Prabhupada said, “No, literally, literally.” – Morning walk, 30 August 1973, London
David Lawrence: …One of the other problems that I was going to raise, and in fact it appears in the question sheet, it seems to be some, in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, is that the right pronunciation? I always get these things wrong.
Prabhupada: Yes, Bhagavatam.
David Lawrence: A very great deal of what one could call demonology if you like. Now, I confess this raises problems for me. When a book like that…
Prabhupada: Bhagavata was written five thousand years ago.
David Lawrence: Yes, very, very ancient. Is it to be taken, the references say to Putana, is this to be taken…
Prabhupada: It is also fact.
David Lawrence: …physically or spiritually as a demonic power or what?
Prabhupada: No, no, which one?
David Lawrence: Where, is it the demoness Putana takes Krishna and Krishna sucks her breast?
Syamasundara: Should it be taken literally or allegorically?
Prabhupada: No, literally, literally.
David Lawrence: Yeah, literally as a physical fact.
Prabhupada: Oh yes, oh yes.