Devotee (1): Yesterday, Śrīla Prabhupāda, four or five people stopped me while I was in a bus during the day, and they would stop me and look at me with tilaka and etcetera, and say, "Why have you given up your Western life and taken to this life?" (Prabhupāda laughs) They were amazed. And then I had a Bhāgavatam, and I'd show them your picture, and I'd show them the Bhāgavatam and say, "Paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate (BG 2.59), a higher taste." And then they would appreciate. They would . . . They looked at . . . They were so impressed by your Bhāgavatam. They'd look at your picture, and they'd go, "Yes, yes, you are right."
Prabhupāda: Yes, in my Preface I have written that: "What is the necessity of the human society?" This is, this Kṛṣṇa consciousness, is required. It is a mistake to understand that we are trying to push on Hindu culture. Where is the Hindu culture? To become a gentleman is Hindu culture? It is for everyone.
Jayādvaita: They think that their paraphernalia makes them gentlemen. If they have a big car and a nice house, then they are gentlemen.
Prabhupāda: And he may be great rogue, that "Simply dress yourself nicely; you become gentleman."
Devotee (1): Usually materially opulent people are puffed up and mean. They're not . . .
Prabhupāda: Gentleman means that if you go to a gentleman's store, "Beware of the dog," "Beware of the revolver." This is your culture. And when you go to the airport everyone is searched out, pocket. So who is gentleman? Is that gentleman? There is no gentleman in the world. All rogues and thieves, cheaters, bluffers. Now we are creating gentlemen. Otherwise there is no gentlemen. Here is the proof. If we are gentleman, why we are being checked in the airport? Hmm? This is the proof. There is no gentlemen.
Akṣayānanda: Because they're not expecting any gentlemen.
Prabhupāda: That means there is no . . . In other words, there is no gentlemen.
Akṣayānanda: Yes. They're only expecting rogues.
Prabhupāda: Sometimes . . . In most cases they do not check me. "This is gentleman." And there is all . . . no gentlemen. And this is the test, how to test a gentleman, that one who is not surrendered to Kṛṣṇa. Or one who is surrendered to Kṛṣṇa, he is gentleman. Kṛṣṇa says that,
- na māṁ duṣkṛtino mūḍhāḥ
- prapadyante narādhamāḥ
- āsuraṁ bhāvam āśritāḥ
- (BG 7.15)
So anyone who has not surrendered to Kṛṣṇa, he is not gentleman. Bās. That is the test. He is not a gentleman.