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Chapter 6: Mercy Upon a Bug

Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 6
Mercy Upon a Bug

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Śrīla Prabhupāda was in New Dwaraka in the spring of 1973. Hearing His Divine Grace ring his bell, I immediately went to his room and offered my obeisances. Pointing to the floor near my legs, he looked at me with wide eyes and great concern.

"Do you see that bug?" he asked. Looking around for a few moments, I finally spotted a small insect. I nodded.

In a serious voice Śrīla Prabhupāda said, "I have been watching that bug for some time now and he has not moved. I think he is hungry. Get a prasadam flower and take him outside. Put him on a plant so he can get some nourishment."

I immediately did what my most merciful Guru Mahārāja asked and returned to the servant's quarters. Neither of us spoke of the bug again. It was another wonderful occasion in which he revealed the indiscriminate mercy of a pure devotee. His Divine Grace didn't feel it was a waste of time to mitigate the suffering of even the smallest of living entities. Now, just seeing a small insect, I am forced to think of my beloved Śrīla Prabhupāda. However insignificant we may be, if we are fortunate to get the glance of the nitya-siddha, our life will be immensely benefited.