Visit to Trivandrum, Kerala, India 18th January 1995
18th January 1995
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Devotees were eagerly awaiting the arrival of HDG Srila Acaryapada and were doing kirtan outside the temple. SA arrives in a white ambassador from behind the devotees. SA enters the temple, garlands Srila Prabhupada and starts singing ‘Jaya Prabhupada’. He leads guru puja to Srila Prabhupada.
After that, SA sits in vyasasana and accepts guru puja. Everybody offers flowers and pay obeisances. When I get up after paying obeisances, SA smiles radiantly at me and gives sweet halva.
SA gives Srimad Bhagavatam class, without a book on: sa vai pumsam paro dharma yato bhaktir adhoksaje ahaituky apratihata ye atma suprasidati
SA gives a nice short lecture: Vyasadeva was feeling despondent even after Compiling all Vedic scriptures and 17 puranas. Narada arrives and tells him to look inside, for Vyasadeva himself being an incarnation is capable of knowing the reason for despondency.
Then Narada tells him to compile a scripture exclusively describing activities of Krsna, even though in all scriptures - Vedas and Puranas, Krsna is described but mixed up with other things. One should clear one’s doubts from his guru, otherwise what is the need for a guru.
(SA pauses and looks at me!)
People are lucky to be living in a place like Kerala(India) as there are many temples like Padmanabha Svami mandir, Guruvayoor etc. There is a saying “People who live next to a Railway station always miss the train”. They think they can start late and by the time they reach the station, the train leaves. Similarly though there are many temples, people think let us postpone Krsna consciousness to a later time. But we miss our train.
One of SA disciples, a grihasta worships Krsna at his home with his wife. His father said why waste your time now, enjoy now and do these things later in life. He does not understand the enjoyment in Krsna consciousness. This father retired and had enough money and his son said ‘Now take to Krsna’s service’. But the father said ‘No..No.. I’ve to keep track of stock market and other things. I’m old. I can’t visit temples. My knee is paining’ and so on. One day he had a heart attack and died. He missed the train. Prahlad Maharaj says one should start Krsna consciousness at age 5 and continue life long. Of course, it is the duty of the parents to make the child Krsna conscious. Otherwise how’ll they know.
SA visited Ratha yatra in all 6 continents in 1994. In South Africa 250,000
(Africans&Indians) attended Ratha yatra, pulled chariot and took prasadam. Around the world, people are chanting Hare Krsna.
End of SA’s lecture
After that, SA takes prasadam. Then all disciples and others sit with him and talk with him while he takes prasadam. He enquires about my job, my family and my Krsna consciousness. He is so warm and personal. He finishes prasadam and washes his hands. Its time for him to leave as he was on his way to Guruvayoor and had stopped in Trivandrum briefly. When he leaves, he holds my forearm and says he is pleased to see me. I feel overwhelmed and I continue to replay that wonderful moment again and again in my mind.
Everyone offers obeisances as he descends the stairs to leave. He blesses
‘Krsna matir astu’ and gets in the car and departs.