Mukham karoti vacalam pangum langayate girim
Yat kripa tam aham vande sri gurum dina tarinam
Paramananda Madhavam Sri Caitanya Isvaram

Haribol! Seeing all of you and hearing about your preaching activities is a very happy occasion. Be it Namahatta preaching, Iskcon preaching, Campus preaching, Youth preaching, Gita Course preaching, they are all very special. This morning I asked my doctor something. He said, West Bengal is No. 1 in India! What is No.1? First in eating non-vegetarian food! Ha! Ha! 89 to 90% people eat meat here. In Gujarat (another state in India), 77% of people are vegetarians. How do you see this? We do so much preaching in Bengal and this is a very appalling thing! We have a regulated vegetarian food, and we have restrictions, but in spite of that we have people joining the movement and preaching is spreading. That is why I am really very indebted to all of you for your efforts. Srila Prabhupada had said that many people would be coming here, and we will not need to go anywhere and our sanyasis will be able to preach from here. I am very happy that various sanyasis are actively doing tribal preaching and other types of preaching, but along with that, we see there are so many people coming here, and there is a lot of scope for us to preach to them. It is essential that we see that the people who come here are taken care of, that they come into the spiritual path. Be it our Namahatta or Sankirtan team, they go out and invite people to come visit Mayapur. People do come, and it is very important that we take this opportunity to preach to them nicely. Srila Prabhupada gave an example, that if you go to a sweet shop, and you see there that on the package of an item is written “Fixed Price”. But if the shopkeeper goes to a grihasta, householder’s home to sell, then there is scope for some bargaining. The householder may say, I will not give 100 rupees, I will only give 90 rupees! So Srila Prabhupada said, similarly, when people come to us, we will set out our rules and tell them these are our rules! This is our shop and this is our “Fixed Price”!! But when we go to their homes, we have to be more flexible, humble. But when they come to us, we have a special opportunity. For the people who come also it is an opportunity, that they get taken care of getting on to the spiritual path. Today there is the oil abhishek of our Lord Nrsimhadeva. I offer my best wishes to all of you on this auspicious occasion. Once again, I am very indebted to all you that that the preaching is going on in so many different ways. Hare Krsna! Haribol!

Transcribed by Jayaraseshwari devi dasi
21 May 2019