(Srila Prabhupada giving class in Toronto, Canada, 1976; Subahlavilas, far left in white)

"Before he left, Subhavilasa came forward with an unusual gift -- a child’s piggy bank. Srila Prabhupada laughed to see it. It belonged to Subhavilasa’s son, Indriyesha, and it was stuffed full of coins. When Srila Prabhupada came to Toronto last year, he had done a similar program at Subhavilasa’s house and Indriyesha had handed the piggy bank to him. Prabhupada had held it in the air and shook it and then laughed-- it was half empty. He had handed it back to the boy and told him 'Fill it up!' So throughout the year the boy has been faithfully adding one coin after another in anticipation of Srila Prabhupada’s next visit. Now today, he got his chance to again present it. This time Prabhupada very happily accepted it, greatly pleasing the entire family.

"Subhavilasa also presented a gold ring as guru-daksina, which Prabhupada put on. Then at about 8:00 P.M. he returned to the temple. A few minutes into the journey Srila Prabhupada slipped his new ring off and gave it to Pusta Krsna, who was both surprised and grateful to receive it."

Hari-sauri dasa
(Author, Lotus Imprints)
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