Article December 2, 2016
An Amazing Story!
Srutakirti: We were on an airplane from Mexico City to Caracas and Prabhupada started taking his puffed rice, puffed rice and peanuts. He ate for about 10 minutes or so, and then he just looked and said, "OK." So I moved the puffed rice over and I gave half to Paramahamsa, the other half I had in front of me. After a few minutes, there was this stewardess, she was walking down the aisle and she stops right in front of us and she reached over, put her hand in my plate and grabbed a handful of puffed rice and threw it in her mouth. She says, "Oh, this is wonderful. What is it?" I said, "Puffed rice." She said, "Why are you eating this?" I said, "We have our own diet and we're vegetarian." She said, "Oh, is there anything else I can get you?" I looked at Prabhupada and he looked at me, he said, "Hot milk." She said, "Fine." So after about 10 minutes she comes back with three plates. She left and I turned to Prabhupada, I said, "Prabhupada, that's amazing, isn't it?" Prabhupada said, "No, women, they have a natural propensity to serve." Of course, I was thinking it was amazing that she took Prabhupada's mahaprasadam right off of my plate. Somehow or other, she got what all of us were mad after was Prabhupada's remnants. So when I travel, it's always one of my favorite stories. One day I was giving class and I told this story, and after class a devotee boy came up to me and he said, "That's an amazing story. Can I tell you a sankirtan story?" I said, "Yes." He said, "We would go out to the villages far from all the cities in Brazil in different places. You have to go by four-wheel drive. One day we were in the rain forest really far away from everywhere, and we found this village and we did our Harinam. Then we began going door to door to distribute books. Then I went to this one house and I knocked on the door and a woman answered and tried to distribute books. As soon as she saw me, I was in dhoti and kurta, and she invited me in. I went in, and I started seeing that there were pictures of Krishna on the wall and she had an altar, she had Deities," and he was so surprised. Then he said, "You're a devotee," and she said, "Yes, yes. It's so wonderful to see a devotee here." And he said, "How did you become a devotee?" She said, "Well, the first time I met devotees was I met Prabhupada on an airplane. I was a stewardess." So this was the woman, it was 10 years later from that time after she took the mahaprasadam. Then she met devotees again and got a book and that was it. That was the beginning of her spiritual life. Just seeing what Prabhupada has done, it's mind-boggling to understand how Prabhupada has made devotees, and it just goes on and on.
Pastime Shared by Ankur Prabhu
दीनानाथ मोिहं काहे बिसारे ।
हमरििहं बार मौन कस धारे ।
O Lord of destitute! Why have You forsaken me? When it came my time to receive grace, why have You suddenly become silent?
नाथ ! अगति के गति अनाथ हम,
कहहु कौन गति मोरि विचारे ।
Merciful Lord! You are the shelter of the helpless, and I am an orphan. What have You thought about me?
गणिका गीध अजामिल आदिक,
सुनत अमित पतितन तुम प्यारे ।
I have heard that sinners like Ganika (a courtesan), Geedh (a vulture) and Ajamil (a fallen soul) were very dear to You.
इन सम अगनित पतित रोम प्रति,
वारत पतित विरद रखवारे ।
I am so fallen that countless Ganikas, Geedhs and Ajamils can be sacrificed on each and every pore of my being.
दंभ कोति शत कालनेमि सम,
कोटिन रावन सम मद धारे ।
My hypocrisy equals that of millions of Kalnemis and in pride I equal countless Ravans.
लाजहुँ जासु लजाति अधम अस,
हैं न हुये न तु ह्वैहैं भारे ।
Shame itself is put to shame looking at my sins. There can be no worse sinner than me in the past, present or the future.
कौने मुख 'कृपालु' प्रभु सन कछु,
कहिय नाथ अब हाथ तिहारे ॥
(Prem Ras Madira)
O Lord of ‘Kripalu’! What can I say to You? Everything is in Your hands now. Accept me or reject me.
आसुरीं योनिमापन्ना मूढा जन्मनि जन्मनि।मामप्राप्यैव कौन्तेय ततो यान्त्यधमां गतिम्॥
भावार्थ : हे अर्जुन! वे मूढ़ मुझको न प्राप्त होकर ही जन्म-जन्म में आसुरी योनि को प्राप्त होते हैं, फिर उससे भी अति नीच गति को ही प्राप्त होते हैं अर्थात् घोर नरकों में पड़ते हैं ॥20॥