Brahmana Means Perfect Gentleman
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Prabhupāda: This is brāhmaṇa. This formula is there: satya śamo damas titikṣā ārjava (BG 18.42). So you have to see whether he is possessing this quality. Or train them. Have brahminical school, what I am willing to do. That is required absolutely. There must be a class of men, perfect brāhmaṇa. Otherwise society will be ruined. In the Western countries there is no brāhmaṇa. There may be some kṣatriyas and vaiśyas only, and śūdras. Brāhmaṇas there is none. The same thing is here also now. Therefore the whole society is going down. There is no brāhmaṇa. What is this? This is brahminical culture. We are asking them not to be sinful; become devotee. This is brahminical culture. Namo brahmaṇya-devāya go-brāhmaṇa-hitāya ca (Viṣṇu Purāṇa 1.19.65). Kṛṣṇa consciousness means go-brāhmaṇa-hitāya ca—for the benefit of brahminical culture and cow protection. That is brahminical culture.

Devotee: So to be recognized as brāhmaṇas...

Prabhupāda: Hmm?

Devotee: To be recognized, our men will have to be, as you were saying yesterday, perfect gentlemen.

Prabhupāda: Yes, brāhmaṇa means perfect gentleman. Brāhmaṇa means perfect gentleman. A rogue, thief, cannot become brāhmaṇa. Brāhmaṇa is perfect gentleman. Who feels for others, that is gentleman. Who does not feel for others, for his sense gratification, he is a rogue. A brāhmaṇa, a gentleman, must feel that "Why there should be animal killing?" That is gentleman. If you are killed, you cry and you are... Hundreds and thousands of animals you are killing on the plea that they have no soul. Lowest class, narādhama. They have been described as narādhama. So narādhama civilization, how he can be happy? There must be frustration.

(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Vrindavan, April 9, 1976)

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