(The entrance to Srila Prabhupada's loft on the Bowery)
"I was living in the Bowery Street, and on my door these bums were lying with urine and wine bottles and everything. Still, they were so respectful. When I'll come, 'Yes, you can enter. Please come.'
(laughter) I had no quarrel with them. They were very kind. They welcomed me, they opened the door, 'Please go.' They also knew that 'He's a harmless man.' So if you remain on the spiritual platform, this material condition cannot hamper you. Ahaituky apratihatā (SB 1.2.6). Then yenātmā suprasīdati, in that condition you can execute. First of all, we have to ascertain on which platform we shall stand. And if you want to stand on the spiritual platform, nothing can check it. That is not conditioned. So why not stand directly to the spiritual platform and make your life successful? That is our preaching."
(Srila Prabhupada Evening Darshan, Tehran, August 10, 1976)