If they do not accept authority, why they become authority? Who will accept them? If everything is depending on mental speculation, then why they should be accepted as authority?

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Conversations and Morning Walks

1975 Conversations and Morning Walks

If they do not accept authority, why they become authority? Who will accept them? If everything is depending on mental speculation, then why they should be accepted as authority?.

Prabhupāda: That's all right, but others accept it.

Yaśomatīnandana: Yes, the vast people do accept.

Prabhupāda: Vedavyāsa is accepted by Śaṅkarācārya. Vyāsadeva. Vyāsa-guru.

Yaśomatīnandana: They think that some Vaiṣṇava wrote it and put the name of Vedavyāsa. They are so demoniac.

Prabhupāda: Yes, they say like that. Then other ācāryas, they are also fools?

Yaśomatīnandana: I think they place all the other ācāryas after Śaṅkarācārya.

Prabhupāda: ...ācāryas. But their paramparā system is very old. (aside:) Hare Kṛṣṇa. (break) ...Bhagavad-gītā? No.

Yaśomatīnandana: They don't accept it as... They do not accept Gītā as spoken by some person Kṛṣṇa five thousand years ago on the battlefield.

Prabhupāda: Anyway, do they accept the authority of Bhagavad-gītā or not?

Yaśomatīnandana: They say it's a very nice book of knowledge. They don't want to pursue spiritual life.

Prabhupāda: Then why they become authority?

Yaśomatīnandana: Yes, that is their rascaldom.

Prabhupāda: If they do not accept authority, why they become authority? Who will accept them? If everything is depending on mental speculation, then why they should be accepted as authority?

Yaśomatīnandana: That they cannot answer. Only insincere people, foolish people, they are misled by them. Otherwise I don't think anybody even knows their philosophy. Everyone knows your philosophy because they see your disciples, and no one goes to read their books. Mostly I see in their books, "First edition, copies two thousand," "three thousand," something like that. And you never see a second edition.

Indian man: (Hindi) (break)

Prabhupāda: ...Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu for the last twelve years he was lying idle, and this time he went, and people appreciated so much he was giving delete. He is advertising like that.