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March 16, 1976 : Mayapur

Hari Sauri : Prabhupada's attentiveness to every detail is nothing short of amazing. As soon as he came out into the cool morning air on the roof top, he noted a lota that was standing next to the freshly watered Tulasi plants. None of us thought anything of it, but vexation immediately crossed Prabhupada's face. He asked one of the devotees to check if there was a lota in the toilet room.

"No, Srila Prabhupada," was the reply.

Prabhupada shook his head. He recognized it as one he has been using. "See how aparadhi, offender. They have used that lota for watering. Great offender. This is going on, mlecchas and yavanas." The thought of using a contaminated receptacle to water Srimati Tulasi Devi was abominable to him, and he warned us to see that it does not happen again in the future. "One who has used that, he has no sense how to water the Tulasi plant. He should be instructed, 'You never use that toilet lota.'"

It was yet another indication of our lack of Krishna consciousness. Obviously some of us still think of Tulasi Devi as a mere plant, but Prabhupada is fully conscious of her exalted position.


Reference: A Transcendental Diary Volume 1 - Hari Sauri Dasa