Marble Shop Visit , New Vrindavan , 1976-06-26
Hari-śauri: [announces] Prabhupāda visits the marble shop. [break]
Kīrtanānanda: This is a cutting table, Śrīla Prabhupāda. Here's is a diamond saw. When you cut marble you have to use water, so it automatically shoots water out.
Devotee: You can make the cut if you want to.
Prabhupāda: This is the marble? No.
Kīrtanānanda: This is a marble base. This is what they cut on, just to make it flat. It has to be a perfectly flat table. This is part of the floor for your study room.
Prabhupāda: Oh. This is marble?
Kīrtanānanda: Yes, this is all marble, but it is glued together in little pieces, like inlaid. And this is the polishing room. [break] Take the rough marble and make it shine.
Prabhupāda: You have spent so much money. What is the price of this machine?
Kīrtanānanda: Well, there was a man, he was going out of business in Pittsburg, and I got a great deal of marble and all the machinery and everything for nine thousand dollars. It is very cheap.
Prabhupāda: Oh. Do you know how to work? No. [devotees laugh]
Kīrtanānanda: That is a heater. It's burning wood. [break]
[walking outside, kīrtana going on]
Kīrtanānanda: ...growing mung beans in this little field over there.
Prabhupāda: Jaya. [break]
Prabhupāda: ...horse? What do they do? Plowing?
Kīrtanānanda: Yes. They do some plowing, they do some pulling wagons. Mostly they are used in the woods for logging.
Prabhupāda: Oh. This land is very nice. For mung beans?
Kīrtanānanda: Yes, those are all mung beans up there. [break]
Prabhupāda: [laughs] Kṛṣṇa Balarāma used to practice race with the birds.
Hari-śauri: Now our boys are racing with the cows.
Prabhupāda: This is childish game. This nature is there in Kṛṣṇa. This is their only school building?
Kīrtanānanda: This is not ours. This was an old school building, public school, but that is not our building.
Prabhupāda: This is not our?
Kīrtanānanda: Not ours. [break] ...looks like it might clear today.
Prabhupāda: Oh. How these logs will be used?
Prabhupāda: Oh. And you have to cut into planks? No. Or beams?
Prabhupāda: Cylinder? Gas?
Kīrtanānanda: Gas. [end]