Discussion about Bhu-mandala

July 5, 1977, Vrndavana
Prabhupada: Lotus is also round. Lotus, that petal is also round. Lotus petal is round. So within one lotus petal this round or that round, there is.
Satadhanya: And within their own limited sphere they can go this way or that way. But they don't know the whole shape.
Tamala Krsna: We have to draw the shape probably, because according to what we've drawn so far...
Prabhupada: That you can do, but real thing is we can remain within the limit.
Tamala Krsna: That we accept.
Prabhupada: So within the limit...Suppose the lotus petal this way, that way, or this way...
Tamala Krsna: You're asking us to draw the details and make a planetarium very exact.
Prabhupada: Yes. Lotus petal, it is round. So in one lotus petal you are conditioned. You cannot go.
Tamala Krsna: So far that hasn't been said, but that's... You can say that Bharata-varsa is a petal of the lotus. But I think if you look at the Bhagavatam, it may... I'd have to see it, what it says. There's a statement that it may be the inner portion of the lotus. I don't know...[break] And what we do, it has to agree with the Bhagavatam.
Prabhupada: Lotus petal... There are so many petals. You are conditioned with one petal.
Tamala Krsna: That's... If that's the explanation, then it can be somehow adjusted.
Prabhupada: You do not know what is going on outside.
Devotee: There's so many round parts of a lotus petal.
Tamala Krsna: Yes, that part...That could be adjusted. But there's a place within it, you know, the center part, there's no petals. In the middle of the lotus there's like a... I don't know what you call it, but a... It's a flattish area. They show Krsna standing sometimes when they draw a picture of Krsna on a lotus.
Prabhupada: That's all right. But your place is in.
Tamala Krsna: That we accept.
Prabhupada: That we have to hear from authority.
Tamala Krsna: We accept that. I'm just thinking...
Prabhupada: Unless you are obstinate, you have to accept if you are convinced.
Tamala Krsna: We accept.
Prabhupada: There are so many millions of stars and moons that we cannot go.
Tamala Krsna: As we are conditioned, as everyone is conditioned, our planetarium will have to show the actual facts.
Prabhupada: Yes. That fact we have learned from Bhagavatam.
Tamala Krsna: So, so far we have not drawn this fact correctly.
Prabhupada: That is your inability. That is another thing.
Tamala Krsna: Yeah, well that's why we're... That's the question that we've raised. This question that we've raised is due to that.
Prabhupada: That is you are unable to, but the fact is that you are conditioned. You cannot go beyond that conditioned
Tamala Krsna: That's accepted.
Prabhupada: So we are also conditioned. But as far as possible we take description from Bhagavata, try to. That is our... Suppose here is India, here is Los Angeles. You start from India, Los Angeles..., or India, you'll come to Los Angeles. And again return to India. Similarly you start from this again going.
Tamala Krsna: Yes. That's possible if you can fly this way, underneath.
Prabhupada: But where is the underneath?
Tamala Krsna: See Prabhupada, we weren't asking that issue. That's not the question we were asking.
Prabhupada: What is that issue?
Tamala Krsna: Well, you've explained, if it's a lotus petal, then you can fly around it. That's all right. Then the answer is there. But if there's no lotus petal and it's simply flat, then it's a problem. That a problem.
Prabhupada: No, we don't say flat.
Tamala Krsna: We've pictured it like that. There's some defect in our picture. If you recall, there's a picture we drew...
Prabhupada: So rectify it.
Tamala Krsna: Yeah, well how?
Prabhupada: That is the explanation. Petal.
Tamala Krsna: See it doesn't say petal anywhere in the Bhagavatam. It doesn't say Bharata-varsa is a lotus petal.
Upendra: Neither does it say it's flat, though.
Tamala Krsna: Well I can get the Bhagavatam right now if you allow me to. It doesn't say... I believe it says Jambudvipa is the second part of the lotus, and there aren't petals in the center.
Upendra: It's a transcendental lotus flower.
Prabhupada: You are prejudiced. That's all. If I can understand, why don't you understand? You are prejudiced.
Tamala Krsna: Well I can understand if I accept it as... I'm only trying to think as the persons who are going to make this planetarium.
Prabhupada: You are Western. You are prejudiced. That is reason. If I can understand why you...
Tamala Krsna: I can understand blindly, but I don't want to do that.
Prabhupada: I do not understand blindly.
Prabhupada: Then.
Tamala Krsna: But I don't want to...
Prabhupada: Still we differ. That means one of us is prejudiced.
Tamala Krsna: Well it's not Your Divine Grace. (laughter) I mean I'm sorry I have to take this thankless task to ask all these questions.
Prabhupada: You are also prejudiced. It is written in the sastra. In that sense we are also prejudiced.
Tamala Krsna: Yeah, but we're correctly prejudiced.
Prabhupada: Just like I take Krsna's word. Bas, fact. You can say that you are prejudiced, you see. This is the book.
Tamala Krsna: That is a nice explanation, the petals.
Prabhupada: Everyone is prejudiced. But who is rightly prejudiced who is wrongly prejudiced. That is everywhere. Just like materialistic person will think, "Brainwash. These rascals, they have given all up material enjoyment, and after some phantasmagoria they sacrifice everything. Brainwash." And we are thinking, "Oh, these rascals, got this human form of body, he did not understand what is spiritual life." Both of themhe is rascal and he is rascal. This is going on. Ya nisa sarva-bhutanam tasyam jagarti samyami. Is it not? They say, "Brainwash. Unnecessarily they've sacrificed everything." And we say that he got the human form and unnecessarily he is working like cats and...
Tamala Krsna: Both are saying the same thing. Obvious.
Prabhupada: Yes. Now who is correct? Who will decide? I accuse you, you accuse me. But who is correct? Who will decide? That is sastra. There is no question of argument. That is called pratistha. You will never come to any conclusion by arguing. I think you are wrong, you think I am wrong. Somebody must decide. Judge. And that is sastra.
Tamala Krsna: Supposing they say...
Prabhupada: They say, we are saying so many things. In the court there are two parties. I say something, another party says. The judge is there. He has now decision.
Tamala Krsna: Then they'll ask for the verse to prove it, and we must quote the correct sloka to substantiate our claim.
Prabhupada: Yes. That the judge gives. Judges according to lawbook. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet [MU 1.2.12]. So we have to approach the right person who can give the judgment. What is their answer about this, that by chemical combination they cannot produce life? Still why they are insisting?
Tamala Krsna: They are rascals.
Prabhupada: Then what is the value of rascal's statement?
Tamala Krsna: No value. Lunatic asylum.
Prabhupada: Why if one is settled up that he's a rascal, we should not hear anything. And why not? He has not gone to the moon. They are insisting, "Yes, we have gone," by false propaganda. Why the one who makes false propaganda and one who says nonsense, we have to believe? Immediately, whatever he says, reject. There's no argument. You have proved yourself rascal so we don't accept any statement. What do you think?
Tamala Krsna: Well I'm just trying to think of the description of Jambudvipa.
Prabhupada: Whatever you say. But be aware you are rascal.
Tamala Krsna: But we have the practical task of...
Prabhupada: No test.
Tamala Krsna: No-task.
Prabhupada: No test. Mother says here is your father. That's all. Finish. You cannot test. Then you are rascal.
Tamala Krsna: Not test. I said...
Prabhupada: No, these things cannot be tested.
Tamala Krsna: No, I'm not saying...
Prabhupada: Mother says, "Here is your father." That's all. Finish. No test. No question. That is foolishness.
Tamala Krsna: I was using the word "task." That to... I'll have to bring in Bhakti-prema Swami. Maybe he can speak better. I'm not able to explain. But according to the description in the Bhagavatam, everything that we've read, it is not petals. So let's... I don't know. On one hand you are asking us to follow the...
Prabhupada: Bhagavatam, one portion may not be exactly like... Just like if you are in the midst of the petal, you cannot understand it is petal. You see it is flat. You have shown in the map, there is a point so many miles. So that petal, middle portion, you can take it flat. It is not flat. It is curved. Whatever conception you make, that is defective. Rascals. First of all you have to understand this. So don't make it like this, like this, like this, like... Whatever it is said, that is all right. Therefore Krsna said asraddadhanah. No faith. Faithless. We have challenged, by chemical combination make a small egg, sparrow's egg, and produce.
Tamala Krsna: They can't do anything.
Prabhupada: Then what is the value of your experiment? And still they are saying. This one point will kill them. Why do they not take this challenge? Huh?
Tamala Krsna: They're rascals. There's no other answer. Only a rascal will go on maintaining that we can create life and they never have.
Prabhupada: And they are getting Nobel Prize. Just see. Such rascals. And we say on the authority of Bhagavad-gita, apareyam. This is inferior and that is superior. So how you can make superior with inferior ingredients?
Tamala Krsna: Impossible. Without the superior touch the inferior cannot have any life.
Prabhupada: That's a fact. They're seeing every moment.
Tamala Krsna: Everything has movement... If it's matter it only moves because of some superior force, living force, pushing it or entering it or something.
Prabhupada: The superior energy is utilizing inferior energy for His purpose. You are utilizing this inferior, the lump of matter, for serving my purpose. That is superior energy. It cannot use me for its purpose.
Tamala Krsna: It has no purpose.
Prabhupada: No. I can use it for my purpose. Therefore I am superior. (aside:) Come on.
Tamala Krsna: Srila Prabhupada, it's about three o'clock now.
Prabhupada: Shall we go?
Tamala Krsna: I may have to go for that... I told Bhakti-prema Maharaja I would meet him at three.
Prabhupada: Go on. [break] So what is the difficulty?
Bhakti-prema: First we are interested to know...
Prabhupada: (aside:) Take from the middle. [break] It is something new?
Tamala Krsna: No. This is the first drawing we did. This is Jambudvipa. This is Bharata....
Bhakti-prema: This is Bharata-varsa, Bhurloka. Now, this is Himalayan mountain going from east to west. This is India.
Prabhupada: First thing is, these people cannot cross the Himalayan mountain. (aside:) You can turn this light in this way, down. From my practical experience, I have seen Switzerland. It is so high, that so many accidents have taken place. Little inattention. They have experience. The plane goes thirty-two thousand feet high. Is it not?
Tamala Krsna: Yes. Thirty to forty thousand. Say forty thousand maximum.
Prabhupada: Still they met with accident. But they are saying that Himalaya is twenty-eight thousand feet high.
Tamala Krsna: Maximum.
Prabhupada: What is this? First of all answer this. Everything proposition is wrong. So how we can trust? What is the answer?
Tamala Krsna: We cannot trust them.
Prabhupada: Then? But if you cannot trust them, they're rejected immediately. This is one argument. Another argument, (Bengali). The frog in the well, he's estimating, "This is the limit of water." What he'll understand about Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean? There is so many things. On the whole we are imperfect, and although imperfect, they want to be perfect. That is cheating. Now for argument's sake, if they put some argument, we have to reply. We have to prepare for them. Otherwise they're useless. We know they're useless, but sometimes they put some argument. We have to give answer. This is the position. And our duty is to present picture of Srimad-Bhagavatam correct. So what do you have to say? At least some answer you should give.
Yasoda-nandana: The biggest problem we are discussing... We were thinking that the first question they will ask, this is their conception of the world.
Prabhupada: We reject them.
Prabhupada: "You are imperfect. So whatever you have written, that is nonsense. And everywhere problem. Why should we waste our time?" Now just try to settle from point of. He's showing this book, I am showing the Bhagavatam. So you are imperfect, that's a fact. What is the value of your book? If you are basically a rascal, then what is the value of your book? Why shall I waste my time? First of all I take it and I prove it that you are a rascal. You show your book, I show my book. But you have been proved that you are a rascal. Because practically you cannot cross Himalaya. You have no idea what is the Himalaya. You are giving some conflict.
Bhakti-prema: This..., we have to reply to this question. They say if we go, we start from Los Angeles and arrive Japan, according to Srimad-Bhagavatam...
Prabhupada: Japan and Los Angeles and India, that is not the whole thing.
Bhakti-prema: Yeah, that is not the whole thing, but it is basic point.
Prabhupada: Huh... Insignificant.
Bhakti-prema: According to Srimad-Bhagavatam, if we start from London...
Prabhupada: That argument also I have refuted. Just like animal, he is bound up. He is rotating around the log, and within that there may be Japan, there may be Calcutta, there may be Los Angeles. You can think this is there. But that is not all. Within that rounding circle, whatever is there, you may think this is all. But that is not all. He's limited condition. So within his limitation (Bengali). Within that limitation he's speaking. But Himalaya and other things, far beyond their limitation. That I have already explained. He's speaking within his limitation. Our position should be, correctly represent what is described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. But if there is some question, we should ask. Just like I am answering to the reasonable point. That if you are conditioned, within your condition you can see, you can experience, but beyond that you have no right to see. What is Los Angeles, Calcutta, Japan, this is very insignificant space. And they're talking of that. We are talking that Himalaya mountain, we have crossed over Himalaya, we conquered the outer space. How they can think of it?
Bhakti-prema: How to take them to (indistinct).
Prabhupada: There is no question of take them. If you take, he's all right. If you don't take, we cannot change.
Bhakti-prema: As long as we cannot show them.
Prabhupada: First of all you have to prove that you are imperfect.
Bhakti-prema: That has already been proved.
Prabhupada: Yes. You're simply insisting on things by "probably." "Probably beyond the Himalaya there is something." That is one thing. We say "Definitely, here is. Beyond the Himalayas like this, that." That is the difference. You say "probably," I say "definitely." Father, mother said, "Here is your father." You can say "probably," and mother is saying "definitely." She knows perfectly. You may say probably he may be your father, but mother knows that definitely. Therefore we take Vedas as mother, Puranas as sister. Sukadeva Gosvami is explaining it. Iti susruma. But susruma, why he should waste his valuable time? He knows it is definite. So unless you come to this standpoint that whatever is spoken in the Vedic literature, that is definite, you cannot be convinced by argument. Tarko 'pratisthah srutayo vibhinna nasav rsir yasya matam na bhinnam, mahajano yena gatah sa panthah [Cc. Madhya 17.186]. Sukadeva Gosvami saidthat's all. Mahajano yena. Vaiyasakih.
svayambhur naradah sambhuh
kumarah kapilo manuh
prahlado janako bhismo
balir vaiyasakir vayam
[SB 6.3.20]
These mahajanas. This is our argument. And for common-sense argument, the Himalaya is very, very high. Very, very broad. You have never crossed and you have met with so many accidents. They avoid that portion, flying plane. And I have seen how high has it gone, then it will be in the clouds. Still they say twenty-eight thousand. Huh? Twenty-eight thousand?
Tamala Krsna: Twenty-nine thousand.
Prabhupada: So I conclude like that. When you show this book, accept this authority.
Tamala Krsna: When we show this book it means we're accepting the authority?
Yasoda-nandana: Not accepting the authority. The problem is the Pacific Ocean, according to Jambudvipa, for us it is the salt ocean. So the first question that Maharaja was raising, that they will ask, how do we go between the west coast of America, which is very tiny, and Japan, as this according to their calculation we go west and we arrive around. And you keep still going further and you arrive back in America. The point about the Himalayas, that we did not raise, because that we could well understood. The Himalayas is much broader and much bigger than they think. We can fully understand it. But that point, from common-sense point of view we couldn't exactly understand. We thought of it all afternoon, and we came up with a few ideas, but we wanted to hear what Your Divine Grace...
Tamala Krsna: Our question was mostly coming out of how to draw what the Srimad-Bhagavatam is saying. We're not supporting any kind of mundane argument, nor do we have any doubt in Bhagavatam. We're simply trying to understand the Bhagavatam.
Prabhupada: And that is your credit.
Tamala Krsna: That's why we were meeting.
Prabhupada: Where is the difficulty?
Tamala Krsna: Well, I think that one of the difficulties arose from my seeing this map originally, because in this map it shows the continents that we today speak of as various continents. So when we all looked at this map, our immediate question was, as I said the other day, how do we go from one place to the next? It's not such an unreasonable question. So we're just trying to answer it from the Bhagavatamnot to give our own speculations, because they're imperfect.
Prabhupada: That is already answered. You are limited within certain area. So you can conclude in so many ways. Sara bhuri kara, kara bhuri sara.(?) There is a vegetable prepared, the following vegetables are taken: sara, bhuri, and kara. And again you say kara bhuri sara. This way or that way. Sara bhuri kara, kara bhuri sara. That three things, either you take this way consecutively or that way consecutively. But you have got only that kara bhuri sara. You have no experience. There is potato, there is (indistinct), there is (indistinct-Sanskrit). You know these three things. Sara bhuri kara. Kara bhuri sara. Just like they are making arrangement in the laboratory. Companies are there. They present in such a way, that he was flying in the sky, and big sputnik and very small town. Do you know that man came?
Tamala Krsna: Man came and said he could do anything. Make any trick or illusion. (indistinct)
Prabhupada: And they have done so in the matter of moon planet. They've never gone there by laboratory arrangement. Arizona?
Tamala Krsna: Arizona.
Prabhupada: That's all. That is their business. They might have presented such devices in a book, a different color. Just like medical science. The preparation is nothing, but they'll employ big, big medical students to write in such a way that it will be presented as very important. They are doing this. We have done in Dr. Bose's laboratory. They employ. (speaks garbled words to sound like big words) Go on speaking. (laughter) It sounds very nice. What is the meaning of? (more garbled phrases) So I have got my own common sense. I understand. (indistinct) in the Vedic literatures. (indistinct comments by devotees)
Prabhupada: That I already told. Prejudiced.
Yasoda-nandana: I'm not prejudiced. I'm just trying to understand. I'm trying to understand what is the facts according to Bhagavatam.
Prabhupada: How you can understand which is beyond your understanding?
Tamala Krsna: He is saying he wants to understand according to the Bhagavatam.
Yasoda-nandana: Not we're challenging.
Prabhupada: That you can describe.
Tamala Krsna: That is what we're having trouble with. We're not trying to do our own thing. We're trying to understand Bhagavatam. That we're a little stuck on some point.
Prabhupada: Bhagavata is there. You try to understand.
Tamala Krsna: We're not siding with the preconceptions that we had before. We'll throw them away. We're trying to accept the Bhagavatam. Everything has to be according to the Bhagavatam.
Prabhupada: Make it nice. We are going to spend so much money, people may not reject it. [break]
Tamala Krsna: Just like as we're talking, we're a little... Sometimes it's difficult to understand the Bhagavatam.
Prabhupada: But I take it simplythat there is ocean, and it was churned. So there is no difficulty.
Tamala Krsna: No. Mostly we have understood. Only in one place we are a little...
Prabhupada: But nobody has seen that ocean. And nobody can believe that ocean can be churned. Would you believe it? Because it is. And the Vasuki was taken as rope.
Bhakti-prema: And this Mandara mountain, fifty thousand miles high, was taken there, carried by.
Prabhupada: And it was born by tortoise incarnation.
Bhakti-prema: This is combined with description.
Prabhupada: Acintyah khalu ye bhava na tams tarkena yojayet. What is beyond your conception, don't try to. So that is Vedic civilization. They were satisfied with information received from the Vedas.
Bhakti-prema: The first and last thing we have to prove logically that this is...
Prabhupada: No, no. Logically you cannot. Acintya. Logic comes when it is conceivable; but it is inconceivable. Where is your logic?
Bhakti-prema: But first to prove them right understanding we have to bring them.
Prabhupada: It is very difficult. Acintya.
Yasoda-nandana: If such a thing as going from one place to the other on earth, this is cintya, this is conceivable.
Prabhupada: Argument is there when it is conceivable. It is inconceivable. Krsna lifted Govardhana. Seven years old, six years old. How it is conceivable? But devotees, they are crying, "Oh, Giri-vara-dhari." And the Mayavadis they say kalpanaya. The Akhandananda was saying. And Sukadeva Gosvami is narrating something kalpanaya and wasting his time?
Bhakti-prema: (indistinct)
Prabhupada: This is acintya for the Mayavadis. They say kalpanaya. These Akhandananda and other Mayavadis, they explain Bhagavata-kalpanaya. They are making some imagination that "I am God," but they are alleging us, that "You are in illusion." God, as soon as there is some toothache, he goes to the doctor. He's such a rascal hypocrite. There was some heart attack going on, so Akhandananda, immediately he called one of his chief disciples, that Mishra, Jasri, and he was taken to Bombay hospital. And he's God.
Bhakti-prema: He's expired?
Prabhupada: Expired? No, no. He's living. But talking all nonsense, reading Bhagavatam, and hundreds of people go to the...
Bhakti-prema: Today we were discussing...
Prabhupada: That difference of opinion will continue. You cannot stop.
Bhakti-prema: This Pacific Ocean is saltwater...
Prabhupada: Why you are trying to adjust Pacific Ocean? Pacific Ocean, any ocean, it is just like kupa-manduka. It is very big for you, but you are a very teeny identity. Take the universe. What is the Pacific? Is it not a drop. There are so many Pacific Oceans floating in the sky. Everything is acintya. Yasyaika-nisvasita-kalam athavalambya jivanti loma-vilaja jagad-anda-nathah [Bs. 5.48]. This is acintya. So acintyah khalu ye bhava na tams tarkena yojayet. You cannot make an experiment or see it. Take some information from the authority and be satisfied. With your limited knowledge, if you want to bring it to experiment, that is not possible. That is not possible.
Bhakti-prema: If this is the background I can give a lot of material. But they want logic.
Prabhupada: Where is the logic?
Yasoda-nandana: I don't want any logic. The scientists will come to the planetarium and ask...
Prabhupada: How they can? Scientist is rascal. That is proved. They are insisting that chemical can produce life. He's a rascal. They have gone to moon planet. That's a rascal. So what is the value of so-called scientist. Why should we give any importance? I'm not giving any importance. If you become scientist, that so much ghee and so much ata makes puri, and we can eat very nicely, all right, you are a scientist. But so much chemicals, make it lifeprove that. The confectioner is also scientist. He knows very well how to do his business. A carpenter is also scientist. Here is some work nice done by the carpenter. I cannot do it. You may be a great scientist, but me? It is not possible for me to do a carpentry work. In this way it is going on. (Bengali) You have learned something, you can do it very nicely. But I cannot do it. For me it will be beating by the rod if I am given this work. I can translate, my work. So everyone is scientist, his own field of activities, to some extent. You cannot make everyone agree. That is not... Vox populi you cannot. That is not possible. What is that vox populi?
Tamala Krsna: General population.
Prabhupada: Mohitam nabhijanati mam ebhyah param avyayam [Bg. 7.13]. So what is the value of vox populi? I concluded. Munayah sadhu te 'ham. Huh? What is that? Munayah sadhu prsto 'ham [SB 1.2.5]. Loka-mangalam. Yenatma suprasidati. So Krsna's childhood pastime, enjoyed by mother Yasoda, others will think, "What is this nonsense? Krsna is breaking the butterpot and it is taken as sublime?" They'll think like that.
Bhakti-prema: Krsna opened His mouth, His mother Yasoda saw all this universe.
Prabhupada: And first of all she became surprised. And next moment, "Whatever it is, my dear Krsna, You come on my lap." So it is not for all.
Bhakti-prema: Therefore we should name it Esoteric Geography.
Prabhupada: Journal?
Bhakti-prema: Esoteric.
Prabhupada: Yes, esoteric I know. Journal?
Bhakti-prema: Geography.
Prabhupada: Yes. Esoteric and exoteric. But one thing is that it is folly to be wise where ignorance is bliss. If you think that ignorance is bliss, then why should we waste our time and money?
Yasoda-nandana: Prabhupada, what is the shape of this tiny portion of earth or whatever place we are on? What is the shape of this, whatever you call...
Prabhupada: Ask them. Why don't you ask them? Sometimes they say flat, sometimes they say it is round. Why don't you ask them, the scientists?
Yasoda-nandana: We don't accept what they say.
Prabhupada: No, no. Formerly they were under the impression the world is flat. And now they are saying round. So what they'll say after few years?
Yasoda-nandana: They are not consistent. That's a fact. They're very inconsistent in their theories.
Prabhupada: Ask them which is correct. "Probably" this is correct.
Bhakti-prema: When someone asks this question, first one would reply.
Prabhupada: I answered it. You people say like that, so which is correct? Flat or round?
Tamala Krsna: They will say "What does the Bhagavatam say?"
Prabhupada: Huh?
Tamala Krsna: They may reply to us, "All right, we are rascals. So please tell us what is the fact."
Prabhupada: That is, we are...
Tamala Krsna: That's what he's asking. What should be shown? Actually we're a little stumped by... I mean...
Prabhupada: Yes, you must have proper answer as far as possible.
Tamala Krsna: We just read... We got a version from South India, and we've even found that there are different conceptions of what the Bhagavata is saying. But the Puranas, they give some Puranic references.
Bhakti-prema: It is written the world... The earth is round and flat.
Prabhupada: Hm?
Bhakti-prema: Earth is round and flat both, together.
Prabhupada: Yes.
Bhakti-prema: First we should reply it is acintya. This should be the reply. "Inconceivable."
Yasoda-nandana: If it is inconceivable, then they will say how we can conceive it?
Prabhupada: Take the version of Bhagavatam.
Bhakti-prema: Everything we conceived, that is wrong?
Prabhupada: Everything you conceived, that is wrong. Yes. Therefore inconceivable.
Bhakti-prema: The Lord is inconceivable always and any (indistinct), it is inconceivable.
Prabhupada: But we have to accept sastra.
Bhakti-prema: This outer structure of the Lord is one with the Lord. It is inconceivable; it is not conceivable.
Bhakti-prema: (indistinct)
Prabhupada: Give me that pineapple juice. [break]
Bhakti-prema: If it is inconceivable, then don't try to...
Prabhupada: We are not lying to you.
Bhakti-prema: ...draw.
Tamala Krsna: We're drawing according to the Bhagavatam.
Prabhupada: We're not conceiving it. It is already there.
Bhakti-prema: Then it is conceived, he says.
Prabhupada: Conceived not by me.
Tamala Krsna: But not by us. By the Unlimited.
Prabhupada: I am imperfect. That is the difference.
Bhakti-prema: Yes. It is conceivable by you.
Prabhupada: By Sukadeva... Not even Sukadeva Gosvami. He says susruma.
Tamala Krsna: "I heard."
Prabhupada: Janmady asya yatah anvayad itaratas carthesu abhijnah svarat tene brahma hrda [SB 1.1.1]. Brahma hrda. This is Brahma. Adi-kavaye. The Brahma is very significant. Adi-kavaye. So it is coming that way.
Bhakti-prema: (indistinct)
Prabhupada: Yes.
Bhakti-prema: Scholars
Prabhupada: This is their... Apauruseyam. Actually India's culture is going on that way. Mass of people, they are going to Prayaga for taking bath. What do they know? They have received it from authorities that if you take bath in such and such place... Ah, lakhs of people will go. That is India's culture. Without any advertisement, without any means, walking hundreds of miles they are coming, yes, that is their culture. And the government is perturbed that people are so prejudiced. So how to make them forget? This is going on. But they don't listen. They just, "If I take bath I'll..." That is the difference between Western and Eastern. And as soon as there is interpretation, it is Mayavada. And Caitanya Mahaprabhu has rejected-mayavadi-bhasya sunile haya sarva-nasa [Cc. Madhya 6.169]. You see in the Kumbhamela how peacefully they are sitting. They are accepting Vedic culture. So nice atmosphere. Simply by going there you'll be satisfied. That is the difference between East and West.
Therefore tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya [Bg. 4.34]. There is no other. Submissive. [break] Guru. Tasyaite kathita hy arthah prakasante. The author is revealed to him. Yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve [SU 6.23]. Otherwise not. So do it as far as possible to your capacity. But things are inconceivable. You cannot adjust within the limitation of your understanding. That is not...
Tamala Krsna: That's... We're trying to impose some preconceived idea onto this. As soon as that happens, this knowledge is blocked. Because the whole attitude shouldn't be like that. One should come out of service and devotion, not with some mental, materialistic speculations.
Prabhupada: Did you know that story, the Narada was going to Vaikuntha? Narada came back and replied to a cobbler... Cobbler asked him what Narayana is doing. "He has taken one elephant and He's drawing through the hole of a needle like this and again taking." The learned brahmana, he began to laugh. "These are all stories." And the cobbler began to cry, "Oh, Narayana, Krsna, can..." Narada inquired, "How do you believe that elephant is being drawn through the hole of needle?" "No, why not? I'm daily seeing by sitting under this banyan tree, and within a fruit there are thousands of seeds. And each seed contains the big tree." Can the scientists make such small seed contain a big banyan tree? So it is acintya. That's a fact. [break] ...thing is inconceivable. And these rascals want to bring them as conceivable. He's conditioned, and he's trying to bring inconceivable thing to his conception. Useless, futile attempt. How the scientist will answer? We take a fruit. There are hundreds of seeds, and each seed contains a big tree. How you can explain? Is it not inconceivable?
Prabhupada: So what is the use of arguing?
Tamala Krsna: It's better to take the fruit and offer it to Krsna.
Prabhupada: That's right. We take it as accepted, maha-muni krte. Dharmah projjhita-kaitavo 'tra paramo nirmatsaranam satam [SB 1.1.2].
Prabhupada: Susrusubhis tat-ksanat. There is no other way.
Tamala Krsna: This is a very good lesson, Srila Prabhupada.
Prabhupada: You do not require to be puffed-up with your so-called education. It has no value. (end)

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