Preach in any condition

"People are suffering greatly presently due to having lost all proper vision. They are completely without knowledge as to what is the real purpose of life. They have forgotten what is the real purpose of life. It is up to you to reestablish their lost relationship with Krsna by being sincere to preach the message of Krsna purely by yourself following the instructions of the Lord and his bona-fide representative, the spiritual master. If you follow nicely our Krsna conscious program and preach to these unfortunate people, surely Krsna will recognize your very nice service as He states in Bhagavad-gita, na ca tasmad manusyesu kascin me priya krttama, whoever preaches this message of Bhagavad gita is considered by Me to be the most dear. So continue on this way, you have my full approval and support."

Harikesa Maharaja discussed with Srila Prabhupada some of the practical problems in keeping the Eastern European program going. In the course of their exchange, Prabhupada revealed the radical steps he was prepared to take to ensure that this preaching go on.

Harikesa began to explain that, apart from the risks involved, a big obstacle was a lack of funding. He said that even something as basic as finding something to eat was a major difficulty.

"So if there is nothing else, you can eat meat if you have to," Srila Prabhupada told him matter-of-factly.

Harikesa's mouth dropped open a little bit and his eyes widened. Not knowing if Prabhupada was serious or not, he tried to ignore what he had just heard and continued to say that even if he had money, there was nothing to buy.

Completely serious, Prabhupada again told him, "So if there is difficulty, you can take meat."

Harikesa stopped. He appeared dazed as he contemplated the possible implications. "But Prabhupada, what about my consciousness?"

"Damn your consciousness," Prabhupada replied. "You must go on preaching."

- From "A Transcendental Diary Vol 4" by HG Hari Sauri Prabhu
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