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Srila Prabhupada did give me his mercy

Ameyatma Dasa: It was about 2 days before his arrival. A devotee had been working for weeks on making a new asana (seat) for the garden, but the seat wasn't going to be done by the time Prabhupada arrived. Nara Narayan was in charge of the art department in L.A. He called me over and said, "Hey, Ameyatma, you have been asking to be allowed to do some art work for a long time, well, here is your chance. Prabhupada will be arriving in 2 days and his asana in the garden isn't complete yet." Nara Narayan had another devotee put together a large 3' foot square by about 18" high wooden box. He showed me the box that was being painted white and told me, "Here, paint something 'artistic' on it." He said that Prabhupada will sit on that box for a few days until the asana is completed. "What should I paint?" Nara Narayan had lots to do, so he said, "You want to be an artist, you figure out something artistic." So, he handed me a box of acrylic artists paints, which I had never used before. After some thought I decided to paint a cow surrounded by flowers. I don't know if it was proper to have Srila Prabhupada sitting on a cow, since the cow is one's mother. But, Prabhupada didn't object.

The cow I painted was sitting and I put flowers along the sides. I left the top white thinking it would be covered. Nara Narayan liked the cow and told me to add something to the top since they would put just a small pillow on top for him to sit on. I had been studying the Vedas for years before I joined the temple and I had previously seen and drawn lotus mandalas - a mechanical looking depiction of the lotus. So, I painted a lotus mandala on the top. I completed it the day Srila Prabhupada arrived and only hours before he was to go out to the garden to meet with some devotees. The paint had just dried. Nara Narayan came in to take it to the garden and saw the design on top for the first time. He starred down at it and loudly asked, "What is that???" "It's a lotus design." I said. Nara Narayan said it was horrible. He said it didn't look like any lotus flower he had ever seen. He said he could not have Prabhupada see it. He knew Srila Prabhupada would not like it. There was no time to repaint it, so he ordered a devotee to run and find a cloth to cover it over.

They took the seat away and I went off to do my other duties. A few hours later, Nara Narayan came looking for me. With big eyes and lots of excitement he said, "Ameyatma, you won't believe what just happened in the garden. Srila Prabhupada has given you his mercy." He told me that when Srila Prabhupada first walked into the garden and saw the cow on the box he was very pleased. Then he went to sit down, but just before he did he lifted the cloth that was covering the top. Nara Narayan told me at that point he was thinking that Prabhupada would object to the painting of the lotus mandala I made and would make some complaint. But to Nara Narayan's great surprise, Srila Prabhupada said, "Oh, very nice, why have they covered this?" Then he sat down. Nara Narayan said that again Prabhupada lifted his knee and lifted the cloth and looked at the top very approvingly. Then he asked Nara Narayan, "Who has painted this?" Nara Narayan told him a new devotee named Ameyatma Das. Prabhupada said, "Oh very nice, tell him he has done very nicely." So as soon as their meeting was over, Nara Narayan came running to tell me what had happened and what Prabhupada said. Even though I never got to have Prabhupada's darshan in the garden personally, he did give me his mercy there. Srila Prabhupada was so kind.

Reference: Facebook post of Amerendra Dasa

Srila Prabhupada started to dance in Conway Hall

Srila Prabhupada in London during Conway Hall Lecture. Srila Prabhupada started to dance by raising his arms, the entire audience went wild and danced. That's Bibhavati Devi Dasi in the back with baby Braja in her arms.

Reference: Facebook post of ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry

Srila Prabhupada is waiting for the Bullet

Bhurijana Dasa: Srila Prabhupada is waiting for the Bullet, Tokyo train station, to Kobe, 1972.

Reference: My Glorious Master - Bhurijana Dasa

Prabhupada wiped tears from his eyes

Tamal Krishna Dasa: In Vrindavan, The new Ratha-yatra issue of Back to Godhead arrived, and Prabhupada had me read a few of the articles. After looking for a long time at the cover photo of Lord Jagannatha, pictured with his faithful devotee Jayananda, Prabhupada took off his glasses and wiped tears from his eyes with his handkerchief.

Reference: TKG's Diary: Prabhupada's Final Days - Tamala Krishna Goswami

His Divine Grace receives a bouquet of flowers

Damodara Dasa: I considered myself a film maker from 1961 to 1966. In addition to school projects and commercial jobs, I made several experimental shorts. Then I met Srila Prabhupada and my self-concept changed. I became his disciple. So for three years I trained my 8mm "home movie" camera on him. Vaishnavas in 1967 was my first effort. Photo is a local health food shop owner known as "Mother Nature" offers a bouquet of flowers to His Divine Grace.

Reference: Damodara Dasa Website

Srila Prabhupada's first residence in New York City

Gargamuni: This was His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's first residence in New York City, 100 West 72nd Street, office in the winter of 1965-66. When it became inconvenient to maintain Srila Prabhupada at the apartment, Dr. Mishra shifted him to his Hatha-Yoga studio on the fifth floor near Central Park. Even in the heavy snow, Prabhupada would walk a few blocks to Dr. Mishra, apt to bathe and prepare prasadam.

Reference: Facebook post by Gargamuni Dasa

Priceless in observing Srila Prabhupada drinking water

Anuttama: This photo is in New York, 1974, during Srila Prabhupada’s departure to India. It is a short visit to New York from New Vrindavan. Srutakirti Prabhu, his servant, sitting near Srila Prabhupada with brief case; next to him, little child Vaisnava is priceless in his observing Srila Prabhupada drinking water.

Reference: Facebook post of Anuttama Dasa

Father, give me this Deity. I shall worship.

Gargamuni: The photo is Radha-Govinda Thakur-Bati at Srila Prabhupada’s ancestral home Calcutta. These Deities were worshiped by him and his sister.

His Divine Grace states: I shall say practically, from my own life, I was fortunate to get my birth in a very pious family. Yes. My father was very pious man, and I wanted to imitate him in my childhood. Of course, our family was not very poor, but we were not very rich men. But my father was very pious man. So he was worshiping Krishna. So I, in my childhood, when I was five or six years old, I requested my father that, "Father, give me this Deity. I shall worship." So father purchased for me little Krishna, Radha, and he gave me, and I was imitating. Whatever foodstuff I was getting, I was offering to Krishna and eating. In this way I got my life developed. And there was a temple in our neighborhood. So I was seeing the Krishna Deity. Oh, I was thinking many things. I still remember. I was standing for hours together. So in this way, practically we can understand that these facilities are given by the Lord. The Lord is always prepared to give us facility. Simply He wants to see that we are sincere. That's all.

Reference: Facebook post of Gargamuni Dasa

Srila Prabhupada in Park Hotel, Hong Kong, 1972.

This is The Asia Magazine photo of Srila Prabhupada in the Park Hotel, Hong Kong, 1972.

Prabhupada's one day in Hong Kong was considered a stopover, and the airline was providing the hotel room at no charge. This was Prabhupada's first visit to Hong Kong. To be frugal with Krishna's money, Prabhupada accepted the airline's arrangement in living in the Park Hotel.

Dom Moraes, a reporter of The Asia Magazine, which was sent out in newspapers throughout Asia, would like to interview Prabhupada. Dom Moraes was a published author of Indian, but not Hindu, origin. He had immigrated to Hong Kong from Bombay and had been living in Hong Kong for years. He was not a pious man. I was surprised at how candidly Prabhupada answered his questions.

The article came out a month later, with pictures of Prabhupada's reception at the Park Hotel and excerpts from the interview. The article turned out neither sweet nor complimentary, and it received many angry letters of complaint from readers throughout Asia. I also visited the Asia News editor and complained. He agreed, saying, "Dom Moraes is too cynical. We should have sent someone else." But it was too late; the article had already been published. If at all possible, devotees lining up newspaper and magazine coverage should demand the right to approve articles prior to publication.

Reference: My Glorious Master - Bhurijana Dasa

This is your cowboy form with Krishna and Balarama

Govinda Dasi: About this picture: I didn't know what Vrindavana looked like, but the picture was done from Srila Prabhupada's descriptions and, moreover, from his guidance within the heart. His bhakti shone through the work of all the artists at that time and the bhakti was real, as it was his. We were just workers, marionettes. The drawing had a cowherd boy to the left of Krishna. In my vision, then, this was Srila Prabhupada. I sent a copy of it to him as a gift with a note saying, "This is your cowboy form with Krishna and Balarama." Strangely enough, this didn't seem out of place at the time. It was not precocious or assuming; it was just my simple perception. There was no reply and no discussion about it. It was pretty much a common understanding amongst all of us disciples at that time that Srila Prabhupada was a cowherd boy.

Reference: Recollection by Govinda Dasi