By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Devotee (2): Prabhupada, I’ve heard that every one of us who is in the movement now has had some association with Lord Chaitanya.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Devotee (2): Is it so?

Prabhupada: Yes. He’s associating with Lord Chaitanya just now.

Devotee (2): Yes, now. But in some other life, this is what is…

Prabhupada: In other life may not be, but he is associating at the present. That’s a fact.

Atreya Rishi: When you first came, Srila Prabhupada, a lot of people probably presented you arguments such as, “If you call the movement God consciousness you’ll be more successful. If you not wear tilaka and do not shave your head and do not wear robes and do not go on sankirtana, you will be more successful.” And people still tell us things like this, that, “You tell us the philosophy, we like the philosophy, but why do you go on sankirtana?” So what were some of the arguments you presented to these type of people?

Devotees performing Sankirtana in New York City

Devotees performing Sankirtana in New York City

Prabhupada: This is the same argument, ardha-kukkuti-nyaya [Cc. Adi-lila 5.176]. You cut the mouth of the chicken because it eats, it is expensive, and keep the back side because it lays down egg. You see? An intelligent man said, I am getting an egg every day. So its back side is very good. But this side, (i.e. the mouth) is expensive, because it eats through it. So cut it. But he is so foolish that he does not know that if I cut the head, then the egg-giving business will also stop. Similarly, if you accept this philosophy, then you must accept this also.

Atreya Rishi: Yes, that is difference…

Prabhupada: If you don’t accept this kirtana, then it will prove that you don’t accept the philosophy.

Atreya Rishi: Yes. That’s the difference between Your Divine Grace and all these other bhogis. They make it according to the taste of the people. They change. That’s why this movement is so solid: no compromise.

Prabhupada: Why compromise? My Guru Maharaj never made any compromise.

Atreya Rishi: Compromise means you have some material attachment.

Prabhupada: Yes, compromise means you don’t want real business but you want some money by cheating and by bluffing. That’s all. That is compromise.

[An excerpt from a room conversation in San Diego on June 29, 1972]

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