Prabhupada, April 22, 1976, Melbourne: First of all you try to understand yourself. Then talk of God. If you do not understand yourself, how you’ll understand God? That is a big thing. Try to understand the small thing, that you are not this body. Talk on this subject matter, that as…. When you understand that “I, the proprietor of the body, I am different from this body,” then you will understand God also, very easily.
Because you are the proprietor of this body and you are given the controlling power of the body by thinking, feeling, willing, by acting…. You have got this body. You are sitting here. You can say, “Now I am going away.” The body is under your control. You can do that.
Similarly, when you understand this fully, then you’ll understand that in this huge, gigantic body, material cosmic manifestation, there is a controller, easily. But if you do not understand yourself, how you can understand God? God is not different in quality than from you.
God means like you in huge, unlimited quantity. As you have got little intelligence—you can create a wonderful thing, 747 airplane flying in the air—so God has got unlimited brain. Millions and trillions of universes are floating in the air. The process is the same. You are tiny. You are very much proud that, “I am so advanced that I have manufactured 747.” And just why not compare the intelligence of God?
Such a huge lump of matter, the sun, is floating also there. That is the difference between you and God. You have got brain, He has got brain, but your the brain is very tiny, little, and his brain very big. That is difference between God and you. So if you understand yourself, sample of God, then you understand the Supreme God. But first of all you do not understand yourself. I am misidentifying, “I am this body.” And that is doing…. The cats and dogs, they are doing that. Then where is your human intelligence?
Then how you can understand God if you have no human intelligence? These books are meant for the human being. If I give to the dogs that “Read this book; you’ll understand God,” who cares for it? All these school, college, institution, university, they are meant for human being, not for the cats and dogs. So if we do not take advantage of this human form of life and try to understand ourself and God, then we are simply cats and dogs.
That is going on. We are fighting like cats and dogs. And before the Englishman came in Australia, Australia was property of somebody else. And now you have captured Australia, you are barking, “Why you have come, Indian, here?” What is this civilization? Hm? You have taken illegally from others, and now you have become proprietor. You are barking like dog, “Why you have come here?” What is this civilization? All land belongs to God. We are sons of God. We can go anywhere, everywhere.
It is father’s property. That is Krsna conscious. If we take it like that—the United Nation passed a resolution, “The whole world belongs to the whole human society”— then there is no fight, immediately. But that they’ll not do. The dog’s quality. And they are fighting always.
What benefit you have derived from the United Nation except this big, big barking? That’s all. What benefit you have got? The purpose of United Nation was to stop war. Has war stopped? Then what is the use of barking? You could not achieve. Formerly you started League of Nation, after the Second…
Devotee: First World War.
Prabhupada: First World War, yes. That was futile. Again you have started United Nation. Where is the benefit? There cannot be benefit. If you keep the dogs as dog, you bring them, “You Australian dog, come here, and American dog, come here, and European dog, come here. Live peacefully,” will they live peacefully? So if you keep the human society as cats and dogs, how can you expect peace? They must be human being.
Then there will be peace. So this is the training how to make human being, this Krsna consciousness. Now these boys, they are also Europeans, Americans. They are coming from respectable, very educated…. They’ll never ask for a chair. “Sit down. That’s all.” The necessities of life, artificial necessities, reduced, and time is saved for understanding the value of life.
Without motorcar your life will not be spoiled. You can walk. But without Krsna consciousness your life is spoiled. So how…. We recommend that “First of all understand yourself.” Athato brahma jijnasa. This is your prime business. And so far necessities of body, that can be done according to the circumstances. So if we simply waste our time for increasing unnecessary necessities of life and do not try to understand the value of life, then we remain animal.