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"So the Krishna consciousness movement is very scientific... authorized. Try to understand Krishna. We have got so many literature. Don't waste a single moment. Kalena. And Canakya Pandita, the moral instructor... He's not spiritual instructor, but moral... But he has said that ayusah ksana eko 'pi na labhyah svarna-kotibhih. One moment of your life, if it is wasted without any profit, just imagine how much loss you have suffered. Because you cannot get back one moment of your life again even if you are prepared to pay millions of dollars. That you cannot get back. Nineteen seventy-four, 19th January, passed -- you cannot get it back again. If you... any rich man comes forward, 'Please get me back again 1974, 19th January,' 'No, sir, that is not possible.' Any price you offer, it is not possible. So just imagine, if we waste our time, how much loss we are suffering. We calculate loss and gain. So don't waste time."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Honolulu, January 20, 1974)

"So my Guru Maharaja used to say that 'Don't take the risk of waiting for another life. Finish this business, Krishna consciousness, in this life.' In this life. Because there is no certainty. So our propaganda is, 'Take to this movement, Krishna consciousness. Don't risk. Take to Krishna consciousness.' What is that Krishna consciousness? Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru (BG 18.65). That's all. Always think of Krishna. Is it very difficult job?"

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, February 16, 1971)

"We should not waste our time. That is advised by Rupa Gosvami also. Avyartha-kalatvam (CC Madhya 23.18-19). We should be very cautious not to waste a single moment without Krishna consciousness. So we have got so many activities. If we have no activities, then we can polish the floor of the temple. That is not very difficult. If I am illiterate, I have no interest in reading books, I have no interest in chanting or I cannot do it constantly, then take something and mop over the temple and cleanse the temple. That is also service. It is not that one who is engaged in the Deity worship, he is better engaged, and one who is polishing the floor, he is less engaged. No. Both of them will get equal benefit. Krishna consciousness is so nice. So find out some business for Krishna. Don't waste time. That is the perfection of Krishna consciousness."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, January 3, 1974)

"This is Vedic civilization: not to waste a single moment of life for useless attempt. That is Vedic civilization. Every moment should be utilized, especially for the human being. It's so valuable. And they are finding out sporting, swimming and surfing -- simply all programs of wasting time, especially in the Western countries. How much they have invented, I see only and laugh. The elderly men of your age, of course, maybe my age also, they are swimming and surfing. How they have invented means of fishing. Yes, all old men, they are sitting hours and hours for capturing one fish. Just see their civilization."

(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Bombay, November 11, 1975)

"If you actually want to become free from the contamination of this material world, then you should always be engaged in chanting, sankirtanam. Not only the holy name, but reading the Krishna book, The Nectar of Devotion, Teachings of Lord Caitanya. If you feel tired chanting, you read these books. Sometimes there is psychology, transfer. You are reading some book, you want to read another book. So we have got so many books. If you feel tired this book, then transfer your attention to another book, or another book, or chant. Find out. Simply, not to waste a single moment. Kirtaniyah sada harih (CC Adi 17.31). Caitanya Mahāprabhu says sada. Sada means always. So we have got materials for engaging ourself always in Krishna consciousness. Not that we have got only this one item. No. We have got so many items. That is also accepted."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Gorakhpur, February 14, 1971)

"Read Bhagavad-gita thoroughly, and be sincere and make your life successful. Don't be cheater. Read and follow, and Krishna will help you, this life. Don't expect another life to prepare. 'It is guaranteed human life?' somebody asking. Even if it guaranteed, why should you take the chance of another life? Finish this business in this life. Take help from Krishna, take help from books, take from your spiritual master. Why another life? Another life... Suppose you get another human life. Is it guaranteed? You may fall down again. So my Guru Maharaja used to say that 'Finish all business in this life.' Na mocayed yah samupeta-mrtyum (SB 5.5.18). Finish this business of birth, death, old age and disease in this life. You can do that. This is our main business, not to make arrangement for eating, sleeping, mating and defending under different garb, under different pretext. That is not our business."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Honolulu, January 20, 1974)

"My Guru Maharaja used to say like that, that 'Finish this business in this life. Don't delay for the next life.' He was telling also that 'Don't give me trouble again to come here to deliver you.' That is the responsibility of spiritual master. Spiritual master responsibility is to take the disciple to Krishna, until he is able to do -- to help him, to help him, to help him. That is the verdict of the sastras. Just like Bilvamangala Thakura. His spiritual master delivered him, taking the shape of a prostitute.

So these, I mean to say, stories are there. We have to take responsibility. The first thing is that we have taken very, very responsible task, to finish this so-called lording over this material nature. The material life means everyone is trying to lord over the material nature, bhoga. And we cannot do that. That is not possible. Therefore we are in trouble. This very mentality, that 'I shall lord it over...'

Everyone in the material world... And so long this, 'I shall serve Krishna, not lord it over...' Just the opposite. This is material mentality: 'I shall lord it over.' The whole world is struggling. Everyone is thinking, 'I will lord it over. I shall be over everyone. My votes shall be the largest number. I shall become...' And our business is not to lord it over but to serve Krishna.

So the Visnuduta... We have to become Visnuduta. Our preachers are Visnuduta. They have to give protection to any person who is slightly inclined to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is pancaratra-vidhi. We shall give all help, all assistance, to such persons.

That is our business. It is not sleeping business, it is not lazying business. We should be always active. We shall always make plan, think how to protect this miserable condition of the material... They cannot understand. They are fools. They are rascals. So you have to give them knowledge. You have to give them help. That is missionary activity.

Missionary activity is not laziness or sleeping. My Guru Maharaja used to say that prana ache yara sei hetu pracara, that 'I have got some dozen of disciples, and I have got a temple, and people are contributing. Now I have got good arrangement for eating and sleeping. Now I am perfect. Because I am getting some food without any work, and honor, then I am perfect.' This is not the mentality. Prana ache yara. You must be engaged continually for these missionary activity."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Gorakhpur, February 11, 1971)
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