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Noblest Occupation

THE NOBLEST PROFESSION: AGRICULTURE

 

Room Conversation with Allen Ginsberg -- May 11, 1969, Columbus, Ohio:

Prabhupāda: Yes. Farming, agriculture, that is nice. There is a proverb: agriculture is the noblest profession. Is it not said? Agriculture is noblest, and Kṛṣṇa was farmer, His father.

New Vrindaban, June 22, 1976:

Prabhupāda: Agriculture is the noblest profession. Give him some land, he cuts the wood, makes cottages. The land is clear, now till it, keep cows and grow foodgrains.

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Doesn't put any local men out of work.

Prabhupāda: Simple thing. And then live comfortably, eat comfortably, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa. Comfortably does not mean satisfaction of the senses. Comfortably means we require primary necessities, to eat something, to sleep somewhere or have some sex—this is also bodily need—and to defend, that's all. These are the primary necessities. That can be arranged anywhere. God has given all facilities. Grow your own food, eat, and live anywhere. Just this place was rough like that, now it is handled nicely, it is very attractive. (Bengali) Any damn place, you cleanse it, it becomes home. And any nasty man, you decorate him, he becomes a bridegroom. (laughs) (Bengali) (japa) Let Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement give this sense to these rascals.

 

New Jaipur has hundreds of acres of rich fertile land suitable for growing plants and trees. Included below are a few photos, but our space does not allow us to do justice to the project’s potential for producing food and useful products. Our orchards, planted in 2010-12, include many hundreds of fruit trees such as avocado, lychee, rambutan, mangosteen, mango, many citrus varieties, langsat, longon, jackfruit, chico (sapadillo), macadamia, starfruit, star apple, soursop, bael, bilimbi, abui, rose apple, tamarind, and more. We have a few thousand pineapples, and hundreds of banana/plantain and papayas.

Floodable rice fields have been cleared and dammed. Vegetables will grow year round (with some adjustments in the rainy season). Lush pastures of batiki, setaria, and koronivia avail themselves to our growing herd of milk cows which we are breeding up with Guernsey and Jersey pure stock. Sandalwood does very well here (Fiji was a major source in the 19th century). The possibilities are limited only by one’s imagination and endeavors.

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