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The life and teachings of a pure devotee

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Know his glorious pastimes, analogies, temples and more ...

December 11, 1975 : Vrindavan

Hari Sauri: During this morning's walk Aksayananda Swami sought shastric verification for our standards of chanting japa, which some have faulted. "Of course we accept," he said. "When you tell us to chant sixteen rounds, we accept that figure in perfect faith. You're the acharya. But what if we wanted to convince others? Is there any shastric or Vedic verse we can refer to, to corroborate that at least they must chant sixteen rounds? Or that many number of names?"

"No," Prabhupada answered. "In the shastra it is not said like that... It is said, sankhya-purvaka... You must fix up in numerical strength... whatever you can... But I have fixed up sixteen rounds, because you cannot do."

Aksayananda Swami confirmed, "That's all we can do."

Prabhupada smiled and added, with a touch of irony, "Yes. That also is difficult."

Aksayananda Swami laughed, "Yes."

Prabhupada continued, "Otherwise, Haridasa Thakura was chanting three lakhs. So, that is not possible. You should not imitate, but whatever you fix up you must do. That is wanted."

Memory of the Day

Acyutananda das : I’ll tell you this. From the time I met him in the Lower East Side until his passing, he didn’t make a single mistake. And he once said something like this about his guru. He said, “Even when he was wrong he was right.” Every step advanced the society. I had to take a running leap across a rice paddy ditch, and Prabhupada once did it in one step. And we looked at each other, “How did he do that? How did he do that?” One thing, when Prabhupada came to the marble Mayapur temple, he praised Bhavananda. He said, “Thank you for keeping everything very clean. Management means just keep everything clean.

Reference: Memories-Anecdotes of a Modern-Day Saint by Siddhanta Dasa

Anecdote of the Day

Jayapataka Swami : In Mayapur Prabhupada told us that the devotees in the Gaudiya Math are expert at taking care of guests, but we are not yet so expert. He said, "You should take nice care of guests, feed them nice prasadam, give them personal attention, ask them how they are doing and what they need." At that time a VIP came, a commissioner from the government, and Prabhupada said, "Now I will show you," and he sat there and instructed us, "Give him more water, give him more rice, give this…" The person was flattered, "The acharya is personally overseeing my meal." While he was eating, Prabhupada told jokes—we never saw him tell so many jokes. Prabhupada said, "During prasad the talk should be light, it's good for digestion. Do not preach heavily when somebody's trying to eat."

Reference: Memories-Anecdotes of a Modern-Day Saint by Siddhanta Dasa

First Publication dates

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Memories

Be in the association of Srila Prabhupada. Always.
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Quotes

Vani, or the words of the spiritual exists with us eternally
guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya, ar na koriho mane asa
- My only wish is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth.
–Guru vandana

Prabhupada Analogies

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Eulogies By Eminent

The glories of a pure devotee are inexhaustible.
ebe jasa ghusuk tribhuvana
May your glories now be proclaimed throughout the three worlds.
-Guru Vandana

108 Temples

The glories of a pure devotee are inexhaustible.
ebe jasa ghusuk tribhuvana
May your glories now be proclaimed throughout the three worlds.
-Guru Vandana

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