Srimad-Bhagavatam and newspapers
Posted on July 21, 2014
Don't talk nonsense. Or if you talk of Krsna, then nonsense talking will stop automatically.
Now you know that in our institution there are so many European boys and girls. In their own country they are very, very much fond of newspaper. If there is no newspaper, they think life is horrible. But you won't find a piece of newspaper in our temple, because they have stopped talking all nonsense. Only this Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavata. This is called vacamsi vaikuntha gunanuvarnane. They are no more interested with this nonsense talking of the newspaper. Vacamsi vaikuntha-gunanuvarnane. This is advancement of spiritual life.
I have heard one story from a gentleman, how newspaper is important in Western country. We have seen also, big, big bunch of newspaper thrown in every door. They subscribe. So one priest was preaching among the miners in Sheffield, where there are many coal mines, in England. So he was speaking that "You become devotee, followers of Jesus Christ," and in this way he's
preaching Bible. So one of the miners, he never heard of Bible nor Jesus Christ. So he inquired, "What is his number?" That means he thought Christ may be one of the miners, and they have got specific number. So he said, "No, you are mistaking. Jesus Christ is Lord. He is not one of you, like worker. No. He's Lord. So if you don't appreciate him, don't worship him, then you will go to hell." Then another man asked, "What is hell?" And he described that "Hell is very dark. It is very moist," and so on. "There is
no air there, no light, and..." So they are living always in the mine. There was no response, because they are habituated with this hellish life. [laughing] So the description of hell did not appeal. Then the priest was intelligent, said, "You know there is no newspaper." Then they said, "Oh, horrible!" [laughter] "It is horrible."
So that newspaper is so important in the Western countries. Even the miners and the most fallen people, they also read newspaper. And these boys and girls who you are seeing, not only here, there also, they don't care any more for any newspaper, any magazine, except Srimad-Bhagavatam. This is a fact. This is Krsna consciousness. Sa vai manah krsna-padaravindayor vacamsi vaikuntha-gunanuvarnane [SB 9.4.18].
Srila Prabhupada, Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.31 -- January 8, 1975, Bombay