How to live in this world while chanting Hare Krishna - Part 1
The following is a very informative conversation on a morning walk in Rome, Italy with Srila Prabhupada about a very important topic - HOW SHOULD THE DEVOTEES LIVE IN THE WORLD WHILE THEY CHANT HARE KRISHNA?
We will go down through it making comments at various places...
Conversations, May 27, 1974, Rome
Prabhupada: So we can discuss some of the problems, about the problems. Discuss what are the problems.
Bhagavan: Now? We shall discuss now?
Prabhupada: Yes. We are going to solve all problems. Let us have some preliminary discussion, how we are going to solve.
[Here the jagat guru Srila Prabhupada, the Lord’s own personal Ambassador for this age, is now telling us to ask him questions about how to solve all of one’s problems. He will answer them all]
Bhagavan: The biggest problem now is that they have built up a type of society in which their needs are all coming from petrol energy. To produce what they need today is all coming from this petrol energy...
Prabhupada: Yes, yes.
Bhagavan: ...which they are importing basically from the Saudi Arabian countries.
Bhagavan: Now, recently, in the last war in the Middle East, Saudi Arabians raised the price of the oil over double now, I think, as a pressure to the western countries to do things in their favor. Now they realized that the market for oil is in such great demand that they don't have to lower the price after the war, but they are going to keep the price. And actually the price is still increasing. So this is causing inflation.
Prabhupada: So this problem will be solved as soon as we are localized.
[here Srila Prabhupada tells us all, especially anyone who owns and drives a gas guzzling car, has a house heated with oil, uses electricity, or in any way utilizes products made from oil - how to get rid of all those bills which keep on getting higher and higher]
Petrol is required for transport, but if you are localized, there is no question of transport. You don't require petrol. Suppose in New Vrindaban, we stay, we don't go anywhere.
[What a novel concept - no need to go anywhere! That "need" is fueled by raja guna. When one is even a little bit self-satisfied, he doesn't feel this need to always have to have something happening, or go somewhere]