A few weeks ago I posted an article about Tilaka. In this article Srila Prabhupada was quoted saying,
Dallas Morning News,
July 22nd, 2011
An article sent by Kesava Bharati Maharaja
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In the Vaishnava tradition devotees wear the urdhva pundra made of gopi chandan commonly known as tilak.
"Tilaka means victory personified." (SPL to Tilaka devi dasi,)
As long as the jīva takes full shelter of the Supreme Lord he remains a resident of the spiritual planets, but when he forgets the innate spiritual knowledge about the Lord he is placed outside the transcendental realm. The jīva is compared to a ray of the sun, but under the cloud of maya, or the illusory energy, his conditioned state is an unconstitutional and hence unnatural term of existence.
Sunday Feast Class - Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7
Your humble servant,
Nityananda Chandra Das
Q. Prabhuji, I am asking your personal opinion on book distribution in big cities in Texas. Dhoti/tilak or jeans/pullover for showing BBT books to public. A senior book distributor devotee recommends looking like Joe Public or a yoga student to show Prabhupada’s books?
Here is my reply: