Talk Before Class
November 29, 1968, Los Angeles
Prabhupada: Who has taken your Deity?
Virabhadra: Who has taken Him? I don't know. Somebody, they broke in the house, they took one typewriter and the sewing machine and I think it's...
Prabhupada: Typewriter? When?
Tamala Krsna: Last night. Yesterday we just got a new sewing machine. A very expensive sewing machine and they stole it.
Prabhupada: Sewing machine?
Revatinandana: While we were at Griffith Park with kirtana party they broke into our house and took it.
Prabhupada: So that quarter is not nice?
Prabhupada: Somebody must remain always. That is the only precaution.
Prabhupada: I think in our apartment also somebody must remain. Here this is... In New York also I lost my typewriter, tape recorder. In 72nd St. at daytime, at nine o'clock. I went to take my meals in Dr. Misra's place at about nine, and when I came back I saw the door is broken. That superintendent, he was a Negro. He has done, I know that. This is very common case here. You purchased new machine and new...?
Tamala Krsna: The tape recorder... I mean the sewing machine was Silavati's. She has sent it down here with Dinesh. Two or three hours before I had just gotten it.
Prabhupada: Your tape recorder also?
Dinesa: No. I had brought the sewing machine from Silavati in San Francisco. Yes. This sewing machine.
Prabhupada: And typewriter, whose?
Tamala Krsna: The typewriter was mine. I'd just... Purusottama had just brought it from New York from my parents to me. So less than a week and they both are gone.
Prabhupada: New typewriter?
Prabhupada: What is the maker?
Prabhupada: Olivetti portable.
Tamala Krsna: Yes. A good one. But the sewing machine is very expensive. It may be 150 dollars. 163 dollars. Very good.
Prabhupada: So we have to take care. What can be done? Now you should be very careful, and somebody must remain there always.
Govinda: We live in a very good quarter though. They live by Watts and that's the... They live by Watts district, and Watts district is very notorious. There were seven-day riots of shooting and Negro revolts there about two years ago, three years ago. We live in a very nice quarter, but where they're living is in a very bad place.
Prabhupada: So you will continue to live there?
Tamala Krsna: Yes, it's in La Palma. It's not directly in the worst area. It's not in Watts county. It's in a different area, but still... Where you live is very good though. I don't think there would be any theft. More safe.
Prabhupada: Yes. It appears very respectable quarter. All right. Read. (end)