By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
Some way or other, either with motive or without motive, if you go to God, that is very good. Since you have come to God, that is piety. That is better than becoming impious. Impious men, they do not go to God. Just like nowadays nobody goes to church. Churches are on sale. Temples also. So now in India, there are so many townships being developed. They are constructing very fashionable houses, but no temples. Nobody is constructing temples. At the present moment everybody, all over the world, has become disinterested with anything (that is concerned with) religion and God. That is degradation. Especially I am seeing in Bombay, that very nice houses are being constructed at Juhu scheme. You have all seen. But nobody is constructing a temple. The modern economists, they say that temple construction is a “non-productive endeavor” – means there is no income. Simply you have to spend money for maintaining the temple. So they are not interested in nonproductive things. So this is the degradation of human society. Christians or Hindus or Mohammedans, nobody is interested. Only a few may be interested.
[An excerpt from a room conversation in Atlanta, USA, March 1, 1975]