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Bring Bhagavan Dasa

Mahabuddhi : Once when I was Prabhupada's guard, Prabhupada had me doing something in his room when he asked me, "Where is Bhagavan?" I said, "I don't know, Srila Prabhupada." He said, "Bring me Bhagavan." I said, "Right now?" He said, "Yes, bring me Bhagavan." He was firm, and he looked at me with a look that said it was imperative for me to get Bhagavan.
 
I ran all over Mayapur, but Bhagavan wasn't on the temple grounds. I asked, "Has anyone seen Bhagavan?" Someone said, "I think he went to the Ganga." I thought, "Should I go back and ask Prabhupada if he wants me to go all the way to the Ganga? But my instruction was to get Bhagavan and bring him there." So I ran out the gates, through the fields, all the way to the Ganga.
 
Bhagavan was giving a class to about fifty devotees. I didn't beat around the bush but went to him and said, "Haribol prabhu, please excuse me but Srila Prabhupada wants to see you right now." I wasn't bashful or embarrassed, because Prabhupada wanted something. Bhagavan said, "I'll finish here and then go." I said, "Sorry, prabhu, but Prabhupada wants to see you right now." He looked at me as if to say, "I said I'm just coming." Then I got more emphatic, "You don't seem to understand. Prabhupada wants you right now. Get your stuff and let's go."
 
Bhagavan had never seen such arrogance in a brahmachari, but somehow he felt my purpose. I practically grabbed him. When we were returning Bhagavan was a little slow, so I ran straight to Prabhupada's room. Prabhupada looked as if he hadn't broken his glance from when I left. As soon as I came in he looked at me as if he were waiting for a report.
 
I said, "I have brought him, Srila Prabhupada. He was at the Ganga." Prabhupada said, "Very good." I felt like a great weight had come off me. Prabhupada was unabashed, and as his disciples we have to follow his instructions unabashedly. That's our very life and soul. We have no idea what Krishna consciousness is about. None of us understand who Krishna is or what devotional service or sankirtan or prasadam is. We understand none of these things.
 
All we have is Prabhupada's instructions to us. If we disobey or do not follow his instructions we are nowhere. Even such a simple instruction as "Get Bhagavan," that has no why or what for but was so emphatically said, we better do it, and we better do it right and now. My mind was so determined to get Bhagavan that I would have literally carried him to Srila Prabhupada. Bhagavan could not have done anything but gone to Srila Prabhupada.


Reference: Memories Anecdotes of a Modern Day Saint - Volume 2 by Siddhanta Dasa