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I did not ask my students to marry to become a lost child. I wanted to give them some facility, because you cannot do without wife. But now I am seeing that some of them are slipping away

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"I did not ask my students to marry to become a lost child. I wanted to give them some facility, because you cannot do without wife. But now I am seeing that some of them are slipping away"

Conversations and Morning Walks

1971 Conversations and Morning Walks

I did not ask my students to marry to become a lost child. I wanted to give them some facility, because you cannot do without wife. But now I am seeing that some of them are slipping away. This is not to be done, no. Every one of us as good as sannyāsī because we have sacrificed everything for Kṛṣṇa. Sannyāsī does not mean simply having no wife and children, he's a sannyāsī. No. Nothing to possess except Kṛṣṇa. That is sannyāsī.


Darsana -- June 28, 1971, San Francisco:

Prabhupāda: Anyone shall . . . (indistinct)

Come on. Śyāmasundara inaugurated this Ratha-yātrā here. You know? I advised him to perform Ratha-yātrā on a motorcar, and that was the first Ratha-yātrā. Then gradually it came to car, now it is three. It is very nice. We are improving. More improve, more and more. Your prasādam this year, I think it is not sufficiently distributed. Why?

Makhanlāl: Not sufficient amount, you mean?

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Makhanlāl: Not sufficient menu?

Prabhupāda: Yes. In previous year . . . anyone? Everyone you have got? All right. So this is the difference. I have been in Moscow. So there is . . . I couldn't find this. I could not eat fruit. Now your country, Kṛṣṇa has given so nice, you see, so nice flowers, and so nice Vaiṣṇavas. And that country is very proud of advancing, but there is no fruit, there is no flower, there is no Vaiṣṇava and there is no freedom. And this is the . . . they are proud. You see? "We are advanced." This is the . . .

There is a story, one worshiper of Durgā . . . in Bengal, they worship Durgā-mātā. So it is a story, the Durgā-mātā, the Goddess Durgā, is asking the devotee, "My dear boy, you are happy?" "Yes, mother, I am very happy. Simply two things wanting." "What is this?" "I have no food, I have no clothing." Just see.

This is story, just try to understand that, "I am happy, but two things wanting: no food, no clothing." You see? But is that happiness—no food, no clothing? Similarly, this Russian country, they are very much proud of advancement, but no food sufficient and no freedom. No food and no freedom, that's all. This is the sum and substance.

So in your country also that position may come. Now in America you are happy. Because the nature is changing. Jagat. Jagat means which is changing. So before any further changes come, you spread this Kṛṣṇa consciousness all over your country. You see? Utilize these fruits and flowers for Kṛṣṇa and be happy. Don't slip down. You see? That is my request. Whatever I could do, I have done. Now it is up to you to spread this movement all over the world. Don't go away. You see? There is some tendency, somebody. Therefore, I ask you, no. You see?

This is all nonsense. This is māyā's peeping, "Why you are working so hard for a sentiment, chanting and dancing? Come on, take to service and be happy with your wife and children." This is māyā. This is māyā. I did not ask my students to marry to become a lost child. I wanted to give them some facility, because you cannot do without wife. But now I am seeing that some of them are slipping away. This is not to be done. No.

Every one of us as good as sannyāsī, because we have sacrificed everything for Kṛṣṇa. Sannyāsī does not mean simply having no wife and children, he's a sannyāsī. No. Nothing to possess except Kṛṣṇa. That is sannyāsī. One should know that "I will have simply Kṛṣṇa, nothing more." Then he is sannyāsī. This mentality, that "I have nothing to serve; I have nobody to serve except Kṛṣṇa." But if you serve Kṛṣṇa, you will serve everyone.

Just like I was teaching this Indian gentleman. The same process: If you pour water on the root of the tree, automatically the branches, the leaves and the flowers are all served. If you put the foodstuff here, not here, not here, then automatically this is served. Although the foodstuff is here, automatically this is served, this is served, this is served, this is . . . everybody served. This is practical. If you serve Kṛṣṇa, then all service will be included. They are serving humanitarian and so on.

Suppose I, I am Indian, I came to your country. Why I came to your country in this old age? That is service. To give Kṛṣṇa conscious, that's the best service. Without any distinction of caste, creed, country, color. No. Everyone should have Kṛṣṇa. This is the best service. Go everywhere, every part of the world, and give Kṛṣṇa. That is the best service you can do.

And actually, they are now feeling, because they are Indians. Even in India, where there are so many devotees of Kṛṣṇa, but when they saw "These American devotees are so nice," thirty thousand people were coming daily. And what was our magic? This man was asking me, "Swāmījī, what magic you have got?" And "I have got this magic: that I don't tell lie. I don't make 'This rascal is God.' God is Kṛṣṇa. That is my magic. I don't bluff people. Here is God. See God, be with God, serve God. That's my business."

Why God should be unseen? You see Kṛṣṇa. If Kṛṣṇa says . . . Kṛṣṇa says that, "I am taste of the water," while you are drinking water, tasting, "Oh, here is Kṛṣṇa." As soon as you see sunshine, moonshine, "Oh, here is Kṛṣṇa." As soon as there is a nice flavor, "Oh, here is Kṛṣṇa." Puṇyo gandhaḥ pṛthivyāṁ ca tejaś cāsmi vibhāvasau (BG 7.9). These are all described in the Bhagavad-gītā, Seventh Chapter. Where is Bhagavad-gītā? Just turn to Seventh Chapter. Somebody come up to this.

So it is very important movement. You take it very seriously and spread it.