liberation simply by seeing the Ratha Cart of Lord Jagannath

March 5, 2017 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Devotee: Prabhupāda, can you explain a little more about Ratha-yātrā? Anyone who takes part in Ratha-yātrā, are they liberated?
Prabhupāda: Certainly.
Devotee: Does that mean they will not take birth again?
Prabhupāda: Yes. Yes, provided they take it seriously. Otherwise, if they keep their mentality differently, then according to mind, one has to get a body. But… Just like so many boys. They come here in the beginning out of curiosity, but gradually, they get the chance of becoming devotee. Similarly, if they take the chance, then they will be liberated. They come out of curiosity, but if they take it seriously, then they will be liberated. Just like hospital is meant for curing disease. So one should take the treatment. If he simply goes and visits the hospital and thinks “Now I am cured,” how it can be done? Hospital is a… Suppose if I advertise that “Anyone who comes to this hospital, he will be cured of his disease,” that’s a fact. But if he thinks that “I have come here. Now I am going,” then how he will be cured? To see Jagannātha on the Ratha-yātrā, his way for liberation is open, but if he comes back again and entangles himself, then? One goes to the doctor. He gives injection. The disease is cured. But again he comes back and does the same thing so that he develops this disease again. So whose fault it is? This is called hasti-snāna. Hasti-snāna. The elephant takes bath very nicely, and as soon as comes on the bank of the river or the lake, he takes dust and throws it over body again. If we do that, then we shall remains always dirty. You go, take bath, cleanse, but don’t take dirt again. That is not going on. They become immediately mukta, liberated, but they come, again becomes entangled. If it is a fact seeing Jagannātha is mukta, that’s all… He becomes mukta. But if he again comes to māyā, then who can check him? Just like you are all on the path of liberation, but if you again come back to māyā, then where is your liberation? Why Jagannātha in the ratha here? If somebody comes here and sees his path for liberation is open… Now he should protect himself. Just like disease, fever is subsided. Now one should be careful not to relapse the fever. That care is in my hand, everyone’s hands. And if you become prone to be relapsed again, then again the same thing. Just like in Christian church they confess. Of course, that is the injunction. That’s all right. After confessing, the sins are excused. That’s a fact. But if he comes back, again commits the same, then where is the effect? But they are happy in that way. They are… “After one week, I shall go to the church and confess my sins. Then everything will be neutralized.” This is all right. Suppose on Sunday you become free from all contamination of your sinful activities. And Monday you again do the same thing. So you become again contaminated. And, say, on Tuesday if you die, then you are dying with sins. Is it not? Then what is your condition? If the God or Christ excused you of your sinful life, that’s all right. But when you come back, you don’t commit again sin. Then you are all right. But we have taken it as a business that we go to Sunday, neutralize our sins, and come back again and do the same thing. So from logical point of view, suppose you do the same sinful activities, and if you die immediately, then you die with sinful activities, go to hell. What benefit you derive by confessing in the church? This business is going on. “Now I have seen Jagannātha. My liberation is guaranteed. Now I can do anything.” That’s all. This mentality. This mentality will not give you liberation. You have seen Jagannātha, your sinful activities are now neutralized, but don’t commit again. Now make progress. Then your liberation is guaranteed. Is it clear?
Nāmnāṁ balād yasya hi pāpa-buddhiḥ. In every initiation we teach this, that chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, once chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, is sufficient to make us pure from all sinful activities, reaction. But if we commit sin again in the hope that “Because I am chanting, this will be neutralized,” that is the greatest sin. So one side, you should chant always Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra so that you may not fall down; another side, you should be careful: “Now no illicit sex life, no intoxication, no meat-eating.” In this way, if you carefully make progress, then your liberation is guaranteed. Just like doctor. If you go to a doctor for treatment of a disease, he gives you medicine; at the same time, he prohibits you, “Don’t do this.” So you take medicine and don’t do this. Follow this instruction. You are cured, guaranteed. But if you don’t follow the “don’t do this,” and don’t take the medicine regularly, then how you can expect cure? It may be, but it will take long time. But if you want quick, take it seriously. Just like Dhruva Mahārāja. In six months he saw God, in six months. That is possible. You follow? (aside:) Stop. I shall say. So if we don’t follow the regulative principle and the instruction, then our liberation will be delayed. Otherwise it is guaranteed.

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The Dangers of Mental Speculation

February 21, 2017 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Damaghosa dasa

Unless one is under the shelter of a realized spiritual master, his understanding of the Supreme issimply foolishness” quote from TLC
LA July 13 1971—Prabhupāda: Unless one is prepared that “I am accepting somebody as my spiritual master. I must accept whatever he says,” if there is any doubt, that I cannot accept his words verbatim,” then one should not accept him as spiritual master. That is hypocrisy

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why food grains are so important to grow

February 21, 2017 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Damaghosa dasa

So in this short segment we can see that first of all, we should all be growing our own food, that is already a given, and then the next thing is to grow only what we actually need to keep healthy . Not vast amounts of sugar cane, which is turned into molasses for brewing into alcoholic drinks. The Supreme Lord tells us in His Bhagavad Gita that all living entities  need food grains, so we should grow them. Very clear, very specific, no committees needed to understand or legislation to be passed.
 

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Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhupada tirobhava tithi [disapperance day] – Sri `Jagadisa Pandita Tirobhava Tithi

January 2, 2017 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa, Yasoda nandana Dasa by Laksman dasa

Sunday, January 41 2014 (Mayapura, West Bengal,India time)
Srila Jiva Goswami tirobhava tithi [disappearance]
Srila Prabhupada glorifies Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhupada
Compiled by Damaghosa dasa-and Yasoda nandana dasa

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So far as my taking botheration in coming to your country, I must take this so-called botheration for Krishna. But what botheration I have taken? You know that the Goswamis were ministers in the government’s service and they left their posts for going to Vrindaban and living there just like paupers. They produced such great literature like Sandarbhas, by Jiva Goswami, and Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu, by Rupa Goswami. Apparently they took so much botheration but they preferred to accept it because they were compassionate for the suffering humanity. Similarly, Lord Caitanya is Narayana Himself, and His wife, Visnupriya, is the Goddess of Fortune. Lord Caitanya was a very learned scholar, a very beautiful young brahmana, and He had a very affectionate mother, but Lord Caitanya Himself accepted the botheration voluntarily for the good of the human society and all living entities. We should always follow these footprints—not try to imitate, but to follow the same spirit of compassion for the conditioned soul and try to help them advance to Krishna Consciousness. Actually, in the service of Krishna there is no botheration. Rather we feel more transcendental pleasure. I hope you will more and more appreciate this status as you work combinedly with your very good husband, Gaurasundara.Letters : 1969 Correspondence : January : Letter to: Govinda — Los Angeles 26 January,1969

“so one who is serious about hearing, he can become future nice preacher”–SP

September 15, 2016 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

(Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, May 10, 1969, Columbus, Ohio)

This boy hears very nicely. He does not go away,” the first impression he gave to other godbrothers. “So I shall make him disciple.” These very words he said. Actually I did not follow him in the beginning. High philosophical speaking and I was a new boy. I could not follow him, but actually I was so much glad to hear him. That’s all. So that was my qualification, whatever you may say. I was simply asking, “When Guru Maharaja will speak? When he will speak? When?And I will sit down and go on hearing, and I will understand or not understand – -others will disperse — I will not disperse. That he marked. Yes. First. There was first one instance. At that time I was not initiated. There was a circumambulation of whole Vrndavana. So although I was not initiated, I was one of the important members of the… So I thought, “Let me go. What these people are doing, circumambulating all over Vrndavana?” So I went to Mathura. Then I went to the Vrndavana interior, which place was known as Kosi. So in that Kosi one of my godbrothers declared that “Prabhupada is going tomorrow back to Mathura. So he will speak this evening. So anyone who wants to hear him, they can stay. And others may prepare to…” …. So they were to go to see some other temple which is called Sesayi Temple. So although I was new man, I did not like to go to see the Sesayi Temple. I decided that “I shall hear.” So at that time I was new, so all other, some of my important godbrothers, they were sitting like this, and I was sitting. At last, you see. But he knew that “This boy is new.” Everyone has gone, all others except a few selected godbrothers. So he marked it that “This boy is interested to hear me.” So hearing is very important. Hearing. Just like Arjuna heard from Krsna. Come on. (People entering) (Break) …because I was serious for hearing, and therefore now I am serious about kirtanam, means speaking, or preaching. Do you follow what I say? Yes. So one who is serious about hearing, he can become a future nice preacher. Sravanam kirtanam. Next stage is developed. That is development. If one has actually heard nicely, then he will speak nicely. Sravanam kirtanam smaranam. Then consciousness will automatically develop because when you speak or you hear, unless your mind is concentrated, your consciousness is right, you cannot rightly hear or speak. Sravanam kirtanam smaranam pada-sevanam. And then the development, “How I shall serve Krsna? Krsna is so loving. Krsna is so great,” that automatically comes. Not silent, but activity.”
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Lord Nrsimha dev will protect His devotees

May 26, 2016 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

Hare Krsna-

Below is three different classes given by Srila Prabhupada explaining three different things, yet they are all tied together as one. The first one he is encouraging us to continue fighting with the atheistic or demoniac forces now present almost everywhere on this planet.  The second one he tells us that if we keep ourselves constantly engaged in Krsna Consciousness activity and to be careful and attentive, then going back to Godhead is assured. The last one explains why we will only suffer if we continue to serve anyone but Krsna-and that nobody will appreciate our service, like Krsna can. Therefore the best thing is to transfer all our actions to Krsna seva , for Krsna will be happy, we will be happy and the entire world will be happy.

Hare Krsna

damaghosa das


Calcutta Feb 4 1977–

So you have very kindly joined this movement. You have not joined this movement for your poverty. You are not poverty-stricken. Sometimes people join this movement for poverty-stricken. But you are not belonging to that. You have voluntarily joined. So don’t be disappointed. There is now opposition, but don’t be disappointed. Kṛṣṇa will give you protection. Try to go on with this para-upakāramovement. Maybe because it is a fight against atheism, so some of our soldiers may fall down. But that should not discourage us. We must go on fighting with this atheistic civilization and try to push (this) Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement.

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Srila Prabhupada gives the open secret of actual spiritual life-otherwise the whole thing is bogus

May 9, 2016 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Damagosha Dasa

Conversations : 1976 Conversations : May, 1976 : Room Conversation with Siddha-svarupa — May 3, 1976, Honolulu : 760503rc.hon :
Prabhupāda: Go on. Yes, arcye viṣṇau śilā-dhīr guruṣu nara-matiḥ. Narakī, if anyone thinks arca-vigraha, the Deities as made of stone, made of earth, or made of something material, and guru, the spiritual master, “He is an ordinary man”—these are forbidden. So why guru is to be considered sākṣād dharitvena samasta-śāstrair **, exactly (like) the Supreme Personality of Godhead? That reason is given there. That reason is that he is giving the Kṛṣṇa knowledge; therefore he is as good as Kṛṣṇa. Even though his family members or his friend thinking, “Oh, he has now become guru,” still he should be considered the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That reason also given there, that even Kṛṣṇa was taken as ordinary man, but does it mean that He has become ordinary? Similarly any…, our movement, it may appear just like other movement, but because the movement is giving Kṛṣṇa, that means it is as good as Kṛṣṇa. This is the example. Ajñāya haña (follow the order). It may appear to others… And there are so many movements, and the hippies have taken another say(?), but it is not that. It is actually Kṛṣṇa. So long it adheres to the principle, “I’ll enjoy, I’ll be unaccepted(?).” Otherwise it is ordinary movement. This same man, he’s guru, so long he gives the real knowledge of Kṛṣṇa. And the same man, he’s ordinary man, as soon as he cannot give. Same thing, just like a stone doll, when it is worshiped according to the regulative principles—Kṛṣṇa. And the same doll, kept in the sculptor’s showroom, it is stone. So if we keep our movement pure, then you are as strong as Kṛṣṇa. And as soon as you deviate from it, immediately, ordinary. This is the secret. Now it is up to us, how to keep it pure. Then no enemy can kill us. Nobody can kill you. That purity is wanted, then it will… So what is there difficulty? Their purity to kill him(?). Follow the rules and regulations, worship the Deity, and chant Hare Kṛṣṇamantra, as you have given, then you will remain as strong as Kṛṣṇa. And if we manufacture some idea also, that is no good. Kṛṣṇa cannot be manufactured; Kṛṣṇa is Kṛṣṇa. You cannot manufacture another form competitor of Kṛṣṇa. That is no good. Then failure. Just like the, your one competitor came to, even in the lifetime of Kṛṣṇa, Pauṇḍraka
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Krsna (God) will talk with you

December 15, 2015 in Damahosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Just like if you want to talk with some big man, then you must have qualification. Is it possible that if you want to talk with the big man here, immediately you like? No. You cannot talk. You must be fit to talk with him. Similarly, Kṛṣṇa is ready to talk with you.He has come. He has descended in arcā-mūrti (Deity form) to talk with you, to be visible by you. Now you make yourself ready and fit to talk with Kṛṣṇa. Then He will exchange conversation. Santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti. This is possible…… Bombay Dec 4 1974

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Aerial view of mayapur project

December 15, 2015 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

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Nobody can understand the plan of the Lord….This is an aerial view of the mayapur project in Bengal India. It was predicted centuries ago that there will be a city developed there based upon the vedic teachings. It is already happening… How this will develop in the future, we can only speculate, but it is happening.

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Pop quiz–When is the ONLY time Maya is connected with Visnu or Krsna??

December 4, 2015 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Laksman dasa

Article by Damagosha Dasa

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Adi 5.51 purport
It is the function of Maha Sankarsana in the form of Kāraṇodakaśāyī Visnu to glance over the material creation, which is situated beyond the limits of the Causal Ocean. Material nature is connected with the Personality of Godhead by His glance over her and nothing more. It is said that she is impregnated by the energy of His glance. The material energy, maya never even touches the Causal Ocean, for the Lord’s glance focuses upon her from a great distance away.

Madhya 20. 309
Of the three deities supervising the creation, maintenance and dissolution of the universe, Lord Viṣṇu is never separate from the original Viṣṇu. However, Lord Śiva and Brahmā, due to their association with māyā, are different from Viṣṇu. Viṣṇu cannot be transformed into any form of material energy. Whenever there is association with māyā, the personality involved must be different from Lord Viṣṇu. Therefore Lord Śiva and Lord Brahmā are called guṇa-avatāras, for they associate with the material qualities. The conclusion is that Rudra is a transformation of Viṣṇu, but he is not exactly Lord Viṣṇu. Therefore, he does not come within the category of the viṣṇu-tattvas

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Srila Prabhupada is proposing successful life–see photos

October 11, 2015 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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We have created a civilization that one must earn thousands of dollars, then he can
live like a gentleman. Is that successful life? And for earning that
thousands of dollars he has to work so hard, just like animal, beast.
No. That is not successful life. Successful life is that, that we
should make our bodily necessities of life as far as required, not
more than that. I want to eat something. God has given sufficient
food. You grow. You live anywhere. You grow foodstuff. You grow
grains. You grow fruits. You grow vegetables. Keep cows. Take milk.
You can live anywhere. You haven’t got to go fifty miles off with a
car to attend your office at six o’clock with velocity of hundred
miles’ speed. Is that successful life, do you think? So where is
successful life? We are proposing successful life.

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4 seasons planting is what is going on here in these two pictures. The above photo is the greenhouse in early summer filled with tomato plants-about 85 of them, as well as pepper starts in the pots along the path.
Below is the present greenhouse with all tomatoes removed and a multi-cover crop laid down in 2 out of 4 beds. The third bed has plastic covering the dirt and beans are drying temporarily there. The last bed has crimson clover coming up (still in seed form) for about 80% of it, and along the inside edge, we have 6 kinds of winter greens and lettuces already seeded in the ground.

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Srila Prabhupada wanted us to write and prove this Krsna Consciousness is the BEST way to live

October 9, 2015 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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July 6, 1976, Washington, D.C.

Prabhupāda: You economically prove that Kṛṣṇa consciousness is simple and inexpensive life.

Devotees: Yes, jaya, mercy.

Prabhupāda: Food, diet, living condition, healthy, hygienic, everything. You prove that this is the best way of life. That’s a fact. From all sides, prove that Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is essential for the human society, to make them happy in this and the next life. That is a fact.

Note- Sometimes we get criticized about what we send out in articles (what else is new?) But here is the proof and order by Srila Prabhupada that we are not just concerned with ourselves and our own spiritual life, but with everybody else who may be less fortunate than us. He mentions it should be noted above, that we want to show how this vedic model of living is the BEST way to live in this world-not only in the next, but this lifetime as well.

Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das

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Simply mantra and Water–

September 21, 2015 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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Now Kṛṣṇa advised Arjuna that “You release this saṁhārāstra,” how to counteract. Unnaddhamastrajñaḥ. Unnaddham: “You know better than him how to counteract.” Hy astratejasā: “By another…” [break] …different astras[weapons]are released by different expert military men. So that science is not yet discovered. By mantra. Just like here it is said that he took water, āpaḥ. Spṛṣṭvāpas taṁ parikramya. Āpaḥ. Just like we take, oṁ apavitraḥ pavitro  sarvāsvasthāṁ gato ‘pi . Similarly, mantra and water can be utilized for very, very important purpose. Simplymantra and water. So this is the science. This is called subtle science, not gross. They have discovered this atomic weapon—they require so many chemicals. But when you come to the higherstage, subtle, then mantra and water will do. Nothing more. No more chemicals. Simply mantra and water. That is yet you have to learn.

But these things are there in the Vedas. If you are a serious student of Veda you can also learn, you can also fight like Arjuna. There is no difficulty. Therefore Kṛṣṇa says astrajñaḥ. Unnaddhamastrajñaḥ. You can also become learned in the higher science of military art. You can also utilize. But that requires brain, good brain. That is not possible now, because the culture is lost. Now everyone is śūdra. Nobody is kṣatriya, nobody is brāhmaṇa. By the time… Kalau śūdra sambhava.The śūdras cannot learn all these veda. Because śūdras have no right to understand Vedic knowledge. It is meant for the brāhmaṇas, kṣatriyas. Even not for the vaiśyas. Striyo vaiśyās tathāśūdrāḥ. They are rejected, woman and vaiśya and śūdra. Kṛṣṇa says. Striyo vaiśyās tathā śūdrāḥ.But Kṛṣṇa says te ‘pi yānti parāṁ gatim: “Even woman, and śūdra and vaiśyas, low grade, they can also get parāṁ gatim, promotion to the transcendental world.” How? Māṁ hi pārtha vyapāśritya ye‘pi syuḥ pāpayonayaḥ [Bg. 9.32]. If you take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, then even these low-grade born persons, beginning from striya śūdra vaiśya, and down, caṇḍālas… Caṇḍālas means less than the caṇḍāla. Kirāta-hūṇāndhra-pulindapulkaśāḥ. They are caṇḍālas. Kirāta means the black clan, or the Africans. So they are called kirāta. Hūṇāndhra-pulinda-pulkaśā ābhīra-śumbhā yavanāḥkhasādayaḥ [SB 2.4.18]. Yavanas, khasādaya, Mongolians, without any moustaches. Kirāta-hūṇāndhra-pulindapulkaśā ābhīra-śumbhā yavanāḥ khasādayaḥ ye ‘nye ca pāpāḥ. “Even there are still more low-grade, sinful society,” ye ‘nye ca pāpā yad-apāśrayāśrayāḥ, “if he takes the shelter of a pure devotee, śudhyanti, becomes purified.” Becomes purified. How?Śudhyanti? Because prabhaviṣṇave namaḥ. Lord Viṣṇu has got so exalted power that through His devotee He can purify anyone. 
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Sri Krsna Janmastami 2015 Krsna Kunja Sila Puri Snohomish Wash

September 15, 2015 in Articles, Damahosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa

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Hare Krsna to all and Happy Janmastami !!!

Yesterday at Krsna Kunja Sila Puri in Snohomish Wash we celebrated Sri Krsna Janmastami and Srila
Prabhupada’s vyas puja.

It was a joyous event for all, with much Krsna Kirtan, a class from Krsna book, abhisek of Krsna Deities,, bhajans,
Vyasa puja ceremony with devotees speaking from the heart and finally guru puja, with Makhancora das leading and at the very end we all offered obeisances three times with flower offerings, called pushpa puja.

And of course there was feasting on Krsna prasadam……lest I forget to mention that one important item !

Hare Krsna
All glories to Srila Prabhupada !!!

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1) http://youtu.be/pMqULZkrO4s

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updated garden video-see how much things have grown in 6 weeks-corn/beans went up 6-7 feet !!‏

July 26, 2015 in Damahosa Dasa by Riya

Updated garden video-last one was done 6 weeks ago(see facebook under Sri Sri Gaura Nitai mandir or Damaghosa das) and just see how high everything has gotten-the beans and corn were only a foot high-now they are over 8 feet !!

..”Sarva kama dughi mahi…” BG—Soon there will be corn on the cob at the dinner table every day for 2 months !
Yes thats right-2 months- every day. I remember when I was a just a kid, we had a large family and we each would get just one ear of corn per meal,maybe two if somebody else wasn’t hungry–but now I can have, as Srila Prabhupada says, “to my full satisfaction”, as many as I can digest !! And believe me, when you work outside in gardens or on a farm, you CAN digest a lot of food !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X82sMks3CQY&feature=youtu.be

Hare Krsna….

damaghosa das

750514mw.per                Conversations
Amogha:
He was saying that your solution was too simple. He said that
people will not accept it because it is too simple
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Prabhupada:
That is his ignorance. They will say it is primitive.
That is the only solution. According to the Vedic system, you cannot use
anything which you cannot produce. Suppose this we are using, but
according the Vedic system we should not use it because I cannot
produce it.
Then the whole solution is there. Nobody will manufacture
this because there will be no customer. If I refuse this use of this
machine, thinking that “I cannot produce it; I should not use it,”
then where is the customer? The so-called industry will automatically
stop, and he has to go to the village outlying.
[and become more self sufficient]
 

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