Srimati Radharani Talks to a Bumblebee
(a poem by Krishna-kripa dasa based on Srila Prabhupada’s
Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead)
Dear bee, You chant Krishna’s glories
Thus seeking a reward from Me.
Why this simply useless attempt?
It’s foolish as foolish can be!
We have left all our possessions
And our homes and families too.
We know this Krishna very well.
We all know Him better than you.
Beschreibung des Rasa-Tanzes
Erzählung aus dem Krishnabuch, Kapitel 32
Wieso ist Jesus der Bräutigam? Wieso sind wir die Braut?
JESUS Mk10.29f: „Es gibt niemanden, der verlassen hat Haus, Brüder, Schwestern, Mutter, Vater, Kinder oder Äcker um meinetwillen und um des Evangeliums willen, der dafür nicht das Hundertfache erhielte. Schon jetzt in dieser Zeit: Häuser, Brüder, Schwestern, Mütter, Kinder und Äcker – wenn auch unter Verfolgungen. In der kommenden Welt aber das ewige Leben.“
SP, Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 1.15, London, July 15, 1973
So whatever you have got, if you utilize it for Krishna’s sake, Hrishikesha-sevanam bhakti… [Cc. Madhya 19.170], that is bhakti. Even by fighting, you can be a great devotee, just like Arjuna. He was not chanting on the beads, but he was fighting. But still, bhakto ’si priyo ’si me [Bg. 4.3]. Krishna says, „Oh, you are My great devotee.“ Now people, may say that „He was not chanting. He was fighting. How he became a great devotee?“ But Krishna says, bhakto ’si priyo ’si me: „You are My dear friend. You are My devotee. Because you are utilizing your energy for Me.“ So bhakti [devotion] means you utilize your energy for Krishna. Then your life is perfect.
HANDELN IM KRSNA-BEWUSSTSEIN (Prabhupad’s Erläuterung BG 5.2): Entsagung ist vollkommen, wenn sie in dem Wissen ausgeübt wird, daß alles Existierende dem Herrn gehört und daß daher niemand irgend etwas als sein Eigentum beanspruchen sollte. Jemand, der sich immer darüber bewußt ist, daß alles Krsnas Eigentum ist, beweist vollkommene Entsagung. Da alles Krsna gehört, sollte ALLES in Krsnas Dienst gestellt werden. Diese vollkommene Handlungsweise im Krsna-Bewußtsein ist weitaus besser als jedes Maß an künstlicher Entsagung von einem sannyasi der Mayavadi-Schule.
Love and trust breaks down when we have separate interests, separate motives, when we want to be the enjoyer, when we want to be the proprietor, when we want to be the controller. Love and trust is established when we want ONE thing – to be the humble servant, to be the humble servant of Krishna, of the spiritual master, of the sadhus (saintly people), to be the humble servant especially of one another. H.H. Radhanath Swami
Srila Prabhupada in a letter from 7 June 1972
Secretary to Minister of Education and Culture Government of the U.S.S.R.
Dear Sir; We agree wholeheartedly that without philosophy, religion is reduced to sentiment or “the opium of the masses.” We are likewise in full agreement with your national leaders that the state and the citizens in general must be organized upon philosophical principles. We, the above institution, have got our spiritual communism idea, and we want to see that not a single person, man or animal, remains hungry or in want of material necessities of life. According to our philosophy, a householder or substantial citizen of the state has to see not only after the well-being of his wife, children, relatives and dependents, that they shall be properly taken care of and will not starve, but also even if a lizard
lives in his house, he should see that it is not hungry. Therefore, to give all facilities of living condition to all living entities is our Krishna Consciousness movement. Your great founder of your nation, Mr. Nikolai Lenin, was very much intelligent, and he could understand that people become united only under the guiding principles of a commonly accepted philosophy or standard of truth. But if we examine the course of history, we must conclude, with Mr. Karl Marx, that this so-called standard of truth constantly changes, and that what one group of people accept at standard of perfection at one time, the same people may again reject that standard and take another philosophy as the all-in-all, and so on. So if we are intelligent leaders of state, it is to our advantage to benefit all the citizens by satisfying their material requirements, but even more is it our duty to satisfy their need for being secure and confident that they are working under the principles of a truth or reality which does not change and is therefore absolute. That is spiritual satisfaction. Spiritual means philosophical, otherwise it is sentiment and sentiments are fickle and always changing.
So we can very much appreciate your rejection of sentiment as a basis for practical
by Ravindra Svarupa dasa
Srila Prabhupada neatly captured this feature of Krishna conscious political philosophy by calling it “Bhagavata communism.” It is “communism” because in it there is no personal ownership. The famous slogan of the anarchist Proudhon—“property is theft”—also holds here. It is Bhagavata because all property belongs to Bhagavan or God. The Bhagavata recognizes that Krishna is the supreme enjoyer of everything, the supreme owner of every place, and the supreme friend of everyone. Knowing this, any apparent owner or controller in this world acts only as an agent of God, and acts for the welfare of all beings.
Here is Prabhupada discussing Bhagavata communism in a lecture in London in 1973:
Isavasyam idam sarvam. Everything belongs to God; nothing belongs to us. This is Bhagavata communism. As the communists, they say, “Everything belongs to the state,” we say “Everything belongs to God.” We never say that anything belongs to anyone. No. This is Bhagavata communism. So everything belongs to God. So one can utilize God’s property as much as he requires, not more than that. Then he will be thief, he will be punishable. Here, Prabhupada is explicating the first mantra of the Isha Upanishad. This is his translation of the entire text: „Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong.“ From this text we can understand that God provides the necessities of life for each and every creature on earth. Like everyone, I am entitled to my alotted portion—which is sufficient for my needs. If I take more than my share, I violate the divine law, and in so doing I deprive a fellow creature of its allotted portion. Because this divine principle is the real antecedent of the Marxist principle of “to each according to his needs,” Prabhupada calls it communism: We cannot take more than what is necessary. This is actually spiritual communism. If everyone thinks that “Everything belongs to God and I am son of God, so I have got right to enjoy the property of my Father, but as much as
I require, not more than that,” this is spiritual communism, Bhagavata communism.
(from a lecture in New Vrindavan, 1976)
Speaking in a San Francisco storefront temple in March of 1967, Prabhupada drew out another implication of Bhagavata communism: There are millions and billions of living entities even in this store[front]. If you find out a small hole, you will find millions of ants coming. They are also living entities. And who is arranging for their food? You are not very much busy to [do it.] Although it is your duty. That is also Bhagavata communism. Bhagavata communism says that even if you have got a lizard in your room, you must give him something to eat. If you have got a serpent in your room, you must give it something to eat. Nobody in your house should starve. You see? This is Bhagavata communism, not that “Only my brother and sister will not starve, and other animals should be killed.” This is not communism. Here is communism. This is Krishna consciousness communism, that a Krishna conscious person is thinking even for the ant, even for the lizard, even for the serpent. That is real communism. . . . Not that, “Oh, my brother is good and I am good, and my father is good or my countrymen is good, my society, and all [others] are bad.” This is not communism. Here is a truly comprehensive welfare state. It is delimited by no border, no boundary, nor is citizenship restricted to the human inhabitants. So Prabhupada tells devotees who rent the storefront, that they have duties toward all the creatures—like the ants in the kitchen—who share it with them. They have a right to their place too. Here is a far more radical communism than any we have encountered in this world. “These things will be explained in Shrimad Bhagavatam,” Prabhupada told the representatives of the Dai Nipon company in Tokyo in 1972, that anything, wherever it is, on land, on the air, sky, within the water, everywhere, God’s kingdom; and all living entities, they are God’s sons. So everyone has got the right to take advantage of his father’s property. This is Bhagavata communism. The communists are thinking in terms of their own country. But we, a devotee, we think in terms of all living entities, wherever he is, either in the sky or in the land or in the water. These things are explained in the Shrimad Bhagavatam. In a conversation about Marxism, Prabhupada explained the difference: If the communist idea is spiritualized, then it will become perfect. As long as the communist idea remains materialistic, it cannot be the final revolution. They believe that the state is the owner of everything. But the state is not the owner; the real owner is God. When they come to this conclusion, then the communist idea will be perfect. We also have a communistic philosophy. They say that everything must be done for the state, but in our International Society for Krishna Consciousness we are actually practicing perfect communism by doing everything for Krishna. We know Krishna is the supreme enjoyer of the result of all work . . . The communist philosophy as it is now practiced is vague, but it can become perfect if they accept the conclusion of the Bhagavad-Gita—that Krishna is the supreme proprietor, the supreme enjoyer, and the supreme friend of everyone. Then people will be happy. Now they mistrust the state, but if the people accept Krishna as their friend, they will have perfect confidence in Him, just as Arjuna was perfectly confident in Krishna on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra. .So if Krishna is at the center of society, then the people will be perfectly secure and prosperous. The communist idea is welcome, provided they are prepared to replace the so-called state with God. That is religion. In this election year in America, we witness the tumultuous clash between a religious right and a secular left, locked in the agony of cultural and political war. Yet each party is incomplete, and each needs something its opponent possesses to complete itself. Bhagavata communism is the synthesis both sides unknowingly seek. I am convinced that this synthesis is Srila Prabhupada’s gift to us, pointing the way to the fulfillment we desire for ourselves and for our world.
Der religiöse Sozialismus, im weitesten Sinne verstanden, wird nicht nur das letzte Wort des Sozialismus, sondern auch dessen Rettung sein. 1932
Nichts ist unsicherer als wissenschaftliche Theorien, nichts gewisser, als die ewigen Tatsachen der sittlichen Welt. Der Glaube an sie ist der Fels, auf dem der Sozialismus bauen darf und muss. 1919
“Nectar of Instruction” by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
One can be gradually elevated to the standard of real knowledge, or Krsna consciousness, by practicing austerity and celibacy (brahmacarya), by controlling the mind, by controlling the senses, by giving up one’s possessions in charity, by being avowedly truthful, by keeping clean and by practicing yoga-asanas. Everyone requires possessions such as food grains, clothing, money and other things necessary for the maintenance of the body, but one should not collect more than necessary for his actual basic needs. If this natural principle is followed, there will be no difficulty in maintaining the body. According to nature’s arrangement, living entities lower on the evolutionary scale do not eat or collect more than necessary. Consequently in the animal kingdom there is generally no economic problem or scarcity of necessities. If a bag of rice is placed in a public place, birds will come to eat a few grains and go away. A human being, however, will take away the whole bag.
He will eat all his stomach can hold and then try to keep the rest in storage. According to scriptures, this collecting of more than necessary (atyahara) is prohibited. Now the entire world is suffering because of it. Modern warfare waged between capitalists and communists is due to their avoiding the advice of Srila Rupa Gosvami regarding atyahara. Modern capitalists accumulate more wealth than necessary, and the communists, envious of their prosperity, want to nationalize all wealth and property. Unfortunately the communists do not know how to solve the problem of wealth and its distribution. Consequently when the wealth of the capitalists falls into the hands of the communists, no solution results. Opposed to these two philosophies, the Krsna conscious ideology states that all wealth belongs to Krsna. Thus unless all wealth comes under the administration of Krsna, there can be no solution to the economic problem of mankind. Nothing can be solved by placing wealth in the hands of the communists or the capitalists. Simply transferring wealth from capitalists to communists cannot solve the problem of modern politics, for it has been demonstrated that when a communist gets money, he uses it for his own sense gratification. The wealth of the world actually belongs to Krsna, and every living entity, man and animal, has the birthright to use God’s property for his maintenance. When one takes more than his maintenance requires–be he a capitalist or a communist–he is a thief, and as such he is liable to be punished by the laws of nature. The wealth of the world should be used for the welfare of all living entities, for that is the plan of Mother Nature. Everyone has the right to live by utilizing the wealth of the Lord. When people learn the art of scientifically utilizing the Lord’s property, they will no longer encroach upon one another’s rights. Then an ideal society can be formed. The basic principle for such a spiritual society is stated in the first mantra of Sri Isopanisad:
„Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong.“ Krsna conscious devotees know very well that this material world is designed by the complete arrangement of the Lord to fulfill all the necessities of life for all living beings, without their having to encroach upon the life or rights of one another. This complete arrangement affords the proper quota of wealth for everyone according to his real needs, and thus everyone may live peacefully according to the principle of plain living and high thinking. Unfortunately, materialists who have neither faith in the plan of God nor any aspiration for higher spiritual development misuse their God-given intelligence only to augment their material possessions. They devise many systems–such as capitalism and materialistic communism–to advance their material position. They are not interested in the laws of God or in a higher goal. Always anxious to fulfill their unlimited desires for sense gratification, they are conspicuous by their ability to exploit their fellow living beings. When human society gives up these elementary faults enumerated by Srila Rupa Gosvami (atyahara, etc.), all enmity will cease between men and animals, capitalists and communists, and so forth. In addition, all problems of economic or political maladjustment and instability will be solved. This pure consciousness is awakened by the proper spiritual education and practice offered scientifically by the Krsna consciousness movement.
Serving God and humanity is an honor, not a chore. Any type of service to God is a blessing. There is no high or low. Mother Theresa
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
The jackal was screaming in pain. Srimati Radharani, who was at Radhakund at this time heard the screaming of jackal. This was the vicinity of her abode Radhakund. No one should suffer there. She told her the most intimate expansion, Lalita Sakhi, that you go and see who is in pain. Lalitha gopi went and when she saw the children, she chastised them and send them away. Then, she personally put out the fire and call the jackal to come out..This is Bhakti. If we want to enter into Vrindavan we must follow in the footstep of those gopies, who are in the loving service of Sri Radhika. Srimati Radharani is the very ocean of compassion. She is supreme compassionate potency of the Lord. She is knowing Krishna’s heart; she wants to give her love to as many people as will accepted. That is her nature. In this world, Sri Radharani’s love manifest through her devotees.
Let us clean the environment then the cockroaches will starve, they won’t be attracted to come. So let us live as good examples, living pure moral lives in the spirit of servitude, not wanting to exploit, control or enjoy others but with the desire to serve every living being. Bhaktivinode Thakur in one beautiful song explains the essence of all religion is to show compassion to the suffering souls. If we could live true without hypocrisy it will have tremendous power to effect peoples lives. Radhanath Swami
There are many karmes in the dress of devotees, but the Supreme Personality of Godhead can detect their purpose. The karmes want to use the property of the Lord for their selfish sense gratification, but a devotee endeavors to use the Lord’s property for God’s service. Radhanath Swami
In the spiritual world its sac-cid-ananda, its a place of eternal bliss, eternal happiness its a gigantic unlimited family where everyone is there for each other, where every one loves each other, where everything we do is for each other. Why? Because we see each other in relation to the centre, to the whole, to Krishna, that is home. Radhanath Swami
The basis of every religion is to love God with all your heart, mind and soul and love your neighbour as yourself and automatically everyone is our neighbour. The Srimad Bhagavad tells that the greatest service that gives pleasure to God is to show compassion to other living beings. The purpose of all religion is to teach universal selfless love. Radhanath Swami
Krishna attracts everyone, but devotional service attracts Krishna. The symbol of devotional service in the highest degree is: Srimati Radharani
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Persons of all four varnas – the priests, the warriors, the businessmen and the artisans – perpetually debate over who among them is superior and who is inferior. Sri Tulasi dasa, a devotee poet, says … The meaning of this verse is that if these four classes of man do not perform loving service to Sri Hari, then they are only leather-smiths, all of them, eyeing varieties of skins. Eight kinds of metal can be used to make a murti, and when a murti is sold, its value depends on how much of each kind of metal is present in it. But as soon as the murti is transformed by a touchstone, it inherits a single, high value. In the same way, when people from different varnas engage in loving service to Sri Hari, they all belong to one caste; they all become brahmanas. The quintessential instruction of all scriptures in this regard is that only those who in fact have the nature of a brahmana are fit to be addressed as such. On the other hand, if a person does not have any of the nature or qualities of a brahmana, he is viewed as a sudra.
Die letzte Rettung
Die Welt zu opfern bedeutet, den Wunsch zu opfern, die Welt zu geniessen.
Solange du denkst, die Welt existiere nur zu deinem Vergnügen, befindest du dich in einer gefährlichen Illusion. In Wahrheit gehört alles Gott, er ist der höchste Herr und der beste Freund aller Lebewesen. Wenn du verstehst, dass alles Ihm gehört und alle Lebewesen seine Kinder sind, dann wirst du nicht diese Welt ausbeuten wollen, wie so viele es tun. Wenn die Menschen Gott als das Zentrum aller Dinge vergessen richten sie viel Unheil an. Alles Glück dieser Welt, dass die Menschen für sich selbst geniessen wollen ist vergänglich. Sie vergessen, dass sie ewige Seelen sind und jagen verzweifelt nach diesem vergänglichen Glück. Sie denken dass sie sterben werden, wenn ihr Körper stirbt und darum sind sie immer von Sorge gequält. Vor dieser Täuschung kannst du dich nur retten in dem du den Wunsch aufgibst die Welt zu geniessen. Wenn du dich aufrichtig bemühst zu verstehen dass alles Gott gehört, wirst du auch alle Menschen, die Tiere und die Natur mit mehr Liebe und Respekt behandeln und wenn du auf diese Weise selbst gerettet wirst, dann wirst du wirklich fähig sein auch den andern zu helfen.
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