That afternoon, George shows up at Bury Place…Prabhupada beckons George to sit next to him again, and by the time I arrive they’re deep into a discussion about George’s personal life. What should he do? Should he shave his head and don the robes? Wear tilak, give up his music?…“No, no,” Prabhupada says. “You remain as you are. There is no need to change the outer dress. The world knows you like this, you stay like this, make your music. Just like the example is given, when a man decorates his face, he does not feel much enjoyment because he cannot see his own face. But he enjoys his beautiful face when it is reflected on the mirror. In other words, when a living entity renders service to the Lord, the Lord enjoys the situation, and the devotee sees the Lord’s pleasure in the mirror of his heart, and he also feels happy.”

December 7, 2021

That afternoon, George shows up at Bury Place…Prabhupada beckons George to sit next to him again, and by the time I arrive they’re deep into a […]
December 7, 2021

Prabhupada sits in an armchair in the half light, and there is, yes, a bluish aura around him—around us. Time is suspended in the gloaming, as […]
December 7, 2021

The full-length French doors are open, and perfume from fresh-mown lawns mingles with some special agarbatti George has found and wants me to try. For a […]
December 7, 2021

Shyamasundar: “Nanda Kumar’s very tired. Last night, on the plane from New York, that Charlie Chaplin film kept us up all night. [laughter]” Prabhupada: “Hm. That […]