|.: Prabhupada Letters :. Anthology
a.c. bhaktivedanta swami
August 9, 2014 1967 August 9 : "I am very glad to inform you that we have safely reached India. I stayed for a few days in Delhi and then came to Vrindaban. I am undergoing the treatment of an ayurvedic physician celebrated to be the best in the area, and I think I am feeling a little better. Anyway, as soon as I am a little fit, I shall return to you by the Grace of Krishna. "
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967 letters | 10:52 |
1969 August 9 : "I do not think taking on an outside job will be nice. If you can organize sales of BTG and our literature very nicely, there will be no financial strain. Also try to cooperate with the local booksellers."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969 letters | 10:51 |
1971 August 9: "I am so much grateful to you both, husband and wife, that you are so much helping me to fulfill the order of my Guru Maharaja. Just as soon as you have secured a nice temple, I will be glad to come and visit there. That will be very nice."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971 letters | 10:50 |
1972 August 9 : "I am told such building could be built for less in America, what to speak of India. I shall expect it to be the most first-class building of India, you are spending like it is the Taj Mahal."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 10:48 |
1972 August 9: "So you don't have to minimize the preaching program in order to study independently, no. preaching Krishna is the same as remembering Krishna. Your program for preaching is very much approved by me. I can understand if one of my students is making spiritual advancement if he is also making many devotees."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 10:45 |
1974 August 9: "You mention that you want to write a book, but instead of writing books, you should read and explain my books to others. Reading and writing are the same, sravanam kirtanam vishnoh."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 10:45 |
1974 August 9: "You have sent a list of six men for initiation, so why you are disappointed? Do not think of changing the place. Stick to that place and chant Hare Krishna. Krishna will send more men, rest assured. Devotees may come or not come, but you do your duty."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 10:39 |
1974 August 9: "Regarding the picture of Krishna and Balarama fighting as bulls, this is completely rejected by me. It is not good. You have made it demoniac. Make Them as they are themselves, as boys fighting. Never show like this. Everything is there in the Krsna Book. Don't imagine."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 10:38 |
August 8, 2014 1968 August 8 : "This method of chanting in the park, distributing Prasadam, and selling our literature and making some collection, is just the way by which we can make both propaganda and maintain our institution."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968 letters | 08:12 |
1969 August 8 : "The Vedic system is students go from door to door for begging alms, and because everyone's son is in the asrama, nobody declines to give alms. So there is no financial difficulty; but now we have to adjust to the circumstance."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969 letters | 08:11 |
1971 August 8 : "First of all you must promise that you will not separate under any circumstances. This marriage is serious business and not to be taken lightly. There is no question of separation in Krishna Conscious marriages."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971 letters | 08:10 |
1972 August 8 : "How many trustees there are and how many are our initiated members? Our initiated members must be in the majority, and if any deed has to be prepared then I shall send you the wordings."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 08:09 |
1972 August 8 : "They may install Deities later. First let them preach. Preaching is the first thing, and when there is experience then I can install Deities. Now you go on preaching with full vigor and determination."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 08:08 |
1973 August 8 : "He has no sense. Unnecessarily he has canceled our sales agreement and we are suffering so much in litigation. So, he has not gained any experience what is the meaning of going to court. Therefore I cannot agree."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 08:07 |
1973 August 8: "Yes, before the Spiritual Master a dullheaded fool is required, an over intelligent disciple is not a very good qualification. Chant, dance distribute books and Prasadam and everything will increase automatically."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 08:06 |
1973 August 8: "I am happy that the preaching is going on. Above all our preaching must go on. If we do not get that land then we may purchase some other land, that is not a very difficult thing - but preaching is our real business."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 08:05 |
1974 August 8: "Regarding your expectation of 10,000 people, that is very good. I am very much pleased. Give the people nice prasadam. This is what is temple - life. Chanting, dancing, prasadam, this is what I want."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 07:28 |
1974 August 8: "I am especially concerned that the second initiations not be taken cheaply. Brahmins are expected to rise early and follow strictly. Everyone must always chant 16 rounds and follow the four regulative principles."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 07:26 |
August 7, 2014 1968 August 7: "The Spiritual Master must be a bona fide representative of Krishna, by disciplic succession, receiving orders from the superior, and the disciple must abide by the orders of the Spiritual Master. This is the secret of Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968 letters | 03:29 |
1968 August 7: "Your eagerness is very rare. You must have been engaged in Krishna's service in your previous life. To be eager to serve Krishna is the greatest achievement after many many duration of pious lives. So I entrust you to begin this work immediately."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968 letters | 03:28 |
1972 August 7: "I am not at all pleased that you want to leave. Do not be disturbed by the other devotees. I am coming very soon so you please wait for me. Or if you cannot wait, you can come and live with me immediately. You will have nothing to do you can simply chant and take prasadam."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 03:27 |
1973 August 7: "Yes, certainly I shall come to your Festival next year. If we introduce these Festivals in all big cities of the world along side book distribution, then in no time we will conquer the whole world. Help me in this way and Krishna will bless you."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 03:20 |
1974 August 7: "Yes, the advanced men can distribute the big books, and the new men can distribute the smaller ones. Your entire program is approved by me. Teach others also at the temples to distribute books, perform Deity worship, and distribute prasadam. You do this work with my full sanction."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 03:17 |
1974 August 7: "Yes, it is a good idea to bring Gaura Nitai with you. That is how Indian sadhus carry their Deity. They have one chest, and they use it on which to put the Deity by opening the doors of the chest."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 03:10 |
1974 August 7: "It is very encouraging that professors are purchasing books and ordering them for their students. I very much like this program of standing orders. Try to increase up to 50,000 such orders from the libraries."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 03:04 |
1975 August 7: "I think we met sometime in 1958 and I am anxious to meet you again. Please come to our Vrindaban temple and live there for some time with me. I require the help of respectable, learned scholars like yourself for spreading this movement."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975 letters | 03:02 |
August 6, 2014 1958 August 6: "You should not indulge in any organization under the influence of unauthorized person. Instead, kindly learn the science from the authority and make your life enlightened. The League of Devotees is an organized effort to render this service to the human society without any pretentious conventions."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1947-64 letters | 03:48 |
1970 August 6: "We are going to popularize our Sankirtana Movement by following strictly in the footsteps of Lord Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and distribute Krishna consciousness literature throughout India and the rest of the world. All of our resources are used for this purpose. Our Society is intended for the intelligent class of men, so you are invited to join."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 03:39 |
1970 August 6: "Now all my disciples must work combinedly and with cooperation to spread this Sankirtana Movement. If you cannot work together then my work is stopped up. We must give up the fighting spirit and use our intelligence to push ahead. If we work hard for Krishna without personal ambition, then we are assured of success."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 03:37 |
1972 August 6: "We are not very much for owning buildings, our real business is to preach and propagate Krishna Consciousness widely. So concentrate on this work, sankirtana and book distribution activities. I am more interested in preachers than builders and decorators. If we spend our whole time simply to earn money to pay for big, big buildings and decorations, what is the value?"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 03:33 |
1972 August 6: "Regarding your questions, just like we also change different bodies, similarly Brahma also changes his bodies. But exactly how to paint his bodies, that you have to ask Brahma, I cannot answer."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 03:29 |
1972 August 6: "Now you read our books, that is sufficient of study, not that lifelong you have to study Sanskrit. Simply read our Sanskrit wherever it appears in our books and teach these slokas to the devotees. Do not waste time by studying Sanskrit independently of our books."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 03:26 |
1973 August 6: "Another Book fund account had been opened in the Overseas Bank, is this correct? If so what is the amount there, that I also want to know, and who is jointly signing checks in this account? Please immediately transfer it to the Building Fund Account and let me know all these points in detail, this is absolutely necessary."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 03:23 |
1974 August 6: "So our work will be done locally. The Indians there have been cheated by so many rascal swamis who have come simply to collect money and then leave. So you may arrange the meeting and I shall come."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974 letters | 03:18 |
August 5, 2014 1958 August 5: "Both the audience and the lecturer are mundane persons and out of sheer foolishness their indulgence in the matter of Rasalila will result only in imitating Rudra who swallowed up an ocean of poison. By drinking such poison a man surely goes to hell."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1947-64 letters | 02:35 |
1969 August 5: "This Krishna Consciousness Movement is for understanding one God, one scripture, one mantra, and one engagement for all living entities, not only within this world, but throughout the whole universe."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969 letters | 02:28 |
1969 August 5: "You have asked me about my plans: my plan is for preaching with your help. You arrange, and I shall talk anywhere for any length of time about Krishna Consciousness."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969 letters | 02:26 |
1971 August 5: "Forget taking sannyasa. Now you should take care of your wife. At the time of the marriage ceremony there is a promise that the husband will care for the wife throughout her life. When the child is grown up then the husband can take sannyas. Anyway I think now you are doing more than sannyasa."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971 letters | 02:14 |
1972 August 5: "Make our presence in Vrindavan very impressive and prestigious. Lead sankirtana party every day from Radha Damodara Mandir to our new place in Raman Reti and wherever possible hold kirtana and speak in Bengali and English. If you can have such engagements from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. daily, do that."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 02:10 |
1972 August 5: "I am very happy to hear of your daily walk through your Brooklyn neighborhood with Deities. That is customary in India, and all the neighbors come out and offer incense, garlands and other gifts for Radha and Krsna. So encourage your neighbors to participate and their lives will improve."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 02:09 |
1972 August 5: "It is not necessary for you to return to university for further education. Your material education is finished. Your real education is to be found in my books. So do not bother yourself anymore with this idea but go on learning from our own scriptural evidence how great is the supreme science."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 01:52 |
1972 August 5: "If you want to teach in universities and colleges, they must accept us on our high degree of Vedic learning, not on their so-called credentials. They must accept our system of scholarly learning from the bona fide Spiritual Master."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 01:50 |
August 4, 2014 1958 August 4: "My Dear Pandit Sri Jawaharlal Nehru, Was Mahatma Gandhi, your political Guru, actually poverty sticken on account of his plain living with the primitive charkha? Spiritual knowledge makes a man truly rich and not the radio set or the motor car."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1947-64 letters | 03:58 |
1958 August 4: "As I am your old friend from Allahabad, my humble advice is that you should now take leave of your present responsibility as Prime Minister and engage the rest of your most valuable life in this spiritual movement. Think over this proposal very seriously and if you can spare a little time, I am sure to convince you about its importance more quickly."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1947-64 letters | 03:57 |
1967 August 4: "My declaration of war against maya is certainly a great battle. Maya saw me as very successful within one year and therefore took advantage of my old age and gave me a death dash. But Krishna saved me; therefore we should thank more Krishna than eulogize maya."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967 letters | 03:55 |
1967 August 4: "It is good that you had kirtana at the home of the Consul General. But whoever you meet you should strictly speak the Truth without any consideration of future material gains. If we are sincere servants of Krishna, our material necessities will never be hampered."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967 letters | 03:52 |
1970 August 4: "Some of Lord Caitanya's followers were Sannyasis but not all of them. It does not matter what we are, Grhasthas or Sannyasis, the point is to be paramahamsa - completely surrendered to Krishna."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970 letters | 03:40 |
1975 August 4: "Sannyasis may take maha-prasada but not to overeat. Caitanya Mahaprabhu was taking, but on principle he was avoiding. Guests should not be given so much prasad that there is waste. Give them a little, and then if they like, you can give them more. This system should be introduced everywhere."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975 letters | 03:26 |
1975 August 4: "All over the world we are training men to live in the country and produce their own food, milk, and cloth. The attraction is Krishna consciousness, spiritual enlightenment. If the inhabitants will be satisfied with their bare necessities then their attention will be diverted towards spiritual development, the aim of human birth."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975 letters | 03:18 |
1975 August 4: "GBC must see that no one is taken away by maya. They should be instructor gurus. I am in the initiator guru, and you should be instructor guru by teaching what I am teaching and doing what I am doing. This is not a title - you must actually come to this platform. This I want."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975 letters | 03:16 |
August 3, 2014 1967 August 3: "Go on playing your guitar and make it successful for Krishna kirtana. You do not require to learn freshly about sitar. We have to engage whatever talents we have already got. Our life is short but any type of education is great and long; so best to utilize properly whatever qualifications we have got for the service of the Lord."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1967 letters | 06:20 |
1968 August 3: "His Holiness Pope Paul VI: The Krishna Consciousness movement is meant for overhauling the world. We are creating men of character to become Lovers of God. If you think a meeting will be beneficial for the human society, I shall be very much pleased."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968 letters | 06:15 |
1969 August 3: "Our Krishna Consciousness Movement is a declaration of war against the activities of Maya. So your idea of marching 300 soldiers all over the world with the Hare Krishna Mantra is very encouraging to me. I am always dreaming of a world Sankirtana Party."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969 letters | 06:10 |
1972 August 3: "Today we are looking at a very nice place near London with Mr. George Harrison, who has found the place and wants to have our asrama there. He is coming to see me daily and he is a very nice boy and I like him very much."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972 letters | 06:06 |
1973 August 3: "There is nothing in the world can compare to our Movement of chanting and dancing. This is our actual solid preaching work all over the world. If we go on preaching vigorously as we have been for another twenty-five years then all other religions will disappear."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973 letters | 06:03 |
1975 August 3: "They have made these modern cities as hell. I wish to introduce this village ideal now. Then if we are successful this cheating civilization will stop. If people do not cooperate with them, then how will the hellish factories run on?"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975 letters | 05:54 |
1975 August 3: "The village organization is that the local people produce their necessities like grain, vegetables, milk, and cloth; and for recreation they have the chanting of Hare Krishna. They should live there comfortably and have spiritual recreation. They should not come to the cities."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975 letters | 05:49 |
1975 August 3: "So many men are there and you are all simply writing letters to me. Without my personal presence you cannot do anything. Simply correspondence. Why there is so much delay?"
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975 letters | 05:40 |