“So after enter into Hare Krishna movement, one understands that ‘He’s my false father.’ So if he gives up the relationship, that means he’s successful.”

“So after enter into Hare Krishna movement, one understands that ‘He’s my false father.’ So if he gives up the relationship, that means he’s successful.”

Prabhupada said, “Before that, he was accepting a false father. And now they understood that ‘He is not my father. He’s my enemy.’ Therefore he’s going… According to Bhagavata it is said, ‘One should not become father if he cannot save his son from the imminent danger of birth, death, old age and disease.’ So the so-called father, they are not father. So after enter into Hare Krishna movement, one understands that ‘He’s my false father.’ So if he gives up the relationship, that means he’s successful.”  – Conversation on train to Allahabad, 11 January 1977, India

Jagadisa: We are voluntarily doing all this.

Ramesvara: We’re voluntarily. But one of their main arguments is that before someone joins the Hare Krishna movement he has great affection for his father, his mother, his brothers, his relatives. And after he joins the Hare Krishna movement he has nothing to do with them anymore, and sometimes he even calls them demon.

Prabhupada: Yes, that is the fact.

Ramesvara: So they say this is the proof that we have brainwashed them. Because it is natural to have affection for your family.

Prabhupada: Before that, he was accepting a false father. And now they understood that “He is not my father. He’s my enemy.” Therefore he’s going… According to Bhagavata it is said, “One should not become father if he cannot save his son from the imminent danger of birth, death, old age and disease.” So the so-called father, they are not father. So after enter into Hare Krishna movement, one understands that “He’s my false father.” So if he gives up the relationship, that means he’s successful.

Ramesvara: So, then they will say, “We do not want this movement in our country because it is breaking up the families.”

Prabhupada: You do not want? Who cares for you? We shall go on with our movement. Who cares for you?

Ramesvara: “You are ruining family life.”

Prabhupada: What is that?

Ramesvara: We are simply ruining our families.

Prabhupada: That’s all right. We are ruining the dog’s family, cat’s family. That’s all right. We are entering into Krishna’s family. That is our improvement. What is the use of keeping with the dog’s family, cat’s family? The dog has also family. So to remain in the dog’s family, it is very prestigious position? We have now constructed our own family, Krishna family. We are entering there. What is the use of remaining in the dog’s family, cat’s family?