Jagad Guru Srila Prabhupada

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

I was watching one of the recent video series on "The Memories of Srila Prabhupada" - recollections by his various disciples. One of the recollections by HG Atma Tattva Prabhu was simply astounding. I may not be able to recreate the whole pastime verbatim but I will try my best. 

Atma Tattva Prabhu's recollection:
In the year 1977, Srila Prabhupada had traveled to the Kumba-mela festival along with several of his disciples. Thousands of pilgrims had gathered to take bath at the confluence of the sacred rivers. Since the Hare Krsna movement had become quite well-known by then, lots of pilgrims came to take darshan of Srila Prabhupada. One of the days, a well-mannered devotee from the Ramanandi sect had come along with his young son who was hardly 8 or 9 years old, to have darshan of Srila Prabhupada. The Ramanandi's are worshippers of Lord Rama and they have a big group in Bengal and other parts of India. When the man came to Prabhupada, he took his young son near him and the boy washed His Divine Grace's feet and paid dandavat pranams to him. Srila Prabhupada was extremely pleased and affectionately rubbed the boy's head. While they were about to leave, may be Srila Prabhupada saw some special potency in that boy. He told that man, "Why don't you give your son to me,  I will make him an acharya!". The man was pleasantly surprised to hear this but he said to Prabhupada, "Swamiji, I will be definitely glad to give him to you, but he is very small now. He has not even learnt the basics in sanskrit. If he has to become an acharya he should be an expert in writing commentaries etc. I will train him at least in the basics, grammar etc and then he is yours." Then Srila Prabhupada was talking to him about a few other things and again he came back to the same point - to give his son to him. The man again said the same thing with great respect. They went back and forth like this and by the time that Ramanandi devotee was about to leave, Srila Prabhupada had said at least four times - "I will make him an acharya". And then the devotee promised that he will definitely give his son to His Divine Grace in a couple of years, as soon as he gets done with his basic studies. Finally Srila Prabhupada said, "Alright!" and let him go. 

A few months after this incident, Srila Prabhupada left the planet in the same year (1977). I was living in Mayapur teaching the gurukulis for several years. By then, we heard that the Ramanandis had broken up into several sects due to internal issues but that particular year they all came together and this was made possible by the expertise of one young devotee who was able to convince and unite them all.  They had also selected him as the acarya of the entire Ramanandi sect. We were very surprised to hear of this and were curious to see who was this person that did this miraculous act. I had taken some of our gurukuli boys to one of their big gatherings were all their top sannyāsis and devotees meet. We were given a very warm welcome and our gurukulis recited the sannyāsa sukta to glorify the sannyāsis seated there. Then I saw their acharya who was seated in the center in an elevated seat. He was none other than the same young boy whom I met in Kumba mela with his father who had come to take darshan of Srila Prabhupada! He reciprocated to the gurukulis' prayers by composing a sanskrit verse glorifying Srila Prabhupada, on the spot! The rough meaning of the verse is that, "I pay my humble obeisances to that supreme acharya AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada who spread the Krishna Consciousness to the whole world, a person like whom has not appeared in the past nor will there be one in the future (na ca bhūto na bhavisyati)!"

He then went on to speak on the glories of Srila Prabhupada, his character, deeds and the Hare Krishna movement etc to all his followers and ended by saying, "The reason that I am in this position is only by His Divine Grace's mercy. If not for him, I would not have achieved what I have done so far." I then went over to him and spoke to him for a bit. He was recollecting the same pastime in Kumba-mela where he met Srila Prabhupada with his father and Srila Prabhupada told his father, "I will make your son an acharya". He concluded, "I am an acharya now only because Srila Prabhupada told so!"

Note:  I sincerely apologize for my short-coming in presenting this astounding pastime of Srila Prabhupada. There are unlimited such pastimes of Srila Prabhupada being recorded for our benefit. This amazing incident proves how universal is Srila Prabhupada's mercy. He gave his mercy to anyone and everyone without any consideration. And he eternally lives with those who sincerely follow him. As it is said, "The Acharya is not frozen in time." 

Jagad Guru Srila Prabhupada ki Jai!!! 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das.