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The Indian Economy.

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LA Dec 31 1973 morning walk
 
Prabhupāda: Yes. Indian economy was that if you have got extra money, you get gold ornament for your wife. So then your money is stocked there. Or purchase some utensils, silver utensils. That was Indian economy. This depositing in the bank and thinking that I am getting good interest, that is another cheating. It is another cheating. If things are not available, what will you get by getting interest? Therefore I am advising that purchase land and produce our own food. There will be no problem.

Karandhara: The inflation rate is higher than the interest rate. If you earn 5 3/4 % interest in a year, the inflation has gone up 6% in a year. So actually your money, at best it's kept the same.

Prabhupāda: The money is to be kept in cattle and grains. That is Indian economy, cattle and grains. If you have got many cows, you get milk. Milk preparation. And if you have got grain, then where is your problem? You prepare your foodstuff at home and eat and chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. Where is your problem? You want to eat and live peacefully. So if you have got grains and milk, you have got enough food and there is no problem. You haven't got to go fifty miles for your work, and then you require a tin car. So many problems. But if you get your food at home, then eat them and chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and go back to home, back to Godhead. Simple thing.

 

Sept 24 1974 mayapur
 
The more they are forgetting God, they are put in, they are put into more and more miserable condition. Practically we see, with the advancement Kali-yuga, people are forgetting his relationship with Kṛṣṇa, and the price of commodity and the food grains, the price is increasing. They cannot eat sufficiently. So many people are dying of starvation. If they cannot eat, how they will live?
 
Therefore Kṛṣṇa gives His instruction. He's the supreme ruler. He gives this order: annād bhavanti bhūtāni: [Bg. 3.14] "You require food grains." This is practical. Who will disagree with Kṛṣṇa, that "We don't require food grains; we require bolts and nuts in the factory"? Who will say? This is practical. 
So they do not... Just like we see here that, that they do not grow food grains. They are growing jute because they will get some money, more money. But the rascal does not know that "I will get more money, and it will be taken away next by the food grain seller." So similarly, we are interested in industry, in plan-making, this, that, so many things. But Kṛṣṇa does not say that "You open slaughterhouse and industries and brothels and cinema." No. Kṛṣṇa does not say. Kṛṣṇa says, "Grow more food, rascal! You'll eat and become strong." And nobody is obeying Kṛṣṇa. Is it not? Practically try to understand Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavata. Not by sentiment. And preach this philosophy all over the world.
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Some Conclusions-This conversation above is very instructive because Srila Prabhupada is kindly explaining to us that if we don't produce our own food (grains, etc) then the money we make from growing jute (which you dont eat) or any other business we do,or job we have, still has to be transferred ultimately- to the grain seller. So why don't we obey Krsna, and save ourselves a lot of time, hassle, and money by avoiding the middlemen and grow our own?? Good question, by our spiritual master, eh??
 
And now we are hearing about the news of the Indian govt wanting to eliminate all large denomination rupee notes from their economy which has already had the effect of destroying  the savings of millions of low income Indian families. They want everybody to go high tech and use only digital internet money.  If you own your own land, grow your own food, you are basically insulated from whatever these demons do to the worlds economies. This owing  land and growing ones own food, is one major goal with Srila Prabhupada wanted all his disciples to follow for the ultimate stability of the Hare Krsna Movement.
 
He says this local independence provided by owning one's own land and growing ones own food is
the "practical understanding" of  Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. I like that... its practical.and anybody can understand that !

.."Kṛṣṇa says, "Grow more food, rascal! You'll eat and become strong." And nobody is obeying Kṛṣṇa. Is it not? Practically try to understand Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavata. Not by sentiment."

"Therefore I am advising that purchase land and produce our own food. There will be no problem."

Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das.

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