Srila Prabhupada Siddhanta

Under the inspiration, guidance and authority of
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Srila Prabhupada Siddhanta
Authorized Conclusions Regarding the Mission and
Teachings of the Krishna Consciousness Movement


‘The Prabhupada Book’

Compiled by
Devotees of the Hare Krishna Society,
Disciples of

His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
of the Hare Krishna Society,

The International
Krishna Consciousness Movement
(The Hare Krishna movement)

Under His divine inspiration and eternal guidance

“He lives forever by His divine instructions,
and the follower lives with Him.”

Table of Contents


Section One: Basic Convictions of the Krishna Consciousness Movement

Section Two: Siddhanta — Philosophical Conclusions of the Krishna Consciousness Movement

A) Sri Krishna Is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

B) Sri Krishna Caitanya Is Lord Krishna’s Most Munificent Avatar.

C) Srila Prabhupada Is an Eternal Associate of Lord Caitanya.

D) By Accepting that Lord Caitanya’s Personal Associates Are Eternally Transcendental, One Is Promoted to Lord Krishna’s Abode.

E) Everyone Should Accept Srila Prabhupada as Spiritual Master.

F) The Bona Fide Spiritual Master Is Never Limited By Material Conditions.

G) Srila Prabhupada’s Words are Above Defects.

H) Srila Prabhupada’s Preaching Is Empowered and Complete.

I) Srila Prabhupada Lives Eternally as the Spiritual Master of the Universe.

J) The Disciplic Succession Relies on Genuine Disciples.

K) Srila Prabhupada Formally Initiates Through Deputed Priests.

L) Persons Devoted to Srila Prabhupada and His Instructions Are His Disciples.

M) Genuine Disciples Beg All, “Accept Srila Prabhupada As Your Eternal Guru.”

N) The Vaisnava Acarya or Diksa-Guru Never Falls Down.

O) Self-Appointed, Unauthorized Preachers Should Be Neglected.

P) Srila Prabhupada Is Worshiped on the Same Level as Lord Krishna.

Q) Srila Prabhupada Blesses the Global Krishna Consciousness Movement.

Section Three: Sadhana — Authorized Principles of Spiritual Practice

1) Offering Obeisances to Srila Prabhupada

2) Offering Standard Mantras for Puja and Kirtanas

3) Performing Deity Worship

4) Worshiping the Authorized Disciplic Succession

5) Worship Only Authorized Paintings and Photographs

6) Establish Only Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasasana in Temples and Centers

7) Conduct Temple Programs Approved by Srila Prabhupada

8) Celebrate Authorized Festivals

9) Method for Offering Food

10) Carefully Study Books Authorized by Srila Prabhupada

11) Reject Unauthorized Successor “Acaryas” or “Diksa-Gurus”

12) Avoid Disobedient, Unauthorized Ideas about Spiritual Initiation.

13) Follow Srila Prabhupada’s Authorized System for Initiations.

14) “Knowledge Should Be Taken from the Perfect Person.”

15) Practice and Preach Srila Prabhupada’s Empowered Instructions.

16) Associate With and Serve Srila Prabhupada’s Sincere Disciples.

17) Follow Srila Prabhupada’s Format for Various Functions.

18) Encourage Open Discussions Among Sincere Devotees.

19) Serve Srila Prabhupada, Cooperatively.


A Message from the Hare Krishna Society

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Additional references regarding great Vaisnavas


The Krishna consciousness movement is a global congregation based on the instructions of the Vedic scriptures, the world’s most ancient and complete books of spiritual science. Specifically, we follow the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whose activities and symptoms prove that he is the predicted great personality (shakty-avesa-avatar) who establishes the mission of God, or Krishna, worldwide. We recognize and accept that Srila Prabhupada is a pure representative of Lord Krishna and the current link in the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya. Everyone can attain full perfection by following Srila Prabhu­pada.

In numerous letters and instructions to his followers, Srila Prabhupada urged, “Please study all of my books very thoroughly.” (Letter, December 1974.) He often warned his disciples, “When the waves of maya attack, your little sentiment for Krishna may not save you. All my disciples must be thoroughly trained in the philosophy of Krishna consciousness.” (Letter, May 1972). He urged his leading preachers to diligently train devotees rather than constantly canvass for converts: “What’s the use of so many devotees if none of them are knowledgeable.” (Letter, 1972). Thus, Srila Prabhupada worked tirelessly, night and day, to carefully translate, explain and publish the most important Vaisnava scriptures, such as Srimad-Bhagavatam, Caitanya-caritamrta, Srimad Bhagavad-gita, and Sri Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu (Nectar of Devotion).

Several of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples have worked together to create this document, a collection of essential truths, or tattvas, which are like effulgent jewels gathered from SrilaPrabhupada’s books, conversations and lectures. By his preaching, Srila Prabhupada churned the ocean of transcendental nectar for the benefit of every living being in the universe, particularly his dedicated disciples. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the most munificent avatar of Lord Krishna, insisted that His devotees chant the glories of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna constantly and live purely, without material attachments. Without carefully understanding and appreciating the importance of the nitya-siddha devotees of Lord Caitanya, no one can successfully follow the transcendental sadhana and mood of service that leads irrevocably to Lord Caitanya’s fabulous benediction of pure Krishna consciousness, prema-bhakti. Without the blessings of a great Vaisnava like Srila Prabhupada, no one can advance to the higher stages of Krishna consciousness. All sastras and all great authorities confirm this principle as fundamental and everlasting.

To glorify Srila Prabhupada and the great teachers of Krishna consciousness, and to defend Their mission, we, a few disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, offer this collection of essential truths for Their pleasure. Without understanding these spiritual facts very carefully, according to guru, sastra and sadhu, the infallible Vedic authority, no one can preach or practice pure Krishna consciousness. We pray this transcendental document regarding ‘the Supreme Lord, His empowered devotees and devotional service will benefit every living being in the universe, even without their immediate knowledge. We pray that by Lord Nityananda’s divine grace, this brief but concise treatise of Krishna consciousness will help many generations of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples remain pure devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

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