Giriraj Swami: The main quality of Srila Prabhupada that strikes me is his compassion. His compassion was manifest in his intense desire to make everyone Krishna conscious. And his compassion was manifest in everything he did.
Once Srila Prabhupada was giving a public program in the street, and there were hundreds and hundreds of people. The kirtan had just finished, and Prabhupada was about to lecture. I had many questions that I wanted to ask, and without thinking, I went up to Srila Prabhupada in the middle of the program and in front of everyone. I said, “Srila Prabhupada, you know the verse such-and-such, where does it come from?” Srila Prabhupada looked at me and said, “Perhaps Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya.” Then I sat down and the program continued.
Years later, I reflected on that incident, because sometimes devotees would interrupt me when I was in the middle of some activity or some thought, and I’d be disturbed. Then I’d think of how, right in the middle of a big public program and for no reason at all, I asked Srila Prabhupada this silly little question. He didn’t get upset at all. He patiently and considerately answered it. Whenever I feel someone is interrupting me or intruding, I think of Srila Prabhupada and how kind he was.