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May 3, 2014

"Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati revealed that hari-katha is the svarupa-sakti of hari-nama: just as Krishna is properly worshiped not alone but with His svarupa-sakti Sri Radha, recitation of hari-nama is incomplete and improper unless accompanied by hearing hari-katha.”

(Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava)

April 27, 2014

Q) What is the difference between the dictation of the Parmatma and the mind? How can one tell if the mind or Parmatma is speaking to us?

In Bhagavad Gita 2.22's purport, Srila Prabhupada gives the example of two birds sitting on a tree. One bird (Jiva-atma) is eating the fruits of the tree while the other bird (Parmatma) is simply watching His friend. If the Parmatma is just watching, how can the Parmatma dictate the soul? Can you please help me with this confusion? Please help me understand this by some other citations in the Bhagavad Gita .

April 21, 2014

Your idea for 5 different articles in BTG monthly is very nice. I like your "topical articles'' also. Keep them simple and Krishna Conscious, avoiding too much bending to the public taste, but if they are appropriate to current problems, then it is nice proposal. Rayarama tried this too, but his style was not very appealing to me. Actually, people are seeking after transcendental reading matter more and more, so if we stick to our standard, as I have given you, then there is no doubt they will come to read our magazines in great numbers. Now make it very attractive, with our KC subject matter as you have outlined, and our BTG will be very much in demand, without further changes.

April 11, 2014

There’s a big push on right now to distribute thousands of full sets of Srila Prabhupada’s books, and the target date for ordering all these sets is Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s centennial disappearance day on June 26th.

Srila Prabhupada writes: “I have also heard that you are making plans for a very large order of my books from the BBT to be sold on a door-to-door basis on the style of the encyclopedia sales. If you can do this it will revolutionize our book distribution and afford greater spreading of Krishna Consciousness than any book distribution thus far. I want that every respectable person has a full set of Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrita in his home.” (SPL 1977)

April 3, 2014

Conversation with Author -- April 1, 1972, Sydney

Prabhupada: Explain... Any group of men, they have got a particular type of dress, the military dress, the police dress. So people can understand that "Here is a police." Similarly, by this dress they will chant, "Hare Krsna!" immediately. That is our experience. As soon as they will see these people, "Hare Krsna," and if they will criticize our, anything, we want that people see us and chant Hare Krsna. That we want. Simply by seeing us they will remember Hare Krsna. That is great advancement. Indirectly that is our propaganda, chanting Hare Krsna.

Lecture at International Student Society -- Boston, May 3, 1969

March 17, 2014

Please find Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, His Life and Precepts by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, the first book on Lord Caitanya sent by Bhaktivinoda Thakur to Western scholars and universities in 1896.

Srila Prabhupada referred to is as a harbinger of his Western mission:

March 11, 2014

Q) Some devotees say the Caturmasya Vratas are not something that Srila Prabhupada gave much emphasis to. According to our scriptures, as followers of ISKCON and practicing Gaudiya vaisnavas are we obliged to observe Caturmasya Vrata to some extent? What are minimum standards that we should strive for? What are the some additional standards that may reasonable to strive for? What are the benefits?

February 27, 2014

You cannot take any service from anyone without being indebted. You cannot take. You must be... So we are becoming entangled, complicated with indebtedness. That is called karma. If you don't pay bill, then you have to suffer. Then you have to suffer because you are taking simply. These rascals, they do not know. They are so much ungrateful.

Srila Prabhupada, Lecture - Mayapur, October 29, 1974

February 15, 2014

Srila Prabhupada interview with a NY reporter in 1975

Reporter: Swamiji, your movement has received a great deal of attention for, at least one reason, because many of your followers dress in what for the West is an odd fashion and relate to the world in what for the West is an odd fashion. Can you respond to that? Why have you asked your followers to dress in this fashion and to play drums on the streets?

Prabhupada: This is our preaching method, some way or other to draw their attention. (laughter)

Devotees: Jaya! Haribol!

Reporter: I’m sure that you’re aware that to many people in the West, in America, in New York City specifically, that your disciples seem strange because of the way they act on the streets. What about that?

January 22, 2014

When Srila Prabhupada spoke about something, you would experience it. It was like a transmission. Before going back to Hawaii, he began to speak about compassion. His eyes were closed and there were tears running down his cheeks. He said, "People are suffering in this world." He was expressing divine compassion for all the souls suffering in this world." He was expressing divine compassion for all the souls suffering in this world without Krishna consciousness. He said, "Please go and teach them. Tell them about Krishna. Give them this knowledge because they are suffering. They don't know they are suffering but they are suffering." He was in such a compassionate mood that tears were coming down his cheeks.