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a.c. bhaktivedanta swami
April 23, 2014 1970 April 23: "Materialism means forgetfulness of Krishna. A man may possess the whole world and be a perfect transcendentalist or one may be a gross materialist without possessing a farthing. This distinction must be made on the basis of consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 19:15 |
1971 April 23: "You and your university are interested in hearing about Krishna philosophy. My life is dedicated to spreading this culture all over the world. This culture is so well planned that it would be acceptable by any thoughtful man throughout the whole world."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971 letters | 18:27 |
1972 April 23: "Our latest edition Krsna Book can be distributed to every student and to the whole English speaking public. Make one advertisement: 'Read KRSNA the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Available in all bookstores, 3 Volumes - Rs. 15.'"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 18:22 |
1972 April 23: "Our temple should be the via media for feeding the poor with food and spiritual knowledge. So we invite all hungry and naked people to come to us and we will give them food and clothing as well as Krishna consciousness. Our program should be based on this."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 18:19 |
1973 April 23: "So it is very nice Mr. Neil Diamond has given $3,000.00to my Book Trust, that is practical help. Now you have to impress upon him that when talent is used to glorify the Supreme Lord, that is perfection of talent. So you become convinced of this Krishna consciousness movement and you will get the strength to convince others nicely."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 18:09 |
1974 April 23: "The first preaching work is to become an ideal devotee. That will be strong preaching by behavior. There is no point in telling a man to stop smoking if you are still smoking. First make yourself perfect and then attempt to instruct others."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 18:06 |
April 22, 2014 1967 April 22: "Never expect any good from society, friendship and love. Only Krishna is the genuine friend and it is He only who can give us all benediction. The separation which you are feeling on account of my physical absence is a good sign. The more you feel such separation the more you will be situated in Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967 letters | 17:03 |
1970 April 22: "This is the age of Kali and people are not very much eager to accept genuine things, so don't be disappointed. To face difficulty in the course of preaching work is a kind of austerity. These difficulties do not go in vain. Such attempt gives us a lift on our progressive march in Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 17:01 |
1971 April 22: "Our principle should be only to do everything for Krishna under the guidance of the bona fide Spiritual Master. Perfection is to act with unflinching faith in Krishna and Spiritual Master and that will save us from all opposing situations. Just as you are all feeling separation grief for me, similarly I am feeling for you."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971 letters | 16:58 |
1972 April 22: "In every college and university of the world, there are so many different courses to help students become more and more entangled in the material world. So our programs are so important, because we are giving all these young people an opportunity to develop real knowledge. I am so pleased that all of you are very enthusiastic for pushing on this program."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 16:51 |
1972 April 22: "So the task is very great to give real knowledge, Krishna consciousness, to everyone, and I am so much encouraged by your determined efforts. Please increase more and more, and Krishna will help you."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 16:50 |
1972 April 22: "The formula for organization is very simple. The world is divided into twelve zones. For each zone there is one zonal secretary and their duty is to see that the spiritual principles are being upheld very nicely in all the Temples of their zone. Otherwise each Temple shall be independent and self-supporting."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 16:48 |
1972 April 22: "Let every Temple President work according to his own capacity to improve the Krishna Consciousness of his center. Management is required but not that we should become too much absorbed in fancy organization. Our business is spiritual life, so whatever organization needs to be done, the Temple Presidents may handle and take advice and from their zonal secretary if necessary."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 16:31 |
1973 April 22: "Since leaving India I have not received any report. So I would like to hear from you, how many men are there in Vrindaban and how the project is progressing there. Now we have got good respect there in India, so you boys manage everything intelligently and responsibly. That will please me very much."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 16:21 |
April 21, 2014 1968 April 21: "In his past life he must have cultivated this science of Krishna Consciousness and therefore he has automatically been attracted with this movement and who knows if all the boys and girls joining me were not born by the Supreme Will of Krishna just to help me in this great task of distributing Krishna Consciousness in the Western World specifically."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968 letters | 19:46 |
1968 April 21: "Now this is the golden opportunity with these nice American bodies. You have high intelligence, opulences, birth in the families of a rich nation. Use this opportunity for making life successful and go back to home, back to Krishna."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968 letters | 19:44 |
1970 April 21: "If we have to learn and then paint, it will be a long-term affair. But immediately we want so many pictures for all of our books, so the artists may always be engaged in painting works and that painting itself will gradually teach them how to make things nice."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 19:41 |
1970 April 21: "How the art department should be organized, that is up to them. The only thing is that the artists must always be engaged fulltime in their painting work, that will satisfy me, and that will gradually make them experienced for making good paintings."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 19:37 |
1970 April 21: "I am glad you are always alert to any offense. In rendering service to Lord Krishna and His representative the Spiritual Master, we should always maintain this fearful attitude which means careful attention. This attitude will advance you progressively in Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 19:27 |
1971 April 21: "For cheap circulation we can print small Penguin size paperbacks of KRSNA Book which can be sold at 75 cents, each book about 250 pages, so that KRSNA Book may come in three for a combined price of $2.00. Then we can print cheaply KRSNA Book for large circulation."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971 letters | 19:25 |
1971 April 21: "You needn't spend $10,000 for machinery. That is not required. Do not depend on machines. We are not going to be large-scale business. We are more interested still in distributing our books."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971 letters | 19:23 |
1974 April 21: "Yes, by all means you may print my morning walk speaking about 'Life comes from Life'; this argument should be spread. So go on printing and distributing as many of my books as possible; this is your real work and your personal success."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 19:15 |
April 20, 2014 1961 April 20: "As you have developed a deep love for me, I dare to ask you to send me financial help. Instruct your Embassy in Delhi and dispatch me to Japan on your behalf. I am feeling too much to meet you and the Congress so that we can build up a solid institute for spiritual cultivation. I shall await your instruction by cable."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1947-64 letters | 12:44 |
1966 April 20: "Pratipada. Today I took my meals at Dr. Mishra's place. I took back the tape recorder and tried for its repair without any success. Evening meeting at 7 to 9 p.m. four persons attended. The collection $4.00. Expenditure for Bus fare .45."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1966 letters | 12:41 |
1970 April 20: "All our girl devotees should be expert in Arcana and cooking. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. We shall touch the altar and Deity in very clean condition, so this point should be very carefully observed, then you will advance very quickly to the perfectional stage of Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 12:39 |
1970 April 20: "There are editorial mistakes in the blueprint. I am giving herewith a note. But I am very much satisfied. This book will be sold by hundreds of thousands. Now you overflood the market with big and small books as many as possible."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 12:36 |
1971 April 20: "I require the helping hand of these foreigners very much and I have guaranteed their staying in India yet still they are being asked to leave. I cannot understand what are the legal intricacies. If you will kindly give me direction how they can stay, it will be very kind of you."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971 letters | 12:31 |
1973 April 20: "What is this meditation of wine, women and fish? He does not like us because we reject all bogus philosophy. For that people criticize me, but why should we accept nonsense? We accept Bhagavad-gita as it is, as Krishna spoke it."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 12:26 |
1974 April 20: "I have no business to criticize you but as your Spiritual Master, it is my duty. Don't be sorry. To remain faulty before the Spiritual Master is good. If one thinks he is all-perfect then there is no scope for rectification."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 12:24 |
1974 April 20: "To sell tickets and make profit you think it best that I appear with a popular music group. These arrangements make us too dependent on other parties. We should just present our own program. Better you spread Krsna Consciousness there by distribution of literature, kirtana and prasadam - that will be as effective as my personally coming."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 12:18 |
April 19, 2014 1968 April 19: "Regarding the Christian's Trinity, God, the son and the Holy Ghost. A person in Krishna Consciousness accepts this by the name Visnu, Jiva and Paramatma. God is a Person, the living entity is a person, and the holy spirit or supersoul is a also person."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968 letters | 10:12 |
1968 April 19: "Do not feel that you have offended me. There is no question of your falling from my grace: you have always my blessings upon you, and I am always thinking of you, and praying Krishna to help you and give you more and more advancement in Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968 letters | 10:11 |
1969 April 19: "Everywhere we are seeing good results from Sankirtana. Yesterday I went to Buffalo and Rupanuga organized a very nice meeting of more than 200 students who were all chanting and dancing. So this Sankirtana Movement should be pushed on very diligently. Then our propaganda will surely come out successful."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969 letters | 10:10 |
1969 April 19: I was very much anxious to receive your letters, so now I am pleased to acknowledge receipt of them. I can understand that things are improving all around, and that is very satisfactory. So depend upon Krishna, work very sincerely, and everything will be complete without any doubt."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969 letters | 10:02 |
1970 April 19: "Even though the local law is prohibitive for chanting on the street, you can take advantage of the educational institutions. We are not concerned with any particular place or situation - but we take the opportunity of chanting and speaking wherever it is possible."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 09:55 |
1971 April 19: "We are not converting Moslems. We do not convert. If anyone understands our philosophy, he will make his own conversion and find a way to do it. So if there is no prohibition, then go on preaching our philosophy. That will be all effective."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971 letters | 09:50 |
1973 April 19: "I just want that the children learn English and Sanskrit nicely, that's all. I want that things go on there nicely, it is so important work. If necessary I will come there myself."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 09:47 |
1975 April 19: "Devotional service must continue under all circumstances. This body belongs to Krishna and therefore we must always keep it in healthy condition to the best of our ability, but if due to some past sinful activities, we are suffering some bodily miseries we should not become discouraged."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975 letters | 09:43 |
April 18, 2014 1961 April 18: "As a Sannyasi I have no personal purse for expenditure. I am grateful to you for all that you have said for me. I am a humble creature and I am just trying to do my bit in this connection because I was so ordered by my Spiritual Master Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1947-64 letters | 13:28 |
1966 April 18: "Chaturdasi. Today I took delivery of Passport from the New India House. It is renewed to a period of two years more i.e. up to 9th June 1968.
Paul Paid -- $1.00
Bus fare -- .30
Postage -- 1.10
Income -- $2.00"
Prabhupada Journal :: 1966 letters | 13:25 |
1967 April 18: "You will be pleased to know that people in this country especially the younger section are accepting the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam as it is. I am enclosing herewith some press cuttings about my success in preaching in America. Kindly pray to your Bala-Krsna to help me more in this connection."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967 letters | 13:22 |
1970 April 18: "Actually all our devotees are supposed to be brahmanas. A brahmana's business is to preach Krishna Consciousness and to teach others. And for living condition, whatever they get in the form of contribution, they can live barely to keep body and soul together, and the balance spend for Krishna."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 13:19 |
1972 April 18: "You have retired from material life and Krishna has given you the nicest place in this material world to live in, so stick there and every month send one BTG Hindi composition to Tokyo. Radha Raman Goswami is there with you so you work together and do this job nicely."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 13:15 |
1972 April 18: "I am very glad to hear that you are all happy in Vrindaban and that our Sankirtana party from Radha Damodara Temple to our new place is being appreciated. Please continue this."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 13:13 |
1973 April 18: "Your spiritual name is now Asurakula Nasana Dasa, the servant of the killer of the descendants of the asuras. Krishna, He killed so many demons, so in this age, we may not kill the demons like Krishna did it, but we can kill the demoniac tendency. How is that? By this Sankirtana weapon."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 13:11 |
1975 April 18: "Yes, I can help you. But you must want to be helped. I think if you could visit one of our temples in the very near future, that would be very nice for you. In the meantime, please chant Hare Krishna as often as possible for purification of the heart."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975 letters | 13:07 |
April 17, 2014 1966 April 17:
"Triodasi. Today up to 5pm I was in the Ashram. Came back at 6/15pm Paul was there. In the evening I came back to Bowery with the suitcase. One book due to Elsy was delivered to via the Studio. Book sale -- $10.00."
Prabhupada Journal :: 1966 letters | 14:02 |
1970 April 17: "This Krishna Consciousness movement is not specifically for any sect. Krishna is not for the Hindus only, He is for everyone, even for the animals. Hindus generally are not so liberal, but Lord Caitanya is very liberal and he embraces anyone from any corner of the world."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 13:59 |
1970 April 17: "In KRSNA Book, chapter 87, on page four, the last line, I do not know what is this editing. This is an extraordinary word, neither it is Sanskrit nor English, so how it has avoided the vigilance of so many editors?"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 13:58 |
1970 April 17: "So if none of the editors knew this word, why was it pushed? There should be no such negligences like this, nothing uncertain should be pushed. Now what other discrepancies there may be like this? Or what is the use of such editing?"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 13:57 |
1971 April 17: "Are the pictures ready? the index? Sanskrit and English editing? layout, composition, etc.?? You know how much I am anxious to see this enlarged edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is printed and also we are being requested for this book from all parts of the world, so everybody is also anxious."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971 letters | 13:52 |
1973 April 17: "We are printing Krishna Trilogy, Sri Isopanisad, and NOD, all 100,000 copies each, and Krishna hardback, 50,000. So I am very much engladened. Just continue it solidly, that is my request."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 13:46 |
1975 April 17: "Your going away, I did not take very seriously. I am very glad that you have come back. You should remain with him. That is your duty. He is a very good boy."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975 letters | 13:41 |