Success is to make One Pure Devotee

ASK BVKS | January 7, 2014 |

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Question:

Srila Prabhupada often mentions in his lectures that his mission would be complete if he could make one pure devotee. Is this statement used out of humility by Srila Prabhupada? What is the definition of a pure devotee? Does it mean that there is no pure devotee in ISKCON? Please can you kindly throw some more insights on this topic.

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