“Why they have accepted this sort of civilization? Because they are led by blind leaders. Now, suppose we are conducting this Krsna consciousness movement. Nobody is interested. Very few interested. But if we give some false hope that “If you follow this path, then within six months you will become God and you will be all-powerful, and then…,” oh, so many people will come. You see?

“Andha yathandhair upaniyamanah. One blind leader giving, leading to other blind men. Suppose one blind man says that “All right. Come. Follow me. I shall help you crossing this street, Mulberry Street. All right.” So he is blind, and the followers are also blind. The result will be that he is dashed by some motorcar or truck and they all die. Andha yathandhair upaniyamanas te ‘pisa-tantryam uru-damni baddhah [SB 7.5.31].”  *

Srimad-Bhagavatam lecture 7.5.30 — London, September 9, 1971

The Mulberry Street Srila Prabhupada used to cross in New York City probably no longer has any mulberries growing on it, they have all been cut down to make way for  buildings.

While they may only remain as a namesake in New  York,  in New Vrindaban we have a place that could be called Mulberry Street.  Soma last year was picking mulberries along the edge of the old festival parking lot between Varshana’s and Sankirtan’s.

They have grown up as volunteers, seemingly in  a row, though we speculate that birds, the known sowers of mulberry trees, would sit in the trees by the edge facing the morning sun after ingesting their breakfast and then deposit the undigested seeds of the berries in a nice fertilized package.

They were competing with all sorts of weed trees and honeysuckle bushes  so Soma asked me if I could help him clear them out and we spent a couple of mornings with the chainsaw doing just that.  Anything that was blocking the sun or growing in the root zones of the mulberries we cut down so they should really flourish this year.  There will be plenty of berries for anyone who can break the chains of socialization that bind them to supermarket food and want to go out into nature and pick there own.

So there are 9 mulberry trees, all still relatively young, that will give berries for people and birds for a long time to come.   I am unofficially naming it Mulberry Street.

* “As blind men guided by another blind man miss the right path and fall into a ditch, materially attached men led by another materially attached man are bound by the ropes of fruitive labor, which are made of very strong cords, and they continue again and again in materialistic life, suffering the threefold miseries.”

Srimad Bhagavatam 7.5.31