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The small temple room in Spanga, a village near Stockholm, was the converted living room of a house the devotees rented, but Uthala still wanted to set up a sound system to amplify Prabhupada’s morning classes.

However, when Srila Prabhupada began to speak, there was no sound. He tapped the microphone several times and asked Hamsaduta, 'It is not working?' Uthala frantically tried to find the cause. He checked the connections, changed leads, twiddled knobs, but without any luck. Prabhupada was annoyed yet amused, and ridiculed the Western mentality of depending on technology, by quoting the last line of a verse by Chanakya Pandita – bahvarambhe laghu kriya: the arrangement is very big, grand style, but the outcome is insignificant. "What is the use of keeping big, big paraphernalia?' Srila Prabhupada asked. "What is the use of keeping a useless machine?" He mentioned the four examples given by Chanakya: aja-yuddhe, a fight between two goats; muni-shraddhe, a festival by sages in the jungle; dampatya kalahe, a fight between husband and wife; and megha garjane, thundering clouds in the morning.

"You have seen goats fighting?" he asked. The devotees laughed as Srila Prabhupada made the unusual sound of fighting goats: "Ongh! Ongh! As if two big, big heroes are fighting. But as soon as somebody comes – 'Hut!' – they will go away. And when in the morning, you see big clouds assemble and hear thundering sounds, rest assured, there will be no rain in the morning. So these things are bahvarambhe laghu kriya.

Arambha: The beginning is very gorgeous – but the end is nothing. So that is not good-bahvarambhe laghu kriya.”

The next day, Srila Prabhupada lectured at Upsalla University. Before his arrival, the devotees set the mood by holding kirtanas and bhajanas.

Hrimati Dasi: "Along with Hamsaduta, Avinashchandra, Vedavyasa, and Krishna-premi, I formed part of a group onstage. When Prabhupada arrived, all of us prostrated ourselves to offer dandavats, and somehow or other I was lying right in front of the vyasasana. Srila Prabhupada unintentionally stepped on my hands, but it was as if they were touched by rose petals-his feet were so soft. Right afterward, Prithu garlanded Prabhupada, and he also stepped on my hands, but this time I felt pain.”

Hrimati Dasi: "When Prabhupada described how everything in the spiritual world is an expansion of Krishna – the gopis, His father and mother, His friends, the trees and flowers, His calves and cows – he lifted his hand, and without turning around, pointed to Vasudeva’s painting of Radha and Krishna hanging behind the vyasasana, as if seeing it, to illustrate his words. He was so conscious of everything around him. I was amazed.”

Nikunjavasini Dasi: "During his visit to New Mayapur, Srila Prabhupada presided over the installation of Krishna-Balarama Deities. He seemed fatigued. Balarama and Prabhupada were about the same size, and while bathing Krishna, Prabhupada put his left hand on Balarama's shoulder. Leaning over, he poured yogurt from a conchshell over Krishna. To me it was as though three friends were standing together, and we were allowed to watch them.

"That evening, Prabhupada took a short walk around New Mayapur, and afterward he sat down under a tree and gave a brief talk. When he asked for questions, one devotee said, 'In the Guru-vandana, it says that the spiritual master is our guru life after life. So if we don't make it back to Godhead in this lifetime, does it mean that you will come back to save us?' Srila Prabhupada put down his fist on the little table in front of him and said sternly, 'You make it in this lifetime. Don't make me come back!"'

From, Biographies and Glorification of Srila Prabhupada – Srila Prabhupada and His Disciples in Germany – Chapter 18 – Exodus of Devotees by Vedavyasa Dasa

 

 


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