Srila Prabhupada so independent
TKG, Sruta-kirti, and I arrived on the roof where Srila Prabhupada was lying on his back on his cot, wearing sunglasses. TKG said, I have good news. Srila Prabhupada said, Bring me good news and give me life. Abhirama had obtained Srila Prabhupada's passport in Delhi, which meant he could now travel to London. Srila Prabhupada was so ecstatic he began applauding, clapping his two hands and crying out. Abhirama had also consulted the astrologer, who reported that for Srila Prabhupada to travel West would be good. He should travel on the 29th and it would be good for him. Srila Prabhupada was extremely pleased to hear this good news and he seemed to take on new life. He began speaking a history of all his preaching in the West.
He said, I have thousands of fathers in my disciples. Who can take better care of one than his father? An affectionate father. All you boys and girls are so affectionate. It is Krishna's mercy. When you were born and when I was born no one knew each other. By Krishna's arrangement we are now tied up. You are all praying for my life, and I am praying to live (for you).
He began to think ahead to London, living it as he spoke. He asked Sruta-kirti if he was there last time with me. He recalled the Radha-Krishna Deities in London. An innocent boy, he said about the Krishna Deity. TKG reminded him how they had obtained Him. They were about to open the temple and had no Deity. He was going to use his small Deities. It was unexpected. We were in a hopeless condition. Krishna said, ?Here, accept.' He thought of the lawn in front of his room. He said now that Gaurasundara and Madhudvisa had come, these are good signs. Mistake there may be, but it can be rectified. At the same time, be very careful not to commit mistakes. (As he spoke, at first his voice was tiny and weak, but it grew in strength).
Krishna never forgets a person who does a little service, he quoted from Caitanya-caritamrta. Even if there is some mistake. Kaunteya pratijanihi a little service, He'll never forget. TKG said, You also never forget. Srila Prabhupada said, How can I forget? You have all helped me execute the mission of Lord Caitanya and my Guru Maharaja. I always pray to Krishna to give you. I am insignificant, I can't. But I pray to Krishna to give you.
After installing the Deities in Australia, he said, I thought these mlecchas and yavanas, what will they do? But the next time I went there I saw.
Try to do everything nicely and Krishna will help. Whatever I've done (has been on this principle), whatever my Guru Maharaja said, I repeat to the best of my capacity. Especially in L.A. and N.Y., I feel at home in N.Y. In N.Y. I began.
Improved situation as Balavanta reached Calcutta by phone and learned that Abhirama was on the way with Prabhupada's passport, visa, and letter from the Consul granting permission for extension of his green card. Now Srila Prabhupada can leave at once. He called me in to re-emphasize that he doesn't even want to wait a full week until the 29th. We cannot communicate this to TKG who is in Delhi, due to the impossible phone system. We think there will be a delay of three or more days to get clearance out of the country for TKG and Upendra, Srila Prabhupada's secretary and servant. We suggested that Srila Prabhupada could travel to London only with Sruta-kirti, who can leave at once. Srila Prabhupada immediately approved that. He said he was prepared to go that very instant, as he sat on his bed, ready to go off to London. It was refreshing to see Srila Prabhupada so independent. He said, Yes, Sruta-kirti is my old servant. He knows all details, as does Upendra, or any one of you. Jaya Srila Prabhupada. Krishna is keeping him alive, and all the prayers of His loving devotees are influential. Srila Prabhupada's own expressed desire is to go to the West until he can complete the Srimad-Bhagavatam. It is a great, exciting, transcendental drama how Srila Prabhupada is going beyond the considerations of his weak health, and by sheer spiritual power and prayers is maintaining strength.
All glories to the Vaisnavas, he said again today when we entered the room to read him his mail.
Reference: ISKCON in the 1970s
Author: Satsvarupa Das Goswami