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Question: As ISKCON grows 50 years old and more and devotees get old age, should we have separate old age homes? I have heard from other senior godbrothers that you said that senior people should not stay together. They should stay with devotees of other ages to keep their enthusiasm high. Can you please enlighten us?

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Jayapataka Swami: I don’t remember saying anything on this. But, as Srila Prabhupada said that for government servants and others we have a vanaprasta or old age home. And, the GBC wants that there be some facility for the retired devotees to come to the dham and stay. But, as far as I see, for the devotees in Krsna consciousness, there is no retirement. We should go on preaching, go on disseminating Krsna consciousness. Srila Prabhupada went to the west at the age of 69 and he was there from 70 to – he was 82. For 12 years he preached. So he didn’t stop disseminating Krsna consciousness even in his old age. So the point therefore is why should we stop. But if one wants to stop and one wants to study or render some simple devotional service at least in the holy dham, some additional benefit may be received.