There are awkward moments in spiritual life, especially in the beginning. One is hesitant to chant or dance or to accept the "Indian God." And yet we are drawn to Krishna consciousness. In one of his
I don't know much, but I was with the Swami. He led the chanting and we sang with him. He talked and we heard. We went home and thought over what he said. "The Swami is self-realized. In the First Can
We may meditate on how our enthusiastic spiritual master has transferred this sakti of utsaha to us. Prabhupada said that the mother of his disciple, Acyutananda, complained that her son used to loung
Srila Prabhupada once compared himself to Lord Ramacandra: "As Lord Rama crossed the sea and brought back Lakshmi to India from the land of the asuras, so did I. And as Rama was assisted by an army of
Kirtanananda das: Hayagriva first ran into Prabhupada on the street on Bowery, and Prabhupada invited him to come and attend his class that he was holding at 26 2nd Avenue. So he came back to the apar
Suresvara das: The next day was Vyasa-puja and Srila Prabhupada, being very sensitive to the time, place and circumstance, gave this wonderful Vyasa-puja address to describe the spiritual master and w
While sitting on the vyasasana, Prabhupada often looked down smiling at the devotees, his eyes glowing. He was the first to see that they were not Bengalis or even Indians. He derived so much satisfac
Pradyumna das: Janardan arranged one time for Prabhupada to go speak to the professors at McGill University. They had a faculty meeting or something, so Prabhupada went to join them for dinner. Prabhu
Those who became his disciples were respectful, but some people were insulting, even while sitting in the audience of the Bhagavad-gitalectures. Prabhupada's disciples were indirectly offensive in the
Krishna says: "Mam hi partha vyapasritya ye 'pi syuh papa-yonayah." Sama-cittah. This is explanation. Anyone who takes shelter of Krishna's lotus feet, he is "te 'pi yanti param gatim". He's eligible
Sometimes devotees go to India and learn the GaudiyaVaishnava traditions based on the Hari-bhakti-vilasa. They contrast all those regulations with the way Prabhupada observed the various Vaishnava fes
Jagatarini dasi: There were so many unusual people there and Srila Prabhupada explaining that the people in general had become hippies because they were disillusioned with modern society; but if they
Some devotees like the notes I keep on Swamiji's lectures. They are an exercise to help me remember and understand Krishna consciousness. Unless you hear from a pure devotee, you cannot know Krishna.
Bahulasva das: Prabhupada couldn't come to this himself. There were lots of pictures that were sent. During this time in Berkeley's history, there was a lot of political upheaval and so Srila
I think of Prabhupada in his worship room at 26 Second Avenue. We would go in there, especially before the kirtanas in the temple, and do whatever Swamiji did as he sat before the little coffee table.
There were many potentially awkward moments for Srila Prabhupada as he began conducting his movement in America. When wild people came into the storefront and played musical instruments, Prabhupada ha
Brahmananda das: The first dancing was in Tompkins Square Park, myself and Achyutananda. Prabhupada introduced this style of kirtan, which is very meditative. When Prabhupada sang in the park, that fi
I am talking about a ?66 kirtana. I am yearning to be within that circle again. I know about vani. I know about the Bhaktivedanta purports. I know about his urgent mission in the here and now. But I a
One time, when I was sitting inside the storefront, I overheard two guys who stopped to read Swamiji's sign in the window. One of them read aloud: "Classes in Bhagavad-gita?Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
I had a conversation with Raya Rama just before my initiation by Prabhupada. I said, "How can I know for sure that I'll be able to follow all these regulations?" Raya Rama said, "Say it's a gamble. S
The Sunday Tribune ran a good article on page 12 today entitled "ISKCON Movement 'Fast Spreading in West.'" Whoever the staff reporter was, he managed to present the essence of all of Srila Prabhupada
The Swami is jolly and talking about Krishna. Everybody asks him questions, and he keeps telling you?all these completely new words come out, brahmana, Krishna, chanting, karma, yoga. You can't quite
In the evening the devotees showed Prabhupada a film of last week's Philadelphia Ratha-yatra which Prabhupada enjoyed. Tamal Krishna detailed some of the plans for tomorrow's New York Ratha-yatra. Hu
Damodar das: When Srila Prabhupada first settled into 26 2nd Avenue, he put a sign on the door saying any young man who wants to follow these rules and regulations can stay here and learn from me. Tha
He came to the airport. He carried a small white bag. (Later in Australia ?74, devotees gave him a larger red bag. He so much liked the white bag, that at first he tried to fit it within the red one.
In the early evening Prabhupada held darsana about half an hour for some guests. They wanted to know why no intelligent, well-educated Indians are coming forward to join ISKCON and why only the Wester
Prabhupada took his morning walk in the fields to the east of the building, examining the proposed site of the big future temple. Saurabha, our ISKCON architect, is drawing up plans for a structure at
Summer 1966: Don't reject the wisps of the past. I once met Swamiji alone on the street, going to his apartment. I was so new he called me "Steve." Up the stairs. He gets his key out Opens the door a
Once I crossed over the line between guest and disciple, there were still awkward moments. One night, before I was initiated, I was hanging out in the storefront with a few of Prabhupada's followers.
When Prabhupada flew from New York to London in July, Srutadeva prabhu and his family from Baltimore accompanied our party to take up a new service in England. On Jayatirtha prabhu's request, he has t
Prabhupada had been living in Los Angeles four months now, and almost since his arrival he had been considering leaving. He regularly received invitations from sincere disciples inspired with the "div
Prabhupada was concerned about the weak financial condition of the Montreal temple. Although some of the devotees were employed, their work wasn't very auspicious. One disciple had a job-at the No Sag
Prabhupada always begins his morning walk at dawn when the still, fresh morning air and quiet atmosphere are healthy for both body and mind. Few people are out then; only the occasional bullock or buf
Caitya-guru arranged for a press conference this afternoon. A half-dozen reporters from the English language daily Times of India, the Press Trust of India, UNI, the Punjabi Akali Patrika and Ajit, an
In the afternoon Yogesvara announced the arrival of Professor Francois Chenique, a scholar whose favorable review of Prabhupada's books is being reprinted on the jacket of the new French edition of Bh
The immediate reason Srila Prabhupada went to Seattle was that two of his disciples, Upendra and Gargamuni, had just begun an ISKCON center there and had invited him. For several years, this had been
Prabhupada went out himself to speak in several colleges. At the University of Washington, he had Tamala Krishna give an introductory talk. Speaking directly what he had heard from Prabhupada, Tamala