Chapter 21: Cooking Rasgullas

Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 21
Cooking Rasgullas

July 1974, ISKCON New Vrindaban

I rejoined Śrīla Prabhupāda after being away from him for six months.

One day, while in New Vrindaban, devotees discussed the proper way to make rasgulla.

"I will show you how to make rasgulla," Śrīla Prabhupāda told them. "You get everything ready."

The devotees became very excited. For some, this would be their first opportunity to see Śrīla Prabhupāda work in the kitchen. Śrīla Prabhupāda first explained how to prepare the curd and sugar water. When everything was in order Śrīla Prabhupāda entered the kitchen and began to cook. All eyes were on His Divine Grace as he artfully coaxed the balls to rotate in the syrup except for one sannyasi who was looking at the rasgulla.

Śrīla Prabhupāda chastised him saying, "You have already half eaten these."

After a while Śrīla Prabhupāda turned to Kīrtanānanda Mahārāja and said, "Now you can take over."

The moment Śrīla Prabhupāda took his hand off the spoon the rasgullas collapsed, shrinking to half their size. Kīrtanānanda Mahārāja tried to save the offering, but it was useless. They were ruined. A few of us tasted them to be sure, but unfortunately, they tasted terrible.

By the causeless mercy of the Spiritual Master all things are possible.