The purpose of offering one’s obeisances falling down on the ground and paying obeisances is for surrender. Even in the west people understand that bowing down before someone is something pretty significant because people say “I’m not going to bow down before no one. I’m not going to bow down before no man”. They don’t. So bowing down is something significant. Otherwise they wouldn’t state so emphatically that they are not going to do it, they don’t want to do it. Prabhupada explained that by bowing down before the Lord, this is very is good for developing one’s God consciousness.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1990, Jan 1st, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA