[srilaprabhupadanectar]   5 Posts  Remembering Srila Prabhupada – Last darshan. – From “Following Srila Prabhupada – Rememberances” ISKCON Cinema. Post : 1  Last darshan.  Post : 2  compassion for his disciples.  Post : 3.  What do you know about mercy?   Post.: 4.  Arrival.   Post : 5.  Srila Prabhupada’s glory


[srilaprabhupadanectar]   5 Posts  Remembering Srila Prabhupada – Last darshan.
– From “Following Srila Prabhupada – Rememberances” ISKCON Cinema.
Post : 1  Last darshan.  Post : 2  compassion for his disciples.  Post : 3.  What do you know about mercy?   Post.: 4.  Arrival.   Post : 5.  Srila Prabhupada’s glory


Post : 1.  Last darshan.

Smriti Warrier: I didn’t get chastised, I didn’t get reprimanded for anything, he was always very kind to me. I think that’s what helped me love him more and do things more. And the time that he got sick and he came to Bombay, they wouldn’t let you go into his quarters. I was not used to that. I was used to walk in any time. I remember Tamal Krishna came in and he looked at me and I said, “They won’t let me go in and see Prabhupada.” Then he said, “He’s taking rest.” I said, “But I want to see him. He’s been here for so many days, I haven’t been able to see him.” So then he said, “You be very quiet, just go in and come out.” I remember going in there and Prabhupada was sleeping, and I just stood there for a few moments. I remember just standing there and looking at him. He was just laying there, and you didn’t see him feeling the pain. He was telling us he was very sick and his stomach hurt, but you didn’t see that. You saw him very calm and peaceful. And I just grabbed his feet and I ran. I don’t know if I woke him up or not, but I remember that I just grabbed his feet and I ran out. And that was the last time I saw Prabhupada.

– From “Following Srila Prabhupada – Rememberances” ISKCON Cinema.

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[srilaprabhupadanectar] Remembering Srila Prabhupada – compassion for his disciples.
– From “Following Srila Prabhupada – Rememberances” ISKCON Cinema.

Post : 2.  compassion for his disciples.

May 1977:
RISHIKESH, INDIA – Arrival, Cooking

Bhakti Caru Swami: When we arrived in Rishikesh, one of the first things Prabhupada wanted was to drink some water. So somebody gave him some water from the tap and Prabhupada said, “Did I come to Rishikesh to drink tap water?” So I just ran down to the river and got some water from the Ganges, and Prabhupada was very pleased to drink that straight from the river. Those days I was a brahmacari, I just got initiated a couple of months ago, and Prabhupada was very restful there. We were just a handful of devotees. One day I was cooking, and Prabhupada decided to teach us how to cook. He first asked me to cut the vegetables, and then he showed also how to cook basmati rice. The rice was just mixed with ghee, and Prabhupada told me not to even wash the rice, and then put it on the fire. And when the rice was cooked, every single grain was separate. And Prabhupada showed how to make the chapattis. One day was Ekadasi, and somehow we were not careful and we broke the Ekadasi. We took some grain for breakfast, and then we realized that it was Ekadasi. So I went and told Prabhupada. Prabhupada’s immediate reaction was “So, what can be done? You broke it, you took the grain.” But then he got very annoyed. He said, “Then what’s the point in having a pandit with us if he can’t even tell us when is the Ekadasi?” And Prabhupada said then observe the Ekadasi the next day. Although he didn’t break the fast, but Prabhupada that day also took grains with us. That shows his compassion for his disciples.

– From “Following Srila Prabhupada – Rememberances” ISKCON Cinema.
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[srilaprabhupadanectar] Remembering Srila Prabhupada – What do you know about mercy.        – From “Following Srila Prabhupada – Rememberances” ISKCON Cinema.


Post : 3.  What do you know about mercy?

Tamal Krishna Goswami: In Rishikesh, Prabhupada was lecturing there, every evening giving a class. The famous Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was also in Rishikesh at the time, and many of his teachers were coming to attend Prabhupada’s lectures. So at that point, Maharishi sent a note to Prabhupada saying that “Swamiji, I have heard that you are quite ill. Perhaps you should not exert yourself so much. Better not to lecture in the evenings.” Because he felt worried that so many of his teachers were listening to Prabhupada. One European lady was there, a very sweet lady, and she asked Prabhupada, “It’s very nice what you are preaching, but what are you doing for the suffering of the people of the world?” And you would think that Prabhupada would be very sensitive to her being an elderly European lady. Well, Prabhupada, he just exploded. He said, “What do you know about mercy? What do you understand about compassion? It is simply sentiment.” He said that “Your idea of giving some sort of relief to people’s suffering is like blowing air on a boil that’s full of pus. The kind act you can do for such a person is to cut it. So mercy means to cut through the ignorance that the persons are under, and our preaching is based on this understanding that ignorance causes suffering and that to enlighten people is the way to free them from ignorance.”

Bhakti Caru Swami: So everything was very wonderful in Rishikesh, and Prabhupada was very restful and we were having a wonderful time. Then all of a sudden one day there was this huge storm, and it looked so ominous. It was not only heavy rain but there was a storm, and the storm made some electric poles topple over in some place and electric supply got disrupted. And it became very cold also – cold, rainy and wind. And it was very eerie, ominous. In those days, I used to attend Srila Prabhupada from twelve to two. And it was around one o’clock Prabhupada just called me and he told me that “The time has come for me to die, and I want to die in Vrindavan. So make arrangements to take me to Vrindavan.” And it was such a shock as if it was a bolt from the blue. So that night only we packed everything up, and we decided to leave the next morning.

– From “Following Srila Prabhupada – Rememberances” ISKCON Cinema.

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[srilaprabhupadanectar] Remembering Srila Prabhupada – Arrival.
– From “Following Srila Prabhupada – Rememberances” ISKCON Cinema.

Post.: 4.  Arrival.

May – August 1977:
Arrival, Translation

Bhakti Caru Swami: When Prabhupada arrived, the devotees were so happy. And when Prabhupada went to his room, all the devotees came in and there Prabhupada broke the news why he came. And I remember in a flash of a moment their ecstasy was transformed into agony, they all started to cry. And understanding their feelings, Srila Prabhupada then started to console the devotees by explaining about the futility of our material existence. He quoted the verse dehino’smin yatha dehe, that it is just a matter of transmigrating from one body to another. Prabhupada called me when all the devotees left and he told me, “From now on, don’t cook for me. Don’t force me to eat anything.” He said, “What’s the use of eating when there is no appetite?” And I felt that Prabhupada is actually stopping to eat and drink like Pariksit Maharaj preparing to leave his body.

Rajendranandana das: Our gurukula wasn’t finished at that time, and we had rooms in the guesthouse on the third floor, top floor. I would go onto the roof of the guesthouse, and you could overlook onto the roof of Srila Prabhupada’s house. And in the evening they would set up a mosquito net for him and a lamp on his desk, and you could hear Prabhupada push the button, “click,” of his Dictaphone and then translate. And he would do that night after night. Who knows how late Srila Prabhupada would stay up translating even in his poor health. So it was very assuring to hear Srila Prabhupada in the still of Vrindavan in the night where you would hear a bell from some ashram ringing the time out or you would hear a peacock call. But in the stillness of the night, you would hear Srila Prabhupada translating his Bhagavatam for us and for the world.

– From “Following Srila Prabhupada – Rememberances” ISKCON Cinema.

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[srilaprabhupadanectar] Remembering Srila Prabhupada – Srila Prabhupada’s glory.
– From “Following Srila Prabhupada – Rememberances” ISKCON Cinema.

Post : 5.  Srila Prabhupada’s glory

Sarvamangala dasi: I went to Vrindavan and I was given the service of being Prabhupada’s secretary, and I got this room that overlooked Prabhupada’s roof. I had a bird’s-eye view from my little office. It was great. I remember looking out one time and there was a huge wind blowing, they call it the Loo, that bad wind. It’s really unhealthy and everybody goes indoors and buttons up their shutters, and Prabhupada just stayed outside translating. He kept trying the mike and putting it down and waiting for the wind to go down a bit, but he just had his chadar on even when it didn’t go and he just kept on translating.

Mokshalakshmi dasi: The most dramatic thing I remember of that period is when Srila Prabhupada left for London. He left at midnight. So all the devotees stayed up to say goodbye to Prabhupada because he was going off to the West to preach. As the car pulled off, it suddenly stopped; and it stopped in such a position that I was looking down at Srila Prabhupada and Prabhupada was looking up at me. He was on..at least one guesthouse mattress had been placed in the back of the Ambassador car, and he was lying on it. And I’ll never forget looking down at Prabhupada and Prabhupada looking at me because obviously his body was flesh and bones, but there he was going off to London to preach. And I was so shocked because he didn’t look like he should be going anywhere, but still his determination to preach and to please his devotees was far bigger than his desire to look after his own body. And that picture of Prabhupada has stayed in my mind all these years, Prabhupada’s determination.

Turya das: I remember standing in the alleyway there watching Prabhupada drive away. And when Prabhupada’s lights were no longer seen, I was reflecting about how Srila Prabhupada’s life’s energy was simply utilized for the purpose of helping others, benefiting others. It was not ever selfishly used but it was selflessly used, and this was Srila Prabhupada’s glory.

– From “Following Srila Prabhupada – Rememberances” ISKCON Cinema

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