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By Rabindranatha Dasa Adhikari
Srila Prabhupada said that a varnasrama college has to be established immediately, in all our centers,* and specifically in a place where we can grow our own food.** He said that this would make the whole world Krsna conscious*** and that if this was done in America, then the whole world would follow.
Here in New Dvaraka [ISKCON of Los Angeles] some devotees want to establish such a college in America. If you are interested in joining us or helping out in any way please contact me.
Rabindranatha Dasa Adhikari
*"The varnasrama college has to be established immediately. Everywhere, wherever we have got our center, a varnasrama college should be established to train four divisions: one class, brahmana; one class, ksatriya; one class, vaisya; and one class, sudra." (Morning walk 12 March 1974)
Hari-sauri: I just remember two or three years ago there was a thing... A pamphlet came out about introducing the varnasrama system in the society, but actually nothing came of it.
Prabhupada: Yes. That time was not right. Now you can do something." (Room Conversation 14 February 1977)
**Hrdayananda: Prabhupada, generally in colleges in the West, they charge some fee for going to the college. What is our position?
Prabhupada: No, we don't charge any fee. There is no question of money. Because the brahmanas— they'll teach free. They require money because they have to give fat salary to these rascals. But we haven't got to. And even we have to feed them, we produce our own grain. So where is the question of taking money? So therefore it is required, somebody must produce food. Then there is no necessity of money." (Morning walk 14 March 1974)
***"Our main aim is how to give them Krsna consciousness. But if they are already disturbed in every respect, then how they'll take it? Therefore we are taking these subjects, to help him to come to the Krsna consciousness. And this is the method—varnasrama." (Morning walk 14 March 1974)
You should remain always sannyasi within. Outwardly, for others' convenience, you may do something. Similarly, we are accepting this varnasrama. We are not varnasrama; we are above varnasrama. But to give others facility to come to the stage of Krsna consciousness, this program must be done. (Morning walk 14 March 1974)
Now you be trained up and revise the whole edition of the western civilization, especially in America. Then a new chapter will come in. This is the program. Therefore varnasrama school required. (Morning walk 14 March 1974)
****So make, organize. I can give you the idea [of varnasrama], but I'll not live very long. If you can carry out, you can change the whole... Especially if you can change America, then whole world will change." (Room Conversation 1 August 1975)
© CHAKRA 2 November 2002
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