I have no difficulties. You have difficulties.
Prabhupada was traveling alone when he arrived in Chicago on a morning flight from Montreal. Inside the busy terminal building of O'Hare Airport, people rushed down the corridors or looked anxiously at the airport television screens overhead to find the right gate. Prabhupada was to immediately catch a connecting flight to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Prabhupada checked the overhead television screens for his flight's gate number and made his way down the crowded corridor. The rush and congestion made stopping even for a moment hazardous. As Prabhupada headed down the long corridor, passersby eyed him curiously. He came to a flight of stairs and started quickly down them, moving with the crowd. Suddenly he tripped and lost his balance. He dropped his bag and fell down several stairs. He didn't get up. His hand was cut, and he felt pain in several places. Then a gentleman came, helped him stand, and handed him his bag. The stream of passengers continued to rush past while the gentleman waited, asking Prabhupada if he was all right. Prabhupada thanked the man and said that he would be able to proceed by himself.
On the plane for Santa Fe, Prabhupada looked at his hand. The cut had bled a little but had now stopped, and he saw a bruise appearing.
When Prabhupada arrived at the Montreal airport, a reporter had asked him, "Swami, in the course of your travels, what difficulties do you encounter?" And Prabhupada had replied, "I have no difficulties. You have difficulties."
And it was a fact. Prabhupada was simply depending on Krishna, and so he had no problems. That had also been Prahlada Maharaja's prayer: "O best of the great personalities, I am not at all afraid of material existence, for wherever I stay I am fully absorbed in thoughts of Your glories and activities. My concern is only for the fools and rascals who are making elaborate plans for material happiness and maintaining their families, societies and countries. I am simply concerned with love for them."
The reporter, however, had only written something foolish: "Hush-Puppied High Priest." A television news team, with cameras and lights, had come to the Seattle temple to interview Prabhupada, and that night part of the interview had been televised. It had been favorable coverage. A Christian minister, however, a Mr. Miller from the University of Washington, had written in protest of Prabhupada's preaching at the University. But Prabhupada had replied that the Church had failed to satisfy so many boys and girls. So if some of them were following him and giving up sinful life, why should the Christians protest? They should be glad.
Reference: Prabhupada Lila
Author: Satsvarupa Das Goswami