681020I2.SEA
Initiation

Seattle, October 20, 1968
(kirtana, etc.)
Prabhupada: (leads prayers for fire sacrifice) Vande 'ham..., svaha. Why left hand? Right hand. Svaha. Svaha. (chants standard fire sacrifice prayers with devotees' response) Now stand up with this banana.
(chants twice with response) Put this banana like this. Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. (chants twice with response) Now bow down.
nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta svamin iti namine
All right.
Devotees: Jaya. Jaya. Hare Krsna.
Prabhupada: Now you chant. You chant. Hare Krsna, chant.
Young woman: Excuse me please. I have to speak to you.
Prabhupada: Please wait. Let me finish. Let me finish.
Visnujana: You don't have to speak to him.
Young woman: Yes I do. You are sitting up there and all of these people are sitting here, and you're like you're on a throne. And you're feeling...
Visnujana: No.
Young woman: Pardon? No, this is wrong.
Prabhupada: That's all right. Let us chant. (kirtana-prema-dhvani) Where is that girl? She is gone?
Visnujana: I think Madhudvisa explained to her. She did not know about the bowing down and everything.
Prabhupada: What was her question?
Visnujana: She was thinking that we were bowing to you as if you were God. She resents this, because in the Christian religion it says, "Bow down to no man."
Prabhupada: What did you explain?
Visnujana: I don't know.
Prabhupada: (laughs) Did you not explain that we are bowing down not as God, as God's representative? Did you..., could not explain like this?
Madhudvisa: She's over there, I think, if you'd like to talk to her.
Visnujana: You can explain that to her.
Tamala Krsna: Yeah, you'd better... You explain it to her. It might be better than her coming here and blaspheming.
Prabhupada: Call her. Call her. Call her. (pause) (talking in background, initiates discussing their names, etc.) Distribute prasadam. Everyone. Outside also?
Upendra: Prabhupada? Tomorrow between 12:15 for a lecture at the University.
Prabhupada: What is the arrangement?
Upendra: It is one small auditorium. It seats seventy people. They have advertised on the university and in the newspaper at the university. So we have no idea who will come, but they have advertised.
Prabhupada: So you will be able to collect?
Upendra: Indiscreetly. We will ask as they leave. (end)

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