“Perfect Questions - Perfect Answers” Conversations between His Divine. Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Bob Cohen, a Peace Corps. A Peace Corps worker, Bob Cohen, traveling in India meets a sadhu and asks many questions and for the first time in his life gets perfect answers. Perfect Questions. Perfect Answers. Conversations Between. His Divine Grace. A . C. Bhaktivedanta. Swami Prabhupada and Bob Cohen, a Peace Corps worker.
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There I met Prabhupada again. I was the only Western nondevotee on the island, and since I was living with the devotees on their land, this was a unique opportunity to learn intimately about Krishna consciousness.
When I met Prabhupada, he asked me how I was and if I had any questions. The devotees had explained to me that Prabhupada could answer any questions about spiritual life because he represents a disciplic succession of spiritual masters. I thought that Prabhupada might really know what is going on in the world.
After all, his devotees claimed this, and I admired and respected his devotees. So with this in mind I began to ask my question.
Inadvertently, I had approached a spiritual master guru in the proper manner, submissively asking questions about spiritual matters. Prabhupada was pleased, and over the next several days he answered my questions. I asked them mostly from an academic point of view, but Prabhupada always gave me personal answers so that I would take to spiritual life. Prabhupada was patiently trying to help me understand that Krishna God is the supreme enjoyer, supreme friend and supreme proprietor.
I put forward many impediments to accepting the obvious: that I would have to become serious about God consciousness to understand God. But Prabhupada relentlessly yet kindly urged me on. Gradually, am overcoming material impediments. Due to the kindness of Srila Prabhupada, I have realized the importance of inquiring about spiritual life from a genuinely self-realized person. Spiritual life has thus become more real to me and less sentimental.
Bob Cohen Srila Prabhupada: This movement is especially meant to enable a human being to reach the real goal of life. Bob: The real goal—?
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Srila Prabhupada: The real goal of life. Bob: Is the real goal of life to know God? Srila Prabhupada: Yes. To go back home, back to Godhead. That is the real goal of life. Just like the water that comes from the sea—it forms clouds, the clouds fall down as rain, and the actual goal is to flow down the river and again enter the sea. So, we have come from God, and now we are embarrassed by this material life. Therefore, our aim should be to get out of this embarrassing situation and go back home, back to Godhead.
This is the real goal of life. If anyone comes to Me—mam upetya—he does not come back again. To this place—duhkhalayam asasvatam. This place is the abode of miseries. Everyone knows, but they have been fooled, befooled by so-called leaders. This is miserable life, material life.
Krishna says, God says, that this place is duhkhalayam—it is a place of miseries. And it is also asasvatam, temporary. I shall remain here as an American or Indian. That also you cannot do. You cannot remain an American. You may think that, having been born in America, you are very happy.
But you cannot remain an American for long. You will have to be kicked out of that place. And your next life you do not know! Therefore, it is duhkhalayam asasvatam—miserable and temporary.
That is our philosophy. Bob: But when you have some knowledge of God, then life is not so miserable? Srila Prabhupada: No! Some knowledge will not do. You must have perfect knowledge. So, we are giving human society a chance to learn Bhagavad-gita as it is and make their lives perfect. That is the Krishna consciousness movement. The Science of the Soul Srila Prabhupada: What does your science say about the transmigration of the soul?
Bob: I think…that science…cannot deny or affirm it.
Science does not know it. Srila Prabhupada: Therefore I say that science is imperfect.
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Bob: Science may, though, say something. It is said in science that energy is never destroyed; it is just changed. But how the energy is working in the future-that science does not know. How is the energy diverted?
How, by different manipulations, is the energy working differently? For instance, electrical energy. By different handling it is operating the heater, and it is operating the refrigerator.
They are just the opposite, but the electrical energy is the same. Similarly, this energy-living energy-how is it being directed? Which way is it going? How is it fructifying in the next life? That they do not know. But in Bhagavad-gita it is very simply stated.
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When this shirt is unusable, you change it. Similarly, this body is just like a shirt and coat. When it is no longer workable, we have to change it.
What is constant? Srila Prabhupada: That is the soul. Bob: From one life to the next? Srila Prabhupada: That is the soul-I.
Identity: atma, or soul. Bob: My soul is different from your soul? You are an individual soul, I am an individual soul. Bob: You have removed yourself from karmic influences. If I was to remove myself from karmic influences, would our souls be the same or different?
Srila Prabhupada: The soul is of the same quality in all. You are under a certain conception of life at the present moment, and these countrymen of yours [the Krishna consciousness devotees] were under a certain conception of life, but by training they have taken to another conception of life. So the ultimate training is how to become Krishna conscious.
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That is perfection. Bob: If two people are Krishna conscious, is their soul the same? And you are right of course that one can learn many things from life.
But everything we learn from life is negative. You can learn from life that you can not be happy in any way in the material world. You can learn from life that the ultimate result of any attempt we make to become happy through sense gratification will be frustration. You can learn from life that every relationship will ultimately end and if the relationship has not already caused you a great deal of suffering the end of that relationship will cause you to suffer greatly.
So from life we can learn that all relationships will ultimately cause us suffering. So as I said, life, by itself, is a useless teacher. But in that impersonal, senseless and activityless state the eternally active spirit soul is not happy. What is the point of opening schools and hospitals and feeding the poor in a false world?
It makes no sense. But they have no alternative. Because impersonal liberation is boring and they can not stay there. So life is a useless teacher because it can at most only teach us up to the point of impersonal liberation, and that is useless, because everyone will fall down from this impersonal so-called liberation.
The only useful teacher is the bona fide spiritual master.If I was to remove myself from karmic influences, would our souls be the same or different? I am a servant. That is the real system. Hare krishna prabhu I have ordered the book Krishna the supreme personality of godhead original I am engaged.
Everyone is hankering after someone because he realizes some mellow in it.
But he has to be controlled. But life has no potency to teach us about Krishna. Sam means complete.