You are not this body.

It’s practically impossible to preach pure Krishna Consciousness anywhere in the world today. If you want to look at it logically because everyone in this world either a person’s a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu who believes in one sect or or other sect or a Buddhist or a atheist or Communist or something. Basically speaking, it’s impo… you can take it just from a logical way, how’s it possible to preach Krishna Consciousness anywhere? You see, how could Prabhupada go to the West? This is what logically all the great so-called the spiritual masters of India told Prabhupada that “You’re wasting your time trying to preach God consciousness to the Westerners and other people around the wold, this is only for the Indians. You can’t preach there where they have their own religion and own culture.”

But the first thing Prabhupada did when he came to the West is told people “You’re not this body.” When they could understand that they are not the body, they’re not an American, they’re not a German, they’re not an Englishman, they’re not a Japanese or a Chinese, or a Thai, whatever, then they could… they… as soon as they understand that basic thing, that they are going through so many births, so just because born in a particular country, why should they identified with that culture? There’s no more value to identifying with that culture you’re born in than the previous birth you were in another culture, so they can start to see in a more broad way. So then the next stage is to give them the factual understanding of what is the universe, who are they.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

28 Oct, 1982 SB class @ Thailand