HOW SRILA PRABHUPĀDA SPENT HIS DAY?

In conversation with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Guest: Is it true that there are more young people now in the world that are giving more serious thought to what life is really all about?

Prabhupāda: Yes, they should. Because they are being educated, they are experiencing the faults of their fathers and grandfathers.

Guest: And they’re able to tell that?

Prabhupāda: So we are telling this is the aim. You take. And therefore (there is) more response from the younger section. All our devotees, they are just like my grandchildren. Their fathers may be like my children. But they are responsive.

Guest: How do you spend a day?

Prabhupāda: We have got activities day and night, but because the body is there, we have to eat, but we eat Krishna prasādam. And naturally we go to sleep, to take some rest. Otherwise we are always engaged in Krishna’s business. We have no other business. So I go in the morning for little morning walk because the body, whole day if I sit down, it may be jammed. Therefore, for body’s sake, I go for little walking. And then, whole day and night, I am sitting here, either chanting or writing books or talking with you, giving them direction. That’s all. We have no other business than Krishna’s business. That is the peculiarity of this movement. Even if you take it as a religious movement, there is no religious movement in the whole world which has got twenty-four hours’ engagement. You’ll never find. The Christians go to the church once in a week for one hour, then closed. That is also not very regularly. (But) our engagement (is) twenty-four hours.

Pusta Krishna: Every day.

Prabhupāda: Every day. You can see how we are engaged twenty-four hours.

Gurukrpā: Prabhupāda gets up at one o’clock in the morning.

Prabhupāda: Last night I woke up at half past twelve. (laughter) Yes. So on the whole, utmost, I sleep four hours, two hours at night and two hours in daytime.

Guest: I must…. Your Grace, I’m most grateful to have seen you. I must depart. Thank you very much for having me here.

Prabhupāda: Why, thank you for your coming. Hare Krishna. Give him prasāda.

Guest: Good-bye.

[Room Conversation, April 23, 1976, Melbourne]

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