We are the same age
We went in at 2 p.m. while TKG read Prabhupada his mail. Vegavan dasa wrote from Sweden saying that Srila Prabhupada's illness and his relation to it as his disciple was confusing, but he knew he should stop all sinful acts and thoughts and engage 100% in your service. Srila Prabhupada nodded and verbally confirmed that this was a right attitude.
Hearing a letter from South America that devotees were praying for him, he said, I think I will have to stay. Krishna is very kind. He's bhakta-vatsala. So many devotees are praying. It cannot be frustrated. I think this is why I'm feeling inspiration to go out. In this condition, anyone else would prepare for death and I'm going on tour.
I don't think of it as sentiment, he said. Krishna is actually present as the Krishna consciousness movement. I'm not without Vrndavana wherever I go to our temples. (He gave permission for the Swedish temple to be called New Radha-kunda; it has two lakes.)
Pancadravida Swami wrote that he would exchange his youth for Srila Prabhupada's old age. We are the same age, Srila Prabhupada said. Body has nothing to do with atma. In Vaikuntha world we are all the same age. New life, new boys, nava-yauvana. Outward dress doesn't affect.
He replied to Pancadravida's letter: May Krishna give you a long life to preach Krishna consciousness. You are our future hope.
On hearing that the authorities in Mexico gave us permission to hold Ratha-yatra: Mlecchas and yavanas are giving all obstruction. Here they have (however) given all facility. How Krishna is kind.
He gave permission for putting his murti on the Ratha cart and a full-size murti of him on a vyasasana, while another may be put on the altar. It can be treated as we treat his picture.
Vaikuntha spirit even in the dirt he finds divine spirit.
Reference: ISKCON in the 1970s
Author: Satsvarupa Das Goswami