1. Mass Movement as well as Class Movement

    Srila Prabhupada: Let them do whatever nonsense they are doing. Let them chant and take prasada. We don’t mind what they are doing. That is later on. When I was chanting in Tompkinson Park I never asked them, “Don’t come here. You are drinking.” Everyone was drinking. (laughs) I know that. Everyone had illicit sex. They were coming with their boyfriend, girlfriend. I didn’t know that? Was I going to restrict them? Let them come, chant Hare Krsna. Caitanya Mahaprabhu stressed on this, mass kirtana every night. He was not speaking philosophy. Philosophy with Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, Prakasananda Sarasvati, not with the mass of people. Mass of people—”Come on! Chant!” Give prasada. This was Caitan… What they will understand, philosophy?

    Giriraja: They won’t understand.

    Prabhupada: Mass of people, let them chant and dance and take prasada. So these centers are being opened for mass movement as well as class movement. In the village, hardly you’ll get good, educated men. So there is no question of philosophy. Given them chance of chanting and take prasada. It is useless to talk before them our philosophy. They’ll never understand. But they will understand prasadam. Prasadam is so nice. If there are few grains of prasada, even the crows will come, the condemned bird. (laughs) He will also come. You do like this.

    (Conversation — Bombay, January 8, 1977)