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Srila Prabhupada- a sportsman’s attitude – Part 1

July 14’ 2019 marks a historical moment in Tennis history when after a five hour epic battle, Novak Djokovic successfully defended his title at the Wimbledon championships. In one of the most dramatic finishes where he was two championship points down against the Tennis legend Roger Federer- a high pressure situation, and while the packed centre court cheered for Federer – almost to the point of absurd bias, and wanted him to win, it was Novak who took away the trophy. Later Novak said when he heard 15,000 people chant and sing Federer’s name, it was unnerving. But he survived the pressure cooker situation because told himself they were actually chanting Novak! He took the challenge sportingly. Immediately after, he said he’d be rushing to play the father role to his kids back at home. He saw that match for what it was – a mere sport and when he was in the middle of it, he played each point, in the present.

Srila Prabhupada also had a positive sportsman like attitude. He didn’t allow setbacks to affect his next step of action.

When he set out alone to distribute Back to Godhead magazines in the streets of Delhi, he had sunstroke and fell unconscious in the street. A kind well-wisher who saw Srila Prabhupada immediately rushed him home and helped him recover. During those days Srila Prabhupada had no family, financial or institutional support, yet he cheerfully marched on in his mission. While distributing the paper, one man challenged him that he has no time to read this stuff. Instead of feeling discouraged, Srila Prabhupada used this incident to help him write another article titled, ‘Modern man- No time disease.’ When another objected that God doesn’t exist because we can’t see Him, Srila Prabhupada penned down an essay explaining that to see the prime minister we have to go through a process, similarly to see God we need a systematic method. Incidentally, he was distributing the magazines in Delhi, the capital where the prime minister and government officials stayed and worked.

To be continued…

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