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They should make a device that tells how far death is.

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Nischintya: I arrived in Hawaii in March, around Gaur-purnima time, and Srila Prabhupada was coming in May. I immediately started to learn everything I could about Hawaii because Prabhupada would regularly ask devotees questions about the place he was visiting. I learned about Hawaii's history, the hotels, the beaches—you name it, I knew it. I thought that on a walk with Prabhupada one day I'd be able to answer any question he might ask about Hawaii.

 

So, on Waikiki Beach I was carefully walking in Srila Prabhupada's actual footsteps—they were leaving an impression in the sand and I was thinking, "You don't get an opportunity like this in millions of lifetimes." And I was also thinking, "Prabhupada's going to ask a question, I'm going to know the answer. I'm going to be the man." Suddenly Srila Prabhupada stopped, turned and looked right at me. He was very close. He pointed and said, "What is that?" I looked over, and I had no idea what it was. I was shaking. I felt about one inch tall. I was on the hellish planets and my entire life was ruined. And in the distance, I heard somebody say, "Prabhupada, that's a device that measures how far a person has walked." Prabhupada was still looking at me and he said, "So, they should make a device that tells how far death is, but that they cannot do." Then he turned around and kept walking. I recovered a little, my pride had been completely eliminated, and I was ecstatic thinking of Prabhupada's mystic power. He knew I'd learned all about Hawaii. I wanted him to ask a question, and I wanted to impress him. I understood that you don't show off to your spiritual master.

 

Besides his mystic power, I was also impressed with the philosophy and teachings Prabhupada gave, and his sense of humor. I had been chastised but it was humorous. And at the same time, he instructed all the devotees that you can't measure how far away death is.

 


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