video art: Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Factory | Sasha Aleksandrov
Prabhupada, Tokyo, January 28, 1975: [...] So anyone who is simply exploiting the resources of nature, the so-called industrialist, others, they are taking all goods from Krishna. Now, suppose you are making some machine. In making machine, you want the iron. But have you produced the iron? Wherefrom you have got the iron?
Trivikrama: From the nature.
Prabhupada: From the mine. So who has created mine? Your father has created this mine, that you are taking this iron? That means you are thief. You are thief. The iron is not your property. The iron is there already. If it is already there, you must conclude it is somebody’s property. So you are taking it away without asking the proprietor. Then are you not thief? What is the meaning of stealing? If you take something without asking the proprietor, that is stealing. So the iron is there, you are taking from the mine iron. You may convert into various things. That is another thing. But the original iron, to whom it belongs? Krishna declares in the Bhagavad-gita, bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram: [Bg. 5.29] “I am the proprietor.” Full Lecture