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Srila Prabhupada's Quote Of The Day

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

May 28

I am so glad to note that Sri Gaura-Nitai Deities are already finished. The color is molten gold or bright yellow resembling golden color but don't apply gold paint. The eyes should be nicely painted. You have got the idea; you have seen many pictures and I am seeing from here that you are doing nicely.

Letter to Govinda dasi, 28 May, 1971

May 27

You have described Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krsna at London Temple as wonderful. Yes, that is the test of standard service.

Letter to Tamala Krsna, 27 May, 1970

May 26

Regarding your writing, this is very much wanted, but I think that it is better if you write articles, not books. Write articles that can be printed in our Back to Godhead magazine. That will be very nice. Also, be very sure that you always maintain a high spiritual standard by following all of the rules and regulations very carefully. Chant 16 rounds minimum daily and study my books deeply.

Letter to Damodara dasa, 26 May, 1975

May 25

No part of the world is nowadays sufficient rain. Because they are not performing yajna. Sometimes it is seen that over-rain, overflood, not systematic. But if you perform yajna, there will be systematic rainfall, which you can utilize properly. Yajnad bhavati parjanyah. [Bg. 3.14]: "Rains are produced by performance of yajna {sacrifice}."

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

May 24

Our mind is attracted by so many things, especially in the material world. When yoga system was advised to Arjuna that "You concentrate your mind upon Me," Arjuna flatly declined, "My dear Krsna, I cannot concentrate my mind in any particular thing." But he said that "I have got my mind on You." That is different thing. "But if you ask me to concentrate, it is very difficult for me."

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

May 23

A few days ago I received one letter from you in which you desired to send me one manuscript for Nimai Sannyas drama, written by some Mr. Chatterji. Generally these dramas are sentimentalism. Those who are devotees of Lord Caitanya, they do not discuss much about the Lord's renouncing the householder life, but there are certain persons who floodlight the renouncement of Lord Caitanya in a materialistic sentimental way. I have seen such drama, written by Mr. Diliproy, and that was nearly nonsense. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu decided to accept this renounced order of life in a moment, and the business was finished in a day. But these people, in order to create a scene, they adulterate the Lord's renouncement in so many ways.

Letter to Gurudasa, 23 May, 1968

May 22

Unless you become industrious, laborious, you cannot enjoy even this material world.

Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.1-4, New Vrindaban, May 22, 1969

May 21

I am very pleased to learn from you your system of filing of all life members to insure that they receive all our literatures. Our life members in India must be kept alive. This literature will keep them alive, plus kirtana.

Letter to Yadubara, 21 May, 1972

May 20

Everyone should act yajna. Yajna means work to satisfy the Supreme Lord. That is called yajna. If we do not do that, then we shall be obliged. Otherwise... "Otherwise" means the act which is done for the satisfaction of the Supreme Lord, that is immune from all reaction, but anything which is not done for the satisfaction of the Supreme Lord, that will oblige me in so many bondage of obligation, and I will have to repay that after many, many continuation of this repetition of births and deaths. That is the secret of life.

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.8-13, New York, May 20, 1966