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dadami buddhi yogam tam

Dear Anuttama Devi Dasi, PAMHO. AGTSP.

From the same article you quoted:

The problem can be solved when they are taught about their spiritual identity.
Back to Godhead Magazine
Volume 3, Part 4, April 20, 1956
Godless Creation

Srila Prabhupada also said:
The theory that the modern atomic bomb explosions can annihilate the world is childish imagination. First of all, the atomic energy is not powerful enough to destroy the world. And secondly, ultimately it all rests on the supreme will of the Supreme Lord because without His will or sanction nothing can be built up or destroyed.
SB 1.7.32

So we must be prepared for death at any moment. There is no guarantee, that “I am not yet old enough. I am not yet eighty years, ninety years. Why shall I die?” No. You may be twenty years, twenty-five years or younger than that. Death is assured, and it can take place at any moment.
Bhagavad-gita 8.1 — Geneva, June 7, 1974

Tamala Krsna: …Next question: “What is this end of the world?”…
Prabhupada: The world will be devastated, and everything material… Your body is there. It is being maintained, and it will be finished. Similarly, the whole world body will be done in the same way. There is no other way. It is created, it is maintained, and it is finished.
Room Conversation — April 2, 1977, Bombay

I have many more quotes from Srila Prabhupada on this subject. If you woulld like them please sent an e-mail to
Ys, Mithila das.

» Posted By Mithila das On Apr 7, 2007 @ 2:06 pm

Shyamasundara Prabhu

Regarding your headaches, your bowels are not clear. This is the cause of the problem. So you should take more milk and fruits, and eat less wheats and rice. If sandalwood oil is available, you try to massage on your shaved head. Let me know how this trouble is improving. A brahmacari should not have any complaint of bodily disease.
I hope this will meet you in very good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Letter to: Tosana Krsna — Los Angeles 17 February, 1969

» Posted By Mithila das On Feb 13, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

The origins of some of Srila Prabhupada’s sayings

> Once when a group of disciples expressed amazement at his grasp of
> knowledge, he jokingly replied that he had a “PhD in trivia.”

Do you have a reference please? Thanks.

Ys, Mithila das.

» Posted By Mithila das On Feb 13, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

Chocolate – the nectar for which we are always anxious?

Praghosa Prabhu wrote:
> Regarding comment #7
> While the GBC has discussed this issue, from memory, the conclusion more
> or less was that this is really not something there should be a resolution
> about.

There was a resolution passed in 1993 and is now part of ISKCON Law:
8.5.1 Prohibition of Chocolate
As it contains various stimulants like caffeine (contained in coffee), theine (contained in black tea) and theobromine (contained in cocoa), chocolate should not be eaten by ISKCON devotees.(1993)

> One simple reason for this is that to be consistent, we would then have to
> produce an unlimited amount of resolutions to cover all these kinds of
> issues. Should there be a resolution for drinking Coca-cola, a resolution
> for eating processed food, a resolution for watching movies, a resolution
> for listening to non devotional music, a resolution for not washing your
> hands after taking prasadam etc., etc., etc., etc.

No need for a GBC resolution on every issue as we have Srila Prabhupada’a clear instructions:

> Coca-cola….
Our men never touch this Coca-Cola….
Morning Walk – Mauritius, October 2, 1975

So what is the necessity of this Coca-cola? You don’t find all these things in our society. We don’t drink Coca-cola. We don’t drink Pepsi-cola.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.30 — Mauritius, October 2, 1975

….coca cola, pepsi cola – all unnecessary.
Letter to: Rupanuga: — Ahmedabad 29 September, 1975

> processed food….
Foods in the mode of ignorance or darkness are essentially those that are not fresh. Any food cooked more than three hours before it is eaten (except prasadam, food offered to the Lord) is considered to be in the mode of darkness.
Bg 17.10

Whatever we offer should be as fresh and pure as is possible.
Letter to: Karunamayi — Los Angeles 25 February, 1968

An excellent article on this subject, with quotes from Srila Prabhupada, can be can be found in the Folio and is taken from the following book:
Pancaratra-Pradipa – ISKCON GBC Press, Gathering Items for Worship, Ingredients for Worship, Food Offerings (naivedya). Or online at: > Offering Food

> watching movies….
Naturally a devotee has no taste for unnecessary sporting or cinema….
Bg 13.8-12

Go to the cinema; hear the cinema song, see nice girls, and so on, so on. But these devotees, they are not interested at all. The cinema is here, a few steps away, but you will never see a student or a disciple of Krsna consciousness will go to that nonsense place.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.26 — Bombay, November 26, 1974

Don’t take Krsna consciousness so cheap that they will go to cinema and become Krsna conscious.
Morning Walk — August 27, 1975, Vrndavana

Prabhupada: So many things — they do not smoke, they do not drink, they do not go to cinema.
Morning Walk — August 12, 1976, Tehran

We do not go to the movies or to the restaurant.
Morning Walk — August 12, 1976, Tehran

Prabhupada: While sometimes the movies that are demonstrated in the plane, I close my eyes. I do not like to see them because that impression carries. It is a very disturbing fact to me.
Room Conversation — January 21, 1977, Bhuvanesvara

We can use everything — television, radio, movies, or whatever there may be — to tell about Krishna and outside of devotional service all these modern paraphernalia are just so much rubbish.
Letter to: Bhagavan — Bombay 24 November, 1970

> non devotional music
Music and dancing employed in sense gratification are to be accepted as demoniac, but the same music and dancing, when employed in glorifying the Supreme Lord as kirtana, are transcendental, and they bring about a life completely fit for spiritual enjoyment.
SB 3.20.38

We cannot allow cinema songs to be sung in the temple. Krsna consciousness movement we do not allow any song that has not been approved or sung by bona fide devotees.
SB 8.5.25

Of course the music should be in relation with the Supreme Lord, in glorification of Him.
RV 2: Knowledge Beyond Samsara

Of course, it must be in relationship with the Supreme Lord. Not ordinary music.
Bhagavad-gita 9.2-5 — New York, November 23, 1966

Guest (1): What about pleasures like listening to music?
Prabhupada: Yes, we chant the glories of God.
Guest (1): Could you listen to other peoples’ music?
Prabhupada: Huh? No. If he’s chanting the glories of God, we are very eager to hear him. That is our process. Or somebody’s chanting, somebody’s hearing. Sravanam kirtanam visnu. Chanting and hearing about God, that is music.
Guest (1): Well, a Beethoven symphony, for example, could you listen to that?
Prabhupada: Which one?
Revatinandana: Beethoven’s symphony. He means classical Western music. They make some music.
Prabhupada: But if it is glorification of God, we can hear. There is no objection.
Revatinandana: But there may be no reference to God in it.
Prabhupada: No, then we don’t hear. We reject.
Room Conversation — August 14, 1971, London

As far as music is concerned, we have got our standard of music, the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra. We do not require to introduce anything new.
Letter to: Bhakta Wayne — Bombay 3 January, 1977

> not washing your hands after taking prasadam….
After feeding them, he offered them water to wash their hands, feet and mouths.
Madhya 6.46

All the devotees took prasadam, filling themselves to the brim. Thereafter, chanting the holy name of Hari, they stood up and washed their hands and mouths.
Antya 6.119

After all the devotees finished accepting prasadam and had washed their hands and mouths,…
Antya 11.89

(4) One should not enter the temple to worship the Lord without having washed one’s hands and feet after eating….
NoD 8: Offenses to Be Avoided

These are just a few qoutes found on the Folio (every devotee must get a copy), very quickly and easily. After reading them who could be confused or in any doubt about Srila Prabhupada’s desire?

> Meanwhile the devotees can read Srila Prabhupada’s books and draw their
> own conclusions.

?????????????????????? (my comment)

In the Bhagavad-gita (Chapter 4), Lord Krsna speaks about the importance of receiving the transcendental knowledge of the Gita in the proper disciplic succession. In this way one can avoid making the mistakes described above, which even powerful sages are prone to make. Yet there are those who still try to study the Gita on their own and draw their own concocted conclusions, rejecting the authority and conclusions of the spiritual disciplic succession. We certainly commiserate with them, but at the same time it is hard not to laugh at them.
RTW 4.5: Captivated by Maya, the Jiva Has Forgotten Lord Krsna.

There is no room for interpretation of the sastras. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam it is said that Krsna lifted Govardhana Hill just as a child lifts a mushroom. He did it so easily, but people do not believe it. Those who do not believe in the Bhagavatam interpret an indirect meaning. The meaning is clear, and there is nothing to be misunderstood, but these rascals draw their own conclusions nonetheless.
A Second Chance 1: Separating the Men From the Animals

So we have to accept it as it is. We cannot interpret Bhagavad-gita in my own way. That is not Bhagavad-gita. That is something else. They take advantage of the Bhagavad-gita and put their own conclusion. That is not Bhagavad-gita. If you want to study Bhagavad-gita, then you have to study as it is.
Bhagavad-gita 2.13 — Hyderabad, November 19, 1972

We make our own conclusion, supposing on the authority of Bhagavad-gita. That will not help us, by malinterpretation. You take the conclusion of Bhagavad-gita as it is, then you will be benefited.
Evening Darsana — July 7, 1976, Washington, D.C.

They are so proud that if they hear the teachings of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, they say, “Everyone can make their own conclusion. What is the need fortaking the conclusion of Caitanya-caritamrta?” These people never come in touch with sad-dharma because they have no desire to know it. The result of performing their own concocted new process of devotional service is they can never relish pure devotion.
Sri Bhaktyaloka – The Six Faults and Qualities of Bhakti
by Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura
Six Qualities that Enhance Bhakti: Tat-tat-karma-pravartana

Your servant, Mithila das.

» Posted By Mithila das On Feb 7, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

Sita-pati das wrote:
> For me, personally, the definitive Prabhupada take on chocolate comes from
> an anecdote recorded in one of H.H. Satsvarupa Maharaja’s Prabhupada
> Nectar books:

What about this quote directly from Srila Prabhupada?
Cocoa and chocolate are not to be taken as they are intoxicants.
Letter to: Surasrestha — Los Angeles 14 June, 1972

> Generally, it seems, devotees consider that “we should not eat chocolate
> because it contains caffeine”. Since I always knew it didn’t contain
> caffeine,…

> First of all, although chocolate does not contain caffeine,…

> While chocolate does not contain caffeine,…

> …and now it is reportedly being said that “since Srila Prabhupada was
> incorrectly told that chocolate contained caffeine…

> As mentioned previously, however, while there is no “caffeine”,..

> I don’t believe that Srila Prabhupada wanted that, whether he was
> misinformed about its caffeine content or not.

Several times you state chocolate does not contain caffeine but a quick Google search proves otherwise:
Central nervous stimulants such as caffeine are also present in small amounts, and this has a mild effect on alertness as we know from drinking coffee.
Chocolate contains a variety of substances, some of which are addictive (such as caffeine).

If Srila Prabhupada wanted devotees to offer chocolate to Krsna then eat he would have said so.

Your servant, Mithila das.

» Posted By Mithila das On Feb 3, 2007 @ 9:37 am

A Sporting Chance?

To be too fat is not very good for spiritually advanced life. Rather, one should reduce because if one becomes fat it is an impediment to progress in spiritual understanding.
SB 3.33.14

Becoming fat is not a very good qualification in spiritual life because a person who is engaged in spiritual life must reduce the comforts of the body — namely eating, sleeping and mating — to a minimum.
SB 4.23.20

We can definitely see that to advance in Krsna consciousness one must control his bodily weight. If one becomes too fat, it is to be assumed that he is not advancing spiritually.
SB 4.28.35-36

….in spiritual advancement becoming fat is not at all satisfactory.
SB 7.13.16-17

Generally those engaged in spiritual advancement take food only once, either in the afternoon or in the evening. If one takes food only once, naturally he does not become fat.
SB 7.13.18

If you eat grains and vegetables and light foodstuffs, you’ll never get fatty. You see? You’ll never get fatty. Reduce eating as much as possible. Don’t eat at night. Practice yoga like this.
Bhagavad-gita 6.13-15 — Los Angeles, February 16, 1969

» Posted By Mithila das On Jan 25, 2007 @ 8:39 am

Any transcendental process of spiritual realization automatically helps one to keep the body fit, for it is the spirit soul that keeps the body always fresh.
SB 4.4.25

Folio search: exercis*

There is no need of adopting the speculative method or exercising the body to attain mystic yoga perfection. One should simply understand that the distress and happiness of this body are predestined; there is no need to try to avoid the distress of this bodily existence or to attempt to achieve happiness by different types of exercises. The best course is to surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead with body, mind and words and always be engaged in His service
KB 14: Prayers Offered by Lord Brahma to Lord Krsna

One can approach the Supreme Person only by devotional service—not by challenge, not by philosophical speculation, and not by exercising in this yoga or that yoga. No. It is clearly stated that one can approach Krsna only by surrender and devotional service. It is not stated that one can reach Him by philosophical speculation or mental concoction or some physical exercise. One can reach Krsna only by practicing devotion, without deviating to fruitive activities, philosophical speculation, or physical exercise. Only by unalloyed devotional service, without any admixture, can we reach the spiritual world.
JSD 2: Entering the Spiritual World

….people are paying money to attend some classes in gymnastic exercises and deep-breathing, and they’re happy if they think they can lengthen their lifetimes by a few years or enjoy better sex life. But we must understand that this is not the actual yoga system. In this age that meditational system cannot be properly executed. Instead, all of the perfections of that system can be realized through bhakti-yoga, the sublime process of Krsna consciousness, specifically mantra-yoga, the glorification of Sri Krsna through the chanting of Hare Krsna.
PoY 1: Yoga as Rejected by Arjuna

You haven’t got to exercise your body.
Bhagavad-gita 7.1 — San Francisco, March 17, 1968

But our philosophy (is) that we are not this body. Then where is the question of exercising the body and spiritual realization? If I am not this body, then how I can realize myself simply by some gymnastic process?
Bhagavad-gita 2.13 — Los Angeles, April 11, 1973

….one who is convinced that “I am not this body,” then where is the necessity of exercising the body?
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.41 — Los Angeles, December 19, 1973

Simply chant Hare Krsna and dance. That’s all. You haven’t got to be very highly educated in the university. You haven’t got to exercise in so many yogic process, sitting posture, or hard press your nose, or you keep your head down. Nothing. No labor. Simply come here, chant Hare Krsna and take Krsna prasadam. This very simple method will revive your Krsna consciousness.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.9 — Montreal, July 4, 1968

And if you dance, then all of the bodily exercise is Krsna-ized, and all of the attempts of the yoga processes are attained by this simple process.
Ratha-yatra Lecture — San Francisco, July 27, 1969

You haven’t got to make any exercise, keeping your head down or this or that. No. Simple method: chanting this Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Sunday Feast Lecture — Los Angeles, January 19, 1969

Devotee: There’s no value in keeping the body fit through exercise?
Prabhupada: Yes, you can become very healthy. But does it mean that health is the perfection of life? Do you mean to say healthy life will not die, will not change his body? So health is required, but health is not the ultimate goal of life. Ultimate goal of life is here.
Room Conversation — May 10, 1969, Columbus, Ohio

Prof. Pater Porsch: May I please ask, are there is also room for physical yoga exercises while chanting of the God’s names?
Prabhupada: Yes, but we are exercising by dancing.
Room Conversation with Professor Durckheim — June 19, 1974, Germany

This bodily exercise is meant for person who is in the bodily concept of life. One who understands that “I am not this body; I am part and parcel of Krsna. My duty is to serve Krsna,” that is first-class yogi.
Room Conversation with Indian Guests — March 13, 1975, Tehran

Prabhupada: Dance and chant. This is best exercise.
Room Conversation — December 27, 1976, Bombay

Dr. Wolfe: Do not some physical means come into the keeping the body strong, healthy, so that devotion is possible at all? Because to produce sick people, of course, is not in the Lord’s spirit either, I think.
Prabhupada: No. Our aim is not to create sick people. That is not our aim.
Dr. Wolfe: Swimming, walking, is still important I think.
Prabhupada: No, we do not say. Neither.
Dr. Wolfe: I miss it in the Movement. I think it should not be made a sport, but it should be made, perhaps, a physical must under control.
Prabhupada: No, if you eat more, then you require more exercise to digest unnecessary loading, but if you eat simply, just to keep our body and soul together, you don’t require exercise.
Dr. Wolfe: Well…
Prabhupada: Little movement is going on, we are walking. But not this severe type of exercise as surfers and fighting with the sea waves for four hours, five hours, ten hours. (devotees laugh)
Garden Conversation — June 10, 1976, Los Angeles

Prabhupada: Dance and chant. This is best exercise. We allow them to dance very… Yes. High jump. Actually that is exercise and, at the same time ecstasy. If they dance and chant Hare Krsna, it is automatically a very big exercise and spiritual advancement. Yes. Yes. There is no doubt about it. If he chants and dances, immediately he become ecstatic.
Room Conversation — December 27, 1976, Bombay

In our Kirtana there is no need of so called meditation and gymnastic of bodily exercise.
Letter to: Mukunda, Janaki — New York 21 May, 1967

Regarding other yoga exercises, if you take Krishna prasadam you shall keep your body automatically fit for working, so there is no need of extra exercises which are required by persons who may eat more than what is required.
Letter to: Kanupriya — Los Angeles 15 January, 1969

Your servant, Mithila das.

» Posted By Mithila das On Jan 24, 2007 @ 8:02 am


Dadarsa kaminam kancic chudram. Sudram. This business on the public way, kissing, embracing, this is meant for the sudras. Therefore it is said, kalau sudra-sambhavah: “In the Kali-yuga the population is all sudra.” There is no brahminical culture. Brahminical culture means sama, dama, controlling the mind, controlling the senses. A real brahmana will never agree to embrace the opposite sex in public way.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.61 — Vrndavana, August 28, 1975

Similarly, the sudras, they embrace the opposite sex in the public street,…
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.61 — Vrndavana, August 28, 1975

Nowadays, not so much in India, but in the Western countries it is very usual thing — a young man is embracing another young woman or kissing. So there is no fault. But according to Vedic civilization, this is fault because it will give chance to others.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.56-57 — Bombay, August 14, 1975

Sometimes the conditioned soul is attracted by illusion personified (his wife or girl friend) and becomes eager to be embraced by a woman. Thus he loses his intelligence as well as knowledge of life’s goal.
SB 5.14.28 – Translation

When the conditioned soul is embraced by his beloved wife, he forgets everything about Krsna consciousness.
SB 5.14.28

Ordinary conditioned persons generally embrace their wives and enjoy their company in solitary places.
SB 6.17.8

If somebody goes, “Oh, here is nice beautiful woman. Let me embrace,” that is foolishness.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.2 — Melbourne, April 4, 1972

That this sudra was embracing another sudrani, woman sudra. So nowadays it has become a fashion — young man is kissing another young woman on the street. So this embracing of young man and young woman on the public street was strictly prohibited, especially for the higher castes.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.55 — Paris, August 11, 1975

Embracing woman or man, this is kama, lust.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.61 — Vrndavana, August 28, 1975

» Posted By Mithila das On Sep 13, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

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