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Srila Prabhupada's Quote Of The Day

May 19

As far as machines are concerned, it is better to avoid using them as far as possible.

Letter to Hamsaduta dasa, 19 May, 1975

May 18

So atonement is concerned, here it is said, prayascittani cirnani narayana-paranmukham. You can have some atonement, but if you are bereft of Krsna consciousness, so this purification will not be complete. How? Rajendra sura-kumbham ivapagah. According to Vedic civilization, a pot in which wine was kept, it is impure forever. It is impure forever. You cannot use for any other purpose. It is so abominable. If you think that "This bottle contained wine. Now wine is finished. Wash it, then it becomes pure," then according to Vedic civilization wine is so impure that even the pot in which wine was kept, it will never become pure. These examples outsider cannot understand, but it is said in the sastra.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.18, Honolulu, May 18, 1976

May 17

Without accepting the principle of inconceivable power, no one can understand God. God is not so cheap that any so-called yogi can become God. Such imitation gods are for rascals and fools. Those who are intelligent will test whether or not such a person has inconceivable power. We accept Krsna as God because He has demonstrated His inconceivable power. As a child, Krsna lifted a big hill. And Lord Rama, an incarnation of Krsna, constructed a bridge without pillars by floating stones on water. So one should not accept God cheaply.

The Twelfth Morning Walk: Symptoms of God, May 17, 1973, Cheviot Hills Park, Los Angeles

May 16

Regarding your second question, "Where in our scriptures is there mention of Lord Jesus Christ as recognized and what is the purport?'' - We do not find in the scriptures Lord Jesus Christ's name. There is mention of Lord Buddha's name which is described in our Srimad-Bhagavatam. So far we are concerned, we have all our obeisances for Lord Jesus Christ because His whole life was devoted to the service of the Lord.

Letter to Gurudasa, 16 May, 1970

May 15

Krsna has so many forms, and which ever form you worship it is all the same, but you should worship that form which you like most.

Letter to Tamala Krsna, 15 May, 1970

May 14

Krsna is the creator of everything, bad or good. Actually, "bad and good" is a material creation. Krsna's creation is good; God is good. What you think is bad is good for God. Therefore, we cannot understand Krsna. He is doing something that in our consideration may be bad, but for Him there is no such thing as good or bad. For example, Krsna married sixteen thousand wives. Some people may criticize, "Ah, He is so mad after women." But they do not see the whole picture. Krsna's power is so great that He expanded Himself into sixteen thousand different husbands.

The Tenth Morning Walk, May 14, 1973, Recorded in Cheviot Hills Park, Los Angeles

May 13

You must construct something wonderful. Otherwise, it will be a discredit to you American boys. That will exalt the position of America in India. And in every temple food distribution must go on profusely with American food supplies. Have the Americans given us the food supplies, is there any tangible donation? Or is it simply promises? If we can supply some proof they have given us such and such amount of foodstuffs, some document, that will help us in all parts of the world as propaganda.

Letter to Gurudasa, 13 May, 1972

May 12

God must be equal to everyone. He is neither envious to anyone nor friendly to anyone. This is general. But there is special significance. Ye tu bhajanti mam bhaktya: "Persons who are engaged in devotional service with love and faith," tesu te mayi [BG 9.29], "I have got a special intimate relation with him."

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 12.13-14, Bombay, May 12, 1974

May 11

In India bhadra means gentleman and abhadra means uncivilized man. So sometimes he does like gentlemen and sometimes like foolish rascal. Kvacin nivartate 'bhadrat kvacic carati tat punah [SB 6.1.10]. After coming from the prison house, jail, he decides, "No more I shall commit. I shall now become gentleman." But as soon as his friends, criminals, again mix with them, he again commits the same sinful activity. So in this condition, atonement, if he cannot change his character, so what is the use of this atonement? Prayascittam atho 'partham [SB 6.1.10]. Apartham means useless. If he cannot change his character, change his mind, then the punishment or prayascittam is apartha, useless.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.10, Honolulu, May 11, 1976

May 10

Sometimes under the garb of chanting people take to the habit of laziness, which is not required at all. Execution of devotional service is prescribed first with enthusiasm and patience. One can execute this transcendental activities staying as he is, but he must follow and try to apply in practical life the instructions as they are given in the Bhagavad-gita or Srimad-Bhagavatam, received through the proper channel.

Letter to Dayananda, 10 May 1968