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Chapter 88: Dreams of Wife; Inattention Causes Fall Down

Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 88
Dreams of Wife; Inattention Causes Fall Down

ISKCON Calcutta

Once, a sannyasi confided to Śrīla Prabhupāda that he was having difficulty because of attachment to his wife.

"Even last night," Śrīla Prabhupāda told him. "I had a dream about my wife. The attachment is that strong, even I have been away for so many years. Still, last night I had some dream about my wife. Therefore, the injunction is there. You can never see your wife after you have taken sannyasa. You can never even see her, because just by seeing her, so many thoughts can be brought to the mind."

Later, during his stay in Calcutta, he spoke humorously about attachment between men and women.

"Women are compared to fire, and men, they are like butter," he said. "Therefore, our sannyasis, they should have stamped on their forehead, 'Keep in a cool place.' Just like on the butter package, it says that. So, our sannyasis, they also should have that stamped onto their forehead. That will keep them safe from danger."

Our Gurudeva mercifully engages us in Kṛṣṇa's service. In spite of our degraded condition, he heroically rescued us and is leading us "Back to Godhead."

May 1971, ISKCON Los Angeles

While in New Dwaraka, Śrīla Prabhupāda liked to take his morning walk on the beach. Included in the group one morning was Kīrtanānanda Swami, Kuladri, a young bhakta about 17 years old and myself. During the walk the bhakta spotted a large sand crab scurrying along the sand. He stopped to watch it while the rest of us walked with Śrīla Prabhupāda. The ever-observant Śrīla Prabhupāda said, "This boy is too much attached to material things. This little neglect will snowball. Everything comes, first little things and then big things."

The walk continued with the boy catching up to the rest of us after a minute. No one brought up the incident to the young bhakta. When we arrived back in New Vrindavan a week later the boy left the temple and was not seen again as Śrīla Prabhupāda predicted.

Śrīla Prabhupāda, please stamp my forehead with the words, "Keep at the lotus feet of Jagat Guru." Without your lead, I walk with the crabs.