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We came for this university program independently, not with the devotees. So we sat in the audience rather than on the stage, and it became quite unpleasant. And because it was so disturbing…it was a little bit shocking, I remember, for myself. Later I remember Srila Prabhupada said that under such circumstances they should have just immediately started kirtan and not done anything else and that kirtan would have been enough. You had three questions. Maybe there’s somebody else who has a question. Another question? Yes, sir? Do you consider your movement the major form of enlightenment emanating from the United States today? What order of priority is your movement in the White House psychological warfare department? Will you also be coming on to our July 4 demonstration again this year to try and [profanity deleted] it up and divert people away from taking up real political issues concerned with Australian democracy? We can answer one at a time. I can answer them for you if you like. Our movement is not coming from the United States. If you have some paranoiac stigma about everything coming from the United States, that’s your hang-up, not mine. Second of all, our spiritual master, he came to the United States to start this Krishna consciousness movement because he got a free ticket on a boat to go there. And because it was the mercy of this one lady who gave him the free ticket on the boat, he came to America on the orders of his spiritual master. This is the reason he came to America to start Krishna consciousness. If you had sent him a free ticket, he probably would have come to Australia first. He was a monk, he was a monk, a penniless monk in India, and he was trying to follow the orders of his spiritual teacher by spreading love of God. He’s not trying to stop any kind of a political movement. Actually, he is trying to spark a revolution in consciousness. I think that you are also interested in revolution. We are also interested in revolution also, but we are interested in the revolution which will help people to feel peace with themselves whether they are Communist or a Marxist or Leninist or whatever “ist” you like. This is a morning walk in the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne. They’re very beautiful gardens that are over a couple hundred acres, and each morning Srila Prabhupada would go for a morning walk with different devotees from different departments in the temple. One morning the pujaris would go, next morning the devotees from the book distributors, the BBT party, would go, the devotees who were working for Spiritual Sky. So in this way, all the Australian devotees had an opportunity to go out on the morning walks. Of course, we were chanting japa and the devotees were asking many, many questions. I went on this morning walk, and I was sitting next to Prabhupada. There were only a few of us. Prabhupada was looking out at the people all going to work along Saint Kilda Road, and they were all dressed up in their suits, men and women. It was one of the very up-market parts of Melbourne, and all these people were dressed up and all rushing off to work. I was sitting next to Prabhupada and I remember I was looking out thinking, “Oh, how fortunate I am. I’m here with Prabhupada, I’m here with the great pure devotee of the world, and there are all these people just going off like mudhas to work.” Then Prabhupada was looking out at them too, and then Prabhupada turned around to me and I saw that he had tears running down out of his eyes. He looked at me and he said, “How can they be saved?” That was the most important question Prabhupada ever asked me in my life. I’ve been dwelling on that ever since – how can they be saved? So while we were thinking of how fortunate we were, Prabhupada was purely thinking of the people who he couldn’t connect with because of the barriers they put around themselves in different ways. It was early in the morning around 6:30 a.m. and one person was practicing his golf putting, and Prabhupada stopped in the middle of a walk and said, “What is he doing?” A devotee said, “Oh, he’s practicing his golf, Srila Prabhupada.” Prabhupada said again, “What is he doing? He’s wasting his human form of life.” The same austerity as he’s going to practice his golf at 6:30 in the morning he could easily be directing towards Krishna. Actually Prabhupada had tears in his eyes watching his determination to practice his golf. We were in the gardens on a morning walk. I was having a bit of trouble chanting my rounds. I was thinking how difficult it was to follow the regulative principles, and I remember I… I very rarely asked Prabhupada questions, but on this occasion Prabhupada was talking about transcendental anxiety and I said to Prabhupada, “Is it transcendental anxiety, Prabhupada, when you’re worried because you can’t get your rounds done or you’re worried about following the four regulative principles and things like that?” Prabhupada said, “No.” He said, “That is material anxiety. Transcendental anxiety is where Mother Yasoda is worried that Krishna may get attacked by a monkey, she said, or fear for Krishna. It’s anxiety for Krishna, it’s not anxiety for yourself.” He said, “That’s mundane.” So Prabhupada cleared me up on that one. I always realized from then on that all my anxieties are basically material. We had the temple in Saint Kilda, and Srila Prabhupada was still staying at my house in Brighton. I’d pick Srila Prabhupada up for the morning lecture. Prabhupada would go inside and give the lecture, and I would listen to the lecture. Then when Prabhupada had finished, I would bring the car around the front, double park it in the street, and I’d pick up Srila Prabhupada and put him in the car. This particular day Cittahari said to me…begged me that could he take the Fairlane for a drive. I said, “OK, take the Fairlane for a drive, but don’t take long because Srila Prabhupada is nearly finished. It has to be back in time.” So Cittahari didn’t come back, and Prabhupada was finishing his lecture. So I raced around the back of the temple. We had this old combi-wagon which had Radha-Krishna painted up on the side door. It was what we used to take all the rubbish to the tip and all the excess prasadam down to the beach to throw into the ocean. The lecture was finishing up so I raced around, I’ve thrown all the rubbish out into the laneway, I got a broom, I got a hose, I tried to clean it as best I could. It stunk. I’ve got the combi-wagon, I’ve come around, I’ve double parked because Cittahari still hasn’t turned up. Prabhupada walks out, sees the combi-wagon, and I put him in the front seat. So the two of us take off to Brighton, and it was raining. So the windscreen wipers were on. So every time the windscreen wiper went backwards and forwards, the horn would go “beep.” So the windscreen wiper is going, the horn is going as we’re going down the road, Burnett Street, and Prabhupada looked at me and he said, “What is going on?” I said, “Well, Srila Prabhupada, Cittahari didn’t come back with the car. I had to get the old truck.” So Srila Prabhupada watched the windscreen wiper and listened to the horn go and he just broke up, he thought it was the most hilarious thing. And we went into a great discourse about Indian cars similar to the one that we were in at the moment. We actually had many nice preaching engagements for Srila Prabhupada. The first one was a meeting with three scientists from the Commonwealth of Australia Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. They had a very, very nice conversation, and they were concerned with the food problem of the world. They wanted to know how specifically the Hare Krishna movement could help with the starving people of Asia. Prabhupada just said, “Get them to chant Hare Krishna, and that will solve all problems,” and they sort of looked. That was a very jovial conversation actually, and they were very respectful of Prabhupada. At the end, one of the men admitted that his daughter had been given a copy of the Srimad-Bhagavatam in the street by the devotees and that he and one of the other gentlemen there were actually reading the Srimad-Bhagavatam. And Prabhupada said that “Because they are reading the Bhagavatam, these men are gentlemen.” There was a fellow, a scholar, who had an idea to interview Prabhupada’s disciples in order to work up psychological profiles on them and perhaps get an angle on what type of person might be most inclined to join the Hare Krishna movement. He went to Prabhupada to get Prabhupada’s permission to interview his disciples and ask them what it was they had been doing before they joined the Krishna consciousness movement. Prabhupada said, “No, it doesn’t matter whether they were hippies on the street taking drugs, it doesn’t matter whether they were Ph.D.’s. Whatever they were, it was black, all black. It is not worth writing about. What is important, what is notable is the fact that they have joined this Krishna consciousness movement. And as far as trying to work up a psychological profile of what type of person joins the Krishna consciousness movement, it is simply the quest for the truth. If you want the answer to your question without a lot of research, those who are interested in the Absolute Truth, they will join the Krishna consciousness movement. And their lives will have little or no meaning or value and are certainly not worthy of the subject of study before becoming devotees. But after becoming devotees, yes, that is worthy subject matter.” So we used to try to think of some gift to give to Srila Prabhupada. What can we think of? So one morning in the Saint Kilda temple in Melbourne, which was quite small and all the devotees from all over Australia were crowded in there, Prabhupada entered the room and we all offered obeisances. I just heard Prabhupada say, “Don’t touch the Bhagavatam to the floor.” Somebody had touched the Bhagavatam to the floor because Prabhupada said, “Don’t touch it to the floor.” So I had this idea we could get a nice cloth made to wrap around the Bhagavatam, and I asked the ladies who do the sewing for the Deities. So they had this nice gold brocade cloth and with gold tassels at the end, and I asked her to make that. Then I went into downtown Melbourne and I found some really nice-looking mangoes. I think I bought about six. So I put these things all in a Back to Godhead box. Then I went to the house where Prabhupada was staying, and I entered the room where Prabhupada was sitting behind his desk and talking to a whole roomful of devotees. So at one point he paused and he looked over at my box. He said, “So? What is this?” So I got the book cover cloth out. I guess you could say when I entered the room I thought, “Well, I’ve got these really good gifts to offer to Prabhupada,” thinking this is pretty good, I’ve got something. So I picked the cloth up and I said, “Srila Prabhupada, I heard this morning you said that we shouldn’t touch the Bhagavatam to the floor, so I got you this nice cloth to keep around your Bhagavatam.” Prabhupada said, “I don’t touch my Bhagavatam to the floor.” Then I wanted to explain what I meant, what led to me deciding to do this, but Prabhupada, every time I started to say something he’d interrupt me. So I’d say, “Oh, but I mean…” “No, I don’t touch my Bhagavatam to the floor.” And every time I tried to explain, he stopped me. “I’m keeping my Bhagavatam on the shelf. I don’t touch my Bhagavatam to the floor,” and he was very stern. Then all the devotees started laughing and laughing really loud. Then he said, “This is for you.” So in that way I was totally humbled. I just felt like if I could crawl in a hole and hide, I would. Everybody was laughing at me, and Prabhupada was so stern. I meant to give him a gift, but it sounded like an insult. I didn’t mean it as an insult, but I can’t explain it. I can’t describe the feeling. I just sat there and waited. Then he said, “Then?” At this stage, if I get these mangoes out, what’s going to happen if I get them out? So I picked the mangoes up and I said, “I also got you some mangoes.” Then Prabhupada looked at the mangoes, and then a big smile came on his face and he said, “Ah, this is a gift! Mango is the king of fruit.” Then his whole mood changed from stern to beaming, and I was totally relieved. But it relates to the idea that if you offer something with pride, then Krishna doesn’t like it, it’s not the right mood. But he created that mood in me, begging, “Please accept this offering.” Prabhupada to me was a man full of grace. He was a gentle man, a gentle person, and compassionate and cultured. He displayed so much culture, and yet he led such a simple life and needed very little to comfort him. So every day when I return from work, I always go to our puja room at home and thank Srila Prabhupada just for the knowledge and allowing us to know all these wonderful things. Actually I get very emotional when I start to think about it, and I miss Srila Prabhupada very much. I would like to say, “I love you, Srila Prabhupada.”

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