Morning Walk Conversation
with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
June 6, 1974, Geneva

Prabhupada: …only barrier. The meat-eaters cannot understand.

Satsvarupa: He said, “Let us go on to higher topics. We’ve just been talking so long about meat-eating.”

Prabhupada: Yes.

Satsvarupa: You said: “Well, if you’re sinful, there’s no question of going on to a higher topic.”

Prabhupada: Yes. It is specially mentioned in the Bhagavata: vina pasughnat.

nivrtta-tarsair upagiyamanad bhavausadhac chrotra-mano-’bhiramat ka uttamasloka-gunanuvadat puman virajyeta vina pasughnat [SB 10.1.4]

Everyone can understand the truth except the rascals who are meat- eaters. Vina pasughnat. Pasughnat. Pasu means animals, and ghna means killer. Christ therefore first says, “You shall not kill.” These rascals are killers from the very beginning, and they’re continuing. Vina pasughnat [SB 10.1.4] Those who are pasughna, they cannot understand. They’re thinking, “We are doing very good work, philanthropic work, opening hospitals and public roads, and every ten years, we are fighting and killing all the men population.” They’re happy. They are taking credit for these big, big buildings, but this is duskrtina because simply these buildings are meant for committing sinful activities. That’s all. “Wine, women, meat-eating, gambling. We are civilized.” [break] …this Geneva very many churches.

Guru Gauranga: Many churches in Geneva? No.

Prabhupada: No.

Guru Gauranga: Not so many.

Prabhupada: That means godless. Eh?

Guru Gauranga: Yes.

Prabhupada: When I first came to America, Butler, in Pennsylvania, that is small county, but at least one dozen churches I found. I very much appreciated, that the people are not… And they’re going regularly, churches. I was invited in many churches. I was…

Yogesvara: To lecture?

Prabhupada: Yes. The, the girl, that, my friend’s son’s wife… He’s Indian. He has married an English girl. So I was guest at his house. So that girl, Sally… Selly or Sally?

Yogesvara: Sally.

Prabhupada: She was arranging so many meetings. She was very intelligent girl. So churches, many churches, she… Some of the churches purchased my books.

Yogesvara: Recently, one of our sankirtana parties went to Butler, Pennsylvania, and one of the devotees met a priest on the street. He said: “Oh, yes, I remember your spiritual master. He was here.”

Prabhupada: So I was giving lectures. They have churches. That means God conscious persons there. I never criticized church, mosque, never. Because whatever it may be, at least there is God consciousness. So they’re good. In details… But when they disobey… I criticize only these rascals, disobey the commandments. Otherwise, we have no… We don’t criticize.

Yogesvara: We’re not sectarian.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Yogesvara: We’re not sectarian.

Prabhupada: Why? God is one. Why we shall be sectarian? According to his circumstances, he is doing. And that prayer is also bhakti, offering prayer. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam vandanam [SB 7.5.23]. This vandana is prayer. So that is bhakti, one of the items of bhakti.

Yogesvara: Everyone needs to be encouraged.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Yogesvara: Everyone needs to be encouraged in their God consciousness.

Prabhupada: Smaranam pada-sevanam arcanam vandanam dasyam sakhyam atma-nivedanam. Bhaktis cen nava-laksana. Bhakti is demonstrated in nine different symptoms. So vandanam, offering prayers, that is bhakti.

Pusta-krsna: Is it required for them to have a spiritual master to guide them?

Prabhupada: Certainly. These rascals, the priest, they do not guide them. They are also fallen. Otherwise, Christian religion is very nice. If they follow. So many times they asked me. “Yes, if you follow your Christian religion, you’ll be perfect.” Caitanya Mahaprabhu proved devotional service from Koran. Yes.

Pusta-krsna: The Khan Vaisnavas.

Prabhupada: Yes. So it requires the devotee who can explain from any godly literature about God. How rascal they are! “Jesus Christ ate fish. Therefore we shall maintain big, big slaughterhouse.” Just see the argument. Then, in the Bengali, mosa makta kanan (?). There was a mosquito, and one is asking, “Bring a cannon.” “Bring a cannon.” Mosa makta kanan. Jesus Christ ate somewhere. There was no food available to eat, might have. Accepting he ate, but that, does it mean that you have to maintain slaughterhouse? Just see. And besides that, he might have done anything. He’s powerful. He can eat. Therefore the other day I said, “He can eat the whole world.” But you cannot imitate. You have to follow his instruction. That is Christianity.

Pusta-krsna: Many of the young people now, they look to the Bible for instruction, but they don’t like to go to church at all. They feel that the church is hypocritical.

Prabhupada: Hypocritical, simply hypocritical. All these priests and cardinals and popes, they’re all hypocritical. Getting high, highly salaried, high salaries, and drinking wine. And in America there is a hospital, five thousand drunkard priests are admitted there to cure their drinking habit. That was published in a paper. And they’re sanctioning man to man marriage. That was published in that, what is that? Watch?

Satsvarupa: Watchtower?

Prabhupada: Watchtower. Yes.

Guru Gauranga: They did a survey among the Catholic priests…

Prabhupada: What is this? They do not fight. Why there is soldier? (laughter) What nonsense. Why there are soldiers? The neutral? 1939. This is Second World War. And First World War, 19…

Yogesvara: (reading) “Dedicated to the soldiers of Geneva who died in the service of their country.”

Prabhupada: So that means it was attacked?

Guru Gauranga: Probably defending banks or things like that. Civil.

Prabhupada: Two wars, 1914 to 1918.

Swiss Devotee: They have big military poems. Yes.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Swiss Devotee: Many, many.

Guru Gauranga: We read in the papers, Srila Prabhupada, that they did a survey among the Capucine priests and fifty percent felt that their spiritual life was hampered by the fact that they could not have intimate relations with women. And forty percent felt that they were not allowed enough freedom and that obedience was not good.

Prabhupada: Not allowed in…?

Guru Gauranga: Enough freedom.

Prabhupada: What is that freedom?

Yogesvara: Illicit principles. Sinful principles.

Prabhupada: Oh. [break] …fig, there are thousands of seeds. And each seed contains a tree like that. And there are thousands of fruits, figs. Where is that chemist who can prepare such figs? One, in Delhi, when our festival was going on, we invited a big chemist. He admitted that “Our chemical advance, scientific advancement is like this.” He explained very nicely. You were present?

Yogesvara: Where?

Prabhupada: In Delhi? He said that a man who has learned the art to, what is called, barking like dog, and people will go to see, purchasing ticket, ten rupees, twenty rupees, how the man is barking like a dog. And there are so many dogs barking. They won’t see. This is our advancement. If a man has artificially learned how to bark, they’ll go to see by paying fees. And the natural barking, they don’t care. So these rascals are like that. They’re trying to manufacture life. And so many life is coming by nature’s process, millions and millions, that is no credit. And he’s trying, utopian, he’ll create life by chemical combination, he’s given all credit, Nobel Prize: “Oh, here is a man.” This is rascaldom. So what credit you’ll get. Suppose if you can manufacture a man or an animal in the laboratory, where is your credit? There are many millions and millions are coming automatically. We are trying to give credit to Krsna who is making all this creation.

Yogesvara: There is one Englishman named Aldous Huxley…

Prabhupada: Yes.

Yogesvara: …who wrote a book called “Brave New Worlds”, and in that book, he predicted something that’s coming true now, that there would be a process of biologically screening babies so that men could be breeded like animals, like they breed animals. So they would take one strain of chromosomes and breed a class of men who would make perfect administrators, and then they would breed another class of men that would be perfect sudras, and they would breed another class of men who would be perfect scientists.

Prabhupada: And that is already there. Guna-karma-vibhagasah. The, the, in Vedic astrology, jata-karma, they will say that “This child is a sudra, this child is a brahmana, this child is a ksatriya.” By the birth, by the constellation of the stars, it will be done. It is already being done. And in the medical laboratory, the blood has been tested, brahmana, sudra, vaisya, there is different blood. Yes. The blood infusion. So if the, a different blood is infused, it does not act. So one doctor, in India, he was permanently keeping different bloods for different persons. So there is some meaning in the caste system. But that is not… In a brahmana family, a sudra may also take birth. Sudra blood. So to keep the blood brahminical, therefore the reformatory system is there, garbhadhana-samskara and all the samskaras. Before birth, they keep, to keep the blood brahminical, there is ceremony.

Satsvarupa: Yesterday you said when one becomes initiated by a bona fide spiritual master, his body changes.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Satsvarupa: Even if he was mleccha, he can become brahmana.

Yogesvara: Actually, the chemists also say that there are four types of blood, A, AB, O, and something like that. They give it four names.

Prabhupada: And according to Hindu system, the marriage was taking place finding, examining the girl’s constitution and the boy’s constitution so that there may not be disruption. Everything was there.

Yogesvara: The Vedic system is so scientific.

Prabhupada: Oh yes. That is human civilization. That is Aryan civilization. Vedic civilization means Aryan.

Yogesvara: Hitler also wanted to produce a pure breed of Aryans, but artificially. He just said anyone who is German-born, they are the pure Aryans.

Prabhupada: But so much freedom in sex, how the blood can be pure? [break]

Yogesvara: …but Krsna-prasadam?

Prabhupada: Then he’s neutral always. He’s not affected by all these qualities.

Yogesvara: I guess the blood becomes purified like that. [break]

Prabhupada: I said that “You scientists, you are simply wasting time.” Did I not say that, last night?

Yogesvara: Yes.

Prabhupada: Yes. Childish. Just imitating barking of the dog. That’s all. And he wants to take credit by imitating barking the dog. And the real dog is barking—no attention. Actually, that is the position.

Guru Gauranga: They say that if a dog bites a man, Srila Prabhupada, that’s nothing special, but if a man bites a dog, that’s news.

Prabhupada: Yes. (laughs) Yes. Just like the men ate some human flesh. That became news.

Yogesvara: That airplane crash.

Prabhupada: Yes. This is their business. [break] …is when the dog barks, that is not science. When the man barks like a dog, that is science. Is that not? The man, how scientifically he has learned how to bark like a dog. This is their aim, how to imitate dog-barking. This is scientific.

Satsvarupa: On a morning walk in Los Angeles, Svarupa Damodara said they are now going to produce babies in a test tube, and you said “But that’s already being done in the womb. That’s a very nice test tube.” He said, “But he’ll get a Nobel Prize.” So that’s the example. Nature’s already doing it nicely. [break]

Prabhupada: …produce even a green grass like this in the laboratory, what to speak of other things.

Yogesvara: If producing life was worthy of a Nobel Prize, then they should give every mother in the world a Nobel Prize.

Prabhupada: Yes. Yes. (pause)

Yogesvara: Actually, I think they should give you the Nobel Prize.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Yogesvara: You’ve been creating devotees.

Prabhupada: Oh, I, I am natural dog, and they’ll not give me prize. (laughs) They’ll give prize to the artificial dog.

Yogesvara: Bad imitation.

Satsvarupa: (about statues?) There is that Pan god again, imitating Krsna with a flute and standing like that.

Prabhupada: And what is this?

Yogesvara: He’s naked, though.

Satsvarupa: That’s some goddess of music with a harp. (pause) [break]

Prabhupada: …brain, they have created something, but it will be used for sinful activities: drinking wine, meat-eating and sex. Not for chanting Hare Krsna. Duskrtina. They use their brain, but for sinful activities. This is duskrtina.

Pusta-krsna: There’s the verse in the Second Chapter of Bhagavad-gita that what is night for the materialistic man is the time of awakening for the introspective sage.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Guru Gauranga: These scientists, Srila Prabhupada, they say that their research is neutral, and it is not their fault that the use of their discoveries is detrimental. Like that man yesterday, he said, “It is not my bomb.”

Prabhupada: Oh, then whose bomb?

Yogesvara: Well, their point is, like, for example, Albert Einstein. His idea wasn’t to create the atomic bomb, but with his theories, the government agencies had men produce the bomb. So they’re saying: “Why should you blame us for all the chaos and havoc? All we’re doing is simply researching nature.”

Prabhupada: This is child?

Satsvarupa: He has got animal hoofs, though.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Satsvarupa: From the waist down, he’s an animal. He has hoofs instead of feet.

Yogesvara: What are they called?

Satsvarupa: Centaur?

Yogesvara: Centaur, centaur.

Satsvarupa: That’s in the Greek… [break]

Pusta-krsna: …if they give up the four sinful activities, then they might be able to understand the Vedic philosophy. So does this imply…?

Prabhupada: Not Vedic philosophy. They will understand God.

Pusta-krsna: So does this mean that by their activities that they’re engaging in now their incentive is that they want to enjoy these four sinful activities…? And that really they’re not looking for truth? That’s…

Prabhupada: They have no inquiry for truth. Animal life. As soon as there will be inquiry for the truth, that is human life.

Pusta-krsna: They will naturally perform some tapasya?

Prabhupada: Yes, then other things will follow. Athato brahma jijnasa. They do not inquire. That means animal life. As soon as there is inquiry, jijnasu, jnani jijnasu… They’re not jijnasu even. Neither jnani. (pause) The path must be very old. The trees are very aged. (pause) [break]

Satsvarupa: …yesterday said, when you said that one must be pure before he approaches God, they said, “That’s spiritual pride.” They said, “That is not good to say first we have to be pure. Like egoism,” they said.

Prabhupada: They’ll tolerate material egoism, “We are doing this humanitarian service.” That they… And spiritual egoism he’ll not. That I replied, that this is real egoism, aham brahmasmi. And I’m: “Aham dog asmi.” (laughter) That is not very good pride. [break] Why not make one world? That I said to to that man. Why do they not do that? Everything belongs to God.

Pusta-krsna: In the Vedic times also, just a few thousand years ago, there was one monarch also, one king.

Prabhupada: Yes. And they were subordinate to him.

Guru Gauranga: But now, countries like Switzerland, they’re afraid that if there is one kingdom, they will lose their standard of living.

Prabhupada: Eh?

Guru Gauranga: Their nice standard of living will be lost.

Prabhupada: No, why? The standard of living should be one: plain living and God consciousness. That is the disease. Everyone wants to enjoy this material world to his best capacity. Therefore we divide. They don’t want to live in Krsna consciousness. Material consciousness. Enjoyment of the senses. And that is the cause of their suffering. Only on account of this sense gratification, they’re creating different mentality, and, after death, they’re getting different body. That they do not know. Karanam guna-sangah asya sad-asad-janma-yonisu. One is trying to associate with the goodness, brahmana, brahmana qualification, he’ll be promoted, and one who is trying to imitate, “I shall be as powerful as the tiger,” he’ll be degraded. It is nature’s law.

Pusta-krsna: Srila Prabhupada, one person asked the other day that “You say that we have a choice, that either we can surrender to Krsna, or we can remain under the control of the external energy.”

Prabhupada: Yes.

Pusta-krsna: And his question was that those in the mode of passion and ignorance, do they have any choice?

Prabhupada: Everyone has choice. Everyone has choice. Choice, but under the control. Exactly like that. By your choice, you go to the prison house. By your choice, you go to the university. There is supreme control, government. But it is your choice, whether you want to live in the prison or in the university. that is your choice. Government does not say that “Oh, this man will come to the university, and this man will go to the prison house.” No. You make your choice, you work according to that, and government sends you either to the prison or to the university. You cannot say… One man is condemned to be killed for murdering, another man is rewarded some prize, you cannot say government is partial. You have made your choice, and government is giving you the result. (pause) Once you make your choice to steal, then you are under prison house. Immediately.

Pusta-krsna: Choice to…?

Prabhupada: To steal.

Pusta-krsna: Steal.

Prabhupada: Then immediately you are under prison. It will take some time only. Just like if you infect some disease, It will take some time to manifest, but it will be manifested. Karanam guna-sangah. So in the, in the… Ordinarily, you can steal and hide yourself, but in the eyes of God, you cannot steal and hide yourself. That is not possible. You have stolen; you must suffer. (end)