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Ritvik empowerment

Gargamuni Dasa: The first ritvik was Kirtanananda. He could perform the fire sacrifice, and play the tape of Prabhupada, and chant on the beads. He was authorized. He was, Prabhupada used the word, “I empower you.” You know what it means to be empowered by God? It’s a big force to be empowered by God. By the servant of God, the Supreme Personality of Servitor Godhead. That’s stated in Nectar of Devotion, Prabhupada’s. That’s his position, the Supreme Personality of Servitor Godhead. There’s the same name is Krishna. But one is Master God, and one is servant God. So Kirtanananda was empowered to do that ceremony. [Read More…]

Srila Prabhupada Addresses The World Health Organization

Prabhupada: So Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you very much for your participating in this meeting. Our Krsna consciousness movement is based on the authority of this Bhagavad-gita. Bhagavad-gita, I think most of you know, Indians or foreigners. And some of you must have read Bhagavad-gita. We have published Bhagavad-gita as it is, without any malinterpretation. In the Bhagavad-gita, the author of the Bhagavad-gita is enounced as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the Hindus, especially the Vaisnavas… Vaisnava or not Vaisnava, Krsna is accepted as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We… Our Indian spiritual life is guided by the acaryas, sampradaya acarya, the Ramanujacarya, Madhvacarya, Visnuswami and Nimbarka. There is… Whole Indian spiritual culture is dependent on the guidance of these acarya. And in the Bhagavad-gita also, in the Thirteenth Chapter, it is advised, acarya upasanam: “One should follow the instruction of the acarya.” That is our Vedic civilization.

Lecture Geneva 1974-06-06 To World Health Organization [AUDIO]

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So we can produce enough quantity of food grains all over the world. And if we actually produce food grains, we can feed ten times of the population which are at present. But unfortunately, we are not producing food grains. That is the problem. It is not the problem of overpopulation. It is the problem that we are not producing food grains.

Lecture at World Health Organization
Geneva, June 6, 1974

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Solution of the Present Crises

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Solution of Present Crisses
By Bhagwat Geeta (Back to Godhead PY3,1952)

The pernicious tendency of modern civilization has risingly produced a population of the demoniac principles technically known in the Bhagwat Geeta as the Ashuras. There are two classes of people all over the world namely the Suras and the Ashuras. The good, intelligent and the faithful men are the Suras and Ashuras are just the opposite. They are proud, puffed up with vanity of so-called education and wealth, egocentric, foolishly active and void of knowledge to discriminate between good and bad. They do not believe in the existence of a Supreme Authority over the creation of the universe and on the basis of such poor fund of knowledge, such Ashuras engaged themselves in violent activities for the destruction of the world.

The crissises that we are now confronted with, are all man made creations. It is mistake to adduce the responsibility of such undesired crissises to Almighty God. He does not create any one’s action good or bad nor does He induce any such entity to enjoy the results of such actions.

The material Nature works under His direction and She (the material Nature) is always very very unkind to the class of people who are Ashuras. Some of the modern politician’s accusation, of Nature being unkind, is groundless; because She (Nature) always acts like the police for punishment of the Ashuras (Bhagwat Geeta Chap. 7-14 (Sloka) [Bg. 7.14]. That is the symbolic representation by the fighting mood of Mohisasura with Bhagwati Durga. She shall always mercilessly chastise the Ashuras with Her trident to inflict on him three-fold material miseries pertaining the body and mind (Adhyatmik), in relation with other living being (Adhiboutik) and in relation with the dominating influences of Gods (Adhidaibik). The Ashuras cannot avoid such all round attack by Nature because She is as powerful as the Almighty God. She has, however, nothing to interfere with the activities of the Suras who are surrendered souls to cooperate with the plan of God.  [Read More…]


The Supreme Lord rescues His devotee from the ocean of birth and death  The Supreme Lord rescues His devotee from the ocean of birth and death

The Supreme Lord rescues His devotee from the ocean of birth and death. A soul suffering in material existence can never save himself from the ocean of repeated birth, old age, disease, and death. But if he comes to understand Lord Krsna to be the Absolute Truth, the cause of all causes, he surrenders to Him and invokes His mercy. Then the Lord lifts His long-lost devotee out of the ocean of misery and takes him back to the eternally blissful spiritual world. (Here Lord Krsna appears in His form as four-armed Visnu, riding His bird-carrier Garuda.)


mad-āśrayāḥ kathā mṛṣṭāḥ | śṛṇvanti kathayanti ca
tapanti vividhās tāpā | naitān mad-gata-cetasaḥ

Engaged constantly in chanting and hearing about Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the sādhus do not suffer from material miseries because they are always filled with thoughts of My pastimes and activities.

There are multifarious miseries in material existence—those pertaining to the body and the mind, those imposed by other living entities and those imposed by natural disturbances. But a sādhu is not disturbed by such miserable conditions because his mind is always filled with Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and thus he does not like to talk about anything but the activities of the Lord. Mahārāja Ambarīṣa did not speak of anything but the pastimes of the Lord. Vacāṁsi vaikuṇṭha-guṇānuvarṇane. He engaged his words only in glorification of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Ordinary conditioned souls, being forgetful of the activities of the Lord, are always full of anxieties and material tribulations. On the other hand, since the devotees always engage in the topics of the Lord, they are forgetful of the miseries of material existence. Thus they differ from other living entities, who are simply suffering. [Read More…]

Question about Tilak by Bhakta Sam

Dear Prabhus,

I am making a tilak placard, like the ones you see in paintings of Their Lordships Śrī Caitanya and Nityananda during sankirtana, and I was wondering if anyone could help me with the meaning and origin of the design, especially the cut-out half circles on the sides of the oval outline.

Many thanks in advance,
Ys Sam



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