Devotee: Gurudeva, you are tri-kāla-jña; you know everything. The demons control the planet, and people say that sooner or later they will force us to put a microchip inside our body. What will happen at that time?
(To Vrajanātha dāsa) Do you know about this?
Vrajanātha dāsa: Gurudeva, prabhu is saying that you are tri-kālajña; you know future, past, and present. Nowadays, the demoniac leaders of this world want to put a small microchip under the skin of each human, so they can know where everyone is going and what everyone is doing, so that at any time they can check up on anyone.
Will this happen, or not?
Devotee: What will happen if they do this?
Śrīla Gurudeva: This may happen, but what good will result? Will they never die? Will they know the soul? Will they be happy by knowing what they will find out? If not, then what is the point? They do so many things to attain happiness, but still they are not happy.
They are not intelligent. If they were intelligent they would become Kṛṣṇa conscious. They are so foolish; eating meat and eggs, drinking wine, and always engaging in sense gratification; divorcing their wives and again, again, and again getting new, new, new ones.
Śrīpāda Śrautī Mahārāja: He is very worried that in the near future there will be chaos.
Śrīla Gurudeva: What can you do? Why are you so anxious? Depend on Kṛṣṇa. Depend on Kṛṣṇa.
Devotee: It is good to know because…
Śrīla Gurudeva: You cannot do anything to change what happens in the material world. Just pray to Kṛṣṇa; He will protect you. I heard many years ago that Los Angeles would soon sink into the ocean, and that the world would soon be demolished. What became of that? Nothing has yet come of it.
Prakāśātmā dāsa: People are afraid of dying.
Śrīla Gurudeva: Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja was very, very intelligent, and very, very merciful. He collected so many devotees, and even though they were not qualified, he gave many of them sannyāsa. He knew they would not be able to maintain their sannyāsa; he knew that they were lusty. He knew this, but he also knew that he had to do something in this world. So, he gave them sannyāsa and somehow preached through them.
In order to create their sukṛti he told them, “Bring money.” The sannyāsīs and brahmacārīs then collected money, by book distribution, by preaching, and even by doing nonsense things, and they gave it to him. Thus, they gained sukṛti. He knew that even if they would later on leave their sannyāsa āśrama, there would be no harm ultimately – because again, in the future, they might come in the proper devotional line.
Śrīpāda Mādhava Mahārāja: It is stated in Bhagavad-gītā:
pratyavāyo na vidyate
sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya
trāyate mahato bhayāt
[Endeavours on the path of bhakti-yoga are neither fruiteless, nor is there any flaw. Even a little practice frees one from the great danger of transmigrating endlessly within the cycle of repeated birth and death in this material world.]
Śrīla Gurudeva: In order to attain bhakti, you must give some energy. What is energy? Money is a manifestation of energy, so if you give money for Kṛṣṇa’s service, that activity creates your sukṛti. If you have money, it will somehow or other disappear; you are not able to keep it in your pocket. Why, then, should that money not go to Vaiṣṇavas so that you will gain sukṛti and very soon become Kṛṣṇa conscious?
Stavyadeva dāsa: Sometimes, some of my children do bad things. As a father, what should be my disposition towards them?
Śrīla Gurudeva: What can you do? Now they are quite independent; they can hear neither me nor you. How can we help them? They ruin their own lives and also the lives of my brahmacārīs. Sometimes I become worried about how I will save my devotees, my brahmacārīs and sannyāsīs. Let them do what they are doing, and when they have problems and realize their mistakes, they will automatically return to the proper path.
Walking with A Saint – Morning Walks and Conversations by
Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja
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