Srila Prabhupada was visiting Toronto's temple. I had only recently
joined the movement a few months prior to his visit.
I was standing outside the temple along with my brother, Isavatara
dasa, and another devotee when, accompanied by some of ISKCON's "big
brass" of that era, Srila Prabhupada came down the stairs and walked
towards a car.
After they all had entered the vehicle, it slowly drove in our
direction. As it passed a few feet away from where we stood, we peeked
intensely into the cabin to have a last glimpse of Srila Prabhupada.
The other "big brass" in the car, probably entranced by the pure
devotee's proximity, did not seem to notice us at all.
Srila Prabhupada however, in spite of overseeing the spiritual life of
thousands of disciples all over the world, looked and waved at us. We
were suddenly so overwhelmed by his glance and simple gesture. Here was
a paramahamsa, constantly absorbed in loving devotion to Krsna, who
took the time to personally acknowledge the presence of a few young
Srila Prabhupada is so personal and merciful. The image of Krsna's pure
devotee waving at us for a few precious seconds has left a deep
permanent impression on my mind and my life. After 31 years, I can
still relive it in minute details.
Such is the potency of Lord Krsna's pure representative.