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The Spirit of Bhagavad Gita

As Bhagavad Gita As It Is will be the basis of our discussions on the Krishna Connect website I would like to give you a general overview of the book. This overview will continue in the next few articles.

Even if you have already read the Gita I think you will find this information interesting. Bhagavad Gita is an amazing book. Even if you were to read the entire book every day of your life, every day you will still find new inspiration in it. So please read this carefully. I may be asking you questions about it later!

Firstly I would like to offer my respectful obeisances to my spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapda, because without the knowledge he has most mercifully given us I would still be completely in darkness as far as spiritual knowledge is concerned. It is only because of his mercy that I can say anything of value.

Bhagavad Gita contains the essence of all spiritual knowledge spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna. Because Bhagavad Gita is spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one need not read any other spiritual literature. One need only regularly and attentively hear and read Bhagavad Gita.

At the present time mankind is so absorbed with day-to-day activities related to simply surviving in this world that he does not have the time to read all the Vedic literatures. But that is not necessary, this one book Bhagavad Gita is sufficient.

Bhagavad Gita appears within the Mahabharata. Mahabharata means the “the history of Greater India.” So the conversation we hear between Krishna and Arjuna actually happened. It is history. And if you would like to understand everything that happened before and after this conversation, that is available also, in the Mahabharata. However Bhagavad Gita is the very essence, the very nectar of the Mahabharata. So simply studying the Gita is sufficient.

There are thousands of translations of Bhagavad Gita available and we are not just studying any translaton of Bhagavad Gita, and there is a very good reason for this. We are studying Bhagavad Gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and he describes that the reason he has given us this translation is as as far as he can see in America, and even in India, practically all the other translations of the Gita that are available in the market do not convey the real spirit of the Bhagavad Gita. In practically all the other editions the commentator expresses his own opinions without touching on the spririt of Bhagavad Gita.

And what is the spirit of Bhagavad Gita? Arjuna was the first student of the Gita, so we can understand the spirit of the Gita by seeing how Arjuna relates to Krishna, how he accepts Krishna and the instructions given by Krishna.

Arjuna accepts Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And he gives evidence that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead also, by saying that all the great authorities in the past also accepted Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And Krishna also establishes Himself as the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the Gita. Therfore we should take Bhagavad Gita in this spirit. Understand it as Arjuna understood it from Krishna.

Krishna tells Arjuna that the Bhagavad Gita is not new. He tells Arjuna that He originally spoke the Gita to the Sun god, Vivasvan, at the beginning of the creation, and that the knowledge was handed down through the saintly kings from generation to generation, but now that knowledge had become lost, so therefore Krishna again spoke that same original knowledge to Arjuna.

A very important question is why did Krishna decide to speak this topmost spiritual knowledge to Arjuna? Arjuna was a warrior. A fighter. There were many other, seemingly more qualified people who Krishna could have spoken the Gita to. Why did he pick Arjuna?

Krishna tells Arjuna that He is relating this supreme secret to him because he is His devotee and His friend. Therefore the Bhagavad Gita is best understood by a person who has qualities similar to Arjuna’s. That is to say he must be a devotee in a direct relationship with Krishna.

We all have a relationship with Krishna eternally. However in the material state of life that eternal relationship is covered and we are unaware of our relationship with Krishna. But the process of Krishna consciousness can revive that original relationship.

The way Arjuna accepted the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita from Krishna should be noted. His manner of acceptance is given in the Tenth Chapter.

“Arjuna said: You are the Supreme Brahman, the ultimate, the supreme abode and purifier, the Absolute Truth and the eternal Divine Person. You are the primal God, transcendental and original, and You are the unborn and all-pervading beauty. All the great sages like Narada, Asita, Devala and Vyasa proclaim this of You, and now You Yourself are declaring it to me. O Krishna I totally accept as truth all that You have told me. Neither the gods, nor demons, O Lord, know thy personality. (Bg. 10.12-14)

So this is the spirit of Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna tells Krishna the he accepts whatever He says to be completely perfect, “I accept everything You say to be true.” Arjuna says that the personality of Krishna is very difficult to understand, that Krishna can not be known even by the great demigods. Therefore if even the beings greater than humans can not understand Krishna how can any human understand Him without becoming His devotee?

Therefore Bhagavad Gita should be taken up in a spirit of devotion. One should not think that he is equal to Krishna, nor should he think that Krishna is an ordinary personality or even a very great personality. Lord Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, at least theoretically, according to the statements of Bhagavad Gita, or the statements of Arjuna, the person who is trying to understand the Bhagavad Gita.

We should therefore at least theoretically accept Sri Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead and with that submissive spirit we can understand the Bhagavad Gita. Unless one reads the Bhagavad Gita in a submissive spirit, it is very difficult to understand because it is a great mystery.

Thank you for reading this newsletter. In a couple of days I will post the next instalment, “Just What is the Bhagavad Gita?

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1,413 Responses to The Spirit of Bhagavad Gita

  1. Ashish says:

    I have the both English and Hindi editions of ‘Bhagavad Gita As It Is’ and I read them. I have gone through your two mails that I received. There are so many things to ask and discuss with you. Sparing a good deal of time any day, I will write you soon.

    • Hare Krishna Ashish

      When you have some time please post your questions and I can try to answer for you. I am looking forward to discussing with you.

      • ananthakrishnan says:

        You have mentioned that it is sufficient to read and assimilate the Geeta. I could not agree more.

        Are we to understand that it is not required to go through the Bhagavatam?

        Your view is requested,

        Hare Krishna,


        • Hare Krishna Ananthakrishnan

          No, we must go through Bhagavatam also. It is enough to go through and assimilate the Gita of course. But if one does go through and assimilate the Gita he will naturally become a devotee of Krishna and his taste for material things and mundane material literature will cease. He will have a great desire to hear about Krishna. And Srimad-Bhagavatam is the pastimes of Krishna and the pastimes of Krishna’s pure devotee, and the most perfect presentation of the philosophy of Krishna consciousness. So anyone who has gone through and assimilated the Gita will naturally also be very anxious to go through and assimilate the Bhagavatam also.

          But yes, Gita is enough, but if one actually understands Gita he will want to read Bhagavatam. It is like that.

      • rahul says:

        hare krishna parbhu,
        I chant
        Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
        Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
        and I have listion bhagvat geeta. But I never read bhagvat geeta.
        Can you tell me How bhagvat geeta can help us by read it.
        Thank you,

        • Bhagavad-gita is the words of Krishna and in Bhagavad-gita As It Is you will find the Bhaktivedanta Purports by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada which are the transcendental explanations of Krishna’s words. So by reading Bhagavad-gita As It Is you are directly associating with Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and Krishna’s pure devotee Srila Prabhupada!

          We are very much affected by the people we associate with. We will become like the people we associate with. So if we associate with Krishna and Prabhuapda by reading the Bhagavad-gita As It Is that will be very good for us.

          You can get the book at or read it online at

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

          • dearest Madhudvisa dasa, is it also true that we can take on others karma through association?

          • mamu says:

            Hare Krishna Prabhuji,

            I am so delighted to read your mails and wait to see them in my inbox.i find it dificuilt to understand most of the content, please how do i read and understand? please i need your help, am from a very poor family/ i need your spirishual power see have things easely/ so that i have godhead, please i want to be more closer to you that is the reason i why i want understand everything about you, what do i do to mame my expectation come to past.

      • Si says:

        Hare Krishna Madhudvisa-Dasa

        Thank you for your introduction to Bhagavad Gita As It Is.

        I live about an hour from Bhaktivedanta Manor and spent my first proper day there yesterday. I met three devotees who gave me invaluable guidance in answering my questions. I bought the items required for an Altar and a beautiful Bhagavad-Gita As It Is and when when I got home it was late.I set up my Altar, chanted 2 rounds and read some of the intro to the Gita. This morning was my first day of complete service. I got up, showered and chanted my 16 rounds – it took just over 2 hours. I feel really serine, like never before. A devotee I met yesterday warned me to be vigilant about Maya wuich is why I am getting my rounds done first thing. I am very new and do not yet know the Sanskrit verses yet, but already feel like I’ve arrived home. Thanks. Hare Krishna. Si.

        • Karanodakasayi Visnu Dasa Adhikari says:

          Dear Madhudvisa Prabhu,

          Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

          Having just read your first instalment of your Bhagavad-gita classes I feel very inspired to continue reading them.

          Prabhu, my main problem is lust and lack of taste for chanting the holy name of the Lord, even though I have been chanting for 45years. I don’t seem to be able to have a good morning program and a basic regulated life. I am keen to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s original books here in London and I have done a little writing and I have a strong desire to implement Varnasrama Colleges everywhere, but sometimes I feel forlorn without good devotee association and I wish I could get out this cycle of material contamination, in order to some real service to Srila Prabhupada. Please advise what you can suggest.
          Thank you, Prabhu.

          • Hare Krishna Karanodakasayi Visnu Prabhu

            Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

            These things go hand in hand, if we are lusty to fulfill our material desires then naturally we will have no taste for chanting Hare Krishna. The taste for chanting Hare Krishna increases as our lust to fulfill material desires reduces.

            The reality is that none of us have any taste for chanting Hare Krishna in the beginning but we develop that taste by chanting Hare Krishna, following the four regulative principles, and engaging in devotional service under the direction of a pure devotee of Krishna.

            It requires surrender and that is easy to say but hard to do. And apart from surrender it also requires great determination and tapasya. In the beginning we have no taste for the chanting but Srila Prabhupada tells us to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day. So we just have to surrender to this instruction and chant Hare Krishna.

            I am listening to Srila Prabhupada and recently in South America a devotee asked Srila Prabhupada this question: “How can I increase my attachment for chanting Hare Krishna?” and Srila Prabhupada’s answer was very simple: “By chanting Hare Krishna.”

            So this is the thing, we just have to surrender to chanting Hare Krishna at least 16 rounds a day and simply by forcing ourselves to chant Hare Krishna like this we will automatically develop an attachment for chanting Hare Krishna, and also by chanting Hare Krishna like this automatically our lusty desires will decrease.

            It is not surprising that we are contaminated by the materialistic desires because today we can not find any association of strong and pure devotees. So without that sometimes it seems that this is a very difficult task.

            But actually Krishna consciousness is very joyful, anandam buddhi vardanam, it is an ever-increasing ocean of transcendental bliss.

            So at least for me I know if I am not in transcendental bliss then I am not in Krishna consciousness and then it is a simple process. I just have to analyze my life and see how I am deviating from what Srila Prabhupada is telling me I should be doing and when I correct that deviation I am again back in that blissful state which is Krishna consciousness.

            In reality if we actually surrender to Srila Prabhupada, if we really hear all his classes and read all his books, and if we really follow his instructions then we will become Krishna conscious and our material lust will be gone.

            Of course due to our bad habits and due to bad association with materialistic people we may again fall from the proper path. But once we have had a little taste of Krishna consciousness we can never be actually bewildered by maya. And it is a simple matter to give up the sinful activities and again get a taste for chanting Hare Krishna.

            So your idea to get involved in distributing Srila Prabhupada’s original books in London is a very good idea. So you should contact Bhajahari Prabhu there and purchase some books from him. The first step in distributing Prabhupada’s books is to get the books to distribute. And then distribute them. And chant Hare Krishna and follow the regulative principles and read Srila Prabhupada’s books and hear his classes and you will quickly advance in Krishna consciousness.

            The process works if we follow it. So generally if it is not working for us it means we are not properly following the process Srila Prabhupada is teaching us. So if it does not seem to be working for us we have to find out what we are doing and correct that.

            Of course ideally we want to be in the association of sincere fired-up devotees engaged in pure devotional service. But as that is not available at the moment we have to become fired-up and inspired devotees by ourselves, not really by ourselves, with Srila Prabhupada!

            Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

            Madhudvisa dasa

        • Jennie Walsh says:

          What is a complete round of chanting? I thought that it was:

          Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
          Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

          I need to know in order to know how many rounds I am chanting, so that I can chant the 16 rounds.

          • Hare Krishna Jennie

            One mantra is:

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

            And when we chant these 16 words 108 times that is one round.

            So 1728 names is one round.

            So 16 rounds is 108 * 16 = 1782 mantras or 1782*16 = 27,648 names.

            Haridas Thakura was chanting 300,000 names. So this 27,648 names is not many. So we should do it seriously.

            It takes me usually about 3 hours. Some devotees can chant 16 rounds in 2 hours but it takes me generally at lest 3 hours. But 3 hours out of 24 hours is not very much.

            Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

            Madhudvisa dasa

      • deepthi says:

        Hare Krishna Prabhuji,

        I am so delighted to read your mails and wait to see them in my inbox. I am still trying to understand things.Maybe I will have questions later on. But, I am really feeling connected to the spiritual world

      • kathy bennett says:

        thank you for your wisdom and taking time to contact me. i wish not to offend anyone with this question. i am just a neophite devotee and i do not know much. please show mercy and kindly answer this question. you stated that we only need to read one book (the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is). MY QUESTION IS THIS… is it more important to read the Gita than the Bhagavatam. or are they equally as benifiting?

      • Sanjay Bhatt says:

        Hare Krishna Madhudvisa,

        I have one question in my mind, I know and strongly believe that only GOD is krishna and he has created all the things.

        But if we ask Christians he says Jesus has created this world. And same way if we ask Muslims the says Allah has created.

        Even in Hindus there may be conflict, someone believe shiva is supreme and some one says other.

        Can you give some insights that who has created this world and who is GOD.

        • Jennie Walsh says:

          Allah is another of Krishna’s many names. Jesus is a demi-god, a son of God, who has also created material things. My understanding is that Krishna is the original SUPREME GOD and always will be the SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD, the Father of ALL. Krishna is now incarnated on planet earth in fulfillment of the prophecy of His Kalki incarnation. He is 48 years old and looks 20. I have seen Him several times but failed to realize who He was that I saw until afterwards. He has come to fulfill the prophecy of the “Man on the white horse who slays the wicked with the rod of His mouth” (from the book of Revelation, which Christians misunderstand that to be Jesus).

      • ananya says:

        pranam prabhuji
        hare krishna all glories to our gurudev srila prabhupada i would lik to know where can i get the original bhagavat gita as it is in hindi/bengali pls reply

        • Hare Krishna Ananya

          Srila Prabhupada’s original Bhagavad-gita As It Is is not in Hindi or Bengali. It is in English. So if you want to read Srila Prabhupada’s original books you have to read them in English. If a devotee is serious, even if he does not know English, he should learn English to read Srila Prabhupada’s original books. So many devotees have learned English for this reason over the years.

          Of course it is very important to have translations of Srila Prabhupada’s books in all the languages of the world. But these translations will never be Srila Prabhupada’s original books. Prabhupada’s original books are in English and if you want to read Prabhupada’s original books then you have to read them in English…

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

          • ananya misra says:

            pranam guruji all glories to our grudeb-HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C BHAKTIBEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA

            father i hope your doing well in your devotional life- father as u said earlier that only ddisributing book wont do one needs to discuss the slokas with the inetrested ppl so now by the grace of my kanhai ,by the grace of our spiritual master all the devotees of our sri guru and of course by the grace of your mercy ,have i got an opportunity to serve our spiritual master and also help you in my my very limited qualification ,father i need your permission on one thing,i was thinking, whatever topic we discuss if i get any post regarding that in your website can (because i know which thing is where)i copy that post in our grp chat of course by your name, will this be alright?? ,because i also want to be a part of this mission of spreading this knowledge pls kindly reply me

            your unworth student

          • Hare Krishna Ananya

            Yes. It is OK of course to copy and post things from into your chats, etc.

            Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

            Madhudvisa dasa

          • shyam says:

            Hare krishna hare krisshna …….

            how i will get peace and how can i remember to god KRISHNA in whole day….i have tried more time to remember god krishna but i don’t know how i am forgetting…and how i will forget my false ego ..i want to remember and chanting “krishna’s name and krishna”….
            jay sri krishna …
            Mera Giridhar Gopal……once again chanting.. JaY SrI KrIShNa..

          • Just do it. Just read Prabhupada’s books and follow his instructions. It is very simple.

    • Bee says:

      How to argue with non-believers?
      There may be many atheists out there who are good at heart and need to be shown the right path. What proof can we offer to them?

      • There is no point arguing with the non-believers.

        Actually it is offensive to argue with the non-believers. One of the ten offences in the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is to not speak with the faithless persons. So arguing with the non-believers will not be good for your own spiritual advancement. So do not do it.

        It is also useless. Non-believers are not going to become believers by your arguments. This requires a developement of love of God in their hearts. And that love can be developed if they hear the Hare Krishna maha mantra chanted by pure devotees and if they read the books of Srila Prabhupada and if they eat prasadam, the remnants of foodstuffs offered to Krishna.

        So we should not try to argue with the non-believers. Argument is not the way. Let them hear and chant Hare Krishna, let them read Prabhupada’s books and let them take Krishna prasadam, in this way the love for Krishna that is dormant in their hearts will gradually be awakened.

        If we want to get the right results we have to follow the process. And preaching to non-belivers means giving them Prasadam, letting them hear the chanting of Hare Krishna, getting them to chant Hare Krishna and getting them to Read Srila Prabhupada’s books. NOT ARGUING WITH THEM.

        Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

        Madhudvisa dasa

      • Jennie Walsh says:

        One way is to just pray for them and let the angels do the converting. Let them see your happiness and your confidence in Krishna. Arguing is actually destructive, causing more harm than good.

        • Hare Krishna Jennie

          It is not very practical to just let the angels do the converting as you say. First of all in Krishna conscious there is no question of ‘converting’. Krishna consciousness is the original consciousness that is present within everyone. So there is no question of converting. It is a question of awakening the original consciousness that is already within everyone. And you are very correct when you say arguing is not the way. Transcendental knowledge is not established by argument. The transcendental knowledge can only flow from the bona fide self realized spiritual master to his humble and submissive disciples. The knowledge can be assimilated only by the humble and submissive disciple through surrender and service. The knowledge does not flow through argument.

          But we can easily help people awaken their original Krishna consciousness by feeding them with Krishna prasadam, by letting them hear the Hare Krishna mantra and by getting them to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. This is the way. And we can speak with them about Krishna only if they are at least a little bit interested in hearing us speak to them about Krishna…

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

    • Harsha says:

      I am really pleased to all ur notes that u send. I am ateacher in school and i was so much loaded with work that i was not finding time to read anything or attend any lectures, but now i find out time and read ur notes without fail,thanks for the same.I am feeling that now i can understand Gita much better. I have also started reading it.Please pray for my spiritual advancement.
      Hare Krishna.

  2. nilesh says:

    I am really motivated by the work that ISKON has given to the society and I truly belive in Bhagavad Gita , also wish you all the best madhudvisa dasa for your efforts on krishna connect

  3. Robert says:


    Thank you for your letter. I am looking forward to your next letter. I have a copy of the Bhagavad Gita as it is. I must admit that I am very ignorant of Hinduism, but I am looking forward to learning. I also will have many questions as we go along, but how else can I learn?



    • Hare Krishna Robert

      Questions are very good, so please ask them and I can try to answer to my best ability.

  4. vishal says:

    Hare Krishna

    i’m new in this world of spirtual learning i have few questions which may sound stupid to learned but for me they are still mystery.
    Can you please tell me where does GOD came from, i know he is omnipresent but how it all started?what was there when there was nothing?
    pardon me if i sound totally silly, but i’ll appreciate if can get answer.

    • Hare Krishna Vishal

      Thank you for the very good question. You are asking where does God come from and what happened when there was nothing and that is a very natural question because everything we experience around us in this world has a beginning, it stays for some, produces some byproducts, dwindles, then vanishes, so, seeing everything around us go through these stages it is natural to think that God must also go through these stages and to wonder where He came from.

      However, God has no beginning. That is one of His names. anadi, means He has no beginning and no end. That is the spiritual nature. There are two worlds, the material world and the spiritual world, here in the material world everything is under the control of time so everything has a beginning and an end. But in the spiritual world time as we know it does not exist. There is no old age, no death, everyone there is eternally youthful.

      This is actually our eternal, natural constitutional position. To be eternally youthful, full of knowledge and full of bliss. So we also, are like Krishna in this sense, in the same way that Krishna has no beginning, we, the spirit souls, also have no beginning. It is only because we come into this material world and have accepted these material bodies and are identifying with the material bodies that these ideas of birth and death and the idea of “coming from somewhere.”

      So the conclusion is that God has no beginning or end, and we also have no beginning or end, because we are spirit souls, and this idea about birth and death and beginning and end is only a result of us taking birth within the material world and accepting these material bodies as ourselves. It is our body that is born, our body that gets old and our body that “dies.” But we are not the body. We are the spirit soul within the body and we, like Krishna, are eternal with no beginning and no end.

      Let me know what you think.

      So the consclusion is God has no beginning, He is eternally existing, the whole meaning of eternal is that He has no beginning and no end,and

      • Emmanuel Tandoh says:

        Hare Krishna Madhudvisa-dasa Prabhu,
        Please accept my humble obeisances. I am so elated by your wonderful effort in educating some of us more on the Bhagavad Gita. Please keep it up.

        But I will be very pleased if you could help me to know the difference(s) between ISKCON and Christianity and also the paraparam system of Christians. I have heard it often times that ISKCON is like the tertiary institution while Christianity is compared to the elementary, primary or the secondary institution. So please help me with this.
        Hare Krishna.

        • Hare Krishna Emmanuel

          Basically the parampara system in Christianity is broken. It is in danger of being broken in ISKCON as well. This parampara is a very delicate thing. It is quite usual that it gets broken after some time. If you read in the Bhagavad Gita forth chapter you will see that Krishna is speaking to Arjuna that “This is the same knowledge that I originally spoke to the Sun-god Vivasvan, and he passed it on to his sons and they passed it on to their sons, and in this way the knowledge was handed down through the disciplic succession of the saintly Kings. But Krishna said to Arjuna that now this knowledge has been lost and He will now speak that same knowledge again to Arjuna. We see it happening all the time in every religious tradition. God or the representative of God appears and establishes the pure teachings and they are handed down in some sort of parampara and after some time the knowledge is lost.

          Even with Lord Chatanya 500 years ago, Advaita Acharya prayed for the advent of Lord Caitanya, calling out to Krishna, that “Unless You come personally I do not see how the religious principles can be re-established.” So Lord Caitanya, although there were some other, more confidential, reasons for His appearance, He also appeared to re-establish the religious principles because they were lost at that time.

          Even at the time of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, the father of Srila Bhaktsiddhanta Sarasvati, Srila Prabhuapda’s spiritual master, the real knowledge of Vaisnavism was almost completely lost. At that time so-called Vaisnavas were performing all sorts of sinful activities and not at all appreciated by thoughtful persons. So Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur had to re-establish the pure teachings of Vaisnavism by studying the writings of the Gosvamis of Vrindavan, like Rupa Goswami, Sanatana Goswami and Jiva Goswami, the direct disciples of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

          So even just a few hundred years after Lord Caitanya was personally on the planet and flooded the whole of India with love of God, His followers had deviated so much that the parampara was broken and had to be re-established by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and the powerful preaching of his son Srila Bhaktsiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Srila Prabhuapda’s spritual master.

          So as I hinted before Kali-yuga is very moving fast now and this destruction of the parampara is also going on in ISKCON. ISKCON as an organization has deviated in many ways from the teachings of Srila Prabhuapda so what is today called “ISKCON” already, after only 32 years, is quite different from the organization Srila Prabhupada established.

          So what to speak of the Christians. They are so much further away from the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ and they do not even have any direct record of the teachings of Christ, only second hand memories written down many years later and translated and edited over the years.

          Our great fortune in Krishna consciousness is we have all the original books of Srila Prabhuapda, plus we have his classes, letters, conversations, press conferences and audio and video recordings, so we have everything recorded.

          Therefor, this time, with Srila Prabhupada preserved by the modern technology, although many in ISKCON would like to go in a different direction, it will be clear to thoughtful people that they are deviating from the parampara and they will not have any power to preach actually.

          Srila Prabhuapda discusses these points at great length in the Adi Lila of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta in relation to the affairs of the Gaudiya Matha after Srila Bhaktsiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura left his body. The same thing happened in the Gaudiya Matha. Prabhupada says Srila Bhaktsiddhanta did not recommend any of his disciples to become acharya of the Gaudiya Matha after he left. Rather he suggested they establish a GBC and manage it in that way. But as soon as Bhaktsiddhanta left they had to appoint an acharya, and it went very, very badly. So Srila Prabhupada warns in many places that in ISKCON his disciples should not make the same mistake. Prabhuapda also did not appoint any of his disciples as acharyas to take his place. Rather he established a ritvik system of initiation enabling him to continue accepting disciples after his physical disapearance and established a GBC for the management of ISKCON.

          However, as we all know, as soon as Srila Prabhuapda left our material vision ISKCON appointed not one acharya, but 11! And like the Gaudiya Math, that was a great disaster. Now, just a few years later, none of these so-called liberated acharyas are functioning any more and their tens of thousands of disciples are scattered and devastated, and the whole international ISKCON movement has been practically destroyed by this.

          So for ISKCON the guru disaster has been the most destructive force on the movement anyone could imagine. And this is all simply because they disobeyed the orders of Srila Prabhuapda from the beginning. Prabhupada did not appoint any of his disciples as acharyas but they demanded “we must be acharyas” and what a mess that created!

          So as Srila Prabhuapda declared that the Gaudiya Matha had became “asara,” useless, because they went against the desires of Srila Bhaktsiddhanta by appointing an acharya for the Gaudiya Math when he did not see any of his disciples as being qualified for that position, similarly, just days before leaving his body Srila Prabhuapda and Tamal Krishna had discussions that make it very clear that Srila Prabhuapda did not consider that any of his disciples at that time to be qualified for the position of acharya, however, in a rebelious spirit, with the advice of Prabhuapda’s godbrothers, Prabhuapda’s disciples went against Prabhuapda’s wishes and appointed 11 successor acharyas to Srila Prabhuapda. And it was such a disaster.

          Therefore as Prabhuapda declared the Gaudiya matha to be useless and without any potency to preach because they went against the will of Srila Bhaktsiddhanata who did not name any acharya to succeed him, ISKCON is also useless and without any power to preach because they have gone against the wishes of Srila Prabhuapda who also did not name any acharya to succeed him, rather he established a GBC to manage ISKCON and introduced a ritvik initiation system that allows him to continue accepting disciples even though he is no longer physically present.

          So in such a short time ISKCON has become an organization that worships conditioned souls as Vaisnava acharyas and this has completely destroyed the spiritual mood.

          It is a very sublime thing, the way spiritual knowledge descends from Krishna to us through the parampara. If there are problems with the parampara, no matter how sincerely the followers may try, the knowledge will not descend.

          None of this is new. There are always “Putana’s” [demons] who want to “take over the pulpit” as soon as the liberated acharya departs [as Srila Bhaktsiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur so nicely puts it] Prabhupada warned us also that we have to expect this chaos when the liberated acharya leaves.

          Krishnadasa Kaviraja, the author of the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta describes everything very nicely. He likens these branches of the Caitanya tree that deviate from the parampara to be dead branches on the Caitanya tree.

          In the beginning if a branch on a tree dies it is not easy to tell the dead branch from the living branch. But the dead branch will not get any fresh new leaves, flowers or fruits. And gradually it will just dry up and fall of the tree.

          So we have to get back to the real Caitanya tree and the real current Acharya Srila Prabhuapda and get some living branches of the tree connected to the bona fide parampara functioning again. That is what we hope to do here at, the Hare Krishna Community. So please try and assist with this. It is a very great, and very essential mission.

          Sorry it is a long answer….

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          • dasa-anu-dasa says:

            I am sure that you are sincere soul and that it is just that you have been misguided by those persons who are envious of the bona fide spiritual masters that Srila Prabhupada has created by his divine potency. Because I know you are a good soul, I can understand that it is my duty on behalf of Srila Prabhupada to try to bring you to the correct understanding of his teachings. I am hopeful that you will take to heart these valuable instructions which I have sincerely given you. It is in a mood of genuine concern and compassion that I am taking the time and trouble to explain these things to you in detail. I pray to Krishna that you may be able to properly understand them.

          • Hare Krishna Prabhu. We are not getting into arguing about these things here. And it is a little presumptuious of you to try to “bring me to the correct understanding.” My understanding is not mine, it is Prabhupada’s, so it is correct. The proper way to approach this thing would be to submit that you do not understand these things and request clarification. Briefly yes, Prabhuapda wants his disciples to go on to become qualified initiating spiritual masters and initiate disciples. But the qualification is required. And that qualification, as we have discussed, although it seems to be a very simple thing, is very rare to be found. Even in the weeks preceding Srila Prabhuapda’s departure from our material vision it is clear from his discussions that he did not cosider any of his disciples qualified to become Acharya. And he did nothing except apoint ritvik priests to initiate on his behalf. Your assertion that “Srila Prabhuapda has created bona fide spiritual masters by his divine potency,” shows a complete lack of understanding of the guru disciple relationship. Srila Prabhupada certainly has the divine potency to create unlimited bona fide spiritual masters, and he wants to do this, but Krishna consciousness is voluntary. It is not that Krishna forces us to do things, and it is not that Srila Prabhuapda is forcing us to do things, or magically making all of his disciples bona fide spiritual masters simply by his divine potency.

            For this process to work the disciple has to actually surrender to the orders of the spiritual master and make the mission of the spiritual master his life and soul. Now this is another thing that sounds like it is very simple, but also it is very rare to find a disciple who will actually do this. We can see from Srila Prabhuapda’s spiritual master’s institution, the Gaudiya Math, Srila Bhaktsiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura instructed many of his disciples to preach the message of Lord Caitanya in the Western countries. Any one of his tens of thousands of disciples could have accepted this order and made it his life and soul. But out of so many tens of thousands of disciples, Srila Prabhupada was the one who actually made the orders of his spiritual master his life and soul.

            So your asserting that the 11 original “zonal acharya” ISKCON gurus were bona fide is nothing short of crazy. We had Jaya Tirtha preaching that the way to enlightenment was LSD giving drug induced Bhagavatam classes who was later beheaded by one of his stoned disciples, we had Bhavananda and Kirtananda who were pedophiles having sex with the gurukuli children and that has now become public and has been such a disaster for ISKCON, and we have Satsvarupa who started writing books about Krishna, then progressed to writing “Krishna conscious fiction” like “Nimai and the Mouse” then progressed to having affairs with various female disciples, then progressed to writing pornographic literature. It was only then that the GBC were force to admit that Satsvarupa was not actually a bona fide spiritual master. I could go on but the bottom line is that none of these 11 so-called paramahamsas who were advertised as the successors of Srila Prabhupada is still functioning as a guru. They have all either fallen down into sinful activities, been killed untimely in horrible circumstances, gone insane, been incapacitated so they can’t preach, or completely lost the taste for Krishna consciousness and no longer even chant Hare Krishna.

            So these men were not at all paramahamsas, not qualified gurus, not capable of guiding anyone at all back home, back to Godhead. They can not even take themselves back to Godhead, what to speak of trying to take many disciples with them.

            And you are trying to tell us that these were all paramahamsa’s? Created by Prabhuapda?

            You have completely misunderstood the process. Krishna conscioussness is voluntary and it is not that simply the spiritual master has to be qualified and then automatically the devotee will come out as a pure devotee. The disciple also has to be qualified. If you go to school and you have a very qualified teacher but you do not listen to what he says in the classes, you do not study the books he recommends you to study, you do not follow the principles he suggests that you follow, then you will not learn anything.

            Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          • Ishan das says:

            Hare Krishna Madhudvisa Prabhu, Please accept my humble obeisances and all glories to Srila Prabhupada. After reading your email to dasa-anu-dasa, I just had to thank you for being so direct and strong with him. People have such crazy ideas, and have to be given the real truth of the matter. Then it is up to them as to whether they will benefit from your advice.
            In the early 1980’s I was in Vancouver, Canada at the Iskcon Temple. Satsvarupa was an initiating guru for that temple at that time and when he would come to the temple the devotees would put him up on a great Vyas Asan beside Srila Prabhupada. I expressed my opinion that this person is in no way a paramahansa pure devotee, and how could they be so blind as to see him in that way. The result was that I received threats of physical violence for voicing this. It was not too long after that that I had to call it quits with Iskcon as opposed to participating in such a grand farce.

            I have one request. Hansadutta Prabhu wrote me a brief but kindly note through your service. It was in response to something I had submitted. In approximately 1968, Hansadutta was a major force in bringing me to Krishna conscious. After reading his letter to Bhakti Caru Swami, I can see that I would once again benefit from his association. Is it possible for you to write to Hansadutta and ask for his permission so that you can release his email address to me? If this is something that is out of bounds for you, I can understand and accpt that. Otherwise I want to acknowledge you for the wonderful service that you are doing for Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya. Thank you for your wonderful example. Sincerely, your servant, Ishan das

          • roma says:

            HARE KRISHNA



            YOUR SERVANT,

          • My spiritual master is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapda.

          • roma says:


          • Srila Prabhuapda established a system of accepting disciples through his disciples. When Prabhuapda was physically present on the planet he had temples all over the world and devotees were joining and requesting initiation from all over the world also. So it was not practical for Srila Prabhuapda to personally initiated all of them. Therefore he empowered some of his disciples to act as ritvik priests to perform the initiation ceremonies on his behalf. I joined the Hare Krishna movement in Australia in 1986 and by 1989 I knew that Srila Prabhuapda was my spiritual master so I asked Jayadharma Prabhu who is a disciple of Srila Prabhuapda and was the temple president of ISKCON Sydney in Srila Prabhuapda’s presence. At that time he was performing the initiation ceremonies on Srila Prabhupada’s behalf so I asked him if it would be possible for him to initiate me also on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. He discussed this with some of his godbrothers and agreed to perform the initiation ceremony. So in 1989 he gave me first and second initiation on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. At that time I had never heard the word “ritvik” nor was I aware of the July 9th letter where Srila Prabhupada formally institutes this system that would allow him to continue to accept disciples even though he is no longer physically present. So I was initiated by a disciple of Srila Prabhuapda who was approved of by Srila Prabhupada to perform the initiation ceremonies for Prabhuapda’s disciples on his behalf.

          • David Heal says:

            Hare Krishna Mudhudvisa Dasa,

            This was most clear and very reassuring.

            Hare Krishna

      • Yogita says:

        hare krishna Madhudvisa-Dasji!
        i am also trying to understand spiritualty and had gone through ur reply,but could not understud that hw is it possible? i mean what is he made up of.and we souls are part of god,so there must be d process of separation from god into n number of souls i.e. our begining
        and also that what made him create us,these three worlds,demi gods,etc.since he is paripurna and doesn’t need anything to complete or please him.
        pardon me if i sound silly

        • Hare Krishna Yogita

          You can not expect to understand everything instantly.

          You need to study Srila Prabhuapda’s books and take to chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra daily and following the four regulative principles: no illicit sex life, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication and engage in practical devotional service.

          Krishna consciousness is a practical thing. It is understood by practical service. You can theoritacally understand but the practical realization comes when you actually surrender to Krishna and use your life simply for serving Krishna.

          So my suggestion is that you please chant the Hare Krishna mantra more and read Srila Prabhupada’s books more and you will understand everything more and more.

          Madhudvisa dasa

      • Ishan das says:

        Hare Krishna Vishal,

        I like your question very much, and it is too much attractive, so that I cannot read it and simply pass it by without making some comment.

        As Madhudvisa Prabhu has pointed out, the spiritual nature is qualitatively different from the material nature. At present, not only are we installed in a gross material body, but our minds as well are subtle material energy that cannot be perceived through our blunt material senses. The modern day so-called scientists think that the mind is the workings of the physical brain. But that is not a fact. There are many things that we know to exist in this material realm that are not perceivable through our senses. One example is the radio waves.
        At any moment in time there are radio waves in your room that represent the broadcasting from so many different sources. Maybe 10 or 20 radio stations and so many television stations. All passing through the walls of your house and all-pervasive within your room. We cannot see them, touch them, smell them or taste them. But as soon as we click on the radio, we can understand that we are living in a vast ocean of various frequencies. If we take our portable radio a mile away from our home, we can still pick up the same frequencies. So we live in a kind of subtle ocean of different frequencies that we cannot sense, except by our radios which can translate those subtle frequencies into frequencies that we can sense. So the mind is a subtle material energy also. Krishna explains in the Bhagavad Gita that mind is one of his 8 principle separated material energies.

        So although the mind is subtle, still it is material and does not directly perceive the spiritual energy that is also everywhere present, both inside us and outside of us. Therefore as long as we are under the influence of the material mind we cannot understand the nature of spiritual energy. In the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Sri Krishna explains that there are great yogis who try to approach the spiritual nature with their material minds. And then after many, many lifetimes of such endeavor, when they finally understand that Vasudeva or Krishna is everything, then they surrender to Krishna, and when Krishna is satisfied by their sincere cultivation of Bhakti yoga, then He reveals Himself to such a devotee. And Krishna further explains that such a great soul is very rare.

        So the spiritual nature is incomprehensible to the material mind. One of the difficulties that arises in spiritual persuit is that we do not know what are the proper questions to ask. In the Bhagavad-gita Arjuna holds the demeanor of a spirit soul who, like us, is under the influence of the material mind. And in such a state, he asks Krishna so many questions. So the Bhagavad-gita not only provides us with God’s explanations, but also through Arjuna, the Bhagavad-gita provides us with the real questions that we should be asking. And as we are serious in the matter of our spiritual advancement, we will begin to ask the same questions that Arjuna asks.

        This business of asking the right questions is a very important theme in the Vedic literatures. In the Vedanta Sutra which is the mature culmination of all Vedic knowledge, we are instructed at the very beginning, “Athato brahma jignasa.” The idea is that now that we have come to the human form of life, we should begin to enquire as to what is the nature of the Absolute Truth. And the answer to that question is provided in very first verse of the Srimad Bhagawatam, by the same author. In fact, the Srimad Bhagawatam is the commentary on the Vedanta Sutra by the self-same author, Srila Vyasadeva. So in the first verse of the Bhagawatam, Srila Vyasadev states “janmadyasya-jataha”. He states that the Absolute Truth is that which is the source of emenation of all that is. Therefore your question is very intelligent, because you are enquiring into the nature of the Absolute Truth. And immediately the greatest ripened fruit of all Vedic Knowledge, the Srimad Bhagawatam, provides the answer to your question – the Absolute Truth is the Source of all spiritual and material realms. Again, as Madhudvisa Prabhu has written, this is a concept that cannot be grasped by the material mind. However, our Divine spiritual preceptor, Srila Prabhupada, explains that Krishna Consciousness is a science. And science means 3 steps. Hypothesis, experiment and conclusion. Srila Prabhupada would say the same thing in different words.`He would say that one cannot understand the taste of honey by looking at the jar and speculating on it. Rather, one must go inside the jar and taste the honey. Then he will understand the taste of the honey.

        So these answers and more answers are provided for us in the Bhagavad-gita. And these answers describe the process by which we can get the taste of Krishna consciousness. Srila Prabhupada would say that he was not in the business of collecting blind followers. He wanted us to understand the process and submit ourselves to the experiment.

        The invocation of the Ishopanishad states:

        “The Absolute Truth is perfect and complete. And Because He is completely perfect, therefore all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as a complete whole. Whatever is produced from these complete wholes is perfect and complete in itself. And even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He is not reduced, but He remains as the complete balance.

        And this is further explained by Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, ninth chapter, where Krishna says:

        “I am all-pervasive, in everything. And all beings are in Me. But I am not in them. And everything that is created does not rest in me. Although I am the maintainer of all living beings, and although I am everywhere, still, My Self is the very source of creation.”

        Lord Sri Krishna is the reservoir of pleasure. So as we try to enter into the spirit of these questions and descriptive answers, leaving the prison of the material mind behind, and diving into the honey jar of Krishna Consciousness, then we begin to understand the nectarine taste of the great ocean of devotion.

        Thank you again for your wonderful question. Hare Krishna!

      • Ankur Jindal says:

        Hare Krishna Prb. Ji

        Very nice and meaningful answer you have provided. But I just wanted to ask “If we are also eternal kike Krishna then why we are forced to take these material bodies and put into illusion? ”


        • We get these material bodies because we have a desire to enjoy separately from Krishna. In the spiritual world there is no enjoyment separately from Krishna. There everyone is engaged in serving Krishna and they get their enjoyment from serving Krishna.

          That is actually the only way we can enjoy. By serving Krishna. We are eternally servants and Krishna is eternally our master.

          But we have rebelled against this natural, eternal situation.

          We want to become the master like Krishna. We want to enjoy like Krishna. That is not possible actually. But Krishna mercifully creates this material world so we can try for this, enjoying separately from Krishna.

          He gives us these material bodies and as soon as we accept a material body we are in the illusion that “I am this material body.” And the suffering begins.

          Having a material body means we will naturally have so much suffering and distress.

          The idea of the material world is that we will come here and try to be the master but actually we will simply suffer so much that gradually, after many, many births of suffering in the material world, a few thoughtful persons will realise that we can not be happy here in the material world and they will surrender to Krishna and go back home, back to Godhead.

          So this material world is for suffering only.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  5. vishal says:

    Hare Krishna

    i thank you for replying to my query, and i agree to the explanation, however my material mind fails to comprehend this may be by reading gita(which i’ve not yet started) and understanding his Mahima i get more clarity and acceptance……Hare Krishna…..i have few(actually lot) more questions……
    when every thing is made by god and god only governs our every action and thought and we are here to pay for our sins and good things that we have done in our previous births,then y at the very begining he made us do sins, and wrong things, and then make this process of hell and heaven. if he wanted he could have made every thing good in this world with no hate revenge lust etc.
    y he created pain…..

  6. kanupriya says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
    please accept my humble obesiances!

    I recieved your newsletter ” The spirit of BG”.

    It’s very nice. And i am waiting for more letters like this.

  7. Ranjeet says:

    I have read the gita 3 times and find it very peaceful and it helps relax the mind. I also believe that other religions i.e. islam, judaism are also messages from the creator but cannot understand why one says non believers must not be befriended or why each religion teaches zero tolerance to other religions?

    please can you rectify this.

    Thank you

    • Hare Krishna Ranjeet

      Krishna says in the Gita, yada yada hi dharmasya…, “whenever and wherever there is a discrepancy in the following of religious principles I appear or I send my representative to re-establish the religious principles.” So Srila Prabupada has accepted Lord Jesus Christ as son of God as he claims, as a messenger of God, and similarly he has accepted the Prophet Mohamad. So as devotees of Krishna and followers of Srila Prabhupada we have nothing against other religious principles and encourage the people to properly follow. Most Christians do not follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, most Muslims do not follow the teachings of Mohamad. This is the problem. The test of a religous system is to see if by following it the followers develop love for God. So as far as the Hare Krishna movement is concerned we accept the people who are following other religions, we accept their process is valid, we do not teach zero tolerance at all.

      • Ranjeet says:

        Hare Krishna Sir

        Thank you very much for the quick reply, much appreciated. Am i right to say / think that meat eating is completly prohibited for hindus? My dilema with this is that certain climates i.e. north pole may require meat eating to sustain life there but what about the UK or Europe where ample grains exist. If we eat meat do we come back to this planet after death whether we are hindu, muslim, christian etc? Are all meat eaters condemned? As i am aware, its all about control senses so for me meat is only a food taste which must be controlled just like any other food veg or non veg.

        The hardest sense to control is the tongue as stated in the Gita! its is very hard!

        I look forward to you reply

        Hare Krishna

        • Hare Krishna Ranjeet

          We are not “Hindus.” We are Vaisnavas, devotees of Krishna. Krishna is the friend of the cows and the friend of the brahmanas. Note that He mentions the cows first. Krishna is a cowherd boy. He is very fond of the cows. So cow killing is such a terrible sin. So cow killing is completely prohibited and so many of the problems we are seeing in the world today are caused by the cow killing that is going on on a huge scale. As far as other meat eating, Vaisnavas will not eat meat. A devotee of Krishna does not do anything for himself. He does everything for Krishna. So he also cooks for Krishna. Krishna will not accept meat. He says in the Gita that He will accept an offering of vegetables, fruits, grains and milk products if it is offered to Him with love and devotion. So a Vaisnava will only eat Krishna prasadam, and as Krishna does not accept meat, it can never be Krishna prasadam. That is the reason a devotee will never eat meat. Because Krishan does not accept such a horrible offering.

          As far as non-vaisnavas in India there is some provision in the Vedas for offering animal sacrifice for animals, not the cow, like goat, etc. But this is not for devotees, Vaisnavas.

          Even at the North Pole now they have supplies shipped in and you can get vegetables, grains, milk products and fruits, so I do not think there is any need to eat meat. But if there was an emergency situation and the choice for a devotee was to die or to eat meat he would eat meat to live to preach. But at the moment there is no such emergency.

          We can not understand Krishna consciousness at all unless we agree to at least follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication, and also we must agree to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra daily, without these things there is no spiritual life at all, simply imagination.

          So we have to undergo the austerity that it takes to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and follow the regulative principles. Otherwise Krishna consciousness will remain far, far away from us…

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  8. Eswaran says:

    Hare Krsna Madhudvisa-dasa ji

    Im humble person who seeks happiness thru anything,
    I have put a test to myself being a vegetarian and it been 3 months now.
    Why the test is because when i read Bhgd Gita , controling your mind is most ultimate , so by starting controling the senses like the tongue would be a basic step for me. But ji , since these period my feelings or (lust )towards female has raised up till i coudn’t control it sometimes. Need your advise ji, why these kind of feelings im getting.
    Pls advise ji

    Thank you

    • Hare Krishna Ezwaran

      It is very good you have decided to become a vegetarian. That is one of the steps. We have to do all the steps. So that means many things that you will find by studying the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Although being vegetarian is very important, by itself that is not enough. In this age the only practical method for self realization is the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha mantra:

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

      We have to be attached to something, we have to feel for something. So we have develop our attachment for Krishna, our feelings for Krishna, otherwise we will still be completely controlled by the lust of the material world.

      One thing is you say you seek happiness through anything. There is only one way actually to get happiness, and that is by serving Krishna, and how to serve Krishna, we can find that by hearing from Krishna’s pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada.

      So this idea that you are seeking happiness for yourself is not the right idea. Actually that way we will never be happy. We need to realize that we are all part and parcel of Krishna, just like the leaves of a tree are part and parcel of the tree. The only way the leaves of the tree can be nourished is if water is supplied to the roots of the tree. Similarly the only way we can be happy is if we satisfy Krishna, Krishna is the root of the entire creation, if Krishna is pleased then we will be happy. So our happiness comes, actually, by us doing something that will please Krishna. It is a completely different way of living…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      • indu says:

        Namaste Madhudvisa

        but in other religions God or Krishna allows to offer Him meat, is it not so?

        • No, God never accepts meat. You can not offer him meat.

          There is some mention of animal sacrifice in the vedas. But that is not for meat eating. That is for testing the mantras and the brahmanas who are chanting the mantras. If you have a proper qualified brahmana he should be able to chant mantras and have an animal enter into the sacred fire and come out again in a new, young, rejuvenated body. That is the proof that the brahmana is qualified and chanting the mantras properly. It is not meant for killing the animal. But today there are no qualified brahmanas so no one can do this anymore. So in the Kali-yuga such animal sacrifices are forbidden.

          There is another type of animal sacrifice mentioned in the Vedas where a goat or some other animal, not a cow, is offered to the goddess Kali or Durga, this is not offering to God but it is some concession for those who want to eat meat.

          Krishna does not accept foods that are not in the mode of goodness. Foods in the mode of goodness come from four groups: milk products, grains, vegetables and fruits. You can make so many delicious and nutritious foods by combining these four food groups.

          So God will only ever accept an offering of foodstuffs in the mode of goodness… You can not offer him meat… Other religions may offer, but God will not accept…

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

          • dearest Madhudvisa dasa,please explain to me how it is that the slaughtering of innocent animals brings about wars and such? is it sort of like the saying in the bible… an eye 4 an eye?

  9. amrita says:

    Hare Krishna,

    I was reading the online version of Bhagvat Gita, and I found this “regulated principles of freedom” in one of the chapters.

    Can you please tell me what these principles of freedom are?

    Thank you,

    Jai Shri Krishna

    • No illicit sex life, sex is only for having children in marriage; no intoxication, including even coffee and tea; no meat eating, including fish, eggs, chicken; and no gambling including speculative investments and sports.

  10. ritu says:

    i just received the news-letter.i am a 15 yr old n though i have Bhagvat gita as it is, i could not go beyond the 3rd chapter. there were some things i could not understand and i would like to know how do you do work in Krishna consciousness? thank you, i look forward to your reply…

    • Force yourself to keep reading the Bhagavad-Gita and chant Hare Krishna mantra regularly and Krishna will give you the intelligence to understand how you can work in Krishna consciousness. It is there in the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, keep reading it, and if you have specific questions ask and I will try to answer.

  11. Raj says:

    hare krsna madhudvisa das
    please accept my humble obeisance
    the newsletter you have sent is very interesting.i appreciated a great deal.i
    already have a copy of BG as it the way why is it that you said your servant at the end? also please if you could explain to me why is it that we must chant and no other process because there are other processes as well such as chanting so important?
    thank you very much 4 taking time for me.

    • Hare Krishna Raj

      There are other spiritual processes like meditational yoga, offering of sacrifices and Deity worship in the temple. In previous ages these have been the “yuga dharma” or the system of religion for the age. But in previous ages the situation in the world was very different. In the Satya-yuga, the golden age, the yuga-dharma was meditational yoga. That took a long time, perhaps 60,000 years and an atmosphere surcharged with the mode of goodness. This was possible in the satya-yuga because then people could live for up to 100,000 years and the atmosphere was surcharged with the mode of goodness. Gradually through the other ages our lifespan, our wealth and our intelligence have all decreased and the atmosphere of the world has changed to one full of stress and anxiety. So now we do not have the time or the suitable atmosphere to perform meditational yoga, we do not have qualified brahmanans who can perform the Vedic sacrifices nor do we have the resources to get the required ghee, grains, etc. Apart from chanting that only leaves the Deity worship in the temple and these days people are not very interested in going to temples and are unable to follow the proper standards for Deity worship.

      Therefore Lord Caitanya has declared “In this age of Kali, the only way, the only way, the only way, for spiritual advancement is the chanting of the holy name of Hari.” So, on the authority of Lord Caithanya we know that this sankirtan, the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is actually the only way to make spiritual advancement in this dark age of Kali.

      “This age of Kali is an ocean of faults, but that is one great benefit, simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra one can very easily become liberated.”

      Therefore we need to take advantage of the great opportunity we have and chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra:

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

      This is essential for making advancement in spriitual life. Meditation, if you are speaking of astanga yoga or hatha yoga, you can not do it in this age. The time has changed so much it is simply not possible. Even in the Gita Krishna instructs Arjuna on this process and Arjuna admits his inability to follow the strict rules and regulations of the meditiational yoga system. And that was 5000 years ago and Arjuna was so much more qualified than us.

      We will be discussing all these points in detail as we go on, so keep reading the newsletters.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  12. Dhamotharan says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
    please accept my Namaskaram!

    I recieved your newsletter ” The spirit of BG”.

    It’s very Good. I have been started long back to read the Geetha(I have Tamil version of BG) but never persistently continued and read it properly. your newsletter really motivates me to read the BG. And i am waiting for more letters and guidance like this.

    Thanks Prabhuji.

  13. Chris says:

    Dear Madhudvisa Dasa

    Thank you very much for sending me this newsletters and the recording.

    If you allow I’d like to write a few lines about the time when I first heard about Srila Prabhupada, vedic knowledge and especially Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

    I read a book which later when reading “B-G As It Is” I suspected to be what is described as “Mayavada-Philosophy”.

    I started reading Bhagavad-Gita but due to the mentioned book I saw Krishna in a kind of….let me call it objective light (?). I didn’t manage to associate with devotees yet(also never visited a temple) but by continually reading Prabhupada’s books I did get things straight(in connection with this “mayavada-point of view”), theoretically. I really trust in this way and feel deeply indebted to Srila Prabhupada but still I got problems to follow the four regulative principles.

    I’m looking forward to receiving your next letters.

  14. Sheetal says:

    Respected Madhudvisa Das,
    Hare Krishan, It was so kind of you to send me this wonderful mail on “Bhagavadgita”. Thank you very much. Well I’m already in association with ISKCON since many years. I think it wouldn’t be right for me to say I’m a devotee nor completly neophyte. I’m trying to be an devotee. I have already read many books on ‘Shrila Prabhupad’, I keep visiting ISKCON temples whenever possible. What I have realized is that constant association with devotees help us to progress in devotional service which I don’t get. So please continue sending me the newsletters. I have plenty of queries to be asked and I’ll make sure I’ll post them all to you and I know all my queries will be answered.

    The first thing I would like to tell you is that I’m a lecturer by vocation in an Engineering collge. I don’t get association of devotees at my work place nor in my house. Its only on sundays and some other occassion I get to go to the temple. Well my problem is I don’t know how to behave and interact with non-devotees at work place. I can’t complety avoid them but, whenever I’m in their association I get disturbed. Their topics are most of the time gossip or some stupid mundane activities. Its such an ordeal to be with them. PLease kindly suggest.

    Hare Kishna


    • Hare Krishna Sheetal

      It is a very difficult situation, having to associate with non-devotees, in a situation where you can not really talk to them about Krishna very much. I don’t know how much you can talk about Krishna as an engineering professor.

      But what to do? Srila Prabhuapda, in his household life was a manufacturing chemist. So he also had to do so much business and deal with so many activities in his business and family life, but still at the same time he remembered Krishna all the time.

      Srila Prabhuapda gives the example of a women who is in love with a man other than her husband. Of course she is working very nicely in her husband’s house, she does not want him to suspect she has some attachment for another man, but internally she is always thinking of that other man. So no matter whatever she is doing externally, internally she is thinking of her lover.

      So we have to become in love with Krishna, and always thinking of Krishna, so that no matter what external activities we are obliged to perform in our family life or our business life, we will always remember Krishna.

      And also we have to be always looking out for the opportunity to talk to people about Krishna. There is always a chance. You are meeting many students, and many other lectureres, etc. So you will get the chance to talk to them about Krishna sometimes.

      We have our material responsibilities but our real responsibility is to become Krishna conscious. So it is very important that we develop a very strong program of Saddhana, every day we need to rise early in the morning and perform the Mangal Aroti and chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra at least 16 rounds on our beads. We need to read from Srila Prabhuapda’s books, Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam and other books, daily.

      The more we are nicely performing our Krishna conscious activities of chanting and reading the more oportunities Krishna will give us to preach at work and the more the other people at work will appreciate our association.

      Ultimately becoming Krishna consciousness means we get a desire to help others also to become Krishna conscious. So the trick is to go out and mix with the nondevotees, and give them your association, but do not take their association. Srila Prabhupada was very expert at this and we should learn from his example. He went to perhaps the most materialistic place in the world, the Lower East Side of New York in 1965. It was full of drug taking hippies and so much sinful activity was going on everywhere. But Prabhupada went there and gave his association to the people and some of those people became completely transformed by Srila Prabhuapda’s pure association.

      So the bottom line is if we can become pure devotees then we will see any situiation that we find ourselves placed into as the mercy of Krishna. And we will see how that every person we meet is because of a special arrangement of Krishna. And Krishna wants us to preach to all the people we meet. He is sending them to us with the hope that we may take the time to share with them some knowledge about Krishna.

      It is actually my practical experience. Sometimes I am thinking, “O, all these terrible karmis, I do not want to associate with them.” But then, on occasions, I feel some duty to speak to them about Krishna, and it is amazing to see how many of them are actually interested in hearing about Krishna. People can become completely transformed by hearing about Krishna from a pure devotee of Krishna. So it is our responsibility to become pure devotees of Krishna and speak to others about Krishna. In whatever situation of life we may find ourselves.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  15. kunal dutt says:

    hare krishna, Madhudvisa Dasji, i offer my obeisances unto the lotus feet of SRI KRISHNA THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD.I thank you for sending mail on bhagavadgita.since last month i have started reading bhagavadgita and consider myself fortunate to at least know the absolute truth and the most confidential knowledge.It would be extremely helpful if you enlighten me on verses of bhagavatgita to which i find difficult to understand.
    JAI SHRI KRISHNA Madhudvisa Dasji

  16. Rajat says:

    Hare Krishna,

    I want to ask about desires.
    The worls today is very goal oriented but Krishna says” the devotee who is not looking for any results is very dear to me”.

    I fully know that Krishna is right but how do you implement his teachings in today’s world. PLese advice ?

    • Hare Krishna Ranjit

      Krishna does say that the devotee who is not looking for any results for himself is very dear to Him. That is actually the nature of a devotee. A devotee has no desire for satisfying himself, he only desires to satisfy Krishna. So it is not that the devotee has no goals, but that the devotees goals are all centered around satisfying Krishna. It is a subtle but very important point.

      So as a devotees of Krishna we have many goals. We have goals in regard to performing our saddhana. Even when we get initiated we make the vow to strictly follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication, and we vow to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. So devotees have these goals to always follow the regulative principles and always chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily.

      And a devotee is also liking to see results, although he is not attached to the results, he feels happy to be advancing in Krishna consciousness. If in the beginning it is very difficult for a devotee to chant Hare Krishna, and he can not concentrate on chanting the mantra and after some months he is finding it much easire and more ecstatic to chant Hare Krishna he is very happy to see this result.

      So the point I am making is although the devotee is not looking for any results that does not mean he has no goals.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  17. gayathri says:

    Hare krishna

    I was so happy to see ur letter in my desk..agud job..i’ve been in krishna consicousness in 7-8 mnths soo…He is very merciful..Actually i was a great devotee of lord shiva and attending gita class i’ve been elevated..i can very well feel it..and what my question is when i preach that krishna is the supreme personality of one accepts this and ask me for evidence in history that is the correct..details when god created and so many which cannot be answered….pls reply..I have sooooo many questions will ask you one by one…

    your servant

    • Hare Krishna Gayathri

      In the beginning it is not so important about other people’s questions or if we can answer them or not. The important thing is that we ourselves advance in Krishna consciousness by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra and following the regulative principles and reading Srila Prabhuapda’s books. In time all the knowledge will be revealed to us and we will be able to answer whatever questions people may put but to get to this stage may take a while.

      When you are preaching you will always meet two different types of people. There is one group of people who are naturally pious and as soon as you talk to them about Krishna they are very interested to hear about Him. They naturally believe in God so it is very nice to speak with them about Krishna. The other class are the atheists, the demons, who do not believe in God and simply want to argue and they will ask so many questions, but not really to understand the answer, but to try and disturb you, to try and shake your faith in Krishna. So as preachers we have to learn to discriminate, we have to know who to speak to and who not to speak to. It is not that we should speak to everyone about Krishna. Of course we should speak to everyone about Krishna, but if we are speaking to someone about Krishna and they are obviously not accepting what we are saying then there is no point speaking to them. We have to find those people who are sincerely interested in what we have to say and are prepared to seriously consider what we say. Otherwise simply having some philosophical debate with someone who has actually no faith in Krishna and does not accept what we are saying is useless.

      The people that are interested to hear about Krishna are out there and you just have to keep this in mind that there are two kinds of people out there and that there is no point speaking to someone if they do not accept what you are saying. To preach successfully you have to find someone who is prepared to listen to you sincerely. And there are plenty of people like that our there. So if you are preaching and you detect that the other person is not seriously listening to you but is just putting up arguments at every point you make just stop talking to them and find someone else who is prepared to listen.

      There is of course plenty of evidence in the history that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but the reality is that Krishna can only be understood by His devotees. So you can not actually convince a non-devotee very much about Krishna. But Lord Caitanya has given us the way to preach to these non-devotees. And it is a very nice way. Let them hear the Hare Krishna mantra, let them dance in the Kirtan, and when they are tired from dancing in the Kirtan feed them with sumptuious Krishna prasadam. You will be amazed at how quickly the same people who did not believe you when you tried to preach to them about Krishna now become very interested to hear about Krishna.

      This preaching is a package and to be successful we have to deliver all the elements of the package. The actual preaching is only a very small part of it. The real thing the non devotees require is to read Srila Prabhuapda’s books, to hear nice kirtan performed by very sincere devotees, if they can dance in that kirtan it is so nice, and of course they need very first class prasadam that has been cooked by devotees with love and offered to Krishna…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  18. prasanto says:

    Hare Krishna!

    Prabhu, I received your 1st mail and looking forward to the comming ones.

    Please enlighten me on – the procedure of puja for Krishna and the dhyan.

    I will keep on bothering with so many questions in future. Please spare some time for me.

    Hare Krishna.

    • Hare Krishna Prasanto

      In this age the process of Deity worship is difficult to perform according to the proper standards. However the Puja is very important. Because through worshipping the Deity and serving the Deity we will gradually get the idea that Krishna is a person and that we should serve Him. And when we are actually engaged in a real practical service relationship with Krishna we will gradually develop our original loving relationship with Krishna. So Krishna consciousness is ultimately, about re-establishing our original loving relationship with Krishna. We all have an eternal constitutional relationship with Krishna, which we have forgotten at them moment, and the purpose of the Puja is to help us re-establish that original eternal loving relationship with Krishna.

      But as I have said to perfom the Puja perfectly in this age is difficult, therefore in this Kali Yuga there is a special benediction. There is one verse kali doshe nidhe rajan asti he eka mahan gunan kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta sanga prama vrajet. This is a very important verse and it contains the key to advancing spiritually in this Kali Yuga. What it says is “This Kali Yuga is an ocean of faults. But there is one great benefit of this Kali Yuga. What is that? Simply by chanting the name of Krishna one can very easily become liberated.” So simply performing Puja is not enough. We need to also seriously chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

      So the first point I recommend to you to improve your Puja is you must make a regular time every day to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra on your beads. This will take maybe one and a half hours, perhaps two hours, and we need to spend at least this amount of time daily chanting Hare Krishna if we are really serious about serving Krishna and advancing spiritually. If we try to understand these things intellectually and do not seriously chant the Hare Krishna mantra on a daily basis, it will always remain a mystery to us.

      Thank you for the nice question and I am looking forward to more questions in the future.

      • prasanto says:

        Hare Krishna,


        First of all thank you for your mail. It is really opened a new window. To begin with, my thirst for knowledge of Spirituality is going on for some time. I came in contact with many spiritual leaders but, sorry to say the couldn’t satisfy me. May be I am dumb headed, unable to understand their thoughts or they were not able to understand me.
        About myself, I was born in a bramhin family in Bengal. As per family tradition got my diksha at the age of 13 (upanaynsanskar), but at that point of time didn’t understand anything and in the due course of time let alone the rituals I was supposed to follow. Life went on I finished my studies, started working. Travelled a lot within India due to my job profile (I’m a travel agent), met many people. Spiritual leaders of different religion but my heart was not filled. At present I’m married have a son & leaving a life with my family(my wife my parents and son). I got my diksha in Shakti mantra from a guru in Kolkata some 8 years ago and till date following the rituals suggested by my guru, but some where in the core of my heart I’m not satisfied.
        I request you to please suggest some reading preferably in Bengali because my mother tongue is Bengali. Also, where can I buy them in Delhi.

        Hare Krishna,

        • Hare Krishna Prasanta

          You can try reading Srila Prabhupada’s books. I am sure you will find what you are looking for there. It is best to read them in English if you can as Prabhupada wrote them in English. Both the English and Bengali editions will be available at ISKCON Delhi.

      • kathy bennett says:

        dearest Madhudvisa, my home temple is in baltimore maryland which is approximatly 200 plus miles from where i live. i visit it as often as i possibly can but i feel starved for the company of other devotees. sometimes i get so depressed over this. i live in a very small town and we have exactly 4 neophite devotees here. what can we do to keep ourselves from feeling such separational anxiety? it is even hard to chant when we are feeling this way. sometimes i wonder if there is any chance at all for us to make any advancement. moving right now is not an option for me.

  19. keerthi says:

    thanku Madhudvisa dasa ji for ur discourses… i am just 17yrs and have attended abt 4 to 5 discourses on GITA and its effects, its truths etc… seriouly they had no effect on me what so ever and i am sorry to tell i feel da same wid ur discourses i dont know why i cannot take these seriously i want to but i am helpless…… i wud be thankful if u wud help me in focusing on dis

    • Wanting to understand these things is the beginning. If you can chant Hare Krishna that will help.

  20. subhash nair says:

    Hare krishna

    I bow at your pious feet as a disciple.

    Received your letter and awaiting for much many more. its belived that if one reads bhagavatam at home, lord krishna himself will be present there to listen to it…… likewise is gita meant only for understanding of ones life or does it speaks on the eternal life too.

    Awaiting your golden reply
    With respect
    Subhahsh Nair

  21. gayathri says:

    Harekrishna prabu

    My humble obeisances at your feet…

    Kindly tell me how to perform abheshagam for krishna I have chintu a small one that is laddu krishna… I do have everything…still now he dint accept…pls kindly guide me

    your servant

  22. lorien debruyn says:

    I read your recent newsletter and appreciate it. I have heard this before and found it equally disconcerting. It is regarding Srila Prabupada’s translation of the Bhagavad Gita. I have a friend who has been reading another translation of the Gita (I believe it is Yogananda’s translation) and he seems to understand that Krsna is God. It seems that whoever has translated the Gita will make the effort to differentiate their version from the others. By reading the preface or literary reviews, it always seems that that particular version is the best and the only worth reading. Would you mind addressing this point?

    Thank you for your time.

    • Hare Krishna Lorien. It is a very good point. Everyone will say that their translation of Bhagavad Gita is best. Generally the reason they think their translation is best is because they have a high esteem of themselves and their ability to understand and interpret and explain the Bhagavad Gita in their own way. And that is what practically every commentator on the Gita has done, he has used it as a veichle to put forward his understanding of what Krishna says. This is a very subtle point. The difference with Srila Prabhuapda’s Bhagavad Gita As It Is is that Prabhuapda does not inject any opinions of his own, he is simply presenting Krishna’s opinion, as I have discussed. And to find someone who can do this is very, very rare. No one can know what is Krishna’s opinion therefore they can not explain Krishna’s opinion unless they are pure devotees of Krishna. Krishna only reveals Himself to His devotees. So it is a very rare thing to find someone who is a pure devotee of Krishna and can correctly present Bhagavad Gita.

      Everyone believes “Krishna is God.” Practically every translation of Bhagavad Gita you will find this. But as I have noted this is a very subtle philosophy and a slight twist can destroy everything. Basically in the material world everyone is a fool, everyone is a cheater and everyone is cheated. Srila Prabhuapda is a very, very rare exception to this. Yogananda is a fool and a cheater and he attracts a lot of disciples who also want to be cheated. People generally do not want real spiritual life, because they are very attached to their material life. And if one is to actually advance in spiritual life then automatically his material life will decrease. Mostly people like some “guru” who will not impose any limiits on their lifestyle. Srila Prabhupada strongly stresses on the regulative principles. He lets us know clearly that there is no question of spiritual advancement at all unless we are prepared to give up illicit sex life, meat eating, gambling and intoxication. Most people do not want to hear this. They are attached to these things and won’t give them up. So along comes Yogananda who does not impose any regulative principles and they think, “O this is very nice. I can have a guru and my life can go on as it is.” So this is cheating on the part of Yogananda and the disciple wants to be cheated like this because he does not actually want to follow the regulative principles that are necessary for advancement in spiritual life.

      So it is a society of the cheaters and the cheated. Prabhupada is a very rare exception to this…

      From a 1968 Srila Prabhuapda Letter:

      Regarding your question about Yogananda, you write to say that you “received the impression from his autobiography that he was a genuine saint who dedicated his life to serving God.” But the thing is that you do not actually know what is a genuine saint, and what can you understand about saintly life from reading his autobiography. I may inform you that just recently I visited his so-called asrama retreat, and it was simply a hodge-podge of all nonsense. There was a Buddha statue, a Christ statue, a Gandhi’s memorium labeled as “World Peace Memorium”—and what world peace he has brought? None. And what does Gandhi have to do with spiritual realization anyway? Gandhi was simply interested to get the Britishers out of India—what has this to do with self-realization, the prime goal of life?

      And here and there, there were signs of all sorts, like “Be still and realize I am God”—what is this, by becoming silent and still one becomes God?! The stone is silent for millions of years, does that mean it has become God? This is all conglomeration of nonsense ideas. Practically, this Yogananda has no philosophy or authority, he simply drags in Buddha, Jesus Christ, Gandhi, and whoever else he can think to put, so that whatever you like it is in his shop. He is just a good shop keeper.
      Krishna says—Give up all nonsense engagements and come here and surrender unto Me!—that is real philosophy. Krishna says that anyone who is worshiping any demigod, it is all nonsense, and just give it up and come to me.

      Our philosophy is to worship Radha and Krishna. We don’t make any hodge-podge or any compromise. If you like you can accept it, and if you are fortunate you will accept, and be happy, but this hodge-podge nonsense will never help you. Just like we prescribe certain rules and restrictions for our disciples so that they can make real advancement in spiritual life. This Yogananda gives no restrictions or regulative principles to his disciples, and thereby collects all nonsense class of men.

      But if you put restrictions then not so many men will come, but sincere ones will come, those who are actually sincerely searching after real spiritual life. This Yogananda accepts everything as bona fide, because he simply doesn’t know what is bona fide and what is nonsense. So there is no need to waste your time.

      • lorien debruyn says:

        Thank you for your engaged response.

        I wonder about the statement that no spiritual progress is made if one is not following the regulative principles.

        It seems there is this tendency for religions to polarize things, good/bad, pious/impious, devotee/karmi, follower/heathen, material/spiritual.

        If we are eternal spiritual entities, then we are spiritual. If we are living in the material world, then we have material components (physical body, material consciousness, ect). If we are searching for spiritual growth, then surely there must be a spark of goodness. Are we not hybrids of all of the above?

        I have found the idea that if I do not accept Jesus as my Lord & Savior, I am going to hell eternally and that I do not have any sort of relationship to God incredibly unfortunate.

        It seems this idea about not making any spiritual progress if one is not adhering to certain principles a similar judgment that limits God & God’s potential.

        Strictly defined illicit sex refers to sex outside of the purpose of procreation. So, unless wife and husband plan on severely adding to an overpopulated world then they may approvingly have sex a hand full of times. Then, according to the above statement, they will not be making spiritual progress.

        On occasion I have a glass of wine with a meal. So, one could say that there is no way for me to make spiritual progress because of my lack of adherence to the regulative principles.

        I hope that God does not operate that way. Essentially disconnecting from all that do not embrace Jesus or that decides to have sex with their spouse because they appreciate intimacy and the physical connection, or who have a glass of wine, or what have you.

        I understand that certain behaviors are conducive for specific goals; that intoxication does not make for a clear mind, or that being consumed with sex life does not bode well for peace in owns spiritual life. But I am not talking about extremes.

        I am afraid that the good/bad, devotee/karmi, intoxicated/sober polarizations are a simplistic way of categorizing people, neglecting the nuances of peoples’ lives.

        I recognize that I am not realized, and I hope that God, that Krishna will accept my modest attempts to have a relationship, while I seek to truly understand my position in the material world.

        I am not interested in making declarative statements about people and their paths to Godhead.

        I am a humble seeker. I can see that the material world is rife with hardship. There are people who kill another because their religious beliefs differ. Surely there are enlightened Muslims that had chicken for dinner last night, or Devotees who had sex with their spouse with intentions other than conceiving that genuinely love Krishna.

        God is unlimited and I hope that God will tolerate a relationship with me despite my shortcomings and less than enlightened decisions in life.

        I hope this finds you well & thank you for your time.

        • Hare Krishna Lorien

          It is not like that, that you can not make any advancement at all without following the regulative principles and if you got that idea from what I have written I apologize. One can make advancement from any stage of life by chanting Hare Krishna, by doing devotional service, by engaging in any of the nine process of bhakti, which include hearing [about Krishna or God from a bona fide source], chanting [speaking what you have heard about Krishna to others], remembering [remembering the activities and pastimes of Krishna or God], rendering service, worshipping God in a temple or church, offering prayers to the Lord, serving the Lord, and surrendering everything, mind body and words.

          So we will make advancement by doing these things. But that advancement means coming to the point of realizing that we need to get free from the bodily concept of life. For if we continue to work on the bodily concept of life, then we can not really advance much further. So there is a point in the devotee’s life where he or she comes to realize that to get free from the cycle of birth and death requires following a process that has been chalked out by the great acharyas, the great teachers. This knowledge is coming down to us through the disciplic succession as represented by Srila Prabhupada. And this process is called “saddhana bhakti,” it means following the rules and regulations under the directions of the bona fide spiritual master. And those rules are very simple, I have repeated them often: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. It is not difficult, actually it is very joyful, but one does have to surrender to this process.

          You have written rightly that intoxication dulls the brain. It is so contaminating actually that in the Vedas there is an injunction that a pot which has once been used for carrying alcohol can never be used again for another purpose. The alcohol contaminates it and there is no way to purify this contamination. Also illicit sex life is the strongest thing that ties us to the material world. So, yes, anyone can make advancement in Krishna consciousness from any position in life. But there will come a point in his or her progressive spiritual life when they will realize that, “Unless I surrender to this process and follow the rules and regulations I can not free myself from the material concept of life.”

          So it becomes a choice, they are in the knowledge that if I drink alcohol or if I have illicit sex that will impede my spiritual progress. So this is the point we can make the choice, “Do I want to advance spiritually or do I want to become more and more entangled in karma, the reactions to my actions in the material world?”

          Part of this process of saddhana bhakti is to engage in devotional service. It means transforming our lives so that everything we do is for the service of God. And if we are performing activities for the service of the Lord then there is no karma generated from these activities and actually our previous karma is being burnt up. But if we do these things like drinking alcohol and having illicit sex that is generating more karma that is making it more and more difficult for us to make spiritual advancement.

          So when I am saying here to devotees that “you have to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and follow the four regulative principles,” I am speaking to people who have voluntary accepted this process of saddhana bhakti and believe in it and who are trying to advance spiritually. I am reminding them this but actually they already know it is a fact. But that does not mean someone who may be breaking all the regulative principles can not make advancement by chanting Hare Krishna.

          It is a subtle point. You can make advancement but that advancement will bring you to the point of realizing that you have to make a commitment to follow these principles if you want to advance further in spiritual life. However if we want to hang on to our material attachments like alcohol and illicit sex then our advancement in spiritual life will be stopped. And we will most likely go backwards.

          There is no stationary position. You can not just maintain at a certain point. You either advance or you become more conditioned by the material energy, more covered by the material energy, you go backwards.

          So if a devotee makes a choice not to follow the regulative principles and to perform sinful activities, also that does not mean that whatever spiritual advancement he has made is lost for good. Whatever advancement we have made can never be lost. But it can be covered over for some time. So as we perform sinful activities like drinking alcohol or having illicit sex then our spiritual consciousness becomes more and more covered, and as we chant Hare Krishna and perform devotional service our spiritual consciousness becomes more and more uncovered.

          It is quite black and white and there is a clear distinction between material activities and spiritual activities and we can not expect to perform sinful activities and at the same time maintain our position in spiritual life.

          Ultimately to do anything successful in this world requires dedication, austerity and following a bona fide process. So the process for advancing in Krishna consciousness has been very clearly chalked out by the great acharyas and if we want to advance we have to surrender to this and follow it.

          It is not so easy to get out of the clutches of the material energy. But it is not so difficult either, if one simply surrenders to Srila Prabhuapda, reads his books and follows Srila Prabhuapda’s instructions of which the most important are: chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily on beads and strictly following the four regulative principles (no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication) then he will very easily cross over the ocean of the material world to the spiritual world on the other side. But without surrendering to this process and following these principles it can not be done. So following these principles and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily are essential for one who actually wants to get out of this cycle of samsara, the cycle of repeated birth and death we are going through in the material world.

          To get the determination to do this we have to realize the pain and suffering we are going through life after life in the material world, taking birth, getting old, getting sick and dying and then taking birth again and doing the same thing over and over again. This material world is a place of suffering, we can not be happy here. We need to become determined to get out of this place. If we are still at the point of thinking we can make a comfortable position here and “enjoy” drinking alcohol and having illicit sex then will will stay in the material world, life after life, because really that is what we want to do, we are attached to these things. This will continue until we come to the point of realizing that we don’t want to suffer like this any more and therefore make a serious effort to follow the path chalked out by the great acharyas to get out of the material world and go back home, back to Godhead.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  23. John says:

    Dear Madhud-visa dasa, thank you for including me in your newsletters program,having read the questions and your replies have been most rewarding. Having recently returned from India I have to say the best thing about India these days is Iskcon, it has as a country,India, really gone down since my previous visits. So although Isckon may be as you say, plagued with conditioned souls,such as myself, there is also the dynamic of Prabhupadas presence and Krishna’s presence,as supersoul within each of these conditioned souls, there is still progress being made despite the obvious flaws and the devotees,flawed,conditioned,or otherwise, are still making advancement and headway in spiritual life as Krishna is not subject to the failings of the Iskcon nor its struggling devotees,He is also aware of all that goes on and is allowing it to happen,Krishna,as Prahbupada, wants results,not just to maintain the image of Iskcon, but to bring about,as you say, true devotional service,the creation of pure devotee’s. I see this happening, perhaps not so much in my own life, but in the time that I’ve been involved with the devotee’s, as much as things have changed,they’ve also stayed the same. The same in regard to the original message,which is love of god. As long as that remains the foundation of Iskcon then no matter how far removed the devotee’s lives may seem from the original mood,then they will make progress in spite of themselves and their short comings. Here I also have to say that very idea is true in the Christian community,what may appear to be lost to you is alive and well throughout the world in the embrace of the Lord. Who is not lost in this world? Everyone. Yet with the pursuit of love of god, those who choose it, can find themselves and their path very easily,where does god not exist? Only to those who choose not to see Him. Certainly there are few who can stack up to Prabhupada or Jesus,but they both said it was possible and essential that we all try and become as they are, so who doesn’t fall short of their ideals? The idea is though who has the greatest love? What does that look like? I have met many,many saintly devotees throughout the world,Krishna’s and Christians, who are quite satisfied to live obscure,private lives or who have renounced everything to preach the word of god, they are living testament that god,or Krishna or Christ is alive and well in the world and for those who have ears to hear or eyes to see,where isn’t He?Anyways,this could go on endlessly,how great is Krishna? I didn’t mean to ramble on and don’t usually like to reveal my thoughts in a public forum but the force of your own thoughts forced me to speak up. I think what you’re doing is a great positive thing and will be a great service to many. Best wishes, John

    • Hare Krishna John Prabhu. Your points are very nice and I agree that there are so many sincere devotees serving God in both ISKCON and in the Christian churches. But the thing is they need to get the correct guidance from the leaders and preachers in these organizations. People may be sincere, 100% sincere, but if they accept some leader who is preaching in the name of Prabhupada or in the name of Jesus and if he does not preach the correct thing then they will be mislead.

      So this is the real issue. There are many sincere people searching for God, but to find God they need to find a pure devotee who they can accept as their spiritual master who can guide them back home, back to Godhead. This is the process. Without that qualified guide there is no way out of the entangling maze of life in the material world, birth after birth.

  24. Kailas says:

    Hare Krishna Sri Madhudvisa dasa,

    Please accept mine humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

    I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for reminding me of Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Who makes me speechless everytime I hear, read or think about Him. Because there simply isn’t an end in glorifying the Lord, He is far and far more than amazing.
    Every round of chanting, every word for praising Him is too less and therefore never enough.

    Thank you so much for engaging me unto service to the Lord by sending the newsletter which is full of nectar.
    The Bhagavad-Gita really is an amazing book, it’s actually more than just a book. I mean, just as you mentioned it has been spoken by Sri Krishna Himself.
    Every time I read His words, I just can’t get enough and everytime when I read the Bhagavad-Gita I get so much new and more inspiration from it.
    So many new answers, you actually get more answers than you can ask questions.

    The Bhagavad-Gita isn’t a Holy Sacred Vedic literature that once you have read it, you are done with it. No, it sure isn’t an ordinary book. It is a very special and sacred Holy book. I will continu to read it untill this body of mine which I am living in will continu to exist.

    I bow very deep again and again for Sri Krishna, Who is so beautiful, powerful and I can keep going on trying to glorify Him. But I will never succeed, there isn’t any word that can praise Him fully nor enough, nor am I qualified to glorify Him.

    When I heard about the Bhagavad-Gita I was just a little child I think.
    I was never really interested in religion and my parents and family weren’t much either. It was just all about celebrating sacred days like Holi and Divali but there never was any interest about the actually meaning and sacred background/stories about these days. It was all about satisfying one’s senses with family and delicious food.
    Worship of demigods without even knowing their position and more information about them was considered as religion, unfortunately. I have been to non-Krishna conscious temples during my childhood and teenage times where a priest used to come and teach about many things about Hinduism. I noticed that all preaching wasn’t about Krishna and mostly He is considered just as another demigod in such temples, which is not my thought but the thought of rude people who disrespect the demigods.
    So therefore I could never learn anything about Sri Krishna by visiting those temples. I always had a deep attraction to the question what life actually is. So after struggling hard with this material condition, searching for the right answers I couldn’t be satisfied until I realised that Sri Krishna was always with me and bestowed His bottomless mercy upon me all my life, but it was I who chose to be in ignorance. I was 17 years old when I met a great Vaishnavi who’s association was the bottomless mercy of Sri Krishna to awaken me from my sleep of illusion and ignorance. Since then I slowly became a vegetarian and whenever I heard about Krishna I immediately felt attracted some way. Slowly I learned about ISKCON, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who is the cause of the fact that I now have an opportunity to try to serve Sri Sri Radha-Krishna. It is he who enlighted this world with the nectar of Sri Krishna’s Lotus Feet. He has given every single breath of his life for all fallen souls, I cannot praise him enough nor could there be and end in glorifying him. He has done more than everything to help all fallen souls out of ignorance and to take up the proces of bhakti-yoga.
    It is also by the mercy of many great Vaishnavas and of course certainly the Lord Himself that I finally began to read the Bhagavad-Gita. But if I will continu my story it will happen to be a life story.

    I wish to thank you once again very much Madhudvisa dasa for giving your mercy to this sinful and fallen soul. If I said something wrong or if I have hurted anyone who read my comment, please forgive this sinful and fallen soul.

    Your servant,


  25. John says:

    Dear Madhu-visa dasa, Hare Krishna. It is still heart breaking for me to read the facts as presented by you. Irrefutable I suppose and how could one or why would one try and alter those facts. I never met Srila Prabhupada in person but have felt I knew him personally through his disciples, many of the wretched souls you have mentioned were in fact the very mediums that gave me much of the appreciation for Srila Prabhupada and for Iskcon that I have been able to salvage through this winter of discontent and disharmony and the desire to revive my attempts at striving to become more Krishna conscious. You have stated quite clearly and eloquently the position and importance of disciplic succession but you have also made it quite clear that this position of a bona fide spiritual master or pure devotee seems to longer exist in the world today, or even in the past when the chain seemed to have been broken,does this mean that throughout those many thousands of years when it seemed as unavailable to both Vaisnava’s and Christians and others seeking the divine that no one ever went back to godhead or entered the spiritual world or that the opportunity for the revival of their spiritual life was impossible for them? If in your opinion the Christian disciplic succession is broken and the Vaisnava parampara is as good as broken, who is there to offer the link in the chain that you claim we must have in order to return back to godhead? Thanks for any insights into these thoughts. Best wishes,John

    • Hare Krishna John. The Vaisnava disciplic succession is not broken. Srila Prabhuapda is available. That is the point. So there is no need to become disappointed about these things. Yes, it is very rare to get the chance of associating with an actual pure devotee of Krishna. There is one verse Brahmanadna brahmanata kona bhagavan jiva guru krsna prasada paya bhakti lata bija. This verse says that we, the spirit souls, are wandering within this material world from one universe to another but is is only very rarely that one fortunate soul gets the opportunity to associate with a bona fide spiritual master. And through this association he can get the “bhakti lata bija,” the seed of the plant of devotion. So yes, there are many times when the disciplic succession is broken and the link to go back to Godhead is not available. It requires the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna, and that pure devotee of Krishna is not always available. That is why we are all so fortunate at this time to have the opportunity of associating with Srila Prabhuapda.

      It is a rare chance to come in touch with a real spiritual master, a pure devotee of Krishna, and it is a chance that we many not get again for millions and millions of births. This is certainly not always available, and generally it is practically impossible to get out of the chain of birth and death, samsara, in the material world. That is why we are called “nitya-baddha,” eternally conditioned, because once we come into this material world it is practically impossible to get out. The only chance actually is by the mercy of a pure devotee of the Lord.

  26. bheesham says:

    hare krishna

    u said that the supreme lord is Krishna and all others are demi-gods.
    The hare Krishna’s movement believed in vegetarianism and non violence -non killing

    why is it then, as the supreme being, did Krishna encourages Arjuna to slathered his kits and kins in the Mahabharata war…please explain

    • Hare Krishna Bheesham, these questions can not be answered in one sentence answers. There is a process to understand these things and that process is set out in the Bhagavad Gita itself by Lord Sri Krishna. These are mysterious things that can only be understood by devotees of Krishna. So if you truly want to understand Krishna, the you have to become a devotee of Krishna. And there is a process how to become a devotee of Krishna. At least if you carefully study the entire Bhagavad Gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, then you will get a clear understanding of these points. So please first study Bhagavad Gita and then whatever points in the book you do not understand while reading it write to me and I can answer. But this point you are asking here the whole Bhagavad Gita is answering. The answer requires studying the Bhagavad Gita itself and also following Krishan’s teachings in the Bhagavad Gita.

  27. Meghal says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,

    I am an international student. I am from Ahmedabad, India. I went to ISKCO temple every Sunday for last 12 years. used to read Bhagavad Gita, when I was in India. I forgot to carry Gita with me. I live in Florence, AL. There is no temple near by me. Right now, I do’t have money to order Gita online, as I am an international student. Is is possible for you to send me each chapters of Bhagavad Gita in ever newsletter?

    Meghal Mehta
    Hari Bol…. !

  28. Meghal says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,

    If I can get Bhagavad Gita with in $20.00 or less then Please provide me link to buy online………

    Meghal Mehta
    Hari Bol…. !

  29. william says:

    hi there,let me start by saying this:I have met lord krsna in edinburgh scotland-he said to me “I am allah,I am buddha,I am jehovah…” I am the supreme personality of godhead…”i have got a ship” then after a few weeks of befriending him, another god appeared and said “lord krsna eh!,good boy william good boy you have found lord krsna” then he said “I made both of you” to which lord krsna said “I have met my maker”….also lord krsna told me that he has been locked up,,,and that is the truth….so there you have it god is on the planet….

  30. Mukesh says:

    Hare Krishna

    To understand Geeta, is not the matter of one birth. All mighty lord Krishna were so merciful to mankind that the essence of Geeta i.e. Karma Yoga, was described in so many ways and with a great flexibility.
    If one has any Question, he should read it slowly, with full concentration of mind, again and again till all questions vanish.

    Hare Krishna

  31. saravanan says:

    Dear Madhudvisa dasaji,

    Thanks for your newsletter. Long back I read BG and now not continuing the same. I hope your newsletter will stimulate me to do so. In the blog, I read some of the queries and your wonderful positive responses. I thank for that first.

    Looking forward for next newsletter.

  32. vixie says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa dasa

    Thanks alot for the e-mail you sent me. I’ve already read the Gita, and calls me to read it every day; and its wonderfull to tall about Krshna, but I don’t have anybody around to talk with (eventhough, I going to spread the mercy)

    I’am a very espiritual man, but in my evolution I faced an accident and I was in a coma, when I come back I know we aren’t alone. And much of the things I believe, now I experienced and began to know. The fist day I could get on my own to the streets, a man came into the bus talking about the supreme science, and I was driven to buy it. It was very very cheap, but I help him. I only read the outside comments of Ghandi, etc. And I know It was a good reading, full of knowledge. The last 10 books came to me in a exact time of my mental growd. And I kept the Gita 8 years infront of me with my favorite books, and last week I began to read it; and it was wonderfull. Trully I need this time to get a bigger picture of the reallity and owr capacities to understand better the Gita for the fist time. And it was clear as water, but its too deep to read it alone and surely, with no doubts, we need a spiritual guide.

    When I woke up from the coma, it was the right instant of being in other plane of existance, were all was beutufull, all was love; so I woke up crying of happines and I saw my sister in the floor, right next to my bed, and I tell her: When could I be more happy than now, when I hold my son im my amrs, I asked. And then she told me about the accident, and the first thing I did, was taking the phone to talk with my two friends that were with me in the car that night.

    Coma is an unconcious astral projection. In the crash my consious flew away and I was explorin, experimenting, visiting people I care about in past lives, but they (she) was iluminated, and talk me only with her eyes, well I did alot of things that every day since I forgot pieces, moments and feelings. but the escence’s still there; but now I know, but I really now?

    I know since I was a child, that it was something, something more, something that I could not understand, so I never talk about it with no one, except from my self and my other self, they’re always talking, and teaching…

    …now I know with who I’m talking

    Well, as you can see, I dont talk of any of these and other wonders, with anyone; so I need I guide (Im going to find him some day), but In the meantime, and in this new era of artificial reallity, were I get a lot of knowledge worldwide.

    Thanks again!

    Hare Krshna


  33. Govindam.adi.purusham says:

    hari krishna,

    I’m unsure whether hindu’s believe there are 3 main Gods Vishnu, Brahma, Shiv or all they all part of one main god, please elaborate.

    also as a student at high school what are the principles/ what mentality should i work by? in relation to the beautiful gita/ krihna consiousness if you could please advice me

  34. atul solankar says:

    Hare krishna
    I am new to the ISKCON but i love to follow there principles and attend all the spritualfunction there.I am very much attracted towards chanting love do it.But can u tell me how can chanting help me in my material life?
    Should chanting should be always done using mala? or we can chant within our mind when we r working or doing other work?

    Loking forward for you reply

    hari bol

  35. Beth T. says:

    Greetings To All:
    So glad to have learned of and read the Bhagavad Gita, back in the ’70s…and having listened to George Harrison and John Lennon. Also, there are many other wonderful books on religious practice around our world to be respected…I receive all of the good things that they are meant to impart to us about God’s creation, our duties to Him and to each other, caring, sharing, tolerance, faith, hope, love, kindness, truthfulness, all of the good things in our ‘walk’ to find Him. Many paths, ONE LOVING LORD OF ALL…I say that if you have a religion or not, which is man-made direction even if Divinely Inspired, is not so important as having LOVE FOR GOD AND NEIGHBOUR…Jesus said: “True religion is this, to care for widows and orphans, and to honour God…” To practice any religion or not is our choice, to believe in The Creator And Saviour Of All, and to live in reverence for God and to show kindly tolerance of our neighbours is our Faith…I would have Faith, if nothing else…Thank you for sharing all of the good things with others…

  36. Ratnadeep says:

    Jai Shri Krishna…..
    With God’s grace we all are reached here, where we are today. However I am finding some problems in following Gita’s message. I am not able to overcome “lust” in my mind. I am not able to remove this thorn from my mind. Can anyone help me out in this area? As long as one suffers from lust, he cannot reach God.

    • Aspiring_Devotee says:

      Hare Krishna Ratnadeep,

      Yes it’s very hard to overcome our sinful nature, especially lust, thus we’re called ‘conditioned’ (conditioned to be sinful). And it’s also very very hard to independently approach Lord Sri Krishna directly.

      This is only true as long as we endeavour for perfection on our own attempts. There is an easy cure: We simply have to surrender ourselves to a bonafide pure devotee and follow his orders sincerely and submissively, which is a guaranteed process to overcome all that’s troublesome to in our heart:
      SB 1.2.18 (

      “By regular attendance in classes on the Bhāgavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact.”

      Once this loving service unto Lord Sri Krishna develops, by the development of this higher taste, lower tastes, such as lust, anger, greed, etc. etc. will go away automatically.

      In our case, the pure devotee/bonafide authority is His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, who wanted us to follow 4 regulative principles (no illicit sex, no meat eating, no intoxication and no gambling) and chant 16 rounds of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra (Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare) (108 times of this Maha Mantra constitutes one round) every day.

      Am unsure which Bhagavad Gita you refer to above, but I sincerely hope you’re reading A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita As it Is. If it isn’t Srila Prabhupada’s commentary, I’d kindly request you to get one for yourself (online copy, along with all other transcendental books of Srila Prabhupada, is available at: ; if you prefer to buy a personal copy, please make sure it’s 1972 original edition).

      My request is that you chant & follow regulative principles as prescribed by Srila Prabhupada, and you’ll be able to overcome lust and everything else that’s troublesome to heart. In this regard, there’s a key verse & its translation in Bhagavad Gita As it is (BG 7.14

      “This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.”

      So our surrender to Sri Krishna begins with surrendering to the will of a pure devotee that’s Srila Prabhupada by following what he wanted us to (4 regulative principles & 16 rounds of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra every day).

      Please do, if you aren’t already, and see it for yourself.

      Hare Krishna & happy chanting!

      • ratnadeep says:

        Jai Shri Krishna…

        Thanks for the help. Anyway in the Chapter 16 and verse 21, it is mentioned, there are three gates to hell- greed, lust and anger. Hence one must get rid of them in order to reach heaven.

  37. vixie says:

    Hare Krishna

    Yes indeed, the Gita is very deep, and I apreciate your time to help me see and discover knowledge and truth behind a cloudy vision in this material world.

    Best regards!

  38. MARK LANSAW says:

    are there any requirements or special way to chant the maha mantra?

  39. Ishwar says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa-dasa Prabhu,
    Thanks for sending the news letter.
    Please tell me Why is Arjuna So Dear to KRISHNA Bhagwan & how can we inculcate those good Qualities of Arjuna in Ourselves. Please reply me on my Mail.
    Hare Krisna
    Hare Ram

    • ratnadeep says:

      Jai Shri Krishna. The reason why Arjuna was so dear to the Lord was, he had completely surrendered himself to the Lord. Also in the previous life, Arjuna was Nara while Shri Krishna was Narayana which were the manifestations of Lord Vishnu. Hence in Mahabharata also Arjuna was like Krishna but the exception was he was more human in nature and Lord Krishna was more divine in nature.

      There were some unique qualities like concentration in Arjuna. As a result of this virtue, he could control his mind completely and thus other evils like lust never could do any damage to him and his mind was only centered around Lord Krishna. So to acquire this quality we must have a controlled mind. Once our mind is controlled we can be nearer to the God.

      Besides this, he had devotion for his elders. He always respected his elders like Bhishma, Drona. Compared to him, Karna, the other great in Mahabharata had lacked devotions towards God and surrendered to evil Duryadhana. Also he cheated Parashuram and insulted Draupadi due to lack of controlled mind.

      So we must have devotion and controlled mind to reach God.

  40. Tsevelmaa says:

    Hare Krishna . Thank you for sent me Srimad Bhagavat Gita`s newsletter . Yes i agree about This the Great Book . Because it`s benediction of God .
    Jay Sri Krishna .

  41. Don says:

    Thanks for the newsletter, I look forward to the next issue. I’ve just began to learn more on the subject and really apreciate any info.

  42. ishwar says:

    Hare Krishna
    How can we control our mind & will. If someone knows please tell me. Thanks.

  43. Don says:

    Are there any other books to recommend for someone just starting to read Bhagavad-Gita?

  44. John says:

    Thanks for the newsletter…I will continue to read. Have been for some 30 yrs…and yes something new everytime….depending on what I am asking for.

    Question: Why have we left Krishnaloka to play here?? Just because we can??

    Question: Krishna was personally present for Arjuna…How is he personally present for you???

  45. sreekumar says:

    i have some question to as.

  46. Bajirao Chaturvedi says:

    Thanks! for yr first letter. I go through yr letter with reverence. It feels like a gardener who prepares the flower bed for the successful germination you also condition/ prepare my mind to devotional acceptance of the future contents of yr letters.


  47. Sanjay says:

    Dear Prabhu ,
    Hare Krsna.

    My question is reagrding Chapter-2 ,Text13

    “The Mayavadi theory of oneness of the spirit soul cannot be entertained on the ground that the spirit soul cannot be cut into pieces as a fragmental portion. Such cutting into different individual souls would make the Supreme cleavable or changeable, against the principle of the Supreme Soul being unchangeable”

    Now from above I make out that , we are part and parcel of Supreme …so at some we were detached from Supreme as individual ….so it is same as cutting/taking out part from super soul…….but from above we study that

    “Such cutting into different individual souls would make the Supreme cleavable or changeable, against the principle of the Supreme Soul being unchangeable”

    Please clear my doubt.

    Hare Krsna
    Yours in Service

  48. Lakshmanan says:

    How to realize the self by leading a family life?

    • This is a small question with a big answer. In summary that is what Krishna is teaching Arjuna in the Bhagavad-gita. Krishna is not telling Arjuna to become a sannyasi or to live in a temple to realize himself and his relationship with Krishna, no. Arjuna is a ksatriya, a fighter. It is his duty to fight, Krishna is not encouraging Arjuna to give up his duty of fighting, no, rather He is telling Arjuna “Fight for Me.”

      So the secret of realizing yourself by leading family life is to center your families life around Krishna. You can install the deity of Krishna in your house and all family members can rise early in the morning and attend the Mangal Aroti and chant Hare Krishna and read something from Srila Prabhupada’s books. You can cook nice foodstuffs and offer them to Krishna and the whole family can enjoy the Krishna Prasadam. You can invite guests to your house and when they come they will see the deity of Krishna, you will have some kirtan and give them some prasadam, and in this way you will be performing all your duties in regard to your family responsibilities, you will be serving Krishna very nicely and preaching very nicely by showing a practical example how one can live “in the world” but at the same time become spiritually advanced.

      All of this is discussed in detail in Bhagavad Gita As It Is, I suggest you read it again and again, the more you read the more you will practically realize how to apply the points in your own life.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  49. Mirchu says:

    Dear Madhudvisa Ji
    Hare Krishna ! Thank you for your wonderful email. It really made my day since it was the first email of the day I actually read thoroughly. Allow me a few sentences to describe my background : As an adolescent, (in 1969 – age 11), I had the rare opportunity of reading the Bhagawad Gita as it written by H.H. Sri Srila Prabhupada. For almost a year, I even joined the ISCKON movement when it initially started in Indonesia. However, after that I spent three years in Europe and got entirely caught in the web of Maya, thus forgetting the teachings of the great master, started pursuing transcient and trivial matters.

    Now I am 55 years old, with wife, three children and four grand children.

    When I browsed your web site, I was actually looking for the verse which translates that “Man has right to action alone, and not to the fruits thereof” but could not find it. Can you help please ?

    Right now, with the current state of my affairs, I am confused and find it difficult what is my Dharma (obligations towards family). I would like to be able to recapture the spirit of The Lord’s Teachings in the right perspective.

    Recently, I have given up drinking and meat eating. I have yet to start consuming only Satvic food, however, I need to clear my mind of the confusion mentioned above.

    I will give you a case in point : If a family member does something that is not right, I understand that as the head of the family, It is my Dharma to remind the family member concerned to rectify his/her actions. Sometimes, it is accepted, sometimes it is not. It is also difficult for me to realize whether accepting the outcome is actually my “Acceptance of the Lord’s Will” or my mind playing tricks on me and it is actually reckless abandonment.

    Thank you and Hare Krishna !!!

  50. Vinutha says:

    Dear Madhudvisa dasa,

    Thank you for the newsletter and I am very inspired…… makes you realize the presence of the lord within yourself….

    I have only one comment to make and that which affected me strongly – this is regarding your sign off….. we are all servants, of god only!!!!! I know it is jana seva is janardhana seva, but at the end we are only servants of God and answerable only to him…….

    Humble apologies if my suggestion is too harsh to change your sign off to Servant of God instead. I feel that would be more appropriate as you would basically occupy the seat of an acharya by showing us the way to the LORD through the teachings from ISKON…….

  51. Gyaneshwar Biradar says:

    hare krishna prabhu,
    i am so happy by reading your thaughts about bhagvad gita, please send more details about bhagvad gita.

    my ? is , who is the supreme lord of the world specially in hindus there are 36 crore god are thier is it correct according to hidu dharam every body says that we have nearly 36 crore god in our religion so kindly send me the reply soon and tell me who is the creator of the world and who is the supreme lord.

  52. prasad says:

    Om namo govinday, sri Radhe krishna,

    Its really a great that you are spreading the greatest holy message of lord sri krishna. Many namaskarams to you.
    I would like to know about the effect of chanting the great lord’s name on our prarabhda karma as well as day to day activities. Can we change our bad karmas’ effects of this life itself by chanting great lord’s name? The sins committed by us can be nullified by the chanting..? Please look forward to your detailed answer for my question.

    Many namaskarams

  53. chandan says:

    hare krishna prabhuji
    dandvat pranam
    it was nice message on the spirit of bhagwat gita.
    prabhuji to understand gita properly it is necessary to listen it from a true vaishnav devotee. is it possible for any vaishnav devotee to make me understand bhagwat gita in its true spiritual way.

    your humble servant

    • Hare Krishna Chandan

      It is only possible to understand Bhagavad Gita from a pure devotee of Krishna. The knowledge in Bhagavad Gita is confidential. Krishna keeps the knowledge hidden to all except His pure devotees. Others can read and make so many commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita and if you go to the market you will see so many different Bhagavad Gitas with so many different commentaries. But this is all useless. Krishna can only be understood by Krishna’s pure devotee. So we have the great fortune of having come in contact with Srila Prabhuapda, a pure devotee of Krishna, and if we hear the Bhagavad Gita from him in a submissive spirit we are sure to understand it properly if we follow the instructions of Srila Prabhupada.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  54. Subramanian Mahadevan says:

    HH Swamiji Madhudvisa dasa,

    I received the first newsletter from you today.

    I have been studying Srimad Bhagavad Gita since December,1981.
    I had Sanskrit as my First Language in scholl upto X standard so understanding was somewhat easier. Still I kept referring to English, Tamil and Malayalam translations to understand every word and comprehend the spirit of the Gita. In about 4 months I could finsh the first reading of the Gita, understanding the meanings sloka by sloka.

    Then onwards I have been reading (Paaraayanam) the Gita daily in the morning. Sometimes 3 chapers a day, sometimes one chapter. I also chant one of the remaining 4 Pancha Ratna Gitas too daily (Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram, Bhishmastava Raja, Anusmriti and Gajendra Moksham). I also chant the Purusha Suktam, Sri Suktam and Bhagya Suktam in my morning Prayers.

    Bhagavan Sri Krishna has been kind and now at the age of 56 I have attained as much peace of mind as can be reasonably expected.

    The doubut I wanted to request you to clear is :- is the phrase ‘Supreme Personality of Godhead’ that I find in your newsletter the translation of the word ‘Sri Bhagawan’?

    I chanced upon your website while searching for a correct English translation for verses 62 & 63 of Chapter 2 for reasons you will see in the link below. I do not have a translation of the Gita in English now, because I gave away my copies to my sons! Kindly read the full question, answer and comments in the link. My name will appear as Suby in the link.

    I prostrate at your holy feet,

    M. Subramanian.

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      You can read Bhagavad gita As It Is online at:

      Please read Srila Prabhuapda’s purports also in English. It is very important to understand Bhagavad Gita from a pure devotee of Krishna.

      You will not be able to understand it simply by studying the Sanskrit.

      You will see Krishna Himself is recommending the process for understanding the Gita in chapter 4 verse 34. You need to follow this and the guru, as Krishna says, has to be “tattva darshi,” one who has seen the truth.

      Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and when Bhagavad Gita says “sri bhagavan uvaca” it means Krishna is speaking. So that is why Srila Prabhupada has translated “The Supreme Personality of Godhead said…”

      It may take some time to deeply understand what this means.

      Krishna consciousness is not something that we can immediatly understand everything, but rather the secrets of Krishna consciousness are revealed to us by Krishna who is within our hearts as caitya-guru in proportion to our surrender and service.

      If we do not surrender to Krishna and if we do not serve Krishna then we can study the Sanskrit in Bhagavad Gita for so many lifetimes and never understand Bhagavad Gita at all. You know of course Krishna tells Arjuna that this is “confidential knowledge.” It means the message of the Gita is only understandable by devotees who, like Arjuna, have a direct relationship with Krishna…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      • Subramanian Mahadevan says:

        HH Swamiji Madhudvisa dasa,

        I believe the above reply you have given is in clarification of the doubts I raised in my letter to you on 21st April 09 as you have covered many of the points I had raised in my letter.

        Bhagavan Sri Krishna is my ‘Ishta Daivam’ and I have surrundered to him totally. I believe all karma performed by me are guided by Bhagavan Sri Krishna’s words in the Gita which I have been studying for the past 30 years.

        I will commence my reading the Bhagavad Gita As It Is by HH Swami Prabhupada online as you have suggested. I have already read verse 62 and 63 of Chapter II (Sankya Yoga) while searching for an authentic translation to answer a question in the Answrbag.

        Swamiji, I had given a link to the Answerbag question I answreed. Could you find the time to read it? Did I handle the question properly in the light of Srimad Bhagavad Gita? I would be happy to hear your views. It is these small efforts that I can make to spread the message of Bhagavan Sri Krishna, I hope you will appreciate.

        Today I have received the 2nd letter from you and I have studied it. I am not posting any separate comments to it in the link given in the letter. But I have gone through the entire link and all the comments under it and your replies to most of the comments. My doubts have already been asked by others and you have answered them lucidly.

        I believe it is Bhagavan Sri Krishna himself who brought me in touch with you. While I was very much aware of ISKCON, I was not fully aware of the scale of the good work you are doing for the benfit of humanity by bringing the knowledge of Srimad Bhagavad Gita within the reach of masses.

        Still as you pointed out, Gita is ‘Parama Rahasya’ as Bhagawan himself has said in Chapter 18 of the Gita. It is available to all, anyone can buy a copy of it but it is only a very few who would be able to go beyond the first few verses of the ‘Arjuna Vishada Yoga’. I consider myself fortunate in that I have been able to read and to some extent understand the message of Gita over the past 30 years.

        I will make all effort to read and understand the entire Gita from your online service.

        My Sashtanga Namasakram at your holy feet.

        M. Subramanian.

      • Hare Krishna Prabhu,

        All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to you.

        I was going through the news-letter, and this link, and finally all the comments… and came across this too…

        Just a small correction Prabhuji… There is a link you had specified for Srila Prabhupada’s Book – and it is not going to right site. The right link will be –

        It will be great if you can correct it… and… can delete my reply here Prabhuji.

        I was searching for the books online… and found this site more useful too –

        Hare Krishna. Hari Bol.

  55. Aimee Trimpe says:

    I am a devotee of Neem Karoli Ba Ba and Hanuman. I follow where my heart takes me and there is nothing more important to me then to love others. I am currently learning about unattatchment in my personal experience of people.I am experiencing that it is very much about being in the heart and letting others go to be who they are balanced with speaking truth gently and sometimes firmly at appropriate times. Surrender to God (not people) is an important process in this)I recently moved to Detroit and attended Aarti at the Fisher Mansion Krshna temple. It was a different experience then at the Hanuman temple but all the same beautiful and the people were welcoming and loving. I am open to learning about Bhagavad Gita. I am drawn to Krshna. I feel he is the emodiment of pure love. If what I am feeling is true I have been drawn to Krshna family to learn more about that love and to share my experience as a devotee as Hanuman. Please understand I am moved by God through my intuition and heart to go where I am led to worship . I am not available for discussions concerning one religion being better than another. I am avaialabe for whatever knowledge you have to pass on that supports the love of Krshna…that is solely what I am interested in learning about. Love, Aimee Jo;Sitayin

    • Aimee Trimpe says:

      I meant a devotee at Hanuman temple…not as Hanuman! Please correct. Thankyou. Sincerely, Aimee Trimpe; Sitayin

  56. Narasimha says:

    Thank You Prabhu,
    I feel so great when I get any mails from Devotee of Lord Sri Krishna and thanks so much for sending an informative mail of Bhagavad-Gita. Please send me some more information like this and the Image of Universal Description according to Brahma-Saheeta. I need that Photo.
    “thank You”

  57. mangesh says:

    hare krshna,i am mangesh from a city of india.i want to perform various things in my life . my age is of 29 years . i am a chemist but i dont like this work because there is no time to do other work which i like . daily i have to take the keys and move to the shop . there is no substitute for this please tell me what i can do

  58. Bhawna Sharma says:

    Hare Krishna prabhu ji,

    I have recieved a newsletter from you today. I am very thankfull to you. I have so many questions related to true God and how to be righteous. I am a devotee of naina devi and radha krishan. These days I am studying overseas and I am experiencing a lot of discrepencies which I would like to discuss with yo. Can I ask you on your personal email address.

    Thank you

  59. Bhawna Sharma says:

    Hare Krishna prabhu ji,

    I have recieved a newsletter from you today. I am very thankfull to you. I have so many questions related to true God and how to be righteous. I am a devotee of naina devi and radha krishan. These days I am studying overseas and I am experiencing a lot of discrepencies which I would like to discuss with you. Can I ask you on your personal email address.

    Thank you

  60. Sunny says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu Ji

    I dont know what wen t wrong ,i am just losing my interest in all religious activities from past 2-3 years.My martial life is also disturbing,if i am trying to concetrate on chanting my mind always diverted.Please help me out & i didnt understand how to get rid off this problem


    • Hare Krishna Sunny Prabhu

      We have to expect these disturbances Prabhu. There is nothing wrong. That is the nature of the world. You need to become strong and determined to follow the regulative principles, chant the Hare Krishna mantra and read Srila Prabhupada’s books, even though there will be so many disturbances and distractions from the mind and for the family…

      Reading Srila Prabhuapda’s books will give you a lot of encouragement and enthusiasm. Even if you are lacking on the other aspects please make a regular daily program to read from Srila Prabhuapda’s Bhagavad-Gita As It Is and other books at least for one hour a day. If you stick to this reading program and keep chanting Hare Krishna you will see gradually you will get more and more taste for spiritual life. That is the main thing. We need to develop a taste for chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.

      Other things in our life are not so important. We have our duties and our responsibilities and have to carry them out to the best of our ability. But our main duty and responsibility is to develop a taste for chanting the Hare Krishna mantra and serving Krishna. For this is the only thing that will save us at the time of death.

      It is natural that there will be problems in marriage. You just have to tolerate and try to respond to the wife and family affairs as peacefully as possible. It is hard to win in this situation. There will always be so many demands. But as I say, you have to make the spiritual side of your life the priority, and this may solve the problems in your married life, also it may not, ultimately you are lost if you do not have your relationship with Krishna nicely established…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  61. Pooja Sharma says:

    Hare Krishna,

    After searching a lot i think now i am at the rite place to query..

    Actually i was a very carefree person, 2 yrs back then i went to Vrindavan Dham with my friends just to explore new place but there i felt a different kind of attraction towards Kanhaiya and i turned as a fan of Krishna i like discussions about Krishna, Bhagvat Gita and chanting Hare Krishna i do chant daily and love to chant… i never asked krishna to give me anything in return… i was very happy…

    Same with my family they also started chanting Hare Krishna and beliving in Krishna!!

    but last month my brother in law who was only 32 yrs old passed away leaving behind a three years old daughter and 27 yrs old my sister. that was a kind of shocking situation for every one in the family… even i am very disappointed with this….

    Whole family is now very much in pain i m not able to understand how to come out of this difficult situation and consentrate in my devotion towards Krishna …

    I have lot many question related to janam and maran ?? and i want a Guide, a Guru who can transmit my negetive thoughts into positive… please help..


    • Hare Krshna Prabhu

      We need to accept that this material world is not a happy place. And there is no way to make it a happy place. It is not that when we become devotees of Krishna that all our material problems and sufferings will stop. No. The material problems and suffering will go on. That is the nature of this world and we can not avoid it. Everyone will die. And we are all actually destined to die at some time and it will happen at the appointed time and there is nothing any of us can do about that. And even when we become devotees of Krishna, we will still die at the appointed time.

      The whole idea of Krishna consciousness is to become free from the bodily concept of life.

      You need to realize that your brother was not the material body you thought of as being your brother. He is the eternal spirit soul who was living within that body. And your brother has not died. He has simply changed to another body. And we are all doing this life after life. Changing from one body to another. According to our karma some of us have long lives and some of us have short lives.

      So a devotee does not become surprised by the suffering conditions of the material world, nor does he become angry at Krishna, “Krishna I am your devotee, why have You done this to me?” No. A devotee sees everything, even though it may seem to be a very bad thing, he sees it as Krishna’s mercy. And how to see like this is a bit bewildering in such a situation. And I understand your pain and suffering in the situation and feel for you. But we do have to stand back from these things and realize that none of us are these material bodies and we will all be forced to leave these material bodies at some time sooner or later, and it is never a convenient or happy situation for the friends and relatives.

      I think we should see this as a reminder. We are always thinking that death is something that will happen to someone else, or some old person. We do not realize that death can happen to us at any moment. So if we try to remember this and considering this live our life in such a way that at every moment we are always remembering Krishna, then there is a good chance that at the time of death we will also remember Krishna. Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, “Whatever state of mind one has when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail.” So if somehow we can remember Krishna at the time of death we will not have to come back into this material world again and continue to suffer birth, old age, disease and death.

      If we remember Krishna at the time of death we will go to Krishna. To the spiritual world, the Kingdom of God, the place where there is no birth, no death, no old age and no disease. No anxiety. A place where we can live in an eternally youthful spiritual body and engage in the service of Krishna in the association of Krishna’s pure devotees…

      Krishna’s planet is a very nice place and this earth planet is a very horrible place. This planet is called “martya loka,” meaning the place of death. So it is not surprising that people are dying here and that this is causing us great suffering. Basically that is what this place is all about. So a thoughtful person will try to work out how he can transfer himself from this horrible place to the spiritual world, Krishna’s planet.

      And the process to do this is Krishna consciousness and that is what we are trying to explain in all these articles on

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  62. Radhika Kishore says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu

    I felt happy to read the news letter sent by you. Could you please tell me why do we say God head, why dont we say only God? When I translate Godhead to my language malayalam, i feel some uneasyness.

    Regards and prayers


    • Hare Krishna Mataji

      Thank you for the nice question. The idea of “God” is not such a complete description as “Godhead.” Although God is one, He expands into many Personalities of Godhead. You know that there is Lord Visnu, Lord Rama, Lord Narasimha, Lord Krishna, and many other Visnu-tattva expansions. These are all Personalities of Godhead. But out of all these Personalities of Godhead, Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There is one verse in the Srimad Bhagavatam First Canto that very nicely describes this: ete chamsa kala pumsham krsnas tu bhagavan syam “There are many Personalties of Godhead listed here but Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”

      So you can see how “God” really does not communicate this reality. Supreme Personality of Godhead in sanskrit is “bhagavan syam”

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      • Radhika Kishore says:

        Hare Krishna Prabhu

        Thank you for your descriptive reply.

        Hare Krishna

  63. Ashok says:

    Namaste Madhudvisaji,
    I just joined the Spirit of Bhagavad Gita As It Is. Earlier, I scanned through Gita many times but these were only superficial. Today by certain queer turn of events I realized that it is time for me to study the Gita in more details. Thank you for your introduction mail. It attracted me even more. Probably it was meant to be today to get connected with you!
    I will look forward to your future mails. Probably my quest – a journey starts at this moment. Thank you for your direction.

  64. Pooja Sharma says:

    Thank You Prabhu for the time that you have spent on my query.. still i m confused y such things happen with some of the people it does not happen with every one. .
    may be these are the karmas of our past life.. but still in my openion its only the godhead who is making us able to do such karmas if a person is full of bad habits and bad things and does not understand the meaning and presence of the godhead, then my question is who has made that person like this?? its only the Godhead who can guide a person he is the only one who gives the direction to the human being then y does he make some of us v. bad and some of us v. gud?? we all belive that we can not do anything without his permission so y does he force people to do such karma which result into Bad only.??

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      It is a very good question. No Krishna is not guiding one man to be good and another man to be bad. We are all eternally servants of Krishna and being a servant of Krishna is our natural and happy condition. And Krishna is feeling sad that some of the living entities have rebelled and no longer want to serve Krishna but want to become Krishna themselves. That is basically what everyone in this world is trying to do. Everyone is trying to become the enjoyer. But this is not our real postion. Our real postion is to be a servant of Krishna. And everyone is suffering so much because of this rebelious attutied. Krishna sees all this suffering of the rebelious living entities and He comes to this world Himself in many incarnations and also sends his representatives in the form of his sons and propherts to help the people by reestablishing the religious principles.

      No one is bad because Krishna is guiding him to be bad. Krishna is never guiding anyone to be bad. You can read Bhagavad-gita cover to cover and you will never find Krishna guiding anyone to be bad. Krishna is always encouraging us to become free from the bodily concept of life and is giving us very practical instructions and guidance how to do this. And He does this time and time again in many incarnations.

      So Krishna is always guiding everyone to become good. However in one sense we are all like Krishna. As Krishna is independent, we also have a certain degree of independence. Although Krishna is unlimitedly independent and our independence is very tiny. Still Krishna has given us the freedom to choose between either serving Him or serving maya. Maya means “that which is not.” Maya is the material energy. Maya is the energy that covers our intelligence and makes us think that if I get a lot of money I will be happy, if I get a nice women I will be happy, etc. This maya is giving us the idea that we can be happy separately from Krishna.

      So Krishna is always giving everyone good advice but unfortunately, because many are blinded by maya, they can not accept Krishna’s good advice. So instead of serving Krishna, they try to be happy in the material world without Krishna. And in their endeavor to be happy they hurt so many other people. This is the way the world is working. One man is profiting on another man’s suffering. The whole United States of America is enjoying the very cheap consumer products made in China and the people in China are suffering terribly working practically like slaves for almost no money and in terrible conditions to make these cheep products possible.

      So it seems America is enjoying, but that enjoyment is at the cost of the suffering of so many Chinese factory workers. So here everything is like that. We are enjoying by causing suffering to someone else.

      So we are responsible for the sinful reactions that come from this. The karma we will have to suffer. We are getting the very cheap products from Walmart which the Chinese have suffered so much to produce. We are responsible for their suffering and we will also have to suffer in the future to pay for this.

      So in so many ways in our life we are being implicated in so much bad karma that we will have to suffer in the future. That is where our suffering is coming from. And people become bad and nasty because they reject Krishna, they become envious of Krishna and envious of everyone else. This is all very nicely explained in the Bhagavad Giita chapter “The Divine and Demoniac Natures.” I think you will find it very interesting to read this chapter. You can find it onlne at or

      So the main point is Krishna is not guiding anyone to be bad. We have the freedom to choose if we will serve Krishna or if we will serve Maya. If we choose to serve Krishna all good qualities will gradually develop within us, but if we decide to serve Maya then gradually we will manifest all bad qualities… This is not Krishna’s fault, it is our fault. Krishna gives all good advice, but we reject Krishna’s good advice…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  65. vishal bhutani says:

    hare krishna prabhu,i just want to know that is there no use to worship any other god ecept krishna.and wt is the real happiness of life ?

  66. abhimanyu says:

    i have not read the Gita nor i have ever read any of those books relating to the teachings of gita, but my 1st visit to iscon temple vrindhawan has made me realize that all these days i have been so engrosed in all these matearilistic things and i want to come out of them all and change myself for the better.
    i have been guided about the preachings of lord krishna by my guru, i have never paid much heed to it but now i feel that i should surely have some knowledge about these things. i would be greatful if you help me take the first foot forward.i am anciously waiting for your reply.

  67. pradeep vaish says:

    hare krishna, realy opening of a new world every time. thanks. hare krishna.

  68. Halder says:

    Hare Krishna,
    My nind is not consistent. But I must obey the Supreme Godhead Krishna. I chant Hare Krishna 8 times in a day. But very often, the business of material world makes me away from chanting. And sometimes I made mistakes. Pls suggest me.

    Bhagabad Gita translated by other peoples I read many times. Now I am trying to read Pravupadas translated Gita.If I found any diffivulties to understand I will ask you. Hope your Good collaboration.

    Dhaka, Bangladesh

  69. dyuti says:

    hare krishna prabhu,
    dandvat pranam,
    THANK YOU for the brief explanation of the message of bhagvad gita. it was wonderful to read that.
    I have come accross many people who claim that srila prabhupadas bhagvad gita is his mental concoction.
    please give me some strong points to explain these people that the bhagvad gita is as it is and not something out of srila prabhupadas mind.
    thank you,
    hare krishna. all glories to guru and guaranga!!

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      Only an ignorant fool can say this. There is nothing in Prabhuapda’s Bhagavad Gita As It Is of his own creation. He has presented it strictly in the disciplic succession. Even in his purports he has followed the purports of the previous acharyas.

      So we don’t care about what ignorant fools say. It does not matter what they think.

      People have always been envious of Krishna and envious of Krishna’s pure devotee and they always will be.

      There is a saying “The dogs may bark but the caravan will pass.”

      So we should go on with our Krishna consciousness, not caring for the barking of the ignorant foolish and envious dogs.

      The dogs will not stop barking, no matter how nicely and philosiphically you explain things to them. They are dogs, they bark, that is their nature.

      Simply ignore them and talk about Krishna with people who are interested to hear about Krishna from you.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  70. Sanjeev says:

    Dear Prabhuji,
    Please accept my humble obeisances. I am happy you are taking pains to answer questions put up by readers. I am a Life Member of ISKCON. I have been associated with devotees off and on, and in India, I try to meet Lokanath Swami Maharaj whenever I can. I wish you all the best in your efforts.

  71. Narasimha says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu,
    Please accept my humble obeisances. I m very interested to listen to Prabhupada’s lectures. I have downloaded the 1st part of Bhagavata Geeta mp3 lecture. But I m not able to find that site to download plz send me the site from where can I download the rest of the lectures.
    Thank You

  72. Vikas Gupta says:

    Hare Krishna

    I received the first newsletter and I have some questions. Please forgive me if I make any mistakes somewhere. As it is clear from what Shri Krishna says that He first gave this knowledge to Sun god, Vivasvan and in due period of time that guru-parampara was broken and now He wants Arjun to again begin this parampara. But what I have find out after reading books from Swami Prabhupada and from the web page on which Swamiji himself has described about four sampradayas

    Which have directly descended
    1- Brahma Sampradaya – from Lord Brahma.
    2- Rudra Sampradaya – from Lord Shiva.
    3- Sri Sampradaya – from Goddess Laxmi.
    4- Kumara Sampradaya- from the four Kumaras( sons of Brahma).

    So I did not find any Sampradaya which have directly descended from Sun God. Hence these two things appear contradictory as in Gita Lord Krishna has Himself declared that he first gave this knowledge to Sun God. So which Sampradaya was He talking about.

    I sincerely offer my apologizes if I have erred anywhere

    Hare Krishna

  73. raghav says:

    Hare Krishna,
    I am a young college going student.I am interested in Krishna Consciousness for past three years.But I face many difficulties. Most of my friends are highly materialistic and all around me I see people chasing money, fame and women.I have experienced everything in life but nothing gives me lasting satisfaction.Since I am a spiritual neophite devotee,Is there any way I can correspond to senior ISKCON devotees to solve my problems.

  74. Bharadwaz Gelli says:

    Hare Krishna!

    Namasthe Madhudvisa Dasa Ji!

    My humble obeisances to you. I have few questions..Please help me with clarifications for the same..

    1) When Lord Krishna appeared on earth, he had the spiritual body and not the material body. Is this true? Though it appears like a material body to all the people in vrindavana, it is not.. Can you please explain what is spiritual body?

    2) In connection to the first question, we individual living entities (spirit souls) took the material body in this material world.. Is it true that once we are fully purified by krishna consciousness and enter into spiritual planets, we take up the spiritual body?

    3) Lord Krishna and Lord Rama are one and the same… Why is it that both of their appearances happened in India only? Any specific reason for this?

    4) It is mentioned in Bhagvad gita that Lord Sri Krishna is the supreme enjoyer and we individual souls are part and parcel of the supreme lord.. one’s constitutional position is to be eternal servitor of the lord.. By satisfying the senses of the lord, krishna’s devotee automatically gets satisfied…As krishna is the supreme enjoyer, will He also take the responsibility of sufferings of pure devotees? pls help me understand?

  75. sha says:

    namaste guruji

    i am really pleased with the letter about bhagavat gita. i have one question which have been in my mind for a long period of time. Why do people meet and part away like a passing cloud other than our blood relatives why is their attachment with those temporary people please clear my doubt.

    hare rama hare krishna

  76. Rahul says:

    Hare Krisna,
    Is there any web-page where I may get to read the book Chaitanya Charitamrita, translated into English?

  77. Reji Nair says:

    Ohm Krishnaya namah!

    It is a happy thing that i started getting the news letters from this week. As the God head himself told “Sradhavaan labhathe njanam” i feel delighted as krisna is caring me to get his devine knowledge where ever i am in this globe.

    Thanks a lot for helpig us. May the shower of blessing help all of us in our journey towards truth.

    With love


  78. nirmalaa says:

    i want to know about 2 chapter ( sankya yogam) 2:17 meaning. pls send this.

    hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
    hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare

  79. parag says:

    krishna is my lord. i love you god. hare krishna.

  80. Radhakrishna says:

    Hari Bol,
    Im a bit irregular at chanting, sometimes i chant 16 rounds sometimes it goes down to 10 or 8 rounds. I mean some months ill be chanting more, sometimes less, not because of work but because i lose interest. I love listening to sankirtana and never get bored with it then why it happens with chanting ? and can please give me link to Srila Prabhupada’s lectures.

    Hare Krishna Prabhu!

    We need to become determined to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily even if we do not have any taste for it.

    That we are not chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily means we really do not have much taste for it and this is generally because we are commiting some of the 10 offenses in the matter of chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra. The way to become free from these offenses and rise to the platform of pure chanting is by chanting Hare Krishna. That is why it is so important to keep chanting Hare Krishna even if we do not feel any taste for it.

    The example given by Srila Prabhupada is a man with jaundice. A man with the jaundice disease looses his taste for sweet things. The sweet things taste bitter to him and he does not like to eat them. But for the jaundice patient the cure is to take sweet things. So even though it appears sour and unpalatable to him, the jaundice patient has to take the sweet things, and that will cure his disease.

    So the Hare Krishna mantra is actually very sweet, but we are diseased, like the jaundice patient, and the cure for our disease is the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, but we do not like the taste. It seems bitter to us because of our disease.

    So to make spiritual advancement we have to perform some tapasya, some austerity. And that is we have to continue to chant the Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds a day, even if we have no attraction to it, or no desire to chant it. That chanting will purify us and ultimately we will come to the platform of offenseless chanting….

    You can listen to all of Srila Prabhuapda’s lectures online at:

    and you can read them at:

  81. kamal kumar says:

    hare krishna

    pls advice how can i control my mind . each morning when i wake up i start thinking about my work ,even while praying my mind becomes in stable . i try to control it but cannot even by studing Gita

    • The process to control the mind is chanting the maha mantra:

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

      So please keep chanting Hare Krishna until your mind become peaceful and you feel blissful in Krishna consciousness.

      It requires determination and patience. In the beginning we have no taste for chanting Hare Krishna, but that taste will be developed if we chant Hare Krishna, even by force.

      So we have to force the mind to chant Hare Krishna and gradually it will be controlled.

      They say “no pain no gain,” so it is the same in spiritual life. “Austerity is the wealth of the brahmanas.” Unless we are prepared to undergo some austerity, some voluntary suffering for the purpose of making spiritual advancement, how can we expect to make any advancement?

      And this austerity is following the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication, and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily.

      In the beginning giving up sense gratification and chanting Hare Krishna for two hours a day may seem a bit painful. But as we become purified it actually becomes extremely blissful.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  82. subhradeep says:

    vancha kalpataru vyascha kripasindhuvya eva cha|
    patitanam pawanevya vaishnavevyo namo namah||
    dandavat pranam prabhu
    my pleasure 2 get a msg 4m u

  83. Rohit says:

    Hare Krishna,

    I find myself constantly distracted and disillusioned with life. I am not satisfied with anything. In job I feel dejected after some time. Sometimes I feel that I should get into food business as I am a decent cook and feel that this can be one thing which will keep me interested but again I do not find content. I feel that there is no purpose of human life. What is my dharma? What is my purpose of life? What should I do which will keep me engaged in karma and make the karma akarma?

  84. Frank says:

    Hare Krishna,
    I in the South West area of Miami,Fla.,I am looking to receive Diksha initiation,I did not take it back then when I had the great benefit of being in Prabhupadas presence in New York,while I was staying there for one month.Can you put me in touch with any gururs in my area who are qualified to give diksha?I appreciate your help,thank you and Hare Krsna!

    • Hare Krishna Frank

      Guru is not so easy. In ISKCON since Srila Prabhupada we have seen so many bogus gurus trying to imitate Srila Prabhupada. Mostly they have failed miserably and left behind so many bewildered, confused and disillusioned disciples.

      There is nothing more damaging to your spiritual life than accepting a spiritual master who is not qualified to take you back home, back to Godhead.

      The only guru I can recommend to you is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. I can guarantee to you 100% that he is a pure devotee of Krishna and that he is qualified to take you back home, back to Godhead.

      But the guru-disciple relationship is a two way thing. Guru has to be qualified but disciple has to be qualified also.

      So my suggestion to you is that you seriously study all the books of Srila Prabhupada and discover what are the qualifications of a bonafide disciple and in this way become a disciple of Srila Prabhupada.

      Otherwise you can accept some bogus guru. There are many available. But you will not be able to make any spiritual advancement like this… Rather you will become confused, bewildered and disapointed like so many disciples of bogus gurus in ISKCON have become in the past.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  85. Vaishali says:

    Hi Mr Madhudvisa.
    According to you god leads us to spiritual paths right…but the biggest question in this earth is there god? Is there any god? I, Vaishali.M.S, was a great believer of Lord Krishna, I am 23 right now. Right from child hood I was a big devotee of Krishna, I used to lovingly call him Krishna bhaiya because I used to tie rakhi to him from child hood……..I thought he would be there for me and beloved ones right from child hood….I used to remember him in all my good and bad times……….. But I was proved wrong, my fiancée whom I used to love a lot; I lost him in a road accident just a month ego. Where was Krishna then? Why dint he save him. God always wants his bkatas to be happy…now where is Krishna when I really want him…when I m totally devasted in my life. His mom used to go to sai baba every Thursday and I used to go to church to pray for his health…………what did we get for our devotions,,,,,nothing? Now do you think god is somewhere right here? According to me, he is not here. He is just our illusion. My mom believes Krishna like hell….what she wanted only some happiness in my life…which I obvi dint get………now tell me is there really some god in this earth. Are god so cruel that they leave their bates crying all the time? Tell me. People say it’s our past karmas, then what about my present karmas? What that I believed and trusted him so blind folded what about all this. Sorry, I don’t believe there is any god in this earth and I m unsubscribing from the list.
    Thanks for your help.

    • Dear Mother Vaishali

      Hare Krishna!

      Sometimes it is very hard to understand Krishna’s plan. But if one is actually a bhakta of Krishna he loves Krishna even if it seems that Krishna has deserted.

      You know very well that Krishna’s greatest devotees were His beloved gopis in Vrindavan. But then Krishna left Vrindavan and went to Mathura to kill King Kamsa. Of course Krishna was promising the gopis that they should not worry, as soon as His business in Mathura was finished He would come back to them in Vrindavana. But you know Krishna never came back to Vrindavan.

      And the gopis spent their whole lives crying for Krishna, waiting for Him to come back…

      There is no question whatsoever, Krishna loves the gopis more than anyone else, and He specially loves Srimati Radharani even more. But Srimati Radharani and the gopis were left by Krishna in Vrindavan to cry for the rest of their lives in separation from Him.

      So how to understand this? Actually in this felling of separation and the anticipation of meeting one’s loved one there is also a great transcendental feeling. Radharani and the gopis never forgot Krishna for a moment. They were always thinking of Him and always crying in separation from Him.

      There are so many examples of devotees of Krishna who have seemingly undergone great sufferings in the world. I think you know about Queen Kunti. She was the mother of the Pandavas and she was one of the greatest devotees of Krishna. But still she suffered so much. And later on, when the Pandavas were nicely situated and comfortable, she prayed to Krishna, “Let there be calamities…” Her logic was that when they were suffering they had no shelter other than Krishna, when they were in difficulty they were always remembering Krishna, but now they were in a comfortable position she was afraid that she may forget Krishna.

      We do not pray to Krishna for a happy life in the material world. This material world is not a happy place and there is no way we can make it a happy place. You were in love with your husband and now he is gone so you are suffering greatly. But that is the way of the material world. We are all here only for a short time, depending on our past karma, and we come and go as we are destined to come and go. So your husband was destined to go at the time he went and there is nothing you can do about it.

      That is the way of the world and we have to accept it.

      It is not Krishna’s fault. Here in the material world we make our own karma and we have to experience the results from it.

      If we become attached to anything in the material world ultimately that will cause us pain. Rather we should become attached to Krishna, because our relationship with Krishna is eternal.

      I suggest you read the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and you will surely find a lot of comfort and hope there. You can purchase from or read online at

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

    • nikhil aggarwal says:

      hare krishna prabhuji.. u r absolutely right. a devotee always remain satisfied even if Krishna treats him roughly. it does not matter to a devotee if krishna sends him to hell or to heaven.. its one and the same thing for a devotee. moreover whatever happiness and bad days we get its not because of Lord Govinda. its all because of our bad karma that we have done in the past.

  86. Kannan says:

    Hare Krishna

    I have been once strictly following the principles of ISKCON. But for the past 2 years I am getting diverted from most of the priciples of ISKCON. Mainly I am not able to chant properly. But I am doing my daily morning prayers regularly like thulasi kirthan and arathi to diety before going to office. I am able to know that what I am doing is wrong, but even then I am not able to withdraw the mind while doing against the principles. Also I am kidney transplanted patients, so I am taking lots steroids and immunosuppresent medicines for protecting my transplanted kindey which is given by my mother. I cannot follow ekadasi fasting and also it is difficult for me to participate in big function to do my physical services which my mind always likes to, but because of my health even my doctor is advicing me not to take food which is prepared in mass.

    I got the mind set that in this janma i cannot follow the strict priciples of ISKCON because of my health condition. Is there any advice for me what to do to come over my present situation. How should I change my mind in this health condition and situation to follow the principles of ISKCON? But I always like to read bagavad gita and bagavatham whenever i get time. Even in the office i read bagavatham during my free time through internet. Now I got two small kids 3yrs and 1 yr old child. I want to atleast make them pure devotees. But I myself is not following the priciples of iskcon, but my mind want my daughters to be great devotees. IS my thinking correct? Will krishna guide my childrens atleast to set an example to follow principles of ISKCON. Kindly guide me how to bring my child in this situation. Maharaj I am very sorry if I have asked you any thing wrong.

    Awaiting your reply.
    Hare Krishna

  87. Rajesh Kumar says:

    Hare Krishna Swamiji

    I was a Muslim researcher until 6 years back but after finding a lot of absurdities and the proof that Quran is a man-made book (, I researched other religions and after 6 years of research and hardship I have now embraced vegetarian Hinduism for life. My question is that one of my Hindu friends told me that changing the religion is not allowed in Gita. Is it true? What should I do now? I personlly read in the Gita (18:66) that Lord Krishna ordered to give up all vaiety of religion and devote oneslef unto him only. Then why did that Hindu friend of mine told me not to become a Hindu?

    Please reply

    Jai Shri Krishna
    Rajesh Kumar (Old nme: Syed Abdul Rafay)

    • Dear Rajesh

      Hare Krishna!

      Your Hindu friend is not correctly informed about what Krishna is teaching in the Bhagavad Gita.

      Krishna is teaching Sanatana Dharma, it means that everyone’s eternal occupation is to serve God.

      Krishna is a perfect description of God. Krishna means the “All Attractive” person. So God is the person who has all attractive qualities in full. He has all knowledge, He has all strength, He has all beauty, He has all fame, and even though He has all these attractive qualities in full He is completely unattached to having these things.

      What Krishna is speaking in the Bhagavad Gita is not sectarian. It is not simply aimed at Hindus. You will not find the word “Hindu” anywhere in the Bhagavad Gita. Nor will you find the word Hindu in any of the other Vedic literatures. In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna is speaking to all men. And as you point out Krishna is ordering, “Give up all varities of religions and surrender unto Me.” So this also includes giving up so-called Hinduism and simply surrendering to Krishna.

      So the point is that Bhagavad Gita is spoken by Krishna for everyone, it doesn’t matter, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jew,Buddhist, whatever Krishna is speaking in the Bhagavad Gita is relevant for all and is meant for all mankind.

      Personally I am not a Hindu, and neither are the members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. We are Vaisnavas, devotees of Krishna, trying to follow Krishna’s instructions in the Bhagavad Gita.

      This Krishna consciousness is our original spiritual consciousness. It is lying dormant within us all and simply has to be reawakened. It is not something new that we learn from outside. It is something that is within us that we simply need to reawaken.

      In this age the most effective way to reawaken our dormant Krishna consciousness is by chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra:

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

      So my suggestion is do not bother very much what your Hindu friend says, simply read the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and all your questions will be answered.

      You can purchase Srila Prabhupada’s books at or read them online at

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Rajesh Kumar says:

        Hare Krishna Guruji

        My humblest Pranam and regards to your lotus feet.

        Thank you very much for your answer. I am now happy that my research was not faulty and I thank Lord Krishna with all my existance to bless me with the opportunity to embrace the Sanathana Dharma. Here in Pakistan, I and some of my Hindu friends are running a movement called Dharma Raksha Yudh and trying our best to peacefully make people realize about the dharma, surrender to Lord Krishna and stop killing animals, especially cows (orally, through writings and spreading the Urdu translation of the Bhagawad Gita via email). My moral supporter in India Mr. Amit has helped me a lot. Please pray in favor of us and point out if we are doing anything wrong.

        Jai Shri Krishna

        Rajesh Kumar

  88. varsha says:






    • The soul is eternal. We never die, we are simply changing bodies. In this life we change from a child’s body to a boy’s body to a man’s body to an old man’s body. Similarly the time of death is simply another change of body. As the future body we get in this life depends on our activities now. If I am a very gluttonous person and eat a lot of rich fatty foods in the future my body will be fat and unhealthy. So our actions now determine our future situation. So at the time of death, whatever state of consciousness we have, that state of consciousness we will achieve in our next body. This is the science of reincarnation. The real success is to not come back into the cycle of birth and death, samsara, but instead to be liberated from this material world and return back home, back to Godhead, in our original spiritual body that is not subject to the sufferings of the material world and not subject to birth, death, old age or disease. In the spiritual world we can live eternally in a youthful, blissful spiritual body full of knowledge. We should act in this life in such a way that at the time of death we can go back home, back to Godhead.


    Hare Krushna Prabhuji
    Read your mail. I feel very good coz of reply. I already send my questions about
    real identity of us. I wrote a artical on Loard Krusna in Gujarati. My thoughts about Loard Krushna.

  90. Gaurang says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,

    Today i received the first response from you and i must say that it was to fast since i registered myself for the KRISHNA CONNECT NEWSLETTER , and i thank you a thousand times getting connected with me. Sir actually i am regularly in touch with my friend , who is going through his vaishnav training from iskcon.
    And he really did turned my life into Krishna consciousness and feel great to be doing that . Now that i am reading BhagvatGeeta and other some books like
    (Second Chance) and (Elevation to Krishna Consciousness) and will surely write to you any queries that i will be facing in the near future .

    Hare Krishna.

  91. Bhushan says:

    I have a question, how to staedy our mind continuously and engaged in Krishna in practical life, my nature is lazzy in this regards i am interested but i could not do anythink constantly, i am Ram Bhakat ple. help me!

  92. Rakesh Kumar says:

    Here Krishna,

    Fistly i thaked about reply. I have no quation, but i feel and also i receve vibration. I have only a Q. When and what is the state of ecstasy. I surrender my self to feet of Prabhupad.
    Lastly Here Rama, Here Rama

  93. sonia says:

    Kindly guide me about the correct method to chant the mahamantra.I shall be obliged.


  94. Sarvanan says:

    Hare Krishna madhudvisa-dasa prabhuji,

    I do chant kare krishna maha mantra daily…..
    I’m very happy to see you welcome mail..

    What should i do if i should not fall from ksrna conciousness, it so happens some times due to over emotional i fall … then i realize i should not fall and i continue with chanting..

    how to have control over the senses, addictions, and keep mind cool over ANY emotionals, is there any technique for beginners, pls. let me know please

    Hare krishna

    • Dear Sarvanan

      Hare Krishna! All glories to Srila Prabhuapda. Controlling the senses is not so easy because for so may lifetimes we have become accustomed to letting our senses be out of control.

      We can not stop the activities of our senses, rather we have to give them a better engagement. So the only way really, that you can control your senses, is to engage them 100% serving Krishna 24 hours a day. That is the process Srila Prabhuapda teaches. Engagement in the service of Krishna 24 hours a day.

      The simple points mostly people are not doing, like rising early before 4:00 in the morning, offering the Mangal Aroti, chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra daily and reading all of Srila Prabhuapda’s books and following the four regulative principles, no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication.

      If you these things and become determined to keep doing them in any situation, even if you have no taste for chanting Hare Krishna, then gradually your senses will come under control and you will always be thinking of Krishna.

      It is something we have to work at with determination and patience. It may take time. And in the beginning we may fall down also. But even if you find yourself in a fallen condition breaking the regulative principles you have to keep on chanting Hare Krishna at least 16 rounds a day and that will give you the strength to pull you up to the spiritual platform again.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  95. swathi says:

    i m really happy to know the essence of the bhagwad-gita!!!
    hope so by krishna’s grace may all attain peace of mind and soul
    in his service and devotion

  96. nikhil aggarwal says:

    hare krishna prabhuji. please accept my humble obeisances in your lotus feets. Thanks for ur various mails. that are helping me alot.
    prabhuji i want to ask:- In Bhagvat Gita Lord Krishna says that we should work just to please Him and offer the results of every work unto Him. its ok.It is applicable to all i understand.i am doing btech. and i want to know that how my study will please Krishna ? i hope u r getting my point.

    hare krishna

    • Hare Krishna Nikhil

      Yes. Krishna instructs that we should only work for His pleasure. That is called akarma. It means work without any karmic reaction. If we work for Krishna there is no karmic reaction to it. We simply make spiritual advancement. But if we work in the material world there will be a karmic reaction, good or bad, and this karmic reaction will continue our existence in the material world for many, many lifetimes. If we still have outstanding karmic reactions, good or bad, at the time of death, that will force us to again take birth in the material world.

      So we have to adjust our lives so everything we do is not for our own benefit or for anyone else’s benefit, everything we do must be simply for the service of Krishna.

      As far as your study of btech in itself that is not pleasing Krishna. That is a material activity. Presumably you are doing the study so you can get a good job and make a lot of money and support your family, etc. So this is all 100% material, it will generate lots of karmic reactions for you and keep you in the material world for many, many births.

      The only way for you to spiritualize your activities is to use your skills for the service of Krishna. For example I am also computer graduate, but instead of getting a job with some big company and serving them I have decided to use my IT skills for serving Krishna. And the result is a lot of nice websites like and many others. So if I had decided to work for some big company and serve them they would have taken all my time and energy and I would not have had any time and energy to serve Krishna by creating and maintaining these websites.

      So the point is that if you are actually a technical wizard then you should use that wizardry for Krishna.

      Krishna consciousness is not a hobby or a religion. It is not something we do on Sundays and otherwise live our lives just like everyone else. No. Krishna consciousness means living a completely different lifestyle to everyone else. It means not doing anything for ourselves, for our family, or for anyone else at all except Krishna.

      If we do this, only work for Krishna, then automatically everyone else will be pleased because Krishna is the root of everything. Everything is part and parcel of Krishna. So if we can please Krishna then everyone else will be pleased. This is actually the only way to please everyone.

      It is not that we have to give up our material possessions or our material skills. Srila Rupa Goswami made this clear. He says that anyone who gives up something that can be used in the service of Krishna is practicing false renunciation. So if you are a technical wizard with computers you can use this skill to serve Krishna. And that is the way you can please Krishna by your work.

      I need lots of technical wizards to help with the internet preaching work so if you are good and want to work on these things let me know and I am sure we can keep you busy 24 hours a day serving Krishna!

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  97. Aryavratt says:

    To the Servant of the Servants

    hare Krishna and Namaskar

    I do have a few questions with regards to certain prophecies. Although I have read the Bhagwad Gita several times, i am not fairly well aquainted with most of the cannons.
    I would like to ask you if you have any information about the coming back of Krishna as kalki in this Kaliyuga? When would this happen and all the evil be finished off from this earth?

    From the Servant of the Servants of the Servants


  98. Viknesh says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu,

    All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to you.

    I would like to know how to rid of a spirit dormant inside a person I know, so far have tried most things under the sun but it has all been unsucessful. Could please assit me with a solution.

    Hare Krishna

    • Hare Krishna Viknesh

      If you mean a ghostly haunted person then the best way is chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. Also one has to keep very clean, avoid completely all forms of intoxication [alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, even coffee and tea], keep very clean and keep your surroundings, the place you live in, very clean and in the mode of goodness.

      This ghostly haunting generally happens to people in the mode of ignorance. These people are generally unclean and attached to so many unclean habits like eating meat and taking drugs and drinking alcohol. So the solution is to raise them to the mode of goodness. And the only real way to do this is by the process of Krishna consciousness. So they need to practiced the process of saddhana-bhakti as it is taught by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy! [this will also scare away the ghosts]

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • aryavratt says:

        Hare Krishna madhudvisa-dasa

        What you are saying is true. My friend’s wife was also haunted by ghosts for a very long time. However after she started chanting Hare Krishna, these figures started to move away from her. However she is a Christian and also believes in Jesus, which I feel is incorrect belief.
        Do you think that due to her belief in Jesus, who according most sources was a mere mortal, she will loose her faith and Krishna and thus invite these entities again?

        • Hare Krishna Prabhu

          Jesus Srila Prabhuapda accepted as son of God, as he says he is. So Jesus is also connected to Krishna. Even the name is the same. Krishna is also called Krsta in India and in Greek it becomes Christos and in the west Christ. So Christ and Krishna, the name is the same. It is Jesus of the Christ, or Jesus the son of Krishna. So this is all connected. And we do not say that Christians should give up their faith in Christ and accept Krishna. That is not at all necessary. You can encourage your friend’s wife to keep chanting Hare Krishna and also reassure her that Jesus is the son of God and Krishna is also God. So the bottom line is no, I do not think she will loose her faith in Krishna because she believes in Jesus if you explain it to her properly.

          I suggest you read Srila Prabhuapda’s “Science of Self-Realization”. There is a very nice chapter in there on Krishna and Christ. You can also purchase the book for her at

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  99. aryavratt says:

    Hare krishna madhudvisa-dasa

    I have one more question. Does Krishna want us to lead celebate lives? If so, then is marrying or having children something that will bind us to earthly existance and lead us to taking rebirths and not entitle us to moksha?

    • Hare Krishna!

      Krishna wants us to be happy, and we can be happy only by serving him. Certainly marrying and having children binds us to the material world. However falsely renouncing this desire will also bind us to the material world. So in the Bhagavad Gita Krishna says “I am sex life according to the regulative principles.” So marriage is not discouraged. For most men it is necessary. It is also a samskara, purifying process, called vivaha samskara. So there is no problem marrying and having sex to beget nice Krishna conscious children and to bring them up as devotees of Krishna. This is service to Krishna. The women need husbands and the devotees need a nice family atmosphere to take birth in. So there is nothing wrong with Krishna conscious marriage. And by going through this one will get practical experience that there is no happiness in the material world.

      The idea that I can be happy with my wife and family is an illusion. But many need to live through that illusion to actually realize it.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  100. Pablo says:

    Thank you so much for your mail, Madhudvisa dasa.

    I´m from Brazil and english isn`t my official language. Therefore, i apologize for any mistakes wich my writting may present.

    Well, i`ve been lucky enough to be brought by a friend of mine (a devotee) to the Iskcon temple in my hometown. He said i would love to know the temple and the Hare krishna philosophy, after some conversations we`ve had concerning our spiritual searches.

    We were following different ways at the time. But that isn`t so anymore. After reading the book “Perfect Questions – Perfect Answers”, i,ve started to read the “Bhagavad Gita as it is” and have starded to visit the temple more often.

    My friend was right, i`ve really found a good place to be, “meditate”, and learn as much as i can about other meanings for our lives, other than just the pursuit for material satisfaction. I´ve been searching for so long without finding any confort on any of the experiences i was going through that i was getting really unhappy already. I`m grateful for the opportunity to get in touch with Krishna consciousness.

    Well, it´s been only a few months and i´m still so far from becoming a true devotee because of my bad habits, but i`m already singing the maha mantra on my japa with my bead bag and have experienced really good states of mind, mood and even some changes about some desires wich don`t bother me so much anymore.

    I hope it´s only the beginning!


  101. Ramakrishna says:

    Harekrishna Prabhu,

    Thank you for the welcome mail, I have complete faith in krishna, what i ever i do for krishna brings me lot of happiness and i wanted to do more and more. I have also like to share my happiness to other people aswell. Because people are more addicted to material benefits it looks like they wont be interested in this. But i feel sorry for them, and i feel keep on trying to explain them but i know we are not supposed talk about krishna when the other person is not eligible to listen or take. Can you please suggest me how would i start and talk to people and help them. Because so many times i feel people so much in ignorance, they do not want to accept truth.



    • Hare Krishna Ramakrishna

      Your feeling sorry for the conditioned souls who are suffering in the material world and wanting to help them by speaking to them about Krishna is the sign of a real devotee.

      Please share your happiness and great experiences of Krishna consciousness with the other people you meet. Most of the people you meet will be very happy to hear about Krishna from you. People may be addicted to material benefits but now in the Western world we have so many material benefits and most people can see that in spite of this we are still not happy. People will naturally be addicted to material things if they are not addicted to Krishna. It is one addiction or the other addiction. So in our preaching we really can not expect to find any people who are not addicted to some materialistic things. This should not discourage us from telling the people we meet about Krishna.

      If you want to share the joy that you feel from Krishna consciousness with others Krishna will give you the opportunity to meet so many others who will very much enjoy hearing from you. And you can see it like this. Anytime you come in contact with some other person you can see that this is the arrangement of Krishna. Krishna has sent me here and Krishna has sent this other person here and He wants me to tell this person something about Me. If you think like this you will be surprised as to how many of the people you meet really want to hear about Krishna.

      You can take some of Srila Prabhuapda’s books with you always that you can get at the wholesale section of, and in this way when you meet someone who wants to hear about Krishna you can speak to them and leave them with something very concrete in the form of one of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

      You will find like this at lest 90% of people, no matter how much they are attached to material things, will be interested in hearing about Krishna.

      There is however a small percentage of people who are envious of Krishna and as soon as you mention God will get angry and will not like to hear about Krishna. So it is in these cases when you can see that the person you are trying to speak to about Krishna is not liking to hear it you should not continue. You can just change the subject and offer them some nice prasadam and let them go on their way. But this is the exception rather than the rule. Most people you meet will be very happy to hear about Krishna from you. So do not be afraid. Whomever you meet simply speak to them about Krishna and if occasionally someone does not like it just do not continue speaking with them and go on to the next person. Do not let the occasional negative person discourage you from speaking about Krishna to everyone you meet.

      Thank you for the nice letter.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  102. kannan Rama Ayyer. says:

    Greetings to the divinity in you

    I am extremely happy to read the first mail from your end, very interesting and informative. Should i say that i am more happier that i have got it on an ekadashi and shravan masika. I believe there is an extra peace and harmony during these days of the moon particularly in this month. Sometimes, I why people in India, including great yogis or sadhaka fast on these days. Can you please shed some light on the above.

    Kindly pardon my ignorance if any as I may ask you some direct questions, which may be even foolish as i do not want to accept anything unless my heart agrees and the logical mind. I do not want to run like others in the rat race of spirituality. Should i say , spiritual shopping. I hope your expereince and not book knowledge will help .

    Blessed soul. Have a great day and be at peace always.

    I remain at the lotus feet of lord krishna.

    • Hare Krishna Kannan

      Yes, please ask questions and I will try and reply.

      But please ask here on the forums. I can not answer personal emails at this time.

      Madhudvisa dasa

  103. Ishan das says:

    Hare Krishna! In the last two sentences of this class/article, we are provided with a formula for understanding the Bhagavad-gita. Madhudvisa explains, that when reading the Gita, one must lock onto the understanding that Sri Krishna is God, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And that if one reads the Gita from that angle of vision, one can obtain a genuine understanding of the Bhagavad-gita.

    But, to what degree does the reader have to embrace this point of view while reading? Madhudvisa Prabhu states that the minimal requirement is to “at least theoretically accept” this perspective. And further, that this theoretical acceptance is “a submissive spirit” with which “we can understand the Bhagavad-gita.” Without that “submissive spirit it is very difficult to understand because it is a great mystery.”

    If one takes a taxi, as soon as one enters the cab the meter goes on. But the meter doesn’t start at zero. It begins with a basic charge. If we want to get to the nearest Krishna Temple, the cost will increase, beginning from that basic charge. How much will it increase? That will depend on how far we want to go.

    So the basic charge for understanding the Bhagavad-gita is the theoretical acceptance that Sri Krishna is God, the Supreme Person. But if we wish to go farther in our understanding, deeper, Krishna Consciousness is not a cheap thing. O.K., how much submissiveness, how much acceptance is required?

    In Chapter 4, verse 34, Srila Prabhupada explains that “The Lord is the original spiritual master,and a person in the diciplic succession (from Sri Krishna) can convey the message of the Lord as it is to his disciple.”

    But what is that “great mystery” that Madhudvisa Prabhu is refering to, that we need for proper understanding? Srila Prabhupada goes on to explain that “One has to approach a bonafide spiritual master to receive the knowledge. Such a spiritual master should be accepted in full surrender, and one should serve the spiritual master like a menial servant, without false prestige. Satisfaction of the self-realized spiritual master is the secret of advancement in spiritual life.” And, “…when he sees the genuine desire of the disciple, he automatically blesses the disciple with genuine spiritual understanding … “A bonafide spiritual master is by nature very kind toward the disciple. Therefore when the student is submissive and always ready to render service, the reciprocation of knowledge and inquiries becomes perfect.”

    So, theoretical acceptance of Krishna’s supremacy is the cover charge to enter into the understanding of Bhagavad-gita. But what if I want to have full realization of this understanding? Well, then I have to pay the full price.

    Your humble servant,

    Ishan das

    • Rukmini says:

      Hare Krishna Ishan Prabhu!

      Prabhu! You write so well! I always read the comments written by you and Madhudvisa Dasa. When you both repeat the words of Srila Prabhupada , it is so pleasing to hear… I guess you are the same Ishan Prabhu to whom Srila Prabhupada wrote letters and I guess you once said you live alone in the woods…

      Prabhu, you preach so well! Why don’t you come into the open and preach to the people in general or publicize Srila Prabhupada’s books? I am sure people will surely feel convinced by your preaching…

      Just one BIG request. I, a 15 year old girl just request both you and Madhudvisa Dasa not to leave us before we leave this material world. If I am ever doing 16 rounds or reading Srila Prabhupada’s books atleast 1 hour daily or following the 4 regulative principles it is because of you Prabhus. I have got the biggest opportunity to serve Srila Prabhupada and Krishna only because of the great encouragement given by Madhudvisa Dasa and you. Please promise that you will not leave us in the same way as Srila Prabhupada left us. Now, please don’t tell me about vapu and vani…. I just plead to my uttermost”Please Madhudvisa Dasa Prabhu and Please Ishan Das Prabhu. Do not leave us and go. I need a great lot of encouragement from you devotees to serve Srila Prabhupada”

      I thank you a 100 million times for the encouragement you have given me. I shall be always obliged to you.

      Madhudvisa Dasa Prabhu! All Glories to your service!
      I wish to remain your humble servant eternally……

      All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!

      Hare Krishna!

  104. steven says:

    Hare Krsna,

    Hare Krsna, Madhudvisa-dasa,

    All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Thanks for your newsletter which I received 2 days ago.

    I have a couples of questions which I hope you will be able to squeeze some of your precious time to answer.

    1)In Chapter 4 Text 1 Lord Sri Krsna said: I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasan, and Vivasan instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Iksvaku.

    My question is:- Is the Bhagavad-gita spoken to the sun-god then and to Arjuna 5000 years ago the same Bhagavad-gita.

    2)If we are constantly being disturbed in our daily lives by insects for eg mosquitoes especially those that can transmit dengue fever, what do we do to them? Do we kill them or let them bite us subjetting ourself to the dengue fever.

    Hope my questions dont sound stupid. Thank you in advance

    • Hare Krishna Steven

      Thanks for the great questions.

      The Bhagavad Gita spoken by Krishna to the sun god and the Bhagavad Gita spoken by Krishna to Arjuna is the same Bhagavad Gita in the sense that it contains the same message, the same instructions from Krishna.

      But the setting is different. Krishna was speaking the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna seated on a charriot in between two armies just before the greatest battle this planet has ever seen. The situation where Krishna spoke the Bhagavad Gita to the sun god was different. So in the Krishna-Arjuna Gita, for example, Arjuna is asking Krishna to bring his chariot into the middle of the battlefield so he can see all the soldiers on both sides and see how determined they are to fight this battle. Obviously when Krishna spoke the Bhagavad Gita to the sun god the situation would have been different.

      However Krishna himself states in the forth chapter that “this is the same science that I originally spoke to Vivasvan, the sun god…” So Krishna says he is teaching Arjuna the same science that He taught the sun god, Vivasvan, at the beginning of this universe. So in this sense it is the same Bhagavad Gita.

      As far as killing mosquitoes. There is one purport in the Bhagavad gita, you can find it by searching at, where Srila Prabhupada mentions six kinds of aggressors. And it is stated that such agressors can be killed and there is no sin involved in such killing. These are things like someone who userps your property, someone who kidnaps your wife, someone who is trying to kill you, etc. Such aggressors can be killed. So the mosquito is coming to suck your blood, that is quite an aggressive behavior. So you may be able to justify killing on these grounds.

      But the real point is you are killing to protect your body so you can go on living. So the actual situation will be determined by what you go on and do with your body. If you are simply using your body to work to make money to support your family and live comfortably then you are killing the mosquitoes to ensure that you can continue working and continue struggling to be happy in the material world. In this case, even though the killing may be OK, still you will be getting some sort of reaction for this.

      The only way we can become free from the karmic reactions to our work is if we are working for Krishna. So if you are killing the mosquitoes to protect your body so you can use your body to serve Krishna, then there will be no karma, no reaction. You will be killing the mosquitoes for Krishna.

      But even then a devotee does not like to kill, he does not even like to kill mosquitoes. He sees that the mosquito is also a living entity, just like you and me, and due to his past bad actions he has been forced to take birth in the body of a mosquito and drink the blood of his victims. So the devotee does not like to kill him, at the same time he does need to keep his body healthy to serve Krishna, so it would be foolish for him to offer his blood to the mosquitoes and then get sick and not be able to serve Krishna…

      So a devotee will prefer to make some arrangement whereby he does not kill the mosquitoes but also they do not bite him. For this you can use some mosquito repellent and when sleeping if there are many mosquitoes around you can use a mosquito net over your bed. This will prevent them from biting you and at the same time you will not be killing them.

      In reality you can not kill all the mosquitoes. Even if you go on a mosquito killing safari there is no guarantee that some stray mosquito may not bite you anyhow. So protecting yourself from the bites and taking some medicine to protect you from developing the disease may be a better cause of action…

      In this world there are so many dangers and no matter what we do we can not avoid the dangers. No matter what we do at any moment we can fall sick or even die. Ultimately this is caused by our karma and not by the apparent cause.

      Many people get bitten by these mosquitoes but not all of them develop the fever. The real cause of the disease, the fever, is our past sinful activities, not the mosquito. So even if you kill all the mosquitoes in the world if you are destined to get the fever you will get the fever…

      The only real solution to the problems of the material world is to eradicate the the bad karma caused by the sinful activities we have performed in this life and in previous lives and the only practical way to do this is by chanting:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare HareHare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      So please take to this chanting of Hare Krishna maha mantra seriously and you will be able to understand what is the right thing to do in any situation.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  105. madhav says:


  106. Rajesh Kumar says:

    Hare Krishna; Pranam Prabhu

    As a new Hindu, I would like to ask if I have to be in one of the caste groups? Since I was not born in a Hindu family, how can it be? I suppose Sanatana Dharma does not affirm the caste system except for the four castes mentioned in the Bhagawad Gita, Brahmin, Kshatriya, Veshya and Shudra. So out of these in which do I fall? and also are other professions than the ones mentioned in the Gita allowed to Vaisnavas? Like Engineering, teaching etc. I didn’t find their answers in the Scriptures. I pray please guide me.

    Hare Krishna


    • Hare Krishna Rajesh

      We are not “Hindus.” Hindu doesn’t mean anything. So many people who believe so many different things call themselves “Hindus.”

      We are Vaisnavas, followers of Sanatana Dharma. Particularly we are “Gaudiya Vaisnavas.” It means we are Vaisnavas in the line of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

      Caitanya Mahaprabu is famous for smashing the ideas of the caste brahmins in India. In India a completely wrong idea has formed. And that idea is that one is born into a particular caste. The idea is that if one is born in a brahmin family he is a brahmin and if one is born into a sudra family he is a sudra.

      There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for this anywhere in the Vedas. On the contrary in the Bhagavad Gita Krishna stresses that all men are divided into four divisions by guna and karma. Guna means the qualities and karma means the work. Krishna goes on to list the qualities of the four castes, brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaishyas and sudras, in the Bhagavad Gita. So one who has the qualities of a brahmana and who works as a brahmana is a brahmana. It has absolutely nothing to do with birth.

      Someone can be born in a brahmana family but act as a melecha. He is a melecha not a brahmana.

      This is the fall down of the caste system in India. So many are claiming to be Brahmana’s by birth but actually their qualities are sudra or less and they are working as sudras. The whole system has been destroyed.

      For the current time, Kali-yuga, the only process that will elevate everyone, no matter what his caste or position in society is, is the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha mantra:

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

      It is not important to worry about what caste you belong to. If you simply take seriously to the process of Krishna consciousness and the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha mantra you will transcend the caste system completely. So please do not worry about this. Simply read the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapda and try to put what you read into practice in your life and….

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  107. steven says:

    Hare Krsna!!!!

    Hare Krsna, Madhudvisa Dasa,

    All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!!!!

    Thanks for your great answers to my questions. I am very surprise it took so fast. I am also really very delighted you have taken so much time for them and am very happy with these answers.

    I am very new to this communities. As such I hope you can introduce more of yourself to people like me as we naturally want to know more about you.

    Thank you very much

    Your servant

  108. V.Rajeswara Rao says:

    Hare Krishna prabhu,
    I always cry when i read leelamrutha written by Satswarupa prabhu. I felt very sad after reading about the sins committed by those great souls, who served Srila Prabhupada with so much love. I am unable to believe prabhu. Forgive me if you so desire.
    Your menial servent, V.Rajeswara Rao

  109. chetna says:

    please tell me do u have proof dat there is a GOD.
    how can u say that there was someone,named krishna.
    how can u say krishna was GOD?

    • Yes, we have proof that there is a God. But that proof is by realization. I have realized there is God, I have a relationship with God. So I know Him, at least to a small extent. If you want to know there is God with such strength then you have to develop your relationship with Him and that can be done by following the process of Krishna consciousness which is a scientific process that will enable you to uncover your original spiritual relationship with God. This process is called saddhana bhakti and you can learn about it by reading the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. You can read these books on line at and you can purchase them at

      As far as someone named Krishna. Krishna is a historical personality and there is no question that He existed. We have the complete record of the life of Krishna from His birth to His disappearance. Not only that we have the records of His father’s and mother’s families going back for many generations before Krishna’s birth. There is no question, Krishna is a historical person who we have an immense amount of information about.

      As far as Krishna being the Supreme Personality of Godhead, this can only actually be understood by Krishna’s devotees. Even when Krishna was personally present on Earth five thousand years ago not so many people realized that He was the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Everyone knew He was very beautiful, very powerful, etc. But to realize His actual position as God is not possible for everyone.

      Madhudvisa dasa

  110. sayantani says:

    Hare Krishna Sir

    I would like to know one thing u said “We can not understand Krishna consciousness at all unless we agree to at least follow the regulative principle and one of them is no meat eating.
    In this swami vivekanada said “just by having VEG we can’t get GOD” as if only by this one could achieve “THE SUPREME GOD” then goats and all “grass” eating animals could achieve “god” or “LORD KRISHNA”.

    • The point is not so much being vegetarian. Krishna explains in the Bhagavad Gita that anyone who eats food that is not offered to the Lord is eating only sin. And Krishna also explains in the Bhagavad-Gita that if one offers Him some fruits, flowers, vegetables, then he will accept this offering if it is made with love. So Krishna is not asking for an offeing of sheep, goats and pigs. One can not offer these things to Krishna because He will not accept them.

      The point is that a devotee does not do anything for himself. He does not even cook for himself. He cooks for Krishna. So if you invite someone to your home and you want to please him then you will find out in advance what type of food he likes and you will prepare this for him. So we are cooking for Krishna. And if we are cooking for Krishna then we need to know what Krishna wants to eat. And that is foodstuffs in the mode of goodness. Grains, milk products, vegetables and fruits.

      So devotees will prepare offerings to Krishna from these four groups of foodstuffs, they will offer them to Krishna, and accept the remnants from that offering. This is called prasadam or mercy.

      So you see the point is devotees eat prasadam. They are not actually vegetarians, they eat only the foodstuffs that have been offered to Krishna and Krishna only accepts offerings in the mode of goodness from the four food groups: grains, milk products, vegetables and fruits…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  111. Nat says:

    can a person through bhakti and mantras of beloved god change his or her destiny?

    • Yes, for sure. It is the only way to change our destiny.

      Basically we are born with a certain collection of karma and in the ordinary course of things that karma will play out during our life and really we have very little independence. The things that happen in our life will actually be carried out by the three modes of material nature. Not by our own independent activities.

      We only have one real choice in this world. And that choice is if we will serve God or if we will serve maya, the material energy. We are servants by nature, we can choose our master, that is all. So if we choose Krishna as our master and surrender to Him and serve Him then most certainly our destiny will change…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  112. Nat says:

    thankyou sir

  113. All glories to Lord Sri Krsna & Srimati Radharani!
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
    Please accept my humble obeisances!

    Hare Krsna dear Madhudvisa dasa Prabhu!
    Thank you for the first installment of “The Spirit of Bhagavad Gita.” Very nice indeed. You are a great prodigy of our beloved Guru, Srila Prabhupada. When reading through your email it was almost as if Srila Prabhupada was there speaking to me again. You understanding of this most precious transcendental knowledge is flawless!

    I look forward to your next email.
    JAI! ! !
    Andrew London

  114. Subir Das says:

    Hare Krishna Respected Madhudvisa dasa Swamiji,

    Thank you very much for your message dated 21st August, 22nd August & 24th August respectively. I have read Bhagavad-gita, totally surrendering myself to Lord Krishna. I am reading it again. I humbly submit if I shall be enlightened on the following points (based on your message dated 21st August & 22nd August. I will submit my humble queries on your message dated 24th August separately)

    (1) As per the Bhagavad-gita, Lord tells Arjuna that He originally spoke the Gita to the Sun god, Vivasvan, at the beginning of the creation, and that the knowledge was handed down through the saintly kings from generation to generation. But now that knowledge had become lost, so therefore Krishna again spoke that same original knowledge to Arjuna.

    I humbly inquire why was the knowledge lost? At that time the world / universe must have been inhabited by highly enlightened beings. Despite that why such wonderful knowledge about Gita was lost and Lord Krishna had to pass on the knowledge (in Drapar Yug) to the generations to come.

    (2) How much time Lord Krishna took to narrate / explain the entire Gita to Arjuna in the Kurukhetra war?

    (3) When Lord Krishna was explaining the Gita to Arjuna, did other warriors also listen to what Lord Krishna was saying?

    (4) How many soldiers / people were killed (totaling both sides) in the Kurukhetra war?

    (5) Why King Dhritarashtra was gifted to listen to Gita (through the mouth of Sanjaya) and why not others?

    With humility,

    Subir Das

    My introduction

    Age :- 60 years

    Profession :- Retired banker

    Residence :- New Delhi

    Other :- Regularly visiting ISKCON Temple at East of Kailash, New Delhi and chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra and attending other important lectures.

  115. Subir Das says:

    Respected Prabhuji,

    Thank you very much. I have received your subsequent message and I shall be waiting for your other mails eagerly.

    Hare Krishna

    Subir Das

  116. Atul Maken says:

    Respected madhudvisa-dasa ,
    First of all hare krsna to you .
    Kindly let me know who you are as a person as I am very eager about this .
    secondly i would like to tell you that I read Bhagvad Gita as it is daily as lot questions keep haunting me such as —
    1. who am I .
    2. why am I facing such desperateness in life .
    3. what is God and the Absolute truth .

    whatever I read in Bhagvad gita as it is seems to be the ultimate truth but to be honest I am facing some hesitation in absorbing it just like arjuna says that I cannot grasp it .
    kindly tell me how can i give away the anxities of life .

    thank you .
    Hare krsna .

    • Hare Krishna Atul

      Bhagavad-gita can only be understood by persons like Arjuna who are surrendered to Krishna, who are devotees of Krishna.

      So as well as reading Bhagavad Gita you need to be chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra [at least 16 rounds a day] and following the four regulative principles [no illicit sex life, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] Performing any of these sinful activities will block our understanding of Bhagavad Gita.

      Please keep reading the gita over and over again and keep chanting Hare Krishna and follow the four regulative principles and all your questions like “Who am I” “Why am I facing such desperateness in life” and “What is God and the Absolute Truth.” will be very easily answered.

      Spiritual life requires some tapasya, some austerity. We have to be prepared to give up some things that we would otherwise be doing.

      So please keep reading the gita and chanting Hare Krishna and you will get the result for sure.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  117. Atul Maken says:

    hello Guruji ,
    Hare krsna once again ,
    I couldnt stop my self from asking another question which just came to my mind .
    In Bhadvad -Gita Krsna says i am present within all and that we are all part and parcels of the supreme lord .
    Then to me it appears as if we as living entities donot have any independence at all .
    Then why in bhagvad gita written that we have little independence ??

    Regards ,
    Atul Maken .

    Age -26 .
    Loc – Ludhiana ( Punjab ) .

    • Hare Krishna Atul

      Just because Krishna is present within us does not mean we have no independence. It is described that within the heart there are two living entities, the soul, us, and the supersoul, Krishna. So Krishna is present within our hearts but He is there simply as an observer. It is us, the soul, who is performing the activities.

      Krishna is not forcing us to act. Our independence is, however, quite limited.

      We have performed so many activities in this life and in previous lives and there are karmic reactions for all these activities that we will be forced to experience. So basically, because of this karma, a lot of the experiences we go through in our lives are more-or-less predestined.

      However this Karma can be changed by chanting:

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

      So that is our independence. We can choose to either serve Krishna and change our karma or simply go through the life in the material world that we are predestined to go through because of our past karma.

      I think you can understand from this that for a materialist there is no real independence. His life is predestined because of his karma. The only independence we really have is to decide to serve Krishna, and then, as a result of serving Krishna, everything changes. That is our real independence. Surrendering to Krishna and becoming the servant of Krishna.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Your servant

      Madhudvisa dasa

  118. deepthi says:

    My sincere namaskar Prabhuji,

    Thank you very much. I have received your subsequent message and I shall be waiting for your other mails on spiritual journey

    Hare Krishna


  119. Rajesh Kumar says:

    Hare Krishna Maharaj


    Pleas accept my humble surrender to your lotus feet. After frisking my mind thoroughly and being through various experiences of my life, i felt inwardly that since i have chosen to fight the evil cults and be a humble servant of the dharma, i feel that i am not qualified to be a Brahmin… and functionally, i desire to be a Ksatriya. I need your valued acknowledgement if i genuinely deserve it. or whatsoever you advise.

    Ram Ram

    Humble servant

    Rajesh Kumar

    • Hare Krishna Rajesh

      Ultimately Krishna consciousness is transcendental to any bodily designation like brahmin, ksatriya, vaisya, sudra. Everyone can chant Hare Krishna.

      Not everyone has to become a brahmin. There are four divisions of men in society and they are all important. So Ksatriya is also very important. And if that is the type of body and mentality you find yourself in then it would be foolish to deny it and pretend to be like a brahmin.

      So it is fine, you can work in the mood of a ksatriya. Why not? But the point is ksatriya needs to work under the direction of a qualified brahmin.

      So to find a qualified brahmin these days is almost impossible. Fortunately we have full access to Srila Prabhuapda who is more than a qualified brahmin.

      So my suggestion to you is that you take shelter of Srila Prabhuapda and read his books and try to put his instructions into practice in your life.

      Instructions are the same for ksatriya. Please chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra daily, strictly follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication, and read all of Prabhuapda’s books….

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  120. Rajesh Kumar says:

    Hare Krshna Swamiji


    I chant the Hare Krshna Maha Mantra daily especially at 4.00am. Beside this I want to do more. Kindly guide me.

    Jai Shree Krshna

    Rajesh Kumar Ksatriya

    • Please make a program to systematically read all of Srila Prabhuapda’s books and put the instructions of Srila Prabhupada into practice in your life.

      You can get Srila Prabhuapda’s original books at or read them online at

      Srila Prabhupada will guide you in every aspect, if you are prepared to spend the time to read his books and listen to him.

  121. John Brisson says:

    Hari Krsna

    Dear Madhudvisa dasa,

    I would like to know if “ISKCON” and the other publishers have rectify the changes made in the books written by master A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapda.

    Thank you very much.

    John Brisson from Qc, Canada.

    • ISKCON have not rectified. They are still changing Prabhuapda’s books more and more with every reprint.

      However the original Prabhuapda books are available at and are being published by Krishna Books Inc.

      • Matie says:

        Hare Krsna,

        Swami Srila Prabhupada ki jai. I have two questions and they are as follows:

        (1) Why are “they” changing Swami Srila Prabhupada’s books? and (2) Are these books being changed so that they can accomodate the more “softer/simpler” western mantality?

        And if that is the case, then what is the purpose of still calling the Srimad Bhagavat Gita, the essence of the Vedic cultrue? Shouldn’t we all just stick to the western religious philosophy?

        Sorry, that is more than two questions….your response is greatly appreciated.

        At the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha Govinda.

        Jai Sri Krsna

        • Hare Krishna Matie

          I have a website dedicated to this question “Why are they changing Srila Prabhupada’s Books?”, that is

          Please go to this website and read what is there and post some questions and comments on the articles there and I will attempt to answer your questions on this most important issue at

          Madhudvisa dasa

  122. AMAN says:

    hare krishan

    swami ji thank you for your letter . and i have sent another question to you hope i’ll get answer soon.

    jai bharat jai hindu

  123. Matie says:

    Hare Krsna,
    i have the translated copy of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapda’s Bhagavad Gita. I now started reading it seriously and is thoroughly enjoying the experiences, in addition to going to both The Bhakti Center and the ISKCON mandir in Brookly, NY weekly. It is one of the best and most enjoyable experiences I am enjoying.

    Prabhu, thank you fro emailing me. I look forward to conversing with you on a regular basis in relation to the Bhagavad Gita’s katha.

    Jai Sri Krsna

  124. Jayakody says:

    1. Why did Lord Krishna choose the battle ground to reveal the Gita?
    2. How could it be possible to communicate with Arjuna when Arjuna is preoccupied with the preparations for the war?
    3. Did the war actually take place?

    • Hare Krishna Jayakody

      You will have to ask Krishna why He choose to speak the Bhagavad-gita on a battlefield.
      When Krishna was speaking to Arjuna he was not preparing to fight. Arjuna had decided to leave the battlefield. Krishna was speaking Bhagavad Gita to him to encourage him to fight.
      Yes, the Battle of Kuruksetra took place. You can still go there today to Kuruksettra, the battlefield is still there. It was a real battle.

  125. Pramod Sharma says:

    Hare Krishna,
    I am so greatful to HC Madhudvisa Dasa Ji that His Grace sent me such a divine knowledge. I will be greatful and I will try my best to commit and progress in the way thatHC Madhudvisa Dasa Ji suggested.
    thanking you,

    Hare Krishna.

  126. Ramesh Chowdary says:

    Dear guruji,
    Hare Krishna,
    I am in a situation to start reading “Bhagavath Gita As It Is”, and so I hope I can achieve this by following your suggestions being sent in the news letters.
    Thank You very Much.
    Ramesh Chowdary

  127. Brian says:

    Hare Krishna
    Just a short note of thanks for your prompt response.I have many questions,however none for this moment.
    Hare Krishna

  128. charles says:

    Im new to the hare krisner and I need to know how I can get involved and learn more I live in Casa Grande Arizona USA

    Thank You


  129. indu says:

    Dear Madhudvisa dasa
    please accept my obeisances
    all glories to srila prabhupada

    i am sorry for making this kind of out of order cause i could not find where you have said what i want to comment at, but you said somewhere in this page that devotees worship Radha and Krishna and we do not have to worship demigods at all, but if we do not have to worship demigods why do we worship Shiva? and don’t Vaishnavas celebrate Navaratri as well?i have many other thoughts reading your countless letters and responses to all who adress you, and if you are interested i will share these thoughts with you.please mail me as well as i can have private discussions with you as i had earlier.

    servant of the devotees

    Indu pati das.

    • Hare Krishna Indu

      No, Vaisnavas do not worship demigods. That is Krishna’s personal example. Nanda Maharaja and the residents of Vrindavan were accustomed for example to offer an annual sacrifice to Indra. As they were village people they depended on Indra for the rains and for the success of their crops. But when they were preparing to offer the Indra Yajna Krishna stopped them and recommend them to worship Govardhan Hill instead as Govardhan Hill is a form of Krishna.

      No, Vaisnavas do not worship Lord Shiva. Not in the way he is worshiped by the general followers of Shiva anyhow. The Vaisnavas respect all the demigods. It is not that they do not offer respect. If there is a temple of Lord Shiva they will offer respect and prayers. But their prayers are different from the prayers of the general Shiva worshipers. The followers of Shiva accept Shiva as the supreme lord and worship him like that, the Vaisnavas offer respect to Lord Shiva and all the other demigods according to their relationship with Krishna.

      If you read the verses of the Brahma Samhita you will see so many examples of Vaisnava prayers to the different demigods. You will see that in those prayers Lord Brahma is offering his respects to the other demigods, but he is not worshiping them as the supreme lord, he is worshiping them in their relationship with Krishna.

      So the short-cut is Vaisnavas worship Krishna and His Visnu-tattva expansions. They offer respect to the demigods, but do not worship them as being the supreme lord. That is a great mistake and people who do this are condemned by Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita as fools with no intelligence.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy

      Madhudvisa dasa

  130. rashmi says:

    in the morning i read on the website that prabhupadas original writings are changed.before he has told not to do this,why is it happening

    • It is happening because the leaders in ISKCON are thinking they are more intelligent than Prabhuapda and they have no feeling to follow Prabhuapda’s instructions at all. This same rejection of the clear instructions of Prabhupada can be found in so many areas in ISKCON. Basically they have made Srila Prabhuapda into a “figurehead” but they do not care to follow his instructions. So they have disconnected themselves from the disciplic succession and the pure message of Krishna consciousness is not flowing through them anymore.

  131. VENKAT RAGHAVAN says:

    Dear Prabhuji,

    Hari Bol.

    I wish to start reading the Bhagavad Gita and kindly tell me the procedure to read this holy book.

    Hare Krishna

    • Hare Krishna Venkat

      To get the most benefit from reading Bhagavad-gita As It Is you need to have a little faith that what Krishna is saying there is correct and accept it in that spirit. It is a practical book. So to get the benefit you need to put the teachings of Lord Krishna into practice in your life.

      But reading it is quite simple. You just start reading at the beginning and keep reading until you get to the end. Then you can start reading it again. You will be amazed at how fresh it seems and how much new inspiration you get the second time you read it. You can actually read the Bhagavad-gita unlimited times. And every time you read it you will find new and fresh inspiration.

      I find it helps to read aloud. Spriitual knowledge is actual understood through the ears, by hearing. Not in the mind. So if you can read aloud that is very good…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  132. Dhananjay says:

    Hare Krishna,
    All glories to Srila Prabhupad.I am Dhananjay Pandit writing from Nairobi Kenya. I would like you to answer some questions.I have been chanting since I was born but recently, my chanting has become very bad since last year I cannot chant many rounds due to many reasons from 8 rounds a day I have dropped to 1 round daily and some days I don’t even do my rounds.
    The reason is that I am a little asthmatic and I have a problems in breathing. I find the Maha mantra too long and it takes me a whole half hour to chant one round it takes me half an hour to finish one round and I can not even concentrate for such a long time and my mind starts to scatter everywhere.I can’t chant many rounds and I’m discouraged by chanting since it takes such a long time for me to finish a round and whenever I tell myself to chant I always do other things since I become discouraged by the thought that my chanting is poor and it takes a very long time for me to chant.Please tell me what to do?
    Hare Krsna.

    • Hare Krishna Dhananjay Prabhu

      The answer of course is to chant Hare Krishna. This is called the Sankirtan Yajna. Yajna means austerity. So sometimes it is very difficult to chant Hare Krishna. But we have to have the faith that chanting Hare Krishna is the solution to all the problems in our lives. Even you health problems will be cured or minimized by chanting Hare Krishna, if you persist and chant Hare Krishna despite all difficulties.

      There is no other way. Only the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. If you are determined to chant 16 rounds every day and do it then today it may take you 1/2 hour to chant a round. Still that means you can chant 16 rounds in eight hours. So do it. And if you keep on doing it then in a very short time you will be chanting your 16 rounds in 2 or three hours.

      We have to be prepared to spend the time to chant the Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds a day otherwise there is no hope of Krishna consciousness. We are simply fooling ourselves.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  133. David says:

    I had read the Bhagavad gita and listen to a audio recording. I have been focused on Chapter 11. The Universal Form. Chapter 9 is also my favorite. Verse 29. True friendship? True Love? I wonder why this has come to me now. I am old. Read the Bhagavad gita as a teenager. Danced on Venice Beach in California with the giant carts in the 60’s. About 2 months ago I was listening to the Bhagavad gita and something touched me deep inside my heart and so it has been on my mind. But why now?

  134. Mahesh says:

    Hare Krishna Sir,
    I would be very greatful to you if your could please explain me this sentence from the newsletter, ” One should not think that he is equal to Krishna, nor should he think that Krishna is an ordinary personality or even a very great personality.”
    Thank you

  135. Subala dasa says:

    Dear Madhudvisa das.Please accept my humblest obeicanses.

    Thanks for your letter .It WAS INDEED INSPIRING TO HEAR THE NECTAR OF KRISHNA KATHA wich allways becomes sweeter and sweeter the more a devotee present it.

    At this point Im feel little short of time but I indeed have a question of quriosity.
    Is it possibel that you where the Gbc representativ over BENELUX area during the time about 1997 and you also have some italian connection by last reincarnation place of birth or your tempel of first surrender in this life time?

    Regarding Bhagavad-Gita I have taking part in many classes since 1979 and also try to read it many times on travelling sankirtana etc.I have also tryed to to read thrue MahaBharat but since it always eternal expanding nectar I dont think I ever can say Ihave read them properly.

    I dont know exactly why ,but basicly before I took more pleasure in reading SrimadBhagavatams diffrent stories and relishing there the diffrent devotees way of dealing with Krishnas tests etc.


    Yours aspiring dasa Subala dasa

    • Hare Krishna Subal Prabhu

      Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

      No, I have never been a GBC representative or anything like that. I am not the original Madhudvisa, I joined ISKCON in 1986.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Your servant

      Madhudvisa dasa

  136. karthik says:

    is mahabharatam a story or actually happened?

    • Mahabharata means the “History of Greater Bharata,” or greater India. It actually means the history of the world. So that is what it is, the history of the world. It actually happened. It is history…

  137. Yanushka says:

    I have read much speculation from different religions as to how the world will end.What is our Hindu belief about the Mayan Cataclysm 2012 and polar shift ?
    I am from South Africa and it shocks me to see people from around the globe looking for havens of safety in our country.Apparently Africa wou;d be least affected.Do I really have reason to build an underground bunker ! In South Africa ,the thieves will reach my hidden food supply long before the earth stops spinning ! Please help!!What does Our Lord Krishna say ?

  138. Lata Prajapati says:

    hare krishna

    After reading your mail i am feeling very happy. i want to add spritual values in my life and for this i am seeking your good guidance. i want to know the essence of shri bhagwad geeta. i want to know more about shri krishna life. there are many questions in my mind regarding life , its purpose and the people who comes in your life and walks out suddenly without saying. i want to learn the principle of tolerance..please help me.

    thank you
    Lata prajapati

  139. Vinay says:

    Hare Krishna !!!

    Respected Prabhuji,

    Please accept my humble obeisances.
    All Glories to Srila Prabhupada !

    Thank You very much for the lovely introductory mail on the essence of the Bhagavad Gita. It really makes for an interesting reading. I am sure the next few instalments would be inspiring and I am earnestly looking forward to it. Due to professional commitments, I may not find time to post comments on a regular basis. But surely, i look forward to your regular mails.

    Hari Hari Bol
    your servant

  140. Raghuraman says:

    Hare Krsna

    I have read your mail.Felt very wonderful reading the message

    Iam reading Bhagavad Gita as It is daily for the past 10-11 months now.It is very good and I finding great inspiration in it daily.I brought the book on January 1 2009 outside one of the Balaji Temple in Chennai(Mugappair) being sold by a ISCKON Member.Please advise where do I get a hardbound edition of Srimad Bhagavatham in Chennai, apart from ISCKON Temple at Injambakkam.

  141. Jaina says:

    You’ve explained that one can understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead by performing devotional service, please elaborate.

    • Please read Srila Prabhupada’s books. Performing devotional service is a great art and one has to be prepared to spend the time to learn it.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

    • Ishan das says:

      Hare Krishna, Jaina,

      I see your sincere question that you have put to Madhudvisa Prabhu. Actually his answer to you is perfect. You can just imagine how busy he must be, answering everyone’s questions. And that is just one aspect of the wonderful service that he is doing for all of us.

      I have some time and it is good for me to place my mind in these subject matters, so I will try to be of some assistance to you.

      Krishna is God, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the souce from which everything comes. Everything is in Krishna. And Krishna is in everything. And still Krishna is apart, aloof, always having loving exchanges with His devotees, in the spiritual world. These are the conclusions of all the Vedic Literatures. And we can back up such assertions with hundreds of quotes from the Vedas. Any idea or concept about God that is not based on shastra, on Veda, is useless. People will say so many things, but if their speaking is not based on Veda, then they are rascals, and their association should be avoided.

      So first and foremost, Krishna is a person. You are a person. I am a person. We are persons because God is a person. Our very existence is like the heat and light of the sun. The heat and light of the sun is also sun, energy of the sun. In the same way we are the energy of Krishna. As the heat and light of the sun is also sun, similarly we are also Krishna. But we are not the source. Krishna is the source. And although we are qualitatively one with our source, with Krishna, we are infinitely minute, and Krishna is infinitely great. And His greatness is inconceivable to our tiny minds.

      So we cannot have any attributes that are not already there in Krishna. We have personality, individuality, because these attributes exist in the Supreme Source, In Krishna. Veda defines the Absolute Truth as the Supreme Source from which everything is emanating. So if we have these attributes, then the Supreme source must also have personality, must also have form. Without understanding these basic metaphysical truths, there is no question of rendering devotional service.

      Service, we can understand. In this world, everyone is rendering service. Every business, every institution. Even the heads of state are asking for our votes by promising that they will serve our needs.

      Then there is the question of purity in our service. Are we serving out of love? Are are we wanting something in return? When we want something in return, then the service is not pure. The service is motivated by the desire for some personal gain. Actually, it is business. I will do this for you if you will do this for me. And if my needs or your needs are not being met, then there is divorce.

      This brings us to the second word, “devotion.” Devotion, in the highest sense, means that the service is not done out of any self-centered motivation. The service is unmotivated. It is done out of love. This is pure devotion.

      So devotional service means that we are doing service out of love. It means that our only desire is the happiness of the one that we are serving. In this world, the closest example of such service is in a mother’s love for her child. A mother will even be prepared to give up her own life for the wealfare of her child.

      But the point is that we have to understand that the real object of our devotion should be God, should be Krishna. Of course, Krishna does not require our service, our love. Still, tiny as we may be, our devotional service to Krishna, our love for Krishna, actually gives Krishna pleasure.

      What can we do for Krishna? Krishna is so powerful, so great. There is nothing that He needs. Everything that exists is His creation. And that creation is effortless. So what can we do for Krishna? What can we do for the Supreme Person Who is perfect and complete? Complete in every way.

      As you have already guessed, the only value of our service to Krishna, is in the love with which that service is performed. Because we have that freedom of choice, that is the one thing that we possess that we can give to Krishna, of our own volition. He gives us this freedom of choice. Otherwise it would not be love.

      There is something else that we have to understand, something that is not obvious until it is presented to us, for our consideration. We have an invisable connection with Krishna, a connection that can never be severed. It can be forgotten, but it cannot be severed. To help us to understand that connection, the Vedas provide us with a metaphore. That metaphore is – a tree. The tree, and all the leaves on the tree. All the leaves on the tree are thirsting. Thirsting for water. Imagine, if in their ignorance, most of the leaves tried to water themselves directly. Of course they would remain thirsty. Then imagine that if among all those thousands of leaves, there is the odd leaf that is good-hearted, that is neighborly. He thinks to put himself second and he makes himself busy, watering the other leaves. Still, the desired result is not achieved. However, if there is one really intelligent leaf, he does the service of pouring water on the root of the tree. And in this way, all the leaves are satisfied, including the leaf that is performing the service.

      So, just like the leaves have this relationship with the tree, similarly we have this relationship with God, with Krishna. We have this connection with Krishna. The meaning of the word “yoga” means to link up. That connection is there. But we have forgotten. We do not sense it. We look everywhere for our satisfaction, fulfillment. But we remain always incomplete. Self-realization means, to rekindle this sense of our loving relationship with Krishna. And by directing our love towards Krishna, we automatically become satisfied. Not only are we satisfied, but all other beings become more satisfied, just as in the example of the leaves on the tree. Therefore the highest wealfare work is to re-awaken our forgotten realtionship of directing our love towards Krishna. One who is situated in pure devotional service to Krishna, becomes so happy, that everyone is attracted to him. And in this way they also learn from him, or her, how to re-kindle their propensity to direct their love for Krishna.

      Srila Rupa Goswami, after researching all of the Vedas, has written conclusively, that pure devotional service to Krishna is so powerful that although Krishna is ajita, unconquerable, he becomes jita, conquered by pure devotional service. And in the Bhagavad-gita Krishna states that the only way to come to know Krishna, the only way, is through the performance of pure devotional service. In another verse in Bhagavad-gita, Krishna explains that He is within the hearts of all living beings and that from within their hearts He provides them with rememberance, forgetfulness and knowledge. In other words, when we learn from the right source, the pure devotee, like Srila Prabhupada, how to perform pure devotional service, gradually Krishna will reveal everything to us, about Himself, from within our hearts.

      The subject matter, as to what comprises pure devtional service, is extremely extensive, and a great science. Great realized souls within the history of our lineage have written volumes of literature on the subject, after extensively researching the Vedic literatures. This has been done for our benefit, and these books are available to us today.

      In the beginning, the essence of pure devotional service is hearing and chanting, sravanam and kirtanam. Hearing and chanting about Krishna. Idealy, one begins to hear and chant about Krishna after hearing from realized pure devotees of Krishna. Srila Prabhupada can be heard on a great collection of CD’s and DVD’s, that the Hare Krishna devotees have made available to the whole world. And there is no difference between reading Bhagavad-gita As It Is, by Srila Prabhupada, and hearing directly from Srila Prabhupada.

      By chanting the Maha Mantra, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, as a regular daily function, we are simultaneously engaged in the process of hearing and chanting about Krishna. Anyone can do this. There is no charge. It is open to everyone. This chanting and hearing is pure devotional service. The more we chant the names of krishna, and the more we read authorized books about Krishna, the more we will cultivate our love for Krishna. Srila Prabhupada used to say that the process is simple and sublime.

      Thank you for your wonderful question. You are helping me to remember Krishna. I hope that my attempt is helpful to you.

      Hare Krishna!

      Ishan das

  142. Meenakshi says:

    Thank you for the first installment.
    Sincerely awaiting the next once

  143. I would like to know, why living in an christian world, when they have no actual eveidance of thier religion doctrin. My question is why they get some much attention. My second question is why the only time a christian had a real movement it was during the civil rights movement. During that time of Martin Luther King, he himself realize that he could not carry the christian faith to restor civial rights and he himself followed the teachings of krishna consious, bc he followed the principles of Ghandi. I love jesuse christ but i have a hatred towards his followers, bc they show no action, and all they do is talk and make cover up moves to keep the irs of their back or to keep the community happy why they continue to take their monies and build bib churches, so i know my question is all over the place, but im in a rage, bc i want to be a devotee with action, but im not surrounded by the right people, im only surrounded by christians who are satify in thier walks and judgements on this beauitful life.

    • Ishan das says:

      Hare Krishna, Curtis Speller,

      My Name is Ishan das, and I am a disciple of His divine Grace, A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami, Prabhupada. Please allow me to address your questions according to the understanding that we have received from Srila Prabhupada.

      Srila Prabhupada is actually Lord Sri Krishna’s bonafide representative on this earth. As this is a great subject matter, in and of itself, I beg to encourage you to acquire a copy of Srila Prabhupada’s “Bhagavad-gita As It Is”. Simply by reading this specific edition of Bhagavad-gita, you will surely become convinced that the only way to live a life that is pleasing to our Lord Sri Krishna, is to receive His message through Srila Prabhupada.

      Let me address your first question, as to why such a watered-down version of Christianity receives so much attention from the world, in this day and age.

      Srila Prabhupada has explained that when a store is selling junk jewelry, we find that there will be many customers. But, that when a real jewelry shop is selling real diamonds, they will not receive very many customers. The reason, of course is obvious. Real diamonds cost hundreds or thousands of times as much as junk jewelry. So if we want the real genuine thing, the price is always going to be higher. The same thing, you see, is true in the market-place of spiritual pursuit. If we really want to become a devotee of Krishna, we first have to understand clearly, from Krishna’s bonafide representative, what it is that will actually be pleasing to Krishna. We cannot whimsically concoct that I will please Krishna according to what I think will be pleasing to Krishna. We have to understand what Krishna wants.

      If you look in the Bible, you will see that one of the disciple’s of Jesus was more concerned about feeding the poor people, than about the activities of honoring Krishna’s pure devotee. So the response of Jesus to this disciple was that in this world we will always have poor people, but that to have the opportunity to serve a pure devotee of Krishna is a very, very rare thing. Actually there is one verse in the Srimad Bhagawatam that clearly states that by regularly hearing the glories of the Supreme Lord from the Bhagawatam, and by rendering service to Lord Krishna’s pure devotee, all inauspicious things within our our hearts, will be eliminiated. Then, the Bhagawatam instructs, the real spirit and understanding of devotion to God will become established in our hearts, as an irrevocable fact.

      The idea is that our hearts must first become purified before we can understand what will be pleasing to God.

      This brings us to your next contention, that Martin Luther King Jr. had to adopt the principles of Krishna Conciousness, as demonstrated by
      Ghandi, by taking up the method of non-violence, in order to push on the cause of civil rights for Afro-Americans in the United States. This whole context of thinking, that you are putting forward, can be likened to a large platter of spaghetti (without the meat-balls of course, because devotees of Krishna are forbidden to eat the flesh of animals.) In this platter that you are putting forward, there are a variety of uninformed ideas, which are interwoven (like noodles), so that the dish that you want to serve would be unpalatable to the bonafide devotees of Lord Sri Krishna.

      In other words, you are concocting a recipe for serving to Lord Krishna, but you are not well-informed as to what is most pleasing to Krishna. So let us rectify your ideas one by one. Then we can re-write your recipe, for the benefit of all living entities, and the pleasure of Lord Krishna.

      The first noodle that is off the chart, is the idea that we can make this world a better place. Krishna explains, in Bhagavad Gita, that in this material manifestation, all the planets, from the highest to the lowest, are actually places of misery, where repeated birth and death take place. As long as we are in this material world, the most unfortunate inconveniences of birth, old age, disease and death – these cannot be removed. No one here wants these things, and civil rights will not remove these most painful problems. Our real legitimate “right” is to be able to live eternally, in the spiritual world, where these anomalies are completely absent. As spirit souls, we are eternal, full, of knowledge and full of bliss, by nature. But here in this realm, our existence is subject to these unfortunate conditions. No one wants disease. No one wants old age. No one wants death. Consider this: Life in this material world is like living in a prison. A prison is supposed to be uncomfortable. A prison is meant for our reformation. It is true that sometimes prisoners have demonstrations, violent, or non-violent. Their objective is to improve the quality of life, for the term of their imprisonment. But the real solution is one and simple. Don’t waste time and energy trying to improve prison life. Rather, apply all intelligence, all strength, for qualifying ourselves, for one thing. Getting out! That is the message of Bhagavad-gita. That is Krishna’s message to us, who are imprisoned in this world of birth and death.

      So Ghandi, was not a servant of Krishna, in the true sense. He was trying to improve the prison-like existence of Indians, trying to improve their so-called civil rights. What is the use of such civil rights, when death is always hovering over our sholder? Now Indians have these civil rights. The British influence is no longer there. But there are riots. There are wars.There is birth , old age, disease and death. So Ghandi wasted not only his time, but the time of those who followed his movement. Where is Ghandi today? Where is Martin Luther King today? And what is the benefit of such a temporary, miserable existence, with these so-called civil rights? One must avoid this myopic point of view! We have to hold a much broader perspective. We must understand what is our eternal benefit. Again, Krishna explains in Bhagavad-gita that one who holds this broader perspective and works towards this end, 24 hours a day – he is the real “mahatma”. According to Krishna’s definition, Ghandi was not a mahatma! He was a misguided materialistic person, who thought, mistakenly, that he was an Indian. He was not offering a doorway out of this world of misery. He was pushing for improving the prison-like world of material existence, where no one solves the problems of birth and death.

      The causes of nationalism and racism are materialistic pursuits at best. Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita that we are not these material bodies. We are inside them, flapping for a short time, and we do not know what we will be in our next body. Maybe dog. Maybe hog. Maybe white, black, American, Indian, male , female. These designations are temporal, material. To aspire to enhance these dreamlike concepts – is like trying to chase a mirage of water in the desert.

      My dear friend, Curtis. These subject matters are so glorious, and all we can do is to briefly touch upon them in the space provided. I think that you have truly expressed matters correctly in your letter wherein you have written, “….i want to be a devotee with action, but im not surrounded by the right people…”

      Real action is action in Krishna Conciousness. And action in Krishna Consciousness is the subject matter of Bhagavad-gita As it Is. Therefore I urge you to purchase one of these volumes from this web site. And read it in the association of devotees, who are students of His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. And stay in touch with this web site and put your questions here for actual guidance.

      In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna describes the activities of His real devotees. He says that they are always engaged in chanting His glories. “Satatam kirtanyanto mam…” And this chanting of Krishna’s glories, is the real way to awaken our love for Krishna. And Krishna says that no one can come to know Him except that He reveals Himself to those who really love Him. “Bhaktya mam abhijanati..”. So we can begin this process from any position, simply by chanting the Maha Mantra: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. That is the real action to be taken by all of us. That is the only way to be civil. And that is the way to be right. Thank you for letting me spend some time with you. You are a very good person, and Krishna has His eye on you.

      Your friend in Krishna Consciousness,

      Ishan das

  144. Murugesh says:

    I have joined VOICE (a spiritual club,by ISKON Pune) in our college,Bangalore.
    They were telling that Lord Krishna is the main and Vishnu is his incarnation…
    which is totally opposite to what i’ve been listening since my childhood days
    i want to know who is who…..and who is supreme?

    • Dear Murugesh

      Yes. In India for many, many years the prominent Gurus have preached that Visnu is the source of everything and that Krishna comes from Visnu.

      However this is wrong.

      There are so many incorrect and misunderstood ideas in what is today considered “Hinduism.”

      If you want to understand the correct things please study Srila Prabhuapda’s books.

      Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the cause of all causes…

      Krishna is the origin of the Visnu-tattva. So Visnu comes from Krishna. Krishna does not come from Visnu.

      Ultimately you have to accept this knowledge from someone who knows it. You can not understand it by your own strength of logic and mental speculation. So please study Srila Prabhupada’s books and you will find all your answers there to your full satisfaction.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  145. richa says:

    respected sir ,
    i would like to know how can a person practice gaudiya vaishnav parampara residing in the grahasth ashram itself or he needs to leave everything for the attainment of shri krishna.

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      One can practice Krishna Consciousness in household life. There is no need to leave everything for the attainment of Sri Krishna.

      There are so many examples of great devotees who were householders with wife and family. You can follow their example.

      As a family member you can engage also the other members of your family in Krishna consciousness and together you can worship Krishna.

      If you install the Deity of Krishna in your house the whole family can be engaged in serving the Deity. In the morning the family can come together and offer the aroti to the Deity and chant auspicious prayers and the Hare Krishna mantra. In the morning you can read something from the Srimad-Bhagavatam and the family members can hear it and you can have some kirtan.

      Similarly in the evening, instead of television, in your family you can read something from Bhagavad-gita and have some more Hare Krishna kirtan.

      In this way the whole family life can be transformed into Krishna consciousness.

      Lord Caitanya particularly advised his householder devotees not to leave home and follow Him. Rather He advised that they stay where they are and become devotees of Krishna and in this way become the guru in that place.

      So certainly it is not necessary for you to leave your family to become Krishna conscious.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  146. Nic says:

    Hare Krishna! Great newsletter! I study the Gita every day… Maybe the importance why it was revealed to Arjuna is better understandable, if one takes in consideration the Mahabharata… Maybe you want to shed some light on more info for people that didn’t read the whole story? Thanks. Love and light!

  147. adithi says:

    hare krishna!
    dear prabhu,
    thank you for sending the merciful newsletter. i want to know why i become overpowered with emotions like sadness although i think of the lord during times of distress.i am in touch with iskcon since 9yrs and i have received initiation as per shri sampradaya.i have read in the Bhagavatam that when planets like Shani shine more it is considered inauspicious(during the birth of demons hiranyaksha and hiranyakashipu).In my hororscope,i am supposed to be having influence of shani.Does it matter when we have surrendered to Narayana?

    -Adithi Raghavan
    Hare Krishna

  148. Since this saturday is Geeta Jayanti i need some more information or basically a brreif description about Cahpter 18 Verse 65 of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita. If you can help me with it ASAP it would be amazing Thanks Jai Shri Krishna

    Thanks and Regards

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  150. Sushant Banerjee says:

    Hare Krishna

    Can you let me know the site where I can download the entire version of Bhagavad Gita in mp3 or podcast format.

  151. Wahab says:

    Thank you for your teaching and instructions on Bhagavad Gita. I have attended some temple teaching periods in my country, Nigeria. I love to read ISKCON publications and I love the philosophy: simple living and high thinking. It is great and I will continue to treasure your continued teachings. However, the last time I visited the temple in Nigeria I was told ISKCON has moved from Mafoluku in Nigeria and the person who told me this did not know their new location. Could you please oblige me this?
    Hare Krishna.

  152. bharat says:

    Hare krishna,

    Thank u very much prabhuji, im glad to see this mail about GITA. u r helping me through ur mails. please keep sending more mails and enlighten me.i have picked up the essence how submisve one should be to understand the word of GOD

    humble servent of servent of KRISHNA

  153. omsita33 says:

    i hope im doing this right… new to this site. i would like to thank Madhudvisa dasa for the nectar that he sent to me, i have alot of questions to ask, please show me mercy, i am just a neophite devotee in search of the truth.

  154. omsita33 says:

    HARE KRISHNA. all glories to Madhudvisa dasa, who,s knowledge is like an ocean of nectar.

  155. omsita33 says:

    dearest Madhudvisa please kindly explain to me how to develope a taste for chanting. i love to read the Bhagavatam and the Bhagavad-geeta, unfortunatly the chanting seems to be a struggle for me.

    • It is a very good question, how to develop a taste for chanting Hare Krishna. It is only possible by the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. There is no mechanical process to develop love of God. It is possible to chant the Hare Krishna mantra for many lifetimes and still not get any attraction to it or love for Krishna. That love for Krishna is available by the mercy of Krishna’s pure devotees only. So you need to please Srila Prabhuapda and when Srila Prabhuapda is pleased with you you will develop an attachment to the chanting.

      The actual answer is the same old answer I am always giving. Prabhupada’s primary instructions to his followers are: Follow the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication], and chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily without fail. If you do this it will please Srila Prabhuapda and you will gradually get a taste for the chanting.

      In the beginning we have no taste for chanting Hare Krishna. The example Srila Prabhuapda gives is of the man with the disease jaundice. This disease effects a man’s ability to taste sweet things. So if you offer a man with jaundice some sweet sugar-cane juice for example, he will not like to drink it, becaues to him in his diseased condition, it tastes very bitter. But the sugar cane just is not actually bitter, it is very sweet. The diseased man is tasting it as bitter because of his disease, but it is actually sweet. However the cure for jaundice is taking sweet things like the sugar cane juice. So if this man wants to be cured he has to drink the suger cane juice, even though he does not like to because it tastes bitter to him.

      It is just like that with chanting Hare Krishna in the beginning. The Hare Krishna mantra is very sweet. but because of our materially diseased condition it appears to be very bitter to us. But this chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is the cure for the material disease. So if we want to be cured we have to chant Hare Krishna, even though it seems to be bitter to us.

      So the answer to your question is to strictly follow the regulative principles [no illicit sex life, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra daily. And of course keep reading Srila Prabhupada’s books.

      We have to be patient and dedicated and continue chanting Hare Krishna even if we do not feel any attachment for it. If you do strictly follow the regulative principles and keep chanting Hare Krishna your attraction to the holy name will increase and increase…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudivsa dasa

  156. Jaymohan Nair says:

    Hare Krishna

    When i was a kid, i never used to understand what THE LOVE OF GOD really means. I read the bible to understand the same . That was the time i understood the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ which was based on Hope, Love and Faith. I felt really happy that I was feeling that i was close to god. But everytime i closed my eyes to pray to Lord Jesus Christ Lord Krishna’s picture used to come in front.

    • Jaymohan Nair says:

      I have become a strong devotee of of Lord Jesus Christ and Lord Krishna . I can never explain how my lords have changed my life .Kindly help me to know how can i make people aware that God is one. Why do people Fight in the name of Religion ?

      • Hare Krishna.

        Yes. People fight in the name of religion. But this is not religion. It is politics. Evil men take over religions and use them for their own personal reasons. So the fighting going on between different religions is not about developing love of God. It is about material domination.

        It is a pity. Whenever there is a spiritual group it attracts demonic people who want to exploit the group for their own ends. They pose as devotees or followers and make their way up the ranks and ultimately take over the organizations. And fight.

        Real religion is very rare. Almost everything we see in this world going on under the name of religion is nothing more than power politics.

        Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

        Madhudvisa dasa

  157. Suresh says:

    Dear Guruji,

    Thanks for the letter.

    MY question is, there are so many characters in Mahabharatha, I heard all these characters represent one quality. Kindly write the qualities they represent.

    Some thinkers beleive that the Gita present today has so many addtions from the original? what to do with such people and ideas?

    Pl guide me

  158. Tiffany says:

    Happy Day!
    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare!!
    Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare!!!

    I was blessed to find the Bhagavad gita As IT IS in a thrift shop locally and IT speaks to me with Love,Peace,Joy,Abundance & Smiles 2 Share 😉 😉 😉

    With many gracious thank you’s!

  159. Hemchandra says:

    Adarniya Guruji,


    I am Hemchandra, I want to know that though it is said in hindu scripture that eating flesh, eggs and drinking wines is a sin, why the brahmins living in coastal areas eat the fish. And does’nt this rule is equally holds good for religions which permits to eat flesh, and drink wines.?

  160. Poornima Kumari says:

    Dearest Guru ji…

    I had lots of misunderstandings about Lord Krishna & Bhagwad Gita, majorly due to the doubts sowed in my mind by atheists. But I got “Bhagwad Gita As It Is” by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapda oneday as a gift from a convention of tourism I attended & due to a reason I couldn’t define I was impressed with the book at the very first sight. I started reading it carefully & like dark clouds flying away unveiling the moon, I began to see the absolute thruth of Dharma as my doubts were fading out. I saw all the miracles in this world, in Srimad Bghagwad Gita. I felt that this was the spiritual realisation I had been missing since my birth & my joy was exactly like that of an orphan child who found one’s parents after searching for a lifetime. Lord has been with me always as my supreme father, ultimate teacher & has never left me alone in this dark vicious world. But it took time for me to realize that. Today I live a happy peaceful life even in the midst of all the obstacles of life as I’m so strong & stable with the presence of Lord in my heart & soul. I wish all my brothers & sisters may reach this with the divine blessings of the supreme personality of Godhead.

    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

  161. ARUN says:

    Hare Krishna,

    Thank you for sending me the holy mail of Bhagwad Geeta. Will you please tell me the gist of Bhagwad Geeta in some sentences only in a simple way.How a person has to live in modern world to reach his ultimate goal i.e. to love Shri Krishna.

  162. sandeep says:

    Dear Teacher,

    Sometimes i keep thinking about my personality.I tend to detach myself from things and people easily.I am like any other normal person but like to stay quiet and talk less.I like living alone secluded.Like the gita preaches,i don’t wish for fortune success and fame but to enter the kingdom of Krishna. To the material world that may not seem normal,but spiritually i this way because of who i may have been in my past life…is god preparing me for something.I sometimes think i may be gifted spiritually so i can progress in the process of self realization and attaining liberation.
    Sometimes i enquire, why do i suffer?
    The one question that i seek an answer for and which holds the key to everything is..what is devotional service of krishna?(practically speaking)

  163. Venkat says:

    Hare Krishna guruji,
    I went through your first newsletter yesterday…Found it really absorbing…I would love to discuss a lot of things you later on when I start reading Bhagvad Gita..For now I have this small problem…The newsletter that I got today is same as the one that I got yesterday…May there was some error..I just wanted to bring this to your..

    Thank you.
    Best wishes,

  164. Kashish says:


    HARE KRISHNA Prabhu Madhudvisa dasaji,
    Deeply THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful letter of knowledge i started receiving from today onwards.
    Will be eagerly waiting to learn and hear more about OUR SHREE RADHEKRISHNA and thus gather knowledge which will help me serve HIS LOTUS FEET and get closer to HIM.
    Iv been completely in luv with RADHEKRISHNA ever since childhood and so started reading books to know more about HIM and SHRIMATI RADHARANI.
    Had been hearing tht its very important to have a GURU-A TRUE DEVOTEE OF KRISHNA & A BONAFIDE SPIRITUAL MASTER who would help U and show U the path to get back to our real HOME to our TRUE FATHER-SHREE KRISHNA.So had started accepting SHREE RADHEKRISHNA as my GURU,my GUIDE,my TEACHER,my FRIEND,my EVERYTHING.HE did answer all my questions in the letters i wrote to HIM in some way or other and HE still does.
    But recently after reading THE BHAGWAT GITA-AS IT IS,SCIENCE OF SELF REALISATION and some other books by SWAMI SRILA PRABHUPADA i too feel tht
    its important to have a GURU,which iv started accepting SWAMI SRILA PRABHUPADA as our guru,but still want to get initiated as i feel the need of a guidance TRUE KRISHNA DEVOTEE who could help me serve RADHEKRISHNA better.

    Please guide and advice me regarding the same.I stay in New York.


  165. Manmohan says:

    Dear prubhuji

    Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.

    Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare.


    From Laxmi Nagar

  166. yugndhra says:

    hare Krishna,Prabhuji,

    Thanks for the newsletter, I look forward to the next issue. I’ve just began to learn more on the subject and really apreciate any info.please send me next mail

  167. yugndhra says:

    Thanks for the newsletter, I look forward to the next issue. I’ve just began to learn more on the subject and really apreciate any info.

  168. Rammohan says:

    Hare Krishna

    I have read Bhagavad Geeta as it is , for the first time few years ago and have been practicing certain aspects of it, and I am a better man since . I love Krishna but I have too many fears and ego , I constantly go into the bad realm of mind but it is like my mind is split into two parts one that goes bazerk and one that brings it back but this has been so for a long time and I am not able to advance further , thankfully the bad part of my mind is never allowed to put things in action the good part always stops it short , it is like one part of my mind thinks bad and the other part quickly regrets and stops it short of doing any bad, but I love Krishna and I have some needs but my love for him is beyond them but still I have needs.

    I fear if I am to born again I will be born in a world where I will not be able to hear even his name.As I fear the changing world,I have seen a lot of cases of false Saadhus and am afraid to approach any one, and I fear my lack of constancy and I am a bit mean .I hope he forgives me for my lack of strength of my mind.And worst is I am in a place where there is no devotee of him to Converse about him. I am lazy and have a lot of problem but I pray to him daily and Read Bhagavath Geeta and try to read other Puranas whenever possible.

    I hope I can be a pure devotee some day.(I want to be truly and I know I am not pure at present).
    Can anything simple be done here?

  169. Ram says:

    Hare Krishna

    In Puranas please tell me which avatara of Lord Vishnu is Chronologically First and I am from Kerala a land Lord ParashuRama created by throwing his axe and also believed to be a land ruled by Mahabali the festival of Onam is based on this.

    But if Vaamanavatara was way before Lord ParashuRama who created the land how is this possible?
    And chronologically In Bhagavatha Purana Lord Vaamana comes before lord ParashuRaama.
    This was a question asked to me by my friend and I had no answer, and some one also told me all the avataaras had taken place many times before please clear my doubt.

  170. Wayne OMODY says:

    Hello !
    Hare Krishna ! Hare Rama !
    Praise Jesus Christ ! Praise the Lord Buddha !
    Just wanna thank ya for the new info. and the newsletter & lessons…..!
    I’m a practitioner, however ‘ faulty ‘, in the Meditation Science of Light & Sound, [Shabd ] Yoga, called also Quan Yin Method, etc., Knowledge, etc……I also, chant Hare JKrishna Maha Mantra ea. day !
    Lots of love to you all !
    Namaste, Omody

  171. Cigdem Ongen says:

    Hare Krishna Madhudvisa-Dasa

    Thank You very much for your valuable informations. In the last seven years I hade the great chance to study Bhagavad-Gita by his Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhubada with my spritual teacher in my own language. Because I am in another Land as my teacher now, I would be very happy to continue my studys by means of your E-mails.

  172. Manish says:

    Hare Krishna ,

    Thanks for the newsletter , I found the article very intersting and a good way to begin the Gita .
    I had read the first 8 chapters of the Bhagvat-Gita As it is , I wish to start all over again and keep reading it , but I have read somewhere about the changes being made to Iskcon Books that were originally written by Prabhupada , I wish I can lay my hands on all the original books of Prabhupada and start my Journey Back to Godhead with his Divine Grace.

  173. madan mohan says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu
    Please accept my humble obeisances All glories to Shrila Prabhupada All glories to Guru and Gauranga
    Prabhu many thanks for sending me a nice mail on benefite of reading Bhagavad Gita
    My question is in the begining of creation Lord Krishna did not create Demons Then why was it created ??
    hare krishna

    • Dear Madan Mohan Prabhu

      Krishna creates this material world for the demons.

      Krishna does not create demons. We are all expansions of Krishna. And because Krishna is completely independent we are also minutely independent. So we can use our independence properly and surrender to Krishna and serve Him, or we can misuse our independence and try to become the lord and master ourselves. So the living entities who use their independence to surrender to Krishna become devotees and the living entities who use their independence to reject Krishna and to try and become the master and enjoyer themselves become demons.

      The spiritual world, the kingdom of God, is the place for the devotees, and the material world is the place for the demons.

      So we have all come to this material world with the desire to enjoy separately from Krishna. So everyone here, to a greater or lesser extent, is a demon. But with the help of Srila Prabhuapda and the transcendental knowledge which he is giving us we can purify our demonic consciousness and once again awaken the pure devotional service which is within our hearts.

      Our original, pure consciousness is Krishna consciousness. We simply have to uncover it. And the process to uncover it is the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra:

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

  174. bhakta jarek says:

    Hare Krishna! Jay Srila Prabhupada!
    Thank You dear Madhudvisa Prabhu for including me into the holy sanga of the disciples of Srila Prabhupada and devotees of Lord Krishna! I hope very much, that this time under the proper guidance I will finally become servant of the disciples of Prabhupada and Krishna bhakta. I am ready to take part in the study of Sri Bhagavad Gita.
    Your Servant bhakta jarek

  175. Dear Madhudvisa Dasa, Please Accept My Respectful Greetings!! Thank you for contacting me. I reside here in Springfield, Or.; where do you hail from? I just came from an Aroti, at the temple in Eugene, Or. where they have a Gouranga Deity. Mathuranatha is the temple president, who represents Govinda Maharaja and The Chaitanya Math. I love these devotees, but some things Govinda says I can’t agree with. There are many Jewish Devotees there and Govinda wants to cater to them. He gave a lecture on the Old Testament, calling The Song of Solomon, an example of Madhurya Rasa. This upset me. Being a biblical sholar, i knew that the song of solomon is as transcendental as an old shoe: It is erotic poetry. The Bhagavatam warns us not to preach from “unauthorized scriptures.” Srimad Bhagavatam 5.14.30 Just like Rama-Krishna put his wife -nude* on the Vyasa Sana and worshiped her, The Song of Solomon tries to deify his wife, The Queen of Sheba. What can i do? I am not suppose to criticize a pure devotee (that’s what these devotees say). I myself like some selections from The Psalms and Proverbs in the Old Testament. But i don’t claim anything is transcendental there. According to Prabhupada, something is transcendental – only- if it refers to Krishna. Anyway, I am so glad to hear about Bhagavad-gita. I have a study guide on Bhagavad-gita and i like to create test questions and see if Devotees can answer them. Want to play along? How many times – does Krishna say He is God in the Bhagavad-gita? I really need a good copy of The Mahabarata. My roomate Gopalananda Das has a copy from Hindus. It is full of English mistakes and obscurities – caused by ignorance of high-level English composition (something Prbhupada had in spades- to everyone’s surprise). So give me some good info on a good Mahabarata. Thanks for the options of the Krishna Store. We can’t find really good spiritual clothes and bead bags as well as beads. Fortunately, i am good at restringing beads. Fond Regards Jai

    • Dear Yajnapati Prabhu

      Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

      All these Gaudiya Matha branches are useless Prabhu. I know it sounds hard and unreasonable to some to say this. But Srila Prabhuapda clearly declares this in the purports to his translation of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi Lila. There he explains that at the time of his passing Srila Bhaktsiddhanta could not see anyone among his disciples qualified to be acharya so he ordered them to form a governing body to manage the Gaudiya Matha and the preaching would go on under its management. His disciples rejected this order of their spiritual master and instead unauthorizedly appointed one acharya after another who fell down and they the whole Gaudiya Math disintegrated into many fighting factions and the preaching stopped.

      Srila Prabhuapda declares that his Gaudiya Matha godbrothers are “asara,” which means useless, and they have no potency whatsoever to spread the message of Lord Caitanya at all. That is why they create so much bogus concocted philosophy, like the nonsense you are talking about, madhuraya-rasa in the Bible. It is crazy, insane, ridiculous. There is not even any clear idea of God in the Bible. How can one love someone he does not know. It is insanity.

      You should stay away from these people Prabhu. Srila Prabhupada forbids us from visiting the Gaudiya Math Temples and forbids us from reading their books. We should have NOTHING to do with them. They can not help us advance in Krishna consciousness, but they are very competent to check our natural progress.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

    • PS: You can get beads and bead bags at and we will be adding devotional clothes also within the next month.

  176. Hitesh N Rawal says:

    Respected Sri Madhudvisa Dasa,

    I am a Gujarati Brahmin, every four year Gujarati celebrates “Purushottam” mas i.e. month and recently I have come to know that reading chapter 15 of Bhagvad Gita during this month or even every day gives us “Purushottam Yoga” means that Lord “Purushottam (Vishnu) – Krishna will give darshan before readers death and after death reader will get Vaikunth Dham.

    Hence please start explaining me about “Chapter 15 of Bhagvad Gita” in your daily newletter on or before Dt 15/04/2010.

    For your information very rare I read Bhagvad Gita.

    I will be very highly obliged by you.

    Lord Krishna Bhakta,

    Hitesh N Rawal

  177. Ashwini says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji…
    Pls accept my humblest obeisances and sashtang dandvat pranam unto ur lotus-feet…

    I thanks u whole-heartedly for the mnil-The spirit of BG…This mail has rejuvenated my spirit of reading BG over all again :)

    I am a little-bit aware of this age of kali and also about the precious human body…However i am not being MUCH serious about chanting and reading…i m never able to complete 16 rounds daily…hardly i complete either minimum 2 or maximum 10 rounds…
    I have to either show some fear to my mind or i have to either show my mind the greed of meeting Krsna :) ….BUT pls suggest me some way to make the mind keep chanting always….

    Hare Krsna…
    Always at ur lotus feet,

    • sarva says:

      Hare Krishna Ashwini,
      If we understand that the chanting and hearing of Lord Krishna’s holy names is the process that nourishes our spiritual life and gives us the opportunity to enter the kingdom of God at the end of life, and that all spiritual perfection, what to speak of material happiness all come form this easy process, we will be more inclined to take it seriously. But, that understanding doesn’t come over night. In the mean time the best thing is to adopt a regulated approach to chanting. If you are unable at this stage of your life to complete 16 rounds make a vow to chant a fixed numbr of rounds on a daily basis that you can easisly complete. Do that every day, and when you are steady in your vow you can gadually increase according to your life’s situation and capacity.

  178. anoop says:

    hare krishna
    my question: Krishna says “everything that is happening in this world is because of me, and with my permission.Everything u do is done by me”
    then if human does wrong things then it should also done by god then why should we faced it

  179. rupa says:

    hare krishna
    i want to know what kind of karma is prescribed for us??
    or what kind of battle we or i have to win??
    is brahmchraya neccesary to be in lord krishna??
    what should we do to get salvation???

  180. tomaž says:

    hari-bol . my name is tomaž . i come from slovenia . when i was yunger i lived in ljubljana temple of our spiritual master A.C.bhaktivedanta swamy srila prabhupada . now i live at home , and there is very litle that i praktice . but i bow down every day 3 times and i chant a lot , but not with the devotis that i could and unfortuanetli not on japa mala which i do have . meny devoty friends who allso lived in the temple are working hard , but i have time to recover back , i also read cristian prayers on internet . i’m very greatful that i can write to such great soul as you are , it inspires me to start practicing bakty yoga again . throgh the years as i growe up , i started to aprishiet what we have from srila prabhupada and many aspects that i know from bhagavad-gita as it is . for example , power of speach comes from god , and with time i realize that we wrealy ned clear mind to realize knolidge . i would be happy to recive another message from you , as inspiration in bakty yoga in my life to help me to purify my life as it was back again .

  181. dave says:

    hi dear madhudvisa i am new to this website but i just had one question if you wont mind answering it for me please. when the end of kali yuga comes and if i am still under the influence of negative samskaras or past life impressions then when the satya yuga comes will i be killed by the agents of krishna?

    • At the end of the Kali-yuga Kalki will appear on a white horse and kill all the sinful people that remain. And that will be practically everyone.

      But of course the soul is not killed. So these sinful people will take birth again in some form of life, not necessarily human, on some planet, not necessarily this planet, in some universe, not necessarily this universe… And they will just continue the practically endless cycle of samsara, repitition of birth and death in the material world.

      You should not wait around till the end of Kali-