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

December 5, 2013

Srutakirti then rubbed mustard oil onto Prabhupada's back. I moved to face Prabhupada's front and was enjoying the sweet atmosphere that surrounded him. With his eyes closed, Prabhupada spoke. "My Godbrothers criticize me that I have allowed women to live in our temples. This is not done in India. Only brahmacaris can live. But I have become successful because I have made this adjustment."

Prabhupada opened his eyes and continued, "Although they criticize me their Gaudiya Maths are empty. The only time they have people coming is during Gaura-Purnima to Mayapur for parikrama. And who is coming for parikrama? Widows. Women in white. Because I have made this adjustment I was successful."

January 5, 2015

In a video about Srila Prabhupada memories, His Grace Udayananda Prabhu was talking about Prabhupada's final days. He was expressing that it was so heart breaking to see Prabhupada in that condition. He said that when they were sitting next to Prabhupada, Prabhupada started talking: "I have given this big movement ISKCON; if possible expand it, if not at least maintain it but do not decrease; please co-operate..." and then Srila Prabhupada started to cry.

March 29, 2013

Srila Prabhupada: ...you are part and parcel of Krsna; that is our original state. Now by contact with this material nature we have forgotten. Just like I come from India. Suppose I remain here for many years, so I may forget about my home. But it is a fact that I was Indian, my home was India; therefore I am called Indian. I may forget. Similarly, actually we were with Krsna, but we do not know when we have left our home, or that Krsna, and come to this material contact; that is another thing. But it is a fact that we were with Krsna. Because we have got little independence. Just like a very rich man's son, sometimes gives up home life, his father and mother, he loiters in the street -- that is his choice.

May 14, 2011

22 April, 1972

My dear Dharma,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated March 14, 1972 and I have noted the contents.

Actually, Krishna does not care for how much we give to Him, but He sees how much we are keeping back for ourselves.

There is the story of Kholaveca Sridhara, a devotee of Lord Caitanya, who although he was a very poor man, gave half of his meager income for worshiping Mother Ganges, and by so doing, he greatly pleased the Lord. It is not so much important the quantity of books that we distribute, but that we serve Krishna as best we can, and depend on Him for the results.

January 2, 2011

Tamal Krsna Goswami once said to Srila Prabhupada, "What hope is there? Instead of thinking of Krsna, I'm thinking of the temple finances". Srila Prabhupada responded, "So many lifetimes we have wasted on ourselves. Now for this one lifetime let us work heart and soul to push on Lord Caitanya's sankirtan movement. Then at the end of life, Lord Caitanya will personally come and cover whatever we lack, and take us back to Godhead".

"I remember Prabhupada's promise to me in Bombay: If anyone sacrifices sense gratification by giving his life for spreading Krsna consciousness, at the time of his death Lord Caitanya will personally come and cover any of his inadequacies and take him back to Godhead."

From 'Servant of the Servant' by HH Tamal Krishna Goswami