Oct 192020

Perhaps we are the only society who is proclaiming, “Here is God, Krishna. Take it.” We are the only society in the whole world. Otherwise they are all misled, all misled.

Others may cooperate or not cooperate; we don’t mind. But we cannot change our policy. Our policy is, “Krishna says, ‘I am the Supreme.’ ” We must declare throughout the whole world that Krishna is the Supreme. Krishna says, mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya. (Gita 7.7) [“O conqueror of wealth (Arjuna), there is no Truth superior to Me.”] We shall declare to the whole world that “Krishna is the Supreme; there is no one superior to Krishna.” This is our Krishna consciousness movement. Krishna says, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru. (Gita 18.65) [“Always think of Me and become My devotee. Worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend.”]

We are preaching this. In this temple we are asking everyone, “Here is Krishna. Always think of Krishna. Chant Hare Krishna.” Then you will have to think. “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna” means thinking of Krishna. As soon as you hear the name of Krishna—man-mana. And who will do that? Mad-bhakta. Unless you become a devotee of Krishna, you will not waste your time, “Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna.” That means simply by chanting Hare Krishna mantra you become a devotee of Krishna. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji. Now, this worship of Krishna: the whole day is engaged for Krishna’s mangala-aratika, for Krishna’s chanting, for Krishna’s cooking, for Krishna’s prasada distribution, so many ways. Our devotees all over the world—there are 102 centers—they are simply engaged in Krishna consciousness. This is our propaganda. Always, no other business. We don’t do any business, but we are spending at least twenty-five lakhs of rupees every month, and Krishna is supplying. Tesam nityabhiyuktanam yoga-ksemam vahamy aham. (Gita 9.22) [“But those who worship Me with devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I carry what they lack and preserve what they have.”]

If you remain Krishna conscious, fully dependent on Krishna, then there will be no scarcity. I started this Krishna business with forty rupees. Now we have got forty crores of rupees. Is there any businessman in the whole world who within ten years with forty rupees he can increase to forty crores? There is no example. And ten thousand men, they are eating prasadam daily. So this is Krishna consciousness. Yoga-ksemam vahamy aham. As soon as you become Krishna conscious, you simply depend on Him and work sincerely and then Krishna will supply everything—everything.

This is practically being manifested. Take, for example, in Bombay. Now the land is worth one crore of rupees. And when I purchased the land, I had maybe three or four lakhs. So it was completely speculation, but I was confident that “I shall be able to pay. Krishna will give me.” There was no money. That’s a long history—I do not wish to discuss. But I have got now practical experience that you depend on Krishna, there will be no scarcity. Whatever you want, it will be fulfilled. Tesam nityabhiyuktanam. So be always engaged in Krishna consciousness. Then everything will be fulfilled, any desire, if you have got.

—Srila Prabhupada, talk on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.1, December 2, 1975, Vrindavan

Oct 102020

On June 6, 1969, in New Vrindaban, Srila Prabhupada spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.10:

na yad vacas citra-padam harer yaso
jagat-pavitram pragrnita karhicit
tad vayasam tirtham usanti manasa
na yatra hamsa niramanty usik-ksayah

“Those words which do not describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered by saintly persons to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows. Since the all-perfect persons are inhabitants of the transcendental abode, they do not derive any pleasure there.”

Srila Prabhupada explained, “Narada . . . says that this is vayasam tirtham. Vayasam tirtham. Vayasam means crows. And the crows—their place of pleasure . . . Have you seen crows? In India we have got many crows. In India the crows take pleasure in all nasty things. You’ll find they take pleasure in a place where all nasty things are thrown, garbage. They’ll pick out the garbage, find out whether there is mucus, where there is pus. Just like flies—they’ll sit down on the stool. Maksikam bhramara icchanti. And the bees, they will try to take honey. Even in the animals you’ll see. The honey . . . The bees will never come to the stool, and the ordinary flies, they never go to collect honey.

“Similarly, there are divisions in the birds, divisions in the beasts, divisions in human society. So you cannot expect that ordinary persons will come to Krishna consciousness. You see? Because they have been trained to become flies, they will taste stool. You see? The modern education is to teach people to become flies—only stool.

“Not here—Krishna consciousness. Make it a honeycomb. Those who are seeking after honey will find, ‘Here is something.’ You see? Don’t make it a stool society. You see? Make it a honey society. At least give a chance to those who are seeking after honey, so they will come. You see? Don’t cheat people.”

Hare Krishna.

Yours in service,
Giriraj Swami

Oct 042020

atho maha-bhaga bhavan amogha-drk
vah satya-rato dhrta-vratah
urukra masyakhila-bandha-muktaye
samadhinanusmara tad-vicestitam

“O Vyasadeva, your vision is completely perfect. Your good fame is spotless. You are firm in vow and situated in truthfulness. And thus you can think of the pastimes of the Lord in trance for the liberation of the people in general from all material bondage.” (SB 1.5.13)

Each and every word of Srimad-Bhagavatam is full of volumes of explanation—each and every word. This is Srimad-Bhagavatam. Vidya-bhagavatavadhi. (Varta-sahitya) One’s learning will be understood when he’s able to understand Srimad-Bhagavatam. Vidya. Vidya means learning—not this science, that science. If one can understand Srimad-Bhagavatam in true perspective, then he’s understood to have finished his all educational advancement. Avadhi. Avadhi means “this is the limit of education.” Vidya-bhagavatavadhi.

—Srila Prabhupada, talk on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.13, June 13, 1969, New Vrindaban

Oct 022020

yasya deve para bhaktir
yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthah
prakasante mahatmanah
[Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.38]

[“Only unto those great souls who have implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge are automatically revealed.”]

Transcendental knowledge becomes revealed. To whom it becomes revealed? It becomes revealed to such person who has got unflinching love for Krishna and for the spiritual master. Caitanya-caritamrta also says, guru-krsna-krpaya paya bhakti-lata-bija [Cc Madhya 19.151]. [“By the mercy of both Krsna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service.”] One can come to the spiritual perfectional stage, or come to the spiritual platform, by the mercy of Krishna and the spiritual master.

This is Vedic version: yasya deve para bhaktih. One who has got unflinching faith. Deve. Deve means the Supreme Lord. Para bhakti: transcendental devotional service to the Supreme Lord. Yatha deve tatha gurau: as he has got unflinching faith in Krishna, similarly he has got unflinching faith in the spiritual master. Tasyaite kathita hy arthah: all the Vedic literature and their purport and their meaning will be revealed to him. Tasyaite kathita hy arthah prakasante. It becomes revealed. Prakasante mahatmanah.

So, that is the secret—not erudite scholarship. One must be very much sincere. Then Krishna will give you dictation. He is within. Guru-krsna. If I am sincere and if I want to serve the Supreme Lord—the Supreme Lord is within you. He’ll give you direction: “All right. You do this. You do this. You just go to this man, and he’ll give you good counsel.” He’ll give you direction. Therefore, first mercy is of Krishna, and then the spiritual master is considered as the mercy-representation of Krishna. Krishna helps us from within and without. From within He’s helping us as the Supersoul, and from without, He’s helping us as the spiritual master.

So, Krishna is ready to help us in all ways, always, in all perfectional stages, if we are simply sincere. Para bhakti. Yasya deve para bhaktih. If you have got transcendental devotional mood, then everything will come. It does not depend on linguistic advancement or academic . . . Simply we have to develop our transcendental love and devotional service to the Supreme Lord, and then gradually He’ll give me direction. He’ll give me right direction. Everything will be all right.

—Srila Prabhupada, Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.11–12, June 10, 1969, New Vrindaban