By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with His disciples in Germany

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with His disciples in Germany

In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna, the Supreme Lord, ordered that “You give up all engagements. Just surrender and I’ll give you protection.” But people sometimes misunderstand Him. There are many so-called commentators on the Bhagavad-gita. They mislead people by giving some wrong commentation on Krishna. One big scholar in India, Dr. Radhakrishnan, he gives comments on a verse where there is a direct order of Krishna: man-manā bhava mad-bhakto, mad-yājī mām namaskuru [Bg. 18.65], that “You become My devotee, always think of Me, offer your obeisances unto Me.”

But Radhakrishnan comments in a different way. He says that “This obeisance is not to the person Krishna.” Just see. Such a big scholar, he is misinterpreting, “Not to the person Krishna.” In this way, Bhagavad-gita, although widely read all over the world, in all countries, they are being misled by improper commentary. So we are therefore trying to present Bhagavad-gita or Krishna as He is. And by the grace of Krishna, it is coming out successful.

For thousands of years Bhagavad-gita was being read in foreign countries by big, big scholars, philosophers, but there was not a single devotee of Krishna. But ever since we have started this movement, which is not even five years old, we have got sixty branches, and there are thousands and thousands of devotees. Why? The secret is that we have not cheated people, we have not adulterated.

If you put something for sale in the market which is very pure, automatically you’ll get many customers. Automatic. Because the thing is pure. If you sell pure milk, just from the farm, there will be many hundreds of customers immediately, and if you sell adulterated, homogenized water mixed milk, the milk will be sold, but not very many customers ordinarily. So anything pure will attract. That is natural. Pure love, pure foodstuff, anything pure. Pure gold.

In economics also, it is said, “Bad money drives away good money.” If you put bad money, just like nowadays the currency is some paper currency, so it drives away good money. Good money means gold coins. They are not to be seen. That’s economic law. As soon as you put bad money, the good money will vanish.

[An excerpt from an “Arrival Lecture” delivered in Gainesville Jul 29, 1971]

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