(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2008, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Lecture)
What will please Srila Prabhupada the most? Well, I remember a story of Tamal Krsna Maharaj. He was appointed as the GBC secretary for India and he was taking care for all of India. This was a very important service as these were big, big projects. But for some time, Tamal Krsna Maharaj had been preaching in America with the Radha Damodara party.
Then Prabhupada said that since Tamal Krsna Maharaj had left India, things were not going so well and Prabhupada said that he should go back to India and resume GBC duties but he did not want to go because he was having a good time preaching. So how did he convince Prabhupada?
He brought a whole group of new devotees that he had made and they were all nicely dressed up with tilaka and he brought them to his room and he said, “Prabhupada, we have been preaching with the bus party and these are all the new devotees that we have made.” And he introduced them, “This is bhakta… and bhakta…” and he went through the whole room!
Prabhupada’s eyes just became round and excited and he said, “All right, yes, you continue this program! You continue this program!” This preaching was worth more than all the buildings and everything because what Prabhupada really cared for was that people would become devotees.
So let us do something to make devotees but how can we make devotees? Prabhupada said, “It is very easy! You just show people how happy you are!” Easy, isn’t it? So firstly, we have to become really happy.