Prabhupāda: No. He is bestower. He gives everything. If anyone voluntary gives, that's all right. You should not ask to give Him. (break) . . . instead of doing this. (Bengali) He said like that. "By showing the Deity to earn livelihood is condemned. Better become a sweeper, municipal sweeper, and sweep the road and earn money." He said like that. That is better, honorable. He is working and getting money, instead of making a good show of Deity and earn money. This is not required. If you want to earn money, go, work according to your capacity and earn money. Don't cheat people. That is Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī.
Pañcadraviḍa: There was a big fight, or difference of opinion, wasn't there?
Pañcadraviḍa: There was trouble in Navadvīpa, wasn't there, when he advised the pilgrims not to pay money to go into the temples?
Prabhupāda: Yes. He was fight against it. All, Navadvīpa, Vṛndāvana. Vṛndāvana is not so . . . but still, they have got rate (?). One thing, it is a question of heart, that a man should come and visit the temple—he must give something. Why he is to be asked? Voluntarily he should give that.
Yaśodānandana: Yes. We were reading in Nectar of Devotion this morning. Your Divine Grace is writing that it is customary in India that whenever one visits the Deity or a saintly person to offer something, even one grain of rice.
Prabhupāda: Yes, that is the system.
Lokanātha: But encouraging is not recommended?
Prabhupāda: Huh? What is that encouraging?
Yaśodānandana: Requesting should not be done.
Yaśodānandana: It is voluntary.
Prabhupāda: Encouraging means your behavior should be so nice that he voluntarily gives. That is encouraging. Not that begging and "Put something here. My belly is empty." (laughter) (break) . . . that is nice, that "Here is an institution. You kindly become a member. Help us." That is another thing. But why should you earn by showing the Deity? You work so nicely they will become voluntarily member, contributing. That is nice. But not that "Now we have got Deity. He's starving. Please give me something." No. That is not good prac . . .
Pañcadraviḍa: You showed the example when you came to New York. You were cooking cāpāṭis and everything.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Otherwise, who would cook at that time? (break) . . . apartment. So I was cooking, and he liked. He thought that "Without any payment, I have got a cook."
Revatīnandana: Dharmadhyaksa dāsa used to be one of his disciples before he joined your . . . he became your disciple. And he said that he was talking to Dr. Mishra, and Dr. Mishra still talks about your cooking. He said, "Oh, Swāmījī, he saved my life," he said. "He taught me how to eat properly." He still talks about you. (break)
Prabhupāda: . . . improved his health. He says still?
Revatīnandana: Yes. Yes.
Revatīnandana: Dharma was telling me. (break)
Prabhupāda: . . . to rise early in the morning and do whatever is needed. Then at nine, half-past nine, I will go to his apartment and begin cooking. Then, after finishing, I'll take my bathing, and then we shall eat together. And then, after eating, I will go to the Fifth Avenue for loitering.