I Lost All Friends, Money, Everything
(Srila Prabhupada with his first three Bhagavatams in Chippiwada, Delhi, 1965)

Prabhupāda: When I was reading this verse, that yasyāham anugṛhnāmi hariṣye tad dhanaṁ śanaiḥ (SB 10.88.8), Kṛṣṇa said that 'When I show somebody My special favor, I take away all his money,' I became shuddered: 'So Kṛṣṇa will take my all money? If He is spe...' (laughs) And actually that happened. He took my all money, all family, all friends and everything. (laughs) And He asked me, 'Go to America. You'll get many money, much money, many friends. You go ahead. Come here.' Yes. That was His intention. And I was sticking to limited money, limited friends, limited society. This is special favor.

Devotee: Just like in Bombay you mentioned that Lilavati Munshi... There was one house...

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Devotee: ...and you were trying to get that house...

Prabhupāda: Yes, and she took away.

Devotee: ...and you were prevented.

Prabhupāda: She took away. Because I was trying to organize a League of Devotees from that house, and Kṛṣṇa wanted, 'What is this nonsense? You are stick here, in Jhansi? You come here, in open field.' That was Kṛṣṇa's intent. But I thought that 'Even Kṛṣṇa took away this?' This Lilavati Munshi.

Devotee (2): Now her institution is...

Prabhupāda: But my intention was to start this movement.

Devotee (2): Yeah.

Prabhupāda: I was simply planning in different way. Therefore Kṛṣṇa's favor. I never deviated from this plan. Since I heard it from my Guru Mahārāja, I've simply planning how to do it successfully. But I thought at that time that 'I'll be able to do it if I get some money. Let me do some business for the time.' That I was thinking. But Kṛṣṇa said, 'Even if you are pauper, you try; you'll get everything.' But I thought, 'Without money, how this can be done?' That was difference of opinion with Kṛṣṇa, argument. And I was dreaming also, Guru Mahārāja asking me, 'Come on.' So I was going. So I was, 'Oh, I have to go? I have to take sannyāsa?' (laughs)

Devotee (2): You, you dreaming?

Prabhupāda: Yes. Guru Mahārāja said, 'Come. Come with me.' I was going. But that... Many things happened before this. Yes. And at last it became, in America.

Devotee (2): Did you tell everyone you were leaving, or you simply disappeared?

Prabhupāda: No, I never said. Oh, why shall I? I lost all friends, money, everything.

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Delhi, November 3, 1973)

Photo by Srila Prabhupada's son, Vrindavan Chandra De

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