Revisions of Srila Prabhupada quotes out of the writings of Satsvarupa dasa Gosvami about his travels…
The idea is to point out some of the most intriguing things Srila Prabhupada said then shed some light on his concepts.
One thing swamiji pointed out is “It is our action that counts, we each have a free will, we can choose to follow our spiritual master or not…” It is best to relate to his teachings or writings to guide us on the right path. A true Guru Maharaj replies as a humble servant to his deciple when given the right level of respect in reciprocation to his student.
Some devotees just fade out so Srila Prabhupada often said “come back to the temple, all problems aside, we will take care of things just come back or else…”
Satsvarupa once said “this means more important of all, that I have to keep more than ever unto death the strict practice of Krishna conscious principles and following Srila Prabhupada and preaching in ISKCON”
Srila Prabhupada said “this is the best part of the morning for spiritual life…” on his morning walk on Waikiki Beach before the sun was up. The surfers were in the water. Prabhupada remarked that it was almost suffering for the surfers to get out in the water at that time of the morning. For me on mornings when I got out in the surf I found great contentment. If we feel as though we are one with the ocean or the elements we will struggle through whatever it takes to get out there. Sometimes it means we have to fight through breakers to get out far enough to find our center or just sort of chill out on the board until the right wave comes along. I doubt there is a better thrill than surfing out of a crest as the sun is rising over the horizon. Sometimes it even felt great to just paddle along in light waves at sun up. Srila Prabupada is right it is almost suffering at times if the water is cold. It is out there in the surf where we find our zen so whatever we go through to get it we will.
Srila Prabhupada said similar things to John Lennon as he did in his talks with Allen Ginsberg…
“Hare Krishna” said George
swamiji smiled “this is Krishna’s blessing”
“Hare Krishna,” George replied again
Prabhupada said “whatever leading persons act, people in general will follow them”
When swamiji asked John Lennon what philosophical veiws he was following, Lennon responded “following?” we still have to keep sifting through, like sifting through sand…”
Allen Ginsberg commented that Bhaktivedanta seemed to have no friends in America, that he was alone, and gone, somewhat like a lone hippie to the nearest refuge, the place where it was cheap enough to rent. There were several people gathering around sitting in lotus on the floor. Allen described them as Lower East Side hippies who had wandered in off the street being somewhat curious also full of inquisitiveness, and respect for spiritual presentation of some kind. Ginsberg said the hippies looked like street sadhus in India who were refugees the from middle class. Allen liked the idea that in his words “Swami Bhaktivedanta had chosen the Lower East Side of New York for his pracitice. He had gone to lower depths. He had gone to a spot more like the side streets of Calcutta.”
“I was astounded that he came with the chanting, because it seemed like a reinforcement from India.” said Allen about the kirtana…
Satsvarupa said Prabhupada quoted a passage from the Bhagavad Gita where Krishna said that whatever a great man does, others will follow, requesting Allen to continue chanting Hare Krishna so that others would follow his example. Allen said he did not take Swami Bhaktivedanta for granted questioning his own level of respect mentioning that his teaching was good to make him question that.
Allen said “The main thing, above all of our differences, was an aroma of sweetness that he had, a personal selfless sweetness like total devotion, and that was what conquered me, whatever intellectual questions of doubts I had, in his presence there was a kind of personal charm, coming from dedication, that conquered all our conflicts.”