Quotes

What is the greatest reputation for a living entity?

The greatest reputation a living being can have is to be a devotee of Kṛṣṇa and to act in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. In the material world everyone is trying to be famous by accumulating a large bank balance or material opulence. There is a steady competition among karmīs attempting to advance in a wealthy society. The […]

Are you a Gopi in Vrindavan?

Some material sahajiyās who cannot actually understand the pastimes of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa manufacture their own life-styles without referring to authority. Such sahajiyās are called sakhī-bhekī, and sometimes they are called gaura-nāgarī. They believe that the material body, which is fit to be eaten by jackals and dogs, is enjoyable for Kṛṣṇa. Consequently they artificially […]

Indian caste system

In the Padma Purāṇa it is said: na śūdrāḥ bhagavad-bhaktās te ‘pi bhāgavatottamāḥ sarva-varṇeṣu te śūdrā ye na bhaktā janārdane One who is actually advanced in spiritual knowledge of Kṛṣṇa is never a śūdra, even though he may have been born in a śūdra family. However, even if a vipra, or brāhmaṇa, is very expert […]

Is a devotee low caste or higher caste?

In the Bhagavad-gītā (9.32) the Lord says: “O son of Pṛthā, those who take shelter in Me, though they be of lower birth-women, vaiśyas (merchants), as well as śūdras (workers)-can attain the supreme destination.” The word pāpa-yonayaḥ means “born of lower-caste women.” The vaiśyas are merchants, and the śūdras or workers are servants. According to […]

Story of Vasudeva vipra

There was a brāhmaṇa named Vāsudeva, who was a great person but was suffering from leprosy. Indeed, his body was filled with living worms. Although suffering from leprosy, the brāhmaṇa Vāsudeva was enlightened. As soon as one worm fell from his body, he would pick it up and place it back again in the same […]

Am I a First class devotee?

One who surrenders to Him and is ready to follow Him with heart and soul does not need to change his location. Nor is it necessary for one to change status. One may remain a householder, a medical practitioner, an engineer or whatever. It doesn’t matter. One only has to follow the instruction of Śrī […]

Is it advisable to leave one’s family?

Many people come and inquire whether they have to give up family life to join the Society, but that is not our mission. One can remain comfortably in his residence. We simply request everyone to chant the mahā-mantra: Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. If […]