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Srila Prabhupada's Quote Of The Day

May 16

Human opulence means the society must have enough gold, enough jewelry, enough silk, enough grains, enough milk, enough vegetables, like that. That is opulence. Formerly a person was considered rich by two things: dhanyena dhanavan. How much grain stock he has got at his home. A big, big barn, filled with grains. Still in India, if I am going to give my daughter to some family, to see the family's opulence, I go to see the house, and if I see there are many, many barns' stock of grains and many cows, then it is very good. It is opulent.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.2, Los Angeles, May 16, 1973

May 15

We have to deal with so many men with different personalities. So kindly utilize their energies and at the same time keep them satisfied. That is leadership. If one man is appointed as leader, all must follow him and be obedient. "Obedience is the first law of discipline.'' They are pointing out irregularities, but they themselves are not doing their duty, so they are pointing out the irregularities in others. They came to serve; now they don't want to serve so there is some excuse. Oh, irregularity let me go away. The workers should not suggest irregularities.

Letter to Giriraja, 15 May, 1972

May 14

If you continue in Krsna consciousness, you will see that nothing is material. When you offer a flower to Krsna, it is not material. Krsna will not accept anything material. And this does not mean that the flower is material on the bush, and then it becomes spiritual when you offer it to Krsna. No. The flower is "material" only as long as you think that it is made for your enjoyment. But as soon as you see that it is for Krsna's enjoyment, you see it as it really is - spiritual.

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

May 12

Krsna directly says how you can become devotee or dear to Krsna. Or, in other words, how you will be seen by Krsna. Krsna is seeing your activities, but especially, to take care of you... Krsna takes care. As soon as you become a devotee, immediately He takes care of you. Otherwise you are under the care of maya, this material energy.

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

May 11

This human form of life, don't spoil it like cats and dogs, eating, sleeping, mating and dancing. No. So, so same dancing, same eating can be utilized when it is in Krsna consciousness. Then he will be... Simply by dancing and chanting and taking prasadam you'll be learned scholar.

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

May 10

Our intelligence is, if we have to work for others and sacrifice this body for others, why not for Krsna? That is our philosophy. If I am whole time, whole duration of life, I am working for others... Others mean, ultimately, my senses. The senses are others. Kamadinam kati na katidha palita durnidesah. My senses dictating, "You stick to this woman and go to hell." "Yes, I am ready. Yes." Kama, lust. So I am servant of the lust. Neither I am servant of the woman or servant of this man or that man. I am servant of my lust. And the lust is dictating that "You do this nonsense." "Yes, I'll do. Yes, I'll do." So in this way, we are actually servant of our senses and the dictation of the senses. This is our position.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.48, Los Angeles, May 10, 1973

May 9

The best thing is that you engage yourself in chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra as many times as possible and Krishna will save you. I wish that all your family members should chant, your wife especially, for your prolonged life. Whenever you find time please go to the Bombay temple and offer your sincere obeisances to Lord Krishna. Nobody's life will continue in this material world but if we practice Krishna Consciousness, then certainly by giving up this body one goes back to Home, back to Godhead.

Letter to Sriman Susheel Asnani, 9 May, 1976

May 8

Our Krsna consciousness movement is trying to educate some brahmanas. If the society take our help and conduct the business of the society - ksatriya, vaisya, sudra - then there will be peace and prosperity. Otherwise there will be chaos and confusion.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.46, Los Angeles, May 8, 1973

May 7

The scientists say that life begins from chemicals. But the real question is, "Where have the chemicals come from?" The chemicals come from life, and this means that life has mystic powers. For example, an orange tree contains many oranges, and each orange contains chemicals - citric acid and others. So where have these chemicals come from? Obviously they have come from the life within the tree. The scientists are missing the origin of the chemicals. They have started their investigation from the chemicals, but they cannot identify the origin of the chemicals. Chemicals come from the supreme life - God. Just as the living body of a man produces many chemicals, the supreme life (the Supreme Lord) is producing all the chemicals found in the atmosphere, in the water, in humans, in animals and in the earth. And that is called mystic power. Unless the mystic power of the Lord is accepted, there is no solution to the problem of the origin of life.

The Sixth Morning Walk: Chemicals from Mystic Power, On the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Near Los Angeles, May 7, 1973

May 6

When Kunti offered prayers to Krsna in very chosen nice words, all the words... Therefore Krsna is known, His another name is Uttama-sloka. Because Krsna is the Supreme, He should be offered prayer with supreme words and feelings. The language should not be cheap, or the idea should not be cheap. Just like when we offer prayer to Krsna, we follow the path by Lord Brahma... Each word is full of meaning. Cintamani, prakara, sadmasu, kalpa-vrksa. So Krsna should be offered by chosen words. Uttama-sloka, very nicely arranged.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.44, Los Angeles, May 6, 1973