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Chapter 75: What is the Difficulty; Asleep on the Plane

Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 75
What is the Difficulty; Asleep on the Plane

July 19, 1971, ISKCON Brooklyn, New York

I had moved into the Pittsburgh Temple in April of 1971. In July of that year, Kīrtanānanda Mahārāja took a few of us to the Brooklyn temple to receive first initiation. Needless to say, we were all very excited.

Being Kīrtanānanda Mahārāja's servant, enabled me to be very close to Śrīla Prabhupāda's Vyasasana during class. The day of my initiation was the first time I was able to be in the personal presence of my eternal spiritual master. It was a moment I will never forget. His effulgence was extraordinary. I stared at his every move. The kirtan was ecstatic. By the time the chanting stopped the temperature in the temple room must have risen to at least 100 degrees.

Hundreds of devotees squeezed into the temple room and tried to get as close to Śrīla Prabhupāda as possible. After kirtan, we simultaneously bowed down to offer our obeisances. This made the room even more cramped. I started to get up before the devotee behind me and accidentally placed my posterior on his head. This startled him and he rose very quickly. This pushed me forward with great force right onto the side of Śrīla Prabhupāda's Vyasasana. My hands and head landed directly at his right side.

"What is the difficulty?" he asked me.

I shrank back onto the floor unable to say anything in response.

Śrīla Prabhupāda, many times I heard you ask, "What is the difficulty?" Whenever you asked that question you knew we couldn't answer because you mercifully removed all of the difficulty out of this process.

"This process is so simple," you explained. "Just chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and be happy.If you chant sixteen rounds and follow the four regulative principles then at the end of this life you will go back home, back to Godhead."

All Glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda!