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Contributed by Mahavishnu Das .

Chaitanya: In 1975, my husband, Kanupriya, went and studied astrology in London for about six months. When he came back he began doing astrology charts for devotees and he decided he should ask Srila Prabhupada’s opinion about it. He said, “Prabhupada, I learned some astrology and I want to know if it’s alright if I do charts for devotees?” Prabhupada said, “Oh, you are doing astrology? So can you tell me when will be the date when we will buy our new building for the New York temple?” Of course my husband said, “No, Prabhupada.” Prabhupada said, “That is because you have to study Hora Astrology.” He said, “That’s mathematics, and it takes at least ten years to learn it. My Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, was a very learned astrologer. He was the last bona fide living astrologer on this planet.” He said, “Doing astrology charts for devotees, you can sometimes know the future, but our philosophy is, ‘Whatever will be, will be.’ We simply chant Hare Krishna. So best you do not do astrology charts for devotees because they will start worshiping astrology and forget about Krishna.”

Later on, Kanupriya and his astrologer friends, Jamadagni and Revatinandana wanted to have a meeting with Srila Prabhupada to discuss some questions that they had. Revatinandana, who used to be a sannyasi, took them up to Prabhupada’s room along with a cassette recorder to record the entire conversation. I listened to the tape afterwards. They believed that this would be an historical moment in ISKCON that was going to change and revolutionize everything in the society. They asked many challenging questions to Srila Prabhupada. One devotee said, “Srila Prabhupada, you stated that we should follow our GBC. My GBC in Hawaii is a homosexual.

Does that mean that if he wants me to engage in homosexual activities that I should? Prabhupada asked, “What is this homosex?” Someone else in the room tried to explain what the devotee was getting at and Prabhupada still asked, “What is this homosex?” Prabhupada wasn’t comfortable. Prabhupada just dismissed it. Then they asked questions like, “Well, Srila Prabhupada, you say in the Krsna Book in the battle of Kuruksetra, there were six hundred million warriors. What did they do for toilets?” Prabhupada didn’t say anything. Then they asked, “Well, Srila Prabhupada, do we have to follow a GBC? Can we live outside the GBC? Can we live outside, follow the principles, read your books and still be devotees?” It went on like that. I couldn’t imagine the Jagat Guru having to respond.

Then finally Srila Prabhupada understood their hearts and their minds and what they were getting at. They had grown long hair and my husband had a big beard. They gave themselves astrologer names, Shambu, Indra and Vyasa. Prabhupada then said to them, “Actually, you are more advanced than I am. You do not need a guru, but I do. Therefore, you should go out into the material world and enjoy. You are no longer my disciples.” I realized they were right. It was an historical moment. It was showing that we have free will. If you don’t want to worship and follow the spiritual master’s instructions, you can do that. Needless to say, it was a horrible time for me. But that was Srila Prabhupada’s mercy because they would have continued committing horrible offenses. In one sense, it was very painful, but Prabhupada didn’t have to take on the karmic reactions that their future sinful activities were going to reap.

Aditi: One time in Delhi, after Syamasundar had left, Prabhupada personally took money out and he gave it to his wife, Malati. He said, “Buy yourself a nice sari.” But he was also concerned about Syamasundar asking questions about his well-being. Then Madira came in with her new baby, hoping to get Prabhupada to name her. Madira thought she would get the name Vrindavanisvari or some nice Vrindavan name. Prabhupada said, “She will be called Tejiyasini”, which was her husband’s name plus the ‘ini’ at the end that made it a girl’s name. What made it funny was that Madira was always at odds with her husband and I’m sure Srila Prabhupada was fully aware of that fact.

Aditi: The last time I saw Srila Prabhupada was in England at the Manor. He was very ill and we didn’t expect him to come downstairs from his bedroom to the temple room. To our surprise, however, the devotees carried him down on a palanquin. It was kind of a mixture of ecstasy and sadness to see Prabhupada because he was very thin and his feet were swollen. They placed him on the vyasasana for guru puja, but there was a heaviness about everything. Not a word was spoken except, “Jai Prabhupada” over and over. Prabhupada the whole time had his hands in front of him offering his respects to the devotees as everybody was crying, including Prabhupada. Then some men carried Prabhupada backwards on the palanquin up the stairs so we could see him on his way back up to his room. I didn’t know it, but that was the last time I would see him. It was like saying goodbye. Goodbye and thank you.

But Prabhupada isn’t limited to his physical body, thank goodness, because the Prabhupada I saw in person is also there when I read his books. As far as dreams are concerned, a devotee from New Vrindavan told me she said to Prabhupada, “Oh, Prabhupada, I had a dream about you.” He said, “When I am here, you take instruction from me directly, but once I have left, then I can come to you in dreams.” I have had many dreams, but one in particular was really wonderful. I must have been reading Srutakirti’s book about slipping shoes on Prabhupada’s feet, because in the dream I’m in front of a huge vyasasana, and I only see Prabhupada’s feet. I slip on one slipper, and then all at once Prabhupada leans over, looks at me and I look up. Prabhupada said to me, “Will you please buy me some nice socks?” I said, “Yes, Prabhupada” and then I slip the other shoe on and then the dream faded away. It was amazing because after that, I went to a few temples and devotees would be wearing their chaddars and socks, and then I’d see Prabhupada, the murti of Prabhupada, without socks. I would mention something to the devotees and they would say, “Oh, it’s not winter time yet.” But everyone was wearing chaddars and socks. So from my dream I realized that Prabhupada would like to have some socks too. We have to realize Prabhupada is here for us, either in his murti form or through dreams as long as we’re sincerely following his instructions. He will reciprocate with us.

 

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