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Chapter 14: Toy Guns

Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 14
Toy Guns

A Morning Massage with Śrīla Prabhupāda

Śrīla Prabhupāda often related his childhood pastimes. One story he told happened when he was a very young boy walking in the marketplace with his mother. Śrīla Prabhupāda saw toy guns.

"I saw the guns and immediately I had to have them," he said.

When his mother wouldn't get him one, he started to cry.

"All right, all right, I will buy you a gun," his mother told him.

Śrīla Prabhupāda looked at the gun in one hand and then looked at his other empty hand.

"I don't have a gun for it," he said. "I must have one for each hand."

"No," his mother said.

But, even as a young child, Śrīla Prabhupāda had a great amount of determination.

When telling this story, Śrīla Prabhupāda said, "At that point I lay down in the street and started to kick my hands and feet and bang my head on the ground."

He referred to this behavior as a "tantrum." Pointing to a mark on his forehead, he said, "This scar is from that time. I was very sure that I had to have two guns. So, she got me the other gun. When I wanted something, I had to have it," he explained. "My mother would always get it. Otherwise, I would tell my father and he would get very upset with my mother and then she would have to do it."

In a reflective mood, Śrīla Prabhupāda said, "I don't know, maybe my father knew."

From this brief statement, I concluded that Śrīla Prabhupāda's father may have been aware of his son's exalted position as a pure devotee of the Supreme Lord.