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Why Make Prabhupada Cry?

by Syamasundar das

Posted April 29, 2005

In 1976 Srila Prabhupada visited washington DC temple located in Potomac Maryland. Srila Prabhupada was very impressed with the wealth of the locals including many Senators and such. Later in the day, some time during the afternoon, the devotees took Prabhupada on a car ride. During this car ride Srila Prabhupada saw some local residents on the green of the nearby country club. They were hitting golf balls into the holes.

Rupanuga (joined 1966) was sitting right next to Srila Prabhupada in the car. Rupanuga noticed that Srila Prabhupada was crying. Rupanuga became very alarmed and asked Srila Prabhupada "Prabhupada what is the matter" Srila Prabhupada replied "they are wasting their human form of life" (pointing at the golfers). Apparently Srila Prabhupada could see what we cannot, they rarest form of life, the human form, slipping past these unwitting souls, carelessly wasting unretrievable time.

Rupanuga personally relayed this story to me. I came to the conclusion that devotees should not engage in what Srila Prabhupada felt so much pain over. Are we that insensitive to our founding Guru's feelings? Surely "Devotional Golf Tournament" is a direct opposite of what Srila Prabhupada wants for his followers. Why make Prabhupada cry?