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Srila Prabhupada's Pop Quiz

Prabhupada: prasadad bhagavat-prasadah. By pleasing the spiritual master, you please Krsna. That's nice. But why Krsna should be
pleased? Why? What is the necessity of pleasing Krsna?
Devotee (1): To please the representative of Krsna.
Prabhupada: No, no, that is all right. Guru is representative of Krsna, but why one should bother himself for pleasing Krsna? Answer this.
Devotee (1): 'Cause our real position is to serve Krsna, and because we've fallen in this illusion of the material energy, so we forgot our
Prabhupada: We shall do it otherwise. Why shall I please Krsna? We are making scientific progress. What is the use of bringing God?
Devotee (2): Because we shall never become perfect or see the answer.
Prabhupada: That is begging the question.
Indian man (3): For spreading the name of the Krsna, in the world.
Prabhupada: No, no. It is not the question of guru. Guru is doing all right. Why you should be so much anxious and feel obligation to please
Indian (4): Everybody has to serve somebody, so Krsna is the reservoir of all pleasure and everything exists from Him. So instead of serving
anybody, we should serve the Krsna.
Prabhupada: "That's all right. Without serving Krsna, I am getting pleasure by drinking wine. Why shall I...?" Cyavana: That pleasure will not last. That pleasure is only temporary.
Prabhupada: "No, I will not also last. (laughter) that..."
Cyavana: But to accept such a mentality, we say that is third class. Actually our life is eternal.
Prabhupada: That is your statement, "third class," but my statement is "It is first class." (laughter)
Harikesa: Is it first class if every time you are going to eat something nice I was standing over you with a stick, and as soon as you took, I would beat you? So every time you have some enjoyment, there is some concurrent suffering. Like you enjoy the wine, but then you have a headache, hangover. You enjoy. Then you get sick.
Cyavana: Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita in the Tenth Chapter, He says, "For those who are constantly devoted and worship Me with love,
I will give the understanding by which they can come to Me." So this is our desire.
Prabhupada: "I don't want to go."
Cyavana: You don't want to go to Krsna?
Prabhupada: "Yes."
Harikesa: All right, suffer. (laughter
Prabhupada: "I don't suffer. (laughter) I am enjoying."
Harikesa: You are enjoying death and old age?
Prabhupada: "Yes, you are putting upon me some impression, 'suffering,' but I am enjoying."
Harikesa: Your knee is hurt. Is that enjoying?
Prabhupada: "That I am curing. That is also nice." (laughter)
Harikesa: But soon the whole thing will be finished. You will not... No one enjoys death. No one will take voluntarily a death pill.
Prabhupada: Nobody of you could answer the question. Now I give you again chance to answer this question very properly. Why one should be obliged to please Krsna? Why?
Harikesa: Just like this finger. Its position is to serve the body. Just like the stomach. Everyone may be jealous of the stomach and not
want to feed the stomach, but if all the hands and the legs and the mouth went on strike not to feed the stomach...
Prabhupada: This is the right answer.
Harikesa: ...they would ultimately be destroyed.
Prabhupada: This is right answer, that you cannot non-cooperate with the stomach. You must serve the stomach. Otherwise your position is
very precarious. That is the answer. If the finger thinks that "I shall remain independent and be happy," that is not possible. The
stomach must be supplied food, and then all the parts of the body, they'll be happy. That is the point. So you cannot non-cooperate with
the stomach. Similarly, Krsna is the central enjoyer. Bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram. He is the center
... Similarly, if our ultimate aim is to become happy, then we must cooperate with Krsna. This is obligatory. You cannot escape it.

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