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Prabhupada on Viruses (New Quote)

There have been a few quotes of Srila Prabhupada related to vaccines and modern medical science circulating lately, but we have not seen this one yet on any website. Srila Prabhupada explains the principle of Ayurveda, where the germs are not the cause of a disease, but its after effect. Something to think about it in our present situation.

Devotee: Sometimes infections the germs are attacking the body. [indistinct] various tiny germs are attacking the body.

Prabhupada: Ah.

Devotee: Is that really what is taking place -- germs are attacking the body? [indistinct] [break]

Prabhupada: Ayurvedic principles, the germ is not attack. When you go... When you develop a certain type of disease the germs grows and disease becomes visible when your internal function are not in order. The example is just like if you make a place filthy you'll find so many germs in place.

Devotee: Yes.

Prabhupada: ...not the germs are coming and make it filthy.

Svarupa Damodara: Well the germs are already there but they find a suitable food in to grow in a...

Prabhupada: Just like in a bed, bed bugs they do not come outside you keep your bed unclean and you perspire by contact the bugs will come.

Devotee: Yes.

Prabhupada: So the conclusion is germs do not attack but if you make the condition favourable the germs will grow. They do not know hygienic principles the doctors, they do not advise their patients hygienic principles. The germs are growing, they are seeing that, "oh the germs are infecting." That is another foolishness.

Devotee: The disease is due that nothing is clean?

Prabhupada: Ah yes. Therefore in the Western countries so many diseases.

Devotee: Yes.

Prabhupada: That is very very unclean. In India you won't find so many diseases. They take... Use sufficient water -- three times taking bath, washing their cloth, washing the floor everything hygienic, cleaning it.

Devotee: Then the germs won't come there?

Prabhupada: No. As soon as you keep things unclean, you'll find cockroaches, this germ that germ. But if you keep very clean everything, flies cockroaches they will not come.

[Car doors closing]

asaucam neti caracarahna vidhu asritah bhutana[?], so they are keeping these dogs eh? So that is another source of growing so many germs disease.

Devotee: Dogs.

Prabhupada: But they keep the dog on the bed.

Devotee: Yeah.

Prabhupada: Their best friend [laughs].

Svarupa Damodara: In our home we are not allowed to touch the dog.

Prabhupada: No.

Svarupa Damodara: Or outside the house.

Prabhupada: Yes the dog cannot enter in the house, [indistinct], what to speak of... he must [indistinct].

Svarupa Damodara: The medical doctors say that inside the body there is a white blood corpuscles are the defensive mechanisms so when some germ develops they say the white blood corpuscles is not good enough or is not enough to defend the coming germs. So that is why the disease attacks.

Prabhupada: Yes they will say something because you have [indistinct], to satisfy you, and you have to be satisfied because you cannot [indistinct].

Devotee: If you ask them they say they do not know, we do not have the patience.

Svarupa Damodara: But the common people believe these things, everybody that's why the...

Prabhupada: The common people are rascals. They are called sudras, sudra means rascal less intelligent. Janmana jayate sudrah, everyone is born a sudra he [indistinct]. We are introducing this reformatory method to make them into brahmanas. Otherwise everyone is sudra.

Svarupa Damodara: Everyone in this country Srila Prabhupada there is, there is some sort of health insurance. Some sort of health insurance, almost everybody so that means they put some money.

Prabhupada: Yes. To pay the doctors and hospital care, hospitalisation. Because they know that their science will not be able to keep them healthy, in spite of all talks by the scientists he has to be assured of his treatment by paying money.

Svarupa Damodara: But nobody came to save my money.

Prabhupada: At least they think like that. If money is my [indistinct] if you have got money then you have everything. Money means a few scrap paper that's all. That is also another cheating, I am paying you a $100 it is just scraps of paper [indistinct], "oh I've got big amount [indistinct]" but that is not dollar that's paper. And it is understood that in exchange of this paper you can get gold but you'll never get gold. That is a permanent cheating.

Morning Walk – September 26, 1972, Los Angeles

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