Srila Prabhupada arrived in the USA at a time when many activists were advocating that the USA withdraw its armed forces from Vietnam, calling theirs a "peace movement." In 1973 in London, Srila Prabhupada said that attaining peace was an impossibility, intimating that death was what the protests should be about. "You can make by some way no more war... That is also not possible. Anyway, if you stop it by the efforts of the United Nations, by some way no more war... That is also not possible. Anyway, if you stop it by the efforts of the United Nations, a very large organization, then how you are going to stop death? What is your proposition? There is no, nothing. So what is the use of stopping war? Suppose in the war some young men die. That's all right, so many young men die within the hospital in the disease. And sometimes old men, they do not die even in the war.
So life and death is not in your hand. You don't think that stopping this or increasing this, you'll be able to stop all inconveniences. Just take, for example, this boy, Virabhadra was struck by a car. All right, he was in the street. But another boy, he fell on the staircase and broke his leg. He was at home; he met accident. So how you can stop this, the onslaught of material nature? Everywhere, either you are at home or you are outside, either you are young, you are old, either you are scientist or philosopher. Whatever you are, the material nature will not allow you to live in peaceful condition. That is her business. Daivi hy esa guna-mayi mama maya duratyaya [Bg. 7.14]. You cannot live peacefully, that is not possible. The only peaceful condition is that you become in Krsna consciousness."