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Generally the people in pilgrimages like Vrndavana, they have taken this religiousness as a profession to earn money, just like other businessmen do. That is cheating

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Conversations and Morning Walks

1972 Conversations and Morning Walks

You know the meaning of satyam? Satyam means truth. The first quality is he is truthful. Satyaṁ śaucam ārjavam āstikyaṁ jñānaṁ vijñānam. The beginning is satyam. Generally the people in pilgrimages like Vṛndāvana, they have taken this religiousness as a profession to earn money, just like other businessmen do. That is cheating.


Room Conversation -- October 27, 1972, Vrndavana:

Prabhupāda: Otherwise, Bon Mahārāja was deputed, but he wanted to cheat. He thought that, "I shall go to England and become . . . when I come back, I shall advertise myself, 'I have preached in this way and that way and that way' and exploit." Just like Vivekananda did. They are all cheaters. Vivekananda had no knowledge even to . . . what is to give. He was such a rascal. And he went to America and he picked up three women, that's all.

That is his achievement. One Sister Nivedita, his private secretary. That's all. This is all cheating. If you do not know . . . they go for wine and women, that's all. All these svāmīs, they are going now these days. Saccidananda, that long-haired man, he is also being sued for something. Who was telling me?

Gurudāsa: That Devarṣa, boy.

Prabhupāda: Yes. So this cheating process is going on. But you cannot cheat Kṛṣṇa or māyā. That is not possible. This is gosvāmī, that is . . . I have explained this fact. To these sahajiyās. Don't make compromise that, "Somehow or other I'll chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, everything will be done." Daivī hy eṣā guṇamayī mama māyā duratyayā (BG 7.14). Duratyayā: it is very difficult to surmount the laws of nature. So how is that cheat? Just like laws of nature are so strict, if you eat more, immediately you get indigestion. So how you can cheat? You can experience. Nature's law is working.

Therefore, to become brāhmin means satyam. You know the meaning of satyam? Satyam means truth. The first quality is truth. Satyaṁ śaucam ārjavam āstikyaṁ jñānaṁ vijñānam. The beginning is satyam.

Generally, the people in pilgrimages like Vṛndāvana and other, they have taken this religiousness as a profession to earn money, just like other businessmen do. That is cheating. Generally they do so. (pause) In Los Angeles they are keeping the standard given by . . . (indistinct) . . . at every āratik at the morning, at least 150 men there. Even though I am not present, by system, by kīrtana, dancing, offering Deity worship nicely, people are coming, of . . . (indistinct)

So we have to maintain the standard very strictly. Otherwise it will again become Rādhā-Dāmodara temple and Bharatpur Mahārāja become. You will have to find out some customer to sell it. What is the use of starting temple if you do not do it properly? Why should you waste your energy? Better travel and preach. Don't take the risk of starting big, big temple. As soon as the energy is gone, there will be trouble.