Mad After Kṛṣṇa
(Srila Prabhupada and Allen Ginsberg onstage at the Mantra Rock Dance, 1967)

Prabhupada: So all these frustrated boys and girls in the Western world, they are all good candidate. You have to organize to give them; they are searching after.

Devotee: It seems like that it's the nature of all living entities to be mad after something.

Prabhupada: Yes. Love. That I explained—love. We have got our love in store. But instead of loving Kṛṣṇa, we have distributed the love in so many ways, and frustrated. Love is there in store. That is reserved for Kṛṣṇa. And we are trying to love Kṛṣṇa, that I explained.

Why I am loving this body, loving this apartment? Ultimately it goes to Kṛṣṇa. But that you do not know. You are actually trying to love Kṛṣṇa. But because nobody is giving him Kṛṣṇa, he's crying.

Devotee: That was the name of Allen Ginsberg's first book, Howl.

Prabhupada: Hmm?

Devotee: Howl.

Prabhupada: Howa?

Devotee: Howl. That means it was a protest, a howling, "You have not given us the right information," to his elders. "Now what do we do? Simply howl." That was the introduction for our generation, and we all listened to that, read that, the howl protest.

Prabhupada: He is also searching after; therefore he comes. Whenever he finds opportunity, he comes to me. He's searching after Kṛṣṇa.

Devotee: Yes. He gets so many bogus ideas.

Prabhupada: But still he's attached to us.

Devotee: He embraces you when you meet.

Prabhupada: Yes. He likes me. (laughter) Simply his only objection is that I am very conservative. He said, "Swāmī, you are very conservative." Because I forbid so many things. He cannot. Otherwise he would have joined me, but he cannot.

Devotee: No.

Prabhupada: He knows that "Unless I give up all these bad habits, Swāmī will not accept me."

Devotee (2): He is a very enthusiastic chanter.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Devotee (2): Oh, we were in this chapel chanting.

Prabhupada: He was there?

Devotee (2): Yes, he was there. He came down on stage, jumping up and down, "Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa." Then he took prasādam. He was very enthusiastic.

Prabhupada: No, he has promised to me that "Wherever I shall go, I shall chant." That he has promised.

Devotee: He's going to be... He gave me his address in California, so he'll be living there for some time.

Prabhupada: I asked him that if he was there he can see me again. Our mission is very nice. We want to see everyone happy. We don't want anything from anyone. We don't say that "You give me fee, then I give you some mantra." No, we don't say like that. Our instruction is free. I want to see that they are doing it and they are happy, that's all. Rādhā-kṛṣṇa bolo, saṅge calo, ei-mātra bhikhā cāi (from Gītāvalī), this Bhaktivinoda's, "You simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and come with me. This much I want. I don't want anything else."

Devotee: So one who is mad after something else material, mad after this or that...

Prabhupada: It is perverted.

Devotee: And he must transfer his love..., madness to Kṛṣṇa.

Prabhupada: That madness should be for Kṛṣṇa.

Devotee: So how is that madness transferred?

Prabhupada: By this devotional service. You practice it to love Kṛṣṇa. And then when you come to the actual stage, you will be mad after Kṛṣṇa. This is the process to bring to you..., bring you to the platform.

Devotee: No other way can replace...

Prabhupada: Bhaktyā mām abhijānāti (BG 18.55): by devotional service. Neither by jñāna, yoga, karma, no, that will not touch. You cannot become mad after Kṛṣṇa by any means except by this devotional service. Therefore, we are so much conservative. Because if we are actually after Kṛṣṇa, then you must accept the real method.

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Sydney, April 2, 1972)

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