I WOULD HAVE COME AND NURSED YOU

Once in Tokyo, Shyamasundar was traveling with Prabhupada, then Shyamasundar got sick for some time. When Shyamasundar was better he complained to Prabhupada that the devotees hadn't taken care of him properly. Prabhupada called an istagosthi and asked everybody, "Why didn't you take care of him? We've given up everything to come to spiritual life. How can we neglect a devotee?" Then Prabhupada feelingly turned to Shyamasundar and said with intensity and emotion, "Why didn't you ask me? I would have come and nursed you." That was Prabhupada's mood. He was compassionate, and at the same time bold or strong if necessary. We always got the feeling that he loved us and that he wasn't exploiting us in any way.