Room Conversation

July 7, 1977, Vrndavana
Prabhupada: Just see. For cutting the throat of cow, he's going thousands of miles. This is the civilization. He's an expert butcher, and he has got service in Australia, and he'll go. This is livelihood, personal duty. What a nonsense business, and he's going to... Ma jiva va mara. A butcher is advised, "Don't die; don't live. If you live, it is a horrible business, and if you die, you'll go to hell. So don't die; don't live."
Tamala Krsna: He has a question to ask. He says, "Is it permitted to use shells for making jewelry, crowns, etc., for Deities? Or is it to be considered as the bone of an animal?"
Prabhupada: No, you can do it.
Tamala Krsna: 'Cause they're very beautiful.
Prabhupada: The bone of animal is the conchshell, and that is used in Deity room. It is... The conchshell is nothing but bone of an animal.
Tamala Krsna: Right. He says that he has a plan. "We want to inlay the thrones for the new temple with beautiful shells if it is permitted."
Prabhupada: Oh, yes.
Tamala Krsna: He's says he's trying to increase the book distribution by arranging a big door-to-door program.
Prabhupada: That is my earnest desire. Fulfill it.
Tamala Krsna: That's all he has to say. That was all the mail that came.
Prabhupada: You can send him some old newsletter with a note that "How your other Godbrothers are doing. Compete with them in this line."
Tamala Krsna: Okay.
Prabhupada: Hm. Simply fighting, what gift? Fighting between brother and brother, that is going on perpetually, but do something for the father. By right I'll take.
Tamala Krsna: Yeah. Satsvarupa's... Ramesvara sent an article. One of Siddha's papers, they published an article which was against the devotees.
Prabhupada: Who?
Tamala Krsna: Siddha-svarupa's.
Prabhupada: Oh.
Tamala Krsna: It was against the devotees' book distribution tactics. So...
Prabhupada: So you can send them: "This is not good." Let him know.
Tamala Krsna: So Satsvarupa wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper-it's a newspaper which is put out by Siddha's people-saying that "This is not at all proper. You should not..." He gave so many shastric references why it is not good.
Prabhupada: It will be corrected.
Tamala Krsna: Yeah, I mean the main... It's not so serious. The main point is, as you said, they're chanting and all these other activities.
Prabhupada: Yes. So we shall go now?
Tamala Krsna: Yes. It's getting late.
Prabhupada: Where is Jao Prasad? [break]

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