Recording of TV Interview
April 20, 1976, Melbourne
Interviewer (1): ...were minstrels who wander who wander our city streets, mumbling about Hare Krsna, then the man to answer your questions is the man who started the Krsna movement, His Divine Grace Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. And if you have trouble following that, the best is yet to come. His message might seem complicated to the unconverted, but when it's all boiled down, it's quite simple. All you have to do is concentrate, like Carol Jarvis did during this in-depth interview. (sound of kirtana)
Carol Jarvis: Your Divine Grace, what prompted you to start the Krsna movement? (From here on follow excerpts of Interview, Melbourne, 4/20/76, combined with short, loud recordings of kirtanas)
Prabhupada: Well, the scientists make research. One does wrong thing to do that. So our process is to carry out the order of the higher authorities. So my Guru Maharaja, my spiritual master, asked me to do this. (inserted kirtana)
Carol Jarvis: But you led a rather normal life—before this you were married. You were a businessman.
Carol Jarvis: What made you change suddenly?
Prabhupada: By this association. Just like we are holding meeting, and so many boys, girls, they come. If somebody is capturing the idea, he makes further progress. (inserted kirtana)
Carol Jarvis: Do you think the type of life that your devotees must lead...
Carol Jarvis: ...is in fact a happy one, getting up very early in the morning...
Prabhupada: Yes, it is. It is. Just like if you are suffering from some ailments, so you have to follow some rules and regulation so that you may be cured. (inserted kirtana)
Carol Jarvis: Your Divine Grace, can I ask you how old you are now?
Carol Jarvis: How old?
Prabhupada: I am eighty years old. (inserted kirtana)
Carol Jarvis: Do you make a lot of money out of the sales of your books, etc.? There is begging in the street each day.
Prabhupada: Yes. But there are many beggars. They do not get money. We get money. We are not beggars. We are giving books, knowledge. (inserted kirtana)
Carol Jarvis: I wonder if I could ask you just finally, then, if you have a message.
Prabhupada: Yes, this is the message, that people are under the impression that one is this body, but that is not the fact. The soul, or the man, he is within the body. Just like you are not your, this shirt and coat. (inserted kirtana)
Interviewer (1): That was Carol Jarvis with the leader of the Hare Krsna movement, a man with a message, and we hope you've taken note. Well, we'll be back in a moment, and this time with a surprise.... (end)
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