1. Don’t blame Macaulay

    Dr. Patel: I think the greatest damage done to this civilization of Aryans of India was by Macaulay, who introduced the British system of education.

    Prabhupada: But why you accepted that? [laughter] Why you accepted? Then why don’t you accept? You should have refused.

    Dr. Patel: Well, we were not there to refuse. We came afterwards. Our forefathers gave us…

    Prabhupada: No, you can… Just like they [Western devotees] are reforming. Their forefathers were drunkards, woman-hunters, [laughter] and they are reformed, the great-grandchildren. And we old men, we cannot do that.

    Dr. Patel: I talk of Macaulay…

    Prabhupada: Macaulay may mislead you. Why you should believe?

    Dr. Patel: He has misled our forefathers.

    Prabhupada: No, why you should be misled?

    Dr. Patel: Now we are going to lead them. Are you not leading them?

    Prabhupada: Yes. Your forefathers might have been misled, but why you will commit the same mistake again?

    Dr. Patel: Now we have improved upon the mistake and we are leading them, and we will lead them.

    Prabhupada: No, that is not the fact. These boys, European, American boys, they were misled from the very beginning of their life, but how they are improving in spiritual consciousness? The thing is, we are not prepared to take up our own culture.

    Morning Walk — November 3, 1975, Bombay