I will not feed you until you become the teacher.
He said the temple here has Baladeva. We can pray to Him for strength. One worships Balarama, Nitai and then goes (next altar) to Radha-Krishna. They are very affectionate brothers. You have seen the picture? Krishna is pointing out to Balarama how the flowers are praising Him.
Our policy is peaceful penetration. We beg from someone, but actually we are not begging. It all belongs to Krishna. The father is nicely asking his little boy to return his hundred dollar bill. As Vamandeva came begging, we come. He was proprietor, but begged three steps and took everything. We beg and get them to surrender everything to Krishna. We should always be beggars whatever we get we spend and again be engaged in begging. His spiritual master used to take a donation a devotee got intended for a certain thing and give it to something else, and then tell the man to go out again.
Tamal Krishna Goswami asked if when Krishna says the most dear is he who preaches to devotees, it includes innocent nondevotees. No, he said, teaching of the Gita is for devotees. He said in the beginning he created a spiritual atmosphere for nondevotees by chanting to induce them to become devotees, but the message.
An Indian life member said that Hindi should be required of ISKCON devotees in India. Srila Prabhupada said they can't learn anything, neither doll-making nor khole-making or Hindi: Therefore I have advocated you don't have to learn something new, just whatever you have give to Krishna. Mr. Mahadevia said that fear was needed to make devotees learn. He said their teacher should not feed them for three days and then if they want to eat, they will have to talk Hindi. Then you come and be their Hindi teacher, offered Srila Prabhupada. Mr. Mahadevia said he couldn't and was thus exposed, and the devotees laughed. Then Srila Prabhupada said, I will not feed you until you become the teacher. In this way he taught we must show by example, not simply precept.
The GBC presented him with a resolution that he should retire and write. First he said, That I will decide by my own will. That you have passed a resolution means I have to go? Then we explained that our desire was to help him to write more.
He said he would write more when we publish the books he has already written (some seventeen volumes).
He said that was the only thing keeping him from dictating two tapes a day. He looked toward me and said, You remember in New York? I was supplying two tapes a day. Then later he said again, You remember, I was lecturing twice daily. When the master sleeps, the servants sleep. You are behind, so I am falling behind. I will write when you catch up. Otherwise, so many things happen and I think of them. If you publish these books, then I will again supply you two tapes daily.
Srila Prabhupada: surrender to Me (Krishna) is not for the nondevotee. He will not want to surrender. Feasting, chanting and prasadam. I said we can teach him, I'm not this body. He said this is also for the devotee. We create devotees by the spiritual atmosphere. Book distribution is also chanting. Because they have paid they read: What is this that this rascal has sold me? Like that. (I have paid so much money, so they read.)
Reference: ISKCON in the 1970s
Author: Satsvarupa Das Goswami