Srila Prabhupada’s lecture – Montreal, August 22, 1968
So fortunately, one of our students, he has taken a very large tract of land in West Virginia to develop a society like that, that simple life, eat simple things, grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and save your time for advancing in Krishna consciousness. Don't be implicated in the ugra-karma.
Modern civilization is implicated in ugra-karma – vast machinery, everything complicated. The government complicated, the society complicated, economics rule complicated, foreign exchange complicated. Everything has become complicated. So Narottama dasa Thakura has sung very nice song. Satsanga chari kainu asatye vilas, ei karane lagila more karma bandha-phansa. Because we have given up Krishna consciousness, therefore we have been entangled in the different varieties of material activities. Now we have to simplify it.
The Krishna consciousness movement is to simplify, to save the valuable life, to save the time of valuable life. This human form of life is very valuable. Bahunam janmanam ante [Bg. 7.19]. After many, many births we have got this important life. So we have to save our time to utilize it for Krishna consciousness.
So far we have got this material body, we want to maintain it. The body and souls live together. That is all right. For that, Krishna has given every chance. Anywhere you sit down, you have got land and cow. You produce something and cow's milk. That is sufficient for maintenance.
So let us try to make an attempt to organize a New Vrindaban scheme, and I shall request all my students to develop this idea and show a good example to this Western part of the world where people are always engaged in ugra-karma, asuric-karma. Things are becoming very implicated, complicated.