"You know the story, punar mūṣiko bhava? Anyone knows? Punar mūṣiko bhava means 'Again you become a mouse.' (laughter) A mouse came to a saintly person: 'Sir, I am very much troubled.' 'What is that?' People generally go to saintly persons for some material profit. That is the nature, animalistic nature. Why you should go to a saintly person for some material benefit? No. You go there to learn what is God. That is real business. Anyway, saintly persons sometimes receive. 'So what do you want?' Just like Lord Śiva, his devotees are all like that mouse, want something. 'Sir, this cat troubles me very much.' 'So what you want?' 'Let me become a cat.' 'All right, you become a cat.' So he became a cat. Then after few days, he came back. 'Sir, still I am in trouble.' 'What is that?' 'The dogs, (laughter) they trouble us very much.' 'So what you want?' 'Now I want to become a dog.' 'All right, you become.' Then after few days... One after..., there is nature's arrangement. One is weak, one is strong. That is nature's arrangement. So after all, he wanted to become a tiger. So by the grace of the saintly person, he became a tiger. And when he became a tiger, he was staring on the saintly person like, oh. (Prabhupāda makes a face—devotees laugh) So the saintly person asked him, 'You want to eat me?' 'Yes.' 'Oh, then you may again become a mouse. (laughter) If by my grace, by my favor, you have become tiger, so I will again condemn you to become a mouse.'
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From a Tiger to a Mouse
That is happening. That is the nature's law. Nature's law."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, November 30, 1973)

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So you American people, you have become tiger now, Nixon tiger. But if you don't behave obligely, if you don't feel obliged, if the tiger feels obliged that 'By the grace of the saintly person, I have come to the stage of becoming a tiger, I must be very much obliged to him...' But instead of becoming obliged, if you want to eat, then again become a mouse. If the saintly person has got the power to make you from mouse to tiger, then he can convert you again from tiger to mouse. You must always remember this.
So by the grace of God, Kṛṣṇa, you have become so powerful nation, rich, beautiful, educated. By grace of Kṛṣṇa you have become, but if you forget Kṛṣṇa, then you are again going to be mouse. Remember that. Nobody will care for you. Just like Englishmen. Englishmen, they established the British Empire, great, powerful, most powerful nation in the world. Now they are not so. Because they misused their power. So you get power, opulence, by the grace of Lord, Kṛṣṇa. And if you misuse it, then you become again...