Vedic literatures as authority
SB Canto 2
Conversations and Morning Walks
1977 Conversations and Morning Walks
Prabhupāda: But śāstra is the proof. Our proof is śāstra. Your proof is your śāstra. Did you go to the moon planet or you believe the newspapers? Have you gone?
Prabhupāda: Then if you can believe newspaper, why shall not believe in the Veda, Vedānta?
Gargamuni: No, but one man has come.
Prabhupāda: So one man... You have not done. You have no experience. So one man you believe authority.
Gurukṛpā: But we saw the television. They showed on the television.Prabhupāda: No. Television could not show that. You can arrange in the laboratory such television, cheat others. And you have done it. But anyway, television or man or newspaper—you believe on others. You have not personally gone. So you believe some authority. We believe some authority. What is the difference. You take newspaper as authority. We take Vedic literature as authority. Where is the difference? You have personally not gone. How do you believe? The difference is that you believe somebody, we believe somebody. I asked this question to Professor Kotovsky, that "You believe Lenin; we believe Kṛṣṇa. Then where is the difference between philosophy?" Now it is to be judged whether Lenin is all right or Kṛṣṇa is all right. That is another thing. But the principle is there. "You believe in Lenin; we believe in Kṛṣṇa. The process is the same. So where is your improvement?"