Preaching in Egypt
(Click to enlarge photo of Hare Krishna devotees in Egypt, 1978)

Prabhupāda: How the Egyptian people are?

Devotee: They're really nationalistic type of persons.

Prabhupāda: That is everywhere.

Devotee: But I never noticed like this anywhere else. And they're really attached to family life, even more than in India.

Prabhupāda: Ācchā?

Devotee: Oh, yes.

Prabhupāda: They have got nice family?

Devotee: Oh, yes. They have nice family, and they have many children. And the man is working, and the woman stay home and prepare food, taking care...

Prabhupāda: That is Indian culture.

Devotee: Yes, it's exactly like in India. But their family attachment is so strong that it is very difficult..., it will be very difficult to have devotees out of them.

Prabhupāda: No, no, why you should dissuade them from family life? That is not our...

Devotee: No, I'm not doing that. I know.

Prabhupāda: Let them remain, family life, but understand what is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That's all. We never condemn family life. Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa anywhere. That's all.

Devotee: Oh, yes. But that will be very difficult for them to become devotee. Instead, they went to the Western countries and become devotees there. But otherwise, in their own country will be very difficult for them.

Prabhupāda: Let us invite them, whole family. Let them come, take prasādam, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Devotee: Yes. That I did.

Prabhupāda: That's all.

Devotee: I was living with one whole family. Sometimes I cooked prasādam for them, and they like it very much. They like us as a person.

Prabhupāda: Simply follow this. Give them prasādam and let them chant. That is preaching. And if they're educated, let them read books. Then gradually, he'll automatically come.

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Bhuvanesvara, January 30, 1977)

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