Morning Conversation

April 30, 1977, Bombay
Prabhupada: Women should be taken care ofas daughter, as wife, as mother, bas. No freedom. Then prostitution. Then spoiled the whole thing. Unwanted children, contraceptive, abortion. Very dangerous. In our society there are girls. They should live separately. They should be given full engagement, taken care of. No mixing. Then it will spoil. Both of them will be... We see big, big workers, sannyasis. (Name withheld) fell victim. The example is given: fire and butter. (laughs) You cannot say the butter will not melt even in fire. Woman is like fire, and man is like butter.
Tamala Krsna: The butter should be kept cool.
Prabhupada: Yes. In a cool refrigerator, cool-headed. As soon as come in contact with the fire, agitate. The example is given. In Indian... Up to our time restriction was very strict. Now it is slackened.
Tamala Krsna: Now you see boys and girls freely mixing here, in India.
Prabhupada: Without coeducation there is no college.
Tamala Krsna: In American universities they have co-living. The bathrooms are the same bathroom now. They don't even have men's bathroom and women's toilet.
Prabhupada: Yes.
Tamala Krsna: That's considered advancement, to come to the point of being animals here.
Prabhupada: So our gurukula should be ideal. Not all these boys... You should take care of these things from the very beginningif you want actually spiritual life. If you want to progress like animals, that is different thing, as the whole world is doing. We want to maintain an ideal institution. People may see. In Christian idea also, the nuns were separate.
Tamala Krsna: Nowadays the nuns, every... Twice a week they get their hair set. They wear miniskirt now.
Prabhupada: And so many scandal.
Tamala Krsna: They're not strict anymore. Priests are smoking cigarettes, watching television.
Prabhupada: If there is no training, naturally it will deteriorate.
Tamala Krsna: Jaya Srila Prabhupada. [break]
Prabhupada: ...and millions of Vaikunthalokas, planets, and the topmost planet is Goloka Vrndavana. This is the spiritual nature. This is material, within this universe, and that is spiritual. Paras tasmat tu bhavah anyah: [Bg. 8.20] "another nature, which is indestructible." This is the whole situation. Now, how you show it, that you think over. This is only fragmental part of material creation. And each universe is floating in the..., like a football. Football floats in the water. It is like that. And each universe, half filled up with water, Garbhodakasayi. And the planetary system is hanging on that half filled-up water.
Tamala Krsna: Above it.
Prabhupada: Hm. And if it is dropped, it falls in the ocean, as once it was. Varaha-murti saved.
Tamala Krsna: Earth fell.
Prabhupada: Hm?
Tamala Krsna: Earth, planet earth, fell down.
Prabhupada: This is like that. So you have to, as far as possible... If you can you have to demonstrate, "This is planetary system." So at least we shall show what is going on within this universe. And above... And each universe is covered with seven material elements. Each covering is ten times more than the other covering, earth, water, air, fire. A wonderful creation. And how it will be shown? So I have decided, therefore, that let us show something about this planetary, er, this universe. And others, we give idea. How it will be done, you think over as far as possible. (laughs) It is not these rascals' calculation, that every planet is rock and sand, and God had no business to create so many planets of rocks and sands to be discovered scientifically by these rascals' attaining them. Just see the fun, how far the godless men can dare to speak and think. How great rascals they are! Simply to deny the existence of God, that's all. That is their business. And the creation has no brain, asatyam. Anisvaram: "There is no God. It is all false." Jagad ahur anisvaram [Bg. 16.8].
By action and reaction it is improving. Kama-haitukam. Just like a man, woman, all of a sudden meet and there is a child. This is their reasoning. There is no plan. There is no brain. Such huge thing, how it has come into existence? (aside:) You bring that water. Now you have to give some, some idea people can understand. It is not possible to give complete. But it is a fact. The whole planetary system is hanging downwards. That is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita, urdhva-mulam adhah-sakham asvattham prahur avyayam [Bg. 15.1]. That is a fact. It is hanging and moving. And moon is above the sun. They have never gone. Now they are exposing. "Moon walks."
Tamala Krsna: Moon hoax.
Gopala Krsna: In today's paper some scientist from some drug manufacturing company said that "In few years from now we will be able to do heart transplants..."
Prabhupada: Yes.
Gopala Krsna: "...in space." Bluff.
Tamala Krsna: Can't even do it here, but they're going to do it in space.
Gopala Krsna: Yes. They said there'll be no pressure, so it will be success... They're just bluffing.
Prabhupada: No, they are thinking that they are speaking the right thing, but to a person who is in knowledge, just like, they'll take, the child is talking knowledge... They are thin... When the child talks, he talks very seriously. But the father laughs. Child does not know that he is talking nonsense. That is their foolishness. They're all nonsense. They do not know they are nonsense. Because "It is folly to be wise where ignorance is bliss"the whole world full of nonsense and rascalsif you speak something sensible, they'll laugh. He has stated that, that nobody understands even a line of Bhagavad-gita, I have said?
Tamala Krsna: Yeah, in the article in the current news weekly they quoted Prabhupada as saying that nobody even understands one line of Bhagavad...
Prabhupada: No, you also understand now that charge, how it is a fact. The fact is, as it is in the Bhagavad-gita, tatha dehantara-praptih [Bg. 2.13]. You have to change your body. Then, if you have to change your body, then where is the question of nationalism? The first thing is mistake. And the nationalist leader, they are taking Bhagavad-gita and jumping like dog on nationalism. Where is the question of nationalism? Answer me. Hm?
Gopala Krsna: There's no real question because...
Prabhupada: Eh?
Gopala Krsna: There's no real question because...
Prabhupada: So why they are so much busy in solving the problems of nationalism?
Gopala Krsna: Because they are identifying themselves with their bodies.
Prabhupada: That means ignorance, rascals. They are busy with something which is not his business. Then next question will be: then what is his business? If they actually read Bhagavad-gita, his business is that to find out: "If I am going to change my body, what I am going to be?" Na hanyate hanyamane sarire [Bg. 2.20]. The body, after being finished, this body, I am not dead. I am going to change another body. So is it not my duty? Just like if I go somewhere, you see how that place, how it will be suitable for me, how I shall live there. Is it not duty? Na hanyate hanyamane sarire [Bg. 2.20]. I am not going to die. That, if I leave this compartment, I'm not going to die. I'll accept another compartment. But shall I not see what kind of compartment will be, whether it is better than this or inferior than this? Is it not my duty? That is my real problem. Or the actual problem is that if I am eternal, why I shall change body now and then? This is my problem. And Krsna says that "If anyone does not take up My instruction in the Bhagavad-gita, then he does not get Me, and the result is that he'll again turn to this change of body, mrtyu-samsara-vartma..." So they are not careful about these things, so what do they understand about Bhagavad-gita? The real problem they do not touch. And the body will change, and he'll live in India or in America, say, for fifty years. He's busy. That is cats, just like these cats and dogs at night. Nobody has given him charge, but he is thinking "I am in charge of the road. Why this put-put motorcar, you have come here? Go on. Go on. Gow! Gow! Gow! Gow!" But who has given him charge? But he's starving, and people are throwing stone upon him, but he's thinking "I am in charge of this business. Why at night this car has come?" Dog mentality. Is it not exactly like the dog? He's disturbing all others"Gow, gow! Gow, gow, gow!"but he's thinking that "I am in charge." Is it not dog dancing, these politicians, politics? Who cares for you? Gandhi or there, he has gone. Does it mean the world activities stop? Churchill was there. He has gone. Hitler was there. They are coming and going like so many insects. Napoleon was there. Who cares for them? We are licking up their so-called activities: "Oh, Napoleon was so great. Gandhi was so great." And what he has done? The dog dancing. Who can understand that unless one is Krsna conscious? What he has done actually? Has he stopped death? No. Population, birth, sterilization... Will they be able to stop it? Simply manufacturing concoction and jumping like a... That's all. And if you say the real thing, upadeso hi murkhanam prakopaya na santaye, they'll become angry.
Tamala Krsna: We get a letter from Morarji Desai. It was written to Jagat-guru. Jagat-guru Swami got a letter from Morarji Desai.
Prabhupada: Jagat-guru Swami, who is?
Tamala Krsna: He's your... He's that disciple that was in Africa for a while.
Tamala Krsna: He was preaching in Africa for a while, and he was in India for a while also. He's one of your disciples.
Gopala Krsna: He took sannyasa last year with Hamsaduta Swami.
Tamala Krsna: His name is Jagat-guru.
Gopala Krsna: He collected a big donation in Middle East once, and he gave it to you, twelve thousand dollars or some...
Prabhupada: Our?
Tamala Krsna: Yeah.
Prabhupada: Oh, yes, yes.
Tamala Krsna: So he got a letter. Should I read it to Your Divine Grace? "Dear..." It's signed by Morarji Desai. "Dear Shree Jagat-guru Swami, I thank you for your letter of April 4th and am grateful to you for your good wishes. You have cited some very wise sutras from our ancient writings. Although I have been called upon to shoulder heavy responsibilities, it has been my endeavor in the past and it will be so in future to see that there is no hiatus between my public and private life. This is what I have learned from Gandhiji, and I have thus saved my life from contradictions. Thank you once again for your kind sentiments. Yours sincerely..."
Prabhupada: Hm. That's nice.
Gopala Krsna: Yes. Jagat-guru Swami wrote to me that he is continuing his correspondence with Morarji Desai.
Prabhupada: Then don't continue much. Then it will be spoiled.
Gopala Krsna: Yes. Yeah, I'm not doing it.
Tamala Krsna: Why is he writing at all to Morarji Desai?
Gopala Krsna: I don't know. He's in England. He's independent, and I can't...
Prabhupada: You can... One who... Don't.
Tamala Krsna: Prabhupada said, "Don't ask Swami..."(?)
Gopala Krsna: Not... He shouldn't...
Tamala Krsna: No. What good is he going to do? Prabhupada should tell him.
Prabhupada: Don't become impertinent. Then he will say something. They'll he'll spoil the whole thing.
Gopala Krsna: Yes. He wrote to him from England. So I'll write to him.
Prabhupada: Don't make much correspondence. It is courtesy he has replied. That's all.
Tamala Krsna: Actually we read in the newspapers that he gets 8,700 letters a day.
Prabhupada: The Morarji?
Tamala Krsna: So he's not personally replying all the... He didn't reply that letter. I don't think he did. He has a big staff of people who simply write letters and sign.
Prabhupada: Yes.
Tamala Krsna: He didn't write that letter.
Gopala Krsna: Srila Prabhupada?
Prabhupada: Hm.
Gopala Krsna: After Madhya Pradesh, are you planning on going to Vrndavana or...?
Prabhupada: That is not your settlement.
Gopala Krsna: Okay.
Prabhupada: If I improve my health, I shall stay there.
Gopala Krsna: In Madhya Pradesh? It is good for health?
Prabhupada: I have heard, they say.
Tamala Krsna: Good water, they say.
Prabhupada: But I have got little experience, that side is nice.
Gopala Krsna: Madhya Pradesh side is good.
Prabhupada: No, not Madhya Pradesh but especially between Jhansi and Gwalior, the Shivapuri, that is healthy place.
Gopala Krsna: You used to live in Jhansi before, huh?
Prabhupada: Hm. Jhansi climate was nice.
Gopala Krsna: Acharya Prabhakar tells me stories of his staying with you. He stayed with you for two years, he says.
Prabhupada: He arranged for a very palatial building, yes.
Gopala Krsna: Yes. He says you would make him listen to your writings. Sometimes you would write all night, I think he told me. I spoke to him on the phone when I was at Vele(?). He sends you his dandavats. He says he's ready to move in when the Vrndavana gurukula is ready. He says he'll move to Vrndavana and do whatever you want him to do in the gurukula.
Tamala Krsna: Mr. Mohatta, he also passed through Shivapuri. So he... When I told him there were some woods, some forests, he said, "Oh, then it must be Shivapuri." I said, "How did you know that?" He said, "Because of all the pla... That is the only place where there's even a little bit of forests." He said, "It is not much forest, but there is something." He said, "Otherwise, Madhya Pradesh is generally very dry, but the Shivapuri district..."
Prabhupada: Hm, Shivapuri.
Tamala Krsna: "...is best in Madhya Pradesh." He knew of it.
Prabhupada: Forest and open place combined together becomes healthy. Besides that, in particular place the water is good.
Tamala Krsna: They say best in district.
Prabhupada: Hm?
Tamala Krsna: They said it was the best well in the district.
Gopala Krsna: Srila Prabhupada, we are taking part in the World Book Fair in Russia. The space is already booked.
Prabhupada: That you have already told.
Gopala Krsna: Yes. I wanted to ask you, should BBT America pay for our expenses in that Book Fair? It will cost about three thousand dollars. It's a very good preaching opportunity. They can pay?
Prabhupada: No, half and half. You pay.
Gopala Krsna: Half I pay... Half we pay, half they pay? Okay.
Tamala Krsna: Prabhupada said it was all right if you went to Mayapura with that man, those Germans.
Prabhupada: I have given the idea. Now how to put it into shape, that I... That I do not know.
Tamala Krsna: There's a man coming that Patita Uddharana invited?
Surabhir Abhipalayantam: Yes. Tomorrow this man from Bangalore is coming.
Prabhupada: So where his place has been fixed up?
Surabhir Abhipalayantam: He can stay in one of the life membership rooms because he's alone. He doesn't have wife and that.
Prabhupada: It doesn't matter.
Surabhir Abhipalayantam: No, he is...
Prabhupada: Give him nice, comfortable room.
Surabhir Abhipalayantam: Nice room. That we have arranged. And these people from Germany, they will stay two days in Bombay.
Prabhupada: No, anyone, newcomer, give him very nice place, nice food. Food and shelter is the first consideration.
Tamala Krsna: (aside:) We got to arrange for food for him.
Gopala Krsna: Srila Prabhupada? I told you that we have improved the quality of the composing. So this is a new style of composing. It is about... They have a new alphabet, cleaner. They are using better art paper. And I have shown it to our production manager. He also says the reproduction of it would be much better. I have improved the quality of art paper on which they are doing the art proofs. So I just got this one made, and I wanted to show it to you. We are experimenting with two types of composing. Now, this takes in more words, but what we will do at the time of printing, we will shoot it and it will become small, like the regular book, and this way we can get in more space. And this...
Prabhupada: How many lines?
Gopala Krsna: This is about... Three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty, twenty... Thirty-three. But it's also little broader. It's a little broader than the others, thirty-three lines.
Tamala Krsna: Still looks like there's a lot space.
Gopala Krsna: No, that's okay because when it is shot it will be reduced even further. This is... You shouldn't go by the space. It's already bigger than a normal size page. But when it is... It'll be shot by the camera and reduced.
Tamala Krsna: But relatively, it looks like there's a lot of space here.
Gopala Krsna: Yes. You can make it even more, but then it's going to become very small. It is all done proportionately. This is another sample. This is about thirty-five lines. One, two, three, four, five, six...
Prabhupada: This is better composition than the former.
Gopala Krsna: Yes. I've improved it now. Seventeen, eighteen, twenty... This is thirty-six lines.
Prabhupada: So this is good.
Gopala Krsna: So we'll use this print, then.
Prabhupada: Hm.
Gopala Krsna: Okay. Of course, because they are paragraphs, I've also counted this. Otherwise, normally, there would be one line here. So this is better, eh? We're using better art paper, so now, with the reproduction, it will come out better. So this is your decision?
Prabhupada: Hm.
Gopala Krsna: Okay. So I'm not moving the press because it is very cheap for us for six rupees a page, a plate of forty rupees. I just had one other question on the BBT. Sometimes these... Sometimes the temples don't pay the BBT, and their bills climb up to sixty thousand, seventy thousand rupees, and...
Prabhupada: Don't pay?
Gopala Krsna: Yes. My... I have told the temples that "BBT will give you as many books as you want, but once you sell, the cost must go to BBT and the profit goes to the temple." But sometimes the temples don't pay. So...
Prabhupada: Why?
Gopala Krsna: Well, they take it very easy, like they're doing in America also. So I wanted to stop sending them books or at least threaten them that I won't send them books.
Prabhupada: No, if you have... Why threatening? You settle up with temples authorities.
Gopala Krsna: Okay.
Prabhupada: How is that, you do not...?
Gopala Krsna: Like what Ramesvara does, Ramesvara Maharaja, if temples don't pay, he says, "In all future orders you have to give cash in advance with every order."
Prabhupada: Yes.
Tamala Krsna: That's a good line.
Gopala Krsna: We can follow the same system here?
Prabhupada: Hm.
Tamala Krsna: Another way he does... I can tell you some other things he does, too.
Gopala Krsna: Okay. So we'll do the same things here, then.
Tamala Krsna: Jaya Srila Prabhupada.
Gopala Krsna: Jaya Srila Prabhupada. [break]
Prabhupada: They created untouchables, repressed, sidual,(?) so many partition.
Tamala Krsna: Who created them?
Prabhupada: Britishers. Then, when Gandhi tried to accommodate them, then rupture between Hindu-Muslim, Muslim League, riot. To keep their kingdom they were doing... So many innocent persons were massacred. Anyayena artha-sancayan. The Britishers committed so many sinful activities. They will suffer.
Tamala Krsna: Now they're suffering for it.
Prabhupada: Everyone is doing.
Tamala Krsna: Last night I... (end)

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