prabhupada explained that one German scientist, when he was in India studying , he was asked, “What are you most impressed by? He said, “I am most impressed by pure devotion to Krsna. “Why is that ? Aren’t you impressed by the mystic powers of the great yogis in India, their ability to levitate and go to other planets and do great things ?” he was asked again. He said, “No, because I see that by mystic powers, they want to be able to see something at a distance. Scientists want the same thing ; we do that by telescope. They can become very small, we do the same thing by microscope. They want to go to other places by their mystic powers, we do that by jets . So it’s the same thing . It’s simply that we do that by mechanical means, and they are doing it by the psychic means. But it is same basic purpose. But I see that devotional service to Krsna actually develops the eternal relationship with the supreme lord, to go to the spiritual world.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1988, 31st October, SB class @ Atlanta, USA