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I Shall Die for Krishna's Cause
(Srila Prabhupada boarding the Jaladuta bound for the U.S.A., 1965)

"People are misguided. Śoce tato vimukha-cetasa (SB 7.9.43). They are being induced to remain in ignorance. Therefore we want, make our plan. Śoce: 'I am thinking very seriously how to save them.' Prahlāda Mahārāja says. That is Vaiṣṇava's business. Para-duḥkha-duḥkhi. 'They are suffering.' That is Vaiṣṇava, real Vaiṣṇava, not that 'Now I am realized soul, sit down and...' That is also good, but better business is to think for others. That is stated in the Bhāgavatam. Ya idaṁ paramaṁ guhyaṁ mad-bhakteṣu... (BG 18.68), na ca tasmād. If you want to be really very dear to Kṛṣṇa, you must preach this philosophy vigorously, not that 'I have got it. Who is going to take so much botheration? Let me sit down.' Kṛṣṇa... Who can be better devotee than Arjuna? And why did he... He was, rather, avoiding the botheration. Kṛṣṇa said, 'No. You must take the botheration.' He chastised him, kutas tva kaśmalam idaṁ viṣame (BG 2.2): 'Rascal, what is this? You must take. You have to take this botheration.' On this principle, at the age of seventy years, I took all the botheration— 'All right.' The other friends were thinking that 'This man is going to die, and he is going to preach.' (laughing) They said like that. And 'All right, I shall die. I shall die for Kṛṣṇa's cause.' So we have to face so many problems, botherations. That is natural. We should not be afraid of this."

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, January 23, 1977, Bhuvanesvara)

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