Room Conversation

Type:
Room Conversation
Date:
November 8
Year:
1977
Place:
Vṛndāvana

Prabhupāda: [Hindi conversation between kavirāja, Prabhupāda and Bhakti-cāru; mentions pain in lower abdomen]

Śatadhanya: Sharp, pin-pointed pain, or over…, general?

Bhakti-cāru: [Bengali with Prabhupāda] When he passes urine, then…

Prabhupāda: [Bengali]

Bhakti-cāru: Śrīla Prabhupāda? Urine? Urine bottle? [break]

Balaram Mishra: [Hindi]

Prabhupāda: Dr. Rama [Hindi]

Kavirāja: [Hindi with another Indian man; mentions Balaram Mishra]

Balaram Mishra: [Hindi with Prabhupāda]

Kavirāja: [Hindi with Prabhupāda; Prabhupāda mentions poison]

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Kṛṣṇadāsa?

Kavirāja: [Hindi]

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Who said that, Śrīla Prabhupāda?

Prabhupāda: I do not know, but it is said.

[indistinct whispered comments by devotees]

Prabhupāda: [Hindi conversation; mentions Balaram Mishra, a priest who came with the kavirāja]

[indistinct whispered comments by Svarūpa Dāmodara]

Kavirāja: [Hindi conversation with Prabhupāda and Bhakti-caru]

[Hindi bhajana by Balaram Mishra[?], followed by Hindi about Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes]

Prabhupāda: [Hindi with kavirāja and the Indian guests]

[indistinct whispered comments in background by devotees: “It’s not the time to discuss building temples.” Balaram Mishra is asking for financial help to repair a Caitanya Mahaprabhu temple]

Prabhupāda: [Hindi with kavirāja and the Indian guests] [devotees are talking in whispers in background in disapproval]

Bhakti-cāru: Śrīla Prabhupāda? [Bengali about Bhaktivendanta Charity Trust]

Balaram Mishra: [Hindi] [devotees are talking in whispers in background]

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Śrīla Prabhupāda? We got some news of some preaching. I was wondering what was a good time to read to you.

Prabhupāda: Here.

Bhakti-cāru: [Bengali with kavirāja; asks Prabhupāda if he would like Horlicks]

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Like to hear it, Śrīla Prabhupāda?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Or should I… I could come later on if you think it’s better.

Prabhupāda: No. [break] [Hindi to Balaram Mishra]

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: What did he say?

Śatadhanya: He said give him the estimate and he will decide.

Prabhupāda: [Hindi about tulasī for Lord Nārāyaṇa] [pause] Tamāla Kṛṣṇa?

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yes, Prabhupāda.

Prabhupāda: Give facility for him, ten rupees.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Give this gentleman?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Ten rupees. Okay.

Prabhupāda: And some fruits.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Uncut.

Prabhupāda: Uncut, yes.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Okay.

Balaram Mishra: [Hindi with Prabhupāda]

Kavirāja: [Hindi; laughs]

Prabhupāda: [Hindi with Balaram Mishra and kavirāja]

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: I’ll give him the fruits now, Śrīla Prabhupāda? I have some fruits. I can give him now?

Prabhupāda: Hmm. [Hindi with Balaram Mishra and kavirāja; mentions Bombay, talk about Lord Nārāyaṇa and Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa]

[indistinct comments by devotees in background]

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: What did Prabhupāda say?

Svarūpa Dāmodara: Prabhupāda wants to do here. He’s going to…

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Is he going to do it here? [referring to the offering of one thousand tulasī leaves to Lord Nārāyaṇa for Prabhupāda’s recovery]

Svarūpa Dāmodara: Prabhupāda’s requesting here. He said it’s better if we do it here. So he said, “Make all the arrangements necessary.”

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: He wants to bring the brāhmaṇas to inaugurate the Bombay temple, Śrīla Prabhupāda?

Prabhupāda: That we shall consider later.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: ‘Cause we already told these South Indian brāhmaṇas to come.

Prabhupāda: Some of them may go also.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Do you know this man from a long time ago?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: He wants some money for some temple?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Here in Vṛndāvana.

Prabhupāda: Hmm. Now stop talking. [long pause] [break] You have given him ten rupees?

Svarūpa Dāmodara: Ah, Prabhupāda. To that brāhmaṇa?

Girirāja: Yes. He gave ten rupees.

Svarūpa Dāmodara: Tamāla gave ten rupees?

Girirāja: Yes. Śrīla Prabhupāda? Would you like soft kīrtana now, or quiet?

Prabhupāda: You were reading something?

Svarūpa Dāmodara: No.

Upendra: He’s talking to Tamāla.

Girirāja: Oh, Tamāla Kṛṣṇa. He’s… [break] Yesterday I spent the day in Delhi, and I opened an account with the Punjab Bank in the name of Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust. And we also gave them a letter that the interest from the ten lakhs sixty thousand should go into that Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity account. And I took the original trust of the new trust, the original deed, and I made some photocopies and got them notarized by notary.

Prabhupāda: Photocopy of?

Girirāja: Of the trust deed forming the Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust. And then I bought a copy of the income tax act, because there’s some provision that if funds are used to restore some ancient place of worship or some place of worship which is famous in a particular state, then that is exempt from income tax. So I think that this fits in with the aims and objects of this new trust. So we should be able to get tax exemption for that. Then I spoke to Bombay to see how things were doing, and Gopāla Kṛṣṇa said that everything is going nice, and he’s coming here on Friday, after two days. So I told him that your condition was very serious and that I wanted to stay here for a little longer. So he said that was okay. I confirmed with Yaśodānandana Swami’s assistant that he sent the letter to the South Indian brāhmaṇas to confirm that they can come on the dates which we have fixed. So we’re waiting to hear that reply.

Prabhupāda: You can take some brāhmaṇa from here. Balaram…

Girirāja: Yes.

Prabhupāda: They’ll chant Veda-mantra very nice.

Girirāja: Uh-huh. We can have these brāhmaṇas and also the South Indian brāhmaṇas. [break] [end]

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