Why Are People Cruel?
Guest: What can you do to still two voices inside yourself? One voice tells me that the mystics' view on the world is correct and it has its own logic and it's consistent. And this, when I'm in a meditative mood, I can comprehend. But when I walk in the daylight and the illusions are around one, then the other voice talks and says, my so-called logical voice, my daily, logical voice, says, "That's a fantasy, a dream you're chasing. You're only putting your logic to it. Maybe it doesn't exist." How can one get over this doubt?

Prabhupāda: That means you are surrendering to different people. That is your position.

Guest: Sorry, I didn't hear you. Sorry.

Prabhupāda: You are surrendering to this boy or that boy, hearing. This is correct or that is correct. But you do not know what is correct. So under the circumstances, you surrender to Kṛṣṇa; you'll get the correct answer.

Guest: Be patient and wait.

Prabhupāda: Yes. Because He is the Supreme, there is no cheating, there is no imperfection. Therefore you get the correct answer, you surrender to Kṛṣṇa.

Devotee: Śrīla Prabhupāda, I was told that... When one is speaking about Kṛṣṇa, how does he discriminate between being tactful and, on one hand, and, on the other hand, compromising when he is speaking?

Prabhupāda: To surrender to Kṛṣṇa is the best tactful, and if you surrender, He will give you instruction. Then all tactfulness will be there. Teṣām aham.

    teṣāṁ satata-yuktānāṁ
    bhajatāṁ prīti-pūrvakam
    buddhi-yogaṁ dadāmi taṁ
    yena mām upayānti te
    (BG 10.10)

If you become completely surrendered, devotee of Kṛṣṇa—He is within your heart—He will give you right instruction so that every sphere of life you'll be perfect.

Guest(2): Why are people cruel? Why do they persecute other human beings and torture them? How is it they are able to do this?

Prabhupāda: Because he is not in his normal condition. Under the dictation of māyā, he is thinking, "This is my enemy; this is my friend," and he's acting like that. But when he becomes Kṛṣṇa conscious, then he becomes learned. There is no more enemy; everyone is friend. Samaḥ sarveṣu bhūteṣu mad-bhaktiṁ labhate parām (BG 18.54). That is the highest stage of life. All right. Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Devotees: Jaya Śrīla Prabhupāda!

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Melbourne, April 22, 1976)
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