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Sri Krishna Janmastami + Vedic Marriage Organised By The B.L.I.S.S. Fuengirola

Hare Krsna! Join the most beautiful and transcendental celebration of Lord Krsna’s appearance day with the devotees from the Hare Krishna Temple Fuengirola. Vedic wedding with an impressive fire sacrifice, devotional music, ecstatic dancing, cinema, tasty and delicious vegetarian love feast -all included in one night in BLISS Fuengirola. Get the blessings of Lord Krsna! The program takes place on the 23d of August, Friday, and starts at 2pm. Children and families welcome!

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Attraction Between Man And Woman

The mode of passion is characterized by the attraction between man and woman. Woman has attraction for man, and man has attraction for woman.… Keep Reading

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Solving The Real Problem

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No Mistakes In Nature

Dr. Singh: Now scientists have organized a whole department called gerontology, in which they study how to prolong life. Srila Prabhupada: Their real aim… Keep Reading

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The Way of Spiritual Progress

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16 Rounds Our First Business

compiled from the vani of Srila Prabhupada 16 ROUNDS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IN ORDER TO REMEMBER KRSNA ALWAYS So far as your question… Keep Reading

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Only by Devotional Service…

There is one śloka in the Bhagavad-gītā, which is essential in regards to understanding the Supreme Lord, Kṛṣṇa. He says: bhaktyā mām… Keep Reading

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Hallucinatory Happiness

“When a person dreams at night, hallucinatory figures created by the dream are accepted as real, and the imaginary dream body is accepted as one’s real body. For the time being, one forgets that besides the body created in hallucination, there is another, real body in his awakened state. Similarly, in the awakened state also, the bewildered conditioned soul considers sense enjoyment to be real happiness.

(KRSNA, ch.84 – Sacrificial Ceremonies Performed by Vasudeva)

Realising God is Like Churning Butter

As from the wood the infested fire can be manifested by proper manupulation or as butter can be churned out of the milk so also the presence of the Lord as Paramatma can be felt by the process of legitimate hearing and chanting of the transcendental subject.

Matter antimatter proton neutron all are different sources of manifestation of the Paramatma feature of the Lord by proper culture only. As from the wood the infested fire can be manifested by proper manupulation or as butter can be churned out of the milk so also the presence of the Lord as Paramatma can be felt by the process of legitimate hearing and chanting of the transcendental subject.

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The Demon Pralambasura And The Fire

“Once while they were engaged in their transcendental pastimes, a great demon of the name Pralambasura entered their company, desiring to kidnap both Balarama and Krsna. Although Krsna was playing the part of a cowherd boy, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead He could understand everything–past, present and future.So when Pralambasura entered their company, Krsna began to think how to kill the demon, but externally He received him as a friend. Keep Reading

Lord Krishna’s And Lord Balarama’s Opulence

When the visitors saw Lord Kṛṣṇa with His thousands of queens, they were fully satisfied at the sight of such beauty and transcendental opulence. All who were there personally visited Lord Balarāma and Kṛṣṇa, and being properly welcomed by Them, they began to glorify the members of the Yadu dynasty, especially Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma. Because Ugrasena was the King of the Bhojas, he was considered the chief Yadu, and therefore the visitors specifically addressed him.

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The B.L.I.S.S. Fuengirola Devotees In UK

The devotees from the BLISS Fuengirola temple will be touring Europe again. Namely Purujit Prabhu, Makhancora Prabhu and Bhakta Max Prabhu will be distributing the holy names and Srila Prabhupada’s books on the way. They will live very humbly sleeping in their van and bathing in the lakes around Europe tasting the beauty of simple life. They will start off at Fuengirola and their aim is to reach England.

If you are living in UK or somehwhere on the way, and are willing to host them to do a Hare Krishna program in your house, please get in touch with the chief head of the BLISSTRIP Makhancora Prabhu:

[email protected]

The rough plan is to go through or around these places:

Fuengirola, Granada, Madrid, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Limoges, Bourges, Sens, Reims, Sedan, Liege, Aachen, Dusseldorf, Duisburg, Aalten, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Antwerp, Gent, Ostende, Dunkerque, Dover, London, Cambridge, England in general, Calais, Amiens, Paris, Clermont-Ferrand, Montpelier, Beziers, Perpignan, Barcelona, Valencia, Murcia, Almeria, Malaga.

LET THE MERCY OF SRILA PRABHUPADA BE SPREAD!

It is easier to rise with an empty belly

How to Rise Early Tip

This is compulsory, early in the morning. What is the difficulty? You go. Of course one who is engaged extraordinarily, that is a different thing. Generally if you go to bed at ten you receive six hours sound sleep. More than sleeping six hours is a diseased condition. Six hours you can get up. Of course, those who cannot follow, that those who cannot rise in spite of going at ten to bed. Then he should not eat at night. Then he will be forced to get up. There is no difficulty. Don’t eat at night then he’ll be. So why not [indistinct] belly? Because it makes him a bit sleep more. So you do not overwork, then you will be able to rise early. This is easy.

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.7.29–30 – March 21, 1971, Bombay)

The B.L.I.S.S. Editing Project Debate feat. Vidura Mahatma Dasa

All glories and all victory to Vidura Mahatma Prabhu! Jaya! His conclusive realization in the matter of what books we should print will be the guidance for all the sincere devotees for the next 10000 years. This is how the pristine teachings of Srila Prabhupada will be spread. Like a transcendental torchlight this realization will show proper direction so no one gets lost in the ocean and flood of bogus editions such as ours that would plague the understanding of their unfortunate reader.

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You Have To Select A Spiritual Master

Just like, “Oh, so many people, they have got a spiritual master. Let me have also some spiritual master.” It is not like that. It is only jijñāsuḥ, one must be very much inquisitive of the transcendental subject matter. He requires a spiritual master. So here also, the Lord says that tad viddhi: “If you want to understand that transcendental subject matter, then you must approach a person, a bona fide spiritual master.”

And the process is praṇipāta, praṇipātena. Praṇipāta means full surrender. Pra means prakṛṣṭa-rūpeṇa, fully, and nipāta means completely becoming a blank slate. Blank slate. Nobody should approach a bona fide spiritual master just to argue with him and just to, with a desire that “I shall see what kind of spiritual master.” No. This is useless. You have to select a spiritual master…

My Guru Mahārāja, my spiritual master, used to say that you have to select a spiritual master not by seeing but by your ear, but by hearing. And you don’t select a spiritual master who has got a very good hair or beard or some very beautiful feature, “Oh, he is a very good, nice looking.” No. You must hear. Tad viddhi praṇipātena (BG 4.34). Śruti. The whole process is śruti. The Vedas are called śruti. The ear has to aural reception.

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Lecture on BG 4.24-34, New York, August 12, 1966

The Holy Name In Torremolinos, Málaga, Spain | Harinam by The B.L.I.S.S. Fuengirola

The devotees of the Lord are always eager to chant the holy name and want everybody to join the sankirtan party. This time, right after Gaura-aratik the devotees grabbed the instruments and drove all the way from Fuengirola to Torremolinos to perform congregational chanting for the pleasure of the people there. During the Harinam people of the city were very receptive to the holy name and were transcendentally enjoying the procession. During the Kirtan one little boy ran to join the devotees as if he wanted to give up everything and join the sankirtan movement of Lord Caitanya, but his father run after him until he could catch him and grab him back. The devotees went ecstatic as you can see in the next video.

Harinam In Madrid | The B.L.I.S.S. Fuengirola

The Yajnas were conducted very nicely and everything was very clean and neat. Actually in the Kali yuga the real yajna is the sankirtana yajna as it is prescribed in the Srimad-Bhagavatam.

krsna varnam tvisakrsnam
sangopangastra parsadam
yajnaih sankirtana prayair
yajante hi sumedasah

(SB 11.5.32)

This is the sacrifice for Kali-yuga, harinama sankirtana.

Letter to Sampath Kumar – Hyderabad 20 August, 1976

Material Benefits of Chanting Hare Krsna

Many times people think that when one takes to spiritual life, his material set-up may become somehow neglected or that they will loose or miss something in this regard. As usual, the opposite is the fact and in this short article we shall see only a fragment of the benefits that regular chanting brings to those who take it up with genuine interest. When we water the root, leaves and branches are nourished automatically. Keep Reading

Engage The Senses Properly

The intelligent man situated in Krsna consciousness does not try to forcibly stop his senses from acting. Rather, he engages his senses in the service of Krsna. No one can stop a child from playing by leaving him inactive; rather, one can stop the child from engaging in nonsense by engaging him in superior activities. Similarly, the forceful restraint of sense activities by the eight principles of yoga is recommended for inferior men; superior men, being engaged in the superior activities of Krsna consciousness, naturally retire from the inferior activities of material existence.

(Sri Caitanya Caritamrta, Adi-lila, Preface)

Krsna Provides

Our philosophy is, if anyone comes, let him take prasada, chant Hare Krsna and be happy. Everything is being supplied by Krsna, Krsna is not poor, so why we should deny them? This should be done at any cost. There is no difficulty, it simply requires nice management. At the end of the day you may sell or give away. If we believe that Krsna is providing and maintaining everyone, then why should we be misers? This means losing faith in Krsna, and thinking that we are the doers and suppliers. We are confident Krsna will supply! Let the whole world come, we can feed them. So please do this nicely, begin at once.

(Srila Prabhupada´s Letter to: All Iskcon Temple Presidents — Calcutta 18 January, 1977)

16 Rounds Our First Business

compiled from the vani of Srila Prabhupada

16 ROUNDS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IN ORDER TO REMEMBER KRSNA ALWAYS

So far as your question about arranging time, our first business is to regularly complete our chanting 16 rounds each day.

Letter to: Kirtanananda — Los Angeles 2 December, 1968

My advise is always chant 16 rounds minimum and follow the four regulative principles. All of my disciples must agree on this point otherwise they are not my disciples. Let one live anywhere, but stick to the principles. Disagreements will continue in this material world. So one may live in a suitable place, but one must follow these five principles. My disciples must follow these principles living either in heaven or hell.

Letter to: Raja Laksmi — Mayapur 17 February, 1976

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Be Krsna Conscious 24 hours a day.

After such speculation of many, many births when one is actually wise he surrenders to Krsna. And as soon as he surrenders to Krsna he becomes unaffected by the contamination of maya. This the process. Krsna-arpita mano. No, nothing to think except Krsna. We have got therefore so many engagements from morning, four o’clock upto 10 o’clock. Why so many engagements? Why not make here… Make… Make it a plan? That once in a week let us go and become Krsna conscious. No. You should become Krsna conscious 24 hours then it is possible that maya will not touch you. If you make it official programme, that all right along with other business I shall meditate upon Krsna for half an hour. 15 minutes. For that 15 minutes of course you are uncontaminated but if you, other 24 hours you engage then it is maya. Then what is it? If you burn a matchstick and pour upon it three gallons of water. Oh, how it will burn? [Laughter]. You see? It is useless. Waste of time. You must burn the stick, matchstick and get it more and more blazing. That should be your business. Not that I do it for a moment and pour water. This useless waste of time.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.16–19 December 11, 1970, Bombay

The Teachings Of Lord Buddha

It is a known fact that Lord Buddha appeared 2500 years ago and preached the philosophy of ahimsa (non-violence). What is less known is that a scripture which is 5000 years old already mentions Buddha’s name, name of his mother, place of birth and his mission. This is a very unique presentation compiled by the disciples of His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the most prominent exponent of the Vedic knowledge of the recent times, which shows Buddha’s teachings in the context of the theistic Vedas.

Explaining Deity Worship To Christians

Guest (4): You’ve been hitting on some of the Ten Commandments tonight like “Thou shall not kill.” Now, if you believe the Ten Commandments like that, it also says in there that you shouldn’t worship idols, bow down to idols.
Prabhupada: Yes, we don’t worship idol. We worship God.
Guest (2): Well, we just have a…. We don’t need to discuss.
Prabhupada: Just like here is the picture of God. As you say, this picture is not important, but we say it is important because it is picture of God. Because it is important, therefore you have given the picture.
Guest (3): Well, we say that that picture is important because it’s in commemoration or something of…
Prabhupada: Anyway, you offer some honor. Otherwise why do you give this picture?
Guest (2): Honor, not worship.
Guru-krpa: They put this on the top of their temples.
Guest (2): On one, two of them.
Guru-krpa: I have seen in Salt Lake City.
Guest (2): Salt Lake City and…
Prabhupada: No, no, anywhere, top of…. Here you are giving a particular picture. That means…
Guru-krpa: Gold and silver.
Guest (2): That’s right.
Prabhupada: Stop. That means you have got respect.
Guest (2): We have respect. We do not worship.
Prabhupada: That means that respect is partial. Our process is whomever we respect, we worship him. That is more perfect.
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Hear The Guru Not See The Guru

Prabhupada: [indistinct] yes. [Hindi]. [break]
Dictaphone and I am getting an impression. So if I hear about it I can get the same impression. So knowledge about this microphone, either I see or hear — it has the same balance.
Hansadutta: But by, by seeing it…
Prabhupada: Just like suppose if you see some friend that he is such and such. His body is useless. Similarly the same description is given to you, you hear it, so the impression is not the same?
Hansadutta: Yes, some of the time.
Prabhupada: But on the other hand all your senses are imperfect. So any impression you get by these senses they are imperfect. By exercising your senses, whatever knowledge…
Devotee (2): [indistinct]
Prabhupada: Eh?
Hansadutta: Independently.
Prabhupada: Yes. Whatever knowledge you gather that is imperfect. Either you see.. But foolish people they give more stress on seeing. He does not know my seeing is also imperfect. That is his position. He wants to gives stress on seeing but he is ignorant that his seeing power is also defective. What he will do by seeing?
Just like Lord Caitanya when He was in Benares. Benares, Sanatana Gosvami came he asked, “Please give me a host. There is a Vaisnava bring him here.” And Sanatana Gosvami was more than a month, he was walking on the.., On foot. He has no nice dress and there was hair, moustaches. And this Candrasekhara Acarya came back, “Oh I didn’t see any Vaisnava there.” “So there is no man?” “Yes there is a man but he is a… He appears to be a Moslem.” So what is the value of his seeing?
Hansadutta: Yes.
Prabhupada: Caitanya Mahaprabhu is seeing him, Vaisnava. He is seeing him as a Moslem. It’s clear? So what is the father seeing, that hearing is power.., Most important. But Caitanya Mahaprabhu says that he is a Vaisnava. That is most powerful. By seeing he could not understand a Vaisnava. But by hearing he had actual appreciation of Sanatana. But hearing from Caitanya Mahaprabhu, that is the point. Therefore knowledge, hearing from authorized persons is all perfect. Not by seeing, not by touching, not by licking, not by touching. No. Anyway you lose your senses to get real experience, its defect. But if you simply hear from the right authority that is perfect. That is our profit going [?]. Our profit of knowledge therefore perfect.
Devotee (1): [indistinct]
Prabhupada: We are hearing from Krsna — about Krsna. Therefore our knowledge of God is perfect. We are not perfect but our knowledge is perfect because we are hearing from the Supreme Perfect. They do not understand. “So this man is like me imperfect, how he can say, ‘perfect knowledge of Krsna, or God.'” That they cannot understand.

Lecture – December 4, 1970, Indore

Offenseless Hearing

We have heard of offenseless chanting many times, but is there such a thing as offenseless hearing? Only if we hear properly, we can chant properly. Wouldn’t it be therefore proper to examine how to hear offenselessly?
Out of compassion for the conditioned souls, the great sage Srila Vyasadeva, who is the literary incarnation of the Lord, seeing the imminent coming of the age of Kali wrote down the Vedas. In this degraded age, people will have but short memories and limited brain power to understand spiritual topics and they are no longer spiritually inclined as it was in the previous ages of Satya, Treta and Dvapara. Thus the sage provided the eternal knowledge of the Absolute Truth in a written form for future reference.

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1972 Gita Changes Exposed. Part 5: Krsna is Godhead Only Theoretically?

In these 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.

Therefore Bhagavad-gita should be taken up in a spirit of devotee of Lord Sri Krsna. One should not think that he is equal, on the same level of Sri Krsna, or one should not think that He is an ordinary personality, maybe a very great personality. No. Lord Sri Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So at least theoretically, on the statement of Bhagavad-gita or on the statement, assertion of Arjuna, the person who is trying to understand the Bhagavad-gita, we should accept Sri Krsna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and then, with that submissive spirit… Unless one receives this Bhagavad-gita in a submissive spirit and aural reception, it is very difficult to understand Bhagavad-gita because it is a great mystery.

Introduction to Gitopanisad (Earliest Recording of Srila Prabhupada in the Bhaktivednta Archives) Bhagavad-gita Introduction, New York, February 19-20, 1966.

Therefore Bhagavad-gita should be taken up in a spirit of devotion. One should not think that he is equal to Krsna, nor should he think that Krsna is an ordinary personality or even a very great personality. Lord Sri Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, at least theoretically, according to the statements of Bhagavad-gita or the statements of Arjuna, the person who is trying to understand the Bhagavad-gita. We should therefore at least theoretically accept Sri Krsna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and with that submissive spirit we can understand the Bhagavad-gita. Unless one reads the Bhagavad-gita in a submissive spirit, it is very difficult to understand Bhagavad-gita because it is a great mystery.

Bg-1972: introduction

Here Srila Prabhupada clearly says that Krsna is the supreme personality of Godhead and we should accept this at least theoretically since this is the verdict of the Bhagavad-gita and Arjuna, a person who is trying to understand the Bhagavadgita. The early editors however made it appear that according to the statements of the Bhagavad-gita, Krsna is the Godhead only theoretically. This is a huge discrepancy in the meaning. The conclusion of the Gita is very clear. Nowhere it is said in the Gita that Krsna is the supreme Godhead only theoretically. Why was this passage edited like this?

1972 Gita Changes Exposed. Part 4: Accepted by All Acaryas

In these 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.

INTRODUCTION

Now one may doubt that because Krsna was the friend of Arjuna, therefore he might say all these things to his own friend. But Arjuna, just to drive out this kind of doubts in the mind of the readers of Bhagavad-gita, he establishes his proposition by the authorities. He says that Lord Sri Krsna is accepted as the Supreme Personality of Godhead not only by himself, Arjuna, but He is so accepted by authorities like Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasa. These personalities are great personalities in distributing the Vedic knowledge. They (are) accepted by all acaryas. Therefore Arjuna says that “Whatever You have spoken so far to me, I accept them as completely perfect.” Sarvam etad rtam manye [Bg. 10.14]. “I take it, I believe it that whatever You have spoken, they are all right. And Your Personality, Your Personality of Godhead, is very difficult to understand. And therefore You cannot be known by even the demigods. You cannot be known even by the demigods.” That means the Supreme Personality Godhead cannot be known even by greater personalities than the human being, and how a human being can understand Sri Krsna without becoming His devotee?

Introduction to Gitopanisad (Earliest Recording of Srila Prabhupada in the Bhaktivednta Archives) Bhagavad-gita Introduction, New York, February 19-20, 1966.

Now one may think that because Krsna was the friend of Arjuna, Arjuna was telling Him all this by way of flattery, but Arjuna, just to drive out this kind of doubt from the minds of the readers of Bhagavad-gita, substantiates these praises in the next verse when he says that Krsna is accepted as the Supreme Personality of Godhead not only by himself but by authorities like the sage Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasadeva and so on. These are great personalities who distribute the Vedic knowledge as it is accepted by all acaryas. Therefore Arjuna tells Krsna that he accepts whatever He says to be completely perfect. Sarvam etad rtam manye: “I accept everything You say to be true.” Arjuna also says that the personality of the Lord is very difficult to understand and that He cannot be known even by the great demigods. This means that the Lord cannot even be known by personalities greater than human beings. So how can a human being understand Sri Krsna without becoming His devotee?
Bg-1972: introduction
In this section Srila Prabhupada refers to the 10.12-13 sloka, namely:

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. All the great sages such as Narada, Asita, Devala, and Vyasa proclaim this of You, and now You Yourself are declaring it to me.
Bg 10.12, Bg 10.13, Bg 10.12-13
In the 1972 version, after the great acharyas Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasadeva are named the editor adds the words “and so on.” Similarly, in the subsequent sentence the meaning is changed from “They are accepted by all acharyas” (“They” meaning Vyasadeva, Narada, Devala, Asita) to “as it is accepted by all acharyas” (“it” meaning the Vedic knowledge). So this is a clear example of subtly changing the meanings of Srila Prabhupada’s words. There are only these four achrayas mentioned by Krsna. There’s no question of “and so on” All other acharyas accept Vyasa, Narada, Asita, Devala as top most authorities. Srila Prabhupada does not speak anything about how the acharyas accept the Vedic knowledge.
The second change in the editing is the edition of “great”. Originally Srila Prabhupada speak of all demigods, but in the 1972 edition it’s only the great demigods who cannoot understand Krsna

1972 Gita Changes Exposed. Part 3: Krsna’s Word Removed From a Sloka

In these 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.
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Harinam-sankirtan in Gibraltar

Since May the B.L.I.S.S. extended it´s influence to Gibraltar, which is a nice preaching ground with open-minded people and lively streets. Book distribution and chanting of the Maha-mantra – Hare Krishna, Hare Rama – goes on practically daily. Books distributed there travel to all parts of the world as many tourists visit this place. One of the sweet fruits of this endeavor was a featuring in a very prestigious local magazine – Gibraltar Insight with the Fuengirola Deities, Their Lordships Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra on the front cover of the June 2019 Issue. Wish us luck and Lord Krsna´s favor, so this nice program can go on succesfully.

“Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated November 14, 1972, and I have noted the contents with care. Yes, we shall base our preaching work on Lord Caitanya’s formula: sankirtana. After all, He is God, and if He recommends, what is the question of failure? that is not possible. If we simply stick to this programme as I have done it since the beginning, namely, kirtana, preaching, kirtana, distribution of prasadam — if you do like this only that will be sufficient. Of course, you may make the kirtana as nice as possible, with dancing, many kholes, karatalas, conches, and if you preach sincerely, anyone will listen and become convinced. The potency of Krishna Consciousness movement does not come from some outward showing, no, it is the transcendental sound vibration of Hare Krishna Mantra and the words of Bhagavad-Gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, like that. So now go on and develop the things in this spirit, that will be nice. We are not interested to attract millions of men to see some show. Better we attract one sincere soul to join us in ecstatic chanting and hearing, that will be of real value. And distribute books, as many as possible. If anyone hears something philosophy from us, that will help him. But if he purchases one book that may turn his life. So selling books is the best preaching activity. Sell books, hold the kirtana in public places like schools and colleges, preach — if you practice these things, and try to improve them more and more simply by your practicing sincerely, that simple programme will please Krishna the most and you will see that very soon.


Hoping this will meet you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

(Srila Prabhupada ´s Letter to: Sudama — Bombay 25 November, 1972)

What Is The Matter With The World?

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

 On the 16th of February 1957 a meeting was held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to discuss the above subject matter. Distinguished gentlemen from different categories spoke on the subject, but practically nobody could give us a definite direction as to what actually the matter was that was troubling the whole situation.

This feeling of pinching in the existence of our life is a good sign for progress. It is an urge for enquiry what is the wrong in the world that gives us trouble? This trouble is not a new thing but it is a matter of permanent settlement in all the days of life, but it may be felt at different times in different colour. The troubles are in varieties in relation with our mind and body, in relation with our dealings with other living beings and in relation with natural phenomenons.

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Why Do We Want The Original Books Of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada?

It is of utmost importance to preserve the teachings of disciplic succesion intact, so that the spiritual medicine of Krsna consciousness remains concentrated and potent to be capable of curing the bhava-roga, material disease of the souls embodied in material nature.

Krsna consciousness, the system of bhakti-yoga, the supermost process and state of spiritual realization was confined in the Vedas, written in Sanskrit language for thousands of years and after the appearance of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, when His disciples, the Goswamis of Vrindavana and other Vaisnavas expounded on His teachings, in Bengali language for hundreds of years. One had to be very fortunate to take his birth in India to be able to take advantage of this divine messages, or he had to learn Sanskrit and Bengali to study the original writings. The first pioneer to change this for the benefit of the whole world was Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who first started to write on the topics of Krsna consciousness in English language and was the first to send a book on Lord Caitanya´s life and precepts to the Western educational institution, namely the McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His son, the great acarya Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura continued in his effort to expose the proper conclusions of Vedanta to the English-speaking populace of the world and on the order of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja, our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada came to the West, to unlock this long sought after “fountain of youth” of spiritual knowledge, to inundate the whole world with ocean of transcendental nectar that brings about life of eternal knowledge and bliss. He accomplished this great task through the medium of his transcendental books and recorded sound in forms of lectures, conversations, song purports etc. which will circulate around the planet on and on for the next ten thousand years as a crystal-clear guide for those who aspire to make their way back home, back to Godhead.

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Update on the B.L.I.S.S. Spanish Farm Project

Today we went from the B.L.I.S.S. Temple in Fuengirola for our second visit to the house and farmland in the Cordoba area to start with preparations, to ultimately manifest a new temple of Lord Krsna. First and foremost business is the CLEANING and that was the main mission of the day. Bit by bit, we cleared up the veranda of the house and checked out the overall

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1972 Gita Changes Exposed. Part 1: Label On the Bottle

It is an understood principle in the Vedic tradition that the words of the spiritual master should not be changed in any way. The guru is not an ordinary man subjected to the four defects of human frailty therefore whatever he writes is perfect. Being in direct connection with Krsna, his words are dictated by the Lord Himself.

Srila Prabhupada in his manifested lila engaged some of his early disciples in the service of editing his manuscripts and transcripts of his dictation tapes. They were to correct the technicalities of the language for clarity and never change any of the intended meanings in his books. Being initiated and therefore somehow already familiar with the philosophy of Krsna consciousness by following  Srila Prabhupada, they would try to understand the meaning from his rough manuscripts or dictations and then present the same meaning in a polished and grammatically correct English. That’s all. Since these early editors could understand Srila Prabhupada’s words in order to do their editing, in no way should Srila Prabhupada’s original words be considered incomplete or incomprehensible. As the early editors could understand, certainly new devotees can also understand, especially now when the full body of Srila Prabhupada’s vani is freely available with lectures, conversations, other books can be also consulted.

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1972 Gita Changes Exposed. Part 2: Best Understood

In these 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.

INTRODUCTION

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-1972: introduction

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Secret To Quickly Understand What The Guru Says

If you simply hear and hear in the class of Krsna consciousness, and go outside and forget, oh, that is not nice. That will not make you improve. Then what is? Kirtitavyas ca: “Whatever you are hearing, you should say to others.” That is perfection.Therefore we have established Back to Godhead. The students are allowed, whatever they are hearing, they must be thoughtful and write. Kirtitavyas ca. Not only simply hearing. “Oh, I am hearing for millions of years; still, I cannot understand” — because you do not chant, you do not repeat what you have heard. You have to repeat.

(Jagannatha Deities Installation Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.13-14 — San Francisco, March 23, 1967)

How Swamiji Became Prabhupada.

by Govinda Dasi

A significant thing that happened in Boston was that Swamiji became Srila Prabhupada. Gaurasundar was studying various forms of address in Sanskrit and he learned that “ji” is an affectionate form of address, which was news to us. I was sitting in Srila Prabhupada’s room taking dictation, as I often did, and Gaurasundar, at the doorway, said, “Swamiji, is it okay if I call Govinda dasi ‘Govindaji’?” Swamiji said, “No, ‘ji’ is a third-class form of address. You should not.” I said, “Why are we calling you Swamiji if it’s a third-class form of address?” He said, “It is not very important.” I said, “No, it is very important. What is the best thing we can call you?” Swamiji said, “You could call me Gurudeva or Guru Maharaj or Srila Prabhupada.” I said, “Which of those three is best?” and Swamiji said, “Srila Prabhupada is nice.” I said, “Okay,” and told all the devotees. From that day he was no longer Swamiji but Srila Prabhupada.

(Memories of Srila Prabhupada)

Crows and Tal-fruit Logic

We never had any occasion when we were separated from Krsna. Just like one man is dreaming and he forgets himself. In dream he creates himself in different forms: now I am the king discussing like that. This creation of himself is as seer and subject matter or seen, two things. But as soon as the dream is over, the “seen” disappears. But the seer remains. Now he is in his original position.

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Three Types of Birth

A civilized human being has three kinds of births. The first birth is by a pure father and mother, and this birth is called birth by semen. The next birth takes place when one is initiated by the spiritual master, and this birth is called savitra. The third birth, called yajnika, takes place when one is given the opportunity to worship Lord Visnu. Despite the opportunities for attaining such births, even if one gets the life-span of a demigod, if one does not actually engage in the service of the Lord, everything is useless. Similarly, one’s activities may be mundane or spiritual, but they are useless if they are not meant for satisfying the Lord.

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Yoga Classes Are Not Yoga

Guest (5): And how does yoga…?

Prabhupāda: Oh, that is not possible for us. Because yoga practice, if you really aim to the perfection of yoga, that is not possible in this age. If you are satisfied simply by some sitting posture and paying the fees, that is your business. You can do that. But it will never get you to the perfectional stage because you are completely unable to perform all the regulation and rules of yoga system. That is not possible. That I have described in many… Yes. So yoga system is very difficult for this age. But if you think that this fractional practice of yoga, a hundredth, one percent… That is not possible to reach to the perfectional stage. The perfectional stage is that if one is perfect in the yoga practice, he shall die at his will. Material laws cannot act upon him. He’ll be practiced to control the inside air in such a way that whenever he thinks fit, that “Now I shall leave my body for such and such planet. I shall go to such and such planet,” the yoga system will help him—if he is perfect. But who is such perfect man in the yoga system? It is not possible.

Guest (2): But there have been yogis in India who have reached that…

Prabhupāda: Yes, yes, yes. But they do not come out. Because the yoga system is to practice in a secluded place alone. It is not a business that you have to open some yoga class and practice it. No. It is… First principle is that he must be alone and in a secluded place, in a sacred place. You see that they are described in the standard yoga śāstra. So they do not come, those who are really achieving perfection. They do not come out to the human society.

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Lecture on SB 5.5.3 — Boston, May 4, 1968

Why Are The Original Books Changed?

This short book is a shocking revelation to the community of devotees who assume that the first editions of Srila Prabhupada are without any changes to Srila Prabhupada’s divine words. Makhancora Prabhu through elaborate research work shows us passages that have been changed against Srila Prabhupada’s clear instructions and suggest to re-define what our aim in preserving Srila Prabhupada’s legacy should be. A must read for every devotee who does not want to see Srila Prabhupada’s words being played with.

Why Not Try Deity Worship

There have been many discussions over how to actually perform Deity worship after Srila Prabhupada’s physical departure. This simply compilation serves as a guide to all sincere devotees who want to get the information from the authoritative source of Srila Prabhupada’s direct words. You can’t go wrong by following Srila Prabhupada’s standard. Everything else is questionable.

Dancing, Singing and Eating Kṛṣṇa Prasāda

So uttamam. Pratyakṣa avagamam. Pratyakṣa avagamam means if you follow this path, then you will personally understand how far you are advancing. How far you have become on the path of perfection, you yourself will understand. Nobody will require to certify that “You have advanced so much.” You’ll understand yourself. Pratyakṣa avagamaṁ dharmyam. Dharmyam means the religious principles. Pratyakṣa avagamaṁ dharmyaṁ susukham. Susukham means that it is very happy to execute. Very happy to execute. Keep Reading

Easy Journey To Other Planets

As a summary study on the second chapter of Bhagavad-gita this book vividly explains the duality of matter and anti-matter (spirit) and chalks out the path for realization of this truth via the practical process of bhakti-yoga. Also includes an insight to the Vedic cosmology and, written at the end of the 50´s, a prophetical challenge to the supposed moon-landing – a theme which is controversial for decades now. Edited from the original articles published in 1960 issues of Srila Prabhupada´s Back to Godhead magazine.

Who can serve Krsna?

In course of our preaching work, we many times encounter persons with doubts about their ability to take up devotional service to Krsna, especially when they see the procedures in the temple, the devotee looks (shaven heads, robes, tilak etc.) and when they hear about the discipline followed by the devotees, the deep philosophy behind the practice and so on and so forth. Often it becomes „too much“ in their minds.

Seems like a completely different world. And it indeed is a different world. It´s the spiritual world, but now we are encaged in this world of material forms and procedures. So how can one come to the platform of connecting with the Absolute Truth, how can one achieve that perfection of yoga? It may seem like an insoluble difficulty, to come out of our common ways and take to the path of bhakti. But is it so? Is it really so difficult? What is actually required?

The thing here is, that nowadays people in general are superficial. They let themselves to be guided by their eyes without hearing patiently and sufficiently, what to speak of pondering over what was heard. They come, they SEE and they go. They see these strange guys bowing down to pictures, ringing bells, speaking some freaky language and smashing their cherished ideas. „This brainwash is not for me.“

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Advanced Embryology in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam

The Hare Kṛṣṇa movement transplanted from the timeless vedic tradition into the western world by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda is based on authorized revealed scriptures, of which Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the formost. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam written down by Śrīla Dvaipāyana Vyāsa is the natural commentary on the Vedānta-sūtra, which in turn is the summary of the four VedasṚg, Yajur, Sāma and Atharva. Śrīla Prabhupāda summarizes the importance and purpose of vedic literature in one of his purports:

“The Vedas are compared with the desired tree because they contain all things knowable by the human being both for mundane necessities as well as spiritual realisation. The Vedas contains regulated principles of knowledge covering social, political, religious, economical, military, medical, chemical, physical, metaphysical and all that may be necessary for the proper up keep of the body and the soul together and above all there is specific direction for spiritual realisation also. Regulated knowledge means to raise the living entity gradually to the spiritual plane and the highest spiritual realisation is to know the Personality of Godhead as the reservoir of all mellows (Rasas).” (SB 1.1.3 purport)

Fools often object: “These are some fairy-tales of primitive people who were freaking out because there were lightning and thunders in the sky…” Unfortunately for them, it will not be so easy to prove this assumption. In the light of modern science, the statements and mind-blowing details of different aspects of material nature (to start with) described in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam call for attention of serious Absolute Truth seekers who are willing and ready to go beyond the limited range of sense perception, mental speculation, intellectual acrobacy and egotistical “I know everything” self-deception.

One astonishing description, amongst many, is the profound and extremely accurate account of the development of a human, from the stage of gametes (ovum and sperm), through the stages of an embryo and fetus within mother´s womb up to the point of delivery and after.

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The Acharya Is Self-effulgent.

There have always been two types of transcendentalists: the impersonalists and the personalists. Both of them seek liberation from the illusory identification with the body in their respective ways.
The impersonalists’ idea of liberation beyond the body means annihilation of an individual self and merging with the Brahman, which is the all-pervading aspect of the Supreme Absolute Truth. The personalists, however, do not want to give up their individuality. Quite the opposite, the perfection of the personal path is brought about by full revival of individuality without any trace of material contamination and engaging the pure self in devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The following example illustrates the distinct differences between the two types of transcendentalists.

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Why Are The Original Books Changed?

For many years we have been developing a more clear understanding in regards to the controversy that has arisen around the books of our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda. This article is the result of that endeavor. Those who sincerely try to follow his instructions cultivate and fully accept the idea that his vāṇi cannot be adulterated, because the pure message descending from the ācārya on his disciples is the essence of the paramparā, disciplic succession.

Let me say a bit about my personal history. When I first heard that Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books have been changed without his authorization, I was alarmed. Over the years, in my humble endeavour to preserve Śrīla Prabhupāda´s books as they are I have collected the complete set of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam printed before 1978, the complete set of 1975 Ś Caitanya-Caritamṛta, the 1972 Bhagavad-gītā, the 1974 Kṛṣṇa trilogy, the 1970 Nectar of Devotion and many of the small books (first printings). I have also translated a few of them into my native Slovak language, including the 1972 Bhagavad-gītā, 1969 Ś Īśopaniṣad, Beyond Birth and Death, Perfection of Yoga, Elevation to Kṛṣṇa Consciousness, Rāja-vidyā, The Nectar of Instruction etc. My understanding at that time was that the editing of the original text for the sake of translation should be nil or as minimal as possible even at the risk of compromising the clarity of the text. So I fanatically stuck to the English wording and although the Slovak result was often an awkward material to read, I just couldn´t allow myself any sort of compromise, fearing the inevitable changing of the sacred text in the process of translation to another language. When I look back at these first Slovak translations, they bring smile to my face. They blend innocence on one side, which is always appreciated but naiveté on the other, which may not necessarily lead to desired progress in our undertakings. Realizations developed and in the light of research we see the shadows of, for many, unpalatable facts. The reason why I am stating this is to emphasize that the following exposé is not a mere theoretical, political, or a social media type of viewpoint. I am speaking from a position of a translator who is trying to approach this problem from a practical side.

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Only by Devotional Service…

There is one śloka in the Bhagavad-gītā, which is essential in regards to understanding the Supreme Lord, Kṛṣṇa. He says:

bhaktyā mām abhijānāti

yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ

tato māṁ tattvato jïātvā

viśate tad-anantaram

“One can understand the Supreme Personality as He is only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of the Supreme Lord by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God.” (Bg. 18.55)

The whole secret on going back home, back to Godhead is explained here. Lord Kṛṣṇa says in another place:

janma karma ca me divyam evaṁ yo vetti tattvata

tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma naiti mām eti so ‘rjuna

“When one understands the transcendental nature of My birth or appearance the nature of my appearance activities disappearance their transcendental nature you are eligible to enter the kingdom of God, you will come back to Me and you don’t have to take another birth in the material world.” We have to understand about Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa’s nature. And how to understand? That is explained here, in this śloka:

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This Body Is Today Or Tomorrow Finished

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated February 21st, 1977, and I thank you for the check as well as the nice sentiments you have expressed. In the beginning you also gave me $5,000 and now again you have sent.

This body is today or tomorrow finished. We should not be very much bothered about the body. Trees also live for thousands of years but that does not mean a successful life. A successful life is one of Krishna consciousness. By the grace of Krishna from the very beginning you are a devotee and that is the real profit of your life.

I thank you for your check, but I would prefer that you may require the money for your treatment. So if you like I can return it. But I hear that you have some income. I pray to Krishna for your more advanced Krishna conscious life.

About a sadhu it is said, “jiva va mara va,” a sadhu may live or die, it doesn’t matter. While living he is engaged in Krishna Conscious business and when dying he goes back home back to Godhead.

Hoping this finds you improving in your health.

Your ever well-wisher,

By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Letter to Jayananda — Mayapur 26 February, 1977

Who Can Give Diksa?

Traditionally, acarya must comment on the Vedanta sutra otherwise he is not recognized. In the past all the Vaisnava acaryas were vastly learned scholars who understood Vedanta philosophy fully, for unless one knows Vedanta philosophy he cannot be an acarya. To be accepted as an acarya among Indian transcendentalists who follow the Vedic principles, one must become a vastly learned scholar in Vedanta philosophy, either by studying it or hearing it.

For example, Srila Prabhupada has shown his vast knowledge of the Vedanta by giving a commentary on the Srimad Bhagavatam, which is the essence of the Vedanta sutra written by the author of the Vedanta Sutra itself Srila Vyasadeva. But this is not enough. He must be also conversant with all the other systems of philosophy. Srila Prabhupada writes:

Theism in complete is explained in the Vedanta Sutra whereas in other system of philosophical speculations, practically no importance has been awarded to the ultimate cause of all causes. One is there expected to sit on Vyasa Asana after being conversant with all the systems of philosophy so that one can present fully the theistic views of Bhagwat in defiance of all other system.

SB 1.1.7 purport

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I Have My Own Way (How to Be Controlled)

It is a very common and fashionable slogan to say: “everyone has his own way”. Majority of people in our society have become totally disillusioned with absolutes. Absolute is just not cool anymore. As soon as science came on the scene with its new discoveries challenging the Bible’s teachings, the absolute went out of fashion. Science then completely replaced religion and unofficially brought a new absolute ideal –revolution, evolution, progress and technology. Science became the alpha-omega. Keep Reading

Defining Dogma Properly: “I am God”

The originator of the yatha mat tatha pat -”all paths lead to the same goal”doctrine is a so-called Indian incarnation. Born in the 19th century, this person proclaimed to become the Supreme God, the cause of all causes and foolish persons lacking mature discrimination believed him. Any sane reasonable man will ask though: “If God is eternal and absolute, how can He ever become God? What was before He became God and who gave birth to such a cheap God?” Only a fool can accept an ordinary man, who is subjected to the laws of nature as God. Nevertheless the rascal philosophies of these so-called incarnations of God are confusing people until this day. Although completely off from the conclusions of the Vedic scriptures(which are considered to be the top most authority in the matter of India’s rich and deep spiritual knowledge), these twisted nonsense conceptions have actually become the fundamental basis of the Western society’s excuse for spiritual life.

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Perception of Time in the Vedas

The following is an interview between Craig MacKie(I), a sociologist from Concordia university and Purujit Dasa(P), a devotee of Krsna about how time is viewed upon from the perspective of the Vedic civilization.

I: Okay, so, ah, first, um, do you mind if I ask you some questions about your perception of time and your opinions about the end of time? Or whether or not you believe in it?
P: …the second part of the question?
I: Ummm, whether the…okay, so…about your perception of time? So how you see it? And then your opinions about the end of time, whether you believe in the end of time or not, why or why not, those kind of questions.
P: Well, see we don’t follow what is called the ascending process of acquiring knowledge. Ascending means by your limited mind and so on, and so on. We accept the Vedic authority, the Vedas, you know? The spiritual master and so on and so on and we are acquiring knowledge by the descending process, the knowledge is already perfect and it descends through a disciplic line so we don’t actually accept things like “my individual perception” or we don’t accept them as perfect, you see? So, what we accept as the time…there are two types of time. One time is eternal, the time is eternal, it’s coming from Krishna, from the Supreme Absolute Truth and the other time is, that’s the absolute time, the absolute time…the other time is the relative time. Relative time is related to our body, you know? Like in the body whatever you perceive as past, present, future is because we are in the body. As soon as you become liberated from the bodily conception there is no past, present, future and this is the beginning of spiritual realization to understand that you are not this body. So Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, He says that dehino smin yatha dehe kaumara yauvana jara tatha dehantara praptih dhiras tatra namuhyanti” He says that as you had a body of a small boy in the beginning, then later on you had a body of a teenager now you have a grown-up body, similarly you will have an old body. The body changes but you, the observer of the changes, you don’t change. Your body changes, your mind changes, your intelligence changes, but you, the pure you, behind all these coverings, you know, we have different coverings, the body conception, you know? People think I’m the body, man, woman, ugly, beautiful, American, Canadian, this is illusion. Similarly, a little bit more elevated, mental speculators, intellectuals, they identify with the mind, mental.

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Vishnujana Swami: Physical Presence of the Guru Is Not Essential

So only one who has Krishna riding in his chariot and giving him instructions: “You shoot here,” “You do this now,” “You go here now,” “You get married,” “You don’t get married,” “You do this” — only he is able to know what is to be done, what is not to be done. Others, they only do the wrong thing, always do the wrong thing. Krishna consciousness is not artificial. Either we come to the point of having that Krishna-sun arisen in our heart, thereby being able to understand Krishna’s desire and the relative and absolute, or we have to remain on the mental platform, speculating what is to be done, what is not to be done.

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The Bhaktivedanta Lives in Sound Society Manifesto

If we were to name one single book, which connects all the devotees of Krsna in the world, it would be the Bhagavad-gita. Spoken 5000 years ago, on a battlefield, it is a recorded conversation between Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and Arjuna, his confidential associate. In the Second Chapter of this exalted literature. Lord Krsna explains the fundamental teaching of spiritual knowledge:

As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.
(Bg 2.13)

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We Have To Rectify, Purify Our Existence

In the Kali-yuga there is no yajña. Therefore there is anāvṛṣṭi, anāvṛṣṭi. The Kali-yuga people will forget performing yajña. They will be busy in ghora-rūpa activities, horrible and fierceful activities, not yajña. They will neglect yajña. So then how your these bolts and nuts and rubber tires will help you? Therefore there is scarcity of anna. That will increase more and more. It will so increase that now you are getting anna by paying high price, but time will come when even if you are prepared to pay price, there will be no more anna. That time is coming. Naturally, what people will eat? They will eat māṁsa and roots and seeds. No milk. No sugar. No wheat. These things will be stopped. As we are becoming entangled in ghora-rūpa activities or mūḍha activities, then the more we shall be entangled with sufferings of material existence. They do not know what is the actually interest. Na te viduḥ svārtha-gatiṁ hi viṣṇum (SB 7.5.31).

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Article in La Presse, Daily Newspaper (Montreal, Canada)

7th of March 2009

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

La mélodie est envoûtante et se réverbère dans le long tunnel qui mène à la sortie du métro Snowdon. Guitare, mini-cymbales, tambour s’unissent en une mélopée dont le rythme s’accélère graduellement, comme un coeur sous pression. Lorsqu’elle atteint son paroxysme, la musique cesse brusquement. Buruji Dasa et Harikhata Dasa ont fini de réciter le mantra qui purifiera l’âme des passants du métro.

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The Association Of Pure Devotees

“Association with a devotee, the mercy of Kṛṣṇa, and the nature of devotional service help one to give up all undesirable association and gradually attain elevation to the platform of love of Godhead.”

This verse refers to the association of pure devotees, the mercy of Kṛṣṇa and the rendering of devotional service. All these help one give up the association of nondevotees and the material opulence awarded by the external energy, māyā. A pure devotee is never attracted by material opulence, for he understands that wasting time to acquire material opulence is a misuse of the gift of human life. In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam it is said, śrama eva hi kevalam (SB 1.2.8). In the eyes of a devotee, politicians, social workers, philanthropists, philosophers and humanitarians are simply wasting their time, for human society is not freed from the cycle of birth and death by their activity and propaganda. These so-called philanthropists, politicians and philosophers have no knowledge because they do not know that there is life after death. Understanding that there is life after death is the beginning of spiritual knowledge. A person can understand himself and what he is simply by understanding the first lessons of the Bhagavad-gītā (2.13):

dehino ‘smin yathā dehe kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā
tathā dehāntara-prāptir dhīras tatra na muhyati

“As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.”

Not knowing the real science of life, a foolish person engages in the temporary activities of this life and thus becomes further entangled in the cycle of birth and death. He always desires material opulence, which can be attained by karma, jñāna and yoga. But when one is actually elevated to the devotional platform, he gives up all these desires. This is called anyābhilāṣitā-śūnya. Then one becomes a pure devotee.

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

CC Madhya 24.104, Translation and Purport.

Krsna The Reservoir Of Pleasure

Kṛṣṇa—this sound is transcendental. Kṛṣṇa means the highest pleasure. All of us, every living being, seeks pleasure. But we do not know how to seek pleasure perfectly. With a materialistic concept of life, we are frustrated at every step in satisfying our pleasure because we have no information regarding the real level on which to have real pleasure.

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What Is Mantra Meditation?

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”. Keep Reading

Krishna’s Service Must Be Executed

So as far as possible I am taking care of my health, but Krishna’s service must be executed, even at the risk of life. A living entity gets millions of opportunities to get a type of body, but hardly he gets opportunity to serve Krishna. The service of Krishna must be executed at all risks…

Letter to Madhusudana, Los Angeles, 24 January, 1968

By His Divine Grace A. C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Real Unity Is In Advancing Kṛṣṇa Consciousness

Bhāgavata: About attraction and aversion… There’s…

Prabhupāda: Hm? Attraction?

Bhāgavata: …a point about attraction and aversion, that there’s a complaint that sometimes there’s too much aversion on the part of the brahmacārīs. But isn’t that not a quality, to a point a brahmacārī should have a healthy contempt for sense gratification? Keep Reading

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