(Click to enlarge photo of Srila Prabhupada giving class)
"This is Vaiṣṇava's position. Para-duḥkha-duḥkhī. He's unhappy by seeing others unhappy. For himself, he has no unhappiness. Para-duḥkha-duḥkhī. Kṛpāmbudhir yas tam ahaṁ prapadye (CC Madhya 6.254). This is Vaiṣṇava philosophy. Vaiṣṇava shall work hard, undergo all tribulation, for others. He has no problem. A Vaiṣṇava has no problem. Because he has taken shelter of Kṛṣṇa, he has no problem. Kaunteya pratijānīhi na me bhaktaḥ praṇaśyati (BG 9.31). Kṛṣṇa also gives guarantee, 'Anyone who has taken shelter of My..., he is saved. I will give him protection.' Kṛṣṇa says, ahaṁ tvāṁ mokṣayiṣyāmi sarva... Everything is there.
For Vaiṣṇava there is no suffering, personally. But he is very much anxious, 'How these rascals will be happy?' That is his business. 'These rascals are misled. They are going astray, unhappy. So how they should be happy?' So that is Vaiṣṇava's business. So the Vaiṣṇava, therefore, will have no politics. Politics means planning for one's own happiness. That is politics. So in our society there should be no diplomacy, no politics. Everyone should be eager how to do good to others. That is Vaiṣṇava."
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Vrindavan, March 15, 1974)