This morning I was reading in the collected teachings book Vol #5—where Srila Prabhupada was saying that it is not astonishing that even by 1980 the majority of the population could be chanting Hare Krsna mantra. He said this on April 16 1972. So as many of us all know he left us on Nov 14th 1977 externally due to poisoning by his closest “associates” . Some astrologers have said that he could have lived for 6-7 more years beyond 1977, so we can just only imagine what could or should have happened if this nasty and highly offensive event had not taken place.
Here is the conversation—
Auckland April 16 1972
Devotee: Hare Kṛṣṇa. She says do you have any views that for the past fifty or hundred years people have been predicting that there is going to be like a second coming or a spiritual changeover which will have an effect on the whole planet.
Prabhupāda: So that is being done now.
Woman: There’s a time, they say, the late 1980‘s or the 1990’s, there is to be…
Prabhupāda: Yes, the signs are like that. People are taking this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement very rapidly all over the world.
Woman: But it’s just the general way.
Prabhupāda: So it is not very astonishing if by 1980 there are majority population, chant HareKṛṣṇa and dance. There is no… Because it is growing. Now, here is a girl, my disciple. His (her) original name was Janne. Now he (she) is devotee. And she was dancing in a different way. Now she is dancing Kṛṣṇa conscious. She was a very reputed artist, you know, in Australia. Now she has given that. She was earning hundreds and thousands of dollars, but she has given up everything. Now she is Jagat-tarani: she is delivering the world by dancing with Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So that is quite possible. It is very simple. Therefore there is every possibility. Paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate [Bg. 9.59]. Paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate. Paraṁ dṛṣṭvā, when one sees better thing, he gives up the inferior thing. That is nature. So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is better engagement of life. So as soon as one understands this philosophy, he gives up the lower engagement and comes to this Kṛṣṇa consciousness.