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One time I purposefully brought Prabhupada’s vases of flowers back to his altar late because I knew that he would be arriving. So I was the only one left in his quarters, and I had dared to do that because I thought that was a good chance for me to meet Prabhupada face to face. So I came late with the flowers, returning them to his altar just as he was walking into his sitting room. So I placed them on the altar and then paid my obeisances. Srila Prabhupada was still standing, he hadn’t sat down behind his desk, and he said, “And what is your name?” I told him my name was Hari Puja and that I had just gotten second initiation and I thanked him, and he shook his head like he did side to side and he said, “Thank you.” Then I left, and I was very happy that I got to talk to Srila Prabhupada face to face. The next day in his lecture, I can’t remember it but the idea was that Prabhupada had mentioned that even a sincere flower girl can make progress and go back to Godhead. So, of course, I was thinking that he was recognizing me

Hari Puja dasi
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