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Srila Prabhupada's Quote Of The Day

February 26, 2010

If somebody takes your legs and catches you and your head is down, then it is not very comfortable. This whole material world is like that. It is uncomfortable. It is perverted reflection. On the bank of a pond a tree is standing, but the reflection in the water of the tree is not real. Real tree is up. Similarly, real enjoyment, real varieties—everything is in spiritual world.

Calcutta, February 26, 1974

February 25, 2010

In the transcendental loving service of the Lord, it doesn't matter whether we are working, cooking, painting, writing, chanting, or whatever, they are all the same. There are no such distinctions of higher and lower on the transcendental platform. The important thing is that we are engaging our time and energy in the service of the Lord. After all, we are so tiny, what can we do? Krishna sees simply that this time is being spent in His service.

Letter to Karunamayi, Los Angeles, February 25, 1968

February 24, 2010

A man has served the family with heart and soul throughout the whole life, and when he is old man, if he asks permission from his wife, "My dear wife, now I have served so much. Let me take sannyasa now," the wife will never give permission. She will say, "What you have done? I have got to do so many things. Your, this son is not yet settled up; this daughter is not yet married. How you can take sannyasa? So you cannot do." So actually, he is the servant of the wife, but he is thinking, "I am master of the family." This is called maya.

Bombay, February 24, 1975

February 23, 2010

Women are by nature endowed with many artistic tendencies, and from the Vedic age we find that high grade women and girls were highly qualified in sixty-four arts. Srimati Radharani was fully qualified in those arts, and therefore, by Her super-excellent transcendental qualities, she could charm Krsna who is the charmer of the three worlds.

Letter to Syama dasi, February 23, 1970

February 22, 2010

Unless one becomes detestful of this material world, it is to be understood that he has not yet entered in the spiritual understanding. This is the test of bhakti. If one has entered the domain of devotional service, this material world will be not at all tasteful for him.

Mayapur, February 22, 1976

February 21, 2010

Suicide is not justified. It is violation of nature's law. Nature gives you a certain type of body to live in it for certain days, and suicide means you go against the laws of nature, you untimely stop the duration of life. Therefore he becomes a criminal. Suicide is criminal even in ordinary state laws. One cannot make suicide.

Auckland, February 21, 1973

February 20, 2010

An old father required massaging so all the children wanted to serve the father. The father divided the right and left portion of his body to be served by the children. Later along with the service, there was some quarrel between the children, and they were competing by hitting the parts of the father which was assigned to the opposing party. So the father said that you are hitting my different parts due to your opposition to one another, but I am therefore dying. Similarly, either this department or that department, if you quarrel amongst yourselves it will be detrimental to my missionary ambition. Please therefore stop this unnecessary strain. If there is any misunderstanding, it will be solved when I am present there in April. In the meantime, please live peacefully.

Letter to Rayarama, February 20, 1969

February 19, 2010

If we want to take a particular medicine, then we have to follow the directions written on the label. We cannot take the medicine according to our own whim or the direction of a friend. It must be taken according to the directions on the label or the directions given by a physician. Similarly, Bhagavad-gita should be taken or accepted as it is directed by the speaker Himself. The speaker of Bhagavad-gita is Lord Sri Krsna.

New York, February 19, 1966

February 18, 2010

In God's creation there is male and female even in the spiritual world and there is purpose for such creation. The purpose is so that male and female may join together, not for sex-life, but to glorify the Lord. In Vaikuntha the women are much more beautiful in their figure, smiling, dressing, etc., but the men and women there are so much attracted by the chanting of Hare Krishna that they do not get any sex impulse even by intimate mingling.

Letter to Uddhava, February 18, 1969

February 17, 2010

A girl is married to a husband. She's hankering after a child. If she thinks, "Now I am married, I must have immediately a child." Is it possible? Just have patience. Become a faithful wife, serve your husband, let your love grow up, and because you are husband and wife, it is sure you'll have children. But don't be impatient. Similarly, when you are in Krishna consciousness, your perfection is guaranteed. But have patience, determination. "I must execute. I should not be impatient." That impatience is due to loss of determination. And how that loss of determination is there? Due to excessive sex life.

Los Angeles, February 17, 1969