FROM THE LIFE OF SRILA BHAKTISIDDHANTA SARASWATI THAKUR PRABHUPADA
Why keep them in your maṭha?” Srila Saraswati Thakur replied, “What is a better place than this maṭha? Is there any better place to save them? Here they may be good or bad, but if their fortune will allow, they will become good. If not, what can I do? Is there any better place? No, there isn’t.” On another occasion the headmaster of the Thakur Bhaktivinode Institute asked Srila Saraswati Thakur, “So many devotees have given up everything, are staying in the maṭha, and are engaged in devotional service. Why don’t they improve to the advanced stage?” Saraswati Thakur answered, “They have internal worms. They are being eaten up by worms inside. They are taking food but are not getting nourishment because of worms. They are engaging in devotional service, but the advancement is eaten by material desires and secret bad behaviour. So they become weak.”
— Remembrance by Sripad Jatisekhar Das, disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta — Saraswati; from the upcoming biography of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta by Sri Srimad Bhakti vikas Swami.