Fighting Ignorance With Arguments and Knowledge
Student. Some people say that one reason for the Vietnam war was that the Communists were atheists. It was a dispute between the theists and the atheists. At least that is one excuse given for the war.
Srila Prabhupäda. We are also prepared to kill the atheists. But that killing is by preaching. If I kill your ignorance, it can also be called killing. Killing doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone has to take the sword.
Dr. Singh. A new method of warfare?
Srila Prabhupäda. No, fighting ignorance with arguments and knowledge has always existed. The bodily conception of life is animal life. The animal does not know about matter and spirit. And one who is under the bodily conception of life is no better than an animal. When an animal “talks,” the intelligent man laughs. Such “talk” is nonsense. The animal is not talking knowledge.
Student. At least the animals live by certain codes. They do not kill unnecessarily, and they only eat when necessary, whereas humans kill unnecessarily and eat unnecessarily. So in one sense humans are lower than animals.
Srila Prabhupäda. Therefore we must suffer more than animals. Krsnaa consciousness is not a bogus, sentimental religious movement. It is a scientific movement designed to alleviate human suffering.
Dr. Singh. Scientists and other people say that everything in the universe is happening by chance.
Srila Prabhupäda. So, are they also writing books on the subject by chance?
Karandhara. The books are also written by chance, they say.
Srila Prabhupäda. So, what is their credit? By chance, anything can be written.