Room Conversation

May 5, 1976, Honolulu
Bhurijana: Would you like me to do anything? What would you like me to do? I know I don't want to be independent.
Prabhupada: Why you are inclined to follow Siddha-svarupa, your wife and you. What is your special attraction?
Bhurijana: (indistinct) ...we couldn't always be corresponding with you. I needed some personal instruction.
Prabhupada: But first of all (indistinct) you what is the special attraction? Your wife said that their instruction is very clear. So what is the distinction between clear and ambiguous. What do you find ambiguous, what do you find clear? What is that?
Bhurijana: I think the part I found clear, the more introspective points about humility, and changing one's desires...
Prabhupada: Humility means not to follow the instruction of guru? That is not...
Bhurijana: No, that is not humility.
Prabhupada: I'm asking you what is the special attraction? You say... Your wife says it is very clear. What is that clear and ambiguous?
Bhurijana: You mean what is ambiguous and... (indistinct) what is ambiguous or what...
Prabhupada: No. You say that is very clear what others are telling you. Now what is that ambiguous, what is that clear?
Bhurijana: The clearness may be a deeper understanding to want to be humble. A deeper understanding to want to...
Prabhupada: Humble, but if you do not follow your spiritual master's instruction, you follow others, then where is the humbleness? You say that... Your wife says that what Siddha-svarupa says it is very clear and and others are not so clear. Is it not? What is that clear what is not clear?
Bhurijana: He says chant Hare Krsna.
Prabhupada: So who says that you don't chant?
Bhurijana: Maybe the emphasis wasn't so much on the chanting even though everyone says harer nama harer nama harer nama eva kevalam [Cc. Adi 17.21], everyone just chants their sixteen rounds a day, chants a half hour arati in the evening and half hour arati in the morning.
Prabhupada: So what do you want more? What is your program? 24 hours?
Bhurijana: I like more kirtana than that.
Prabhupada: So you don't like to sell books.
Bhurijana: No, I think I like very much. I mean I think I would like to.
Prabhupada: So what is difference?
Bhurijana: Between selling books and kirtana?
Prabhupada: No no. Between others and you. Where is the difference? When you point out that this is the point, we differ. What is that point?
Bhurijana: Well maybe the point about more kirtana or less kirtana.
Prabhupada: So if you chant more, they're objecting?
Bhurijana: No.
Prabhupada: Then where is the difference? Has anyone objected (if you) chant more?
Bhurijana: No.
Prabhupada: Then where is the objection? What is the point of difference?
Bhurijana: I think there's no point of difference.
Prabhupada: Then why do you say we find these instructions more clear?
Pusta Krsna: You say that there's no point of difference, but then you say that his instruction is more clear. There's some contradiction.
Bhurijana: It's just the emphasis that was given to hari... to chanting. For myself, I know I was off track and I know that in my heart I built up an enmity toward your disciples and thinking that they..., that by their distributing books they were making people angry at Krsna and...
Prabhupada: That is real point. That is real point.
Bhurijana: That's what I felt. See, when I was in Hong Kong, people I would meet, they used to yell... They'd yell at me, "What have you done to Krsna?" Some Indians used to say that. People we'd meet, they'd tell us they see the Hare Krsna devotees and they hate Krsna. I remember one specific time when I was speaking to one businessman who was helping us and...
Prabhupada: He said that "We hate Krsna"?
Bhurijana: No no. He said that, "Your members of the Hare Krsna, they're making people in Australia hate Krsna. They make people inimical." Making people inimical to Krsna.
Pusta Krsna: They feel threatened simply that we're preaching something that will discourage their sinful way of life. Simply they feel threatened. Not they're hating. Their argument is that because of our strong emphasis on preaching and book distrubtion, they say therefore that the mass of people they have a bad impression of Krsna.
Bhurijana: And also because...
Prabhupada: Because we are selling books.
Pusta Krsna: Because we're selling books.
Bhurijana: Not so much the selling books. Maybe because of the emphasis on taking..., how much money can be taken. Like if someone says on the street, "Please give me a donation." So they give him a donation. "No, you must give more," and more and more. So the people think that the devotees are only interested in getting money and they get a bad impression that ISKCON is a money making movement.
Pusta Krsna: We're selling one half a million large size books each year.
Harisauri: The thing is that the materialists will always find that. They see the devotees and we say that we renounce everything, but they don't understand that renunciation means to take everything and give it to Krsna. So when... Just like that time there was such a great commotion when we hired that Rolls Royce to take Your Divine Grace from the airport to the temple. So in the papers they didn't put anything that you said. They simply put "His Divine Grace is arriving in a Rolls Royce." So this is the general attitude of the common mass of people.
Prabhupada: That is envious. So if they sell books, so that is making Krsna unpopular?
Bhurijana: But one must learn to be a good book salesman I think.
Prabhupada: But selling book, Krsna, does it mean that the booksellers are creating unpopular opinion? Does it mean?
Bhurijana: Automatically, no.
Prabhupada: When you say that they're making enemies because they're pushing this, what is wrong there? Actually, I can so far understand that you do not like to sell books, or you cannot sell books.
Bhurijana: Actually I've never really tried.
Prabhupada: Eh?
Bhurijana: I've never really attempted very much.
Prabhupada: Those who are selling books you think of them they're not very advanced.
Bhurijana: I don't think they can do it for very long.
Prabhupada: Eh?
Bhurijana: I don't think that they can continue for a very long time if they are not advanced.
Prabhupada: But actually they're doing. So why do you say they cannot continue long?
Hari-sauri: No, he's saying that if they weren't..., that they must be advanced actually if you look at it in the proper perspective. The ones that are continually distributing, they, they must be advanced. Otherwise one could not do it for a very long time.
Bhurijana: When people... Often used to make me angry when people would collect money for..., using lying terms and say that they're collecting money for the welfare center here, or to feed the children here, or to bus the children there, and they'd collect money like that but it wasn't very straight forward.
Pusta Krsna: Prabhupada has many times given the instruction to the devotees that they should try as much as possible to distribute the books on their own merit. [break] ...wanting this knowledge.
Bhurijana: But they... [break] ...so much (indistinct) is collecting, not distributing books.
Pusta Krsna: No, but the point is that Prabhupada's instruction is there.
Bhurijana: But all the devotees want to hear is Prabhupada also said "by hook or by crook."
Pusta Krsna: Sometimes it may be required to interest someone in a book, that they may find out their interest. Just like people are interested in philanthropic activity.
Prabhupada: Just like our... What is his name?
Hari-sauri: Tripurari? (laughter)
Prabhupada: Some lady inquired, "Is there any instruction about the power shortage?" "Oh, yes." (laughs) So she purchased, and the next day she said, "There is nothing about power." So suppose Tripurari has sold one book. The lady inquired, "Is there any basic instruction about power shortage?" And he said, "Yes." So you think it is wrong. That is your version.
Bhurijana: I think a simple lie like that is not bad.
Prabhupada: But a devotee's view is that whatever may be her inquiry, if she purchases one book, she'll be benefited. This is the point. But you, as big moralist, you, (laughs) you think that he has cheated. He has not cheated. He has benefited her. Somehow or other he has given a book to her. Someday she'll read and she'll benefit. But you people, you think that why we should sell like that, that, "Yes, there is some solution of power shortage." Actually there is, but you think that he has lied. Just like there are sometimes the father's child is suffering from fever. So the father wants that the child may take the medicine, and promises, "You take the medicine. I'll give you this cake." The purpose is not to give the cake actually. The purpose is the child may take the medicine. That is the purpose. But when the father promises that "If you take the medicine I'll give you the cake." But cake is dangerous for the child who is suffering from fever, but still the father allures him. "If you take the medicine and I'll give you cake." So is the father wrong or right?
Bhurijana: No.
Prabhupada: Similarly, similarly, if somehow or other one can sell one book to a person it is good for him. Don't take how he is selling, but he's giving the book to that person and he's paying something and that is good. But big moralist, they cannot understand. They'll see, "Why the father has spoken lie to his son. He's not a good father." They'll mistake. Father is always friend. Father cannot be enemy. But for the benefit of the rascal child sometimes he has to say like that. That "If you take the medicine I'll give you cake." So those who are mundane moralist, they cannot understand this thing, because they are mundane platform. The another example is that Yudhisthira Maharaja. He was asked by Krsna that "You speak lie to Dronacarya that 'Your son is dead.' " Yudhisthira Maharaja refused. For this he had to see hell. He was more moralist than Krsna. For this moral activity he had to visit hell. This philosophy cannot be understood by neophyte devotees. Our purpose is why we are pushing so much this sales of books. Because our missionary activities will be very widely known. That we want. Somehow or other let him purchase a book. That is our mission. There is no question of transgressing moral principles. Arjuna. Arjuna was arguing with Krsna that this killing of my relatives, it is horrible, abominable. Better I beg and maintain myself than I kill my relatives and become a king. Did he not say? That is ordinary man's argument. But as Yudhisthira Maharaja refused to speak lie, [break] Arjuna in spite of his conviction that it is sinful to kill my relatives, he still agreed to kill. Why?
Bhurijana: That is supreme moral, Krsna's desire.
Prabhupada: What Krsna desires, if one dies, he's above all this material. But it should not be manufactured. The thing is that our spiritual master wants to preach Krsna consciousness, and he has repeatedly stressed to distribute books, we shall distribute books by any means, that is good. That is good. And if you become moralist that, "Oh, they're taking this means, that means for selling of book, so I'm big moralist. I'm bigger than him."
Bhurijana: I don't think there is so much enmity because of the books themselves.
Prabhupada: No, I think that.. I do not know what they are doing, but I have information that they're not selling books.
Bhurijana: Some I think. I think some.
Prabhupada: But not...
Bhurijana: Comparable amount.
Prabhupada: Yes. Others who were transgressing the moral principle, they were selling more books. And those who are big moralists, they could not.
Pusta Krsna: They're also distributing one pamphlet printed by Siddha-svarupananda. Then if they like they can buy one of Prabhupada's books. Prabhupada's book comes second.
Prabhupada: Sometimes I've heard so many things.
Bhurijana: But they give those away for free. I mean just in the sense that someone maybe doesn't want to purchase anything. So they give him something for free about Krsna.
Pusta Krsna: First they do that.
Bhurijana: Only because it's free. Not that a... As far as I know.
Prabhupada: They get knowledge free, then why they should purchase? If you give them the opportunity that we take material, knowledge free then why they will purchase?
Bhurijana: If we can become Krsna conscious without following the rules and regulations, why follow the rules and regulations? That's what I was thinking a while ago.
Prabhupada: They should follow what their spiritual master says. Book selling, there is no question of moral and immoral. They must sell. Just like in fighting. Where there is fight, the soldiers, to gain victory, there is no question of moral and immoral. He must.
Bhurijana: Srila Prabhupada, but I think the thing I understand least, is that if they are not doing what you want... I mean... I'm sitting before you now and you're telling me and I'm listening, and you are my spiritual master. I must accept.
Prabhupada: We want that book selling must be increased as much as possible. This we want. The same thing. Let the child take medicine. Never mind the father is speaking lies. That is... Because as soon as he takes the medicine he'll be benefited. End justifies the means. End is that everyone should have a Krsna literature. Doesn't matter what is the means. Because he has taken one Krsna literature, that justifies everything. This is the principle.
Bhurijana: How about just collecting without giving any literature? Just collecting. Three months ago I saw it in Australia, with a lying line too. Not telling the truth. And that wasn't very long ago.
Pusta Krsna: (indistinct)
Hari-sauri: Sometimes the devotees are just distributing incense.
Bhurijana: Nothing.
Hari-sauri: They collect and distribute incense. Sometimes they don't distribute books.
Pusta Krsna: Maybe they have to pay off a loan on the temple. All the devotees are well aware that Prabhupada's books have first priority. Everyone knows it. The consciousness is very (indistinct) It's not a consciousness of giving.
Hari-sauri: Prabhupada's point is that if you see fault with the method of implementing the spiritual master's instructions, you'll fail to follow the instructions.
Prabhupada: No the point is not that they have not done any wrong. Don't think like that. But my point, that is, my instruction is sell books.
Bhurijana: I understand. In other words if you think they're doing it wrong, you do it better. If you see the wrong thing... But do it. Make sure you do it, but do it without the wrong thing.
Prabhupada: Yes.
Bhurijana: I feel that this is...
Prabhupada: Besides that, if you do not take to Deity worship, then you shall remain unclean. That's a fact. (end)

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