What Srila Prabhupada came to give
Posted on October 6, 2012
Filed under BVKS Sanga
When I was speaking in Berkeley University sometimes in the year 1966, one
Indian student stood up and he said, “Swamiji, what this Krsna consciousness
movement will do? We require now technology.” So I replied, “Yes. You are
after technology. So you are a beggar. I am not a beggar. I have come here
to give something. That is the difference. I have come here to give some
culture, and you have come to imitate the Western civilization by
technology. That is the difference. You’ll remain a beggar, I shall remain a
giver. That is the difference.” So still I am maintaining that position of
giving, not taking. Before me, so many swamijis went there. They did not
give, but they took something and came here and advertised themselves as
foreign-returned sannyasi and exploited the people. They lost even their
original dress. Everyone knows, I have never changed my dress. Rather, I
have given the dress to the foreigners, and they have taken it. The
Ramakrishna mission people came to request me that I dress myself in coat,
pant, hat. Because they are doing. Their so-called swamis, they are dressed
in coat, pant, hat.
So this is a culture. This culture is meant for the human society.
Fortunately this culture developed on this land of Bharatavarsa.
Unfortunately, people are so much bewildered that they are giving up this
culture. That is the most regrettable portion of, of our movement. Anyway,
my mission was that I shall go to America, and if some of the American boys
and girls, younger section, would accept it, then I’ll bring them here to
show these rascals that how great this culture is.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.48 — Mayapura, June 14, 1973