After seven full days in Mexico City, Prabhupāda was ready to leave for Caracas. Everyone gathered in the temple to hear his last talk. As usual, Hṛdayānanda Mahārāja, sitting at the feet of Prabhupāda’s vyāsāsana, translated his talk.
“We have left our home and our father,” Prabhupāda began, and we are in this fallen material world. And we are suffering too much. It is exactly like a very rich man’s son who leaves home for independence and wanders all over the world unnecessarily taking trouble. A rich man’s son has nothing to do. His father’s property is sufficient for his comfortable life. Still, as we have got examples now in the Western countries, many rich men’s sons become hippies, leave home, and unnecessarily take trouble. Our position as living entities within this material world is exactly like that. We have voluntarily come into this material world for sense enjoyment. And in sense enjoyment we have forgotten our supreme father, God. The material nature’s duty is to give us simply miserable condition of life.
“Kṛṣṇa bhuliyā jīva bhoga-vāñchā kare—pāśete māyā tāre jāpaṭiyā dhare means as soon as the living entity wants to enjoy life without Kṛṣṇa, without God, immediately he becomes under the clutches of māyā. So this is our position. We are under the control of māyā, and we can get out of it also, as it is said in the Bhagavad-gītā, mām eva ye prapadyante māyām etāṁ taranti te: ‘Anyone who surrenders unto Me, he gets out of the control of māyā.’
“We are therefore preaching all over the world Kṛṣṇa consciousness, or God consciousness, and teaching the people how to surrender to Kṛṣṇa and thus get out of the clutches of mayd. We have no other desire or ambition besides this. We plainly say, “Here is God, you surrender unto Him, you always think of Him, offer your obeisances, then your life will be successful.’ But the people in general, they are exactly like madmen. Simply for sense gratification they are working so hard day and night. So devotees are very sorry to see their plight. Prahlāda Mahārāja said that ‘I am very sorry for these persons.” Who are they? Śoce tato vimukha-cetasa indriyārtha-māyā-sukhāya bharam udvahato vimūḍhān. These rascals, vimūḍhān, they have created a civilization, gorgeous civilization. What is that?
“Just like in your country—a gorgeous truck for sweeping. The business is sweeping, and for that they have manufactured a gorgeous truck. The sweeping can be done by hand—there are so many men. But they are loitering in the street, and a huge truck is required for sweeping. It is creating huge sound, and it is very dangerous also. But they are thinking this is advancement of civilization. Therefore Prahlāda Mahārāja said, māyā-sukhāya. Just to get relief from sweeping. But there is no relief. They have got other troubles. But they are thinking, “Now we haven’t got to sweep. It is a great relief.” Similarly, a simple razor can be used for shaving, but they have got so many machines. And to manufacture the machines, so many factories.
“So in this way, if we study item by item, this kind of civilization is called demoniac civilization. Ugra-karma. Ugra-karma means ferocious activities. So there is no objection for the material comforts, but actually you have to see whether they are comforts or miserable conditions. Therefore our human form of life is meant for saving time to develop our Kṛṣṇa consciousness. It is not meant for wasting unnecessarily. Because we do not know when the next death is coming.
“And if we do not prepare ourselves for the next life—because at any moment we can die—then we have to accept a body offered by the material nature. Therefore I wish that all of you who have come to join this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement live very carefully so that māyā may not snatch you from the hand of Kṛṣṇa. We can keep ourself very steady simply by following the regulative principles and chanting minimum sixteen rounds. Then we are safe. So you have got some information about the perfection of life, don’t misuse it. Try to keep it very steadily, and your life will be successful.
“So if we follow the regulative principles and chant sixteen rounds, then our life will be perfect. I think this instruction you will follow; that is my desire. Thank you very much.”
Tonio Fernandez: The last time Prabhupāda spoke was in the morning. He said, “I wish all of you will go back to Kṛṣṇa.” I remember those words very nicely, because I understand that all the desires of a pure devotee are fulfilled. So I think his desires must be fulfilled. But when Prabhupāda left, I personally felt alone because I was practically with him only for eight days. It was a different style of life.
Nanda-prana: When Prabhupāda was leaving the house, he was coming down the stairs, and they helped this one boy, Govinda dāsa, who was four years old, to make a garland. He was waiting for Srila Prabhupāda downstairs. When Prabhupāda came down, this boy was going to put the garland, but he was too little and could not reach Prabhupāda’s head. So Hṛdayānanda Mahārāja took the child and lifted him up so that Govinda dāsa was going to put the garland on Prabhupāda’s head. But before he could put it, Prabhupāda took his hands and made the boy put the garland on himself.
Roberto Ruiz: After coming from Chapultepec Park and chanting his rounds, then Śrīla Prabhupāda went away. It was wonderful because all the devotees went out. When the car was leaving the temple, it looked like a rug, like a carpet, all the devotees were offering obeisances. It was ecstatic. They were waiting for Prabhupāda to come again, but it wasn’t possible.
Tonio Fernandez: When we start talking about Prabhupāda’s visit to Mexico, we remember a lot of things. And when we start talking, we can go on talking and we can remember a lot of things. Talking about Śrīla Prabhupāda is very hard because really we can’t know him in eight days. The eight days passed so quickly, like a minute. It was the best thing that happened in our life, to meet with Śrīla Prabhupāda and his devotees. The whole mercy was given to me also because I stayed closely. The devotees were struggling always to see Prabhupāda—the mātājīs, the brahmacārīs—but I also stayed with him. When Prabhupāda left, all of us stood at the gates looking at the car, and the atmosphere was very sad. I can’t tell by words, but only feel it. It is a feeling of separation. When one serves the spiritual master one serves Kṛṣṇa. It was the most sad farewell for me.
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