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Detroit (Lectures)

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Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures

Lecture on SB 5.5.9 -- Vrndavana, October 31, 1976:

Not that we want to live in big palatial building and take subscription from others. No, this is not our policy. He'll spoil the money in sense gratification, so try to engage him. This is the policy. And exactly following the footprints of Gosvāmīs, we do not require any money. We, we are quite confident Kṛṣṇa will supply all the necessities. But to engage the whole world who are spending money in so many rascaldom way, if that money is engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, they'll get a chance. This is called ajñāta-sukṛti. He does not know how he is making progress in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Ajñāta, it is unknown to him. But the person who is trying to induce him to be engaged in Kṛṣṇa's service, that is his friend, real friend. They are misunderstanding that these people are exacting money by force. Even it is done by force, it is good for the person who is contributing. But you should not use any such means, people will misunderstand.

But the policy is that his money, which is accumulated for sense gratification... In Western countries they accumulate millions of dollars and at the last moment he gives to his dog. (laughter) There are many instances, you know better than me. He has no, nobody even, because they do not marry, no children, no friend, so the dog is the best friend in Western country. Every gentleman must have this best friend, pet dog. So ultimately, because there is nobody to give, he gives it to the dog. Makes a will that my dog will get it and they'll give him jewelry, ornaments and so on, so on, so on. We have got practical experience, the big palace which we have purchased in Detroit, the man did not marry, so ultimately he bequeathed the whole estate to the dog. (laughter) And there is a tomb of the dog. (laughter)

Lecture on SB 5.5.10-13 -- Vrndavana, November 1, 1976:

So this is called regulative principle. In the previous verse, it was recommended that karmānubaddho dṛḍha āślatheta. This attachment, karmānubaddha, for this material world, everyone is busy—we have discussed many times—from morning till late at night, and night also, they are busy. Big, big factories, they are working day and night, one shift, other shift. That has become the criterion of civilization. Formerly it was less, because this ugra-karma... These factories means ugra-karma, unnecessarily severe, hard work. Unnecessarily. We have seen in Detroit, they are manufacturing one Ford, manufacturing Ford, simply wheels of the motorcar. Huge stock wheels. And somebody is manufacturing tire, huge stock of tire, and they are giving estimate: "Up till now, so many millions of tire we have manufactured." Well, you know all this. It is in your country. And then there are so many motor parts, there are three thousand small parts. So big, big factories, they are working to manufacture the parts of the motorcar, different parts of the motorcar, day and night working. And ultimately, they are preparing one car, and people are using huge quantity of cars. This is called karmānubaddha, unnecessary, ugra-karma.

Arrival Addresses and Talks

Arrival Address -- Paris, August 11, 1975:

So you will see practically these boys and girls, they are young men, young girls, they have got so many desires, but they have given up, and they are able to continue like that because they are making progress in spiritual life. So read our books, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, live very simple life, produce your own necessities. Don't go to the town. Of course, for selling books we can go. (laughter) Our policy is not that to decry material advancement of civilization, but our instruction is that do not forget your real business, self-realization. Unfortunately, material attraction is so strong that it makes us forgetting our spiritual necessities of life. So this human form of life is given by nature for fulfilling our spiritual necessities. But if we neglect, then... Read this verse from Bhagavad-gītā. Who will read? Where he has gone, Yogeśvara? Yes, read that. Yaṁ yaṁ vāpi smaran loke tyajaty ante kalevaram (BG 8.6). Find out this verse and read it. Eighth Chapter, I think. (Yogeśvara reads Bg. 8.6 in French)

So in the Western countries, they are very much fond of keeping best friend, the dog. So at the time of death if you think of your favorite dog, then in next life you become dog. But you cannot surpass the nature's law. This is the nature's law. So one gentleman, what is his name? Fisher? In Detroit, he had two dogs, and he buried them in silver casket. He was very rich man and his house is very big palace. But at the time of death, if he was thinking of this dog, and if he becomes dog next, then what is the value of this material advancement? Therefore, intelligent man shall always think of Kṛṣṇa so that at the time of..., if he is able to think of Kṛṣṇa, his life is successful. So instead of loving dog if you love God, Kṛṣṇa, then your life is successful. I think this one. Thank you very much. (end)

Arrival Address -- Toronto, June 17, 1976:

Prabhupāda: I thank you very much for arranging this nice temple in Toronto. So actually this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is the basic principle of united nations. Last night two Christian fathers came to see me in Detroit. So we were talking about this movement. So we explained... They were very much satisfied. Actually, this movement is for cleansing the heart. Caitanya Mahāprabhu's movement is the cleansing the heart. We have simply created misunderstanding on account of material concept of life. We have accepted this body: "I am this body." I am, because I am accepting that I am this body... Accidentally this body was born in India; therefore I am thinking I'm an Indian. Or accidentally the body was born in Canada or in America—I am thinking I'm Canadian or I'm Indian or I'm American. This is created. This is not the actual fact. Actual fact is that I am not this body but I am the spirit soul. Ahaṁ brahmāsmi, "I am the spirit soul." This is actual knowledge.

Initiation Lectures

Initiations -- Detroit, June 15, 1976:

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Randy prabhu?

Prabhupāda: Oh, he is not shaven-headed? You have not shaven your head? Why you have not shaven your head?

Randy: Umm, because I have a full-time job. I work in a company.

Prabhupāda: Hmm? What is that full-time job?

Mādhavānanda: He's working at a very responsible job.

Prabhupāda: Somewhere. Where?

Mādhavānanda: At Burroughs Corporation.

Prabhupāda: All right. So what are the rules and regulations?

Randy: The four principles are no meat-eating, no gambling, no intoxication, no illicit sex life.

Prabhupāda: So, what?

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Ramiya.

Prabhupāda: Ramiya dāsa. Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Jim prabhu, Jim from Detroit.

Prabhupāda: Tad-viddhi praṇipātena (BG 4.34). Praṇipātena. This is praṇipāt. So what are the rules and regulations?

Jim: No eating of meat, fish or eggs, no illicit sex, no intoxication, and no speculation.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Jiyātulya.

Prabhupāda: Jiyātulya dāsa.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: John from Detroit. Not John D., just John.

Prabhupāda: Hmm. You are also responsible officer?

Mādhavānanda: Yes.

Prabhupāda: So what are the rules and regulations?

John: No illicit sex life, no meat-eating, no gambling and no intoxication.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Juṣya.

Prabhupāda: Juṣya dāsa. Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Initiations -- Detroit, June 15, 1976:

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. You know what are the rules and regulations?

Margaret: No meat-eating, no illicit sex life, no intoxication, and no gambling.

Prabhupāda: She's married.

Mādhavānanda: To that boy

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Mihira-kanyā.

Prabhupāda: Mihira-kanyā.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: John D.? From Detroit. John D.

Prabhupāda: (japa) What are the rules and regulations?

John D.: No gambling, no intoxication, no illicit sex, no intoxication, no eating meat.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Paramparā dāsa.

Prabhupāda: Paramparā das.

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