All Pranams to our Beloved Prabhupada


Never make the mistake of thinking that Srila Prabhupada is like us, and is somehow influenced by the modes of nature. He lives with Krsna always, but to teach fools like me, he has kindly come down to the second level devotee stage simple to be able to preach for Krsna.

So we need to guard against forgetting this and thinking that Prabhupada is being influenced by material nature like us. We can never dare to minimize our founding Acarya and consider him an ordinary man. We will simply go to hell. Our beloved Srila Prabhupada is the spotless and perfectly unalloyed devotee of Krsna.

The vaishnava guru is described in all the revealed scriptures as the external manifestation of Supersoul. All the instructions we have received from him are non-different from Krsna’s instructions, which the bone fide guru is simply passing along. read more

Understanding that Srila Prabhupada is not an Ordinary Man Mahananda Das(ACBSP)

In some small circles it is becoming an alarming trend in ISKCON to subtly minimize our beloved spiritual master. This is very dangerous because our real advancement in devotional service is a direct result of our having full faith in both Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krsna.

They say that this explicit faith in the bona fide guru is absolutely required. “To anyone who has full faith in the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the spiritual master, all the imports of the Vedic literatures are revealed. He does not have to seek separately.” So as faithful disciples of Srila Prabhupada, we see our beloved guru like that. He is as good as Krsna because he is the most confidential servant of Krsna. read more

Some humble thoughts on our beloved Srila Prabhupada…. Mahananda Das(ACBSP)

Try to understand what happens when someone surrenders to Krsna. The modes of nature disappear. Srila Prabhupada is not in this world, but has a direct one-on-one relationship with Krsna on a moment to moment basis. Every moment Srila Prabhupada speaks, every word, is transcendental. Whatever he is saying, we can understand that somehow it is true because it is spoken by Krsna through him, even though our so-called intelligence wants to convince us otherwise.

Manu Samhita confirms in its 98th verse of the 1st chapter, उत्पत्तिरेव विप्रस्य मूर्तिर्धर्मस्य शाश्वती _murthir dharmasya shasvati_, that personalities like Srila Prabhupada are the embodiment of Vedic scriptures, which includes the transcendental science of how to re-establish our true connection with the Absolute Truth. This complete spiritual knowledge is there in our hearts as Supersoul, and Srila Prabhupada has become the manifestation of this same identical absolute truth as the external manifestation of this same Supersoul. For this reason, we say he is “as good as Krsna.” read more

The Glories of Sri Purusottama Month by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Akincana Staff

Two divisions of sastra—smarta and  paramartha

The Vedic arya-sastras are divided into two sections—smarta (literature based on smrti) andparamartha (transcendental literature based onsruti). Those who are eligible (adhikari) for thesmarta section do not have any natural inclination or taste for the paramartha-sastras. The thoughts, principles, activities and life goal of every human is constituted according to his respectiveruci (inclination). Generally, smartas accept those scriptures which are in accordance with their respective ruci. Having greater adhikara forsmarta-sastra, they do not demonstrate much regard for paramarthika-sastra. Providence is the agent behind the creation of these two divisions. Therefore, undoubtedly the maintainer of the world must have a hidden purpose in having made such an arrangement.
As far as I understand, the purpose is that the jivas sequentially make progress in their level of consciousness by remaining steadfast in their respective adhikara. By deviating from one’s adhikara, one falls down. According to one’s activities, a person attains two types of adhikara—karmadhikara and bhakti-adhikhara. As long as one maintains hiskarmadhikara, he derives benefit from the path shown by the smarta section. When he enters bhakti-adhikara, by transgressing the karmadhikara, then he develops a natural ruci (inclination) for the paramarthika, or transcendental, path. Therefore, providence has made these two divisions of sastra: smarta and paramartha.

The rules and regulations of smarta sastra are committed to karma

The smarta sastra has made various types of rules and regulations in order to help one attain nistha, steadfastness, in karmadhikara. In many instances, it even demonstrates indifference towards paramartha sastra to make people attain specific nistha in such rules and regulations. In reality, although sastra is one, it manifests in two ways for the people. If the jiva gives up adhikara-nistha, he can never attain auspiciousness. For this reason, the sastras have been divided into two: smarta and paramartha.

Adhimasa (extra month), also called mala masa (impure month), is devoid of all auspicious activities

By dividing the whole year in twelve parts, the smarta-sastras have ascertained the auspicious, or religious, activities for these twelve months. All the karma, religious activities which are part of the varnasrama system when allotted to the twelve months, leave the extra month (adhimasa) devoid of any such activity. There is no religious performance in adhimasa. In order to keep lunar months and solar months in tally, one month has to be excluded every 32 months. The name of that month is adhimasa(extra month).* Smartas have discarded this extra month, considering it abominable. They gave it names such as mala masa (impure month), cora masa (thieving month), and so on.
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* It is stated in Sri Surya Siddhanta that in one mahayuga there are 1,593,336 extra months and 51,840,000 solar months. Therefore, there is one extra month after every 32 months, 16 days and 4 hours of the solar calendar. read more