The year was 1976.
Srila Prabhupada was visiting Toronto's temple. I had only recently joined the movement a few months prior to his visit.
I was standing outside the temple along with my brother, Isavatara dasa, and another devotee when, accompanied by some of ISKCON's "big brass" of that era, Srila Prabhupada came down the stairs and walked towards a car.
After they all had entered the vehicle, it slowly drove in our direction. As it passed a few feet away from where we stood, we peeked intensely into the cabin to have a last glimpse of Srila Prabhupada. The other "big brass" in the car, probably entranced by the pure devotee's proximity, did not seem to notice us at all.
Srila Prabhupada however, in spite of overseeing the spiritual life of thousands of disciples all over the world, looked and waved at us. We were suddenly so overwhelmed by his glance and simple gesture. Here was a paramahamsa, constantly absorbed in loving devotion to Krsna, who took the time to personally acknowledge the presence of a few young aspiring devotees.
Srila Prabhupada is so personal and merciful. The image of Krsna's pure devotee waving at us for a few precious seconds has left a deep permanent impression on my mind and my life. After 26 years, I can still relive it in minute details.
Such is the potency of Lord Krsna's pure representative.
Jaya Srila Prabhupada!!