The need of preaching the principles of Bhagavad Gita all over the world

The members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness cannot even call themselves brahma-bandhus. Therefore our only means for satisfying Krsna is to pursue the injunctions of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who says:

yare dekha, tare kaha ‘krsna’-upadesa
amara ajnaya guru hana tara’ ei desa

“Whomever you meet, instruct him on the teachings of Krsna. In this way, on My order, become a spiritual master and deliver the people of this country.” (Cc. Madhya 7.128) Simply trying to follow the orders of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, we speak to the people of the world about Bhagavad-gita As It Is. This will make us qualified to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna.
(Sri Chaintanya Caritamrita Adi 17.78)

This is the sublime mission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Many people come and inquire whether they have to give up family life to join the Society, but that is not our mission. One can remain comfortably in his residence. We simply request everyone to chant the maha-mantra: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. If one is a little literate and can read the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and Srimad-Bhagavatam, that is so much the better. These works are now available in an English translation and are done very authoritatively to appeal to all classes of men. Instead of living engrossed in material activities, people throughout the world should take advantage of this movement and chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra at home with their families. One should also refrain from sinful activities-illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling and intoxication. Out of these four items, illicit sex is very sinful. Every person must get married. Every woman especially must get married. If the women outnumber the men, some men can accept more than one wife. In that way there will be no prostitution in society. If men can marry more than one wife, illicit sex life will be stopped. One can also produce many nice preparations to offer Krsna-grain, fruit, flowers and milk. Why should one indulge in unnecessary meat-eating and maintain horrible slaughterhouses? What is the use of smoking and drinking tea and coffee? People are already intoxicated by material enjoyment, and if they indulge in further intoxication, what chance is there for self-realization? Similarly, one should not partake in gambling and unnecessarily agitate the mind. The real purpose of human life is to attain the spiritual platform and return to Godhead. That is the summum bonum of spiritual realization. The Krsna consciousness movement is trying to elevate human society to the perfection of life by pursuing the method described by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in His advice to the brahmana Kurma. That is, one should stay at home, chant the Hare Krsna mantra and preach the instructions of Krsna as they are given in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
(Sri Chaintanya Caritamrita  Madhya 7.128)

However expert one may be, he can never describe the glories of the Lord adequately. Nonetheless, those engaged in glorifying the activities of the Lord should try to do so as far as possible. Such an attempt will please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Lord Caitanya has advised all His followers to go everywhere and preach the message of Lord Krsna. Since this message is essentially Bhagavad-gita, the preacher’s duty is to study Bhagavad-gita as it is understood by disciplic succession and explained by great sages and learned devotees. One should speak to the general populace in accordance with one’s predecessors — sadhu, guru and sastras. This simple process is the easiest method by which one can glorify the Lord. Devotional service, however, is the real method, for by devotional service one can satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead with just a few words. Without devotional service, volumes of books cannot satisfy the Lord. Even though preachers of the Krsna consciousness movement may be unable to describe the glories of the Lord, they can nonetheless go everywhere and request people to chant Hare Krsna.
(Srimad Bhagvatam 4.16.3)

One wanders within the universe, life after life, but by the grace of a devotee, a servant of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, one can get the clue to Krsna consciousness and then not only become happy in this world but also return home, back to Godhead. That is the real target in life. The members of the Krsna consciousness movement are not at all interested in so-called meditation in the Himalayas or the forest, where one will only make a show of meditation, nor are they interested in opening many schools for yoga and meditation in the cities. Rather, every member of the Krsna consciousness movement is interested in going door to door to try to convince people about the teachings of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, the teachings of Lord Caitanya. That is the purpose of the Hare Krsna movement. The members of the Krsna consciousness movement must be fully convinced that without Krsna one cannot be happy. Thus the Krsna conscious person avoids all kinds of pseudo spiritualists, transcendentalists, meditators, monists, philosophers and philanthropists.
(Srimad Bhagvatam 7.9.44)

“I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvan, and Vivasvan instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Iksvaku.” This is the process of disciplic succession. Following the same process, the Krsna consciousness movement is teaching the principles of Bhagavad-gita as it is, without deviation, all over the world. If the fortunate people of this time accept the instructions of Lord Krsna, they will certainly be happy in Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission. Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted everyone, at least in India, to become a preacher of this mission. In other words, one should become a guru and preach the Lord’s instructions all over the world for the peace and prosperity of humanity.
(Srimad Bhagvatam 8.14.5)

Why waste time on statistics?

Guest: How many other people are there on this planet who have made as much spiritual progress as you have?

Prabhupada: I don’t know, there are no statistics in my possession. But what is the use of taking such statistics? Why don’t you become one of them? Why waste time on statistics? You try to become enlightened. What is the use of taking record of who is enlightened or not? You should try to be enlightened yourself. For example, when you purchase a plane ticket, do you ask, “How many tickets have you sold?” What is the use of that? Just purchase your ticket, get on the airplane, and go. Don’t waste your valuable time. If you are serious, just purchase the ticket, get on the airplane, and take the journey.

(From Srila Prabhupada’s lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.40-45 – Los Angeles, December 13, 1968)

What does devotee mean?

Following are the excerpts from Śrīla Prabhupāda's teachings:

 
 "Vaiṣṇava devotee means give me simply a place to lay down, little prasādam, whatever little service you have got please give me, that's all."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda's Letter to: Gurudāsa, Yamunā — Bombay 19 December, 1972
 
 
"Devotee means he is able to tolerate all kinds of discomfort and whims of the material nature, and because he is so much absorbed in serving Kṛṣṇa, he takes no time to become angry or take offense with others or find out some fault."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Letter to: Haṁsadūta — Ahmedabad 10 December, 1972
 
 
"Devotee means very liberal and kind to everyone, always gentleman under all kinds of conditions of life."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Letter to: Haṁsadūta — Ahmedabad 10 December, 1972
 
 
"Devotee means one should be firmly convinced of his being the eternal servant of Kṛṣṇa."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Letter to: Mr. Kair — Los Angeles 8 July, 1969
 
 
"So to become devotee means to do the best service to the family."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Discussion on Deprogrammers -- January 9, 1977, Bombay
 
 
"A devotee means he knows everything."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s room Conversation with Professor Francois Chenique -- August 5, 1976, New Mayapur (French farm)
 
 
"Devotee means the first sign will be happy, brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā [Bg. 18.54]. If he's not prasannātmā, he's a rascal. He has not entered even devotional life. He's outside.That is the test."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Morning Walk -- April 24, 1976, Melbourne
 
 
"Devotee means tattva-darśī. He has seen the real truth."
Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Morning Walk -- March 25, 1976, Delhi
 
 
"Devotee means who follows Kṛṣṇa."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Morning Walk -- March 25, 1976, Delhi
 
 
"Devotee means sa guṇān samatītyaitān brahma-bhūyāya kalpate [Bg. 14.26]. He is above these material laws. That is devotee."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Morning Walk -- March 25, 1976, Delhi
 
 
"Devotee means brahmacārī. Pure devotee means brahmacārī. Anyabhilasita-sunyam [Brs. 1.1.11]. He has no other desire. That is brahmacārī."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Morning Walk -- November 3, 1975, Bombay
 
 
"Devotee means serious devotee."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Conversation with Professor Hopkins -- July 13, 1975, Philadelphia
 
 
"Devotee means he has no sense gratification."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Room Conversation with Tripurāri -- March 2, 1975, Atlanta
 
 
"Devotee means one who has taken shelter of Kṛṣṇa."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Morning Walk -- June 13, 1974, Paris
 
 
"Devotee means he does not know anything better than Kṛṣṇa, that's all."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Room Conversation -- November 4, 1973, Delhi
 
 
"The devotee means who is always pleasing Kṛṣṇa. He has no other business. That is devotee."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Talk with Bob Cohen -- February 27-29, 1972, Māyāpura
 
 
"Devotee means to hear about Kṛṣṇa, to chant the glories of Kṛṣṇa, to think of Kṛṣṇa, to offer fruits and flowers to Kṛṣṇa."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Departure Address -- Los Angeles, July 15, 1974
 
 
"Devotee means to become fully qualified with all the noble qualities."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 20.119-121 -- New York, November 24, 1966
 
 
"Devotee means he must be sinless."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.6.1 -- Madras, January 2, 1976
 
 
"Devotee, means he is prepared to do anything for God. That is pure devotee."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.5.22-30 -- London, September 8, 1971
 
 
"Devotee means not with four hands or four legs, no. The hands, legs are the same. But his mode of thinking different. That's all. That is devotee. Devotee does not depend on the country, color or religion or circumstance. Devotee means the mind. Anyone who is always thinking of Kṛṣṇa, he is devotee."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.1.50 -- Detroit, June 16, 1976
 
 
"Devotee means he's not blind."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam1.7.40 --  Vṛndāvana, October 1, 1976
 
 
"Devotee means he does not ask anything from God."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam1.3.7 -- Los Angeles, September 13, 1972
 
 
"A devotee means who is abiding by the laws given by God."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam1.1.2 -- London, August 17, 1971
 
 
"Devotee means complete spiritual."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Bhagavad-gītā 4.2, Bombay, March 22, 1974
 
 
"Devotee means he is firmly convinced about his relationship with God."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Bhagavad-gītā 4.1-6 -- Los Angeles, January 3, 1969
 
 
"Devotee means servant—not paid servant—but servant by affection."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Bhagavad-gītā 4.1 -- Delhi, November 10, 1971
 
 
"Devotee means he can act anything and everything for the Lord."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Bhagavad-gītā 4.1 -- Montreal, August 24, 1968
 
 
"Devotee means one who has engaged his senses cent percent for the service of the Lord, he is devotee, pure devotee."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Bhagavad-gītā 3.6-10 -- Los Angeles, December 23, 1968
 
 
"Devotee means although he is very, very powerful, he never thinks that "I am powerful." He thinks that "I am acting simply by the order of the powerful."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Bhagavad-gītā 2.15 -- London, August 21, 1973
 
 
"Devotee means to finish all miserable conditions of materialistic life."
-Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.12.46

Lord Shiva

1. In what way do devotees of Lord Kṛṣṇa offer respect to Lord Śiva?
 
It is said, vaiṣṇavānāṁ yathā śambhuḥ: Lord Śiva is the best of all devotees. Therefore all devotees of Lord Kṛṣṇa are also devotees of Lord Śiva. In Vṛndāvana there is Lord Śiva's temple called Gopīśvara. The gopīs used to worship not only Lord Śiva but Kātyāyanī, or Durgā, as well, but their aim was to attain the favor of Lord Kṛṣṇa. A devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa does not disrespect Lord Śiva, but worships Lord Śiva as the most exalted devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Consequently whenever a devotee worships Lord Śiva, he prays to Lord Śiva to achieve the favor of Kṛṣṇa, and he does not request material profit. In Bhagavad-gītā (7.20) it is said that generally people worship demigods for some material profit. Kāmais tais tair hṛta jṣānāḥ. Driven by material lust, they worship demigods, but a devotee never does so, for he is never driven by material lust. That is the difference between a devotee's respect for Lord Śiva and an asura's respect for him. The asura worships Lord Śiva, takes some benediction from him, misuses the benediction and ultimately is killed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who awards him liberation.
-Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.24.30 Purport
 
 
2. What is the relationship between Lord Śiva and the ghosts?
 
Lord Śiva, or Rudra, is the king of the ghosts. Ghostly characters worship Lord Śiva to be gradually guided toward a path of self-realization. Māyāvādī philosophers are mostly worshipers of Lord Śiva, and Śrīpāda Śaṅkarācārya is considered to be the incarnation of Lord Śiva for preaching godlessness to the Māyāvādī philosophers. Ghosts are bereft of a physical body because of their grievously sinful acts, such as suicide. The last resort of the ghostly characters in human society is to take shelter of suicide, either material or spiritual. Material suicide causes loss of the physical body, and spiritual suicide causes loss of the individual identity. Māyāvādī philosophers desire to lose their individuality and merge into the impersonal spiritual brahmajyoti existence. Lord Śiva, being very kind to the ghosts, sees that although they are condemned, they get physical bodies. He places them into the wombs of women who indulge in sexual intercourse regardless of the restrictions on time and circumstance.
-Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.14.24 Purport
 

3. Why do so many ladies worship Lord Śiva?

Today in Hindu society, unmarried girls are still taught to worship Lord Śiva with the idea that they may get husbands like him. Lord Śiva is the ideal husband, not in the sense of riches or sense gratification, but because he is the greatest of all devotees. Vaiṣṇavānāṁ yathā śambhuḥ: Śambhu, or Lord Śiva, is the ideal Vaiṣṇava. He constantly meditates upon Lord Rāma and chants Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. Lord Śiva has a Vaiṣṇava sampradāya, which is called the Viṣṇu Svāmī-sampradāya. Unmarried girls worship Lord Śiva so that they can expect a husband who is as good a Vaiṣṇava as he. The girls are not taught to select a husband who is very rich or very opulent for material sense gratification; rather, if a girl is fortunate enough to get a husband as good as Lord Śiva in devotional service, then her life becomes perfect. The wife is dependent on the husband, and if the husband is a Vaiṣṇava, then naturally she shares the devotional service of the husband because she renders him service.

-Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.23.1 Purport
 
4. Why does Lord Śiva have snakes all over his body?
 
In order to get release from the false ego, one has to worship Saṅkarṣaṇa. Saṅkarṣaṇa is also worshiped through Lord Śiva; the snakes which cover the body of Lord Śiva are representations of Saṅkarṣaṇa, and Lord Śiva is always absorbed in meditation upon Saṅkarṣaṇa.
-Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.26.21
 
5. What is the position of Lord Śiva ?
 
In the Vāmana Purāṇa it is said that the same Viṣṇu expands Himself as Brahmā and Śiva to direct the different qualities.
 
Maheśvara, or Lord Śiva, is not an ordinary living being, nor is he equal to Lord Viṣṇu. Effectively comparing Lord Viṣṇu and Lord Śiva, the Brahma-saṁhitā says that Viṣṇu is like milk, whereas Śiva is like curd. Curd is nothing like milk, but nevertheless it is milk also.
-Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta Ādi 5.104-105 Purport