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Try for capturing the rhinoceros

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“We should always be enthusiastic to try for capturing the rhinoceros. That way, if we fail, everyone will say, ‘Never mind, nobody can catch a rhinoceros anyway,’ and if we succeed, then everyone will say, ‘Just see what a wonderful thing they have done!'”...Srila Prabhupada.


"Writing Chasing Rhinos With The Swami was a labor of intense love. Not that it started out that way. I thought I could knock out seven years of memories in about six weeks, ten at the most. But then Srila Prabhupad came into my life again, called me to his room, made me laugh, began those fun, intense conversations and soon he accompanied my every waking moment. Even in dreams he came, and I put pad and pen by my bed to scratch in the half-light a memory he had sparked in the ten-minute span between sleep and awake, hoping I could decipher it later. I would rush to the computer, and the day would fly by; often I d look out the window What? It's already dark outside! I m still in my pajamas--and maybe I've described these many hours without a bite of food or a small drink of water just a five-minute prank Prabhupad played, or a half-page of some amazing conversation...


In this way Srila Prabhupad took over my life these past three years; I researched and worked two to twelve hours nearly every day, and Chasing Rhinos With The Swami is the result. How wonderful now, 42 years since we parted, to live again at the perfumed silken side of my beloved Friend and Master! From Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness, Krishna says, and I have realized this as fact. So many times I would struggle with what happened on a day so long ago, so lost in a million other actions then I d pick up a book and flip to a random page, or hear a scratchy old lecture, or google London weather may 1969 and there it would be: the hint, the clue: Ah, yes! That s what happened! And the story would tumble from my brain."...

Shyamasundar das.





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