Only Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and the others of our parampara
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Prabhupada: You have got independence to misuse your independence. That independence you have got. You have been given intelligence. Now you have got… Because you have got intelligence, little independence, you can misuse that. Just like you are all my secretaries. So I give you some independence. You can misuse it. So that misuse is wrong. Then you’ll become unhappy. Krsna says that sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66]. Says. He doesn’t force you — you must do it. You do it. That means independence. Now it is your choice. [aside, indistinct] You have got independence of misusing it. So independence is a quality inherent in living beings, because he’s part and parcel of God. The quality of the father is inherited by the son, even physically. Similarly, you have…, God is fully independent; you have got little touch of independence. Now that independence is properly utilized when you carry out the order of God. That is proper. Ordinarily, every country is independent. Does it mean that he is cent percent independent? No. Then why there is police department? Similarly, we are part and parcel of God. We have got little independence. But if we misuse it, then we shall be punished. So there is no question of independence. Independence, little; that is interdependence, not independence. Why they declare independence? That is their foolishness.
Hari-sauri: It’s always very relative.
Prabhupada: Not absolute.
Prabhupada: Absolute independence, God. Even if you have got little independence it is relative, under conditions.
Nandarani: And the purpose of sastra is to direct this minute independence so that it is not misused?
Prabhupada: Just like in your state, you are independent citizen, but you must be guided by the laws. If you violate the laws, immediately you will be prisoner. The sastra is like that, laws. You have little independence, you can utilize it fully, under the laws. As soon as you violate, you are immediately put into suffering. It is like that. Because you are a citizen of an independent country, America, doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you like. But you do according to the laws of the country.
Dayananda: Srila Prabhupada, you were talking the other morning on the walk about dharma, and dharmah projjhita-kaitavo ‘tra [SB 1.1.2].
Prabhupada: Dharma means what God says, that is dharma. But you have created your own dharma. You give up that dharma.
Hari-sauri: He’s not referring to sanatana-dharma.
Prabhupada: Law given by the state, that is law. If you create a law at home, that is not law. So dharma means what is ordained by Krsna, God, that is dharma. And other things, that may be temporary. You can create some laws within your family, but that is not generally applicable to others. But when it is given by the government, that is real law. That is applicable to all people. When you go out to the street, you have to abide by the laws of the state, the light. As soon as there is red light, you have to stop. At home you may not make such rules and regulations. But that is within your home, that is not generally. Similarly, sarva-dharman parityajya [Bg. 18.66] means what you have made at your home, concoction, give up all these dharmas. Here is the real dharma: mam ekam saranam vraja. That is dharma. Everyone has to surrender to Krsna, or God. And that is real dharma. Hare Krsna.
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