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Our Whole Society Is Hearing From These Books - Prabhupada 0193

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Dr. P. J. Saher: Will you please be so kind as to further elucidate your technique of the... One chants the name of God, and will you please be so kind as to elucidate further, in some particular way, or what comes... (German) What should be done in addition to that or how it is, how it is formulated in that, in that total, in that complete system of your reverent teachings? Prabhupāda: Yes. This is the bhakti-mārga, means, the first thing is śravaṇam, hearing. Just like these books are being written to give chance people to hear. That is first business. If we don't hear about God we simply imagine something. No. We must hear about God. We are publishing eighty books like this, simply to hear about God. Then when you hear perfectly then you can describe to others. That is called kīrtanam. Śravaṇam, kīrtanam. And when the process goes on hearing and chanting or describing, kīrtanam means describing. Just like our, this whole society is hearing from these books and they're going out to describe. This is called kīrtana. Then by these two process, hearing and chanting, you remember, smaraṇam. That means remembering, you always associate with God. Dr. P. J. Saher: So at all times, "Remember Me." Prabhupāda: Yes. Yes. Śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ smaraṇaṁ pāda-sevanam (SB 7.5.23). Then worshiping the Deity, to offer flowers to the lotus feet of the Lord, to garland, to dress, pāda-sevanam, arcanaṁ vandanam, offer prayer, dāsyam, serve. In this way, there are nine different processes. Dr. P. J. Saher: We have a similar thing in the Christian, parallel to... (German). Prabhupāda: Yes. Christian method, the offering prayer. That is bhakti, that is bhakti. (German) Kali-yuga means fight. Nobody is interested to understand the truth, but they'll simply fight. "In my opinion, this." I say, "My opinion, this." You say, "His opinion." So many foolish opinions and fight within themselves. This is the age. No standard opinion. Everyone has got his own opinion. Therefore there must be fighting. Everyone says, "I think like this." So what is your value, your thinking like that? That is Kali-yuga. Because you have no standard knowledge. If a child says the father, "In my opinion, you should do like this." Is that opinion to be taken? If he does not know the thing, how he can give his opinion? But here, in this age, everyone is prepared with his own opinion. Therefore it is fight, quarrel. Just like the United Nation, all the big men go there to become united, but they're increasing flags. That's all. Fighting, it is a society of fighting only. The Pakistan, the Hindustan, the American, the Vietnam. It was meant for unity but it is rendered into fighting association. That's all. Everything. Because everyone is imperfect, anyone should give his perfect knowledge. German Lady: Do you mean the Kali-yuga exists all the time? Prabhupāda: No. This is the period when foolish men have developed (break)... instead of making solution the fighting increasing. Because they have no standard knowledge. Therefore this Brahma-sūtra says that you should be eager to inquire about the Absolute Truth. Athāto brahma jijñāsā. Now the answer, next quote is, that Brahman, or the Absolute Truth is that from which, or from Whom, everything has come. Athāto brahma jijñāsā, janmādy asya yataḥ (SB 1.1.1). Now you find out where is the... Everyone is trying to find out what is the ultimate cause. That should be the aim. That if you follow these philosophical quotes then your fighting will stop. You'll be sober. This verse also Tattva jijñāsā. Tattva jijñāsā means to inquire about the Absolute Truth. Sit down, because there should be a class of men, very intelligent class of men in the society, who are discussing about the Absolute Truth, and they will inform others, "This is Absolute Truth, my dear friends, my dear..." You do it like this. That is wanted. But here everyone is absolute truth. That is fighting.

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Duration: 7 minutes and 1 second
Country: Germany
Language: English
Producer: Vanipedia.org
Director: Vanimedia.org
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Posted by: vanimedia on Jun 28, 2013

Prabhupada speaks during a Room Conversation in Germany on June 19, 1974

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