Deny the authority
- 1 Srimad-Bhagavatam
- 2 Lectures
- 3 Conversations and Morning Walks
SB Preface and Introduction
SB Canto 1
SB Canto 4
Bhagavad-gita As It Is Lectures
Conversations and Morning Walks
1974 Conversations and Morning Walks
Indian man (2): He's denying the authority of Vaiṣṇava...
Prabhupāda: No, no, Vaiṣṇava does not say...
Indian man (2): He denied the authority of Buddhist, and not Vedas, see what he says...
Prabhupāda: No, no, no, you read it.
Indian man (2): Na vaksyam sarva-tamasaṁ yajña-śiṣṭam abhipacchet.(?)
Prabhupāda: Ah! Even it is yajña-śiṣṭam...
Indian man (2): Then also you should not eat.
Indian man (2): You should not eat.
Indian man (2): That is what it says.
Prabhupāda: That is means denying the authority of Vedas. Vedas say you can eat meat after yajña.
Indian man (2): But he says no, you should not eat.
Prabhupāda: But therefore he's denying the authority of Vedas.
Indian man (2): You should, you should not eat meat even Veda says.
Prabhupāda: Yes, therefore he's denying.
Indian man (2): Yes, but doesn't matter. I don't want to eat meat even the way... Even if you sacrifice a goat here and offer...
Prabhupāda: You cannot...
Indian man (2): Na caiva...
Prabhupāda: ...deny the authority of Vedas.
Indian man (3): Vedas...
Prabhupāda: You may not eat, that is a different thing. But the Vedic authority... Just like, suppose the law says, "This man should be hanged." If you say, "No, even if he is criminal, he should not be hanged," that means denying the authority of law. You cannot say this.
Indian man (4): That's right. All right.
Indian man (2): So you must eat their meat if it is...
Prabhupāda: No, no, no... You should not eat.
Indian man (2): That is what he says...Prabhupāda: That's... You see? He does not know what is the scheme of Vedas. You cannot stop meat-eating all of a sudden. But you can raise some restriction. These rascals who are meat-eaters, if you say, "Don't eat meat," he'll never do that. Therefore, "Yes, you can eat meat, just after offering to the goddess Kālī," and in this way, that means, once in the month, that means restricted. Restricted. So, Vedas means they're taking gradually, not that, like a foolish, "You don't do this." You cannot do that. That is Vedic authority. The Vedas are meant for everyone. Those who are meat-eaters, you cannot stop them all of a sudden. Similarly, drunkards. You cannot stop them, drunkards, "Don't drink." They'll not hear you. Therefore restriction. "Yes, you can drink, after offering to the devī," and that means restriction. So what is the meaning of marriage? Because sex like the cats and dogs, stop it. Just get married. In this way, otherwise, you may say "No marriage." Just like, the other day these sannyāsīs come, because saw woman was sitting, they'll not enter. But I saw their teeth was so unclean, and the dress was never washed. But they have got this restriction, no seeing of woman.
Prabhupāda: You cannot deny the authority of Vedas. Suppose you are following ahiṁsā, you cannot say that "State should not anymore hang anybody." That you cannot say. You follow.
Indian man (3): Shall I read it?
Indian man (3): Vabhicaro na kartavyaḥ pumvi stri...(?)Prabhupāda: Now, my point is that Buddhism was rejected from India because he's decried the authority of Vedas.
1976 Conversations and Morning Walks
Dr. Kneupper: What do you understand is man's place in nature? Should he invent, let's say, electricity? Should he invent machines? Do you think these are good or should he just leave those alone?
Prabhupāda: Well, these are good or bad. Suppose if there was no, this comfortable pad. That does not mean that I cannot sit. If there was no electricity, it does not mean we would have died.
Dr. Kneupper: No.
Prabhupāda: There was lamp. We were doing that. So we don't condemn electricity, but it does not mean because we have got electricity, we shall deny the authority of God. That is rascaldom.
Dr. Kneupper: Yes.Prabhupāda: That is rascaldom. You might have improved from the oil lamp to electricity. That does not mean that you have the control over God.