Oct 102020

On June 6, 1969, in New Vrindaban, Srila Prabhupada spoke on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.10:

na yad vacas citra-padam harer yaso
jagat-pavitram pragrnita karhicit
tad vayasam tirtham usanti manasa
na yatra hamsa niramanty usik-ksayah

“Those words which do not describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered by saintly persons to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows. Since the all-perfect persons are inhabitants of the transcendental abode, they do not derive any pleasure there.”

Srila Prabhupada explained, “Narada . . . says that this is vayasam tirtham. Vayasam tirtham. Vayasam means crows. And the crows—their place of pleasure . . . Have you seen crows? In India we have got many crows. In India the crows take pleasure in all nasty things. You’ll find they take pleasure in a place where all nasty things are thrown, garbage. They’ll pick out the garbage, find out whether there is mucus, where there is pus. Just like flies—they’ll sit down on the stool. Maksikam bhramara icchanti. And the bees, they will try to take honey. Even in the animals you’ll see. The honey . . . The bees will never come to the stool, and the ordinary flies, they never go to collect honey.

“Similarly, there are divisions in the birds, divisions in the beasts, divisions in human society. So you cannot expect that ordinary persons will come to Krishna consciousness. You see? Because they have been trained to become flies, they will taste stool. You see? The modern education is to teach people to become flies—only stool.

“Not here—Krishna consciousness. Make it a honeycomb. Those who are seeking after honey will find, ‘Here is something.’ You see? Don’t make it a stool society. You see? Make it a honey society. At least give a chance to those who are seeking after honey, so they will come. You see? Don’t cheat people.”

Hare Krishna.

Yours in service,
Giriraj Swami

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