Prabhupada: (laughs) Going on. The democracy means the selector, the elector, they are all fools and rascals. So how he will select a person who is not rascal?
Indian man (1): Is it possible that every man's life is directed by God, and you're born to do certain things, and you come to be prime minister or something?
Prabhupada: Yes, there is something like that. But I am talking of, if you depend on God, then why do you keep elections? You are opportunist. Sometimes you take shelter of God and sometimes of your election power. If you are so firm believer in God, then why election? Let God elect. Why you take part in election? Huh? Let God elect the prime minister. Why you are busy in giving vote? [break] God elected Maharaja Yudhisthira. Hm? His plan was that Maharaja Yudhisthira should be king, not Duryodhana. So He killed all the Duryodhana's party and selected Yudhisthira: "Sit down here." That is God's election. So why you elect? Depend on God
Indian man (1): And that comes through lack of spiritual knowledge, Swamiji?
Prabhupada: Yes, no knowledge. No spiritual knowledge means he is animal. That's all. Sa eva gokharah. This is the final verdict. One who has no spiritual knowledge, he is no better than these cows and dogs. That's all. Therefore guidance of the brahmana required. Why the brahmanas are selected to guide? Because they have got full vijnana, jnanam vijnanam astikyam, therefore.
Morning Walk -- October 19, 1975, Johannesburg