Srutakirti Dasa: When Srila Prabhupada arrived at the temple in Caracas, Venezuela it was like an instant replay of his arriving in Mexico city. He took darshan of the deities and later in his room sampled the Maha Prasadam.
“These puris are terrible”, Srila Prabhupada again said. “the vegetable is horrible. This prasadam is not good. Deity worship must be first class. You must worship the deity very nicely!”
Again I was surprised. It was unusual for Srila Prabhupada to reprimand his disciples by saying they must improve the deity worship. Either way, Srila Prabhupada kindly encouraged his young disciples to make advancement on the spiritual path. It was never that Srila Prabhupada was upset with us and we were doomed. He would stress the importance of performing our service with care and attention. This was the example our beloved spiritual master gave us. Everything Srila Prabhupada did was with the utmost attention and devotion to the lord.
Srila Prabhupada enjoyed his stay in this part of the world and was impressed with the sincerity of the devotees. I also enjoyed being at the Caracas temple since I lived there for a few months when I first left Srila Prabhupada’s personal service in January of 1974. I knew most of the devotees well and for me it was like going home.
When we arrived in the temple room Srila Prabhupada took his place on the vyasasana. I stood before him as the kirtan started. As the devotees chanted I began to look around at the old familiar faces around me. I was enjoying them seeing me as Srila Prabhupada’s servant. As I stood there smiling broadly, I felt something hit me in the head. I turned and looked at Srila Prabhupada. His feet were now bare.
He took off his socks, rolled them up in a ball and threw them at my head. It was my service to remove them but being distracted I failed to notice that he wanted them off because it was warm in the temple. He graciously benedicted me for my foolishness.