Stories shared by Srila Prabhupada during conversations and lectures.
Now this Arjunacarya...that's a very nice story. When he was writing commentaries, oh, he thought, "How is that Lord will come Himself and deliver the goods? Oh, it is not possible. He might be sending through some agents." So he wanted to cut vahamy aham, "I bear the burden and deliver." He wrote in a way that, "I send some agent who delivers."
So that Arjunacarya went to take bath, and in the meantime two boys, very beautiful boys, they brought some very nice foodstuff in large quantity. And in India there is a process to taking two sides burden on the bamboo. Just like a scale it is balanced. So these two boys brought some very highly valuable foodstuff and grains and ghee, and his wife was there. And the boys said, "My dear mother, Arjunacarya has sent these goods to you. Please take delivery." "Oh, you are so nice boy, you are so beautiful boys, and he has given. And Acarya is not so cruel. How is that? He has given so much burden to you, and he is not kind...?" "Oh, I was not taking, just see, he has beaten me. Here is cane mark. Oh, see." His wife became very much astonished that, "Acarya is not so cruel. How he has become so cruel?" So she was thinking in that way. Then, "All right, my dear boys. You come on." And gave him shelter. And, "No. I shall go because Arjunacarya again comes. He will chastise us." "No, no. You sit down, take foodstuff." She prepared foodstuff, and then they went away.
And when Arjunacarya came back, the wife said, "Acarya, you have become so much cruel nowadays?" "Oh, what is that?" "Two boys, very nice boys, they have brought so many foodstuff. You loaded on their head, and they denied to take it, and you have beaten them, chastised?" He said, "No. I have never done this. Why shall I do it?" Then she described, "Oh, such a nice beautiful boy." Then Arjunacarya understood that, "Because I wanted that God does not deliver, so He has delivered these goods, and because I cut these alphabets that He does not give personally, so He has shown that beating mark."
There is an incident in southern India of Yamunacarya. That story is there. Of course, you may believe or not believe. That's a different thing. But here the Lord says that, "I personally deliver." So those who are in Krishna consciousness, those who are actually busy in the matter of discharging their duties as a Krishna conscious person, they may be assured that so far their living condition is concerned or their comforts of life is concerned, that is assured by the Lord. There will be no hampering.
Reference: Bhagavad-gita 9.20-22 - New York, December 6, 1966
Prabhupada: So a grihastha, of course, required to accumulate some money because he's living with family, but so far brahmacari, vanaprastha and sannyasi is concerned, they should not keep any money.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu was so strict that His personal servant, one day he was taking after eating a little, what is called, myrobalan, haritaki. So one day he was giving myrobalan and Caitanya Mahaprabhu inquired, "Where you got this myrobalan?" So he said, "I kept it from yesterday." "Oh, you are stocking?" He immediately criticized him. "You are stocking? This is not good." So this principle...
Of course, even if we do not stock, don't think that we'll starve. Krishna has provided. But we should be depending on Krishna. There is no anxiety. Actually, there is no anxiety. We have experienced this. I was alone for many years, but not a single day I was starving.
Reference: Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.15 - New Vrindaban, June 29, 1976
Everyone was determined, "I must kill." Duryodhana was determined to kill Bhima, and Bhima was determined to kill. So when they did not listen to the instruction of Baladeva, then Baladeva left the place. He went to Dvaraka, back. Of course, Krishna was there, because Krishna was to give hint to Bhima how to kill Duryodhana. So Duryodhana, by the blessings of his mother, his whole body became iron-like solid. So by beating by the Bhima, it was not easy.
So the story is that Gandhari, the mother of Duryodhana, she was great chaste woman. Because her husband was blind, she used to remain as blind woman covering the eyes. But she had some power. Chaste woman, anyone who sticks to the regulative principles, he gets a power, spiritual or material. He gets power. A brahmacari gets power if he follows brahmacarya. Everyone, if we follow the prescribed rules and regulations, automatically you become powerful.
So Gandhari had some power. So her eldest son, Duryodhana, was advised to see the mother naked. She advised, "My dear son, tomorrow morning when you come to offer your obeisances to me, you come naked. I shall see you and you will be solidified just like iron." So he was going naked and Krishna saw. So He asked him, "Where you are going?" "I am going to see my mother." "How is that? You are going naked? At least you have some langota. This is not good." So he took the instruction of Krishna and covered the private part with a langota.
And when Gandhari saw, she saw that he was not fully naked, so she regretted, "O my dear son, I asked you to come before me naked. Why you have got this...?" "No, Krishna advised." Then she began to smile, that, "My attempt is failure." So Krishna knew it, that part which was covered, that was not turned iron. The other parts turned into iron on account of seeing by Gandhari.
So in this fight Krishna hinted Bhima that, "You strike here. That part is not ironized." Although it is against the regulative principle to strike the opponent party below this waist, Krishna advised that, "Unless you transgress this law, you cannot kill him." So he was stroken below the waist, and he was not killed, but his waist was broken. Therefore it is said vrikodaraviddha-gadabhimarsa. Then he died.
Reference: Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.13-14 - Vrindavana, September 12, 1976
So the point is that superficially it may appear sometimes against the social and religious rules and regulation, but if it is done for Krishna. Bhakti means anukulyena krishnanu-silanam [Cc Madhya 19.167]. Krishna should be satisfied. That is... It doesn't matter. Krishna should be satisfied. Just like Krishna pretended that He was sick, and many physicians came. He said, "No physician cured Me. If some devotee gives Me the dust of his feet on My head, then I can be cured." So all devotees were asked, and nobody... "Oh! How can I give? My dust on the head of Krishna? How it is possible?" Nobody prepared.
Then Krishna asked that, "Go to Vrindavana. Just ask the gopis if they can give. They are My best friends. If they are prepared? Oh, I am very much suffering from headache." So nobody was prepared to go... As soon as gopis were approached, "Oh, Krishna is sick. They want, oh, dust of...?"
Immediately, "Please take. Please take." She did not care that, "We are going to hell by offering our dust of feet on the head of Krishna. Never mind. We shall go. Krishna will be happy. That's all. Krishna will be happy." This is gopi.
It doesn't matter the whole world is going to hell, but if Krishna is satisfied, a devotee's prepared to do that. That is, that is called uttama-bhakti. Anukulyena krishnanu-silanam bhaktir uttama [Cc Madhya 19.167].
Reference: The Nectar of Devotion – Bombay, December 26, 1972
Prabhupada : Yes, there is a nice story in this connection. There was one Gopal Ban. So he was very cunning fellow, in the Muhammadan period in Bengal. So the Muhammadan Nawab asked him, "Gopal Ban, can you prepare a Mahabharata in my name?" "Oh, yes!" So, "I'll engage so many panditas, and they will make a Mahabharata, your activities, your glories, everything. So give me one hundred thousand rupees, just begin." He was taking money, taking money, "Yes, it is going on, going on." "Then when it will be published?" "Yes, just last few days more."
"Now, sir, everything is prepared. So the one thing is, you have to give me information how many husbands you have got, your wife, huh? How many husbands your wife has got?" "That is very insulting. What, you nonsense! You take..." "No, that is the main feature of Mahabharata. Draupadi had five husbands, so how many husbands your wife has got? Tell me that." Then, "No, no, I don't want that. I am the only husband." "Then how can you write Mahabharata?" [laughter] "I don't want." "All right. If you want Mahabharatayou must tell how many your wife has got husbands." That he cannot say. So Mahabharata finished.
Reference: Morning Walk - June 4, 1976, Los Angeles