740209 - Conversation - Vrndavana
Prabhupāda: Seven hundred?
Devotee: . . . (indistinct)
Devotee: On the other side of . . . (indistinct) . . . I think it crosses . . .
Prabhupāda: In USA . . . (break) . . . (indistinct) . . . (Hindi: In one hour or so.)
Gurudāsa: Even car, the roads are so big.
Prabhupāda: Ah, bus service is all right? So transportation for the USA. A Greyhound. (Hindi: No, transportation is very . . . (indistinct) . . . There is a greyhound motorcycle.) . . . (indistinct) . . . company. (break)
Guest (1) (Indian man): I don't think these people have seen the ekka here, have you?
Guest: Have you seen the ekka?
Prabhupāda: I think it is now obsolete.
Guest (1): Obsolete now. I don't see it now.
Guest (1): No . . . (indistinct) . . . (laughter) Just like . . . (indistinct)
Prabhupāda: The ekka had like this . . .
Guest (1): There is a platform like this.
Prabhupāda: It moves on the roof of the house. (laughter) (Hindi: In their country now they have Helicopter.)
Guest (1): Helicopter.
Prabhupāda: (Hindi: On the roof.) (break) . . . New York, goes to Los Angeles and then to Honolulu, then Tokyo, then Hong Kong, then New Delhi . . . no. Hong Kong to Bangkok, Bangkok to New Delhi, New Delhi to Karachi, Karachi to Beirut, then, I think, London, then again New York. One. One round. (Hindi: We buy ticket for that only.) One round.
Guest (1): (Hindi: So is there a stoppage in-between?) (break) (laughter)
Prabhupāda: (indistinct Hindi) . . . (Hindi: Nowadays there is restriction.) (laughing) (break) Fifty crores.
Guest (1): Huh? More than that. (laughter) More than that? Why not?
Prabhupāda: Not fifty crores. Fifty-five lakhs.
Guest (1): Fifty-five lakhs. Oh.
Prabhupāda: This George Harrison, he came here.
Guest (1): George Harrison? He has donated in cash or that building?
Prabhupāda: Not that building.
Guest (1): That building.
Prabhupāda: He has purchased for me.
Guest (1): Ācchā.
Prabhupāda: It is named Bhaktivedanta Manor.
Guest (1): Ācchā.
Guest (2) (Indian man): Bhaktivedanta . . .?
Guest (2): Manor.
Prabhupāda: He contributed for this book $19,000. Practically he gave starting. Yes. No. Starting was that Teachings of Lord Caitanya. I printed. Then I printed this book. Then by selling this book, this book, that book, like that. He is very good boy. He is chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa.
Guest (1): Chanting?
Guest (2): (Hindi: He left everything?)
Prabhupāda: (Hindi: No, he is doing all his business well.) Now what is the latest record?
Gurudāsa: "Kṛṣṇa, I miss You. Kṛṣṇa, where are You?"
Guest (1): The song?
Prabhupāda: There was . . .
Guest (1): Song?
Prabhupāda: Yes, song. His song, as soon as one record is published, then millions is sold. Then millions.
Guest (1): I see. And this is the song he has sung, on the recording. Wonderful. Mahāprabhu has chosen right . . . perfect method of prachār.
Prabhupāda: No, all the musicians, they're attracted to me. Big, big musicians. Another is, what is his, Dylan?
Gurudāsa: Bob Dylan.
Prabhupāda: Bob Dylan. He is as good as, or more than. He has asked one of my students, "Ask Prabhupāda what can I do for him." He is reading my books. There is another Indian, Ravi Shankar, he also came. He also attracted.
Guest (1): He's also attracted.
Prabhupāda: Bombay (laughing), all the cinema artists, they're attracted with the movement. One, one that actress Vijaya?
Gurudāsa: Vaijayanti Mala.
Gurudāsa: Vaijayanti Mala.
Guest (1): Vaijayanti Mala. She's a very famous actress.
Prabhupāda: She's very nice girl, actually . . . (indistinct)
Guest (1): They are my sister, my younger sister. Younger sister.
Prabhupāda: (Hindi: . . . do bhajan like your brother does.) (break) ISKCON Hotel. (Hindi: Have requested the government for rupees two crore as loan.)
Guest (2): (Hindi: From Indian Government?)
Prabhupāda: (Hindi: From Indian Government.) (break) My eldest son was born in 1921.
Guest (2): I was born in 1917.
Prabhupāda: Seventeen . . . (indistinct Hindi)
Guest (2): (Hindi: Prabhuji is not mayāvādi.)
Guest (3): (Hindi: Kṛṣṇa is mayāvādi so we are too.)
Prabhupāda: (Hindi: Huh? No He is Kṛṣṇa Himself, He is māyādhīśa. Not mayāvādi, māyādhīśa.) (break) . . . (Hindi: He who has forgotten Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa says . . . (indistinct) . . .) (break) . . . transcendental . . . (Hindi: Old and broken all of this is transcendental. Even these dogs and pigs and all are transcendental. There is no bad thing here.) (break) (Hindi: . . . do not want to leave Vṛndāvana . . . (indistinct) . . . Our quarter, where we stay is one-and-a-half times bigger than this. And our bathroom is three-fourth of this. And Bedroom is also half, no more than half) . . . (break).
Guest (2): (break) (Hindi: Where thousands and thousands of soul's career is involved.) . . . (break).
Guest (3) (Hindi: Our respected guru used to say, he was a big pandit.) . . . (break)
Prabhupāda: (break) . . . trustees. Because he contributes. He contributes, and that boy, Gopāla Kṛṣṇa, he also contributes. (break) (laughter) You are not religious, huh? (laughter) (break)
Guest (4): . . . stay at Rādhā-Rāmaṇa in Puruṣottama Gosvāmī's old house, in Rādhā-Rāmaṇa. Lately I'm staying at . . . indistinct . . . Mahārāja's āśrama . . . (indistinct) . . . (break)
Prabhupāda: So what is the condition of the work? Finished?
Gurudāsa: Not finished. (break)
Prabhupāda: He requires so many things.
Prabhupāda: Whether he is connected. Encourage him to the Deity worship at Yamunā. What can we do? (pause) So wood has come?
Prabhupāda: So they're arranging for roofing?
Gurudāsa: Any for roofing? No, this is for scaffolding. Actually, also some wood planks for the roof to be casted with the steel. So that plank wood has also come, and the (Hindi: Wooden poles.) for casting, uh, for scaffolding has also come. And Guṇārṇava spoke to Tejiyas on the telephone, and he said that within a few days the steel would be ready. So I'm also going to go to Delhi the day after tomorrow and check on the steel, and I think we'll bring it down and start. (break)
Prabhupāda: . . . (indistinct)
Prabhupāda: . . . (indistinct)
Gurudāsa: Yes, we'll do that. I'll do that. (break) . . . so one can learn Deity worship in Vṛndāvana. I also will learn that Deity worship.
Prabhupāda: Los Angeles they are doing very nice.
Prabhupāda: (indistinct) . . . three men.
Gurudāsa: Hmm. That's nice, that's nice.
Prabhupāda: Three men at the time at ārati.
Gurudāsa: I was wondering. In Imlitala they do one man, but I was thinking three is very . . . at that JK temple in Kanpur, three men. That's nice.
Prabhupāda: Three men . . . (indistinct)
Gurudāsa: Very nice. (break)
Prabhupāda: Profusely flowers, they do it. Los Angeles is most gorgeous, temple. We are to do like that here in Vṛndāvana.
Prabhupāda: Very gorgeous. All decorated, chandeliers . . . (indistinct) . . . gongs, bells, mṛdaṅgas. Keep at least well-trained devotees, at least twelve. And for all that comfortable life . . . (indistinct) . . . Even if you do not know, that money. (break)
Gurudāsa: Some people make the . . . cut the coat to fit the pocket.
Gurudāsa: Cut the coat to fit the pocket.
Prabhupāda: That's right.
Gurudāsa: Basics. Then after everything is built and nicely established, then we will increase. Very clear and very nice.
Prabhupāda: Is that very good. (break) . . . that is good . . . one who desires well-being . . .
Prabhupāda: . . . he is called sūrya.
Prabhupāda: So he desires.
Gurudāsa: Yes. And he is not motivated.
Gurudāsa: He is very good, good. (break) Kapoor also is increasing more and more, very much favorable. Sat Bisanchand also is favorable. Is nice.
Prabhupāda: Influential man he is?
Gurudāsa: Somewhat influential, but . . . (break)
Prabhupāda: . . . that, but now from Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple he cannot take anything.
Prabhupāda: So how he will maintain?
Gurudāsa: I don't know. He must have some money.
Prabhupāda: And what Panchu is doing?
Gurudāsa: Panchu I have not seen, because I have been here mostly, on the construction site. I don't go so much.
Prabhupāda: How he has left for some service.
Gurudāsa: Maybe. I can inquire.
Prabhupāda: No. There is no . . . why you should go? Let them do their own work.
Devotee: I can sweep over here?
Prabhupāda: Huh? Yes. Why not?
Gurudāsa: Next month is again rental, rent time. I paid him six months in advance previously. So it would go to February. Because I knew that the śevaite was changing, so I wanted to do like that. Next month is again, March 1st, payment . . .
Prabhupāda: But whenever you give money, you must take receipt in this printed.
Gurudāsa: Yes. Printed receipt.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Printed form.
Gurudāsa: So I should again pay to Gaurachand Gosvāmī? I think so.
Prabhupāda: This, this, this . . . (indistinct) . . . complete.
Gurudāsa: But that . . . that will be complete soon. Saurabha says it will be complete soon.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Next time I, when I come . . .
Devotee: Come, it, roof should be ready.
Prabhupāda: . . . I want to see that it is, roof is complete, and then we begin. So another thing: should I take rates for the marble from others, or we shall accept this?
Gurudāsa: I've already taken rates, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Gurudāsa: And now this man, Narayan Das, says that yesterday they said that it did . . . the rates did not include people to put the marble in. It did not include laborers to install.
Prabhupāda: No, no. They have . . . they have to order this, because . . . (indistinct) . . . include everything.
Gurudāsa: If it includes, it is a good rate.
Gurudāsa: But in, in Makrana I got the rate seven-fifty, eight rupees. Seven, seven-fifty, eight for dungri, that kind. And about two-fifty to three extra for labor. So if they charge eight or seven, including labor and delivery and polishing, it is good rate, but if it is just delivery, it is not a good rate.
Prabhupāda: So, Mr . . . (indistinct) . . . said that he'll send the contract form. So we have to see.
Gurudāsa: If it does not include the delivery and the polishing . . .
Prabhupāda: (indistinct) . . . must include delivery, polishing, everything.
Gurudāsa: If it does, it's good rate. Also this black marble, I've gotten the price in Makrana four, four rupees and fifty paisa.
Prabhupāda: That is excluding labor.
Gurudāsa: Yes. So if they can do it for five, it is good rate.
Gurudāsa: But if they do it five for just the marble, it is not good rate.
Prabhupāda: No, no. That is not good. It is included everything. That I was informed by . . .
Gurudāsa: Then it's . . . then it is good. It is very good for us.
Prabhupāda: Then we shall accept.
Gurudāsa: Oh, yes. It is good quotation. But he is not willing to do the bank guarantee.
Gurudāsa: The pound, the huṇḍa, what is it called?
Prabhupāda: No. That we shall . . . he is not bringing all the goods at a time.
Prabhupāda: Partially. We have to pay.
Gurudāsa: All right. (break) Śrīla Prabhupāda, I want you to feel that we will do this, and this work, and spend frugally and thrifty.
Prabhupāda: Very frugally. You have already become very unfrugal.
Gurudāsa: I am agitated that you are anxious about it, because yes, I commit many mistakes, no doubt.
Prabhupāda: So, that's all right. Don't commit more, that's all.
Gurudāsa: Yes. But there's also some mistakes I have not committed. There's some very good things that have happened.
Prabhupāda: That's all right. Don't commit mistake.
Prabhupāda: Devotee should not commit mistake. He's above it.
Gurudāsa: But I want you to feel . . .
Prabhupāda: No. It is my business to worry.
Gurudāsa: Yes, yes. You are the best father I have. My father spared the rod. He spoiled me.
Gurudāsa: And you are not doing.
Prabhupāda: But don't take, because I do not show the stick, don't take advantage of it.
Gurudāsa: You have shown the stick, verbally.
Prabhupāda: Now do it nicely. Keep me less anxiety.
Gurudāsa: I want to do.
Prabhupāda: It is natural when money is misspent, one who brings money he thinks this.
Prabhupāda: I take so much trouble, and then . . . that is, that is always . . . (indistinct)
Gurudāsa: Yes. I also would feel that way.
Prabhupāda: So the money raised for the other business, that should be spent for that purpose.
Prabhupāda: And the temple money . . . so you'll go to the bank tomorrow? Yes?
Prabhupāda: Which bank he has dispatched the 50,000?
Gurudāsa: Yes, Syndicate.
Prabhupāda: But they have not yet informed. How is that? He said he has already sent.
Gurudāsa: He has telegrammed.
Gurudāsa: Girirāja has telegrammed.
Gurudāsa: But the bank has not informed. Guṇārṇava is checking today.
Prabhupāda: Telegrammed the money?
Gurudāsa: Girirāja has telegrammed myself, directly . . .
Gurudāsa: . . . that he has sent it.
Prabhupāda: When he has sent it?
Gurudāsa: Telegrammed yesterday . . . day before yesterday, evening.
Prabhupāda: Day before yesterday.
Gurudāsa: Late evening.
Prabhupāda: So they must have received the money by today.
Gurudāsa: Yes. Guṇārṇava is checking. (end)