Nov 182010

During the Sunday program, Giriraj Swami read Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, 1.59 (which is also Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.26.26), and related it to meeting Srila Prabhupada and the devotees.

tato duhsangam utsrijya
satsu sajjeta buddhi-man
santa evasya chindanti
mano-vyasangam uktibhih


“One should therefore avoid bad company and associate only with devotees. With their realized instructions, such saints can cut the knot connecting one with activities unfavorable to devotional service.”

“After seeing Srila Prabhupada for the first time at my university, I went to the temple. Srila Prabhupada spoke, but because he had a thick Bengali accent and I was unfamiliar with the subject, I couldn’t understand much of what he presented. But at a certain point he quoted a verse from the Bhagavad-gita and said, ‘Out of many thousands of men, hardly one will seek perfection.’ And I thought, ‘That’s me. He’s talking about me.'” — Giriraj Swami