1. If you love me, love my dog

    “If you love me, love my dog.” I have seen people do that. One man is going with his dog. His friends meet, and if the friends pats the dog, the man becomes pleased. Is it not?

    Devotee: Yes.

    Prabhupada: Yes. So… Just like if you have got your child on your lap, if some friends come and takes your child and pats him and kisses him, then you become pleased, immediately: “Oh, this gentleman loves my child so much.” Similarly, if a Vaisnava, a devotee, is respected, then Krsna is more pleased. Therefore it is called yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah. The respectful to guru makes easier to receive mercy from God. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah. What is the meaning?

    Satsvarupa: “By the mercy of the spiritual master one gets the blessings of Krsna.”

    Prabhupada: Yes. Because Krsna is immediately pleased, “Oh, he’s obedient and respectful to My devotee.” It is in the same way, “Oh, he loves my child so much. He loves my dog.” Dog is not qualified, but because the gentleman’s dog is loved, the gentleman is pleased. This is counteractive. Similarly, a pure devotee, representative of God, if he is offered respect, that respect goes to God.

    Room Conversation — June 29, 1974, Melbourne