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Sama Priya: During the Ratha-yatra festival in San Francisco in 1975, Srila Prabhupada was giving a class about who is qualified to be punished. He said according to someone's mental state and the crime that he has performed, he is brought in front of the magistrate and then he is judged. He said that children are not punishable. The devotees in the audience cheered. Then he said, "Women are also not punishable", and everyone cheered even more. Then all of a sudden a child cried, and Bahulasva stood up and said, "Okay, all children out of the temple." Prabhupada said, "No, no, that is okay. Children are not punishable." Everyone laughed. Then Prabhupada said, "So also women are not punishable, but don't take advantage," and then everyone laughed again. Prabhupada said, "Children are not punishable, women are not punishable, saintly people are not punishable, and old men are not punishable, and cows are not punishable." He concluded by saying, "So in this assembly, no one is punishable." Everybody cheered even louder.

Pundarika: When I first met Srila Prabhupada, I was a member of the Nama-hatta party in Japan. It was in 1975, I believe, and the Vrindavan temple was under construction. We were collecting and supplying Prabhupada with the funds for the construction of Vrindavan, Mayapur and Bombay. One time I had the opportunity to go with Guru Kripa Maharaj to India to bring some laksmi in the form of cash to Srila Prabhupada. When we arrived in the afternoon we went to Srila Prabhupada's office where he was sitting behind his curved desk. We offered our obeisances to Srila Prabhupada, and then Guru Kripa put the briefcase with the money onto Srila Prabhupada's desk. At some point the amount had to be revealed so Guru Kripa said, "There's $108,000 in there, Srila Prabhupada." Srila Prabhupada said, "Thank you very much. 109 would be better." (laughs) So when it came to matters of laksmi to be engaged in Krishna's service, I think Srila Prabhupada was showing us that auspicious numbers are very auspicious, but more is even more auspicious.