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So one evening Prabhupada was giving out prasadam to all these kids. I said, “Oh, Prabhupada, let me do it,” and I went to take the plate from Prabhupada. And, oh, Prabhupada looked at me. He said, “I will do it.” He was actually giving mercy. That was his mission. This is the program – to worship Krishna and take Krishna prasadam. In New York in 1966, it was an apple, a cut apple, and here it is just some fruit. But this was Prabhupada’s program, very simple but very deep. And Prabhupada gave his full attention to it. He wasn’t doing it in some offhand quick way, but very deliberate. Prabhupada pointed out in his talks that even well-to-do people would come to get this prasadam. They didn’t need it, they weren’t in need of food, but they valued it as something spiritual, something that could help them in their spiritual life. And this Prabhupada said was the purpose of prasadam. It’s not just an altruistic activity that we give prasadam to poor people or destitute people. We can do that, but prasadam is for everyone because spiritually we are all poor, we are all destitute. We need this mercy from Krishna, and Prabhupada was very generous about it. The children would sometimes come twice or even three times, and Prabhupada would smile and wag his finger at them; but he would give them again and again. Prabhupada came and he went into this room where there was a cushion and bolsters and a little table. He sat down to speak to the team, and I brought him in a plate of sweets and fruits and things and put it down in front of him. He just stopped and he turned and looked up to me and he said, “Thank you very much.” I knew that he did not mean “thank you for the fruit” or “thank you for cleaning the apartment.” He was saying, “Thank you for giving your life.” And that was so gratifying when any devotee got that kind of reciprocation with Prabhupada, it made it all worthwhile. So this is Jayanta, the only African that Prabhupada initiated. We brought him to meet Prabhupada. Prabhupada came to Kenya four times. When he asked me to go, I had just come from Pakistan. This is in Bombay. Prabhupada said, “What will you do? What is your program?” He said, “I think I will send you to Africa. If you go there, then we will be on all the continents.” And he said it in such a way that, oh, it was so inspiring. Another time in that same little temple room, Prabhupada came down to give the Bhagavad-gita class but Yasomatinandana was there. He had come from America, trying to settle in Bombay. So Prabhupada told him, “You give the class.” Just like that on the spot he had to sit in front of Prabhupada and give the Bhagavad-gita class, and he gave it in Hindi. And Prabhupada just sat on the vyasasan and smiled, he was so pleased with his class, and every once in a while he would tell him something in Sanskrit. Otherwise he just let him give the whole class all by himself. I had received an inheritance in the spring of 1974. I was in Bombay at that time, and Giriraj Brahmacari came and said that there was an apartment becoming available and we had to buy the apartment so that the people would leave. So I was able to give part of the money to help buy that apartment. It was an amazing apartment with this beautiful gray very cooling granite, and it had wide open verandas and porches so a wonderful cross breeze came through. So with the combination of the granite and the cross breeze, it always was cool in there even if it was very hot outside. Srila Prabhupada liked those rooms very much. He lived in that apartment the whole time he was in Bombay. One of the salient features of the apartment was a big open roof. Srila Prabhupada would go up there and sometimes cut kerala and dry them on the roof in the sun. So Palika and I had an idea to make him a wonderful asana up there, and we arranged to have big white pillows made and a big white seat for him and put them in front of a neem tree on the roof. Srila Prabhupada would go up there every evening, and he loved to sit on that asana in many different poses. Sometimes he would sit horizontally with his legs over one pillow and his head over another, and sometimes he would sit cross-legged and sometimes up with his knees drawn up. And it appeared to me at that time that he was extremely robust in health and very jolly in his mood. Things were progressing in Bombay nicely at that time. He would sit up there and whoever would come, they were destined to see the most wonderful aspects of Srila Prabhupada’s personality, his character, his nature, his eloquence, his gracefulness, his aristocratic bearing. So many aspects of him were in full display. In other words, the spirit soul is person as much as God is also person. Imperson means the covering. Try to understand. The covering is impersonal, not the living being who is covered. He is not impersonal, he is person. Very simple example. The coat-shirt is imperson but the man who is putting on coat and shirt, he is not imperson. He is person. So how God can be imperson? The material energy is imperson. That is explained in the Bhagavad-gita: maya tatam idam sarvam, jagad avyakta-murtina. This jagat is avyakta, impersonal. That is also energy of Krishna. Therefore He says, “I am expanded in the impersonal form.” That impersonal feature is Krishna’s energy. So the material covering is impersonal, but the spirit soul or the Supersoul is person. Any question in this, it is a very intricate question, anyone? I remember around this time I unfortunately grew restless with my duties while I was in Juhu and I wanted some other service rather than just being a servant. So I wrote Prabhupada a note about that, and I put it on top of the letters one day. He instructed me and he said, “Don’t be a monkey jumping here and there, looking for some different service. Keep the service that you have and be satisfied with it.” So I immediately felt terrible that I had asked to leave my service, and I wrote him another note back and apologized that I asked to be transferred and I said, “Please, I’m satisfied, I don’t want another service. Don’t throw me away.” And he wrote me a little note on top of that one and he said, “You are very pure. May Krishna save you from calamities.” But then later in Geneva, very animatedly he was talking about the need for a library party. “Who is going to do this? We need this. We need our books distributed all over the world. We need a library party, but no one is doing this. So who will do this?” I was in the room and I said, “I’ll do it.” He said, “Well, then do it.” Then I left the room and I was with the other sannyasis and I said, “Well, I guess I’ve got this new service,” and they said, “Yes. Well, you’ve wanted some new service, so now you have a new service.” Then later I said to him, “Do you really want me to do this service?” and Prabhupada said, “Yes, you can do it. Get some other brahmacaris and do this. But you have to get a replacement for your servant duties. I think you can get Brahmananda Swami, see if he’ll do it.” So they found out if he could replace me, and he said he wanted to do it. I brought my wife to Bombay with me and I said to Srila Prabhupada in front of her, “Srila Prabhupada, the brahmacaris for years have kind of criticized the women, saying they’re less intelligent, their brain is smaller, they’re lustier, things like that. Is that true?” And Srila Prabhupada’s answer was, “You are chanting Hare Krishna and your wife is chanting Hare Krishna. Where is the question of being less intelligent?” I remember reading in Caitanya-caritamrta in Prabhupada’s purport, “The women in our movement are preaching. Therefore, they are as good as their brothers.” Then I said to Srila Prabhupada also, “Srila Prabhupada, I understand that the husband is representative of the spiritual master and the wife is representative of her husband. Srila Prabhupada, should she do everything I ask?” And Srila Prabhupada said, “And you should be so arrogant?” I had been cooking for Prabhupada for a long time, but I really had a hard time making chapatis because we were always in places where there were no proper stoves. To make a good chapati you need a gas stove at least or coals, and here we are in Mauritius and I’m cooking in a closet on a one-burner electric stove that didn’t even have enough power to boil water and I have to make a full meal that he likes up to his standards. So Prabhupada was complaining and complaining about the chapatis and I said, “I can’t get any wheat, I don’t have any stove, it is impossible.” This was going on many times in many places, just having to cook in the worst facilities you can imagine. So finally we get to Bombay and there are good facilities and there is good wheat, Prabhupada knows it. However, the gas stove I had had such a low pressure there was only maybe a little flame like this. So I had made chapatis, and they didn’t blow up all the way. I was really trying my best. So then Prabhupada tells me, “You are so useless. Big, big brain, you can’t even make a chapati.” I had been struggling with those chapatis for months now, and I was so fried with hearing about chapatis. I said, “Prabhupada, no one can make a good chapati in that kitchen.” Prabhupada said, “No one?” I said, “No one.” He said, “Get out of my way.” He stood up, he marched into the kitchen with me following behind him. He sits on the floor. He says, “Give me the dough.” He was making with the dough, rolls his chapati, puts it on the burner, takes it off the burner. And I’m just sitting there very peacefully, waiting for the outcome. And he’s looking at me, and then he puts the chapati on the flame, turns it over, it doesn’t blow up. I thought, “I got him now. He’s never going to get on my case about that chapati again.” Prabhupada looks at me like he’s going to burn me to ashes. He’s making with the dough, rolls his chapati, puts it on the burner, takes it off the burner, puts it on the flame, it blows up perfectly. He picks it up with the tweezers and throws it right in my face. It bounces off my nose. He stands up and walks out of the kitchen, and I’m sitting there. It was really funny. We had that kind of relationship sometimes. Sometimes ’74 Prabhupada asked me I should go all over the world and cook and kirtan and preach. So then again after one month Prabhupada comes to Bombay. He said, “Why are you here?” I said, “I cannot go. I am not getting passport.” He said, “Why you are not getting passport?” I said, “In the form required father name, and I don’t know who is my father.” He said, “OK, bring that form.” Then he called Aditya and said, “Type his father name A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,” and then he signed in that form. Then he put the stamp, ISKCON stamp, and after two days I got the passport. And ever since in all my legal document, if my father name required the Prabhupada name comes. When we become free from these artificial designations – American consciousness, Indian consciousness, African consciousness – there is no such thing, this is artificial. Even bird and beast, they also feel consciousness, pains and pleasures. Just like when there is scorching heat, you feel some pain. Is that American, Indian or African? The scorching heat is everywhere, feeling. If you say that “I am feeling scorching heat American way…” [Hindi: What do you think? Can that happen? No.] Simply these are artificial. Everything is depending on consciousness. Everything is depending on consciousness. Therefore, Krishna consciousness is the original standard consciousness. So we have given the name Krishna consciousness very thoughtfully. Prabhupada had installed Bankibehari in Nairobi and I was getting offering plates and so on in Calcutta, and I had this idea to get a pair of padams, sadhu shoes, but made of silver and very nicely engraved and with Prabhupada’s name and Founder Acharya. My idea was to take these and touch them to Prabhupada’s feet and then bring them back to Nairobi and worship, have on the altar. So one morning at the guru-puja, very ceremoniously I placed them on the cushion for Prabhupada’s feet where the flowers were put and Prabhupada saw them, bright shiny silver, and he was approving very nicely. Then he put his feet into them and Prabhupada was wearing them. After the morning program, then Prabhupada went to leave wearing the shoes. I just wanted Prabhupada to touch his feet and I was going to take them, and Prabhupada took them and I was surprised. Prabhupada could see my surprise, and then he understood that I wanted them. So then he stopped and took them off, I could have them. But he was wearing them very nicely. In order to build the Juhu temple, we needed a No Objection Certificate from the police commissioner. After waiting and waiting and making so many efforts, finally the police commissioner sent a letter in which he refused to issue the No Objection Certificate on the grounds that the bhajan singing which has been complained about in the past is likely to be a nuisance in the future as well. We sent news to Srila Prabhupada in Vrindavan, and when he received it he became furious. In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna says satatam kirtayanto mam, that one should always engage in kirtan, and how dare the commissioner call kirtan a nuisance. So Srila Prabhupada wanted to protest the words of the commissioner and the refusal of permission, and so he asked the devotees who had come to India for the annual festival in Mayapur and Vrindavan to travel to Bombay. He wanted them to do Harinam Sankirtan throughout the streets of the city, to distribute books and to hold programs. And then when the people of Bombay were convinced about the value of Krishna consciousness, they themselves would prevail upon the government to give us the permission for the temple. He also wanted some of the more qualified devotees such as Balavanta prabhu to meet with the political leaders to get support. Eventually we were able to meet the Chief Minister of Maharastra, and he somehow saw through the whole case. He saw that actually we were innocent and we were being victimized by political interests, and within one day everything was reversed. The news spread everywhere to every government office that the Chief Minister is in favor of the temple, and it was like night and day. Suddenly everyone was very friendly and cooperative, and very soon thereafter we began the construction. We had the just constructed temporary temple in the center of Hyderabad and land had been donated by one prominent sweet merchant Sri Jipolaredi. So Srila Prabhupada came, and he offered arati to the deities. At that time, we had not given any name to the deities, we were just waiting and immediately Srila Prabhupada saw the deities he gave the name of Sri Sri Radha Madana Mohana. They had been bought from Jaipur by Srimati Palika Devi Dasi. See, there was no installation ceremony or such that will be done later on. When the main temple became completed in August 1976. At that time, Prabhupada came again and installed all the Deities including Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra Devi, and Sri Sri Radha Madana Mohana. So two prominent sanyasi disciples of Srila Prabhupada can be seen in this movie. One is His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami, who was at that time GBC for the whole of India and the other sannyasi is His Holiness Yasodanandana Swami, who was preaching at that time in South India, and he will be also present in the main installation ceremony.

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Fsp Dvd 6-102

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