720420 - Arrival Conversation - Tokyo
Prabhupāda: So what prasāda you have prepared? Eh?
Cintāmaṇi: Um, Kārttikeya Prabhu?
Prabhupāda: Kārttikeya Prabhu . . . where is Kārttikeya? (laughter) So all right. Then . . .
Devotee (1): Śrīla Prabhupāda, there's some rice, there's some rasagullās and some fruit. We have some fruit and some vegetables.
Prabhupāda: I wanted some samosā.
Prabhupāda: Sudāmā Prabhu, can you prepare it?
Sudāmā: Yes, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: So do it.
Śyāmasundara: You've got a nice little house down here. Just perfect. Your own house. Little kitchen is there, too.
Śyāmasundara: Isn't there a kitchen down there?
Prabhupāda: There is no kitchen?
Śyāmasundara: A little one.
Prabhupāda: All right. We can prepare khichadi. So Karandhara Prabhu, how do you like this place?
Karandhara: It's nice, Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: Yes. It is for, I mean to say, spiritual advancement is nice place.
Devotee (1): Today for the first time in many years it is the nicest.
Prabhupāda: Yes. What did he said?
Trivikrama: He said because you are here, Prabhupāda, it is very nice.
Prabhupāda: (chuckles) No. So you have reached here last night?
Prabhupāda: It is like our New Vrindavan. Eh?
Devotee (1): It is better.
Prabhupāda: (laughs) You had been in New Vrindavan. But there are other residential quarters also. Hmm?
Trivikrama: There is one rented motel for you, Prabhupāda. There's a section of a small motel. He has rented.
Prabhupāda: Oh. Who has rented?
Trivikrama: Just very close.
Śyāmasundara: He rented one nice little cottage for Your Divine Grace, and a little cottage next door for the servants.
Karandhara: Here are some gifts from the devotees in L.A.
Prabhupāda: Oh. What is this? Something sweet?
Karandhara: Yes, Prabhupāda. (laughter) ` Prabhupāda: You open it. Open it.
Śyāmasundara: You want a knife?
Prabhupāda: What is this?
Karandhara: That is sandalwood pulp.
Prabhupāda: Oh. What is that?
Devotee (1): You're not thirsty, Prabhupāda? It's water.
Prabhupāda: Keep it . . . (indistinct) . . . oh, so many letters.
Śyāmasundara: Checks. These are checks, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: That's nice. When you bring checks, I am very glad. (chuckles) So how much you have deposited?
Karandhara: In which account?
Prabhupāda: My account.
Karandhara: Well, Tamāla Kṛṣṇa was writing that he wanted that . . . I have saved up for Māyāpur thirty thousand. But he said to send it there. So I have been waiting. He wrote a letter and said to send the money there. So I wrote him and told him he has to have him and Jayapatākā sign a requisition, I think. I instructed . . .
Prabhupāda: No . . . what is that?
Devotee (1): Laddu.
Prabhupāda: Oh. What is this? Some picture?
Trivikrama: Yes, Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: Ten thousand was transferred from my account.
Karandhara: Yes, Prabhupāda.
Prabhupāda: So that has been replaced or not?
Karandhara: I have it. I didn't put it in the account because I thought you wanted me to send it to Māyāpur. But I haven't sent it yet. I still have it in another account.
Śyāmasundara: You just informed Tamāla that from now on we would send only books, that we would prefer to send books from this side and let them sell them.
Prabhupāda: No. The thing is that you were collecting something for Māyāpur account?
Prabhupāda: So how much it has come?
Karandhara: Thirty thousand.
Prabhupāda: Thirty thousand.
Śyāmasundara: Separate from books?
Śyāmasundara: That's separate from books.
Prabhupāda: So this ten thousand was given from my account. So this has to be replaced. And then, whatever you have got for Māyāpur account, that is to be transferred. That was a trial business. So we took from bank ten-thousand worth. So that is done. Now you transfer the ten thousand to my account, and balance you keep ready for transferring. That I shall advise you how to do. Besides that, out of the 33,000, you deposited eighteen thousand?
Karandhara: No. Eighteen thousand, six hundred.
Prabhupāda: Six hundred.
Karandhara: I still owe fifteen thousand.
Prabhupāda: That money is not yet done.
Karandhara: By June.
Prabhupāda: Oh. By June. All right. We shall talk further. What is this? So Los Angeles is . . . everything is all right?
Karandhara: Yes, Prabhupāda. Those are all . . . all the different envelopes are from the different departments: Spiritual Sky, Mail Order, ISKCON Media.
Prabhupāda: So you keep it in this envelope. Then I shall see.
Śyāmasundara: They have purchased $8,000 worth of equipment for recording your voice.
Prabhupāda: Oh. That will be very nice. So I can give lectures daily? No. What is the arrangement?
Karandhara: Yes. As soon as you come, Śrīla Prabhupāda, we're going to shoot the first TV show.
Śyāmasundara: You have a video tape machine here?
Prabhupāda: Now, if I explain some of . . . just like I explain one verse. In this way, if I do explain one verse, do you think it will be all right? No.
Śyāmasundara: Each day explain one verse.
Prabhupāda: Each day or as you like. Or what is your program?
Karandhara: Well, as far as this recording, we have a studio right there in the temple. You could record . . .
Prabhupāda: (aside) You distribute that prasāda, little, everyone.
Devotee (1): This laddu?
Prabhupāda: Yes. I will also take little. Distribute. Mm. What is your program?
Karandhara: Well, we thought we could do both, because we have a recording studio for sound. So you can come into the recording studio and record as much as you wanted, all day long. The shooting for the TV show . . . we worked out a program of shooting, each week forty minutes.
Prabhupāda: (referring to prasāda) Oh, you take more. Why little, little? Give more. Give me also little more.
Prabhupāda: Mm. It is very nice.
Devotee (1): Prabhupāda distributes mercy to the world.
Prabhupāda: Who has made it?
Prabhupāda: Oh. He is good cook?
Prabhupāda: Mm. He has made nice.
Sudāmā: Shall I save one for later for you?
Prabhupāda: No. No saving. (laughter) Give me immediately. (laughter) Good job.
Devotee (2): Prabhupāda? Your Divine Grace? I have a question. I was always under impression or understanding from your teachings that one never eats in front of the Deities. Can you please explain that? 'Cause I understand you are pure devotee.
Śyāmasundara: He says that he always understood that one should not eat in front of the Deity. What is the difference?
Prabhupāda: Difference is generally we should not eat before the Deity, but there is another injunction: prasādaḥ prāptir mātreṇa bhoktavyaḥ. As soon as we get prasāda you should immediately eat. (laughter)
Take this. So we shall have to go there?
Śyāmasundara: Yes. We can go now. Here is some water. You can wash out the window. It's dirt below.
Prabhupāda: Everyone got? Everyone? No, I shall go there. (end)