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720704 - Conversation B - New York

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


Previous conversation B is now 720704 - Conversation A - New York


720704R3-NEW YORK - July 04, 1972 - 08:59 Minutes



Devotee (1): A brush.

Prabhupāda: No soap?

Devotee (1): I don't think so. It's wire, metal.

Prabhupāda: What?

Devotee (1): It's a metal brush. It would be too hard for the nails, for the body.

Ātreya Ṛṣi: Yeah. For toes? For toenails.

Devotee (1): For feet?

Ātreya Ṛṣi: Toenails, perhaps.

Prabhupāda: (indistinct) . . . cord?

Devotee (1): Silk cord?

Prabhupāda: What is it meant?

Devotee: Round the neck. Some brass shoes. (sound of fireworks exploding)

Prabhupāda: You . . . (indistinct) . . .?

Devotee (1): Match your bead bag.

Prabhupāda: Huh?

Devotee (1): It will match your bead bag.

Devotee (2): Handkerchief.

Prabhupāda: Popularly. (laughter)

Devotee (1): Time magazine, special issue.

Prabhupāda: (devotees are laughing as they look at magazine) First name . . . (indistinct) . . .? What is that?

Devotee (1): It says: "Vai . . . Vaikuṇṭha Playhouse, statement of purpose." There's a theatrical group called the Vaikuṇṭha Players. (break)

Ātreya Ṛṣi: . . . Śrīla Prabhupāda, Fourth of July.

Prabhupāda: Huh?

Ātreya Ṛṣi: It's Fourth of July.

Prabhupāda: Today?

Ātreya Ṛṣi: Yes, Śrīla Prabhupāda.

Prabhupāda: Hmm. Keep it all in almirah.

Devotee (1): This is some peanuts.

Prabhupāda: Distribute.

Ātreya Ṛṣi: It's a very sad day for us, Śrīla Prabhupāda.

Prabhupāda: Hmm?

Ātreya Ṛṣi: It's a sad day for us.

Prabhupāda: Sad day?

Ātreya Ṛṣi: Sad.

Prabhupāda: Why?

Ātreya Ṛṣi: You have . . . (indistinct) . . . very limited opportunity for associating, so offensively. You'll be leaving today.

Prabhupāda: Hmm?

Ātreya Ṛṣi: You'll be going away.

Prabhupāda: Home-made soap you can make?

Devotee (1): I could make it if I found out how. I don't know the ingredients.

Prabhupāda: Hmm?

Devotee (1): I don't know the ingredients, but I could find out the ingredients and the process. I could try.

Prabhupāda: Who can make home-made soap. You can?

Devotee (3): We will be making in . . .

Prabhupāda: Huh?

Devotee (3): . . . the Spiritual Sky business. We'll be making. It's the same business, this soap, I think.

Prabhupāda: No, it is not needed.

Devotee (1): (indistinct) . . . (fireworks)

Prabhupāda: It is . . . (indistinct)

Devotee (1): Yes. (break)

Prabhupāda: . . . a cheater is not disqualification in this country.

Ātreya Ṛṣi: It's a good qualification.

Prabhupāda: (laughs) Good qualification.

Ātreya Ṛṣi: Biggest cheaters are in control, in charge.

Prabhupāda: What is the disqualification? Not to become cheater?

Ātreya Ṛṣi: Yes, then they will be stupid.

Devotee (4): To be an honest man.

Ātreya Ṛṣi: See, then they call you stupid.

Prabhupāda: Oh. The standard is different, completely. Human intelligence means you must be a big cheater.

Devotee (1): Śrīla Prabhupāda?

Prabhupāda: Ah?

Devotee (1): What would you like to take for lunch today?

Prabhupāda: I'm not feeling very much hungry. Don't prepare now. If I feel hungry, it can be done. Call Śyāmasundara.

Ātreya Ṛṣi: Śrīla Prabhupāda?

Prabhupāda: Hmm.

Ātreya Ṛṣi: Would you have any instructions as to how I could serve you better? For me?

Prabhupāda: By convincing people of . . . (break) (end)