PRABHUPADA’s QUOTE OF THE DAY and literary expertise. SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM 7.13.25 and 7.13. 29 respectively.

Our Krsna consciousness movement is therefore the highest movement for the benediction of human society because this movement is teaching people how to go back home, back to Godhead. In Bhagavad-gita (13.22) it is clearly stated that different forms of life are obtained by association with the three modes of material nature (karanam guna-sango ‘sya sad-asad-yoni janmasu). According to one’s association with the material qualities of goodness, passion and ignorance in this life, in one’s next life one receives an appropriate body. Modern civilization does not know that because of varied associations in material nature, the living entity, although eternal, is placed in different diseased conditions known as the many species of life. Modern civilization is unaware of the laws of nature.

prakrteh kriyamanani
gunaih karmani sarvasah
kartaham iti manyate

“The bewildered spirit soul, under the influence of the three modes of material nature, thinks himself the performer of activities that are in actuality carried out by nature.” (Bg. 3.27) Every living entity is under the full control of the stringent laws of material nature, but rascals think themselves independent. Actually, however, they cannot be independent. This is foolishness. A foolish civilization is extremely risky, and therefore the Krsna consciousness movement is trying to make people aware of their fully dependent condition under the stringent laws of nature and is trying to save them from being victimized by strong maya, which is Krsna’s external energy. Behind the material laws is the supreme controller, Krsna (mayadhyaksena prakrtih suyate sacaracaram [Bg. 9.10]). Therefore if one surrenders unto Krsna (mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te [Bg. 7.14]), one may immediately be freed from the control of external nature (sa gunan samatityaitan brahma-bhuyaya kalpate [Bg. 14.26]). This should be the aim of life.”

Because it deals with the true and common essentials of life that God, Krishna, is a reality and that every living being is part and parcel of Krishna just as the drop of ocean water is part and parcel of the ocean, Srila Prabhupada’s Vani can and will give shelter to the whole world. It is only a matter of advertisement or to use a more Vaishya expression: it is only a matter of marketing. Srila Prabhupada has kindly given us the goods. Now it is a matter of convincing others only.

We also note that on such occasions, Srila Prabhupada uses the expression “our Krishna consciousness movement.” He does not say our “International Society for Krishna consciousness,” which means that the Krishna consciousness movement is larger than the mere ISKCON and includes ISKCON in any case. It also means that in all cases, Srila Prabhupada is the seed and initiator of the modern Krishna consciousness movement.

Srila Prabhupada literary expertise.

In SB 7.13.29 we find:

“The life, or the spiritual soul, is compared herein to water, from which clumps of matter grow in the form of grass. One who is ignorant of scientific knowledge of the spirit soul does not look inside the body to find happiness in the soul; instead, he goes outside to search for happiness, just as a deer without knowledge of the water beneath the grass goes out to the desert to find water.”

“Clumps of matter”sounds like “chunks of matter” or “lumps of matter” or some other vague, collective, all-encompassing expression. But the dictionary confirms that “clump” is precisely the word needed here as follows:

clump | klʌmp | noun 1 a small group of trees or plants growing closely together: a clump of ferns. • a small, compact group of people: they sat on the wall in clumps of two and three. • a compacted mass or lump of something: clumps of earth. • Physiology an agglutinated mass of blood cells or bacteria, especially as an indicator of the presence of an antibody to them. 

One has to be quite a sharp observer of the world, as well as an expert linguist to use precisely the right word in every situation, just as Srila Prabhupada is practicing.

It also confirms that Srila Prabhupada is my superior and Guru because even though I have been reading Him for 50 years, He is still teaching me new English vocabulary. I offer my prostrated obeisances (dandavats) at His holy feet. Jai Srila Prabhupada!

Another significant expression here is “the scientific knowledge of the spirit soul.” Krishna consciousness is not sentimental speculation. It is just as scientific as physics or chemistry. It is so because ultimately it emanates from the Supreme. It emanates from the Manufacturer just as the owner’s car manual is produced by the vehicle manufacturer and is therefore considered reliable and scientific.

For “science”the dictionary gives:

“science | ˈsʌɪəns | noun [mass noun] the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment: the world of science and technology.”

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