Q. What is the process of submitting a prayer through the spiritual master that Srila Prabhupada had in mind, expressed in the text below?
"In regard to praying to Lord Nityananda Prabhu I have written to you in my last letter that such prayer is quite appropriate. Our only prayer should be in the matter of desiring further development of devotional service and such sincere prayer should be submitted not directly to the lord but through the via-media of His bona fide servitor or representative."
Letter to: Madhudvisa Los Angeles 14 February, 1970
Q. For some time I want to hear to Srila Prabhupada's lectures, because I am unable to connect well with my Spiritual Master. It has more to do with my own condition of mind. But since it is helpful to hear spiritual sound vibration, I felt that I can purify myself by hearing Srila Prabhupada's lectures. But at the same time, I also notice that there is pride in the heart, where I feel that I am diminishing the importance of my Spiritual Master and giving more importance to Srila Prabhupada. I want to avoid this and at the same time, I am unable to appreciate my Spiritual Master's classes the same way I used to.
I was stopped by a police man while distributing books in Daley Plaza in Chicago. He said "What's in the bag?" My heart rate went up and I thought I was going to be harassed and told to move on. Then this big burly cop asked "Got any of those sweets?"
Turns out he had received some prasadam sweet at the Chicago Ratha yatra and had never forgotten the taste. I did have some excellent mangal aroti burfy in my lunch bag. I gave it to the cop who immediately popped it into his mouth. He smiled, shook my hand, and walked off saying "Don't be caught out here without some of those sweets".
During the fall, one rainy morning I find myself distributing books in Kansas City at the corner of Troost and 63rd, perhaps a mile from the temple. This part of town is a little shaky, to put it lightly. There are chicken bones strewn everywhere, and creepy looking hobos constantly give me bad looks.
I approach a young African American gentleman smoking a cigarette outside the local gas station and strike up a conversation (he later buys a soft-bound Bhagavad-Gita). The manager of this particular gas station has a real antagonism towards me because I distribute here about three times a week to all the locals who come to buy their blunts and alcohol. So she frequently threatens to call the police.
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HH Radha Govind Maharaj mentions this incident on his flight from Kenya to India his flight had a transit via Kuwait. Due to some delay he had to wait for 4-5 hrs at Kuwait. While chanting Hare Krishna in the airport lounge, 1 airport official watching the Indian swami became intrigued and called himover to speak.
At first Maharaj was feeling somewhat reluctant to go as he was in a country which may not appreciate his path. Gathering courage with faith in his Lord, Maharaj went to meet the man.