(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 January 2015, Bhaktivedanta Manor, England, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.10.23)
Srila Prabhupada reached out even in his old age. In the extreme heat in Dehli – I do not know if you have been in Delhi, in the hot season, it is when the brain starts to cook in your skull – Prabhupada just collapsed due to the heat wave but still, he was just tirelessly trying. Why?
“Such an old man, he could have stayed home; stayed in Vrindavan. Radhe… Radhe! Sweet, Krsna… Krsna. The holy dham. Just be absorbed in chanting the holy name. Why bother going out?”
Prabhupada travelled and went all around the world. When Prabhupada came to New York, he got a cold. There is a series of lectures where you can, if you listen to the tape, you can hear how the cold develops. All the stages of the cold, you can hear it, how Prabhupada was going through it from lecture to lecture.
Then one of the devotees was saying, “Oh Srila Prabhupada, please just take some rest. Do not travel. You know, just rest.”
Prabhupada said, “No, no.”
The devotee says, “You do not have to travel.”
Then Prabhupada says, “I do not have to travel!? If I do not travel, then who will deliver you?”
That is a fact. So see, because Prabhupada, at an age when everyone else stays home and nicely retires, he did the opposite, then Krsna empowered him. This is the principle – Krsna will empower us. Krsna will provide us the things that we need. He will provide us the strength that we need and this is the only way that this movement will be successful, by extraordinary generosity. This is the only way that we will ever be peaceful in our own spiritual life!