Srila Prabhupada Quotes

 Chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is the direct process for curing the mind of all materialistic contamination. Take to this process and be happy.

============ REF. Letter to: Prem J. Batra: -- Ahmedabad 28 September, 1975

Living outside the association of devotees is dangerous and unnecessary.

============ REF. Letter to: Revatinandana -- Durban 6 October, 1975
So anyone who surrenders to Krishna, his destiny is changed by the omnipotency of God. He takes charge of the devotee and guides him how the devotee can go back to Home, Back-to-Godhead. This is the Mercy of God. He knows everything and still He says ``sarva dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam braja . . . God says surrender to Me and I shall cancel all your destiny, aham tvam sarva papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah . . . God will save you from the destiny that you have created by misuse of your independence. He knows but still He is so kind. Surrender has nothing to do with your destiny, that will depend on you (the spirit-soul) because you have a little independence, a little freedom.

============ REF. Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Johannesburg 21 October, 1975
You are happy because you are chanting, dancing, reading Srimad-Bhagavatam and all the books. If you do these things regularly, then your life is a success. Anyone who chants and follows the rules and regulations, where is there room for anxiety for him?

============ REF. Letter to: Revatinandana: -- Bombay 7 November, 1975
So study my books and reproduce the purports in your own language. We haven't got to invent something by our fertile brain for preaching. Everything is there. One who is expert for presenting these things before the audience so they can conveniently understand, this is a successful preacher. You have only to speak what Krsna has said. Then you become a preacher.

============ REF. Letter to: Jagadisa -- Bombay 9 November, 1975
You should chant Hare Krsna every day and read our books and in this way you will make advancement in Krsna consciousness. We have to understand that we are not animals like cows and asses. We should not live like the hogs, but we should realize the higher goal of Krsna consciousness to understand that I am not this body, but part and parcel of the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna. This state of consciousness can only be achieved by following the instructions that Krsna gives and that his representatives teach us.

============ REF. Letter to: Miss P. Boodhena -- Bombay 23 November, 1975
The people of this age are so fallen they are like cats and dogs. What cats and dogs will understand about philosophy? If a dog is barking and you speak with him very nicely ``my dear dog, please try to control your barking, it is very disturbing'' will he be able to understand? therefore we simply throw him a bone, and he is satisfied. So distribute prasadam, and chant Hare Krishna. For the mass of people this is the only medicine. Lord Caitanya never spoke philosophy in public, he held kirtana and distributed prasadam.

============ REF. Letter to: Acyutananda, Yasodanandana -- Bombay 18 December, 1975
The sum and substance of material life is attraction for the opposite sex. The sum and substance of spiritual life is attraction to Krishna.
So to develop attraction for Krishna is not difficult, you simply have to hear about Krishna, his activities, his name, his form and his teaching in Bhagavad-gita. Naturally you will develop love for Krishna, because we are all part and parcel of Krishna.
============ REF. Letter to: Bhakta Steven Knapp -- Bombay 18 December, 1975
What is more public welfare than Krishna Consciousness? To awaken everyone's original consciousness is the best public welfare in the whole world.

============ REF. Letter to: Yasomatinandana -- Bombay 9 January, 1976

A purified heart and mind means Krishna Consciousness.

============ REF. Letter to: Kirtiraja -- Bombay 11 January, 1976

Just pray to Krishna for help. Krishna will come out triumphant without any doubt.

============ REF. Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Mayapur 29 January, 1976

When I go to Los Angeles I am in Vaikunta. When I am got to New York I am in Vaikunta. Wherever we have got temple, that is Vaikunta. So why shall I have objection? So do your duty nicely and see what Krishna desires. Let it be fulfilled. But you do your duty. It is your duty to pray to Krishna as affectionate children, and let Krishna decide.

============ GBC Meets with Srila Prabhupäda -- May 28, 1977, Vrindavana

Just like in hospital. In hospital there are many patients, they are not eating anything on the Ekädaçé day. Does it mean that is observing Ekädaçé? He is simply hankering after, "When I shall eat, when I shall eat, when I shall eat?." But these students, they voluntarily don't eat anything. We, we don't say that you don't eat anything. Some fruits, some flowers. That's all.

============ Çrémad-Bhägavatam 1.8.30 -- Los Angeles, April 22, 1973

Sometimes by association of the great, one appears great. In the sun is great heat and light, and by reflecting the greatness of the sun’s light, the moon in dead of night also appears great. Actually the moon is by nature dark and cold, but in association with sun it has become accepted as great.

============ REF - Letter to Jahnava, August 1, 1973.

Even while suffering in the midst of difficulties, devotees simply offer their prayers and service more enthusiastically. In this way they become firmly fixed in devotional service and eligible to return home, back to Godhead, without a doubt.

============ REF - SB 6.9.40

One quality of a devotee is that he is always very much tolerant of other people, so I request you simply to tolerate the faults of others and always think that I am myself the most faulty. In this way your humble attitude will qualify you to advance very quickly in Krishna Consciousness.

============ REF. Letter to: Jayarge, Lindon Lomese -- Los Angeles 25 May, 1972

Simply our prayer should be, My dear Krishna, please remind me to always chant Your Holy Name, please do not put me into forgetfulness.You are sitting within me as Supersoul, so you can put me into forgetfulness or into remembering You. So please do not put me into forgetfulness. Please always remind me to chant, even You send me into the hell, it doesn't matter, just so long as I can always chant Hare Krishna.

============ REF. Correspondence, Los Angeles, November 1968

Humility means that one should not be anxious to have the satisfaction of being honored by others. The material conception of life makes us very eager to receive honor from others, but from the point of view of a man in perfect knowledge—who knows that he is not this body—anything, honor or dishonor, pertaining to this body is useless.

============ REF. Bg 13.8

God is great, but devotional service is greater than God because it attracts Him. People who are not in devotional service can never understand what great value there is in rendering service to the Lord.

============ REF. VedaBase => NoD 1: Attracting Krishna

The more you cleanse the temple, the more you decorate the Deity, the more your heart becomes cleansed and you become spiritually decorated. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Material world means dirty things and spiritual world means clean.

============ REF. Calcutta, February 4, 1977.

On the authority of Lord Caitanya and my spiritual master, I am requesting my disciples to always stay in the association of devotees and to propagate the sankirtana movement all over the world, so that others may get a chance also to become liberated from the material condition.

============ REF. Letter to: Yadunandana - Melbourne 25 June, 1974

On the authority of Lord Caitanya and my spiritual master, I am requesting my disciples to always stay in the association of devotees and to propagate the sankirtana movement all over the world, so that others may get a chance also to become liberated from the material condition.

============ REF. Letter to: Yadunandana - Melbourne 25 June, 1974

In relationship with my disciples who are so kindly cooperating with me in the matter of my rendering service to my Spiritual Master, for them I am always ready to come back from Goloka Vrindavan, if they are not delivered along with me. So don't be worried about the clutches of Maya. Be fixed up in your determination and go on serving the Supreme Lord, Krishna, with determination.

============ REF. Letter to: Brahmananda -- London 15 November, 1969

Designations and attachments are due to our lust and desire, our wanting to lord it over the material nature. As long as we do not give up this propensity of lording it over material nature, there is no possibility of returning to the kingdom of the Supreme, the sanätana-dhäma.

============ REF. Bg Introduction

Envious people create many impediments to the Krishna consciousness movement, but we have to tolerate them. There is no alternative. One must be peaceful and depend on Krishna in all circumstances. These are the ornaments of a sädhu.

============ REF. TLK Vs 21

Humbleness is the sign of progress in Krishna Consciousness. A Krishna Consciousness person thinks always about himself as the lowest creature in the world, and the more one thinks like that he becomes elevated more and more.

============ REF. Letter to: Krsna dasa -- Allston, Mass 1 June, 1968

Realization of Väsudeva is possible by rendering service, beginning with the tongue. The tongue has two functions—to vibrate and to taste. So if one repeatedly hears and vibrates the Hare Krishna mantra and tastes prasada, food offered to Krishna, by this very simple method one will realize Vasudeva, Krishna. Krishna will reveal Himself. It is not that by our endeavor alone we can understand Krishna, but our endeavor in loving service will make us qualified, and then Krishna will reveal Himself (svayam eva sphuraty adaù).

============ REF. TQK 4: Approaching Krishna, the All-pervading Truth

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