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Radha-Madhava were in the bhajan kutir. Then we built this little shed just to the side of the bhajan kutir where the arati is going on. There was a lot of people there because that was the Gaura Purnima Festival, but previously no one was coming to Mayapur. The whole of ’72 practically nobody came. More or less I knew everybody that was walking down that road, and there were no visitors, they were all just local people. One time I saw some people walking down and I thought, “Oh, these are not local people,” because you could tell by their dress. So then they actually came in the property and I thought, “Oh, they’re in for darshan.” I thought I would get a Back to Godhead and see if I can give them a Back to Godhead when they come. So I ran in the bhajan kutir and got a Back to Godhead, and I come out and Prabhupada was already standing there. He had come out in the bhajan kutir also, and he was just standing in front of the Deities. Then he looked at me and he said, “Why you are not here? You see the guests are coming and there’s no one here.” The first people who have been in about a couple of weeks. He said, “No one is here. People are coming. You should be here.” I said, “I just went to get a Back to Godhead, Prabhupada, and I just came out.” Then he was looking at me and he seemed to be saying, “What are you making all these excuses for?” He was smiling. I remember the first time I gave Prabhupada caranamrita there, and my hand was shaking uncontrollably. I was looking at my hand and I was thinking, “Why is it happening like this?” It never happened before like that, it was really uncontrollably shaking. He just looked at me and smiled, and he took the caranamrita. Another time Prabhupada was sitting in the bhajan kutir just in the outside under the veranda with one of his godbrothers, Damodar Maharaj, and I went and I offered him caranamrita. He was just sitting there, the sun was shining, and he just put his head back and he opened his mouth and he let me pour the caranamrita into his mouth. Then Damodar Maharaj, his godbrother, did the same thing. He just put his head back and opened his mouth, and I was pouring caranamrita. It was a strange experience because Prabhupada, he was our lord and master, the big father figure, protector and everything, and then he’s acting like a little baby and you have to feed him. It was a new experience that I had with Prabhupada. Prabhupada really liked Mayapur. He seemed really relaxed in Mayapur when we would come. I remember the one time we went up to his quarters when he first got there and, of course, I’d follow him in, setting everything up, and he was just looking out his window. The windows, of course, were on each side of his room. So he walked in his front door and he just looked out his window, and then it was just stretches of fields everywhere. It was wide open and very tranquil, very peaceful, and he would just chant and look out there. One time he turned and he just looked at me and he smiled and he said, “So Srutakirti Maharaj, you like it here in Mayapur?” I said, “Yes, Prabhupada, very much.” The way his quarters were set up there, they had the padding across the entire room. So sometimes you could go in there in the middle of the day and Prabhupada would be lying on the floor and he’d have his feet over the big bolster pillows that were against the walls. He would move one out a little bit so he’d have his legs hanging over the bolster pillow, and he’d just be relaxing. His morning walk was always right outside his room. As soon as he’d go down the steps, he was already on his walk. He also always knew everything – who was around, who wasn’t around, who was missing the walk – because sometimes if he was going out, he’d get down to the bottom of the stairs and he would ask where is such and such, where is this devotee, where is that devotee. One time he asked…I don’t know who it was… he said, “Where is this devotee?” Someone said, “Oh, he’s sick, Prabhupada.” Prabhupada kind of chuckled and I said, “Yes, Prabhupada, I think he has morning sickness,” and then Prabhupada laughed. He said, “Yes, that is the difficulty.” He expected everyone to be up in the morning. He never ever minimized that. He always did the opposite, even with the people that traveled with him because we were the ones affected too by that so-called jet lag as we traveled around, but he wasn’t interested in hearing about it. Prabhupada was so happy that we had cows. He said, “This is very auspicious.” He said, “If the cows are grazing on the land where we’re going to build the temple, then by passing cow dung and walking over the land it’s going to make it very auspicious for the temple.” Prabhupada wanted us to feed the local villagers. So even before we had a building, we had a big pot for cooking and distributing prasadam. Prabhupada used to go on walks, and he liked to walk along the pathways in between the fields. He called these the little highways. As he would be walking them, the villagers would offer him respect and pay obeisances. It was a very informal, friendly environment with all the local villagers. Prabhupada would walk out in the fields and then he would look and say, “Here there will be a spiritual city one day.” I have seen that Prabhupada morning walking time. One villager, he is taking some subji, vegetables, to nearby market. Then Prabhupada stopped suddenly and he says, “Where you are going?” “I have to sell these vegetable to the market.” Then Prabhupada says, “Why not you are giving to the temple? You can serve Radha-Govinda by giving your vegetables.” Then he has agreed. He purchased all the vegetables, big bucket he purchased, and he told Jayapataka. Then Jayapataka paid his amount. He told that vegetable man, “Please you come every day and talk with the temple manager and give subji, fresh vegetables to the Radha-Govinda.” He has all the time mind to give fresh flowers, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits. I have seen also sometimes in Calcutta somebody purchased not fresh fruits. So he was very…and he said, “Why you do not buy the fresh fruits for Radha-Govinda?” So I have seen same thing, fresh vegetables he likes to offer Krishna. Prabhupada was going on a walk, and he called me because he said he wanted me to take the part of the material scientist. Then I said to him, “All right. Speaking as a scientist, we will not argue whether a soul exists or not. We’ll just take it as a given that a soul exists. So my question to you is that we will create the right properties in our laboratory and in our test tubes so that your Krishna will send a soul into a test tube. Is that premise accepted by you? Is that acceptable?” Because I was thinking if I can get Prabhupada to say yes, then I’ll say that “Then we have created life.” And then Prabhupada just said, “You rascal scientist. You will not tell Krishna where He has to send a soul.” Prabhupada sometimes used to go for a morning walk there on the Ganges. It used to take about almost 20 minutes to walk there. At that time, it was way, way over the other side. One time actually they all took bath there. They were all sannyasis, or at least brahmacaris and sannyasis, and Prabhupada said, “You can take a bath if you like.” They said, “But Prabhupada, we didn’t bring any gamchhas.” “It is OK, no one is around. You can go in your kaupina.” So everybody jumped in the Ganga, and Prabhupada went in also. He had a gamchha, his servant brought him a gamchha, and he also went in. Then they started fighting, splashing and everything like that, and Prabhupada said that “This is OK.” He said, “Lord Chaitanya, He was also doing this.” Then someone started to splash Prabhupada, Madhudvisa Maharaj I believe – mildly in a playful way, but he was giving little splashes with his hand. But Prabhupada said, “Don’t become too familiar with your guru.” He reprimanded him and Guru Kripa. They were pouring water on Prabhupada’s head with their hands, chanting cintamani-prakara-sadmasu…chanting Cintamani prayers. Another time he said, “If you build a road from our ashram to the Ganga, a nice road, I will come every morning for a walk here.” Another time he said, “Be careful because the Ganga could come and take away all of our property.” For several years the Ganga was constantly changing course. Then the course was diverted right over to the property. But then the government took action, they made some proper embankments there with bricks. But it came very, very close, right up to the road. But now it’s gone back to a steady course, which is a very good symptom because in the Navadvipa-dhama Mahatmya it’s predicted that for several hundred years, about 400 years, the Ganga will constantly do this actually, flood the whole area. And then after 400 years, Bhaktivinode Thakur mentions, “Then she will go back to a steady course again.” Then he said, “Many, many bathing ghats will be built on the Ganga, and many, many temples will be built, and many household dwellings will come up. And there will be, of course, the Adbhuta Mandir, a very astonishing temple will rise from which service to Lord Chaitanya will spread all over the world.” So now we’re seeing this. Now the Ganga is more or less settled. There are permanent ghats being made – ISKCON has made one, Madhava Maharaj has made a permanent ghat. And there’s hundreds and hundreds of dwelling places now all over the place. We have our grihastha-para. Then just outside the master plan of our project there’s so many houses. And the community members also of the Chaitanya Math and Yoga Pith Gaudiya Math, they are also building little houses. There’s hundreds of little houses. It’s all protected by Nityananda Prabhu. So these are good signs. One day was Govardhan Puja, and we built a big mountain of rice and we fed many people. The people took their leaf plates after taking prasadam, and then they threw them behind the building. Then Prabhupada was living up on the second floor, and we were sitting in the room together. Then he heard dogs barking and kids shouting. So then he got up and walked back on the veranda behind his room. Then he looked over and he saw that there was this big pile of leaf plates of people that had eaten their meal and there was little scraps on the plates. So then there were some very poor children with sticks in their hand fighting off some very hungry dogs, trying to get the scraps of food that people haven’t finished eating on their plate. When Prabhupada saw how these children were so hungry that they had to eat the things that people threw away and how they were fighting with the dogs to get these scraps of food, tears swelled in his eyes and he said, “We have to see that nobody goes hungry within a 10-mile radius. The temple is the house of God. God is everyone’s father, Krishna is everyone’s father. So in the presence of the father, the son doesn’t go hungry. So we have to make an arrangement that people get fed.” And so that was the inspiration for regular prasadam distribution. I remember one time watching Srila Prabhupada while all the people from the villages were out taking prasadam. He would go to the little window in the hut and then look out and watch them. Then I would remember the verse catur-vidha-sri-bhgavat-prasada, that the spiritual master is very satisfied if he sees the devotees taking prasadam. And he looked very happy, he looked very satisfied. Prabhupada was trying to involve his godbrothers and work cooperatively with them. Especially he made a lot of effort with Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaja because they were very old friends. He used to come and visit Prabhupada in his house and stay at the guest house. So he was inviting him to come even to the West and see the temples, see how the preaching was going on. But he declined, he said it was too far. So he invited him to come over to Mayapur. So he agreed to come. So then Prabhupada had him share a seat on the vyasasana with him, and he was very accommodating and loving to him. Prabhupada invited all of his godbrothers to come, and they were all coming one at a time or two at a time throughout that whole morning. He spoke to everyone, and he said exactly the same thing to everyone. He said, “We are having some success in our preaching, and so we have some good facilities now. And you are all experienced preachers, you have been trained by our Prabhupada.” He said, “So I have all these buses coming.” It was that time when they were bringing all those Mercedes buses. He said, “I have many buses. So I can give you all a bus and I will give you men, and you just go out and preach. And if you have any problem in your temple of maintenance, I will also give you men for your temples to help you maintain in the temple.” He said, “There’s only one condition – that you distribute my books. My books are to be distributed on these parties. But you will lead, you will preach.” Unfortunately, not one of them accepted his offer, and Prabhupada really tried to get them to work together again. Walking along the Hoogli. The Hoogli is the Ganges River, which I really enjoyed because Prabhupada would stop sometimes and have intimate moments where he would look at the water and you could just imagine that Prabhupada sailed down that water when he left. He left from Calcutta so that’s the place, and now he’s back here again with his disciples. In Calcutta there were so many parks Prabhupada would walk in. Back in the day when Prabhupada was growing up, he said Calcutta was their model city of what they wanted to create in India. They have many beautiful parks. Every few blocks there was another park. Of course, when we were there in the ‘70s, they looked a bit different than they did. But he said it was a beautiful city. That was their model, he said, of what they wanted to accomplish in India everywhere, and they did it in Calcutta. Once Prabhupada said on a walk that he remembers when he was young seeing Mahatma Gandhi and so many people surrounding him, thousands and thousands of people, and he said he thought sometime he wanted to be surrounded by followers like that. Prabhupada used to take his morning walk quite often in a little park just around the corner to the temple. I think it’s called Deshapriya Park, and there was a lake in the middle of that park. So Prabhupada would walk around that lake a few times. So on this one occasion, quite a large number of devotees came for the walk, maybe as many as 40. Prabhupada was walking around, not saying anything, just walking around the park. And he would come back to the starting point where there was a little gate, which we would go through, and then he would set off again. Prabhupada wasn’t speaking anything, he was chanting japa. So after about four times around I was noticing that many devotees were dropping off and going back to the temple for one reason or another. He went on a couple more times around the park, he was going on quite a while. So I was still following on, and it got down to the point where there was about six of us left and we’re going around. Suddenly Prabhupada stopped and turned around, looked at us and he said, “Oh, all the others have given up. Just see how easily we give up.” Then he was very silent and turned around and started walking again, and we followed him. Then when he came back to the gate, we went back to the temple. I was in Srila Prabhupada’s room with him in Calcutta. I was the temple president there, so I got access to Srila Prabhupada. So I went in and one day I was just there with him alone, and for some reason I asked this question. I don’t know why, but I did. I said, “Srila Prabhupada, when you leave us, who will succeed you?” And he said, “That will be revealed to you.” Then he looked at me and he said, “You will become guru.” Then he said, “I want all of my disciples to become guru.” And then he said, “Yare dekha, tare kaha ‘krsna’-upadesa, amara ajnaya guru hana tara ei desa,” which is the verse that Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu spoke to the South Indian brahmana. I think it was Venkata Bhatta. When he left South India and he was lamenting, “What am I to do?” And Lord Chaitanya said, “Whoever you see, tell them about Krishna. Whoever you speak to, tell them about the instructions of Krishna given in the Srimad-Bhagavatam and the Bhagavad-gita. And on My order, you deliver this land.” So Prabhupada quoted that verse and he said, “This is how this Krishna consciousness movement will be spread.” I was one of the few foreigners who learned how to drive in India, mainly because I drove our vans. I don’t think there were very many others who drove Prabhupada in India. Prabhupada usually had a driver. But anyway, we drove and Yadubara, one day he accompanied us with Rupanuga. It was just Rupanuga, me and you. There were very few of us so there was no talking or conversations, but it was the best morning walk because of the area where we were in Calcutta. This was Prabhupada’s home town. It was a little bewildering. There were all these neon flowers, neon decorations, plastic flowers, lots of electrical cords tangled and dangled. I remember at one point the devotion that was there, it hit me. What was going on was pure devotion to these Deities and that this family had been absorbed in devotion to these Deities for centuries and that Prabhupada was absorbed in devotion for these Deities. So suddenly the picture changed. Then I remember they sat us down and they were serving us prasad. It was a beautiful Bengali feast and it was served on banana leaves with such respect for Srila Prabhupada, and their respect for Prabhupada was transferred to us. They were very…Prabhupada would use the word “aristocratic.” They were very aristocratic, and their affection to Srila Prabhupada was definitely apparent as was his towards them. At the Radha-Govinda Temple, Prabhupada’s childhood temple in north Calcutta, Prabhupada did a series of lectures in the evening. The Mullik family, which was the family he was related to who owned the temple and one of the great zamindar families of Bengal during the time of the British Raj, they lived across the street and, of course, Prabhupada was raised in their house. They all came to the program. The whole atmosphere…it was like Prabhupada was the grandfather or the great-grandfather, and they were so respectful. The way they came in, their heads were always covered, the way the women bowed down, the men were nicely dressed and standing in the background, and everyone was very attentive to Prabhupada because he was their relative who was now world famous. Prabhupada’s mood at this meeting was very familial, he was very gentle with everyone, it was just like family. There was a very loving side to the whole relationship between him and the Mullik family. And, of course, those Deities, Radha-Govinda, were Prabhupada’s childhood Deities. This was the temple where he played as a child, where he had his Rathayatra Festival, and he worshiped these beautiful Deities that they have there still, Radha-Govinda. They are the Deities that Prabhupada said called him back to India. You know in the ‘60s, he went back to India? He said, “Radha-Govinda have called me back,” and that’s when he started all his major Indian preaching.

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