Letter to: Omkara
2 September, 1975
My Dear Omkara dasi:
Please accept my blessings. I have seen your letter dated August 17, 1975 and have noted the contents. I never said there should be no more marriage.
By all means legally you can get married. How can I object? They misunderstand me. Unless it is there from me in writing, there are so many things that "Prabhupada said.''
I have no objection to marriage, but to bless it by a fire sacrifice, that I am thinking that if they don't stay together, then it is not good. But if they can remain together for one year, then there can be fire sacrifice. But changing three times in a month husband and wife, that is not good.
I hope this meets you in good health.
Your ever well wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
"My advice to you under the circumstances is that at least for one hour you must all go to have Sankirtana outside on the streets or in the park. That is your life and soul, first business. The next business is completing the chanting of 16 rounds every day. The next business is your editing, and if you find extra time, then you can attend the temple ceremonies. Otherwise you can stop these activities, but outdoor kirtana, your editing work and chanting of 16 rounds must be done. Outdoor kirtana must be done, even at the cost of suspending all editorial work. That is your first and foremost business. Temple worship is not so important. If need be, the whole temple can be locked, but the outdoor kirtana cannot be stopped."
-- Letter to Rayarama — Columbus, Ohio, 17 May, 1969
"Our farm projects are an extremely important part of our movement. We must become self sufficient by growing our own grains and producing our own milk, then there will be no question of poverty. So develop these farm communities as far as possible. They should be developed as an ideal society depending on natural products not industry. Industry has simply created godlessness, because they think they can manufacture everything that they need.
Our Bhagavad-gita philosophy explains that men and animals must have food in order to maintain their bodies. And the production of food is dependent on chanting Hare Krishna. Therefore let everyone chant Hare Krishna, eat nicely and keep their bodies fit and healthy. This is ideal life style."
- Srila Prabhupada in a letter to: Rupanuga - 18 December, 1974
(From Transcendental Diary by Hari-sauri Prabhu)
Several days ago Prabhupada was preaching to me about the defects of modern science. He spoke about the bluff of modern space travel, referring me to Easy Journey. "I have written there that the attempts to go to the moon are simply childish. You have read?" he asked. I could not recall it specifically and I excused myself by saying I had not read the book since I had first seen it in 1972. Prabhupada looked thoughtfully at me for a second and then asked me to get him a copy. I did so, and he has read the whole book through himself in the last few days. He discovered that his statement was actually edited out.
So when Prabhupada questioned him now, Hayagriva admitted having omitted it.
He tried to defend himself, "Well, that was written before they went there, and afterwards I left it out."
Prabhupada was very, very upset. He spent most of his morning walk criticizing Hayagriva for thinking the spiritual master an ordinary man subject to mistakes, and for accepting the words of the scientists above the word of the guru. "This means I cannot trust you," he told him.
Later, back at the temple during breakfast I went into Hayagriva's room.
"What's he so angry at?" he asked me sullenly, referring to Srila Prabhupada. He was petulant, like a child, his ego stung by the chastisement of his father. I didn't like it, and I told him so. We began to argue, me angrily berating him for his overly familiar attitude, and he sulkily defending his actions, declaring that no one would believe the statement that you can't go to the moon. I condemned him for not relying on his spiritual master and for watering down the philosophy to suit the mentality of the nondevotee masses.
"The masses won't accept a book that declares it impossible to journey to the moon," he pouted testily. "They simply won't accept Prabhupada's statements. They're only going to believe the scientists."
"We don't care what people believe," I snapped back. "People believe one thing now and in twenty years time they'll believe exactly the opposite. We don't care what they accept. We accept what Prabhupada says, and our only business is to present Prabhupada's exact words without altering them or imposing our own concocted ideas about what is or is not acceptable. It is not our business to pander to the whims of the masses."
I left him to eat his breakfast and returned to my room next to Srila Prabhupada's. A few minutes later Hayagriva went past in the corridor, entered Prabhupada's room, and with tears welling in his eyes apologized to His Divine Grace. Prabhupada was pleased and accepted his penitent regrets.
Still, the book needs to be changed. Prabhupada gave instructions to inform the BBT that Easy Journey has to be re-edited to include the missing passage.
This is so interesting.
"APPEALS have been made to leave alone the members of one of Brazil's last uncontacted Indian tribes, spotted in the Amazon jungle near the Peruvian border.
The Indians were sighted and photographed from an aircraft or helicopter during flights over the rainforest in remote Acre state, said Brazil's National Indian Foundation, known as Funai."
Regarding preaching work: If you simply reproduce verbatim the purports which I have given in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, and chant Hare Krishna with ecstasy, that will be sufficient for your preaching work, and as you do it seriously and sincerely, Krishna gives you more and more strength for this noble missionary work.
(letter to Harivilasa 68-06-10)
We stand on our Krishna philosophy, and because it has the full potency of Krishna Himself, there is no limit to the effect it will have upon the world if we remain sincere and convinced for spreading this philosophy purely.
Letter to: Bahulasva, 30 November, 1971
“We have to understand Kṛṣṇa first of all, and Kṛṣṇa Himself, explaining Himself. In the Bhagavad-gītā, Kṛṣṇa does not speak anything about His pastimes with Rādhārāṇī. That is strictly prohibited. You never find Kṛṣṇa is speaking about His pastimes with the gopīs or with Rādhārāṇī. No.
He's officially speaking about Himself, "I am this, I am that." Mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat kincid asti dhananjaya [Bg. 7.7]. Mām eva ye prapadyante māyām etāṁ taranti te [Bg. 7.14]. First of all try to understand Kṛṣṇa. Thoroughly study Bhagavad-gītā, and after studying Bhagavad-gītā, if you are fortunate enough to understand what is Kṛṣṇa, then, Kṛṣṇa says, surrender. That is the beginning of understanding Kṛṣṇa.
Don't try to understand the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa with the gopīs. Just like if you make a friend, ordinarily, if you become intimate friend, then you can understand about his household affairs. If you are newly a gentleman introduced with another gentleman, you cannot ask him, "What is the affair in your household or with your wife or with your beloved?" That you cannot ask, neither it is possible to understand.”
- Srila Prabhupada’s lecture on Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 1.6
given Māyāpur, March 30, 1975
Sri Nama-mala-grahana-mantra (upon taking one's beads):
"His form bent in three places, His hands bent over the holes of His flute, the son of Nanda Maharaja stands resplendent amidst a circle of gopis."
Sri Nama-mala-grahana-mantra (on taking the beads for the purpose of japa [japarthe]):
avighnam kuru male tvam
sri radha-krsnayor dasyam
dehi male tu prarthaye
"O Mala, please destroy inauspiciousness in my chanting of the holy name of Lord Hari and grant me the position of service to Radha and Krsna. This is all I pray, O Mala."
namaiva parama gatih
namnah parataram nasti
tasman nama upasmahe
"The Holy Name is a beautiful transcendental touchstone--it is the supreme goal. There is nothing higher than the Holy Name. I therefore worship the Holy Name."
"The sacrifice of the name is the highest yajna, which destroys the contamination of Kali-yuga. In order to please Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, I offer this sacrifice of the holy name."
Sri Nama-mala-sthapana-mantra (establishing the beads):
caitanyaya namo namah
"The holy name is the saviour of the fallen. Oh, please deliver this lowest of men. Obeisances again and again unto Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, unto Sri Sri Radha-Krsna."
tvam male sarva-devanam
tena satyena me siddhim
dehi matar namo 'stu te
"O Mala, among all of the gods, you are considered the bestower of all perfection. By dint of this fact, O Mother, please grant me perfection. Obeisances unto you!"