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Srila Prabhupada's Quote Of The Day

April 24

Krsna said in the previous verse, mat-sthani sarva-bhutani na caham tesv avasthitah [Bg. 9.4]. That is explained in this verse that "Everything is resting upon Me. But at the same time," na caham tesv avasthitah, "they are not also in Me." This particular portion has to be understood. When Krsna says, God says, that everything is resting upon Him, that means everything is resting upon His expanded energy, not personally on Him. Personally He is aloof. Therefore it is said, na ca mat-sthani bhutani. The same example. Just like when we say everything is resting on the sunshine, that does not mean everything is in the sun but the sunshine is not different from the sun.

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 9.5, Melbourne, April 24, 1976

April 23

You have rightly pointed out that people are becoming more materialistic in this age on account of their forgetfulness of Krishna Consciousness. Actually there is nothing like materialism. Materialism means forgetfulness of Krishna or God. We are preaching therefore Krishna Consciousness. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam it is said that the first-class religion is that which teaches love of Godhead. At the present moment, one professes a type of religion, but does not develop real purpose of religion, namely love of Godhead - that is materialism.

Letter to Sri Birlaji, 23 April, 1970

April 22

The formula for ISKCON organization is very simple and can be understood by everyone. The world is divided into twelve zones. For each zone there is one zonal secretary appointed by Srila Prabhupada. The zonal secretaries duty is to see that the spiritual principles are being upheld very nicely in all the Temples of his zone.

Letter to All Temple Presidents, 22 April, 1972

April 21

Your chart for reporting book and record distribution is approved by me, as from this chart I can quickly see how the centers are doing.

Letter to Hamsaduta, 21 April, 1974

April 20

Since a human being is a rational animal, he is born to make inquiries. The greater the number of questions, the greater the advancement of knowledge and science. The whole of material civilization is based on this originally large volume of questions put by young men to their elders. When elderly persons give the proper answers to the questions of the youngsters, civilization makes progress, one step after another. The most intelligent man, however, inquires about what happens after death. The less intelligent make lesser inquiries, but the questions of those who are more intelligent go higher and still higher.

“Back to Godhead”, April 20, 1960

April 19

This body belongs to Krishna and therefore we must always keep it in healthy condition to the best of our ability, but if due to some past sinful activities, we are suffering some bodily miseries we should not become discouraged.

Letter to Viruha dasa, 19 April, 1975

April 18

Krishna, He killed so many demons, so in this age of demoniac tendency, we may not kill the demons like Krishna did it, but we can kill the demoniac tendency. How is that? By this Sankirtana weapon. That is the specific contribution by Lord Caitanya, Krishna Himself, in this Kali yuga. So I am informed that you are the Sankirtana leader for Laguna Beach temple, so you should very enthusiastically lead the Sankirtana party, and in this way you will very successfully kill the demoniac tendency of the rascals.

Letter to Doug Russell, 18 April, 1973

April 17

For Gaura-Nitai alone, Rathayatra is not at all recommended because They are playing the part of devotees. But as you are having three large carts you may arrange the following: Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai in the first ratha, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna in the second ratha and Sri Jagannatha, Balarama and Subhadra in the third ratha.

Letter to Ramesvara, 17 April, 1977

April 16

To think of Krishna 24 hours a day, if you are serious this can be done. It is not very difficult.

Letter to Punjabi Premanand, 16 April, 1976

April 15

This "Yes, I shall fight", this "I", and the former "I" - "I shall not fight" - so there is vast difference. The former "I" is the representative of mental speculation, when Arjuna decided that "I shall not fight. They are my relatives, they are my brothers; I cannot fight with them for the matter of kingdom. Rather, I shall forego; I shall become a beggar. I shall... I don't want this kingdom." He argued like that. But after reading Bhagavad-gita, he said that "My illusion is now removed." Nasto mohah smrtir labdha: "My illusion is now removed, and I have got my consciousness by Your mercy. By Your mercy."

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.55-58, New York, April 15, 1966