All My Daughters Should Preach

Posted on March 2, 2011 by Raghava

Murwillumbah, Australia February 16, 2002

Just before beginning his own evening class, Srila Maharaja called on his young disciple, Damodara-priya dasi, (who had been studying law in a university) to speak to his audience of 400 devotees and guests. She had not spoken about Krsna in a public forum before this.

[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] Damodara Priya should stand up and speak about the mission of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja – your Prabhupada. Speak about why he came, how he traveled in his old age, and what was his mission. You should speak very boldly.

[Damodara-priya dasi:] I’m actually very embarrassed to be standing up here, because I’m looking at the audience and I can see so many people whose knowledge and devotion are so much higher than mine…

[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] Begin with your Gurudeva’s pranama mantra. Then more inspiration will come.

[Damodara-priya offered prayers to the guru-parampara and then spoke a few sentences. She spoke very simply, but very enthusiastically and boldly.]

[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] She is an advocate. She can preach my mission. She is speaking about the soul. Yes I want this. Very good. Thank you.

[Damodara-priya continued to speak for 5 more minutes.]

[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] I want that all my daughters and children should speak like this – very boldly – jumping like lions and roaring like lions on the head of an elephant. [Then, pointing to other ladies in the audience, he continued:] You, and you, and you. I don’t want [now speaking in the tone of a shy kitty cat:] mew, mew, mew. [In other words, “I don’t want timid, fearful, preaching.”] You should be ready to preach my mission throughout the world. Begin from Australia and then everywhere. That is why I told you to practice. Then, someday, when you become expert, you should preach like lions – like me – everywhere. Thank you.