People all over India still cherish the memory of Lord Krsna stealing butter. Here the ladies of Vrndavana village are about to catch Him (along with His brother, Balarama, right) in the act.
In this Sixth Chapter of Bhagavad-gita, the Lord explains that the eightfold yoga system is a means to control the mind and the senses. However, this process is very difficult for people in general to perform, especially in this age of Kali [quarrel and hypocrisy].
Srila Prabhupada didn’t want just an ordinary farm, and he certainly didn’t want an agribusiness. What he did want was a self-sufficient spiritual community where all kinds of people would want to live and work.
You are trying to know things rationally, but you are not going to the proper teacher. That is one more kind of ignorance—because you do not know that you are imperfect.
In July ISKCON devotees paid a visit to R. Premadasa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. They presented Mr. Premadasa with several books about the philosophy of Krsna consciousness, including Bhagavad-gita As It Is.
I am a fourteen-year-old student at boarding school who felt an emptiness until I found Lord Krsna. A young man sold me one of your beautiful books for a very reasonable price, and so, being bored, I read it. I agree wholeheartedly with all I read in the book, and I wish I could learn more.
Can I chant Hare Krsna while I’m doing yoga? I don’t understand Sanskrit. Will the Hare Krsna mantra work for me? Would it be a good idea to tell a dying person to chant Hare Krsna? Why so much talk about death? What about happiness here and now?
In December of 1971, I arranged speaking program for Srila Prabhupada in Madras, India. Thousands of people came to hear him, and the leading newspaper carried a summary of his lecture every day.
Lord Krishna said: Just fix your mind upon Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and engage all your intelligence in Me. Thus you will live in Me always, without a doubt.
King Pariksit was cursed to die within seven days. Yet he took it all as Krsna’s will, and at once he went to the Ganges to fast till the fatal moment. On hearing the news, great sages came from all over the universe to witness his passing.
My visit was a very moving and I know I will never be the same again. I think you are a tremendously impressive and dedicated group of young men and women, who have dedicated your lives in as total, beautiful, and significant a way as anyone possibly could.
Old age means a bit more than having to cut out baseball and tennis. It means we’re going to die. So before we get too far along in years, we have to start a spiritual fitness program. We have to exert ourselves strenuously for self-realization.