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Contributed by Mahavishnu Das .

Udayananda: Towards the end when Srila Prabhupada was very ill, he said, “I want to see Krishna and Balaram. Tamal got his palanquin and he said, “Udayananda, I want you and Manohara to carry Prabhupada.” Manohara was in the front and I was in the back. We picked up the palanquin to test it and it was really not that heavy. When you looked at Srila Prabhupada, he couldn’t have weighed more than eighty pounds. So for us big, young guys, it would be simple to carry him on the palanquin. But when we lifted him on the palanquin, it felt like I was bench-pressing four hundred pounds. It was so heavy. I could barely stand up. I then realized what it means that the guru is “heavy”. I was thinking, “How am I going to do this service?” Anyway, we brought Prabhupada out and circumambulated the Krishna-Balaram Mandir and then stopped in front of Gaur-Nitai’s altar. Prabhupada looked at the deities, and then lowered his head. Everyone offered their obeisances. We moved Prabhupada in front of Krishna and Balaram and he became transfixed on the deities. I was looking at Prabhupada’s face and a big tear came out of Prabhupada’s eye. Prabhupada then bowed his head and then we carried him back. The devotees were going wild.

When we brought him back into his quarters and put him in his chair, Tamal Krishna Maharaj said, “Srila Prabhupada, the devotees are ecstatic!” Prabhupada said, “I am also ecstatic.” Then Tamal said, “Srila Prabhupada, we will take you out every single day. And then you’ll get stronger and we’ll take you all over Vrindavan. And then we’ll take you to Govardhan! And then you’ll get stronger and stronger and you can preach stronger, and then we’ll take you all over the world!” All the devotees cried out, “Jai!” Prabhupada had a big smile. I just very much appreciated the way Tamal was giving pleasure to Srila Prabhupada.

 


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