(Click to enlarge photo of Srila Prabhupada)
Note: Srila Prabhupada wasn't a wishy-washy "it's all one" type of guru. He was a fighter for Krishna with a divine mission. Prabhupada arrived on the shores of America to challenge the very foundation of a materialistic civilization steeped in sinful activities which he claimed was doomed unless people seriously took to God consciousness or Krishna consciousness. Srila Prabhupada knew the risks, but he fearlessly preached the truth without hesitation or compromise, always depending on Krishna.
"So far I am concerned I always take risk for Krishna. I came here in your country risking my life. And still although I am physically unfit, I am trying to execute the orders of my Guru Maharaja as far as possible. So to take risk for Krishna is very good. You know the history of my starting the society in 1966, it was all risky, and I was alone, but I took it depending on Krishna."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, February 12, 1968)
"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?"
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Indore, December 13, 1970)
"It may be that government may take action against me because I'm speaking something revolutionary. Yes. But that is the fact."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Stockholm, September 8, 1973)
"They will want to crush down this movement. So this will be up to Him. Kṛṣṇa or Kṛṣṇa's movement, the same thing. And Kṛṣṇa was attempted to be killed by Kaṁsa class of men and his company, the demons. So it will be there; it is already there. Don't be disappointed, because that is the meaning that it is successful. Kṛṣṇa's favor is there, because Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa's movement is not different, identical. So as Kṛṣṇa was attempted to be killed, many, many years before He appeared... At eighth child, if the mother produces child yearly, still ten years, eight years before His birth, the mother was to be attempted to be killed. So there may be attempt like that. And Lord Jesus Christ was killed. So they may kill me also."
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Honolulu, May 3, 1976)
Devotee: Srila Prabhupada, you said yesterday, or a few days ago, that this movement will go on unimpeded for ten thousand years, so…
Prabhupada: Yes, provided we keep it uncontaminated. You should take this opportunity.
Devotee: So after ten years we have gotten so many devotees and so many houses, so I can’t imagine how big this movement will be after ten thousand years.
Prabhupada: Yes. You’ll get the government.
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, June 11, 1976)
"One politician in U.S.A., he has remarked that 'This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is increasing like an epidemic.' He has said that. 'And if we do not check it, one day it may take our government.' He has opined like that. So any intelligent man can know what is the ultimate result. Everyone... Because mass of people, if they take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, then government is yours. That is a fact. And if the Kṛṣṇa consciousness government is there, no meat-eating, no smoking, no illicit sex, so many no's, the demons will die. That is the position."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Vrindavan, October 6, 1976)
"They are now feeling the weight of this movement. Formerly they thought these people come and go, but now they see we are staying. Now we have set fire. It will go on, it cannot be stopped. You can bring big, big fire brigades but the fire will act. The brainwash books are already there. Even if they stop externally, internally it will go on. Our first class campaign is book distribution. Go house to house. The real fighting is now. Krsna will give you all protection. So, chant Hare Krsna and fight."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, October 30, 1976)
"One thing has developed now in the Western countries. They are feeling the weight of our movement. Therefore, an attempt is being made to suppress or stop the movement in Europe and America. In America the parents of my disciples are combining together.
On account of the Hare Krsna Movement people in the Western countries are being attracted. There is now counter-propaganda by the enemies.
"The idea is, that the rapid advancement of the Hare Krsna Movement has threatened the foundation of Western Civilization. One American politician has remarked in this connection, that the Hare Krsna Movement is spreading like an epidemic. If we do not take steps to stop it, it may one day capture the government. This is a good certification for our success, but the time has come now when we have to meet strong opposition."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, November 1, 1976)
Devotee: The same thing happened to Jesus. Because so many people would follow him, the government became very...
Prabhupada: Yes. That, what do you call it? Crucified him?
Prabhupada: He was becoming very popular. So...
...They have proposed it. That Houston politician, "It is spreading like epidemic." Hmm? "It is spreading like epidemic. Something must be done. Otherwise one day they'll capture our government." That's a fact.
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Vrindavan, October 31, 1976)
Prabhupada: They're feeling the weight, the Western countries. They are opposing means that those who are thoughtful, they are thinking that "If this movement allowed to go on, then our civilization will be finished." That is their... That... They are right. They are right. If these young men, they go on under my instruction, I shall finish their civilization.
Prabhupada: That's a fact. No meat-eating in Western countries. No intoxication. No illicit sex. No gambling. That means their life is finished.
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Bombay, January 3, 1977)