So many rascals are there. And this is the only shelter, these our centers, to be protected from all these rascals. These ISKCON centers are the only shelter. So you have to maintain it very nicely. There is no other shelter. All bogus, more or less

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"So many rascals are there. And this is the only shelter, these our centers, to be protected from all these rascals. These ISKCON centers are the only shelter. So you have to maintain it very nicely. There is no other shelter. All bogus, more or less"

Conversations and Morning Walks

1976 Conversations and Morning Walks

So many rascals are there. And this is the only shelter, these our centers, to be protected from all these rascals. These ISKCON centers are the only shelter. So you have to maintain it very nicely. There is no other shelter. All bogus, more or less. All bogus.

Prabhupāda: Śrīmad bhāgavate kiṁ vā paraiḥ (SB 1.1.2). There is no other literature required. Everything is perfect, word to word. What is that verse? Kalau naṣṭa-dṛśām?

Śāstrījī: Eṣa purāṇārko 'dhunoditaḥ (SB 1.3.43).

Prabhupāda: Simply that is the only light in this age.

Śāstrījī: Śrīmad-bhāgavataṁ purāṇam amalaṁ yad vaiṣṇavānāṁ priyam (SB 12.13.18).

Prabhupāda: Vaiṣṇavānāṁ priyam. (Bengali) So some professor has... (break) ...with this authorized literature. Somebody has not said?

Harikeśa: Yes.

Prabhupāda: Actually that is the fact. These... Therefore we don't like to read any books. Dr. Wolfe, he is suggesting. Simply waste of time. Simply waste of time. Except Vedic literature, all this nonsense.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Place for the crows.

Prabhupāda: Bās. That's all. Not for the swans. They are admitting. Otherwise how it is selling unless they are admitting the value? Maybe a few, but they are realizing. I told you that one young man, very respectable, he came to me in somewhere airport, maybe Japan or some place. So he said, "Swāmījī, can I talk with you?" And "Yes, why not?" "Where you have got so vast knowledge?" And "This is not my knowledge. I am simply translating. That's all. It is Vyāsadeva's knowledge. It is not my knowledge." Mean... He appreciated the vast stock of knowledge. That is a fact. And this rascal says, even in India, that Bhāgavata is not written by Vyāsadeva; it is latest, within Christian era.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Last thousand years.

Prabhupāda: Huh?

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Written within the last thousand years.

Prabhupāda: Yes. You know that? They say like that. So many rascals are there. And this is the only shelter, these our centers, to be protected from all these rascals. These ISKCON centers are the only shelter. So you have to maintain it very nicely. There is no other shelter. All bogus, more or less. All bogus. But you have to, not to... You quote, but the purpose of the verse you present reasonably. If you simply quote, it will not be simply very appealing: "Oh, they are simply..." Sometimes the Westerners criticize that, my that Godbrother, Sadānanda? He was criticizing that "Your presentation..." "Your" means our, this Vaiṣṇava literature. "Simply you quote some Sanskrit verse, that's all." So these Sanskrit verses should be explained for understanding of the modern people. If you simply quote, it is not very appealing. In Durban... Durban? We went to that university? You remember? That Ārya-samājī? He was speaking that "This is Hindu conception. Hindu conception." And what do you mean by Hindu conception? A child grows to become a boy. Is that Hindu conception? It is science. When Kṛṣṇa said, dehino 'smin yathā dehe kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā (BG 2.13), that's a fact. It is applicable to the Hindus, to the Muslim, to the Christian—everyone. Why do you say it is Hindu conception? So you have to present in that way. They may not think that it is Hindu conception. Because they are all rascals, unless you explain it, that this is meant for everyone, they will misunderstand that Bhāgavata is for the Hindus or for the Indians. It is for everyone. But one must realize. There is no question of Hindu conception or Muslim conception. (rattling sound) So this will go on whole day, "Cut-cut-cut-cut"?