THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
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You Have to Spend Gallons of Blood
Devotee: Sometimes, Prabhupāda, when they see your Bhagavad-gītā, they say, "Oh, it is too big for me to read." They don't know that the purport... They've never read.

Prabhupāda: Therefore I say that bring them, let them chant and dance and take prasādam. That, everyone will hear, agree.

Devotee (2): One who does that, he is preaching? One who arranges for chanting and dancing and taking prasādam, that is as good as preaching?

Prabhupāda: Yes. Śravaṇam, kīrtanam, arcanam—anything.

Devotee (2): These festival programs are very important.

Prabhupāda: You have to spend or waste gallons of blood before you can convert a person to Kṛṣṇa consciousness. It is so difficult task.

Devotee (3): You have to spend...?

Prabhupāda: Gallons of blood, waste.

Devotee (3): In what way?

Prabhupāda: By talking with him, with the rascal and foolish. You tax your brain and spoil your energy, blood.

Devotee (2): Spend so much food.

Devotee (3): So we should do that.

Prabhupāda: Unless you are not a preacher. You should be prepared.

Devotee (3): They have to do it.

Prabhupāda: Yes. They cuts, sacrifices life, what to speak of wasting blood. Wasting life. This is preacher. Then he is recognized by Kṛṣṇa: "He has done so much for Me."

Devotee: Kṛṣṇa will give more and more energy.

Prabhupāda: He is going to die for Kṛṣṇa, and therefore he is recognized. Na ca tasmān manuṣyeṣu kaścin me priya-kṛttamaḥ (BG 18.69). You become immediately very dear to Kṛṣṇa. Your business is how to become very intimate to Kṛṣṇa. That will be served by preaching.

Devotee (3): Would you like to hear this verse?

    na ca tasmān manuṣyeṣu
    kaścin me priya-kṛttamaḥ
    bhavitā na ca me tasmād
    anyaḥ priyataro bhuvi
    (BG 18.69)

"There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear."

Prabhupāda: Who? Ya idaṁ para...

Devotee: "For one who explains the supreme secret to the devotees, devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me."

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Devotee: Sometimes... I've had one person, he complained, "Why is there no purport for this verse, 'There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear'?"

Prabhupāda: No purport?

Devotee: Yes. They have mentioned that there is no purport for this verse.

Prabhupāda: It is already explained. Anyone who is preaching...

Devotee (2): That verse is self-effulgent.

Devotee: Yes.

Devotee (2) (speaking to Prabhupāda): You are the purport.

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Mauritius, October 4, 1975)

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