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Contributed by Mahavishnu Das.

Pragosh Once in Vrindavan in 1975 or ‘76, we were walking down the road when Prabhupada saw a pig get out of the water and run off. Prabhupada started laughing and he said, “In New York, you have seen that library on, I think, 42nd Street? New York Public Library? Very big.” Prabhupada said, “So many books, thousands and thousands of books.” Prabhupada said, “All about sex.” It’s kind of funny how Prabhupada would sometimes exaggerate things for effect, and it was brilliant comedy in a sense. “Thousands and thousands of books, all about sex. How to make sex, how to study sex, the psychology of sex, how to have better sex.” Prabhupada said, “Dr. Freud philosophy.” Prabhupada said, “But this hog, he has not read any books, but he can have sex with his mother, with his daughter, with his sister, oh yes. He can do.” Prabhupada said, “They can make sex better than you and he has not read any book. So if you want good sex, you come back as a hog.”

Another time he was walking down the road in Vrindavan and he saw a camel off in the distance chewing on thorny trees, just like we read about in the Bhagavatam. Immediately he started chuckling. He said, “Just see, just like our grihasthas.” Sri Govinda Prabhu was walking next to Prabhupada and he said, “Don’t you mean the grihamedhis, Srila Prabhupada?” Prabhupada looked at him as he was walking with his cane and he said, “You are talking grihamedhis. I am talking grihasthas.” (laughs) So then he stopped and said, “Isn’t it? So much difficulty, so much labor like the camel. He chews the thorns, he’s eating his own blood. Prabhupada said, “So much labor, so much effort, so much work, to have a child, and the wife has to suffer so much. Then labor, then the child comes, so much pain. Then Prabhupada said, “And then the man, he has to work so hard, twenty-year sentence. And one year later, the wife says ‘I want another.’” Prabhupada said, “This is maya.” And then from that a whole conversation ensued about how some men have to get married. Someone said,

You say that all the women should be married, Prabhupada.” Prabhupada said, “Yes, that is best.” “But then some men are going to have to marry.” Prabhupada said, “Yes.” And then he turned and he stopped and he looked right at Sri Govinda. He put his finger up and he said, “But when you marry, you must understand you are doing so under the influence of the modes of material nature.” With the idea being that it’s passion, not compassion, that brings us to this point. Then he said, “You understand?” Sri Govinda stared right at Prabhupada and said, “Yes, Srila Prabhupada.” Prabhupada turned and as he walked by the camel, Prabhupada just chuckled. It was a moment in time with the Bhagavatam coming to life.

Ramesvara: It was 1976 and Srila Prabhupada was coming to visit New Dvaraka for the last time. Every morning we would drive Prabhupada to his morning walk either to Venice Beach or Santa Monica. This particular morning, Tamal Krishna Maharaj and myself along with Prabhupada’s servant were driving Srila Prabhupada to his morning walk in Santa Monica. It was typical that we would either ask philosophical questions or we would talk about something in the world news or current events that we found controversial or exciting and have Prabhupada comment on it. This particular morning, a news story had broken the day before that was, to us, somewhat astonishing. There was a group of demented artists in New York that had captured headlines all over the world by having a party in which they served and ate the flesh of aborted fetuses. This artist, the leader of this group was Andy Warhol who was famous for sensational shock. We told Srila Prabhupada this story and I expected Prabhupada to comment on the demonic nature of the living entity and the horror of slaughtering anyone for food. But instead he leaned back on the back seat of the car and said, “Yes, they have not yet learned in this Kali-yuga that human flesh is the tastiest of all meats. That will come in the future of Kali-yuga.” Tamal and I were astonished at Prabhupada’s response to this story.

It was not what we were expecting. And in that instant I realized Prabhupada knew everything. He knew what the future of Kali-yuga was. How did he know what meat tastes like, what to speak of which meat is the tastiest is? Our minds were literally I guess you could say, blown. We were just amazed that Prabhupada knew everything and I blurted out, “Srila Prabhupada, you know everything about everything. You see the future, you comment on things that are current, but also talk about the future.” I said, “This is what makes your books so unique. Previous great acharyas have written commentaries on Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, but your commentaries are not only perfect for the time that we’re living in, but they’re perfect for the future because you have the ability to see the future. It’s just amazing to me how unique and special your books are.” Srila Prabhupada smiled and said, “Yes. My books will be the law books for humanity for the next ten thousand years. That is how I think as I write each word.”

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