(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 May 2021, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.27)
India is full of village things. We are not sure where it all comes from. Some things may have a Vedic tradition to them and some things may not. For instance, if you drive the car, you cannot first drive backwards. You have to drive forwards even if there is a wall in front of the car, then you can drive backwards. Very inauspicious if you are driving backwards to begin with. When you are driving and a black cat crosses the road in front of the car, this is also very bad. You have to stop the car, turn off the engine and start again. Then start your journey again. India is full of stuff like this. So Prabhupada’s mother also did this. And mother Yasoda did this to protect Krsna. Prabhupada said, ”In the same way as mother Yasoda made so many arrangements to protect Krsna. In the same way, I am always praying to protect ISKCON. But the prayers of mother Yasoda were unnecessary, because who can harm Krsna? In the same way, I know that my prayers are also unnecessary, because who can harm ISKCON?” This is transcendental!