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His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder-Acharya of the
world-wide Hare Krishna Movement, Brahma Sampradaya Acharya
Breitbart.com - July 24, 2006 - Drought-stricken
Australia considers drinking recycled sewage
Residents of a drought-stricken Australian town will vote this
week on whether they're prepared to drink water recycled from sewage --
the first such scheme in the country and one of only a handful in the
The controversial proposal has divided the town of Toowoomba in the
state of Queensland, which has faced water restrictions for a decade.
Local Mayor Dianne Thorley, who is leading the "Yes" campaign, said
that without drought-breaking rains the town's dams could dry up within
She insisted the 73 million dollar (US 55 million dollar) plan to pump
purified wastewater back into the main reservoir for drinking was safe.
"Somewhere, sometime we have got to stand up and change the way we are
doing things," she told AFP as the town prepared for the July 29
we have given up the servitorship of Krishna, we are servant of
so many other things. We are obliged to serve, rini. Rini means
debtor. Devarshi-bhutapta-nrinam pitrinam [Srimad-Bhagavatam
11.5.41]. We are debtor to so many persons. We are debtor to the
demigods. Just like the sun is demigod. He's giving you heat and light.
You are not paying any bill, but you are taking the advantage of
the sunlight and sun heat. Now, if you take the advantage of electric
light and heat, you have to pay bill. But here we don't pay bill. That
means we are becoming debtor. If we don't pay bill anywhere, then we
become debtor. So we are debtor to so many demigods. The sun is
supplying heat and light. The king of heaven, Indra, he is supplying
water. These rascals, they say it is coming by nature. It may come from
nature, but nature is controlled. Just like we are getting water. If
somebody says, "Oh, what is that? It is coming from the water tank. So
where is the question of paying taxes or rent?" No. The water tank is
being filled up by the Municipality. If you don't pay tax, it will be
cut off. Similarly, don't think that the water is coming as your
father's property. No. You are becoming debtor. You are becoming
debtor. Therefore, if you don't pay debts, if you don't perform
sacrifices, then there will be scarcity of water. And one day it will
come there will be no water. That you expect. Because you are not
paying any tax. You are thinking, "Water is coming, my father's
property." No. Your father's property
... That's all right. But you are not father's son at the present
moment. You are maya's son. You don't care for your father.
Therefore father said, mayadhyakshena prakritih suyate
sa-characharam [Bhagavad-gita 9.10]. Krishna says,
the supreme father, aham bija-pradah pita [Bg. 14.4].
He's the supreme father. You don't care for father. Therefore... The
nature is working under the direction of the supreme father. That's a
fact. So if you do not care for your father, then the result will be
nature will reduce supply. Reduce supply. Nature will not allow to the
demons to flourish. No. That is not allowed. Tan aham dvishatah
kruran kshipamy ajasram andha-yonishu [Bg. 16.19]. The demons
are always liable to be punished. Some big, big demons like Ravana,
Hiranyakashipu, the Lord personally comes to punish them. Otherwise,
the ordinary demons, they are punished by the laws of nature. Krishna
does not require to come to punish these petty demons. But when there
is big, big demons like Ravana, like Hiranyakashipu, like Kamsa, then
Krishna, or Lord Ramachandra, They come to punish them.
Therefore we have to follow the rules and regulation. That is called sad-dharma.
Dharma means the laws given by God. Dharmam tu sakshad
bhagavat-pranitam [SB 6.3.19]. Bhagavat-pranitam. It is
given by Bhagavan, the laws. That laws, laws means they are written in
books. Because... Just like Manu-samhita. There are many
other books, Vedic literature, what is dharma. But real dharma
is... Just like law means to obey Krishna, or God. Krishna means God. Krishnas
tu bhagavan svayam [SB 1.3.28]. So dharma means if one
does not care for Krishna, or God, that is not religion. Dharmam
tu sakshad bhagavat... [SB 6.3.19]. You cannot make your law at
home. Law means the law given by the government. Similarly, dharma
means the orders given by God. That is dharma. You cannot
manufacture, that "We have manufactured this dharma." That is
not dharma. That is, in the
Bhagavata, is called cheating. Dharmah projjhita-kaitavah
atra: "The so-called dharmas, which are cheating the
public in the name of dharma, such kind of dharma is
kicked out from the Srimad-Bhagavatam." Dharmah
means prakrishta-rupena ujjhita. Just like you sweep over the
floor and the dust throw away. Similarly, in the Srimad-Bhagavatam
the real dharma is there. Real dharma. Dharma
artha kama moksha [Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.8.41, Chaitanya-charitamrita
Adi 1.90], this is ordinary dharma. Real dharma
is, as Krishna says, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam sharanam
vraja [Bg. 18.66]. That is real dharma. And all other dharmas,
so-called dharmas, they are simply cheating. Because that will
not benefit anybody, the followers or the dictators. So real
dharma is... And Srimad-Bhagavatam begins from there.
if you accept the principles of Bhagavad-gita, that is
the preliminary study, A-B-C-D of dharma, and if you accept
this principle, that to surrender to Krishna, sharanam sharanyam...
So we have go live in this material world in such a way that we shall
do everything for Krishna, but we'll have no attachment for this
material world. We may have big, big buildings, big, big temples, but
we should not be attached to this. But for Krishna's sake we must have.
Because it is Krishna's property. That is our mission. Ishavasyam
idam sarvam [Ishopanishad mantra 1]. We have to
teach people that "Everything belongs to Krishna. Why you are occupying
it unnecessarily?" Stena eva sa uchyate [Bg. 3.12]. "You
are thief. Why you are claiming Krishna's property, 'This is my land,
America,' 'This is my land, India,' 'This is my land, Pakistan'?" It is
not your land; it is Krishna's land. You are imagining, "This is my
land." You come here for, say, twenty years, twenty-five years, fifty
years, and fight between yourselves, "This is my Pakistan," "This is my
Bharatavarsha," and fight. And when you die you do not claim either
Pakistani or Indian or American or European. You flat, fall flat.
That's all. And then taken away this body and thrown. That's all.
This is called maya, moha, illusion. Aham mameti
[SB 5.5.8]. We have discussed this verse. This is illusion. Nothing
belongs to us, but unnecessarily we are claiming, "This is my land,"
"This is my country," "This is my home," "This is my family," "This is
my, my, my..." Mama [mine]. This is illusion. And in this way
we are attached to this tree, samsara-taroh, from one branch to
another. Now I am Indian. I may be American next life, or I may be
something else. I may be a cat, I may be a dog, or I may be something
else. I may be a cat, I may be a dog, or I may be a demigod. That will
depend on my work. But after death, you are completely under the grip
of this material nature. Your dictation will not be that "Make me like
this, make me again Indian," or "Again, again make me the nationalist
of this country or that country." No. After death, everything is
finished. You are no more nationalist or this proprietor or head or
this nothing. But this is going on. So long we are in a position,
falsely we are thinking and we are attached and we are suffering. This
is the disease.
Therefore she prays that sva-bhritya-samsara-taroh kutharam.
If we transfer our attachment to Krishna, then we can understand that vasudevah
sarvam iti [Bg. 7.19]. It is not my land, not your land. It is
all Vasudeva's property. That knowledge comes. When comes? Bahunam
janmanam ante [Bg. 7.19]. But we are giving that knowledge
immediately. The knowledge which you are expecting after many thousands
of births, this Krishna consciousness movement is giving you
immediately. If you are intelligent man, you should take it, take
advantage of it. We are preaching that "Everything belongs to Krishna.
Everything should be utilized for Krishna's purpose, Krishna's benefit.
He is the beneficiary. Then everything is all right." If one comes to
this knowledge—vasudevah sarvam iti... [Bg. 7.19], ishavasyam
idam sarvam [Ishopanishad mantra 1]—sa
mahatma sudurlabhah, then immediately you become the greatest mahatma.
Mahatma does not mean simply having a big beard and some dress,
saffron dress. No. This knowledge, that nothing belongs to us.
jnatva mam shantim ricchati [Bg. 5.29]
is the formula. "I am the bhokta." The all best foodstuff
should be offered to Krishna. That is archana-vidhi.
First-class foodstuff, all sandesha, rasagulla, kachuri and...
Best, best foodstuff. Krishna is satisfied, of course... If you haven't
got very nice foodstuff, Krishna can be also offered also whatever you
have got. "Whatever" means not anything beyond the jurisdiction: patram
pushpam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati [Bg. 9.26]. You
can give Him little fruit, little flower, little leaf, little water.
That you can collect without any price; anywhere it is available.
Anyone's garden you can go, and if you say, "My dear sir, I'll take a
little flower and leaf for Krishna," nobody will ask you, "No, don't
take." "Take it." Still, at least in India. In also, USA also. So that
you can collect. If you haven't got to offer... But offer something to
Krishna. That is required. Bhaktya.
That is bhakti. That offering is not required... But Krishna is
not hungry, that He's asking from you little fruit, little flower,
little... He is feeding... Eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman.
He is supplying all the necessities of everyone. So why He's begging
from you? Because He wants that you love Him. That is Krishna's want.
You are suffering in this material world, you are entangled in this
tree from one branch to another, rotating and suffering. So Krishna
wants that you do not suffer. You give up this business of jumping like
monkey from this branch to that branch, but come to Him and surrender
to Him. Sharanam sharanyam. When this knowledge comes,
that is perfect knowledge. Gato mukundam sharanam sharanyam
na kinkaro nayam rini cha rajan
sarvatmana yah sharanam sharanyam
gato mukundam parihritya kartam [SB 11.5.41]
This is required. Krishna also says, sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam sharanam vraja [Bg. 18.66]. But if you take shelter of
the lotus feet of Krishna, then you are no more debtor to anyone. You
are no more debtor. Nayam rini na kinkarah.
So this is the solution. Otherwise, you are debtor to so many persons: devata,
rishi, devarshi, bhuta, all living entities, apta, friends,
relative, and general people, pitrinam, the family in which you
are born. Now nation also. That is nrinam, apta, national. So
you are debtor to so many persons, but if you surrender to Krishna,
Krishna says,... You may think that "If I surrender to Krishna and give
up all our duties, then I may remain debtor and I will have to suffer."
No. Krishna gives you assurance, aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
mokshayishyami ma shuchah. "I'll give you relief." That is
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