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Srila Prabhupada or by a full title His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krsna consciousness and the pioneer in introducing devotional service in the Western countries. He is a pure devotee of Lord Krsna coming in the Gaudiya Vaisnava disciplic succession of realized spiritual masters. His numerous translations of ancient Vedic texts are recognized by scholars from Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, Oxford, La Sorbonne and other major universities. He initiates all sincere souls into the knowledge of bhakti-yoga through his teachings.

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.

La Sociedad Se Encuentra En Una Situación Caótica

“Esta vida no es apropiada para la sociedad humana. La caótica situación de la sociedad humana se debe a que no hay una clase inteligente. Ése es nuestro desafío. Los supuestos científicos o supuestos filósofos no tienen inteligencia. Por eso, toda la sociedad se encuentra en una situación caótica. Y estos jóvenes, estos muchachos de ambos sexos, americanos, les estamos enseñando a ser personas inteligentes de primer orden. En eso consiste este movimiento”.

Su Divina Gracia A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – Discurso de despedida. Nueva York, 5 de abril de 1973.

Entre Los Seguidores De Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, El Pelo Largo No Está Bien Visto

“Las palabras bhadra karāñā son significativas en este verso. Con el pelo largo, el bigote y la barba, Sanātana Gosvāmī parecía un daraveśa, un hippy. A Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu no Le gustaba el aspecto de hippy de Sanātana Gosvāmī, de modo que inmediatamente pidió a Candraśekhara que hiciera que le afeitasen. Si una persona con melena o barba larga quiere unirse al movimiento para la conciencia de Kṛṣṇa y vivir con nosotros, también deberá afeitarse de ese modo. Entre los seguidores de Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, el pelo largo no está bien visto”.

Su Divina Gracia A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya 20.70, significado.

“Miren Cómo Me He Vuelto Rico, Opulento”

“Cuando alguien trata de hacerse rico, opulento -es la naturaleza material-, simplemente lo hace para mostrar a sus familiares, a sus amigos, a sus parientes: “miren cómo me he vuelto rico, opulento”, esa es su psicología.

Una persona trabaja arduamente día y noche para hacerse rico, simplemente para ostentar ante sus amigos y parientes, diciéndoles: “mis queridos amigos y familiares, miren cómo soy rico ahora”, no tiene otro propósito.

Nadie se esfuerza, trabaja arduamente para servir a Kṛṣṇa, y eso es māyā. Y conciencia de Kṛṣṇa significa soportar las mismas penalidades, trabajar igual de intensamente, pero para Kṛṣṇa”.

Clase por Su Divina Gracia A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada- Bhagavad-gītā 1.30. Londres, 23 de julio de 1973.

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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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

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