ISKCON 50: Meditations
by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
ISKCON 50 Meditations: November 1, 2015
So far, Prabhupada’s sole strategy had been to seek support from India. It was a plan that would ultimately fail, but Krishna had not as yet revealed that to him or showed him an alternative.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 31, 2015
Prabhupada’s mission was really not yet underway. He was confined to a windowless chamber in a hatha yoga studio and was not allowed to preach to Dr. Mishra’s students.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 30, 2015
Prabhupada assured Sumati Morarji that he had no ambition to become the proprietor of a house or temple in America; but for preaching, a building would be absolutely required:
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 29, 2015
Prabhupada did not judge beforehand who would serve Krishna’s mission and who would not. He was fully surrendered and fully dependant on Krishna. In obedience to his spiritual master he would approach everyone without discrimination to ask for help.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 28, 2015
Appropriately, Prabhupada had described himself as “a man not to be disappointed.” He was convinced that if there were a center where people could come hear from a pure devotee, the genuine God conscious culture of India could begin in America.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 27, 2015
You were alone in the city
where no one knew Krishna.
Only a backward boy came,
but Krishna in your heart
was your direct companion.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 26, 2015
Srila Prabhupada received a reply to his letter to Tirtha Maharaj in Calcutta. Prabhupada explained his hopes and plans for staying in America, but he stressed that his Godbrothers would have to give him their vote of confidence as well as some tangible support.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 25, 2015
Prabhupada wrote to his Godbrother Tirtha Maharaj, who had become president of the Gaudiya Math, to remind him that their spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, had a strong desire to open preaching centers in the Western countries.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 24, 2015
It was certainly true that Prabhupada’s real work was in the City, but what could he do there with no money and no support? He was thinking of staying only a few weeks and then going back to India.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 23, 2015
At Ananda Ashram, Prabhupada met an important contact in a young man named Harvey Cohen. In the future weeks, we will tell how Harvey played a crucial role in increasing Prabhupada’s followers and influencing his move downtown.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 22, 2015
At Ananda Ashram, Prabhupada would usually hold kirtanas with Dr. Mishra’s students joining him in the chanting and even dancing. Dr. Mishra was particularly fond of Prabhupada’s chanting.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 21, 2015
Every morning, several hours before dawn, Prabhupada would rise, take his bath, chant Hare Krishna on his beads and work at his translating.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 20, 2015
Prabhupada stressed the supremacy of the personal feature (or bhagavan), following the Vedic theistic philosophy that the most complete understanding of the Absolute Truth is personal.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 19, 2015
Dr. Mishra had been suffering from bad health when Srila Prabhupada came into his life, and Prabhupada’s arrival seemed the perfect medicine.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 18, 2015
It was a vision of ecstasy. He was so impressed, he told his girlfriend about it – later to become his wife and an initiated disciple of Prabhupada, Saudamini devi dasi.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 17, 2015
And why was he going to New York? He saw it as Krishna’s grace. As a pure devotee of Krishna, he wanted to be an instrument in distributing Krishna consciousness.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 16, 2015
Srila Prabhupada was nearing the end of his stay in Butler. It had been a pleasant introduction to America.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 15, 2015
On October 15th in Butler, Srila Prabhupada received a letter from Sumati Morarji in Bombay. She was the head of the Scindia Navigation Company and a devotee of Lord Krishna in the Vallabhacarya disciplic succession.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 14, 2015
Prabhupada was interested in the American ways and people, which he met for the first time in Butler, Pennsylvania.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 13, 2015
Prabhupada was not demanding in Butler. For himself, he kept his strict sadhana of chanting and hearing, his Bhagavatam writing, his vegetarian diet offered to Krishna. But he didn’t demand much from others.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 12, 2015
Prabhupada spent his autumn weeks peacefully and actively in Butler. He gave a number of one-time lectures in colleges and institutions and spoke every evening with guests at the Agarwal home.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 11, 2015
Although Prabhupada didn’t want to create waves, he asked if they could have open house meetings in the evenings. The Agarwals agreed, and every night Prabhupada spoke and answered questions from guests.
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 10, 2015
Over time Sally grew very fond of Prabhupada. “He was the most enjoyable man. I really felt like a sort of daughter to him. Even in such a short time... He enjoyed everything. I liked him. I thought he was tremendous.”
ISKCON 50 Meditations: October 9, 2015
By October 9th, Prabhupada was scheduled in his routine of residing at the YMCA and visiting the apartment of his sponsors, Gopal and Sally Agarwal in Butler, Pennsylvania. Every morning he would rise early at the Y and write on his Srimad-Bhagavatam translations and purports.