Letters of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
In the Western World, people are simply interested more in politics because the problems here are materialistic. In the material way of life, people are embarrassed with the thoughts of how I shall sleep, how I shall eat, how I shall mate, and how I shall defend. That is the way of material life.
In the spiritualistic life one knows that God has provided food for everyone, so we shall live on whatever things are contributed by the Grace of God. God has provided immense land on this globe, so we have enough place to lie down. Mating is possible even in the bird’s and beast’s life, so that is not a problem, and defending is always incomplete. Nobody can defend himself with utmost precautionary methods unless one is protected by the Lord. Therefore, in all circumstances a devotee is cent per cent dependent on the mercy and protection of the Lord, as much as a child is cent per cent dependent on the mercy of the mother.
Of course it is very difficult for the western people to understand this philosophy of being cent per cent dependent on the mercy of God. Therefore, the easiest method for us is to popularize the Sankirtana movement everywhere, and that will pave the path of spiritual understanding.
You will be glad to know that in London they are doing very nicely, and a report was published in some San Francisco paper with the heading, KRISHNA CHANT STARTLES LONDON.
So you shall also try to startle Germany with the Krishna chant. That should be our main program, and publishing of Back to Godhead* is a bigger chanting process. With mrdanga (a clay drum) you can chant within the boundary of your temple, but by publishing Back to Godhead you can chant throughout the German speaking land. So both mrdanga and Back to Godhead is our life and soul.
[Letter dated 13 February 1969 to Krsna dasa]
* Back to Godhead – the magazine started by Srila Prabhupada in 1944