Visakha Devi: During Kartika of 1972, Yamuna Devi was cooking for Srila Prabhupada at this time, expertly making traditional dishes. One day, after Yamuna served Prabhupada his luncheon repast, she asked him if I could photograph him honoring prasadam, and he kindly agreed. I silently entered his dining area, a small, simple space that adjoined the kitchen, and made photographs of Srila Prabhupada meditatively honoring this luncheon that had been so lovingly and exquisitely prepared by his beloved disciple.
It's an historic scene, as this is one of Srila Prabhupada's two original rooms at the Radha-Damodara temple. It was at this same spot where, in the years before he'd come to America, Srila Prabhupada had looked out the same latticed window at the meeting place of the Six Goswamis of Vrindavana. Deeply contemplating the Goswamis' profound realizations and his own spiritual master's directive to him to bring Krishna consciousness to the English-speaking people of the world, Prabhupada had prepared to come West.