"Here Is God--Why Not Accept"

June 25, 1975

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Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
 

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Prabhupada: ...theosophist and the theologist, both classes they have no clear idea of God. Is it not?

Dr. Judah: I think this is... Well, I would say they do not have, they do not... I would make a distinction myself between knowing God and knowing about God. In other words, there is knowledge about God which one has in various books, but one does not know God unless one somehow experiences God. I feel that this is the one thing that the bhakti movement of Caitanya has done in that it has allowed its devotees to experience Him, to know Him personally in a way that changes their lives.

Prabhupada: That is the Vedic civilization.

Dr. Judah: Yes.

Prabhupada: Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum [SB 7.5.31]. These materialistic persons, they do not know what is Visnu or they do not know that his ultimate goal of life is to know Visnu, or God. This is human life. But that is missing. They do not care to know that the ultimate, what is the ultimate goal of human life. This is the defect. Nobody cares to know, especially in this age. So that is the defeat of human civilization. They must know. This is the process, that... By evolution, they have come to nature's way, human form of life. Now they must know what is God. Otherwise it is defeat.

Dr. Judah: That's true.

Prabhupada: The opportunity given by nature, good consciousness to know God, Visnu. Now, practically, take anyone, especially in the western world. Nobody can say what is God. Is it not?

Dr. Judah: It's true.

Prabhupada: Huh?

Dr. Judah: That is quite true.

Prabhupada: So in that position, if we are offering, "Here is God," why do they not accept? What is the objection?

Dr. Judah: There isn't any objection. I think the great problem, of course, in the western world is that the western world has always been involved in materialism and...

Prabhupada: The western world... That means they don't want to know God. So this is very horrible condition.

Dr. Judah: That's true.

Prabhupada: Animal condition. Not only horrible, it is animal condition. They do not want to know God. Just like these animals, they are not interested. So they have no church, the animals, or temple. But in the human society, either he is Hindu or Muslim or Christian, there is some arrangement for understanding God. Now they are also neglecting that, everyone, all over the world. Now they are clearly... The Communists, they hate to say anything about God. So ultimately they are coming to such position, the Communists, that "No word about God." So this is the position. Now apart from them, just like theologists and theosophists. They are, at least, after understanding what is God, but they cannot ascertain definitely. So why do they not take? We are offering, "Here is God." Where is the objection? Why they should object? If you do not know something and if I give you the information, why you should not take?

Dr. Judah: That's a good question.

Prabhupada: That is my question. [break] Just like in India, for higher technological knowledge, they come to foreign countries. So for knowledge, we can take it from anywhere. There should not be sectarianism, "Oh, why shall I take knowledge from here and there?" Wherever knowledge is available, we should take it. That is the real position of seeker of knowledge. Canakya Pandita says, nicad apy uttama vidya stri-ratnam duskulad api. He says, visad apy amrtam grahyam. Visa, visa means poison. "In the pot of poison, if there is little nectar in, take it." Visad apy amrtam grahyam. Poison is not to be touched, but if there is little nectar in, take it. And amedhyad api kancanam: "And in a filthy place there is gold. Take it." Not that gold has been polluted because it is in the filthy place. If there is gold in the filthy place, don't hesitate. Take it. And nicad apy uttama vidya. Generally, people used to take education from brahmana. So Canakya Pandita advises that "If there is education, actual education, even he is a lower class man, sudra or candala, take it. Accept him as master." And nicad apy uttama vidya. Nicad apy uttama vidya stri-ratnam duskulad api. And in India, according to Vedic civilization, the marriage is done after seeing the family tradition very scrutinizingly. So here it is advised that duskulad api, "In a abominable family, if there is nice girl, educated, beautiful, accept her. Accept her." Nicad apy uttama vidya stri-ratnam. Ratnam means jewel. Wife, she is like jewel although born of a low family, accept. So anything very good, even it is available from a place which is not desirable, one should accept it. So if you are actually seeking after God, so here is God available from Vedic literature. Why don't you take it? Why you should refuse it? That is not very good sign.

Dr. Judah: No, that is true.

Prabhupada: Yes. So we are offering here God. Why should you not take it seriously? I am speaking to you because you have got this Theological... What is that?

Bahulasva: Union.

Prabhupada: Union. So they should take it. If they have no information of actual God, take it from us.

Dr. Judah: Yes, well, I do, I... As I say, as I said last night...

Prabhupada: No, you have got that mentality, I know that. But because you are president or chairman of that center... What is that? Union.

Dr. Judah: I'm chairman of the department of the history and phenomenology of religion.

Prabhupada: So who is the chairman of this union?

Dr. Judah: I'm just the chairman of this one department of the history and phenomenology of religion.

Prabhupada: That's... Then you are also important officer. So you can induce them, that "Here is God."

Dr. Judah: Well, I'm going to try to do what I can to..., as I told you to...

Prabhupada: (laughing) No, no, if they do not take, refuse to take, so what kind of theologians they are? That is my... Here is the knowledge. Why one should refuse to take it?

Dr. Judah: When you have your temple there in Berkeley, I want to continue on chanting and being with the devotees and doing what I can to further Krsna consciousness in the...

Prabhupada: Krsna, in the Bhagavad-gita... If you take this that "Krsna is Indian, Krsna is Hindu, we shall not take," but the words Krsna, if you take it, "God said," or whatever you..., so the wordings are God's. Just like Krsna says, mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya [Bg. 7.7]. "There is nobody, superior element than Me." So God can say that. So you remove the word, Krsna uvaca, but take the words of God. Who can be superior than God?

Dr. Judah: It's true.

Prabhupada: So in this way if you read simply Bhagavad-gita and separating the word Krsna, it is God's word. All factual. So why should you not take the science of God?

Dr. Judah: Yes.

Prabhupada: God can say that there is no more greater principle than Me. Is it not? You may accept anyone God, but God can say that. So that is the statement in Bhagavad-gita:

mattah parataram nanyat

kincid asti dhananjaya

mayi sarvam idam protam

sutre mani-gana iva

 [Bg. 7.7]

Every word is God's word. You may accept Krsna God or not, the words are God's words. That is Bhagavad-gita. [break]

Bahulasva: ...statements like that in the Bible, Srila Prabhupada.

Prabhupada: Hm? Hm?

Bahulasva: You'll not find statements like that in the Bible, that "There is no one superior to Me." You don't find those things in the Bible.

Prabhupada: No.

Bahulasva: A little indication that there's God, but no real philosophy. [break]

Prabhupada: ...manufacturing so many things, United Nations, World Health Organization, and this philanthropism, but the real thing is wanting that the human life is meant for understanding God, there is no such organization. This is the only organization, Krsna consciousness movement. [break] ...neglectful I do not know. [break]

Devotee: I'm very happy in my new engagement. I'm finding very much success now. We have made four devotees since I have left, three days.

Prabhupada: Oh, very good. [break] ...the definition of God according to the theologicians?

Dr. Judah: Well, there would be many different definitions of God, I suppose, in Christian theology.

Prabhupada: Why many?

Dr. Judah: It involves various theologies...

Prabhupada: There is no summary?

Dr. Judah: No. There is no actual statement of any one person or any concept concerning God that would be accepted by all Christians. There are various theologies about God, as I said.

Prabhupada: No, theologists, some of the prominent theologist, what do they say? How they describe God?

Dr. Judah: Well, it depends upon whether one is a Lutheran or a Calvinist or...

Prabhupada: Let any one of them say something, I want to hear.

Dr. Judah: Yes. Well, this is what the professor yesterday was talking about, that there are many different theologies and some people accept one and some accept another.

Bahulasva: Prabhupada wants to hear one of them, though. What does the Catholic theology say about God? Thomas Aquinas?

Dr. Judah: Well, I'm not too good at interpreting the Catholic theology. But they would, the Catholic theology would say that God is the father, that there is the son who was born who is the son of God, and...

Prabhupada: Now, God has got son. That is all right, but what do you mean by God? Everyone has got son, but that does not mean everyone is God. What is the definition of God? You have got son. I have got son. So God has got son. That does not mean He is God. Everyone has got son.

Dr. Judah: Yes. Well, you see, the Roman Catholics, if we were to consider this then again, would say that the son of God is one with God and the Holy Spirit as the Trinity...

Prabhupada: And again, the description of the son.

Dr. Judah: Yes, the three are one.

Prabhupada: That is all right, but who is God? What is the definition of God? Just like king. We can describe, "King means who has got a big kingdom, a large tract of land. He is ruling over it," some description. So what is the definition of God in that...?

Dr. Judah: God is also the creator, they would say.

Prabhupada: Yes. That's nice.

Dr. Judah: Creator of the world.

Prabhupada: Yes. Then the next question will be that if He is creator, then He has got nice brain. Otherwise how this wonderful creation is there. Everything is going on... Just like this big sea, God is creator; therefore although is a vast water, we are safely standing here because we know God has created in such a way although it is very vast it cannot go, cannot come up to this.

Dr. Judah: It's true.

Prabhupada: So how much great brain He has got. He has created in such a way. So we have to understand like that, that "God is creator, so how perfect creator He is." In this way we have to study theology, item by item.

Dr. Judah: Yes. And God is also, they would say, the judge of man, judging man for his sins, and, of course...

Prabhupada: So therefore man is subordinate to God. So why the people are denying the supremacy of God? Just like so-called scientists, rascals, they say, "There is no God." Immediately they should be taken as rascals. Why they should be given this title, "scientist"? He does not know who is his superior. They should be condemned immediately. Anyone who denies God, he is a rascal. He may be scientist, philosopher amongst the fools, but he is a rascal. He does not know his subordinate position. Immediately designate him, "You are rascal. You have no position because you do not know your superior." In this way you have to study. Then these rascals will be caught up, how great rascals they are, denying the existence of God. So we have to teach people like that, that "Don't follow these rascals." That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita,

na mam duskrtino mudhah

prapadyante naradhamah

mayayapahrta-jnana

 asuram bhavam asritah

 [Bg. 7.15]

Anyone who is not God conscious, Krsna conscious, he is immediately grouped amongst the miscreants, duskrtinah. Krti means very meritorious. Just like these scientists. They have got good merit, but that merit is being applied for sinful activities. Just like expert thief, rogue. He has got merit, but he is applying the merit for sinful activities. And next word is mudha. Why they are misusing in this way? Because they are rascal, mudha, ass. You have seen yesterday film, the ass?

Bahulasva: Last night in the movie?

Brahmananda: The donkey was carrying that big heavy load.

Dr. Judah: Oh yes, yes.

Prabhupada: So they are heavily loaded, and they agree. So these rascals are asses. They are simply heavily loaded, but they do not know why he should agree to bear so much load. That is ass. (laughter) They take great responsibility. You see? So they are asses. The ass does not know, "Why I am taking so much load? And the master will give me little grass. So grass I can get anywhere. Why I agree to take his load?" Therefore this example, ass, is given. He does not know his real interest. Mudha. If you bear some load, you must have some interest in it, but he has no interest, and he is carrying the load. Therefore ass.

Dharmadhyaksa: So, Srila Prabhupada, all these social problems, then, in society are basically caused by them denying God. That is the ultimate...

Prabhupada: No, because they are asses. Why don't you say like that? (laughter) Because they are big asses and people are following them. That is the misfortune. They are simply bluffing that "We are very great." Just like these scientists, they simply bluffing that "We went to the moon planet. We are doing this, doing that," and taking large salaries, but they are asses. And people are also asses. Therefore they accept, "Oh, he is a big man, cheating us very nicely."

Bahulasva: Srila Prabhupada, theologians also say that God is the... [break] ...person He is.

Prabhupada: So we can describe. [break] Let them take it. If they cannot describe, then take the description from us. We can give. That is knowledge. Nicad apy uttama vidya stri-ratnam duskulad api. Why they should hesitate, "No, no, why shall I take from him? He is a Hindu." Or "He is a Muslim." What is this? Knowledge has to be taken wherever it is available.

Bahulasva: In the Bible it says that no one has ever seen God.

Prabhupada: But then why don't you go who has seen God? Why remain foolish? That is the Vedic injunction. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum eva abhigacchet [MU 1.2.12]. If you do not know, if you have not seen, then go to guru. Why should I sit idle, "I have not seen; I will never see"? Is that knowledge? Go there where you can see. That is intelligence. "Nobody has seen. Therefore there is no use of seeing." What is this argument? This is no argument.

Bahulasva: They also say that no one can ever be pure, that everyone is doomed to be a sinner.

Prabhupada: Well, that is... Atmavat manyate jagat. That is the conditioned soul's qualification that if he is a fool, he thinks other, fools. Everyone, he thinks, "He is like me." That is nature. Atmavat manyate jagat. "Everyone thinks others like himself." If he is a fool, he thinks all are. So these things are no argument. Nobody has seen God? How do you take the statistics? Can you say like that, any statistics, that nobody has... Maybe you have not seen him, one who has seen God. That is quite possible because you have not scrutinizingly studied all the men of the world. Then how you can say, "Nobody has seen"? You have not seen the man who has seen Him. He will not admit his fault. He will accuse others, "Nobody has seen God." Why? You may not have seen, but why you say, "Nobody has seen"? You have not seen that person who has seen God. Therefore you say like that.

Bahulasva: So those people who wrote the Bible did not see God.

Prabhupada: That is... when God is canvassing, "Here I am, Krsna," they will not see it. And still, they accuse, "Nobody has seen."

Dr. Judah: Of course, in Christianity, which many of the Christians, I feel, are not following as closely as they should and have in the past, there is the idea, for example, in the Roman Catholic church, for example, at the time of the Mass, of experiencing the presence of God and there have been Christian mystics who have felt that they have experienced God. For example, St. Theresa, St. John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart, and various ones.

Prabhupada: So they must give description of God. If you have seen this rose flower, then you can give a description. If you cannot give a description, then how you have seen rose flower?

Dr. Judah: Yes. Well, they have tried to give descriptions, but, of course, I think all descriptions that have been given of God are, as descriptions are inadequate. Because in my own feeling I believe that the full knowledge of God comes through the actual experience of God, experiencing God in our lives.

Prabhupada: Yes, that experience you can get. Just like God is describing Himself. Now, why don't you take that? Your description may be defective because you are imperfect. But if God Himself is giving His, I mean to say, identification, why don't you take it? Not only gives description, He acts according to the description. When Krsna was present, He says, mattah parataram nanyat [Bg. 7.7], "There is no more superior element." He proved it when He was present. There was no more superior power than Him when Krsna was present. In His opulence, in His richness, in His strength, in His education -- everything, all topmost, Krsna. All topmost. The proof is that because you get the topmost knowledge, therefore Bhagavad-gita is read all over the world, accepted, topmost knowledge. All scholars, all philosophers, all religionists, they read it.

Dr. Judah: Yes. Well, I, of course, have always felt that...

Prabhupada: Now big, big scholars, they have taken the trouble to write on Bhagavad-gita. But nobody has taken the trouble to write on other scriptures like Bible or Koran. Nobody has taken. No scholar, no philosopher have tried to comment or study because they know it is not very important. Here is important. This is the proof, wisest. And that is only ABCD of God's knowledge. So people should take advantage. It is accepted indirectly. There are so many editions of Bhagavad-gita, in your country, English. Why they take trouble to read Bhagavad-gita so carefully? Big, big scholars, philosophers, why? [break] It is the impersonal, cloth. So Sankaracarya has tried to impress this fact, but the rascals followed in a different way. Just like a cloth, big cloth, that is impersonal. Now, you cut it into coat. It becomes like person. So similarly this whole material world is impersonal, but because we have taken a certain portion of it and make my body, it looks like person. And God is not like that. He is spiritual person. He has nothing to do with material. Sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah [Bs. 5.1]. What Sankaracarya impressed, that they are after demigods, so "The demigods, they are not actual person. Real person is Narayana." That is Sankaracarya's version. Narayana... You will find in his comment on the Bhagavad-gita. First word he writes, narayanah paro 'vyaktad: "Narayana has nothing to do with this material world." And he accepts in his comment, sa bhagavan svayam krsnah: "That Narayana has appeared as Krsna." And he has given specific name of His father as "the son of Devaki and Vasudeva" so that nobody can misidentify. If you have got Sankara's bhasya, commentary on Bhagavad-gita, you bring it I shall show you. [break] Krsna also confirms. That verse, which we were reading last evening... Krsna says, maya tatam idam sarvam jagad avyakta-murtina: [Bg. 9.4] "This jagat, this material world, is impersonal. And that is My energy. Therefore the whole world is resting upon Me, but I am not there. As person, I am not there." This is the statement of Bhagavad-gita. Just like the sunshine is spreading all over the universe, but the sun is aloof. Take this example. Not that because the sunshine is here, we are now getting, the sun has come here. The sun is shining from the distant place. He is aloof. Similarly, God is person and His shining is all this creation. That is impersonal.

Dr. Judah: Like the rays of the sun.

Prabhupada: Yes. And Sankaracarya's... Not Sankaracarya. His followers have interpreted, "Because God has become all-pervading, then where is God person? He is finished." But they do not see the sun, that although the sun is all-pervading, still, he is maintaining his identity.

Dr. Judah: Yes. That's the bhedabheda philosophy.

Prabhupada: Yes. Bhedabheda philosophy, that is actual philosophy. Acintya-bhedabheda.

Dr. Judah: God is both one and dual.

Prabhupada: Yes. Simultaneously. The same example. The sunshine and the sun one, light and heat. But still, the sun is different from the light. [break] ...them about going to the moon planet?

Dr. Judah: What happened, do you say, to the...

Brahmananda: To the program of going to the moon.

Dr. Judah: I don't know. But they've stopped it.

Brahmananda: Why?

Dr. Judah: I don't know. One of the problems has been probably the criticism of the American people that so much money was being spent on going to the moon when there were so many other needs for the money to be used.

Brahmananda: With such little result coming from it.

Dr. Judah: Yes. The amount, the expense, whether the expense could actually be justified to continue on in the way that they had. [break]

Prabhupada: ...to Venus? They say they are going to Venus?

Brahmananda: The Russians have sent a spaceship to Venus.

Revatinandana: It's unmanned. There are no men in it. They are going to Venus but there is no man in the ship.

Prabhupada: Now, why they are going to Venus? They have failed to achieve anything by going to the moon. Now why another attempt, to go to the Venus?

Dr. Judah: Well, the usual explanation that they have given, as I recall, is that these explorations give man more of a knowledge about how the world was created, our universe was created.

Prabhupada: That is another speculation.

Dr. Judah: Yes.

Bahulasva: Why do they have to go to Venus, though, to figure that out? They have a planet here they can't get any information out of.

Prabhupada: Why they are anxious to know how the world was created? It is already created. What is your credit? [break] ...and simply bluffing people, that's all. [break] It is already there. The nice creation is already there.

Dr. Judah: Accept it as it is.

Dharmadhyaksa: And be joyful. But they want to try to imitate the creation.

Prabhupada: That is their foolishness. "Where angels dare not, foolish rush in. Where angels dare not, fools rush in." So big, big, giant, saintly persons, they simply admired, and they are going to understand it. What is that? And they can create, like that? They cannot create even an ant, a small ant, and they are going to create, imitate the creation of God. Just see. And we have to believe such fools. (laughter) This is our misfortune.

Dharmadhyaksa: Srila Prabhupada, because the Christian theologians do not have very much information about God, they are being very much influenced by these scientists and their conceptions.

Prabhupada: Yes. That is stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, sva-vid-varahostra-kharaih samstutah purusah pasuh [SB 2.3.19]. The same example. A lion is accepted as the king. He is considered to be the king of the beasts in the forest. And he is very much praised. But a human being will see that the lion is also an animal and those who are praising him, they are also animals. Is it not? So if some animals praises another animal, does it mean that the animal is very big? It may be very big for these animals, but lion is not very big thing to the human being. They can capture it. It is nothing. Actually, they capture and keep it in the zoo. So for a human being both the big animal and a small animal, they are animals, although the small animals praise the big animal. Do you follow what I said?

Dr. Judah: Yes.

Prabhupada: So here a big animal is being praised by a small animal, but both of them are animals.

Revatinandana: So in other words the big leaders and the scientists, they are thinking that "When I am president or when I am scientist -- then this time we have landed on Venus -- I will be praised."

Prabhupada: Yes, but who will praise?

Revatinandana: By other animals.

Prabhupada: By other animals. Not a human being.

Revatinandana: Right. But they're thinking, "I will become great," even though we know they are not great.

Prabhupada: No, how they will know? He is animal. How he can know his position? And especially when the other small animals praise him he thinks that "I have become very big."

Revatinandana: So that is their real motivation for going to Venus. But it isn't very intelligent.

Prabhupada: Yes, "The small animals will praise." That is good policy. I think we shall now go this way. Time is...?

Bahulasva: Twenty to seven.

Prabhupada: In Bhagavatam everything has been described.

Dr. Judah: Yes, I received the first part of the Srimad-Bhagavatam that you translated and sent to me, for which I again thank you. I brought it with me to read on the plane. [break]

Dharmadhyaksa: ...true that now theologians are trying to make mathematical models to understand God?

Dr. Judah: Mathematical models?

Dharmadhyaksa: This Whitehead, that Alfred North Whitehead, in process theology?

Dr. Judah: Well, I don't know that that would quite be true. I don't know Whitehead really. But it is a... I don't know whether that could be said to be true or not. I really don't know. [break]

Jayadvaita: ...that Altheiser spoke.

Dr. Judah: Oh, yes.

Jayadvaita: That God is, that slogan, "God is dead," that was started by a Christian theologian, Altheiser.

Dr. Judah: Yes, that philosophy of Altheiser's, and Hamilton and some of the others, so-called "death of God theology," of course, was a phase through which Christianity went through but I think has lost its, certainly, its efficacy at the present time. I think it's probably had an effect certainly on some, but I would not say that is characteristic of Christian theology today. In fact, I see a swinging back to a more conservative position. And, of course, as far as the people are concerned, there is this need for an experiential relationship with God, which has gone through all of the churches and which is called the charismatic renewal, and this has been very influential in many of the churches.

Jayadvaita: But he was trying to say that because God is dead, now we have to revive our relationship with Christ. And then he equated that that everyone is, that means we have to have a relationship with all the human beings.

Dr. Judah: Yes. It is put on a, certainly, on a more humanistic scheme.

Jayadvaita: And now people want to know Krsna.

Dr. Judah: Yes.

Revatinandana: Did they actually seriously think that the Father was dead?

Dr. Judah: Yes. [break]

Prabhupada: ...dead, then what kind of God he is?

Dr. Judah: Yeah. He wouldn't be any.

Prabhupada: If the God dies and ordinary animal also dies...

Dr. Judah: Yes, it was what they called "atheistic Christianity." (laughter) But as I say, I do not feel that this is representative of Christianity today. And I think that the very fact that this "death of God theology" did become so popular at one particular period is one of the particular reasons why more people have wanted, then have rejected this and have wanted to find some experience of God, find it in their lives to prove, as it were, that He does exist. I think this has been certainly one of the instruments that has caused people to try to seek the reality of God in various ways. In Sufism, I know, in Berkeley they're seeking God, and in the Vedanta and in many other of the different movements, some of them from India and some of them from Japan, particularly in the case of Zen Buddhism which has become very popular. And then, of course, there's always the Sokagaktii(?) in the Bay area which also is very influential among many of the university students, and which, of course, does chanting also. It's a form of bhakti in Buddhism.

Prabhupada: Actually, nobody has got clear idea of God. This is the difficulty. Nobody knows. We can challenge them. Nobody knows what is God. We can challenge. [break] (in car)

Dr. Judah: ...o'clock this morning.

Prabhupada: Yes, everyone rises at three o'clock.

Dr. Judah: I had an interesting dream last night, and after dreaming it, I woke up and stayed awake until I got up, until I was called at five. The dream was... It seems to be a mixture of the events that occurred last night. I was in a temple and doing kirtana with a number of devotees, and in the middle of the kirtana, a little child crawled in on the floor into the temple, and we all stopped and talked to the little child. And I'm reminded... And I thought, "Now what does this mean?" And I remember then. I was talking with Dharma just before I went to bed, and there was this little child that came in from next door there, and so he, we gave him some prasadam, and so I feel that this all got mixed together in this dream.

Prabhupada: Dream means some mixed ideas.

Dr. Judah: Yeah. Yes. An interesting mixture of things.

Jayatirtha: Prabhupada gives the example that during the day you may see gold and you may see a mountain. So at night you dream of a golden mountain. [break]

Dr. Judah: ...devotees, I think a long time, haven't you?

Jayatirtha: Yes, Brahmananda was one of the original...

Dr. Judah: I've seen his picture so often times in the Back to God magazine playing the mrdanga drum.

Jayatirtha: What is it, ten years, Brahmananda? Or nine years?

Brahmananda: Well, '66. August '66.

Dr. Judah: August '66. You are one of the very earliest.

Prabhupada: Actually, I began this movement from July '66. I came in '65 but I could not do anything. I was loitering here and there. Actually, I began my preaching work from '66, June, July, I think, yes.

Dr. Judah: You must have been one of the hippies he converted there in Tompkins Park then.

Brahmananda: Well, I wasn't quite a hippie. (laughter) There weren't hippies at that time. It was just beginning. So I had been to the university. I graduated NYU. But I'd been to India.

Dr. Judah: You had been to India?

Brahmananda: Yes. I was planning on going back also. I wanted to take a further degree. I was applying for a Fulbright.

Dr. Judah: I see. [break]

Prabhupada: ...by simply inquiring about Krsna, you have become Krsnaized.

Dr. Judah: Yes, I think, yes.

Prabhupada: Because several times you had to utter the word Krsna.

Dr. Judah: Krsna has been certainly a great influence in my life, the chanting and being with the devotees. It has been a transforming thing.

Brahmananda: I was looking at your book last evening. I thought it was very nice.

Dr. Judah: Thank you.

Brahmananda: It's very scholarly and scientific and at the same time sympathetic. So I think it will make everyone happy.

Dr. Judah: Yes. I hope so. I dedicated it to the devotees and to their parents.

Brahmananda: Yes. To breach the gap, yoga. (laughter)

Dr. Judah: It might help some reconciliations in some cases.

Jayatirtha: That's a good idea for devotees to give to their parents. [break]

Dr. Judah: ...it has many imperfections of which I am well aware. Mistakes that I hope in another edition can be corrected.

Prabhupada: But many parents are very happy because their...

Dr. Judah: Yes.

Prabhupada: They are very happy. Some of them come to me to give me thanks.

Dr. Judah: Yes, I'm sure that is the case.

Brahmananda: We've had recently just some of our devotees... There was one boy, senior man, he left the movement for awhile, and his mother told him to go back.

Dr. Judah: She did?

Brahmananda: Yes. Now he is back, and he is very thankful to his mother.

Dr. Judah: That's interesting.

Jayatirtha: She said, "When you were in the movement, you were a very nice boy, soft spoken, didn't have any bad habits. Now you've left and you've become a debaucher, drunkard. You should go back." [break]

Dr. Judah: I understand that Kesava, who phoned me last week in Berkeley, that his brother Karandhara is over in Iran now and working as some kind of an accountancy agency for the Iranian government, and...

Brahmananda: They work on contracts.

Dr. Judah: On the contracts.

Jayatirtha: One of our members there is a partner in Arthur Young and Company.

Dr. Judah: Of which?

Jayatirtha: Arthur Young. It's a big accounting firm. So he's one of our elder devotees and he's manager of the firm there. Karandhara went there to work with him. [break] ...article, Brahmananda Maharaja?

Brahmananda: Which article?

Jayatirtha: That one that Karandhara sent.

Brahmananda: Yes. (end)

 
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