Chapter 47: Lotus Feet on Transcendental World Airways

Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 47
Lotus Feet on Transcendental World Airways

Flying TWA (Transcendental World Airways)

Wherever the pure devotee resides is Vaikuntha and he distributes his causeless mercy to the fallen conditioned souls whether they like it or not. While traveling by plane, Śrīla Prabhupāda always kept me smiling because he never changed his habits. In the presence of materialistic persons these activities were sometimes unconventional.

Śrīla Prabhupāda liked to look out the window during takeoffs and landings. He especially enjoyed looking out the window upon landing. If we took a long evening flight, Śrīla Prabhupāda's secretary and I would leave our seats next to Śrīla Prabhupāda so he could lie down and rest. On this particular occasion, Śrīla Prabhupāda's transcendental body was stretched across the seats. His head lay peacefully on a pillow by the window. He appeared completely relaxed, something I still don't know how to do on a plane. His feet went under the armrest reaching about 10-12 inches into the aisle. They looked so beautiful, with or without saffron socks covering them. On this particular evening his lotus feet were snugly covered. As he rested for about an hour, the passengers walked up and down the aisle brushing against his kamala padas. Sometimes they accidentally hit them and he would move slightly, but he never pulled in his feet. He left them there benedicting everyone fortunate enough to pass by.

Śrīla Prabhupāda's entourage watched from the next row and wondered what these people had done to be given such an opportunity. Perhaps, whether they liked it or not, Śrīla Prabhupāda forcibly benedicted them with his causeless mercy.

Thank you, Śrīla Prabhupāda, for compelling me to have a glimpse of your unabashed divinity. Please force your benedictions upon me again and again as you have compassionately done so many times in the past.