BV Padmanabha Swami: I remember that every morning Srila Prabhupada was lecturing on the first 14 slokas of the Caitanya-caritamrta, and that first chapter and that first volume had just recently been released. So Srila Prabhupada was now lecturing so wonderfully on the mood and pastimes of Mahaprabhu and the sankirtan movement. I can remember on one occasion, on one day, he was saying that this Krishna consciousness movement, now we have just a few gurus. But in the future there will be hundreds of gurus, and then there will be thousands of gurus. As he was declaring this, then all the devotees were cheering, all the hundreds of devotees there were cheering, “Jaya Prabhupada! Jaya Prabhupada!” But those first 14 days in Mayapur with Srila Prabhupada, oh, it was such an opportunity that I can never, never forget.
I remember one evening the Manipuri dancers came to perform in front of all the devotees and Srila Prabhupada, and this is perhaps even the very first time that I think Swarup Damodar Maharaj had organized. They were performing a kind of rasa-lila dance. Now, Prabhupada was sitting and watching this in the temple room and he was surrounded by many sannyasis and, of course, there were many, many brahmacaris as well during that time. And we were watching this dance performance where there were very beautiful decorated young ladies who were dancing and performing the rasa-lila dance depicting the beautiful moods of the gopis. Prabhupada gave a short talk after this. He was mentioning how Caitanya Mahaprabhu would never actually look, He was very, very strict; and especially He was very strict with his renunciate devotees, that they should not associate with the opposite sex. I think Srila Prabhupada was making this point because he could understand and see that this was an unusual experience for a lot of the renunciate devotees who were there, and perhaps it was a bit of a test for them. So Prabhupada mentioned like this. And he said, “But at the same time, we appreciate very much. We are very thankful that these dancers have come. They are very good devotees of Krishna, and this tradition is a very old tradition in their country. They are very, very expert at depicting the rasa-lila dance of Radha and Krishna.”