Prabhupāda: So Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is so nice that anyone, from any lowest position, can be elevated to the highest position of Vaiṣṇava, transcendental position, paramahaṁsa position, provided he agrees to the principle, vyapāśritya, māṁ hi pārtha vyapāśritya, visesana atītya, by the particular ways and means. So actually we are seeing, we are prescribing very simple thing: chant sixteen rounds, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare. It is very easy.
If you spare only two hour . . . if you become accustomed, it takes one and a half hour. So you have got at your disposal twenty-four hours. So you sleep eight hours and do your work eight hour in the office or business—sixteen hour. And four hours for your taking bath or eating. So twenty hour. Still you have got four hour. Can you not spare two hours for chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa?
But they are lazy and unfortunate. You see? That is it. Quarrelsome: they will quarrel, they will fight. "Why shall I chant Hare Kṛṣṇa?" This is quarrelsome. And lazy. They cannot spare. They will go to the cinema, they will go to rascal club, these are the . . . but chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa they have no time. Lazy. Lazy and misguided. They do not take to this because they are misguided. They have got some so-called guide, guru. They will not take this simple . . . misguided, and why, in spite of this opportunity that simply by chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra one comes to the transcendental platform? So simple thing, but still they do not take to it. Why? Unlucky. Just like unlucky man, if you offer him something, "Take this millions of dollar," somehow or other he will refuse it. Unlucky and, above all, always disturbed.
So this is the condition of the present age. The people are embarrassed, practically. So many. Yesterday I was reading that book, written by one, what is his name, the gentleman came?
Devotee: . . . (indistinct)
Prabhupāda: He has admitted in there that people are so much embarrassed in spite of so-called economic development and fancy living, but they are embarrassed. This is the position, unlucky and embarrassed, disturbed. Therefore, at the same time this human life is meant for self-realization, so . . . and in this embarrassed condition you cannot take to any serious method of self-realization—karma, jñāna, yoga.
There are different methods, karma, jñāna, yoga, bhakti. So out of all these processes, bhakti is transcendental. Generally karma, jñāna, yoga, that is the processes to elevate oneself from these material conditions. So śāstra says that you cannot perform the karma-kāṇḍīya activities, sacrificing great yajñas. That is not possible. You cannot meditate peacefully. That is also not possible. Karma, jñāna, and you cannot simply speculate, because your brain is so dull that higher thoughts, you cannot accommodate.
So the only means of self-realization recommended in the śāstra: harer nāma harer nāma harer nāma (CC Adi 17.21), three times. Three times means if somebody presents that "I shall elevate myself by the karma-kāṇḍīya function," so the śāstra says, "No! Harer nāma." If you say that "I shall make myself perfect by empiric . . . advancement of empiric knowledge," śāstra says, "No! Harer nāma" . . . (indistinct)
If you say: "I shall make myself perfect by mystic yoga practice," śāstra says, "No!" because these things we'll not be able. Your qualification is that you are lazy, quarrelsome, unlucky, disturbed, so these things will not be possible. Therefore three times harer nāma harer nāma harer nāmaiva, eva, only, kevalam. There is no other alternative. Then next line, kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva nāsty eva gatir anyathā. Because this age is so polluted there is no other, alternative method. Nāsty eva. Nāsty means that there is nothing like this, nothing like this.
So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is scientific, authorized according to the Vedic sanction. So this process in this age should be accepted by the intelligent men. Then?
Pradyumna: Purport: "The devotees of the Lord are always anxious for the spiritual improvement of the general public. When the sages of Naimiṣāraṇya analyzed the state of affairs of the people in this age of Kali, they foresaw that men would live short lives. In Kali-yuga, the duration of life is shortened not so much because of insufficient food, but because of irregular habits. By keeping regular habits and eating simple food, any man can maintain his health. Overeating, over–sense-gratification, overdependence on another's mercy, and artificial standards of living sap the very vitality of human energy. Therefore the duration of life is shortened."
Prabhupāda: Yes. Our vitality . . . the present mode of living is reducing the vitality. Actually we can see your father, your forefathers, grandfather, as they were tall, as they were stout. You might have seen their picture. Your stature is not like that. Everyone. This is, when the vitality is reduced, the status of the body, strength of the body, is also reduced. So because we are accustomed to so many malpractices, so vitality is reducing. The span of life is reducing. That you do not know.