Eggplant Dharma Refuted: A Bunch of Kids Build a Palace for Srila Prabhupada

Bhakta John (left) and Bhakta Steve (right) standing before a wagon full of uprooted Japanese eggplants at the Small Farm Training Center’s farm site. We plucked the plants out of the field before freezing weather set it. Another sober reminder that the whole show is temporary…

The Venue: Srimad Bhagavatam class, 1975, in New Vrindaban Farm Community. It’s 5:30 AM on a chilly morning. The temple room is packed with curious New Vrindaban residents — hardly anyone over 25 years old — eager to hear the visiting American sannyasi who has been successfully preaching in India.

Acyutananda Swami wasted no time. His fiery takedown of Mayavada philosophy was highlighted by his experiences in India with wit, candor and righteous indignation. Acyutananda roasted the heralded 19th century Indian monk, Swami Vivekananda, who reportedly said, ”Why worship the Tulasi plant? Better to worship the eggplant! At least you get an edible fruit from the eggplant!”

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