Amogha: Did the Greek civilization follow the Vedic culture?
Prabhupāda: Oh, yes. They were worshiping demigods from the Vedas.
Paramahaṁsa: But they didn't have a very high standard.
Prabhupāda: These, these Vedic mantra, there is mention of so many demigods, how they were born. You do not know the meaning.
Paramahaṁsa: No, we are just chanting.
Prabhupāda: How, one after another, how one is born out of the... That is... How the brāhmaṇas were there, kṣatriyas were there—everything in Vedic... These Vedic mantra means the history of human society. And the origin is God, Kṛṣṇa, Nārāyaṇa. There are other mantras wherein it is stated, eko nārāyaṇa āsīt. "Only Nārāyaṇa was there." Neither Lord Śiva nor Brahmā. Later on, they came. When he first cites the mantra, vande mahā-puruṣa te caraṇāravindam, śiva-viriñci-nutam (SB 11.5.33). Śiva means Lord Śiva, and viriñci means Brahmā. All of them offer respect to Nārāyaṇa. Indian astrology was taken by the Arabians first. The one, two, three, four, five, six, these figures were taken from India, up to nine, then zero. Then you make all mathematical, arithmetical calculation.
Amogha: The Arabic numerals came from India?
Prabhupāda: Yes. First of all they took the one, two, three, four, five, six, seven...
Śrutakīrti: The Romans had a very complicated system.
Prabhupāda: (chuckles) If you write 1975 it will become so big. (laughter)
Śrutakīrti: Yeah. Some twenty letters.
Prabhupāda: This "Sunday, Monday," means first sun, then moon. Where they are going? They are going to hell, not in the moon. This Vedic description is right. Because first study, Sunday... That, we offer gāyatrī to the sun. So the moon is after the sun—this is the proof, first Sunday, then Monday. So if their calculation is 93,000,000 miles from here, and moon is (sic:) one million, six thousand still farther, then where they are going? If they simply follow strictly this moon expedition and they admit they have not gone, then the whole civilization will change. All wrong conclusion. But they will have to admit now. Now they are serious, and they will have to say that they've never gone to the moon. And they will have to continue this. Otherwise they will be farce before the world. They will have to continue it. Now they are in such a position.