That is the subject matter of the poetry, that "I have no hope. Who will accept this, especially in this country, so much engrossed in materialistic way of life? And I shall say, 'Give up everything.' Who will take it?"

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"That is the subject matter of the poetry, that" |"I have no hope. Who will accept this, especially in this country, so much engrossed in materialistic way of life? And I shall say" |"Give up everything" |"Who will take it"

Conversations and Morning Walks

1976 Conversations and Morning Walks

I thought, "Two months is a very long duration, because I'll not be able to do anything. As soon as I will put my program, they will be: 'Go away, please.' " I was under this impression. "Let me try." That is the subject matter of the poetry, that "I have no hope. Who will accept this, especially in this country, so much engrossed in materialistic way of life? And I shall say, 'Give up everything.' Who will take it?"

Prabhupāda: Viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param... (japa) (break) ...philosophy is very, very difficult, undoubtedly. Manuṣyāṇāṁ sahasreṣu kaścid yatati siddhaye (BG 7.3). Therefore I wrote that poetry, that "How they'll understand?"

Kīrtanānanda: Does that mean difficult to understand or difficult to practice?

Prabhupāda: It is very difficult to... Sarva-dharmān—everything to give up, except Kṛṣṇa, it is very difficult. Sarva-dharmān. They are proud if they are little rich. And America is very proud. They are trying to accumulate money, and we are trying... We say, "Give up this nonsense." Is it very easy thing, that "For Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement we shall give up everything, our attempt to earn money"? Nobody will accept it. "Our industry, our trade, our opulence—everything we shall leave?" But the meaning is that. Yes. Who will take it? Jñānīs, yogīs, the same thing—"Oh, I am so... I am great yogī. So many people considers me that I am God, and I shall give up this profession?" Is it possible? Who will do it? In the Caitanya-caritāmṛta there is a verse, eta saba chāḍi' āra varṇāśrama-dharma, niskiñcana hañā... (CC Madhya 22.93). That's it. Varṇāśrama, even varṇāśrama-dharma one has to give up. (japa) (break) ...department asked me, "Swāmījī, how long you want to stay here?" (laughs) I said... I thought that "I have got this sponsoring one month; maybe another month. (indistinct) So two months." I thought, "Two months is a very long duration, because I'll not be able to do anything. As soon as I will put my program, they will be: 'Go away, please.' " I was under this impression. "Let me try." That is the subject matter of the poetry, that "I have no hope. Who will accept this, especially in this country, so much engrossed in materialistic way of life? And I shall say, 'Give up everything.' Who will take it?"

Kīrtanānanda: But they have taken it.

Prabhupāda: And that is Kṛṣṇa.

Rāmeśvara: That's also in the poem.

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Rāmeśvara: That it is Kṛṣṇa...

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Rāmeśvara: ...the supreme mystic.

Prabhupāda: Supreme mystic. "If You like, it is possible; otherwise not possible. From calculation it is impossible." That is the subject matter.

Kīrtanānanda: But nobody before you even tried.

Prabhupāda: They came for some money or some reputation, or "England-returned." The Bon Mahārāja, this Vivekananda, and all, all these rascals who are coming, that's all. They come for some money and woman, some prestigious position, the material things. For prestigious position, for money, for women, means it is all material. They have no spiritual idea.