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Srila Prabhupada's Quote Of The Day

December 10

Actually, there is no need of worshiping any demigod beside the Supreme. But in the lower stage... Just like the other day we have discussed. Because we cannot immediately give up our concept of material existence and material happiness and material distress - we take into consideration very seriously, without any spiritual life, or without any idea of spiritual existence- therefore sometimes recommended in the Vedic literature that "For this purpose you can worship this demigod." Just like the other day I gave you the example that those who are diseased, they are recommended to worship the sun-god.

The Sixteenth Morning Walk, On the shores of the Pacific Ocean Near Los Angeles, December 10, 1973


December 9

It is said that unless one is a brahmana, qualified brahmana, he should not touch the Vedas. That means what he'll understand? Unless one has attained the brahminical qualification: truthfulness, cleanliness, controlling the senses, controlling the mind, simplicity, tolerant, full of Vedic knowledge, practical application in life, and full faith in the Vedas... This is, these are the brahminical qualifications. So unless one has attained the brahminical qualification, what he will understand, the Vedas?

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 18.67-69, Ahmedabad, 9 December, 1972


December 8

So far as your utilizing machinery at New Vrindaban, if such machinery is helpful than you may take advantage of them. We are not enemies of machines. If they can be used for Krishna's service then we welcome them.

Letter to Kirtanananda, 8 December, 1968


December 7

Lord Siva is also sometimes described as Bhagavan. Similarly, Lord Brahma, Narada, others are also sometimes described as Bhagavan. But real Bhagavan means Krsna. They are Bhagavan partially. All these things have been very much carefully analyzed by Srila Rupa Gosvami in the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, which we have translated into English: Nectar of Devotion. He has analyzed that Krsna is cent percent Bhagavan. And Narayana is ninety-four percent Bhagavan. And Lord Siva is eighty-four percent Bhagavan. And all other living entities, we are minutely seventy-eight percent Bhagavan. That means when you come to the perfection of life, when you are actually in the spiritual stage, then you have got the qualities of Bhagavan but in minute quantity.

Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.1, Ahmedabad, December 7, 1972


December 6

The writer of the article calls us Hare Krishnas. He calls us this over and over again. He does not know that by doing this he is chanting the holy name and will be benefited. Just like during Lord Caitanya's time, the Muhammadans used to joke how the devotees were chanting Hare Krishna. One of the officers said to his subordinate that it was all right that they were chanting, but why was he chanting. And the man had to admit that yes he was also chanting and that he did not know why he was doing it. So by writing this article, this man is chanting.

Letter to Sri Govinda das, 6 December, 1974


December 5

You can derive the same benefit as Arjuna by reading Bhagavad-gita. People say that Arjuna was enlightened because Krsna was present before Him. But Krsna is present before you also, by His words, by His sound representation. Just like Hare Krsna mantra, Krsna's name, it is not different from Krsna.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.27, Los Angeles, December 5, 1973


December 4

Regarding the preaching there in Japan, the Japanese people are giving money, even more than America; that is preaching. Somehow or other they are giving service to the Lord. This is wanted.

Letter to Gurukrpa Swami, 4 December, 1974


December 3

Generally I don't have much faith in these politicians. They are no more interested for the welfare of the citizens. Simply they want some votes to exploit others. But let us see what can be done.

Letter to Damodara, 3 December, 1971


December 2

You should arrange your schedule in such a way that at every minute of every day you will be chanting Hare Krishna or serving Lord Krishna in some other way. This will make you advance very swiftly.

Letter to Yadavananda, 2 December, 1969


December 1

So far as preaching through television the mantras of Isopanisad is concerned, that will be a great success to do so.

Letter to Nayana Bhirama, 1 December, 1970