|WHY HITLER ADOPTED THE SWASTIKA|
Karandhara: They don't even appreciate the quality of the Vedas.
Karandhara: They don't appreciate the quality of the Vedas. The take it mostly as folklore, primitive.
Prabhupada: We do not take, the philosophical side is not primitive then why they are reading Bhagavad-gita and Vedas there are many scholars they appreciate. German people appreciate. Hitler was too much fond of Vedic civilisation he therefore marked his flag swastika. Why mark is there? That is appreciation. And still by comparison the idea of modern civilisation and the ideal presented there, one must have appreciation.
[Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk -- September 18, 1972, Los Angeles]
Hitler was a great student of Bhagavad-gita. And there were many scholars still reading Bhagavad-gita, trying to understand. Just see what best depth of knowledge He has given. It is made by Kṛiṣhṇa. So in knowledge, in wealth, in strength, in beauty, and in everything He was opulent. Therefore He is Bhagavan. You cannot accept any ordinary man as Bhagavan.
[Bhagavad-gita Lecture 2.7-11, New York, March 2, 1966]
Note: I received the following message from Hansadutta dasa prabhu "because Prahupada knew I was born in Germany. (Berlin ,May 27 1941) and could speak German he sometimes mentioned some small facts in moments of confidential association regarding Adolf Hitler. Usually when i was the secretary, when we were alone in his room, or travelling somewhere in his car. He once mentioned that Hitler's abend buch (evening book ) the book one keeps on a small bedside desk that he reads shortly before taking rest was BHAGAVAD Gita."