We are assembling on the eve of the festival of Amsterdam. Amsterdam to start off is a crazy place! If you didn’t know it yet, that’s what it is. This is Amster Mad! or Amster Dump! This is a total mad house! The best thing to do with Amsterdam, as far as I’m concerned, is just above the city sign put “Pavillion” make it part of a “mental hospital!” and then everything is ok! Declare the whole city: A mental hospital! That would be my advise. So what shall we say, just wait a while for the neighbours to walk by and you will understand what I mean! On pills and everything! So tomorrow the city is going to celebrate, it’s going to be crazy!
But it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter because there is tremendous opportunity to somehow or other engage people in devotional service, which is all auspicious and which will begin to create some attachment – once you’ve tasted hot cauliflower pakoras, you have to have them again! There’s no way around it!
(Kadamba Kanana Swami 29/04/2005 Amsterdam)