this story to a friend
That, here is the society. You train them. You have got all children.
You train them in that way, so that... Whatever is done is done. Now
you can make very good society, Krishna conscious society. Not that one
mistake has been done, you should continue. Rectify it. The difficulty
is the modern society, the leaders, they do not know the aim of life.
They are blindly doing everything like animals. Their philosophy is
like the animals. Eat, drink, be merry and enjoy, that's all. This is
the philosophy of the animals. And human philosophy is to understand
first of all what I am. I am this body or something else? That is human
life. But nobody questions this, there is no institution to teach this
science, therefore the whole human society is misguided. Just like if I
want to train my boy to become a medical man, then I teach him biology,
botany, similar... So if... Because I know I shall make my boy a
medical man. Similarly, we should know what is the aim of human life.
Then we have to construct the social political, everything, favorable
to that end. But they do not know what is the aim of life. That is the
whole mistake. I think that in Bible there is a story, prodigal son? So
we are prodigal son. We are all sons of God, now we have become
prodigal sons. What is the meaning of prodigal? "Without any
responsibility," is it not? Do whatever you like.
Run away from the protection of the family.
Yes. That is our position, that we are sons of God, we have given up
protection of God. God is protecting in all circumstances.
It says "Prodigal: recklessly wasteful."
That's it. This is the... We are all recklessly wasteful sons of God.
We are sons of God, there is no doubt, but at the present moment,
recklessly wasteful. We are wasting our valuable life even, we are so
reckless. So the Krishna consciousness movement is to check their
recklessness and bring them into senses of responsibility, going back
home, back to Godhead. This is Krishna consciousness. But people are so
reckless, as soon as you say something of God, immediately they laugh,
"Oh, what is nonsense, God." This is the supreme recklessness. India
was very serious about God. Still, India is serious. Now, the present
leaders, they are thinking that Indians are spoiled, simply thinking of
God—they're not thinking like the Americans and Europeans for economic
development. So this is the position, and it is very difficult, but
still we can do something this to the humanity, by preaching this
Krishna consciousness movement. And those who are fortunate, they'll
come, take up seriously. These reckless prodigal sons, we have got so
many examples. For example, just like there is some stock of petroleum
and they got information that from petroleum they can run on cars
without horse. So, manufacture millions of cars and spoil the whole
oil. This is recklessness. And when it is finished, then they'll cry.
And it will be finished. This is going on. Recklessness. Just as
reckless boy, father has left some property, use it, use it. As soon as
you get. The sooner it is finished, that's all. That is recklessness.
There is some strength in the body, and as soon as he gets a little
taste of sex life, "Oh, spend it, spend it," whole energy spent. The
brain becomes vacant. This is recklessness. Beginning from twelfth
year, by the thirty year, everything finished. Then he's impotent. In
our childhood—in our childhood means, say, eighty years ago, or say, a
hundred years ago—there was no motorcar. And now, wherever you go, in
any country, you see thousands and millions of car. This is
recklessness. Hundreds years ago they could do without motorcar, and
now they cannot live without a car. In this way, unnecessarily, they're
increasing bodily or material necessities of life. This is
recklessness. And the leaders will say, "Stop this nonsense, come to
Krishna consciousness," nobody will care. Andha yathandhair
upaniyamanas te 'pisha-tantryam uru-damni baddhah [Srimad-Bhagavatam
7.5.31]. This is called blind leader leading blind followers. They do
not know that both of them are bound up by the strict, stringent laws
of nature. [break] ...how the laws of nature is working. They are
completely in ignorance. They do not know. This is modern civilization.
The laws of nature must work in its own way. You care for it or do not
care for it, that is your business, but the laws of nature will work. Prakriteh
kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvashah [Bhagavad-gita
3.27]. But these rascals, they do not know how the laws of nature will
work. They are endeavoring artificially for, foolishly, to overcome the
laws of nature. This is science, rascal's science, which is impossible,
but they are trying. This is called rascaldom. Stupidity. Do the
scientists not say like that? "We are trying to overcome." Rascal,
you'll never be able to do that. But this rascaldom is going on. And
they're applauding, "Oh, very good, very good, very good." "Oh, you are
going to the moon planet." But after all endeavor, the grapes are sour:
"It is not useful." That's all. You know the story? The jackal? He
tried for the grapes, jumping, jumping, jumping. When it was failure,
he said, "Oh, it is useless. It is sour, no use." [laughter] So they
are doing like that. The jackals are jumping, that's all. And we can
see how these rascals are jumping uselessly. [laughter] So we are
warning people not to follow these silly jackals. Be prudent and be
Krishna conscious. That will make your life successful.