Mike Robinson: So what are you doing now? You've come to England for a brief stay. I gather you travel a lot.
Prabhupāda: Just to guide my disciples and to see how they are doing things, that's all.
Mike Robinson: And do you do that, or travel around the world, don't you.
Prabhupāda: Yes, but now I am getting old. So it is little difficult for me. Still I have to do and come and see.
Mike Robinson: And that is your mission in life, is it, to...
Prabhupāda: Yes, I have established it, I want to see that it is not spoiled.
Mike Robinson: I see. Can you tell me how you feel led, you know, how you are guided to do what you do?
Prabhupāda: Well, there are the books, just like I also told you, the literature.
Mike Robinson: So it's from your scriptures that you've learned that you've got to do this.
Prabhupāda: Yes, we have got so many literatures. We are explaining in English. Guide is.... It is not manufactured. The guide is from the beginning. Simply one has to take that guidance, then everything's all right. And if we manufacture guidance, then it is spoiled. Just like in the literature of this microphone you say that this should be like this, this should be like this, number two should be by the side of number four. You cannot make any change. Then it is spoiled.
Mike Robinson: Now we've talked for some time concerning spiritual matters and the philosophy of Hare Kṛṣṇa. How does it affect the way people live?
Prabhupāda: Yes, because he's suffering for want of this knowledge. He's misunderstanding himself that he is the body. Suppose if you misunderstand that you are coat and shirt, and so you sew and wash the coat and shirt. Will you be happy? Will you be happy?
Mike Robinson: No, I won't.
Prabhupāda: Yes. So similarly all these rascals, they are simply washing the coat and shirt. They have no information that what is there within the coat and shirt. They have no information. Ask anybody. All rascals will say, "Yes, I am Englishman, I am this coat," that's all. "I am thinking like an Englishman." That is shirt. And what you are, he cannot say. You are thinking, that is your mind. You are having this body, that is your body, but what you are? Who is thinking over this? Nobody.