Srila Prabhupada with his disciples

Jananivas: I was just coming up from the raja-bhoga arati. I had my head shaved and I had just taken a bath and put tilaka on and had clean cloth on. Then a devotee came in, “Prabhupada wants to see you in his room.” I went upstairs to see Srila Prabhupada. I came in, paid my obeisances and asked, “Did you want to see me, Srila Prabhupada?” He was looking at me with sparkling eyes. He was very happy looking me up and down. I thought, “Is he looking at someone else?” [laughs] But I think it was just my appearance. I think Prabhupada thought that a few years ago we were rotting in the gutter. And now we were wearing tilaka and clean-shaven. He seemed to be very pleased. So you can please your guru maybe just by your dress. [laughs]

Jaya Jagadish: I was invited on a walk with Srila Prabhupada while he was in London and this was in August of 1971. There weren't many devotees, perhaps twelve at most. Prabhupada would walk down Bury Place and then go to Russell Square. We were all just chanting quietly following Prabhupada's example and all of a sudden young twenty-two year old Jaya-Jagadish sidles up to the jagat-guru Srila Prabhupada and said, “Srila Prabhupada, can Krishna sing?” Prabhupada kept walking and said, “Of course He can see.” I said, “No, Srila Prabhupada, can Krishna sing?” He stopped, looked at me, held up his hand and said, “He is the best singer.” Never mind that the scripture we study every day is “The Song of God,” the Bhagavad-gita. This was an obvious answer to a childish question. But rather than dismissing this silly little question, Prabhupada not only gave a sublime answer, but in his answer he encouraged the questioning and answering process between the disciple and spiritual master.