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Srila Prabhupada's Quote Of The Day

September 8

The householders who cannot sell books should be encouraged to work honestly on this restaurant project.

Letter to Ramesvara, 8 September, 1976

September 7

This village program is for the ordinary class of people, and for the intellectuals we have got our books. We are not lacking in anything.

Letter to Mahavirya das, 7 September, 1975

September 6

Death means this gross body, this overcoat is left, and I am carried away by the subtle body, and I enter into another overcoat, or gross body. So practically this is called death. Because we have no vision of the subtle body, how the soul is being transferred or transmigrating from one gross body to another gross body, keeping the subtle body intact. And the subtle body is given up when one is liberated. And at that time he goes, when he is liberated, freed from this subtle body also, at that time he is promoted to the spiritual kingdom in spiritual body. Therefore while living in this gross body, we have to educate our subtle body in such a way that it becomes spiritualized completely.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.8, New Vrindaban, 6 September, 1972


September 5

Hiranyakasipu was not happy - at least he was not happy that his son Prahlada was becoming a devotee of the Lord, which he did not like. So he inquired from his son that "How you are feeling? You are a small boy, child, how you are feeling so much comfortable despite all my threatening. So what is your actual asset?" So he replied, "My dear father, na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum [SB 7.5.31]. Foolish persons, they do not know that their ultimate goal of happiness is Visnu, God, the Supreme Lord." Durasaya ye bahir-artha-maninah. Durasaya, dur, hope against hope, they're hoping something which is never to be fulfilled. What is that? Durasaya ye bahir-artha-maninah. Bahir-artha, bahir means external, artha means interest.

Letter to Bali Mardan das, 5 September, 1974


September 4

The brahmanas are not encouraged to fight or kill. No. They should remain always nonviolent. Even there is required violence, a brahmana will not kill personally. He will bring the matter to the ksatriya, royal order. Just like Visvamitra. Visvamitra was being disturbed by some demons in the forest. They used to live in the forest. So Visvamitra was able to kill such demon, many demons, by his will. But he did not do so. He went to Maharaja Dasaratha, father of Lord Ramacandra, to request him that "Give your sons Rama and Laksmana. I will take them with me. They will kill that demon." The killing is there, but the brahmana is not going to kill personally. Or the vaisya is not meant for killing, neither the sudras. Only the ksatriyas. The ksatriyas should be so trained up.

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita, London, September 4, 1973


September 2

Vanaprastha asrama can be taken even in the presence of the wife. Not that because your wife has left you have to take vanaprastha. That depends on your choice. In one sense if your wife has actually left you it is a blessing. Better to prepare yourself for sannyasa rather than vanaprastha.

Letter to Sivananda, 2 September, 1971


September 3

Arjuna is famous as a great fighter. Not only that, he is personal friend of Krsna, so much so that Krsna has agreed to become his chariot driver. Just try to understand what is his position. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, who is worshiped by Lord Brahma, govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami, He has agreed to drive the chariot of Arjuna on account of friendship. Now, we have to imagine how much famous he is. "Everyone will say, 'Oh, Krsna is his so intimate friend that He has agreed to drive his chariot!' This is your reputation all over the world." So sambhavitasya cakirtih. "And if you don't fight now, what people will say? Better you die." Krsna is advising that "Instead of becoming a very good man, nonviolent, you lay down your life. That is My advice. You die. I shall see that you have died. I will be very much pleased." This is Krsna's advice. How much He has become, I mean to say, dissatisfied with the decision of Arjuna, "Krsna, I am not going to fight this battle." So Krsna's last advice is that if you don't fight, better you die before him. I shall be very much pleased."

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.33-35, London, 3 September, 1973

September 1

The plain truth is that the Supreme Godhead the Father, the nature material is the mother and all living entities are so many children of almighty father Godhead, and the mother nature. The whole arrangement is just a family unit, and we should wonder as to why there is so much anomaly in this great universal family unit.

Letter to Secretary of Sri Gita Mandir Trust, 1 September, 1949


August 31

If he likes he can go back to Godhead, "yanti mad yajino 'pi mam,'' [BG 9.25] and stop this transmigration process. Then he comes again perfect in Krishna consciousness. We are trying to bring the human society to this stage of life. In human life even in the lower stage of modes of nature, he can come to the higher stage. That is our movement. In the animal form there is no chance, only in the human form. Unfortunately the modern mode of education is to kill the chance. In animal stage of life it is very dangerous.

Letter to Svarupa Damodara das, 31 August, 1975

August 30

According to quality and according to work, the social order is divided into four. The most intelligent class of men are called the brahmanas, and the next intelligent class of men, namely the politicians, or one who wants to take part in administration, they are called ksatriyas. And the next intelligent class of men, those who are busy in production - because we want food - so the productive class of men is called vaisya, mercantile. And the laborer class of men, namely one who is neither intelligent nor administrator nor trader, but wants to live at the shelter of somebody, master, they are called sudras. The brahmanas, the ksatriyas, and the vaisya, they would never accept subordination, service, under anyone. But the sudras, as it is stated in the Bhagavad-gita: paricaryatmakam karyam sudra-karma svabhava-jam [Bg. 18.44]. By nature, a sudra wants to take shelter of somebody else and live. So at the present moment, the Kali-yuga, the sastra says, almost everyone is a sudras because nobody can live independently.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.1, London, 30 August, 1971