Lecture Excerpt

Los Angeles, June 8, 1972
Prabhupada: The person in knowledge, he must see that "I cannot avoid death, I cannot avoid birth, I cannot avoid old age, I cannot avoid disease so long I have got this material body." But Krsna says, janma karma me divyam yo janati tattvatah: "Anyone who understands Me in reality, what I am, then he immediately becomes immune from these four things." Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9]. After giving up this... This body we have to give up. And then next body, tatha dehantara-praptir... So a devotee at least is not going to be cats and dogs or trees. The nondevotees, they are. Now they are... Now the modern advancement is to be naked. So these people are going to be trees. You know Yamalarjuna. You have seen the picture. They were dancing and they were taking bath naked, and they were not ashamed when Narada Muni was passing. So he cursed them that "You are so fool, you have lost your sense. All right, next life you become a tree, immediately." So these senseless, shameless persons who are advancing in their knowledge by becoming naked, they are going to be tree next life. The naked tree is standing naked for many thousands of years. Or animals—they have no shame. So if human being becomes so shameless, then next life is to become animal and trees. But in the universities they say that "What is the wrong if I become an animal?" I asked them, "Do you like to be animal?" "Yes." "Then all right, next time you become animal. (laughter) This is your... I give you this blessing. That's all." (laughter) Flatly said, "Yes, yes, I will be happy." All right, say it. Krsna is so kind: "You want to be naked? All right, you become naked for ten thousand years and stand up."
So therefore to save ourself from degradation, to save our, this life ... We are actually, we are all eternal, but because we don't want Krsna consciousness, we want animal consciousness, tree consciousness, animal consciousness. So Krsna is very kind: "All right, you become tree. What can I do?" Krsna is always ready to give you all facilities. Now it is up to you to make your choice whether you are going to dance with Krsna or you want to become naked tree standing for ten thousands of years. That is your choice. A living entity has got this independence. Just like Krsna asking Arjuna, yathecchasi tatha kuru: [Bg. 18.63] "I have spoken to you about things as they are. Now it is up to you to make your choice. Whatever you like, you can do." So Krsna is so merciful, ye yatha mam prapadyante... [Bg. 4.11]. If you want from Krsna that you want to become a tree, so it is not very difficult for Krsna to make you a tree. He's all-powerful. He can do that. But if you want, "Krsna, I want to be with You personally," that also Krsna can give you. So now make your choice. This is the human form of life. The animal cannot. The sastras, the messages are not for the animals; it is for the human being. Therefore don't spoil your life. This is Krsna consciousness movement.
Thank you very much. Have kirtana (end)

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