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2017: Submit a Tribute : Entry # 233
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Dear Srila Prabhupada,
The first time I had the opportunity to witness your Divine Grace was in New Dwaraka, July 1974. I was 16 years old and had run away from home only a few weeks earlier having deciding to dedicate my life to the Krsna Consciousness Movement. You had briefly stopped in Los Angeles for a day before continuing to the San Francisco Ratha Yatra. As quite a young person without much experience my anticipation was I would get a chance to see a real celebrity; a famous and powerful person: the leader of a worldwide spiritual society, the author of Easy Journey of Other Planets, Krsna the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavad-gita; books that had literally changed my life. To my amazement, the experience was much greater than I had imaged. The devotees were swept away with enthusiasm. Everyone was bursting with excitement and anticipation to see you. I had never experienced anything that could compare to what I was fortunate enough to witness. Hundreds of devotees were assembled in front of the temple. The kirtan was already tumultuous and as your car pulled up to the temple entrance the atmosphere erupted in a crescendo of shared joy. When I first caught sight of your Divine Grace I saw your beaming smile through the window of the car as it approached. It was a smile that did not have a hint of vanity; rather genuine joy and unbounded love for all present. As you emerged from the car the joy the crowd was like the havens opening up, busting with happiness. Upon emerging you folded your hands and walked gracefully amid the crowd of devotees like a swan seemingly walking on clouds. Your head was held high and you seemed to be observing and acknowledging everyone present. Your smile was genuine and caring, not at all pretentious. In that smile was a personality that was fully knowledgeable but without pride, like parent for his children; conscientious and fully capable of satisfying the needs his children. How it was possible simply by a smile was truly amazing. It was as if time stopped. Nothing was more important than this moment. It was the culmination of my life. This is my feeble attempt to describe my imprecisions of see you for the first time. By a moments association with your Divine Grace I felt inspired to assist in your mission in whatever way I could. This is your potency and I am ever indebted to you, happy to have a place eternally in that crowd of ecstatic devotees.

Our humble servant,

Ramananda dasa (ACBSP)
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Dear Srila Prabhupada,
The first time I had the opportunity to witness your Divine Grace was in New Dwaraka, July 1974. I was 16 years old and had run away from home only a few weeks earlier having deciding to dedicate my life to the Krsna Consciousness Movement. You had briefly stopped in Los Angeles for a day before continuing to the San Francisco Ratha Yatra. As quite a young person without much experience my anticipation was I would get a chance to see a real celebrity; a famous and powerful person: the leader of a worldwide spiritual society, the author of Easy Journey of Other Planets, Krsna the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavad-gita; books that had literally changed my life. To my amazement, the experience was much greater than I had imaged. The devotees were swept away with enthusiasm. Everyone was bursting with excitement and anticipation to see you. I had never experienced anything that could compare to what I was fortunate enough to witness. Hundreds of devotees were assembled in front of the temple. The kirtan was already tumultuous and as your car pulled up to the temple entrance the atmosphere erupted in a crescendo of shared joy. When I first caught sight of your Divine Grace I saw your beaming smile through the window of the car as it approached. It was a smile that did not have a hint of vanity; rather genuine joy and unbounded love for all present. As you emerged from the car the joy the crowd was like the havens opening up, busting with happiness. Upon emerging you folded your hands and walked gracefully amid the crowd of devotees like a swan seemingly walking on clouds. Your head was held high and you seemed to be observing and acknowledging everyone present. Your smile was genuine and caring, not at all pretentious. In that smile was a personality that was fully knowledgeable but without pride, like parent for his children; conscientious and fully capable of satisfying the needs his children. How it was possible simply by a smile was truly amazing. It was as if time stopped. Nothing was more important than this moment. It was the culmination of my life. This is my feeble attempt to describe my imprecisions of see you for the first time. By a moments association with your Divine Grace I felt inspired to assist in your mission in whatever way I could. This is your potency and I am ever indebted to you, happy to have a place eternally in that crowd of ecstatic devotees.

Our humble servant,

Ramananda dasa (ACBSP)
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I joined in New Dwarka, Los Angeles in June 1974 when I was 16 years old and received first initiated from Srila Prabhupada in Chicago, Sept 1975 and second initiation in Detroit June 1976. I now live in Hawaii since 1991.