Indian reporter: It is there in śāstras.
Prabhupāda: Yes. And if you don't care for the śāstras, if you manufacture your own way, then, as it is stated, na siddhiṁ sāvāpnoti (BG 16.23). You'll never be successful. Na sukhaṁ na parāṁ gatim. Neither happiness nor better life will be next or the supreme goal. These things finished. Yaḥ śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya vartate kāma-kārataḥ (BG 16.23). If you do not take the guidance of the śāstra then all your hope is finished. You can hope, but you'll never be. This is our . . . therefore we follow the śāstras and we teach others to follow śāstras. If you like, you can do. Otherwise, do whatever you like. But you don't manufacture and spoil my life and others. You don't do.
Indian reporter: There was some trouble with your movement in America recently.
Prabhupāda: We don't care for this trouble. If you are sincere, it is all right. We are facing so many difficulties. We don't care for it. We never compromise. All my students, they will never compromise. Why shall I compromise? If I am confident that I am speaking the truth, why shall I make compromise? Those who are not confident of his position, they will make compromise. One who does not know where he stands, he will make compromise. And if I know where I am standing, why shall I make compromise? Let others do whatever he likes. This is our position.
Indian reporter: Do not strain guru too much, because . . .
Devotees: Thank you very much. (offer obeisances) (break)
Prabhupāda: Most important movement. Aap bhi samjhiye. You also understand. You are in a good position. Try to convince others. Life should be for para-upakāra, not exploiting. This is India's mission. That is Caitanya Mahāprabhu says:
- bhārata-bhūmite manuṣya-janma haila yāra
- janma sārthaka kari' kara para-upakāra
- (CC Adi 9.41)
This is India's . . . anyone who has taken birth in India, first of all make his life perfect by understanding the śāstra. The gist of śāstra is Bhagavad-gītā. And then distribute the knowledge, para-upakāra. This should be India's mission. India hasn't got to learn from anywhere else. Everything is there. Let him understand the whole philosophy of life perfectly and distribute this. This is India's mission. So I have tried alone on this point. So I have got little success. And before me so many svāmīs, yogīs went there. They came and go—no effect. Now I have created a community which will continue. They're now saying: "American Hindus." Therefore there is opposition. They understand, "Now it will stand." It is not that Vivekananda's daridra-nārāyaṇa-sevā . . . (indistinct)
Indian reporter: Something permanent.