Arrival Talk

October 9

Prabhupāda: …very glad to see you again. So this saṅkīrtana is all-glorious. That is the blessings of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Paraṁ vijayate śrī-kṛṣṇa-saṅkīrtanam. This is His blessing: simply by saṅkīrtana in this age. It is confirmed in the Vedic literature, in Vedānta-sūtra, śabdād anāvṛtti. Anāvṛtti, liberation. Our present position is bondage. We are bound up by the laws of nature. We may foolishly declare independence—that is our foolishness—but actually we are bound up by the laws of nature. 

prakṛteḥ kriyamāṇāni
guṇaiḥ karmāṇi sarvaśaḥ
ahaṅkāra vimudhātmā
[Bg. 3.27]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 3.27

The bewildered spirit soul, under the influence of the three modes of material nature, thinks himself to be the doer of activities, which are in actuality carried out by nature.

We are bound up by the laws of nature, but those who are fools, vimudhātmā, under false prestige, such person thinks that he is independent. No. That is not. 

So this is misunderstanding. So this misunderstanding has to be cleaned. That is the aim of life. Therefore Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu recommends that if you chant Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, then the first installment of benefit is ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Antya-līlā 20.12

"Let there be all victory for the chanting of the holy name of Lord Kṛṣṇa, which can cleanse the mirror of the heart and stop the miseries of the blazing fire of material existence. That chanting is the waxing moon that spreads the white lotus of good fortune for all living entities. It is the life and soul of all education. The chanting of the holy name of Kṛṣṇa expands the blissful ocean of transcendental life. It gives a cooling effect to everyone and enables one to taste full nectar at every step.
. Because misunderstanding means within the heart. If the heart is clear, consciousness is clear, then there is no misunderstanding. So this consciousness has to be cleansed, and that is the first installment of the result of chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. Kīrtanād eva kṛṣṇasya mukta-saṅga paraṁ vrajet [SB 12.3.51]. Simply by chanting Kṛṣṇa’s, kṛṣṇasya, holy name of Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa. Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Rāma, the same thing. Rāma and Kṛṣṇa there is no difference. Rāmādi-mūrtiṣu kalā-niyamena tiṣṭhan [Bs. 5.39]. So we require. The present position is misunderstanding, that “I am product of this material nature,” “I am this body,” “I am Indian,” “I am American,” “I am brāhmaṇa,” “I am kṣatriya,” and so on, so on… So many designations. But we are none of them. This is the clearing. Ceto-darpaṇa. When you understand clearly that “I am not an Indian, I’m not an American, I’m not brāhmaṇa, I’m not kṣatriya”—means “I am not this body”—then the consciousness will be ahaṁ brahmāsmi. Brahmā-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā na śocati na kāṅkṣati [Bg. 18.54]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 18.54

One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brahman. He never laments nor desires to have anything; he is equally disposed to every living entity. In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me.
. This is wanted. This is success of life. Otherwise, if we remain in darkness of our existence… 

Everyone is abodha-jāto. So anyone born in this material world in different platform… One may take birth as demigod in the heavenly planets or one may take birth as a human being in the lower planets. And lower than that, animal, plants. There are 8,400,000 different species of life. So any form of life, we are bound up by the laws of nature, and bhuṅkte prakṛti-jān guṇān [Bg. 13.22]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 13.22

The living entity in material nature thus follows the ways of life, enjoying the three modes of nature. This is due to his association with that material nature. Thus he meets with good and evil amongst various species.
. The puruṣaḥ… Puruṣaḥ means the living entity. Puruṣaḥ… Actually, nobody is puruṣaḥ; everyone is prakṛti. Apareyam itas tu viddhi me prakṛtim parā [Bg. 7.5]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 7.5

Besides this inferior nature, O mighty-armed Arjuna, there is a superior energy of Mine, which are all living entities who are struggling with material nature and are sustaining the universe.
. Parā prakṛti. The material, matter, is the aparā-prakṛti, and spirit soul is parā-prakṛti. So in the Bhagavad-gītā it is clearly explained, bhūmir āpo ‘nalo vāyuḥ [Bg. 7.4]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 7.4

Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego—altogether these eight comprise My separated material energies.
. This is… Bhinnā me prakṛtir aṣṭadhā. This is separated. This is also nature, but inferior. Apareyam itas tv viddhi me prakṛtiṁ parā. There is another prakṛti. What is that? Jīva-bhūto, this living entity. So living entity is also prakṛti, but because he has the tendency to enjoy this material world, he is sometimes described as puruṣaḥ. Puruṣaḥ means enjoyer, and prakṛti means enjoyed. So the prakṛti forgets her position, and artificially he wants to become puruṣaḥ. 

So this puruṣaḥ, prakṛti ‘stho…, puruṣaḥ prakṛti ‘stho bhuṅkte prakṛti-jān guṇān, so long he’s in this material world, he has to associate with the modes of material nature, sattva-guṇa, rajo-guṇa, tamo-guṇa. Bhuṅkte prakṛti-jān guṇān. And on account of the influence of the prakṛti-jān guṇa, he has to take different types of body. Puruṣaḥ prakṛti ‘stho bhuṅkte prakṛti-jān guṇān kāraṇaṁ guṇa saṅgo ‘sya [Bg. 13.22]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 13.22

The living entity in material nature thus follows the ways of life, enjoying the three modes of nature. This is due to his association with that material nature. Thus he meets with good and evil amongst various species.
. This is the kāraṇa. He’s associating with a particular type of the modes of prakṛti-jān guṇān—sattva-guṇa, rajo-guṇa, tamo-guṇa—and on account of this he gets different types of body. You have to change your body. Dehāntaram. Tathā dehāntaram-prāptir. But different grades of body is awarded by the laws of nature according to our karma, karmaṇā daiva netreṇa [SB 3.31.1]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.31.1

The Personality of Godhead said: Under the supervision of the Supreme Lord and according to the result of his work, the living entity, the soul, is made to enter into the womb of a woman through the particle of male semen to assume a particular type of body.

So this is… Our material position is that we are associating with different modes of material nature, and that is infection. If you become infected with some disease, germs, then you have to suffer from that disease. You cannot check it. Similarly, this infection will give us our next body. That we do not know. This is a rascal civilization. They’re kept into the darkness, that how things are going on. Their so-called education, universities… So whatever they are doing, they are all being defeated. Parābhavas tāvad abodha-jāto yāvan na jijñāsata ātma-tattvam [SB 5.5.5]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.5.5

As long as one does not inquire about the spiritual values of life, one is defeated and subjected to miseries arising from ignorance. Be it sinful or pious, karma has its resultant actions. If a person is engaged in any kind of karma, his mind is called karmātmaka, colored with fruitive activity. As long as the mind is impure, consciousness is unclear, and as long as one is absorbed in fruitive activity, he has to accept a material body.
. Ātma-tattvam. Unless one is inquisitive to understand, “What I am?” whatever he is doing, he’s being defeated. That’s all. Parābhavaḥ. 

So the human life is meant for understanding what is the position, “What I am?” This is the intelligence. When Sanātana Gosvāmī approached Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu he was minister, very big man, but he understood that “What I am doing is not to my interest, because I do not know what I am.” He submitted to Caitanya Mahāprabhu that grāmya-vyavahāre kahe paṇḍita satya kari māni [Cc. Madhya 20.100]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 20.100

"I do not know what is beneficial for me and what is detrimental. Nonetheless, in ordinary dealings people consider me a learned scholar, and I am also thinking of myself as such.
: “In my relationship with my neighbors, they call 'paṇḍitjī.’ ” He was brāhmaṇa. “So I accept it, ‘Yes, I am paṇḍitjī.’ ” So what is the wrong? “The wrong is that I am such a paṇḍita that I do not know what I am.” [laughs] So ask anybody. Our Dr. Sukla is also… [chuckles ] So ask any doctor, “What you are?” “Huh? I am Indian,” “I am brāhmaṇa.” This answer you’ll get. “I’m American.” Nobody will say ahaṁ brahmāsmi. Nobody will say. Nobody will say, because he does not know. So what is the value of this education if one does not know what he is? Therefore śāstra says parābhavaḥ. In ignorance, gross ignorance, anything we are doing, that is parābhava. So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is to save the people from this defeating position. We are trying… So far I have tried single-handed. And now the…, a little pressure is felt even by some American politicians. Recently one American politician has remarked that “This Hare Kṛṣṇa movement is just like epidemic. [laughs] And if we do not take any step, then within ten years they’ll take our government.” So the Communists in India, they are trying to defeat us in so many ways. 

Surendra Kumar Saigal: We have seen the articles in Blitz. 

Prabhupāda: Because they are also afraid. Because the Communist movement means godlessness. And our movement is, “Here is God.” There is no blind faith. “Here is God, Kṛṣṇa! You take His name, you take His address—everything.” Practical. So that is a great cause of fear for these Communists. So they are against us. So now I shall request the śreṣṭhas, those who are leading persons in India, they should join this movement, take it seriously. It is not a bogus movement. It is a scientific movement. And we have so many books. Now, at the present moment, we have got eighty-four books. So that is my request, that people should come forward. [whispering in background] They should come forward and take seriously this movement. And we have got our places. In Bombay we have got big place. In Vṛndāvana we have got big place. In Nadia we have got big place. At least elderly gentlemen like you, now you should retire from family life and leave in charge of the grown-up boys. You should take seriously for India’s interest, for everyone’s interest, but as we want… 

We should not keep people in darkness. That is very risky. Very risky. But you may be very proud that “I am this, I am that. I have to…,” but you are after all under the control of the laws of nature. That you cannot avoid. You may be falsely proud, but you have to abide by it. Daivī hy eṣā guṇamayī mama māyā duratyayā [Bg. 7.14]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 7.14

This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.
. It is not so easy. Actually, nature’s law, you can eat once atta. If you eat little more than that, then there is indigestion immediately; you have to go to the doctor. So what is your independence? You cannot violate a little portion of the laws of nature. So many. In every step. As soon as you violate, immediately there is punishment. And still, we are declaring independence. Asatyam. [aside:] What is that? Where is Bhagavad-gītā? Find out. Jagad āhur anīśvaram [Bg. 16.8]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 16.8

They say that this world is unreal, that there is no foundation and that there is no God in control. It is produced of sex desire, and has no cause other than lust.
. Asatyam apratiṣṭhaṁ te jagad ahur anīśvaram. “There is no God.” Why you say there is no…? You are under control. There is a controller; otherwise, how you are under control? So this foolishness must be stopped in order to make them happy, really happy. Otherwise, if they are kept into ignorance and things go on like this, then the future picture is very gloomy. It has already become gloomy, and future is very, very gloomy. 

So everyone should come forward, take this movement seriously, and at least, we are Indians, we should take care of Indians. We should not keep people in ignorance. That is not civilization. That is not civilization. Civilization means tamasi mā jyotir gama: come to the light. Don’t keep yourself in darkness. That is not civilization. That…, this civilization is keeping people in darkness. That is very risky. So we should take it very seriously and push this movement very scientifically, soberly, and people will be benefited. 

Any question? 

Indian man [son of Surendra Kumar]: What are the…, our Prime Minister’s view regarding this movement? 

Prabhupāda: So far I know, she likes this movement. But she is also not independent. 

Son of Surendra Kumar: That’s true. Nobody is independent. Even she. 

Prabhupāda: Recently, one of my students met the Home Minister. He said, “Yes, this movement should be spread all over the world.” They are appreciating. But there are different parties, different circumstances. Our four items—no illicit sex, no meat-eating, no intoxication, no gambling—so I think they are taking some steps on this ground. They are trying to stop cow-killing. 

Indian man (2): Yes, they have already banned cow-killing. 

Prabhupāda: And they are going to take steps for intoxication. 

Indian man (2): Stopping intoxication also. Actually, these are the things which can bring up the character of the nation. 

Prabhupāda: We are already intoxicated in material existence, and if more intoxication is there, then… 

Indian man (2): From bad to worse. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. So this civilization, this education is simply misleading. Simply misleading. There is no enlightenment of this question, “What I am?” No. No answer. 

Surendra Kumar: Now we have present here some Life Members of ISKCON. 

Prabhupāda: Oh. [break] Life Members should be active Life Members. [laughter] Yes. [Hindi] If there is any doubt. 

Surendra Kumar: Mahārāja, the one who brought ISKCON to this house is that boy, son of my…, who became first Life Member of ISKCON. 

Prabhupāda: Oh, very intelligent. 

Dr. Shaligram Shukla: His name is Subodha, which means… [indistinct] 

Prabhupāda: Very intelligent. Subodha means… [laughter] I was talking of abodh. Yes. Abodha-jāto. 

Dr. Shaligram Shukla: Yes, so far he had been… Yes, abodha-jāto. He is already subodha. [laughter] 

Prabhupāda: He is subodha. 

Dr. Shaligram Shukla: He knows his [indistinct]. Evaṁ budhe paraṁ buddha. 

Prabhupāda: Parābhavaḥ. One who is abodha, he is parābhava. 

Dr. Shaligram Shukla: Parābhava, defeated. 

Prabhupāda: Defeat. And one is subodha, he is victory. So human life is meant for becoming subhodha, not abodha. But they are keeping abodha. This is difficulty. Everyone is abodha. 

Indian man (2): Mahārāja, I had a gentleman talking to me who is very intimate with Sanjaya Gandhi. And he was telling me that Sanjaya Gandhi very forcefully hinted, “Why are you people not working now? Why is the Arya-samaj silent? Why the other powerful sects and movements are not working? Why have you taken this country into the hands of Muslims?” These were his words. “Why do you want that the country should depend, or the government should depend, on the support of Muslims? What are you doing? Why don’t you come up?” 

Indian man: But our government is supporting them, you see. 

Surendra Kumar: Swami Mahārāja said that they are forces which, when if you want to keep yourself in power, you have to sometimes ban and this… 

Dr. Shaligram Shukla: That’s true. 

Prabhupāda: No. Apart from government, the first thing is… Sometimes we say “Rāma-rājya.” The Rāma-rājya means… There is a verse in Bhāgavatam that when Lord Rāmacandra took charge of the…, after coming back from the forest, His brother Bhārata surrendered and He took charge of the kingdom. So the residents, the subjects, are described as a varṇāśrama guṇānvitā[?]. 

Dr. Shaligram Shukla: Varnāśrama…? 

Prabhupāda: Guṇānvitā. So Rāma-rājya can be established. And it is said there that Lord Rāmacandra was maintaining the kingdom, taking the citizens as His own son. Pitṛvat rāma. It is said there. Pitṛvat. As the father of the family takes charge of the children very nicely, so it is the government’s duty to become the sensible father of the citizens. And the citizens will be qualified following the institution of varṇāśrama. Then there will be Rāma-rājya. 

Dr. Shaligram Shukla: That’s the most scientific understanding… 

Surendra Kumar: No. Prabhupāda rightly said in one of the meetings in Delhi that you people try to follow people who are in power. If Indira Gandhi were to do mālā just like this, I’m sure millions of people in India would be doing mālā like this. So she’s doing that. 

Dr. Shaligram Shukla: Yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas tad tad evetaro janaḥ [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.

Surendra Kumar: “But you will not follow me because I have no political power; therefore you have not mālā japa.” [Hindi] He is my eldest grandson. Here is another man, Subhoda. 

Prabhupāda: He is subhoda and abodha. [laughter] 

Surendra Kumar: Yes, subodha, suvrata. 

Prabhupāda: Subhoda [Hindi] avatāra. 

Surendra Kumar: Please describe God. [laughter] 

Prabhupāda: Do you know what is God? Do you know? 

Surendra Kumar: Do you know what is God or not? 

Subhoda: I want to know. 

Surendra Kumar: You want to know. 

Prabhupāda: Do you know the meaning of the God? Then how you are asking what is God? If I say something wrong, how you’ll understand? If you do not know… Suppose you go to purchase something, “Give me gold,” and if he gives you iron, then what you’ll do? You do not know what is God, gold. You must know first of all what is God. Then you ask. If you do not know, then you’ll be cheated. That is going on. That is going on. 

Surendra Kumar: Mahārāja, but there must be somebody to say that “This is gold and this is iron.” 

Prabhupāda: Yes, that means requires a superior education. Yes. The father, mother should be responsible… 

Surendra Kumar: So who can be a greater than your Divine Grace? 

Prabhupāda: No, no. The father, father… The first thing is that why do you send your sons to the school? It is the duty that he should know. So if the father is a rascal, then how the son can be subodha? [laughter] Therefore the śāstra says that unless you can train your son to overcome this process of birth, death, old…, you don’t become a father. You remain a rascal. Don’t beget children. This is contraception. Pitā na sa syāj jananī na sā syāt na mocayed yaḥ samupeta-mṛtyum [SB 5.5.18]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.5.18

"One who cannot deliver his dependents from the path of repeated birth and death should never become a spiritual master, a father, a husband, a mother or a worshipable demigod.
. The real problem is mṛtyu. But they have taken it that “It is ordinary.” But nobody wants to die. The education is na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre [Bg. 2.20]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 2.20

For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.
. But who knows that I do not die after the destruction of the body? Then why I am put into this position that I have to change this body, I have to die? This question does not arise. Therefore they’re abodha. The instruction is, na jāyate na mriyate vā kadācit na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre [Bg. 2.20]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 2.20

For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.
. There is no inquiry that “If I’m not born, why I am born in this body?” This is question. Athāto brahma jijñāsā. “If I am not subjected to death, then why I am dying?” This question does not arise at all. Therefore everyone is abodha-jāto. Nobody is subodha. Everyone is abodha. The problem is there, but he does not inquire. 

Indian lady [daughter of Surendra Kumar]: Excuse me. Mahārāja, don’t you think it’s high time that our Indian philosophy or Indian religion, some classes should be started in schools like they used to have? Missionaries used to have scripture classes in schools. There should be in all the schools, I mean, classes on our own religion instead of learning somebody else’s. 

Prabhupāda: It is not only… When we say that dehino ‘smin yathā dehe kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā… [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.
, so as this boy, he was a child, now he has become a boy, then after few years he’ll become a young man, and then he’ll become middle-aged man, then he’ll become old man—so this is not “our religion,” “your religion.” This is fact, scientific. When Bhagavad-gītā says, dehino ‘smin yathā dehe kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā, that is not meant for the so-called Hindus. It is meant for the Muslim, meant for the Christian, everyone. It is science. Religion is a kind of faith. That they describe. But religion is also not a blind faith. Religion means the order of God. That is religion. Dharmaṁ tu sākṣād bhagavat-praṇītam [SB 6.3.19]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.3.19

Real religious principles are enacted by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although fully situated in the mode of goodness, even the great ṛṣis who occupy the topmost planets cannot ascertain the real religious principles, nor can the demigods or the leaders of Siddhaloka, to say nothing of the asuras, ordinary human beings, Vidyādharas and Cāraṇas.
. Just like law means the order of the state. Similarly, religion means the order of God. So if you have no conception of God, if you do not know what is God, what is order, then where is religion? It is all bogus. 

Son of Surendra Kumar: What my sister was saying was that most of the parents do not understand how they should bring up their progeny. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. At least, the children should be… Therefore I’m starting that gurukula in Vṛndāvana. So you come, you manage that, take the ideas, and make your children… Whatever mistake is done is done. Now why the mistake should continue? Rectify it. 

Indian man: [Hindi] 

Prabhupāda: Then kick out secularism. Kick out secularism. Science. It is science. 

Indian man: Science is nothing. What is God, what is nature, what is soul. 

Son of Surendra Kumar: You don’t give it the name of one particular way. You simply deal it with the basic idea of transforming the human… 

Prabhupāda: That I have already explained. When a child becomes a boy, there is no question of secularism. It is science. It is fact. Can you by secularism stop a child growing to become a boy? When I was explaining in South Africa these things, one Arya-samaji friend, he criticized me, that “Why you are bringing Hindu ideas?” So I said, “Is it Hindu ideas? A child grows to become a boy. It is Hindu idea? Why you are so fool you’re calling Hindu idea?” A child grows to become a boy. This is science. 

Son of Surendra Kumar: The law of nature. 

Dr. Shaligram Shukla: Dehino ‘smin yathā dehe kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā, tathā dehāntara-prāptir [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.
. Naturally… 

Prabhupāda: Because it is stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, they take it Hindu idea. This is nonsense. 

Indian man: Our approach is so wrong that people take it as… 

Prabhupāda: Immediately we can pass in a sectarian. 

Daughter of Surendra Kumar: That is why it is necessary to have this as a part of social studies like you have other subjects in schools. If it is not given any more… 

Prabhupāda: But then, as soon as you say “Bhagavad-gītā,” immediately, “Hindu.” 

Son of Surendra Kumar: What sister wants to know is that how can we add in innumerable, rather, uncountless schools and colleges? The management will be most willing, I mean, the progressive management will be most willing to introduce classes where such laws of nature and such… On scientific line, without giving it a Hindu or religious name. That should be taught. A curriculum should be drawn up. Because we control some of the schools. 

Prabhupāda: That is my program. I am writing all book just only on this point; therefore they are coming. Otherwise, what is the use? They were Christians and Jews. What is the use of becoming Hindus? So anyone wants to understand what is Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, they can understand easily if he joins, Hare Kṛṣṇa, chant. That is all right. If he wants to understand scientifically, there are eighty-four books. Come on. Which way you want? 

Son of Surendra Kumar: No. What we want is a very simple curriculum. Elementary type. 

Prabhupāda: Simple, this is simple curriculum. 

Son of Surendra Kumar: So that they gradually, as a child grows into adolescence, when his intelligence also grows, his knowledge also grows. And then we give him still more deeper knowledge of the various things which we have been teaching on elementary basis. And then still deeper. Just like this. 

Prabhupāda: Just like this child, this boy, inquired, “What is God?” So he can be instructed that “God is the supreme controller, just like your father is your controller.” He’ll accept this. Can you go against your father’s will? He says no. He’ll say, naturally. 

Son of Surendra Kumar: [indistinct] How he’s spreading it. 

Prabhupāda: So, he’ll understand English? He’s angrej? [laughter] He looks like angrej. 

Son of Surendra Kumar: [Hindi] 

Prabhupāda: Very good. 

Son of Surendra Kumar: [Hindi] 

Prabhupāda: Just like at home you are controlled by your parents. Is it not? You like to obey them? 

Son of Surendra Kumar: [to Subhoda] You like to obey them, or sometimes you don’t want to obey them? 

Prabhupāda: Similarly, you take the whole world as a big family. So there must be somebody father and controller. Otherwise, how it is being conducted? That is God, the supreme controller. Just like in your family the father is the controller, similarly, you take it in wider scale, broader scale, there must be somebody father. Therefore the Christians, they take it, “O Father, give us our daily bread.” And in the Bhagavad-gītā it is also confirmed, ahaṁ bīja-pradaḥ pitā. 

sarva-yoniṣu kaunteya
sambhavanti mūrtayaḥ yāḥ
tāsāṁ mahad yonir brahma
ahaṁ bīja-pradaḥ pitā
[Bg. 14.4]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 14.4

It should be understood that all species of life, O son of Kuntī, are made possible by birth in this material nature, and that I am the seed-giving father.

[break] Then he decided, “Yes, I shall fight.” Kṛṣṇa inquired from him, “Now I have instructed you. Now, whatever you like you can do. And what is your decision?” Then he clearly said, “Yes, my decision is there. I’ll fight.” Kariṣye vacanaṁ tava [Bg. 18.73]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 18.73

Arjuna said, My dear Kṛṣṇa, O infallible one, my illusion is now gone. I have regained my memory by Your mercy, and I am now firm and free from doubt and am prepared to act according to Your instructions.
. “As You advise, I understand that You want this fighting.” So Vaiṣṇava means for the sake of Kṛṣṇa he can do anything. Not that he is lazy fellow, showing, “I have become very big Vaiṣṇava. Let me sleep under the name of chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa.” That is not Vaiṣṇava. Vaiṣṇava must be very busy, always awaiting the order of the… Ānukūlyena kṛṣṇānu-śīlanam [Cc. Madhya 19.167]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 19.167

"When first-class devotional service develops, one must be devoid of all material desires, knowledge obtained by monistic philosophy, and fruitive action. The devotee must constantly serve Kṛṣṇa favorably, as Kṛṣṇa desires.
. “What is Kṛṣṇa’s order? What does He want?” He is ready. Just like a servant is always ready to receive the order of the master. That is faithful servant. That is real servant. Not that at night duty he is sleeping somewhere. No. That is not faithful servant. Faithful servant means always alert. And that is bhakti. Ānukūlyena kṛṣṇānu-śīlanam bhaktir uttama [Cc. Madhya 19.167]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 19.167

"When first-class devotional service develops, one must be devoid of all material desires, knowledge obtained by monistic philosophy, and fruitive action. The devotee must constantly serve Kṛṣṇa favorably, as Kṛṣṇa desires.
. Simply one has to execute ānukūlyena, how Kṛṣṇa is satisfied. This is bhakti. 

So the Hanumān is example. Hanumān was ordered to bring some medicine from some mountain. And he was a monkey, he was animal, he did not know how to pick up it—“Take the whole mountain. Execute the order. And then Rāmacandra and Lakṣmana, They’ll find out what is that medicine.” So this is Vaiṣṇava. In one’s own capacity he should give the best service to the Lord. That is bhakti. Bhakti is not laziness. If somebody thinks that “The bhaktas are lazy fellows, and they are out of the worldly activity,” that is mistake. It is mistake. Ānukūlyena kṛṣṇānu-śīlanam. Kṛṣṇa says personally, yat karoṣi yaj juhoṣi dadāsi yat tapasyasi yat kuruṣva mad-arpaṇam [Bg. 9.27]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 9.27

O son of Kuntī, all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me.
: “Come on! Do it for Me.” That is bhakti. He does not say that “You become a lazy fellow. Give up your occupational duty and sleep and snore, and become a great devotee.” No. He never says. He says that “You are attached to this kind of work. All right, do it, but the result you give Me,” that is bhakti. “Arjuna, you are a military man. All right, I ask you to fight. You become a fighter and become My devotee.” Bhakto ‘si priyo ‘si me [Bg. 4.3]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 4.3

That very ancient science of the relationship with the Supreme is today told by Me to you because you are My devotee as well as My friend; therefore you can understand the transcendental mystery of this science.
. Just see. What is that? He was not chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. But Kṛṣṇa says, bhakto ‘si priyo ‘si me: “You are very dear friend and My devotee.” Did he go on the Battlefield of Kurukṣetra… So not that imitation. Of course, ultimate is always be absorbed in glorifying the Lord. But not in the beginning. In the beginning you must work very hard; you come to the stage of pure devotional platform. Then you can fully engage yourself meditation or chanting. Not in the beginning. In the beginning you should be very expert and active. That is wanted. That is Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s… Udilo, from the early in the morning, active. “Come on, chant. Come with Me so that others will see. If we make a party chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, so in the beginning they may be disturbed because they have been accustomed to sleep up to nine o’clock, but as they will hear, gradually they’ll become purified. They’ll receive it.” 

So that is Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mission. He practically did it, and He asked everyone to do it. Āmāra ājñāya guru hañā tāra ei deśa [Cc. Madhya 7.128]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.128

"Instruct everyone to follow the orders of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa as they are given in the Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. In this way become a spiritual master and try to liberate everyone in this land."
. “This is My order.” He could remain a big devotee at His home. He was very popular in Navadvīpa, even when He was twenty years old. But still, He took sannyāsa and went door to door, village to village, town to town in India, and He left His order, pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi-grāma: “All over the world, as many towns and villages are there, this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement should be…” [CB Antya-khaṇḍa 4.126]. Not that “We are big, big gosvāmīs and bābājīs. We do not go out of Vṛndāvana.” They say that “We do not go out of…” You are imitating them. [break] [chuckles] Caitanya Mahāprabhu says that pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi-grāma. And they have become very big Vaiṣṇava: “No, I don’t go beyond the limits of Vṛndāvana.” What is this nonsense? Did Caitanya Mahāprabhu say like that, that “You do not go beyond the limits…”? A devotee, wherever he is, that is Vṛndāvana. That is Vṛndāvana. Tīrtha-kurvanti tīrthāni. A devotee, a pure devotee, can make any hell a tīrtha, a holy place. That is devotee. Tīrthī-kurvanti tīrthāni. That was Bhagīratha. Gaṅgā was hesitating, mother Gaṅgā, that “I shall go to the material world. People will take…, all sinful men will take bathing, and I’ll be overloaded with sin. Then how I shall get out of this sinful, accumulation of sins?” So the Bhagīratha said, “My mother, don’t hesitate. When a holy man will take bath in your water, then all the sins he will assimilate.” Then she agreed: “Yes. That’s all right” So if we become holy man, actually, then immune. There is no difference. That is Caitanya Mahāprabhu. These are bogus, that “I do not go out of Vṛndāvana.” They are making Vṛndāvana limited. Vṛndāvana is not limited. Wherever there is Kṛṣṇa, wherever there is Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa temple, that is Vṛndāvana. That is Vṛndāvana. Caitanya Mahāprabhu said. Caitanya Mahāprabhu, He, once only, He went to Vṛndāvana. Does it mean He was not in Vṛndāvana? 

So this is Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mission, that preaching must go on in hell and heaven. We should be very much expert and follow the instruction of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the simple instructions. Mukunda mādhava yādava hari bolena bolo re vadana bori. Simply chant the holy names of Lord, mukunda mādhava yādava. This is Caitanya… Rise early in the morning. You go and preach, and work hard, day and night, and that is Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s… This song indicates. That’s all. 

Thank you. 

Devotees: Jaya. [offer obeisances] 

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. [Hindi] …they are offering their… We have received one letter, telegram, from one gentleman. What is his name? Patel? Bhogilal Patel. He’s very rich man. So I was sometimes guest in his house. He is very friendly. He comes to see me in Bombay. Old man. He is older than me, one or two years. But he has sent me one telegram, “Swāmījī, take this land, one hundred acres of land in Ahmedabad.” 

Surendra Kumar: In…? 

Prabhupāda: Ahmedabad. Yes. So… There are so many. One gentleman has offered land in Mahabaleshwar. This is very costly place. 

Surendra Kumar: Mahabaleshwar. Very costly place and very nice place. 

Prabhupāda: [laughs] Very nice. And wherefrom other offers we have got? 

Haṁsadūta: Hyderabad we have. 

Prabhupāda: Hyderabad he has already… That is six hundred acres of land. What is the name of that place? Do you remember? 

Haṁsadūta: Where? Hyderabad? No. We called it New Naimiṣāraṇya. 

Prabhupāda: No, we have named New Naimiṣāraṇya. A very nice place. 

Surendra Kumar: You’ll get a lot of offers. And as you rightly said that these Vaiṣṇavas, they want to become maṭha-deśas, they want to become like kings. They don’t want to leave their empire and go out, working hard like you and spreading the message of Lord Kṛṣṇa. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. That is our mission. 

Surendra Kumar: That is the right attitude. Even if there is one bhakta, that is Vṛndāvana. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. Bhakta will create Vṛndāvana. Kṛṣṇa says, nāhaṁ tiṣṭhāmi vaikuṇṭha [Padma Purāṇa]: “I do not stay in Vaikuṇṭha.” Nāhaṁ tiṣṭhāmi vaikuṇṭhe yogināṁ hṛdayeṣu. “Neither I stay at the heart, core of the heart of the yogīs.Tatra tiṣṭhāmi nārada yatra gāyanti mad-bhaktāḥ. “When My pure devotee chants the glories of My…, I immediately stay there. I immediately stay.” It’s not that He is packed up in some place. He’s all-pervading. Vāsudeva. Vāsudeva. Therefore His name is Vāsudeva. Vāsudeva. Īśāvāsyam idaṁ sarvam [Īśo mantra 1]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrī Īśopaniṣad, Mantra 1

Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong.
. He’s everywhere. Electricity is everywhere. Only one who knows how to take the electricity… So Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s preaching and teaching, their effect you have to follow. Then our life will be successful. We don’t manufacture ideas. That is not wanted. And if they… They have manufactured the ideas. The Hindus, samudra [Hindi] jānāsi [Hindi] prātikūlyam. Caitanya Mahāprabhu says that pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi grāma [CB Antya-khaṇḍa 4.126]. [Hindi] Foolish theories. Just see. As soon as you cross over the Bay of Bengal or Indian Ocean, you’ll become immediately fallen. 

Surendra Kumar: You become an outcaste. [laughs] 

Prabhupāda: That’s all. Our Madan Mohan Ballabha, he was invited Round Table conference. He took so much Ganges earth. He was mixing that Ganges earth with water. He’s going for political purposes, and showing a… What is called? Hobby. This is not that. Now this movement is there, and unless we do it very sincerely and vigorously, it cannot be pushed on. [Hindi conversation] ….daily five lakhs, six lakhs [Hindi conversation] …Life Member. We have Life Member? 

Dhanañjaya: In London. London’s about fifteen hundred. 

Haṁsadūta: Where? In London, Amsterdam and Montreal. We’re making Life Members everywhere now. 

Dhanañjaya: Africa. 

Indian man: How many Life Members in India? Must have at least ten thousand. 

Prabhupāda: No. Indian, everyone should become a Life Member. 

Surendra Kumar: Certainly. Everybody devotees. 

Prabhupāda: And it is India’s duty that everyone should take up such a cultural movement. That is India’s glory. I have given one statement, I do not know whether it is published. The, some of the places, they are against me. So where is that copy? Have you got that copy? 

Haṁsadūta: I don’t know which… 

Prabhupāda: Hmm. I’ve given one statement… 

Surendra Kumar: Mahārāja, have you sent that reply to that questionnaire which was sent to you from Bhavan’s Journal? Bhavan’s Journal sent you a questionnaire. 

Prabhupāda: Yes. I have sent that answer. Eighty-four pages. For twenty-one questions I have answered eighty-four pages. 

Surendra Kumar: I think in Delhi you must call a press conference. 

Prabhupāda: [Hindi conversation] [break] …by seeing him, if we remember Kṛṣṇa, he is Vaiṣṇava. He never said that you must be born in a brāhmaṇa family or… No. If by seeing him only one remembers Kṛṣṇa, then that person is Vaiṣṇava. 

Dhanañjaya: So couldn’t that point be expressed to the government, somehow? 

Prabhupāda: Well, emergency government. [laughs] They can do anything immediately. 

Surendra Kumar: Sir, these nationalities, I mean… [break] [end]