“Everything else can wait but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another.”
Years passed, and in the end of July of 2008, when I was back in Moscow for a few days after just another hitchhiking trip and getting ready for another one, a friend of mine invited me over to join an event at the Moscow ISKCON temple. A lecture by a man named Prithu Prabhu was scheduled, and in fact the whole event was in his honor, but I didn’t really know who he was.
The lecture was fine, and when the Q&A with the guru was over, I approached him to ask few questions related to Christ and Krishna. We shared some thoughts, and then just as I always did with other Hare Krishna teachers, I asked him one last question:
“What do you think about George Harrison?”
“I knew him,” said Prithu Prabhu and smiled.
“Oh, really?!” I surely wasn’t expecting to hear such an answer.
“Yes, I knew him very well. We were good friends. And sometimes he lived at my house. You know, I can tell you a little story about George. I saw him once carrying a huge luggage, so I told him, ‘George, let me help you.’ And he asked me why should I help him. I said, ‘Well, because big man must not carry such a huge luggage.’ George laughed, saying ‘Ah, but I don’t see any big man here.’ And a few seconds later he added: ‘Everyone must carry his own luggage.’”
Prithu Prabhu laughed and so did I. People passed by us, casting a surprised look at me, a complete stranger on their shores, and this man, engaged in a warm conversation as if we were good old friends.
Before leaving the temple, I had another short dialogue with Prithu Prabhu, but this time about Rainbow Gatherings. He expressed his desire to join a gathering in Russia some time. I thanked him for the talk and the stories he shared, and we were about to leave, when all of a sudden he said: “Why, you don’t even want to give me a hug before you go?”