Prabhupāda: Now England is finished. There are aristocrat type statues now rolling on the ground. Who takes care? They’re…, this Lennon? Lennon, John Lennon and George Harrison, they are purchasing big, big palaces. (japa)
Devotee: All the aristocracy, they just go out to work like anyone else.
Prabhupāda: The lords are roaming on the street. I have seen many lords. They’re ordinary… Even they haven’t got car. The Queen also, just like ordinary, common man. Royal family.
Devotee (2): One day America will be poor like that also.
Prabhupāda: Yes. Luxury leads to poverty. When the American becomes too much luxurious, they’ll not be able to defend their country. Then it will be finished.
Devotee: That is the fear even now, that America has lost their fighting spirit against the Communists.
Prabhupāda: Oh, yes, yes. Yes. Vietnam, it is proof. When the Vietnam is attacked, American soldiers, they began to fly, flee away, became afraid. Naturally. They were not soldiers. They have no fighting spirit. By force they have been made soldiers.
Prabhupāda: Let them take to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, America will be saved. (japa)
Devotee: Śrīla Prabhupāda, you said yesterday, or a few days ago, that this movement will go on unimpeded for ten thousand years, so…
Prabhupāda: Yes, provided we keep it uncontaminated. You should take this opportunity.
Devotee: So after ten years we have gotten so many devotees and so many houses, so I can’t imagine how big this movement will be after ten thousand years.
Prabhupāda: Yes. You’ll get the government.
Devotee: The whole world will be delivered.
Prabhupāda: Yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhaḥ (BG 3.21). America will be the best; people will follow. They are already following—skyscraper building, that’s all. Any nation in the world, they are all aspiring to have skyscraper buildings. India has done? In Bombay?
Prabhupāda: Full of skyscraper buildings. Now they are thinking this is opulence, skyscraper building. When you are giving it up, no more skyscraper building, the others are imitating. Just like in this quarter you cannot construct skyscraper building. They don’t want it. Now others are imitating: "Let us have skyscraper building like America." (japa) (break)
Devotee: All the instructions for the future—like you said that one day even we will have the government—how to run the government, everything is explained in your books.
Prabhupāda: Yes. I think like that. (laughs) Is there mention, "The slaughterhouse should be stopped"?
Devotee: You’ve given all the major policies for the future government, Kṛṣṇa consciousness government.
Prabhupāda: Let us hope.
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, June 10, 1976, Los Angeles)