(Click to enlarge photo of Srila Prabhupada)
Prabhupāda: We Vaiṣṇavas do not say that there is no need of fighting. We never say. When there is need of fighting we must fight. Rather, somebody in New York, some Goldsmith, he was that, "Why Kṛṣṇa is advising Arjuna to fight, to become violent?" So somebody protests like that. But there is no meaning of protesting against the action of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is our view. So we Vaiṣṇavas, we are chanting. It does not mean that when there is need of fighting with avaiṣṇava we shall lack in strength. We can fight. One gentleman inquired from me that "Vaiṣṇavism makes one dull. He cannot act." And, "No. You have not seen a Vaiṣṇava." In the two fightings, great fighting, the Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata, the hero was Hanuman and Arjuna, and they fought.
Guest: They fought.
Prabhupāda: Yes. And who can be better Vaiṣṇava than them?
Prabhupāda: So Vaiṣṇava does not mean he is dull. No.
Guest: No, that is well proved. If there is need...
Prabhupāda: Yes. So our present fighting is atheism, against atheism. They say, "There is no God. God is dead. I am God. You are God." We are fighting against these principles. So our fighting is very strong. You don't think that we are keeping idly. I have come here to fight with these atheists, you see, and we go everywhere. We are fighting with atheists all over the world. So we are meeting so many opposing elements. You see? They say, "God is dead."
In America, when I first went, they were popularizing theory that "God is dead." But they again accepted and: "God is not dead, but He is here with Swamiji." They accepted.*
So these atheistic theories, that "Everyone is God," "I am God," "you are God," "God is dead," "there is no God," "God is not person"—we are fighting against these principles. We say, "God is Kṛṣṇa. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is Kṛṣṇa. He is a person, and He is not dead." This is our preaching. Therefore it is a fight.
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Indore, December 13, 1970)
*When Srila Prabhupada said, "God is not dead, but He is here with Swamiji," "They accepted," he was referring to the article "Save Earth Now" from the The East Village Other in 1966 where the author wrote:
"In order to convince more people that the Way is through Krishna Consciousness, the Swami and his followers have begun to sing the 'Kirtan' in Tompkins Square Park every Sunday afternoon. There, in the shadow of Hoving's Hill, God lives in trance-like dance and chant."