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Srila Prabhupada's Quote Of The Day

June 7

There are many processes for delivering the living entity from this life of entanglement. Generally it is summarized in the process of meditation, performances of great sacrifices and worshiping the Lord in the temple. But in this Age of Kali Yuga nobody can meditate perfectly, neither they have sufficient resources for performing great sacrifices, neither they have tendency to attend spiritual services in the temple, churches, or mosques or any such sanctuaries. Therefore, in the Brhad Naradiya Puranam it is stated that none of these three principles of spiritual upliftment is possible to perform in this Age of Kali. Therefore, the only possible means of spiritual realization is chanting the Holy Name of God or Krishna or Rama.

Letter to Sriman Vyasaji, 7 June, 1970

June 6

In your second question you asked if we will remember the earth, when in Vrindaban, and the answer is certainly. When Narada Muni was talking to Vyasadeva, as you may have read in first volume of our Srimad-Bhagavatam, he was in a spiritual body, but he remembered his previous life and explained it to Vyasadeva. In material life there is forgetfulness, but in spiritual life there is no forgetfulness.

Letter to Vrndavanesvari, 6 June, 1969

June 5

Your reports of the devotional progress of San Diego are very convincing, this combination of book distribution and public festivals is very good for bringing the people to an attraction for Krsna Consciousness. Go on holding as many festivals as possible.

Letter to Nrsimha Caitanya, 5 June, 1974

June 4

I am in due receipt of your offering of the sanskrit verse which you composed for me and I thank you very much. Now I am encouraging my young disciples to all try to learn at least one Indian language, like Hindi or Bengali. At least those who have the propensity can become proficient in some language, especially Hindi, and then you will be able to preach in India in the native language. It will be very effective.

Letter to Gopavrndesa dasa, 4 June, 1976

June 3

Actual spiritual advancement means detachment for everything material. So our activities are nothing material. Detachment from material activities, means attachment for spiritual activities, devotional service. After all, our energy has to be utilized, so when it is materially detached it means with greater enthusiasm our spiritual activities increase.

Letter to Makhanlal, 3 June, 1970

June 2

I therefore sometimes like these hippies because they have a spirit of renunciation. That is very good position. Simply they require jnana, or knowledge. Then their life will be successful. To bring one to the platform of renunciation, that is a very difficult job. Especially when one has got nice wife, nice home, nice bank balance, it is very, very difficult. So there is a version by Krsna that one who is anxious to take Krsna consciousness, but he is entrapped by this binding-nice wife, nice children, nice home, nice bank balance - so Krsna, in order to give them, give such devotee, facility, He takes away.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.13.11, Geneva, June 2, 1974

June 1

The example of Naradaji, that when he realized Krishna in his previous life, that life and next life, there is no difference. The example is given sometimes in the coconut skin when it is dried up, the fruit within the covering of coconut is hard. And if the coconut is shaken, it is found that the coconut fruit is moving within. Because it has dried up and broken away from the inner walls of the coconut skin. So it has nothing to do with the outer skin, even though it appears that it is within that skin. Similarly, when one is purely in Krishna Consciousness, it may appear that he is within the material existence, but actually he has nothing to do with it. He is dried up, like the coconut fruit; and that process of drying-up is forgetting all sense gratification, and executing Krishna Consciousness full time. So, when one is purely in Krishna Consciousness, his present life and in future life are identical.

Letter to Upendra, 1 June, 1968

May 31

Unless you take shelter of Krsna or His representative, there is no possibility of being detached from this material enjoyment.

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

May 30

Nothing is good if it is not purposeful. That is the whole purpose of teaching Bhagavad-gita. Nothing is good; nothing is bad. Everything is good, everything is bad, in this material world, but we have to see. Just like the common phrase goes, "The end justifies the means." So that is Krsna teaching here that He has nothing to gain. He is full in Himself. But just to set examples in the world He was taking part in the fighting because He wanted to establish it that fighting for good cause should not be avoided. That was His mission.

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

May 29

Prahlada Maharaja said that "I don't want my liberation alone. Unless I deliver all these fools who are rotting in this material world, I do not want my personal liberation." This is Vaisnava philosophy. The Mayavadi philosophers, they are going to Himalayas or some secluded place for personal benefit. But a Vaisnava, he has no desire for personal benefit. The personal benefit is already there in Vaisnava because he's in touch with the Supreme Lord by his service.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.11-12, Los Angeles, 29 May, 1972