Devotee: Prabhupāda . . . (indistinct) . . . non-devotees. So far myself, I got into a situation where I have to . . . where I work . . . where there are many people who are not devotees, but they are demons . . . (indistinct) . . . the minute they wouldn't listen, or I was being sucked in by māyā. I would try to leave . . . (indistinct) . . . because they would hear and chant. And then they . . . (indistinct) . . . anymore. I would try to leave But sometimes I thought that it is necessary to go out and . . .
Prabhupāda: Well, preaching work should be done in company. You . . . alone you cannot make preaching work. It is not possible. You haven't got so much strength that alone you can do. Therefore, whenever we send our preaching party, they go in company, in combination: six, seven, eight . . . at least two. That is the process. And so far mixing with other people, that I have already explained just now, that to talk with a person is not mixing. You see? Mixing means, intimate mixing, there are six symptoms.
When you eat, when you call him to eat, when you give, when you take, when you talk your heart, when you hear his heart, these are called intimate mixing. Otherwise, simply talking or dealing, that is not mixing. That is not mixing. So you can mix with ordinary people in that way. As far as your business is concerned, as it is necessity, but not intimately. And do your own business, chanting, and following the rules and regulations. That's all. It is simple thing.
Just like doctors: they also mix with infected person, but they do not become infected. You see? So preaching is like that. Unless you preach among the fallen souls, then where is the question of preaching? So you should not become fallen. (laughs) You should deliver the fallen. That should be your strength. But if you are less powerful, then you will become fallen. So your power is . . . your strength is Kṛṣṇa consciousness, strong Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Then you will be powerful. You'll not fall. So we should be careful.