Jul 1, 1978

In October of 1971, my parents came to see me in Calcutta. Srila Prabhupada was talking with some of his disciples in his quarters. As soon as my parents entered, Srila Prabhupada greeted them. After hearing him speak for some time, they finally came to the point they wanted me back.

Srila Prabhupada said, “I have no objection; ask your son.”

I said, “I want to stay with Srila Prabhupada.”

“We want to set up a big trust for Giriraja,” my father said. “And we want him to come home to sign the papers.”

“Yes, you can send the papers,” Srila Prabhupada replied. “He can sign.”

My parents said that they had no objection to my remaining in the movement, but they did not want my health to deteriorate. So they wanted me to be stationed near home.

Srila Prabhupada said, “Do not worry. I will take personal care of him.”

My parents were still apprehensive, so Srila Prabhupada added, “Let him stay with me in India for some more months, and I will take personal care of him. Then, when I return to America in April, he can come with me.”

With my parents somewhat relieved, I said, “Just see how intelligent Srila Prabhupada is. In the winter, when the Western countries are cold and dark, Srila Prabhupada stays in India. And in the summer, when the West is warm and sunny, Srila Prabhupada goes there.”

My father was becoming enlivened by Srila Prabhupada, and he affirmed, “Yes, he is very intelligent.”

Srila Prabhupada said, “No, your son is he has understood my strategy.”

My father said, “No! You are intelligent, actually.”

Srila Prabhupada replied, “Yes, I have to be intelligent; otherwise how could I attract so many intelligent young men like your son?”

My mother was still thinking of my poor health and long absence from home, and she began to cry.

To cheer her, Srila Prabhupada gave her a sandesa (a milk sweet). At first my mother wouldn’t accept, but Srila Prabhupada’s kind and gentle persistence prevailed. Then he declared, “Giriraja, you must take at least two dozen of these sweets daily. Then you will become strong and healthy.”

Srila Prabhupada assured my parents, “I will personally see that he is supplied with sufficient sandesa.Do not worry.”

Everyone was thoroughly pleased and satisfied by Srila Prabhupada’s loving dealings. As my father was leaving the temple he remarked, “Your spiritual master certainly knows how to deal with people.”

Meanwhile Srila Prabhupada’s secretary marveled, “Srila Prabhupada, everybody likes you so much!”

“Yes,” he said, “because I like everybody.”

Giriraja Svami