(Srila Prabhupada and disciples at the 11-story Hare Krishna temple, New York, 1976)
"So I was not very much hopeful to become successful. When I was in Boston port, I wrote one poetry that 'I do not know why I have been brought here. How these people will take to Krishna consciousness? As soon as I will say these four regulative principles, they will ask me to go away.' It is very difficult for this country or this part of the world to follow the four principles of regulative life: no illicit sex, no gambling, no meat-eating and no intoxication. Even Lord Zetland, when he was given this formula for becoming advanced in spiritual consciousness, he flatly replied, 'It is impossible for us.' Yes. But impossible thing can be made possible by the grace of Krishna. That is possible—Krishna is all-powerful—provided we are serious and sincere. That is the main business. We must be very serious and sincere. Then Krishna will give you intelligence."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, February 9, 1975)