Although Prabhupada didn’t want to create waves, he asked if they could have open house meetings in the evenings. The Agarwals agreed, and every night Prabhupada spoke and answered questions from guests. Many people came from miles around. The people were fascinated by him, but they didn’t know what to ask. The real interest in him was only as a curiosity. One evening a guest asked, “What do you think of Jesus Christ?” And Prabhupada replied, “He is the Son of God.” Then he added that he – the guest – was also a son of God.
Prabhupada spoke to various groups in the community. He spoke at the Lions Club in early October. He also gave a talk at the Y and at St. Fidelis College in Herman, Pennsylvania. And he spoke regularly to guests at the Agarwal home. Professor Larsen, the Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Slippery Rock State College, read about the visiting Swami in the newspaper and invited him to lecture on campus. Prabhupada gave two lectures in one day and had informal talks with Professor Larsen. Larsen was impressed by Prabhupada. “During the course of the day, there grew in me a warm affection for this man because he was unmistakably a good man who had found his way to a stability and peace that is very rare.”[ meditations ]