is seeing an "epidemic of counterfeits" of life-saving drugs, experts
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sense of security Volcanoes,
earthquakes, share market volatility, bird flu, counterfeit
medications, terrorist bombings—will we survive? excerpt
from conversation with disciples, Hawaii, Jun 7, 1975
is a most certain thing and yet there is no program anywhere in human
society to prepare a person to die. On the contrary, all the programs
of the schools and universities, all the businesses, politics,
economics and so on, are all preparing us to enjoy, to live and be
happy--although no one will live and no one will be happy. This is
ignorance. It is the greatest ignorance to waste one's valuable time,
energy and intelligence in pursuing something which has no future. When
we take a hotel room for a night or two, we are not going to endeavor
to improve the room by purchasing paint, decorating, and putting up new
curtains, because we know that this is just temporary. Tomorrow or the
day after, we will go. Similarly, we are in transit in this material
Bali-mardan: [speaking of the ISKCON farm
in Hawaii] On the island with the farm, the people are, now they are
afraid that there will be a volcanic eruption and the whole island will
Prabhupada: There is such
Bali-mardan: Yes, because
that volcano over there it is still active. It is smoking. It is always
had said every twelve years it erupts, and I think it's been ten years
since the last one or something. So it's expected that in two years...
Prabhupada: The last time it
Srutakirti: I don't know. He
said some damage, yes.
Bali-mardan: Partially, not
Prabhupada: No, when volcano
is in smoke, that is dangerous. That is dangerous.
Devotee: Shall we sell our
Prabhupada: What will come?
Trust no future, that's all. We must be always ready for destruction.
Material world is like that. Nitya anityatam. Chanakya
Pandit says, tyaja durjana-samsargam: "Avoid bad men's
company." Bhaja sadhu-samagamam: "Always try to associate
with learned, what is, sadhu, with devotees. Avoid this worldly
men's association and try to associate with devotees." Tyaja
durjana-samsargam bhaja sadhu-samagamam, and then smara
nityam anityatam. "And always think that everything here in this
material world is for few days." That's all. Tyaja
durjana-samsargam bhaja sadhu-samagamam. Anityatam. Let
this be the motto of life. We should not associate with the
materialistic person, try to associate with devotee, and always think
that this world is for few days. That's all.
Ambarisa: This world is what?
Prabhupada: For few days. Nityam
anityatam. Kuru punyam aho-ratram: "And act piously,
day and night." This should be the motto.
Bali-mardan: That is nice
Prabhupada: Civilization is
just the opposite. Always act sinfully, not kuru punyam
aho-ratram. Twenty-four hours act sinfully.
Harikesa: It seems that
practically every single person in society today is going to have to go
to one of those hells.
Harikesa: Every single person
in society today is going to have to go to one of those hells.
Bali-mardan: If a person
reads about the different hells he'll become scared.
Prabhupada: Like animals. The
animals... You keep the animals here, and take one of them,
slaughter—they will think, "I am safe." This is animal. All of them
will think, "Oh, I am safe. He is being taken. That's all." This is
their dull brain, the modern animals. These two-legged animals, they
will think like that.
Paramahamsa: They say that if
you have a herd of sheep and one, the first part of the herd falls off
of a cliff, then all the rest of them will simply walk off the cliff.
Prabhupada: Yes. That is
called veriya dasan. In Hindi, veriya dasan.
Paramahamsa: What is that
Paramahamsa: What does that
means lamb or sheep. If you can push one of them in the slaughterhouse,
all of them enter. This is called veriya dasan. You haven't got
to endeavor to push others. You just push one only. "Fut, fut, fut,
fut, fut, fut, fut," they all enter. In Hindi it is called veriya
dasan. Just cheat one veri, and all others will be