I had a question in my mind about sickness and how we become sick. Do we become sick from karma? Do we become sick from our mind? Do we become sick from uncleanliness? How does sickness come upon us? I hadn’t been able to form it into a question that I could actually ask Srila Prabhupada as we were walking along the street. Then Prabhupada stopped and he turned to me and said, “Ninety percent of all sickness is caused by the mind.” And then off he went and the walk continued. So that is something that I always remember. Another thing that is very instructive in that exchange is that Srila Prabhupada actually read my mind. He knew what I was thinking about. I didn’t even verbalize my question and he answered it right after I just thought it. So that was very instructive that the spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, was connected to the Supersoul who knew my heart and mind.
One summer in Montreal Prabhupada was having his massage in the back yard of the temple. The summer months are normally very short, and since the winters can be very cold, Prabhupada was taking advantage of this very sunny and warm day. A few of us wanted to have Prabhupada’s association, so we walked in the back and offered our obeisances. With the sun shining down on Prabhupada, he said to us after we offered our respects, “In this universe there are planets where the trees are miles tall and it’s all being supported by the sunshine.”