In conversation with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
Prabhupāda: Take Krishna consciousness. There is no tax. There is no loss. But everything is gained. Try it. At least, make an experiment for week or for fortnight and see. It is not difficult. Simply we must be willing. That’s all. Because every one of us are independent. Not fully, little. So we can use our independence, we can misuse our independence. So here is the offering. Take Krishna consciousness. Now it is your choice. If you can take, it is good. If you don’t take, that is your good wish. Is there any difficulty to accept our formula? I ask all of you, is there any difficulty? I am asking this. You have asked so many questions of me. Is there any difficulty to accept this formula?
Young man: No.
Prabhupāda: So why don’t you take it?
Young man: I have.
Prabhupāda: Thank you. (laughter) It is so simple, nice. Try to understand by your knowledge, question. We are not pushing forcibly. You have got your intelligence, argument, logic, everything. But you’ll find it. Caitanyera dayāra kathā karaha vicāra. The author of Chaitanya-caritamrita says that we are placing it for your judgment. Not that we are pushing it by force, that you have to accept it. Just like sometimes it is said that the Muhammadans, they propagated one hand sword and one hand Koran: “Either you accept Koran or there is sword for you.” It is not like that. It is placed for your judgment. And if you like, you can accept it. Otherwise, I came here empty-handed, I shall go back empty-handed. There is no loss, no gain. So any other question? All right. Then join with Hare Krishna. Chant.
[An excerpt from the Q&A session of a general lecture delivered in Seattle on Oct 11, 1968]