H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami

Disciple of HDG A. C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada

HDG A. C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada

Founder-Acarya of the International Society
for Krishna Consciousness

Quotes

Quotes by

Srila Prabhupada

To train a new man is like training a wild animal to be a pet. Just like the tiger is trained in the circus and later on they are dancing to the tune of the master. So the point being stressed is training. A preacher should always be tolerant.Ê

10-01-2020

We should always remember that our body is not for sense gratification; it is for KrishnaÕs service only. And to render very good sound service to Krishna we should not neglect the upkeep of the body.Ê

09-01-2020

Without being self-controlled, without being disciplined and without being fully obedient, no one can become successful in following the instructions of the spiritual master, and without doing so, no one is able to go back to Godhead.Ê

08-01-2020

A devotee always accepts his distress as minimized by God's Mercy; although he would have to suffer many more times the suffering. Any one who accepts this philosophy of God's Mercy in suffering conditions, and still makes progress in Krishna Consciousness, it is said that he is sure to go back to Home, Back to Godhead.Ê

07-01-2020

Krishna has given some the opportunity to serve Him by nice writing, some by good business ability, some by nice cooking, and so on, but these various services are all accepted equally by Krishna. On the transcendental plane, one service is as good as another. There is no question of higher or lower. We are very tiny, and so we cannot really do very much. Simply we can engage our time and energy, and that is all Krishna sees. He sees this boy or girl is spending his time in My Service, and He is pleased.

06-01-2020

We should never sit idly and ask Krishna to do everything. That is the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita. It is clearly said in the Gita: "Yuddhasya ca mam anusmara [Bg. 8.7].'' So ordinarily, we have to try our best to our best capacity to achieve something, and by Krishna's Grace, all of a sudden we shall see everything is there. This sort of help from Krishna is transcendental happiness.Ê

05-01-2020

There may be doubts and skepticism, if one continues the chanting process, the doubts will all disappear, and real knowledge will be revealed by the Grace of Krishna. Maya may put so many doubts and worthless arguments into our minds, but if we continue the chanting, the curing process will go on, never mind the doubts.Ê

04-01-2020

If you have got some time, the best thing would be to chant Hare Krishna more and more. As our life is very short, and we have to finish our Krishna Consciousness this life very quickly. We do not know when we shall meet our next death, our next exit from this platform. But before going out of this platform, we may try to finish Krishna Consciousness. That is our main business. Ê

03-01-2020

Many men come here and by their talents, earn huge amounts of money, but it remains here, and he goes alone with his works only to accept another different kind of body, forgetting everything behind. But if he acquires some spiritual assets it goes with him, and even if it is not perfect in this life, it begins again from that point in next life.Ê

02-01-2020

Even if somebody is not able to execute fully Krishna Consciousness, whatever amount of service he does it never goes in vain. It will eternally remain. And it will act. Even if somebody does small amount of service, and not even very willingly, still, he is assured to get human body in next birth, and chance to execute some service further. So there is no question of failure in Krishna Consciousness. It is only success. Krishna says, ÒMy devotee is never vanquished.Ó So we must try sincerely, that's all.Ê

01-01-2020

It is advised, therefore, that an intelligent person associate with the great sages and saints who are on the path of salvation. By such association, one can receive instructions which are able to slacken the conditioned souls attachment for matter, and thus the intelligent man gradually gets rid of the illusion of matter and false ego and is promoted to the real life of eternity, knowledge and bliss.Ê

31-12-2019

In our conditional stage, we cannot worship Radha-Krsna. Radha-Krsna-seva is for them who has developed spontaneous love for God.Ê

30-12-2019

One who has unflinching devotion for the Supreme Lord and is directed by the spiritual master, can see the Supreme Personality of Godhead by revelation. For one who does not take personal training under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master, it is impossible to even begin to understand Krsna.Ê

29-12-2019

If one thinks that he is above consulting anyone else, including a spiritual master, he is at once an offender.Ê

28-12-2019

Practical devotion is the secret to understanding the Sastras. My Guru Maharaja used to say that for one who is not engaged in devotional service, reading all the books is simply like licking the outside of the honey jar. One who thinks the books are the thing is content in this way. But we should learn the secret to open the jar and taste the honey. In this way, if we can simply understand one book, or one sloka, the perfection is there.Ê

27-12-2019

A devotee always accepts his distress as minimized by God's Mercy; although he would have to suffer many more times the suffering. Any one who accepts this philosophy of God's Mercy in suffering conditions, and still makes progress in Krishna Consciousness, it is said that he is sure to go back to Home, Back to Godhead.Ê

26-12-2019

If a man thinks that chanting will save him from all kinds of sinful reaction deliberately committed by him, then he becomes the greatest offender. By chanting Hare Krishna certainly we become free from all sinful reactions, but that does not mean that we shall deliberately commit sins and counteract it by chanting.Ê

25-12-2019

Our business is to try our best. Result we leave it for consideration of Krishna, and we shall not be disappointed whether the result is favorable or unfavorable. Actually there cannot be any unfavorable result, because we are serving Krishna.Ê

24-12-2019

Simply engage yourself in Krishna's service. That will protect you from any attack of maya. Maya can take Krishna's place in our heart as soon as there is a slackness on our part. Otherwise, if Krishna's seated always, maya has no opportunity to occupy the seat.Ê

23-12-2019

Radha-Krishna philosophy is a very great philosophy. It is to be understoodin the liberated stage. Radha-Krishna philosophy is not to be understood inthe conditioned stage. But when we worship Radha-Krishna in our conditionalstage, actually we worship Laksmi-Narayana.Ê

22-12-2019

Difficulties of life may come as seasonal changes but we should not be disturbed by all those difficulties. Our process is to chant and that process will gradually clear everything in due course.Ê

21-12-2019

A devotee should be fixed in the conclusion that, the spiritual master cannot be subject to criticism and should never be considered equal to a common man.(CC antya 3.11, purport)

20-12-2019

Simply by associating with a pure devotee, one becomes wonderfully advanced in Krsna consciousness. Sadhu-sanga, or association with a devotee, means always engaging in Krsna consciousness by chanting the Hare Krsna mantra... but he whose heart is contaminated sees things differently. Therefore by sat-sanga, or association with devotees, one becomes perfectly pure in heart.

19-12-2019

Love affairs in the material world are only shadows or reflections of the real love with Krishna. If you love Krishna in any capacity, you shall never be frustrated because everything in Krishna is perfect, eternal, blissful, and full of knowledge.(Letter to Kanchanbala, 1968)Ê

18-12-2019

As far as the conditioned soul is concerned, there is no wonder that he has some sinful activities in his past life, and this should be admitted and confessed before the Lord. As soon as this is done, the Lord excuses the sincere devotee. But that does not mean that one should take advantage of the LordÕs causeless mercy and expect to be excused over and over again, while he commits the same sinful activities. NOD Page 81

17-12-2019

Even if devotees excuse those who insult them, Krishna takes a different position and He is strict on this matter. Krishna will not excuse or tolerate any insult of His devotees. If we want to please Krishna, we must never insult His devotees. BG 1.26-27, London 1973

16-12-2019

Meditation means stopping all nonsensical activities, at least for the time being. Devotional service, however, not only puts an end to all nonsensical mundane activities, but also engages one in meaningful devotional activities. NOI- TEXT 2

15-12-2019

A devotee who faithfully engages in the worship of the Deity in the temple but does not behave properly toward other devotees or people in general is called a praakrutha bhakta, a materialistic devotee, and is considered to be in the lowest position. SB 11.2.47

14-12-2019

A pure devotee of the Lord accepts tribulations as favors from the Lord. Since the Lord is absolute, there is no mundane difference between the two. (Between tribulations and favours). SB 1.9.17.

13-12-2019

When we keep our association with Krishna, every activity is proper and liberating, but if we should disassociate ourselves from the LordÕs mercy, then like a hand which is severed from the body we become ugly and useless. (Letter to Hrisikesa, 26.10.1968)

12-12-2019

If one is situated in real Krishna consciousness, he can face the most severe type of adversity and remain completely undisturbed.(Conversations in Calcutta, 5th Oct,1971).Ê

11-12-2019

To train a new man is like training a wild animal to be a pet. Just like the tiger is trained in the circus and later on they are dancing to the tune of the master. So the point being stressed is training. A preacher should always be tolerant.(Letter to Gaura Hari, 9th July, 1971).Ê

10-12-2019

If there is little pain in the finger, I become so much disturbed because I have got intimate connection with this finger. Similarly,we have got intimate connection with Krishna, and we are fallen. Therefore, Krishna also feels little pain, and therefore, He comes down. Krishna is feeling pain. So you become Krishna conscious.Then Krishna will feel pleasure. (Conversations, Vrindavan, 24th April, 1975).Ê

09-12-2019

Please do your duties nicely and Krishna will be pleased to shower His blessings upon you. He is very kind to sincere souls, and He gives intelligence from within to sincere devotees. We require only to become sincere in the service of the Lord, then everything is there ready for our convenience.(Letter to Jaya Govinda, 8th Feb, 1968)Ê

08-12-2019

If we understand that this life is meant for understanding Krsna or to advance in Krsna consciousness, if this much we understand, then also, our life is successful. But we do not take it seriously. That is the difficulty.(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.27),New York, 06.03.1975Ê

07-12-2019

To understand Vedic literature means one must have firm faith in Krsna and firm faith in guru, not that "My guru is not so learned, so let me capture Krsna directly." That is useless. That is useless. Caitanya Mahaprabhu says, guru-krsna-krpaya paya bhakti-lata-bija [Cc. Madhya 19.151]. One can get the seed of the plant or creeper of bhakti, how? Guru-krsna-krpa. By the mercy of guru and by the mercy of Krsna, not that krsna-krpa. First guru-krpa, then krsna-krpa.(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.27),New York, 06.03.1975Ê

06-12-2019

If we want to be anxiety-less, no anxiety, then we have to refuse to accept this material body. Otherwise there is no possibility. All anxieties are due to this material body.(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.29), Los Angeles, 7.12.1973Ê

05-12-2019

A materialistic person is captivated by so many objects of sense gratification. That is his prison house. The state laws, if you are criminal, they put him into the jail. But natures law is such that you dont require... Your senses will keep you intact in jail. You dont require to be handcuffed. The senses are so strong that it will keep you in this material world.(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.40), Los Angeles, 18.12.1973Ê

04-12-2019

The bondage is gunamayi maya, being wrapped up by the qualitative modes of nature. That is bondage. But if one is engaged in devotional service, he is not under this bondage because he knows things as they are.(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.40), Los Angeles, 18.12.1973Ê

03-12-2019

Our senses are so strong. If you stop this sense, the other sense is prepared to kill you. We are struggling for existence with the mind and the senses. Why they are rotting in this material world? Because on account of the mind and the senses. So by yoga practice you have to control first of all the mind, and then you have to control the senses. That is perfection of yoga.(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.41) Los Angeles, 19.12.1973Ê

02-12-2019

Those who are coming here to listen about God, they are very fortunate. Krsna will help them. Sravanam. The beginning of bhakti-yoga is started from the practice of sravanam, aural reception, ear. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.41), Los Angeles, 19.12.1973Ê

01-12-2019

Bhakti-yoga system is to engage the senses and the mind in Krsnas service. If your mind is engaged in Krsnas service, then there is very little scope for the mind being diverted from it. It diverts, but if you practice, then Krsna will help you.(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.41), Los Angeles, 19.12.1973

30-11-2019

There are nine different processes. The most important process is hearing. And as soon as you want to hear, that means you have to concentrate your mind. As soon as you engage the mind in hearing about Krsna, Krsna will help you in cleansing the mind. As soon as the mind is clear, devoid of all dirty things, you can see. You can understand what is God; you can see God every moment.(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.41), Los Angeles, 19.12.1973

29-11-2019

To train a new man is like training a wild animal to be a pet. Just like the tiger is trained in the circus and later on they are dancing to the tune of the master. So the point being stressed is training. A preacher should always be tolerant.Ê

28-11-2019

We should always remember that our body is not for sense gratification; it is for KrishnaÕs service only. And to render very good sound service to Krishna we should not neglect the upkeep of the body.Ê

27-11-2019

Without being self-controlled, without being disciplined and without being fully obedient, no one can become successful in following the instructions of the spiritual master, and without doing so, no one is able to go back to Godhead.Ê

26-11-2019

A devotee always accepts his distress as minimized by God's Mercy; although he would have to suffer many more times the suffering. Any one who accepts this philosophy of God's Mercy in suffering conditions, and still makes progress in Krishna Consciousness, it is said that he is sure to go back to Home, Back to Godhead.Ê

25-11-2019

Krishna has given some the opportunity to serve Him by nice writing, some by good business ability, some by nice cooking, and so on, but these various services are all accepted equally by Krishna. On the transcendental plane, one service is as good as another. There is no question of higher or lower. We are very tiny, and so we cannot really do very much. Simply we can engage our time and energy, and that is all Krishna sees. He sees this boy or girl is spending his time in My Service, and He is pleased.

24-11-2019

We should never sit idly and ask Krishna to do everything. That is the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita. It is clearly said in the Gita: "Yuddhasya ca mam anusmara [Bg. 8.7].'' So ordinarily, we have to try our best to our best capacity to achieve something, and by Krishna's Grace, all of a sudden we shall see everything is there. This sort of help from Krishna is transcendental happiness.Ê

23-11-2019

Even if somebody is not able to execute fully Krishna Consciousness, whatever amount of service he does it never goes in vain. It will eternally remain. And it will act. Even if somebody does small amount of service, and not even very willingly, still, he is assured to get human body in next birth, and chance to execute some service further. So there is no question of failure in Krishna Consciousness. It is only success. Krishna says, ÒMy devotee is never vanquished.Ó So we must try sincerely, that's all.Ê

19-11-2019