The Insect and the King

Once, in India, Srila Prabhupada was confronted with a question about the tradition of women sitting at the rear. He addressed the woman’s concern by telling her the story of the bug and the king. The story, according to the Prabhupada Meditations Calendar, goes like this: “A king is sitting on the throne and there is a bug. The bug and the king, they are on the same throne, but the bug and the king, much difference. Sitting on the same throne does not mean that they have become equal. Why? Due to the constitutional position. The bug’s constitutional position is to bite only, and the king’s position is to rule. Although they are on the same level, the difference is great gulf of difference. Similarly, God and living entity may sit down together, may talk together, they like together, eat together, but that difference will be there.” (From a class given by Srila Prabhupada on Bhagavad-gita 4.5, Montreal, January 10,1968).