Sampradaya Acaryas Sanga

What we mortals forget, is the transcendental system doesn’t deteriorate
And all the predecessor Gurus aren’t sectarian, and They collaborate
Like Srila Prabhupada and Yeshua Krsna did with those like me who aimlessly wander
Not knowing what to do, except being professional opportunity squanderers

Because the road of the righteous and pious is all-ways easy to see
And super easy to progress to and on, but only if we have received The Mercy
From a Pure Devotee of Sri Bhagavan, who grants us the gift
Of reacquiring the position of a servant of a servant that we have dismissed

The Personalities entrusted with this task are the rarest of commodities
Completely filled to the brim with all the immeasurable transcendental qualities
And one of the most prominent They display is the clarity of honesty
Which fills the infidelic occupiers with fear because it dismantles their monopolies
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Letter to Gopal and Sally Agarwal

“So far I have studied the American minds they are eager and apt to receive Bhakti Cult of Srimad-Bhagavatam because the Christian religion is based on the same principle. My mission is not turn any one from the affiliation of a particular religion but I want to let them know more knowledge about God and devotion.”

Saturday, November 6, 1965

New York, New York

My dear daughter Sally,

I am so glad to receive your very affectionate letter of the 3rd instant and have noted the contents carefully.

Yes I have got this nice typewriter by the Grace of the Lord and I am very much satisfied with it working. Before receiving your letter under reply I have sent two letters both to you and Gopala. I understand that you have received them. In one of them I have requested Gopala to dispatch 25 sets of books to Paragon Book Gallery and I am anxious to know if the books are already dispatched.
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“Every one of us, we are spirit soul, part and parcel of God”

Hare Krishna to All —
Glories to Prabhupada

Below is a very concise explanation by Srila Prabhupada of how the soul , originally pure, interacts originally with matter. Also how to re purify that same soul very easily by chanting Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.

Los Angeles, October 1, 1972  Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.26
[…] Every one of us, we are spirit soul, part and parcel of God, but we have been now covered by the material qualities. So the example is given… I think I have several times recited this example. When the spirit soul is separated from God… Just like a small sparks is separated from the whole fire, (knocking sound) falls down… What is that sound?
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It was my method to make Krishna Consciousness palatable to you Western boys and girls

Monday, 15 November, 1971


My Dear Lalita Kumar,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter, and I am very encouraged by the progress you are making to lead the citizens of your community, Wilmington, on the transcendental path back to Home, back to Godhead.

Because you are very sincere and enthusiastic boy, and very intelligent also, Krishna has give you this position of leadership in His army, to win the war with Maya and establish Krishna Consciousness as the perfect way of life for every living entity. If you simply push on this one activity of distributing my books, your all success will be there.
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If there is one sincere soul that is sufficient to start a new center

Saturday, November 11, 1967

Calcutta, India

My Dear Brahmananda,

Please accept my blessings. I am very glad to see your letter dated Nov. 3, in which you have sent the good news that MacMillan Co. has agreed to publish my Gita Upanisad and the contract has been prepared. This service is done by you is a great asset for our society’s future activities. The quotation as you have given from my letter of Oct. 11, just stands.
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Spiritually anyone can be elevated to the transcendental position

“It is a very good idea for people to come to our vegetarian restaurant and take so many nice things, especially the panir, fried cheese, and sandesh, kachori, rasagulla, samosa and in this way they will forget their meat-eating.”

9 November, 1975


My dear Tusta Krsna Swami,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated October 16, 1975 along with the enclosed letters from persons you are recommending for initiation.

I have no objection to your recommending these devotees, but whether you are acting as a sannyasi and observing all the rules and regulations and keeping yourself in sannyasi dress?

On your confirmation I shall accept all these boys and girls as my disciples. So long as one continues to follow the rules and regulations, he continues to be my disciple wherever he may be.
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Srila Prabhupada at Tompkins Square Park | Vedic student

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Reply to Gargamuni Prabhu (Brahmananda’s Brother) on “Ritvikism”


Gargamuni prabhu: HDGSP states all ” isms ” are material and mental concoctions of the mind–this includes ” ritvikism ” which does not exist in HDGSP BOOKS–the sanskrit word ” ritvik ” means anyone who may perform fire sacrifices–there is no ” ism ” implied HDGSP GIVES A HUGE SUPPLY OF COMMENTS ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT—

Extended selfishness is manifested in human society and centers around the family, society, community, nation and world with a view to gross bodily comfort. Above these gross materialists are the mental speculators who hover aloft in the mental spheres, and their occupational duties involve making poetry and philosophy or propagating some ism with the same aim of selfishness limited to the body and the mind. But above the body and mind is the dormant spirit soul, whose absence from the body makes the whole range of bodily and mental selfishness completely null and void. But less intelligent people have no information of the needs of the spirit soul.
Because foolish people have no information of the soul and how it is beyond the purview of the body and mind, they are not satisfied in the performance of their occupational duties.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.2.8

Unfortunately, in this fallen age, people are concerned with the body, not with the soul. They have invented so many “isms” pertaining to the body only, not to the soul.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.20.15

The word asat means bad or temporary, and sat means permanent and good. Activities performed for the satisfaction of Krsna are permanent and good, but asat activity, although sometimes celebrated as philanthropy, altruism, nationalism, this “ism” or that “ism,” will never produce any permanent result and is therefore all bad.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 8.9.29

[The full list of quotes, like the above, cited by Gargamuni prabhu are provided at the end of this article.]

Vidura Mahatma das: Dear Gargamuni prabhu. There is certainly no such a thing as “ritvikism”. But the fact is Srila Prabhupada selected “ritvik” representatives to perform the formalities of initiations even after his transcendental disappearance. Srila Prabhupada himself is to remain the real initiator, that is, the knowledge-imparting diksa guru of ISKCON. I’m afraid the list of quotes you gave to prove that all isms are material are, therefore, not relevant to this fact. Srila Prabhupada issued the July 9th, 1977 letter/directive to all temple presidents therein stating: [Read More…]

Rudolph W. Giuliani: First outdoor chanting session outside of India

“The event is recognized as the founding of the Hare Krishna movement in the United States”

Inscription on Plaque:

Tompkins Square Park

One of Tompkins Square Park’s most prominent features is its collection of venerable American elm (Ulmus americana) trees. One elm in particular, located next to the semi-circular arrangement of benches in the park’s center, is important to adherents of the Hare Krishna religion. After coming to the United States in September, 1965, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), the Indian spiritual leader, founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in New York. He worked from a storefront on nearby Second Avenue that he used as the Society’s American headquarters. Prabhupada and his disciples gathered in Tompkins Square Park in the fall of 1966 to introduce the East Village to the group’s distinctive 16-word mantra:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare [Read More…]

Gargamuni: Ritvik Order and What is a Real Guru

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George A. Smith: What I Think of Narayana Maharaja

Not all who abandon Srila Prabhupada’s Sanga for Narayana Maharaja are thorns, not all of them are liars, but he throws even those who are not into the street, because they are women, or because they are Westerners, or because he has a headache, or because they still see Srila Prabhupada as being on the same level as Narayana Maharaja and Narayana Maharaja as being not a bit higher.

They who may waken may see Narayana Maharaja as being not at all in any position from which he can consider Srila Prabhupada’s advice to anyone, not even to himself, as being useless or not needed. They who may awaken may consider that Srila Prabhupada’s purports, his explanations and advice to them, to his disciples and to the whole world, are in no need of correction and Narayana Maharaja is in no position from which he is qualified to fault-find Srila Prabhupada, to say that he is wrong.

Their inclusion in Narayana Maharaja’s sanga is very much a discomforting thing for him. Use them as thorns to remove other thorns and then get rid of them quick. Replace them with real devotees, the ones who have no problem with Narayana Maharaja saying that Srila Prabhupada is wrong, no problem at all with considering that every time Srila Prabhupada says something, they can only accept it if Narayana Maharaja nods his head that it’s right.

Draw your own conclusions. I have drawn mine, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist.

Considering both Narayana Maharaja as well as Srila Prabhupada to be uttama-adhikaris, upon the same level, instead of being second class, at best, as Narayana Maharaja’s own words reveal that he considers Srila Prabhupada to be, I can understand how it is that he considers these too, even the disciples of Srila Prabhupada who have joined him, to be thorns. Even when they are supporting him by trying to get ISKCON to turn all of it’s “Raja palaces” over to him, any minute he could say something and they could have a light bulb come on. Any day, any one of them could sudedenly stir, could suddenly wake up and say, “Hey, wait a minute, if you’re on the same level, you can’t tell Srila Prabhupada that he is wrong.” And then depending upon who it is, all Hell could break loose.

How much he yearns to throw these thorns out into the street, especially before they realize what he’s doing, before they awaken from their zombie sleep I cannot imagine, but without them, his dreams of acquiring ISKCON don’t stand a chance, even in his own mind.
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“Sir, there is ghost” | Bhagavad-gita Lecture Hawaii

Bhagavad-gita 16.7 Lecture Hawaii, February 3, 1975[AUDIO]

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Srila Prabhupada, Hawaii, February 3, 1975: […] In New York, when we started this movement, so in the morning, at seven o’clock, we used to hold our class, and there was little sound. Immediately the tenants from upwards, they’ll come down and complain. Sometimes they will call for police. And on the street, Second Avenue, there is always big, big trucks and motor cars going on, heavy sound.

Then in your country the garbage carrier sound, the digging sound. So many sound they’ll tolerate. And as soon, “Hare Krishna”, “Oh, it is intolerable”. (laughter) This is demonic, the demonic. They’ll not hear. Because that will do good to them by hearing, they’ll not accept it.
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Coast to Coast with Art Bell – Mysteries of the Sacred Universe 3/13/2001

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Sadaputa Dasa (Dr. Richard L. Thompson) discusses his recently published book “Mysteries of the Sacred Universe” with radio host Art Bell. Beginning with the book’s central focus – correlatio. On this edition of The Radio Program, a returning Bob Mitchell and first timer, Jason Quitt, join Bob for an almost two hour show to discuss Jason …

Srila Prabhupada – Pure Devotee of the Lord

Srila Prabhupada the unlimited pure devotee of the
unlimited Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna

By Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa)

All photos taken by Stephen Knapp from 1972 to 1975

In the Brahma-vaivarta Purana, in a conversation with Ganga Devi, Lord Krishna describes that after 5,000 years of Kali-yuga have passed, His mantra upasaka, the great sage and worshiper of Krishna’s holy names, will appear and spread the chanting of Krishna’s names (in the form of the Hare Krishna mantra) not only in India but throughout the world. Lord Krishna explains that by the chanting of His holy names the world will become spiritualized and everyone will be hari-bhaktas, engaged in the process of devotionto the Supreme. The purified devotees will visit the holy places and holy rivers of India and will purify them. They will also purify those with whom they come in contact. Thus, Sri Krishna predicted the appearance of a powerful devotee who would spread the chanting of His names worldwide.

Even in the Sri Caitanya Mangala, a biography of Sri Caitanya, the most recent incarnation of Lord Krishna, written in 1537 by Srila Locana Dasa Thakura (who was born in 1520 A.D.), Lord Caitanya foretold the coming of an empowered devotee who would take the sankirtana process everywhere: “I want to flood the whole world with the chanting of the holy names. I will personally preach and flood India with harinama sankirtana, chanting of the holy names. And My senapati bhakta (great devotee commander) will come, preach in different countries and flood the world with the chanting of Hare Krishna.” This means that, though Sri Caitanya came to establish and spread the process of congregational chanting of Krishna’s names in India, there would be one great devotee who would appear and spread it throughout the world.

Later, in the 1800s, Bhaktivinode Thakura, a great devotee in the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya line, predicted in his magazine, Sajjana-toshani, in an article called Nityananda Suryodoy, “Soon there will be a time when chanting of Krishna’s name will be heard in England, France, Russia, Germany, and America.”

In this regard, Bhaktivinode also wrote in his Sajjana-toshani in 1895 that, “Sriman Mahaprabhu [Sri Caitanya] did not descend with His associates to deliver a certain number of human beings in the land of India, but rather His purpose was to deliver and uplift all living beings in all countries of the world by practicing the eternal religion of all souls.” In the same article, Bhaktivinode questioned, when will that day come when all greatly fortunate souls take up banners, drums, and hand cymbals and cause the ecstatic waves of harinama-kirtans [songs of the holy names of the Supreme] and the singing of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s holy name to rise in the streets of their towns and cities?

In 1896, Bhaktivinode predicted in his book, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu: His Life and Precepts, on page 62, “The principle of kirtana, as the future church of the world, invites all classes of men without distinction of caste, creed, or clan to the highest cultivation of the spirit. This church will extend all over the world and take the place of all sectarian churches which exclude outsiders from the precincts of their mosque, church or temple.”

What all this means is that with his spiritual vision, Bhaktivinode could see how the sankirtana process would be taken in the near future to the western countries and, indeed, all over the planet. In fact, in 1875 Bhaktivinode Thakura also predicted: “A personality will soon appear to preach the teachings of Lord Caitanya and move unrestrictedly over the whole world with His message.” But who could this be? Who would do it?

As an answer to these prayers and predictions, on Nandotsava, the annual festival day celebrating Krishna’s birth, in the year of 1896, there appeared His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, known as Srila Prabhupada to many. It was Srila Prabhupada who grew up as a pure devotee of Krishna who took the chanting of “Hare Krishna” around the world and made it a household word. [Read More…]

Hare Krishna Homesick Blues

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Based on Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues

Hare Krishna Homesick Blues

Jay’s in the bindery
Mixing up the alphabet
I’m in the basement
Try to keep to get them reset
He stands in a turn coat
Burned out, paid off
Said he’s got a bad trough
Not getting paid enough
Guess what prabhu
No matter what you do
Krsna knows when
You can do it all again
He better run down the river way
And look for a new friend
That man in the goon skin cap
By the pig pen
Wants some golden dollar bills
You only got tin. [Read More…]

Govinda Dasi writes post 1977 History

Paul Howard has brought up some very pertinent points. One, that there were in fact many tapes missing from that time period. Yes, this is true, and my understanding is that Tamal had those tapes and they somehow vanished. They were from the same time period that the July letter was written.

Two, the question of whether Prabhupada’s disciples accepted the zonal acharya eleven. Most of them did not. It is noteworthy that at the time when Srila Prabhupada left, it was understood that the initiations would continue uninterrupted just as they had been going on for some years. This was common knowledge.
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Choosing a Spiritual Master – What Is a Guru?

Choosing a Spiritual Master - What Is a Guru?

Choosing a Spiritual Master
The Science of Self-Realization

What Is a Guru?

“In all the śāstras [scriptures] the guru is described to be as good as God, but the guru never says, ‘I am God.’ The disciple’s duty is to offer respect to the guru just as he offers respect to God, but the guru never thinks, ‘My disciples are offering me the same respect they offer to God; therefore I have become God.’ As soon as he thinks like this, he becomes a dog.”

oṁ ajñāna-timirāndhasya / jñānāñjana-śalākayā
cakṣur unmīlitaṁ yena / tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ

“I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my guru, my spiritual master, opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him.”

The word ajñāna means “ignorance” or “darkness.” If all the lights in this room immediately went out, we would not be able to tell where we or others are sitting. Everything would become confused. Similarly, we are all in darkness in this material world, which is a world of tamas. Tamas or timira means “darkness.” This material world is dark, and therefore it needs sunlight or moonlight for illumination. However, there is another world, a spiritual world, that is beyond this darkness. That world is described by Śrī Kṛṣṇa in the Bhagavad-gītā [15.6]:

na tad bhāsayate sūryo / na śaśāṅko na pāvakaḥ
yad gatvā na nivartante / tad dhāma paramaṁ mama

“That supreme abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun or moon, nor by fire or electricity. Those who reach it never return to this material world.”

The guru’s business is to bring his disciples from darkness to light. At present everyone is suffering due to ignorance, just as one contracts a disease out of ignorance. If one does not know hygienic principles, he will not know what will contaminate him. Therefore due to ignorance there is infection, and we suffer from disease. A criminal may say, “I did not know the law,” but he will not be excused if he commits a crime. Ignorance is no excuse. Similarly, a child, not knowing that fire will burn, will touch the fire. The fire does not think, “This is a child, and he does not know I will burn.” No, there is no excuse. Just as there are state laws, there are also stringent laws of nature, and these laws will act despite our ignorance of them. If we do something wrong out of ignorance, we must suffer. This is the law. Whether the law is a state law or a law of nature, we risk suffering if we break it.

The guru’s business is to see that no human being suffers in this material world. No one can claim that he is not suffering. That is not possible. In this material world, there are three kinds of suffering: ādhyātmika, ādhibhautika, and ādhidaivika. These are miseries arising from the material body and mind, from other living entities, and from the forces of nature. We may suffer mental anguish, or we may suffer from other living entities – from ants or mosquitoes or flies – or we may suffer due to some superior power. There may be no rain, or there may be flood. There may be excessive heat or excessive cold. So many types of suffering are imposed by nature. Thus there are three types of miseries within the material world, and everyone is suffering from one, two, or three of them. No one can say that he is completely free from suffering. [Read More…]



“Our request to all our students is that they daily chant at least sixteen rounds of this harer nāma mahā-mantra offenselessly, following the regulative principles. Thus, their success will be assured without a doubt.”  – Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, original unrevised edition  Ādi 17.23

dārḍhya lāgi’ ‘harer nāma’-ukti tina-vāra
jaḍa loka bujhāite punaḥ ‘eva’-kāra


dārḍhya lāgi‘-in the matter of emphasizing; harer nāma—of the holy name of Lord Hari; ukti—there is utterance; tina-vāra—three times; jaḍa loka—ordinary common people; bujhāite—just to make them understand; punaḥ—again; eva-kāra—the word eva, or “certainly.”


“This verse repeats the word ‘eva’ [‘certainly’] three times for emphasis, and it also three times repeats ‘harer nāma’ [‘the holy name of the Lord’], just to make common people understand.


To emphasize something to an ordinary person, one may repeat it three times, just as one might say, “You must do this! You must do this! You must do this!” Thus the Bṛhan-nāradīya Purāṇa repeatedly emphasizes the chanting of the holy name so that people may take it seriously and thus free themselves from the clutches of māyā. It is our practical experience in the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement all over the world that many millions of people are factually coming to the spiritual stage of life simply by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra regularly, according to the prescribed principles. Therefore our request to all our students is that they daily chant at least sixteen rounds of this harer nāma mahā-mantra offenselessly, following the regulative principles. Thus their success will be assured without a doubt.

Sinister so called Devotees are Unauthorized and have No Spiritual Link

IskCon Lemmings - The Blind following the Blind, both falling into a ditch

“If a blind man pretends to help another blind man cross a road,
then both the blind leader and the blind follower shall fall into the further darkness
of some unseen ditch. Everyone who is devoid of transcendental knowledge is just like a blind man”

Sinister so called Devotees are Unauthorized and have No Spiritual Link

Bala Dāsa – NY US: His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda , the Founder-Ācārya of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness said it best:

“I have tried to give you all Krsna Consciousness, now it is your duty to develop it. If you remain strong on the spiritual platform then your progress will not be checked or blocked. I do not know what was resolved in New Vrindavan although Sriman Rupanuga Prabhu has informed others that he has sent a tape in this connection…. I do not know how far they are correct, but I have written him a letter that he may not do something which may harm the interest of the Society. You are also one of the members of the GBC, so you can think over very deeply how to save the situation… IT IS A FACT HOWEVER THAT THE GREAT SINISTER MOVEMENT IS WITHIN OUR SOCIETY. I have not heard anything from Krsna das or Syamasundara., so all of you may try to save the Society from this dangerous position.”  (Letter to Hamsadutta, Calcutta, 70-09-02)

Interesting to note that while Hamsadutta was not able to save the society from the clutches of the sinister pretenders, he was the ONLY one came around in the end.

“The Ācārya , the authorized representative of the Supreme Lord, establishes these principles, but when he disappears, things once again become disordered. The perfect disciples of the Ācārya try to relieve the situation by sincerely following the instructions of the spiritual master. Unfortunately, when the Ācārya disappears, rogues and non devotees take advantage and immediately begin to introduce unauthorized principles in the name of so-called svamis, yogis, philanthropists, welfare workers and so on.”  (SB 4.28.48 purport)

The current GBC is unauthorized, thus everything they introduce is unauthorized, from Gaura Keshava Das’ adjustments to the method of Deity worship, to Jay Israel’s changes to the Holy Scriptures, to every anti varnasrama bureaucratic committee such as the CPO (child pollution office).

“The word pakhanda used in this verse is sometimes pronounced pasanda. Both of these words indicate an imposter who presents himself as a very religious person but in actuality is sinful. Indra took up the saffron-colored dress as a way of cheating others. This saffron dress has been misused by many imposters who present themselves as liberated persons or incarnations of God. In this way people are cheated.” (SB 4.19.12 purport) [Read More…]


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