By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
Krishna said that “You give up all these designative dharma; take to real dharma – sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekam [Bg. 18.66] – that is your real business.” But Krishna does not force. So even upon the request of Krishna we do not give up our designation. This is the difficulty. Krishna said, sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekam śaranam vraja, but except the Pandavas and a few other devotees, nobody took it seriously. And what to speak of now. The scholars are talking of Bhagavad-gita, but without Krishna. That is their business.
These demons are preaching Bhagavad-gita without Krishna. Nobody preaches about Krishna. Nobody says what Krishna wants: sarva-dharmān parityajya. Krishna wants this, but they are misinterpreting in different ways and diverting the attention of the people most foolishly. In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna is the center. So this is going on.
You are all coming from foreign countries. Bhagavad-gita is popular in your country, at least amongst the scholars and theosophists and theologists, for the last two hundred years at least. But nobody understood Krishna. That is the difference. Now since the last five or ten years, since we have presented Krishna as it is, it has become very easy for you to accept it. Unadulterated Krishna. Before this, everything was presented adulterated. Therefore there was no effect.
So if you push on this movement, unadulterated Krishna, it will go on. It will go on. And as soon as you adulterate Krishna, it will not go on. It will not be effective. You may be a very good scholar or a very good politician or this or that, but you’ll never understand what Krishna is. Nāham prakāśah sarvasya yoga-māyā-samāvrtah [Bg. 7.25].
If you want to pollute Krishna, Krishna will never be revealed to you. So by the grace of Krishna you have taken the shelter of the lotus feet of Krishna. It is great fortune for you. So do not adulterate Krishna. That is my request. Try to understand Krishna.
[An excerpt from a lecture on the Chaitanya Charitramrta – Adi Lila – 1.1 delivered on March 25, 1975 at Mayapur, West Bengal, India.]