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Because people have been spoiled all over the world by being misguided by the so-called leaders. Therefore varnasrama college is required

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"Because people have been spoiled all over the world, but . . . being misguided by the so-called leaders. Therefore varṇāśrama college is required"

Conversations and Morning Walks

1974 Conversations and Morning Walks

Because people have been spoiled all over the world by being misguided by the so-called leaders. Therefore varṇāśrama college is required. Hare Kṛṣṇa.


Morning Walk 'Varnasrama College' -- March 14, 1974, Vrndavana:

Satsvarūpa: For the public in general?

Prabhupāda: Eh? Yes. Anyone. Just like engineering college is open for anyone. He must be ready to take up the training. Similarly, this varṇāśrama college, he must be ready, the student must be ready to take up the training.

Hṛdayānanda: Would it be for a particular age group?

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Hṛdayānanda: For a particular age group?

Prabhupāda: Yes, any education, from childhood. Yes. Education means from childhood. (aside) Hare Kṛṣṇa. Kaumāra ācaret prājño dharmān bhāgavatān iha (SB 7.6.1). The . . . how . . . we are getting so many sannyāsīs, they should teach. Teaching should be done by the sannyāsīs. Just like in missionary school, the Fathers teaches.

Hṛdayānanda: How would it be different than gurukula?

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Hṛdayānanda: How would it differ from gurukula?

Prabhupāda: Gurukula is only for the small children. Preliminary, primary. And when the children are grown up, they should be sent to the varṇāśrama school or college for further developed training.

Hṛdayānanda: They should . . . should they be taught also some . . . should there also be teaching in some particular skill or varṇa? Such as, say . . .

Prabhupāda: No.

Hṛdayānanda: Say, for example, someone was a, a kṣatriya by inclination, or a . . .?

Prabhupāda: No, inclination can be changed also. If one has got little ad . . . but we should take little advantage of the inclination. Not that . . . that is to be decided by the . . . inclination or no inclination, we can . . . that will be done. That is not very difficult. This is a most important item. Because people have been spoiled all over the world, but . . . being misguided by the so-called leaders. Therefore varṇāśrama college is required. Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Hṛdayānanda: But Prabhupāda, I'm still not quite clear. In other words, we'd teach, for example, like Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

Prabhupāda: Yes. (aside) Hare Kṛṣṇa. Jaya. Eh?

Hṛdayānanda: How much would be expected of the students as far as . . .? Would they live with us and follow the four principles? Like that? Or just come for classes or . . .?

Prabhupāda: Yes. Come to classes you won't get, because nobody has got any taste for such thing. A boarding school or boarding college would . . .

Hṛdayānanda: Boarding school.

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Hṛdayānanda: And there should . . . should there be any material subject matters taught, like in gurukula?

Prabhupāda: Yes. Just like material subject matter, kṣatriya, or the Brahmins, kṣatriya, Vyasadeva has described in the Bhagavad-gītā, what are the symptoms of brāhmaṇa, what is the symptoms of kṣatriya. The kṣatriyas should be taught how to fight also. There will be military training. There will be training how to kill.

Hṛdayānanda: Oh.

Prabhupāda: Yes. And vaiśyas should be trained how to give protection to the cows, how to till the field and grow food. Practical.

Nitāi: Taught business also?

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Nitāi: The vaiśyas?

Prabhupāda: Business, this rascal business, no.

Nitāi: No?

Prabhupāda: Business means if you have got extra grains or extra foodstuff, you can sell sity, there is want. That is business. We are not going to open mills and factories and . . . where there is nec No. We are not going to do that. That is śūdra business. The real business is that you produce enough food grains, as much as possible, and you eat and distribute. That's all. This is business. He does not require any so high technical education. Anyone can till the ground and grow food. Huh? Is it difficult? This is the business. The first thing is that everyone, man and animal, especially the cows, they must be properly fed so become very stout and strong. Cows will supply milk, and man will work hard, without being suffered by dysentery. He must work hard. Any capacity. Work as a teacher or work as a kṣatriya, work as a ploughman. Or work as general assistant. He must work. Everyone should be employed. And his employment will be provided from any of these groups, according to his capacity. Either as a brāhmaṇa, or as a kṣatriya, or as a vaiśya, or as a śūdra.

Hṛdayānanda: What kind of training is there for a śūdra?

Prabhupāda: Śūdra is general assistant.

Hṛdayānanda: Oh, just . . .

Prabhupāda: Order-carrier. He has no intelligence. He doesn't require intelligence. "Do this," that's all.

Satsvarūpa: What would he learn in the school, though?

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Satsvarūpa: What would his business be at that varṇāśrama college?

Prabhupāda: Yes. That is also training, to become obedient. Because people are not obedient. What are these hippies? They are not obedient. So obedience also require training. If you have no intelligence, if you cannot do anything independently, just be obedient to the other, higher three classes. That is śūdra. He must agree to abide by the orders of brāhmaṇa, kṣatriyas, vaiśya. That's all. So that nobody will be unemployed. Everyone should be trained up to sleep six to eight hours and attend meeting, chant, and ārātrika. And balance—he must work hard. Not that sleeping unlimitedly, there is no limit.