Prabhupāda: They do not know what is the meaning of life. Andhā yathāndhair upanīyamānās te 'pīśa-tantryām uru-dāmni baddhāḥ (SB 7.5.31). Another blind leader, so-called leader, he is blind himself; he does not know how to lead people. And the followers, followers are also blind. So what will be the result? They are bound up... suppose if I tightly wrap your eyes, and all of them are done so, then how you will lead them?
Guest: Blind leaders and blind followers.
Prabhupāda: Bas. They are controlled by the laws of material nature, and they want to be happy independently. This is rascaldom. If I am controlling you and you want to become happy independently, how it is possible? You must get out of the control first of all. Your eyes should be open. Then you can do something independently. But you are under my control fully, and I have wrapped up your eyes with very thick layer of cloth, and then how you can become independent, work? That they do not know. That is explained in the Bhagavad-gītā, daivī hy eṣā guṇa-mayī mama māyā duratyayā (BG 7.14). This māyā, this energy, is very, very strong. You cannot get out of it. Then what is the way? Mām eva ye prapadyante māyām etāṁ taranti te. Therefore Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is so important. If one becomes Kṛṣṇa conscious, then immediately he gets out of the control of māyā. That is the sign. Otherwise, if I remain a blind man, how can I lead others? Caitanya Mahāprabhu therefore said, janma sārthaka kari kāra para-upakāra (CC Adi 9.41). You are very busy doing good to others, but first of all make your life perfect. And otherwise, you rascal, fool, blind, what you will do? So where is the training? Where the politicians are going to take training how to become free from the wrapping, illusion? So they are in illusion, in darkness. What they can do? Futile attempt. Therefore all plans are failure. So many Hitler, so many Gandhi, so many Churchill, they came and...
Prabhupāda: (Bengali) Without being Kṛṣṇa conscious, everyone is blind. Yes, everyone is blind.
Guest: Without being...?
Prabhupāda: Being Kṛṣṇa conscious, everyone is blind. And they are trying to lead other blind men. So what will be the result? All of them will fall down on the ditch.
Guest: And they attempt to lead others...
Prabhupāda: Blind men.
Guest: Other blind men.
Prabhupāda: Therefore this fact is summarized in the Bhagavad-gītā in the words:
na māṁ duṣkṛtino mūḍhāḥ
Because they have denied the existence of God, therefore they are blind and they are engaged in sinful activities without knowing what is going to happen next in his life. Therefore mūḍha, rascal. And narādhamāḥ. Narādhamāḥ means lowest of the mankind, because in the human form of life one could understand what is God, but he is misusing his intelligence for something else. Narādhamāḥ. But if you say: "They are educated. They have got so much education. Why do you condemn them?" then the answer is māyayāpahṛta-jñānā. This so-called knowledge they have acquired, that means māyā has made them more foolish.
Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura says, jaḍa-vidyā sab, māyāra vaibhava, jībake koroye gāḍha (Kalyāṇa-kalpa-taru). He has said like that, that so far advancement of material education means that so-called educated man is becoming more, more, more an ass. Why? Anitya soṁsāre, moha janamiyā: he is simply getting more attached to this material world, where he will not be allowed to stay. This is his foolishness. Naturally, we are sitting in this room, and if we say that, "I can spare only two minutes," then will you be very much eager to decorate the room? So that warning is already there. Everyone knows that, "I will not be able to stay here," and they are making skyscraper building. How foolish they are. He knows that, "I will not be allowed to stay here," and he is busy whole life how to make fogscraper, skyscraper. The same example: If I say: "You cannot sit here more than few minutes," then will you be engaged how to decorate this room? You'll know naturally that "I am here for two minutes. Why shall I take... waste my time to decorate?" They are doing that actually. So are they not foolish? (Bengali: What do you say?) Anitya soṁsāre, moha janamiyā, jībake karaye gāḍha. Unnecessary attachment. Next life he may be not even a human being. The skyscraper building he is doing now with so great labor and enthusiasm, and next life he may be a cat or rat in that building. How can you stop it? The nature's law will act. If you have behaved like cats and dogs and you have attachment for the building, then nature will, "All right, you become a cat and dog according to karma and you remain in this building."
(Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation, March 21, 1975, Calcutta)