TWO STORIES SAID BY SRILA PRABHUPADA!
(1) DO WHAT YOU KNOW
(Told by Srila Prabhupada in Room Conversation – Montreal, 16.07.1968)
Expert means whatever he is doing, he must do it very nicely That’s all.
Suppose you are sweeping this room. You can do it very nicely, to your best knowledge. That is expert.
The people will say, “Oh, you have very nicely done.”
Any work you do, do it very nicely. That is expert.
Don’t do it haphazardly. To your best talent, to your best capacity, try to finish it very nicely, whatever it may be.
You are entrusted with some work. Do it nicely. That is expert.
If you think that you are unable to do that work, then whatever work you can do, you take.
But do it nicely. That is expert.
Don’t imitate. “Oh, I have no capacity to work in that way, but I want to imitate. Oh, he is doing that. I shall do that.”
Don’t do that. That is not expert.
You take up what you can do very nicely and do it nicely.
We have so many works. Krsna is not that He is static. He is dynamic force.
Just like Arjuna, he was not a Vedantist, he was not a brahmaṇa, he was not a sannyasi.
He was householder. He was military man. But he knew his business, how to do it nicely.
So you do your business nicely. That is expert.
And when it is dovetailed in Krsna, there is no gradation that this business is better and that business is lower because everything is for Krsna.
So that business becomes Krsna. Do it nicely and Krsna is satisfied. And that is your success. Avyapare suvyaparam yo naraḥ kartum icchati, sa-mulo hanyate ‘khila parthiva vanarah (?) Expert.
There is a very nice story in Sanskrit.
A monkey. A monkey… You might have some experience, that sawmen, who cut wood? Sawmen.
So a sawman was cutting wood by the saw.
So at the end of business it was half cut so he pulled down a, I mean to say, a plug so that next day he will come and he’ll again begin sawing. So went away.
So one monkey came.
So monkey sat down there and began to pull on the plug because monkey’s business is simply mischievous.
So he did not know that his plough (?) and some portion of his thigh was within the hole and when he took out this plug it was, (claps) I mean to say,_clipped, and he could not get out and died.
So the instruction is that… ‘Khila parthiva vanaraḥ, vyapare suvyaparam.
Avyapara means a occupation, an occupation which is not fit for you.
That is avyapara. Avyapara-suvyaparam.
And one occupation which is not exactly fitting you, you do not know how to do it, so avyapare suvyaparam yo kartu… If one wants to act in a business in which he is unable to do, then he is killed just like this fool monkey.
Avyapare suvyaparam yo naraḥ kartum icchati, sa-mulo hanyate.
That foolish person is killed just like this monkey.
The monkey’s business was not to imitate the sawman, but he wanted to imitate.
The result was that he was killed. So that is not expertness.
Expertness is you just try to do which is easily performed by you.
You don’t accept anything heavy task because Krsna does not want that you have to do this heavy task. Whatever you know, you just apply it. You dovetail it in Krsna consciousness.
Krsna does not say that you have to become like this, like that, like that, then you can serve Him. Does not say.
Just like this cow. Just see. What does it know? He’s an animal. You see? But the calf knows to brush his head and tongue like this, in love.
It is doing and Krsna accepting, “Yes.” That is expert.
First of all find out what is easily done by you. Don’t take anything which is not easily done by you.
You find out what is your occupation, what you can very nicely and easily perform, and do it for Krsna.
(Read the Diary of Life History of Srila Prabhupada HERE)
(2) REAL CONTRACEPTIVE
(As told by Srila Prabhupada in his Lecture In Mayapur, 26.02.1976)
Because we become diseased, we become subject to birth and death, we… This is all due to our sinful activities.
Why are repeatedly…? We are eternal.
Na hanyate hanyamane sarire (BG 2.20). This is our position, that we do not die even after the body’s destruction.
Then why should I be in this position, that repeatedly I have to die, I have to give up this body, again accept another body, again suffer?
This is the problem, but mudha, duskrtina, they do not see to the real problem. That is their fault. Neither they have knowledge to see the real problem. Therefore they are mudha. Is it not?
He’s understood that na hanyate hanyamane sarire (BG 2.20).
So this question does not come, that “I am eternal. I do not die after the annihilation of the body. Why I am subjected to this tribulation?”
Nobody thinks; therefore mudha. Just like animal. Animal, in the slaughterhouse, one animal is being killed, and the other animal is eating grass. He’s thinking that “I am safe.”
He does not know that “Next moment I’ll be killed.” This is animal life.
The human life means if somebody is being killed, so he should be immediately warned, taking warning, “Oh, my turn is coming. Let me go away.”
There is one story in this connection. Not story; these are facts.
A hunter spread his net. So some little birds, they fell down in the net and they are crying.
They are crying.
So the father, mother, when they came, they saw that their children are in danger: “It is caught by the net of the hunter.”
So mother immediately jumped over it to save the children, and she was also captured.
Then the father saw, “Now if I go to save them, I’ll be captured. Let me go away. Let me take sannyasa. That’s all.” (laughter).
That is intelligence. (laughter). You cannot give protection to your family, to your society. To your… No, you cannot give. That is not possible. They must die.
They must be captured by the network of maya.
You cannot save them. If you want to save them, then make them Krsna conscious. That is the only remedy.
Unless you are expert in saving your children by giving them Krsna consciousness, then you are not, you should not become father and mother.
That is real contraceptive method, that “I shall… We are married, undoubtedly, husband and wife, but unless we are competent to give protection to my children—no more death—we should not beget children.”
This is real contraceptive.
(Also Read THIS STORY: PRABHUPADA’s CHALLENGE – STORY)