Mahābuddhi dāsa: Śrīla Gurudeva, Senator Obama, who is running for President of the United States, is coming here today. We called him yesterday. If he meets you and becomes a Vaiṣṇava, it will be so beneficial for the world.
Brajanātha dāsa: He will be holding a meeting in the same room in which you gave class.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Oh.
Mahābuddhi dāsa: So I called his office and tried to make an appointment. I got to his finance minister. He said he would call me back today to see if there’s an opportunity for the two of you to meet.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Why are you calling him?
Mahābuddhi dāsa: The devotees asked me to call him.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: What is the need?
Brajanātha dāsa: It is good for him to have your darśana.
Mahābuddhi dāsa: It is difficult, though, because he is surrounded by so many persons. We’ll try.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Persons in the renounced order should not see any politicians.
Śrīpāda Padmanābha Mahārāja: In India you meet many politicians.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: I only do so if they come to me. I never invite them. If they come by their own desire, then it is all right. In this way he may come to me. But don’t make invitations and so many other arrangements; there is no need. What can he do for us?
Brajanātha dāsa: You can help him, Gurudeva. If he becomes President, it will be good if he has a blessing from you for improving the American nation.
Raghunātha dāsa: Just imagine, Gurudeva, if the President of the United States becomes a Vaiṣṇava, by your mercy, how the world would change.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: Kali Mahārāja (the personification of Kali-yuga) will not allow this. Rather, he will make them oppose us. They can only disturb us. In India, the government likes Buddhists but not Vaiṣṇavas. They are doing so much for the Buddhists and Christians, but they have no sympathy at all for the Vaiṣṇavas.
They are against us. If we would not show them that we are doing public welfare work, they would close down our centers. Therefore we have to show them externally that we have charitable dispensaries and schools and food distribution.
In India, in Mathurā, and elsewhere, some of the politicians are now chanting.
[Excerpted from Gaudiya Vedanta Publication “Walking With a Saint 2008”]