Where have all the flowers gone? Srila Prabhupada had 10,000 disciples !

November 18, 2019 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

How many disciples of SP ?? over 10,000
 
Room Conversationwith Journalist
May 19, 1975, Melbourne
Journalist: Yes. How many followers do you have throughout the world now?
Prabhupāda: No, throughout the world, in India everyone is Kṛṣṇa conscious. In the outside India we have got about ten to twelve thousand dedicated followers.
 
Room Conversation
April 23, 1976, Melbourne
Guest: How many people are in the Kṛṣṇa movement in the world, about?
Prabhupāda: About ten to twelve thousand, directly dedicated. Otherwise millions, they are reading our books. They have sympathy. We are selling books very nicely, daily twenty thousand dollar minimum all over the world. In learned circle, big, big universities, professors, they are appreciating. We have many congratulations.
 
Press Interview
October 16, 1976, Chandigarh
Interviewer: What is, sir, the number of your disciples round the world?
Prabhupāda: Dedicated lifenot less than ten thousand. And admirers, there are many millions. Recently one American politician has remarked in Houston, that “This Kṛṣṇa consciousness, Hare Kṛṣṇa movement is spreading like epidemic. So unless we take some steps it may take our government.” (laughter)
Interviewer: Who was the man who said it?
Hari-śauri: A government official in Houston.
Prabhupāda: No, no, what is his name? You can give.
Hari-śauri: His name was not given.
Prabhupāda: Oh. Simply it is said a government official.
 
Press Conference
December 16, 1976, Hyderabad
Guest (3): Total membership for around the world?
Prabhupāda: Total membership is practically unlimited because we are now getting opposition, so… But actually dedicated life, about ten thousand like these boys.
SB 10.2.26 purport…The devotees who are fully engaged in spreading the Krsna consciousness movement, more than ten thousand men and women all over the world, have no steady or permanent occupation, yet we actually see that they are maintained very opulently…
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“It is a great responsibility you now have.”

So it is up to you to learn it and be able to present it nicely. Now you have everything, respect, philosophy, money, temples, books, all these things I have given, but I am an old man and my notice is already there. Now it is up to you all how to manage it. If you cannot increase it, you should at least maintain what I have given you. You cannot accuse me that I have not given you anything. So it is a great responsibility you now have.” Letter to Jagannatha Suta – August 26, 1975

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3 Kinds of disciples
Phalgun Krsna Pancami-
Srila Prabhupada’s address to his Godbrothers on the appearance day of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Maharaja-Radha Damodara temple 1961 Vrndavana
 

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