Prabhupada Has Krsna

Prabhupada Has Krsna

Kalacakra Krsna das

Dear Vaishnavas,

Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The following is a simply awesome incident that happened during Srila Prabhupada's visit to Madras in February 1972 for a few days. I read it in Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita.

Prabhupada received an invitation to Chief Justice Vira Swami's home. The two became friends, and the chief justice requested to join the Krsna consciousness movement as soon as possible. He liked Prabhupada's followers, especially three-year-old Sarasvati, and gave her a six-inch silver murti of Krsna playing the flute.

Another evening, Mr. Vira Swami came to see Prabhupada, and Prabhupada  mentioned that he thought Sarasvati too young to have such a valuable silver murti and that he had taken it from her and was going to give her another one. But while they were talking, Sarasvati burst into the room and ran to her mother, crying, "Krsna is gone!"

Srila Prabhupada then called her forward and asked, "Sarasvati, where is Krsna?"

In anxiety, Sarasvati replied, "I don't know. Someone took Him."

Prabhupada repeated, "But where is Krsna?"

Sarasvati replied, "I don't know."

"Is He under the cushion?" Prabhupada suggested. And Sarasvati ran over to the cushion Prabhupada pointed to. She picked it up, but Krsna was not there.

"Is He on the shelf?" Prabhupada asked. Sarasvati ran to the shelf. Her eyes darted in all directions.

"Where is Krsna?" Sarasvati began appealing to the faces of the devotees, glancing at their hands, looking behind their backs, searching everywhere.

Prabhupada, intently watching Sarasvati, began reciting a verse about the six Gosvamis: he radhe vraja-devi ke ca lalite he nanda-suno kutah. "This is the mood of the Gosvamis," he said. "They never said, "Now I have seen God. Now I am satisfied.' No, rather they were saying, "Where is Radha? Where is Krsna? Where are You all now? Are You on Govardhana, or are You under the trees on the bank of the Yamuna? Where are You?' In this way they expressed their moods of Krsna consciousness."

Sarasvati's anxiety had become heightened to the point of tears. One of the devotees then hinted, "Sarasvati, where is Krsna? Who has Krsna?" Sarasvati's eyes widened. She exclaimed, "Prabhupada has Krsna!" and she rushed up to Prabhupada, convinced that he was holding Krsna. And Prabhupada reached behind his seat and pulled out a small Krsna murti similar to the silver Krsna he had taken from her.

"Here is Krsna, Sarasvati" Prabhupada said. Sarasvati was in ecstasy. All the devotees were struck by Prabhupada's exchange of devotional feelings with even a small child; by his expertise he had created within her a mood of separation from Krsna. Prabhupada continued explaining to the chief justice about the mood of separation from Krsna.

I felt that the above incident is simply too amazing to conceive the expertise of His Divine Grace in teaching so many instructions to so many living entities at the same time. He was playing with the little girl Sarasvati, and teaching her Krishna Consciousness playfully, at the same time relating her mood to the shastras to the actual mood of worshiping Krsna thereby teaching his disciples as well as the Chief Justice. This is possible only for his Divine Grace because, as Sarasvati exclaimed, "Prabhupada has Krsna!". 

Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada
Kalacakra Krsna das