Prabhupāda said, he was saving people from really hellish conditions of life, gross materialistic conditions of life. And the danger is, if you lose the transcendental knowledge, you go back to where you came. You go back to the level you’re at, which in the case of persons who didn’t have any culture – spiritual culture – to begin with, that means that the possibility of falling really back into gross sinful, gross materialistic activities is very great. So that’s like the amount of space… the distance we can fall is much more deep. The crevice is very profound! So we should be very, very careful to maintain our transcendental knowledge, otherwise we can start to act like a materialist very easily.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1989, 13th October, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA