Prabhupada said, “Actually it is brainwashing, but for the good. And see our example. The boys and girls whom you are charging, ‘Brainwash,’ just see after brainwashing, how gentleman they have become. They have become moralist. They have become God conscious. They are clean outwardly.” – Room conversation, 21 January 1977, Bhuvanesvara
Prabhupada said, “That great souls cheat others may be astonishing to know, but it is a fact that great souls cheat others for a great cause.” – SB 1.13.37, purport
“That great souls cheat others may be astonishing to know, but it is a fact that great souls cheat others for a great cause. It is said that Lord Krishna also advised Yudhistira to tell a lie before Dronacarya, and it was also for a great cause. The Lord wanted it, and therefore it was a great cause. Satisfaction of the Lord is the criterion of one who is bona fide, and the highest perfection of life is to satisfy the Lord by one’s occupational duty. That is the verdict of Gita and Bhagavatam. Dhritarashtra and Vidura, followed by Gandhari, did not disclose their determination to Sanjaya, although he was constantly with Dhritarashtra as his personal assistant. Sanjaya never thought that Dhritarashtra could perform any act without consulting him. But Dhritarashtra’s going away from home was so confidential that it could not be disclosed even to Sanjaya. Sanatana Gosvami also cheated the keeper of the prison house while going away to see Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and similarly Raghunatha dasa Gosvami also cheated his priest and left home for good to satisfy the Lord. To satisfy the Lord, anything is good, for it is in relation with the Absolute Truth. We also had the same opportunity to cheat the family members and leave home to engage in the service of Srimad-Bhagavatam. Such cheating was necessary for a great cause, and there is no loss for any party in such transcendental fraud.”
Prabhupada said, “Although posing as great scholars, ascetics, householders and svamis, the so-called followers of the Hindu religion are all useless, dried-up branches of the Vedic religion. They are impotent; they cannot do anything to spread the Vedic culture for the benefit of human society.” – CC, Adi-lila 12.73, purport
Prabhupada said, “I have not studied all the Vedas and Upanisads. I have read only Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.” – TKG’s Diary: Prabhupada’s Final Days, 30 June 1977
Prabhupada said, “…It is very nice system that one man can marry more than one wife. That is natural.” – Lecture on SB 1.2.16, 19 August 1972, Los Angeles
“According to Vedic civilization, because man is very aggressive, so he’s allowed to accept more than one wife. He’s allowed. Generally, female population is greater than the male population. So the Vedic principle is that every girl must be married by the guardian, father. A father’s duty is, as soon as girl is thirteen years old, fourteen years old, it is the duty of the father, or in the absence of father, it is the duty of elder brother to get her married. Some way or other, find out any husband. Yes. So if every girl has to be married, and if the female population is greater, then where to get so many husbands? Therefore it is very nice system that one man can marry more than one wife. That is natural.”
Prabhupada said, “Man has no maximum. Even an eighty-years-old man can marry a sixteen-years-old girl.” – Room conversation, 27 February 1977, Mayapur
Radha-vallabha: He is nineteen years old, and he made arrangement with…
Prabhupada: This boy?
Radha-vallabha: Yes. The boy that wrote that. And he made arrangement with another devotee to marry her daughter at a later date. She’s only twelve. So I’ve told him not to do anything until I spoke to you, because I don’t think this has ever been done in our movement yet.
Radha-vallabha: I don’t think anyone has ever done this before in our movement, the Vedic system. So I had a few questions about it. First of all I told them that they shouldn’t associate until the actual time that they get married. That’s true, isn’t it?
Prabhupada: No, no, marriage, they do not speak. That is the disease in your country, that… There is no objection nineteen-years-old boy and twelve-years girl, it is very good combination, but the culture is so bad that after few days they will separate.
Radha-vallabha: Yes. That’s the actual problem.
Prabhupada: If they stick to have one husband and one wife, it is very good. Or even the man can marry more than one wife. That is allowed in the Vedic system. The difficulty is nobody remains as wife, nobody remains husband. It is very dangerous. That is against Vedic. Otherwise man can have more than one wife, but woman cannot marry more than one husband. But the system – the boys and girls intermingle so freely, and in your country there is no restriction – naturally it becomes adulterated. That is the danger.
Radha-vallabha: So he wanted to know that…
Prabhupada: Knowing or no knowing, they’ll not do with him. So what is the use of consulting me? They’ll break. They’ll promise and they’ll break. How you can make them standardized? They will break.
Radha-vallabha: They have to be responsible people.
Prabhupada: They’ll never become. That is my experience. So what is the use of consulting me? They’ll never become. Almost impossible. They’ll not keep standardized.
Radha-vallabha: So it should just be up to them.
Prabhupada: What is the use of consulting? They’ll promise and they’ll break.
Radha-vallabha: Yes, you were telling me in Hawaii about that, that that is the difficulty. They have no responsibility. All right, I’ll tell him that.
Radha-vallabha: I will tell him that.
Prabhupada: Otherwise there is no objection. I married; my wife was eleven years old.
Radha-vallabha: You were responsible, though.
Radha-vallabha: But you were responsible.
Prabhupada: Everyone in India responsible. That is Indian culture still.
Radha-vallabha: Should… When they agree at this young age, they should wait till they get older, right?
Prabhupada: Yes. Generally a girl attains puberty at fourteen years, thirteen years. In India because it is tropical climate… I think in Western countries they attain puberty not before fifteen, sixteen years. So although a girl is married before puberty, she is not allowed to go to the husband until she has attained puberty. Formerly, in our days also, after attaining puberty there is another second marriage. Then the husband and wife live together.
Radha-vallabha: Is there a minimum age for the man?
Prabhupada: No. That is… Minimum age means generally the husband must be older than the wife, at least five years’ difference.
Radha-vallabha: What is the most amount of years they can be different? What is the maximum amount of years there can be difference?
Prabhupada: Man has no maximum. Even an eighty-years-old man can marry a sixteen-years-old girl. (laughter)
Radha-vallabha: Because this one devotee has a daughter twelve and he wanted to marry her to a man twenty-six, but he thought that was too much difference.
Prabhupada: Yes. That is too much difference. But eight years, ten years usual.
Radha-vallabha: Eight or ten years is best. So he also wanted to know if…
Prabhupada: That is healthy.
Radha-vallabha: He wanted to know also…
Prabhupada: And in no case… The girl must not be older than the boy. That’s not good at all.
Radha-vallabha: At the time of the agreement, when they are not yet old enough, they do not associate at all. So not until the actual marriage do they associate or wear white or anything like that.
Prabhupada: No, even they can be married, but no association.
Radha-vallabha: No association. So the boy can be… If the girl has attained puberty say at thirteen, fourteen, even if the boy is only twenty, twenty-one it is all right. All right. I wanted to make sure. I wasn’t allowing them to see each other. I wanted to make sure they weren’t doing anything un-bona fide. So I’ll tell him that.
Prabhupada said, “But India, they have given up the real religious system, sanatana-dharma, or varnasrama-dharma. Fictitiously, they have accepted a hodgepodge thing which is called Hinduism. Therefore there is trouble.” – Answers to a questionnaire from Bhavan’s Journal, Vrindavana, 28 June 1976
Prabhupada said, “Actually, ‘Hindu,’ there is no such word as ‘Hindu’ religion. We don’t find in the Vedic scripture. Hindu religion… This ‘Hindu’ word is given by the Muhammadans. They, they, they generally pronounce i as h. They… So there is river in the west, western side of India. There is river, Indus, Indus River. So Indus River the Muhammadans used to call ‘Hindus.’ From ‘Hindus’ it has come to Hindustan, ‘the place of the Hindus.’ So Hindu, Hindu religion is a modern term given by the foreigners. Actually the Indians, bharatiya, they, their religion is varnasrama-dharma, religion of four castes and four spiritual orders, four spiritual orders and four social orders. The persons who follow these four orders of social status and four orders of spiritual advancement, they are called varnasrama. So Hindu religion is a miscalculation.” – Lecture on CC, Madhya 22.21–28, New York, 11 January 1967
Prabhupada said, “I don’t want a Hindu temple. Our constitution is different. We want everyone. Krishna consciousness is for everyone. It is not a Hindu propaganda. People may not misunderstand. And actually, till now in our society there is not a single other Hindu than me.” – Meeting with devotees, New Vrindaban, 6 June 1969
Prabhupada said, “God is neither Hindu nor Muslim nor Christian. He’s God. And we are also not Hindu or Muslim or Christian. This is our bodily designation.” – Lecture on BG 9.2–5, New York, 23 November 1966