A Determined Reporter Meets Shrila Prabhupada
BY: PATITA PAVANA DAS
Apr 13, 2012 BLAGOEVGRAD, BULGARIA (SUN) Feature story from 'The Astrological Newsletter' - A story recounted by Shriman Nara Muni Prabhu, from the Memories series
"In New York a reporter asked Shrila Prabhupada, ‘How old were you when you realized God?' Shrila Prabhupada didn't want to glorify himself, but rather to praise his spiritual master and Krishna. So His Divine Grace said, ‘God is a person like you or me. The difference is that we are many and God is one, our leader. Now what is the difference between the one and the many? He maintains all these many, he maintains us. But He is also a person like you and me. Do you follow?'
The reporter persisted, ‘Yes, I appreciate your answer, but at what age did you realize the highest truth? At what physical age…?'
Prabhupada explained, ‘There is no question of age. Realization of God should be from the very beginning of life.
The reporter countered, ‘I understand that, Swamiji. My question to you was at what age did you yourself realize the highest truth?'
Shrila Prabhupada replied, ‘Of course we were born into a very nice family. Practically from the very beginning of our lives my father educated us in this way.'
Now, the reporter wouldn't give up, ‘I understand that. I mean at what time did you have your own personal realization, Swamiji? At what age?'
Prabhupada answered, ‘From age four or five years.'"
Narada Muni Prabhu continued: "In the Bhagavatam Shrila Prabhupada wrote about some of his childhood pastimes and he also narated the histories of Maharaja Parikshit and others who displayed symptoms of God consciousness. Shrila Prabhupada has always been God conscious. He came into this world God conscious and he left this world God conscious. And now he's undoubtedly giving Krishna consciousness to others on another planet. My hope is that all of us can eternally be with him and somehow serve him in this mission."
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