Chapter 20: My Feet

Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 20
My Feet

ISKCON Kṛṣṇa Balarāma Mandir,
Vrindaban, India

I was alone in Śrīla Prabhupāda's quarters giving him a massage. He was sitting cross-legged on his mat and I was sitting in front of him massaging his head with sandalwood oil. I became embarrassed because he had been staring at my feet. I felt very self-conscious in the presence of my spiritual master.

"So, your mother is very beautiful?" Śrīla Prabhupāda asked.

"Well, she is almost 50 now," I answered, "but, yes, she was a very good looking woman."

"Yes, I can tell," he said. "I was noticing your feet. Your feet are very nice. They say that means your mother is beautiful. I was checking. I wanted to see if it was actual."

Śrīla Prabhupāda was always very personal with his disciples. He cared for us, looked out for us and was interested in us.