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  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust; 2nd illustrated edition edition (8 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912776056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912776057
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,312,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Invoking auspiciousness: Lord Sri Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the cause of all causes, the reservoir of all rasas, or relationships, which are called neutrality (passive adoration), servitorship, friendship, parenthood, conjugal love, comedy, compassion, fear, chivalry, ghastliness, wonder and devastation. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An Ocean of Bliss 4 Aug. 2009
By Martin A. Rosenthal - Published on
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This has been one of my favorite books for nearly forty years. Whether reading it chapter by chapter or just opening the book at random, I experience ever newer and more refreshing spiritual mellows that make my life one of personal fulfillment. I think I'll go open it again now!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Steven H Propp - Published on
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Abhay Charanaravinda (A.C.) Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) was the Founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON; the "Hare Krishna Movement"). He wrote many books/booklets, such as Krsna: The Supreme Personality of Godhead, The Path of Perfection, Yoga for the Modern Age, The scientific basis of Krsna consciousness, The Perfection of Yoga, Perfect Questions Perfect Answers, Beyond Birth and Death , etc., and translated many East Indian scriptures, such as Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, First Canto, etc. His "authorized" biography is: Prabhupada: He Built a House in Which the Whole World Can Live.

He says, "Srila Kapiladeva... states that there are six characteristics of pure devotional service, which are as follows: 1) Pure devotional service brings immediate relief from all kinds of material distress. 2) Pure devotional service is the beginning of all auspiciousness. 3) Pure devotional service automatically puts one in transcendental pleasure. 4) Pure devotional service is rarely achieved. 5) Those in pure devotional service deride even the conception of liberation. 6) Pure devotional service is the only means to attract Krsna. Krsna is all-attractive, but pure devotional service attracts even Him. This means that pure devotional service is even transcendentally stronger then Krsna Himself, because it is Krsna's internal potency." (Pg. 1-2)

He suggests, "The Krsna consciousness movement, however, is so nice that it can render the highest benefit to the entire human race. Everyone can be attracted by this movement, and everyone can feel the result." (Pg. 7) He cautions, "there may be many liberated persons who might have merged into the existence of the impersonal Brahman, but a devotee of the Supreme Personality of the Godhead... is very, very rare. Even out of millions of liberated persons, only one is fortunate enough to become a devotee." (Pg. 43)

He asserts, "Lord Buddha is accepted as an incarnation of Krsna in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, but in the same Srimad-Bhagavatam it is stated that Lord Buddha appeared in order to bewilder the atheist class of men. Therefore his philosophy is meant for bewildering the atheists and should not be accepted.... The so-called religionists were falsely using the Vedas to justify such violent acts as meat-eating, and Lord Buddha came to lead the fallen people away from such a false interpretation of the Vedas. Also, for the atheist class, Lord Buddha preached atheism so that they would follow him and thus be tricked into devotional service to Lord Buddha, or Krsna." (Pg. 61)

He says, "The spiritual master as the visible manifestation of Krsna is necessary, therefore, to direct the devotee on behalf of the Supreme Personality of Godhead... A devotee is naturally nonviolent and therefore doesn't have to practice nonviolence separately. Some people seek purification by joining a vegetarian movement, but a devotee is automatically a vegetarian. He doesn't need to practice separately in this matter or to join any society for vegetarians. He is automatically a vegetarian." (Pg. 117)

He points out, "Srila Rupa Goswami states that although Lord Krsna is the reservoir of unlimited pleasure and the greatest leader of all, He is still dependent upon His devotees in three ways.... When He exhibits Himself in fullness, He is appreciated by great learned scholars as most perfect. When He exhibits Himself in lesser degrees, He is called very perfect. And when he exhibits still less, He is called perfect. This means that Krsna is appreciated for three degrees of perfection... If one asks how a personality can be beheld in four quite opposing ways, the answer is that the Lord is the reservoir of all transcendental qualities and activities... there is no contradiction." (Pg. 200)

He admits, "A pure devotee's attraction to Krsna in conjugal love is called devotional service in conjugal love. Although such conjugal feelings are not at all material, there is some similarity between this spiritual love and material activities. Therefore, persons who are interested only in material activities are unable to understand this spiritual conjugal love, and these devotional reciprocations appear very mysterious to them." (Pg. 360)

Prabhupada's books will be of great interest to anyone interested in the Krishna movement.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Low on nectar... 8 Nov. 2014
By David Edwards - Published on
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I personally find Prabhupads books are so hard to get through. It's like I'm always waiting for something to grab me but it never does. I think Prabhupads Gita As It Is may be his best work but not much else. PS: After Prabhupads passing ISKCON revised all his works (which he said not for them to do), but even the revised works are just okay.
Amazing. 26 Oct. 2014
By Zachary Hunter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Amazing. Prabhupada has changed my life. He has helped me realize the truth of human existence through his books. We must remember that the truth may be harsh and we must see that Prabhupada was only strict for our own well being. He wanted our souls to rise. Not fall.
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Prabhupada was an arrogant, judgmental & incoherent, moron.... 26 Feb. 2014
By Jingybopa - Published on
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Rather than attempting to explain what I meant by the subject line, I'll simply quote a few paragraphs from the first chapter:

"On the other hand, a person who is not in Kṛṣṇa consciousness has no good qualities. He may be highly educated from the academic point of view, but in the actual field of his activities he can be seen to be baser than the animals. Even though a person is highly educated academically, if he cannot go beyond the sphere of mental activities then he is sure to perform only material activities and thus remain impure. There are so many persons in the modern world who have been highly educated in the materialistic universities, but it is seen that they cannot take up the movement of Kṛṣṇa consciousness and develop the high qualities of the demigods.
For example, a Kṛṣṇa conscious boy, even if he is not very well educated by the university standard, can immediately give up all illicit sex life, gambling, meat-eating and intoxication, whereas those who are not in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, although very highly educated, are often drunkards, meat-eaters, sexmongers and gamblers. These are practical proofs of how a Kṛṣṇa conscious person becomes highly developed in good qualities, whereas a person who is not in Kṛṣṇa consciousness cannot do so. We experience that even a young boy in Kṛṣṇa consciousness is unattached to cinemas, nightclubs, naked dance shows, restaurants, liquor shops, etc. He becomes completely freed. He saves his valuable time from being extravagantly spent in the way of smoking, drinking, attending the theater and dancing.
One who is not in Kṛṣṇa consciousness usually cannot sit silently even for half an hour. The yoga system teaches that if you become silent you will realize that you are God. This system may be all right for materialistic persons, but how long will they be able to keep themselves silent? Artificially, they may sit down for so-called meditation, but immediately after their yogic performance they will engage themselves again in such activities as illicit sex life, gambling, meat-eating and many other nonsensical things. But a Kṛṣṇa conscious person gradually elevates himself without endeavoring for this so-called silent meditation. Simply because he is engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness he automatically gives up all this nonsense and develops a high character. One develops the highest character by becoming a pure devotee of Kṛṣṇa. The conclusion is that no one can truly have any good qualities if he is lacking Kṛṣṇa consciousness..."
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