Lord Krishna instructing Arjuna

Lectures – SB 5.5.1, 28 November 1975,  Delhi  

Guest (3): My question: Do you think your quality to change… A person, if that soul becomes fate or lift…

Prabhupada: No fate can be changed. I understand. These questions are generally put. Fate can be changed.

Guest (3): By name.

Prabhupada: By Krishna consciousness. Karmani nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhajam. Others cannot change their fate, but only the devotees can change. How? Krishna says, aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami.

Krishna says, "I shall give you protection from all the resultant action of your sinful life." That is fate changed. If you don't surrender to Krishna, then you have to suffer or enjoy the actions of your fruitive activities. But when you surrender to Krishna, He takes charge of squaring up all your sinful activities and their reaction. That is… So you surrender to Krishna; then your fate is changed. Otherwise it is not possible.

SB 8.19.21  

Anyone who is in this material world is extremely anxious to get more and more things for sense gratification…. Therefore the Vedic culture or brahminical culture teaches one how to be satisfied with possessing the minimum necessities in life.

To teach this highest culture, varnasrama-dharma is recommended. The aim of the varnasrama divisionsbrahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, sudra, brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasais to train one to control the senses and be content with the bare necessities. Here Lord Vamanadeva, as an ideal brahmacari, refuses Bali Maharaja's offer to give Him anything He might want. He says that without contentment one could not be happy even if he possessed the property of the entire world or the entire universe. In human society, therefore, the brahminical culture, ksatriya culture and vaisya culture must be maintained, and people must be taught how to be satisfied with only what they need. In modern civilization there is no such education; everyone tries to possess more and more, and everyone is dissatisfied and unhappy. The Krishna consciousness movement is therefore establishing various farms, especially in America, to show how to be happy and content with minimum necessities of life and to save time for self-realization, which one can very easily achieve by chanting the maha-mantra–Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

BG 6.21 Purport

The real senses, however, are within the material covering. dehino'smin yatha dehe: within the covering of the material elements are the spiritual senses. sarvopadhi-vinirmuktam tat-paratvena nirmalam:

when the spiritual senses are uncovered, by these senses we can be happy. Satisfaction of the spiritual senses is thus described: hrsikena hrsikesa-sevanam bhaktir ucyate. When the senses are engaged in devotional service to Hrsikesa, then the senses are completely satisfied. Without this superior knowledge of sense gratification, one may try to satisfy his material senses, but happiness will never be possible. One may increase his ambition for sense gratification and even achieve what he desires for the gratification of his senses, but because this is on the material platform, he will never achieve satisfaction and contentment.

According to brahminical culture, one should be content with whatever he obtains without special endeavor and should cultivate spiritual consciousness. Then he will be happy. The purpose of the Krishna consciousness movement is to spread this understanding

Morning walk – 2 June 1974, Geneva            

Prabhupada: Wasteful, yes. Therefore I say they have no brain. All, they are rascals. Rascal leaders. A little labor in agriculture will be sufficient to produce the family's food stock for the whole year. You can stock. You work only three months, and you get sufficient food for your whole family. And less nine months, you chant Hare Krishna. But these rascals will not do that. They will work hard like ass simply for eating. nunam pramattah kurute vikarma yad indriya-pritaya aprnoti. They will not accept easy life.

Morning walk – 3 April 1975, Mayapur

Prabhupada: There are so many land. Come here and grow food. Grow fruit. That is… That is the desire of Krishna. Annad bhavanti bhutani. Produce food and eat in sufficiently, be strong, and chant Hare Krishna. That is our philosophy. Why you are producing bolts and nuts, tire and tubes? Eat. Rascal. They do not know that first of all you must eat. No, everyone is engaged in industry. Why? Krishna does not say that "Take to industry." Krishna says, "Produce foodstuff." Annad bhavanti bhutani. If you produce foodstuff, then both your animals, yourself, will be happy, becoming strong. Why do they manufacture other things?

Morning walk – 3 April 1975, Mayapur

Prabhupada: This is the movement, that you come here, live with us, and produce your food, produce your milk, be happy, healthy, and chant Hare Krishna. This is our movement. Therefore we are creating New Vrindaban and farm, and we are trying to purchase… This is our movement, that we give you sufficient food, shelter, health, philosophy, religion, character, everything, purity. Come here. Why don't you come? They come here on the weekdays, and then fly away, go away. You see? We are giving such nice room, but they will not live here. They will go to the hubble-bubble of the city. They like to come here.

Therefore they spend so much money for gas and … here. They will go to the hubble-bubble of the city. They like to come here. Therefore they spend so much money for gas and come here. But because they are not accustomed, they go back again. Return ticket. From hell to heaven, and again hell (laughter) Return ticket—coming back to hell again, not going back to God.

Room conversation – 14 August 1976, Bombay

Prabhupada: So people are being trained up to become mad, pramattah. And do anything, bring money. This is the modern civilization. Nunam pramattah kurute vikarma. Things which are forbidden, they are doing that. Why? Indriya-pritaya aprnoti, only for sense gratification. They have no other ambition. Bring money and gratify senses. This is modern civilization. This is the exact explanation–nunam pramattah kurute vikarma. Black money, white money, this money, that…, never mind, bring money.

Indian Doctor: (laughter) By any way.

Prabhupada: Yes, this is modern civilization. Big man, big rich man means bring money some way or other. This is big man. This is Kali-yuga. Because if you have got money, you have got respect, you have got honor, you are recognized. …Bring money and enjoy senses. Nunam pramattah kurute vikarma. What for it is, struggle so much working hard? Yad indriya-pritaya. Only for the satisfaction of the senses…

Interview –  14 July 1976, New York

… So we get enough milk, enough food grains, enough fruits. So there is no economic problem. Our purpose is to save time from unnecessary necessities of life, from unnecessary necessities of life, to save time and utilize the time for developing Krishna consciousness. And so far the body is concerned, as much as it … is required take and maintain the body. That's all.

Room conversation – 11 May 1969, Columbus

Prabhupada: Yes. Farming, agriculture, that is nice. There is a proverb Agriculture is noblest, and Krishna was farmer, His father.

Conversation – 27 May 1977, Vrindavana

Therefore I am asking so much here and…, "Farm, farm, farm, farm…" That is not my program–Krsna's program. Annad bhavanti bhutani. Produce greenness everywhere, everywhere. Vrndavana. It is not this motorcar civilization.

Conversation – 20 January 1976, Mayapur

Prabhupada: A devotee will never accept materialism, even if he dies of starvation. You'll see so many still. They are sticking … that. They don't care for any bodily care. "Some food comes; I shall eat. Never mind." Still you'll find. They are sitting in their place and chanting or meditating …

Room conversation – 31 July 1976, Parris

Prabhupada: Vasan danto guror hitam. The beginning of life is how to become cent percent obedient to guru. That is Gurukula. That training should be given. The whole process is that our life will be successful when we strictly follow guru and Krishna. Guru means Krishna; Krishna means guru. Not Mayavada, but guru means one who follows Krishna, he is guru.

Room conversation – 2 November 1976, Vrindavana

Prabhupada: No, we don't care for Indians and Europeans. We care for Krishna, that's all. I didn't care for anyone. We want two favours. One from guru, one from Krishna. That's all. We don't want anyone's favour.