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  • Reena Menon "Five thousand years or five millions of years, what was spoken by the supreme God or guru, the present guru also will say the same thing. That is guru. That is bona fide guru. Otherwise, he's not guru. Simple definition. Guru cannot change any word of the predecessor." -------- "You cannot disobey the previous ācārya or guru. No. You have to repeat the same thing. Not research. Sometimes rascals come, that "You are speaking the same thing. Why don't you speak something new by research work?" We say that we have no intelligence, we cannot make any research. We are... Guru more mūrkha dekhi koriyā vicāra [Cc. Ādi 7.71]. Caitanya Mahāprabhu said that "My Guru Mahārāja saw Me a great fool number one." So one who remains a great fool number one before his guru, he is guru. And one who says that "I'm advanced so much that I can speak better than my guru," then he's rascal. This is the process." Srila Prabhupada Lecture: What is a Guru? — London, August 22, 1973 "It was spoken by the Supreme Lord personally five thousand years ago. And that old thing we are presenting as it is. Our Bhagavad-gītā is therefore named Bhagavad-gītā As It Is. Without any interpretation. Without any addition, alteration. No, we don't make that. If we make addition, alteration, then where is the authority of Bhagavad-gītā?" Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation with Two Buddhist Monks — July 12, 1973, London Prabhupāda: Sa eva ayam yogaḥ proktaḥ purātanaḥ. "Therefore I am saying you again, the old yoga system. It is not that because the time has changed, I am changing." Somebody says, "Now it was spoken some millions of years ago, now it is modern ways, I am explaining in the modern way." That is not the system. The system is I am speaking the same yoga system. Yogaḥ proktaḥ purātanaḥ. And they are modernizing, making compromise. That is naṣṭa. That is the defect. Therefore we did not get any benefit. And in the modern countries, before me, so many yogis, swamis have been there for the last two hundred years. Not a single person became a Hindu. Now they are calling (them) "American Hindus." Why? Because it was lost. Rotten thing was given. Yogo naṣṭaḥ parantapa. If you supply something to me which is rotten and decomposed, such foodstuff, what shall I get benefit? Now they are getting benefit. Our mission is to put Bhagavad-gītā as it is ----- Prabhupāda: No, no. First of all, try to see the distinction. Before me, so many people went. They misinterpreted Bhagavad-gītā, there was no effect. And we are not misinterpreting. We are simply presenting Bhagavad-gītā as it is given. That is the point. Everyone says, "Swamiji, you have done wonderful thing." But I say , "I do not know any magic, jugglery. But wonderful thing is that I have not adulterated." That is wonderful. Otherwise, nothing wonderful. Room Conversation — December 29, 1976, Bombay "But Kṛṣṇa is personally coming and teaching so that people may take advantage of it and go back to home, back to Godhead. Still, people could not understand. Therefore Kṛṣṇa came as devotee, Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, teaching the same thing. Teaching the same thing. He, although He's Kṛṣṇa, He never invented anything. That is called paramparā system. Although He's God Himself, God also does not invent anything. Kṛṣṇa says in the Bhagavad-gītā, brahma-sūtra-padaiś caiva hetumadbhir viniścitaiḥ [Bg. 13.5]. He's giving reference to the Brahma-sūtra, Vedānta-sūtra. So our line is like that, even God Himself, He can say something new? No. He said to Arjuna, purātanam yogaṁ proktavān, that "I am speaking to you same old philosophy, purātanam yogam, which I spoke to the sun-god." We must stick to this, that a spiritual understanding is never changed. Now the modern days, we have to adjust things. No. That is not spiritual. There is no question of modern and old. Nitya, that is nitya, eternal. We should always remember that. The... Millions and millions of years ago, what was spoken by Kṛṣṇa to the sun-god, the same thing was spoken to Arjuna. He said that "I am speaking to you the same old, purātanaṁ yogam, but because the paramparā system is now broken, so I am making again the paramparā system through you, beginning from you." Srila Prabhupada Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.6.8 — New Vrindaban, June 24, 1976 "So Kṛṣṇa said formerly, say, four hundred millions of years ago. Bhagavad-gītā is not new. It is... First of all it was spoken to sun-god, and from the Manu's age and others' age we can calculate it is about some millions of years ago it was spoken. Imaṁ vivasvate yogaṁ proktavān aham avyayam [Bg. 4.1]. So Kṛṣṇa said, "That very old yoga system I am speaking to you again. It is not a new thing that I am manufacturing for you. No." Everything... God is eternal and His instruction is also eternal. And the followers are also eternal. There is nothing new. Nityaḥ śāśvato 'yaṁ purāṇaḥ. Nityaḥ śāśvato 'yaṁ purāṇaḥ. Very old, but still, it is eternal and fresh. This is spiritual matter. You read Bhagavad-gītā. It was spoken four hundred millions of years ago, and then again, five thousand years ago. Still, if you read Bhagavad-gītā daily, you will find it fresh. You will never find it old. As Kṛṣṇa is never old, advaitam acyutam anādim ananta-rūpam ādyaṁ purāṇa-puruṣam [Bs. 5.33]." Srila Prabhupada Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.25.35 — Bombay, December 4, 1974 "Long, long ago, before speaking to Arjuna, this Bhagavad-gītā was spoken to the sun-god, forty millions of years ago. The same principle. In the Bhagavad-gītā: "I am speaking to you the same principle." Not that "Forty millions of years have passed, so things have changed." No. Nothing has changed. The sun forty millions of years ago used to rise from the eastern side. Forty or trillions of years. Still it is rising from the east. Can you make any new thing, "Let the sun rise from the west?" No. That is not possible." Srila Prabhupada Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.15.44 — Los Angeles, December 22, 1973 "That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. It is nothing new. It is coming down from the original speaker, Kṛṣṇa, by disciplic succession. So we are reading this Bhagavad-gītā. Not that I have manufactured some book and I am preaching. No. I am preaching Bhagavad-gītā. The same Bhagavad-gītā as it was first spoken forty millions of years ago to the sun-god and again it was repeated five thousand years ago to Arjuna. The same thing is coming down by disciplic succession, and the same thing is presented before you. There is no change." Srila Prabhupada Bhagavad-gītā 2.13 — Pittsburgh, September 8, 1972
    Aug 19

  • Aman Pandey Hare Krishna Madhudvisa Prabhu! Please tell me what I should do with my twitter account on which I have 800 followers and I have tweeted that they should buy books from but nobody responded...I have done this twice. Is there any way in which I can use this twitter account for spreading Krishna Consciousness? (Other devotees can also give me some idea on this)
    5 hours ago

  • Hrishikesh Nath Hare Krishna All glories to Srila Prabhupada! I donot like' ISKCON Revival Movement'. This is as deviated as ISKCON. ISKCON says everyone can become diksa gurus and IRM says no one can become diksa gurus except Srila Prabhupada. But both are deviation from the actual teaching of Srila Prabhupada. They are only adding up to the already created huge confusion.---Everything has been explained clearly in his books. Still why there are so many concocted ideas? -----What good can any one do by confusing aspiring devotees like us?!!! Krishna Consciousness is so rarely found and these people are making it more harder to achieve it.
    Aug 3

  • Sarnaduti Brahma dravya-yajñās tapo-yajñā yoga-yajñās tathāpare svādhyāya-jñāna-yajñāś ca yatayaḥ saṁśita-vratāḥ SYNONYMS dravya-yajñāḥ—sacrificing one's possessions; tapo-yajñāḥ—sacrifice in austerities; yoga-yajñāḥ—sacrifice in eightfold mysticism; tathā—thus; apare—others; svādhyāya—sacrifice in the study of the Vedas; jñāna-yajñāḥ—sacrifice in advancement of transcendental knowledge; ca—also; yatayaḥ—enlightened; saṁśita—taken to strict; vratāḥ-vows. TRANSLATION There are others who, enlightened by sacrificing their material possessions in severe austerities, take strict vows and practice the yoga of eightfold mysticism, and others study the Vedas for the advancement of transcendental knowledge. PURPORT These sacrifices may be fitted into various divisions. There are persons who are sacrificing their possessions in the form of various kinds of charities. In India, the rich mercantile community or princely orders open various kinds of charitable institutions like dharmaśālā, anna-kṣetra, atithi-śālā, anathalaya, vidyāpīṭha, etc. In other countries, too, there are many hospitals, old age homes and similar charitable foundations meant for distributing food, education and medical treatment free to the poor. All these charitable activities are called dravyamaya-yajña. There are others who, for higher elevation in life or for promotion to higher planets within the universe, voluntarily accept many kinds of austerities such as candrāyana and cāturmāsya. These processes entail severe vows for conducting life under certain rigid rules. For example, under the cāturmāsya vow the candidate does not shave for four months during the year (July to October), he does not eat certain foods, does not eat twice in a day and does not leave home. Such sacrifice of the comforts of life is called tapomaya-yajña. There are still others who engage themselves in different kinds of mystic yogas like the Patañjali system (for merging into the existence of the Absolute), or haṭha-yoga or aṣṭāṅga-yoga (for particular perfections). And some travel to all the sanctified places of pilgrimage. All these practices are called yoga-yajña, sacrifice for a certain type of perfection in the material world. There are others who engage themselves in the studies of different Vedic literatures, specifically the Upaniṣads and Vedānta-sūtras, or the sāṅkhya philosophy. All of these are called svādhyāya-yajña, or engagement in the sacrifice of studies. All these yogīs are faithfully engaged in different types of sacrifice and are seeking a higher status of life. Kṛṣṇa consciousness, is, however, different from these because it is the direct service of the Supreme Lord. Kṛṣṇa consciousness cannot be attained by any one of the above-mentioned types of sacrifices but can be attained only by the mercy of the Lord and His bona fide devotee. Therefore, Kṛṣṇa consciousness is transcendental. (Bhagavad-gita As It Is - Chapter 4: Transcendental Knowledge - Text 28 - His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
    May 1, 2015

  • Josh Yahoshoo Sparks Thank you so very much for inviting me to join this wonderful place. I look forward to learning more about the LORD and how to be pleasing to Him.
    Thu at 8:19 PM

  • Roger Rodpush Our Inbuilt Security System UDGAAR·TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 Question: Nowadays some people advise that feelings of guilt are just primitive cultural hangovers that stop us from enjoying life fully. Is guilt harmful?...See More UDGAARpublished a note. September 19 at 9:51pm· Our Inbuilt Security System Question: Nowadays some people advise that feelings of guilt are just primitive cultural hangovers that stop us from enjoying life fully. Is guilt harmful? Answer: Those who give such advice are harmful. We feel a sense of guilt whenever we act against our conscience. Our conscience – the internal voice that inspires us to do good and to avoid bad – is a great gift from God. Let’s see how. See More Our Inbuilt Security System UDGAAR·TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 Question: Nowadays some people advise that feelings of guilt are just primitive cultural hangovers that stop us from enjoying life fully. Is guilt harmful? Answer: Those who give such advice are harmful. We feel a sense of guilt whenever we act against our conscience. Our conscience – the internal voice that inspires us to do good and to avoid bad – is a great gift from God. Let’s see how. When we feel feverish, that feeling helps us know that dangerous germs are overcoming our immune system. Similarly, when we feel guilty, that feeling helps us know that self-defeating desires are overcoming our intelligence. If the fever is neglected or suppressed, then the germs may cause a complete health breakdown. Similarly, if the guilt is neglected or suppressed, then the self-defeating desires may cause a complete emotional and physical breakdown. For example, in the current internet age, even small children have easy, unguarded access to sexually explicit images. Looking at obscene images may be initially pleasurable, but it soon gives rise to dangerous drives that may lead to abuse of one’s own and others’ bodies, as also to infection by deadly diseases. When children are mis-educated to neglect the guilt – the pinch of conscience – they feel on doing wrong things, these poor children become stripped of their inbuilt defense systems and soon become overpowered by devastating habits. Of course, guilt can make people feel worthless and helpless – and indeed guilt is used by some fire and brimstone fundamentalists to scare people into conforming to their own notions of religion. But such selfseeking misuse of guilt by some people shouldn’t blind us to its indispensable use. Guilt – and the conscience that produces it – is ultimately meant to connect us with the universal principles that govern all human behavior and interactions. These principles, as explained in the God-given scriptures like the Bhagavad-gita, elevate our conscience from being culturally-determined to being divinelydetermined. Then we can discriminate right from wrong based on not just our socio-cultural values but on time-tested universal principles. When our conscience is thus alert, our guilt not only saves us from the suffering coming from selfdamaging choices, but also points us to the happiness coming from self-strengthening choices. For example, a person with a healthy conscience will avoid visually exploiting other people’s bodies and feeling guilty and dissatisfied thereafter, but will instead visually feast on the all-attractive form of God manifested as the Deity and feel purified and satisfied. Similarly, in all our quests for happiness, our guilt and conscience can redirect us from temporary, unfulfilling surrogates to eternal, supremely fulfilling originals. Therefore, instead of trying to get rid of the feeling of guilt, let’s get rid of the actions that cause that, feeling. Like how more reactions Comment Share
    Wed at 8:25 AM

  • Jigish Vaidya While reading Srila Prabhupad’s writings I came across a very touching illustration showing how Krishna consciousness empowers and protects true devotees against all odds. The story was about Maharaja (king) Ambarisha who underwent wrath of one of the most powerful sages of all times named Durvasa Muni and remained unscathed from the potentially dire consequences. Durvasa Muni once became angry on Ambarisha because he refused to eat with Durvasa due to his fasting in the devotion of Lord Krishna. King Ambarisha silently tolerated all the sage’s injustices and emerged victorious. The king was able to control his senses because of these qualifications mentioned in Shrimad Bhawatam. King Ambarisha fixed his mind on the lotus feet of Lord Krishna, engaged his words in describing the abode of the Lord, his hands in cleansing the temple of the Lord, his ears in hearing the pastimes of the Lord, his eyes in seeing the form of the Lord, his body in touching the body of the devotee, his nostrils in smelling the flavor of the flowers offered to the lotus feet of the Lord, his tongue in tasting the tulasi leaves offered to Him, his legs in travelling to the holy place where his temple is situated, his head in offering the obeisances unto the Lord, and his desires in fulfilling the desire of the Lord. These qualifications made him capable of emerging from his much stronger opponent sage Durvasa. We can learn more about this episode in Shrimad Bhawatam canto 9, chapter 4. Hare Krishna!
    10 hours ago

  • Kamalnath Kamalnayan Hare Krishna Aman Pandey prabhuji.
    Sep 17

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