Morning Walk

December 27, 1976, Bombay
Prabhupada: Where is Jagadisa? [break] ...on the real goal of life.
Jagadisa: Because they do not know that the goal of human life is to become freed from the repetition of birth and death, therefore there is no, as explained in the First Chapter of the First Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam,
prayenalpayusah sabhya
kalav asmin yuge janah
mandah sumanda-matayo
manda-bhagya hy upadrutah
[SB 1.1.10]
The people in the age of Kali, the age of quarrel, have a short duration of life...
Prabhupada: Oh, you are tiger? How are you, Mr. Tiger?
Indian man: This is Mr. Ganesh's elder son.
Prabhupada: Now, a Tiger? Your grandson?
Indian man: Tiger. (Gujarati)
Prabhupada: No, he is... He is tiger? Accha. Thank you. Hm. Go on.
Jagadisa: People are lazy and unfortunate. They have no knowledge. And besides that, they are misled by foolish leaders. The leaders are intent only on deriving sense gratification from their so-called high position. In the Bhagavatam also it is explained that men who are like dogs, hogs, camels and asses praise those men who do not glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is a civilization of fools, a fool's paradise where the common people are allowed to elect from amongst them one so-called leader who is the biggest rascal because he doesn't know anything, and none of the others, the common, people know anything about the purpose of life, and yet this so-called leader becomes elected on the basis that he can do something to help suffering humanity. The material existence is nothing but a struggle against material nature which ultimately has no value. But it's an illusory struggle because of the spirit soul...
Prabhupada: Why it has no value?
Jagadisa: Because there is no...
Prabhupada: He'll not say that is has no value. You must give the reason why it has no value.
Jagadisa: It has no value because there is no permanent connection between the spirit soul and the material energy. There are two kinds of energy: material energy and spiritual energy. We have experience of both. The material energy is described in the Seventh Chapter of Bhagavad-gita.
Prabhupada: You can describe like this. Just like if a man is diseased, so the physician imposes upon him some restriction, do and do not. So if by mistake we give up the do not's, then it is useless. He should observe the do not's. Then he'll be cured. And if he does not observe the do not'swhatever he likes, he doesthat means his disease is increasing. Therefore it is useless. The real aim of life is how to get out of the clutches of maya which is forcing me to accept the cycle of birth and death. That is my disease. Therefore tapasya. Tapasya means restricted life, not unrestricted life. So if we do not follow the restricted life, that means I shall continue my disease or increase my disease. The modern civilization, we are teaching how to enjoy this material world to the fullest extent, bhogaisvarya, sense gratification and for sense gratification, material opulence. But he does not know that he is killing himself. He is aggravating the disease. He has to accept another body. But that he does not know, that he'll have to take birth and die, again the same business. That he does not know. Therefore this civilization is misguided. Yesterday we were reading, tapo divyam yena suddhyet sattvam [SB 5.5.1]. We have to purify our existence. So this aim is missinghow to purify it. Sattva, I am eternal. Now I am existing in a condition, birth and death. That they do not know. Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum [SB 7.5.31]. He does not know his interest. He's thinking, "This is life. Let me enjoy and there is no life after death, and even there is, who cares for it?" This is going on.
Guest (Indian man): That tapasya means?
Prabhupada: Tapasya means restricted.
Guest (1): Protect your mind... Wed it to the soul and taken away from all extraneous things which are made up of maya, is that not the meaning?
Prabhupada: Tapasya means to rescue the soul from this material condition, yena sattvam suddhyet, to purify your existence. What is the impurification? Impurification is that the soul is subjected to repetition of birth and... That is impurification. That he does not know. So he is missing the goal of life, and he's thinking this temporary so-called happiness for twenty years, forty years, fifty years, or, utmost, hundred years, that is his ultimate. That is a misleading. He does not know the aim of life. He thinks this material enjoyment to make this body stout and strong and enjoy senses like the hogs. Therefore it has been (called) na arhate vid-bhujam ye. The sewer hog, he is thinking, "I am eating stool. I am getting fatty. That is my life. And I am enjoying sex without any discrimination." No discrimination of sex, either mother or sister and daughterit doesn't matter. This is hog's life. He does not know. As soon as he becomes fatty he'll be captured, and the bhangis will, what is called? Toast, make him a toast. In our country they do. In outside of the village they hang the pig and with fire, roast it. And he, it cries, "Kyaa, kyaa, kyaa." And it is roasted, and they enjoy. But that he does not know. He is getting very strong but he does not know that he's going to be roasted. Therefore he is misguided. He does not know nature's law.
Guest (1): Sir, isn't the real bhakti (indistinct), dvijatmanam brahma-rupam deha-tyagi vibhayah tena kartavyam...(?) (indistinct) That type of bhakti is a tapasya (indistinct).
Prabhupada: But who is going to take the bhakti? He was going to take sense enjoyment.
Guest (1): That bhakti is a tapa itself. That bhakti is amongst the tapas.
Prabhupada: Yes, bhakti means tapasya. Just like they are in the bhakti line. They are doing tapasya. They are rising early in the morning, chanting Hare Krsna, observing mangala-arati, no meat-eating, no illicit sex, no intoxication, so many things. It is tapasya. Whole thing is tapasya, tapah, because by this tapasya the contamination of the soul will be cured. Then, if he understands Krsna, then he is transferred to the spiritual world. Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9]. He does not come again to accept the material body, and he permanently lives in the spiritual world. That is perfection. The modern civilization, they do not know all these things. They are misguiding that "You earn to your best extent. Work very hard like hogs." And there is advertisement "Work hard. The next (?)." They are pulling one trailer, rickshaw, still, their leaders are advising, "Work hard. Work still more hard." A human being is pulling on trailer and rickshaw, and still hard work. And that rascal does not know that this hard work like hogs and dogs will not make the solution. But they are enthusing, "Yes, work hard. Be stout and strong, as if becoming stout and strong will save him. That's not possible.
Guest (1): Modern civilization is a civilization of class, and Vedic civilization was a civilization of soul. We can say that is all.
Prabhupada: That is the real civilization. Soul is enwrapped with this material body and it has to be stopped. Tyaktva deham punar janma [Bg. 4.9]. That is civilization. And he has no knowledge, na te viduh, what is the civilization. Then andha yathandhair upaniyamanah [SB 7.5.31]. The rascal leader is also blind and the followers are blind, so both of them are doomed. Therefore the conclusion is, the modern civilization is misguided. Andha yathandhair upaniyamanah. Big, big leaders, they promises big, big ideal that "I shall give you this facility. Just elect me." What facility he will give? No facility. He gives some false promise and gets his election and claps. Sva-vid-varahostra-kharaih samstutah purusah pasuh [SB 2.3.19]. He does not know what is the aim of life. Purusah pasuh. He is animal also. And the other animals clapping, "Oh, we have got such a big leader." Big elephant, yes. (laughter) And elephant he may be, but he is, after all, a animal. What he'll do? Misguided. Oh, Hare Krsna. Jaya. You don't require any covering?
Guest (2): No, I do, but...
Guest (1): (Hindi) My daughter.
Prabhupada: I have not seen him?
Guest (1): He used to come.
Prabhupada: So anyone's question about this, this misdirected civilization? In India there was no such misguided civilization. Now they have learned how to misguide people, and they have taken this ideal, that "Unless we become like the Europeans and Americans our progress is checked." This is going on. Actually there is no progress. We are condemned. Why they should waste so much energy not for progress. Before British period, India, there were cities, but not like this because their energy was utilized. Cities were constructed especially in pilgrimages, like Mathura. Mathura is very old city, but that is a pilgrimage. Dvaraka, that is also very old city. First of all there was no need of big, big cities because there was no industry. They did not know what is industry. And there were ample food-food grains, milk, vegetables. Those who were eating meat, they were eating small, nonimportant animals like goats, hogs, and they never touched cows. Cows are very important animals. Even the stool, urine, is important. In the agricultural field the cows, passing stool, they will also benefit. Natural fertilizing.
Dr. Patel: And From cows' dung we have produced penicillin in Calcutta (indistinct).
Prabhupada: That may be, but why penicillin is required?
Dr. Patel: No, but that means it had some value right from beginning. Our forefathers must have known it. Why they did not...
Prabhupada: No, no, we are speaking... We are speaking... Because it is important, therefore Krsna said, krsi-go-raksya. Why go-raksya required, you do not require any explanation. Krsna said, go-raksya, "You must protect." That's all. That is Krsna conscious. Because we have no brain why Krsnagiving up all other animalsHe is giving stress on go. And that is meaning. He never said, animal-raksya, pasu-raksya, no. Those who want to eat pasu, let them eat nonimportant like hogs and dogs. There are class of men who eat dogs also, hogs also. Or, utmost, goats. But don't touch cow. This is instruction. And modern civilization first of all killed all the cows. And when they are no more available then can you eat other animals. I do not know why our government is now restricting cow slaughter.
Dr. Patel: They have banned the cow slaughter all over India now.
Prabhupada: I know that. Eh.
Guest (3): This is only in Maharastra, on the...
Dr. Patel: They are restricting in Maharastra also.
Prabhupada: No, what is the reason all of a sudden they have good sense?
Dr. Patel: Vinode Bhave wanted it.
Prabhupada: Vinode Bhave is not so important. There is government policy, something. Otherwise they could not care what Vinode Bhave said. It is... Don't think it is due to Vinode Bhave's request.
Dr. Patel: No, but that is what apparently...
Prabhupada: What Vinode Bhave. There were so many agitation for stopping cow slaughter, big, big, Karpatraji and others, others...
Guest (4): One Sankaracarya fasted seventy days.
Prabhupada: Yes, so they didn't care. Now, all of a sudden, why this good sense? Vinode Bhave is not very important. There is some policy.
Gopala Krsna: They say that Sanjay Gandhi who is very influential is a staunch supporter of Hinduism.
Prabhupada: Oh, that may be cause.
Gopala Krsna: I read in the papers the other day. He addressed the youth of the Arya Samaj.
Prabhupada: I understand from our propaganda that one... What is the Swami?
Devotee: Chandra Swami.
Prabhupada: Chandra Swami. He is the president?
Gopala Krsna: Yes, of Bharat (indistinct).
Prabhupada: He has recommended our case, that "This is the only institution who is making the Christian Hindu. Before this movement the Christian converted Hindus. Nobody could convert the Christian to become Hindu. And this is the only movement that is converting Christian to Hindu." So he is very much in favor of this movement, and it is understood that he talked with Indira Gandhi in telephone. So maybe that if that Hindu movement is increasing and in India the cow slaughter is going on, and it is against Hindu, (they) might have considered like that.
Dr. Patel: Pakistan has banned cow slaughter. Because they had done away by vengeance, all the cows. They wanted to spite the Hindus, kill the cows.
Hari-sauri: I don't think they kill cows in China either because its economic value is too great.
Prabhupada: That means they are coming to the sense how cow is important. (pause) It is said that he wants to see me.
Hari-sauri: Yes, at Kumbha-mela.
Prabhupada: That is a fact. Before me, for the last two hundred years, so many swamis and yogis went to the Western countries. Nobody could convert a single person to Hinduism. That is a fact in the history. These foreigners-giving up meat-eating, illicit sex, no intoxication, no gamblingit is a horrible thing for them. Lord Zetland said, "This is impossible for us." Factually it is impossible, because American government spent millions of dollars to stop this LSD intoxication but it was not successful. But they have seen that as soon as the same boy comes to our camp, he immediately gives up, immediately, without any protest, that "Why shall I give up?" No. I ask, "You have to give up." "Yes, we do." That's a fact. Therefore this Swami Chit?
Jagadisa: Chandra Swami.
Prabhupada: Ah, Chandra Swami, has strongly recommended that "This is the only movement which is converting Christian into Hindu." He is pleased on this account. He is not interested our Hare... He has said that "I am not very much interested in Hare Krsna, but I am interested in this point." That is natural, that nobody could convert the Christian to Hindu, but this movement is doing that.
Yasomatinandana: That is indirectly accepting Hare Krsna.
Prabhupada: Yes, that's a fact. We do not make any compromise. Vivekananda went there. He came back. He said, "What is the wrong in meat-eating?" He introduced meat-eating amongst his contemporary sannyasis. This is his vedanta-pracara. So he is advertised that he preached Vedanta all over America, and everyone has become Vedantist. What is...? What kind of Vedantist? Now, he introduced meat-eating amongst the sannyasis, which was never in India, any... There are two sets of sannyasis, the Sankara sampradaya and Vaisnava sampradaya. But their acara is the same. They may differ in philosophy, but their acara is the same. Rather, the Sankara sampradaya sannyasi are more strict than the Vaisnava sannyasi. Sankara sampradaya sannyasi, they'll never occupy a seat, those who are strictly following. They'll sit down on the floor. Without any asana. They lie down on the floor. They are so renounced. And what is this, that sannyasi smoking and drinking? And ordinary sannyasis, they are drinking also tea, one ghara (?). I have seen it.
Bhava-bhuti: Now Rajneesh gives sannyasi and sannyasini.
Prabhupada: Accha, yes. Sannyasini, woman sannyasi.
Yasomatinandana: It's just a mockery. He's not making any sannyasi. He's not sannyasa; he just gives name sannyasa.
Hari-sauri: Neo-sannyasa he called it.
Prabhupada: No, no, they dress like sannyasi.
Yasomatinandana: They dress, but they smoke bidi, they...
Prabhupada: They say, nava-sannyasa. They say, nava-sannyasa.
Dr. Patel: Neo.
Prabhupada: Neo-sannyasa.
Hari-sauri: There were three or four of them came to stay at the guest house in Vrndavana, Krsna-Balarama guest house.
Prabhupada: Yes. Husband and wife sannyasa. (laughter)
Hari-sauri: Yes. They were saying, "I am sannyasi, and my brother is sannyasi, and my wife is sannyasi, but my mother-in-law, she is not sannyasi." (laughter)
Prabhupada: This is Kali-yuga. Rascals, they are doing anything and any...
Yasomatinandana: And he also has written Bhagavad-gita, his own Bhagavad-gita...
Hari-sauri: It's five to seven.
Prabhupada: So let us go down.
Devotees: Jaya Srila Prabhupada.
Prabhupada: Jaya. (end)

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