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March 3, 1975 : Dallas

Vaiyasaki: After spending three days in Atlanta, Prabhupada and his entourage proceed to the Dallas yatra for a brief visit.

Most Dallas devotees drive to the airport to greet His Divine Grace. For the new devotees who are seeing Srila Prabhupada for the first time he appears much smaller in stature than they would have expected.

Gopal Acharya: At the airport, Prabhupada was sort of gliding along and he looked light and petite. Compared to the picture I painted in my mind of a giant authoritarian, I thought he had a humble look to him. Everyone was making a big deal and there was a lot of fanfare. All the attention was on him and he seemed shy. He wasn't elated and he wasn't grave, but he seemed to be quite modest and that really impressed me. These thoughts occurred to me while watching him at the airport; he's humble, he's modest, he doesn't really like all this attention, but at the same time he knows how to handle it.


Reference: Radha-Damodara Vilasa II - Vaiyasaki dasa