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Balavanta Dasa : When devotees did a play on Chaitanya lila, Prabhupada made it clear how much pleasure it gave him. He told us that when he was young he had been in a Chaitanya lila play. He and the other actors rehearsed for a long time, and when they finally performed it by the end of the play everyone in the audience was crying. Prabhupada said, "I did not know why they were crying." We put on the play of Lord Chaitanya and the Kazi. Prabhupada laughed and even interrupted the play to make statements. When one of the brahmans said, "If we give the holy name to the common people, it will be expanded." Prabhupada said, "It is already expanded. It cannot be stopped." We had a clay mridanga that was broken beyond repair, so we covered it with plaster of paris, and when the Kazi's men came to stop the kirtan, one of them picked up this mridanga and threw it on the ground. Prabhupada's eyes got big. It was a great offense. I was near the vyasasana, and I whispered to Prabhupada, "It was already broken, Prabhupada." I don't think that placated him too much. He didn't get angry, but we would never do that again.
Reference: Memories-Anecdotes of a Modern-Day Saint by Siddhanta Dasa