Radhanath Swami on Getting Prabhupada’s Association

Srila Prabhupada

Tonight we have with us one of Srila Prabhupada’s very close loving associates. Every word of Prabhupada’s books and lectures and everything that he ever said to any of his disciples are all intimate personal instructions to us and we should see it that way. It is Sri Chaitanya Mahapurabhu’s mercy manifesting through Srila Prabhupada. So when we are reading his books we should think that at this moment Srila Prabhupada is speaking personally to me.

That shouldn’t make us proud, it should make us very humble and very grateful because we should know that he is doing the same thing for everyone else.

This should give us the eagerness to hear from him, to want to somehow or other escape from whatever we are doing, whenever we can, to hear Srila Prabhupada speak to us. To get a deep intimate glimpse of how we can actually experience Srila Prabhupada’s presence in his tapes, in his books, in the service we render to his devotees and his mission. Srila Prabhupada had beautiful pastimes with many of his very, very close associates and when they share their memories they open the door to all of us.

– Radhanath Swami
Srila Prabhupada