Devotee: Prabhupāda, they said that if Caitanya Mahāprabhu wanted Kṛṣṇa consciousness in the Western countries, why didn't He go there Himself? That's what they told us.
Prabhupāda: So He left the credit for me. (laughter)
Devotees: Jaya! Haribol!
Prabhupāda: He loves His devotee more than Himself.
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Nellore, January 4, 1976)
"Kṛṣṇa wanted to preach Kṛṣṇa consciousness in the Western countries, so He gave me the chance to take the credit, that's all. (laughter) It is Kṛṣṇa's arrangement. But He liked that one of His devotee may take the credit. That's all. Nimitta-mātraṁ bhava savyasācin (BG 11.33). Kṛṣṇa said to Arjuna that 'I have already killed them. They are not returning, either you fight or not fight, but you can take the credit.' So it was arrangement of Kṛṣṇa that Western countries should now have this Kṛṣṇa consciousness. And He wanted to give the credit to His poor servant. That's all. Kṛṣṇa likes that. He does everything, but He gives credit to His poor servant."
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Vrindavan, April 9, 1976)
"Kṛṣṇa says to Arjuna that 'This plan of Battle of Kurukṣetra is already there. I have caused assembly of all the demonic persons here.' Paritrāṇāya sādhūnāṁ vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām (BG 4.8): 'This is My plan. So Arjuna, I am flattering you so much that you fight. Fight. But don't think if you do not fight, they will go home. They will have to die here, because it is My plan already.' Nimitta-mātraṁ bhava savyasācin: 'Because you are My devotee, you take the credit. You take the credit.' So actually a devotee, because he is very sincere servant of Kṛṣṇa, so Kṛṣṇa wants to give credit to His devotee, although He is doing everything. Sarvasya cāhaṁ hṛdi sanniviṣṭo mattaḥ smṛtir jñānam apohanaṁ ca (BG 15.15). So always think like that... Do not try to take credit yourself. We should always remember that it is Kṛṣṇa's credit. He wants to do something at a certain time, and some of His servant is authorized to do that. That's all. Otherwise, whole credit goes to Kṛṣṇa. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Govindam ādi-puruṣam."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Bombay, January 19, 1975)