Diary extract. May 19th, 2020, 9.55 am, Cairns, Far North Queensland (effectively the land of Her Majesty the Queen), Australia. ANZ bank, Cairns Central Branch. ATM.
For practical reasons, the ATMs are situated both outside and inside the bank’s premises. I choose to go inside and had a brief conversation with the Chinese lady, welcoming host, transaction facilitator and fluently Chinese speaking. I know that because that is the meaning of her Chinese flag on her badge, as another lady with no flag on her badge explained to me. I left my business card with her and we agreed that she would get in touch if she needed a vegetarian cookbook. I deposited ALL my notes – in fact, Krishna’s notes – into the ATM, forgetting that I needed at least five dollars for a new pair of Sankirtan book distribution shoes. After the transaction and after the ATM had accepted all my notes, I realized factually that I needed a maximum of 10 dollars for my new Sankirtan shoes. At that very moment, the ATM spit out one five dollars note and after a few seconds, another five dollars note. Amazingly and without any intervention of my own but wishing, I was supplied two five dollars notes at the very moment I desired them. This is the characteristic of the spiritual world, without any doubt whatsoever! You desire and you get immediately. No need for hard labor. So let us desire similarly many millions of dollars for Krishna only, because He is the greatest of all, as He confirms in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is 15.18:
“Because I am transcendental, beyond both the fallible and the infallible, and because I am the greatest, I am celebrated both in the world and in the Vedas as that Supreme Person.”
Therefore His service is the best of all services. Better than self-service, restricted or extended, better than community service, better than family service, better than health services and better than government service.
The miracle here was not the fact that the ATM didn’t like two five dollars notes of my deposit. That is a very common occurrence and happens every day. The miracle here is the extraordinary timing of all sequences of the event.
All glories to Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtan movement and all glories to its initiator in the modern age: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, Initiator of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust and Inceptor of the Back to Godhead magazine. I other words, the fourth great qualification of Srila Prabhupada is to be the Initiator of Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtan movement in the modern age. He has confirmed this fact Himself. When He was asked why there is such a time gap between Lord Caitanya (18 February 1486 – 14 June 1533, according to Wikipedia.) and the incorporation of ISKCON, His own Sankirtan party, in 1966, in New York City. He famously replied: “It is because Lord Caitanya wanted to give me personally the credit .” Jai Srila Prabhupada!
At this stage, He is also the greatest unacknowledged well-wisher and benefactor of humanity at large, thus fitting in the category of giants of history such as Lord Jesus Christ. But the people of the world, in their own wisdom, will change their minds favorably and in due course about the true position of Srila Prabhupada. Many already have.