prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Seattle – October 8, 1968

Always try to understand. The small pocket dictionary for students while in the primary stage, and international dictionary for higher students, postgraduate students — the both of them are dictionaries. But it is meant for somebody, it is meant for somebody. And the test is phalena parichayate. Phalena parichayate, you have to understand. …The test of any scripture is how one is developing love of God. Phalena parichayate. If you find that following some religious principles you are developing your love of God, then it is perfect. It doesn't matter whether it is Bible or Koran or Bhagavad-gita. It doesn't matter. We have to see what is the fruit. If the fruit is that people are developing love of Godhead, then it is perfect. Don't try to understand whether this is good, this is good, this is bad, this is… No. Try to understand by the result.

Just like the same way: if you see the fruit, then it is first class. So it doesn't matter whether it is Bible or Gita. If you can develop love of Godhead by reading Bible, it is first class, and if you can develop love of Godhead by Bhagavad-gita, it is first class. And if you do not, then either it is Bible or the Koran or Bhagavad-gita, it has no effect for you. So it is up to you. Not by comparison, but by your own activities. If you actually follow the instruction given by Lord Jesus Christ, you will also develop love of Godhead. There is no doubt. Similarly, if you follow the instruction of Krishna, you will also develop. So it is up to you. You try to follow. If you do not follow, simply try to make a comparative study "This is good" or "This is bad," "This is bad" or "This is good," that is called shrama eva hi kevalam [SB 1.2.8] — simply laboring. Why comparative study? Just see how much you are developing love of Godhead, that's all. Phalena parichayate. "Whether it is apple is there, that's all right; never mind what is this tree. I'm concerned with the apple." Yes.

Upendra: Prabhupada, sometimes there may be differences between what is love of Godhead between Christian and Moslem, Moslem and Buddhist, Buddhist, Hindu. They may quarrel at what is love of Godhead.

Prabhupada: The quarrel, they, those who are not in love of Godhead, they must quarrel. That is the… Because they are cats and dogs. You cannot expect any peaceful condition between cats and dogs. They will fight. So whatever they may be, so long they are fighting, that means they are not on the perfectional stage. Where is the fighting? If you love God, then you love everyone. That is the sign. Samah sarveshu bhuteshumad-bhaktim labhate param . After attaining the stage of equality, then you can enter into the realm of loving God. Before that, you have to pass.

Just like before entering law college you have to become graduate, similarly, before entering the realm of devotional service you have to realize that all living entities are on the same platform. That is realization. You cannot make any distinction that "This is lower," "This is higher." No. Panditah sama-darshinah [Bg.5.18]. When a person is fully learned, he does not make any distinction that "He is human being, he is cow, he is dog." He sees that he is spirit soul covered in different dress. That's all. That is his vision, universal equality vision. You cannot say that dog has no life, the cow has no life. How can you say that there is no life? That is lack of your knowledge. What is the symptom of life? You will find the symptom of life is there in human being, in ant also. How you can say that small creatures, lower animals have no life? That is lack of your knowledge. Even trees, plants, they have got life. So perfect knowledge required. So love of Godhead on the basis of perfect knowledge is real love of God. Otherwise it is fanaticism. So the fanatics, they may fight. That is not love of Godhead. (pause) Of course, it is very difficult to come to that stage, but one should try. That is Krishna consciousness. We are all student. We are trying. But there are degrees also. Just like in a educational institution there is tenth class, eighth class, fifth class, sixth class. And with the yoga, it is just like a staircase or a lift. So there are different stages of perfection. The highest perfection is who is always thinking of Krishna.

May 6 1973 Los Angeles – That's the fact. That is the fact. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita: yo me bhaktya prayacchati.Patram pushpam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati [Bg. 9.26]. Krishna says that "A little flower, little water, little fruit, that's all, if somebody offers Me with devotion and love, then I eat."Krishna is not hungry. Krishna is not hungry. He is self-satisfied, purna. But if His devotee offers Him something with love and affection, then He accepts.So do not think that "We have made such nice, sumptuous plate for Krishna. Krishna must eat." No. There is no such thing, "must." You cannot make Krishna must. That is not possible. So Krishna will see how much you have love for Him. Then He will accept. Otherwise He'll reject…Therefore, it is forbidden, those who are nondevotee, those who are not initiated, those who are not chanting regularly, their offering to Krishna will not be accepted. We must be very careful. We must know our position, whether I am sincerely following the principles of devotional service. Then Krishna will accept. Yo me bhaktyaprayacchati. The real thing is bhakti. So either you offer Krishna prayers or you offer foodstuff, everything must be along with bhakti, devotion, love. Then Krishna will accept.