Srila Prabhupada – The Acharya

Radhanath Swami's SM with garlandSrila Prabhupada’s first disciple, Acarya Prabhakar Misra, was a respectable Sanskrit scholar and teacher, who held an MA and PhD title.  In an interview for the Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita in the 1970’s, conducted by Bahushiras das, Acarya Prabhakar stated in 1954 that he was with Srila Prabhupada on Krsna Janmastami in Jhansi. He related how he woke up at 1:00 am and heard Srila Prabhupada ecstatically playing mridanga in the temple room upstairs.

When he went upstairs and saw Srila Prabhupada dancing around the temple room performing kirtan. Prabhupada was wearing a kadamba flower garland that went all the way down to his feet. Kadamba flowers are very rare in Jhansi and when they are available they are usually the size of a golf ball. But the one’s Prabhupada were wearing were the size of tennis balls. The entire room was surcharged with the fragrance of the heavenly planets.

Acarya Prabhakar asked Srila Prabhupada, “Where did this garland come from? It is not available from the market.” But Srila Prabhupada would not answer. His Divine Grace just kept on performing kirtan, chanting and dancing around the room.

The next morning Acarya Prabhakar asked Srila Prabhupada, “Where did you get the garland?  Why does it have such a rich fragrance?  And why were you feeling so blissful?”

Srila Prabhupada replied,  “I was chanting to Krishna and feeling some love for Him. And He appeared and gave me this garland. I went to touch His feet and He disappeared. Because of that I was dancing around the temple room.” Srila Prabhupada then began crying.

Acarya Prabhakar also related that sometimes Prabhupada’s mood was to perform kirtan very intensely. He would chant on and on and on for three days straight.

Such are the pastimes of a pure devotee, immersed in love for the Lord.

Some of us might have heard or read this pastime but it is worth reading it or hearing it millions of times. It is faith-giving and nourishing to our souls.

Source: Intimate Glimpse – by Indradyumna Swami Maharaj on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 2:42pm (on Facebook)

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  1. Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi says:

    Great article. Jai Gurudev !!

  2. This is wonderful, I do not have words to express my gratitude to you for sharing this pass time. thank you very much.

  3. Rishikumardas says:

    Glorification of a pure devotee is like glorification of krishna. It is limitless. SP is a Braj Priya Jana, He is a Gour Priya Jana.

  4. This incident increases my awe & reverence manifold for a great saint like Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada.

  5. … the pure bliss experienced by a pure devotee in connection with Krishna..

  6. I read this article on the auspicioius occassion of HDG Srila Prabhupad coming to the western world to plant the seed for what would be later ISKCON
    Extremely faith giving…

  7. It is so reassuring and comforting to hear these pastimes.

  8. Thank you for this article.

  9. it is worth reading it or hearing it millions of times. It is faith-giving and nourishing to our souls.


  11. Thanks for sharing this wondeful article..

  12. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    The pastimes of a pure devotee are inconceivable.

  13. Meet Manik says:

    Simply Awsome…..

  14. Thanks for sharing

  15. thank you for sharing this article .

  16. Tallam Sita Ramaiah says:

    Pure devotees are always immersed in love of Krishna. We are fortunate to have the association of a great soul like H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj. All glories to Maharaj.

  17. Swapnil Gaonkar says:

    All glories to Srila Prabhupada. He has saved us by bring us to the lotus feet of Krishna

  18. Rajaruban says:

    Hearing about such great personalities can only enhance your faith in God.

  19. vijay waichal says:

    very inspiring pastime of Srila Prabhupada

  20. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    This is a most wonderful incident which will increase our faith by leaps and bounds. The association of great saints like HH Radhanath Swami would open the doors to such faith givng incidents.

  21. very inspiring pastime of Srila Prabhupada.

  22. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Amazing incident!

  23. The Lord reciprocates with the same love and intensity with which we approach him. Prabhupada was personally relishing association of Lord. He was humbly serving him and saving the mankind from the greatest distress. Jai Srila Prabhupada!

  24. Chandrika says:

    This is really inspiring, thank you!

  25. Nirav Gokani says:

    This incident shows that Acarya (Prabhupada) is not an ordinary man like us….
    I m proud to be aspiring Grand Desciple of Prabhupad..

  26. Ravi Garg says:

    Srila Prabhupada was God’s messenger who came to reclaim fallen souls like us….

  27. Such an intense absorption is what distinguishes a pure devotee from others .

  28. A pure devotee is always emmersed in love of Godhead!!!

  29. Srila Prabhupada is a bonafide representative of Krishna

  30. A really nice incident that inspires faith! Srila Prabhupada ki Jay!

  31. ananda lila d says:

    All glories to the bonafide disciplic succession…
    Srila Prabhupada Ki Jay

  32. Sumit Sharma says:

    Srila Prabhupada has a special contribution to the whole world. His revolution would always be remembered for the time to come.

  33. Sumit Sharma says:

    Nice story about Srila Prabhupada’s meeting with Lord Krishna.

  34. srila prabhupad ki jai…!!!

  35. We are so fortunate to be connected with such a pure devotee of the Lord. Thank you very much for sharing this.!

  36. Kiran Yagain says:

    It takes hard faith to beleive this in our conditioned sate of consciousness. But it is indeed obvious that SrilaPrabhuapada was an empowered devotee who performed many more miracles of transforming innumerable hearts…. The miracle continues through his books, disciples and grand disciples….!

  37. A pastime that can be read and relished over and over again.

  38. Jitendra Tapadia says:

    Pure devotees are so much engrossed in the service of Krsna that Krsna reciprocrates with them very intimately.

  39. One of the most beautiful pastimes I have ever heard.

  40. ananda lila d says:

    Acharya means who teaches / preaches by own example…
    Srila Prabhupada Ki Jay

  41. Tejna Patodi says:

    The realizations of an acharya are highly inconceivable. We must pray to them and try to follow in their footsteps.

  42. Jitendra Tapadia says:

    The Lord reciprocates with devotees as per their surrender.Srila Prabhupada is such a pure devotee.Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing such an inspiring incident.

  43. Vinay Malani says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful Srila Prabhupada pastime.

  44. We are very fortunate to be blessed under the shelter of HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada…!

  45. Shankar pandit das says:

    This is a very wonderful incident being narrated here. As described, it is very nourishing and faith giving to the soul.

  46. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    This mood of pure love is compassionately being distributed by the disciples of Srila Prabhupada like HH Radhanath Swami and others in the parampara. We need to just hold on to them with faith.

  47. This incident still gives goosebumps every time I read it,

  48. Jayadev Das says:

    Amazing once. We are so fortunate that we connect with Shrila Prabhupada & his disciples like Radhanath maharaj. Thanks a lot for sharing

  49. Suryakant Krishna Das says:

    Shril Prabhupada ia a divine personality and not an ordinary soul. We are so luckyu to be connected to him through his disciples like Radhanath maharaj.

  50. Wonderful… so hope giving and ecstatic.

  51. pratik desai says:

    Hari Bol !!! Srila Prabhupada ki Jai !!!

  52. RIshikumardas says:

    Once i asked HH Navayogendra Swami, Maharaj, U just had a 3-4 years of association with SP, and u gave 30-40 years in his service and always give credit to him, what was there in SP that you got stick to him in realtion to heart?, HHNYS Replied: “This is because SP was a loving personality in had ever met in my whole lifetime. He is a pure devotee ”

    Thanks for sharing such a nice article about SP and his pastime.

  53. Such a divine pastime, than u for sharing with us.

  54. Truly an amazing incident.

  55. Laxmikanth says:

    good one thank you for sharing

  56. Wonderful instance to hear fills the heart with love and compassion which Prabhupad shared to us, which he himself received from Lord. thank you very much for sharing.

  57. Anagha Warade says:

    Amazing pastimes!

  58. Thank you for sharing. Really it inspires us in KC when we read Srila Prabhupada’s Pastimes.
    hari Bol.

  59. Jayadev Das says:

    Thank a lot

  60. vishnu walse says:

    Thank you for sharing shuch a wonderful pastime. It is sure going to give more faith and will be soul nourishing.

  61. Sri Ishwari says:

    Jai Srila Prabhupad.

  62. ananda lila das says:

    Thank you for sharing this pastime

  63. ananfalila das says:

    Really heart touching pastime…

  64. Thank you very much for sharing such a beautiful and intimate pastime of Srila Prabhupada. Hareee Bol.

  65. rajesh karia says:

    very faith giving and intense pass time of HDGACBSSP, simply ecstatic, haribol!

  66. bhakti karia says:

    all glories to Sril Prabhupada, Haribol!

  67. Ankit Patel says:

    Thank You Radhanath Swami Maharaj for connecting us to Srila Prabhupada.

  68. vaishnavi says:

    I feel very fortunate that i am in the mission of such a pure devotee HDG SRILA PRABHUPADA

  69. Anil Timbe says:

    Wow.. simply amazing pastime. Thank you so much for sharing.

  70. All glories to Srila Prabhupad, an ambassador of the kingdom of God, a permanent resident of Goloka Vrindavan who appeared here for the welfare of fallen souls out of his causeless mercy.

  71. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Very hope giving!

  72. Very faith giving pastime of Srila Prabhupada.

  73. Y.Raja Shekar says:

    Truly amazing incident. HH Radhanath Swami when he narrates such incidents of his spiritual master HDG Srila Prabhupada with tremendous faith that these incidents penetrate our hearts and our enthusiasm increases many fold.

  74. Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi says:

    Jai Prabhupada!!!

  75. dr tushar vora says:

    This story really builds faith in all classes of devotees. But atheistic people are so blind that inspite of giving all evidence, they would not believe.

    Krishna’s scriptures as rendered by Srila Prabhupada(which was the way they were originally rendered) are enough to instill very strong faith, but non-believers also require incidents like these to boost their faith.

  76. Really, such are the pastimes of a pure devotee, immersed in love for the Lord. Such pastimes give so much faith to neophytes like me. All glories to Srila Prabhupad. Thanks for sharing this article.


    Srila Prabhupad spotted and asked Gurudas Prabhu to call Radhanath Swami from amongst a crowd of more than 25000 people in a pandal program in Mumbai. Jai !

  78. Phani Karthik says:

    Thanks for wonderful article. Its indeed faith giving and soul nourishing.

  79. Quite amazing – “I was chanting to Krishna and feeling some love for Him. And He appeared and gave me this garland.

  80. Samir Paleja says:

    Srila Prabhupad had darshan of lord sri krishna on many occasion, including when he suffered heart attacks on Jalduta. He is a pure devotee and a pure devotee can only connect so many souls to Krishna.

  81. Srila Prabhupada was the person who spread the glories of Lord Chaitanya all over the world. Unless then, nobody even knew about Lord Chaitanya’s existence, who is the incarnation of both Radha and Krsna !!! All glories to Srila Prabhupada !!

  82. Vinay Malani says:

    Srila Prabhupada is indeed a pure devotee of Lord Krishna. No wonder, he was able to fulfill the prophecy of Lord Chaitanya by spreading the Sankirtan movement all over the world.

  83. Monia Sharma says:

    Wonderful !! All glories to Srila Prabhupada !!


    All glories to srila prabhupada!!!!!!!!!!!!

  85. The more we hear about Shrila Prabhupada the more we feel indebted to what he has given us. It takes lifetimes to understand the process of Krishna Conciousness but pure devotees like him have made Krishna Conciousness so easily accessible. Thank you for sharing this pastime with all of us

  86. Padmanabha dasa says:

    Great! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful pastimes. It increases our faith in HDG Srila Prabhupada.

  87. Thank you very much for sharing …haribol!!!! Srila Prabhupadh ki Jai!!

  88. Milind M Churi says:

    Yes we read this pastime hundred times because it will give us a faith in Guru And The Krishna,The Supreme Personality Of GodHead.

  89. chandra bhushan tiwari says:

    prabhupada please bless me for advancment in krishna consciouness

  90. Vidya Patham says:

    Thank you for sharing this most confidential pastime of Srila Prabhupada.

  91. shailesh says:

    This is truely worth reading a million times and on and on .. Jay Srila Prabhupada ! Hare Krsna !

  92. Jay Srila Prabhupada ! Thank you so much Srila Prabhupada for still loving all of us and being so merciful.Hare Krsna !

  93. There would be many more such past times what the world has not witnessed. Jai Srila Prabhupada.

  94. Thanks for sharing.

  95. Many thanks to swami Radhanath for sharing this incident about His guru maharaj, Srila Prabhupada

  96. Sada Nandini DD says:

    Srila Prabhupad is very great. Thank you very much for sharing this story and it’s worth reading again and again.

  97. Sundar Ananda das says:

    Prabhupada was a part of Caitanya (Gaura) lila .. and so are his disciples!

  98. All glories to Srila Prabhupada !!
    and All glories to his “REAL” and “BONAFIDE DISCIPLE” H H Radhanath Swami Maharaja.
    and all glories to the disciples of H H Radhanath Swami maharaja who have developed this website.

    In the language of Srila Prabhupada: “all glories to the “DISCIPLES OF MY DISCIPLE”
    All glories to “SRILA PRABHUPADA’S GRANDDISCIPLES”. Haribol!!

  99. shailesh says:

    Beautiful Experience.Its such nice to know about the past times of Srila Prabhupada especially one of these kinds or else Srila Prabhupada just struggled hard to establish Krsna consciousness all over the world.jay Srila Prabhupada ! Hare Krsna !

  100. thank you for sharing

  101. Many thanks for posting this about Srila Prabhupada, the guru of Radhanath swami

  102. Thank you for sharing this pastime.

  103. Jay Srila Prabhupada.Very inspiring.

  104. Prabhupada ki jay!

  105. Shyam Mahtani says:

    Truly my Inspiration, as I read this over and over again. Thank you Srila Prabhupada for everything.

  106. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful pastimes.

  107. Chandraprakash says:

    he is the original acharya………………thank u for sharing

  108. Anjanadri Reddy says:

    Many thanks for sharing this nectarine past time about Radhanath swami’s guru Srila Prabhupada

  109. VP Singam says:

    Thank you for this beautiful narration.

  110. Rajiraja2002 says:

    HH Radhanath Swami has an amazing equation with his beloved Guru Srila Prabhuapad. HH Radhanath Swami also loves Kadamba flowers very much and there is no doubt that his entire life is dedicated to love of Krishna and Srila Prabhuada.

  111. Srila Prabhupada ki Jaiii

  112. Jay Srila Prabhupada…

  113. Sayyanakontham says:

    Jay SRila Prabhupada ! 

  114. Arjun Ramachandra says:

    Srila Prabhupad ki Jai! Such a transcendental personality as Srila Prabhupada, so pure and empowered has descended to bestow mercy upon all of us conditioned souls.

  115. it is really an amazing exp

  116. Jay Srila Prabhupada ! 

  117. yes really a faith-giving pastime

  118. nice

  119. Chandraprakash says:

    wonderful article

  120. Thanks for sharing this transcendental pastime of Srila Prabhupad

  121. Anjanadri Reddy says:

    Many thanks for sharing this wonderful and beautiful incident involving the guru of Radhanath swami

  122. Chandraprakash says:

    he is the real acharya

  123. Thank you very much for this faith giving pastime.

  124. Sayyanakontham says:

    Highly inspiring and enthusuaitic .Thank you very much Hare Krsna !

  125. Sayyanakontham says:

    A ture and pure devotee like Srila Prabhupada ONLY has the right to see lord Krsna face to face.

  126. Thank you very much .. it was sincerely faithlifting

  127. Thank you very much .. it was sincerely faithlifting

  128. wonderful leela….jai srila prabhupada

  129. thank you for sharing such pastimes with us. AGTSP

  130. Very nice article.

  131. Great to know. Many thanks for sharing this about the Guru of Swami Radhanath

  132. very inspiring.

  133. Loved reading this article.

  134. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    We are so fortunate to be connected to great souls like Srila Prabhupad.

  135. amazingly sweet

  136. incredible

  137. Rajendra Prasad says:

    Really, as pointed out in the article, the hearing about pure devotees is very soul nurshing.

  138. Thank you very very much maharaj

  139. very nice past time, thanks for sharing this with us…,

  140. wow never heard this pastime before! thanks for sharing!

  141. Amazing!Thank you for sharing.

  142. Haribol…

  143. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    So lucky to have such intimate association with Srila Prabhupad.

  144. Kalyani Ajrekar says:

    All glories all glories to dear Srila Prabhupada !! ……. Am so indebted to Him.
    He gave us love for Sri Sri Radha-Krsna.
    He gave us our parampara.
    He gave us our Guru Maharaj.
    He gave us a direction to go back home back to Godhead.

  145. Many thanks to Radhanath swami for sharing this wonderful arctile

  146. ravinder patel says:

    thanks for sharing the article…….

  147. Thank you very much. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

  148. Many thanks for sharing this wonderful past time of Radhanath swami's Guru Maharaj Srila Prabhupada

  149. very very nice

  150. thank you for sharing such a wonderful pastime, always nice to read and hear such stories. Thanks.

  151. Pranjal Dixit says:

    Thank you very much for amazing article.

  152. Rakeshh Chandrra says:

    Really this is very enthusiastic articles in readers heart!Thank you for sharing.

  153. Very nice article which is very intimate.

  154. nandkishordas says:

    very nice.

  155. All glories to Srila Prabhupada

  156. How inspiring and awe inducing is this narrative. It makes us feel when can we become furher more serious on our way to Bhakti, so that we get closer to our spiritual goals day by day and minute by minute.

  157. really wonderful to read it again & again & again.

  158. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    thank you for sharing such a wonderful experience. We are so lucky to be connected with Srila Prabhupad who has personally seen Krishna.

  159. Shyam Mahtani says:

    Millions and Millions and Millions of obeisances to you, Srila Prabhupada. You are our savior.You are so merciful, being in direct contact with Lord Krishna,but still taking so much pains to connect us too. Jai Prabhupada.

  160. hari bol

  161. really amazing and faith giving pastime!

  162. Thank you for sharing this nice pastime of which has shown us Srila Prabhupada's purity.

  163. Hare Krishna ! Thank You for sharing a great Pasttimes.

  164. Hemant Solanki says:

    Hare Krishna ! Thank You for sharing a great Pasttimes.

  165. Many millions of thanks for sharing this about the Guru Maharaj of Radhanath swami

  166. Jagannath Dham Das says:

    Thanks for sharing such intimate pastimes of Srila Prabhupada !
    We are all very fortunate to be in such an era where we have every opportunity to make rapid advancement in our KC !
    Thanks to special souls like Radhanath Swami for making us available all these nectarine pastimes through these websites !
    Hare Krishna !

  167. wonderful article

  168. Thanks for sharing the Prabhupada's wonderful and inspiring Pastime.

  169. Tallam Sita Ramaiah says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this. Srila Prabhupada's contribution to the society is immeasurable.

  170. Great to know the wonderful past time.

  171. Citra Gopi DD says:

    What a rare pastime!

  172. Santpal Goel says:


  173. Wonderful, exemplary pure devotee of Krishna, Srila Prabhupada, whose mercy makes me to stay in this moment where we can have association of devotees. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

  174. srila prabhupada is the chosen representative by the supreme lord himself,

  175. srila prabhupada is the pure devotee of the lord,

  176. Many thanks for posting this wonderful article on Srila Prabhupada, the Guru Maharaj of Radhanath swami

  177. Arjun K Ramachandra says:

    That was a very intimate glimpse into the greatness of Srila Prabhupada, thanks to HH Indradyumna Swami Maharaj and you for posting this hair-raising story on the web.

  178. Amazing.Thanks for sharing

  179. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story about Srila Prabhupad. Srila Prabhupad ki jai.

  180. Srinivas Pendyala says:

    This is Proof that Spiritual Master must have seen the Truth, to be a Spiritual Master. Amazing story.

  181. kuldeepsoni says:

    Amazing I never heard this past time before !! I am feeling extreme joy.

  182. Really nourishing. Thanks for sharing.

  183. Milind M Churi says:

    Great Soul.Despite direct connection with The supreme Lord Sri Krishna,His Divine Grace says I felt some Love for Him(Sri Krishna).That is how great heart of his!Very nice story which help reader to re-establish his/her faith in God and His unalloyed representatives.Thank you very much.

  184. Anshu Jaiman says:

    Hare Krishna,Srila Prabhupada ki jai hooooo!!!!!!! jai Srila Prabhupada..Maharaj ki jai hooo…!!!.My lord i really experienced that owe and reverence and the rush inside me when i read SP saw Krishna and Krishna gave him the Garland i was just taken aback.Really,i am feeling deep deep deep experience of the richness of spiritual life by reading this article.ys-anshu jaiman

  185. great story…Prabhupada ki jay!

  186. We are truly fortunate !

  187. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    All great souls are immersed in their love for God!

  188. Nice exchange !!

  189. Great post. Very inspiring. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

  190. Wonderful pastime!

  191. Srila Prabhupad lila ki jai!

  192. Sumit Sharma says:

    Good one. Thanks for sharing it.

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