“Srila Prabhupada was able to make his message suitable to the understanding of his audience because of his realization. If you don’t have realization, you can’t reformulate the presentation of the concepts. You are bound to repeat more or less parrot-like. So we must have realization; it is part of our duty as preachers. Then we can adjust the presentation to suit the understanding or level of appreciation of the audience. But that can also sometimes be controversial.
“Once, perhaps the most successful book distributor during Srila Prabhupada’s time was approaching people and telling them that the books tell you how to live in harmony with nature, how to realize your full potential as a human being, and how to be happy in life. Some other disciples thought the book distributor was compromising Srila Prabhupada’s message. And there was some controversy. Eventually, one devotee asked Srila Prabhupada directly, and Prabhupada replied, ‘He is saying exactly what I say, but he is saying it sweeter — just like when a suka, a parrot, bites into a fruit, it becomes even sweeter.’ So Srila Prabhupada was happy when his disciples presented the message in a suitable way for the audience. And he was exceedingly happy when his books were distributed, because he knew that however the book distributor introduced the book, the reader of the book would get the whole absolute truth.” — Giriraj Swami