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Anecdotes of a Modern-Day Saint
July 6, 2008, 1:08 am
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Srila Prabhupada said, “We should always be considering, “What is my duty?'”  I thought, “Duty.  Okay.”  I was hearing-impaired since I was young, and between Prabhupada’s accent, my inability to hear, and the psychedelics residually floating in my brain cells, I was having a hard time understanding.  Prabhupada pointed to his coffee table and said, “Do you see this ant?”  I looked carefully.  I knew that Srila Prabhupada was the external representative of Supersoul, and if he said there was an ant, then there was an ant.  But there was no ant.

I didn’t want to say “No” and appear stupid to not see the spiritual or whatever ant that was there, and I didn’t want to say “Yes” and be proven a liar because I couldn’t see the ant.  Srila Prabhupada looked at me intensely, as though the ant issue was now solved.  He wanted to get on to real business.  He said, “My job is to understand, “What is my duty to this ant?'”  Not only was there there an ant that I couldn’t see, but now I had a duty to it.  Prabhupada looked at me almost beseechingly, “Somehow I have to help this ant.   Maybe I can chant Hare Krishna to it or feed it a little prasadam.  If we can help one ant become Krishna conscious, then our whole movement is a glorious success.”

-Nara Narayan, Memories: Anecdotes of a Modern-Day Saint

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