video: SUNUP TV | 2011
Prabhupada, Los Angeles, April 18, 1973: [...] Therefore nowadays, in the days of economic development, nobody’s interested in going to the church or temple. “What this nonsense? Why shall I go to the church for asking bread? We shall develop economic condition and there will be sufficient supply of bread.”
Just like Communist country, they do so. The Communist country, they make propaganda. In the villages. They ask the people to go to the church and ask for bread. They, innocent people, they ask as usual: “Oh God, give us our daily bread.” Then when they come out of the church, these Communist people ask: “Have you got bread?” They say: “No sir.” “All right, ask us.”
And then they ask: “Oh Communist friend, give me bread.” And the Communist friend has taken a truckload of bread: “Take, as much as you like, take.” “So who is better? We are better or your God is better?” They say: “No sir, you are better.” Because they have no intelligence.
They do not inquire that: “You rascal, wherefrom you have brought this bread? Have you manufactured in your factory. Can you manufacture grains, the ingredients of bread, in your factory?” Because they have no intelligence.
Sudra, they are called sudra. Sudra means those who have no intelligence. They take it, as it is. But one who is brahmana, one who is advanced in intelligence, he’ll inquire immediately: “You rascal, wherefrom you brought this bread?”
That is the question of the brahmana. You cannot manufacture bread. You have simply transformed God’s grain… The grain, the wheat is given by God, and you have simply transformed. But transforming something from something, that does not become your property.
Just like I give some carpenter some wood, some implement, and salary. And he makes a very nice, beautiful closet. To whom this closet will belong. To the carpenter, or the man who has supplied the ingredients? To whom it will belong?
The carpenter cannot say that: “Because I have transformed this wood into such nice closet, it is mine.” No. It is not yours. Similarly who is supplying the ingredient, rascal? That is Krsna’s. Krsna says: bhumir apo ’nalo vayuh kham mano buddhir eva… prakrtir me astadha. “This is My property.”
You have not created this sea, the land, the sky, the fire, the air. It is not your creation. You can transform these material things, tejo-vari-mrdam vinimayah, by mixing and transforming. You take earth from the land, you take water from the sea and mix it and put it in the fire. It becomes a brick.
And then you pile up all this brick and make a skyscraper building. But wherefrom you got this ingredient, rascal, that you are claiming this skyscraper yours? This is intelligent question. You have stolen the property of God, and you are claiming that it is your property. This is knowledge.