“Because it is all coming from Krishna and is all perfect, therefore everything is perfect within it. We must accept everything.”

“Because it is all coming from Krishna and is all perfect, therefore everything is perfect within it. We must accept everything.”

Prabhupada said, “Because it is all coming from Krishna and is all perfect, therefore everything is perfect within it. We must accept everything. We must accept it without any… as being without any fault.” – Initiation lecture, 31 August 1976, Delhi

“Because God is perfect, because Krishna is perfect, therefore His words and His ideas are also perfect. So these sastras are the words of God. So they are also perfect. So the sruti-sastra-nindanam means to think that there may be something wrong in the scripture or to take one verse out of Bhagavad-gita and reject another verse. Because it is all coming from Krishna and is all perfect, therefore everything is perfect within it. We must accept everything. We must accept it without any… as being without any fault. So sruti-sastra-nindanam. We should not think that it has any imperfection, that ‘This may be wrong.'”

“…The followers of the Vedas… accept the statements of the Vedic literatures as authority in toto…”

“…The followers of the Vedas… accept the statements of the Vedic literatures as authority in toto…”

Prabhupada said, “…The followers of the Vedas have a different method of acquiring knowledge. They accept the statements of the Vedic literatures as authority in toto…” – Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.11, purport

“The gross materialists do not believe in the existence of God or the demigods. Nor do they believe that different planets are dominated by different demigods. They are creating a great commotion about reaching the closest celestial body, Candraloka, or the moon, but even after much mechanical research they have only very scanty information of this moon, and in spite of much false advertisement for selling land on the moon, the puffed-up scientists or gross materialists cannot live there, and what to speak of reaching the other planets, which they are unable even to count. However, the followers of the Vedas have a different method of acquiring knowledge. They accept the statements of the Vedic literatures as authority in toto, as we have already discussed in Canto One, and therefore they have full and reasonable knowledge of God and demigods and of their different residential planets situated within the compass of the material world and beyond the limit of the material sky.”

“There is nothing to be added and nothing to be subtracted, because the truth is the truth.”

“There is nothing to be added and nothing to be subtracted, because the truth is the truth.”

Prabhupada said, “There is nothing to be added and nothing to be subtracted, because the truth is the truth. One has to accept, after all, some authority.” – Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.2.32, purport

“That is the way of knowing the knowledge contained in the Vedas. It is not a thing to be understood by one’s erudite scholarship or by the fashionable interpretations of mundane scholars. There is nothing to be added and nothing to be subtracted, because the truth is the truth. One has to accept, after all, some authority. The modern scientists are also authorities for the common man for some scientific truths. The common man follows the version of the scientist. This means that the common man follows the authority. The Vedic knowledge is also received in that way. The common man cannot argue about what is beyond the sky or beyond the universe; he must accept the versions of the Vedas as they are understood by the authorized disciplic succession.”

“No, literally, literally.”

“No, literally, literally.”

Prabhupada said, “No, literally, literally.” – Morning walk, 30 August 1973, London

David Lawrence: …One of the other problems that I was going to raise, and in fact it appears in the question sheet, it seems to be some, in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, is that the right pronunciation? I always get these things wrong.

Prabhupada: Yes, Bhagavatam.

David Lawrence: A very great deal of what one could call demonology if you like. Now, I confess this raises problems for me. When a book like that…

Prabhupada: Bhagavata was written five thousand years ago.

David Lawrence: Yes, very, very ancient. Is it to be taken, the references say to Putana, is this to be taken…

Prabhupada: It is also fact.

David Lawrence: …physically or spiritually as a demonic power or what?

Prabhupada: No, no, which one?

David Lawrence: Where, is it the demoness Putana takes Krishna and Krishna sucks her breast?

Syamasundara: Should it be taken literally or allegorically?

Prabhupada: No, literally, literally.

David Lawrence: Yeah, literally as a physical fact.

Prabhupada: Oh yes, oh yes.

“…Government should have expert men… to see that the Hindus are acting like Hindu, Muslims are acting like Muslim, and Christians are acting like Christian.”

“…Government should have expert men… to see that the Hindus are acting like Hindu, Muslims are acting like Muslim, and Christians are acting like Christian.”

Prabhupada said, “The government issuing license. They have got supervision. They send sometimes, what is called, inspectors? Education. Say, for education. There is educational inspector, school inspector. They go see that the students are properly being educated in that school. Similarly, government should have expert men in the government to see that the Hindus are acting like Hindu, Muslims are acting like Muslim, and Christians are acting like Christian. The government should not be callous about religion. They may be neutral that whatever religion you profess, government has nothing to do. You do nicely. But it is the government’s duty to see that you are doing nicely, you are not bluffing. That is government’s duty.” – Room conversation with Indian Ambassador, 5 September 1973, Stockholm

Ambassador: No, we have a difficulty, Your Eminence. We have got a problem in India because we have got this multi-religious society. So we have to be careful. But individuals can…

Prabhupada: No…

Ambassador: Because we have got to be… We should not be misunderstood. As a government, we should not take too strong a policy about any particular religion, even though it is the religion of the majority of the people.

Prabhupada: No, no, no. It is the duty of the government… Secular state means neutral to any kind of religion. But it is the duty of government to see that people are religious. Not that “Because government is secular, let the people go to hell.”

Ambassador: No, that’s true.

Prabhupada: Yes. If you are Muslim, and, it is my duty as government to see that you are actually acting as a Muslim. If you are a Hindu, it is the government’s duty to see that you are acting as a Hindu. If you are a Christian, it is the government’s duty. You cannot give up religion. Dharmena hinah pasubhih samanah. If people become irreligious in the name of secularism, then they are simply animals. So it is the government’s duty to see that the citizens are not becoming animals. He may profess a type of religion. That doesn’t matter. But he must be religious. That is secular state. Not that secular state means government is callous, “Let the people become cats and dogs, without religion. Government doesn’t care.” That is not good government. What do you think?

Ambassador: I think, Your Eminence, there’s a lot in what you say, but, you know, politics is the art of the possible.

Prabhupada: No. No, politics means to see that people are advanced, citizens are advanced, not that they are degraded.

Ambassador: Your Eminence, I agree, but I think the duty of the government primarily is to provide conditions in which gifted people, spiritual people like you, leaders like you, can function. More than that, if the government does, it might probably even corrupt the religious… I don’t know. Like an umpire in a game, you know, or something… Provide the conditions, provide the conditions for free speech. Not like Moscow, you know, where it is…

Prabhupada: No. That is… Just like you have got the Commerce Department. Government has got. What is the duty of the Commerce Department? The government must see that the trade enterprise, common share, or industrial enterprise, they are doing nicely, properly. The government issuing license. They have got supervision. They send sometimes, what is called, inspectors? Education. Say, for education. There is educational inspector, school inspector. They go see that the students are properly being educated in that school. Similarly, government should have expert men in the government to see that the Hindus are acting like Hindu, Muslims are acting like Muslim, and Christians are acting like Christian. The government should not be callous about religion. They may be neutral that whatever religion you profess, government has nothing to do. You do nicely. But it is the government’s duty to see that you are doing nicely, you are not bluffing. That is government’s duty.

“If it is right thing, then I am right to force you.”

“If it is right thing, then I am right to force you.”

Prabhupada said, “If it is right thing, then I am right to force you.” – Morning walk, 29 January 1977, Bhuvanesvara

Hari-sauri: Well, you may say that I’m unhappy with the authority I’ve got now, but if you force me to accept Krishna consciousness when I don’t want it, then that will also make me unhappy.

Prabhupada: No, if it is right thing, then I am right to force you.

Satsvarupa: This is against our democratic spirit in the West. It…

Prabhupada: Democratic means “demoncratic.”

Satsvarupa: That’s why they revolted against the kings, so that they wouldn’t have to be forced. “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Hari-sauri: But under that banner of saying “This is good for you,” you can force me to do all kinds of things.

Prabhupada: Yes. Yes, that is king’s duty. Then force. Otherwise why there is military force?

“Kill all the mudhas and give Krishna to the sane man. Yes. That will prove that you are really Krishna’s.”

“Kill all the mudhas and give Krishna to the sane man. Yes. That will prove that you are really Krishna’s.”

Prabhupada said, “Those who are actually human being, you have to give them Krishna. And those who are mudhas, we have to kill them. This is our business. Kill all the mudhas and give Krishna to the sane man. Yes. That will prove that you are really Krishna’s. We are not nonviolent. We are violent to the mudhas.” – Morning walk, 21 January 1976, Mayapur

“Still, if you say, ‘You are mudha,’ they become angry. Such mudhas, rascals, they are in the government service. And if you say that ‘You are mudhas,’ he becomes angry. Upadeso hi murkhanam prakopaya na santaye: ‘If a mudha is advised nice instruction, he becomes angry.’ He does not take it. Payah-panam bhujanganam kevalam visa-vardhanam: ‘If you give milk and banana to a snake, you simply increase his poison.’ One day he will come-(growls). You see? ‘I have given you milk and you…’ ‘Yes, that is my nature. Yes. You give me milk, and I am prepared to kill you.’ This is mudha. We have to kill this civilization of mudhas. That is Krishna consciousness movement. Paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam [BG 4.8]. Those who are actually human being, you have to give them Krishna. And those who are mudhas, we have to kill them. This is our business. Kill all the mudhas and give Krishna to the sane man. Yes. That will prove that you are really Krishna’s. We are not nonviolent. We are violent to the mudhas.”

“We have to understand the falsity of this so-called society, friendship and love.”

“We have to understand the falsity of this so-called society, friendship and love.”

Prabhupada said, “If you want to go back to home, back to Godhead, then at the same time, if you remain attached to this material world, so-called society, friendship and love, then it is not possible. So long you will have a pinch of attraction with this material world, there is no possibility of being transferred to the spiritual world.” – Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 1.26–27, 21 July 1973, London

“So this problem, attachment for this material world, gradually we have to cut it. That is the Vedic civilization. If you want to go back to home, back to Godhead, then at the same time, if you remain attached to this material world, so-called society, friendship and love, then it is not possible. So long you will have a pinch of attraction with this material world, there is no possibility of being transferred to the spiritual world. This is the position. Therefore by training, by education, we have to become detached. Detached, this society, friendship and love. We have to understand the falsity of this so-called society, friendship and love. It is just like… because we are being carried away by the waves of maya. Bhaktivinoda Thakura has sung, mayar bose, jaccho bhese, khaccho habudubu bhai. Just like we see sometimes in rainy season, so many plants and creepers and vegetables and so many other things are floating in the river, going. Similarly, we also, all floating in the waves of maya. Mayar bose, jaccho bhese, khaccho habudubu. Sometimes drowned, sometimes on the surface, sometimes on the other shore, sometimes on this shore. This is going on. So long we are in this material world, we are being tossed by different currents, and sometimes I am here as the master of some kingdom, and sometimes I am dog of somebody else. This is my position. The same thing. Very good example, that we are being carried away by the waves of maya. Sometimes we are gathering together. So many straws and vegetables, they gather together. And sometimes the same vegetables and straws are thrown asunder. One is there, one is here. So here also, we assemble here as society, friendship and love exactly like that. In the waves of maya. Then nobody is your father, nobody is your mother, nobody is your sister, nobody. It is simply mayic, illusory combination. Illusory combination, temporary combination. And we are so much attached to this combination that we are refusing to go back to home, back to Godhead. This is our position.”