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Problems and What to Do?

In this conversation from 1975 Srila Prabhupada, the Hare Krishna founder explains the root of all problems in our society -the lack of Krsna consciousness.

Prabhupada: So America is blind, and we are lame. So let us get on the shoulder of the American blind and give him direction, and both will be benefited. The whole world will be benefited. The America, blind, he cannot see where he is going. (chuckles) And for want of money we cannot make progress. So let the Americans take on the shoulder this lame man, and I will give direction, "Go this way. Go this way." Everything will be all right. Andha-kanja-nyaya. [break] ...nice building, churches, there is no use. Take our direction. Everything will be all right. [break] ...take our direction, what is the loss on their part? Hmm? What is the possible loss? Why they will deny to take our direction? [break] (out of car:) Tell them about this andha-kanja-nyaya.

Jayatirtha: Prabhupada was talking about the fact that the western world is blind and India is lame for lack of money. But by a combination there is very good effect. So if the western world takes us on its shoulders...

Prabhupada: Especially America.

Jayatirtha: Especially America. On its shoulders then we can give, Prabhupada can give direction, and they can provide the resources. America will provide the resources, and we will provide the direction. [break]

Prabhupada: ...mayor and the police officers, through them, try to approach higher authorities. And what is that? We met yesterday?

Harikesa: The public relations?

Prabhupada: Ah, public relation. So convince them to..., the Americans should take this Krsna consciousness movement on the shoulder, and because the Americans are blind, we shall give them direction on the shoulder, "Go this way. Go this way." So blind and the lame man combined together will perform a great task. [break] ...blindly, simply accumulating money, but they do not know how to utilize the money. They should take direction, authorized direction from us, and then it will be very nice. [break] ...not these concocted "isms." This "ism," that "ism," that "ism." Because it is, andha yathandhair upaniyamanah. These all rascals are blind. They do not know how to direct. Na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum durasaya [SB 7.5.31]. They are trying to adjust the world affairs blindly. They do not know. So let us combine. Let them come forward, take direction from us. After all, your money, my money, your intelligence, my intelligence -- everything belongs to Krsna. Sarvasya caham hrdi sannivisthah [Bg. 15.15]. Krsna is giving intelligence. We must agree to take His good advice. Early morning till night, we are always thinking, "How people will be happy by Krsna consciousness?" And they are coming here for rowing boat. You see? How blind they are! The human life, so intelligent life, and they are utilizing for rowing boat. How blind they are! Not a single moment to be wasted and they are simply finding out, "How to waste time?" [break] "Crime, what to do?" "Hippies, what to do?" "Problems, what to do?" Why "What to do?" Here is a direction. Do like this." "No, sir, that I will not do."

Morning Walk -- July 8, 1975, Chicago

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