My Plan Was That "I Shall Go to America"
(Srila Prabhupada boarding the Jaladuta, 1965)

Prabhupada: So, my dear boys and girls, about six years ago I came to your country single-handed, with these pair of cymbal. Now you are so many chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. That is my success. It was the prediction of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu,

   pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi grāma
   sarvatra pracāra hoibe mora nāma
   (CB Antya-khaṇḍa 4.126)

Lord Caitanya desired that "In all the towns, in as many towns and villages as they are on the surface of the globe, My name will be broadcast." He is Kṛṣṇa Himself, svayaṁ kṛṣṇa, kṛṣṇa caitanya-nāmine, simply changing His name as Kṛṣṇa Caitanya. So His prediction will never go in vain. That's a fact.

So my plan was that "I shall go to America. America is the leading country of the world. If I can convince the younger generation of America, they will take up." I am old man. I came here at the age of seventy years; now I am seventy-six. So my warning is already there. In 1971, I had a severe heart attack. You know, all.

So the mission of Caitanya Mahāprabhu is now in your hand. You are, American boys and girls, very intelligent and graced by Kṛṣṇa. You are not poverty-stricken. You have enough resources, prestige. Everything materially, you are all well-equipped. If you kindly take this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement seriously, your country will be saved, and the whole world will be saved."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, May 18, 1972)

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