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Visakha dasi:  When Srila Prabhupada offered the first arati to Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda, I was photographing him. I stood behind the arati tray and simply focused the entire time on Srila Prabhupada. As I was doing that, I was struck by how gracefully he offered the different items – the beautiful circles he made with the ghee lamp and the little circles within the circles. Also, I was even more struck by how focused he was on Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda. I was certainly focused on him and all the other devotees pretty much were focused on Prabhupada, but Prabhupada was focused on the Lord and on pleasing Them. This whole event was not about him, but it was about the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda and the pleasure of his spiritual master. Looking at him as I was, I could feel that.

Then when he finished the arati and he started circumambulating the Deities, again his movements were very graceful, very rhythmic, and it was for the pleasure of the Lord. We were so engrossed in what Prabhupada was doing that when he gave just a little movement of his hands indicating that we also should participate in dancing for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda, immediately all the devotees were involved in dancing for the Lord and it was an ecstatic moment. We were so delighted to be part of this historic event, that now Srila Prabhupada had a firm base, a beautiful base, Bhaktivedanta Manor, where Krishna consciousness could be expressed by his followers, and from that base they could start to spread Krishna consciousness throughout the country.