Friday, April 29, 2011

Nice preaching story (ISKCON) ys pd

Bhaktin Carol: I was outside Foodtown in the Mt. Eden section of Auckland. I had three "Journey of Self-discovery's" in my bag. A short man in his 60s with a long white beard called out to me as he emerged from the supermarket's sliding doors: "Got the Bhagavad-gita?" I told him "Sure! I've got a few copies in my car," and began accompanying him to the car, which was parked a few yards from the entrance. As we walked he asked whether the Gita I was going to show him was the original one, unchanged.... He wanted the Gita exactly as Prabhupada had translated it. Noticing the man's age and the way he spoke, I asked him if he was affiliated with ISKCON from Prabhupada's days.

"Yes, I lived in a temple in Australia and also one they had in this area. In fact, we used to go on morning walks with Prabhupada in a park nearby here." The man then imitated Prabhupada walking with long strides and head held high, just as we see on the videos.

"We were young boys and girls, but we always struggled to keep up with him." He became emotional remembering his days with Prabhupada. He explained to me he'd been desiring to get a copy of the "Bhagavad-gita As It Is" for a while, since he'd lost his copy but hadn't found a replacement till now.
He thought it was very magnificent that we had met today, as Prabhupada had come to him the night before in a dream. The man lifted his arms and danced a few steps of "the swami step." While he danced and remembered his dream, more tears came to his eyes. Then he brought his hands down and opened the Gita, saying that Prabhupada's purports always confirmed to him that this knowledge is the truth.

Then the man quickly thanked me for my time and, clutching the Gita, left. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Your servant,
Gokula Lila dd

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