The real platform of unity is Krsna consciousness. Our members, although they speak different languages from different countries, but still they are united

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Conversations and Morning Walks

1976 Conversations and Morning Walks

The real platform of unity is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Our members, although they speak different languages from different countries, but still they are united.

Prabhupāda: He's taken so much labor. Through English?

Hari-śauri: Romanized devanāgarī. (break)

Prabhupāda: ...books, but they are not selling with... Where is my spectacle?

Hari-śauri: No, there's hundreds and millions of books in India, all..., so many, and no one buys them. (Prabhupāda laughs)

(long pause)

Hari-śauri: The man's not very intelligent. He's showing a diagram here showing how the languages evolved through the ages. So he's put that the original language was spoken in Stonehenge, and he shows a man wearing a bearskin. (laughs) (break)

Prabhupāda: ...some central point of unity. But the disunity is increasing.

Hari-śauri: Yes.

Prabhupāda: And the real platform of unity is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Our members, although they speak different languages from different countries, but still they are united.

Hari-śauri: Purpose is the same.

Prabhupāda: Language does not make united. This Bangladesh, they speak Bengali. They write Bengali. But why they are separate? America and England, they speak the same language. Why Washington declared independence? Australia, they have also declared independence from England, just a piece of land. So there cannot be unity on any platform unless there is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Is it not?

Hari-śauri: Kṛṣṇa consciousness is the only thing that encompasses everything.

Prabhupāda: Yes. This is false idea that by language, linguistic unity, there will be unity. There are so many different examples. Pakistan, they speak Hindi also. Yes, they speak Hindi. And why there is separation? Bangladesh, they speak Bengali. Why they are separated from West Bengal? The linguistic unity is not... Any material platform, there cannot be unity. Brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā (BG 18.54). (break)

Hari-śauri: It's the white one. It's on my bed. (break)

Devotee: Hari-śauri is asking if you can take... (break)

Jagadīśa: Well, that doesn't mean I can. (indistinct background conversation between devotees; tape static) (break)

Gopāla Kṛṣṇa: Śrī Bhaktivedanta Swami, who represents... (break)

Indian lady: In our schools and college...

Prabhupāda: (Bengali) She'll understand Bengali. (Bengali) That explains. (Bengali conversation)

Indian lady: Why don't they teach this in our schools and colleges?

Prabhupāda: Because they won't take it. They'll take this unauthorized interpretation.

Indian lady: I remember, I come from Sindh, and before Partition we were taught all these religious books in our schools. But now...

Prabhupāda: Simply reading will not do. You have to learn from the right person.

Indian lady: By reading, reading, we learn.

Prabhupāda: No, if you read as it is, then you will be benefited. But if you read these rubbish commentaries, then... (speaks to another man) You inquired about that land? He wants to avoid the land.