There are awkward moments in spiritual life, especially in the beginning. One is hesitant to chant or dance or to accept the "Indian God." And yet we are drawn to Krishna consciousness. In one of his
Srila Prabhupada was also taking a risk by accepting us as disciples. He honored our vows and depended on Krishna, expecting us to carry out our obligations. Srila Prabhupada's coming to America was i
I don't know much, but I was with the Swami. He led the chanting and we sang with him. He talked and we heard. We went home and thought over what he said. "The Swami is self-realized. In the First Can
One of the boys was reading something to Swamiji from the Bible. The passage referred to a prophet's lineage with worship and respect for the forefathers. When the person was described (let us say his
He said, "You can eat again. You can love. Your life now is a sham, but you will taste transcendental happiness in eternal life." Prabhupada said, "Krishna consciousness is not an artificial impositi
Balai dasi: I was very late for my wedding. Srila Prabhupada was going to marry Advaita and I that day, and I walked in and I had my hair down, which I didn't know you weren't supposed to do.
Kirtanananda das: Hayagriva first ran into Prabhupada on the street on Bowery, and Prabhupada invited him to come and attend his class that he was holding at 26 2nd Avenue. So he came back to the apar
Madhusudana : One thing that really impressed me was when Prabhupada got a stroke early on and not too long after I joined in 1967. He was in the hospital in Manhattan and the devotees just didn't kno
Daivi-sakti dasi : We were invited to go on a morning walk with Prabhupada, Mahara and myself, because we were the top book distributors amongst the ladies. So we got to go to the Brooklyn Botanical G
Question, paragraph two answer: Sukaracharya, as spiritual master of Bali, taught him that everything should be offered to Vishnu. But when Vishnu actually appeared before Bali, Sukaracharya was afrai
Jayadvaita Swami: One time I was on a walk with Prabhupada in Brooklyn, and it was one of those walks where Prabhupada would drive to his destination and then walk and then come back. As we were comin
Some devotees like the notes I keep on Swamiji's lectures. They are an exercise to help me remember and understand Krishna consciousness. Unless you hear from a pure devotee, you cannot know Krishna.
I think of Prabhupada in his worship room at 26 Second Avenue. We would go in there, especially before the kirtanas in the temple, and do whatever Swamiji did as he sat before the little coffee table.
There were many potentially awkward moments for Srila Prabhupada as he began conducting his movement in America. When wild people came into the storefront and played musical instruments, Prabhupada ha
Brahmananda das: The first dancing was in Tompkins Square Park, myself and Achyutananda. Prabhupada introduced this style of kirtan, which is very meditative. When Prabhupada sang in the park, that fi
I am talking about a ?66 kirtana. I am yearning to be within that circle again. I know about vani. I know about the Bhaktivedanta purports. I know about his urgent mission in the here and now. But I a
One time, when I was sitting inside the storefront, I overheard two guys who stopped to read Swamiji's sign in the window. One of them read aloud: "Classes in Bhagavad-gita?Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
I had a conversation with Raya Rama just before my initiation by Prabhupada. I said, "How can I know for sure that I'll be able to follow all these regulations?" Raya Rama said, "Say it's a gamble. S
In 1966, Acyutanandadasa's mother wrote a paper for a New York University psychology course describing the relationship of Prabhupada and his disciples. Her theory was that the young boys who had join
some parents believe in "indulging" their children up to the age of five, because Srila Prabhupada said something to this effect. Or devotee-parents will say that Srila Prabhupada's father sent him to
Devamrita Swami: I had just graduated from Yale University. I had been living in the temple for three weeks but I was always afraid that my ex-fiancie, who I had just ended the engagement a few weeks
He was going to San Francisco only for two or three weeks and then would return to New York. I hope he would return strong and well. Time passed and Srila Prabhupada returned to New York. He was somew
The Swami is jolly and talking about Krishna. Everybody asks him questions, and he keeps telling you?all these completely new words come out, brahmana, Krishna, chanting, karma, yoga. You can't quite
In the evening the devotees showed Prabhupada a film of last week's Philadelphia Ratha-yatra which Prabhupada enjoyed. Tamal Krishna detailed some of the plans for tomorrow's New York Ratha-yatra. Hu
Damodar das: When Srila Prabhupada first settled into 26 2nd Avenue, he put a sign on the door saying any young man who wants to follow these rules and regulations can stay here and learn from me. Tha
Summer 1966: Don't reject the wisps of the past. I once met Swamiji alone on the street, going to his apartment. I was so new he called me "Steve." Up the stairs. He gets his key out Opens the door a
Once I crossed over the line between guest and disciple, there were still awkward moments. One night, before I was initiated, I was hanging out in the storefront with a few of Prabhupada's followers.
Kirtanananda Swami accompanied Srila Prabhupada in the car on the way to this morning's walk. Kirtanananda Maharaja talked about Lord Krishna's daily gift in charity of over thirteen thousand opulentl