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Whatever abominable characteristics we have developed, if we want to counteract it, we have to take to bhakti-yoga only. Anartha. Anartha. We have developed so many anartha. We don't require it, but we have developed all these symptoms

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Whatever abominable characteristics we have developed, if we want to counteract it, we have to take to bhakti-yoga only. Anartha. Anartha. We have developed so many anartha. We don't require it, but we have developed all these symptoms. So anartha upaśamam. So if you want to cut down these anarthas, then bhakti-yogam adhokṣaje—you have to accept this bhakti-yoga principle to the adhoksaja.


Lecture on SB 6.1.22 -- Indore, December 13, 1970:

Prabhupāda: Whatever abominable characteristics we have developed, if we want to counteract it, we have to take to bhakti-yoga only. Anartha. Anartha. We have developed so many anartha. We don't require it, but we have developed all these symptoms. So anartha upaśamam. So if you want to cut down these anarthas, then bhakti-yogam adhokṣaje—you have to accept this bhakti-yoga principle to the adhoksaja.

Lokasya ajānato: "These rascal men, they do not know it." Therefore vidvāṁś cakre sātvata-saṁhitā: "The most learned Vyāsadeva compiled this Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam." And they do not take care of Bhāgavata. They do not take care of Bhagavad-gītā. They take care of a book written by some rascal leaders. That's all. The aim of that book is to kill Kṛṣṇa. That's all.

So how you can improve? It is not possible. If they actually want improvement, not only this country or that country, whole world to world, one has to take this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement; otherwise it is doomed. So we are giving the best service to the human society—Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

(aside) You came yesterday? No. This gentleman? Yes? No, you are coming first?

Indian man: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: So that boy, he was to immediately offer his service to join us. (laughs) "We can join you if you flatter me. Whatever I know, if you accept, that's all. Then I can. And if you say something against my conviction, oh, then I am not going to join." But here the process is, first is, you first surrender. Whatever you know, nonsense, you give it up. First of all become blank slate.

So I was told by some authority, a very responsible man, that in Germany there are musical institution, so when a student who goes there who knows something about musical art, he is charged more. Is it a fact?

Guest: I don't know.

Prabhupāda: He is charged more. He is charged more because extra endeavor has to be done to make him forget what nonsense he has learned. (laughter) Because his learning is all nonsense, so one has to take . . . just like so many people come. I have to talk so many hours to forget, to make him forget what nonsense he has learned. So he should be charged more, this student.

And one who comes as blank slate . . . they have accepted Kṛṣṇa consciousness because they are blank slates. And in India, they think that they have learned so many things. Yes. They have learned from Radhakrishnan, they have learned from Aurobindo, they have learned from Vivekananda, the Ramakrishna, this, that, so many nonsense—except Kṛṣṇa. They have learned everything from so many nonsense except Kṛṣṇa. Now here there is so much advertisement of Ramakrishna . . . just see these American boys, they do not know even the name of Ramakrishna in America.

Guest (5): But there are . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: Huh? But ask them. They do not know even. He might have gone to Chicago. That's all right. But what is his influence there? But here it is advertised, "Oh, Ramakrishna went to America. Vivekananda went to . . ."

Devotee: There was no temple like that in Chicago, Prabhupāda.

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Devotee: There was no temple like that in Chicago.

Prabhupāda: No.

Devotee: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: They never heard of the Ramakrishna. And here . . . just like homeopathics. They advertise, "American homeopathics." But there is not a single shop of homeopathic medicine in America. Not a single shop. And this is going on. All these bogus homeopathic practitioners, they write, "American homeopathic medicine," and so on, so on.

They do not allow this homeopathic medicine as bona fide practice. They are not so foolish that you will give water and it will be accepted as medicine. There you cannot ask even any medicine directly from the drug shop without doctor's prescription. If you go, offering to a medical drug shop, and "Give me this medicine," no, he'll not do that. "Bring doctor's prescription." That is law.

Guest (5): He can't do that.

Prabhupāda: Eh? No, you cannot directly take supply of the medicine without doctor's prescription. So, so many things are going on, bogus.