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For a very short time we had that flat for Prabhupada, and when he lived there he used to go to the rooftop every evening and give darshan and he’d chant his Gayatri. One time when he went up there he said, “I have two favorite places in the world, this Juhu and Hawaii. Why? Because wherever there are palm trees, that is paradise.” At that time, I counted all the trees. We had over 200 trees on the Hare Krishna Land, palm trees, and Prabhupada loved it there. The tenants that lived in the back side, they would line up along the road. As Prabhupada would come in, they would all be standing there ready to greet him and Prabhupada would smile and speak to every one of them. It was such a very nice thing. Sometimes as devotees we had a little problem with the tenants, but they all loved Prabhupada and they must have felt his love. At this time, there were not that many people who came; but the people who did come were very devoted, like Manmohan das Kejariwal. We did all kinds of Life Member-making together in Bombay. And these ladies, Gandharvika’s mother, they cooked and they cleaned, they did everything. There was an awful lot of devotion in these very few people. When he gave lectures at night, there maybe had been 30, 40 people came. They were very attentive, and they were willing to do anything. Like Mr. Sethi when he came, he built the temple as a gift to Prabhupada more or less and rebuilt it also. We rebuilt it in one day, practically speaking, when they tore it down. So at this time you can’t really say anything was really happening. It was just try to collect some money, try to get it together. But Prabhupada really liked it there. I think he felt very at home in Bombay. He liked his quarters, even though they weren’t very spectacular, it was just a plain old apartment. He just liked being there, he liked the weather. He liked very much sitting on that roof at night. That’s Mr. Sethi, he was very devoted. He practically did anything. This is the daughter of the Warriers, they were incredibly devoted people, the whole family. This is the gurukula kids. All of us came up, and we had made these garlands and we all offered it to Prabhupada. It was such a festival. We were all excited, at the same time very anxious. At that time, the temple was small so it was more like a family. So everyone knew each other and everyone…it was one big family. We were there every evening. Daddy was there like clockwork. He used to go to mangal aratik and guru-puja, and then he’d go to work. And the evening aratik, he would be there too. We had pictures at first on the altar and then Navayogendra Swami, he had given us this Chaturbhuj Krishna. So we used to go ahead and have aratiks, and every day evening aratik was my job. I was the pujari at home. That was one thing Daddy had started at home was to have the evening aratik. Six o’clock I had to come back in, take a shower, by seven I had to do the aratik. Before he passed away actually, the night before he got really sick and he had to go to the hospital he said, “No, until Baby finishes the aratik I’m not going.” So then I came, I did the aratik and he was breathing real heavy, he was really, really sick. Then after the aratik he left for the hospital, and the next morning at ten o’clock he passed away. That was the last I saw my dad was after I did the aratik, he gave me a big hug before he went and that was it. If it wasn’t for Prabhupada, we wouldn’t be doing that aratik. He taught everything we have, everything we know. That’s my dad and mom, and that’s Mr. Menon there. That’s my dad. Here we see Srila Prabhupada, so transcendental, so detached, and watching these girls dance. He is so patient. Jagat Guru of the whole world, he is writing books that will last for 10,000 years, and yet he is so at home in all situations. He is so peaceful. That’s what now we see after 30 years because in those days we were very young, we took it for granted. But now that we have become older, we realize that even in the old age Prabhupada had no anxiety or no worries. His only worry was how to save the world in Krishna consciousness. Here in Bombay he was very intimate with all the devotees as well as the guests. Whoever came forward was blessed by Prabhupada immensely. So this was a place you can say where Prabhupada distributed love of God very freely. Patrapatra-vicara nahi, nahi sthanasthana. Without considering of who is deserving and who is not, without considering this place is OK or not, Prabhupada just magnanimously passed out loving devotional service. He is smiling so royally, so blissfully. This is his famous style. He would nod his head, approving whatever was going on. Akshayananda Maharaj, he is asking Prabhupada, showing the book, and he is going to read now. This was Prabhupada’s another famous pastime. A guest would come, he would quote a verse from Bhagavad-gita and then he would say, “Open the Bhagavad-gita and start reading.” Then he would ask us to read the whole verse and the purport and again speak on that. This way every darshan became a perpetual Srimad-Bhagavatam class. From four o’clock in the afternoon till nine o’clock or practically till he took rest, he would constantly speak. One evening I was alone on the roof with Srila Prabhupada, and we were talking about varnasrama. This was just after he gave the varnasrama talks in Vrindavan and he was telling me various things, similar things that he had discussed on the walk. Then he started talking about Gandhi. He said that Gandhi actually wanted to establish varnasrama throughout India. His plan that he had presented to Nehru and the others was that first every village should become self-sufficient in making their own clothes, food, etc., etc. But he said Sardar Patel and Nehru betrayed Gandhi and they went ahead with the British plan to introduce factories immediately, and he said because of that India has become spoiled. Had they set up the villages first the way Gandhi taught, he said then the spiritual progress of India would have remained intact. Then after that he was almost tearful and he said to me, “I loved Gandhi. He really wanted the best things for India.” I was just amazed that Prabhupada said that. So the next morning we went on a morning walk. Every morning Prabhupada would walk on the beach in Bombay. At different times, some of the Indian gentlemen, Life Members, etc., would join our party. When they would join the party, as is customary they would offer with folded palms pranam to Prabhupada, namaskar, and Prabhupada out of respect would do the same to them. So on the morning after this discussion with Srila Prabhupada, we took a much longer walk than usual – way down to the end of the beach. So when we got very far down the beach, and I was on his left-hand side, he turned to his left and he offered his pranam in a very deep and generous way. And when I looked there was no one there, but way up there was a statue of Gandhi under a gazebo. Prabhupada had walked to the end of the beach to offer a respect to Gandhi. Then we’re walking back and some of the Life Members come and join, and one of the Life Members brings up something about Gandhi. So they were saying Gandhi said this and that in the Gita and what did Prabhupada think. Prabhupada said, “Gandhi destroyed the Gita, Gandhi said this, Gandhi said that, he made all mistakes,” and then Prabhupada was going on and on, now criticizing Gandhi’s translation of the Gita and his different ideas and concepts, like that. Then after he finished saying all these things, he turned and he looked at me and he smiled. Many aristocratic people take their morning walks on Juhu Beach. One morning as we were approaching the end of the beach, some very poor and humble fisher ladies approached Srila Prabhupada and they very humbly joined their palms together and offered respects to Srila Prabhupada and said “Hare Krishna.” Srila Prabhupada commented that they are hundreds of times better than the rich people who don’t know how to respect a saintly person. Another time as we were walking back from Juhu Beach, Dr. Patel noticed the compound wall that Mr. Sethi had built around the property on Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. So Dr. Patel told Srila Prabhupada that “People are saying now you have a prison inside there.” Prabhupada paused for a moment and said, “No, the prison is outside. Inside is freedom.” I was walking with Prabhupada on the beach, and I wanted to impress Prabhupada. So I said, “Prabhupada, just look how all these people are mad after sense gratification,” and he turned to me and he said, “You brought the poison with you.” Which means that previously India was Krishna conscious and the Westerners brought the sense gratification of Western civilization to India, they brought the poison with them. When he passed that one particular tree, it had quite a lot of foliage on it; and that morning there were a lot of birds in that tree, and they were making racket like anything. It was very noisy to the extent that you couldn’t really hear what you were saying, it was very noisy. Then Prabhupada stopped and looked at the tree and pointed his cane towards the tree and he said, “They are discussing Krishna-katha.” We were all looking, “What?” And then Prabhupada turned around and he kept walking. And we were all…“Really?” Prabhupada was quite serious. Sometimes Srila Prabhupada would point to the seagulls or small birds that would walk just by the border of the ocean and he would say, “The huge ocean with such huge waves, at any moment the waves could drown the little birds. But still they dare to walk just at the tip of the water. Why?” Then Srila Prabhupada said, “Because the ocean is under the control of Krishna, and the birds know the ocean is under control. It cannot suddenly go out of its boundaries and drown them and, therefore, they dare to walk by the edge of the ocean.” “And we simply think how much we are obliged to Him for giving us protection in so many dangerous situations. My dear Uddhava, when we think of Krishna’s beautiful face and eyes and His different activities here in Vrindavan, we become so overwhelmed that all our activities cease. We simply think of Krishna, how He used to smile and how He looked upon us. When we go to the banks of the Yamuna and other lakes of Vrindavan or near Govardhan Hill or the pasturing field, we see that the impressions of Krishna’s footprints are still on the surface of the earth. We remember Him playing in those places because He was constantly visiting them.” Therefore, Mayavadi takes that this Krishna-lila is maya. They are surprised how God can be affectionate like this – He is nirvikara, He is without any attachment. They cannot understand this philosophy. : On one occasion, Srila Prabhupada was criticizing the Mayavadi philosophy, especially the philosophy of Vivekananda and Ramakrishna. Yatha math, tatha path: as many ways, so many conclusions. In this philosophy, it means that whomever you want to worship you can worship. Whoever your heart goes to you can worship, and you will attain the same supreme destination. Srila Prabhupada was extremely opposed to this conclusion. So whenever such idea came, he would put them down forcefully and call them rascals who believes in such nonsense philosophy. So one time one of the Dr. Patel’s friends, Mr. Shah, he started screaming, “Why you always criticize?! You always criticize so many different people!” So devotees were ready to push him away but Prabhupada said, “No, no, no, don’t do anything.” So for three or four minutes he kept criticizing, and we kept walking. Finally Prabhupada said, “What can we do? We have to train our disciples against all kinds of deviant philosophies. Therefore, sometimes we have to criticize. Krishna also criticizes in the Bhagavad-gita, na mam duskrtino mudhah, prapadyante naradhamah. Krishna also in this way criticizes people who do not surrender to Him. Therefore, we also have to do that,” Prabhupada would say. So then he kept quiet. It was about five minutes before we came to the temple, just at the corner of Gandhigram Road. So we all came back quietly. Prabhupada would not let any of us become upset with the man. Then as usual we came to the vyasasan and Guru-puja was going on. We were offering flowers. So this Mr. Shah also came to offer flowers. He offered flowers to Prabhupada’s lotus feet, then he put his head on Prabhupada’s feet and started crying like a little baby. He was just crying incessantly. He knew he had committed a great offense. Srila Prabhupada was so kind, he just put his hand on his head and said, “It’s OK, it’s OK.” So gradually cooled him down. After that, next day Prabhupada said, “We don’t want to talk because if Dr. Patel comes he will again argue. Let us instead read Krsna Book.” So this is how this Krsna Book reading started instead of the discussions. From the morning walk, Srila Prabhupada would come up to the temple. We’d open the curtains, he’d offer his respects to the Deities. We would then offer flowers to the Deities and flowers to Srila Prabhupada, and that would be our morning greeting of the Deities and Srila Prabhupada. On this particular morning when we came, Srila Prabhupada was asked to sit on the vyasasan. Then when he sat on the vyasasan, a full arati was offered to Srila Prabhupada and the prayer sri-guru-carana-padma was sung in glorification of Srila Prabhupada. We all went up and we all offered flowers to Prabhupada and offered our dandavats. Then after this puja was done to Srila Prabhupada, then Srila Prabhupada greeted the Deities and then we offered our respect to the Deities. This was the first official guru-puja. It happened around April of ’74, if I’m correct. From that point on, it spread to all the temples in the movement. I went back to Africa, and then I told them that this is now how we’re going to conduct the morning program. Similarly other devotees went back to other temples, and this became the standard by which we worshiped Srila Prabhupada and the greeting of the Deities in the morning. One evening we were having a very ecstatic kirtan. We were singing and singing and dancing and it was very, very ecstatic. So I was trying to keep to the schedule more or less so that he could give class afterwards, but the kirtan this night just became very, very…it was a wonderful kirtan. Then the conch shell blows and the arati is over. So I said, “OK, let me lead one more round, I’ll let one more round,” and it got ecstatic. I said, “Well, maybe one more round,” and it got really ecstatic. I said, “OK, this is it, we’re going to stop.” The devotees had finished responding, and I stopped the kirtan. I was in the process of bowing down and I heard the kartals still playing…ding ding ding ding ding ding…and I looked up and Prabhupada, he was still going at the same tempo and he was still in ecstasy. I came back up and started chanting again, and Prabhupada’s head was rocking side to side but we kept on singing. That was very, very wonderful. Then we went on past the time to start the class and everything. At that time, I waited for a signal from Prabhupada to stop. It wasn’t really he said “now stop,” but you could tell when he was finished, it was OK to stop. So I waited for a cue, a physical cue from his body. At that time, I became more attentive to his ecstasy as opposed to my ecstasy or our ecstasy. Always the kirtans after class. Every time Prabhupada finished a class he’d say, “Thank you very much.” Then the kirtan would start, and that was very special. The classes were so sweet and so nice and so fantastic that you felt like jumping up and down after Prabhupada gave the class. We just leapt up in the air in gratitude. We went wild. There I am, dancing in kirtan like crazy. Prabhupada would be noticing, looking at us. When we would see his appreciation on his face, we could read the appreciation, that would give us further boost and then higher we would jump. We were realizing this was giving him great pleasure. We were young and energetic and we thought that was the best use of our energy, just dance for Prabhupada’s pleasure. And, of course, Radha-Rasabehari were pleased. Great kirtans. That was an amazing place and amazing times. We were so fortunate being in Bombay. Dinanath was there and he was leading, and he would lead such a wonderful kirtan. Gargamuni had come from Calcutta with his tape recorder because he liked to make tapes to give to his Life Members. So Dinanath was going from one end of the temple to the other end of the temple and all the brahmacaris running back and forth with him doing an ecstatic kirtan, and Gargamuni was so funny chasing after him with his tape recorder and trying to keep it to his mouth and chasing this way and chasing…it was really a funny scene. And Prabhupada was sitting on the vyasasan laughing. Although Juhu had some opulent hotels, it was originally just a fishing village and there were many poor people who lived in the area; and their children would come to the evening programs and join the chanting and dancing and, of course, they would take prasad from Srila Prabhupada’s hand at the end of the arati. But Srila Prabhupada was concerned about them and he actually said that we should keep bins, one for clothing and one for food grains, and we should give the clothing to the poor children and give them prasad. In this way, Srila Prabhupada wanted to take care of them as young devotees of Krishna.

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