Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Sometimes the argument is put forward that in places where’s there is not sufficient food and shelter and things like this, these problems should be solved first before the problem of spiritual life.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Why don’t you solve? There are so many land. Come here and grow food. Grow fruit. That is… That is the desire of Kṛṣṇa. Annād bhavanti bhūtāni [Bg. 3.14]. Produce food and eat in sufficiently, be strong, and chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. That is our philosophy. Why you are producing bolts and nuts, tire and tubes? Eat. Rascal. They do not know that first of all you must eat. No, everyone is engaged in industry. Why? Kṛṣṇa does not say that “Take to industry.” Kṛṣṇa says, “Produce foodstuff.” Annād bhavanti bhūtāni. If you produce foodstuff, then both your animals, yourself, will be happy, becoming strong. Why do they manufacture other things? All these people are engaged in manufacturing, and nobody is manu…, er, growing food. Therefore the price of food grain is rising. Suppose I am growing food, and you are not growing, so you have to purchase from me. I’ll ask, “You have to pay this price.” And you have to pay. And if you grow your own food, there is no such question. The simple economic problem, solution, this rascal cannot take. If you grow your own food, I grow my own, then who is going to purchase? The price will be reduced automatically. If you have no customer, then you have to reduce your price. But they do not understand even the simple thing that “God has given us enough land to produce food grain, and we must eat.” They do not understand this. And still, they are scientist, philosopher, politician. Just see. That is the difficulty. All rascals, fools, they are leading the whole human society.
Rāmeśvara: They’re too busy making money to grow their own food.
Prabhupāda: “So then pay more money. Come on. You have earned money and give me. I shall give you food. And whatever I shall ask, you have to pay.” This simple thing, more demand-price is more. Then why do you gripe, “Oh, everything is price growing, price growing.” Why it will not? If I have got food, and you have to purchase, and I have got so many customers, I must increase. That is economic theory: more demand—the price is increased. And then you say, “There are so many problems. We have to solve first.” But you have created this problem, rascal. And you shall must suffer. You have infected some disease. Now you must suffer. It is like say, kāraṇaṁ guṇa-saṅgo ‘sya [Bg. 13.22]. The reason is that you have infected some quality of the modes of nature and you must suffer for that. How you can deny it? If you have infected some disease like cholera, smallpox, and when you are suffering, how you can blaim? You have infected. You must suffer. Nature’s law is so strict that as soon as you infect a particular type of quality of nature—there are so many—you must suffer for that, or so-called enjoy. There are two things, suffer and enjoy. So you must have to undergo the process. This is… Nature’s process is so nice. As soon as you do something, there is reaction and you are bound up. Yajñārthe karma anyatra loko ‘yaṁ karma bandhanaḥ [Bg. 3.9]. Bandhanaḥ means bound up. Immediately you become bound up. And still, you are thinking, “Independent.” The nature’s law is so strict.
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: But the argument is that “The cities are there, and now what can we do?”
Prabhupāda: Hm ?
Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: The cities are already there. There are millions of people in the cities…
Prabhupāda: Therefore we are offering this place. Come here. Why do you not come here and live with us? Then this is… The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is… This is the movement, that you come here, live with us, and produce your food, produce your milk, be happy, healthy, and chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. This is our movement. Therefore we are creating New Vrindaban and farm, and we are trying to purchase… This is our movement, that we give you sufficient food, shelter, health, philosophy, religion, character, everything, purity. Come here. Why don’t you come? They come here on the weekdays, and then fly away, go away. You see? We are giving such nice room, but they will not live here. They will go to the hubble-bubble of the city. They like to come here. Therefore they spend so much money for gas and come here. But because they are not accustomed, they go back again. Return ticket. From hell to heaven, and again hell (laughter) Return ticket-coming back to hell again, not going back to God.