SRILA PRABHUPADA APPRECIATED SERVICE OF HIS DISCIPLES

One summer day in Berkeley, Jayananda Prabhu asked me if I would like to go with him to see Srila Prabhupada, and I said, "Of course!" We walked several blocks to Prabhupada's apartment, and on the way we saw some big, gorgeous roses. Jayananda said, "Let's see if we can get those roses." He knocked on the door and asked the lady, "We are going to see our guru. Can we take two roses?" She said, "Yes, of course," so we took these big, beautiful roses, went to Srila Prabhupada, paid our obeisances, and gave him the roses.

The discussion was between Prabhupada and Jayananda. At one point Prabhupada said, "We have many construction projects in India. We could use some help there. Would you like to go and help with the construction?" Jayananda Prabhu, said, "No, Srila Prabhupada, I'd prefer to stay here." Prabhupada said, "Okay. That's fine." I thought, "I would have said yes, because Prabhupada wanted it." Jayananda didn't say yes, but Prabhupada respected his wish. I could understand that Prabhupada had a lot of confidence in Jayananda's decisions about those types of things. Then Prabhupada asked about his disciple Chitananda, and we told him that Chitananda had been in a hospital. Prabhupada said, "You should take very good care of him. He is a pure devotee. He was willing to give his life for Krishna." Evidently Chitananda was very ill in India, maybe with tuberculosis, and Prabhupada said, "I could see he was getting thinner every day, and I advised him to go back to the West, but he wanted to stay and do his service." Prabhupada appreciated the service of his disciples who were willing to give their lives for the service of Krishna.

(Danavir Goswami)