Room Conversation Excerpt

June 8, 1976, Los Angeles
Indian Man: ...got the British out.
Prabhupada: Hitler one side, fought with the Britishers, smashed them. This is one cause. Another cause: Hitler helped Subhas Chandra Bose to organize I.N.A. Two causes, the Britishers to go away. Otherwise, Gandhi's noncooperation movement was started in 1917, and we got our independence in 1947.
Indian Man: Thirty years.
Prabhupada: Thirty years he could not do anything. And Subhas Chandra Bose in 1940 or '42, he went out of India and organized this I.N.A with the help of Hitler, and the Britishers were obliged to leave India. What do you think? That is my estimation.
Indian Man: Yes, I think so too. Yes, and he is also...
Prabhupada: And Hitler not only helped Subhas Chandra Bose to organize this I.N.A. organization, but by fighting with the Britishers, he smashed... The British lion was bandaged. There was a cartoon picture. I've seen in that way. The lion is lying down and bandaged, (makes some gestures) here and here and here, there, patched: British lion. (laughter) That's a fact.
Indian Man: Subhas Chandra Bose he was in, I think he was...
Prabhupada: He was my college friend. We studied in the same college.
Indian Man: Is that right?
Prabhupada: He was one year senior to me. He appeared(?) from the year 1919, I appeared(?) in 1920.
Indian Man: Yes. And then he was in a plane crash? Or...?
Prabhupada: There is a great history.
Indian Man: Yes. I don't know if it is true. [break] ...taken sannyasa, and just gone out somewhere.
Prabhupada: So anyway, although you have got independence, India, oh, what is the profit?
Hari-sauri: The independence is just about to come, Srila Prabhupada, when you start preaching there.
Prabhupada: Real sva-raja is to go back to home, back to Godhead. (end)

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