Morning Walk

July 19, 1976, New York
Prabhupada: Not only our men, outsiders also.
Tamala Krsna: Many outsiders were doing that.
Hari-sauri: They like to pull the ropes. It's a big experience for them.
Prabhupada: (belches loudly) What is this gas, oxygen? No. They put some gas.
Tamala Krsna: Carbon dioxide. CO2. You should have seen it. It was literally completely filled. We put on a play. First we did a big kirtana, after you left, very big, and many, at least a thousand to two thousand people were dancing. Then there was a play, and the people crowded to see that play of Kali, Sudama. Oh, they were amazed to see. Sudama was moving around, dancing, watching. They like that very much.
Prabhupada: Sudama plays nice.
Tamala Krsna: He's expert. Especially at that part, Kali and Sin. (laughter) And then after that I looked out at the crowd and literally I could not see any open space in the park. Really, I was shocked. Even where there was a fountain, the whole fountain was filled with people; even where there was water, they were standing in the water, there were so many people. It was hot, so they were standing. And the beautiful thing is because there was a fountain, the air was blowing the water all the way to the stage.
Prabhupada: It is very nice.
Tamala Krsna: We were preaching all this time.
Bali-mardana: Preaching and kirtana.
Prabhupada: Pusta Krsna Maharaja chanted.
Devotees: Oh, yes, very nice.
Pusta Krsna: Prabhupada, this festival was wonderful. So many people took prasadam, and afterwards they had a play and then they had, they did some bhajanas, and the people were enchanted by the whole thing. And the neighbors there, they said that "In the five years I've lived by the park, the park has never been so nice." It was just wonderful. They say about seven thousand people took prasadam.
Tamala Krsna: See, seven thousand.
Pusta Krsna: There was a line all the way around the park. They couldn't serve it out fast enough.
Tamala Krsna: Seven thousand took prasadam! That was the free prasadam. And another seven thousand we sold prasadam.
Hari-sauri: They had big queues for buying watermelon. Bali-mardana had bought lots of watermelon, and they were selling slices for fifty cents each.
Pusta Krsna: Lassi also, and lemonade, very tasty.
Tamala Krsna: They were also selling lassi and lemonade. It was very big.
Bali-mardana: Burfi and lugloos, sweets, everything.
Tamala Krsna: Bali-mardana's wife, Taittiriya devi, she was in charge of the sweet table. So she had about four or five sweets, they were all the same, but she made them somehow look different. So everyone was saying, "Oh, which one is which?" And she would say "Each one is different. You have to take one of every one." But they were all the same. So people had to buy two and three kinds. (laughter)
Prabhupada: She is good saleswoman.
Tamala Krsna: She is very good. And Tripurari, I watched him in action. One person came up and said "I want a Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.2." So he looked and said "We have 2.1.," and he said "I want 2." So he said "This is very close. 2.1 and 2.2 are very close to each other, and it's all absolute." In this way he made the man take one.
Prabhupada: No, actually that is a fact. There is no difference, 2.2 and 1.
Bali-mardana: And then we had a life membership table with Gajahanta and Sravanananda. The Indians were all coming, and there were chairs for them to sit down, and they were preaching to them life membership.
Tamala Krsna: And they had..., you know that little portable movie screen, you may have seen, it comes in an attache case.
Hari-sauri: Like Gargamuni's, he showed you in Mayapura.
Prabhupada: Ah.
Tamala Krsna: So we had three of these set up, and many people were sitting in chairs watching the different movies.
Bali-mardana: It was amazing that one little generator was supplying all the power. This one little gasoline generator was supplying the power for all the sound and the various electricity things.
Tamala Krsna: Yes, there was no electrical hook-up; we did that with a gas generator.
Prabhupada: Oh. And there was no sound, cutcutcutcutcut.
Tamala Krsna: No, because we put it very far away. In India that would be a nuisance, the sound of the...
Prabhupada: So where is Ambarisa?
Tamala Krsna: He was not in the parade.
Bali-mardana: He is going back to..., I spoke to him for a little while. He's going back to Boston right after the parade, I think, with Aja? I spoke to him; he seemed to be a nice boy. I asked him, because we were meeting with reporters. So they like to ask who is giving you big donations. I wasn't sure whether he wanted his name to be used or not, but he said, "Oh, yes, you can use it without any question. I do not mind at all." (pause)
Prabhupada: All right, go take rest, you have worked so hard.
Tamala Krsna: No, we didn't. (end)

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