Oct 242020

Today Srila Prabhupadas beloved disciple, my dear godbrother, Jasomatinandan Das left his body in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, due to COVID-19. He is Srila Prabhupada’s eternal servant, and he will continue his service at Prabhupada’s lotus feet.

On a morning walk on Juhu Beach, Srila Prabhupada asked Dr. Patel why he was coming daily.

“I don’t know,” Dr. Patel replied. “I have got some . . .”

“We don’t pay you any fee.”

“I feel some sort of attachment to you. That is why I come. I don’t understand why I am attracted to you specially. I don’t understand. I have been thinking about it. I am very much thinking there must be some purva-janma, something from the past life. I don’t know. No sadhu has been able to attract me as much as you have. Not even temples have attracted me, to tell the truth.”

And Jasomatinandan Prabhu chimed in, “There is no sadhu except Prabhupada”—which, to me, exemplified his absolute dedication and devotion to Srila Prabhupada.

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!

Srila Prabhupada’s beloved disciple Jasomatinandan Das ki jaya!

Their humble, eternal servant,
Giriraj Swami


Oct 232020

Without love, nothing can sustain. If I do not love Krishna, I cannot surrender—it is not possible. Just like a small child—he is naturally surrendered to the parents because there is love. The child loves the parents. So without the basic principle of love—the more you love, the more the surrender is perfect. Just like a small child—you slap the child, he’s crying, yet crying with the words, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy,” because there is love. Even in distress the child cannot forget. That is natural. Similarly, when you remain fully surrendered to the supreme will, either in distress or in happiness, that is your happiness, that is real happiness.

This condition cannot be without love. In any condition, you remain surrendered. It cannot be done without love. When there is lack of love, this kind of mentality cannot develop: “In any condition I shall remain surrendered.” Just like you are; you are, a whole society is, carrying my order, not because I am superior person; there is love. Without love, you cannot do so. You have got some bit of love for me; therefore you carry my order. Otherwise it is not possible. And I cannot also . . . You are foreigners, you are Americans. I came from another country; I have no account. I cannot also order you, “You must do it; otherwise I will chastise you.” Because there is love. It is a connection of love. I can also become bold enough to chastise you, but you also, in whatever condition, carry out my order due to the basic principle of love. Our whole philosophy is love.

—Srila Prabhupada, room conversation

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