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If you want to purchase something, once or twice you may be cheated. A third time, you are very intelligent. So even despite being cheated, you should try to find out who is the real preacher. That requires little intelligence

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General Lectures

Haṁsadūta: Right now we have so many preachers, so many other kinds of preachers in India. Then how can they get rid of them just by chanting? Prabhupāda: That is the difficulty. That is the difficulty. But you have to got little intelligent associate. Just like if you want to purchase something, once or twice you may be cheated. A third time, you are very intelligent. (chuckles) So even despite being cheated, you should try to find out who is the real preacher. That requires little intelligence.

Haṁsadūta: Right now we have so many preachers, so many other kinds of preachers in India. Then how can they get rid of them just by chanting?

Prabhupāda: That is the difficulty. That is the difficulty. But you have to got little intelligent associate. Just like if you want to purchase something, once or twice you may be cheated. A third time, you are very intelligent. (chuckles) So even despite being cheated, you should try to find out who is the real preacher. That requires little intelligence.

Guest: (indistinct) . . . but these so-called spiritual preachers are looking at you, and immediately you go they will pounce over you. Where is the guarantee . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Yes, there is such possibility. Yes.

Guest: I have discussed yesterday in the market. They were, "You are chanting with this party. What interest you have got?" I explained that "The mass have forgotten Lord Kṛṣṇa, and we are importing the importance of Kṛṣṇa from USA." (laughs)

Prabhupāda: Yes, that . . . yes. That is the fact. That is the fact.

Guest: (indistinct) . . . Then I told that, "Guru Mahārāja is Indian, but he has got no place in India . . . (indistinct) . . . and it is the Western people who are teaching us how to serve Kṛṣṇa. If I learn something from them, what is wrong with it?"

Prabhupāda: Their brain is full with hodgepodge. (laughter) You see? Brain is full with hodgepodge. They cannot understand clearly. Just see, the other day the boy was speaking that Aurobindo is greater than Kṛṣṇa. You see? How much misled they are. That is the difficulty in India. The so-called preachers, yogīs, they have filled up the brain with so many hodgepodge things that it is difficult for them. These boys in . . . they had no such hodgepodge things. They accepted Kṛṣṇa as He is, and therefore their progress is very quick.

Guest: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Guest: And some people I have told that they are the friends of Kṛṣṇa . . .

Prabhupāda: Yes. Anyone, not only they. Anyone. Kṛṣṇa says, sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja (BG 18.66). Anyone who will accept this principle, he will be elevated. That's all. But his brain is filled, "Then why Kṛṣṇa? Why not Aurobindo? He is greater than Kṛṣṇa." You see?

Guest: I don't think he is greater than Kṛṣṇa.

Prabhupāda: No.

Guest: He has told only, "Ahaṁ brahmāsmi."

Prabhupāda: Ahaṁ brahmāsmi . . . not he says, but his disciple says.

Guest: These things are wrong then. What is wrong with guru?

Prabhupāda: And why you did not follow it, that "Why? What we are . . .?" Just like Caitanya Mahāprabhu. As soon as he was addressed "Kṛṣṇa," He was doing like this, "Oh, what you are nonsense speaking?" That should be done. He was enjoying, "Yes. I am greater than Kṛṣṇa. Oh." Because he is leader of the fools, so he is a great fool. Because leader—a great man becomes leader—so he is a fool, so he is a great fool. That's all.