(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 11 April 2014, Cape Town, South Africa, Lecture at House Program)
Prabhupada danced on so many occasions! But the most importance statement about Srila Prabhupada’s dancing is not his dancing in the Avalon ballroom, in the San Francisco concert, nor is it in London at the famous London Ratha Yatra where Prabhupada went up and down in love and ecstasy.
The real dancing that Srila Prabhupada did is described in the Markine Bhagavata Dharma. When the Jaladuta had just landed in New York, Prabhupada began to write about how he was just a kāṣṭhera puttali – a puppet, a wooden doll, a marionette, just a puppet on strings, “Make me dance. Oh my Lord, make me dance.” In other words, to become the willing instrument of Krsna, in Krsna’s hands, as Krsna desires it! There, Prabhupada really danced! And the amazing thing that happened is that the puppet itself turned into a puppeteer and subsequently, so many puppets danced in the hands of that puppeteer. Prabhupada made so many men dance according to his will!
He made them go to remote places. He made them really do something very substantial. That was Prabhupada, he was a general undoubtedly, driving a mission to go forward, to conquer the world. There is no doubt about that. Prabhupada said he had no problem except one problem which was that he could not think small, and that was a fact! He never could think small. He would always think big, so big that it would blow the mind of all. There is no one who does not feel that Prabhupada’s big thinking exceeds anything that they ever thought; that is a fact!
But that is Guru; he has a greater vision about our life than we have ourselves. He wants something greater from us than what we would do on our own. Therefore, Guru is always challenging us to do more, to go beyond our limits.