His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
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:
The day before Gaura-purnima festival we went to chant in the streets of Malaga. This is what happened there! Haribol! :)
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed His disciples to write books on the science of Krsna, a task which those who follow Him have continued to carry out down to the present day. Due to the unbreakable system of disciplic succession, the elaborations and expositions on the philosophy taught by Lord Caitanya are in fact the most voluminous, exacting and consistent of any religious culture in the world. Although Lord Caitanya was widely renowned as a scholar in His youth, He left only eight verses, called Siksastaka. These eight verses clearly reveal His mission and precepts. These supremely valuable prayers are translated herein.
Glory to the Sri Krsna sankirtana, which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years together and thus extinguishes the fire of conditioned life, of repeated birth and death. This sankirtana movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge, it increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to taste the full nectar for which we are always anxious.
O My Lord, Your holy name alone can render all benedictions to living beings, and thus You have hundreds and millions of names, like Krsna and Govinda. In these transcendental names You have invested all Your transcendental energies, and there are no hard and fast rules for chanting these holy names. O My Lord, You have so kindly made it easy to approach You by Your holy names, but I am so unfortunate that I have no attraction for them.
One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.
O almighty Lord, I have no desire to accumulate wealth, nor do I desire beautiful women, nor do I want any number of followers. I only want Your causeless devotional service, birth after birth.
O son of Maharaja Nanda, I am Your eternal servitor, yet somehow or other I have fallen into the ocean of birth and death. Please pick Me up from this ocean of death and place Me as one of the atoms at Your lotus feet.
O My Lord, when will My eyes be decorated with tears of love flowing constantly when I chant Your holy name? When will My voice choke up, and when will the hairs on My body stand on end at the recitation of Your name?
O Govinda! Feeling Your separation, I am considering a moment to be like twelve years or more. Tears are flowing from My eyes like torrents of rain, and I am feeling all vacant in the world in Your absence.
I know no one but Krsna as My Lord, and He shall always remain so, even if He handles Me roughly by His embrace or makes Me brokenhearted by not being present before Me. He is completely free to do anything and everything, yet He is always My worshipful Lord, unconditionally.
(Teachings of Lord Caitanya: Introduction)
by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura (August 20, 1896)
Caitanya Mahaprabhu was born in Mayapur, in the town of Nadia, just after sunset on the evening of the 23rd Phalguna, 1407 Sakabda, answering to the 18th of February, 1486, of the Christian Era. The moon was eclipsed at the time of His birth, and the people of Nadia were then engaged, as was usual on such occasions, in bathing in the Bhagirathi with loud cheers of "Haribol!" His father, Jagannatha Misra, a poor brahmana of the Vedic order, and His mother, Saci-devi, a model good woman, both descended from brahmana stock originally residing in Sylhet. Mahaprabhu was a beautiful child, and the ladies of the town came to see Him with presents. His mother's father, Pandita Nilambara Cakravarti, a renowned astrologer, foretold that the child would be a great personage in time; and he therefore gave Him the name Visvambhara. The ladies of the neighborhood styled Him Gaurahari on account of His golden complexion, and His mother called Him Nimai on account of the nima tree near which He was born. Beautiful as the lad was, everyone heartily loved to see Him every day. As He grew up He became a whimsical and frolicsome lad. After His fifth year, He was admitted into a pathasala [school], where He picked up Bengali in a very short time.
The following is an exchange that took place on our BLISS Page on FB between several BLISS members and two unknown devotees who took objection when they saw the picture of Paramahamsa Prabhu as seen above worshipping the Deities while wearing a kurta (shirt). We thought of sharing it with you.
Ayyappa Doss: He should not wear kurta and do deity worship. Pujaris should wear Chaddar while inside altar.Guru puja can be made by wearing kurta.
Purujit Dasa: there are various opinions on this point of deity worship. ultimately we have to come to srila prabhupada. so far i have not seen a statement from srila prabhupada saying one should not worship in kurta. in the western countries during the winter season i think it is very impractical.
Ayyappa Doss: hmm I see
Purujit Das: I mean i remember running a temple in canada in -40. it's not a joke exactly. you have to put on sweater even :) anyway, if there is a quote from srila prabhupada we can discuss. let us become accustomed to discuss on the basis of srila prabhupada's statements. he is the highest authority on all matters.
Elle Mitchell: You may not have seen a statement from Srila Prabhupada prohibiting kurtas but it's likely there are plenty of statements from him on what _should_ be worn on the altar. First recourse is "Siksamrta" where there are excerpts from his letters regarding deity worship. Second recourse is Vedabase, third is ISKCON Deity Worship ministry. I lived in a temple in a cold climate also but the standard for altar worship is cotton or silk dhoti, with chadar if it's cold, no socks.Further, if the pujari is cold then the Deities are cold. That means you put a space heater on the altar for Their comfort and pleasure. Conversely, in the summer you use a fan when it's hot. This entire discussion would be moot if Their needs had been put first.
Please Do Not Read This If You Don´t Want Your Faith in Originality Of The 1972 Gita To Be Shattered
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 here is a direction that Bhagavad-gita is especially instructed to Arjuna, the devotee of the Lord, the direct student of Krsna. And not only that, he is intimately in touch with Krsna as friend. Therefore Bhagavad-gita is understood by a person who has similar qualities like Krsna. That means he must be a devotee, he must be in relation, direct relationship with the Lord. "
(Introduction to Gitopanisad (Earliest Recording of Srila Prabhupada in the Bhaktivednta Archives) Bhagavad-gita Introduction, New York, February 19-20, 1966.)
"So we see that Bhagavad-gita is instructed to Arjuna especially because Arjuna was a devotee of the Lord, a direct student of Krsna, and His intimate friend. Therefore Bhagavad-gita is BEST understood by a person who has qualities similar to Arjuna's. That is to say he must be a devotee in a direct relationship with the Lord." (Bg introduction - 1972 edition)
The editor certainly adjusted the text here in various ways and he has done a great job by not diverting the meaning in any way. He also switched "similar qualities to Krsna" for "similar qualities to Arjuna", which is a sensible correction most certainly approved by Srila Prabhupada. So the meaning is not changed, except for one word that was unnecessarily inserted. The word "best" changes the meaning of the sentence quite a bit. Although Srila Prabhupada says without any diversion that the Bhagavad-gita is understood by a person who has similar qualities like Arjuna, the 1972 edition makes it appear that persons who do not possess qualities similar to Arjuna can also understand the Bhagavad-gita. Only their understanding is perhaps not the best. We find such insertion completely unnecessary and confusing. Srila Prabhupada here in this portion explains that Arjuna was a perfect devotee who has attained, or who is eternally situated in his svarupa-siddhi (perfection of one's relationship with the Lord). This is not the position of every devotee. Only a devotee on the top most platform of spiritual life is so situated.
Spiritual Answers to Environmental Challenges
by Makhancora dasa
The spirit soul in the material world in due course of its evolution enters the human form of body, endowed with developed and fairly uncovered consciousness. Our existence in this material realm is characterized by perpetual struggle for existence through exploitation of natural resources. All the bodies work under the laws of material nature and each body is like a filter, a coloured glass, through which the light of the soul - the consciousness - shines. According to the filter, the light, originally pure and intense, appears to be of different hues and intensity. Thus each plant, mushroom or animal exhibits a particular behaviour befitting the particular specie. They don't go beyond their "program". They are not extravagant. They follow their own nature.
It's an interesting sight. Everything works perfectly in natural sequence, the whole ecosystem is like one body where everyone has his place, function and purpose. Nothing is missing and nothing is extra.
Yet we see a disruption of this divine arrangement. Especially at present times, the modern man creates a situation, where in his own struggle for existence, in his attempt to exploit natural resources for the pleasure of his senses he violates natural sequences. He extends the inputs of enjoyable stimulus even beyond the capacity of his senses to actually absorb them and the ultimate result of this unwise and blind policy is his own frustration and confusion accompanied by gradual destruction of the world not just for himself, but for everyone else as well. The material body and this world is given to the living entity as a tool for enjoyment of the senses under a false idea of material identity, but after millions of births and deaths in millions of species, after one realizes the futility of his attempts to become the supreme master and enjoyer of the world, the same material body and the same world are to be utilised as an instrument for his liberation. Human form of life can facilitate this process of liberation through proper action in the world executed on account of purified consciousness, but without the right vision and spiritual education we can't ever be truly satisfied and cease to drain our environment for flickering pleasures of our gross and subtle bodies.
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Perfection of human civilization is made possible by utilizing the gifts of nature in their own way. As we find herewith in the description of its opulence, Dvaraka was surrounded by flower gardens and fruit orchards along with reservoirs of water and growing lotuses. There is no mention of mills and factories supported by slaughterhouses, which are the necessary paraphernalia of the modern metropolis. The propensity to utilize nature's own gifts is still there, even in the heart of modern civilized man. The leaders of modern civilization select their own residential quarters in a place where there are such naturally beautiful gardens and reservoirs of water, but they leave the common men to reside in congested areas without parks and gardens. Herein of course we find a different description of the city of Dvaraka. It is understood that the whole dhama, or residential quarter, was surrounded by such gardens and parks with reservoirs of water where lotuses grew. It is understood that all the people depended on nature's gifts of fruits and flowers without industrial enterprises promoting filthy huts and slums for residential quarters. Advancement of civilization is estimated not on the growth of mills and factories to deteriorate the finer instincts of the human being, but on developing the potent spiritual instincts of human beings and giving them a chance to go back to Godhead. Development of factories and mills is called ugra-karma, or pungent activities, and such activities deteriorate the finer sentiments of the human being and thus turn society into a dungeon of demons.
The devotee crowd at the B.L.I.S.S. Fuengirola Temple has expanded considerably with the arrival of Godbrothers and Godsisters from Perú and Mexico. Join us for the upcoming
festival of Lord Caitanya´s appearance day
in ecstatic Hare Krsna chanting, dancing, prasadam feasting, profound philosophical discussions and loving devotional service to the Sweet Blue Boy - Krsna.
Our Freedom Lies Beyond The Universe
by Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Because the foolish people have no information of the soul and how the spirit soul is beyond the purview of the body and the mind, therefore all their occupational duties can not give them complete satisfaction. Herein the question of satisfaction of the self is raised. The self is beyond the gross body and subtle mind and he is the potent active principle of the body and mind. Without knowing the need of the dormant soul how one can be happy simply by emolument of the body and mind. The body and the mind are but superfluous outer coverings of the spirit soul but the soul's needs must be fulfilled. Without knowing the needs of the bird in the cage, simply by cleansing the cage the bird can not be satisfied.
The need of the spirit soul is that he wants to get out of the limited sphere of material bondage and wants to fulfil the desire for complete freedom. He wants to get out of the covered walls of the greater universe. He wants to see the free light and the spirit. That complete freedom is achieved when he meets the complete Spirit Personality of Godhead. There is dormant affection of God within everyone; spiritual existence is manifested through the gross body and mind in the form of perverted affection for the matter gross and subtle. We have to engage ourselves, therefore, in such occupational engagement as will be able to evoke our divine consciousness. This is possible only by the process of hearing and chanting of the divine activities of the Supreme Lord and any occupational activity which does not help in achieving such Stage of attachment for hearing and chanting the transcendental message of Godhead, is said herein as simply waste of time. Because other occupational duties call it by any ism can not give liberation to the soul. Even the activities of the salvationists are considered to be useless on account of its failure to pick up the Fountain head of all liberties. Gross materialists can see it practically that his material gain is limited only by time and space either in this world or in the other. Even he goes up to the Swargaloka that is also not the permanent abode for the hankering soul. The hankering soul must be satisfied by the perfect scientfic process of perfect devotional service.
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.8 Delhi edition, purport)
What To Ask To Achieve Satisfaction
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The whole world is full of questions and answers. The birds, beasts or the man all are busy in the matter of perpetual questions and answers. In the morning the birds in the nest become busy with questions and answers in the evening also the same birds come back and again become busy with questions and answers. The human being unless he is fast asleep at night he is busy with questions and answers. The businessmen on the market place is busy with questions and answers and so also the lawyers in the court and the students in the schools and colleges. The legislators in the parliament are also busy with questions and answers and the politicians or the press representatives all are busy with questions and answers. But they go on making such questions and answers for the whole life and still they are not at all satisfied. Satisfaction of the soul can only be obtained by questions and answers on the subject of Krishna.
Krishna is our most intimate master, friend, father or son and object of conjugal love. Forgetting Krishna we have created so many objects of questions and answers but none of them are able to give us complete satisfaction. Any thing except Krishna can give us temporary satisfaction only and if we have to have complete satisfaction we must take to the questions and answers about Krishna. We cannot live for a moment without being questioned or without giving answers. Because the Srimad Bhagwatam deals in questions and answers in relation with Krishna, we can derive the highest satisfaction only by reading and hearing this transcendental literature. Learn the Srimad Bhagwatam and make an all round solution of all problems regarding social, political or religious matters. Srimad Bhagwatam and Krishna is the sumtotal of all things.
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.5 Delhi edition, purport)
Srila Rupa Goswami
BHAKTI RASAMRITA SINDHU
(Devotional Service of the Lord)
Translations and Purports
His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(published in the 1960 issues of "Back to Godhead")
Hridi yasya preranaya prabrtita aham baraka api-tasya hare padakamalam vande chaitanya devasya.
Hridi-In the heart; yasya-whose, preranaya-by the inspiration of, pravartito-engaged, aham-myself, baraka-insignificant, api-although, tasya-of him, hare-the Lord's, padakamalam-lotus feet, vande-do worship, chaitanya-Sri Chaitanya, deva-the Lord.
Let me worship the lotus feet of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, by the inspiration of whose unbounded mercy I am now engaged, although very much insignificant in this task.
The author Sri Rupa Goswami shows the way of approaching the Absolute Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna. He therefore offers his respectful obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who is no other than Sri Krishna Himself appeared in the form of a devotee to bestow his merciful benediction upon the fallen souls of this iron age called by the name Kali Yuga. Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu personally inspired Srila Rupa Goswami at Dasaswmedh Ghat Prayag (Allahabad) continuously for ten days and authorised him to propagate the science of devotional service for everyone's benefit. As pure Vaishnava, Srila Rupa Goswami considers himself as the most insignificant person although he is not so. Nobody can describe the transcendental science unless he is authorised by the Lord Himself or His bonafide representative. As Arjuna was, in the Bhagwat Geeta, personally inspired by Sri Krishna-so also here Srila Rupa Goswami was also personally inspired by the Lord. As such none of them can be insignificant persons but on the contrary they are the proper authorities who can deliver us the right thing. Nobody can understand the Bhagwat Geeta if he does not follow the footprints of Arjuna and similarly nobody can understand the mission of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu unless one is scrupulously inclined to follow the footprints of the Goswamins headed by Sri Rupa Goswami. Srila Jiva Goswami explains the word Baraka as one who can explain the right concept. It may not be out of place to mention in this connection that this translation work into English is also undertaken under the same authority of His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaj who is bonafide representative of Srila Rupa Goswami. There is no spirit of change herein from the path of the original authority.
How To Achieve Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
So in the human form of body we can understand our real, constitutional position. So if the leaders of the human society do not give education to the human society, how the spirit soul can get out of the clutches of birth, death, old age and disease? You have rightly said that Indian sages and great personalities, they specifically cultivated this knowledge, how the living entity encaged in this material body can be liberated. Therefore, to give education to the human society how he can get out of this entanglement of birth, death, old and disease is the best welfare activity. We can remember the history in your country: there was great Napoleon. In other countries also there were many big heroes. They constructed their country very nicely, but at last they had to leave the country.
So whatever we create materially with this material body in this life, along with my giving up this body I have to give up everything. And after this, I have to accept another body. We do not know what kind of body I am going to accept. But suppose I am going to accept, say, a lower grade of body, less than human being. Then what is my condition? My love of country may give me another body in this country, or in my country, but if I am not well situated... Suppose if I get the body of an animal like cow, I shall be sent to the slaughterhouse.
The Transcendental Effect Will Be Visible
Krishna Consciousness is so nice that if one takes part in it in either ways, like hearing, chanting, remembering, worshiping, praying, or even simply by eating prasadam, the transcendental effect will be visible. I am very glad that you have developed these nice sentiments and now you are living with other devotees. If you continue like this I am sure you will make rapid progress in Krishna Consciousness.
(Srila Prabhupada´s Letter to: Lynn -- Calcutta 23 November, 1967)
Always Depend Fully On Krsna
I have read your statements regarding opening centers. I am not in agreement with Mr. Altman that we are expanding very thinly. In my opinion, a single sincere soul can maintain a center. You know I started the center at 26 2nd Ave. alone. I took the risk of 200.00 dollars per month for the rent. At that time there were no assistants. Mukunda was at that time a friend but there was no responsibility for him for maintaining the center. Gradually Kirtanananda and Hayagriva joined but they did not take any responsibility. Still I was maintaining the establishment simply depending on Krishna and then Krishna sent me everything -- men and money. Similarly, if a sincere soul goes out and opens a center in any part of the world Krishna will help him in all respects. Without being empowered by Krishna, nobody can preach Krishna Consciousness. It is not academic qualification or financial strength which helps in these matters, but it is sincerity of purpose which helps us always. Therefore, I wish that you will remain in charge of New York, let Satsvarupa be in charge of Boston, Let Mukunda be in charge of San Francisco, let Janardana be in charge of Montreal. Let Nandarani and Dayananda be in charge of Los Angeles. And let Subala das be in charge of Santa Fe. In this way you will follow my example as I did in the beginning at 26 2nd Ave. That is preaching, cooking, writing, talking, chanting everything one man's show. I never thought about the audience. I was prepared to chant if there were no man to hear me. The principle of chanting is to glorify the Lord and not to attract a crowd. If Krishna hears nicely then he will ask some sincere devotee to gather in such place. Therefore, be advised that thousands of centers may be started if we find out a sincere soul for each and every center. We do not require more men to start. If there is one sincere soul that is sufficient to start a new center.
(Letter to: Brahmananda -- Calcutta 11 November, 1967)
In the material world there is constant fight between maya & the living entity. Maya is very strong & we can fall a victim at her hand at any moment. The only means of protecting us from the attack of maya is to be fully Krishna Conscious. The proportion in which we fall back in Krishna Consciousness is filled up by the influence of maya. It is exactly like the proportion of negligence of our health is subsequently resulted in our falling ill. The person who is very careful about his health does not generally fall ill. Similarly a person who is always fixed up in Krishna Consciousness cannot be defeated by maya. Sometimes in spite of our full Krishna Consciousness we fall a victim to maya but that is temporary just as seasonal changes such calamities do come & pass away & we have to endure them.
(Letter to: Jadurani -- Navadvipa 26 October, 1967)
by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Yes. So if we get place, we can start. Our program is international. And it is not difficult for us. We can start a branch even underneath a tree. We begin... I began in New York like that. I was chanting underneath a tree in a park. Yes.
(Room Conversation, Dec. 21st 1970, Surat)
As preachers, we do not require elaborate temples for our work. No, we are content to live under a tree. So, as long as your preaching work is going on, never mind there is no temple. of course, in your western countries people must have a comfortable place to sit down or they will not come for chanting. So as soon as possible you may get a nice place and invite the general public by making it very attractive.
(Letter to: Locanananda -- Delhi, India 8 December, 1971)
It is not so important that you have no temple building just now. The main thing is that somehow or other preaching work goes on and literature is distributed. We are prepared to sleep under a tree, so what is there need for a fancy house? Only people must have some place to go, so as soon as possible try to get some place where the public can come and sit down comfortably and chant Hare Krishna.
(Letter to: Sri Galim -- Delhi 20 November, 1971)