Category Archives: Short Quotes

“If it’s not connected to the Lord, it is useless. If it’s connected to the Lord, it has use. Now, then we can look at the quality of the usefulness. Just because it’s useful doesn’t mean it’s the best. You know, a fish or a potato. So a fish, hard to use for Krishna, right? Potato, easier to use for Krishna. But now, there is qualities of potato. This one has been sitting in the corner for a while, it has turned green and it’s got all little things growing all over it. So not as nice as one that’s not green and doesn’t have things growing all over it. So there is always that something more, there is the category and then within the category. So this is what we are trying to bring out. Otherwise, we’ll say “Oh, that’s connected, it’s good enough.” But what about the quality of its connection, quality of what you are connecting?”

– 3rd Mar 2011, BG Sastra Caksus course, Mayapur

We chant Hare Krishna, we don’t care for the rules

“We have to learn from the Founder what it means by ‘We chant Hare Krishna, we don’t care for the rules.’ Because the point is is all the rules that we don’t care about Prabhupada has already removed. [Laughter] So what’s left is what he expects us to follow. And then we apply that on what Prabhupada gave, is you remove all the rules Prabhupada gave. And then what are they going to do? They are going to replace it with their own rules.”
– 22nd Mar 2016, Bhagavatam Darshan Caksus course, Sridham Mayapur

Mode of Goodness and Attaining Result

“In dealing with the Lord, the mode of goodness is the recommended element that the time factor is establishing because that’s the present, that’s acting in an appropriate way in the present moment. So that’s what’s going to get results done. Why the present? Why not past and future? Because future you cannot do anything about, unless you deal in the present, and the past is gone, you can’t actually change it, you can change the effects of it by what you do in the present. So the present is the only aspect of time that’s recommended, and that’s controlled by goodness. Future – by passion, past by ignorance. So the mode of goodness is the recommended position. That’s why then the Vedic lifestyle is geared around trying to cultivate the mode of goodness – the standards of cleanliness, how one dresses, how one eats, how one interacts with others, the standard of respect one has for others, one’s duties, how one interacts based on those duties, all that’s designed to create goodness, so that the present moment that you are performing an activity actually gives you a valuable result.”

– 31st Jan 2016, Bhagavatam class, Sridham Mayapur

“It’s taken that, oh, we are down on women, but no, it’s actually the opposite. It’s that because of the value they have to be dealt with in a different way. But unscrupulous men who don’t understand the culture, but they’ve been raised by women who don’t understand the culture either, who are so-called taken care of, but not really taken care of by men who don’t know what’s going on, and so in this way the line is generated, then no one knows what to do, so they take advantage.”

– 11th Jun 2015, SB Darshan-Caksus Course, Mayapur

“In the contemporary environment, due to the neophyte mentality, there isn’t a proper respect for siksa-guru. Because to have respect for siksa-guru, means, you have to have respect for the principle of authority and that knowledge is the highest. (..) If siksa-guru is respected, that means all senior Vaishnavas, and especially those who are more close, who are giving instructions would be on that same platform like the diksa-guru. Right? Then you wouldn’t have a need for trying to bring out this [female diksha guru] thing based on social values. It’s not based on spiritual values. No one should fool themselves on this. It’s based purely on social values, modern social values, that the women should be diksa-gurus.”

– 11th Jun 2015, SB Darshan-Caksus Course, Mayapur

Female Diksha Gurus?

“In the contemporary environment, due to the neophyte mentality, there isn’t a proper respect for siksa-guru. Because to have respect for siksa-guru, means, you have to have respect for the principle of authority and that knowledge is the highest. (..) If siksa-guru is respected, that means all senior Vaishnavas, and especially those who are more close, who are giving instructions would be on that same platform like the diksa-guru. Right? Then you wouldn’t have a need for trying to bring out this [female diksha guru] thing based on social values. It’s not based on spiritual values. No one should fool themselves on this. It’s based purely on social values, modern social values, that the women should be diksa-gurus.”

– 11th Jun 2015, After-class discussion, Mayapur

Nectar of Instruction Thematic Lecture #3

This course is part of Sastra-Caksus, Year 2 and consists of 25 lectures, available on:

http://seminary.bhaktivedantaacademy.com/classes/noi-thematic/

Given in Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sridham Mayapur November-December 2011

The following are lecture notes briefly delineating its contents.

  • Prayasa is disturbing to devotional service, but devotees still accept the duties of varnashrama. Varnashrama on itself is not devotional service, but it is the pious duties that are engaged.
  • Pleasure of the Lord should be the prominent element in devotional service.

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“To do some other’s duty means you don’t understand yours. We will use the thing, “Oh, we are not this body,” but the point is what are you going to do the work with? The body. So if you are not the body, why are you using it? The rules are connected to the body, and you say, “Oh, we are not this body, Prabhu. So we can do whatever we want.” Yes, so, you as the soul do whatever you want. Leave the body out of it. The rules apply to the body, not to you, it’s true. That’s good. Good understanding. But the body is going to function according to those rules. You follow the rules, it works, you don’t follow the rules – it won’t work. So the thing that I don’t need to follow them is illusion. So therefore it won’t have a good result.”

– 14th Mar 2011, BG Sastra Caksus course, Mayapur