Srila Prabhupada On Matter

Srila Prabhupada’s quotes on the importance of study of matter to understand Lord Krishna.

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“The subject of the Bhagavad-Gita entails the comprehension of five basic truths. Isvara, the supreme controller, and the jivas, the controlled living entities, Prakrti (material nature), Time (the duration of existence of the whole universe or the manifestation of material nature) and Karma (activity).”
Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Introduction

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“Kṛṣṇa says that out of many millions of people, one may understand Him. But, by chanting of this Hare Kṛṣṇa, as introduced by Lord Caitanya—chanting and dancing—you can understand Kṛṣṇa within a very short time. Knowledge begins not from Kṛṣṇa, but from things which we are accustomed to see every day.”
Krishna Consciousness – The Topmost Yoga System

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“No, apart from Puranas and Vedic literatures, scientifically it is the modern science, according to their way, we can convince. Puranas you may not believe the authority. I may not believe. But scientific truth has to be accepted.”
Room Conversation, Bombay, March 31, 1977

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“And as soon as we say from shastra, they will say it is all mythology. Then how you’ll meet?”
Room Conversation, Washington D.C., July 3, 1976

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“At a time when material science predominates all subjects—including the tenets of religion— it would be enlivening to see the principles of the eternal religion of man from the viewpoint of the modern scientist.”
Easy Journey to Other Planets

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“Unless one has been trained by a spiritual master, he cannot understand what is spirit and what is matter. […] As an expert mineralogist or geologist can understand where there is gold and can then invest his money to dig there and chemically separate the gold from the ore, an expert spiritualist can understand where the soul is within matter. One who has not been trained cannot distinguish between gold and stone. Similarly, fools and rascals who have not learned from an expert spiritual master what is soul and what is matter cannot understand the existence of the soul within the body.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 7.7.21 Purport

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“When the mind is fixed upon the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His external feature made of the material modes of nature—the gross universal form—it is brought to the platform of pure goodness.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 5.16.3

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“Those who are in control of the external energy of the Lord, or in other words those who are in the material world, must first of all know how the external energy of the Lord is working under the direction of the Supreme Personality, and afterwards one may try to enter into the activities of His internal energy.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 2.4.6 Purport

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“The principle of matter [mahat-tattva] is the consciousness of the omnipresent Lord, as asserted by the experts…”
Srimad Bhagavatam 2.1.35

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“Durga-shakti is working by the direction of Govinda…Therefore the neophyte devotee, instead of jumping at once to the platform of transcendental pastimes presented by the internal energy of the Lord, may know how great the Supreme Lord is by inquiring about the process of His creative energy. In the Caitanya-caritamrta also, descriptions of the creative energy and the Lord’s hand in it are explained, and the author of Caitanya-caritamrta has warned the neophyte devotees to be seriously on guard against the pitfall of neglecting knowledge about Krishna in regard to how great He is. Only when one knows Lord Krishna’s greatness can one firmly put one’s unflinching faith in Him.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 2.4.6 Purport

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“The gross materialists, however, do not believe in the anti-material worlds of the Personality of Godhead. They are therefore unfortunate creatures, although sometimes very talented, educated and advanced otherwise. They are bewildered by the influence of the material manifestation and are devoid of knowledge of things anti-material. It is a good sign, therefore, that the materialistic scientists are gradually progressing toward the region of the anti-material world, Vaikunta. It may even be possible for them to make sufficient progress to be able to know the details of this anti-material world, where the Personality of Godhead resides as the predominating figure and where the living entities live with Him and serve Him.”
Easy Journey to Other Planets

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“In time, material scientists may also know how we can communicate with the Vaikuntha world.”
Sri Caitanya-caritamrita Adi-lila 1.50 Purport

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“The Supreme Personality of Godhead is actually realized in the vision of a material philosopher and scientist through the manifestations of His material energy.”
Sri Caitanya-caritamrita Adi-lila 6.14-15 Purport

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“Those who are seers of the truth have concluded that of the nonexistent there is no endurance, and of the existent there is no cessation. This seers have concluded by studying the nature of both.”
Bhagavad Gita 2.16

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“Material universes comprise only a fraction (one fourth) of the creative energy of the Godhead. The majority (three fourths) of the Lord’s creative energy is manifested in the spiritual sky… These instructions of the Brahma-samhita and Bhagavad-Gita may be finally confirmed by the material scientist as he researches into the existence of the anti-material world.”
Easy Journey to Other Planets

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“Therefore His teachings, crude, teachings, cannot be now applied to the modern advanced educated people. That was suitable for those people. Now people have advanced in science, in philosophy. Now God consciousness …and should be presented on the basis of science and philosophy. Otherwise people will not accept.”
Room Conversation, London, August 9, 1971

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“The Lord definitely says that no one is more dear to Him than one who is always engaged in the preaching work of the Lord’s name and fame all over the world. The scientific discoveries of the material world can also be equally engaged in carrying out His order.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.36 Purport

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“This verse is the potential basis of great scientific research work, for it explains how subtle forms are generated from the ethereal element, what their characteristics and actions are, and how the tangible elements, namely air, fire, water and earth, are manifested from the subtle form.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.26.34 Purport 

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“Scientific knowledge engaged in the service of the Lord and all similar activities are factually hari-kirtana, or glorification of the Lord.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.22 Purport

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“Religion will not be accepted in modern civilization if it is not accepted from a scientific point of view.”
Easy Journey to Other Planet [Quoting Dr. S. Radhakrishnan with approval]

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“So now you all Ph.D.’s must carefully study the details of the 5th Canto and make a working model of the universe. If we can explain the passing seasons, eclipses, phases of the moon, passing of day and night, etc. [“The movements of Rähu cause both solar and lunar eclipses.”] Then it will be very powerful propaganda. I am sending this letter to you, and you can make photocopies of it and send to our other Ph.D.’s and begin serious research into the matter in detail.”
Letter to Svarupa Damodara, April 27, 1976

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“’I enter into this universe, and by My prowess they [the planets] are floating [Bg. 10.42].’ These hints are there. Now you are a scientist; if you are actually devotee, then you try to explain from your scientific explanation that this floating is possible because God has entered within it. That is your duty. And because you’re scientist, your explanation from the scientific point of view, how God has entered, how He is acting, that will be very well received by the public. So that will be great service.”
Room Conversation, Mexico, May 4, 1972

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“The pure devotees of the Lord, however, can equally relish the nectar in the form of the profound philosophical discourses [about material creation] and in the form of kissing by the Lord in the räsa dance, as there is no mundane distinction between the two.”
Srimad Bhagavatam 2.4.24 Purport