The materialistic demeanor cannot possibly stretch to the transcendental autocrat who is ever inviting the fallen conditioned souls to associate with Him through devotion or eternal serving mood. The phenomenal attractions are often found to tempt sentient beings to enjoy the variegated position which is opposed to undifferenced monism. People are so much apt to indulge in transitory speculations even when they are to educate themselves on a situation beyond their empiric area or experiencing jurisdiction. The esoteric aspect often knocks them to trace out immanence in their outward inspection of transitory and transformable things. This impulse moves them to fix the position of the immanent to an indeterminate impersonal entity, no clue of which could be discerned by moving earth and heaven through their organic senses.
— Siddhānta Sarasvatī, Shree Gaudiya Math, Calcutta, the 1st August, 1932.
A clear illustration of the above can be found in the interview that follows. Therein one may note the questioners’ preconceived notions cannot stretch so far as to accommodate the beauty, magnificence and magnanimity of the transcendental plane they have approached while yet standing on the desert below.
I pray you, my dear readers, will appreciate the beauty and truth of these talks at least as much, if not more, than I have during the last nearly fifty years, even after hearing them again and again.… Read More...
What follows below is an excerpt from a class on Bhagavad-gita chapter 9, verse 34. It was delivered by His Divine Grace Srila Bhativedanta Swami Prabhupada on August 3, 1976 at his New Mayapura farm in France.
Audio file of excerpt:
Srila Swami Maharaja BG 09-34 Partial
The following twenty-one topics were covered in their entirety in the short span of twenty-seven minutes.
Material happiness v. real happiness, love of Krishna v. mundane love, the “process” of Krishna consciousness, fall down, factory work, Krishna maintains His devotees, personal endeavor, no service is beyond your means, doing business, how to become free from material desires, “Does Krishna punish the impure?”, you cannot violate ‘nature’s law’, scientists’ endeavor=foolishness-rascaldom, one cannot go to the moon by machine, science has failed on earth — it will fail on the moon, “In 1958, … I wrote that book Easy Journey to Other Planets, . . . this moon planet is simply childish and waste of time. And actually it has proved.”, “[Does anyone protest against this? (laughter) He’ll be another rascal.”, illegal immigration, “one who is controlled by the mind, he’s a rascal . . . useless”, “You want to love somebody, but the love is misplaced, therefore you are baffled.… Read More...
Here is the Full Audio Recording for This Conversation:
Do Not Speculate, Hear From The Perfect Person
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Note: The translation of the Professors from Spanish to English, and Srila Prabhupada from English to Spanish was done by His Holiness Hrdayananda Maharaja.
Prabhupada: At the present moment it is required that the leading men should understand the aims of life and introduce it in the society for the general benefit of the human society. In the present chaotic position of the society… Just like we see on the road, cars are running with great speed, this way and that way, but they do not know what is the aim of life. Ask any one of them that “What is the aim of life, and why you are running so speedily, and what is the business?” Everyone will say, “I have got business. I am going hurriedly.” And if I ask, “What is that business?” “Business means to earn some money and maintain the family.” that’s all. So is it a fact that to earn some money and maintain the family or at night sleep or sex indulgence, is that the aim of life? So that is my submission to the heads of the cultural movement.… Read More...
Inauguration of Mayapur Mandir 1973
This lecture by Srila Sridhar Maharaja and Srila Prabhupada was delivered in Mayapur, for the Inauguration of Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir (3/17/73). The sound quality and age of this recording are evident, but we present it here for your benefit.
2 Different Discussions in 1 Audio File
To the best of our knowledge this file contains two separate talks with Srila Sridhar Maharaja and Srila Bhakti Vedanta Swami which occurred in Oct. ’72 and Mar. ’73. The first on Srila Sridhar Maharaja’s appearance day and the 2nd. at the inauguration of ISKCON’s Candrodaya Mandir. We are uncertain of the exact circumstances of this audio file. We invite the comments of anyone with certain knowledge of these events.”
“Disappearance of Srila Saraswati Thakura (12/9/68)”
This recording was made in Los Angeles on December 9, 1968