Later that day, Prabhupada has a talk with the teachers. Then he meets with several GBCs and sannyasis who have come to Dallas. The Radha-Damodara brahmacaris chant japa in the courtyard below the window where Prabhupada is staying, thinking it would be nice for Prabhupada to hear devotees chanting Hare Krishna if he opens the window. As they look up at the lights in Prabhupada's room, all of a sudden a side window opens. Vishnujana Maharaja sticks his head out and sees Marino.
"Bhakta Marino, just the one I wanted to see. Go into the freezer and get me the blueberry ice cream we just offered Radha-Damodara and bring it up here." There's a small refrigerator on the bus with a freezer compartment. Marino is about to leave when he overhears Vishnujana say, "Yeah, there's a real nice boy I'd like you to meet. His name is Bhakta Marino. I think he's doing really good. I'd like you to meet him."
Marino: I was thinking, Oh my God, Maharaja wants to introduce me to Prabhupada. Jumping Jehosaphat, this is great! So I was running to the bus. I polished up the best silverware, took the ice cream and scooped it out super nice to make a beautiful soda-parlor mound in a fancy glass. I covered it and ran out of the bus. There were devotees lined from the front door up to Prabhupada's quarters as I came up the steps. I was constantly saying, "Excuse me. Excuse me, Maha for Srila Prabhupada. Mahaprasada for Srila Prabhupada." Devotees were very obliging. It was like the parting of the Red Sea. I felt like Moses for a second.
When Marino gets to Srila Prabhupada's room a devotee is standing guard at his door wearing a gun on his hip. "What's that?" he demands.
"It's Maha blueberry ice cream for Srila Prabhupada, Prabhu." Seeing the gun, Marino figures he better call him Prabhu right away.
"I have to ask. Can you please uncover it?"
"It's for Srila Prabhupada." Marino is offended that the guard wants to see it first.
Observing Marino's expression, the guard explains himself. "Look, there are crazy people out there. And sometimes they make threats against Prabhupada. We received one such threat so I have to check."
Marino shows him the ice cream and is allowed to pass. "Okay, you can go." Opening the door, Marino sees Prabhupada sitting with Jayatirtha, Ramesvara, and Jagadish; the so-called big guns of ISKCON.
Prabhupada looks up at Marino. "Oh? What is this?"
After offering obeisances, Marino explains, "It's Maha blueberry ice cream from Radha- Damodara, Srila Prabhupada. Would you like some?"
"Accha!" Prabhupada pats his desk, "You can put that right here."
"Thank you, Srila Prabhupada." Marino places the fancy glass on the desk and lifts up the cover. He presents the spoon to Prabhupada and offers obeisances.
After leaving the room Marino returns to the bus and starts chanting japa. He is completely stunned by his meeting with Prabhupada.
Suddenly, Vishnujana Swami walks in. "Marino, what happened to you?"
"What??" Marino is now in a complete fog.
"I asked for the blueberry ice cream. Paramahamsa Maharaja was in the room with me and I wanted to introduce you. He's Prabhupada's traveling secretary, and you never showed up. That's embarrassing for me, you know. He's a very dear godbrother and friend of mine."
"Maharaja, weren't you in the room with Prabhupada?"
"You brought the ice cream to Prabhupada?" A look of indignation comes over Maharaja's face. "Bhakta Bozo, I wanted that ice cream for Paramahamsa Maharaja. Now you made me look like a fool. Just for that, tomorrow morning when Prabhupada goes out for his morning walk, you are not going on it."
Marino is in tears by this time. "Maharaja, what are you doing? You can't do this to me? It was a mistake. It was an accident."
Vishnujana bursts out in laughter. "A firm lesson you should learn with the Lord's pure devotee, there are no accidents." Maharaja can feign anger really well. "You met Prabhupada because you were supposed to meet Prabhupada. Somehow or other, things were arranged that way. I don't feel bad that you gave it to Prabhupada, actually that's parampara. And no uninitiated devotees go on the morning walks anyway."
Maharaja smoothes things over after play-acting the anger. He's actually happy it happened the way it did and Prabhupada got Radha-Damodara's ice-cream prasadam. By that misunderstanding, Marino got the mercy to personally serve prasadam to Srila Prabhupada.