Reporter: Were you born in this country, or were you born in . . .
Prabhupāda: No. I was born in India, Calcutta. My birthplace is Calcutta.
Reporter: When did you come to this country?
Prabhupāda: I came here in September, 1965.
Reporter: Did you come with the purpose of spreading Kṛṣṇa consciousness?
Prabhupāda: Yes. Yes. I am an ordained minister for preaching this missionary activities. So I came here in September, 1965. Then, for one year, I was traveling in many parts of your country. In the beginning I was in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, and then I went to Philadelphia. Then I came to New York. And in this way I was traveling; not very much. And in 1966, in July 1st, I started my class in New York at 26 Second Avenue.
That is my first starting. Then the younger generation began to come to me, and they started the San Francisco branch, Montreal branch. In this way the institution is going. And we have sent our students to Europe also. They have already started one branch in London, one in Hamburg. And we have sent our students in Honolulu. They have started a branch there.
So our program is to start several . . . as many branches as possible to spread this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. And it is very easy. We simply invite persons to come and chant with us. It doesn't matter what he is, what is his language, what is his religion. We don't take into account all these things. And this Hare Kṛṣṇa is so easy to utter that any man can utter. That we have experienced. Any part of the world we chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, and they can very easily imitate and chant. Even child, they also.
So by chanting, he gradually becomes Kṛṣṇa conscious. His heart becomes cleansed and he can understand what is science of Kṛṣṇa, what is science of God. Then he automatically offers himself for initiation. Then we initiate him and guide him in different ways. But our students are strictly forbidden to have illicit sex life or meat-eating or intoxication or gambling. These four things are strictly forbidden for our students. And they take it seriously. We get our . . . in your country boys and girls, they live as friend. I don't allow that.
If there is such friendship, I immediately ask them, if they become my student, I immediately ask them to be married. And this experiment has proved very successful. I got these young boys and girls married, and they are very happily living, and husband and wife, they are preaching. All my students in London—there are six boys and girls—they were married by me, and they are very doing nice . . . doing very nicely.
So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is very nice in everywhere, especially in this country. That is my opinion. And people will be benefited, especially the younger section who were feeling frustration in every respect, and they are now happy. It is practical. Just ask any one of my students how they are happy.You have seen in our temple how happily they are living and dancing from their face. Face is the index of mind. You will understand from their face how happy they are feeling. They are not smoking. They are not taking marijuana or are taking . . . no. This nonsense we don't allow. Simple food and chanting. That makes them happy. Simple thing.