Prabhupad wanted us to develop that type of farm projects where we can actually accept all families and engage them, give them proper varnashrama, categorized engagement so that they can be completely fulfilled. But that person went through so much trouble. I remember once Prabhupad said in Mayapur when he told the people that you just come and stay here. We are providing you this facility so you can peacefully practice your Krishna consciousness. And even in India if a person, for instance we had before we had our own gurukul, we had grihasthas and they sent their kids to the school at the Bhakti Vinod Institute which was established by Bhakti Vinod Thakur or in his name by Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Originally only the sanyasis and brahmacharis would preach and teach in that school. But after the demise of Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, the Gaudiya Matth, they gradually reduced their preaching spirit and they put hired teachers in there and finally they took the government aid and now it has become like a public school. But you know private school funded by government, so it is like a public school practically speaking. The teacher made fun of the student that why he was doing all these things and made some wisecrack you know, completely atheistic wisecrack in the Bhakti Vinod Institute even against the existence of God, like a complete atheist even against the existence of God, a complete atheist and the students came and started pulling the kid’s shikha in the middle of the class. He had to run back to the temple crying you know. This was the Bhakti Vinod Institute, what to speak of other schools. So even in India if you, you can be a Hindu but you can’t be a Vaishnava. You wear your shikha and wear a big tilak, you wear neck beads. I have girls who are disciples who go to school with the neck beads, the other girls chide them, ‘so you have become a sadhu, you have become a sanyasini’ because they are standing out, they are making the others see that alright they have a drive for getting liberated and they are forced to either preach and defeat them or otherwise they are just made mock of. So it is very difficult even in India what to speak of in the West. That is what is so surprising that of course when you have programs, the more mature people, the older people, they are still religious minded but then if their son or daughter becomes a devotee you see all hell break loose.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 26th Sep, SB class @ Murari Sevaka Farm, USA