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Kali Yuga, The Problems and the Solution

The age of Kali is the most condemned age due to its quarrelsome features. Kali-yuga is so saturated with vicious habits that there is a great fight at the slightest misunderstanding. Those who are engaged in the pure devotional service of the Lord, who are without any desire for self-aggrandizement and who are freed from the effects of fruitive actions and dry philosophical speculations are capable of getting out of the

The leaders of the people are very much anxious to live in peace and friendship, but they have no information of the simple method of hearing the glories of the Lord. On the contrary, such leaders are opposed to the propagation of the glories of the Lord. In other words, the foolish leaders want to completely deny the existence of the Lord. In the name of secular state, such leaders are enacting various plans every year. But by the insurmountable intricacies of the material nature of the Lord, all these plans for progress are being constantly frustrated. They have no eyes to see that their attempts at peace and friendship are failing. But here is the hint to get over the hurdle. If we want actual peace, we must open the road to understanding of the Supreme Lord Krsna and glorify Him for His virtuous activities as they are depicted in the pages of Srimad-Bhagavatam. (SB 1.1.16 P Questions by the Sages)

In this age of Kali the propensity for mercy is almost nil. Consequently there is always fighting and wars between men and nations. Men do not understand that because they unrestrictedly kill so many animals, they also must be slaughtered like animals in big wars. This is very much evident in the Western countries. In the West, slaughterhouses are maintained without restriction, and therefore every fifth or tenth year there is a big war in which countless people are slaughtered even more cruelly than the animals. Sometimes during war, soldiers keep their enemies in concentration camps and kill them in very cruel ways. These are reactions brought about by unrestricted animal-killing in the slaughterhouse and by hunters in the forest. Proud, demoniac persons do not know the laws of nature, or the laws of God. Consequently, they unrestrictedly kill poor animals, not caring for them at all. In the Krsna consciousness movement, animal-killing is completely prohibited. One is not accepted as a bona fide student in this movement unless he promises to follow the four regulative principles: no animal-killing, no intoxication, no illicit sex and no gambling. This Krsna consciousness movement is the only means by which the sinful activities of men in this Kali-yuga can be counteracted. (SB 4.26.5 P King Puranjana Goes to the Forest to Hunt, and His Queen Becomes Angry)

It is stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam that in Kali-yuga the heads of government will be plunderers and thieves. These thieves and plunderers take the money and property of the public by force or connivance. Therefore it is said in Srimad-Bhagavatam, rajanyair nirghrnair dasyu-dharmabhih. As Kali-yuga advances, we can see that these characteristics are already visible. We can certainly imagine how deteriorated human civilization will be by the end of Kali-yuga. Indeed, there will no longer be a sane man capable of understanding God and our relationship with Him. In other words, human beings will be just like animals. At that time, in order to reform human society, Lord Krsna will come in the form of the Kalki avatara. His business will be to kill all the atheists because ultimately the real protector is Visnu, or Krsna. (SB 5.12.7 P Conversation Between Maharaja Rahugana and Jada Bharata )

The modern activities of human society are described in Srimad-Bhagavatam as the activities of go-khara, cows and asses (sa eva go-kharah). Everyone is acting in a bodily concept of life involving society, friendship and love for the improvement of economic and political conditions, and thus all activities are enacted in ignorance. The Supreme Personality therefore comes to teach us how to act according to the Vedic principles. In this age of Kali, the Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and preached that in this age the Vedic activities cannot be systematically performed because people are so fallen. He gave this recommendation from the sastras:

harer nama harer nama
harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva
nasty eva gatir anyatha

“In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.” The Krsna consciousness movement is therefore teaching people all over the world how to chant the Hare Krsna mantra, and this has proved very much effective in all places at all times. The Supreme Personality of Godhead appears in order to teach us Vedic principles intended for understanding Him (vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah). We should always know that when Krsna and Lord Caitanya appeared, They appeared in suddha-sattva bodies. One should not mistake the body of Krsna or Caitanya Mahaprabhu to be a material body like ours, for Krsna and Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared as needed for the benefit of the entire human society. Out of causeless mercy, the Lord appears in different ages in His original suddha-sattva transcendental body to elevate human society to the spiritual platform upon which they can truly benefit. Unfortunately, modern politicians and other leaders stress the bodily comforts of life (yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke) and concentrate on the activities of this ism and that ism, which they describe in different kinds of flowery language. Essentially such activities are the activities of animals (sa eva go-kharah). We should learn how to act from Bhagavad-gita, which explains everything for human understanding. Thus we can become happy even in this age of Kali. (SB 10.2.34 P)

A student is to be considered perfected when he understands the identity of the holy name and the Supreme Lord. Unless one is under the shelter of a realized spiritual master, his understanding of the Supreme is simply foolishness. However, one can fully understand the transcendental Lord by service and devotion. When Lord Caitanya offenselessly chanted the Hare Krsna mantra, He declared that the mantra could at once deliver a conditioned soul from material contamination. In this age of Kali there is no alternative to chanting this maha-mantra. It is stated that the essence of all Vedic literature is the chanting of this holy name of Krsna: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Lord Caitanya also told Prakasananda Sarasvati, “In order to convince Me about this essential fact of Vedic knowledge, My spiritual master has taught Me a verse from Brhan-naradiya Purana [38.126]. Harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam. kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha: In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, the only means of deliverance is the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.”

In three out of the four millenniums (namely Satya-yuga, Treta-yuga and Dvapara-yuga) people had the honor to be able to understand transcendence through the path of disciplic succession. However, in the present age, people have no interest in the disciplic succession. Instead, they have invented many paths of logic and argument. This individual attempt to understand the supreme transcendence (called the ascending process) is not approved by the Vedas. The Absolute Truth must descend from the absolute platform. He is not to be understood by the ascending process. The holy name of the Lord–Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare–is a transcendental vibration because it comes from the transcendental platform, the supreme abode of Krsna. Because there is no difference between Krsna and His name, the holy name of Krsna is as pure, perfect and liberated as Krsna Himself. Academic scholars have no entrance by means of logic and other argument into the understanding of the transcendental nature of the holy name of God. The single path in understanding the transcendental nature of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is the chanting of these names with faith and adherence. Such chanting will release one from designated conditions arising from the gross and subtle bodies.

In this age of logic, argument and disagreement, the chanting of Hare Krsna is the only means for self-realization. Because this transcendental vibration alone can deliver the conditioned soul, it is considered to be the essence of the Vedanta-sutra. According to the material conception, there is duality between the name, form, quality, emotions and activities of a person and the person himself, but as far as the transcendental vibration is concerned, there is no such limitation, for it descends from the spiritual world. In the spiritual world there is no difference between the name of the person and the quality of the person. Of course in the material world there is a difference. Because the Mayavadi philosophers cannot understand this, they cannot utter the transcendental vibration.

“All Vedic rituals, mantras and understanding are compressed into eight words: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare.” Similarly, in the Kalisantarana Upanisad it is stated:

hare krsna hare krsna
krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama
rama rama hare hare

iti sodasakam namnam
kali-kalmasa-nasanam
natah parataropayah
sarva-vedesu drsyate

“The sixteen words–Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare–are especially meant for counteracting the contaminations of Kali. To save oneself from the contamination of Kali, there is no alternative but the chanting of these sixteen words.”

Lord Caitanya immediately informed Prakasananda that in the modern age people in general are more or less bereft of all spiritual intellect. When such people come under the influence of Sankaracarya’s Mayavadi (impersonalist) philosophy before beginning the most confidential Vedanta-sutras, their natural tendency toward obedience to the Supreme is checked. The supreme source of everything is naturally respected by everyone, but this natural tendency is hampered when one takes to the impersonalist conceptions of Sankara. Thus the spiritual master of Lord Caitanya suggested that it is better that one not study the Sariraka-bhasya of Sankaracarya, for it is very harmful to people in general. Indeed, the common man does not even have the intelligence to penetrate into the jugglery of words. He is better advised to chant the maha-mantra: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. In this quarrelsome age of Kali there is no alternative for self-realization. (TLC 18-19 The Conversations with Prakasananda)

Of course, there are other yugas besides Kali-yuga. During the Satya-yuga, which lasted eighteen hundred thousand years, human beings lived for one hundred thousand years. The duration of the next age, the Treta-yuga, was twelve hundred thousand years, and the people of that age used to live for ten thousand years. In other words, the duration of life was ten times reduced. In the next age, Dvapara-yuga, the life span was again ten times reduced–people used to live for one thousand years–and the duration of the Dvapara Age was eight hundred thousand years. Then, in the next age, this Kali-yuga, we can live up to one hundred years at the utmost. We are not living one hundred years, but still, the limit is one hundred years. So just see: from one hundred years the average duration of life has decreased to about seventy years. And it will eventually decrease to the point where if a man lives for twenty to thirty years, he will be considered a very old man.

So, kaler dosa-nidhe rajan: The faults of this age are just like an ocean. If you were put into the Pacific Ocean, you would not know how to save your life. Even if you were a very expert swimmer, it would not be possible for you to cross the Pacific Ocean. Similarly, the Kali-yuga is described in the Bhagavatam as an ocean of faults. It is infected with so many anomalies that there seems to be no way out. But there is one medicine: kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet. The Bhagavatam explains that if you chant the name of Krsna–the Hare Krsna mantra–you will be relieved from the infection of this Kali-yuga. (JSD 6.4 Ancient Prophecies Fulfilled)

So therefore these discussions which are going on, that is only for how to get liberation from the four principles of material condition, janma-mrtyu-jara-vyadhi. That is called moksa. Moksa, or liberation. So the… It is just like beating the dead horse. Nobody is interested about moksa. Or nobody can conceive even that there is something as moksa. Moksa means to get free from this condition of birth, death and old age. That is called moksa, liberation. So at the present moment modern educated persons, they do not know that there is something like moksa and it can be achieved and there is process and the whole Vedic sastra is trying to educate us for getting moksa. They do not know it. So we have become so dull. Therefore, in this age, Kali-yuga especially, our conditions are described as manda, very, very bad, or very, very slow. Mandah sumanda-matayah. And if one little interested, they will take some path which is not approved, which is not approved. They will invent something, so many “isms.”

So Prahlada Maharaja said, sada samudvigna-dhiyam asad-grahat. Because we have accepted this body… So we must not accept this body, that is called moksa-dvaram. That should be the mission of human life. So we are not interested. Mandah sumanda-matayo manda-bhagyah. In this age they are slow and, and they have got their own manufactured ideas. Why? Now, manda-bhagyah, all unfortunate. And upadrutah, always disturbed. So all these are on account of this body. The sastra always says that “Don’t work in such a way that you have to accept again body after death.” That is, that is your business. Not that to accumulate crores and rupees and make a very good bank balance and skyscraper house and three or dozens of motorcars. They are struggling, for getting this. But foolish people, they do not know that Krsna will take away all these assets at the time of death. Mrtyuh sarva-haras caham. Krsna says, aham mrtyuh: “I am death, and I will take away everything, what you have possessed.” The foolish persons, they do not understand it. Just like Hiranyakasipu. He possessed. So much so powerful that even the demigods were afraid of him. And Krsna took away everything in a second by…, simply by the nails. Tava kara-kamala nakha…

So in this Kali-yuga nobody is interested even. We are spreading Krsna consciousness, very few people are interested to know about Krsna or the Supreme Being. So that is not human life. Human life means when we inquire about the Absolute Truth. That is human life. So there are so many societies, so many religious institutions. But nobody is interested to know Krsna, or the Supreme Being. Krsna means the Supreme Being, all-attractive. No educational system, no university. Therefore Krsna said, manusyanam sahasresu kascid yatati siddhaye, that is siddhi of… Siddhi means perfection of life, to understand God. Because in the human life if one tries he can understand God, he can understand himself, he can understand what is his relationship with God, he can understand how to act in that relationship and thus make his life perfect. That is human life. So manusyanam sahasresu kascid yatati siddhaye. Siddhi. Siddhi means self-realization. And yatatam api siddhanam. And even though one is siddha, or self-realized, he also does not understand what is Krsna. Even one is siddha. That siddha has still to be progressed. Then he will come to jnanavan. Jnanavan means one who is siddha, one who has understood himself. That siddhi means to understand oneself that “I am not this body.” That is siddhi.

kaler dosa-nidhe rajann
asti hy eko mahan gunah
kirtanad eva krsnasya
mukta-sangah param vrajet

“This age of Kali is full of unlimited faults. Indeed, it is just like an ocean of faults (dosa-nidhi). But there is one chance, one opportunity. Kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet: simply by chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, one can be freed from the contamination of Kali-yuga and, in his original spiritual body, can return home, back to Godhead. This is the opportunity of Kali-yuga.”

This is spoken by Sukadeva Gosvami after describing the faults of Kali-yuga. There are many, many hundreds and thousands of faults. People will suffer. They are all described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. People’s intelligence, bodily strength, mercifulness–everything will be reduced. And so many things are described. Some of them are very prominent even at the present moment. Just like in the Kali-yuga, it is stated lavanyam kesa-dharanam: “People will think by keeping long hairs they will become beautiful.” Lavanyam kesa-dharanam. So that is very visible now, especially in the Western countries. They keep very long hairs. Dampatye ratim eva hi: “Marriage, husband and wife, they will be simply by agreement.” Nowadays that is happening. You go to a marriage-maker and agree, and marriage is finished. Not like before. Dampatye ratim eva hi. And rati means sex desires. So long their sex desires will be completed, they can live. Svikara eva codvahe. These are stated, all. Vipratve sutram eva hi: “Become a brahmana, just have a sacred thread.” Sacred or not sacred, get a thread. That’s all, without executing the brahminical duties. That is going on. In this way there is a long list of Kali-yuga’s activities.

So after submitting the list, Sukadeva Gosvami says, kaler dosa-nidhe rajann asti hy eko mahan gunah: “My dear King Pariksit, I have described all the faults of this Kali-yuga. But there is a special advantage in this age. That is,” he said, kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet, “people can become liberated and go back to home, back to Godhead, simply by chanting Hare Krsna mantra.

harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha

In the Kali-yuga there is no yajna. Therefore there is anavrsti, anavrsti. The Kali-yuga people will forget performing yajna. They will be busy in ghora-rupa activities, horrible and fierceful activities, not yajna. They will neglect yajna. So then how your these bolts and nuts and rubber tires will help you? Therefore there is scarcity of anna. That will increase more and more. It will so increase that now you are getting anna by paying high price, but time will come when even if you are prepared to pay price, there will be no more anna. That time is coming. Naturally, what people will eat? They will eat mamsa and roots and seeds. No milk. No sugar. No wheat. These things will be stopped. As we are becoming entangled in ghora-rupa activities or mudha activities, then the more we shall be entangled with sufferings of material existence. They do not know what is the actually interest. Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum.

Either you become santa or ghora or mudha, three kinds of position in this material world… santa. Santa means in the brahminical qualification, and ghora means activities, material activities, fruitive activities, and mudha, just like animal, neither santa nor ghora, simply animal. Udaram bharitah. Svartham udaram bharitah. Svartham, interest, means if one somehow or other fulfills his belly, then he thinks, “Now all my mission is fulfilled.” This is called mudhatvam. Svartham udaram bharitah. Daksyam kutumba-bharanam. Generally in this age, people will be interested to fulfill his own belly. Because that is also very difficult task nowadays. To get sufficient food daily, that is also a problem. And if one can maintain his family in these hard days–family means husband, wife, and a few children–then daksyam kutumba-bharanam, then he is just like Maharaja Daksa. Daksa, daksa means very expert. Those who are maintaining big family, working very nicely, many business, they are called daksa. So in the Kali-yuga, if one can maintain a family, small family, then he will be considered daksa. Daksyam kutumba-bharanam. Otherwise, if one can fulfill his belly only, his all interest is fulfilled. This will be the condition of this age. That means mudhatvam, mostly mudhatvam. They do not know. Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum. (750103SB.BOM Lectures)

This is the condition at the present moment. This is called Kali-yuga. The first symptom is: our span of life is very short, decreasing. With the advancement of Kali-yuga, our duration of life is decreasing. Everyone knows that. My father lived so many years, my grandfather lived so many years, but it is certain I am not going to live so many years. And then my son is not… Gradually, it is reduced. Reducing, reducing, reducing. By the end of Kali-yuga, the duration of life from twenty years to thirty years will be considered very, very old age, very, very old. If a man is living for twenty-five years, he will be considered a very grand old man. Yes. That is coming gradually. So therefore it is said, manda, manda. Manda means everything bad or everything slow. Duration of life is bad, then their activities also very bad, always sinful activities. Mandah sumanda-matayo. And if somebody is little anxious to take shelter of somebody for spiritual advancement, then he will accept some bogus thing, sumanda-matayo, some bogus incarnation of God, some bogus yogi, some bogus… They will take sumanda-matayo, will not come to the real. (750304CC.DAL Lectures)

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is very kind to the fallen souls. His special mission is to reclaim the fallen souls. That is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission. Reclaim the fallen souls means in this age of Kali, almost 99.9%, they are all fallen. Their qualification is mandah. Mandah means they do not know that the human life is meant for qualifying oneself in Krsna consciousness, spiritual consciousness. They do not know. Mandah sumanda-matayo. Even one is interested about spiritual consciousness, they accept some bogus theory. So many yogis, swamis, all bluffer, they will take care. Mandah sumanda-matayo. Because Kali-yuga, they are already sophisticated, bewildered, and these people come to cheat, they fall the prey of these cheaters. Sumanda-matayo. Anyone who is preaching something else other than God consciousness, he is a cheater. He is a cheater. Sumanda-matayo. Because real progress of life is to become God conscious. That is the real progress. And without God consciousness, the so-called yogis, so-called meditation… What is this meditation? What is the profit? Simply some bogus propaganda. It has no value. Real progress of life is to know what is God and what is my relationship with Him and how to act in that relationship. That is real life. But they do not know it. Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum. They do not know it. They think, “By this yoga practice, I shall be perfect, my material condition will be improved,” and so on, so on. They have got their own theories and… But that is not progress of life. There are many rich men, many karmis. Without practicing yoga, they are having material comforts. So spiritual life does not mean that one is improved in material, conditioned life. Spiritual life means spiritual advancement. But people take it that “Take to religion means to give impetus to our material life.” Dharma artha kama moksa. And when they are disgusted, they want moksa. Moksa means to become one with the Lord. So these things are going on. But Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to save all these fallen souls. Hinartha. Hinarthadhika-sadhakam. The more one is fallen, he is the better candidate for accepting the cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Narottama dasa Thakura sings, patita-pavana-hetu, tava avatara: “My Lord, You have incarnated to reclaim the fallen.” Patita-pavana-hetu tava avatara, mo sama patita prabhu, na paibe ara: “If that is Your mission, then I am the most fallen. So my claim is first to receive Your favor because Your mission is to show favor to the fallen. So I am the most fallen. So kindly accept me.” In this way he has sung. And that is stated here, hinarthadhika-sadhakam sri-caitanyam. (750301CC.ATL Lectures)

I am very glad to hear how the book distribution is increasing more and more. This is our greatest weapon. The more the books are distributed, the more the ignorance of the Age of Kali will be smashed. The world is feeling the weight of this Hare Krishna Movement, especially in your country. We have to increase this book distribution work more and more to firmly establish this Movement, which is the only hope for the suffering living entities. (76-11-23 Letter: Balavanta)

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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35 Responses to Kali Yuga, The Problems and the Solution

  1. Rohan says:

    I am a bit afraid of the direction in which krishnaconnect.com is progressing. Many psuedo devotees have signed up and in the guise of serving Krishna are preaching stuff contrary to Prabhupada’s teaching and hence very degrading to the consciousness. Sometimes non devotees are posting rubbish. Amidst all this, a few sincere devotees are getting carried away from KC. Isn’t there some way to stop this? Is it a fact that whenever someone one to start something to serve Krishna, psuedo devotees rush in and spoil everything?

    • Hare Krishna Rohan

      Overall KrishnaConnect.com is going nicely. Of course there will be psudo devotees. So if they are preaching nonsense then you have to defeat them. Defeat the nonsense with the absolute truth and if you can’t then read Srila Prabhupada’s books, get the knowledge and get the strength and defeat the rascals! Destroy the darkness with light!

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  2. vivek says:

    I live in hostel in engineering college.I chant minimum 4 rounds and maximum 16 rounds daily and I also have Radha-Krishna photoframe in my room.I am single in my room.
    I follow all principles except I cannot eat prasadam because in our canteen there are onions and garlic in food.
    What to do please tell me?

    • Hare Krishna Vivek

      You can adjust. Make it minimum 16 rounds and there is no maximum. You do not need to stop chanting Hare Krishna once you reach 16 rounds. 16 is minimum only. There is no maximum. Srila Bhaktsiddhanta instructed his disciples to chant minimum 64 rounds but for us our minds are too disturbed to chant 64 rounds so Srila Prabhupada has prescribed minimum of 16 rounds only. We have to do it. At least 16 rounds. Then everything will become clear for you and all other problems like prasadam will be solved. Main thing is to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day. If we don’t do this nothing else is going to work in our Krishna consciousness.

      If you have your own room you can get a small pot and cooker and cook kitery each day and offer it to Srila Prabhupada in your room and you don’t have to eat the food cooked by non-devotees.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  3. uma shivakumar says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu, PAMHO
    i am a fallen soul trying my very best to gradually progress on the path of KC. I am following the four regulative principles, chanting 16 rounds daily(at times 2-3 rounds), now following the kartik month as directed in the scriptures but when it comes to the habit of having tea (once a day), i am finding it difficult to give it up.I constantly get a feeling that Krishna will not accept my devotion. It is constantly acting on my conscience. I need your sincere guidance on this
    Uma

  4. Pramod Krishna says:

    Please also enlighten if we are justified or any use to go to astrology for solving our problems. Or it simply doesn’t work in kali yug.

    • Hare Krishna Pramod

      Astrologers are bogus in Kali-yuga. So it is a waste of time really. Just seriously take to Krishna consciousness. That will actually solve all your problems. Astrology can not change anything. A proper astrologer will be able to tell you things about your past and things that are likely to happen in the future but he has not got any power to change anything at all. The laws of karma are very strong and destiny can not be changed by an astrologer. But if you chant Hare Krishna, if you become a devotee of Krishna, then, for His devotees, Krishna takes a special interest, Krishna will change everything and your karma will be erased and all the bad things that should happen to you won’t happen… So best thing is to forget astrology and become a pure devotee of Krishna.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Radhika says:

        Prabhu is it true if we keep on doing our duty towards Krishna and serve him with loving devotion our past karma will be demolished? So far I have suffered alot and still suffering that makes my faith upon Krishna to fade slowly. But deep down inside I know Krishna is helping me and loves me tats y I have to face so much struggle so that I would be closer to him. Again I’m tired of the struggle and sadness in this material world. I don’t want to face these all again. I knew my karma from my past experience is too bad that I have to suffer now. If I keep on trying to surrender to Krsna will he ease my pain and shower his mercy upon me so that I can excel in spiritual advancement.

        • Hare Krishna Radhika

          We have to transcend the material world. And to do that we have to become serious about Krishna consciousness. Which means we have to surrender to actually chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day, we need to actually read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day and we need to seriously follow the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] If we do not take Krishna consciousness very seriously it will always remain a mystery to us.

          Devotees do not feel the way you are feeling. They do not become distressed seeing the suffering and reality of the material world. They understand material world is a miserable place and do not expect it to be anything else.

          They transcend the material world, we have to learn how to do this by reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and following the instructions he gives there.

          Then there will be no pain, only transcendental bliss in the service of Krishna.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  5. devotee of krishna says:

    Hare Krishna hare Krishna Krishna hare hare , hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

  6. tushar says:

    Hare Krishna hare Krishna Krishna Krishna hare hare, hare Rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

  7. Dayalu says:

    Hare Krsna Madhudvisa dasa prabhuji. I was once talking to some and mentioned that they are four ages and how much do people live according to the age. In Satya yuga people lived 100 thousand years in average, in Treta yuga 10 thousand years in Dyapara yuga 1 thousand years and in Kali yuga 1 hundred years. And the person laughed at me for saying this as if i was saying something strange or fictitious but i was serious. Where did i went wrong. What type of people should i mention these things to. It is very irritating that people laugh at me. A few people laugh at me when i mention about Krsna Consciousness or something related to Krsna consciousness or things i heard in Srila Prabhupada’s books, comments and articles.

    • Hare Krishna Dayalu

      Yes. People can not understand anything that is beyond the realm of their experience. We can find the innocent people who are out there and who are ready to hear about Krishna. It is our purity and realization that really enables us to speak in such a way that it will be appreciated by others. So we have to become pure devotees of Krishna and realize the philosophy of Krishna consciousness ourselves then when we speak people will appreciate it.

      Of course there are many people who will not appreciate it even if a pure devotee speaks to them. That is the art of preaching. How to engage anyone you meet in some level of Krishna consciousness. Best thing is to get them to chant Hare Krishna, give them some Krishna prasadam and sell them some Prabhupada books. The philosophy of Krishna consciousness can only be appreciated by people who are already a little purified.

      Our movement is the sankirtan movement. So sankirtan, chanting that Hare Krishna mantra congregationally and distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books and prasadam is our business. So we need to concentrate on feeding them prasadam, getting them to chant Hare Krishna and getting them to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. That is our business. And if we do it very sincerely it will be very effective also.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  8. Ranjit kumar says:

    Need moksh,nothing in this world except name of Krishna , we hv to go from here one day .its true .instead of we trying to get meterial world , where there is no life at all ,why we are so thrust about meterial world .its enough now ,make the way to god , fade with life .need god any how

  9. Brijesh Dani says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa Prabhu,

    Recently I came across this statement from Srila Prabhupada on Sampradaya Sun :

    “The world is miserable for the materially infected person, but for a devotee the
    entire world is as good as Vaikuntha, or the spiritual sky.”

    It is a very bewildering statement.
    what i did not understand was how can this world be vaikuntha when there is so
    much of suffering in this world.
    The current age on planet earth is Kali-yuga and 99% of people on this planet are
    performing sinful activities.

    It is indeed difficult to grasp the vision of a pure devotee of the Lord.

    It would be very nice of you if you can explain what Prabhupada really means.

    Thanking you.
    Hare Krishna
    Brijesh Dani

    • Hare Krishna Brijesh

      A devotee does not see anything as material. A devotee sees Krishna’s hand working in everything. A devotee is not on the material bodily conception of life. He does not see materially, he sees spiritually. So a devotee does feel some pain seeing the suffering condition of the living entities in the material world, and he knows the cause of their suffering is forgetfulness of Krishna. So a devotee is always busy trying to remind the living entities that they are eternally servants of Krishna and that they will be happy if they surrender to Krishna and serve Krishna.

      A devotee is not in the material world. He is in the spiritual world and wherever he goes he transforms that place into Vrindavan by his transcendental potency.

      The material energy is also Krishna’s energy and it is also ultimately spiritual. If the material energy is engaged in the service of Krishna it then acts as spiritual. Srila Prabhupada gives us the example of putting an iron rod into a fire. Gradually the iron rod heats up and becomes red-hot. Then when, by the association of the fire, the iron rod becomes red-hot, it acts as fire. If you take that red-hot iron rod and touch it against something it will burst into flames. So the iron rod is now, by the association of the fire, acting as fire.

      Similarly this material world, by the association of Krishna and Krishna’s pure devotees, can be transformed into spiritual. It can act as spiritual, by the association of pure devotees of Krishna.

      The vision of a pure devotee we can only really understand by becoming pure devotees ourselves. But a pure devotee does not see this world as material. He sees everything in its relationship with Krishna. He sees Krishna everywhere. And as I said a pure devotee is not in the material world. He is in the spiritual world.

      A pure devotee has no desire to do anything except to serve Krishna. He has no idea of adjusting the situation to improve his personal material situation. So a pure devotee is very happy in the material world as long as he is engaged the service of Krishna. That is the point. A pure devotee knows that his only business is to serve Krishna and even if that serving of Krishna appears to go against his own personal comfort or desires he does not care about his personal situation, he cares only about serving Krishna, pleasing Krishna.

      We can see this from the Bhagavad-gita. In the beginning Arjuna is playing the part of a materially attached karmi. Krishna is instructing Arjuna to fight in the battle of Kuruksettra but Arjuna is refusing Krishna’s order, saying that “If we fight this battle surely most of the people who are arrayed on this battlefield, who are all our friends and relatives, will be killed and even if we are victorious, if all our friends and relatives are killed, then there will be no reason for us to live…” So this appears to be a very reasonable and logical argument by Arjuna for not fighting. But this is maya. This is Arjuna’s personal consideration. Krishna wanted him to fight. And ultimately Arjuna realized this is the correct thing to do, surrender to Krishna and follow Krishna’s orders no matter what.

      So the point is a pure devotee’s only business is to serve Krishna. And he does not mind any material inconveniences. If a pure devotee finds himself in the material world or even in Hell, anywhere, he knows that his Lord and Master, Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead, has put him here, and that Krishna has some plan for him. Some service that He wants him to perform. So the pure devotee’s only business is to surrender to Krishna and serve Krishna. In this surrender and service he is transcendentally situated on the spiritual platform and is actually in the spiritual world.

      So that is the way. There is no material world actually for Krishna’s pure devotees.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  10. Aditya says:

    Hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare, hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare.
    How can i start book distrubution service in mumbai, india.

  11. Aditya says:

    hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare,
    hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare….

    how can i join kc.

    • You can become Krishna conscious by reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and by following the instructions you find Srila Prabhupada giving you as you read his books. That is the way. Hear from Srila Prabhupada, a pure devotee of Krishna, surrender to his instructions and serve him.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  12. Uma Sridhr says:

    Hare Krishna!

    Pranam Swamiji!

    Hope you are fine.

    Happy to wish you the Biggest Day” 18th August, Sri Krishna Janmashtami! in advance which is approaching soon. Here in India we have a very long weekend 15th August being Independence Day which falls on Friday, and Monday SriKrishna Janmashtami!…

    We decorate our homes, prepare, various types of snacks prasadam made of salt & sugar… we believe, Lord Krishna visits each home as baby Krishna!… We celebrate, a baby boy has taken birth in our home!… We put little toes from outside gate to our puja room!.. we offer as much prashad items as we can offer… Anxiously waiting for our dear Lord Krishna’s Birthday!.. Proud to born in Krishna’s Land! Hope you will also celebrate Krishna Janmashtami enthusiastically. I thank Lord Krishna for your association.

    Please accept my pranam and pray for my spiritual growth…

    With pranam!

    Hare Krishna
    Your Servant
    Uma Sridhar

  13. vanshika says:

    Hare Krishna
    thankyou for the permission of printing articles from Krishna.org. I will obviously now do that 12 pages booklets work, great idea!
    and yes people have forgotten their own culture and are crazy about foreign lifestyle, but Krishna consciousness can bring it back in a lovable way, if they try it for once.
    I’ll preach…preach…and preach…and make suffering people experience some true goodness through prabhupad’s litrature, and if they started they will finish it (Krishna consciousness), as they will be attracted to Krishna and their sanatana dharma (the soul’s original work).
    thanx for great advice
    my deep respect
    Hare Krishna

  14. vanshika says:

    This article is by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta swami prabhupad ji, and is just as as awesome as his books, so if madhudvisa Prabhu ji grant me permission, so can i print this and make photocopies and distribute them to people?
    in morning when i go to school or come from school in noon, i see many people and really want to distribute books, but i am afraid that will they really read it or throw in some corner of their house, its really risky and difficult to distribute awesome books in Delhi, even if u ar giving for free! They are not interested…. I DON’T KNOW WHY??? Materialists…materialists…materialists…today when i was chanting a guy was looking at me like…like…i was doing something weird or u know that kind of look, but he was a literate guy, who came and sat with the seat next to me, then i got it..ok..okay…i can give the book to him…but will he really read it?????, or throw it in some scared drawl or Elmira where no one will be able to read it?
    but with this page, they will have some clue to Krishna, chanting, sinful activities their reactions and solutions, in short and maybe if i see someone like him again so i can also give a book…
    Prabhu ji please give me some tips…. What to do…i am confused….
    all glories to Srila Prabhupada
    respect
    Hare Krishna

    • Hare Krishna Vanshika

      Yes. You are welcome to print out whatever you want from Krishna.org and distribute as much as you can. You can distribute books. All you have to do is get the people to give some donation for them. If you just give them for free then they may, as you say, throw them away, but if you get them to pay some money for the book then they will be thinking “I have paid this money, I must read the book to get my money’s worth.” Even if it is only some small donation they will think like this, they will value the book because they paid something for it.

      And everyone understands that books cost money to print. So if you can interest them in Krishna consciousness they will be willing to give some donation for the book.

      So it is a good idea also to make some small booklet yourself. You can use word or some desktop publishing program and make a small booklet. Say three sheets of paper then you print two pages on each side and take the three sheets of paper together and fold them in half and staple it in the middle then you have a 12 page book you can distribute that only cost you a few rupees to make…

      So just do it. Everyone you meet tell them about Krishna and try to give them some literature from Srila Prabhupada they can read about Krishna. Don’t let your mind discourage you. Your mind will always come up with these doubts like this. People do not have to actually read the whole book to be benefited. Of course we want them to read the whole book. But even just meeting a devotee and talking to a devotee about Krishna, that is an incredible benefit to a materialistic person. If they give some donation, no matter how small, they benefit so much. And even if they just touch the book they benefit so much. If they read one page, one line, even if they read one word, then their Krishna consciousness has begun. And I think you know that Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita that once one has started this Krishna consciousness he will complete the program. It may take some time but he will become a devotee. He will become Krishna conscious.

      In a big city like Delhi of course people are very materialistic. And it is dangerous. Everywhere in the material world is dangerous. But Krishna will protect us. Anyhow we can not just lock ourselves up in a room because it is dangerous. No. We just go out and preach. And yes people may think we are strange, chanting Hare Krishna, but in India chanting Hare Krishna is not so strange, not like in the Western countries. Actually in India Krishna consciousness is the traditional culture of India. Everyone in India has Krishna consciousness in their hearts. They are all devotees actually. Taking birth in India is a very special thing. You are right near Mathura and Vrindavan, so you are very close to Krishna’s place and everyone there is very fortunate to have taken birth in Krishna’s place. And this fortunate birth is only possible because the Indians have performed great pious activities in the past and they are devotees.

      The problem is that over the past 200+ years the foreigners have spoiled India by encouraging the Indians to give up their own culture and take on the British culture first and now the American culture. So Indians are now crazy about money and materialism. But that is unnatural for the Indians. They are meant to be spiritual personalities. India is meant to be Punya-Bhumi, the land of pious activities. Now it is the opposite, now it is the land of sinful activities. But you know that spiritual power, spiritual potency is there in India. So it is a sacred place. So it is very favorable for the cultivation of Krishna consciousness. So I think you will find that even in Delhi if you persevere with the preaching that underneath this materialistic presentation the people of Delhi are almost all nice devotees of Krishna. You just have to uncover their original Krishna consciousness. It is there in everyone but in the Indians it is not very deeply buried. It is easy to uncover.

      So keep on preaching, keep on distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books, keep on chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra and strictly following the four regulative principles and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books yourself and keep on encouraging your family and friends to do the same thing and this will develop into something very nice and Srila Prabhupada will be very happy with you and that is what we want. We want to please Krishna’s pure devotees, then if they are pleased with us Krishna will be pleased with us.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  15. mom says:

    i just want to meet him once. he is the one when no one is with me, i find him everywhere when i have lost hopes . his love is unconditional. i find peace, bliss in doing his bhakti.he listens to me , he is always there for me in time. in the worst cases of my life i found his as saviour. o lord krisha, meet me, once i need moksha. let my mind always think about you, let my tongue always chant your name. i love you . i am trying to see you in my 1 year old son, ia m searching you from so many years.let me sleep on your foot ..

  16. prashanth says:

    such great knowledge nowadays when spoken is considered as brainwashing. people only appreciate loud music (me included). i like the idea of moksha, but the world is full of too many distractions. for people my age(20) ,krshn is no longer the most interesting. in my collage i am among a tiny fraction of students who keep tilak on the forehead.

    • Hare Krishna Prashanath

      Yes. In Kali-yuga the mass of the people are very much materialistic and completely distracted from spiritual life and have no taste for spiritual life.

      These distractions are maya and there is no substantial lasting pleasure or enjoyment in any material so-called pleasure. Everything turns out to be completely frustrating and completely disgusting.

      It is very important to understand and realize that we are not these material bodies but that we are spirit soul within these bodies. The body is born as a child’s body, changes to a boy’s body, changes to a man’s body, then an old man’s body and then it is finished at death. But “I”, the soul, I continue to exist unchanged throughout all these different bodies. And at the time of death I will continue to exist also. The time of death is just another change of body. Just like the child’s body changes to a boy’s body, at the time of death the soul is simply changing again from the old man’s body into another body.

      And the next body we get depends on our actions in this life.

      This endless process of changing from one body to another and again suffering birth, old age, disease and death, is called samsara. It is the mission of human life to end this cycle of samsara, the cycle of endless suffering for the soul.

      But if you just dance in the loud music with everyone else you will go to Hare Krishna Anil Prabhu

      There will be so many obstacles in our trying to come closer to Krishna. Although chanting Hare Krishna in itself is enough we need a strong philosophical understanding to give us the strength to keep changing in spite of all the obstacles. That is why it is very important to read Srila Prabhupada’s books.

      There are many parts to the process of Saddhana Bhakti. The chanting of Hare Krishna is the main part but there are many other things also that will make the chanting more effective. So if in addition to your chanting you make a serious study of the books of Srila Prabhupada, starting will all small books like Beyond Birth and Death, Perfection of Yoga, Easy Journey to Other Planets, King of Knowledge, Elevation to Krishna Consciousness, The Topmost Yoga System, Path of Perfection, Science of Self-Realization, etc. Then to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, then Nectar of Devotion, then Teachings of Lord Caitanya, then Srimad-Bhagavatam, then Teachings of Lord Caitanya, then start again and read all the books again and again. Every time you read the books you will find so much new wonderful transcendental knowledge. And in this process you will learn everything you need to know and your chanting will become very much improved.

      We should chant on tulsi japa beads. We have a big variety of these at http://www.KrishnaStore.com and you can get some and a bead bag and chant and don’t worry what others say. Also chanting is very good early in the morning during the brahma-muhurta, so if you get up early and chant then everyone else is asleep and you can chant on beads.

      You can also chant the rounds on your fingers. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to do this. Keep track of how many rounds He had chanted on his fingers. If you ask someone who has brahmin initiation to show you how they chant the gayatri mantras on their fingers then you will know how to count from one to ten on one hand and you can do the same thing on the other hand to count from one to ten every time you finish ten on the first hand then you chant another eight mantras and you have chanted one round. You do this sixteen times and you have chanted sixteen time.

      Of course it is better to chant on tulsi beads. We should try and stick to the standard ways as given to us by Srila Prabhupada. No matter what you try to advance in Krishna consciousness there will always be so much opposition from maya. You have to expect this. As soon as you try and free yourself from the clutches of maya she will try harder to keep you in her grip. You can see that with your chanting. hell with them and you will have missed a great opportunity to escape from this endless cycle of suffering and death.

      Most people are quite happy to dance themselves into hell. But there are a few thoughtful men who can see beyond the temporary flickering so-called pleasures from the senses and wonder if there is something more than this… I think you may be one of those rare men.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  17. Akanksha says:

    Prabhu,
    is it ok to pray Lord Krishna, the supreme personality of Godhead to solve our personal and family problems?

  18. Martin Bain says:

    I feel ashamed to walk in my shoes. I am a lowly individual. So far I have strayed from the path. Turned my back on all I know to be right. Drawn to the temptuous lure that has been offered. As if in a daze.
    I have loved God since I was a child. Always had a fascination to know
    Him. How is it that I, who was described as a golden child in my youth. Who spent countless hours studying the Bagavatam and the Gita. Scrupulous study of the Christian Bible. Who dedicated himself to the Lord, the One without comparison. “Krishna”. How is it that I have lost my way? Even after such blessings! Angelic visitors. Vivid visions of the future. Angelic dreams.
    Even distant memories of falling to the floor, my whole body trembling in ecstatic love, uncontrolably vibrating in pleasure. Surrendered. How? How? How is it that I have become what I am today. Fallen from grace. A meat eater. An uncontroled pleasure seeker. With only memories of my former life. I am such a loathsome creature. I disgust myself. I am unworthy of such blessings. I am not fit to stand before You.
    I look around at the world today. Even in the 18 years since my first vision, how things have changed. Including me. People are so consumed by thier temporary bodies. So blind to reality. Wrapped in fantasy people work so hard for thier material wants. Desires.
    Kali Yuga is undeniably here. Oh how you lure me. Want me to fail. Today I want to ask anyone and everyone who reads this to pray for me. For I am weak. I hate what I have become. Ask that I may be forgiven. Restored…
    I would like to share something that happened in my youth.
    While staying in indonesia I curiously started reading the Bagavad Gita. I didn’t know very much about it, but was fascinated by it.
    One night I decided to chant. Not the Hare Krishna mantra mind you. It was a chant that a friend had told me. But I dare not write it down.
    After chanting I turned off the lights and went to bed. I had drifted off to sleep. However something wasn’t quite right. I was sleeping however very alert. I could hear and see 3 dark entities, cackling, shrieks of laughter outside my window. I was unable to move as they entered my room and attacked me. They were strangling me and I was unable to do anything. I couldn’t breath. Suffocating. Then without reason, in my mind I chanted,

    “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishnsa Hare Hare. Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”

    and immediately these shadowy flying spirits disappeared from my room.
    Ofcourse at the time I was very frightened about what happened. As this is not an everday experience that many people have. Infact I have knowledge of only one other person this happened to. But i am sure thier must be others.
    Later in life and my studies I came to realise that evil spirits and demons cannot stand to hear the names of God. This experience, even though it was so terrifying at the time, came to show me the great power of the Hare Krishna mantra. These are no ordinary sounds/words.
    Father. The First. The infinite fantastic. “You” that dwell beyond the reaches of my mind. My “Love” The unfathomable. I yearn for you. Forgive me for my wretchedness. Please help me. Help me from my shameful state.

    “I love You Krishna”.

    My love for you will never change.

    “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,
    Krishna Krishnsa, Hare Hare.
    Hare Rama, Hare Rama,
    Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”

  19. mamta waldia says:

    Hare Krishna,

    It has been also said that peple in Sayta yuga were able to effortlessly attain sublimity or union with God, which is a salient feature of Satya Yuga.
    its that correct?

    Hare Krishna.

  20. mamta waldia says:

    HARE KRISHNA……….,

    Its my humble question form the peple of ISKON Templew that in whoch of the Vedic books gives hint that Lord Krishna will in carnate in the form ofLord Chaitnya in this Kaliyuga…..
    I m not aware of such adeclaration by any of the Vedic Book can You Please shed some light on this & can please clerly expalin me through evidence from those books.

    SHREE KRISHNA ARPANAM NAMASTU.

    HARE KRISHNA

  21. Pravita Chand says:

    Hellow, I’m 12 years old and I take alot of interest in worships of the indian gods. I started worshipping maa Durga at the age of five and till now I’m still worshippoing her. She’s my mother, and I want to attain her in my every seven births I’m goner have in this Kaliyuga. Oh Srila Prabhupad, today you have given me, a very unknowlegdeble little girl some mind, lord Krishna is so cute and to me he’s just like my brother. I know that during kaliyuga there will be no respect for such a saint like you, but I also know that whatever happens, always happens in the way my dear lord wants it to happen and I’m happy, I just want to thank-you for sharing us such a beautiful truth, even in kaliyuga. Thank-you, From Pravita

  22. vivek says:

    All glories to Srila Prabhupad
    Dear Prabhus, when would the website Harekrishna-movement.org be activated? it would be great if it would provide the list of Hare Krishna temples affiliated to ISKCON Bangalore in India.
    your servant
    vivek, Hyderabad


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Founded the Hare Krishna Movement in 1966 in New York. In only 11 years he spread the movement all over the world. He wrote more than 80 books including Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Sri Isopanisad. Prabhupada's books constitute a complete library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture.


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