Excerpt from an evening darsana with His Divine Grace in Tehran on August 10, 1976.
Prabhupada: No, we have no attachment. We can sit down, in this nice building, we can sit down anywhere. We are not attached to this building; we are attached to push on Krsna consciousness. That is our business. And unconditionally we can push on Krsna consciousness. Ahaituky apratihata. It is not that if we don't get a nice building as Atreya ‰si has supplied, then we cannot push on. No. That is not Krsna consciousness. Just like I began this movement underneath a tree in New York, (sic) Tompkinson Square, what is that?
Devotees: Tompkins Square Park.
Prabhupada: I used to sit down there. There was no mrdanga. A small dundubi. And I was chanting three hours-Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna. And people used to come.
Prabhupada: Yes. Low-class, high-class, we don't mind. We chant Hare Krsna, that's all. That 26 Second Avenue also not very good neighborhood.
Jnanagamya: It's the worst place in the country. (laughter)
Prabhupada: But I did not know. Mukunda suggested this is good place, all right, live here. And actually happened to be good place. Gradually, all my disciples came. So I had no disturbance. I was living in the Bowery Street, and on my door these bums were lying with urine and wine bottles and everything. Still, they were so respectful. When I'll come, "Yes, you can enter. Please." (laughter) I had no quarrel with them. They were very kind. They welcomed me, they opened the door, "Please go." They also knew that "He's a harmless..." So, platform, if you remain on the spiritual platform, this material condition cannot hamper you. Ahaituky apratihata. Then yenatma suprasidati, in that condition you can execute. First of all, we have to ascertain on which platform we shall stand. And if you want to stand on the spiritual platform, nothing can check it. That is not conditioned. So why not stand directly to the spiritual platform and make you life successful? That is our preaching. People in general, they do not know the importance of the spiritual platform. Therefore they prefer to stay in the material platform. They have no sufficient education.
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