(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 December 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, Evening Lecture)
It is interesting that Prabhupada was not a temple devotee! Prabhupada was that nice Mr De from the congregation. (Indian accent) He used to give nice donations for Janmastami. Also, he would play mrdanga. That was a nice thing.
This Mr De, he was a nice man, nice congregational member. Next moment, here comes the acharya! He did bigger than all the others. They could not believe it! Some really had a problem with it, “He always was a real business man. That is why he was so successful.” This was too much for them. How could Mr De, some congregational member who took sannyasa, but so much later than they took sannyasa, how could he become the next world acharya? Ah… was not even a temple devotee. So, let us see who will be the next? (laughing)