(Photo of wonderful Prabhupada from The East Village Other, October 1966)
Prabhupada: Now work very strenuously. You are all young men, and somehow or other, dead horse, you have given life. Otherwise the last fortnight I was thinking I am dead now. I was thinking like that: "Now life is finished." Life can be finished at any time. That is not wonderful. To live, that is wonderful. If my life is finished, that is not wonderful. Nobody will lament. "Oh, he was old man, eighty-two years old." But if I can live for some days more, that is wonderful. If I die, that is not wonderful.
Devotee: Kṛṣṇa is wonderful.
Prabhupada: Kṛṣṇa is wonderful always.
Devotee (2): And you are wonderful.
Prabhupada: I am wonderful so long I serve Kṛṣṇa. Otherwise useless; no value. If I can serve Kṛṣṇa, then I am wonderful certainly. We don't want to become cheap wonderful. We want to become really wonderful by serving Kṛṣṇa. That is our mission. Kṛṣṇa is wonderful undoubtedly. Who can become more wonderful than Kṛṣṇa? Mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat (BG 7.7). Always remember, Kṛṣṇa is wonderful. Don't take Kṛṣṇa very slightly, like one of you. That is foolishness. Kṛṣṇa is wonderful, always. He's the most wonderful person, and He can..., does... He can do anything wonderful.
Devotee (3): He can also give wonderful guru.
Prabhupada: Yes. Guru-kṛṣṇa-kṛpāya pāya bhakti-latā-bīja (CC Madhya 19.151). It is Kṛṣṇa's wonderful mercy that one can get guru. Guru-kṛṣṇa-kṛpāya pāya. Don't forget for a moment, that Kṛṣṇa is insignificant. He's always the most wonderful. He can do anything, whatever He likes. They have no such belief. They have no such idea. They are different: "We believe in this." Not believe. This is a fact! You believe or not believe, who cares for you? Fact is fact. So arrange. We shall go. (break) "... Kṛṣṇa is wonderful," that makes one perfect. You know that story? The cobbler and Nārada Muni? Hmm?
Prabhupada: The cobbler believed, "Yes, Kṛṣṇa is wonderful." And Nārada Muni immediately certified, "Yes, your salvation this life guaranteed." The cobbler has his conviction, "Yes, Kṛṣṇa is wonderful. Kṛṣṇa can do anything. Kṛṣṇa can draw an elephant through the hole of a needle. Why not? It's possible." That faith made him perfect. If Kṛṣṇa is not wonderful, is it possible for me to do all these things? What I am?
Devotee (3): Sometimes people ask whether I have seen anything very powerful in Srila Prabhupada. I sometimes answer, saying that when Srila Prabhupada came to the United States, all the foreign disciples, all the Americans, they all, because of their social structure, all eating all kinds of things, but they are all now pure Vaiṣṇavas. So it is the greatest wonder that one can... So they become very silent, just hearing the answer, seeing that there is something very powerful.
Prabhupada: Yes. First of all they admitted in that Voice (newspaper), that "We thought God is dead. Here Swāmījī has brought." They admitted like that.
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Mayapur, February 20, 1977)
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