Stories shared by Srila Prabhupada during conversations and lectures.
Without God's sanction you cannot do anything, that's a fact. But what kind of sanction it is, that you have to understand. God is creator, God is giving sanction. Everything is God. Otherwise how He is God? But He has to do.
There is a story like that, that the thief is praying to God, "My Lord, give me the chance I can make some stealing in that house." And the householder also praying to God, "My Lord, please save my house, my things may not be stolen." Now God has to adjust. God has to please the thief and the householder. And both of them are prayer.
So God has so intelligence, He can do like that. He can give the sanction to the thief and He can give protection to the householder. That is God's position. Because both of them prayers, praying, "Give me the facility." And isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrid-dese 'rjuna tishthati [Bg 18.61]. And He is situated in everyone's heart, and there are so many petitions, and He has to deal with them. That is God. Hare Krishna.
Reference: Evening Darsana - August 11, 1976, Tehran
Prabhupada: Yes. He had very good wife, young wife, and he became a victim to a prostitute and lost all brahminical culture. So if you create prostitute in the society, where is the hope of brahminical culture?
There is a story that a rascal, he was rich, and he was going to the prostitute. So the wife inquired that, "What is wanting in me that you are going to the prostitute?" You know that story? "No, I go there because she dances, sings." So she learned dancing. So in this way, one after another, drinking, dancing, this, that. Still he was going. The wife learned everything. Then when she said, "Now I have learned whatever you wanted. Still why you are...?" "No, one thing. I cannot express that." "What is that?" "You do not abuse my father and mother. That you cannot do." These prostitutes, they abuse the father and mother.
In Bengal it is known, rakta kedara vega.[?] They address like that. Then she said, "All right. Stop. I am no more your wife. I cannot abuse your father and mother. That is not possible. I have learned everything for your satisfaction, but I cannot learn this thing." The prostitute will not only abuse the paramour but his father, mother, family, everything, culture.
Tamala Krishna: And he enjoys it.
Prabhupada: And he enjoys: "Oh, so kindly she is abusing. It is love."
Reference: Morning Walk - January 21, 1976, Mayapur
Indian man (2): ... political things. Two and two will always be four. But we people don't agree so far.
Prabhupada: Yes. You want five.
Indian man (2): [laughter] We want five, correct. Four to make it five.
Prabhupada: There is a story that a grocer's son was doing business, and when he was given a five rupees note, so he was giving four rupees. So the customer said, "Why you are giving me four rupees?" "No, I do not know what is the exchange." "No, it is six rupees." So, "No, father will be angry." [laughter] Means he knows perfectly well what is five rupees, but he is innocent when he was giving four rupees. And when the customer wanted six rupees, he, "No, my father will be angry." [break] ...created a havoc by misinterpreting Bhagavad-gita, all people. According to their whims, "Five rupees note means four rupees," by imagination, they have created havoc all over the world. Otherwise everything is there. Avajananti mam mudhah [Bg 9.11]. If we take Krishna's instruction, then whole world becomes immediately happy. But they will not take it. They will manufacture their own: "Two plus two equal to five" or "three," not exactly to four.
Indian man (3): So all anxiety and duhkha have been created by the man himself.
Prabhupada: Yes. They have created.
Indian man (3): Nobody else is doing for him, but he created himself.
Indian man (3): And then he said, "I am in misery. I am in trouble." Trouble is created by you. Nobody has else created.
Prabhupada: So that is explained in the Bhagavad-gita, that mind is the enemy and mind is the friend. So we created our mind, enemy or friend, and we suffer for that.
Indian man (3): Mind is very, very powerful. How to make use of that? Actually, mind is using the man; man is not using his mind.
Prabhupada: In the Bhagavata it is said, yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah [SB 5.18.12]. In another line...
Harikesa: Harav abhakta?
Prabhupada: Eh? Harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-guna mano-rathenasato dhavato bahih [SB 5.18.12]. One who is Krishna conscious, he has got all the good qualities. Yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana sarvair gunaih: "All good qualities can be manifest." And harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-gunah: "And one who is not devotee, he has no good qualities." "Why? He is so educated." No, mano-rathena: "He is hovering over the mind." Asato dhavato bahih: "He will stick to this asat." But the Vedic injunction is asato ma sad gamaya. He cannot go to the real platform of life. Asato bahih. They do not understand that this godless civilization is the root cause of all calamities in the world. [Hindi] Kirtaniyah sada harih. Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that kirtaniyah sada harih. Twenty-four hours you have to do that. But where is twenty-four hours? You will not twenty-four minutes.
Reference: Morning Walk - January 2, 1976, Madras
Nava-yauvana: Their reason, they say, is because we have to work so hard all day, then we have to try to forget, watch the television.
Prabhupada: Why should you work? If you have to forget, why should you take such nonsense things that you have to forget again? Why not chant Hare Krishna? Even the child does not forget. He's chanting. Take such things that you'll enjoy. The more you do not forget, you more enjoy. Why should you take up something that you have to forget? This is rascal.
Nava-yauvana: Karmis cannot understand.
Prabhupada: There is a story like this. A man is sitting. His friend came, "Why you are sitting idly?" "What shall I do?" "Work." "Why shall I work?" "You'll get money." "What shall I do with the money?" "Then you'll be able to sit peacefully and eat." "I'm doing that. I'm already doing that." I'm peacefully sitting and eating. Why shall I go and work? If that is the ultimate end, that I shall peacefully sit down and eat, I am doing that. Why shall I go and work?
Reference: Morning Walk - August 12, 1976, Tehran
In the Western countries also fair takes place, some in county, some village place. So in India there are weekly bazaar, which is called hatta. So at that time the salesmen with their goods, commodities, they assemble, and many purchasers, just like in marketplace. So there was a market, weekly market, and thousands of people assembled there. So one old lady of that village, she began to cry. Then her elderly son inquired, "Mother, why you are crying?" "Now, where shall I accommodate all these people to lie down at night? There are so many people in this village, and how I shall accommodate?"
The son began to laugh. "My dear mother, you don't bother. It will be all arranged." "No, my dear son, I am very much perplexed." So she began to cry. So in the evening the son called the mother, "Mother, now you see in the marketplace." She saw, "Oh, where are all those people gone? Huh?" So there is arrangement. All those thousands of people assembled in the market, they have got their sleeping place. They have got their eating place. So by arrangement. There is arrangement. Similarly, there may be millions and millions of living entities - God has arrangement.
Reference: Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.1 - San Francisco, March 6, 1968