Tranakarta: Prabhupada was so kind and merciful that just his glance took away my anxiety. Prabhupada first came to Chicago in 1974 and then returned in 1975. While he was away, I learned to play the mridanga from tapes. I got pretty good and when he came again I wanted to play in the kirtan for his pleasure. But when I grabbed my mridanga, the big devotees who were leading the kirtan said, "No, no, no, you can't play." I was hurt. I made my way back to the vyasasana because I was the kshatriya of the temple and I was supposed to be close to Prabhupada. When I got up to the vyasasana, Srila Prabhupada was looking at me and he gave me a big smile. He knew. He gave me his mercy and took away all my bad feelings.
Reference:Memories Anecdotes of a Modern Day Saint - Volume 3 by Siddhanta Dasa