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Our Religion Does Not Say Asceticism. Our Religion Teaches to Love God - Prabhupada 1029

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Our Religion Does Not Say Asceticism. Our Religion Teaches to Love God Reporter: (break) ...special servant of God. Prabhupāda: I'm always servant of God, it is for you to recognize, that's all. I'm always servant of God, but it is for you to recognize. Reporter: Have you any idea how much money the sect makes every year? Prabhupāda: We can spend all the money of the world. (laughter) Devotees: Haribol! Prabhupāda: Unfortunately, you do not give us the money. Devotees: Haribol! (laughter) Reporter: What... how do you spend, your Grace?. Prabhupāda: We are spending at least, at the present moment, eight hundred thousand dollars per month. Reporter: On what, Your Grace? Prabhupāda: On this propaganda, all over the world. And we are selling our books, not less than forty thousand dollars per month. Reporter: Do you like to work? Prabhupāda: Yes. What's that? Madhudviṣa: She wants to know if we like to work. Prabhupāda: We are working, more than you—twenty-four hours in the old age I am traveling all over the world. Devotee: Haribol! Reporter: But don’t you get a lot of your money from begging? Prabhupāda: No, no. First of all you see. Working—you cannot work more than us, because I am an old man, seventy-nine years old, and I am traveling always, all over the world, twice, thrice in a year. You cannot work so much, at least. Devotees: Haribol! Prabhupāda. Madhudviṣa: Just one more question please. Yes. Reporter: Your Grace, your religion is a very ascetic one. Will you be living ascetically in Melbourne? We’re told you’ll be taken away in a Rolls Royce. Prabhupāda: Our religion does not say asceticism. Our religion teaches to love God. You can love God in this dress. There is no harm. Reporter: But it is a self-denying religion, isn’t it?” Prabhupāda: It is not self-denying. We are using everything, why self-denying? We simply use whatever absolutely necessary, that’s all. Reporter: But how do you justify trappings like a Rolls Royce and a very expensive house to live in? Prabhupāda: No, we don't want Rolls Royce, we can walk. But if you offer Rolls Royce, I have no objection. Reporter: Wouldn’t it be better that you were traveling in a lot smaller car, less pretentious? Prabhupāda: Why? If you give me a Rolls Royce to travel, why shall I refuse it? It is my favor upon you, I accept this. Reporter: Your Grace, would you tell us briefly how you founded the Hare Krishna in America. Prabhupāda: Well, at least whole world is now chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. Wherever you go they chant Hare Kṛṣṇa.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 39 seconds
Year: 1974
Country: Australia
Language: English
Producer: Vanipedia
Director: Vanimedia
Views: 74
Posted by: vanimedia on Jan 12, 2015

Prabhupada speaks during an Arrival Conversation with Reporters in Melbourne on June 25, 1974

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