On its main trunk high off the ground is a green little sign saying "Hare Krishna Tree". And behind on a fence is a large sign describing the spiritual significance of this world-famous elm tree.
We were marvelling at this majestic tree - what a special soul it must be for being allowed to witness such a transcendental, ground-breaking happening! It was serving Srila Prabhupada in such a significant way, giving shade to him and his followers and offering a nice atmosphere for those early kirtans... I had a look at old photos of the tree - now, 50 years later, its main trunk has grown thick and stout.
I was given a verse from BG and elaborated on it while sitting exactly in the same place where Srila Prabhupada used to sit and deliver his classes. I could perceive Srila Prabhupada's presence strongly - a powerful energy permeated the atmosphere and flooded my heart in deep gratitude. I remembered how sometimes only one or two people used to attend his early programs, and Prabhupada offered his speech with undeterred determination.
Let us give this one lifetime in sacrifice for his mission...
On the 18th of July I flew back to Europe...
Your servant, Devaki dd
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