Morning Walk

Type:
Morning Walk
Date:
June 10
Year:
1976
Place:
Los Angeles

[morning walk is a drive in car, due to rain] 

Prabhupāda: The prisoners… Haridāsa Ṭhākura was very well known, so all of them assembled and offered him respect. Haridāsa Ṭhākura blessed them, “Stay in this condition.” [laughs] So they were surprised, that “We offered respect, and the blessing is that ‘Stay in this condition.’ ” Then they were explained, “ ‘Stay in this condition’ means your attitude to offer respect to a Vaiṣṇava.” That was the intent, [chuckling] not that “You stay in the prison house.” Viṣṇu, Vaiṣṇava, offering respect… [break] …ārādhanam. When Pārvatī inquired from Lord Śiva what is the best form of worship, he advised, viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param: “Oh, to worship Lord Viṣṇu is the best form of…” Then he said, tasmāt parataraṁ devi tadīyānāṁ samarcanam [Padma Purāṇa]: “And greater than viṣṇor ārādhana, Viṣṇu worship, is to worship tadīyānām, anything in connection with Viṣṇu.” Anything… That is Vaiṣṇava. Just like we are worshiping tulasī, tulasī plant. Why tulasī plant? It is a plant only, not even human being. Tadīyānām. Because tulasī is liked by Kṛṣṇa. Tadīyānām. Similarly, anything in connection with Viṣṇu, to worship, that is better than Viṣṇu worship. 

Kīrtanānanda: King Pratāparudra, he got the clothes of Caitanya Mahāprabhu? 

Prabhupāda: Hmm? 

Kīrtanānanda: Caitanya Mahāprabhu sent some cloth to King Pratāparudra, and he worshiped it just like Viṣṇu. 

Prabhupāda: Yes, yes, yes, yes. 

Hari-śauri: Oh, I’ve got a handkerchief here, Śrīla Prabhupāda. 

Prabhupāda: Viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param… [japa] [break] …philosophy is very, very difficult, undoubtedly. Manuṣyāṇāṁ sahasreṣu kaścid yatati siddhaye [Bg. 7.3]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 7.3

Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth.
. 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]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 22.93

"Without hesitation, one should take the exclusive shelter of Lord Kṛṣṇa with full confidence, giving up bad association and even neglecting the regulative principles of the four varṇas and four āśramas. That is to say, one should abandon all material attachment.
. 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. 

Rāmeśvara: This Reverend Moon, he has started a very big movement among Christians. His philosophy is that the mission of Jesus Christ was to have sex life so that there will be perfect children. 

Prabhupāda: Just see what nonsense he is. 

Rāmeśvara: And they crucified him before he was married. 

Prabhupāda: Even Christ… Eh? 

Rāmeśvara: His philosophy is that Jesus Christ was crucified before he got himself married and had some children—“Therefore I am the new…, Jesus Christ again, coming to make children. I am the new Messiaḥ.” 

Prabhupāda: This rascal is… And foolish persons are accepting him. How… No, they are doing that. They are sanctioning homosex, sanctioning abortion. They’ve lost. Christianity and all… [japa] This is Beverly Hill? No. Social [indistinct]. 

Rāmeśvara: This is nearby. [break] Today, Śrīla Prabhupāda, the biggest magazine in the West United States is coming to try to get your interview at 10 o’clock, or 10:30 this morning, something like that. It’s called Los Angeles Magazine. It’s for the West United States. 

Hari-śauri: What’s the circulation… [break] 

Prabhupāda: [laughing] And if we don’t believe they have gone to moon planet, they will reject us. They will immediately take as “Oh, these people are crazy fellows.” Even if you give sufficient reason or argument, they will not take it. That is their obstinacy. 

Rāmeśvara: They’re convinced by the photographs. 

Prabhupāda: Eh? 

Rāmeśvara: They have some photographs of the men in the spacesuits walking around on that other planet. 

Kīrtanānanda: But they are convinced because the scientists have told them. They believe the scientists. They have faith, and the scientists can tell them anything, and they’ll believe it. 

Prabhupāda: Yes, that is… That is the disease. 

Kīrtanānanda: They have put faith. Everyone has faith. You cannot live without having faith in somebody. So they put their faith in the scientists, and we are saying it is wrong. 

Hari-śauri: Yeah. Nobody could possibly believe that the scientists would cheat them. They think they are very intelligent, honest men. 

Prabhupāda: No, we have got our faith—in Kṛṣṇa. Similarly, they have got their faith—in scientists. 

Hari-śauri: That article in the last BTG, Sadāputa, he said, “So what it boils down to is they are putting their faith in chance, and we are putting our faith in God.” 

Prabhupāda: Yes. That is statement of the scientists. Ādau śraddhā [Brs. 1.4.15]: in everything, faith is the beginning. Ādau śraddhā. Without faith you cannot make any progress. [break] …reporter, in 1970, he saw me. I told, “This is all simply childish.” He remembers that. Is it not? 

Rāmeśvara: Yes. 

Prabhupāda: That is after eight years. Actually it is proved, and still, they… [break] What is this dome? [break] 

Rāmeśvara: …street has more banks than any other street in America, Wilshire Boulevard. Everywhere, banks everywhere. [break] 

Prabhupāda: Wilshire, yes. I remember. There is a park. Soldiers, there are soldiers in a corner. I used to come to that park. [break] …this rich… [break] …say it is the costlier quarter in America. [break] …he has got a house here. 

Hari-śauri: George Harrison? 

Rāmeśvara: Yes, also Ravi Shankar. 

Prabhupāda: He has got a house? 

Rāmeśvara: Yes. 

Prabhupāda: Ravi Shankar has become so rich? [break] …ago some portion of Calcutta was like this, such green and houses like that. Not very big houses. [japa

Hari-śauri: It’s certainly a very opulent area. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. They are opulent with dogs also. As soon as you walk on the street, so many dogs will bark. [japa] [break] …park. [break] 

Rāmeśvara: People who live here, whole two blocks… 

Prabhupāda: Private house. 

Rāmeśvara: This is a richer district. 

Hari-śauri: “No Trespassing.” 

Prabhupāda: Huh? 

Hari-śauri: There’s a big sign on the gate. It says, “No Trespassing.” [break] 

Prabhupāda: …patrolling here always to stop trespassing. 

Rāmeśvara: Always living in fear. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. Sadā samudvijña-dhiyam asad-grahāt [SB 7.5.5]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.5.5

Prahlāda Mahārāja replied: O best of the asuras, King of the demons, as far as I have learned from my spiritual master, any person who has accepted a temporary body and temporary household life is certainly embarrassed by anxiety because of having fallen in a dark well where there is no water but only suffering. One should give up this position and go to the forest [vana]. More clearly, one should go to Vṛndāvana, where only Kṛṣṇa consciousness is prevalent, and should thus take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
. As soon as you accept material things as everything, immediately bhaya. Āhāra nidrā maithuna bhaya. [japa] [background conversation about this being area where Sharon Tate was killed] [break] …country, they’ll not allow any individual person to live so comfortably. No. Illegal. If you have got money, then give it to the government. The ministers will enjoy it. This is democracy. Democracy means “Somehow or other, I capture the government, and whatever money you have got, I snatch it from you, and then I enjoy.” This is democracy. Dasyu-dharma. In Bhāgavata it is said dasyu-dharma, the business of the rogues. How is that? “If I can earn some money and keep it for myself, I have no right?” This is communistic idea: “Make everyone poor.” Here is police, two cars. Police we saw. 

Hari-śauri: They can’t raise the standard up, so they bring it all down. 

Rāmeśvara: That’s their idea of equality. 

Prabhupāda: Eh? 

Rāmeśvara: That’s their idea of equality. All men are equal, so no one should have more money. 

Hari-śauri: Make everyone a śūdra. 

Rāmeśvara: That’s what you wrote in Caitanya-caritāmṛta, that Communism is a movement of śūdras. 

Prabhupāda: Yes, they’re śūdras. [break] 

Hari-śauri: There’s a very popular slogan now in Australia. 

Prabhupāda: Equality. 

Hari-śauri: No, “Make the rich pay.” 

Prabhupāda: Oh. 

Hari-śauri: They are so much envious of those persons with more money. 

Prabhupāda: India also, that. “Make the rich pay.” 

Hari-śauri: In England also that’s the prevalent theme now. That has accounted for the demolishing of the aristocracy in England more than anything, the government heavily taxing them so that anyone with money now is… 

Prabhupāda: It is finished. In England, aristocrat is finished. 

Hari-śauri: Yes. 

Prabhupāda: They’re all selling their property. They cannot maintain. Even the Queen cannot maintain her establishment, but because it is government… The Buckingham Palace was not repaired for many years. Last time, when I went there, I saw it is repaired now. Before that, three, four times I went, it is blackish, the stone. It is made of stone. The stone had become black. That means many years it was not repaired. 

Hari-śauri: What they do now if they have some big house in the country and they want to keep it, they have to put it on show during the summer months. They allow people to come, and they charge them so much money to come and look around. 

Prabhupāda: The Parliament and that… What is that church? 

Hari-śauri: Westminster Abbey? 

Prabhupāda: Yes. They charge. 

Hari-śauri: Yeah. Guided tour. They cannot live there themselves. They can only live there in the winter. 

Prabhupāda: They collect very sufficiently. I have seen. Again, inside you go, and a particular section, if you want to see, the another payment. Yes. First of all, entrance fee; then, within that, if you want to see another particular section, then another fee. And they are collecting money. I have seen. Śyāmasundara took me there. 

Hari-śauri: To Westminster Abbey or…? 

Prabhupāda: Parliament, Westminster, everything. [japa] [break] They are now statues in Parliament and Westminster. So many statues, you know. [japa

Hari-śauri: Yes. They’re very fond of statues there. [break] 

Prabhupāda: …European civilization, coming from the Romans. Statue also. [break] …mean civilization means Roman civilization, is it not? 

Hari-śauri: Yes. The Roman Empire extended all over there. 

Prabhupāda: England was under Roman Empire. Normandy. Normandy? 

Kīrtanānanda: That’s France. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. [break] …these gardener, they’re engaged here. 

Rāmeśvara: Yes. 

Prabhupāda: They come at a certain period and looks after the garden. [japa] [break] …they are very famous gardener. Unfortunately, in Japan there is no space to make garden. 

Kīrtanānanda: They do everything in miniature. 

Prabhupāda: Hmm. They have got so much intellect, technologists, everything—no land. 

Kīrtanānanda: In material life there is always one thing lacking. 

Prabhupāda: Asat… Sat-saṅga chāḍi’ kāinu, asate vilāsa, te-kāraṇe lāgila mora, karma-bandha-phāṅsa: “I have given up reality, and I’m attached to unreality; therefore I am entangled in fruitive activities.” Te-kāraṇe lāgila mora, karma-bandha-phāṅsa. [japa] [break] 

Rāmeśvara: Actually, on Watseka Avenue we own more property than anyone here in Beverly Hills. 

Prabhupāda: Hmm? 

Rāmeśvara: On Watseka Avenue, we have the temple and maybe seven other buildings, so we own more property and buildings than anyone here in Beverly Hills. 

Prabhupāda: They have only one house—with great difficulty. 

Rāmeśvara: We have the whole block. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. [laughs] [break] There is law, income tax, supertax, welfare to the…, so many taxes? No, only income tax. 

Kīrtanānanda: No, there are many taxes. Sales tax… 

Prabhupāda: Sale tax is there. But in India that…, at a stage, the whole amount is taxed. 

Kīrtanānanda: There’s an estate tax, an inheritance tax… 

Prabhupāda: No, no, mean at a stage… This much, this much, this much… And at a… There is a stage—ninety-five percent government’s. You keep only five percent. 

Rāmeśvara: In India? 

Prabhupāda: Yes. 

Hari-śauri: They even tax you when you die. 

Prabhupāda: Here? 

Hari-śauri: In England when someone dies, a rich man, he loses practically half his property and money and everything… 

Rāmeśvara: Fifty percent. 

Hari-śauri: …just in what they call death duties. When you die, they take all your money away from you. 

Rāmeśvara: That’s in America also. If your father dies and he leaves you his wealth, the government will take half of it. You have written in the Fourth Canto that because the government is so expert in taxing, the people are becoming so expert in cheating the government… 

Prabhupāda: Yes. 

Rāmeśvara: …to avoid the taxes. So the government is simply training the people how to cheat. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. 

Rāmeśvara: And then you wrote that one day the people will…, the taxes will become so great that the people will revolt, refuse to pay, and then the government will be finished. There will be chaos. You’re giving all these warnings, Śrīla Prabhupāda. You’ve also warned them about taking the oil from the earth. 

Prabhupāda: Eh? Yes, I think of these things. No, there is analogy: just like when you fly in the sky, you take sufficient petrol in the wings, sufficient, so many thousands of gallons. And if there is no petrol, then you’ll fall down. So I theorize these things, [laughs] that these planets are floating in the air on account of petrol. If you finish the petrol stock, then we drop. Analogy. Indirectly, my desire is that “Why you are wasting your time in these things? Your life is short here. Then utilize it for self-realization. What is the use of this civilization, civilization that for artificial necessities of life you waste your whole duration of life and next life you become a cat or dog? What is the use? Suppose you are successful in this life manufacturing these big, big skyscrapers. Next life, if you become a cockroach in the same house, toilet room… There is possibility.” Kṛṣṇa…, tathā dehāntara-prāptiḥ [Bg. 2.13]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 2.13

As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.
. You have to change your body, and there is no guarantee that you’ll have to change in this type of body. Any body. The cockroach is also a body. Therefore they don’t believe in the next life. 

Rāmeśvara: You said that they have developed so many different weapons, so they must use them. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. 

Rāmeśvara: They will not waste their time making nuclear bombs and so on without using them. 

Prabhupāda: That means it is ordained by God that “You have manufactured this, and use it for your destruction.” That is nature’s way. Film companies, these are? 

Hari-śauri: Twentieth Century Fox. It is a very well known film company. 

Rāmeśvara: One movie company. This is that park where we sometimes go. When they have this war it will reduce everything, just finish off all the industries and factories. So everything will be reduced to a primitive stage. 

Prabhupāda: No, they will again repair. 

Rāmeśvara: Again rebuild everything. 

Prabhupāda: In Germany… Just like Germany was finished. The American planes bombed in such a way that Germany was finished, very heavily bombed. One lady in Hamburg, she was showing me one wall, big wall, building dismantled, and it has become black on account of bombing. She was showing me how far injustice they have been done. 

Rāmeśvara: So then after the war, nothing will change. System of government, the industries, everything will just be rebuilt. 

Prabhupāda: They’ll try, at least. Just like after the Second World War, Germany or England finished. They could not recoup. They are now poverty-stricken. 

Rāmeśvara: Germany? 

Prabhupāda: Germany is little recouped, but England is finished. Therefore I say India got independence not due to Gandhi. It is due to Hitler. That is my opinion. I have got reason. The Hitler fighting with England made them smashed, so their political power became nil almost. And on this opportunity, Hitler helped Subash Chandra Bose, one of the leaders of India, to organize Indian National Army. This Indian National Army, when attacked, at least made a show of attack from Imphal, especially on Calcutta dropped bombs, and the whole Calcutta became vacant. Perhaps myself and a few others remained. I sent my sons… Of course, daughter was married, but they sent to Navadvīpa, Śrīdhara Mahārāja’s āśrama. My wife refused to go out of Calcutta. She said, “I’ll be bombed maybe, but I’ll not go out.” [laughs] So I had to remain in Calcutta. So I’ve seen bombing, and Calcutta all vacant. 

Hari-śauri: The bombing was frequent, or… 

Prabhupāda: And one day I was eating in the evening, at night—immediately bombing. Kachorī… I was hungry, [laughs] but the eating finished. 

Hari-śauri: It was bombed frequently, or just once or twice? 

Prabhupāda: Almost daily. But it was meant for bombing the European quarters. So when the Britishers saw that “Now this Subash Bose has organized I.N.A….” I.N.A. was organized by Subash Chandra Bose. Outside India, all the Indians, they contributed money, especially from Singapore. Singapore, Hong Kong, this side…, all the Indians, they contribute sufficiently. And he got men from the fighting Indian soldiers. The Britishers, they were fighting with Indian soldiers, with Germany and Japan and others. So the contract with Hitler and Subash Bose was this, that “All the Indian soldiers which you arrest in the war, please give me them. Then I shall organize.” So the soldiers, when they understood they’re being arrested—“We shall go to Indian side”—they voluntarily surrendered. So Hitler, all others, Hitler and Japan, Tojo, arrest them and give it to Subash Chandra Bose, and he was organizing in Singapore. 

Hari-śauri: He had a large army? 

Prabhupāda: Large or small, whatever; there was. But England had no soldiers. Whatever they did—fight—with the Indian soldiers, Gurkha and Sikh. Indian money, Indian soldiers, everything Indian—they were fighting. So when the Britishers saw that “The nationalism has come amongst the soldiers. It is not possible to maintain the Empire,” they voluntarily gave indepen… “Better give us good relations, and our business… Make some agreement. But before departing, make them weak and divide Pakistan and India.” 

Rāmeśvara: That the British arranged. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. Because they are doing these things all in… Wales… What is called? Ireland, Germany. That is their business: divide and rule. Before leaving India, immediately they partitioned. Burma was Indian. Ceylon was Indian. So they had already divided it. 

Hari-śauri: Made them all into separate states. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. [japa] Now England is finished. There are aristocrat type statues now rolling on the ground. Who takes care? They’re…, this Lennon? Lennon, John Lennon and George Harrison, they are purchasing big, big palaces. [japa

Hari-śauri: All the aristocracy, they just go out to work like anyone else. 

Prabhupāda: The lords are roaming on the street. I have seen many lords. They’re ordinary… Even they haven’t got car. The Queen also, just like ordinary, common man. Royal family. 

Rāmeśvara: One day America will be poor like that also. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. Luxury leads to poverty. When the American becomes too much luxurious, they’ll not be able to defend their country. Then it will be finished. 

Rāmeśvara: That is the fear even now, that America has lost their fighting spirit against the Communists. 

Prabhupāda: Oh, yes, yes. Yes. Vietnam, it is proof. When the Vietnam is attacked, American soldiers, they began to fly, flee away, became afraid. Naturally. They were not soldiers. They have no fighting spirit. By force they have been made soldiers. 

[pause] 

Prabhupāda: Let them take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, America will be saved. [japa

Rāmeśvara: Śrīla Prabhupāda, you said yesterday, or a few days ago, that this movement will go on unimpeded for ten thousand years, so… 

Prabhupāda: Yes, provided we keep it uncontaminated. You should take this opportunity. 

Rāmeśvara: So after ten years we have gotten so many devotees and so many houses, so I can’t imagine how big this movement will be after ten thousand years. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. You’ll get the government. 

Rāmeśvara: The whole world will be delivered. 

Prabhupāda: Yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhaḥ [Bg. 3.21]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 3.21

Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.
. America will be the best; people will follow. They are already following—skyscraper building, that’s all. Any nation in the world, they are all aspiring to have skyscraper buildings. India has done? In Bombay? 

Rāmeśvara: Yes. 

Prabhupāda: Full of skyscraper buildings. Now they are thinking this is opulence, skyscraper building. When you are giving it up, no more skyscraper building, the others are imitating. Just like in this quarter you cannot construct skyscraper building. They don’t want it. Now others are imitating: “Let us have skyscraper building like America.” [japa

Rāmeśvara: This building is only two stories, even though it has three windows. 

Prabhupāda: No, no, why two story? There is ground floor, first floor, second floor, third floor. 

Rāmeśvara: One of the floors has two windows, top and bottom. But it’s just one floor. Someone went inside and looked. 

Prabhupāda: Oh. Oh, that is not floor. There is no ceiling. 

Rāmeśvara: No, just three steps up. 

Prabhupāda: Anyway… 

Rāmeśvara: All the instructions for the future—like you said that one day even we will have the government—how to run the government, everything is explained in your books. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. I think like that. [laughs] Is there mention, “The slaughterhouse should be stopped”? 

Rāmeśvara: You’ve given all the major policies for the future government, Kṛṣṇa consciousness government. 

Prabhupāda: Let us hope. [end]