She also appeals Krishna to stay longer with her and offers the following prayer that echoes with the mood of seeing Krishna’s or God’s hand always in our lives.
“As the name and fame of a particular body is finished with the disappearance of the living spirit, similarly if You do not look upon us, all our fame and activities, along with the Pandavas and Yadus, will end at once. O Gadhadhara [Krishna], our kingdom is now being marked by the impressions of Your feet, and therefore it appears beautiful. But when You leave, it will no longer be so. All these cities and villages are flourishing in all respects because the herbs and grains are in abundance, the trees are full of fruits, the rivers are flowing, the hills are full of minerals, and the oceans are full of wealth. And this is all due to Your glancing over them.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.38-40)
Thus we can revisit the past with gratitude and lessons to learn. And we can also visit the future with humility and a quiet grace. One night, on the terrace of the Manhattan building, a few devotees asked Srila Prabhupada if he had plans for spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world. He didn’t say anything at first, and then softly murmured, “I have plans but I can’t share because everything may get spoiled.” He revealed that he couldn’t divulge his ideas because they-his disciples- were not ready for it yet. A pure devotee of God gives credit, as Srila Prabhupada showed, to others, and often even to those who depend on him for blessings and grace. Yet, while instructing them or caring for them, he is in control of what to tell them and what to avoid. That’s why Srila Prabhupada didn’t speak about the four prohibitions and restrictions in Krishna consciousness to the first group of devotees until they were initiated, and when they themselves asked for it.
Since a pure devotee lives with God in his heart and mind, he has internalized the Lord’s plans. Yet, he remains sensitive to dealings with people in this world. A spiritual leader/teacher, as Srila Prabhupada taught us, travels back in time with gratitude and takes steps to future with caution and humility.