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Srila Prabhupada speaks on: "Americans Must Smell A Machine"

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"Americans Must Smell A Machine"

Mayapura, March 6, 1974


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Visnujana: And there were only two Hindu gentlemen in the village and still, the Mohammedans received us and arranged for our kirtana and prasadam distribution.

Prabhupada: Very nice.

Visnujana: We felt it was Nityananda's grace.

Prabhupada: Hare Krsna. Yes.

Visnujana: First we were afraid. Haridasa Brahmacari told me: "Oh, these are Mohammedans. They'll not help us in any way, nor will they accept prasadam." But then I said let us go...

Prabhupada: No, no. Everyone will help us. Maybe... In that way sometimes Hindus are also against. It is not the Mohammedans. Caitanya Mahaprabhu's time, even the Hindus were against His movement, the brahmanas. They complained to the Kazi that "This is not Hindu movement." You see? The sankirtana movement. Therefore Kazi had to take steps to stop the sankirtana movement. So Kazi took step on the ground of complaint by the Hindus.

Nitai: That's similar to what happened in Bombay.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Nitai: That's similar to what happened...

Prabhupada: Yes.

Nitai: ...in Bombay.

Prabhupada: The Hindus, they wanted to break our temple, and they broke part of it. You do not know? Oh, how is that? There was a great agitation. By the instruction of the municipality, being bribed by the other party. You, you have not heard that we had so much...?

Devotee: Not heard, no.

Prabhupada: How is that? It was very well...

Jayapataka: In our exhibition booth, we have put up articles about it. India exhibition. Bombay has exhibited the matter.

Prabhupada: Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama... [break] ...to take evening walk. This part, on the field, agricultural field. [break] ...if you have any land to purchase immediately, then I can ask Mahadevia, He can pay for that. [break] ...Americans without machine, they cannot sleep. They must smell, "Here is a machine." Then they can sleep. There was a fisherman. So at, in the evening... That is still in India. In the evening you can ask shelter from any householder's house. They'll give you shelter. So he came in the evening, "Sir, I want to pass night in your home." "All right, you are welcome." So the fisher basket, fishing basket. "You keep this here, outside, and you sleep inside." So whole day, he was restless. Then whole night, he could not sleep. Then the master said, "You are not sleeping?" "No, sir." "Why?" "Now, because my baskets are kept outside." "What is in the basket?" "No, unless I smell, I cannot sleep." (laughter) So these Americans, unless they smell about machine, they cannot sleep. "Habit is the second nature." For ordinary muscle work, they'll bring so many machines. I have seen. Karandhara was doing. At least that machine must come. (Makes sound like machine:) kat kat kat kat kat kat kat kat. Making hole. That machine is compulsory.

Devotee: Recently, Prabhupada, I saw one machine for...

Prabhupada: Yes.

Devotee: For rubbing the nails, there is a battery operated machine.

Prabhupada: Oh, yes. Machine for cleansing, so many things.

Devotee: And for nail rubbing also.

Prabhupada: Yes. For massaging. Everything.

Siddha-svarupananda: They have for brushing the teeth.

Prabhupada: Oh, very...

Siddha-svarupananda: You just hold the toothbrush and the machine makes it go up and down.

Prabhupada: Just see.

Siddha-svarupananda: Some scientists, they want to make all the different body parts. They want to give artificial arm, then artificial feet, and they're, they're spending all kinds of money and time making these complicated machinery to do the same thing that the body is doing. And the ultimate goal, these scientists were stating, their ultimate goal was to make a complete human body so that the person never has to die, but he can always change his body just before it breaks.

Prabhupada: But the maker of that machine will die.

Siddha-svarupananda: Yes.

Prabhupada: He cannot save himself. He can make a machine which will not die, but he will die. Is that all right?

Devotee: Yes.

Prabhupada: How much perfect he is, that you can consider, that he's making something perfect which will not die, but he will die. So he's imperfect. So how his machine is perfect? This is common argument. He's imperfect. But he cannot make such machine that he will not die.

Satsvarupa: They say in the future they will...

Prabhupada: Oh, that is, that is a... Kicking, they on their face. That is the only loophole on which we can kick on their face. You see? They are making machine perfect, but they cannot make themselves perfect. Why don't you ask that "Why don't you make a machine that you'll not die? Your machine will not die, I accept. You're so perfect. But why you will die? Why you will die?" What is their answer?

Siddha-svarupananda: They say that they will get to a point where, when each cause of their death, maybe, say, a bad heart, then they can get an artificial heart.

Prabhupada: All right, you can get everything. You will do it. But why don't you do it for yourself that you will not die?

Satsvarupa: They'll say, "That's all right. I'm working for posterity so that people who come in future generations..."

Prabhupada: What posterity. You cannot take help from your machine. What posterity you will take? It is nonsense. You are starving, and you, you want to speak that "I will distribute prasadam." What is this nonsense? You are starving, and you are proud of distributing food to others. Is that very good reason, a reasonable proposal? What...? First of all, you stop your starvation. Then you can say, "Now I have stopped my starvation. I'll distribute food to the hungry men."

Siddha-svarupananda: All the scientists and leaders are all like that. They don't have the vaguest idea. They don't have the vaguest idea...

Prabhupada: Therefore we...

Siddha-svarupananda: ...of anything.

Prabhupada: ...call them rascals and fools. They may advertise themselves as scientists, but we take them as rascals and fools.

Siddha-svarupananda: Some of them so much want to be God, they're thinking they're going to create life and make bodies and this and that.

Prabhupada: The only question is that first of all, keep your life. Then you cure another life. Life in you is already there. Now keep it. Protect it by some machine or by some chemical. Then you talk all this nonsense. What do you think, Visnujana Maharaja?

Visnujana: At the fairs in the United States, they have exhibits of what the scientists are doing, and one scientist has actually invented a machine... Costs one hundred thousand dollars, and this machine can take the head of a man from his body and keep the brain cells still going, and they expect that this machine, they expect, they haven't done it to anyone because no one will do it...

Prabhupada: That expectation is always there. Any fool can expect anything. That is another thing.

Visnujana: But they've done it with goat head.

Prabhupada: We are concerned what you are doing now. That's all. We are not for expectation, future hope. We do not believe in that. Trust no future, however pleasant. It may be pleasant to you, but we don't believe it. You rascals, you can feel, but history shows that after death, no brain works. So we take this simple conclusion, that this brain is useless. So am I right or wrong?

Siddha-svarupananda: You are right.

Prabhupada: Sudama Vipra, you are very critical. You can say. Am I right or wrong?

Sudama Vipra: You're right. (laughter)

Prabhupada: Thank you. That's... Svarupa Damodara asked the scientist that, "You are beginning life from chemicals. Suppose I give you chemicals, can you make life?" "That I cannot say." This is their proposal. This is their... All rascals. And they're wasting public money and making other fools. They're going to the Candraloka and this loka, Venus. Simply wasting time. This remark I gave in the newspaper sometimes in San Francisco...

Siddha-svarupananda: When they asked about the moon.

Prabhupada: Yes. Yes. It is simply waste of time and energy. That's all. And in 1968 I wrote that Easy Journey: "And this is all childish."

Siddha-svarupananda: Sputniks.

Prabhupada: Yes. Have you read that?

Siddha-svarupananda: Yes. It is very nice.

Prabhupada: So we can boldly say on the strength of Vedic literature that all these attempts are childish and those who are attempting, they're all fools and rascals. That's all. Now they're silent about moon expedition. They're trying to go to Venus. What happened to moon, moon planet?

Siddha-svarupananda: Yeah right.

Prabhupada: Another diversion. That's all.

Siddha-svarupananda: Just wasting money and time.

Prabhupada: Another diversion of attention so that they can exploit public money in that way. And the public is also fooled that they believe all this nonsense.

Visnujana: In the United States, Prabhupada, the rocks that they brought back from the moon are being displayed in all the different cities. They have little small pieces of the rocks from the moon. And people stand in long lines...

Prabhupada: Just see...

Visnujana: ...to come and see these little pieces of rock.

Prabhupada: ...how much rascal you are.

Visnujana: And they have guards all around the little rocks.

Prabhupada: Gods?

Visnujana: With guns, with guns.

Prabhupada: Oh, guards.

Visnujana: With guns. So no one will steal.

Prabhupada: Oh.

Siddha-svarupananda: That is their Deity. They are worshiping. They have guards.

Devotee: They don't pray God, who has made all of this.

Prabhupada: No, that one, I mean to say, rogue, thief, came to a bank manager. Somewhere in Western countries. And he brought some lotions. So he said that "I shall mix up these lotions. Immediately the whole bank will be blown up." So he became afraid because the scientists do that. So... "So you give me check immediately, two hundred millions or something, otherwise I'll mix it." So he gave him that check. And... Because they were... "It is time bomb. If you call police or arrest me within this time, then it will blown up." So in this way, he took away the check. And after sometimes, he phoned to the police, "This is the situation. Come and help us. Here is a time bomb on my table." So police came. They also took it very carefully in the chemical laboratory. And in the chemical lab, they were also afraid. Then they saw it is glycerin. That's all. Such fools are there. You see. It is simply exploiting the innocent public of their money, hard-earned money. That's all. And if you go to such foundation that "Give us some money for spreading Krsna consciousness, printing these books," "No, no. We are not interested in religion. We are for scientific improvement, glycerin."

Siddha-svarupananda: Rational. They think they are very rational.

Prabhupada: Yes. Rational. A dog is also rational. But a dog is dog, a man is man. Dog, if a dog is called, "Hut", he's not rational? He'll stop immediately. So is not rational?

Siddha-svarupananda: Yeah.

Prabhupada: That is rational. One who has got reason. "So this man wants to check me." So he stops. For eating, he has rational, what is his eatable. Dog does not like preparation made with too much ghee. They will like meat, rotten meat, and dried bones. That is rational. "This is my food."

Siddha-svarupananda: Yes.

Prabhupada: Yes. And similarly, hog also, he likes to eat stool than halava. He has got rationality. As you will not eat stool, you will like halava, you have got rationality, then hog has got rationality. He'll not eat halava, he'll eat stool. So where is the want of rationality? Why don't you eat stool? That is rationality. So similarly, he does not eat halava. So where is the difference between you in the matter of rationality? You deny something, he denies something. Where is want of rationality?

Jayapataka: Bhavananda has said that in his previous life he had a pet pig, and he used to offer the pig sweet, but the pig would take the sweet and... He would not eat it. He would roll it in dirt. And when it is filled with dirt, then only he would eat.

Prabhupada: Just see.

Siddha-svarupananda: It tasted so bad, he had to have something that tasted good around it so that he could get it down.

Prabhupada: (laughs) It is not for the hog, but a human being... I had a friend. If you give him rasagulla, he'll want little salt. Rasagulla with little salt, he'll eat. Without salt, he cannot eat. And my father, he was, at the last stage of his taking, some rice mixed with milk. While eating that, he'll take a little curry also. So it is a taste.

Jayapataka: Paramahamsa and Parivrajakacarya were preaching in... Where was that? The East? What is that nation? Siam?

Parivrajakacarya: Thailand.

Jayapataka: Thailand. And there they would offer the people rasagulla, but they would put soy sauce on it.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Jayapataka: They would put this bitter sauce on it. Then only they would take.

Prabhupada: And in Burma, my Guru Maharaja opened a branch. So when they were frying puri, the, nice ghee, all the tenants, "Oh! What you are...!?" (laughter) They cannot tolerate. But in Burma, there is a preparation which is called nafi. The nafi means that a, a big jar will be kept on the door, and whatever animals, insect, cockroaches will die, they'll put in that. And during rainy season, it will be filled with water. And it will be kept for years. Then... And the bad smell was so terrible that if somebody would open the lid, it will immediately create very bad smell. So after some years, they will strain the water and keep in bottle. And when there is festival, they'll supply it in small... That is called nafi. And they'll take it very pleasantly. And when they were frying ghee, "Oh! What you are doing, this?!" Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura says that

nana yoni sada phire, kadarya bhaksana kare,

tara janma adhah-pate yaya,

karma-kanda jnana-kanda, kevala visera bhanda,

amrta baliya yeba khaya

Karma-kanda. There are three kandas: karma-kanda, jnana-kanda and upasana-kanda. So upasana-kanda is bhakti. So instead of accepting this upasana-kanda, worshiping the Supreme, sarva-dharman parityajya [Bg. 18.66], if one takes to the other processes, karma-kanda, jnana-kanda, they are visera bhanda, they're all poison pots. The result is, if they take to that path, then their, this transmigration of the soul, will continue, and they'll have to eat all nasty things. Because this time you may be human being. And next time you may be hog. So this is karma-kanda jnana-kanda kevala visera bhanda, the all poison pots. Simply bhakti-kanda, we have to take. Otherwise our life is at risk. The jnana-kanda is also not safe, because their ultimate goal of jnana-kanda is to merge into Brahman. But there, they cannot stay. Because in Brahman simply it is eternal life, eternity, but there is no ananda. but we are seeking ananda. In the Brahman... Suppose if you are asked that "You will eternally live in this land, will you like that? You'll never die. You'll live eternally, but nobody will come here. Nobody will talk with you." Will you like that?

Devotee: No. Nobody would.

Prabhupada: So the Brahman realization is like that. Every living entity, he wants ananda. Ananda means just like we are walking together, talking together. This is ananda. If I would have walked alone, it would have been no ananda. I do not like. Nobody likes. So ananda means there must be entourage. Therefore ananda is with Krsna. When we play with Krsna, we dance with Krsna, talk with Krsna, serve Krsna, take care of Krsna, then there is ananda. And simply to become one with the Brahman, then you will have to fall down again. Therefore jnana-kanda is not perfect. And karma-kanda is, you can migrate from one body to another or one planet to another. You'll be brahmanda bhramite. You have to wander. And jnana-kanda means you merge. That is also intolerable. Therefore unless you come to bhakti-kanda, there is no question of real life and bliss. That is the conclusion.

karma-kanda jnana-kanda, kevala visera bhanda,

amrta baliya yeba khaya

nana yoni sada phire, kadarya bhaksana kare,

Kadarya. This is kadarya. So many nice food. Yes. And before this movement, in Europe and America, they were eating all these kadaryas. So many type of kadaryas. Their food is only to boil the meat. And when it is boiled, mix with little salt and black pepper and take it. Is it not?

Siddha-svarupananda: Yes.

Prabhupada: And after eating meat, then seven hundred years old loaf. Cut it and add with little butter. That's all. And then take wine. Bas. Kadarya bhaksana kare. Now they're eating rasagulla. Am I right or wrong?

Devotees: Right.

Siddha-svarupananda: I didn't hear what you said. Now they're eating...

Prabhupada: Explain.

Jayapataka: Previously they were only eating meat. Now they're taking rasagulla.

Siddha-svarupananda: Oh yes.

Jayapataka: So their taste has improved.

Devotee: That is our kirtana party.

Visnujana: Yes.

Jayapataka: Accha, the way back we passed. Do you want to go back yet or around to the end?

Prabhupada: Eh? [break] ...In every life, there is avaranatmika-sakti. He'll think that "I am very well situated." Even in the hog's life. That is maya. Similarly, even if you are thinking, "Now we have got human body. We are well situated than the hog," that is also mistake. That is also mistake. "I am European, American, I have got so comfortable." Everything is wrong. Because you have to transmigrate. You do not know what is the next life. So what is the meaning of this well-situated. That is the mistake. That is maya. You are not sure that you'll continue this life. You'll have to die. You have to accept. So this is maya. Somebody well-situated, he's thinking, "Oh, I haven't got to do anything with Krsna consciousness. I am well situated. I am European and American."

Jayapataka: Watch out here.

Prabhupada: Where is our... [break] (kirtana-party in background) ...that "Europeans and Americans will come, and they will dance here with the chanting, "Jaya Sacinandana, Jaya Sacinandana!" So that is being done.

Devotee: That is being done. By the mercy of Prabhupada Maharaja, everything has become possible.

Prabhupada: Oh... So when they chant and dance, I simply remember Bhaktivinoda Thakura. That's all. I pray to Bhaktivinoda Thakura, "Now they have come to your shelter. Give them protection." That's all. What can I do more? I cannot do anything more. [break]

Devotee: ...bhakti-marga. And ours is also bhakti-marga.

Prabhupada: Yes. They are Vaisnava.

Devotee: Then what is the difference in our philosophy and...

Prabhupada: No, that is not different. That is variety, that they worship Bala-Krsna, and we worship Kisora-Krsna. We worship Bala-Krsna also. Gaudiya Vaisnava, they worship all kinds of pastimes of Krsna. But they specially stress on Bala-Krsna, child Krsna. That is spiritual variety. There is no difference. That is not difference. Cid-vaicitra. The exact name is cid-vaicitra. Cit means spiritual. Vaicitra means varieties. Where this road goes?

Jayapataka: This one goes down on the river side. (?)

Prabhupada: Hmm. So... [break]

Devotee: ...Radha and Krsna, very prominent. When Lord Caitanya came, He made the worship of...

Prabhupada: Yes, yes.

Devotee: ...Radha and Krsna very prominent.

Prabhupada: Yes, yes.

Devotee: The Vaisnavas before...

Prabhupada: No, other Vaisnavas. But... The on... This Vaisnava party, they stress on Bala-Krsna, Gopala. We also, we have got our Gopala, as Madhavendra Puri installed a Gopala. That Gopala is now worshiped, Nathavara (?), by the Vallabha-sampradaya. That is Gaudiya Vaisnava Deity. It is admitted in the court. [break] ...the modern civilization is that they do not know that this, there is transmigration of the soul, and this constant change of body is not very good. They do not know anything. Neither they do know that there is change of body. Neither they feel that "The constant change of body is not very good. If there is any remedy?" These rascals, they do not find the final remedy. They are busy with the temporary problems. Real problem they set aside. [break] ...simply being bewildered by the three gunas, sattva-rajo-tamo-guna, they do not know the ultimate goal is Krsna. They do not know it. That is stated in Bhagavad-gita.

Siddha-svarupananda: It's better this way.

Jayapataka: Let's go down this side, this way.

Siddha-svarupananda: [break] ...body when it's old and wears out, and yet they're spending all their energy...

Prabhupada: No, he desires. He creates his body. Just like the, sometimes the Mohammedans, they think that tiger is the best life. Sera. Sera. Wa (?) sera haya. Means to become a tiger is the perfection of..." You become sera. That's all. Krsna gives... He is within the heart. "All right, I'll give you chance. Become a sera." But when he becomes sera, he does not eat for months. You'll never find a sera very fatty. Because he cannot eat. Every animal knows, "There is a tiger." They avoid. By chance, he can hunt out.

Visnujana: Farrow.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Visnujana: The farrow bird.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Visnujana: He'll call.

Prabhupada: This is the position. "You wanted to become a sera. All right, you become a sera. Jump over some animal and immediately suck his blood." All facility is -- the nails, the teeth-given. But is he happy? But everyone thinking that "If I could become like this, I would have been happy." So Krsna gives all chance. "All right, you become this." This is transmigration. This is transmigration. [break] ...yathandhair upa... We are thinking something like that, and Krsna is giving us chance, "All right, you take this chance; you become like this." Ye yatha mam prapadyante [Bg. 4.11]. But it will not make you happy. Therefore ultimately says, sarva-dharman. "You give up all this rascaldom. What I speak, you can accept. That is your dharma." Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam... [Bg. 18.66]. That will be beneficial for you, the most confidential instruction. There is that story that one old woman, she was suffering. And she had to collect woods from the forest and sell in the market. So one day, how do you say, she was praying to Krsna, or God, that "Kindly help me. I am in very poverty-stricken." So one day, she was carrying that load of fuel. It fell down. So nobody was there to help him. So she began to cry, "Who will help me?" So she began to pray to God "Kindly help me." And God came: "What do you want?" "Who are you, Sir?" "I am God." "Kindly help me to take this burden on my head." Yes. "All right." From God, she's asking, "Please help me to get this burden on my head." That's all. So everyone is going on, "Let family be very happy, my son be married. He may... Let him pass MA examination." But it is the same thing, "Give me the burden on my head." This is the prayer. Mudhah. Na mam prapadyante mudhah [Bg. 7.15]. The life was meant for understanding Krsna and worship Him, and he's asking, "Give me the burden on my head." Therefore mudha, rascal, fool. He's asking something which will never make him happy, even by merging into the effulgence, Brahman effulgence. It will never make him happy. But he does not know. Therefore he's mudha, rascal.

Siddha-svarupananda: That's a very clear example.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Siddha-svarupananda: Very clear.

Prabhupada: Yes. Everyone is asking, "Please help me to get this burden on my head." Everyone is asking. [break] Krsna mantra means asking nothing from Krsna, but only praying, "Please engage me in Your service." This is Hare Krsna. Now let him engage, whatever service He likes. I don't dictate that "Give me this service." That is also sense gratification. As soon as I'll say that "Engage me in this type of service," that is also sense gratification. When one surrenders fully that "Engage me in Your service in whatever way You like," that is pure devotion. You cannot dictate Krsna. Because He wants, sarva-dharman... "First of all surrender, then I will give you. I will allot what kind of service you can do." Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam, aham tvam sarva... [Bg. 18.66]. But if I dictate, then Krsna will be..., "All right, you take this." Then you again become unhappy. Don't dictate Krsna. Be dictated. That is happiness. But everyone is dictating, "Please give me this. Give me this. Give me that. Give me that. Give me this." Why should you dictate Krsna? As soon as I dictate, that is my sense gratification. That is not pure devotion. Anyabhilasita-sunyam. Anyabhilasita-sunyam [Brs. 1.1.11]. Make zero all your desires. It doesn't matter, this desire or that desire. Any kind of desire. Whatever you desire, that is material. Anyabhilasita-sunyam [Cc. Madhya 19.167]. That is pure devotee.

Devotee: That takes practice.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Devotee: That takes practice, to stop desiring for oneself.

Prabhupada: Yes. And therefore...

Devotee: You have to practice...

Prabhupada: ...the practice is that you should simply desire what your spiritual master says. Don't desire yourself. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah **. If you fulfill the desires of your spiritual master, then Krsna will be pleased." Because he's the representative, the immediate representative, boss, if you satisfy him, the master, supreme master, is also satisfied. If he gives report, "This clerk is doing nice," that is sufficient. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah **. This is the injunction.

Jayapataka: So human life was no advantage. Only because you have come, now it can be advantage.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Jayapataka: Human life is no special advantage. Only if you come, the spiritual master comes, then it can be some advantage.

Prabhupada: Yes. Therefore Vedic injunction is gurum eva abhigacchet: "You must go to a bona fide spiritual master if you want to make your life perfect." There is no question whether I shall go or not. "You must!" That is the beginning of human life. Otherwise animal life. He has no spiritual master. He's not going to obey anyone. He's working in his own whims. That is animal life. Real life here begins.

tad-vijnanartham sa gurum eva abhigacchet

samit-panih srotriyam brahma-nistham

[MU 1.2.12]

This is the Vedic injunction. You cannot do anything without abiding the orders of spiritual master. That is surrender. How nice water it is. [break] And there are many thousands, you'll find. And we are thinking, "Oh, if I go away, who will feed my son? Who will feed my daughter?" He'll never think that "If so many animals are fed by the Supreme," eko yo bahunam vidadhati kaman, "He's supplying all the necessity why not for me or for my other children?" It is maya that one thinks that "Without me...," Just like Gandhi was thinking. Unless he was killed... He was always thinking, "Without me, India will be spoiled." India will be spoiled. It was spoiled. Therefore you wanted sva-rajya... And after his death, it is also spoiled. So India's karma will have to suffer, either Gandhi's there or not there. Prakrteh kriya... Prakrteh: Everything is being done by the material nature. Prakrteh kriyamanani gunaih, by, dictated by different modes of nature. Ahankara-vimudhatma kartaham iti manyate: [Bg. 3.27] The rascal, being bewildered by, he's thinking, "Without me, everything will be spoiled. I am the director. I am the director!" So I requested Gandhi, "Now you come out of this turmoil, politics. Just preach Bhagavad-gita." No. He'll be killed. That's all. This is the way. Going on. Even a Gandhi commits mistake, what to speak of others. What is the effect of this sva-rajya. The effect of sva-rajya is that people are starving. That's all. At least, British government would not allow like this. That's a fact.

Devotee: (Bengali)

Prabhupada: (Bengali)

Devotee: They're self-interested. They're making money and forgetting the public.

Prabhupada: That's all. Godless. They must be like that. Gandhi was a student of Bhagavad-gita -- never taught about Krsna. This is his knowledge of Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavad-gita without Krsna.

Devotee: They want the material after killing the source. After killing the cows, they want milk. After...

Prabhupada: Gandhi was approached by the Hindus that "You are doing so much for the Mohammedans. The Mohammedans are obedient. So why don't you stop this cow killing?" "How can I interfere with their religious?" Just see.

Devotee: This is...

Prabhupada: "Cow killing is religion." And he was such a fool that if somebody said that "Cutting the throat of others is my religion," he would allow, "Yes, you can do that."

Jayapataka: Go this way, Srila Prabhupada? [break]

Devotee: ...proof that the cause of cancer is beef-eating.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Devotee: I have...

Prabhupada: Leprosy. Leprosy is also due to beef-eating. Get it folded.

Siddha-svarupananda: The third greatest cause of accidental death in, in the world...

Prabhupada: Is intoxication.

Siddha-svarupananda: It is...

Prabhupada: Yes, this drunkard. Especially the drunkard, they collide.

Siddha-svarupananda: I think that's the second.

Prabhupada: Oh.

Siddha-svarupananda: But the, this one is the choking on meat at dinner table and dying, suffocating. It's very wide-spread. And in restaurants, while they're eating meat, they get so into eating, they want to swallow to eat the next piece. So they, before chewing enough, they have a big lump of meat in the mouth, and they swallow and they choke. They get caught. So in many big restaurants, they have these fancy forks like this that if somebody's choking, they go to the table, a very nice waiter, and he sticks the thing down the throat and pulls out the meat. Then the person can continue eating. But it is a very high cause of death in the world. They choke on meat.

Prabhupada: Just like dog. Dog, if you give...

Siddha-svarupananda: Because the teeth are not made...

Prabhupada: ...meat. (makes sound) Like dog. Yes.

Siddha-svarupananda: But the dog doesn't choke so much. Well, sometimes they choke, though.

Prabhupada: Dog is a natural animal.

Siddha-svarupananda: He has teeth for meat.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Siddha-svarupananda: The human beings, they don't have so much teeth for meat. So they're trying to eat, and then they choke.

Prabhupada: [break] ...sness movement is all-embracing, all problems. People should carefully study and take it. Then they will be happy. Otherwise all plans are nonsense, the scientists, the philosophers, the... All rascals. Mayaya apahrta-jnanah. They appear to be very learned, but maya has killed them already. They have no knowledge. Mayaya apahrta-jnanah. Just see. Why? Asuram bhavam asritah [Bg. 7.15]. Life is created by God. They'll not accept. "Life is created from dirt." That's all. Mayaya apahrta-jnanah. Where is the instance that you create life by chemicals? "That we shall see in the future." Kick him immediately on his face with boot. Rascal. Will you accept any check, "It will be paid in future?" Will you accept? So why shall I accept this rascal's theory? If somebody gives me check, one million dollar, payable three hundred years after, shall I be inclined to accept such check? So why these fools accepting this post-dated check?

Visnujana: Prabhupada, they say they've already done so much. The scientists will say...

Prabhupada: What they have done? What they have done? Why people are starving? What you have done?

Visnujana: But they'll say we have created so much machineries and gone to the moon.

Prabhupada: You cannot eat machine. You produce. You produce rice, wheat in the machine. What you have done? You have simply misled the people that instead of tilling the ground, they have come to machine, and there is no food.

Siddha-svarupananda: Yes, yes.

Prabhupada: You have done this. You have, on the false plea that "We'll give you five hundred rupees salary. You come in the city and be engaged." Oh, he saw, "Oh, I am simply producing my food. If I get five hundred rupees, then I'll go to cinema, I'll have a good dress." Now there is no food even. You have done this. That's all. What is the benefit of this machine. Machine benefit is that we were purchasing, when there was no so much machine, in our childhood, three rupees, four annas per mound, first-class rice. Now we are purchasing one Kg.

Devotee: Ten rupees Kg. For one rupee (indistinct) first-class wheat.

Prabhupada: Just see. So if one is rascal, they will be misled by this. Otherwise, any sane man will not accept. They say that, "We have done so much." What you have done? You have done this. At least in India, the effect of machine and factories: that there is no rice, no food.

Devotee: With the machines they're mixing stones in the rice.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Devotee: With machine help, they're mixing stone in the rice.

Prabhupada: That's it. That's it, that you cannot get. Oh, you have done so much. But India is not meant for machine. These rascals, they do not know. India is, India's culture is plain living, high thinking. You require some food. Produce food, and take it, and chant Hare Krsna. But they'll not accept, "Oh, this is primitive. Nowadays we have got... We must have the motor car, motor tire."

Devotee: Farmer sees that a job of three hundred rupees and runs away to city. He will not work in the field. Then there will be no food.

Prabhupada: Yes. Because they require. They require. The cow is being killed, and that's all. That is sufficient food for them." And let the farmers work for me, for bolts and nuts and motor tire. We make huge profit." You see. You are making profit, but other...

Devotee: What is the use of that profit, Prabhupada Maharaja, when don't get even for eating, no clothing, no eating? Only profit... What profit will be beneficial?

Prabhupada: No, but they don't care for others. But they're having wine and women with their black market money. That's all. They're satisfied. They do not know... (end)

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- March 6, 1974, Mayapura

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[pensamiento-del-dia:616] Terremoto desgarrador

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Miércoles, 20 de enero del 2010

PENSAMIENTO DEL DÍA: Terremoto desgarrador

Enviado desde Lima, Perú.

El 12 de enero del 2010 a las 4:43 p.m. hora local un terremoto masivo de magnitud 7.0 devastó el país caribeño de Haití matando un estimado de 200.000 personas. Cuando un devoto del Señor ve tales catástrofes queda desconsolado enormemente por los sufrimientos experimentados por tantos millones de personas. Aun cuando un devoto siempre está saboreando la gran felicidad de la conciencia de Krishna dentro de su corazón, su corazón es tan grande que también abarca el sufrimiento de todas las entidades vivientes que están tan miserablemente atrapadas en el ciclo del nacimiento y muerte. Su corazón es por lo tanto enormemente devastado al ver los sufrimientos de las pobres almas en este mundo material. Debido a esto es descrito como para-duhkha-duhkhi, alguien que está apenado al ver los sufrimientos de otros. Y debido a esto es que dedica totalmente su vida para inundar el planeta Tierra con conciencia de Krishna para llevar la felicidad máxima y permanente a todas las entidades vivientes.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Desgarrador terremoto en Haití – 12 de enero del 2010


Pregunta: ¿Cómo tratar la depresión?

¡Hare Krishna!

Gracias por sus maravillosos correos de todos los días, tengo una pregunta. ¿Un devoto nunca sufre de depresión? Si la respuesta es sí, entonces ¿cómo debería él/ella ocuparse de controlarla? En el mundo práctico hay tantos factores que contribuyen a la depresión, la presión del trabajo, la familia, una baja auto estima, etc. ¿Cómo un devoto se sobrepone a tales cosas?

Hay otra situación que estoy actualmente enfrentando. Estoy en un trabajo que no me satisface del todo, pero me deja mucho tiempo para rendir servicio en el templo y concentrarme en mi sadhana. Pero me siento deprimido por no estar haciendo bien mi carrera. ¿Cuáles deberían ser mis actitudes y oraciones de tal manera que pueda aceptar la situación en la que Krishna me ha puesto y a la misma vez no estar orgulloso del así llamado sacrificio que pienso estoy haciendo?

Realmente apreciaría si usted puede mantener mi pregunta anónima.

Su sirviente anónimo

Respuesta: ¡Celebra tu situación. Lleva a cabo milagros, alma heroica!

Mientras un devoto neófito puede algunas veces llegar a estar deprimido y desconcertado debido a su condicionamiento material pasado, el devoto avanzado nunca llega a estar deprimido o desconcertado bajo ninguna condición porque él ve todas las condiciones buenas y malas dentro de este mundo como el arreglo misericordioso del Señor Supremo para ayudar a todas las entidades vivientes a retornar a la morada trascendental del Señor tan pronto como sea posible. Esto no significa que él se vuelva frío e insensible a los sufrimientos de otros. El devoto puro siente un gran dolor en su corazón al ver los sufrimiento de otros y dedica su vida entera a aliviar los sufrimientos de los demás. Debido a que él está totalmente iluminado con entendimiento espiritual tiene un perfecto entendimiento de la causa de su sufrimiento y no es así desconcertado. Por lo tanto es capaz de actuar siempre decisivamente de una manera positiva y constructiva para aliviar los sufrimientos de los demás.

Que estés desapegado de tu trabajo no es una causa para la depresión. Que estés más atraído al servicio devocional debería ser una causa de gran celebración. Y ahora estoy instruyéndote que deberías hacer tu trabajo con gran entusiasmo como una ofrenda al Señor Krishna tal como Él está ordenándote hacerlo en el Bhagavad-gita. De esta manera deberías hacer tu trabajo como parte de tu servicio devocional tal como Arjuna lo hizo en el campo de batalla de Kuruksetra.

Cualquier resultado que venga de tus esfuerzos deberías siempre verlos como la misericordia de Krishna. De esta manera no llegarás a estar orgulloso de ser grande. Deberías siempre pensar que tú no eres nada y que Krishna es grande. Pero esto no significa que no deberías lograr nada. Más bien como un instrumento de Krishna deberías lograr heroicamente milagros ilimitados en el servicio del Señor.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari


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