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Srila Prabhupada's Quote Of The Day

February 13

The impersonalists, they do not develop body. They simply remain as spirit particle. That is their idea. But we Vaisnava, we want to serve Krsna, therefore we require hands, legs and mouth and tongue, everything. So we are giving such body. As you are getting this body from the womb of the mother, similarly we get body in the spiritual world. Not from the womb of the mother, but there is process to get, you can get.

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 6.1, Los Angeles, 13 February, 1969

February 12

You want to counteract the activities of Maharishi, but you must know Maharishi is the agent of Maya. Our process of Krishna Consciousness and Sankirtana movement is already counteracting the spell of Maya, but the Maharishi says that you remain under the spell of Maya. His preaching is that you enjoy, and simply you pay him $35, and purchase his mantra. People in general are already under the spell of Maya. That is to say, they want sense gratification. If anyone encourages the method of sense gratification, at the same time become a yogi, why people will not prefer that method? We say there is no illicit sexlife, no intoxication, no meat eating, no gambling, so if Maharishi says there is no restrictions, naturally large number of people will follow him. That means they want to be cheated, and Krishna sends them a cheater.

Letter to Sivananda, 12 February, 1968

February 11

Arjuna has accepted Krsna as guru, therefore He is chastising him that "You are lamenting on a subject matter which is not done by any learned man." That means "You are not a learned man. You are fool." "The learned man does not do like this" - that means "You are not learned man because you are doing this." So Krsna said that "Practically you are not in the knowledge of things. Still, you are lamenting on the bodily concept of life." Anyone who accepts this body as self, he is not only unlearned, but he is compared with the animal. That is the statement in the Vedic literature.

Letter to Svarupa Damodara, 11 February, 1976

February 10

I always advise married couples that the male should be engaged in some work; but if somebody is busily engaged in our activities and therefore he cannot work outside, that is also nice. We do not press people to contribute, and even though we do so, it is for the good of the contributor because everything is employed for advancing this Krishna Consciousness movement.

Letter to Ekayani, 10 February, 1970

February 9

Mleccha means not following the Vedic principles. Those who are following the Vedic principles, they are classified guna-karma-vibhagasah [Bg. 4.13], in four divisions. And beyond these four divisions, who are less than sudras, they are called mlecchas and yavanas and candalas. Their behavior is so abominable that they cannot be accepted as civilized man. Civilized man, not by so-called material advancement. Civilized man is this four division of society - brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas, and sudras. That is civilized society. Where there is no such division, everyone is a sudra, that is not a civilized form of society.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.3.12-15, Gorakhpur, February 9, 1971

February 8

Materially a woman may be less intelligent than a man, but spiritually there is no such distinction. Because spiritually everyone is pure soul. In the absolute plane there is no such gradation of higher and lower. If a woman can lecture nicely and to the point, we should hear her carefully. That is our philosophy. But if a man can speak better than a woman, the man should be given first preference. But even though a woman is less intelligent, a sincere soul should be given proper chance to speak, because we want so many preachers, both men and women.

Letter to Jaya Govinda, 8 February, 1968

February 7

Good karma means what is prescribed in the Vedas. Specifically, it is prescribed that one should perform yajna. Yajna means actions for the satisfaction of Lord Visnu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So good karma means performance of the yajnas as they are prescribed in the Vedic literatures. And the purpose of this yajna is to satisfy the Supreme Lord. A good, law-abiding citizen is one whose actions satisfy the government. So, good karma is to satisfy Lord Visnu, the Supreme Lord. Unfortunately, modern civilization does not know what the Supreme Personality of Godhead is, what to speak of satisfying Him people do not know. They are simply busy with material activities. Therefore all of them are performing only bad karma and therefore suffering.

Lecture on Bhagavad-Gita 16.11-12, Hawaii, 7 February, 1975

February 6

They are very much proud of this body. Why? Alpa-buddhayah, it is said, "less intelligent." Less intelligent. So why he has become less intelligent? That is described in this verse, kamam asritya. His basic principle of life is lusty desire, asritya. He has taken shelter of principally the lusty desire, kamam asritya.

Lecture on Bhagavad-Gita 16.10, Hawaii, 6 February, 1975

February 5

Your suggestion that the devotees visiting Vrindaban engage in preaching and chanting and not in gossiping is very good. I have instructed that this be taken to the GBC and implanted. We have sacrificed our life for Krsna's service, where is there scope for sleeping and gossiping? You can see in my example, not a single moment is wasted. This idleness is the business of the karmis.

Letter to Gurudasa Maharaja, 5 February, 1977

February 4

The proper spelling of your spiritual name is LABANGALATIKA. The meaning of Labangalatika is delicate, sometimes Radharani is addressed as Labangalatika.

Letter to Labangalatika dasi, 4 February 1968