Preaching in Egypt
(Devotees at the Sphinx in Giza, 1978—click to enlarge)

Prabhupāda: How the Egyptian people are?

Devotee: They're really nationalistic type of persons.

Prabhupāda: That is everywhere.

Devotee: But I never noticed like this anywhere else. And they're really attached to family life, even more than in India.

Prabhupāda: Ācchā?

Devotee: Oh, yes.

Prabhupāda: They have got nice family?

Devotee: Oh, yes. They have nice family, and they have many children. And the man is working, and the woman stay home and prepare food, taking care...

Prabhupāda: That is Indian culture.

Devotee: Yes, it's exactly like in India. But their family attachment is so strong that it is very difficult..., it will be very difficult to have devotees out of them.

Prabhupāda: No, no, why you should dissuade them from family life? That is not our...

Devotee: No, I'm not doing that. I know.

Prabhupāda: Let them remain, family life, but understand what is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That's all. We never condemn family life. Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa anywhere. That's all.

Devotee: Oh, yes. But that will be very difficult for them to become devotee. Instead, they went to the Western countries and become devotees there. But otherwise, in their own country will be very difficult for them.

Prabhupāda: Let us invite them, whole family. Let them come, take prasādam, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa.

Devotee: Yes. That I did.

Prabhupāda: That's all.

Devotee: I was living with one whole family. Sometimes I cooked prasādam for them, and they like it very much. They like us as a person.

Prabhupāda: Simply follow this. Give them prasādam and let them chant. That is preaching. And if they're educated, let them read books. Then gradually, he'll automatically come. (break)

Devotee: thing they always like, when we don't explain to them too much the meaning of the chanting, they like the music.

Prabhupāda: Oh. Well then that is all right.

Devotee: But when we start to explain the meaning, then they're a little bit suspicious, because they don't tolerate other type of religion.

Prabhupāda: No, no, why...? Let them chant and take prasādam. This preaching, that's all. Later on, when they're little advanced, then talk of philosophy. Otherwise there is no need of philosophy. If they are, some of them, educated, they can read the books voluntarily. But general process is anywhere, any part of the world, you simply give them chance of chanting and take prasādam. That will be peaceful. (break)

Devotee: ...Because I have an Arabic boy who is translating. So I have one Śrī Īśopaniṣad completely translated into Arabics which can be printed.

Prabhupāda: So print.

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Bhuvanesvara, January 30, 1977)

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