Prabhupāda: God is fact. God is a person like you and me. You can talk with Him, you can see Him. That is God. Not idea. We are talking with Kṛṣṇa. We are taking His instruction and abiding by His order. It is not an idea; it is fact! That is God.
Journalist: That's a difficult thing for people...
Prabhupāda: Not difficult thing. If you do not take, it is difficult. If you accept, there is no difficulty. They are accepting. There is no difficulty. They have also belonged to Western country. They are happy. And ask him.
Journalist: I don't dispute that they are, but you said that they are...
Prabhupāda: I am saying we'll give you all information of God.
Journalist: Yes. I'm not suggesting that they're not happy, nor that your followers aren't convinced that you're right.
Prabhupāda: So you can become also happy, you can know also God—provided you take. If you don't take, how can I help?
Journalist: What I'm suggesting is, I mean trying to suggest is that for a large number of people...
Prabhupāda: Well, large number... Large number... When you speak of something good, you cannot expect many. Just like if you want to sell diamond, you cannot expect that the whole population of England will purchase it. When there is question of diamond, the customer also must be very rich.
Similarly, to understand God is not so difficult or..., easy job. Only the fortunate, pious, nice people can understand God. Not ordinary.
Journalist: And only get to work at it, find the time to try it. (indistinct)
Prabhupāda: But we are giving facilities to everyone to understand God. That is our mission.
Journalist: But it does require a certain price for them to pay as individuals.
Prabhupāda: No price. Simply to become sincere.
Journalist: To sincerely try to find Him.
Prabhupāda: Yes. If you are sincerely anxious to know God, there is no difficulty. There is no difficulty. Tatra laulyam eka-mūlyam. One must be very much anxious that "I must know God." Then God is revealed.
There is no question of paying so much money. Our transaction in this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, there is no monetary transaction. I did not pay anything to them, neither they are paying to me. It is a question of understanding.
Journalist: Yes. I'm only suggesting that you were saying already that only people who were kind or gentle perhaps would find it easy to start. There are obviously, as you were saying, lots of people who are not so kind or gentle, and presumably would find it more difficult.
Prabhupāda: No. They may not be gentle, but we are gentle. Please come to us and learn. They may not be gentle. We can create gentle, provided he follows.
Journalist: Is that one single...
Devotee: (background talk) Śrīla Prabhupāda, (indistinct) the BBC One, Radio. They're (indistinct).
Prabhupāda: You can also note—this is common, talking of God.
Journalist: One last question. Is there a single, simple (indistinct) that you could give to people who don't know anything about Kṛṣṇa consciousness to help them to understand it? Is there one simple, single...
Prabhupāda: Very simple: God is the proprietor. God is the enjoyer. If God is proprietor, He must be enjoyer. And God is the supreme friend.
Journalist: Thank you very much. How long're you going to be...?
Prabhupāda: If you simply understand these three things. This is fact.
Journalist: God is the proprietor.
Prabhupāda: God is the proprietor. God is the enjoyer.
Prabhupāda: And God is the supreme friend. Now if you analyze... Now you cannot say that you are the proprietor of this land. Somebody else is. Just like the land was there before your birth, and the land will remain there after your death, so during your span of life you are simply claiming, "This is mine."
But before your birth, after your death, it belongs to somebody else, the supreme proprietor. And because He is the supreme proprietor, He is the supreme enjoyer. And He is the supreme friend in this way, that He is giving all necessities of life to everyone. Nobody can be better friend than God.
Journalist: Thank you very much.
Prabhupāda: So these three things, if you try to understand: that God is the proprietor, God is the supreme friend and God is the supreme enjoyer, then all problems solved.
Journalist: Thank you.
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation with Journalists, August 18, 1971, London)