“In his initiation letter to me, Srila Prabhupada wrote, ‘So I marked it in your person when I was in Boston, and I prayed to Krishna that this good soul may be aware of the importance of Krishna consciousness.’ He prayed for me, and he answered my question beyond any imagination. I had asked a question, but there were many underlying assumptions. And in his answer Srila Prabhupada went to the very heart of all my assumptions and presumptions. I understood that he knew everything about me. I received his words as a direct answer not only to my immediate question but to the basic questions of life: Who am I? What is the goal of life? What is the means to achieve it? In retrospect, I believe that it was his prayer that opened my heart to his words, that enabled his words enter deep in my heart and take possession of my soul.
“Later I read the story of Vasudeva Datta and his prayer to Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to transfer all the sinful reactions of all the living entities to him, so they could be delivered. And I found that it addressed this question of the prayer of a Vashnava. In Vasudeva Datta there was not the slightest duplicity. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s heart melted, and He embraced him and said, ‘Whosever’s welfare you desire immediately becomes a Vaisnava, and Krishna delivers all Vaisnavas from the reactions of their past sinful activities.’ I associated that with Srila Prabhupada’a praying for me, otherwise how could I have been delivered from the deep delusion I was in at that time? Srila Prabhupada’s prayer was very powerful.
“Srila Prabhupada’s glance — many devotees were not quite sure about Srila Prabhupada and Krishna consciousness, but when they saw Prabhupada for the first time, often in an airport, they were overwhelmed with emotion, fell to the floor, and surrendered. There are many examples of people who were not particularly emotional themselves crying and trembling just by receiving Srila Prabhupada’s merciful glance.”