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I found Prabhupada or he found us. That is the mercy.

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Krishna Kumari: I’d only been in the movement eight or nine months when I was told to go to Dallas. All of the children there were born in the movement and they had been there about five years. These kids practically speaking brought me up in Krishna consciousness. All the children were taught to chant Bhagavad-gita slokas. They were chanting the verses and would hear the meaning but Prabhupada said the young children didn’t have to understand the purport completely but to have some idea.

I drew large cards with a picture that would give the children something to remember about each verse. I’d hold the card and they’d chant the verse. Then Prabhupada wanted us to bring the children to the temple room on Sunday and have them chant the entire Bhagavad-gita together, all eighteen chapters. I was thinking, “This is really going to be a lot for three and four-year-old kids to do. Do we really have to?” But Prabhupada mentioned one important reason why he wanted the children to memorize these verses and be able to rattle them off, chapter after chapter.

He said that these verses are impressed forever on the subtle body. If these children don’t go back to Godhead in this lifetime, it goes with them to their next birth. They will have the entire Bhagavad-gita already there with them, to help them. So that lesson pacified me. Not only did we chant the verses in class with cards, but on the way to the playground. I had fifty kids and I thought, “How am I going to tie fifty shoes and keep all these kids sitting down and engaged?” We chanted the slokas while we tied their shoes, while we were at the laundromat, and the kids liked it. It kept them engaged and I remembered that Prabhupada said it would go with them forever.

Sravanananda: During one Ratha-yatra in New York where both Prabhupada and Jayananda attended, I hired a professional film crew to document the entire event. It was a random thing I did just so I could take it back with me to India and show everyone there. In India we had a portable briefcase projector called a Fairchild that was ideal for viewing. It would pop open and people could watch movies right on their desk or we could flip the lens and reflect it on a large sheet for the villagers.

When I did return to Madras with the film I was able to show it to Srila Prabhupada and he really liked it. I was very happy I could please him. The first thing he said was, “You know, they think we’re CIA in Bengal.” He said, “How would people think we’re CIA and put on a Ratha-yatra in Manhattan? What CIA would put on a Ratha-yatra in Manhattan?” Prabhupada said to me, “Would you mind going to Bengal and show this in every town and village? I never thought of that since I was totally entrenched in Madras. When Prabhupada asked me to go Bengal I said, “Srila Prabhupada, whatever you want.” The way Prabhupada asked me was just the epitome of humility. It wasn’t a directive, “Go to Bengal.”

I went to Bengal and went village to village from the Bay of Bengal, to Darjeeling to Assam. We showed the movie on screens and had reporters attend as well. We were traveling on the boat program and we were also distributing Gitar Gans. I wrote a letter to Srila Prabhupada that said we had just distributed sixteen thousand Gitar Gans in one month. Prabhupada wrote a letter back stating, “That is very results.” I will always remember that, “That is very results.” We were ecstatic that we could please him and serve him in separation.

Sandamini: A press conference was called in San Francisco at the airport upon Prabhupada’s arrival before the Ratha-yatra. Prabhupada had just flown in and he was telling us that the pilot on his flight sat next to him and said, “Your Grace, do you mind if I could ask you some questions?” Prabhupada, always the gracious host and always anxious to share Krishna consciousness, said he did not mind. The man said, “If God is good and all loving and great,” Prabhupada was agreeing, “then why did God create evil?” Prabhupada said to us, “So I told him that the sun is shining very bright. It’s beautiful, but if you turn your back on the sun, you create a shadow. It’s not the sun’s fault you created the shadow by turning your back. So similarly when people turn their back on God, then evil is there.” Prabhupada looked very innocently at us and asked, “Was that alright? Did I give a good answer?” The devotees clapped and cheered in approval. You could just see the very innocent, boy-like enthusiasm and really deep humility when he asked, “Was that alright? Did I give a good answer?” It was endearing to me that he would bring us in and share that with us. It was a special moment.

Sravanananda: Prabhupada’s instructions in his books were extremely powerful and his desire to save every living entity within the universe by the distribution of not only his books, but prasadam and all the paraphernalia that he introduced was all inspiring. Prabhupada was also always gracious. When he was a guest at someone’s house, he wasn’t a king. He was always a servant. He was always there to serve even his own disciples. I felt his greatest kindness when I listened to the audio of Prabhupada on morning walks in Bombay with Dr. Patel.

Dr. Patel would always ask aggressive, somewhat condescending, irritable questions to Srila Prabhupada. I never saw Prabhupada upset with him once. I sometimes have to turn off my audio when that man is talking. It just seems so offensive to me. But Prabhupada liked that combative mood because he knew the whole world was challenging this philosophy and he was letting us see how to deal with this type of person. It was almost like Prabhupada was doing the Chinese water torture on him because I met that man after Prabhupada left, and he was crying like a child when the talked about Prabhupada. Prabhupada wore him down because he never got angry with him. He just kept answering his questions beautifully. I never once had a doubt to this day about Srila Prabhupada and I’m just so happy I found Prabhupada or he found us. That is the mercy of Srila Prabhupada.

 



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