guru-puja

Padmanabha: The most fun I ever had was to go on morning walks with Srila Prabhupada. Once, Brahmananda and other sannyasis were on a morning walk in Denver during the time that Ted Patrick was deprogramming devotees. Prabhupada said, "Your parents do not like me." Vishnujana Maharaj said, "Srila Prabhupada, you are like Narada Muni. You have to keep moving." Prabhupada said, "Yes, I travel so much so they cannot catch up to me," and everybody laughed. Then Prabhupada said, "But some of your parents have appreciated our movement." He pointed to Brahmananda and said, "How about your mother? Tell them about your mother." Brahmananda started giggling and couldn't say anything, so Prabhupada said, "His mother came to see me and said, 'You have taken my two sons and turned them into monks. They have shaved their heads and they wear robes. What else do you want?'" Prabhupada said, "I said to her, 'Can you give some money?'" and she said, "Oh, no!"

I laughed with all the swamis, and it was probably the best laugh I've had in my life. Srila Prabhupada, all the sannyasis and I were laughing about how parents were upset because Prabhupada had taken their children away from them. At that point I understood that Prabhupada was our real father. The material family is temporary, but Srila Prabhupada was our true father. He had gathered up his children and had sent them on tirtha, on pilgrimage, going in vans from one temple to the next to distribute his books.