If Srila Prabhupada was a visual artist, then he might have been Luis Quiles (aka Gunsmithcat) who doesn’t mince words (or brushstrokes) when it comes to expressing his ideas about the global and social issues facing us. Luis’s illustrations are somewhere between edgy and inappropriate, underscoring problems like consumerism, sexual perversion, and the abuse of social networks and human trust.
Sometimes, when you want to describe spiritual issues to your audience, you have to omit the subtleties.
They have no concern with Bible and God and everything. They are simply after sense gratification. What is the use of quoting about Bible? They don’t care for Bible. The Europeans, Americans, they have rejected, thrown away, kicked out Bible because (it is) unscientific. Actually they do not accept. Although they call themselves Christian, they do not accept anything of Bible. That is… Bible is finished. There is no meaning of Bible. Simply for their sectarian prestige, they say “Bible.” But actually they have nothing to do with Bible. What do you think?
Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk — October 3, 1975, Mauritius
Everyone is like pig in this material world. Therefore Rsabhadeva says, “Now don’t live like pig.” Nayam deho deha-bhajam nrloke kastan kaman arhate vid-bhujam ye: [SB 5.5.1] “Now, you, My children… ” He was advising, instructing His son that “Now this life is not to live like pig.” This is the first instruction, because everyone is more or less pig, living like pig. Pig means he has no discrimination of eating and he has no discrimination of sex. That is pig. And everyone is like that. No discrimination of eating, especially in the Western. And no discrimination of sex. Pigs. Big pig or small pig, that’s all. So Rsabhadeva says, “Now My dear sons, don’t spoil your life living like pigs.” Nayam deho deha-bhajam nrloke. Nrloke means “In the human society you should not live like pig and very hard labor.” So the whole civilization at the present moment they want to live like pig, and to live like pig they are working like an ass. And that is civilization, working like ass to become a pig. You tell them!
Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walks — January 22-23, 1976, Mayapur
Democracy… “Demon-cracy.” Shortcut of “demon-cracy” is “democracy.” All the demons and rogues, they gather together, somehow or other votes, and occupy the seat, and the business is plundering. The business is plundering. If we talk very much upon this, it will not be very favorable, but according to sastra… We, we talk according to sastra, that the democracy means assembly of rogues and plunderers. That is the statement in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Dasyu-dharmabhih. The government men will be all dasyu. Dasyu means plunderer. Not pickpocket. Pickpocket, somehow or other, if you do not understand, takes something from your pocket, and the plunderer, or the dasyu, he catches you and by force, “If you don’t spare your money, I shall kill you.” They are called dasyu.
Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.18 — Mayapur, September 28, 1974
Prostitute hunting is so abominable that the desire for sex with a prostitute can ruin one’s character, destroy one’s exalted position and plunder all one’s money. Therefore illicit sex is strictly prohibited. One should be satisfied with his married wife, for even a slight deviation will create havoc. A Krsna conscious grhastha should always remember this. He should always be satisfied with one wife and be peaceful simply by chanting the Hare Krsna mantra. Otherwise at any moment he may fall down from his good position, as exemplified in the case of Ajamila.
Ref. VedaBase => SB 6.1.64
By practice, one should avoid eating in such a way that other living entities will be disturbed and suffer. Since I suffer when pinched or killed by others, I should not attempt to pinch or kill any other living entity. People do not know that because of killing innocent animals they themselves will have to suffer severe reactions from material nature. Any country where people indulge in unnecessary killing of animals will have to suffer from wars and pestilence imposed by material nature.
Ref. VedaBase => SB 7.15.24
Why should you unnecessarily produce children like cats and dog? Their sastra says that don’t become father, don’t become mother if you cannot save your sons from death. This is the responsibility. This is father’s, mother’s, responsibility. Na mocayed yah samupeta-mrtyum, pita na sa syaj janani na sa syat. One should not become, try to become father, one should not try to become mother if the parents cannot save the child from imminent death. That is the responsibility. And who is that father? Who is that mother? This is Vedic civilization. My Guru Maharaja used to say that “I am a sannyasi. I am not married, neither I am meant for marrying. But if I can produce Krsna conscious children, I can marry hundred times.” That is the responsibility. Don’t produce cats and dogs; produce Krsna devotees.
Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.25-26 — Los Angeles, December 4, 1973
This whole material world is existing on sex attraction. Not only in the human society, in animal society also, this sex impulse is there. Birds, beasts, animal, human being, even demigods, they are attracted in this material world by sex impulse. The sastra, or the Vedic literature, there is mention about this, that we are in this material world only for this sex impulse. First of all, we think of sex. A man also thinks. A woman also thinks. And when they are united, that attraction becomes more and more complete. Then, in a gentlemanly way, when there is sex unity, then there is need of a nice apartment or house. Then there is need of land. Formerly, for living condition, everyone possessed some land to grow foodstuff. Atah grha-ksetra-sutapta-vittaih. So after sex unity, there is need of house, land, grha, ksetra, then children, atah grha-ksetra-suta, apta. Then friends. Then vitta, then money. In this way, we increase our attachment for this material world. Janasya moho ‘yam. Moha means illusion. In this way, he becomes illusioned. Aham mameti: [SB 5.5.8] “I” and “mine.”
Ref. VedaBase => Hare Krishna Festival Address — San Diego, July 1, 1972, At Balboa Park Bowl
So this killer of baby within the womb, so the result will be that this man who is, I mean to say, indulging in abortion, he’ll be put into the womb, and somebody will kill him. And as many wombs or babies he has killed, he’ll have to take so many lives and being killed. So much so that it will be rather impossible for him for hundreds of years not to see the light. He’ll remain in the womb and being killed. Does not know the nature’s law. One cannot violate the nature’s law. You can violate the state law. Suppose you kill somebody, you can escape by trick. But you cannot escape nature’s law. As many times you have killed, so many times you have to be killed within the womb. This is nature’s law.
Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk — August 30, 1973, London
You will be forced to eat this beef. Now it is opening, beef shop, big, big beef shop. This time has already come, gradually, and it will be increasing. Unless you take to Krsna consciousness. Kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet [SB 12.3.51]. Kaler dosa-nidhe rajann asti hy eko mahan gunah. This Kali-yuga is suffering. So you cannot get comfortable life in this Kali-yuga being godless. Because Kali-yuga means godless. Mandah sumanda-matayo manda-bhagya hy upadrutah [SB 1.1.10]. So therefore everyone should take to Krsna consciousness to save himself from the onslaught of Kali-yuga, which will increase day by day.
Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 13.23 — Bombay, October 22, 1973
This body is a bag of bones, flesh, urine, blood, and so many other things. You cannot manufacture a living entity by combination of bones, flesh, blood, urine and stool. That is not possible. You are great scientist. You are going to the Moon planet, but if I give you some ingredients like these bones, flesh, stool, urine, can you manufacture a human being? Can you? Can anyone? Is there any scientist in the world who can manufacture a human being by combination of bones, flesh, blood, urine, stool? No. If it is not possible to manufacture, how you are identifying with this body? “I am this body.” Do you mean combination of bones and flesh can create such intelligent man?
Ref. VedaBase => Lecture at Indo-American Society “East and West” — Calcutta, January 31, 1973
A dog cannot take this education, but a human being can take. Therefore it is the duty of the human being, how to control the mind, not act like cats and dogs. That is human being. He should be inquisitive, “Why this happening? Why this happening?” and he should take education. That is human life. And if he does not inquire, if he does not take education, then what is the difference between him and the dog? He remains a dog. He has got this opportunity of human life. He should take advantage of understanding what is what, not to keep himself in the dog status, simply eating, sleeping, sex life, and defending. That is the distinction between dog and human being.
Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation with Dr. John Mize — June 23, 1975, Los Angeles
Even up to ripe old age, one becomes attracted by beautiful women. Especially in the Western countries. I have seen in Paris, old man, seventy-five years old, eighty years old, they are going to the brothel. They are going to the night club. They are purchasing ticket to enter into the club-fifty dollars. Then they have to pay for the woman and wine and everything. In this way…
Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.61 — Vrndavana, August 28, 1975
Confession, the Christians are supposed to go into the church and confess the sinful activities and pay some fine and then he becomes free. But that free, that excuse can be done once, twice, thrice, not perpetually. It is not possible. Suppose if you have done something wrong, and if you go to the court and say, “Sir, excuse me. I did not know,” the court may excuse you one time, second time, but not for the third time. Third time you will be severely punished. So these people who are thinking, “By going to the church, by confession, I become free from all sinful activities, and then let me go again, commit the same thing for the whole week, come again and confess,” this is not very good business.
Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.6 — Sydney, February 17, 1973
But they are fools. They still like to lick up new vagina. Exactly dogs. We are restricting that “Give up this business, licking of vagina,” and they are seeking up to the point of death another vagina, another vagina, another… Which is better? If we say that “Give up this nonsense business,” is that brainwash? And if it is brainwash, it is for good. What is this civilization, who is never satisfied? The same business is going on up to the point of death. Our civilization is: “All right, you are attached to vagina-licking. Do it up to fifty years. Then give it up.” This is our civilization. “You are so much accustomed to the vagina-licking business — up to fifty years, so long you are young. Then give it… Don’t do it anymore.” This is our civilization. And that also, after twenty-five years. For twenty-five years teach him, “It is no good business. Brahmacari. Remain alone. You have got so much botheration.” If he’s still unable: “All right, take one wife. Be satisfied. Lick up one. And then, at the age of fifty years, give up.” This is our… Is that wrong?
Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation with Adi-kesava Swami — February 19, 1977, Mayapur
It is all nonsense civilization. A first-class Rolls Royce car, and who is sitting there? A third-class negro. This is going on. You’ll find these things in Europe and America. This is going on. A first-class car and a third-class negro. That’s all. Is it not?
Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation — October 5, 1975, Mauritius
I have seen intelligent boys, they go to school and he is spoiled. Yes, spoiled. He learns how to smoke, how to have sex, how to talk nonsense, how to use knife, how to fight, these things. At least at the present moment. Yes. Simply slaughterhouse, this so-called school is called slaughterhouse. Yes, slaughterhouse.
Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation — July 9, 1973, London
So money has become the whole thing. “Bring money some way or other and enjoy.” This is the purport of civilization. They do not care what is God, that human body is meant for God realization. They have no such ideas. “There is nothing after death. So so long I am living, let me enjoy by the tongue, by the genital and by the belly. Use the tongue for eating anything which is palatable, which I like. Never mind what it is. And then genital also. Bring as many women…” This is civilization, modern.
Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk — June 8, 1974, Geneva
At night, we sleep. Everyone sleeps. The dogs sleeps, the cat sleeps. We may sleep in a very nice apartment, skyscraper building, and the dog may sleep on the street, but the pleasure of sleeping is the same. It does not mean that because you are sleeping in a very nice apartment, a skyscraper building, your sleep is better than the dog’s sleeping? How it is sleep… Sometimes you may dream something very ferocious, and the dog may sleep without any agitation, sound sleep. Sometimes you have to take tranquilizer pill for sleeping. So impartially studying, your sleep is not as nice as dog’s sleep. Is it not? The dogs sleep without any anxiety. And I go to sleep with so many anxieties that the sleeping is disturbing unless I take one pill.
Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.3 — Paris, June 12, 1974
Therefore, from the very beginning of life, childhood, this teach him, that “Don’t be a vagina-smelling animal.” Brahmacari. Brahmacari guru-grhe vasan dantah. To learn how to control the senses, that is brahmacari. Where is that civilization? So establish. Give them food. Give them shelter. Give them knowledge. That is para-upakara, doing welfare to others. But don’t be entangled in vagina civilization. Yan maithunadi-grhamedhi-sukham [SB 7.9.45]. It is most abominable civilization, tuccham, condemned civilization.
Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation — February 25, 1977, Mayapur