Srila Prabhupada Vani
selected quotes and verses for instruction
a sentimental devotee takes the part of becoming representative
Thus, the human race has descended to the qualitative status of the dogs, who are habituated to barking as soon as they come upon another set of dogs who happen to hail from another quarter. We cannot conceive of a greater degradation of the human being than when he is apt to raise a hue and cry as soon as he sees another human being who does not happen to belong to his quarter or his religious denomination. He raises this hue and cry as if he had been faced with a tiger or a wolf. Without transcendental knowledge, the human race has actually become no more than the tigers and the wolves. (from Message of Godhead)
"Initiation does not mean that it is a ceremony and it is finished, no. It is progressive. It is progressive just like education is progressive. So in the first beginning, ceto darpana marjanam, just to cleanse oneself from the understanding of material identification, Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna. So at least for one year chanting regularly, observing the rules and regulation, one comes to the platform of spiritual platform. And then, another initiation, this is called diksa. That is also diksa, that is first process. This diska, second process is not very essential. The essential is to chant. In this age there is no need of this second initiation, but those who are going to be recognized as properly initiated, so this second installment was introduced by Sanatana Gosvami." Lecture May 21, 1968:
from letters written by His Divine Grace in 1969:
Becoming Mahatma is easy and joyful
“This devotional service is not only easy, but it can be performed in a happy mood. One does not need to undergo any severe penance and austerity. He can live this life in devotional service, guided by an expert spiritual master, and in any position, either as a householder or a sannyasi, or a brahmacari; in any position and anywhere in the world, he can perform this devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and thus become actually mahatma, a great soul.” From the purport of Bhagavad-gita 9.14
"From now on, unless I order you to do something change or in
addition, go on with the usual standard way. You manufacture ideas
and then I have to waste my time. I have given you everything
already, there is no need for you to add anything or change anything.
"The greatest danger to our movement will come when we
manufacture and create our own process for worshipping the Deities.
So don't ask any more questions, whatever is going on, follow it just
to the exact standard as I have given you, that's all."
(Letter to Dhruvananda dated 1-4-73)
"Regarding prasadam, leftovers should always be taken if they have
not spoiled or if they have not been touched by diseased persons.
We should never waste Krishna prasadam."
"You should take it to heart as a guiding principle that somehow or
other we always please Krishna by doing what is practical and
necessary according to time and place. Not that we should be
whimsical. But one test is that all the devotees should be satisfied.
They have given their lives to Krishna, so we should see they are
"So if we take instruction from them, all senior godbrothers may be
treated as guru, there is no harm."
"You write to say that with prasadam and the Mahamantra we shall
conquer over the world. That was the beginning of my program in your
country. I thought like that. It was my plan from the very beginning,
before even coming here."
Nectar from Srila Prabhupada's 1971 Letters
"We have a very heavy task before us. Together we have to push on
this Krishna consciousness movement for a revolutionary change all
over the world. It is not our manufactured movement but it was ordered
by Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and we are simply carriers of His
"The best thing for you is to set the example by your personal
behavior and try to reform the others, not by criticizing but by
friendly behavior. If sometimes there are any disagreements we should
try to forget such incidences and be always in friendship with each
"Philosophy is the highest, but even higher than philosophy is
practice of philosophy."
"Actually, because you have given your life to Krishna, you are
already perfect. But it is just like the ocean, if you are swimming
in it you may swim forever and not reach the shore. Similarly, there
is no limit to the perfection of Krishna consciousness."
"We are selling BTG through the personal approach, through the sankirtana party, without any consideration of return." "Unless one is a resident of Krishna Loka, one cannot be a spiritual master." "Regarding your desire to improve your singing voice, by singing you will become an expert singer. Anything you practice regularly you become expert in."
"I want that all the hippies shall come to me and I shall solve their
problems. They are our best customers. If your government would give
us some help, I can save all of them."
standard and not dishonor me."
want to see it."
Nectar from Srila Prabhupada's 1971 Letters
of Lord Caitanya's will be successful in all parts of the world if
our students kindly continue in their enthusiastic endeavors to
distribute this message freely to all persons."
the Hare Krishna Mahamantra from the lips of pure devotees. Our
disciples are pure and therefore the effect is that this movement is
gaining in scope all over the world."
management of our governing body."
must be pure; then it will be effective."
devotee is never under any karmic reaction. Whatever is happening is
the mercy of Krishna. That should be the viewpoint of the devotee.
Once surrendered to Krishna, karmic reaction is immediately gone, but
if he acts again independently, then he is again in the clutches of
That will include all tree worship."
this Krishna consciousness. Everyone is sophisticated by their so-
called religion but chanting Hare Krishna mantra will attract
everyone all over the world."
Glories of Sankirtana. How
everyone benefits from the chanting of the Holy Name:
"Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement gives spiritual life to all living entities by dint of its transcendental radiation, and also it prevents the demonic class of men from overwhelming the pious class of men, and thus in every way it bestows all benediction, just like the moon illuminates everything." (Letter to Srinivasa 12-28-71)
to expand the Krishna consciousness movement:
"Just maintain our strong position of purity of routine work
using the mass media for preaching:
chanting is effective:
8-3-76) Get people to chant: "Yes, on sankirtana we want everyone we
meet to go away with a
opportunities for expansion: "The opportunities for expanding the
Sankirtana Movement are unlimited. We should tax our brains as to what is
the best way to present Krishna consciousness to particular people at a
devotee is expert: "Your program for training everyone in the proper
form of Deity worship and other temple activities is very, very good. We
devotee is expert in all things. (Letter
to Karandhar 11-13-70)
will be able to keep vigilance systematically in order to keep the society
as pure as possible." (Letter to Bali Mardan 8-25-70)
surrender to Krishna:
Prabhupada: You are already self-realized. Otherwise, how