Chapter 34: Retired for One Hour
Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 34
Retired for One Hour
His Divine Grace spoke many times about retiring from managerial duties to concentrate on translating the scriptures for humanity at large. My first experience was as follows:
One morning at about 9:00, Śrīla Prabhupāda called me into his room and told me to call
If any problem arose while we were in Los Angeles, Śrīla Prabhupāda called for
"This is amazing," I thought. "Prabhupāda is going to let the Governing Body Commission (GBC) run the society."
New Dwarka was perfect for such an arrangement. It had all facility for Śrīla Prabhupāda, including the garden which was his "favorite place." He could have stayed there for years and translated all day if he wanted.
About one hour later, Śrīla Prabhupāda again rang his bell. I entered Śrīla Prabhupāda's quarters and offered my obeisances, but before I raised my head from the floor he said, "Call
"What is that?" he asked.
"Oh, it is a letter for you, Śrīla Prabhupāda,"
"Open it," Śrīla Prabhupāda instructed.
Śrīla Prabhupāda's retirement lasted a little over an hour. It was the first retirement I had experienced, but certainly not the last. Śrīla Prabhupāda relished translating Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam for us. He also relished teaching his children how to walk on the spiritual path. His patience was endless. On a daily basis he picked us up as we stumbled and encouraged us to try to walk again. No matter how much he dreamed of retirement he would not leave us alone until we were able to walk on our own. The time has come for us to walk.
Jai Śrīla Prabhupāda!