Just like one female disciple of Srila Prabhupada was in New Vrndavana and at that time Srila Prabhupada had come to New Vrndavana after a long time. There was really no road; they used to call it the Agasura road. It was like a curving road through the hills. No car could drive there so they decided to carry Prabhupada in a palanquin. And it was evening time and many devotees were surrounding Prabhupada and they were all carrying torches. So it was like something out of a book: Prabhupada being carried on a palanquin, torch lights all around and everyone was just in ecstasy so one of the ladies had a desire to be close, close to Prabhupada. Somehow or other she got right next to Srila Prabhupada only to realize that she was still very far away from Prabhupada. That’s the fact. One cannot come close through physical proximity. Not possible. One can only come close in service. If one has done something to please the spiritual master. Then one is closer. Then one is closer than they were before. If you have done something extra-ordinary…”

Kadamba Kanana Swami
Mayapur Gardens
25 November 2007

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