singapore)
Amazing!! Thank you very much Prabhu!!
Marie Eve Pineau (Canada)
Thank you Prabhu. Will be sharing
Mala Dhukaran (Trinidad)
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So in everything, if you analyze, you'll find some particular quality. That is his religion. That is his religion. So we are living entities. Forget yourself. Forget yourself that you are Christian, "I am Hindu," or Muslim, or Mussalman, or Buddhist. Forget yourself! "I am living entity." When we come to this point, that is called liberation. That is called liberation. Sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam [Cc. Madhya 19.170]. When we become free from all these designations, that is called liberation. Liberation means nothing more, the conception of getting free from these designations which we have acquired from the association of material nature.
That is called designation. Because I have got a particular body, therefore I have got so many designations. I call myself a man, or animal, or I have got some name, given by my parents. Or because I am born in some particular country I designate myself to belong to that country, and because I accept some particular faith, so I designate myself to that faith. In so many ways we are now designated. This designation should be given up. When designations are given up, then we are free, pure soul. In that pure soul the religion is to serve the Supreme.
(Srila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita 4.6-8 lecture -- July 20, 1966, New York)
Devotees From The B.L.I.S.S. Performing Sankirtan-Yajna (Chanting of The Holy Names of Krsna) In The City Of Malaga, Spain
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
This is called sravanam kirtanam smaranam [SB 7.5.23]. The process, bhakti-yoga process, is in the beginning sravanam -- means "hearing." Just like you are hearing me. I am talking on the spiritual understanding of self-realization concept -- you are hearing. You hear for some time, then you can get convinced after hearing for sufficient time. We have got one hour of our time -- that is not sufficient -- but still, if you take this opportunity for chanting with us, you'll hear. This is called service to the mind. So you don't require any previous qualifications or to follow any hard-and-fast rules. Simply you try to chant this.
There is no taxation. There is no price for the chanting. You don't have to pay me $50 or $100 or $2000, then I give you some special mantra. This process is open for everyone; you can utilize it and accept it. There is no charges, there is no price, there is no [indistinct], and you can practice it at home or on the street or anywhere you are walking. You can chant Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna while you are getting dressed. You can chant Hare Krsna during while you are eating. You also can chant Hare Krsna -- this is twenty-four hours' meditation, and it is very easy. It is not that you officially sit down and meditate on something, perfectly engaged, if by this meditation you can advance to some extent. No.
It is meditation for twenty-four hours. You have to promote your mind in such a way that you cannot think other than Krsna. This is Krsna consciousness. These boys are trying; they are reading in Krsna consciousness, they are working in Krsna consciousness, they are sleeping in Krsna consciousness, they are serving in Krsna consciousness, they're walking in Krsna consciousness. Nothing has happened, but Krsna consciousness is going on continuously. This process we are promoting, that you may kindly accept this process, and you will benefit. There is no price, there is no taxation, and there is no loss. Because you American boys and girls, you are calculating loss and gain. But there is no loss, but the gain is tremendous.
So I request you sufficiently that please try this chanting,
hare krsna hare krsna
krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama
rama rama hare hare
It is tried, it is authorized, it is from the disciplic succession of Lord Caitanya, and the first thing is that your the dirty things in your mind will be cleared. And as soon as the dirty things are cleared from your mind, you immediately become freed from all anxieties. This is the first stage. And then you will profit, then you will feel spiritual transcendental bliss, and your life will be always blissful, and you will be happy.
His Holiness The Pope, Paul VI
Vicar of Jesus Christ
State of Vatican City
Please accept my respectful humble obeisances at Your lotus feet. I beg to introduce myself as an Indian monk, following the Vedic principles of religious life, and at the present, I am in the renounced order of Sannyas (aged 72 years) and preaching God consciousness all over the world. I came to America in 1965, and since then I have many followers belonging to both Christian and Jewish faiths. And I have established 8 centers of Krishna consciousness temples in the USA and Canada. In the month of September, 1968, I am scheduled to go to London on this mission, and maybe I can visit other cities of European countries.
My mission is in the line of Lord Caitanya, Who is Personified Love of Godhead, and Who advented Himself 482 years ago in India, and preached God consciousness all over the country. His mission is to revive God consciousness all over the world, on the basis of Srimad-Bhagavatam (Science of God). The principle of Srimad-Bhagavatam is that any religious faith which helps a man to develop Love of God, without any motive, and without being hampered by any material condition, is transcendental religion. And the best process or the easiest process, in this age especially, is to chant the Holy name of God. From this definition of religion as we find in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the criterion test of religion is how it helps people to develop his dormant Love of God, which is not artificially invoked, but it is aroused from within by bona fide association of devotees and hearing about God.
Yes, whoever you tell the chant to, it is effective. You have heard it from me and my disciples, similarly I have heard it from my Guru Maharaja, and so on, and on. Because you have heard it from a pure devotee of the Lord, therefore it is transmitted from you to another. Just as an aerial message, is transmitted from one place to another, similarly, this Guru parampara system is working. My disciples are my agents, my representatives, so by hearing it from them, you are receiving it from me. And because you are a sincere soul, those who are hearing the Mantra from you are receiving it in disciplic succession, from Lord Caitanya and from Lord Krishna.
(Srila Prabhupada´s Letter to: Andrea Temple -- Los Angeles 6 March, 1968)
MARCH 2019 (continued)
21. (Thu) Sri Gaura Purnima. Divine appearance of Sri Gauranga. Total fast until moonrise, then no grains. End of year 533 Gaurabda.
28. (Thu) Krishna Ashtami. Appearance of Srila Srivas Pandit.
1. (Mon) Krishna Ekadashi. Papa Vimochani Ekadashi. Fast.
10. (Wed) Gaura Panchami. Appearance of Sripad Ramanuja Acharya
14. (Sun) Gaura Navami. Sri Rama Navami. Fast until noon.Appearance at noon of Sri Ramachandra.
15. (Mon) Gaura Ekadashi. No fast today (because of Dashami viddha at dawn).
16. (Tue) Gaura Dvadashi. Kamada Ekadashi. Fast.
19. (Fri) Purnima. Vasanta Rasa of Sri Krishna. Rasa Yatra of Sri Balaram. Appearance of Srila Vamshi Vadanananda Thakur and Srila Shyamananda Prabhu.
29. (Mon) Krishna Dashami. Disappearance of Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur.
30. (Tue) Krishna Ekadashi. Varuthini Ekadashi. Fast.
by Purujit Dasa
Mantra is a repetitive sound that focuses your mind in a particular direction. For example you are taking a long trip and you have many things to pack. "Don't forget the keys" - you say to yourself on and on while you are grabbing different other things to take with you on the plane. This is a mantra. In sanskrit the word mantra can be divided into two : man - which refers to the mind and tra - which means to deliver. Shortly it can be translated as "freeing yourself from your mind". The mind tends to wander. Just like with the keys, you want to remember not to forget the keys, but a phone rings and it's a friend you have not spoken to for 14 years, so naturally you become emotionally surcharged, your mind is distracted and you forget your keys at home and realize this only after you shut the door behind you. This is the mind. Instead of following your direction, the mind sometimes becomes too loose and drags you into an unfavorable situation. In the same way the mind drags us from one life to another. Whatever state of being one remembers at the time of death, that state he shall attain without fail. The mind carries the spirit soul into another body just like air carries aroma. If the air passes through a rose garden, the aroma of the air will be very pleasant smell. If it passes over a filthy place, it will carry an obnoxious stink. Similarly whatever the mind is absorbed in throughout one's life will decide his future birth either as a human, god or an animal. Mantra meditation is therefore a conscious future body designing. We are designing our future body by the thoughts we willingly try to cultivate.
So there is no cause of becoming sad. Our meeting and separation in the material world is like the flowing tide of the river.
During the flowing tide of the river, so many different floating articles meet together, and with the flowing, they again become separated by the movement of the waves. That is the way of the material life.
But our separation, although it resembles exactly in the material way, it is completely different. In the spiritual world, separation is more relishable than meeting. In other words, in spiritual life, there is no separation.
Separation is eternal, and meeting is also eternal. The separation is simply another feature of meeting.
(Srila Prabhupada´s Letter to: Brahmananda -- San Francisco 3 April, 1969)
We should learn to depend on Krishna more and more. Actually, Krishna is always guiding us as Supersoul, but due to our forgetfulness, we do not understand that Krishna is friend everlasting. With advance of Krishna Consciousness one is able to realize that Krishna is always with His devotees -- not only with His devotees, also with the non-devotees, but the devotees can recognize His Presence and the non-devotees cannot. The more you make advancement in Krishna Consciousness you will see Krishna everywhere. Not only on the bank of the river, but also on streets, trees, lampposts, and so on. The more you see like that you know you are making tangible advancement in Krishna Consciousness. Actually, there is nothing but Krishna all around us. This is explained in the Gita. He is the taste of water, light of the moon, the fragrance of the flower, light of the sun, sound of the sky, the power of the strong and so on. so one who is actually making progress in Krishna Consciousness, he can see Krishna everywhere. At every stage of life, who can avoid the sunlight, the moonlight, the fragrance of the flower, the taste of the water, the sound of the sky, and so on; but one has to learn it, that there is Krishna in all these varieties of existence. Without Krishna there is nothing. It is simply by the influence of Maya that we forget the relationship of Krishna with everything that be.
Simply always chant Hare Krishna and with faith in Krishna and the Spiritual Master. I am very glad Krishna is helping you and He will help you more and more in the future.
(Srila Prabhupada Letter to: Krsna Devi -- San Francisco 21 December, 1967)
Preach In Big Cities
My Guru Maharaja never liked to open a Branch preaching center in a place where there is less population. We are not meant for living peacefully in a secluded place. We are meant for recuiting Krishna's eternal servants and therefore a better populated place. Of course we don't neglect the villagement but our first preference is to the cities. Please therefore organize the place nicely. Both you and Srimati Krishna devi are sincere workers for Krishna Consciousness and as such Krishna will never put you in difficulty, rest assured. Don't be discouraged. Sit down tightly husband and wife. If nobody comes to hear, please chant and hear yourself. Success or failure does not matter. On the Absolute world there is no such relativities as a success and failure. The one thing in the Absolute world is to serve Krishna. Don't care for the result. Krishna must know that we are working very seriously and that is our success of life.
(Srila Prabhuapda Letter to: Subala -- San Francisco 16 December, 1967)
I understand that there are only three persons at Boston, but each of you can work for 300 persons, so it is not the numerical strength that works, but it is Krishna Consciousness that works. A Krishna Conscious person is never tired of working and the symptoms I can see in you as you want to be overloaded with work. This is the test of how one is advancing in Krishna Consciousness. Nobody becomes tired but wants to work more and more. Your God-brother Satsvarupa also told me the same thing that he may be overloaded with typewriting work. Similarly, Govinda dasi and Gaurasundara also want to be overloaded with work. So your examples are great encouragement for an old man like me. I have got the same spirit of being overloaded with Krishna Conscious work, but physically I am not as strong as you are all young boys and girls. You can pray to Krishna that I may get your strength to serve the cause of Krishna Consciousness.
(Srila Prabhupada Letter to: Jadurani -- San Francisco 16 December, 1967)
Our Lordships Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra devi received Their new clothes on the Sri Gaura Purnima day. New dresses came from the skillful hands of Mrs. Hamarcakova, who is the mother of Makhancora dasa. She dedicated many hours from her time to very precisely and diligently put the clothes together and on top of that she also donated for the cloth and other materials. May other devotees, friends and people in general become inspired in their hearts to render more and more such beautiful service. The following are words of appreciation from the B.L.I.S.S. members: