So many civilizations have come and gone in the world, but they have left no lasting impact, but the Vedic civilization even though India has been under foreign rule for thousand years, still Vedic civilization, the impact could never be erased, in spite of their most dedicated endeavour on behalf of various types of yavanas and mlechas. And now by the divine will of Krishna, in His most merciful Avatar, as Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, again the Vedic culture has extended to all parts of the world through the endeavour of His empowered representatives, His Divine Grace Abhay Charan Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupda, you can see that, he does not as we say pull his punches, or mix his words. He very straightly said, that this civilization without God consciousness is a dead body, without a soul. Civilization means to make progress in life, otherwise what is the question of civilization, and what is progress if ultimately we are not making spiritual progress along with whatever economic development is achievement. If in this lifetime, I am very wealthy, very rich, famous, beautiful or educated but in my next life if I take birth as a pauper or diseased or ignorant or worse, then what is the value of all my work of this life. So civilization should be organized. God centric means that all the people will make progress. Whatever happiness I have in this life, the next life I will have more happiness, or I will have complete perfection, but I won’t not go back down, then that’s progress. Otherwise in these 60-70 years we can achieve some success, then again next life if we are in narak or in some horrible situation, in this planet or another, then what is the use?
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1985, November 11th, SB class, Life Member House Mr.Patel @ Bangalore, India