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And to your mind is it possible to come to God consciousness through other means than yours?

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Conversations and Morning Walks

1976 Conversations and Morning Walks

I say if it is possible, then it is all right.

Interview with Newsday Newspaper -- July 14, 1976, New York:

Interviewer: There are different way to express oneself or different languages one can learn. Similarly, I would think there would be different ways to get to consciousness.

Prabhupāda: Different ways may be, but if you actually come to that consciousness, that different way is approved. Otherwise it is bogus.

Interviewer:. Other way?

Prabhupāda: It is bogus.

Rāmeśvara: You judge by the results.

Prabhupāda: If you come to God consciousness, either through the Christian process or Chinese process or Indian process, it doesn't matter. But if you do not come to God consciousness, then it is all bogus.

Interviewer: But you can come to God consciousness through a variety of paths.

Bali-mardana: He's saying that. He's saying "if."

Rāmeśvara: He says, "But you can come to God consciousness by different processes."

Prabhupāda: No, different processes... Our...

Bali-mardana: Can do.

Prabhupāda: No, it is not that. The aim is to come to the God consciousness. And the means may be different. So that means is justified by the end. If at the end, you do not come to God consciousness, then whatever process you have, that is bogus. That is not bona fide.

Interviewer: You say it works?

Prabhupāda: If it works, it is bona fide. If it does not work, then it is bogus.

Interviewer: And to your mind is it possible to come to God consciousness through other means than yours?

Prabhupāda: I say if it is possible, then it is all right.

Interviewer: Is it possible?

Prabhupāda: Yes, if it is possible.

Interviewer: Is it, though? (laughter)

Rāmeśvara: That you have to see.

Prabhupāda: No, thing is that...

Hari-śauri: That you have to see. You have to judge whether you are going to get that result.

Prabhupāda: Yes. People... Whether he is coming to God consciousness or dog consciousness, two things are there. Consciousness means when he understands that "I am part and parcel of God. I am servant of God." Then it is all right. But if he is thinking that "I am servant of dog," then it is not proper way.

MadhuGopaldas +, Rishab +  and Rohit +
August 12, 0011 JL +
January 20, 0014 JL +
BG: 0 +, SB: 0 +, CC: 0 +, OB: 0 +, Lec: 0 +, Conv: 1 +  and Let: 0 +