His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(founder of the Hare Krsna movement)
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(founder of the Hare Krsna movement)
Devotee (2): Śrīla Prabhupāda, in the Bhagavad-gītā it says that happiness in the mode of goodness is in the beginning is like poison but at the end it is like nectar. Where does the poison end and where does the sweetness begin?
Prabhupāda: Sweetness? That is false sweetness. Just like sexual intercourse. This is sweet, but aftereffect is very poisonous. Either illicit or legal, the aftereffect is very... You have to take care of the children, the child is diseased, go to the doctor and this, that, so many, maintenance... And illicit—then this charge of rape case and so many other things. So both of them, in the beginning it is very happy, but at the end it is very distressing. That is material happiness. Everyone knows it, that it is distasteful. But still, he does that. Tṛpyanti neha kṛpanāḥ bahu-duḥkha-bhājaḥ (SB 7.9.45). Therefore this kṛpanāḥ... Kṛpanāḥ means miser or foolish person.
Devotee (1): (break) ...till they give up their lusty desires.
Prabhupāda: Yes, that is required because unless you give up your lusty desires, you will have to remain in this material world, and to remain in the material means suffering. If you actually do not want suffering, then you have to practice all these things so that you can go to the spiritual world. That is the aim of life. And for going to the spiritual world, you have to be completely, cent percent free from all material desires. And so long you will have material desires, you have to accept one material body. Nature is so kind, or the law of nature is so perfect. As long as you will have a little pinch of material desire, then you will have to accept. That's all. Kāraṇaṁ guṇa-saṅgaḥ asya sad-asad... And that material life means you may become a grass or you may become a demigod like Brahmā. That will depend on your desire. But you will have to accept. (end)
Morning Walk -- May 11, 1975, Perth
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
To a gross materialist this kingdom of God, Vaikuntha, is certainly a mystery. But to an ignorant man everything is a mystery for want of sufficient knowledge. The kingdom of God is not a myth. Even the material planets, which float over our heads in the millions and billions, are still a mystery to the ignorant. Material scientists are now attempting to penetrate this mystery, and a day may come when the people of this earth will be able to travel in outer space and see the variegatedness of these millions of planets with their own eyes. In every planet there is as much material variegatedness as we find in our own planet.
by Purujit Dasa
sadrsam cestate svasyah
prakrter jnanavan api
prakrtim yanti bhutani
nigrahah kim karisyati
Even a man of knowledge acts according to his own nature, for everyone follows his nature. What can repression accomplish?
People will hanker after knowledge as long as they have a need for pleasure. Who would be interested to acquire mundane education without a diploma and a promise of a nice job promising sense gratification? Unfortunately, in a secular society, instead of deriving unlimited pleasure from Krsna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the reservoir of all pleasure, we become diverted to hallucinatory pleasure supplied by exploiters.
Just as a religious leader used the concept of hellfire to invoke more commitment towards the church in the past, the business brains of this age create the atmosphere of incompleteness in order to make the citizens devote their lives to the illusory pleasures of the body. Just think of the last time you saw the evening news, or read the morning news papers-murders, catastrophes, rapes, tornadoes, economical doomsday predictions, etc. Intelligent person asks: Why do I need to know all this? What is the use of this information? What is the benefit? Why are we being flooded by so much information about the horrors of this world?
The answer is that the TV News broadcast is how we now understand the “reality of the world”. The tube took the place of a scripture and portraying the world as “doomed” is actually an indirect blasphemy of God. Look at the monster God has created! He must be less intelligent! Look, it’s all mess and cut, now commercial break and all of a sudden you see an ideal life- man on a super duper nice car, with elegant clothes on and with a beautiful woman on his side, everything super awesome. If you put black and white next to each other, the contrast is stronger. Similarly, juxtaposition of “horrifying reality” and the ideals pushed by the shiny “commercials” makes the “reality” look worse and commercials better. They are the hellfire and heaven of the commercial gurus.
Because every living entity oscillates towards pleasure not suffering, after a while people naturally start to think of the commercials and movies as reality worthy of shedding tears about and the sufferings of others seen on the “news” as a fantasy we should not get too much emphatic about. They don’t know that the two are intimately connected. The advertised irresponsible life of sense gratification is the very cause of the suffering we see on the evening news.
Hayagriva: Mill concludes that the existence of evil in the universe, or what he considers to be evil, pain and death, excludes the existence of an omnipotent God. He sees man in a position to aid the intentions of providence by surmounting his evil instincts. So God is not all-powerful, infinite in His power. If He were, there would be no evil, according to Mill.
Prabhupada: No. God, evil is created by God undoubtedly, but the, it was necessary on account of the human being as, misuse of his free will. God gives him good direction but when he is disobedient, then naturally the evil power is there to punish him. Therefore the evil is not created by God but still it is created. It is necessary. Just like the government constructs the prison house. So this prison house creation is not the government's intention. Government wants that university is sufficient, people may be educated and highly enlightened, but because some, not all, misuses the independence, little independence, he creates evil circumstances, and he is compulsorily put into the prison house. Similarly, we suffer on account of our own evil activities but God, being Supreme, He punishes us for our evil activities. For God there isn't... When we are under the protection of God, there is nothing evil, only good thing. There is no evil. So God does not create evil but man's evil activities obliges God to create an evil situation.
Discussion on John Stuart Mill
One can only imagine that if cannibalism was made legal, people would probably not even protest, instead they would support it as long as it’s nicely advertised. So the media and modern entertainment is another way how the citizens are made to be dull-headed and if people are dull-headed, enslaving them in mindless jobs or even world wars is just a piece of cake.
to be continued...
By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
It is very nice that you shall speak on this at the yoga group program. Subala should read carefully that Hatha yoga received in the Bhagavad-gita is very difficult in this age. Yoga system is approved, but nobody can follow the rules and regulations strictly, neither there is suitable place for executing it, and everyone is always full of anxiety, so how they can concentrate? So best thing is to chant Hare Krishna which is forced meditation. In this way make nice speech, and conclude with declaring that the topmost yogi is he who surrenders to Krishna, and worships Krishna with all thoughts, activities, and intelligence.
Letter to: Brahmananda -- Los Angeles 20 November, 1968
HOW TO REMAIN IN TOUCH WITH KRSNA IN THE WORLD OF MAYA?
Hare Krsna Makhancora Dasa & Purujit Das, Just a quick question: you talked this morning of maya being like a theatre in which we somehow have to play a role. But how do we remain Krsna Conscious when we have to perform our duties at work and feel dragged into the material world, particularly the mind that is constantly distracted by technology and has to focus for long hours on these illusory and often exhausting performances? How do we maintain our connection to Krishna in those conditions? It feels sometimes like battling a tempest in the middle of the ocean ... Thanks. François
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PERSON IN GOODNESS AND PERSON IN PURE GOODNESS
Hare Krishna Prabhuji. Please accept my humble obeisances.
Srila Prabhupada's says in one of the lectures that one has to be above the three modes of material nature in order to go back home. So what's the diff between a personal situated in the mode of goodness and the one above all three modes. How does one act above all the three modes?
You said in one of your class that, once we execute devotional service the modes come down. So what's the difference between being in the mode of goodness and being above the mode of goodness?
HOW TO HAVE SEX LIFE IN KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS?
Hare krishna purujit prabhu g dandvat pranaam
If the parents want a child in the godly qualities they should follow the ten principles recommended for the social life of the human being. may u tell me what is these ten principles?
Hare Krsna, Sunil Prabhu
Please accept my obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
The ten samskaras cannot be practised in Kali yuga. Srila Prabhupada states:
So everyone is born sudra, but by cultivation of knowledge and culture, one can become... Samskarat. Therefore, according to Vedic system, there are ten kinds of samskara, reformatory method. This upanayana-samskara, this is also one of the samskara, sacred thread. Upanayana. Upa means near, and nayana means bringing. When the spiritual master brings nearer to spiritual consciousness, a person is given the upanayana, or the sacred thread. The sacred thread is the indication that "This man is now under the control of the spiritual master for advancing in Krsna consciousness." This thread ceremony. This is called upanayana. Similarly, there is reformatory method, marriage, ten kinds of reformatory... The first beginning is garbhadhana. So these things are impossible to introduce now in this Kali-yuga. Therefore the only reformatory method is: harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam, kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha [Cc. Adi 17.21]. In this age of Kali, people are so fallen, so degraded, that it is not possible to introduce systematically the whole Vedic principle; it is not possible.
Bhagavad-gita 1.32-35 -- London, July 25, 1973
Paramahamsa: Srila Prabhupada, I wanted to ask you that in your lectures you continually speak of the ten samskaras that children should have.
Prabhupada: Well, that is not possible.
Prabhupada: That is not possible. It is very difficult. One samskara, that initiation samskara, and marriage samskara-two, three samskaras, can be done, not the ten. It is not possible. Now the circumstances will not allow. It is very difficult.
Room Conversation with Malcolm -- July 18, 1973, London
Still, it is very important to avoid illict sex life even with one's own wife. When trying to conceive a child husband and wife should chant 50 rounds of Hare Krsna mantra before sex life. This can be followed and the child will come out first class.
You have asked me some questions about the functions of sex life in Krishna Consciousness, and the basic principle is that it should be avoided as far as possible. However, if it is unavoidable, then it should be utilized only for begetting Krishna Conscious children. In that case, the husband and wife should chant at least fifty rounds before going to sex. The recommended period is six days after the menstruation period.
Letter to: Syama -- Los Angeles 18 January, 1969
Hope this helps
your servant purujit dasa