(Click on photo to see a larger image of Srila Prabhupada and devotees in Vrindavan.)
"You are bowing down to everyone. You are bowing down to death, you are bowing down to disease, you are bowing down to old age. You are bowing down to so many things. You are forced. And still you are thinking that 'I cannot bow down. I don't like.' Because you are saying 'I don't like,' therefore you are being forced. You have to bow down. Why you forget your position? That is our disease. Therefore the next process is that 'I am being forced to bow down.' Now we have to find out 'Where I shall be happy even by bowing down?' That is Krishna. Your bowing down will not be stopped, because you are meant for that. But if you bow down to Krishna and Krishna's representative, you become happy. Test this. You have to bow down. If you don't bow down to Krishna and His representative, then you will be forced to bow down to something else, maya. That is your position. You cannot be free at any moment. But you'll feel... Just like a child is twenty-four hours bowing down to his parents. He's happy. He's happy. Mother says, 'My dear child, please come down, sit down here.' 'Yes.' He's happy. This is the nature. Simply you have to seek out where you have to bow down, that's all. That is Krishna. You cannot stop your bowing down, but you have to see where you have to bow down. That's all. If you artificially think that 'I'm not going to bow down anyone. I am independent,' then you suffer. Simply you have to seek out the proper place where you have to bow down. That's all."
(Srila Prabhupada lecture, Seattle, September 30, 1968)