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Srila Prabhupada with devotees in Vrindavan, 1971.

Patita Pavana Dasa: This is in 1971, Vrindavan. In photo, Shyamasundar behind the column, and behind Srila Prabhupada is Rishi Kumar looks like. Way before Krishna-Balarama was built. Maybe the land was just acquired at best. Rohini Nandana Dasa in left. Ksirodakayee Vishnu on right with the glasses, seated, was initiated along with his entire family. He was from London and Prabhupada gave him lots of loving attention. His son Chaturbhuj. They are all Prabhupada loyalists. Looks like Subal on Srila Prabhupada's left.

Reference: Facebook post of Patita Pavana Dasa

'Gopal Krishna' painting is very pleasing to Prabhupada

Gargamuni Dasa: In 1967-68, Srila Prabhupada imported from S.S. Brijbasi and sons from India, religious posters which I used to sell to the ''hippy shops'' in San Francisco. Srila Prabhupada particularly pointed out the poster entitled 'Gopal Krishna' as very pleasing to him. Srila Prabhupada remarked what kind of pious activity and austerities did this simple calf performed to have the chance to rub its body against the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna's body. Of course I never thought of that looking at the poster, but I was astounded by Srila Prabhupada's explanation.

Reference: Facebook post of Gargamuni Dasa

Srila Prabhupada's second visit to Mexico temple

R.G. Bhakti Prapanna Parvata Maharaja (Rama Govinda Dasa): On February 1975, Srila Prabhupada visited Mexico temple for the second time. Srila Prabhupada coming down from the plane followed by his personal servant and secretaries and is greeted by Sriman Radha Krsna Dasa, head of the translation department, as he offers a fresh garland around Srila Prabhupada's neck.

Reference: The Prabhupada Connection

Original hand-written letter by Srila Prabhupada

Gargamuni: This original hand-written letter by Srila Prabhupada was from July 24, 1967 when Srila Prabhupada arrived in London on his way back to Vrindaban because of heart-stroke in May 25, 1967. We did not know whether Srila Prabhupada would return or not, all the devotees were also heart-stricken and I am heart-stricken just remembering this lila!!

Reference: Facebook Post of Gargamuni Dasa

Srila Prabhupada blessed ISKCON-Geneva

Sarvani Dasi: ISKCON-Geneva located at 9 Chemin Du Crédo. We were blessed by Srila Prabhupada's presence from May 30, 1974 to June 8, 1974. In photo, Ali Krishna Devi Dasi standing to the right of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, offering pranams. Other devotees in the photo are: Sankasa Dasa, Jagath-kirti Devi Dasi, Yavanaha Dasa, Dvijavara Dasa, Srila Prabhupada, Indradyumna Swami, Pustha Krishna Dasa and Guru Gauranga Dasa at Geneva June 1974.


Reference: Facebook post of Sarvani Dasi

A meeting went sadly wrong

Riddha Dasa: Early that morning on October 8th, 1975, at the University of Durban-Westville, a meeting went sadly wrong - but not for Srila Prabhupada. The head of the Department of Religion, Professor Oosthuizen, had arranged for the leader of the Arya-Samaj from India to be present without informing us.

Srila Prabhupada was not pleased when he found out that he was to be sharing his time alongside a tea-drinking mayavadi (an impersonalist philosopher who thinks God is formless and himself equal to God). He had to listen to the mayavadi's nonsensical claims that he is God and we are God!

Srila Prabhupada took up this unexpected challenge to confront him in an informal debate. He also questioned the European professor of the Department of Hindu Studies and the Science of Religion who had arranged the unwarranted meeting. Srila Prabhupada put the emphasis on the spiritual dimension as a scientific concept throughout the Vedic teachings.

Reference: Mission in the service of His Divine Grace - Riddha Dasa Adhikari

I am still brave

Gargamuni: In the photo, myself right to Srila Prabhupada, behind is Srutakirti his servant and left to Srila Prabhupada is Rupanuga Swami. While in Calcutta Srila Prabhupada liked his morning walk at Victoria Memorial. Once Srila Prabhupada recollects that, "That was built in memory of Victoria. It was done imitating the Taj Mahal. It took twenty years. Sir Rajendra Nath Mukherjee of Martin Company, he took the contract. And after finishing, he got this title 'Sir.' And when it was being constructed, I went to the top by crossing the scaffolding."

When Brahmananda told Prabhupada that, "So you must have been very brave." Srila Prabhupada said, "Yes, I am still brave. [laughter] Otherwise how could I come alone to preach Krishna consciousness? I am still brave."

Reference: Facebook post by Gargamuni Dasa

Srila Prabhupada at New York airport 1969

Damodara Dasa: In the spring of 1969 Srila Prabhupada paid a brief visit to the New York temple at 61 Second Avenue. He stayed at his apartment at number 26. "This is my old home," he said as he entered it, warming our hearts. Here are images from my 8mm film Gurudev of him at the airport.

Reference: Damodara Dasa Website

Just see

This is a photo of Prabhupada returns from bathing, he passes by devotees and the washing machine, New Vrindaban, 1969.

Bhurijana: In the name of efficiency, the New Vrindaban devotees bought a second-hand wringer washing machine. I was one of the devotees delegated to transport it from the main road to the farm house, a two-mile hike.

The machine was old-fashioned, built to last, and heavy. A few of us hoisted it on our shoulders. We would carry it a few hundred feet before its weight forced us to put it down. We then hung it between thick wooden poles and, with more devotees helping, again heaved it onto our shoulders. We strained, walked a few hundred feet, and again had to put it down. We spent hours hoisting, thrusting, pulling, and pushing. Finally, we got the washing machine to the well directly in front of the farmhouse. We were all exhausted.

We ran an extension cord from the farmhouse to the washing machine, but where would the water come from to fill the tub? We realized that we were going to have to move the washing machine down the valley to where a small stream tumbled from a waterfall into a pond. But what about electricity?

As the devotees tossed around possible solutions, someone told Prabhupada about it. His reply? "Just see."

Prabhupada envisioned "plain living and high thinking" as the working principle for New Vrindaban. He knew all our work-saving plans would only result in more work. He saw all our muscle straining and ensuing problems as opposing the principle of New Vrindaban. "Just see."

Reference: My Glorious Master - Bhurijana Dasa

Srila Prabhupada at corner stone laying ceremony in Juhu

Abhinanda Dasa: In Juhu, Bombay, March, 1972, Srila Prabhupada during corner stone laying ceremony with Gargamuni Dasa, Madhudvisa Dasa, Shyamasundar Dasa, Nanda Kumar Dasa, and other devotees.

Reference: Facebook post of Gargamuni Dasa