These are not people. These are animals.

I remember a very important conversation on the roof of the New York building. Just before this conversation, Tamal and I were with Prabhupada in his room and I started telling Prabhupada about how degraded the society had become. We started telling Prabhupada about the drugs, illicit sex, pornography, and the child pornography and the homosex and for some reason Prabhupada was letting us give this report. And we were being somewhat graphic. And Prabhupada’s comments were so strong: “We are not preaching to human beings. We are preaching to animals. This is not human life. This is all animal life.” It was so heavy. Prabhupada’s comments about the state of the Kali-yuga. It was something that Tamal and I would never forget. Years later we would talk about this conversation and how Prabhupada allowed us to describe these gross things and how Prabhupada listened and told us, “Do not give these people credit. Do not be so concerned what they have to say, what their opinions are. These are not people. These are animals.”

Told by Ramesvara Dasa.

 

All glories to Kali-yuga, sudras and women!

Here is an interesting account from the Visnu Purana regarding auspiciousness of otherwise inauspicious things.

Kali yuga is considered to be the worst of the four ages (satya, treta, dvapara and kali) for 3/4 of religious principles are abandoned, and there is a decline in all sattvic qualities of men. It is known as the age of quarrel, hypocrisy and misfortune.  “O learned one, in this iron age of Kali men almost always have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always disturbed.” (SB 1.1.10). But still, in spite of all the bad qualities, by the Lord’s mercy, the process of self realization is so easy. Kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta sanga param vrajet, “My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom.” (SB 12.3.51)

Similarly the sudras are considered the lowest of four classes (brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas and sudras) in Vedic varnasrama system, being conditioned by the mode of ignorance and thus unfit to study Vedas. Nevertheless Lord’s mercy is not out of their reach, moreover, without taking much responsibility, as higher classes do, sudras can attain the very same merit simply by serving them (other higher three classes). read more