By Hari Sauri Das
July 13th, 1976 New York
Bhakta Viśvaretā, the six-year old son of Viśvaretā dāsa, accompanies Śrīla Prabhupāda on his walks. Prabhupāda likes him because he is very sober and obedient. This morning before we went out for the walk, Prabhupāda told us how once in Los Angeles Bhakta Viśvaretā had come into his room, offered his obeisances and sat down very silently. Although it is very difficult for a small child to remain sitting still for even a few minutes, this boy stayed for a considerable amount of time without any complaint or agitation. Even when it became obvious that it was difficult for him, he still did not say anything. It was only when Śrīla Prabhupāda told him, “Now you can go,” that he rose up and left. Prabhupāda had to also tell him to take some prasādam.
Hauri Sauri Das, the author, is on the extreme right, just next to Prabhupada (on His left)
Tamal Krishna informed Śrīla Prabhupāda that the boy’s father and mother were also very nice. “They are doing great service, both of them working in the restaurant.”
Prabhupāda spoke appreciatively, “So many children are coming, very fortunate children, from the beginning Krishna conscious. We had the chance of taking birth from such father and mother. So all these children should be taken care of very nicely. Oh, yes. They’ll be asset for our movement.”
“Future hope,” Tamal Krishna said.
“Oh, yes. Therefore I wanted to organize the gurukula very nicely. We have no objection. Let them produce hundreds of children.” He told us his Guru Mahārāja had once said, ‘If I could produce Krishna conscious children, I am prepared to produce hundreds of children.’ Prabhupāda said, “What is the use of producing children like cats and dogs? Produce children like Prahlāda Mahārāja. The whole world will be benefited. Progeny, that is not condemned. Why it should be condemned? Let there be pregnancy, but Krishna conscious. That, our Pradyumna’s son, these, all children—very nice. They should be trained up properly; special care should be taken. That is the idea of my Guru Mahārāja, a gurukula.”
He went on to explain his idea for educating children in our society. “Gurukula, we are not going to make some big, big scholars. We don’t require scholars. We require ideal men by character, by behaviour, by Krishna consciousness. Not by studying grammar, there are many grammarians. Let them study our books nicely, English, little Sanskrit, that’s all. Gurukula organize like that. There are so many scholars in the universities, drinking and woman-hunting, that’s all. In the universities, I know, to get the degree, pass the examination, the girls have to adopt prostitution with the teachers. I know that. That to pass the examination by prostitution. Whatever nonsense they may write, that’s all right.” Continue reading