We have heard and read about a suggestion that Srila Prabhupada name his society The International Society for God Consciousness. That suggestion was MINE. Well at least I can count myself as “some friend” of Srila Prabhupada.
Srila Prabhupada himself directly referred to this instance on more than one occasion. In November of 1972, he said this: “While I started this movement in America, some friend suggested that ‘You are writing “International Society for Krishna Consciousness.” Why not make it “God consciousness.” It will be accepted by everyone.’ God is Krsna. There must, there must be clearly stated: ‘Krsna consciousness.’ I don’t mind if nobody accepts it, but there must be ‘Krsna.’ So actually it is very happy that Western countries, they are accepting Krsna.”