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One thing I have witnessed is that how 20, 30 or more years ago, when Indians were coming to America, they came to concentrate on their careers, not their culture. Yet, many of them have now turned back to their culture and have become better Hindus than if they would have stayed in India. Some may have realized that the American dream is not all it’s cracked up to be, or, more simply, in order to feel more complete and fulfilled, it is better that they still have a strong connection with their Vedic traditions. It may also be because they want their children to be trained-up in the culture of their homeland. So, now many of them have reconnected with the spiritual customs and traditions of Vedic India.
However, a problem that many Indian Hindu families are facing is that many of their children, growing up in the West, are losing interest in their culture. That can partly be because the parents don’t show enough interest, which is the impression passed on to the children. But, it is also encouraging to see that those children who do take an interest are often becoming more dedicated Hindus than their own parents. Yet, we can see that this is often a matter of association, who the children pick as friends and how they learn about what Vedic culture or Sanatana-dharma really are. Therefore, the children have to be guided by proper training, proper association, and proper observance of Vedic traditions. This also is part of forming the proper samskaras in the minds of the children. And isn’t this what we are meant to do anyway?
One thing that we should realize while we live and grow in America, is that the way things are going in India, we practically have more freedom to practice the Vedic culture and its traditions in America than we do in India, and I could certainly elaborate on that point, but already have in other articles that you can read on my website. So, we need to know how to utilize this freedom that we have.
Secondly, we need to know that America is a prime location where we can work together for cultivating as well as protecting and preserving the Vedic tradition. But we need to base this cooperation beyond the considerations of caste or ethnic differences, those labels of the body. We may call ourselves Hindus, and then Indians, but how many times do you call yourselves Gujarati Hindus, or Bengali, or Marathi, or Tamil Hindus, and so on. Such temporary distinctions of the body are taught in the Vedic texts to be but part of the illusion. And we should not want to remain in such illusion, such maya. The whole basis of the Vedic spiritual process is to raise ourselves out of such illusion and recognize our higher spiritual potential as spiritual beings. We are actually the spirit soul within whatever kind of body we may temporarily have. We need to base our cooperation and the way we identify with each other on that. And America can be the best place for this to happen.
Yet, this is one of the problems that we see in India: there are so many groups that have similar goals and interests for the benefits of the culture and country, but there are so many differences between these groups based on superficialities of the body that they cannot unite and become a strong federation, a powerful organization that can determine their own fate, or the future of the country. If anything, so many associations in India still fight with one another and, thus, weaken each other to the point of becoming incapable of performing any worthwhile actions that will make a real difference for the unity and future of India and its culture.
This was the same sort of weakness of the past 1000 years when invaders came into India, sometimes few in numbers, but took over parts of the country without much resistance. It was a lack of unity amongst the princely states, their inability to support each other or come to the aid of another that allowed for such a poor defense system that they could not repel their invaders. So we have to ask ourselves, are we going to continue the same pattern? Are we going to sit back and criticize others and what they have done and point out what they should have done, while we do nothing? If we do, then there is no doubt that we are already finished. It is only a matter of time when we and the Vedic system will become so reduced that it will fade from the world, like other cultures that have been reduced to mere museum pieces. We have to rise above that.
Some of you will say that I’m being overly dramatic, and that Sanatana-dharma is eternal, so that will never happen. To that I will only ask, haven’t you honestly read the Bhagavad-gita? Haven’t you read one of the reasons why Lord Krishna appeared in this world? It was to revive the Vedic traditions and its teachings, which had become lost, faded from what it once was. So, are we going to allow that to happen? Are we going to simply wait for someone else to take up the reigns to lead us, to protect and preserve the culture, or to bring it back to its glory the way it used to be?
So, as American Hindus, we should first recognize ourselves as spiritual beings, followers of Sanatana-dharma. Only after that should we recognize each other as Indians, or connected with India. We must first see ourselves as spiritual beings, and then everyone else in the same light, the light of spiritual knowledge. Then we can come together and cooperate in real unity, real concern for protecting and preserving the Vedic Dharma, not only for ourselves, but for our families, our children, and for the many generations to come. Even my own spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, once asked us, what is the use of being Americans if you cannot do something significant?
Let us make sure that the Vedic tradition and its spiritual knowledge is not an eternal yet hidden philosophy that has been forgotten or difficult to attain and utilize. Let us make sure that it remains a guiding light for everyone, all over the world, and accessible for those who seek deep spiritual knowledge, over and above mere pious religion. That is the way it is meant to be. I have often said that Vedic culture is the last bastion of deep spiritual truth. If we lose that, then all of humanity is in for a very dark future.
However, as Americans of Indian descent and followers of Vedic culture, we also must never forget that India is the homeland of our Vedic tradition, and that is what it must always remain. We must protect that as well. But how do we use our freedom here in America to do that? What do we do?
AN EIGHT POINT ACTION PLAN
FIRST, as I mentioned, we need to respect each other as spiritual beings, followers and friends on the path of Vedic Dharma. We can become encouraged by coming together and associating in this way, and seeing the positive effects of the tradition on each other. Then we must cooperate and work together to assist ourselves and our friends along this path, and there are many ways in which we can do this, of which I will mention only a few here.
SECONDLY, we utilize our freedom to assemble and rejoice in the Vedic festivals and celebrations that we can observe. This makes way for the joys of life, and also creates many samskaras of these happy times in the minds of our children, the memories of which last for many years and propels them to do the same with their children. This is love, this is what we want, love for God and love for each other as parts of God.
THIRDLY, the Indian community in America is one of the wealthiest. According to Vedic Dharma, such wealth is a tool to either help spiritualize your life, or build a crown on your head, the weight of which will only drag you down into darker realms in the next life if you are a miser. For example, the Rig Veda (Mandal 10, Sukta 117) says a person who hoards their money goes to a temporary hell and endures future troubles: “Those who are rich having food and money etc., but do not donate to the needy, poor and hungry never gets peace and find none to comfort him.”
Furthermore, the Mahabharata (XIII.59.11) states: “There is none other who does greater good than the one who removes the hunger of those in a difficult situation, helpless, weak and disturbed.” And we also find in Bhagavad-gita (18.3): “Acts of sacrifice, charity and austerity should never be abandoned.” This shows the need for us to use our financial good fortune for the benefit of others. And there is no hunger more relative to our well-being than spiritual hunger, meaning spiritual ignorance.
In this regard, there is nothing more beneficial than to use our financial facilities to help secure the spiritual welfare and progress of others, whoever they may be. We may start with our own families, but when we contribute to the construction of new temples, and to the maintenance and the programs and festivals held at existing temples, it is certainly the most beneficial use of our money and our earnings. And when used in this way, it purifies the time we spent in earning it, and turns our occupation into karma and bhakti yoga. Furthermore, you then share in the good fortune of the spiritual progress made by others through your contributions. It is similar to a network marketing program where the more people you sign up under you and help them be successful, the more you also earn. But this is spiritual, so this goes into your spiritual bank account. Thus, the more people who participate in any programs you arrange or support, such as those at a temple, the more spiritual credit or punya you get for the spiritual progress they make. And this can go on for generations, long after you have left this world, depending on what it is that you arrange or establish. Is there a better way to leave your mark in this world than in benefiting others in such a way, as well as yourself? And if you cannot start or do your own projects, at least support those people who are already working in this way. This is far better than dying with large bank accounts that you cannot take with you into the next realm.
These days we can see Indians in America of all status who do anything and spend all kinds of money so their children can go to the most prestigious or most costly universities available. It is almost like a competition in who can boast the most about what colleges their children are going to. And what happens? Much of the time their children become wealthy materialists with little or no interest in the culture or in following Vedic Dharma. They earn lots of money only to spend lots of money on temporary, bodily pursuits. But why not? This is the way they were pushed by their own parents, so what else can we expect. Or people spend lavish amounts of money on weddings. It is a grand festival, but within a few days, it’s all over and what has the money really done, other than provide something more to boast about? Is this the best we can do? I don’t think so. Why not be a little more moderate and spend more money for really benefiting others and future generations by giving for the preservation of the Dharma.
FOURTHLY, educating yourselves and the youth in the Vedic customs and its philosophy is of extreme importance. The number one reason why Hindus convert to other religions is not because the other faiths are so much more organized and well-funded, though this may sometimes be a part of it. But it is primarily that Hindus are not educated enough in their own traditions and Vedic philosophy. They may go to the temple and do pujas, but they may not even know the significance of them, or the spiritual knowledge that is a part of the Vedic tradition, or the depth of this spiritual philosophy. Thus, it is important that everyone is educated properly. This can be done by holding regular group classes and discussions in the temple. And if this is not so easy, I have seen where people get together on a weekly basis to read, comment on and discuss such sacred texts as the Bhagavad-gita among themselves. This is extremely important so that people, and especially the youth, understand their own culture more deeply and can perceive the profound nature of it. I have already written an action plan with a list of points on how to help make the temples more effective.
FIFTHLY, we may do all of the above, but we also must realize that all we do to preserve and protect the Dharma can not be fully accomplished without its promotion. Yes, we have to promote the good and the depth of this Vedic culture. Such promotion may start amongst other Hindus, or within our family, Indian community, etc. Or it may also be done in ways to share our culture with other non-Hindus who are interested, such as inviting them to a festival, to the temple and showing them around, or just having a lunch with them at the local Indian restaurant and sharing the stories of your own life on how your culture has had positive affects on you. This is easy, there is nothing hard about it. And if you don’t know what to say, then give them a brochure, or a booklet or book that explains the basics of the philosophy so they can start to understand it or look more deeply into it. (And I’ve got plenty of free brochures or booklets on my website or that I can send you if you need them.) Basically, whether you like this idea or not, we must learn to promote the values of the Vedic tradition in order to help preserve and protect it, and so others can appreciate it by seeing what it has to offer. This is a reality of these times, and the need for people to understand us. No matter what other religions you see, they all engage in strong promotion in order for people to understand them, or to attract other people to support or be a part of them. Thus, without proper promotion of Vedic culture, the cultivation of it and the protection and preservation of it remains incomplete. If we can present it properly, in a way in which it makes sense to the people, then they will understand it. It’s all in the presentation.
Such promotion may also include advertising the activities at the local temple, or about the festivals that are being held, or that all in the community are welcome to attend. Such promotion may also involve preparing publications, websites, radio programs, and other ways that help people to get to know about the unique and profound characteristics of the Vedic culture. You never know what might happen through such endeavors. You may find others, such as westerners, who want to participate, or even help support the temple, festivals or projects.
To give an example, I was giving a presentation to around 120 people of an interfaith group at the Cincinnati Hindu temple. It was a presentation on how the Divine appears in Vedic art and the various forms and deities of God. Later, as the people were given a tour of the temple and further explanations of the temple deities, so many people came up to me to express how much they liked the presentation and slide show. But they also would say that though they have been Catholics, or practicing Jews for years, they have never felt a strong connection to their religion. But they were really attracted and felt a kinship with what they were experiencing at the Hindu temple that evening. So, we encouraged them to visit more often and read about the Vedic traditions to learn more about it. This proves that you never know what can happen, and that people from all walks of life can feel attracted. We need to realize how special this spiritual culture is and not be afraid to share it with others.
SIXTHLY, we must object to all prejudice against Vedic culture and Hinduism in the media. Why are people so easy going about writing and publishing any damn criticism about India and Hindus and Hinduism? Because they know that in most cases, no one and nothing will be done about it. No one will stand up against them. This attitude must change. In America free press is for everyone. In other words, you can also write into the editor of any publication to object to something you disagree with. However, the point to remember is that the more who do that, the more effective it is. And this is where group cooperation becomes very important and influential. If someone denigrates a Hindu or Hinduism, it is not so difficult to write a letter and demand an apology. But if that same letter is circulated to a large group, along with the email or address of the editor, and many people start signing it and sending it in, it will flood the editor’s office or email address and certainly get noticed. In today’s world of communication, a program of protest could be put together and accomplished within a few days.
A standard letter could be posted on a website in which blanks are there in the form to fill in for whatever incident is to be described, and then used to send into the editor, writer, publisher, or whoever. This makes it very easy, and less likely that such incidents will go without protest. We need to do things in this way.
We also need to process lawsuits as well. Utilizing part of our money in defense of Vedic Dharma in lawsuits against slander or other crimes against Vedic culture and those who follow it will also help make sure that people become more cautious about committing such acts again. These and other methods need to be taken into consideration to make sure that people and the media realize that Hindus are a force to be reckoned with. American Hindus must clearly understand that they cannot remain silent or wonder who will be the fodder for the next racist policeman or person who wants to take their anger out on them. For too long Hindus have not been organized and have remained apathetic to what has gone on around them or to them. This needs to change.
SEVEN. This leads to point number seven, in which American Hindus must become politically active. This does not simply mean that you vote, or that you attend fundraisers for your favorite candidate to have a photo with them that you can hang on your wall. How has that helped anything? We need to get more serious. American Hindus can also volunteer in large numbers in political campaigns to show the force that we can have, that politicians realize we are a great force that they will want on their side. But we should also vote as a block. We should look seriously at the issues any candidate is addressing, and then vote for the person who will be best for the interests of American Hindus and relations between the U.S. and India.
Presently, there are also more Indians in America that have been voted into various offices than ever before. Unfortunately, some are converted Christians. But the point is that it is not so difficult to get started. American Hindus can also run for school boards, city councils, for mayor, and on up to state governor. We should see that as not merely a chance to get into office, but a chance to show the influence of Vedic thought and ideas on the issues of the day, and a chance to show the beauty of the Vedic culture. I had a friend who ran for office in Hawaii. He had no money, no influence, but as he appeared on television shows, and in debates, he gained influence and support. He did not win the election, but everyone knew of his connection with Vedic culture and people admired him. If he would have continued to run for office in following elections, he may have won. In other words, it is all positive. We simply have to step out and do it. And if people do take notice, or if we do win, it can be a major step in preserving, protecting and promoting the beauty of Vedic culture, which can also be appreciated and utilized by Americans themselves. Then instead of you wanting to get in a photo with your favorite politician, people will want their photo with you.
EIGHT. The last point is dealing with interfaith marriages. This is happening on an increasing level. As they say, love is often blind, keeping you from seeing the realities that will become apparent down the road. But statistics have shown that most interfaith marriages dissolve, ending with divorce, especially when the issue of children comes up and the decision has to be made regarding how they are going to be raised, and what religion will they follow. The fact is that most Hindu girls who marry outside the Hindu fold either convert or allow their spouse to have control over the children in regard to their faith. And Hindu boys often do the same thing. Therefore, whenever an interfaith marriage occurs, much of the time you can figure that by the next generation or two, that family will no longer be following Vedic culture. They will be something else, which contributes to what may be viewed as the slow demise of the Vedic tradition. That is why the fourth point about educating yourselves, your children and giving them the right association and friendship through temples and youth or Dharmic camps can be so helpful for them to realize the depth of what the Vedic philosophy has to offer, and to keep them in the Hindu fold. This can help pave the way for them to realize the importance of this to their future, their children, and the future generations of their family if they remain in the Dharmic fold by marrying another Hindu, or someone who wants to follow it.
These are all powerful ways in which the community of American Hindus can work together to cultivate and benefit from the oldest living, spiritual tradition on earth, as well as preserve and protect the Vedic tradition. Let us all help each other do this. Dharma Rakshati Rakshitah. Jai Sri Krishna.
H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Monday 7 February 2011--Don't Be Razzle-Dazzled by Mayadevi--and--How to Attain Krishna Consciousness?
A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course(TM) Monday 7 February 2011 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani are enjoying transcendental pastimes in the topmost planet of the spiritual world, Sri Goloka Vrindavan. They are beckoning us to rejoin them. Our Mission: To help everyone awaken their original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. Such a global awakening will, in one stroke, solve all the problems of the world society bringing in a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for all. May that day, which the world so desperately needs, come very soon. We request you to participate in this mission by reviving your dormant Krishna consciousness and assisting us in spreading this science all over the world. Dedicated with love to ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master, and to you, our dear readers. Today's Thought: Don't Be Razzle-Dazzled by Mayadevi Uploaded from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA Srimati Mayadevi has done an incredibly good packaging job to razzle-dazzle or delude the minds of the lost, confused souls in this material world. She has bundled birth, death, old age, and disease in such a way that the common unenlightened man is very much attracted to continue lifetime after lifetime his incarceration within the prison of this material existence. Those who are actually wise are not deluded by Mayadevi's expert marketing job. They can see through the hype and are therefore not mislead and cheated by Maya's charms. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Answers According to the Vedic Version: Question: How to Attain Krishna Consciousness? What does one have to do to attain Krishna consciousness. I chant rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day on japa beads. What else should I be doing to move towards Krishna consciousness? Another question is: How does one know that he is self-realized? In other words, what happens when one becomes self realized, like what does he see and feel? Jaynesh K. Answer: Accept the Bona Fide Spiritual Master Rupa Goswami describes that becoming Krishna conscious requires that one should take shelter of the bona fide spiritual master, get initiated by him, and strictly follow his orders. To accept such a spiritual master is the crucial point for advancement in spiritual life. One who is fortunate enough to come under the shelter of the bona fide spiritual master is sure to traverse the path of spiritual salvation without any doubt. One can understand that he has become self-realized when he is lovingly absorbed in serving Krishna in all times, places, and circumstances so deeply that he constantly experiences Krishna within everything and everything within Krishna. Such a greatly fortunate self-realized soul has no interest at all in any type of material sense gratification, gross or subtle, because he is relishing the unlimited bliss of Krishna consciousness within his heart at every minute. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Transcendental Resources: Receive the Special Blessings of Krishna Now you too can render the greatest service to the suffering humanity and attract the all-auspicious blessings of Lord Sri Krishna upon yourself and your family by assisting our mission. Lectures and Kirtans in Audio and Video: Link to High Definition Videos Link to Over 1,000 Lecture Audios Lecture-Travel Schedule for 2011 http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/schedule Have Questions or Need Further Guidance? Check out the resources at:http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com or write Sankarshan Das Adhikari at: email@example.com Get your copy today of the world's greatest self-realization guide book, Bhagavad-gita As It Is available at: http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/store Know someone who could benefit from this? Forward it to them. Searchable archives of all of course material: http://www.sda-archives.com Receive Thought for the Day as an RSS feed:http://www.backtohome.com/rss.htm Unsubscribe or change your email address Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Daily_Thought Copyright 2005-2011 by Ultimate Self Realization.Com Distribution of this material is encouraged. Simply we request you to acknowledge where it is coming from with a link to our sign up page: http://www.backtohome.com Our records indicate that at requested to be enrolled to receive e-mails from the Ultimate Self Realization Course at: This request was made on: From the following IP address:
ORIENTATION LECTURE GIVEN BY HIS HOLINESS BHAKTI CARU SWAMI ON THE FIRST EVENING OF THE DRAKENSBURG RETREAT IN SOUTH-AFRICA 2009. Transcription : His Grace Ramavijay Dasa Edited by Her Grace Hemavati Radhika Devi Dasi Hare Krishna. Thank you very much for coming to this retreat. Last year when I had some physical difficulty, then I [...]
Prabhupada: Sometimes I become surprised how I have written this. Although I am the writer, still sometimes I am surprised how these things have come. Such vivid description. Where is such literature throughout the whole world? It is all Krsna's mercy. Every line is perfect. Tamala Krsna: The purports are as nice as the slokas. Prabhupada: It is explained in this way.
Prabhupada: Sometimes I become surprised how I have written this. Although I am the writer, still sometimes I am surprised how these things have come. Such vivid description. Where is such literature throughout the whole world? It is all Krsna's mercy. Every line is perfect. Tamala Krsna: The purports are as nice as the slokas. Prabhupada: It is explained in this way.
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.30.3 - Learn how to see Krsna through ears.
1968 February 7: "He is very clever man to collect fund. He is proposing individual mantra and he is charging and allowing his disciples to enjoy life as they like. It is folly to be wise where ignorance is bliss."
1968 February 7 : "If some of my selected followers form a Kirtana party and have an extensive tour all over the world I am very much hopeful of being successful . We shall consult together. "
1968 February 7 : "Man proposes, God disposes. I do not know what is Krishna's desire, but I have chalked out my program. Pray to Krishna that He may give me strength to render some service to you and humanity at large."
1969 February 7: "Why this mentality of suppressing the facts? Will you kindly let me know why you have suppressed so many facts? Don't you know the history?"
1969 February 7: "This is against the will of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura and Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. I therefore request you to give me a plot of land within the precincts of Sri Caitanya Math."
A few hours later I was chanting japa and recalled how many years ago when we were small kids, some friends got number to the White House, and they thought it cool to call the house where the president of USA is working. Of course it was useless to call there, but behind there was the conception to have some interaction with very powerful man.
Similarly, maha-mantra is direct phone line to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the lover of Srimati Radharani, performer of unlimited nectarian pastimes, controller of unlimited universes and demigods. And not just that, He is also very pleased if we call Him with attention and He is ready to interact with us, if we call Him with attention. If we just remember this fact always, we should be very eager to chant constantly!
1975 February 7: "It is the mercy of Krishna that you are getting fair warning of your nearing death. You must be very careful and always praying to Krishna that you will not forget Him at the time of dying."
1966 February 6
1969 February 6: "I have sent six boys and girls, neither elderly nor very conversant with Vedic philosophy but by their character, behavior, and devotion, they are attracting many people in London."
1969 February 6: "Poet Tagore became very popular in the West by presenting his Gitanjali which is full of Vaisnava sentiments. We have immense literatures. These should all be presented to the Western world."
1971 February 6 : "If we can get some Chinese followers it will be a great success. I know amongst them there are many scholars and learned cultured gentlemen. I shall be glad to go there whenever you will call me."
1973 February 6: "This taking of sannyasa should not be an excuse for becoming irresponsible. Sannyasis have great responsibility to become fearless preachers of our Krsna Consciousness movement."
1975 February 6: "Every volume of Srimad-Bhagavatam as well as Caitanya Caritamrta must be fully complete with an index, list of references, glossary, Sanskrit pronunciation guide, and index of Sanskrit verses. This will be best."
1975 February 6: "Thank you for distributing my books everyday. This is a nice program for the press workers to increase enthusiasm. I will be glad to see all 15 of you in Mayapur for our festival."
1966 February 5: "Srila Prabhupada wanted such temples in foreign cities such as New York, London, Tokyo, etc and I had personal talks with him when I first met Him at Ultadingi in 1922. Now here is a chance for me to carry out His transcendental Order."
1968 February 5: "This was appearing in the very popular magazine New Yorker, and even they are chanting Hare Krishna in mockery, still, it doesn't matter. So long they are chanting Hare Krishna, that is the success of our mission."
1968 February 5: "In mockery the Kazi's men chanted Hare Krishna, and thereafter, their tongues could not stop. Our tongues should be like that, unable to ever stop chanting Hare Krishna. We practice, and someday it will be like that."
1969 February 5: "If we can appoint one sales agent in each city, selling an average of only 100 copies of Back to Godhead, the total comes to 30,000 copies. This is not an Utopian idea. It is completely practical. Simply we have to arrange and organize."
1969 February 5: "MacMillan will publish the first canto to see the result. If their experiment is not successful, then let us go on printing all other cantos as usual. This is my decision, and you can arrange accordingly."
1972 February 5: "Is there good possibility for preaching there? If you are only preaching among the Indians, the populace may not be taking up this philosophy of Krishna Consciousness very seriously. There may be better scope for opening a center in Europe."
1974 February 5: "Krsna is Bhavagrahi Janardana so your decision to improve the plan is certainly very much appreciated by Him. Krsna has many Temples big and small so all our plans are under the jurisdiction of Bhavagrahi. Let us fulfill the job as soon as possible."
1975 February 5: "Now, you must become very serious to meet death without fear. Everyone has to die, but most men your age are thinking, 'I will live another fifty years.' Take advantage of this advance notice and prepare yourself to go back to Godhead."
1968 February 4: "Lord Caitanya instructed us to be more humble than the grass on the street, and more tolerant than the trees, and to offer all respects to all, demanding no respect for ourselves. All these nice qualifications make one worthy to chant Hare Krishna."
1969 February 4: "Our movement is not for some theoretical teaching, it is for developing practical character. By their exemplary character our boys and girls have drawn the attention of many respectable persons and public papers. Our exemplary character will conquer the whole world."
1972 February 4: "I am very much pleased that you want to remain there because the people are in desperate need of Krishna Consciousness. That is our policy, once we enter a place, to sit down, then to lay down and eventually occupy everything!"
1972 February 4: "Teaching Krishna consciousness in the schools, this is our best field. Simply demonstrate chanting and dancing, and induce them to participate, give them nice philosophy talk, distribute prasadam profusely, ask them to buy our books and study them closely - that's all."
1972 February 4: "We cannot become very good preachers in such difficult language but if we take a few weeks to train some local men in Krishna Consciousness philosophy, then they can preach like anything. In this way, we shall expand very rapidly."
1972 February 4: "We shall not expect that anywhere there is any Utopia, even in the Krishna Consciousness Society. Utopians cannot find anyone without faults, so they want to become void, merge, nothing - that is their Utopia."
1974 February 4: "Please see that accounts are kept carefully, not that money is taken for whimsical expenditure. This kind of thing should be carefully watched. Let us all work together for the glory of Lord Caitanya's sankirtana movement."
Yoga means to connect ourself again with God, or Krsna. This practice of yoga, always thinking of Krsna, is very easily accomplished by chanting Hare Krsna maha-mantra, if you chant Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Twenty-four hours it can be practiced. There is no expenditure, there is no loss, but the gain is very great. We are teaching that. We are known as Hare Krsna people all over the world. If there is a very great gain, why don't you take it? You are not paying any price. We are soliciting everyone, "Please chant Hare Krsna." So it is open. There is no secrecy. You can take it and see by chanting Hare Krsna what gain you are gaining.
>From a lecture by Srila Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita 7.1 -- Durban, October 9, 1975
Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Lecture - Bir Krishna Goswami - First Initation Lecture - Kirtan Rasa das (Keith)
The Inititation Ceremony of Kirtan Rasa das performed by Bir Krishna Goswami. First the lecture, and then the fire sacrifice.
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... as soon as one understands how to deal with God, he'll automatically deal with other men very nicely.
1966 January 26:
1968 January 26: "Mistakes there may be in our life, but if we stick to Krsna Consciousness, Krsna will surely put us on the right path. I love you at my heart and therefore I gave you the name Krsna devi dasi. Don't forget Krsna even for a single moment."
1969 January 26: "The six couples have been working very hard and they have been very much appreciated by the people there, and their character, behavior, and devotion are attracting sincere people to our movement. I want similar thousands of couples for my disciples to propagate our movement throughout the world."
1970 January 26: "Krsna is giving you good chance for presenting Krsna Consciousness Movement in the circle of educated people. Do it to the best of your ability. Scarcity of language on your part will be fulfilled by Krsna by the process of your eagerness to serve Him."
1973 January 26: "It does not matter that you are not so expert at Sanskrit. If by your presence the devotees become enlivened - that is the sign of successful preaching. It is not very difficult. Just read from my books and try and explain the meaning in your own words."
1974 January 26: "If you sincerely preach everything will become smooth, and our preaching work will become smoother and smoother. Let us work cooperatively all over the world. It is a great task. Let us be cognizant of our responsibility."
1974 January 26: "You have dedicated yourself therefore you are always glorious. I'm very much indebted that you have gone so far away from your comfortable country. Please go on preaching like that and you will be blessed."
1974 January 26: "I think Krsna wants to see you all work independently of me. I'm getting old and cannot move, so if you all my students work ten times more than me that will be great pleasure for me."
1966 January 25:
1967 January 25: "Let me know if there is any possibility of publishing my commentary on the Bhagavad-gita in USA. I shall now begin Caitanya Caritamrta Essays & Text. If I am assisted by one expert typewriter we can publish every three months a book. And the more we have books, the more we become respectable."
1969 January 25: "You say the Londoners are very anxious to meet me, so I am also very anxious to meet you and the Londoners. If the Beatles come forward, you can take the risk. Therefore the five-story house you mention may be immediately occupied."
1969 January 25: "The conclusions we have tried to explain are the same conclusions as Arjuna. Press two leaves and if the taste is the same you can understand that both leaves are from the same tree. The taste is the conclusion."
1970 January 25: "I wish that all manuscripts, before finally going to the press, must be thoroughly edited so that there may not be any mistakes especially of spelling and grammar or of the Sanskrit names."
1972 January 25: "Ideally husband and wife live separately in the temple. It is best to do the most ideal thing but whatever mode of living you chose the most important thing is to always remain one hundred percent in service of Radha-Krishna."
1972 January 25: "You may adopt this principle, that whatever conditions increases your facility to preach this Krishna Consciousness Movement should be accepted. If we accept this all of these discouragements etc. will disappear."
1974 January 25: "A photographic exhibit is an important part of our Caitanya Festival in Mayapur. Please arrange for this. I have got good reports of your working on the dioramas. I will be pleased to see your work when I come to Mayapur."
1966 January 24: "Saw Mr. Larry Boghart in his office. He advised me to write to Mr. Felix Morrow for an appointment to see. So I am writing him & sending some literature of Srimad Bhagwatam."
1969 January 24: "We cannot worship Radha-Krishna now. Radha-Krishna worship is meant for persons who have already developed spontaneous love of God. In the training period we are only worshipping Laksmi-Narayana."
1969 January 24: "There are two kinds of Spiritual Master, initiator and instructor. Anyone who can give instructing in spiritual life is treated as Spiritual Master. So the husband can help the wife as instructor."
1970 January 24 : "As you are always thinking of me, I am also thinking of you; and the best thing will be I shall go there by the next mango season because last time when I was there I could not get any mango."
1970 January 24 : "All the Goswamis and Acaryas chanted, my Guru Maharaja chanted, and following all their footsteps we are also chanting at least 16 rounds daily. We should not be carried away simply by all the other duties."
1970 January 24 : "I am very much anxious to know who is taking care of the Deities, whether regular performances are being executed etc. The Deities are now installed - there cannot be any scope of neglecting Them."
1968 January 23 : "He cannot remain long an Impersonalist because he is devoted to Radha and Krishna. He is not so formidable rascal. Recently he has sent me one letter of appreciation. There is no objection to reading his books."
1968 January 23: "Regarding the other books; keep them very nicely, and I shall see when I go there. You might have received another book perhaps, by Bhaktisaranga Goswami. This book by mistake was sent: it has to be returned."
1970 January 21: "My jurisdiction of preaching work is mostly these Western countries and because Bhaktivinoda Thakura wanted that the American and European devotees should come to Mayapur, therefore I am trying for it. Whichever plot of land you altogether select, I will accept."
1972 January 21: "I have noted with pleasure that you desire to be personally present with me again, and I am also looking forward to seeing all of you again. Yes, you may be my cook. I may remain in Africa for some time but I am sure to come there by springtime."
1972 January 21: "You are setting the example of determination in charge of one of our most important fields. Go on increasing and such sincerity is noticed by Krishna and He is helping you to approach nearer and nearer to His Lotus Feet."
1972 January 21: "Why Mayapura Festival is not being held? Set up camp like ordinary pilgrims, everyone will see we are not Pakistani spies. And along with the One-Rupee Coupons, give one book of Gitar Gan also. In this way 10,000 books will be distributed very easily."
1975 January 21: "I have received information that 50,000 big books will be distributed every month this year. That is the success of our mission. You are so humble and so sincere, this is a sign of your success. I am very much encouraged."
1975 January 21: "For the Supreme Personality of Godhead, you can say either Paramesvara or Bhagavan. If you can give the meaning of all the sanskrit words, that will be best. Thank you. To have my books printed in all languages of the world is so much important to me."
1966 January 20: "When I heard of the sudden death of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri who was personally known to me, I thought President Dr. Radhakrishnan as the next man to get the sanction because he is also known to me. I have already approached him and I am awaiting the result."
1966 January 20: "I strongly wish to take possession of the property on Srila Prabhupada's Avirbhav Teethi. We are all sincere workers for respiritualising the whole world situation and Dr. Radhakrishnan, being in the highest office of India, he must help us in this critical moment."
1968 January 20: "Indira Gandhi is interested in sending learned scholars to spread Indian culture in foreign countries. I am already doing this. Now somehow or other I am here so please see if he can help you in getting a SANKIRTANA party to come here. It is simply a matter of convincing him."
1971 January 20: "The fact is already there. There is a bona fide method for achieving spiritual perfection and it will be a great contribution if this authorized information is presented on the basis of modern scientific understanding."
1972 January 20: "I am very very pleased that your roving party is having great success and opening many temples. That is the method recommended by my Guru Maharaja. So go on like this, you have all of Krishna's blessings."
1972 January 20: " When Krishna sees that His devotee is sincere, there is nothing He cannot do to help that devotee to advance towards Him. If you are sincere you may become the biggest distributor of my books and then I shall surely come there to live in your new house."
1972 January 20: "We must always be careful to maintain the highest standards of rising early, chanting, street sankirtana, etc. Business is secondary. If the routine Krishna Consciousness program is neglected for other things then everything else will fail."
1972 January 20: "All reading of outside books should be stopped immediately. It is simply another botheration. If my students cannot even read my own books thoroughly, why they should read others?"
1966 January 19: "By the Grace of Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga an encouraging letter is received today from Sir Padampat Singhania of Kanpur India. Temple hopeful. Two sets of books taken back from Paragon Book Gallery."
1972 January 19: "All collections should be sent to the Book Fund Account. All necessary expenditures will be paid by check from the account. Anyone using personal miscellaneous expenditures must sign a voucher - this is accounting."
1975 January 19: "I will be coming there shortly. You can see me then. For the time being be very staunch and never let a moment go by without engaging in at least one of the nine devotional processes."
1975 January 19: "Maharaja Pariksit simply listened, sravanam. Sukadeva Gosvami simply narrated, kirtanam. Prahlada Maharaja simply contemplated - smaranam. Prthu Maharaja simply did deity worship - arcanam. And Arjuna only remained as friend - sakhyam."
1975 January 19: "Hanuman remained only engaged in carrying out the order of Lord Ramacandra - dasyam. And Bali Maharaja surrendered everything to Krishna - atma-nivedanam. So, any devotee executing any one of the nine is transcendentally glorious."
1968 January 18: "Bhagavad-gita is nearing completion - I have heard this before. The editing has been too much delayed. Come here immediately so that I can see it personally and finish the editorial work without further delay."
1968 January 18: "We do not bluff our students and because we are a little bit strict we have not a very large number of followers, neither do we want any large amount of nonsense followers. We want only one Moon. We do not care for millions of stars."
1970 January 18: "We are now at the Magh Mela and the program is going on very nicely. We are having daily artik many times with kirtan and there is prasadam distribution, Sankirtan, and our pandel is very big. So we invite you to come here with your family."
1971 January 18: "We want to present the pure thing as we are taught by Caitanya Mahaprabhu and that will bring in real change. This is actually revolutionary. I have made sannyasis for this purpose. Apply yourself."
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