Dear Giriraj Maharaja,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Here is a story that I would like to share with you—an experience with Srila Prabhupada in Germany in 1974. At that time I was in charge of managing the festival of Srila Prabhupada’s stay in Schloss Rettershof. For organizing all the devotees, I used a magnetic board with all the names of the devotees on magnetic nametag holders. So, while I was in my office managing the temple, all of a sudden I felt that somebody was behind me.
It was Srila Prabhupada, who said in his deep voice, “What is that?” Naturally, I hit the floor and paid my obeisances, and Srila Prabhupada asked again, “What is that?”
“It’s a magnetic board, Srila Prabhupada,” I replied. Here I can see instantly all the SKT devotees on, the kitchen devotees, the hari-nama devotees, the deity department, the pot washers, the vegetable cutters, in short, all the devotees who are present here.”
While I was demonstrating the board to Srila Prabhupada, he became curious: “How does that actually work?”
“It’s a magnetic board, Srila Prabhupada. Every devotee is here with his magnetic nametag.
I can, for example, take this devotee from here to there, and another devotee from there to here, etc.”
“Can I try?” Srila Prabhupada said.
“Of course, Srila Prabhupada.”
Then he said, “Okay, let’s transfer this devotee from this department to that department, that devotee from that department,” and so on—altogether he moved about five or six devotees around the board. He was really into it, moving people around.
Then all of sudden he stopped, turned to me in a very grave mood, looked deeply into my eyes, and said with his deep voice, “All this will fail if there is no love and trust between the devotees.”
Wonderful Srila Prabhupada!