Cittahari das: I went on this morning walk, and I was sitting next to Prabhupada. There were only a few of us. Prabhupada was looking out at the people all going to work along Saint Kilda Road, and they were all dressed up in their suits, men and women. It was one of the very up-market parts of Melbourne, and all these people were dressed up and all rushing off to work. I was sitting next to Prabhupada and I remember I was looking out thinking, “Oh, how fortunate I am. I’m here with Prabhupada, I’m here with the great pure devotee of the world, and there are all these people just going off like mudhas to work.” Then Prabhupada was looking out at them too, and then Prabhupada turned around to me and I saw that he had tears running down out of his eyes. He looked at me and he said, “How can they be saved?” That was the most important question Prabhupada ever asked me in my life. I’ve been dwelling on that ever since – how can they be saved? So while we were thinking of how fortunate we were, Prabhupada was purely thinking of the people who he couldn’t connect with because of the barriers they put around themselves in different ways.
Sabhapati das: We actually had many nice preaching engagements for Srila Prabhupada. The first one was a meeting with three scientists from the Commonwealth of Australia Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. They had a very, very nice conversation, and they were concerned with the food problem of the world. They wanted to know how specifically the Hare Krishna movement could help with the starving people of Asia. Prabhupada just said, “Get them to chant Hare Krishna, and that will solve all problems,” and they sort of looked. That was a very jovial conversation actually, and they were very respectful of Prabhupada. At the end, one of the men admitted that his daughter had been given a copy of the Srimad-Bhagavatam in the street by the devotees and that he and one of the other gentlemen there were actually reading the Srimad-Bhagavatam. And Prabhupada said that “Because they are reading the Bhagavatam, these men are gentlemen.”