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.
“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.
When His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda first visited his devotees in England, in 1969, and was asked by a reporter to explain what he had come to teach, he calmly responded: ‘‘I am trying to teach what you have forgotten.’’
Matir na kṛṣṇe parataḥ svato vā mitho ‘bhipadyeta gṛha-vratānām (SB 7.5.30). Gṛha-vratānāṁ matir na kṛṣṇe. Those who have taken it a vow, that “I shall remain in this family life and improve my condition,” gṛha-vratānām… Gṛha-vrata. Gṛhastha and gṛha-vrata are different. Gṛhastha means gṛhastha-āśrama. Keep Reading
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
So far salvation is concerned, nobody can be liberated without bhakti, without devotional service. Keep Reading
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
Dr. Singh: Now scientists have organized a whole department called gerontology, in which they study how to prolong life.
Srila Prabhupada: Their real aim should be to stop the suffering. Suppose an old man is in great pain, suffering from many diseases, and suddenly the doctors increase his life span. What is the profit? Keep Reading
We must publish our books as much as possible because that will create our position. Back to Godhead should be the life and soul for the Society.
Letter to Rayarama, San Francisco, 16 March, 1967
By His Divine Grace A. C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Regarding the drug-addicted young boys and girls in your country, we can give them the best service as it is already evident from our practical movement. Most of my students were drug-addicted formerly and now having taken to Krsna Consciousness, Keep Reading
Dr. Singh: Your Divine Grace, are all the species of life created simultaneously?
Srila Prabhupada: Yes. The species already exist, and the living entity simply transfers himself from one womb to the next, just as a man transfers himself from one apartment to another. Suppose a person comes from a lower-class apartment to a first-class apartment. Keep Reading
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
A few days back we were invited to meet a local farmer, who is interested to give his land for the purpose of developing a self-sufficient spiritual community. 40 years ago, he was given a copy of a Krsna consciousness magazine by the devotees he met in Madrid at that time. He still has the magazine and even remember some of its content. Keep Reading
In this video Makhancora Prabhu shows how a 5000 old scripture gives a very detailed information about the development of a fetus in the womb that requires a use of a modern microscope technology. How could people in these ancient times know such detailed knowledge?
By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
My small booklet Easy Journey to Other Planets is a novel step towards the path of cultivating Human spirit. The Russian scientists are trying to reach other planets by sputniks but such attempt is more or less utopian.