Prabhupāda: Land belongs to the king, and you take land for cultivation, and you pay 25% tax to the king. That’s all. All taxes. If you don’t produce, then don’t pay tax.
Yogeśvara: Oh, it wasn’t forced that you had to pay so much.
Atreya Ṛṣi: You pay 25% of what you have produced.
Prabhupāda: What you have produced, that’s all. Very simple thing. Everyone was engaged producing. There was no necessity. And here the rascals are advising, produce bolts and nuts, tire, and drill petrol. They are not producing food. And the so-called government men, they are levying taxes, and they are enjoying. They haven’t got to produce food. They are killing animals, eating, and digesting with wine. And then woman. That’s all. This is their business. And food price is increasing daily. They don’t mind because they will print paper, and to the supplier they will give paper. That’s all.
Bhagavān: Print more paper.
Prabhupāda: Yes. That’s all. This is the civilization, cheating, bluffing. That’s all. They don’t care for the citizens. And as soon as there is some agitation, they declare war, so that they can be engaged, attention is diverted. This is going on.
Bhagavān: Now with paper money, any country can print any other country’s money.
Prabhupāda: Yes. That is going on. Therefore inflation. Suppose I am an enemy. I print dollars like that, and distribute. So the inflation is there. And the price is increased. If you get money for nothing, you will be prepared to pay anything. Suppose there is one mound of rice. I have got these printed notes. You are offering ten rupees. I will say twenty rupees.
Atreya Ṛṣi: That’s inflation.
Prabhupāda: That’s all. Because I did not earn this money, I have printed. I am prepared to twenty rupees. So he says, “Why shall I pay ten rupees? I must wait for the customer, for twenty rupees, and hoard it.” Even there is sufficient stock, he will not sell. Therefore the other man, who is honest, he is suffering. This is going on. So to stop this inflation, the government must stop this paper currency.
Then the inflation… There will be no more inflation. But that they will not do. They want to cheat people. “In God I trust. Take this paper and you be satisfied that you have got thousand dollars.” That’s all. This cheating is going on. Why should you pay me paper? Give me real dollar, in gold. That they have none. They haven’t got. That’s all. They will employ laborers and cheat them by paying these papers, and this rascal will think that “I am getting more money.” That’s all. Since this world has taken this paper currency, the situation has degraded.
Morning Walk At Villa Borghese,Rome, May 25, 1974