Prabhupada assured Sumati Morarji that he had no ambition to become the proprietor of a house or temple in America; but for preaching, a building would be absolutely required:
They should have association of bona fide devotees of the Lord, they should join the kirtana glorifying the Lord, they should hear the teachings of Srimad-Bhagavatam, they should have intimate touch with the temple or place of the Lord, and they should be given ample chance to worship the Lord in the temple. Under the guidance of the bona fide devotee, they can be given such facilities and the way of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is open for everyone.
He informed her that he had located a building “just suitable for this great missionary work.” It was ideal, “as if it was built for this purpose only.”
... And your simple willingness to do the act will complete everything smoothly. The house is practically three storeys. Ground floor, basement and two storeys up, with all the suitable arrangements for gas, heat, etc. The ground floor may be utilized for preparation of prasadam of Bala Krishna, because the preaching center will not be for dry speculation, but for actual gain – for delicious prasadam. I have already tested how the people here like the vegetable prasadam prepared by me. They will forget meat-eating and pay for the expenses. American people are not poor men like the Indians, and if they appreciate a thing, they are prepared to spend any amount on such hobby. They are being exploited simply by jugglery of words and bodily gymnastics, and still they are spending for that. But when they will have the actual commodity and feel pleasure by eating very delicious prasadam of Bala Krishna, I am sure a unique thing will be introduced in America.
My term to stay in America will soon be finished. But I am believing in your foretelling, “You should stay there until you fully recover your health and return after you have completed your mission.”
Sumati Morarji did not reply to Srila Prabhupada’s direct appeal.[ meditations ]