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Srila Prabhupada's Quote Of The Day

September 11

Everyone, practically, they are not serving any boss or any master, they are serving their senses. Suppose if I am serving somebody as my boss, actually I am not serving his money..., serving his person. [If] I am serving his money. If he says, "Tomorrow you have to work free. You are getting twenty dollars a day now. Tomorrow I have no money. You will have to work free." "Ah, no, no, sir. I'm not coming because I am not serving you; I am serving your money." So actually we are serving money. Any why you are serving money? Because with the money we can satisfy our senses. Without money, we cannot satisfy our, these informidable senses. If I want to drink, if I want to enjoy such and such things, then I require money. Therefore ultimately I am serving my senses.

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.2, San Francisco, September 11, 1968

September 10

The heavenly planets begins from the moon planet.

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.13, Hamburg, September 10, 1969

September 9

If you wife takes charge of the child, then you become completely free personally, and you can live in the temple with other brahmacharies, either in N.Y. or elsewhere as you think best. If however, your wife leaves the child with you, then you can take care of him; that will be nice. But I think it is very difficult, because he is not sufficiently grown up. Anyway, both your wife and yourself cannot think of marrying again; that is not my advice. Even if your wife decides to marry again, for your part you should forget it; and if by the Grace of Krishna you can live peacefully without any wife, completely devoted to K.C., that will be the best part of your life. You can love and put all your affection to the child, and try to make him fully K.C.

Letter to Rupanuga, 9 September, 1967

September 8

The householders who cannot sell books should be encouraged to work honestly on this restaurant project.

Letter to Ramesvara, 8 September, 1976

September 7

This village program is for the ordinary class of people, and for the intellectuals we have got our books. We are not lacking in anything.

Letter to Mahavirya das, 7 September, 1975

September 6

Death means this gross body, this overcoat is left, and I am carried away by the subtle body, and I enter into another overcoat, or gross body. So practically this is called death. Because we have no vision of the subtle body, how the soul is being transferred or transmigrating from one gross body to another gross body, keeping the subtle body intact. And the subtle body is given up when one is liberated. And at that time he goes, when he is liberated, freed from this subtle body also, at that time he is promoted to the spiritual kingdom in spiritual body. Therefore while living in this gross body, we have to educate our subtle body in such a way that it becomes spiritualized completely.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.8, New Vrindaban, 6 September, 1972


September 5

Hiranyakasipu was not happy - at least he was not happy that his son Prahlada was becoming a devotee of the Lord, which he did not like. So he inquired from his son that "How you are feeling? You are a small boy, child, how you are feeling so much comfortable despite all my threatening. So what is your actual asset?" So he replied, "My dear father, na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum [SB 7.5.31]. Foolish persons, they do not know that their ultimate goal of happiness is Visnu, God, the Supreme Lord." Durasaya ye bahir-artha-maninah. Durasaya, dur, hope against hope, they're hoping something which is never to be fulfilled. What is that? Durasaya ye bahir-artha-maninah. Bahir-artha, bahir means external, artha means interest.

Letter to Bali Mardan das, 5 September, 1974


September 4

The brahmanas are not encouraged to fight or kill. No. They should remain always nonviolent. Even there is required violence, a brahmana will not kill personally. He will bring the matter to the ksatriya, royal order. Just like Visvamitra. Visvamitra was being disturbed by some demons in the forest. They used to live in the forest. So Visvamitra was able to kill such demon, many demons, by his will. But he did not do so. He went to Maharaja Dasaratha, father of Lord Ramacandra, to request him that "Give your sons Rama and Laksmana. I will take them with me. They will kill that demon." The killing is there, but the brahmana is not going to kill personally. Or the vaisya is not meant for killing, neither the sudras. Only the ksatriyas. The ksatriyas should be so trained up.

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita, London, September 4, 1973


September 2

Vanaprastha asrama can be taken even in the presence of the wife. Not that because your wife has left you have to take vanaprastha. That depends on your choice. In one sense if your wife has actually left you it is a blessing. Better to prepare yourself for sannyasa rather than vanaprastha.

Letter to Sivananda, 2 September, 1971


September 3

Arjuna is famous as a great fighter. Not only that, he is personal friend of Krsna, so much so that Krsna has agreed to become his chariot driver. Just try to understand what is his position. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, who is worshiped by Lord Brahma, govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami, He has agreed to drive the chariot of Arjuna on account of friendship. Now, we have to imagine how much famous he is. "Everyone will say, 'Oh, Krsna is his so intimate friend that He has agreed to drive his chariot!' This is your reputation all over the world." So sambhavitasya cakirtih. "And if you don't fight now, what people will say? Better you die." Krsna is advising that "Instead of becoming a very good man, nonviolent, you lay down your life. That is My advice. You die. I shall see that you have died. I will be very much pleased." This is Krsna's advice. How much He has become, I mean to say, dissatisfied with the decision of Arjuna, "Krsna, I am not going to fight this battle." So Krsna's last advice is that if you don't fight, better you die before him. I shall be very much pleased."

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.33-35, London, 3 September, 1973