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Category:Prabhupada Speaks - Room Conversations, 1976
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- A devotee is only supposed to want service, and sometimes he very much wants to be liberated to be finished with all this difficulty, isn't it?
- A karmi, he is thinking that "I am poor man. If I become rich man, I will be happy." He is thinking in that way. Jnani is thinking that "Poor and rich doesn't matter. I am Brahman. I am spirit soul. If I merge into the Supreme Brahman I will be happy"
- A lot of them are very young people coming into the movement. Do you think they really understand what they're going into when they join the Krsna movement?
- After you realize that you're not the body, then what comes next?
- All right. But in terms of specific, say, choosing, specific things, specific details (Krsna said this knowledge to Arjuna and Arjuna said to others and it is open. Everyone can take it, there is no secrecy. We have to accept only, that's all)?
- All these big, big men, let them have one set of books and study. It is not any expenditure for them, but if at their leisure hour they read some of the line - they are all intelligent men - they'll get ideas, what is this Krsna consciousness
- All they could say was how Prabhupada, how he is empowered by Lord Gauranga
- Almost everyone, except me perhaps, is concerned about death. But how about the smaller obstacles which nevertheless can make people very depressed, neurotic? How do you recognize and live with them or eliminate them?
- Also they bump one another with the drum or with each other's bodies, they dance and they bump like this. That is not bona fide is it? It is very popular in our movement now
- Am I to understand that women cannot go back to Godhead without being reincarnated to the male?
- And as soon as you deviate from it, immediately, ordinary. This is the secret. Now it is up to us, how to keep it pure. Then no enemy can kill us. Nobody can kill you. That purity is wanted
- And how long does this go on (are you say that we were perhaps something else before we were born as well? And we keep coming back in something else next time)?
- And how to surrender to God, how to do this?
- And it is sure to go through in this life if you try this (take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead)?
- And Krsna consciousness can help me attain this (happiness)?
- And that mental process, if you are working, is it a wrong mental process?
- And that they should not bump each other or dance with each other personally, distracting the attention from the Deity? Shouldn't all the dancing be focused toward the Deity?
- And the interpretation is by you yourself?
- And the purpose of sastra is to direct this minute independence so that it is not misused?
- And then were you at the university or the school or somewhere?
- And to your mind is it possible to come to God consciousness through other means than yours?
- And what do you mean by surrendering, sir?
- And what is favorable to Krsna? How one knows?
- And what will be the benefit of classifying men according to their qualities?
- And you are sure this is the truth?
- And you in turn choose others (I have been chosen by my spiritual master)?
- And your own schooling, then, in the local schools in Calcutta?
- Another question comes. Why, how the caste system has crippled our society so much, was accepted by...?
- Any question, any problem, it is solved not by the whims of the student, but it is solved by the expert master by explaining it very elaborately
- Apart from giving spiritual enlightenment, do you also..., are you also concerned for people's physical well-being?
- Are fasting and other dietary regulations necessary for leading a spiritual life?
- Are there any books particularly that focus on all this (when you are able to describe God very philosophically, scientifically, mathematically, then your education is perfect)?
- Are there any centers of the society in the Communist world?
- Are there any other Vedic scriptures that you believe speak to a situation that is greatly misunderstood today besides this?
- Are there different reasons for these higher worlds (this is only one-fourth part manifestation of God's property. The three-fourth part is the spiritual world)?
- Are there many places, let's say, beyond the physical?
- As cats and dogs, if they are practiced to run here and there, either on legs or on cars, is that advancement of civilization?
- At the age of seventy years, nobody goes out. At least from Vrndavana nobody goes at the age of seventy years. But Krsna asked me. I thought that I must go, Guru Maharaja wanted it, Caitanya Mahaprabhu... Let me try
- At the present moment, there is no intelligent class of men. All laborer, worker class of men, fourth class. No first class, second class. Therefore society is in chaotic condition. There is no brain
- Because I want to deliver the real thing, therefore in my feeble health I am prepared to go. If one man can understand, that I want to see. I am traveling all over the world to see that at least one man may understand
- Because one cannot understand, therefore He has explained karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, dhyana-yoga, hatha-yoga, this yoga. And He has explained also the meaning
- Bhagavad-gita teaches how to become a brave hero in the battlefield
- Big, big monkey, big, big belly, Ceylon jumping, melancholy
- But Swamiji, mostly educated persons, Ph.D, D.Litt., M.A., postgraduates, they are the followers of this
- But who is chanting, he must be a sincere devotee. Then his chanting will be effective. A gramophone machine will not do. He must be realized, then his chanting will be effective
- By serving the spiritual master, you keep your weapon always sharpened. And then take help from Krsna, the words of spiritual master sharpen weapon and the spiritual master is happy, then Krsna immediately will help. He gives you strength
- Can you explain to me what is good sex life and bad sex life?
- Could you go over each of the three functions you've been mentioning-eating, sleeping and sex - and tell me what specifically, what rules or hints that you would give people who are seeking spiritual enlightenment to aid in their lives in these ways
- Could you tell me a little bit about your background, when you were young, what types of things you did...?
- Do it (kirtana, and book distribution) enthusiastically. Keep yourself pure. Nobody will be able to do any harm to you. Krsna will give you protection
- Do you feel that astronauts did land somewhere, but it was some other planet?
- Do you think that some day the Krsna consciousness movement will spread to all the people in the world?
- During the present day, sir, to whom we will treat as brahmana, ksatriya and vaisya and sudra?
- Even dog is afraid, what to speak of man. The animals, when they are taken to be slaughtered, they cry. So animal is afraid of death, why not man? Everyone is afraid
- Every one of you become guru and deliver the residents of your neighborhood. Ei desa. Wherever you are living, just deliver them. Become their guru
- Everyone will become guru when he is expert disciple, but why this immature attempt? Guru is not a thing, imitation. When one is mature, he becomes guru automatically
- First of all, you must have faith that, "In this life I shall understand thoroughly about God."Then associate with persons who are busy with God's business.Then you act as they are acting.Then your misconception of material life will be finished
- Follow the rules and regulations, worship the Deity, and chant Hare Krsna mantra, as you have given, then you will remain as strong as Krsna
- For the abhiseka, do we require cow urine and cow dung and tail of cow?
- Freud's philosophy is the business of the hogs and dogs, and it has been taken as philosophy. Even the hogs and dogs know how to enjoy sex life. And they are.... On account of sex life, they have written a philosophy. Is that philosophy?
- Frozen means nasty. I never take frozen. In the beginning I thought, "Oh, it is very nice. You can get fresh vegetable." But they are not at all fresh
- Hard struggle. So Krsna gave us some facility. Now we have got some framework. Do it very cautiously
- Has anybody practiced this type of sex?
- He (Sai Baba) says, "Rice is the equivalent of God in man while the husk can be compared to desire which reduces God to man"
- He says it's always been difficult for him to keep walking or climbing up the stairs in the right direction
- He was my spiritual master, and whatever he taught, we are speaking, that's all. We don't talk any nonsense
- Here in our institute, we teach all the students practically how to become God conscious. Theoretical knowledge will not help us. There must be practical behavior
- Here in this Bhagavad-gita, it is ordered that the human society must be divided into four divisions, and they should cooperate for understanding God
- How can all sections of Hindus be made to take an equal interest and have the same sense of belonging to the Hindu religion?
- How does one establish clearly (your studies of philosophy will be perfect when you establish, "Yes, there is God.")?
- How many Mahesh Yogi has brought, disciples like this? This is my answer. Thousands of them are working here on my behalf. Just see their character and behavior
- How to give up this bad habit (Krsna is not subjected to your thinking. You have to give up this bad habit first of all, that Krsna will be subordinate to your thinking. That is not God)?
- How to seek a master? How to find a master?
- How to surrender?
- I am cutting throat of one poor animal under my protection. If somebody cuts my throat, how much I am unhappy. And I'm doing the same business and I'm human being? How can I call myself a human being? I have no sense even of compassion
- I am dealing with all neophytes. If I don't keep them alive by personal presence
- I am giving so much stress and I am working so hard on this. Because this is my life and soul according to the order of my Guru Maharaja. And by his grace it is to some extent successful. And I took it seriously. I take it seriously still now
- I am now eighty years old, I am working twenty-four hours. I think I work more than my young disciples
- I came to this foreign country without any acquaintance. So Krsna has sent so many fathers to love me. In that way I am fortunate. At the last stage if I live very peacefully, that is a great mercy of Krsna
- I have made a Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. That is my will, and I have given my will that fifty percent of the collection should be spent for reprinting the books and fifty percent should be spent for spreading the movement
- I never came here because American boys or people wanted me. They did not feel any need of my presence. But I came here, because it is my duty. My Guru Maharaja ordered me
- I never tried in India to construct big temples or even in your country we didn't. I never tried. But I was selling personally books. That is the history
- I wanted to know if Bhagavad-gita As It Is, you'd have to read Sanskrit, wouldn't you?
- If he's animal, simply eating, sleeping, mating, what he will understand? Animal is not interested to know how the world is going on. He gets his food and sex. That's all. That is animal propensity
- If human society is kept in darkness without any advanced knowledge, without any knowledge of the aim of life and without any knowledge what is the meaning of human life, they'll remain as cats and dogs
- If my mother would not have been little strict, I would not have gotten any education. My father was very lenient. So she used to force me. One man would take me to school
- If one is giving very important service, then even there is some faulty thing, excuse. Service is so important. So in the Western countries the woman can give very good service
- If one surrenders, how to know that Krsna has accepted?
- If the guru and father and the government, they are themselves rascals and fools, how they will guide? And that is the position. General public, they require guidance, but the guides themselves are rascals and fools, cheaters, bluffers
- If you have taken to Krsna consciousness, your, that current of "do it" or "do not," is stopped. Because you have agreed to do only what Krsna says. If you have actually decided like that, then you are free
- If you manufacture whims and disagree and fight amongst yourself, then it will be another edition of these so-called movements. It will lose the spiritual strength. Always remember it
- If you print books, some day somebody will read. But if we keep money, it creates disturbance. I am therefore always insisting, "Print books, Print books"
- If you remain to your principles, you can make the whole world your disciple
- If you stop kirtana, then it is ordinary
- If you want philosophy, the aim of life, the destination of life, then we can talk, what is the destination of life, what is required. If you criticize me, then I can criticize you also
- In regards to the organization of the movement
- In the family. Any formal?
- Is it recommended that a woman become a sannyasi?
- Is there any limit to the number of chances that the disciple has?
- Is there time in the higher nature?
- Jahnava devi was-Nityananda's wife. She became. If she is able to go to the highest perfection of life, why it is not possible to become guru? But, not so many
- Just see. This is the position. How low taste: hogs' and pigs' business, and write philosophy. His (Freud's) books are selling like anything
- Leadership is already there - Krsna. Just like Arjuna is learning from Krsna. So if you learn from Krsna you become perfect leader. But we do not take Krsna's instruction. We manufacture our own ideas. That is failure
- Less disease (in the country). Less brain-taxing. Everything is less. So balance time, utilize for Krsna consciousness. And if you have got temple, it is very happy life. Just for your food work little, and balance time engage yourself in K.C.
- Let them chant Hare Krsna somehow or other. "We don't want to be bothered by Hare Krsna." That means chanting Hare Krsna
- Liberty means whatever you like, you can do. That is liberty. But at the present moment, you cannot do that
- Milk is nothing but transformation of the blood. So instead of taking the blood, take the transformation and live nicely, like honest gentlemen. No. They are not even gentlemen. Rogues, uncivilized
- Money is not our aim. Our aim is how people will understand Krsna
- My disciples they are part and parcel of me. Whole mission is going on with their cooperation. But if he says that I am equal to my Guru Maharaja, then that is offense
- My father never prayed that "My son may become very rich man." He never prayed like that. Actually, his ardent desire that his son may become a Vaisnava. And my Guru Maharaja's training has put me this position
- My Guru Maharaja left alone, so he has sent so many gurus to take care of me. You are all my Guru Maharaja's representatives
- My Guru Maharaja wanted that some books should be published. So I tried my best, and he's giving success more than expectation. In the history nobody has sold religion, philosophical books in such large quantity
- My life is ended, now eighty-one. But so long I shall live I shall make no compromise, krsnas tu bhagavan svayam. Drdha-vrata. And that is a fact. Why shall I mislead people?
- My only endeavor is to understand God, that's all. There is no sectarian. And I am selling my books all over the world. So it's not that everyone is foolish
- Neophyte is neophyte. Why do you bring him to become a devotee? A devotee is different. A "one plus one equal to two," he's not mathematician. He's learning
- No one is getting any salary here (in New Mayapura), they are just working and taking...
- No, even in Ramayana and Mahabharata we find this kind of, Ekalavya was discriminated, Karna was discriminated
- Nobody was crying for this edition of Bhagavata, but we are forcing, "You must read. You must take"
- Not only one, you construct hundreds of temples. Village to village, town to... And it will revolutionize the whole rascal situation. At the present moment, it is rascal situation. They're simply satisfied by driving the motor...putputputputputputput!
- Now that he has received Krsna consciousness, he would like to know from you how he should behave in his normal life, because he'll be living very far from the temple?
- Otherwise it is ordinary movement. This same man, he's guru, so long he gives the real knowledge of Krsna. And the same man, he's ordinary man, as soon as he cannot give
- Our book distribution is the most important task in our society. Therefore I am giving so much stress and I am working so hard on this. Because this is my life and soul according to the order of my Guru Maharaja
- Our business is to stop slaughter. Meat-eating we cannot stop
- Our Gaudiya Matha people, those who were leaders, they wanted to supersede the order of Guru Maharaja. Therefore it was failure
- Our life is simple. We don't want luxury. We don't want luxury, but as we are accustomed in so many ways, as far as possible. But life should be very simple. To increase unnecessary things unnecessarily, that is material life
- Prabhupada once gave the analogy sometimes when the horse is sick, the doctor takes the pill in the hand, he puts it down the throat
- Prabhupada, you were a chemist before, but I think you are the greatest alchemist to have taken so many leaden souls and turned them into golden Vaisnavas
- Prabhupada, your temples are the real spaceships. We can go to the other planets and to Krsnaloka from your temples
- Preaching is independent. If you have got desire, you can preach in any circumstances and Krsna will help you. I have practically experienced. I went to your country without any help, without any money. Alone
- Same thing, just like a stone doll, when it is worshiped according to the regulative principles - Krsna. And the same doll, kept in the sculptor's showroom, it is stone. So if we keep our movement pure, then you are as strong as Krsna
- She's (Mrs. Marchand) asking what should a woman do if she is alone?
- Simply to understand Krsna is liberation. And that is also explained. What is that tattva? How one can understand tattvatah, that is explained by Krsna. Bhaktya mam abhijanati yavan yas casmi tattvatah. That tattva is bhakti, not karma, jnana, yoga
- Sleeping - oh, there is no limit, twenty-four hours sleeping if it is possible. Go on, this is going on. Eating, sleeping, mating. And defense - and discover atomic weapon, this weapon, that weapon, and kill innocent persons, unnecessarily, defense
- So don't spoil the movement by manufacturing ideas. Don't do that. Go on in the standard way, keep yourself pure; then movement is sure to be successful. But if you want to spoil it by whimsical, then what can be done?
- So how can one be out of this cakra?
- So I have no other goal but to have the phala of past karmas. Or can I change my fate?
- So long one wants to become Brahman, he is ignorant
- So the cows, they should be given as much as possible pasturing. If you simply drink little milk, and little vegetables, that will supply all vitamins. You do not require to take vitamin pills
- So there is agitation against chanting. That is also good. Yes, "Hare Krsna is bad"
- So we are not devotees, therefore we should first fast. And those who are devotees, they'll take as much as they like. I was telling fasting because I am not a devotee. (laughs) For me fasting is good. If I eat more-atyaharah
- So we generally speak that Arjuna was military commander. So before understanding Bhagavad-gita, he was commander, and after understanding, he remained a commander, but he became Krsna conscious
- Some of our brahmacaris, they've been drafted into the army. We've lost several devotees like that, because it's very hard for them to maintain their Krsna consciousness in the army
- Spiritual training means
- That (we go two nights a week with eighty men. Huge kirtana with five mrdangas and guitars) will make you triumphant. Go on kirtana. That is very nice. Kirtana, and book distribution. This is also kirtana
- That is our process. What Krsna has said, we say, that's all. Therefore there is little success. I don't manufacture. I have no extraordinary power or I cannot show magic or jugglery of words. But I do sincerely, to present what Krsna has said
- That much intelligence, we must have that intelligence, that who is master. Suppose if you want gold, if you do not know where gold can be purchased, then he is cheated
- The Europeans have invented tractors, and the bull is a problem. Therefore they must be sent to the slaughterhouse. So we can not create that problem. How the bull should be utilized? They should be used for transport and plowing
- The fool's, rascal's parampara is there. The father is a rogue and the son is rogue. The grandson is a rogue. What is wrong? The parampara is rogue. And if they follow God's parampara, then everything is all right
- The library party said that everywhere in Delhi they went, they found that you had already placed your three volumes of Bhagavatam
- The logic of the frog in the well
- The man, the man or woman, one who are very much sexually attached, he is a rascal. One should give up his company. And another rascal who is not a devotee of Krsna
- The real platform of unity is Krsna consciousness. Our members, although they speak different languages from different countries, but still they are united
- The whole devotional process is purificatory process. The more he is purified, he becomes high-class devotee. But the process is the path of liberation. Just like mango. The green mango, this green mango will be ripe mango. The same mango
- Their expenditure is at my direction. Not a single paisa they can spend in their own discretion. They are laboring hard to get this collection, but the money is mine. This is the arrangement
- There are no changes in the higher nature?
- There are so many translations (of the Gita). How does one decide...?
- There are too many sections of religion, Hindu religion
- There was hard struggle. It is not that so easy for... In 1965 to '66, 66-67, regular hard struggle
- There was some trouble with your movement in America recently
- These books are very revolutionary. You are very strong. You have put everything in a very clear-cut, strong words. You have attacked everyone who is not Krsna conscious, as fools and rascals
- These rascals, they're in ajnanam, dealing with sex life, dealing with the body as their philosophy, science. Dealing with the body and dealing with sex life is the animal business, and they are passing on as philosopher, scientist. This is their position
- They are accepting ignorance as knowledge. Darwin's theory. It is simply speculation on ignorance, and it has been taken as knowledge
- They are also educated, they are young men, and they are coming from respectable family. They are not dull-headed dogs. So why they are sticking to this principle unless they feel, "Yes, I am making progress"?
- They are animals. What the dogs will understand? When there is one lady dog, one dozen dog will come. Smelling the best part of the body. This is their philosophy. So Freud is that: best part of the body, he's writing philosophy
- They are preparing for installation of Radha-Krsna on September lst, (Radha-Gopinath) and otherwise the sankirtana is distributing Bhagavad-gitas, about fifteen hundred a week
- They have fashioned a way for the spacemen that they can drink their own urine and eat their own stool
- They may say that we have arbitrarily given some specific duties to different people
- They must be engaged twenty-four hours. That is wanted. It is not a lazy free hotel. Anyone lives, he must be engaged twenty-four hours
- They should follow what their spiritual master says. Book selling, there is no question of moral and immoral. They must sell. Just like in fighting. Where there is fight, the soldiers, to gain victory, there is no question of moral and immoral. He must
- They're eating meat. They have no even human sense. What is that religion?
- This landing point is very dangerous. If the pilot cannot handle very nicely, immediately smashed. The crash takes place while going up and coming down, generally. That is due to mismanagement of the pilot
- This modern civilization, it is insane, crazy civilization. There is a little pleasure in sex life - simply sex life, increase sex life, spoiling everything. That is crazy. Eating - eat anything, any nonsense thing, and become a hog
- This movement can be pushed on vigorously so long we are devotees, otherwise it will be finished. It cannot be conducted by any outsiders. No. Only the devotees. That is the secret. So long we remain devotees, our movement will go, without any check
- This sankalpa-vikalpa is there as long as we have our independence, though. Even as devotees, that accepting and rejecting? That is there even in devotees?
- This whole science is understood through service only. Everything becomes revealed. Everything is revelation. Unless one is very sincere servant, there is no revelation
- To become a spiritual master is not easy job. One must be very learned scholar and must have full realization of the self and everything
- To find sraddha, or faith to surrender. To surrender, one must have something to surrender to. What is that?
- We are about to install your murti in that temple
- We are all recklessly wasteful sons of God
- We are not idle preachers, we are working. All, very hard, more than the karmis
- We are selling books to the extent of sixty thousand dollars daily. That is our only hope, that we shall not be financially in difficulty. People are taking our books very nicely. People are accepting our literature
- We are servant; we take the remnants of foodstuff left by Krsna. We are neither vegetarian nor nonvegetarian. We are prasad-ian
- We have got business. Why shall I keep in the bank? This is the policy. If your money is idle, we can spend it in our books, in our purchasing land in temple, constructing temple, developing...
- What about that sometimes people ask us what about the pictures of man on the moon?
- What I am, then you have to study in this way, whether you are this body or you are something else. Is it not? So that is in the beginning of the Bhagavad-gita explained, dehino 'smin yatha dehe kaumaram yauvanam jara
- What is our definition of liberty, freedom, spiritual?
- What is the response in Iran?
- What is the response in the Islamic countries?
- When in the sky it is regular speed and balance, it is going nicely. There is no crisis. All crises take place while coming down and going up. Leaving the land and coming the land. I have seen sometimes, they clap as soon as they.... "The danger is over"
- When there is not a tinge of karma and jnana, that is pure bhakti. That is Krsna's mission. So everything is there, direction is there. We can guide you, not according to our whims, but according to sastra
- Whenever they make some report about India, they always make some joke about how the people will think the animals are sacred and how this is actually the real problem
- Why do we say like that? Why? Why you are bringing physical concept He is a person, He is saying. Why do you say physical, material, and this and that way. He is father
- Why you should give any importance to weakness? Weakness is weakness. Rectify it
- Woman should stay under the father, under the husband, and under the elderly sons. Nothing more
- Would you accept conclusions from science that..., only if it agreed with the Vedic scriptures?
- You are selling your books in Moscow?
- You are the greatest teacher in recorded history, Prabhupada, because your movement is so well founded in these books, more so than any religious teacher-Muhammad, Buddha, Jesus Christ. Your movement is perfectly founded even during your own lifetime
- You can do it (to surrender to Krsna) immediately, but unfortunately you'll not do it. What can be done? There is a story, I may narrate it. One poor man was begging on the street, and Lord Siva and Parvati was passing as ordinary man
- You can take Arjuna as guru. Krsna spoke to Arjuna, evam parampara-praptam. He directly listened to Him. And he's guru therefore, because the guru is by the parampara. So he understood Krsna. So you take Arjuna's instruction
- You cannot stop death. You cannot stop old age. You can manufacture advanced medicine, but why don't you stop disease? Take this pill, there will be no more disease. Where is that science
- You choose the leaders, or Krsna does and tells you, how does that work?
- You have done something very extraordinary
- You have some project here. Can you kindly explain what is that?
- You make a choice; you can change it. But as soon as you change it, God knows what you are going to do. This is very common sense
- You mentioned that soon there will not be so much use for automobiles. What will be our means of spreading the sankirtana movement?
- You should always remember that you are helping me. Without your help I cannot do anything, so you do not be disturbed. Try to help me. That is my request
- You were saying that by intelligence one can just accept what the father says will be good for him and he'll do it, but most people have such a bad experience in the material world, they get cheated so often...
- Your movement is spreading largely. Do you think that it will be welcome in the Communist countries?