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I Will Never Die - Prabhupada 0128

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Reporter: How many members in the United States? I'm told two thousand. Is that correct approximately? Prabhupāda: That they can say. Jayatīrtha: Well, our published figure is that worldwide membership is ten thousand. How much of that is in the United States isn't exactly broken down. Reporter: I did a story on this movement five years ago and the figure at that time was two thousand in the United States also. Prabhupāda: It is increasing. Reporter: It is increasing? Prabhupāda: Oh, yes. Definitely. Jayatīrtha: I said that the worldwide figure is ten thousand. Reporter: Yes, I understood. Could you tell me how old you are? Jayatīrtha: He wants to know your age, Śrīla Prabhupāda. Prabhupāda: I will, after one month I will be eighty. Reporter (2): Eighty? Prabhupāda: Eighty years old. Reporter: What will happen... Prabhupāda: I was born in 1896, now you can calculate. Reporter: What will happen to the movement in the United States when you die? Prabhupāda: I will never die. Devotees: Jaya! Hari bol! (laughter) Prabhupāda: I shall live for my books, and you will utilize. Reporter: Are you training a successor? Prabhupāda: Yes, my Guru Mahārāja is there. Where is my photo of Guru Mahārāja? I think... Here is. Reporter: Why does the Hare Kṛṣṇa movement not engage in social protest? Prabhupāda: We are the best social worker. People are fools and rascals. We are teaching them nice idea of God consciousness. We are the best social worker. We will stop all crimes. What is your social work? Producing hippies and criminals. That is not social work. Social work means the population must be very peaceful, wise, intelligent, God conscious, first-class man. That is social work. If you produce some fourth-class, fifth-class, tenth-class of men what is social work? We are producing that. Just see. Here is first-class man. They do not have any bad habit, illicit sex, intoxication, meat eating, or gambling. They are all young men. They are not addicted to all these things. This is social work. Bhaktadāsa: Śrīla Prabhupāda, they want to know what will be the political effect of the Hare Kṛṣṇa movement? Prabhupāda: Everything will be polished if Hare Kṛṣṇa movement is taken. Yasyāsti bhaktir bhagavaty akiñcanā sarvair guṇais tatra samāsate surāḥ (SB 5.18.12). If this God consciousness is spread, then everyone will be brilliantly qualified. And without God consciousness, the so-called education as we were discussing in the morning, there is no value in it. Simply they are talking. What is the subject matter we were talking? Bahulāśva: Psychology this morning. Prabhupāda: The result is the students are falling down from the tower in disappointment. And they are protected with glass. Bahulāśva: In the bell tower on Berkeley campus students in the 60's would jump from that tower to kill themselves. So they put glass there to stop the students from jumping. So Prabhupāda was explaining that is their education, that after getting their education, they have to jump to commit suicide. (laughter) Prabhupāda: This is not education. Vidyā dadhāti namratā. Educated means he is humble, gentle, sober, full of knowledge, practical application in life of knowledge, tolerant, control of the mind, control of the senses. That is education. What is this education? Reporter: Are you attempting to form a college? Prabhupāda: Yes, that is my next attempt, that we shall educate according to classification. First-class, second-class, third-class, up to fourth-class. And then fifth-class, sixth-class, that is automatically there. So first-class men, there must be, at least in the society, an ideal class of men, and that is one who is trained up for controlling the mind, controlling the senses, very clean, truthful, tolerant, simplicity, full of knowledge, practical application of knowledge in life and full faith in God. This is first-class man.

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Duration: 6 minutes and 33 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: vanimedia on Jun 15, 2013

Prabhupada speaks during a Press Conference in San Francisco on July 16, 1975

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