Last Material Body. That's a Fact.

Guest: Is this your last body? If so, how do you know?

The audience laughed at the bold question.

Prabhupada: I think so.
(Laughter)
Not only I, all of my disciples. They are going to ... Because we are not speaking nonsense. This is there in the Bhagavad-gita: Anyone who understands Krsna factually, the result is tyaktva deham, giving up this body, he never accepts again this material body. He goes back to home, back to Godhead. Therefore, because we are trying to understand Krsna and if by Krsna's grace we can understand him, then we are not again going to accept any material body. That's a fact.

From an engagement in Melbourne on 21 February 1973

quoted in The Great Transcendental Adventure by Kurma Prabhu

Something

Shortly after Sriman George Harrison left his body there was an article in BTG (Back to Godhead magazine), written by Shymasundar Prabhu , one of George’s friends. It reveals George’s “real” meaning of the song, “Something.”

Shymasundara Prabhu writes:

Picking up where we had last left off, in that roomful of rock-stars, promoters, and delirious fans, we huddled shut off from their puzzle and envy and yakked about the Absolute, who you knew to be a Person. "Yeah, yeah, and yeah", you said, "and who am I to be telling you that Krishna is the Supreme Person, the All-Attractive Person – attracts me like no other lover”. Later you told us that you had to say “she” or everyone would think you were a “poof.”

Ukranian Candid Camera

Just for the sake of having a laugh ...

Write to Purify Oneself

Sunday, 14 October, 1973

Bombay

My Dear Patita Uddharana Das:

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated October 9, 1973 and have noted the contents.

Yes, regarding your poems, I shall like to see what you have written. The encyclopedia is too great a task. Do not attempt it. Regarding writing, I may quote from the Caitanya-caritamrta Adi lila, ninth chapter, the blue print of which I have just received from New York.

esaba prasadae likhi caitanya-lila-guna
jani va na jani, kari apana-sodhana

"It is by the mercy of all these Vaisnavas and gurus that I attempt to write about the pastimes and qualities of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Whether I know or know not, it is for self purification that I write this book." [Cc. Adi-lila 9:5]

The purport is that for transcendental writing one must be an authorized Vaisnava and should write to purify oneself, not for credit. It may or may not be published, but one who is actually sincere in writing, all his ambitions will be fulfilled.

I hope this meets you in good health.

Your ever well wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

May I always reside in the midst of cows.

May cows stay in front of me; may cows stay behind me; may cows stay on both sides of me. May I always reside in the midst of cows.

- Hari Bhakti-vilas 16.252

Death to Extremists!

Here's an idea for an ironic bumper sticker:

 

Feel free to download and print. (click image to open a larger printable version)

A Wonderful Existence is Not at All Difficult

I can understand that you are a very sincere girl and that is the first qualification for developing love for Krishna. Now increase that sincerity more and more by engaging yourself whole-heartedly and with great enthusiasm for serving Krishna and very soon love of Godhead will fructify. You will become more and more happy in this life and in the end go back to home, back to Krishna, to enjoy eternal life, full of bliss and knowledge and in association with the supreme lovable object, Krishna. And our process for obtaining to such a wonderful existence is not at all difficult. Following the regulative principles strictly, chant at least 16 rounds of beads daily and always think of Krishna

- Letter from Srila Prabhupada to: Ksama (Lynn Edwards) -- 6 November, 1971

Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami - Dynamics of Vedic Social Psychology - Part 1

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Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami - Dynamics of Vedic Social Psychology - Part 3

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Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami - Dynamics of Vedic Social Psychology - Part 2

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