Prabhupāda: Fantasy? Father is not fantasy. He is fact. You are grown up. You can leave the protection of the father. But how can you deny father? Then you are a rascal. It is not good to live independent of father. If the father is rich, opulent, very kind, very merciful, why shall I leave? A father is generally, even though he's personally a bad man, he's still, he's kind, merciful to the son. That he is, actually. A rogue, he loves—just like Ajāmila. He was a rogue, but he was taking care of the youngest child. This is nature. We study that even the father is a rogue, he's kind to his children. So practically he does all nonsense things, but giving protection to the family. So why should he give up the protection of father? When we say father, means all kindness, all mercifulness, all taking care is there. Immediately. In Bengali there is a word, puputra davitra hoy, kumāra(?) A son may be bad, but a mother is never bad. Son may be bad, mother and son... Son may be bad, but the mother or father is never bad. The father may also be bad, but mother is never bad.
Hari-śauri: Cāṇakya Paṇḍita says when one instance, though...
Prabhupāda: No, no. There is exception in everything.
Prabhupāda: But the thing is, father and mother is always kind. That is natural. Extraordinarily, the mother may kill. That is another thing. Crazy. But if somebody's coming to kill his child, mother gives protection: "First of all kill me." (break) So artistic competition, subject matter was that a child is being killed before the mother, and the artist has to give expression of the face. So different artists gave expression of the face of the mother when the child is being killed before her. So one artist made a picture like this. (holding hands over his eyes) He got the first prize.
Hari-śauri: She couldn't look.
Prabhupāda: He got the first prize. Yes. You cannot express what mother's feeling is. Best thing is not to see.
Hayagrīva: That's the, ah... There are many famous paintings of Christ on the cross and his mother before..., his mother was standing before the cross.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Mother cannot see it. Impossible. Better close the eyes. That is artist's realized. How a man can paint the expression of the mother, his child being killed? It is not possible. (break) ...lesson by natures' study. Generally... Generally means that is natural: if one is under the protection of father and mother he must be happy. So why shall I give up the protection of father and mother? When my father is quite able, quite rich, and everything complete... Not that the poor father. (break) ...plainly declare, yoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham. Teṣāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ yoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham (BG 9.22). (break) ...practically see. I came to your country without any of these things. You saw.
Hayagrīva: You what?
Prabhupāda: When I came to your country first, I had no center, I had no... But who has provided all these hundred temples, big, big palaces, temples? Yoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham (BG 9.22). To remain under the protection of Kṛṣṇa you get so much facility. Why not be grateful to Kṛṣṇa? (break) Practically I was loitering on the street, and He has given me so many sons, so many houses, so many protection. Shall I not feel grateful? Is it not my duty? What is this nonsense? Kṛṣṇa gives everything, and "No, no, I don't believe in God. God is dead." All rascals. All rascals. Nonsense rascals. Who denies God, he is a nonsense rascal, immediately. Mūḍha.