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By His Divine Grace ACBS Srila Prabhupada

In September 1969. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acarya (spiritual master) of the Hare Krsna movement, arrived as a house guest at Tittenhurst Park, the beautiful eighty-acre British estate owned by John Lennon. Three or four times a week, the Swami, who later became known to the world as Srila Prabhupada, gave public lectures in a tall, stately building at the northern end of the property a hundred yards from the main house, in which John and Yoko lived. The building had been formerly used as a hall for chamber-music recitals, but now several of Srila ...

Feb 3, 2019 -- 6,158 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Because of my state of complete foolishness and paucity of pious activities, although the Lord offered me His personal service, I wanted material name, fame and prosperity. The conclusion is that anyone who is engaged in the loving service of the Lord should never ask for material prosperity from the Lord.

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Jan 22, 2019 -- 5,219 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada

The Vedanta-sutra philosophy begins with this inquiry about life, and the Bhagavatam answers such inquiries up to this point, or the mystery of all inquiries. Lord Brahma wanted to be perfectly educated by the Personality of Godhead, and here is the answer by the Lord, finished in four nutshell verses, from aham eva to this verse, etavad eva. This is the end of all self-realization processes. Men do not know that the ultimate goal of life is Visnu, or the Supreme Personality of Godhead, due to being bewildered by the glaring reflection in the d...

Jan 11, 2019 -- 1,772 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

So this dog’s philosophy will not help you, that “I have got this body, and how to enjoy the bodily sex life.” This is dog philosophy. A dog knows all these things. Your philosophy should be how to refrain from sex life. That is knowledge. Tapo divyam [SB 5.5.1]. Tapasya. This human life is meant for tapasya, to refrain from sense gratification. That is knowledge. Not that how to enjoy sex life or sense gratification. This is known to cats and dogs without any education, without any philosophy. The philosophy, pravrttih esam bhu...

Jan 8, 2019 -- 5,267 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada

Every living being is ambitious to have the topmost level of enjoyment in the material world and yet he is always unhappy here. This unhappiness is present in all the above mentioned planets in spite of long life and standard of comfort more and more increased. That is the law of material nature. You can increase the duration of life and standard of comfort to your highest capacity and yet by the law of material nature you shall feel unhappy; the reason is that the quality of happiness which is compatibly suitable ...

Dec 30, 2018 -- 2,783 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada

Personal Letters from Srila Prabhupada. As a genuine spiritual master, His Divine Grace takes personal responsibility for the advancement of each of his students in the spiritual life of Krsna consciousness. Although now his transcendental instructions are available in book form, when Srila Prabhupada first began the Krsna consciousness movement, the only way his new disciples could get the answers to their many questions was to ask Srila Prabhupada personally. Therefore...

Dec 12, 2018 -- 1,761 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

People have got no clear conception of God because they are sinful. But we can give the name, address and everything about God through this Krishna consciousness movement. We give them a clear conception, not just a vague idea, “God may be like this, God may be like that.” Here is a clear description of God: This is Krishna's actual description as described in the sastra. Syamasundara Krishna , or Muralidhara, is playing on His flute (venum kvanantam). H...

Dec 6, 2018 -- 2,607 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Those who are eating animals are animals; they are not human beings. Although they have the form of a human being, they are not considered human beings. When a person is civilized, cultured, then he’s a human being. If he’s not civilized, if he’s not cultured, if he simply has two hands he’s an animal. Civilized culture begins in the Aryan families. Therefore they are called Aryans, which means “advanced.”

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Nov 20, 2018 -- 2,888 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Krishna is so kind: We wanted to enjoy the material world; therefore He has given us full opportunity: "Yes, enjoy." But Krishna does not want us to enjoy the material world. Sometimes foolish people say, "Krishna has given us this facility for sense enjoyment. Why shall we not take it?" Sometimes the so-called rishis and yogis also say, "Yes, we have senses, and they are meant for enjoyment. Why should it be stopped?" But i...

Oct 26, 2018 -- 2,059 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

This is a very important verse. The modern scientists, philosophers, they say that after finishing this body, we no more exist, finished, everything finished. This is not new. In olden times also there were atheists like Carvaka Muni, he also said like that: bhasmi-bhutasya dehasya kutah punar agamano bhavet. Now why you are worrying about next life? As soon as this body is burned into ashes, everything is finished. According to Ve...

Oct 3, 2018 -- 5,802 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada

One who worships Krisha is clever. But one who worships maya is a pauper. Becoming a pauper one engages in temporary pastimes Without knowledge of the true relationships of things he simply becomes bound up in maya’s knot. Arjuna and Duryodhana both fought in the same war, But Arjuna was the best devotee and Duryodhana died. on one battlefield both dear and detestable One who is intelligent will be able to understand.

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Sep 28, 2018 -- 2,035 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada

From this statement by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu we can clearly understand that the word yavana does not refer only to a particular class of men. Anyone who is against the behavior of the Vedic principles is called a yavana. Such a yavana may be in India or outside of India.

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Sep 23, 2018 -- 7,085 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada

So when Vamanadeva appeared, Bali Maharaja was attracted by His beauty as a Dwarf Brahmin, and as he was charitably disposed, he wanted to give Him some charity. But Sukaracharya, being elevated in mystic yogic powers, he could understand that Vamanadeva was Visnu. And in order to favor the demigods, He had come there to cheat Bali Maharaja in the shape of begging some charities. Bali Maharaja was puffed up with his material vanities, and Vama...

Sep 21, 2018 -- 1,954 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

So today, this evening, we are talking about Radhastami. We are trying to understand the chief potency of Krsna. Radharani is the pleasure potency of Krsna. As we understand from Vedic literature, Krsna has many varieties of potencies. Parasya saktir vividhaiva sruyate [Cc. Madhya 13.65, purport]. Just like the same example, as a big man has got many assistants and secretaries so that he hasn't got to do anything personally, simply ...

Sep 16, 2018 -- 2,296 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapada

Suppose you go to Svargaloka and become Indra, the king of the heavenly planets. That is not a permanent position. By pious activities you can become Brahma, Indra, and so many demigods. You can hold such posts. But even if you go to Brahmaloka, the planet of Brahma, what is the benefit? You have to come back. Similarly, even you go to the Brahman effulgence, the impersonal spiritual energy emanating from Krishna, you will eventually fall back to the materia...

Sep 6, 2018 -- 2,106 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

So today is that auspicious day, Janmastami, when Lord Krishna appeared five thousand years ago in India, Mathura. Those who are Indian ladies and gentlemen present, they know very well where is Mathura. It is about ninety miles south of New Delhi. Mathura is still existing and it is eternally existing. Krishna appeared in Mathura in His maternal uncle’s house in a very precarious condition. That birthplace, Lord Krishna’s...

Sep 2, 2018 -- 1,597 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace Srila A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada

The first thing is that bhagavan uvaca. These things required for purification. Sattva-samsuddhih. The human life is meant for sattva. Sattva. Sattva means existence. We are existing. I am existing; you are existing. But we are sometimes appear to be not existing. That is called death. We, every living entity, we are eternal. That is stated in the Second Chapter, that ajo nityah sasvatah, na hanyate hanyamane sarire [Bg. 2.20]. These thi...

Jul 21, 2018 -- 1,523 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada

If one wants standard transcendental knowledge, not upstart knowledge, one must received it from the parampara system, the disciplic succession. Another meaning of the word srotriyam mentioned above is "one who has heard from a guru in the disciplic succession." And the result of this hearing will be brahma-nistham, "He is firmly fixed in the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead." He has no other business. These are the two main qualifications of a bona fide guru. He does not need to be a very learned scholar with an M.A., B.A., or Ph.D. ...

Jun 30, 2018 -- 1,758 views
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