Srila Prabhupada was surprised and pleased to receive Yamuna dasi today
Srila Prabhupada was surprised and pleased to receive Yamuna dasi today. She arrived from America just as he was taking his lunch. Normally he doesn't receive guests while eating, but he immediately invited her to sit with him and offered her a small plate of his prasadam. After eating, they sat together in his darsana room and chatted. She showed him photos of their asrama in Southern Oregon and their worshipable Deities, Sri Sri Radha Vanabehari.
Yamuna has come to ask for Srila Prabhupada's formal blessings and approval to write a cookbook, something he suggested to her in 1967 but which she didn't feel competent to do until now, although she has previously written and calligraphed a book entitled Krishna Prasadam but this has not been published. She told him that she intends to remain in Vrindavana for about a week and then go to Calcutta to stay with Mr. C.L. Bajoria, one of our prominent life members. Mr. Bajoria has a first-class cook with whom Yamuna has studied, and she wants to learn more from him about Bengali cooking. She is also planning further research and interviews with Pishima, Prabhupada's sister.
Srila Prabhupada was most happy with her proposal and gave her his full encouragement.
Prabhupada is following the same basic schedule as he did during September, occasionally meeting people in the day and at 6 P.M. holding darsana in the temple courtyard under the tamal tree. Then he retires to chant peacefully in his back garden until he takes rest.
The weather has changed noticeably in the two weeks we have been away, and Prabhupada caught a slight cold last night up on the roof, so this evening he had me prepare his bed with a quilt in the downstairs back bedroom and took his rest there.
Reference: Transcendental Diary Volume 5
Author: Hari Sauri Dasa