Conversations with Srila A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
Devotee: Could you elaborate on the position of the person who comes to Krishna consciousness and is chanting Hare Krishna and has committed all these sinful activities in this lifetime. For instance, let’s say a person has been involved in the Vietnam War due to his relation with the material world and has been drawn into this activity. And now he’s in Krishna consciousness. How is he then relieved of the law of karma for his activity?
Prabhupāda: You come and live with us. That’s all. Is it very difficult? Our students, they are living with us. You simply come and live with us—you are free from all karma. Is it difficult? Then do that. We shall give you food, we shall give you shelter, we shall give you nice philosophy. If you want to marry, we shall give you good wife. What more do you want? So come and live with us. That’s all. That I’ve already explained: mām ca yo ‘vyabhicārena bhakti-yogena sevate [Bg. 14.26]. We employ you immediately in the devotional service of the Lord, and you become free. Krishna says this – it is not our concocted idea. Krishna says that “Anyone who’s engaged in My devotional service, without any hypocrisy, avyabhicārena, then immediately he’s freed, immediately.” And in another place Krishna says,sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekam śaranam vraja aham tvām sarva-pāpebhyo moksayisyāmi mā śucah
“Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” [Bg. 18.66]
So this assurance is there. You believe it and see, practically. You hear and you see practically, what is being done. What is the difficulty? So increase the volume of the society. The whole world will be happy. That’s a fact. That’s all right. Join us. Try to understand the philosophy, and preach, make others happy. Krishna will be pleased upon you. Then your life is successful.