Do not change my words (Gauridasa Pandita dasa)

September 13, 2017 in Articles, Gauri Dasa Pandit by Laksman dasa

Srila Prabhupada Memories

“Do Not Change My Words”

Srila Prabhupada used to like to sit in his garden in Vrindavan especially in the mornings. He liked to hear his books read to him daily. One time Yasodanandan Prabhu was reading Sri Isopanisad when Srila Prabhupada stopped him and asked him to reread the last paragraph. After hearing it again Srila Prabhupada said, “Those are not my words! They are changing my words! Is my English not good enough?” Srila Prabhupada became very angry and continued, “This is the worst thing a disciple can do! Do not become like a leap frog and try to jump over the spiritual master thinking you know better than him. Tell them immediately [the editors] do not change my words!”

Srila Prabhupada was very upset about the changes in his books. I never saw him get so angry any other time. Read the rest of this entry →

Re: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

February 28, 2016 in Gauri Dasa Pandit by Laksman dasa

Submitted by Gauridasa Pandita Dasa

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Dear Prabhu’s,
Dandavats! AGTSP!
Thanks for the nectar! I gave class in Berkeley today and all this nectar is helpful.
Here’s more:
Srila Prabhupada in Atlanta
One of the best things about being on the Sri Sri Radha Damodar Traveling Sankirtan Party was that when Srila Prabhupada was in America we could go see him and get very enlivened. 
Srila Prabhupada arrived in Atlanta on February 28th 1975. When he first took Darshan of Sri Sri Goura Nitai he was very ecstatic and pleased. He told us he was pleased that the devotees were doing such nice Deity worship. He said he started most of the worship in most of the temples, but the devotees started it in Atlanta. He started talking about how Lord Krsna asked us to surrender; but Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda are so merciful they didn’t even ask us to surrender. When he said that his voice choked up.
We got to meet Srila Prabhupada in his room. We all wore matching vests and Prabhupada hats that were made by Minaketana Ramdas. He also made one for Srila Prabhupada and he offered it to him personally. The hat was too small so it sat high on Srila Prabhupada’s head. It looked funny and we all laughed heartily except for Minaketana Ramdas. He was devastated! But since Srila Prabhupada was smiling nicely and chuckling it eased his pain and we were in bliss.
In the room Srila Prabhupada told us that if we remained brahmachari’s we would go back to Godhead; but if we got married it would be a 50% chance.
Srila Prabhupada told us if we studied the 7th Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita we would be good preachers because everything is in that chapter.
by KHD

Gauri dasa pandita dasa glorification of Srila Prabhupada‏

November 6, 2013 in Gauri Dasa Pandit by KHD

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‘Srila Prabhupada’s Departure’

by GPD

“Tomorrow we will go to Vrindavan; better to die in Vrindavan.” Those are the words of Srila Prabhupada in Hrsikesh in May of 1977. We were there trying to regain Srila Prabhupada’s failing health on the advice of a good friend and life member in Bombay, Mahadeviya Kartikeya. Things were going good in Hrsikesh until one stormy night. Srila Prabhupada was up all night and at about 2:30am he made that statement to Upendra Prabhu who came downstairs and woke the rest of us up with the devastating news that Srila Prabhupada wanted to go to Vrindavan to leave his body. We were not at all ready for the disappearance of Srila Prabhupada. Losing Srila Prabhupada’s personal presence would seem to be the end of the best thing that ever happened to us.

The power had been going off and back on all night with the storm. It was like the description of the beginning of this age of Kali in the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Srila Prabhupada’s health had started to deteriorate at the 1977 Goura Pournima Festival. He canceled a few of his scheduled classes and events. The devotees who came from all over the world started to worry about and pray for the health of Srila Prabhupada our ever well wishing spiritual master. Read the rest of this entry →