with Original 1972 Edition Bhagavad-gita As It Is

Bhagavad-gita “As It Is” Original 1972 Edition
by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


I built this site: Bhagavad-gita “As It Is” Original 1972 Edition some years ago as a supplement to this page. I have recently taken a closer look at it, upgraded it to eliminate the pop up adds, and changed the domain name.

The new domain name is and should be free from adds. [Read More…]

WANTED: Sri Srimurti Puja booklet from ISKCON Los Angeles 1970

Please contact us if you have a copy of that book,


The Sri Srimurti Puja booklet prayer, by devotees

Dear Srila Prabhupada, Dear Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, Dear Lord Jaganatha, Dear Lady Subhadra and Dear Lord Balarama. We the disciples and followers are humbly requesting that somehow or other you locate for us and the world the original Sri Srimurti Puja booklet published by Your ISKCON in Los Angeles that was available in 1970. We now include this prayer in our daily worship until it is located, copied and reprinted for all the worlds future generations to help improve Your Deity worship and glorify Your holy names. Indeed we will begin thereafter with a daily prayer of thanks. [Read More…]

“Who has introduced this peculiar dancing?”

Srila Prabhupada: Who has introduced this peculiar dancing

Srila Prabhupada: “Who has introduced this peculiar dancing?”

Break-Dance Hip-Hop News

“A group of Hip Hop-loving Iskcon monks put on a stunning display of their break-dancing skills in a video. They are shown spinning on their head and shoulders to the chants of Hare Rama, Hare Krishna. Their dhoti turns like an umbrella making them look like inverted Kathak dancers.

Iskcon said the break-dancing monks are from an Iskcon Temple in Italy. The video was reportedly shot on January 23 after the kirtan of Shri ‘Priyavrata Das’. Italy has many Iskcon temples notably in Milan, Florence and Rome, and it is not clear, which temple hosted the event.  But on Internet, the video has been unstoppable. It has clocked over 3.4 million views and racing ahead.

Comments to the video appreciated the dance and said Hinduism was fluid enough to allow various kinds of worship.”

Srila Prabhupada: “Who has introduced this peculiar dancing?”

NY July 10 1976 Conversations
(TKG is reading a newspaper article written about the devotees…)
…”The rhythm approaches that of an express train, and the atmosphere is apt to remind a lay visitor of an old-fashioned football rally. Some of the onlookers try to keep up with the central group, clapping their hands, swaying their bodies, throwing arms upwards and, among the younger, adapting modern dance steps to the rhythm. When the shrine curtains are drawn back, devotees kneel and press their foreheads…”
Prabhupāda: Who has introduced this peculiar dancing?
Hari-śauri: It just evolved. (laughs)
Rūpānuga: We were speaking about that the other day. It’s changed from the original dancing that you showed us to something else. Too much like the modern dancing.
Prabhupāda: Hmm. I think this is not good.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Shall I read on? “The service has become…” What way should we dance, Śrīla Prabhupāda? With our hands outstretched? Sometimes the devotees like to jump around. Is that all right?
Prabhupāda: In ecstasy one can do anything, that is another… But artificially to do something is not good.
Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: But if one feels like jumping, it is all right?
Prabhupāda: Anything artificial is not required.
Rūpānuga: So running back and forth is not…
Prabhupāda: No, no, that should not be an artificial.  [Read More…]

I will never die, I shall live for my books, and you will utilize

I will never die, I shall live for my books, and you will utilize

I will never die, I shall live for my books, and you will utilize

Anybody who thinks that Srila Prabhupada has died and is no longer available
is an ignorant fool and rascal, bereft of any spiritual vision or realization!

1975 Conversations and Morning Walks

Reporter (2): What will happen to the movement in the United States when you die?
Prabhupāda: I will never die.
Devotees: Jaya! Hari bol! (laughter)
Prabhupāda: I shall live for my books, and you will utilize.
Reporter (2): Are you training a successor?
Prabhupāda: Yes, my Guru Mahārāja is there. Where is my photo of Guru Mahārāja? I think… Here is.


“After 80 years, no one can be expected to live long. My life is almost ended. So you have to carry on, and these books will do everything.” (SPC (BBT 1991) Room Conversation 18/02/76)

“If I depart there is no cause for lamentation. I will always be with you through my books and orders. I will always remain with you in that way.”  (BTG (BBT 1977) December 1977)

“There is nothing new to be said. Whatever I had to say, I have already said in my books. Now you must try to understand it and continue with your endeavors. Whether I am present or not does not matter.”  (SPC BBT 1991 Vrindavan 17/05/77)

Devotee: “Srila Prabhupada when you’re not present with us, how is it possible to receive instructions? For example in questions that may arise…”

Srila Prabhupada: “Well the answers are there in my books.”  (SPC BBT 1991 Los Angeles 13/05/73)

“That’s all right. But still, you can associate with me by reading my books.” “So in my absence you read the books. What I talk, I have written in my books. That’s all.” [Read More…]

Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi

The five Pandavas (Yudhistira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, Sahadeva) and Draupadi

Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi

During the hottest season (northern hemisphere), if one can perform upavasa without water one is performing a great feat. One may take only charanamrta and achamana water. Bhima the mighty warrior of the Pandava dynasty requested one vrata day by which he could obtain the fruits of all the other days of vrata that he was incapable of observing. Vyasadeva advised him to follow this difficult vrata. [Read More…]

Isk’Con bogus gurus seeking support and authorisation from Srila Sridhara Maharaj

The self-appointed 11 bogus Isk’Con gurus usurping the seat of acarya

The self-appointed 11 bogus Isk’Con gurus usurping the seat of acarya
simultaneous guru-puja of conditioned soul gurus – greatest maha-aparadha

The 11 bogus Isk’Con gurus seeking support and authorisation from Srila Sridhara Maharaj

“Tamal Krsna Maharaja: But, explain. In one temple, in one of our Maths, the disciples may have many different gurus, just like there are eleven persons now. So, say three of those eleven persons may be the gurus of the disciples in that Math, then how to know whose picture to put on the…

Srila Sridhara Maharaja: So, to get out of this difficulty, the zonal preference should be maintained.
Assembly (Background): The zonal preference should be maintained to get out of this problem.

Srila Sridhara Maharaja: To get out of this difficulty, as much as possible, but what I m saying is, that may be applicable easily in the branch Maths. But in the main Maths, Mayapur, Vrndavana, where all is interested keenly, difficulty will arise there.

Jayapataka Maharaja: So there, there can be a group photo. (Laughter)
Tamal Krsna Maharaja: Group photo, say it in Bengali. [to Srila Sridhara Maharaja]
Jayapataka Maharaja: (Bengali)

Srila Sridhara Maharaja: Group photo, group photo. But then, then also a difficulty will arise, his guru. Guru photo, but, everyone will like that his guru must be in the center.
Assembly: Laughter.

Tamal Krsna Maharaja: (Serious): No, No, No, We…
Srila Sridhara Maharaja: This difficulty may arise.

Hansadutta Maharaja: We can take eleven different group photos, each man in the center.”
(March, 1978) [Read More…]

bhaja-govindaṁ bhaja-govindaṁ — govindaṁ bhaja mūḍhamate

Govinda - Krishna  Govinda - Krishna

– Śrīpāda Śaṅkarācārya –                 – Govinda / Lord Kṛṣṇa –

॥ भज गोविन्दम् ॥

|| bhaja govindam ||
by śrī ādi śaṅkarācārya

भजगोविन्दं भजगोविन्दं
गोविन्दं भज मूढमते ।
bhaja-govindaṁ bhaja-govindaṁ
govindaṁ bhaja mūḍhamate |

Worship Govinda, worship Govinda, worship Govinda, O fool!
Rules of Grammar will not save you at the time of your death.
Other than chanting the Lord’s names, there is
no other way to cross the life’s ocean.

Bhaja Govindam is a very popular 8th century devotional composition in Sanskrit composed by Ādi Śaṅkarācārya. This work of Ādi Śaṅkara underscores the view that devotion to God, Govinda (Kṛṣṇa), is a vastly important part of general spirituality. This work is generally considered a good summary of Advaita Vedanta. The refrain “Bhaja Govindam” which defines the composition and gives it its name invokes the supreme Lord in the aspect of Govinda (the cowherd boy Kṛṣṇa); it is therefore very popular not only with Śaṅkara’s immediate followers, the Smārtas, but also with Vaiṣṇava and others.

Bhaja Govindam has an interesting legend. On seeing an aged brāhmaṇa  trying to peddle his knowledge of grammar (ḍukṛñ karaṇe) while on pilgrimage to Kashi, Śaṅkara exhorts him to worship Govinda, a form of Viṣṇu, and follow the bhaktimārga. Most striking in this verse is the manner in which the brāhmaṇa, for all his knowledge and years, is labelled a fool for not realizing this himself!

There is a story attached to the composition of this Hymn. It is said that Śrī Ādi Śaṅkara, accompanied by his disciples, was walking along a street in Vārāṇasī one day when he came across an aged scholar reciting the rules of Sanskrit grammar repeatedly on the street. Taking pity on him, Ādi Śaṅkara went up to the scholar and advised him not to waste his time on grammar at his age but to turn his mind to Govinda (Kṛṣṇa) in worship and adoration, which would only save him from this vicious cycle of life and death. The Hymn “Bhaja Govindam” was composed on this occasion.  [Read More…]

All my disciples are expected to become śikṣā-guru on my order, not by his own order.

All my disciples are expected to become śikṣā-guru on my order, not by his own order.

All my disciples are expected to become śikṣā-guru on my order, not by his own order.

Gopāla Kṛṣṇa: Śrīla Prabhupāda, I am just trying to clarify—I don’t want to offend anyone—but no disciple of yours should call himself dīkṣā-guru or śikṣā-guru. Am I right?

Prabhupāda: Well, everyone is engaged to become śikṣā-guru, but one should become perfect. The attempt is—what is called?—probationer. When probationer period is finished, then he is naturally, automatically, bona fide guru. Not in the probationer period. That is immature attempt. That will failure. Āmāra ājñāya [Cc. Madhya 7.128], Caitanya Mahāprabhu said = “By My order.” So all my disciples are expected to become śikṣā-guru on my order, not by his own order. (Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, May 30 1976, Honolulu, Hawaii) [Read More…]

The 3-layered planetary systems and the 14 worlds

tri-loka three material spheres tri-loka three material spheres tri-loka three material spheres

Artist impression of the three worlds – higher, middle and lower spheres of the universe

Description and Quotes from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 
Compiled by: Pariksit Das

Loka-traya – the 3 planetary systems

“There are three planetary systems, namely the lower worlds, the intermediate worlds and the upper worlds. The human beings on earth are situated at the beginning of the intermediate worlds, but living beings like Brahmā and his contemporaries live in the upper worlds, of which the topmost is Satyaloka. In Satyaloka the inhabitants are fully cognizant of Vedic wisdom, and thus the mystic cloud of material energy is cleared.” (SB 1.19.23)

As stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, there are three divisions of material spheres in this universe, namely the ūrdhva-loka (topmost planets), madhya-loka (midway planets) and adho-loka (downward planets). Beyond the ūrdhva-loka planets, that is to say above the Brahmaloka, are the material coverings of the universes, and above that is the spiritual sky, which is unlimited in expansion, containing unlimited self-illuminated Vaikuṇṭha planets inhabited by God Himself along with His associates, who are all eternally liberated living entities.

Ūrdhvaloka (ऊर्ध्वलोक).—The “upper world” or ūrdhvaloka is above mount Meru.
The celestial world, the realms of the gods or heavens, the svarga-lokas – heavenly planets.

Madhya-loka – the middle planetary system, world of mortals, the realms of the humans, animals and plants.

Adhaloka (अधलोक).—The adha-loka  (Adholoka) is the lower world, the subterranean heavens, Bila-Swarga, the realms of beings other than humans, like Daityas, Dānavas and Nāgas etc.

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Sudevi granted visa extension to care for her 1,800 cows

Sudevi - Friederike Irina Bruening

Sudevi granted visa extension to care for her 1,800 cows

The Economic Times AFP | May 27, 2019, 06.33 PM IST

German with 1,800 cows allowed to stay in India Mathura

Bruening, 61, had threatened last week to return a top civilian award for cow protection that she won — the Padma Shri award — after her request for a visa extension was denied.

Bruening, who has become a Hindu and is known as Sudevi Dasi, said that allowing the slaughter of old or sick cows is not the answer to the ban on slaughter and consumption of beef.

It’s a long way from Berlin to India, where Friederike Irina Bruening devotes her life to sick and abandoned cows. Now, after intervention from the government, she has been allowed to stay.

“Currently we have around 1,800 cows,” Bruening told AFP from outside the holy city of Mathura in northern India where she keeps the animals. “Between five and 15 are brought in every day.”

Bruening, 61, had threatened last week to return a top civilian award for cow protection that she won — the Padma Shri award — after her request for a visa extension was denied. [Read More…]

Hansadutta Dasa, one of the original 11 “Appointed Gurus,” regarding the Ritvik Issue

Dear Veda Guhya Das Prabhu,

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Because you asked me to write VNN about the Ritvik matter, I thought I would first pen you my thoughts on the issue along the lines of our discussion a few days ago.
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Vaishnava Calendar June 2019

Vaishnava Calendar: June 2019




Know that I am eternally your guide

Srila Prabhupada: Know that I am eternally your guide

Srila Prabhupada: “Know that I am eternally your guide“,
but if you don’t accept me as your guide, what can I do?

Know that I am eternally your guide, but if you don’t accept me as your guide, what can I do? If my disciples do not take my guidance, what can I do? By bad association it so happens, so I remain silent. I see the pricks of maya …

“You mention that your pathway has become filled with stumbling blocks. But there are no stumbling blocks. I can kick out all those stumbling blocks immediately, provided that you accept my guidance. With one stroke I can kick out all stumbling blocks.”

From Srila Prabhupada’s Sept 9, 1972 letter to Krsna Das

July 11 1969 letter

…You have asked if it is true that the Spiritual Master remains in the material universe until all of His disciples are transferred to the Spiritual Sky. The answer is yes, this is the rule. Therefore, every student should be very much careful not to commit any offense which will be detrimental to this promotion to the Spiritual Kingdom, and thereby the Spiritual Master has to incarnate again to deliver him. This sort of mentality will be a kind of offense to the Spiritual Master.

Out of the ten kinds of offenses, the number one offense is to disobey the orders of the Spiritual Master. The instructions given to the disciple by the Spiritual Master at the time of initiation should be strictly followed. That will make one advance to the spiritual path. But if one deliberately defies such instructions, then his advancement is hampered from the very beginning.

 This defying means to disconnect the relationship with the Spiritual Master. And anyone who defies and therefore disconnects the relationship with the Spiritual Master can hardly expect the assistance of the Spiritual Master life after life. I hope this will clear up this question sufficiently for you.

Please convey my blessings to the others. I am very pleased that you are working so sincerely to maintain the Montreal temple. Hope this will meet you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami  [Read More…]

Bhagavad-gītā Reading and Study Room


Original 1972 Macmillan Edition

Invitation for studying the Bhagavad-gita
with study guide and with guidance by devotees

Would you like to study Srila Prabhupada’s original 1972 Macmillan Gita under the guidance of experienced devotees? For guided reading, a Bhagavad-gita study guide with guided explanations, questions & answers is available below.
If you have further questions or need assistance, please use comment function below for contact, or send e-mail to

Read Srila Prabhupada’s authorized original Bhagavad-gita As It Is
(1972 Macmillan edition) online here:
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Please stick to Srila Prabhupada’s bhajan melodies and kirtan tunes.

Please stick to Srila Prabhupada’s bhajan melodies and kirtan tunes.

Kirtan tunes were a lot different in the early days of the Hare Krsna movement in the sense that the tune was very simple in the style of Srila Prabhupadas melodies.

Nowadays devotees sing many varieties of melodies coming from various sources. There are two opinions on the matter. On one hand “there are no hard and fast rules for chanting Hare Krishna”, and thus devotees are inclined towards the “variety is the mother of enjoyment” idea while introducing many varieties of melodies, some Bengali, some Rock’n’Roll, some made up etc. On the other hand kirtan can be taken very scientifically with consideration of the appropriate ragas, etc. One major position on this side is assertion that it is best to focus exclusively on the melodies, mood and sound vibration given to us directly by our spiritual master Srila Prabhupada. We should exclusively stick to Srila Prabhupada’s melodies and kirtan tunes.

The tunes given by Srila Prabhupada are very easy to chant and the general public can very easily join in. Changing of the tune or complicated tunes makes it difficult for the public to catch-up the tune, so if they can’t work out the tune how can they join in? And we want them to join in the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra and also remember the tune as well. So if we want them to remember the mantra it is better to stick to a standard tune. Srila Prabhupada’s Kirtan’s and Bhajans were very potent and it was those Kirtana’s that caused the Hare Krishna movement to spread all over the world.

Prabhupada’s Hare Krsna melody. This simple chant and melody opened and continues to open unlimited hearts to Krsna Love. This was the first melody of the Hare Krsna movement, and for years it was the only melody sung for hours and hours. [Read More…]

Wikileaks Releases Moon Landing Hoax


Srila Prabhupadas statements about the moon landing

Srila Prabhupada: “It is my firm conviction that they did not go to the moon. Neither they’ll be able to go to the Mars as they have planned it.” (Room Conversation, July 6th, 1976, Washington, D.C.)

Srila Prabhupada: “Yes, so where is the doubt? It is a fact that they did not go to the moon. That’s a fact.” (Morning Walk, June 10th, 1975, Honolulu)

Candanacarya: There are scientists in England who agree that they didn’t go to the planet. 
Srila Prabhupada: Huh? 
Candanacarya: There are some scientists in England who agree with you that they did not go to the moon. 
Srila Prabhupada: Yes, they did not. Simply propaganda. (Morning Walk, June 4th, 1976, Los Angeles)

Srila Prabhupada himself said different things at different times. Sometimes he directly said they didn’t go and it was some kind of hoax. And at other times he said they didn’t go to the moon because they didn’t experience the higher dimensional nature of the moon planet, which is a rational way to harmonize the Vedic perspective with the idea of three dimensional space travel. At other times he just said the whole idea was foolish and a waste of money. He saw material space travel as a foolish attempt to reach higher dimensions which can only be reached by yogic practice. [Read More…]

Srila Prabhupada – The Master Disciple

Srila Prabhupāda – The Master Disciple

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda       —       Śrī Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura

Srila Prabhupāda – The Master Disciple

By Sri Hasti Gopala Dasa, Toronto, Canada.

Srila Prabhupada is the master disciple. He’s showing us by his example how to be a first class disciple. That example is continuing and the revelations will continue as we read his original books throughout the rest of our lives. The perfection of life is to follow strictly the bona fide spiritual master and make his orders, the life and soul of our disciplic position. By repeating without change his eternal message of how to love God Krishna, will be the perfection of life. He has told us this many times and he has masterfully followed it himself in the most perfect manner. Indeed he continues to do so.

So as much as we follow purely, we will become leaders but that following means to become as much as sincerely possible a master disciple.
The carpentry master has within himself the apprentice. The master may draw on the experience and knowledge of his apprenticeship but the apprentice cannot draw on the experience and knowledge of being a master carpenter. First we must become first class disciples of Srila Prabhupada…everyone. Then automatically leading others towards the same path of bhakti yoga will take its natural course.

There is no question of becoming a bona fide spiritual master without first becoming a bona fide master disciple. [Read More…]

Beautiful Hindi Devotional Bhajan – Glorifying Lord Rāma

Lord Rāma

Beautiful Hindi Devotional Bhajan Glorifying Lord Rāma

Ram Dhun – Jagjit Sing
Ram Dhun – By Anuradha Paudwal

Download MP3

he rāma, he rāma, he rāma, he rāma
O Rāma, O Rāma

he rāma, he rāma…
jaga meṁ sāṅco tero nāma
| Refrain ..
O Rāma, O Rāma
Your name is the only truth in this world

tū hī mātā, tū hī pitā he |
tū hī tū he rādhā kā śyāma ||
— Refrain
You alone are mother and father
You are none other than Rādhas Shyām (Kṛṣṇa)

tū arntāyāmī, sabakā svamī |
tere caraṇoṁ meṁ cāro dhāma ||
— Refrain
You are the divine master of all,
and the Supersoul within the heart
The four sacred places are at your feet

tū hī bigār̤e, tū hī saṅvāre |
isa jaga ke kare kāma ||
— Refrain
You are the one Who disturbs and
rectifies all deeds of this world. 

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Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami admits all ISKCON Gurus failed and flopped

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Video transcription (not clearly audible):

“But we should.. we should as an.. and Prabhupada memories can deteriorate, even the remembrance that he was here and what his quality was. So we have to do this kind of thing: remember him and we speak about his qualities, so that we don’t forget what he is in our life. [Read More…]




PADA: Yes, ISKCON was attacked by an evil infiltration. Yes, Dhanesvara agrees, Srila Prabhupada says — just like Jesus was killed, they may kill me also. So the evil doers might have plotted and schemed to do just that. They maybe administered poison to Srila Prabhupada to “get him out of the way.” Then they could rob, pillage and rampage ISKCON, and bring it down into a criminal mayhem mess, as happened under their watch.

Dhanesvara made a live video about all this which I saw for only a few minutes, not sure if its still available since the link says “not available.” Anyway, he was saying that the movement has been attacked by evil people posing as devotees. And we can judge by the result, i.e. that demoniac thinking and activity produces demoniac results. Agreed.

I think we agree on a lot of issues, however he says that all the camps should join together on the basis of chanting the holy name. OK, but how will the people who worship the evil people be able to join with the people who want to worship Prabhupada? He really does not explain? He also says the ritvik idea is wrong, ok so who is going to be the living guru now? Again, no explanation. [Read More…]


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