Who Belongs to the Krishna Consciousness Movement?

Prabhupada:

“Suppose if somebody, if you say that “We are Kṛṣṇa conscious persons.” So one may challenge you, “First of all, explain what do you know about Kṛṣṇa?” That is quite natural. If you do not know about Kṛṣṇa, you have no right to say that “I belong to the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement.” You have not right to say. So your position is like that, simply if you have a tilaka and a kaṇṭhi, that does not mean that you belong to the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Any cheater can do that. You must know the philosophy. If one challenges, you must reply. Therefore Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has sung a song indicating these cheaters. He says, ei oto ek kalir cela(?). “Here is a servant of Kali.” What kind of cela? Na te tilal golai mālā (?). “He has got a tilaka and golai mālā, bās, that’s all.” He does not know what is the philosophy. If you do not know the philosophy of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, if you simply mark your body with tilaka and kaṇṭhi, then you are not proper servant, you are not qualified. So tilaka, mala, is necessary. Just like a policeman. A bogus man, if he dresses like a policeman, he is not a policeman. He must know what is the police law, criminal law, who is to be punished, who is not to be punished, what is criminality, what is innocence. All these things he must know.”