Staying with Majority Vs Serving To Majority

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

One of the common (mis)understanding among devotees is that the number of devotees is so less in comparison to the huge population engrossed in maya. How can we be able to turn them towards Krsna consciousness ? Srila Prabhupada gives a perfect  and punching answer to this view point in a morning walk conversation in Paris on June 11, 1974.

Prabhupada: .... Everyone within this material world is supposed to be a fool. Because everyone is thinking, "I am this body." So he's fool. "I am Indian," "I am American," "I am German," "I am Frenchman," "I am this," "I am that." What is the difference? A cat is thinking, "I'm cat." A dog is thinking, "I am dog." So if somebody thinks that, in relationship with the body, "I am Frenchman," "I am Englishman," "I am...", then where is the difference between the cat and the dog? He's thinking himself as this body. Therefore everyone is thinking, at least in this modern world, the so-called nationalism, everyone is thinking, "I am Englishman," "I am Frenchman," "I am Indian," "I am this," "black," "white." So everyone is fool. Is it not? Yes. He's thinking in a way what he is not. Therefore he's a fool. All these big, big political leaders, Napoleon, Hitler, Churchill, and in Europe , they fought with this consciousness, "I am Englishman," "I am German," "I am Frenchman." That's all. Even the big, big leaders, they are fools. And what to speak of common men?

Yogeshvara: In the United States, there are something called minority groups. Minority group means like the Irish or the Blacks, the Jews...

Prabhupada: They're also fools. Minority fools. They're minority fools.

Yogeshvara: Minority fools?

Prabhupada: Yes. Because he's thinking, "I am Irishman."

Yogeshvara: Yes, but their point is that "Even if we are spirit soul, we are still being exploited because we are a small number. So we must band together to protect ourselves."

Prabhupada: You are exploited always. Why do you blame this man or that man? You are being exploited by maya. Where is your position of freedom?

Yogeshvara: They say, "Well, maya we cannot fight, but we can fight the government."
Prabhupada: Why should you fight? If you cannot... Suppose you cannot... Can you fight with death? Maya, maya has imposed upon you death. So fight with maya, that there will be no death. That you cannot do. So you are always, what is called, defeated. That is your position.daivī hy eṣā guṇa-mayī mama māyā duratyayā [Bg. 7.14]. So best thing is surrender to Krishna for protection. That is wanted. We don't think, "minority." Suppose... Hare Krsna people, how many there are in the Paris City? How many?

Yogeshvara: Seventy, eighty.
Prabhupada: So we are not sorry that (we are) minority. Minority, majority, all these are foolishness. The whole platform is mistaken. (pause) Rupa Goswami was a minister. He was in the majority. But voluntarily, he accepted minority. He went to Vrndavana and living alone, underneath a tree. He was enjoying so much honor. Tyaktva turnam asesha-mandala-pati-srenim. His associates were big, big zamindars, big businessmen, politicians. Because he's minister. But he preferred to resign that post and become a minority, to live alone in Vrndavana underneath a tree. Why he preferred this? And remaining there alone, he has given you the Bhakti-rasaamrta-sindhu. So we have to see how much service we are going to give Krsna. This minority, majority, these are all material conception of life. If you can give major service to Krsna, that is your success of life. I started this movement alone, minority. Is it not?

Yogeshvara: Yes, one.
Prabhupada: One only, less than minority. (laughter) The minority, majority, these are material conception. And spiritual is how much you are giving service to Krsna. That is considered. That is to be taken into consideration. (pause) Krishna says Himself, manuṣyāṇāṁ sahasreṣu
kaścid yatati siddhaye
: [Bg. 7.3] "Out of millions and millions of people, one may understand Me." So if I have turned so many people to understand Krsna, so that is service. At least, they are trying to understand Krishna. [break] ...in winter in December, when I was going to the park, Regents Park, all the waters, frozen like stone, and with this stick, I was pushing, (makes sound-imitation:) "Tung, tung," like that. But I marked it that underneath the tree, there was no frozening. The water was there. Just like here is a tree. Just below the tree, there was water. And all around, frozen. The swans were walking on the... But on that place, they were floating. Hare Krishna...(end)

Srila Prabhupada is so adept at giving amazing answers to our questions through practical examples and substantiating it perfectly with the shastric point of view. He has made us realize that shastras are not just for mechanical recitation but for practicing in day to day life. 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das.