Chakra Announcements

Memories DVD Set Volume 3

by Illumination Television

Posted August 16, 2008


Illumination Television is proud to announce the packaging of "Memories of Srila Prabhupada" Part 43-48 into a third volume set. For all the devotees who have the two volumes up to Part 42, now is the opportunity to complete the series to date with this new 6 DVD set. The devotees include:

Rupa-Vilasa, Caru das, Tejiyas, Gokularanajana, Udayananda, Arjuna, Jnanagamya, Bahushira, Jayapataka Swami, Candramauli Swami, Prajapati, Sukadev, Pita, Sumati, Jagajivan, Sarvabhavana, Dhanesvara, Satsvarupa, Annada, Bhagavati, Bhuta Bhavana, Dhanistha, Dhirasanta, Dravanaksha, Gurudas, Hansadutta, Krsnavesa, Malati, Mulaprakriti, Padmanabha, Rajendranandana, Ranadhir, Sukhada, Tamal Krishna Goswami, Tribhuvanath, Ugrasrava, Vasudev, Balai, Nara-Narayana, Kusa, Jaya Gauranga, Hamsavatar, and Madhusudana.

This set is now on sale for only $30 and can be purchased from Siddhanta das for all North and American devotees and from Visnu Murti das for all European devotees.

Contact: Siddhanta das at itvproductions@comcast.net (not to be confused with Iskcon TV)

Contact: Visnu Murti das at Visnu.Murti@pamho.net

Here is a sample of nectar to be found within Volume 3:

Caru: Two young interviewers asked Prabhupada, "Have you seen God?" Prabhupada said, "What do you think? Before you buy gold, you should first educate yourself so you can recognize gold. So to know whether my answer is right or wrong, you need to know who God is and the qualifications for seeing Him. Do you know who God is and who is qualified to see Him?" They said no. "Since you don't know, for better or worse you have to accept whatever I say. Will you do that?" "Yes." "Then I have seen God." That was powerful.

Rupa-Vilasa: Prabhupada came to Dallas three or four times and he used to take walks on White Rock Lake, the richer section, where a famous oil tycoon, H. L. Hunt, had a home. The devotees told Prabhupada, "We tried to see H. L. Hunt but he wouldn't see us." Prabhupada said, "Oh? He would not see you? But when death comes, will he also say, 'I cannot see you'? Anyway, he may say, but death will come and do his business." Then Prabhupada said, "What would you have said if you were able to see him?" Somebody said, "We would show him your books." Prabhupada said, "No." "We'd tell him about the school." Prabhupada said, "No." He didn't like those answers. Finally Prabhupada said, "You should tell him he has become a wealthy man by stealing from the earth and at death he will be severely punished for this crime." A devotee said, "Prabhupada, if we speak to him like this, he'll become angry." Prabhupada said, "Angry? If I shake my stick at a dog, he will also become angry. You have to learn how to talk to this class of men."

Jayapataka Swami: Srila Prabhupada went to Birnagar to make a courtesy call to Lalit Prasad Thakur, the brother of his spiritual master, Om Visnupada Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Birnagar is Bhaktivinoda Thakur's birthplace and Bhaktivinoda Thakur spent a good part of his childhood in that beautiful place, which is about an hour drive from Mayapur.

It was impressive to see Lalit Thakur, a pure soul who was from a whole other century. At that time he was 97 or 98 years old and he would chant nonstop all day. He had been a lifelong brahmachari and had worked for the government until he retired in his 50's. But throughout his life he practiced sadhana-bhakti. It was nice to know that Bhaktivinode Thakur had more than one child who was active in Krishna consciousness.

The Deities Lalit Thakur worshiped were on the second floor and he had a library of Bhaktivinode Thakur books. He was doing nama-hatta preaching in Bangladesh as well as in different parts of Bengal and he had a lot of disciples. One of his more intimate disciples was an elderly lady, in her 60's or 70's, called Bhakti Ma. Another disciple, Sacinanda, was actively preaching in the villages.

Lalit Prasad Thakur used to sit on his bed in a little room and not move much. He was bathed in his bed, he went to the bathroom in his bed and his disciples bragged that even though he would go to the toilet there it smelled like roses. And I did notice that there was no bad smell in the room.

When we first went there, Lalit Prasad Thakur seemed agreeable to ISKCON having a temple to honor Bhaktivinode Thakur at his birthplace in Birnagar. Prabhupada talked about building a library, a display, an exhibition, an ashram, a preaching facility, and fixing up the temple at Bhaktivinode Thakur's birthplace. At that time a small, broken-down temple marked that spot and when Prabhupada saw the poor condition it was in he practically cried.

However, later some of Lalit Prasad Thakur's followers insisted, "We shouldn't give ISKCON any land," and so the second time Prabhupada went to finalize everything there was a different mood-they weren't agreeable to having an agreement with ISKCON. Neither did they themselves have the capacity or the wherewithal to develop the birthplace of Bhaktivinode Thakur. Prabhupada became impatient and upset that everything was being canceled with no reason and that Bhaktivinode Thakur, who was so great and who deserved to have a wonderful monument for his greatness, was not being properly honored.

Suddenly Prabhupada became intense. In a loud voice he said, "Isn't it sinful that you cannot develop the birthplace of Bhaktivinode Thakur and you won't let anyone else do it either?" In other words, the birthplace was their responsibility but they couldn't develop it, and although we could develop it they wouldn't let us. It was going to stay in an undeveloped state and in fact today it's in worse condition than it was then. Prabhupada loudly and intensely asked this question four or five times very loudly, almost...I wouldn't say shouting, but I would say just maybe one level below that. Nobody said anything. Then as Prabhupada walked out he turned to the few of us secretaries and assistants who were with him and said, "Because I asked a question, there was no offense."

Srila Prabhupada was talking to the brother of his spiritual master so the etiquette of seniority was there, but at the same time, from Prabhupada's point of view, Bhaktivinode Thakur was being offended. Therefore Prabhupada expressed that he had a right to question the situation and that questioning wasn't an offense. To accuse, to say, "You are nonsense, you didn't give," would have been offensive. But questioning, "Isn't it offensive? Isn't it sinful?" was not offensive. So if somebody intensively inquires, it's technically not an offense.

Gokularanajana: Tripurari asked Prabhupada if we get karma by shaking the karmis' hands when we are distributing books. Prabhupada said, "I hope not."

Udayananda: As the 80 of us were leaving, my dear friend Praghosa prabhu, stopped, went to Prabhupada and said, "Srila Prabhupada, thank you for bringing us to Sri Dham Mayapur." Prabhupada said, "Sri Dham Mayapur is your home. This is your home. The West is only for preaching and sense gratification. So, if you're not preaching you should be home in Sri Dham Mayapur."

Sarvabhavana: At first I found some of the management policies regarding the restaurant, the guesthouse and the cooking a little strange, but later on I understood. For example, in Vrindavan Prabhupada wanted three separate small kitchens, each with a little mud-caked oven that burns wood or coal. Prabhupada said, "I don't want our life members to go outside to drink tea. If they want it, let them brew their tea here. Provide this facility." So we made three small cubicles where life members could make tea for themselves. Initially, you might think that tea is an intoxicant that devotees are not supposed to take, and here Prabhupada is providing tea facilities for guests and life members. I asked, "Prabhupada, sometimes fanatic devotees say, 'How can you do that?'" He said, "When a guest comes to the house, then you try to fulfill all his wishes as long as it doesn't involve sinful activities. We may not drink tea because that is part of sadhana and because drinking tea is in the mode of ignorance, but it's not sinful. There is no harm if you provide facilities for guests to make their own tea."

Sukadev: Once Hari Sauri's alarm clock went off and Prabhupada said, "What is that sound?" Hari Sauri said, "That's the alarm clock, Srila Prabhupada." Prabhupada said, "Oh? Who is in danger?" I looked at Hari Sauri and thought, "Wow! My spiritual master has a sense of humor!" I couldn't believe it because I had never heard Prabhupada use puns or sarcasm. Prabhupada didn't make a habit of it, but it was there. We laughed.