Srila Prabhupada - the one whose blessings never fail
Conversations, April 12, 1974, Bombay
Prabhupada: (break) ...social divisions. Catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah. The other varnas, they would give simply to the brahmanas charity. And the brahmanas were so advanced that simply by their blessing, they will get all benefit. So there must be a class of men who can actually benefit simply by blessing and the society must maintain them. This is real society. And everyone is shudra, engaged in technology -- then what benefit you will get? Kalau sudra-sambhavah. There must be a brahmanical class, a kshatriya class, a vaishya class, a shudra class. Not that all shudras. Then what will be going on? That is the condition. Everyone is being educated as shudra. Then what benefit you will get? That is the defect. Hare Krishna. (break) Therefore there must be a brahmanical class.
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.7.13-15 Purport
The blessings of brahmanas who are not envious, disturbed or puffed up with pride and false prestige and who are fully qualified with truthfulness will be useful. Therefore a class of men must be trained as brahmanas from the very beginning. Brahmacari guru-kule vasan danto guror hitam (▼Bhag. 7.12.1). The word dantah is very important. Dantah refers to one who is not envious, disturbing or puffed up with false prestige. With the Krishna consciousness movement, we are trying to introduce such brahmanas in society. Brahmanas must ultimately be Vaishnavas, and if one is a Vaishnava, he has already acquired the qualifications of a brahmana. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma (▼Bg 18.54). The word brahma-bhuta refers to becoming a brahmana, or understanding what is Brahman (brahma janatiti brahmanah). One who is brahma-bhuta is always happy (prasannatma). Na socati na kanksati: he is never disturbed about material necessities. Samah sarvesu bhutesu: he is ready to bestow blessings upon everyone equally. Mad-bhaktim labhate param: then he becomes a Vaishnava.
In this age, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura introduced the sacred thread ceremony for his Vaishnava disciples, with the idea that people should understand that when one becomes a Vaishnava he has already acquired the qualifications of a brahmana. Therefore in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, those who are twice initiated so as to become brahmanas must bear in mind their great responsibility to be truthful, control the mind and senses, be tolerant, and so on. Then their life will be successful. It was such brahmanas that Nanda Maharaja invited to chant the Vedic hymns, not ordinary brahmanas. Verse thirteen distinctly mentions himsa-mana. The word mana refers to false prestige or false pride. Those who were falsely proud, thinking that they were brahmanas because they were born in brahmana families, were never invited by Nanda Maharaja on such occasions.
Srimad Bhagavatam 7.7.17 Purport
In this verse the word bhuyat may be understood to mean "let there be." Prahlada Maharaja offers his blessings to his class friends, saying, "Also become faithful like me. Become bona fide Vaishnavas." A devotee of the Lord desires for everyone to take to Krishna consciousness. Unfortunately, however, people sometimes do not have staunch faith in the words of the spiritual master who comes by the disciplic succession, and therefore they are unable to understand transcendental knowledge.
When we began distributing the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the Western countries, a similar thing happened. In the beginning we were very disappointed for at least one year because no one came forth to help this movement, but by the grace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, some young boys joined this movement in 1966. Of course we distributed Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's message of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra without bargaining or selling. As a result, this movement has spread all over the world, with the assistance of European and American boys and girls. We therefore pray for all the blessings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu upon all the devotees in the Western world who are spreading this movement.
Krishna Book 87
The supreme goal in life is to seek the transcendental blessings of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and thus become engaged in the loving service of the Lord. One should follow in the footsteps of Sukadeva Gosvami and all the Vaishnavas in the disciplic succession and should pay respectful obeisances unto Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Hari.
Lectures, April 23, 1976, Melbourne
So whatever you have promised before the Lord, before your spiritual master, before fire, before Vaishnavas, never deviate from this promise. Then you will keep fixed up in your spiritual life: no illicit sex, no meat-eating, no gambling, no intoxication--these four no's--and chanting Hare Krishna--one yes. Four nos and one yes. That will make your life successful. It is very easy. It is not difficult. But maya is very strong, sometimes deviates us. So when there is endeavor by the maya to deviate us, just pray to Krishna, "Please save me. I am surrendered, fully surrendered, and kindly give me protection," and Krishna will give you protection. But don't miss this opportunity. That is my request. I have all my good wishes and blessings upon you.
And in every letter which Srila Prabhupada wrote to his disciples he began it with - Please accept my blessings . . .
ALL GLORIES TO SRILA Prabhupada - THE ONE WHOSE BLESSINGS WILL NEVER FAIL!