Devamrita Swami: This was in the middle of the inconceivable marathon. So Ramesvara had arranged that the BBT staff were on a special bus that arrives right before the Rathayatra and takes off right after. I remember I would look at Prabhupada and kept staring at him and praying, “How can I be of some service to you?” because I was feeling that I was just useless and missing out on all the nectar and not having anything to do for Lord Chaitanya’s mission. Here I was working on the book marathon, but still those were my sentiments. I was lost in the crowd and just looking up at Prabhupada and praying like that very emphatically from my heart. And I’ll never forget all of a sudden, amidst hundreds upon hundreds of devotees, Prabhupada suddenly looked in my direction and looked straight at me and I was so shocked. He looked straight at me and fixed his eyes straight on me, I had no doubt what was going on. And I was just stunned, “He actually hears, he actually knows what’s going on in my heart.”
The other thing that I remember is upon arrival at the festival site, Radhaballabha, who was in charge of the production at that point, brought Prabhupada a stack of books which had just been printed because this was during the inconceivable marathon so some books had already started to come out. Prabhupada took those books, and I’ll never forget what I saw. He was on the stage seated on his vyasasana and I was down below seated on the grass, and I saw Prabhupada just light up like the moon in the sky upon getting those books in his hand. I’ll never forget that. Then I remember him lecturing and I remember him saying, “I have given this example so many times. You water the tree at the root, all the branches blossom. You put the food in the mouth, the whole body is energized.” I remember at that moment I finally caught it. It finally dawned on me the utter simplicity yet profundity of Krishna consciousness and bhakti-yoga: simply by satisfying Krishna, all purposes are fulfilled.
Prabhupada was starting off speaking about one subject, and then a hippie interrupted him, “I want sex!” And Prabhupada changed the whole subject of the lecture and began to explain in detail the grihastha regulative principles for having children. It was quite astonishing, telling the hippie, “You can have, but this is the way you have it.” Then after he spoke, there was this wonderful kirtan.