Philosophy CT03-068

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The little-known secret to Advancement in Krishna Consciousness

The basic principle of Krishna consciousness is unacceptable to most people, still many are attached to the idea of presenting themselves as pious persons and great devotees even though they reject the basic principle. They can not understand Krishna consciousness because they do not surrender to a pure devotee of Krishna.

Actually it is not possible to understand Krishna consciousness by practicing austerities, by following regulative principles, by chanting a certain number of rounds; even by reading books one can not understand Krishna consciousness. The secrets of Krishna consciousness are hidden within the hearts of Krishna’s pure devotees and there is absolutely no way we can ever understand and realize this ‘confidential knowledge’ unless we find a pure devotee of Krishna and surrender to him completely and make his instructions our life and soul. Then, if we are successful in getting the blessings and mercy of Krishna’s pure devotee it will be possible for us to understand Krishna consciousness. Otherwise Krishna consciousness will remain for us forever something theoretical and we will never experience the transcendental bliss, the happiness, the ecstasy and the real spiritual realizations that a real devotee experiences when practicing Krishna consciousness under the directions of his bona fide, pure devotee spiritual master.

The thing that makes Krishna consciousness possible is the ‘higher taste’, the nectar, the transcendental bliss that one experiences by engaging in the service of Krishna under the direction of Krishna’s pure devotee. Without this ‘higher taste’ there is no Krishna consciosuness actually, it is just a dry philosophical process. It is this ‘higher taste’ that gives us the power to renounce all sense gratifactory activities and simply work for the pleasure of Krishna and His pure devotee…

Even if we have a bona fide spiritual master, a pure devotee who has unlimited power to bless us with advancement in Krishna consciousness, unless we surrender to him and make the mission of his life our mission in life then also we will not be able to understand what Krishna consciousness is…

It doesn’t matter how much we strictly follow the brahminical principles, how much we chant, how much we read, how much we become great scholars and pundits, how many austerities we practice, how early we get up in the morning. All these things, without surrender to an actual bona fide spiritual master, will not help us to become Krishna conscious. Everything will remain theoretical for us and we will have no taste for Krishna consciousness and we will still in our minds be desiring sense gratification. If we see a beautiful women we will want to have sex with her. This thought does not come into the mind of an actual devotee like Haridas Thakur who, when a very beautiful woman was sent to him by an envious king to try and get him to fall down, was not interested in her advances. Rather he was interested in helping the beautiful woman to become Krishna conscious and he turned her into a great devotee. This is a real devotee. We have to come to this platform. Otherwise we are cheating the people we are ‘preaching’ to and our preaching will have a negative effect. Unless we are strictly following and have the correct consciousness we should not try to preach Krishna consciousness to others.

We may know the philosophy of Krishna consciousness very nicely but if when we see a beautiful boy or a beautiful girl we are thinking of sex then we are not Krishna conscious. We are in maya.

Of course sex is a very gross thing and some ‘devotees’ may be able to conquer this sex desire for the time being by the practice of austerities and penances and in this way they can also become very attractive and strong and determined and powerful. And they can attract many followers of course. But still they may have no understanding of what Krishna consciousness actually is.

There are so-many of these non-devotees in the dress of gurus and sadhus on the Indian guru channels and they are doing a great business. Some of them have some shakti as a result of their penances and austerities and they use that shakti to take the general publics’ money and collect unlimited numbers of followers and disciples. And unfortunately the people in general like this sort of cheating guru. This is why Srila Prabhupada often mentions that this word is the world of the cheaters and the cheated.

Actually most people do not want a real guru. They want a cheating guru. If the real guru comes they will reject him and search out a cheater. Why? We can find the answer from Krishna directly in the Bhagavad-gita.

What is called renunciation is the same as yoga, or linking oneself with the Supreme, for no one can become a yogi unless he renounces the desire for sense gratification. (Bhagavad-gita As It Is 6.2)

So Krishna is very clearly stating here that no one can become a yogi or link himself with the Supreme unless he renounces the desire for sense gratification. This is the core principle of Krishna consciousness and the basic prerequisite without with no actual advancement in spiritual life will be possible. The beginning of Krishna consciousness means giving up completely all our personal desires for sense gratification and in place of these desires we develop the desire to satisfy Krishna and His pure devotees. Of course many may talk about this but to find anyone who has actually given up all desires for personal sense gratification and really his only desire is to please Krishna and His pure devotees is very, very rare.

And when we reveal this truth most people will not be interested in Krishna consciousness. Because practically everyone is living for personal sense gratification. That is the purpose of their lives. And Krishna is saying that to become Krishna conscious one must give up all personal sense gratifactory activities… So it may be that the real guru who delivers this actual message of Bhagavad-gita may not be very popular with the people in general… But the general public love the cheating gurus who put no limits on the disciples’ sense gratification…

Even if some devotee does understand and realize this basic principle of Krishna consciousness and knows that he needs to surrender to a bona fide guru, Krishna’s pure devotee, then there are so many rascal cheating gurus elsewhere who are just waiting to meet such a surrendered soul and to trick him into surrendering to and serving them instead of Krishna’s pure devotee and Krishna…

In the current age of Kali the situation is so difficult that even most of the sincere seekers of the truth end up being cheated by a bogus guru and are exploited by him because he is engaged in the ‘guru business’ not for Krishna but for satisfying some personal desires. He may be very pious and very ‘spiritual’ and very advanced in knowledge of the Vedas. But it is not possible to clean out the desire for sense gratifaction from within the heart without surrendering to Krishna’s pure devotee and accepting and following his instructions.

These bogus gurus who are dressing as sannyasis and posing as Vaisnava acharyas and gurus are actually the greatest demons and Krishna has reserved the worst hellish planet for them. There is no more violent activity that can be exerted on another person than falsely posing as a spiritual leader for some personal benefit. This is the greatest sin as confirmed in Sri-Isopanisad (from Srila Prabhupada’s purport to Text 12):

The ignorant pseudo religionists and the manufacturers of so-called incarnations who directly violate the Vedic injunctions are liable to enter into the darkest region of the universe because they mislead those who follow them… The Lord states that as soon as one reaches Him by devotional service–which is the one and only way to approach the Personality of Godhead–one attains complete freedom from the bondage of birth and death. In other words, the path of salvation from the material clutches fully depends on the principles of knowledge and detachment gained from serving the Lord. The pseudo religionists have neither knowledge nor detachment from material affairs, for most of them want to live in the golden shackles of material bondage under the shadow of philanthropic activities disguised as religious principles. By a false display of religious sentiments, they present a show of devotional service while indulging in all sorts of immoral activities. In this way they pass as spiritual masters and devotees of God. Such violators of religious principles have no respect for the authoritative acaryas, the holy teachers in the strict disciplic succession. They ignore the Vedic injunction acaryopasana–”One must worship the acarya”–and Krsna’s statement in the Bhagavad-gita (4.2) evam paramparm-praptam, “This supreme science of God is received through the disciplic succession.” Instead, to mislead the people in general they themselves become so-called acaryas, but they do not even follow the principles of the acaryas. These rogues are the most dangerous elements in human society. Because there is no religious government, they escape punishment by the law of the state. They cannot, however, escape the law of the Supreme, who has clearly declared in the Bhagavad-gita that envious demons in the garb of religious propagandists shall be thrown into the darkest regions of hell (Bg. 16.19-20). Sri Isopanisad confirms that these pseudo religionists are heading toward the most obnoxious place in the universe after the completion of their spiritual master business, which they conduct simply for sense gratification.

Unfortunately this statement very accurately describes so many of the gurus you will find these days. This problem has made spiritual advancement very difficult, practically impossible for the general public.

So [I keep saying this and please forgive me that] if you want to become Krishna conscious you have to find an actual pure devotee of Krishna and really surrender to him and serve him. And he will instruct you to stop sense gratification and instead work for the satisfaction of Krishna’s senses.

Anyhow, back to the basic principle of Krishna consciousness that practically all ‘devotees’ refuse to surrender to.

Actual Krishna consciousness means that one must know his constitutional position as the living entity and act accordingly.

The living entity has no separate independent identity. He is the marginal energy of Krishna. This is often compared with the situation at a beach on the shore of the ocean. Sometimes the sand on the beach is uncovered and open and at other times, when the the tide comes in, the beach disappears and is covered by water. So in this way the beach can be open or it can be covered by the water. Similarly when the living entity is entrapped by material energy, he is conditioned, and when he is Krsna conscious, or aware of the spiritual energy, then he is in his real and natural state of life. Therefore, when one is in complete knowledge, one ceases all material sense gratification, or renounces all kinds of sense gratificatory activities.

A Krishna conscious person therefore only uses his senses in the service of Krishna for the pleasure of Krishna. He has no personal desires for sense gratification at all. He understands that he is part and parcel of Krishna and that as the part and parcel of Krishna it is his natural and constitutional position to render service to Krishna. And he knows that if he can please Krishna in this way then he will also become satisfied because he is a part and parcel of Krishna. If the whole [Krishna] is satisfied then automatically the part [the living entity] will also be satisfied. In reality this is the only way a living entity can become satisfied–by surrendering to Krishna and serving and satisfying Him.

If one is unable to give up the activities of his selfish nature, sense gratification, then knowledge and yoga are of no benefit to him. The real aim is for a living entity to give up all selfish satisfaction and to be prepared to satisfy the Supreme. A Krsna conscious person has no desire for any kind of self-enjoyment. He is always engaged for the enjoyment of the Supreme. One who has no information of the Supreme must therefore be engaged in self-satisfaction because no one can stand on the platform of inactivity.

So without giving up the propensity for personal sense gratification and without real surrender, submission and service to an actual bona fide spiritual master, a pure devotee of Krishna, advancement in Krishna consciousness is not possible.

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126 Responses to The little-known secret to Advancement in Krishna Consciousness

  1. divyat says:

    hare krishna my lord you spoke exactly right that there are a lot of fake teachers especially in india . the radha soami, baba ramdev,nirmal baba,etc form a long list where they befool the innocent public. i am especially amazed by baba ramdev acoording to him yoga is just practicing of seating postures which he shows to public by executing various asanas by which various diseases are to be cured but real yoga is to engage our thinking on lord krishna which he is completely ignorant of and an example how popular he has become is when ask a comman man about yoga he immediately tells you it is performing asanas like ramdev does.

    these rascals are never ever going to stop their dirty businesses

    • Sanjeev Punj says:

      Without mercy of Krishna, none of these yogis can perform any action.Whatever they learn is by the mercy of the Lord.They must teach it humbly to others, and not behave arrogantly and display these capabilities for gaining wealth.This paves the way of their downfall, if they utilise yogic capabilities for gaining wealth.Their downfall comes when they begin to assume many things about the public and try to make money out of the spiritual sciences.Imparting such knowledge must be free of cost.Most of them have unfulfilled desires of becoming wealthy, and thus they do such things, running business empires in the name of yoga.

    • Datta says:

      How can I find a true Krishna devotee in this crowd of fake spiritual masters?

      • Prabhupada is a true spiritual master. READ HIS BOOKS. If you assimilate all the knowledge in Srila Prabhupada’s books and actually follow his instructions in your life you will be perfectly able to differentiate between a real guru and a fake guru. Otherwise you will never be able to tell the difference…

        • hare krishna, prabhuji
          I have a question that i strongly believe in having a guru. i also have an aspiring maharaj i truly agree in what he says but due to my lack of advancement in kc i am unable to follow his each and every instruction. so can i follow him with my limitations? and i have another question that i am seeing many healthy people are dying due to heart attacks and accidents, so i always feel to pray to lord narsimha dev to protect me and my husband, and we can live long and healthy life and make more and more advancement in krishna consciousness and can serve the devotees. can i do this kind of prayer, is it valid?

          • Hare Krishna Mala

            I can only suggest you read Srila Prabhupada’s books and follow the instructions you will find Srila Prabhupada giving you as you read his books. I can not encourage you to follow any other ‘maharaj’ as honestly speaking at lest 99% of the ‘maharajas’ out there are completely bogus cheaters who have no potency to help you on your path back home back to Godhead.

            As far as you noticing that many people are dying around you that is a great realization and in itself this proves that you are making some spiritual advancement. So from this observation you can also assume that you and your husband will die also and maybe you will die soon. There is no guarantee that we will live even one day more. So a devotee is always feeling like this, that he may die at any moment and therefore he is always ready to remember Krishna at the time of death. He uses his time very carefully, he does not like to waste even a second without there being some connection to serving Krishna. Because we have very limited time.

            But a devotee has no attachment to this material world or to this body or to the family members, etc. He is attached to Krishna and he does not care if he leaves this body of stays in it. So he does not pray to Krishna to ask for protection from death. A devotee does not care about death. Every day we go to sleep and wake up the next morning. So death is just like that. We go to sleep and wake up a few months later in the womb of our next mother, or if we have perfected the process of Krishna consciousness and are able to remember Krishna at the time of death then we will go directly back home, back to Godhead. In any case nothing will be lost for a devotee because of death for a devotees only assets are his Krishna consciousness and that Krishna consciousness goes with him at that time of death to his next life.

            So this sort of prayer, to live a long and healthy life, is not valid for devotees. Devotees will not ask for such a thing. A devotees prayer is only “Please Krishna engage me in Your service.” That is all. A devotee does not ask Krishna for anything else. Krishna knows anyhow what we want, and if Krishna wants us to live long healthy lives and serve the devotees then we will live long and healthy lives, we do not have to ask Krishna for this. And if Krishna wants to kill us right now then for a devotee that is also perfectly OK. He does not mind.

            Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

            Madhudvisa dasa

          • Jagadisa Pandita das says:

            I was in this whole mode about serving the mission of Prabhupada after I was done with householder life but after leaving my family and moving in my local temple I was shooked at how things have changed in iskcon and in utter discouragement I went back to my family because I cannot find quality association with a advanced devotee. I still practice my sadana.

          • Jagadisa Pandita das says:

            I was in this whole mode about serving the mission of Prabhupada after I was done with householder life but after leaving my family and moving in my local temple I was shocked at how things have changed in iskcon and in utter discouragement I went back to my family because I cannot find quality association with a advanced devotee. I still practice my sadana.

          • Yes Prabhu, unfortunately you can not find the association of nice devotees in ISKCON temples anymore. At this point in time living in an ISKCON temple is not an option for one who seriously wants to make advancement in Krishna consciousness…

          • Yes Prabhu, unfortunately you can not find the association of nice devotees in ISKCON temples anymore. At this point in time living in an ISKCON temple is not an option for one who seriously wants to make advancement in Krishna consciousness…

  2. then prabhu how to get a spritiual master?
    Hare krishna

    • Hare Krishna!

      By the mercy of Krishna you get the bona fide spiritual master and by the mercy of the bonafide spiritual master you get Krishna.

      Getting a bona fide spiritual master is a very, very, very rare thing. It is said in Caitanya-caritamrta that the living entity is wandering from universe to universe [as he takes birth and dies over and over again] and it is only occassionally that one fortunate soul gets the opportunity to meet a bona fide spiritual master. If he takes full advantage of this meeting and serves and gets the blessings of the bona fide spiritual master then he can get the ‘bhakti latta bija’, the seed of devotional service. Once the disciple has this seed of devotion he needs to water it by hearing and chanting about Krishna and by removing the weeds that also grow in the heart as a result of this watering process.

      So it is a very rare thing to find a bona fide spiritual master. They are not at all common. We are so fortunate to have Srila Prabhupada who is a pure devotee of Krishna and who is ready to help us all go back home back to Godhead. But we do not want to surrender to him, we do not want to go back to Godhead. We are in maya… We want to try and be happy in this material world… That is the problem…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Thank you prabu , for ur reply. I accept that only by mercy of lord Krishna one can attain a spiritual master.

        Hare Krishna

        • Parikcit says:

          so where are the pure devottes now, untainted not become casuality to their previous bad habits etc. Does one have to be a pure devotee to be a guru? If so where can i find one? He has to be equal to Sp isnt?

          • Hare Krishna Parikcit

            You can not demand to see a pure devotee now, on your command. You can only see a pure devotee by the mercy of Krishna. They are very, very rare. So you can see Prabhupada now, therefore you should take advantage of the association of Srila Prabhupada and at least educate yourself so you know what is a pure devotee and what is a cheating guru. If you actually seriously study Srila Prabhupada’s books and put his teachings into practice in your life you will have the power to differentiate between the rare soul who is actually a real guru and the millions of cheating gurus…

            Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

            Madhudvisa dasa

  3. Sanjeev Punj says:

    The above matter is serious and very important.One has to “surrender completely” to the Guru and only then does one learn the hidden secrets of Krishna Consciousness.Maybe only a few disciples “completely surrender” and become elevated to a position of a pure devotee.I have come across :Guru hoppers and Guru changers during my spiritual journey.Since 1978, I have remained stuck to my Guru who gave me diksha, and then shiksha. I believe I cannot ever let go of my Guru wherever he goes finally I have to follow him there, for I cannot imagine him being alone and without a servant,wherever he is.I stay aloof from Guru jumpers, they set bad examples.Once I was given a chance to see what misleading Gurus can do and I totally agree with all the above statements in this article.I thank you Madhudvisa Dasa, for such a wonderful article.This is higher shiksha that I am gaining from your articles, and it keeps my mind focussed. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

  4. Subhashish Das says:


    Krishna is the Supreme Soul, the eternal master, super-parent & pure friend of all entities. It’s a wonder, knowing all these, we still desist from the real path. Ignorance, falsehood, sensuality is the devil. The boon of Krishna Chaitanya is forever present, still we’re oblivious of it.

    Renunciation is difficult without absolute consecration to the Supreme Avatar Sri Krishna. The guru also manifest to the devotee, when the time is ripe, and he/she appears on the commands of Krishna only!

    Krishnam Vande Jagat Gurum! Hare Krishna!

    Subhashish Das

  5. Mihai says:

    I am from Romania, that is on the other side of the world, I am so powerfully attracted to all these teachings but it seem so hard for me to find them other than each and there on the internet…now talking about the spiritual bona fide Master, if it is hard for you guys to find him in India how will I be able to find one in Romania? I need more information. God bless you all!

    • Hare Krishna Mithal

      All the information you need you will find in the books of Srila Prabhupada which you can read online at and purchase at

      Please take the time to read Srila Prabhupada’s books and you will find he is your bona fide guru and he is living in his books and he will answer every question you have to your complete satisfaction. You just have to take the time to read his books….

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  6. Michael says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu, please accept my humble obeisances…

    Thank you for your informative emails.

    Please correct me if I am wrong.

    We don’t have to search for a ‘living’ pure devotee of Sri Krishna to accept as our spiritual master because Srila Prabhupada IS that pure devotee and we must just surrender to him and his teachings and we will receive the necessary understanding of Krishna Consciousness???

    Jaya Gauranga, Haribol

    • Yes Michael, that is correct. Srila Prabhupada is a living guru and he is here with us and we can just surrender to him and follow his teachings and if we do this and please Srila Prabhupada in this way he will give us his blessings and by his mercy we will be able to become devotees of Krishna and our lives will be successful.

  7. DEV says:

    dear guruji,

    Hope to find you in your good spirit, If this is the real situation in kali youga than how do you think to accomplish your mission of enlightment and advancement-in-krishna-consciousnes?????

    Then it must be the lord himself who has to come to save us. What do you think? And so the KALKI AVATARA IS requird in Kali youga.


    • Hare Krishna Dev

      Srila Prabhupada is already here and he has already saved us. We simply have to take advantage of his books and read them and follow the instructions we find in them and we are saved. We do not have to wait for anyone else to save us.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  8. Gaurasundaara Das says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa Prabhu
    All Glories To Srila Prabhupada
    Please accept my humble obeisances.

    You are right, Srila Prabhupada remark in each one of his pages the subject of devotional service as the only way to develop Krishna consciousness. (Bg. 18 55)

    For example Srila Prabhupada say: “In the Bhagavad-gītā it is said that those who are mahātmās, or those whose minds have been so broadened as to be engaged in the service of Lord Kṛṣṇa, are under the influence of the internal potency, and the effect is that such broadminded living beings are constantly engaged in the service of the Lord without deviation. That should be the aim of life. And that is the verdict of all the Vedic literatures. No one should bother himself with fruitive activities or dry speculation about transcendental knowledge.”

    “The practice (of bhakti) makes the master.”

  9. partha says:

    Prabhuji pranam, thanks for the article. Prabhuji i will be grateful if you kindly give your comments about the concept of “making temple” which is very much prevelant nowadays. Actually sanyasis should be parivrajaka (move around on foot) but it is seen that at present all sanyasis and brahmacharys are trying to construct a temple of their own and say that in this way they will preach. Radhe Radhe

    • Hare Krishna Partha

      Yes, this cheating is going on, the sannyasis and brahmacaris are busy collecting lots of money to make a temple and when they have it they simply eat and sleep and live a comfortable life full of sense gratification in the temple, and collect more money from the public to pay their excessive expenses.

      This Kali-yuga is the age for cheaters and you will find that practically all the sannyasis and brahmacaris of this age are actually cheaters who are keeping some desire for personal sense gratification, some personal interest they are working for, so they can not actually understand Krishna consciousness…

      The real sannyasis and brahmacaris are very hard to find these days…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  10. Uma Sridhar says:

    Hare Krishna!

    Pranam Swamji,

    Delighted to see your kind post after a long gap. I humbly request you to clear the following doubts which will be beneficial for all those who want to make advancement in Krishna Consciousness.

    1) You have asked to give up personal sense gratification activities and work for the satisfaction of Krishna’s senses. – See we for example Me, married woman having children, I have to satisfy my husband as well as my children’s desires; I have to serve them. Krishna also mentioned in Bhagvad Gita in Karma Yoga, we have to do our duty. Our Guru the Grate Prabhupadaji was also a family man after finishing his duties he took “Sanyasa”. Please clarify Swamiji, performing activities for my family is also sense gratification? We are in family, we have limitations,in spite of this we sincerely follow daily chanting, visiting temples etc.

    2. Will you please explain how to satisfy the Supreme? How to serve him? even it is very difficult to satisfy ordinary human being, will it not be a difficult task? and what are the symptoms that Krishna is satisfied with our devotion/service?

    As you have mentioned, the bona fide Gurus are seldom, finding Real Krishna devoted guru is difficult. So, I follow only Sri Srilaprabhupada reading his books and remembering daily in my prayer that’s all. I humbly request you whatever I am doing is correct process in Krishna Consciousness.?

    Please clarify Prabhuji.

    Hare Krishna!

    Uma Sridhar

    • Hare Krishna Uma

      Very nice to hear from you. You are doing the right thing by accepting Srila Prabhupada as your bona fide guru and following him by reading his books and remembering him daily in your prayer. As you are reading Prabhupada’s books also you will find that he is giving you instructions, so as you get these instructions from Srila Prabhupada you can follow them and that will please Srila Prabhupada and please Krishna.

      Being in family life does not mean that you can not be Krishna conscious. And it does mean that you have responsibilities and duties to serve your husband and look after your children, etc. And the ideal thing is to encourage your husband also in Krishna consciousness and together with the whole family you can practice Krishna consciousness by having kirtans together and reading Prabhupada’s books together and gradually you can transform the whole family life so it is centered around serving Krishna.

      But there are many things you can do, direct service to Krishna, that will also benefit your family. Everyone has to eat so you have to go to the store and purchase things to cook and cook them. So if you stop purchasing things for your family and instead when you are at the store you have the consciousness that you want to purchase nice things so you can offer them to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna then although the activity is the same, you are still going to the store and purchasing vegetables, grains, milk products and fruits, but you are purchasing them for Krishna, to please Krishna, not for yourself or your family. Then when you are cooking the meal also you don’t cook it for your family. You cook it to please Srila Prabhupada and Krishna, and then you offer it to Srila Prabhupada and it becomes prasadam and then you can offer that prasadam to your husband and your family members. So in this way from the point of view of the family nothing has changed, you are still going to the store and purchasing things and coming home and cooking them and the family is getting a delicious meal. But your consciousness has changed. Actually you are no longer cooking for your husband and your family. You are cooking for Srila Prabhupada and Krishna.

      So in this way in every activity of your life you can adjust things so you really have given up all personal sense gratification activities and are only working for the satisfaction of Krishna, and your family is very satisfied, enjoying the Krishna prasadam.

      The limitations of family life can be removed in this way, particularly if you can interest the family in participating in some sort of regular spiritual program in the mornings and evenings. It can start as a small thing like a short kirtan and aroti in the morning and evening and gradually if they become more and more interested in Krishna consciousness then the main topic of conversation in your house will become Krishna and suddenly serving your husband and family will become serving Krishna.

      Of course not everyone is interested and there are so many material impedements we will have to face in our attempt to become Krishna consciousness but really family life is no disqualification to taking to Krishna consciousness. You just need to continue what you are doing and carefully listen to what Srila Prabhupada is saying to you when you read his books and follow those instructions and you will see gradually everything in your family life becomes very favorable to your advancement in Krishna consciousness, or Krishna may make some other arrangement, it is up to Him of course, He can do anything He wants to do and whatever happens the devotees accept it as Krishna’s mercy.

      It is impossible to satisfy an ordinary human being. Because an ordinary human being is under the illusion of thinking that he is the material body and he is thinking if he can satisfy the senses of his material body then he will be happy. But this is an illusion, it is an absolutely incorrect idea. We are not this material body, we are the spirit soul within the body, so no amount of sense gratification can ever satisfy the soul. The soul can only be satisfied by reestablishing our eternal relationship with Krishna in devotional service. So for this reason it is absolutely impossible to satisfy an ordinary human being. But satisfying Krishna is not so hard. He says in the Gita: “If one offers Me with love and devotion a fruit, a flower, a leaf or water, I will accept it.” So Krishna is very easily satisfied and it is not expensive or difficult. What Krishna is really looking for is for us to develop some real love and devotion for Him, that is really what He accepts from us. So it is really very easy to satisfy Krishna and completely impossible to satisfy an “ordinary person.”

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  11. abhaya carana seva das says:

    pamho madhudvisa prabhu agtACBSP, KAMADA EKADASI KI JAI,this newsletter is very accurate in all the details regarding the present situation in this dangerous current of kali yuga gurus hoaxers as SRILA PRABHUPADA already predicted,you got the real understanding coming from SRILA PRABHUPADA PARAM-PARA and this is the proof that you are initiated by a bonafide spiritual master and associate with HIM as much as you can as the only way of deliverance from this double jail job by swimming against the current of the own nature,i also got initiated by HDG ACBSP couple months ago on GAURA PURNIMA,the brahminical diksa is working but as you mentioned above it’s not easy to go back to the real nature of the dharma especially in this age of hypocrisy full of distractions where most of our actual society citizens are still uncivilized but i have to admit that your service to SRILA PRABHUPADA is great through your spiritual website a lot people get inspired because you explain it nicely due to your genuine devotion to SRILA PRABHUPADA,thank you very much for this wonderful newsletter and for your worthy association,agtys ys a.c.seva das haribol

  12. Uma Sridhar says:

    Hare Krishna!

    Pranan Swamiji,

    Thank you very much for clearing all my doubts prabhuji. I will sincerely try my best whatever you have mentioned about service to Lord Krishna.

    My humble request is that please keep posting such a valuable posts on Krishna Consciousness.

    Hare Krishna!

    Uma Sridhar

  13. Chris says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa, nice to hear from you again.

    Your comments come just in time

  14. sadtya says:

    Hare Krsna Prabhu
    Please accept my humble obeisances
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada

    Thank you so much Prabhu for your articles, if you don’t mind please give me guidance, I used to read Srimad Bhagavad Gita from, because I have a little bit difficulty opened by my black berry smart phone, is it the same site between and and where should I go to read the others Srila Prabhupada’s books? I mean what site, Prabhu? Thank you so much.

    Your servant


    • Hare Krishna Sadtya

      I will try to improve so it can be more easily used from phones and tablets within 2 months. I apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for reminding me of it and if it is not fixed in 2 months please remind me again.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  15. jonathan says:

    Hi, i want to know the meaning of Hare Krishna and Hare Rama. Secondly, if Hare Krishna a religious group?Thanks.

    • Hare Krishna Jonathan

      Hare, Krishna and Rama are all names of God. So chanting the Hare Krishna mantra means chanting the names of God. These are not ordinary mundane sound vibrations. The name of God IS God. The holy name contains all the potencies and energies of God and you can get all the benefits of personal association with God through chanting His holy names. You develop the qualities of the people you associate with so if you associate with God by chanting His holy names then you will automatically develop all the Godly qualities. It is such a powerful thing. Chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra.

      Krishna consciousness is not a religion. It is the eternal constitutional activity of the soul. It is our original consciousness. Krishna consciousness is within everyone. It has simply become covered over by the results of so many sinful activities we have committed in this life and previous lives. So the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is the process that will clean away all the dirt from our hearts and our minds and uncover our original consciousness, Krishna consciousness. So it is not a religion. Everyone is Krishna conscious, it has just been covered over and by the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra that original consciousness, Krishna consciousness, can be uncovered.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  16. Arvind says:

    Hare KRishna Prabhu

    Please apprise with the procedure to offer food to Krishna.
    Should it be offered to both Raha Krishna or Krishna alone.
    Please advice.

    • Hare Krishna Arvind

      Offerings of bhoga to Krishna are not directly offered to Krishna. They are offered to Srila Prabhupada and he will offer it to Krishna. That is the system. So on the alter you have to have the photo of Srila Prabhupada and when you are offering it your mood should be that you are offering this to Srila Prabhupada and that he will offer it to Krishna. Only one plate is required.

      We can not directly offer to Radha-Krishna. Everything we offer through Srila Prabhupada. That is the position of the bona fide spiritual master. He appears in this world to accept the offerings and service of his disciples and he does not enjoy these offerings himself, he in turn offers them to his spiritual master and in this way the offerings go to Krishna via the chain of disciplic succession. That is actually the only way you can offer to Radha-Krishna and know They will accept your offering.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  17. Sunday pere brave says:

    I want to know if i am practising the Hare Krishna movement and my wife and children refused joining me in the service of the Lord, am i suppose to force them to join me in serving the Lord Krishna? What are the requirements of making a place of service? Please i need some pic of the Lord and his Gurus

    • Hare Krishna

      You can not force anyone to serve Krishna. Serving Krishna has to be done out of love. So the best you can do in your situation is yourself engage in the service of Krishna and as you make spiritual advancement your family may become interested also. Or they may not. So if they are not interested then you just have to practice Krishna consciousness yourself. Ultimately everyone is an individual and they make their own decision if they want to serve Krishna or serve maya. You can give them Krishna prasadam and let them hear the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra and this will purify their hearts and gradually they will come to Krishna consciousness. If you can encourage them to read some of Srila Prabhupada’s books, even the small books, then that will help them a great deal.

      You can get everything you need to practice Krishna consciousness at home at, the altar pictures are at:

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  18. Arvind kumar says:

    Today’s there r a lot of cheater,they attracts u by evrythng that they can souls r so confused wht to do…i’m a devotee of shri krishna since childhood,i want 2 knw the way to achiv supreme goal of life…plz enlighten my intellect …HARE KRISHNA

    • Hare Krishna Arvind

      Yes, there are so many cheaters. This is the age of cheaters. They are everywhere. But Srila Prabhupada is not a cheater and he has put everything you need to know in his books. You have to read them Prabhu. I can not answer this in a one paragraph post. You have to study the subject matter seriously from a bona fide guru, and Srila Prabhupada is a bona fide guru and he has put everything in his books, so read them. If you have specific questions that arise out of reading Srila Prabhupada’s books please feel free to ask and I will attempt to answer. But such a broad question, “How to achieve the supreme goal of life.” That is the subject of all of Srila Prabhupada’s books, the subject of the whole Vedas. If it could be answered in one paragraph then they would not have written so many books…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  19. Vijay raman says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu,

    My humble obeisances to you and Srila Prabhupad.

    It is a very interesting topic.

    Please answer my below questions prabhu.

    1. I came to know from the above discussions that we can take Srila Prabhupad as bonafide spiritual master and practice Krishna consciousness. My question is Is it necessary or must to Initiation any other living Guru to develop in K Consciousness. Please clarify.

    2. I am working in xxxx part of the world. I am chanting 16 rounds and following 4 regulative principles for last 1 year. The ISKCON devotees here forcing me to take initiation from XXXX person ( who is a disciple of Srila Prabhupad). Is it necessary to take initiation from that XXXX person. Even I dont know very well about him.
    How to avoid these devotees?
    Hari Bol prabhuji



    • Hare Krishna Vijay Prabhu

      Prabhupada is a living guru and he is quite capable of guiding you back home, back to Godhead. Prabhupada is a pure devotee of Krishna, an uttama-adhikari, a devotee on the topmost platform. So the idea of Krishna consciousness is to actually become Krishna consciousness so that at the end of this life we do not have to come back to the material world but we can go back home back to Godhead. So we need to become pure devotees of Krishna, and the only way we can become pure devotees of Krishna is if we are guided by a pure devotee of Krishna. So if you really want to become Krishna consciousness Srila Prabhupada is the perfectly qualified person to become your spiritual master. But you have to be serious. So many people are not serious. But if you really do surrender to Srila Prabhupada and really do actually read his books and put what you read into practice in your life then you will find that you develop a real tangible personal relationship with Srila Prabhupada and he will personally guide you and answer all your questions and help you through the difficult times in your spiritual life.

      As far as ISKCON trying to force you to take initiation from someone you don’t even know, honestly Prabhu they are demons. They see you are attached to Srila Prabhupada and by Srila Prabhupada’s mercy you are able to chant 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and actually follow the four regulative principles, and honestly Prabhu really most of today’s ISKCON devotees do not chant 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and do not very strictly follow the regulative principles. Because they are offenders to Srila Prabhupada and the followers of Srila Prabhupada. So they are envious of you Prabhu. I know that may sound strange. But I am a devotee for almost 30 years now and I have seen it so many times that the most enthusiastic, the most sincere devotees in an ISKCON temple are the new bhaktas who are reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and taking shelter of Srila Prabhupada. It is the system in ISKCON to destroy the lives of these sincere servants of Srila Prabhupada by telling them that Prabhupada is dead and gone and that they need a ‘living guru’. So many of them accept this and accept a ‘living guru’ like the dozens of ISKCON gurus who have already been proved to be cheating sinful conditioned souls not even capable of taking themselves back home back to Godhead, what to speak of taking hundreds of disciples with them… So anyhow ISKCON convince the innocent bhaktas to take initiation from some bogus guru and forget Prabhupada, and many of them do it, and that is the end of their spiritual life unfortunately.

      You can not just accept initiation from someone you don’t even know. You are putting your life in their hands. Accepting a spiritual master means agreeing to accept him and worship him as being non-different form Krishna. And it means to surrender to whatever order he may give you without question. So it would be extremely foolish to accept someone as your spiritual master if you had not first thoroughly tested him to ascertain if he is really actually a pure devotee of Krishna and if he is really qualified to guide you back home back to Godhead. The disciple has to test the prospective guru to see if he is actually qualified and the guru also has to test the intending disciple to see if he is qualified. And this is only possible if you actually know what are the qualities of a bona fide spiritual master, so for this you have to first very seriously study Srila Prabhupada’s books….

      So you can avoid these ISKCON devotees by not going to the ISKCON temples. They are not at all good association. It would be better for you to try and preach to your friends and family members and start your own little sanga and come together and chant Hare Krishna and read Srila Prabhupada’s books. In the current situation ISKCON is not good association and will not help you advance in spiritual life…

      This is the way ISKCON works Prabhu. If you do not agree to accept one of their bogus ‘living’ gurus and if you keep on reading Prabhupada’s books and chanting Hare Krishna and following the four regulative principles you will become more and more blissful and advanced in spiritual life and they will not be able to tolerate that and will declare that you are a ‘dirty stinking ritvik’ and ban you from all the temples… If you become an actual devotee they will throw you out…

      I know it sounds crazy and rather harsh, but unfortunately it is the truth…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • srinivas says:

        Hare Krishna Prabhu,

        I am following the regulative principles for the last 2 years. I have not initiated. I have one doubt here. How can we test a guru? We are conditioned souls, and we don’t have that strength to test a guru. Only thing we can do is based on the statements of the prabhupada we can eliminate bogus gurus. Can you explain me more about this?

        Hari Bol.

        • Really you have to become a madhyama adhikari to test a guru. So so this. Accept Srila Prabhupada as your guru and advance to the madhyam platform so you will be then qualified to see who is bona fide and who is bogus. You can assume that everyone is bogus except Srila Prabhupada and start from there. A real bona fide Vaisnava acharya will be self-effulgent as Srila Prabhupada is. He will rise like the sun for all to see. It is not an ordinary thing or a very common thing, a bona fide guru. They are very, very, very rare. So we have Srila Prabhupada, our bona fide guru, why look elsewhere. So far everyone else who has gone to someone else has been cheated by a bogus guru. Why not stick with Srila Prabhupada?

  20. Sanat Attavar says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa

    I’ve read a few books such as ‘Life comes from Life’, ‘The Laws of Nature’, ‘Beginner’s Guide to Krishna Consciousness’, ‘The Bhagavad Gita – As It Is’ – twice, ‘Bhakti Yoga’ and have been chanting 16 rounds (and more mostly) and following the 4 regulative principles and since then i’ve experienced peace / balance / clarity / understanding of life like never before.
    My prayer to Lord Krishna after chanting is ‘Lord Sri Krishna, Thank you for all that YOU have given me, please forgive me for all the mistakes or sins that i may have committed knowingly or unknowingly in my life, please help me not to commit any mistakes or sins knowingly or unknowingly in my life. Please take care of me and show me the right path in my life. Give me the strength, the courage and the guidance to follow the path YOU have shown me. Please help me to remember YOU, seek YOU, serve YOU, surrender to YOU and worship YOU in all the moments of my life. Please Lord Sri Krishna show me the right way to worship YOU’ Thank YOU GOD.
    Since doing this i feel in total control of the situation i am in, whatever it may be – good, challenging, stressful, happy etc i find myself equanimous and can’t thank Sri Krishna enough for it. Nothing gives me more happiness than chanting the Maha Mantra.
    My question is since there are quite a few grave challenges i face in my family life / professional life, am i in the right track? I do my best, given the circumstances to handle whatever situation i happen to face. I personally am totally convinced that i’m in the right direction in life. I just wanted hear from you what do you have to say, is there anything else i have to do? and if there is, i will galdly do so.

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      Yes. You are on the right track for sure. Do not be discouraged by the challenges and struggles you face in your family life. Because we are in the material world there will always be so many challenges we have to face and from the material point of view we may have to face many apparently disturbing and disappointing situations. But a devotee rightly knows that he is not the material body and all these relationships like family relationships are only bodily relationships. So as the devotee knows he is not the body he also knows that the family relationships are only imaginary. There is no real lasting relationship at all. It is all finished at the time of death or before. So a devotee is not very concerned in the ultimate issue about these family relationships and also even though he may see so many apparently disastrous things happening around him in the material world, he is not affected by this. The devotee remains fixed in devotional service in Krishna consciousness in any situation.

      So yes you are on the right path for sure. The only thing that I suggest is that you are not giving Srila Prabhupada any credit in your prayers. It is only by Srila Prabhupada’s mercy that we are able to approach Krishna. So it is very important to always remember to offer our obeisances and thanks to Srila Prabhupada….

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Tushar says:

        Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa ji,

        Can’t you have an eternal relationship with a living entity. Let’s say you have a wife and by the grace of Lord Radhakrishna ji and Swami Prabhipada ji you became eligible to go to spiritual world, can’t you take your wife along with you too? It depends if she wants to go with you and her attachment to you but can it happen?

        Your servant,

        • If your wife is Krishna conscious then yes you can both go to the spiritual world together, why not?

      • Sanat Attavar says:

        Hare Krishna Prabhu

        Thank you for your reply.

        I sincerely don’t intend to ignore anyone, my only need and continous effort is to chant and remember GOD at every moment of my life. My understanding is if you pray to Sri Krishna one is giving due respect to all HIS devotees. While there are many Saints who by their writing gave me a chance to understand GOD, my journey to reach upto Sri Krishna has been long and through reading various Saints. And even though i was a regular visitor to Sri Krishna Temple for years in Muscat it was only in 2010 Krishna Janmastami when a friend of mine took me to ISKCON Temple in Chennai and a young devotee urged me to read a few books which i’ve mentioned in my earlier posts did i experience GOD and now know that i need not look any further. But wouldn’t it be unfair not to credit other Saints and credit only Srila Prabhupada. If i hadn’t read and experienced i would not have proceeded further, the fact is that one thing led to the other. For one to reach the first floor one has to start at the first step but after reaching the first floor shouldn’t one thank all the steps for getting him there, instead of the last step only? Whatever i’ve said is an honest attempt to understand how to go about life correctly.

        • Hare Krishna Sanat

          You do not need any other steps. You can just read Prabhupada’s books and come to Krishna consciousness. Now you have discovered Krishna consciousness and Prabhupada’s and his books you can introduce others to Prabhupada, his books and Krishna. No other saints are necessary or practical in this age.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  21. tirupati says:

    Prabhu,My pranams and humble submissions.Though I am not qualified to ask for some clarifications of the newsletter,forgive me if this is an offence.My dandavat pranams to sri prabhupad.
    To my little understanding I feel a little bhakti and some good deeds do not go waste,during the journey to bhakti marg.I am depressed and discouraged to learn from you that what little efforts we make are going to be a waste.While totally agreeing on the views of getting a Guru and feeling “Higher taste” is it possible for the fallen souls; the diseased, the aged to get a little redemption. What is the way to these people with all infirmities. Did not Chaitanya Mahaprbhu promise deliverence to the the people who are on the path of Sankeethana Marg so also the great Acharyas of all religions.
    I am life member of Isckon on the path of bhakti making very little progress.A solution or few comforting words from you go a long way to assuage the feelings of all this oppressed lot.DEEN DUKH HARAN Prabhu.
    Thank you.Hare Krishna.

    • Hare Krishna Tirupati

      The way is the same for everyone: healthy, fit, young and old, diseased and with infirmities. A devotee transcends the bodily platform and realizes that he is not the material body, So for him it does not matter if he is in a young body, an old body, a fit body or a diseased body — his business is the same — chanting Hare Krishna and performing devotional service. So there is absolutely no difference in the way for a fit person and a diseased person. The way is exactly the same. Chant:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      The ‘good deeds’ are useless from the spiritual point of view unless they are in the service of Krishna or His pure devotees. Like preaching. Chanting Hare Krishna for the old and sick or distributing Krishna prasadam to the old and sick for example. But a devotee does not engage in ordinary worldly ‘good deeds’ because they implicate him in karma, good karma, and he is forced to take birth again in the material world to receive that good karma. So in the absolute sense good deeds and sinful activities are both bad because both of them generate karma and both of them force us to stay in the material world and stop us from going back home back to Godhead. So a devotee does not do anything at all except serve Krishna. And to find out practically how to live your life in this way please read Srila Prabhupada’s books.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  22. Lipsa says:

    Hare krishna prabhuji
    I am an engineering student and am able to chant only 6 rounds daily. I at times feel sleepy while chanting or chant more than 108 times in a round. I feel like crying to become a sincere devotee of krishna and cry also. I just want to spend each moment of my life to please krishna. Please Advice me prabhuji.

    • Just concentrate on strictly following the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication], read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day and chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. This is the beginning. You have to come to this standard at least to begin the process of Krishna consciousness. So just work on arranging your life in such a way that you can do these things. That is what you have to do. Other things will come naturally but you can not expect to make advancement if you are not prepared to surrender to these basic things. Of course in the beginning it is hard to chant 16 rounds, you may feel sleepy, but if you want to become Krishna conscious then you have to push aside this sleepy feeling and keep chanting Hare Krishna. It is not easy to become Krishna conscious. Like any valuable thing if you want it you have to work for it.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  23. parth prem das says:

    thankyou prabhuji you have cleared lots of my doubts regerding practicing krishna consciousness

  24. Gopal says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,

    Very nice. I wish to enquire prabhuji that isnt there a time factor which is required for a neophyte to come to a level of giving up all sense gratification. Isnt it a process of evolution and practice which can be perfected over time. So till we reach that threshold state we are not in pure Krishna Consciousness. Please enlighten me. Hare Krishna.


    • No. You have to just do it. There is really no Krishna consciousness at all unless you are prepared to surrender to the process of saddhana-bhakti, the process of becoming Krishna conscious. And the process of becoming Krishna conscious is to give up illict sex, intoxicaiton, meat eating and gambling and to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and to read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. And if you are not prepared to do this then you are not going to become Krishna conscious.

      It is not that you can do it gradually. You have to decide to do it. Decide to follow the regulative principles and surrender to the idea of chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra. Of course it is a process and you may fall down even many times in your attempts to become Krishna conscious and that is more-or-less expected. But even if you fall down then you need to recommit yourself again to seriously following the regulative principles and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and reading Prabhupada’s books.

      We can not have a little maya and a little Krishna and expect to become Krishna conscious. It will never work. We have to surrender to Krishna and that means surrendering to following the four regulative principles and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily… You can not do less than this and think you are on the path to Krishna consciousness. The path starts with following the four regulative principles and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and reading Prabhupada’s books, not before….

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  25. Sosh says:

    Hare krishna prabhuji
    How to practice non attachment to material desire when everything like TV, 1st prize and other things are so attractive?

  26. nitai das says:

    Hare Krsna.pamho,agtsp.when krsna sees someone is sincere he sends to him a bonafide you get guru when youre sincere.even if there is no physically manifest guru in your country,the world or even the universe,if youre sincere krsna will make the arrangement and youll be intitiated. and even if you are in the physical presence of a real sad guru,if you are only karma or jnana adhikari ie if you are not searching for something other than karma(material enjoyment) or jnana(brahma nirvana)ie if youre not searching for krsna ,he will not intitiate you.dhruva was sincerely searching for lotus eyed lord hari so krsna sent to him narada muni and he was initiated ,cause he was bhakti adhikari(he was not ready to accept anything from narada other than krsna).so if there are difficulties, we have to examine our own hearts and see what nonsense we still want,get rid of those desires somehow, then we are true bhakti adhikaris and we will get all the help we need.develop pure bhakti adhikar,get sad-guru, and then one will get get krsna prem bhakti,ecstatic love of God and all joy will proceed for ever more.thankyou to the devotees running this website for giving me this opportunity to write about this matter,and thus understand more about it myself and advance more towards the temple of prem(ecstatic love of krsna) which is the actual goal of the life of the jivas(the living entities.your friend,nitai das.

    • Hare Krishna Nitai

      Krishna has sent the perfect guru, Sriila Prabhupada, and he is living in his books and you can take advantage of his association and surrender to him and serve him anywhere and if you are actually sincerer he will happily initiate you.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  27. Roger Perry says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu,
    Please accept my comment.
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
    Very well said in this article.
    Thank you for sharing it with us all.
    I used to think about this, but never
    really understood it until I read this article.
    Thank you,again, for sharing this article with me.
    It really helped me out spiritually in my approach to Krishna Consciousness.
    Hare Krishna, Prabhus and Matis!

  28. S.Natarajan says:

    Hare Krishna Swamyji pranam
    Srila Prabhupada is our guru. Thank you.
    your servant,

  29. nitai das says:

    Hare Krsna Madhudvisa dasa prabhu.Pamho,agtsp.Just wanted to say thankyou for writing to me and that i am currently reading Srila Prabhupadas Srimad Bhagavatam.Nectar!
    Your servant,
    Nitai das.

  30. Lipsa says:

    Hare krishna prabhuji.
    I am an engineering student and am trying to be krishna conscious. I think of krishna as my father or brother or mother, presently my husband, owner of this body and soul. I am able to chant 8 rounds of mahamantra daily and have stopped doing yoga after going through these comments. Am i on the right path? If yes why does my mind go blank at times and i find it difficult to control my lusty desires which i had rejected from occupying any part of my mind? I think i can please krishna by doing higher studies near vrindavan and thus get a chance to associate with devotees face to face. Presently i have started studying bhagavad gita by prabhupadaji. What to do when lusty thoughts arise in my mind? Pl help i am not able to study properly. Forgive if i have used any offensive words.

    • Hare Krishna Lipsa

      Krishna consciousness is a gradual process. We are not Krishna conscious, and we start the process of Krishna consciousness so naturally the lusty desires are there. They will be purified and replaced by desires to serve Krishna as we advance in Krishna consciousness but we can not expect that all lusty desires will disappear immediately.

      Krishna consciousness of course has the power to conquer all lusty desires but first we have to be following the process. And as I am always writing the beginning of Krishna consciousness is when we come to the point of surrendering to the process of chanting at lest 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, strictly following the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. These things are all very essential and we have to adjust our daily life so we can fit in these things.

      You will find immediately you are regularly reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and following the regulative principles and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily that the lusty desires will not bother you as much.

      And we need to understand the sources of these lusty desires also. A very big source of lusty desires comes from associating with lusty people. It is quite difficult now because the world is so full of lusty people. Ideally we want to live in the association of devotees but that is also not very possible at the moment. So we have to try to minimize our association with materialistic persons. Our dealings with materialistic persons should be very official and we need to spend as little time as possible associating with them and spend the time we save chanting Hare Krishna and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books.

      Another big source of lusty desires is eating food that has been cooked by non-devotees. To become Krishna conscious we need to be only eating prasadam, food that is cooked by devotees with love and devotion and offered to Krishna. So in practice that generally means we need to cook for Krishna ourselves and offer the bhoga and that way we will be able to eat only prasadam…

      Of course you may not be able to do everything at once, it is a process, and it takes some time for us to get properly situated in Krishna consciousness, and it is very good that you are chanting at least 8 rounds a day. But the idea is we have to chant at least 16 rounds a day and you need to surrender to this and do it and then you will see much improvement in your ability to control the lusty desires…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  31. says:

    I am lost I need guidance. my rasa of KC is going. i am trapped in maya in college and i have started doing somthing no ideal KC person would do.I talk dirty with this boy i like. i have known him for a long time. we have feelings for each others and iyt is interfering with devotion.
    in one lecture i heard that we are born because we have desires and krishna knows about it. kee your chanting on because when you stop that maya has won. my love for krishna is going im getting trapped in this bliss
    please someone talk to me about it. i need guidance i cant ask anyone for help.

    • Hare Krishna.

      You have to just spend more time chanting Hare Krishna and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and avoid this boy.

      Maya is always attacking us, it is like a war, sometimes she seems to be winning and sometimes it seems we are more fixed up in Krishna consciousness. So we have to always take shelter of Srila Prabhupada by reading his books and the more we read Prabhupada’s books and chant Hare Krishna the more we will become inspired in Krishna consciousness and the less we will be interested in material things like this boy.

      So the idea is to become more attached to Krishna and then automatically, as we become more attached to Krishna, our attachment for maya will go away..

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  32. says:

    please help me
    hari bol

  33. Sage says:

    I have been reading and following Srila Prabhupada’s teachings through the Bhagavad-gita and am finding myself slipping away from all that was once familiar. Things I once desired I no longer think about, goals I once had, seem trivial and my “career” path has all but fallen away so that now, by the grace of God, I am being supported by a simple part-time job out of my home where I can spend the rest of my time reading, meditating and praying. Part of me wonders if I am falling into depression or is this is part of bhakti yoga. I can’t stop thinking about God/Krishna yet I know that I have so very much to learn in achieving any sort of spiritual advancement. I welcome insights because some days, I feel very confused (and sometimes afraid) by my new life/new perspective and how different it has become in a short period of time since I have decided to surrender myself in devotion to God. It all happened fast in the scheme of things but for the past year, all I have been praying for is Universal Truth and one day the Bhagavad-gita all but fell off of the shelf at a thrift store and hit me in the head. Perhaps my prayers were answered. Now…how to deal with these answers… :)

    • Hare Krishna Sage

      It is very good news. You are becoming sane while the people around you are becoming more and more crazy. So there is no problem with you, the problem is with everyone else. It is strange. The whole world is crazy and only the devotees are sane. That is the truth actually. So now become a very serious and fixed-up devotee by chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, strictly following the four regulative principles (no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication) and keep reading Srila Prabhupada’s books more and more. After Bhagavad-gita you need to read Srimad-Bhagavatam and then Sri Caitanya-caritamrta and along the way all of Srila Prabhupada’s other books.

      You can purchase the books at and read them online at

      So do not worry, you have found the ‘universal truth’ now just dive very deeply into Krishna consciousness and do not mind what anyone else may think!

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Sage says:

        Hare Krisna Madhudvisa dasa,
        I am just now seeing your comments. Thank you so very much for your encouragement and reassurance! Since your post, I have been reading Srila Prabhupada’s books non-stop. I have ordered Srimad-Bhagavatam and am eagerly awaiting its arrival from the I have already been following the 4 regulative principles (they actually fell away quite on their own) and am working up to chanting Hare Krishna 16 rounds except that I am very slow at chanting because I become quite emotional. I feel my heart being purified so many tears flow while chanting. I have been attending open house on Sundays at an ISKCON temple in Philadelphia for a few weeks…I am like a stray cat…I just can’t stay away.

        Thank you again so much for your words…I haven’t spoken much to others about this so I very greatly appreciated your reply.
        Hare Krishna!

        • Hare Krishna Sage

          It is very nice to hear your news Prabhu. And thank you for ordering Srimad-Bhagavatam at

          Right now we are out of stock but it is arriving in the next few days. The pallets of Bhagavatam sets have arrived in the country but just need to be delivered to our warehouse, so we will be able to send out your set soon, within the next 1-2 weeks at the latest.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

          • v.nair says:

            HARE KRSNA.I read that the post original editions of Srimad Bhagavatam have all been blemished with input to the narrations by devotees,which Srila Prabhupada forbade.Meanings could take a subtle difference as was originally intended by Srila Prabhupada.I dont like this at all.I want all Prabhupada’s Books as it is…unretouched.Its all nice to be commenting online on Krsna Consciousness..but it has to taken on an ultimately personal level….Transcendence.Ego would dictate self serving acknowledgements of approval within the company of aspiring devotees..but I feel all comments OM TAT SAT should be very carefully and sparingly put forward.The Supreme Absolute Truth should be dealt with the utmost respect,and not in any way misinterpreted,meaning all commentaries on KRSNA has to be written as perfectly understood from Srila Prabhupada’s original edition Books. HARE KRSNA.

          • Srimad-Bhagavatam has not yet been changed, it is still the original pre-1978 Srimad-Bhagavatam.

  34. kapil saxena says:

    dear brother
    hare Krishna
    thanks for such an impressive and alluring guidance-but my query is that as a living entity does any living soul who is aspirant for self realization posses a power to completely surrender himself to the Krishna and his pure devotee by his own will -can anybody who is dormant by himself completely able to surrender himself to Krishna and his pure devotee? or surrendering to pure devotee as only possible by grace of such pure devotee .pls clarify

    • Anyone can surrender. But no one wants to surrender. That is the problem…

      • Raja Gopala dasa says:

        You’re right prabhu, no one wants to surrender but one simply has to if one wants to make a succes of life. Directly to Krsna like Srila Prabhupada says in the BG 3.9 purport or otherwise, because of blindness, to the spiritual master. Guru says: SURRENDER, you fool, I love you!

  35. Raja Gopala dasa says:

    Actually, the 4.2 verse is for beginners in spiritual life imo and therefore very important, since we generally take of as beginners. But one should come to the spontaneous platform of Krsna consciousness, then automatically one worships the guru in some specific rasa, since he is part and parcel and the confidential servitor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Always worshipping the Lord is always living in Navadvipa and Vrndavana, wherever you are.

  36. Shan says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu,
    All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!
    Please accept my humble obeisances,

    Thank you so much for the newsletters, it gives me a lot of information and guidance. Now my family all practicing Krishna consciousness and take Srila Prabhupada as our bonafide spiritual master. We strictly following the four regulative principles and reading Srila Prabhupada’s lectures daily but yet
    do the 16 rounds.
    Thank you.

    Your humble servant,

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      I am very happy to hear this news Prabhu. Please keep this up with your family, sincerely reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, having Kirtan, cooking and offering it to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna and honoring prasadam. Never stop this even if sometimes it becomes difficult and your life and all your family members will be very successful.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Shan says:

        Hare Krishna Prabhu,

        Yes Prabhu, we do cooking and offering prasadam to Srila Prabupada and Krishna. And you know that, such simple broga we offer becomes so delicious
        prasadam. So amazing.

        Hari Bol


  37. bh gerard says:

    vanca kalpa tarubhyas ca
    krpa-sindhubhya eva ca
    patitanam pavanebhyo
    vaisnavebhyo namo namah

    Jaya Sri Guru! Jaya Srila Prabhupada! Jaya Radha! Jaya Krsna! Jaya Vrndavana!

    Dear Madhudvisa Prabhu,

    Thank you very much for very instructive e-mails.

    If I may, I would just like to say that all Srila Prabhupada’s books are not just theorethical but totally practical. There is is no guru today like Srila Prabhupada but they are bona fide as long as they keep to the same principles established by Lord Krsna through His pure representative.

    May the blessings of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna always be upon you.



  38. Rajesh says:

    hi, my name is Rajesh, i am telling you a true story, i was born in india in hindu family, my whole family used to eat fish, meat and eggs and me too. i was living terrible life but because of young age was unable to understand, when i was 19 years old in 1996, big problems started and began to understand what is going on, i was good in studies good with every good person,my mother advised me to go to temple ,prey god and my problems will end. i started going to temple . second day ,when i came back from temple i thought i should stop eating animals its against our religion, and slowly slowly i stopped eating meat fish and egggs and i stopped drinking alcohal. i started doing prey at home , at temple everyday. always kept in my mind that krishna is supreme lord.i kept doing that up to end 2007, i kept trying to have a good job and make family, after 2007 my karmas were mix of good and bad ,now i am 35+ , still i do prey at home,to make life better i tried everything, still i neither have good job nor wife. feels like now even if i have both , i have almost no feelings to enjoy that, yes what i have, even after been good qualified ,i kept doing manual labour job shit job in australia in hope of everything will be i have money in bank account thats what i got from hindu gods and angles. thank you hindu god and angels you are really kind and forgiveable

    • Hare Krishna Rajesh

      You are trying to be happy in the material world. It is not possible to be happy in the material world. This is a place of misery and death, and you are experiencing that now. That is Krishna’s mercy on you. Australia is supposed to be heaven according to many Indians, but it is not, it is a place of misery.

      So Krishna consciousness means to realize that this material world is not our home, it is a place of misery and death, and we can never be happy here, and with this knowledge we need to change our goal of life. Instead of chasing money and beautiful women and trying to ‘make it’ in the material world, we need to find a bona fide spritual master and surrender to him and serve him and accept his guidance so we can understand how we can get out of this miserable material world and go back home, back to Godhead.

      I suggest that you read the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, you will find everything you are looking for in these books.

      You can purchase the books from and read them online at

      Chant Hare Krsihna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  39. L Ko says:

    I have gotten conflicting answers from Devotees in regards to whether we are actually associating with or following a pure Devotee if the only association we have is through their written words. I have a lot of Prabhupada’s books, as well as BV Narayana Maharaj’s books, and have been feeling as though it doesn’t matter if I remotely try to follow or even absorb what I’ve been reading because I’ve been told that it is not the same as “real” association and will not make much of a difference. Is there really no spiritual merit? Maybe “merit” isn’t the right word. I guess what I mean is this: After the pure Devotee has left this world, what does an aspiring Devotee do? How far into Spiritual life is it possible for them to delve into?

    I’ve been feeling a little hopeless after hearing this. I continue to chant a little everyday, and continue to follow the regulative principles, but I’m afraid that I can’t really serve Krishna if I don’t have a pure Devotee instructing me, and I feel lost.

    Jai Sri Sri Radha-Krsna!

    • Hare Krishna

      This nonsense, that Srila Prabhupada is not living in his books and recorded classes, and that it is useless to read Srila Prabhupada’s book and listen to his classes and that you need a “living guru” [which implies that Prabhupada is not a living guru and can not help you, he is dead and gone...] Is strongly preached by today’s ISKCON and was preached by Narayana Maharaja before he died.

      These are crazy rantings of insane envious people. Prabhupada is living in his books and other recorded vani and you can personally associate with Prabhupada in this way and Prabhupada will answer your questions and respond to you in a completely personal way through his books. If you surrender to him and follow his instructions.

      It is possible to become a pure devotee of Krishna only by the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. Prabhupada’s mercy is completely available now and any sincere follower of Srila Prabhupada can become a pure devotee of Krishna, an uttama-adhakari, a devotee on the topmost platform of Krishna consciousness….

      If they surrender. And, as we know, it is very rare to find anyone prepared to surrender. We are so much attached to maya. We don’t want to surrender to Krishna or His pure devotee…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  40. Sanjeev Punj says:

    I am coming across some initiated devotees who say that chanting is not effective if one is not initiated.This means without initiation, a person chanting the holy name is just wasting time. Why such contradictory instructions are being passed on? Can you shed light on this? By hearing such statements by initiated devotees, one may lose interest in chanting, and fall back.Please enlighten us.

    • Hare Krishna Sanjeev

      Being able to chant Hare Krishna has absolutely nothing to do with any sort of formal initiation ceremony. But we can not chant Hare Krishna on our own strength. We have to hear the mantra from a pure devotee of Krishna, like Srila Prabhupada, and surrender to him and serve him. Even without the surrender and service, if we just hear the Hare Krishna mantra from a pure devotee of Krishna, then that is enough to initiate us into the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra.

      If you go to ISKCON and hear from them you will hear so much rubbish. So it is better to completely avoid these people. And certainly hearing the Hare Krishna mantra from them is useless, or rather worse than useless because milk touched by the lips of a serpent has poisonous effects. So if you hear the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra from a non-devotee that will be poison to you. So we have to be careful only to hear the Hare Krishna mantra from the lips of a pure devotee of Krishna, and that will be very good for us.

      The real success in chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is only possible when one has a bona fide spiritual master and has surrendered to him and is actually following his instructions. But that does not require any formal initiation ceremony. If you read Srila Prabhupada’s books and surrender to him by following the instructions you find he is giving you as you read his books and you hear the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra from him then you are initiated into the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra by Srila Prabhupada, you have a bona fide pure devotee as your spiritual master, and if you follow Prabhupada’s instructions, your advancement in Krishna consciousness will be rapid.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Sanjeev Punj says:

        Dear Prabhuji,Thank you for clearing my doubts.I have met HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj a few times, and I am sure he is the perfectly Bona Fide Spiritual Master, but I am just praying and waiting for this to happen, to get his mercy and get initiation by him.Meanwhile I am reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, and trying to chant at least 16 rounds everyday.

        • Hare Krishna Sanjeev

          We do not have any proof that Lokanatha Swami is the perfect bona fide spiritual master and you can not know if someone is a bona fide spiritual master just from meeting them a few times. You have to test any person you intend to accept as your spiritual master by living with him for at least six months and serving him and at the same time testing to see that he is actually a pure devotee of Krishna. And you can not know this without living with him full time.

          We do know however that His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is a pure devotee of Krishna on the topmost platform and he is living in his books and recorded classes and conversations and you can hear from and associate with Srila Prabhupada 24 hours a day. He has so mercifully give us so many books and classes and conversations and letters that we can hear and read and in this way we can learn everything perfectly and directly from Srila Prabhupada.he

          So Prabhu I suggest that you make a very serious program to read all of Srila Prabhupada’s books and hear all of his classes and watch all of the Prabhupada DVDs. You can purchase the Prabhupada DVDs and audio MP3s from, our you can download the classes from anyhow, some way or other, get all of Prabhupada’s books, all of his DVDs and all of his audio recordings and read all the books and hear all the classes and watch all the videos…

          Prabhupada has given us an ocean of transcendental nectar. We must take advantage of all this nectar he has given us. I would not put a lot of hope in Lokanatha Swami. In so many years he has not given us anything unfortunately…

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

          • Sanjeev Punj says:

            Dear Madhudvisa Das Prabhuji,
            I met HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj in 1985, when he was busy in the village to village padayatra program in India, and he would travel to various villages in India, with a team of devotees, singing and chanting the Mahamantra,and performing kirtans,distributing books,and a lot more. Being a foremost disciple of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he was engaged sincerely in carrying out the orders of Srila Prabhupada. This is what had inspired me to maintain faith in his mercy.He has been very active in India, but maybe not as much abroad, for the disciples of Srila Prabhupada are so many, and each had been handling different regions.In fact it was HH Lokanath Swami Maharaj, who advised me to do these two things- Chant the Hare Krsna Mahamantra 16 rounds daily and read Srila Prabhupada’s books. I have been trying to do just that.Please accept my humble obeisances.

  41. Arvind says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu
    Pranams and dandavats

    Please clarify, out religious scriptures say that Lord Krishna is incarnation of Maha Vishnu then shouldn’t Vishnu be worshiped? As one of my friend who is a staunch worshiper of Lord Vishnu asked me.

    I read all Your replies to the queries of devotees here. But find Your goodself to be some what annoyed with ISKCON. Is there any specific reason for such resentment. I believe You must have started Your journey from the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada.

    Your dasa

    • Hare Krishna Arvind

      The Vedas does not say that Lord Krishna is an incarnation of Maha Visnu… Maha Visnu is in the bottom of the universe. He is an expansion of Krishna who is in the Viakuntha Loka. If you do not know this Prabhu you are very ignorant. You should know Prabhu that there are many, many Vaikuntha planets and each one of these Vaikuntha planets is predominated by a different form of Visnu. They are all four-armed but are differentiated by holding different weapons [sanka, chakra, padma, gada] in different hands. In the Vaikuntha planets Lord Visnu is worshiped in aisvarya-rasa [like one would worship a king, in awe and veneration] only.

      But Prabhu above all the the Vaikuntha Planets there is the very large lotus-shaped planet, Krishna Loka. That is where Lord Krishna lives with His devotees and there the devotees worship and serve Lord Krishna in unlimited different relationships and mellows. So Krishna Loka is the supreme planet and Krishna’s planet is above all the Vaikuntha planets where the various expansions of Visnu predominate.

      So Prabhu there is no question, Krishna is sarva kara karanam, the cause of all causes. Which means that Krishna is the cause of his Visnu expansions also.

      As far as ISKCON every actual follower of Srila Prabhupada is disgusted with ISKCON. They have completely rejected Srila Prabhupada and changed so many critical aspects of the philosophy of Krishna consciousness and redefined the very purpose of ISKCON in such a way that the organization is no longer capable of fulfilling the purpose for which Srila Prabhupada created it. They have destroyed Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON and destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of devotees who have got caught up in this disaster by giving them bogus gurus.

      There is nothing more disastrous in spiritual life for an aspiring transcendentalist than to have the great misfortune of accepting as his spiritual master a person who is not capable of guiding him back home back to Godhead. And that is what ISKCON does. They have redefined the meaning of spiritual master to any devotee who is ‘strictly following’ they say now, but the ISKCON gurus generally do not strictly follow anything. Even if one or two of them do strictly follow the four regulative principles and chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day, that is not the qualification of an acarya, a spiritual master, that qualification is required of any new bhakta who wants to move into the temple.

      So Prabhu ISKCON is doing such a great disservice to Srila Prabhupada and to the world if you are not disgusted with ISKCON then you are an ignorant fool. I suggest you read Srila Prabhupada’s books and try to understand just what Srila Prabhupada’s mission was in creating ISKCON and then you will be able to understand for yourself why any sincere follower of Srila Prabhupada is totally disgusted with ISKCON.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Arvind says:

        Pranams & dandavatsprabhu
        Hare Krishna

        Thanks for the clarifications.
        Please recommend some of the books of Srila Prabhupada.
        Can I get Satvamala by Srila Rupa Goswami online?
        Or any other books by Srila Rupa Goswami?

        Your Dasa

        • You only need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. All of the teachings of the Goswamis you will find in Prabhupada’s books. And you have to read all of Prabhupada’s books, not just once, many times. He has given us a lifetime’s engagement in reading his books. So Prabhu do not bother with any other books.

          You have to have faith in Srila Prabhupada and you have to believe him when he says “Everything is in my books…”

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  42. Csaba Andocs says:

    All Obeisances to the desciplic succession!

    Just a quick note to thank you for your service to us all. I have accepted Sri Prabhupada as my Spiritual Master and am doing my best to live as He instructs. I have noticed that you speak just as Sri Prabhupada would if he were materialy present. (direct proof of your service to him) It is through your words on this site that I recieved the knowlege that the ISKCON Gurus had fallen in so many ways. This BREAKS MY HEART. I would offer service to Devotees. I DESIRE to offer service to Devotees. Is there a place one can present himself to gain association with pure Devotees?

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      You can get the association of pure devotees by reading Srila Prabhupada’s books. He is living there in his books very vividly and very personally. So you just need to read Prabhupada’s books and you will get the best association with the best pure devotees. You will find not only Srila Prabhupada in his books but everyone is there. The whole disciplic succession and of course Lord Caitanya and Krishna and everyone is there in Prabhupada’s books and you can associate with them all.

      So read all of Prabhupada’s books and get the most perfect association with the most perfect pure devotees and by their association you can become a pure devotee also.

      You know pure devotee is a very rare thing. It is very, very rare to find such a person in the material world. This place is not for pure devotee. This material world is the prison house and we are all criminals here. So just as it would be very difficult to find a completely pure and honest person in a prison, it is very difficult to find a completely pure devotee in the material world. So Prabhu we have to take the great advantage of the great fortune we have to associate with the great His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and actually realize he is really living with us in his books and he is really ready to give us all his association.

      This idea of ‘offering service to the devotees’ is not the right idea. The idea is we want to offer service to the PURE devotees. We need to have some discrimination in regard to how we associate with devotees. We have to be able to see that there are three different classes of devotees. And that is the sincere devotees. There are also materialistic devotees who know that Krishna is God and that He is very powerful and they are serving Krishna and doing devotional service not to please Krishna, but because they want to get some benefit from Krishna for their own personal enjoyment. There are so many of this type of devotee in Kali-yuga, using Krishna consciousness to further their own sense gratification or to become famous, wealthy, to get many followers, etc. So we have to be intelligent enough to distinguish between the different types of devotees and then we have to interact with them in different ways. For materialistic devotees we can offer them obeisances in our mind as they are chanting the Hare Krishna mantra and are therefore glorious. But we can not associate with them, what to speak of serving them, because if we associate with or serve materialistic devotees that will simply reawaken and agitate our own materialistic propensities. Association with materialistic devotees will not help us advance in Krishna consciousness and serving them will cause us to become more materialistic, not more Krishna conscious.

      So Prabhu we have to be very careful to serve and worship the PURE devotees of Krishna. The PURE is the most important point…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • NarendraKrishnh says:

        My Most Respected Sri Madhudvisa dasa Ji
        No words……………………………………….You are a pure soul and doing the best work as stated by Lord Krishnh in Srimad Geetaji.

  43. mayank naugaien says:

    very nice article

  44. ANAND S says:

    onion , garlic , is told be stopped for devotional service, But ghee intake also interuppts , like onion garlic , [ghee is saatvik or it should be avoided
    pls let me know .

    • We cook for Krishna and Krishna is a cowherd boy and He likes ghee…

      So the idea is to please Krishna and Krishna is the butter-thief, remember. He likes butter. So obviously if we are cooking for Krishna, if we want to please Krishna then we are going to cook for Him with butter (ghee)…

  45. vanshika says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu ji
    Prabhu i have understood how to give up personal sense gratification. I am following the four major principles strictly and i have devoted my every task to Krishna like cooking for him, studying,etc and I’ll improve myself more as i am developing more love for Krishna day by day, i don’t know how its happening but i am getting more attracted towards Krishna.
    But you have written that “Even if some devotee does understand and realize this basic principle of Krishna consciousness and knows that he needs to surrender to a bona fide guru, Krishna’s pure devotee, then there are so many rascal cheating gurus elsewhere who are just waiting to meet such a surrendered soul and to trick him into surrendering to and serving them instead of Krishna’s pure devotee and Krishna…” then what should i do ????…
    where would i find a bona fide spiritual master and how would i recognize him?
    “Actually it is not possible to understand Krishna consciousness by practicing austerities, by following regulative principles, by chanting a certain number of rounds; even by reading books one can not understand Krishna consciousness. The secrets of Krishna consciousness are hidden within the hearts of Krishna’s pure devotees and there is absolutely no way we can ever understand and realize this ‘confidential knowledge’ unless we find a pure devotee of Krishna and surrender to him completely and make his instructions our life and soul.”
    above paragraph is also written by you,
    I read prabhupada’s books, your articles and Bhagavad Gita i realize many true things in them which are present inside us and in this world, i chant now and become happy, i am no more attracted towards good looking people, tasty food,etc which used to happen with me before. Now all i love to do is to sit in hare Krishna kirtan at ISKCON, to discuss about Krishna and his qualities, to visit vrindavan, to do tasks for him.
    So all these changes in me are good, you know that but sometimes i feel like that something is missing. What is missing? a bona fide spiritual master ? where should i find him and how will i recognize him ? How did you recognized your spiritual master ? Sorry to say but is he bona fide?
    Sorry Prabhu if i have said something wrong, please help.
    Hare Krishna Prabhu ji

    • Hare Krishna Vanshika

      If you are seeing that you are becoming closer to Krishna, that your consciousness is changing, that you find that you are becoming more attracted to Krishna conscious activities and becoming less attracted to sense gratification it means that you have already begun on the path of Krishna consciousness. So initiation means beginning on the path of Krishna consciousness. So if you are advancing on the path it means you must already have a bona fide spiritual master. And your bona fide spiritual master is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada is living in his books and other recorded Vani like his audio and video recordings, letters, conversations, etc. So in this way we have an almost unlimited amount of Prabhupada vani to associate with Srila Prabhupada through.

      There are two ways in which one can associate with the spiritual master. One is physical association and the other is association by hearing and following his instructions. Physical association is called vapu and associating though the spiritual master’s instructions is called vani. Of the two vani is more important than vapu.

      So you have to know it for sure that Srila Prabhupada is with us, he is living in the form of his transcendental books. He has already answered all our questions. If we simply read Srila Prabhupada’s books then we will find everything we are looking for there.

      So do not worry. Nothing is missing except the full surrender on our part. We have everything from Srila Prabhupada, we simply need to take advantage of Srila Prabhupada’s association…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • vanshika says:

        Hare Krishna Prabhu ji
        All glories to lord Krishna ji
        All glories to Chaitanya mahaprabhu
        All glories to Srila Prabhupad
        Thankyou very very much.
        I am very happy to know this from you and thank you for these mails which made me realize the true aim of my life and which encouraged me to read prabhupada’s books and to chant.
        i will keep reading your mails.
        Hare Krishna Prabhu ji

  46. abhi says:

    Who is next guru for iskon?
    Srila prabhipadha was died by poison?
    I saw in youtube vedios 11 rutviks failed and falldown from spirituavaliry. Why?
    I saw another vedios they tells iskon doing no 1 bussiness for america. Is it true?
    What is the issue between Bangalore &Mumbai iskon temples?
    Why some devotees out from iskon not from Srila prabhupads?
    Pls reply in order i am waiting for ur true answers.

    Hare Krishna,

    • Hare Krishna Abhi

      Your questions and the answers to these questions are not very important. In short, yes, ISKCON has become totally corrupted and they have totally rejected Srila Prabhupada in so many ways and in this way they have disconnected themselves from the disciplic succession and have become asra, useless. ISKCON no longer have the potency to transmit Krishna consciousness to anyone so it is useless to try and get Krishna consciousness from them. They do not have it themselves, they can not give to us something they do not have themselves.

      So the best thing is to just forget about ISKCON and forget about all the controversy around ISKCON. This is all completely mundane, completely materialistic, complete maya, and talking about all this controversy will only entangle us more and more in maya. It is useless.

      Instead we can see that Srila Prabhupada is a pure devotee of Krishna and he is living in his books and other recorded teachings like the audio and video recordings of his preaching and lectures. So we can simply take advantage of the teachings of Srila Prabhupada, read his books, chant Hare Krishna and be happy…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  47. Kaustubh says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji!!
    I am a student of engineering currently in my third year .Since last few months I have been visiting Iskconjuhu and practice chanting but I could never go beyond 2 to 4 rounds.I wanted to know how can my studying also become a service to Krishna??

    • You have to first chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and strictly follow the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. Only when you surrender to these things will your Krishna consciousness start. If you have only ever chanted 2 to 4 rounds then you are not serious. And Krishna consciousness is not so easy that people who are not serious about getting it can get it. So you have to become serious, you have to surrender to the process, and then you have a chance of becoming Krishna consciousness. If you do not surrender and follow the process you can not become Krishna conscious.

      And there is no way that studying from the demons is a service to Krishna. Hearing from the demons will only reinforce your material bodily concept of life and immerse you more and more in maya. Srila Prabhupada called these colleges and universities slaughterhouses because they take young people, who could be trained up in spiritual life, but they slaughter them instead by filling their minds with the demonic materialistic bodily concept of life. In this way their hopes for spiritual advancement in life are totally destroyed.

      Of course you may have to do it to get some job to support your family in the future. But this is not service to Krishna. Hearing from the demons in a college or university. That is maya, that is not Krishna consciousness.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Kaustubh says:

        Thank you Prabhuji for guidance.I’ll try to improve upon this.

      • Kaustubh says:

        Thank you Prabhuji.
        I’ll try to improve myself.

  48. Tirupati says:

    Prabhu, Your letter about getting a pure devotee, as a Guru and the wasted devotional practices of a neophyte are not in accordance with what we have been taught all these years.Please excuse me for any inadvertent queries and opinions I hold regarding Bhakti marg. All these years I am given to understand that any little attempt at devotional service does not go waste.When a fallen soul (Ajamila),a sinner(Valmiki),an enemy of the Lord(Sisupala,Hiranyakasipa)were liberated why not a sinner,and an ignorant person like me get some benefit on my path to Bhakti Marg?Please show us the way

    • Hare Krishna Tirupati

      Yes. Krishna consciousness, devotional service, is all-auspicious, and everyone who comes in contact with Krishna consciousness in any way at all will benefit. Even those who are against Krishna, even the demons who want to kill Krishna, they also benefit from coming in contact with Krishna. If you read Krsna Book you will see that all those big demons that Krishna killed benefited from it by being liberated.

      So any contact with Krishna consciousness is good. But you have to understand it very clearly that you are not going to become Krishna conscious unless you surrender to the process. Krishna consciousness means surrender. And if you refuse to surrender to even these basic things like chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day, strictly following the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day, if you refuse to surrender to these things then you are not going to become Krishna conscious.

      All these other things they help bring you to the point where you can surrender. That it the point. Krishna consciousness starts at the point of surrender. And all these other things help to bring you to that point of surrender.

      So the surrender, following the regulative principles, chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, seriously reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, these things are required. We have to surrender to these things. Otherwise we are not going to become Krishna conscious. This is the beginning. If we refuse to surrender to these basic things or Krishna consciousness can not begin.

      There are so many ‘devotees’ out there who fool themselves they are ‘devotees’ without surrendering to these basic points. That is maya. That is nonsense. Without surrender there is no Krishna consciousness.

      But of course whatever we do in Krishna consciousness, whatever connection we have with Krishna at all, these things help us to come to the point of surrender. But the actual Krishna consciousness only begins at the point of surrender.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  49. Madhu Joshi says:

    Hare Krishna,

    I am in the journey to Krishna consciousness and I feel every day Lord Kirshna is there to guide me on this path, in some form or the other. Therefore, even at work, or at home, I am seeing changes in myself..and it has been possible only due to Krishna.

    Sometimes, i feel short of his expectations.. as in, I lose temper and then i realise I shouldnt have got upset. How do i kee my emotions in check so that I grow further spritually?

    Pls suggest.

    Lord Krishna’s devotee


    • Always remember Krishna, never forget Krishna. And of course follow the basic things. Chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day, strictly follow the four regulative principles and read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. Most people ignore one or more of these basic fundamental principles and thus their spiritual growth is very slow and stunted.

  50. MADHU JOSHI says:

    Hare Krishna,

    I recently saw in a dream that I was entering a temple like place.. and suddenly I saw myself searching for Tulsi to offer to God, I saw many Tulsi plants and then I proceeded to take Lord’s darshan.. i was rushing up thinking that the temple will shut down in sometime,, then suddenly I stopped in an area as if it was where I could do his darshan and there I saw a blank wall and then on the ceiling I saw two feet..from knee are till feet. i got a feeling as if it was Lord’s feet and then after sometime the feet disappeared.

    I am on a journey to Lord Krishna’s consciousness and I feel everything happening in my life is due to him and his will. then was this dream too a message for me?

    Hare Krishna devotee.


    • Better READ SRILA PRABHUPADA’s books rather than dream. Then you will be on the solid and correct platform. Dream is nice if it is about Krishna of course but that can not be taken as absolute truth or authoritative. Absolute truth and authoritative you will find in Prabhupada’s books, not in your dreams

  51. Madhava Prana Priya says:

    My question is how does one find a True Devotee of Lord Krishna to surrender to?

    • Read Srila Prabhupada’s books. You will find the true devotee of Lord Krishna who you can surrender to there…

    • Sanat Attavar says:

      All you need to do is surrender to Lord Krishna and ask HIM for direction. Obviously for one to do that one has to obey every law of the land one lives in and align his thoughts, words and actions in line with The Absolute Truth and in time one finds what one has set out to find. Sincerity and Dedication to the cause is a must. Hare Krishna!

  52. Chandrakanti dd says:

    AGTSGSG. Thank you prabhu for this great service you are giving. I wondered about a reply you gave on this page about leaving the body and a few months later appearing in the womb of another mother. Is there anything in the shastra about the length of time it takes to be re-born, what happens in the intervening time and if promotion to the spiritual sky is direct or is there a delay eg a type of purgatory for judgement. I am aware there is no time as such in the spiritual sky but from an earthly perspective could you inform me?

    • Hare Krishna Mataji

      At the time of death the sinful people have to meet Yamaraja, and at that time their whole life’s activities are presented to them and Yamaraja judges them and they have to suffer in the hellish planets for the sinful activities and enjoy in the heavenly planets as a result of their pious activities.

      So there is a judgement at the time of death and depending on that judgement the living entity is sent to hell to suffer or heaven to enjoy or back to this earth planet. And the type of body he gets is determined by his consciousness. So if he is in animal consciousness he will get an animal’s body. If he is in human consciousness he will get a human body.

      A devotee, if he is fully Krishna conscious, remembering Krishna at the time of death, does not have to see Yamaraja. He is directly promoted back home back to Godhead, or he may take birth in some universe where Krishna’s pastimes are going on.

      Of course a real pure devotee of Krishna has no personal desire. He only wants to serve Krishna. And in that service he is constantly associating with Krishna. So a pure devotee has no desire for liberation. He is already liberated, already associating with Krishna. So he goes wherever Krishna wants him to go. So he may take birth again in the material world, where Krishna wants him to preach.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  53. Girijashankar Soni says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji.
    This very very nice description of pure devotee’ path. I read this letter, then i think i m also a bogus devotee. i can not fully surrender to krishna and our spritiual master (Guru). and i m also not satisfied to him at any way.
    Prabhuji you are so nicely guided in this blogs.
    I will try for this principal and become a pure devotee.

    Hare Krishna

  54. Seetharaman Raghunathan says:

    Hello Prabhu,

    All glories to Lord Sri Krishna and all glories to Srila Prabhupada and my humber obeisances to you.

    I have been chanting regularly for over 10 years and I am looking for a bonafide spiritual master.
    Can you help me in finding a bonafide spiritual master. I am willing to completely surrender to him.
    Please email me.



    • Read Srila Prabhupada’s books. You will find the bona fide spiritual master you are looking for there, in Prabhupada’s books…

About the Author

My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna."I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can.That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental!That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!

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