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Srila Prabhupada's Quote Of The Day

May 31

Tapasya means voluntarily accepting some inconvenience. Suppose I am accustomed to smoke or to drink. If I give it up, there will be certainly little inconvenience. But for the better cause, I have to suffer voluntarily. Nobody will die if he does not get facility for illicit sex or enjoying intoxicants and meat-eating. All the members of Krsna conscious society, they have given up. But for that reason we are not dying. It is not difficult. Simply we have to accept in the beginning there may be little inconvenience, but when you come to the platform, there is no inconvenience. So if we actually want to be cured from this diseased condition of repetition of birth, death, old age and disease, we have to abstain from this sinful life. So it is not difficult. It requires little knowledge.

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 4.10, Festival at Maison de Faubourg, Geneva, 31 May, 1974

May 30

The whole idea is that Krsna wants Arjuna to become an ideal person, so that ordinary men can follow. And generally the practice is also the same. A leader of the man, if he is ideal, the followers also become ideal. And if the leader of the society or country is not an ideal man, then the followers or the countrymen or the members of the society, they are also of the same type.

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.21-25, New York, 30 May, 1966


May 29

God has many names. It is not that you have to chant only "Krsna." No. If you have got any other name of God... Must be God's name. But they do not believe in God. Generally they think there is no God, or if there is God, God is dead. Something like that. And I don't think there is any definitive name in any other religious system. It is only in the Vedic system there is name. So anyway, if somebody thinks that "This Krsna is an Indian name. Why shall I chant 'Krsna'?" Well, you chant any other name, but it must be God's name. Then it will be effective.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.30, Honolulu, 29 May, 1976

May 28

So far your question regarding Deity worship, during arati everything should be offered first to the Guru.

Letter to Giriraja, 28 May, 1972

May 27

Regarding your two questions, the first, Sri Gadadhara is expansion Radharani and Srinivasa is the expansion of Narada Muni, or in other words they are the internal and the devotional energy respectively.

Letter to Tamala Krsna, 27 May, 1970

May 26

If you have the desire to write poetry, better if you read one chapter of Krishna book very carefully. Then put it into poetry. But, do not concoct anything. There is no need for that type of poetry. If you do this, I think it will be appreciated nicely.

Letter to Vahna dasa, 26 May, 1975

May 25

Our philosophy is that you produce your food anywhere. You stay, and keep cows, take milk, produce vegetables, food grains, and chant Hare Krsna. That's all. This is our philosophy. Make your life successful. By becoming Krsna conscious, you become free from all these troubles of material condition. This is our education. Don't be after these motorcars, television, and all nonsense things, sporting, wine, women. Don't be after these. Simply eat sufficiently, keep your health nicely, chant Hare Krsna, realize Krsna, and go back to home. This is our philosophy.

Morning Walk at Villa Borghese, Rome, May 25, 1974

May 24

Generally, the yogis, they are trying to concentrate the mind upon the Supreme Absolute Truth. That is the yogic practice. Yoga indriya-samyamah. Yoga means to concentrate your mind to the Absolute Truth by controlling the senses. Because the senses are very restless, it will not allow you to concentrate your mind. Therefore yoga indriya-samyamah. That is yoga. So here the same yoga is advised: yogaа yunjan mad-asrayah. This yoga has to be practiced under Krsna. Mad-asrayah. Mat means "Me," and asrayah means taking shelter. Or mad-asrayah means to take shelter of Krsna's devotee, one who has completely taken shelter of Krsna, to take shelter of him.

Lecture on Bhagavad-Gita 7.1, Fiji, 24 May 1975

May 23

If we always concentrate on reading our literature then there will be no difficulty to preach. Nor will the mind wander to other subjects. By reading these books regularly we become more and more convinced in Krishna Consciousness. And if we become more convinced, that will spread the potency of Lord Caitanya's sankirtana movement with great strength.

Letter to Sudama, 23 May, 1972

May 20

I can understand your difficult position in preaching work. Not only you, but I also had the same difficulty when I wanted to start this Krsna Consciousness Movement from India. I approached many respectable gentlemen and requested that, "My dear sir, you have got four children, out of them can you spare one only under my guidance, because I want to make a brahminical society all over the world.'' Everyone replied in this connection, "Sir what benefit will there be in becoming a brahmana??''

Letter to Niranjana, 21 May, 1973