Evening lecture at Gita Nagari farm
Philadelphia, July 15, 1976
There is no other controller above Kṛṣṇa; therefore He is the supreme controller, īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ [Bs. 5.1], the supreme controller. The supreme controller, He is giving us instruction. If we follow His instruction, very simple, and remain in this village, satisfied with simple life, agricultural produce, milk, cows—how many nice things you have produced—where is the difficulty? There is no economic problem. You are getting so much milk that it is becoming a problem how to utilize it. [laughter]
And there is scarcity of milk. In India we are in scarcity of milk. So, kṛṣi-go-rakṣya-vāṇijyaṁ [Bg. 18.44]. If you have got enough milk, you can make trade. Vānijyaṁ, that is Kṛṣṇa’s instruction. You can… It is not that we hate the modern system. No. We do not hate anything. Nirbandhaḥ kṛṣṇa-sambandhe [Brs. 2.255]. We want to try to engage everything in Kṛṣṇa’s service. That is our [indistinct]. The modern machine is there; we don’t hate it. We must find out the means how this machine can be utilized for Kṛṣṇa’s service. So if you have got excess milk, you can make it powdered milk, and you can send to India in any amount—it will be consumed. At least we can use it in our different centers; we can distribute. So there is no question. Besides that, you can prepare ghee from milk. From milk, first of all drink as much as you like, then convert it into yogurt next day, next day, next day. And then, when that is also enough, then churn it, take out butter— buttermilk and butter—and drink the buttermilk with capātī. It is very palatable, very nutritious. Then butter, if you have got excess butter, then turn into ghee, and ghee can be preserved for years. There’s no question of preservation. You send it to cities and towns. And we are now encouraging to open prasāda distribution restaurant. They can utilize the ghee. Then where is the problem? There is no problem. Each drop of milk you can utilize to the perfect utility point. Simply.
And if there is excess cows, you have got some woods, so you cut out the trees and make an encirclement and keep them there. They will live there. So there is no problem. Kṛṣṇa was maintaining 900,000 cows. There is no problem. But give protection to the cows. That is the order of Kṛṣṇa. We cannot be ungrateful, that we kill our mother. Milk is so important. We are drinking the milk of the cow, and in exchange, if we cut throat of the mother, that is not civilization. That is barbarism, less than animal. Animals also, they have respect for mother. So try to give protection to the cows—that is the way of pious activity—and you’ll be not in scarcity. And live village life, simple life, and be satisfied with the bare necessities. There is no need of luxury. And save time and chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. This is ideal life.
So I am very pleased that you are doing that, and do it more nicely, so that others may be attracted. This town life, industrial life, factory life, is asuric life. It is killing the human civilization. It is killing civilization. So there are many other businesses for a Kṛṣṇa conscious person, because in the Bhagavad-gītā, Kṛṣṇa speaks all round = sociology, politics, philosophy, religion, culture, economics… Everything is there. If you simply try to follow Kṛṣṇa’s instructions, then you get cultural life all round.
So this is an ideal village. Develop it more and more. Our Paramānanda is there. He is very experienced, and others are there. Do it very nicely. I am very happy to see that things are going nicely. Thank you very much