Srila Prabhupada: Plain living, high thinking: ideal life. But if you increase the artificial necessities of your life — your so-called comforts — and forget your real work of Krishna consciousness, that is suicidal. We want to stop this suicidal policy. Of course, we don’t insist that people stop the modern advancement of technology. We just present the simple formula given by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: Chant Hare Krishna. Even in your technological factory you can chant. What is the difficulty? You can go on pushing the buttons on your machine and simultaneously chant Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Srila Kirtanananda Swami: And if people take up the chanting, gradually they will give up the technology?
Srila Prabhupada: Of course.
Srila Kirtanananda Swami: So you’re sowing the seeds of their destruction.
Srila Prabhupada: No, not destruction; rather construction. The repetition of birth and death, the constant change of bodies – this is destruction. But by our method, you live forever — tyaktva deham punar janma naiti: you don’t get another material body. But without Krishna consciousness, tatha dehantara-praptih: you have to accept another body, which means suffering. So, which is better? To accept material bodies, one after another, or to accept no more material bodies? If we finish our suffering with this body, that is intelligent, and if we create another body for further suffering, that is unintelligent. But unless you understand Krishna, you have to accept another body. There is no alternative.
- Conversation between His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Kirtanananda Swami , and Kulashekara dasa :: New Vrindaban in June of 1976