According to Vedic system, there are four pillars of sinful life, just like this table is on the four pillars. So one pillar is illicit sex; another, meat-eating; another, intoxication; and another, gambling

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Conversations and Morning Walks

1974 Conversations and Morning Walks

According to Vedic system, there are four pillars of sinful life, just like this table is on the four pillars. So one pillar is illicit sex; another, meat-eating; another, intoxication; and another, gambling. So at least the brahmanas, the priestly heads of religion, the king and the public leader, they should stop these four sinful activities. The leaders of the society, they must be sinless. Then the human society will make nice progress.

Prabhupāda: Tolerance. If one is nonviolent, he must learn tolerance. We pray Lord Buddha: nindasi yajña-vidher ahaha śruti-jātam: "My Lord, you, for the time being, you are decrying the Vedic authority." Nindasi yajña-vidher ahaha śruti-jātam. Śruti-jātam means Vedic rituals. Śruti means Vedas. It is learned by hearing. Why he decried the Vedic rituals? Sadaya-hṛdaya darśita-paśu-ghātam: "You are so much compassionate by seeing animals sacrificed," animal killing. Sadaya-hṛdaya darśita-paśu-ghātam. Ghātam means killing. So he wanted to stop this animal killing, sinful life. Keśava dhṛta-buddha-śarīra jaya jagadīśa hare: "My Lord, you have appeared now as Lord Buddha. I offer my respectful obeisances unto you." Our... I think picture is there, Lord Buddha's picture.

Yogeśvara: In the Bhagavad-gītā?

Prabhupāda: No, no. Not Bhagavad-gītā.

Dhanañjaya: The Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

Prabhupāda: Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, back side, the daśāviddha. Daśāviddha you do not see?

Pṛthu-putra: (explains in French the picture in Second Canto)

Prabhupāda: He was Hindu in the beginning. (aside:) Come on. He was prince, then he became renounced and he was known as Lord Buddha. So Lord Buddha also started his system for stopping animal killing. Lord Jesus also said, "Thou shall not kill." Unfortunately, the animal killing is not stopped. We are therefore teaching our followers "No meat-eating," so that if people stop meat-eating, automatically animal killing will be stopped. According to Vedic system, there are four pillars of sinful life, just like this table is on the four pillars. So one pillar is illicit sex; another, meat-eating; another, intoxication; and another, gambling. So at least the brāhmaṇas, the priestly heads of religion, the king and the public leader, they should stop these four sinful activities. The leaders of the society, they must be sinless. Then the human society will make nice progress. In the Bhagavad gītā it is stated, yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas.

yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas
tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute
lokas tad anuvartate
(BG 3.21)

Ācarati.

Yogeśvara: What is second line?

Prabhupāda: Sa yat pramāṇam kurute. In the 'yad' you did not find?

Yogeśvara: Y-a-d?

Prabhupāda: Yes, y-a-d. Yad yad.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas.

Prabhupāda: Mm.