Interview , Paris , 1972-07-20
Devotee: Yes. I think this gentleman would like to have some interview with Śrīla Prabhupāda. [to other devotee:] You're going to translate, [indistinct]?
[to guest:] And you can sit here? And you can sit here, please?
Prabhupāda: Give him some...
Devotee: Sit here.
Bhūgarbha: We have a cushion. [break] ...speak any English. [break]
Bhūgarbha: The listeners probably only speak French.
[devotee translating questions and answers throughout]
Frenchman: ...great spiritual master, you kindly present yourself to the listeners to [indistinct].
Prabhupāda: I have already explained what is our mission, what is this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Already I have explained to some extent, and if he wants some particular answer, he can ask me.
Guru-gaurāṅga: He would like to know who you are, Śrīla Prabhupāda, and how old you are.
Prabhupāda: I am now seventy-seven.
Guru-gaurāṅga: [translating] For how long are you at the head of this movement?
Prabhupāda: Well, for the last five years.
Guru-gaurāṅga: [translating] Can you please describe the dress in which you are clothed?
Prabhupāda: You can ask about some philosophy. Dress, what people will benefit knowing about my dress? Instead of wasting time in that way... I can ask you why you are in dressed in that way... That's not very important thing.
Guru-gaurāṅga: [translates and then asks man to please pose questions about the philosophy]
Bhagavān: Anyone can answer those questions.
Guru-gaurāṅga: [translating] What do you think of the future?
Guru-gaurāṅga: Of the future, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: Future you can guess... Because I am seventy-seven. I may die. But these young men, they are taking. They will live, and they will spread all over the world.
Guru-gaurāṅga: He's asking about your childhood, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Guru-gaurāṅga: He'd like to know something about your childhood, would be my guess.
Prabhupāda: My childhood? I was all along a devotee, from my childhood. Yes. My father was a devotee, and he trained me a devotee.
Guru-gaurāṅga: [again asks man to ask about the philosophy]
Guru-gaurāṅga: [translating] Are you happy? [devotees laugh]
Prabhupāda: What do you think? What do you think? I'm happy or unhappy? [end]