Published on September 16th, 2022 | by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


The Ugly Reality and National Disasters

‘We are always in the ugly reality,’ Prabhupada said, ‘– twenty-four hours a day. Suppose there is no blackout? Still, if you go in the street, there is no guarantee that you will get home. In this way, you are always in the ugly reality. Why do you say only this blackout?

This is just one of the features of this ugly reality. That’s all.’

“Blackout! Blackout!” cried the reporter and others in the house. War between Pakistan and India had been imminent for weeks, and air raid drills and warnings were now commonplace in Delhi.

“Sir” — the reporter spoke tensely in the darkened room — “this is the presence of reality. We are being threatened by this fight with Pakistan.

The siren is the ugly reality coming for us.”

‘We are always in the ugly reality,’ Prabhupada said, ‘– twenty-four hours a day. Suppose there is no blackout? Still, if you go in the street, there is no guarantee that you will get home. In this way, you are always in the ugly reality. Why do you say only this blackout? This is just one of the features of this ugly reality. That’s all.’

Reporter: “Yes, but at the moment…”

Prabhupada: “You do not realize that you are in ugly reality twenty-four hours a day? Padam padam yad vipadam. There is danger at every step.”

Reporter: “I know, sir, but this is collective, national danger. Have you anything to offer us as a remedy?”

Prabhupada: “Krsna consciousness is our only remedy. Take to this process, and you will be happy.”

Reporter: “Sir, I think someone should go to the Yahya Khan [the president of Pakistan].”

Prabhupada: “What benefit will you derive by going to Yahya Khan?”

Reporter: “Someone is out to kill me.”

Prabhupada: “But suppose Yahya Khan does not kill you? Will you be safe? Then what is the use to go to Yahya Khan? You will die today or tomorrow. If you want to save yourself, then go to Krsna.

That is our proposition. Even if you go to Yahya Khan, and he does not fight, then you mean to say that you will live forever? What is the use of flattering Yahya Khan? Flatter Krsna, so that you may be saved perpetually. Why don’t you do that?”

Reporter: “I was only thinking in terms of collective security. I can see your point…”

Prabhupada: “You should know that you are always in danger.”

Reporter: “Yes, sir, we agree. The late Einstein said the same thing…”

Prabhupada: “That is our position, and Krsna says, “I will save you.’ Therefore, let us go to Krsna. Why go to Yahya Khan?”

Reporter: “Simply because he is disturbing us, that’s all.”

Prabhupada: “Your mind is always disturbing you all the time, because it is always with you. Your body is always with you. Are you not suffering from bodily pains? Why don’t you go to Yahya Khan to cure your pains? You are always in danger. Why don’t you realize that?”

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare


About the Author

Founded the Hare Krishna Movement in 1966 in New York. In only 11 years he spread the movement all over the world. He wrote more than 80 books including Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Sri Isopanisad. Prabhupada's books constitute a complete library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture.

2 Responses to The Ugly Reality and National Disasters

  1. Gopal KrishnaDasa says:

    Hare Krishna Dr. Dagdu Jadhav.
    You are rigth Srila Prabhupada is the Jagat Guru:
    He sent his followers, chanting the names of God, into the streets of cities and towns everywhere and Hare Krsna became famous in every corner of the earth.
    He sent his disciples to London, where they recorded the single, “Hare Krsna Mantra”, with George Harrison, in 1969. It became the fastest selling of all the Apple Corporation’s releases, including those of the Beatles. The record reached #3 in Czechoslovakia, #9 in Britain, and made the top ten in Germany, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Yugoslavia, and many other countries.
    He formally initiated approximately five thousand disciples. These initiates represented a sweeping diversity of nationalities, races, ethnicity, and religious backgrounds.
    He established 108 Krsna temples on six continents, installed the deity of Krsna in each center and trained his disciples in the process of deity worship. Thirty-two new temples (almost three a month) were opened in a single year, between 1970 and 1971.
    He inaugurated the Rathayatra Festival of Lord Jagannatha in major cities around the globe, in effect, bringing the temple to the people.
    He instituted the brahmacarini ashram, something previously unheard of in Vedic culture, to give shelter to single women wishing to practice Krsna consciousness.
    He instructed his disciples in 1967 to start an incense business to provide financial support for the temples. Within four years the business, Spiritual Sky Incense, generated an annual revenue of one million dollars (equivalent to $4,600,000 in 2004).
    He introduced the “Sunday Love Feast” and other prasadam (sanctified food) distribution programs that provided millions of free meals to the public.
    He created the world’s first chain of vegetarian restaurants.
    He spoke daily on the philosophy of Krsna consciousness, delivering thousands of formal lectures. Over 2,200 were recorded and archived.
    He conducted many hundreds of informal conversations on the science of Krsna consciousness with disciples, guests and friends. Over 1,300 were recorded and archived.
    He had scores of interviews and philosophical discussions with news reporters, scientists, religious leaders and politicians, as well as meetings with world-renowned dignitaries and celebrities like Indira Gandhi, Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Alice Coltrane, John Lennon and George Harrison.
    He recorded more than twenty albums of devotional music.
    He published the monthly magazine, Back to Godhead, which he called the backbone of his movement. At the height of its circulation in the mid seventies, over a million copies per issue were sold.
    He launched the ISKCON Life Membership Program that enrolled tens of thousands of members.
    He built major temples in Bombay and Vrndavana, and founded a spiritual city at Mayapur. All became international sites of pilgrimage.
    He established primary schools to provide education in the principles of devotional service.
    He founded the Bhaktivedanta Institute to advance Krsna consciousness within the scientific community, engaging serious academics in the consideration of the science of self-realization.
    He formed the Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust to unearth and renovate the holy places of Lord Caitanya’s pastimes.
    He set up farm communities to teach “simple living and high thinking”, emphasizing cow protection and dependence on God and nature.
    He commissioned his artist disciples to produce hundreds of illustrations of Krsna’s pastimes based on his meticulous instructions and the descriptions in his books.
    He directed some of his followers to learn the Indian art of “doll making” to present Vedic philosophy through dioramas. This project became the FATE Museums.
    He counseled his disciples on complex managerial, philosophical and personal issues in more than 6,000 archived letters.
    He was the subject of more than 30,000 archival photos and more than seventy hours of documentary film footage.
    He wrote approximately seventy books on the science of Krsna consciousness, sleeping only a few hours per day. Dozens of prominent scholars and educators from leading universities praised his work. The Encyclopedia Britannica proclaimed that his voluminous translations from the original Sanskrit and his lucid commentaries “have astounded literary and academic communities worldwide.” This feat is even more astonishing considering the translations and commentaries were in English, which was a second language to the author.
    He founded the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) in 1972, to produce his books. By 1976, over 55,000,000 literatures had been published in twenty-five languages and distributed in almost every country, making the BBT the world’s largest publisher of Indian religious and philosophical texts. One printing alone of Bhagavad-gita As It Is required seventy-six train cars to ship the paper needed to print it.
    He completed the entire Caitanya-caritamrta manuscript (seventeen volumes) in eighteen months.
    He ordered and supervised the BBT in publishing seventeen volumes of his books in only two months time, in 1974.
    He circled the globe fourteen times, visiting twenty-four countries, preaching, inspiring his followers and making countless public appearances before multitudes of people.
    He skillfully managed his international society simply through letters and personal meetings, virtually without the use of a telephone.

    Chant hare Krishna and be happy.

  2. Jai Guru Dev

    Thanking you for sendig news letter to us.

    Guru,I am all ready connected to you throug My Lord RAMKRISHNA MATH & RAMKRISHNA MISSION from long back year.Also joining to you increases my spiritual knowledge & prastices.

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