Room Conversation

August 22, 1976, Hyderabad
Devotee: Everywhere we go, the professors are very enthusiastic about the publications, and they say "We will take immediately all the books."
Prabhupada: Many Indians. How many orders you booked?
Gopala Krsna: A whole page on us.
Prabhupada: Sunday? What is the
Mahamsa: Sunday Chronicle. Deccan Chronicle. The biggest distributed English paper in this area.
Prabhupada: What is this, Ratha-yatra?
Hari-sauri: In New York.
Gargamuni: The Ratha-yatra conquering.
Prabhupada: I told you Ratha-yatra, it is...
Gopala Krsna: Conquer the world.
Prabhupada: ...the eyesore of the Communist party.
Hari-sauri: It says underneath, "Ratha-yatra in foreign lands." That's the caption underneath the picture.
Prabhupada: Where is it?
Gargamuni: Ratha-yatra in foreign lands.
Prabhupada: Hare Krsna swamis. Read it. Read it.
Manihara: "Hare Krsna swamis. Man has unraveled many mysteries in his progress from barbarianism to civilization in his relentless pursuit of knowledge and his bid to add to his storehouse of information about the myriad mysteries of the universe. He has outstepped the boundaries of the earth and turned his attention to outer space, and at present he is trying to determine whether life exists on Mars. But even though he has climbed a long way up the ladder of knowledge, the great mystery of all baffles him stillthe mystery of God. Who is God? What is the relationship between man and God? Why should man try to realize God? These are some of the questions which have been engaging the attention of all thinking men from time immemorial. The search for God has been going on down the ages because the Supreme Being is God, and to know Him is to know the truth of all things, in all forms in time as well as in space. The destiny of man is unity with God, for man is essentially inseparable from God. It is this knowledge which helps man to attain the state of eternal satisfaction or moksa. But for self-knowledge, moksa would be impossible. And self-knowledge would be impossible of attainment but for those divine messengers who throw light on the path of our lives. Whenever true knowledge, spiritual knowledge, begins to vanish from the face of the earth and tends to lapse into oblivion, the divine messengers revive that knowledge and nourish it with the vitality of their own experience. These divine messengers seek to awaken man to the knowledge of his real heritage. One such divine messenger is His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada..."
Prabhupada: He has made the ground. (laughter)
Gopala Krsna: It's really like an essay.
Gargamuni: We should send this to Blitz, this article. Because they have said "ungodly," and he is saying "divine messenger."
Prabhupada: Yes. You please send this. Get some copies and send this rascal editor Karanji. He is known to you? He is a Parsee?
Mahamsa: No, I don't know him.
Prabhupada: (laughs) Go on.
Manihara: ISKCON, which is a worldwide nonsectarian movement dedicated to propagating the message of the Vedas for the benefit of mankind. The society was founded in 1966 by Swami Prabhupada, who had come to the United States a year earlier on the order of his spiritual master to teach Krsna consciousness in the Western world. Over the years ISKCON has steadily grown in popularity and influence, and today it is widely recognized by theologians, scholars and laymen as a genuine and important spiritual movement."
Prabhupada: This is "theologians, scholars," and they, he said... Just see. Go on.
Manihara: "At present there are 108 ISKCON centers in 30 countries throughout the world. These centers enable full-time members to live in close association, following the principles of Vedic life, and also provide a place where interested visitors can learn about the philosophy and culture of Krsna consciousness and participate in its various functions. The basis of the movement is the Hare Krsna mantraHare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. The chanting of this mantra is the most recommended means for spiritual progress in this age, as it cleanses the mind and enables one to transcend the temporary designations of race, religion, and nationality and to understand one's true identity as an eternal spiritual being. In other words, simply by chanting Hare Krsna one can directly experience self-realization and lead a blissful life. The devotees experience divine ecstasy in singing the holy names of God to the accompaniment of musical instruments. The Hare Krsna devotees, as a prerequisite for the serious pursuit of spiritual life, voluntarily abstain from meat-eating, illicit sex, intoxication, and gambling. The Krsna conscious life style is based on the principles of simple living and high thinking. The devotees rise very early, about 3:30 a.m., and spend the morning hours in meditation and study. During the day, the main activity is preaching Krsna consciousness. Many devotees go out to public places to distribute the Society's books and its official journal, Back to Godhead magazine, which has a monthly circulation more than a million copies in fourteen different languages. In addition to book distribution, devotees engage in a variety of activities, including teaching, artistic pursuits and farming. The qualification in Krsna consciousness is not what kind of work one performs, but that it be done in the spirit of devotion to God. For the first time, Swami Prabhupada has introduced Ratha-yatra of Lord Jagannatha of Puri in the Western world. This festival is now being conducted in the major cities of the world like San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, London, Paris, etc. Millions of people relish the taste of pulling the transcendental ratha and partake of Krsna prasada. Another of ISKCON's projects is New Vrindaban, a model thousand-acre Krsna conscious community farm in the hills of West Virginia. This is ISKCON's first venture in protecting cows from going to the slaughterhouses."
Prabhupada: Take care of the cows, and?
Manihara: It says, "This is ISKCON's first venture in protecting cows from going to slaughterhouses. Over four hundred cows give twelve hundred litres of milk daily, providing natural, healthy products like butter, ghee, etc. And especially milk sweets like gulabjamon, rasagulla, etc."
Prabhupada: What is that?
Pradyumna: Just the names of those...
Prabhupada: That's all right. Enclose this quote.
Manihara: "ISKCON has generated many community farms like New Vrindaban, providing the ideal atmosphere of a busy, yet peaceful village, fully devoted to spiritual progress. Swami Prabhupada has also established the first Krsna conscious gurukula in the West, a primary school in Dallas, Texas, for one hundred boys and girls between the ages of five and fifteen. Soon after its success, many such gurukulas have sprung up all over the world. Aside from teaching reading, writing, mathematics, geography, etc., the gurukula teaches the child how to cultivate God consciousness. Once a year members of ISKCON journey to the Society's international headquarters at Sridhama Mayapura, ninety miles north of Calcutta, and the birthplace of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It is the site of a ten crore rupees international Vedic village comprised of community farming projects, high-class gurukula school, free medicinal facilities, and handloom weaving center. An institute of Vedic studies is proposed to be established at this site. Other major ISKCON centers in India are in Vrndavana, Bombay, and Kuruksetra, the site of a three-crore rupee international Sanskrit university. This project will be sponsored by Alfred Ford, a nephew of Henry Ford. This will be the cultural..."
Prabhupada: Nephew, nephew of Ford, that's a fact. Alfred is from the daughter's side. So the present Mr. Ford, his nephew, certainly, because daughter's side. His mother is the daughter, granddaughter of Henry Ford. Alfred's mother is the granddaughter of Henry Ford. Therefore the present Ford is the maternal uncle of Alfred.
Manihara: "This will be a cultural gateway of India for the people of the world. Hyderabad is the South Indian headquarters for ISKCON in India. The magnificent Sri Sri Radha-Madana-mohana temple at Nampally Station Road, inaugurated by Swami Prabhupada, will serve as a center of the cultural, spiritual, educational and social activities given to uplift the lives of people here. According to Sri Mahamsa Swami, the president of the Society here, the devotees will hold seminars in colleges, factories, business centers, universities, schools, etc., to teach the techniques of spiritualizing the day-to-day life. Deity worship accompanied by the constant chanting of the holy names will be a special feature at the center. Besides, there will be daily classes in Sanskrit, Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavatam, and the Upanisads. There will be a Vedic library consisting of Swami Prabhupada's books and various books on comparative study of religion. A cassette library will be a special feature here. Devotees will travel into towns and villages and do sankirtana for the uplift of the masses. ISKCON Hyderabad is introducing for the first time in South India its major 600 acre community farming project, 40 kilometers from Hyderabad, to benefit about 20,000 villages. Besides regular free nutritional food distribution program, ISKCON is also planning to set up a model high-yielding 600-cow dairy farm, handloom centers, nature-cure hospital, and gurukula school project. Swami Prabhupada's most substantial contribution, however, is to be found in his books, a veritable storehouse of knowledge and wisdom. He has written more than 50 books so far, explaining the principles of Krsna or God consciousness in a logical, practical, and scientific way. Through his books people are understanding the eternal wisdom of the ancient Indian scriptures. That ISKCON has made a significant contribution to the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual life of contemporary man is obvious from the fact that people of all ages and..."
Prabhupada: A very important article.
Gargamuni: A very good article.
Prabhupada: Yes. And it details everything. So you purchase some copies. We have to prepare...
Manihara: "...of varying degrees of education and from many walks of life, students, teachers, scientists, servicemen, laborers, and professionalsindeed numerous race, creeds and nationalitiesare attached towards it. The unifying characteristics that brings such diverse individuals to Krsna consciousness are high ethical standards and a sincere desire to understand spiritual truths. To make a pleasure-loving and easy-going Western youth to shed his fashionable dress and make him give up his dearly cherished beefsteaks, wine and women, cannabis and LSD, and don the saffron robe, shave his head, hold the danda, and chant Hare Krsna, is no mean achievement. That ISKCON has made thousands of Western youths perform this seemingly impossible task is an eloquent testimony of the impact it has made on the life of the contemporary West. ISKCON does offer to the modern man a haven of refuge from the complexity of anxiety of present-day life. The society has indeed set before itself a noble and laudable ideal..."
Prabhupada: When the Englishmen were ruling over this country and Gandhi had to do so much labor, his life sacrificed, some way or other they were gone. Now the same Englishman is working here as book distributor. (laughs) Who was our ruler. So whose achievement is better? Gandhi's or mine?
Gargamuni: Yours.
Prabhupada: And one Englishman is giving me massage. This rascal criticizing. But they have come to me for money? They are poor or they are illiterate fools? They have come to me for money or some material gain? No. Unless they are convinced about the spiritual gain, why they should give me such service? They have no eyes to see.
Gargamuni: No, because in India, many Indians, when they approach a guru, they want something. But we didn't have to approach you for anything.
Prabhupada: That is the speciality. The guru... One should go to guru to serve him as menial servant. That is acceptance of guru. That is required. Nicavat. Nica, nica means menial. Just like menial servant, he does everything. Similarly, to live with guru means to serve him as a menial servant. That is Vedic injunction. Nicavat. You should not be puffed up, that "I am coming from such royal family, I am coming from such rich family." And that tendency is trained up from the childhood. A child does not know. Just like Pradyumna's son. You can engage him in any menial service. He does not discriminate. He's trained up. So this is gurukula. Very word is used, nicavat. He gives service to the guru just like a menial servant. And this training being given from the childhood, he does not know what is low or what is high. His spiritual master asks to do something... Even Krsna went to the forest to collect some dry wood. Vasudeva's son, in royal family, but he had to go. And all of a sudden there was storm and, what is called?
Gopala Krsna: Lightning.
Manihara: Thunder.
Prabhupada: No.
Hari-sauri: Hail.
Prabhupada: Hailstorm. And they became entrapped in the jungle whole night. And in the morning guru with other disciples came to search out them. And this Sudama Vipra and Krsna was stranded, and they were found out, then taken back. So even Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He served the guru as menial. The guru's wife asked Him, "Bring some fuel from the jungle," and they went immediately. This is gurukula. No, I mean to say, prestigious position. "Guru has saidhas to be done." This training. Then?
Manihara: There's just a few more sentences. "The Society has indeed set for itself a noble and laudable ideal, producing men and women of high character, sincerity, and God consciousness."
Prabhupada: Send this rascal.
Gargamuni: Yes, this shall be sent. And also to Om Mehta.
Prabhupada: You send. He knows you, Gargamuni. Yes. Say you have mentioned several times my name, so for your benefit, and to open your eyes, I am sending you one article. Please read what ISKCON is doing. Simply write this.
Gargamuni: I have to go to Delhi for my (indistinct). I will go to the office, the Blitz office, and bring them this personally.
Prabhupada: That's all right.
Gargamuni: "You have written about me, but I would like to present you this article."
Prabhupada: Yes. For your benefit.
Gargamuni: Yes, that is a fact.
Prabhupada: So you are keeping good health?
Prabha Visnu: Oh, yes, very good health.
Prabhupada: So, wherefrom just now you are coming?
Prabha Visnu: Well, we've just come from Eastern coast. We came down from Calcutta through Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada. We took some orders in Guntur. And before that...
Prabhupada: Guntur there is university?
Pradyumna: Yes, there's a new one.
Prabhupada: Guntur, our Tirtha Maharaja has got a branch there. Is it not? Gaudiya Matha they have got branch?
Prabha Visnu: In Visakhapatnam.
Prabhupada: No, that is another. In Guntur, yes.
Prabha Visnu: I didn't see.
Prabhupada: Visakhapatnam, there is one of my Godbrothers, Puri Maharaja. Did you go there?
Prabha Visnu: No. But we saw some books which they published and they had your picture in the front actually. Just on the inside page your picture was there.
Prabhupada: In Guntur you received order from?
Prabha Visnu: The State Regional Library. It's the most prestigious library in Andhra Pradesh. They took a complete order for all the books.
Prabhupada: Standing order.
Prabha Visnu: Yes, standing order. And Visakhapatnam university also, standing order for all the books. We'll probably go back to Guntur again, and I think we'll make some more orders there next week. But it was Saturday and some of the colleges were closed, so we couldn't see the professors.
Prabhupada: Keep your health nice, because Indian climate sometimes does not suit. Eat simple things. Fruits, vegetables. Don't be miser in the matter of... But don't eat voraciously. Eat sufficiently, nutritious.
Gargamuni: Yes. I have also told they should eat nice fruits and vegetable so they will keep healthy.
Prabhupada: Oh, yes. Vegetable, fruits, very innocent, little milk. That's all. Even if you don't eat these foodgrains, that is preferred. Better. Vegetable and fruits and milk, that is sufficient nutritious. There is no question of disease. But for our tongue taste we eat so many cooked food, but if we eat vegetables, boiled vegetables and fruits and milk, ah, it is sufficient. Ekadasi. (laughter) Daily ekadasi.
And these peanuts, a few grains. Not much. That is also nice. Cashew, peanut. Yes. So thank you very much. You are working so much for Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission. Yare dekha tare kaha krsna-upadesa [Cc. Madhya 7.128]. Bas. You become a guru. Actually you are doing the guru's work. "Here is a message from Krsna. Please take it." Bas. Simple. Yare dekha. And whomever you meet, tare kaha krsna-upadesa. Either you speak personally or give him a book.
Manihara: This is the noon paper published...
Prabhupada: "Explosion." Mahamsa Swami is continuing this.
Prabhupada: It looks nice.
Prabhupada: Buddhi-yogam dadami tam. As soon as we decide to work for Krsna very sincere. What is this Krsna crossword? This is gambling.
Gargamuni: Krsna crossword puzzle.
Hari-sauri: Oh. Crosswords are gambling?
Prabhupada: Yes.
Manihara: Gambling?
Prabhupada: Is it not gambling?
Hari-sauri: They give clues and it's to make you think.
Manihara: They give a clue. They say...
Prabhupada: But there is prize.
Manihara: No, I don't think there is prize.
Gargamuni: There is in the other newspapers. Maybe not in this. But they do offer prize. You send in, then they choose prize.
Prabhupada: So they work, originally it began for prize. (laughs) Otherwise, these karmis, why they shall waste their time? They wanted some prize.
Hari-sauri: Sometimes they print their names in the next issue. "The last week's winner was..."
Prabhupada: "Winner." That means prize.
Manihara: There's no mention of any reward. Just...
Prabhupada: Anything of these four prohibited regulations should not do. Yatra papas catur-vidha, four kinds of papasinful activities. From the very beginning, because I introduced this, no catur-vidha, four kinds of papa. Therefore our Society is now so respected. From the very beginning we are following to keep these principles in forefront. This is appreciated by anyone. Even he is himself a debauch, he'll appreciate. It is so nice thing. A person may be a big drunkard, but he'll never like to see his son drunkard. That is natural.
Gargamuni: Yes. My father he used to smoke, but he said, "You should not smoke."
Prabhupada: He said like that?
Gargamuni: Yes. I think all fathers must say.
Hari-sauri: Yes, mine did too. One day I walked in with a cigarette, so he beat me because I was smoking and I was only fourteen or something. So then I said, "But you were doing the same thing." And he beat me even more.
Gargamuni: They say, "I am old enough to do it. You are not."
Prabhupada: "When you are an older, you become a debauch. But don't become now." (laughing) If it is a good thing, why older and younger?
Manihara: Our relatives, especially close relatives, parents, and they see, they can see immediately...
Prabhupada: This is natural. These things are not good. They know it, but they are habituated. But they do not like that son should be habituated. That is natural. Your father predicted about Brahmananda that "This boy will be a saintly man."
Gargamuni: Yes.
Prabhupada: Yes. He'll not be a karmi. From the beginning he could understand. How did he understand?
Gargamuni: Because his tendencies were never in the business field. He was an intellectual. He used to read a lot and he was interested in religion.
Prabhupada: From the very beginning.
Gargamuni: Yes. In college he took courses in religion.
Prabhupada: And when he first came to me he expressed that "I was searching this institution. Now I'll join." And he was getting at that time four hundred dollars?
Gargamuni: Yes. A school teacher.
Prabhupada: Yes. So he was paying everything almost, keeping little money. And then he brought him.
Hari-sauri: I have a picture of you with your hair. I'll show you. I have a picture of Gargamuni Swami when he still had hair and karmi clothes.
Gargamuni: "Shakespearean locks." Prabhupada used to call me that.
Hari-sauri: Hair in this picture's a bit cropped up, but you had a bead bag then.
Gargamuni: Oh, yeah, then that was later.
Prabhupada: You were selling Back to Godhead on the street?
Gargamuni: Yes, in the pushcart.
Prabhupada: That time how many copies we were printing?
Gargamuni: We were printing 500 to 1,000. We started at 500 then to 1,000.
Prabhupada: Then when Brahmananda proposed that we can get it printed from Japan, but they want order for 20,000 minimum. So I said yes. Five hundred, 1,000 we were selling, and he proposed 20,000. "Yes. You order." (laughs) Now, two million?
Hari-sauri: The biggest one I think was that centennial, bicentennial issue. What was that? It increases, anyway, every year.
Prabhupada: Brahmananda was hesitating how 20,000 per month we shall consume.
Gargamuni: Yes, we were all afraid.
Prabhupada: (laughs) I said, "Yes. You order. We shall consume." Then this Tamala Krsna, he helped.
Hari-sauri: He was in book distribution from the start.
Gargamuni: Yes. From Los Angeles. From their sales they were sending.
Prabhupada: Yes. He gave impetus for distribution. Then we got encouragement. Other party, another party. Where those mimeograph machine gone?
Gargamuni: I don't know. After I went to San Francisco... They should be preserved. That was beginning. We could still use them.
Prabhupada: Yes. I paid $150 I had collected. They wanted hundred dollars each or $125 each. So I went there, that I want two machines, but I have got $150 dollars only. So he wanted to throw away the machine. "All right, you take two machines." So I gave $150 and took away two machines. I think it is more costly. Eh?
Gargamuni: Yes, oh, yes. Those are heavy-duty machines. They were old, but they were good.
Prabhupada: They were working nice. And the printer was that boy?
Gargamuni: Ranchor.
Prabhupada: Ranchor. Spoiling so much paper.
Gargamuni: Yes, so much.
Prabhupada: He brought $500 from his grandfather.
Gargamuni: Yes, he donated.
Prabhupada: His father and mother divorced. So he used to visit sometimes his grandfather, father's father. So naturally grandfather, when he used to visit, he gave him some money.
Hari-sauri: And he'd give it to you. Then he gave it to you.
Prabhupada: Once he gave me. Anyway, Krsna is giving us encouragement. Religious, philosophical book, as soon as they hear of it they immediately say, "No, no, we..." That is the natural tendency.
Prabha Visnu: But here in India when they see that a white man has taken to the Vaisnava religion...
Prabhupada: That influences.
Prabha Visnu: ...they are so much respectful.
Prabhupada: Yes. Naturally. That chief minister said.
Gargamuni: Yes. "It is a reversal of history."
Prabhupada: So that was my policy, that I shall go America, and if the Americans become devotees then these rascals will be automatically. Here they could not appreciate. When I started, wanted to start this movement, they refused to give their son.
Hari-sauri: They always say a preacher is never appreciated in his home town.
Prabhupada: "Swamiji, what benefit there will be by becoming brahmana, by devotee? They have to earn their livelihood." Spiritual culture is in India practically rejected. They are convinced with the idea that for spiritual culture we are so much behind this material. That is their full conviction.
Hari-sauri: It must have been a big shock for them when they first saw our devotees. It must have been a big shock for them when they saw these shaved heads and chanting.
Prabhupada: That minister is coming?
Manihara: Today?
Prabhupada: Somebody told?
Gargamuni: Yes, at 10:30 they said. Gopala said he's coming. I don't know, but I will ask.
Manihara: Srila Prabhupada, when we give prasada to people...
Prabhupada: Anyone who comes, he must be given prasada.
Manihara: ...what is the benefit they get exactly? There have been so many concoctions: "Oh, they will take human birth," "they will take this..." What is the actual benefit that a karmi will get when he takes prasada?
Prabhupada: Prasada means the mercy of Krsna.
Manihara: Mercy.
Prabhupada: By eating you are getting mercy. Krsna bado doyamoy koribare jihva jay swa-prasad-anna dilo bhai. Swa-prasad-anna dilo bhai. Sei prasada anna pao radha-krsna-guna gao preme dako caitanya-nitai.
Manihara: 'Cause some devotees, they are saying...
Prabhupada: Krsna bado doyamoy. Because we want eating, so He is giving His mercy through eating. Eating nobody will refuse. So by eating he is being favored by Krsna. This is the process. You understand Bengali? Krsna bado doyamoy, He's very merciful. Koribare jihva jay. We are accustomed to eat, go to the restaurant, go to the hotel, go to here and there, at home and so on. Simply eating, eating. So this is jihva lampata. Prostitution of the tongue. Just like a woman prostitute is not satisfied with one man. Similarly, our tongue is like a prostitute. It is not satisfied with simple foods. Sometimes here, sometimes there, sometimes on the street, sometimes on the restaurant, sometimes a hotel. Regular prostitution. It is called tongue prostitution. There are prostitution of three things: prostitution of the tongue, prostitution of the belly, and prostitution of the genital. Three kinds of. Udara-upastha-vegam. Jihva-udara-upastha-vegam [NoI 1]. Straight line. So to stop this prostitution is to control the tongue. The tongue prostitution means he wants to eat varieties of foodstuff. Krsna is so merciful, "All right, you eat varieties of prasada." Then tongue prostitution is controlled and naturally the belly and the genital controlled. Krsna bado doyamoy koribare jihva jay. To own victory over the tongue, He has given varieties... Therefore all nice things should be offered to Krsna and then take prasada. They will be benefited.
Manihara: This is Krsna's arrangement, special.
Prabhupada: Krsna bado doyamoy koribare jihva jay.. Jaya means you conquer over the tongue. If you do not give tongue Krsna prasada then the tongue will dictate, "Why not go to the restaurant?" So this is the process. Give everyone nice prasada. His tongue will be conquered and he'll be conquered. He'll be able to conquer over the prostitution of the senses, and then he'll become a devotee. Hyderabad papers have given us good publicity. Very nice.
Hari-sauri: Any reasonable persons appreciate it.
Prabhupada: How the books are being supplied? From Bombay?
Prabha Visnu: When we were working from Bombay, Bombay was sending them by rail. But now Gargamuni Swami, he has given us some books to supply immediately to the libraries, and then others that we can't... If we don't have enough to supply all the libraries, he's going to arrange for more to be sent. I think he wants to send a van, a vehicle around all the colleges to deliver the books.
Prabhupada: He will make some good profit? (laughs) Never mind. If books are distributed, that is our satisfaction. Let anyone make some profit. We don't mind.
Hari-sauri: No, he wants to send one of our vehicles around. Yes?
Prabhupada: Never mind. The books must reach there. That is my...
Prabha Visnu: One way or the other the books will get there.
Prabhupada: Yes. That's all. Doesn't matter. We are not after profit.
Prabha Visnu: Besides, any profit it goes toward the development of Krsna consciousness.
Prabhupada: Yes. So what is the total amount?
Prabha Visnu: Of standing orders? So many. Over two hundred.
Prabhupada: Anyway, wherever you go, they take it.
Prabha Visnu: Yes. All these people... Practically every college will take something at least. If they don't have enough money for the whole standing order, at least they take some books out of respect. Everywhere they are very respectful, and everyone has heard of you and the work that you've done.
Prabhupada: They like.
Prabha Visnu: Oh, very much. People are very impressed. In the Western world people are so much unfavorable towards us. But here in India they treat us like kings. Sometimes when I come to colleges they practically touch my feet and give me all kinds of foodstuffs and drinks. Very nice.
Manihara: Even in the West they are not so favorable, but still everybody has heard of Krsna. Everybody's heard of the Hare Krsna people.
Mahamsa: There's only five first initiations. Those ladies, I told them to wait some more time. Those ladies, I told them to wait for some more time because they were still drinking tea and coffee until yesterday.
Prabhupada: No, if they promise they will give up, then we can give.
Mahamsa: I already told them, "You please..." They said they will give up but I said that you...
Prabhupada: No, if they promise you can give.
Mahamsa: But, they are waiting, what shall I tell them now? I just now told them...
Prabhupada: No, tell them that, "If you promise from today you will give up..."
Mahamsa: They promised.
Prabhupada: Then we shall give it.
Mahamsa: All five of them?
Prabhupada: Oh, yes. If they have promised, we shall give. Simply you don't break promise. You have promiseddo it. That's all.
Mahamsa: I'll tell them. Another thing was those, what is, I don't know what is the position of ladies being initiated. They are young girls. They may get married. They may get married to someone outside the society.
Prabhupada: But she can chant and observe the rules and regulationswhat is that.
Mahamsa: Even if her husband does not follow?
Prabhupada: That does not matter. It is individual.
Mahamsa: Then there'll be five more.
Prabhupada: My sister, while she was married, her father-in-law's house, they were all eating fish. So a new girl, ten years, eleven years old. So she was given this foodstuff with fish and everything. So she was crying. So her mother-in-law, "Why you are crying?" "No, we do not touch all these things." She immediately arranged special cooking for her. So her husband and other members they were taking fish, but she never touched. She never touched. She does not know what is fish. If one wants to keep oneself pure, he or she can keep herself pure in any circumstances.
Mahamsa: Okay. And there'll be two second initiations, two devotees from here. So I will talk to them again because just now I've told them "You must wait one month more." They were willing to.
Prabhupada: If they'll promise, that's all right.
Mahamsa: So I'll tell them like that. Okay. Then the names and beads will be given downstairs by Your Grace? You'll be coming down?
Prabhupada: Yes.
Hari-sauri: They should be wearing their neckbeads before. At least two lines.
Prabhupada: So Krsna will recognize your service. It is stated in the Bhagavad-gita, na ca tasman manusyesu kascin me priya-krttamah [Bg. 18.69]. You are distributing this knowledge, so you become immediately recognized, very dear servant, very confidential servant of Krsna. He says personally. Na ca tasman manusyesu [Bg. 18.69]. "Amongst the human beings those who are doing this preaching, nobody is dearer than these persons to Meanyone." You have read that?
Prabha Visnu: That's in Eighteenth Chapter? Yes.
Prabhupada: To be quickly recognized by Krsna, this is the short-cut process. He never says those who are sitting in a secluded place meditating or chanting, doing nothing. He never says that "They are My very dear devotees." But those who are preaching-na ca tasman manusyesu kascin me [Bg. 18.69]. Just like government takes more care for the soldiers, especially when there is fighting. They are giving life for the state. So their comfort-first consideration. In the warfield, enough supplies. Anything the soldiers require. Enough supplies. Sometimes the store is blown out. And again another store is ready. Therefore in the wartime they control. [break] ...destroy them. And still another store. So therefore supply is sufficient. Civil supplies become controlled. Whatever they want, supply is there. The Britishers, British time. I have seen, in the village they will let loose the soldiers to rape anyone.
Manihara: The sergeants and corporals go first. The leaders of the battalion, they will go first to start to ravage and loot, and then all their men will follow.
Prabhupada: Everywhere, huh? So I have seen in Calcutta outside villages. So my maternal uncle's house was their "Tally-on." (?) So when they used to come there was a, what is called rumor, "Soldiers come..." They'll captured any woman from the street. No restrictions.
Manihara: They are simply killing, killing, killing, for no reason; therefore this killing turns into..., they turn into animal. So when they see woman, they...
Prabhupada: So everywhere the same business. The soldiers are let loose in the villages.
Pradyumna: Srila Prabhupada? What is the program? Will you becoming down?
Prabhupada: Why not? Yes. As soon as ready I shall go.
Pradyumna: As soon as ready you will come. We're not waiting for any minister or something to come or anything?
Prabhupada: Yes.
Hari-sauri: He's supposed to be here now.
Prabhupada: Just see if he's coming actually. Otherwise...
Pradyumna: But as soon as we are ready you will come down?
Prabhupada: Yes.
Manihara: Now England is finished. Everybody is completely unhappy. Nobody is happy in England. The rich men, once they were happy, now they are having their money taken away by the government. They are taxing, taxing, taxing, all the time. And the poor people, they have nothing anyway. Nobody has anything to talk about. Nothing to be proud of in England. Everybody is leaving. Every day in the newspaper you read such-and-such has happened.
Prabhupada: You are Englishman?
Manihara: Yes.
Prabha Visnu: It's a sinful reaction.
Prabhupada: Yes. They expanded their empire. Where is that empire now? The expansion of empire began during Victoria's time. Victoria's time.
Hari-sauri: Even before that, though, because they were going out in the ships and... America and all.
Prabhupada: During the first Elizabeth's time. That was the beginning.
Hari-sauri: Queen Elizabeth the First.
Manihara: They went to America at that time. Pilgrim.
Prabhupada: So what is the time of Elizabeth?
Prabha Visnu: 1600-1700, that's four hundred years ago.
Prabhupada: So within four hundred years everything finished. (laughs) Everything built up and everything finished.
Prabha Visnu: You said before it was all propaganda.
Manihara: Now the Indians are coming from India, setting up big business in England. They're controlling big factories, business, so many mills, everything. In Manchester, where I come from...
Prabhupada: There is agitation to drive away the Indians.
Manihara: Now they are trying to drive away. Because they know they have money. They are taking over.
Prabhupada: Money and intelligence also. They can organize the English very nicely. And they're not extravagant. European and American, as soon as they get money they spend it. And Indians know how to save something. I saw in London almost all Indians have got their own house. Maybe small house, it doesn't matter. But they have got their own quarters. Every Indian. And they're living very comfortably. Englishmen, local men, renting.
Manihara: Big, big blocks.
Prabhupada: And many Indians, they have come from Africa.
Manihara: Kenya.
Prabha Visnu: Uganda, especially.
Prabhupada: Uganda. They got English citizenship. Now they cannot refuse them legally.
Manihara: There's one group, the National Front group, they are trying to stop the citizenship. Because the government they are saying, "Yes, we will make you citizens if you come here, get business." And they are fighting against this.
Prabhupada: They are refusing citizenship to the children. Children born of Indians in England, naturally they should be citizens. But now they're refused.
Hari-sauri: They're making all of them get six-month visas. That's partly the reason why India is now thinking to impose visa regulations on the British, on British people who come here.
Prabhupada: Why they are doing that? Why not make world citizen? So much space. Let anyone go anywhere and live as he likes.
Hari-sauri: Nationalism.
Prabhupada: Yes. Internationalism. Why it is a short-sighted view, "They cannot come here"? Everyone is God's son, and everything belongs to God. If one finds opportunity in some place, let him have it. I think if this is adopted by the United Nation, immediately the face of the world will change. The Chinese and the Indians, they are very expert. If they are given place, they can immediately turn that place into a nice food-producing village. They can do that. And you can produce anything usable from anywhere according to the climate. Especially in America, the facility is very, very great. So many jungles. If the jungles are cut, the woods can be used for making house and the field can be used for producing food and milk, cows, everything. Around our New Vrindaban there are many places.
Hari-sauri: Both our... Pennsylvania farm has 100 acres of woods.
Prabhupada: Especially in America. There is enough place. And England also. There is enough place. They are not being utilized.
Manihara: Even my father, he has one big house with some land, one or two acres of land. I put this to him, I told him, "Why you cannot just live simply? You have enough room for one cow, which is enough milk for you and for four people that live there." Two sisters. Like that. One cow. "You can grow vegetables, you can have an apple tree, a pear tree. Like this you can have everything. You don't need to buy anything."
Prabhupada: What does he say?
Manihara: He says, "I'm a doctor."
Prabhupada: "We shall purchase meat and eat."
Manihara: "We need meat." He said, "We need meat." He's a doctor. He's saying he needs meat. I've not been eating meat for four years. There's nothing wrong with me.
Prabhupada: And when there will be no vegetables, where you'll get meat? After all, you must have sufficient vegetables for eating by the cows. But if there is no vegetable, then where you'll get meat? Actually, in Europe it is being done, that there is drought. There is no rain. There is no grass. Brown.
Mahamsa: The Minister of Endowments is here. The Minister of Endowments.
Prabhupada: Yes. Thank you. Feeling all right?
Endowment Commissioner: Yes, sir. Yesterday, our chief minister's not here. He came this morning. I asked him to come there, but he has not. Some other ministers are wanting to come. I wanted to at four o'clock.
Prabhupada: Four o'clock. All right.
Mahamsa: Today so early now? But your rest. It's time you take rest, Prabhupada.
Prabhupada: I take rest up to four or half past four.
Mahamsa: Can you come at five o'clock?
Endowment Commissioner: At five o'clock there will be another program of our ministers.
Prabhupada: So I will go. You send car?
Endowment Commissioner: Car, I will send one car.
Mahamsa: As soon as your car comes, we will leave.
Prabhupada: You can give him that paper. Today is very nice report about our activities in the Sunday Chronicle. You can go up to the car. Go up to the car. So, I shall take little khicudi at half past one. Khicudi as he, as you gave in the first, very thin, but same way. And that lemon chutney.
Manihara: Lemon pickle.
Prabhupada: Pickle, yes. Khicudi with potato and other vegetables, and ghee should be given separately as I... Make it simplified. If I go to rest at two o'clock, then it will be possible to start. So see that it is quickly done. We shall go and come back by half past twelve. In Europe especially, if they do not change their mode of living, reject spiritual life, then gradually the whole situation will be dangerous. Then there will be no water supply.
Prabha Visnu: Yes. I read in the newspaper just a few days ago that Britain is thinking of importing drinking water.
Prabhupada: It is impractical. Is it possible to import drinking water for so many people?
Prabhupada: This is their utopian theory.
Prabha Visnu: They are thinking that man will conquer over nature. That's their ideal, that man will become God.
Manihara: Just before I left England... They have so many cows in the south of England, they were grazing. But because it was so hot, the grass was not growing. It was becoming very dry, and no new grass was growing because there was no rain. So then they had to move all the cows to the north of England. Thousands upon thousands of cows, they have to move in big lorries to the north of England where there was some grass. And now in the north of England there is no grass, so they're going to have to move them to Scotland. It's costing so much money. And then the cows are going to become thin.
Prabhupada: They are killing immaturely. Because they die, they cannot eat. They want to eat fresh, huh? The want to kill them alive. (pause) You want? So let us go down to the car. (end)

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