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Bhakti-caru Swami: "During his final days, Srila Prabhupada stayed in his living room. His bedroom was actually further inside the house, but because Prabhupada was sick and that room was colder and had less light, he stayed in the front room. He didn't go out anymore, because he was very, very weak. He was bedridden all the time and hardly eating anything. Once in a while, I would request him to take some juice. That's about all he was taking a little fruit juice, milk diluted with water, or some lemonade with melted rock candy.

"It was early October when Harikesa Swami arrived in Vrindavana. He brought thirteen or fourteen books to give to Srila Prabhupada, and in those days that was really a lot. Prabhupada's English books were coming out one at a time, and everybody would get all excited whenever a new book came off the press. Prabhupada himself would immediately open the book and appreciate everything about it – the paintings, the binding, the paper and for days he would show the new volume to guests.

"When Harikesha Swami entered Srila Prabhupada's room, Prabhupada was propped up a little with some pillows. He could not sit up. Actually, he could not even turn from one side to the other without assistance.

"Harikesha Maharaja began to show him the books. Initially he showed him the paintings and explained something about each book, but eventually, because there were so many, he just presented one after another, saying what title it was and in which language. Prabhupada was so pleased.

"He turned to us and said, 'He was rotting here, typewriting. I said, "You go." He thought that I was degrading him. No.' He looked at Harikesha Maharaja and said, 'Now you understand?' 'Yes, I understand, Prabhupada,' Harikesha said in a choked voice.

"Prabhupada stated that his own spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, and all the previous acharyas would be so pleased with Harikesha Swami, and when Prabhupada spoke on that note, Harikesa Maharaja just began to cry. But Prabhupada kept on speaking, and as Prabhupada spoke, Harikesha cried even more.

"It was such a heart-rending sight. Prabhupada placed his hand on Harikesha Swami's head and affectionately rubbed his head as Harikesha Maharaja sobbed. This moving scene is very vivid in my mind, because at that time I recognized how dear Harikesa Swami is to Srila Prabhupada.

''Srila Prabhupada is not only a pure devotee of Krishna, but he is a very intimate associate of Krishna and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. And he can give Krishna. When I saw the wonderful loving exchange between Srila Prabhupada and Harikesha Maharaja, I could understand that all we have to do is just serve Prabhupada with all sincerity. And when we do that, we will surely advance, and Krishna will use us to do wonderful things."

From "Srila Prabhupada and His Disciples in Germany" by Vedavyasa Dasa