(Click to enlarge photo of Srila Prabhupada preaching to disciples)
Prajāpati: Many of the men who founded this country were very pious, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Prajāpati: Some of the founding fathers of the country were very pious, because...
Prabhupāda: You are still pious. Otherwise, how you have taken to Kṛṣṇa consciousness? You are still pious, but you are misguided. Your, your nation is very good. I like the American nation. Simply little reformation required. Now just, for example, this "In God We Trust." This is very nice example. Now, they do not know what is God, how to trust. That is..., that has to be done. That has to be learned.
Prajāpati: Trust means to depend completely upon God?
Prabhupāda: Eh? Just like Arjuna. While Arjuna was fighting the battle, he completely dependent on Kṛṣṇa. But he was not idle. Completely..., to depend completely on God does not mean idleness. Arjuna is the example. Kṛṣṇa never advised Arjuna that "You are My friend. You are My devotee, completely dependent upon Me. So you can sit down." Never said like that. Similarly, we should remain always completely dependent upon God. That does not mean we shall be lazy and idle and gossiping. We must fully utilize the intelligence which God has given us, but at the same time, we must completely depend on God. This is called "In God We Trust."
Svarūpa Dāmodara: This is called?
Prabhupāda: "We trust in God." I am speaking that American currency notes bears the slogan "In God We Trust."
Svarūpa Dāmodara: Yes.
Prabhupāda: I am talking on that matter. So if the American nation trusts in God... If not... They say, they have declared. Now, the difficulty is they do not know actually what is God, how to trust. That we are teaching. So the government must come forward to cooperate with us. This should be... There should be an agitation. Now this "In God We Trust," it is, it is something like vague idea. There is a need of... (break)
So our propaganda should be to the United, I mean to say, United States' government and public. And you are theologicians. You should make program that simply saying that "In God We Trust," and we do all nonsense, which exhibits that we do not trust in God, this thing should be stopped. You have placed in your Constitution, there is, you trust in God. Now you should understand what is God and how to trust. That we are teaching. This should be taken very seriously. Because you cannot change your Constitution. Already there is that. But you must know it perfectly well what is God and how to trust Him. That science we are teaching, Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. The government should cooperate fully. There should be school, college, to understand what is God, how to trust. This movement should be started. What do you think?
Karandhara: Yes, Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: Yes. There are so many things. Actually, if the American nation take it seriously, "In God We Trust..." They must take it seriously, because it is Constitution. Then the whole world will change. The whole world will change.
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Los Angeles, December 9, 1973)