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One day Sivananda was massaging Prabhupada's head when Prabhupada began to explain that as a person gets older, the body does not digest food as well. The stomach begins producing bad airs, but by massage these airs become redistributed. Sivananda became concerned and thoroughly absorbed himself in giving Prabhupada his massage.

Every day at eleven Sivananda would come in and give Prabhupada his massage. One morning he entered the room and found Prabhupada sitting in a chair by the window, his head covered with a blanket, chanting Hare Krsna on his beads. "You should pray to Krsna for me," Prabhupada said to Sivananda. Sivananda was surprised; how could he pray for his spiritual master? He began to stammer, "Well, Prabhupada, . I don't .. I don't think it would work."

"Why not? You are a devotee of Krsna."

Another time Prabhupada asked Sivananda to massage around his heart. He asked him to push hard. Sivananda thought he was rubbing Prabhupada too hard, but Prabhupada said, "Just push harder." Sivananda asked Prabhupada if his health was all right, but Prabhupada seemed annoyed that he had asked.

Again Sivananda expressed remorse. "It must not be very good for you here in Hamburg," he said. "You were staying in Los Angeles, and there were so many devotees there, and the situation was so nice. Now you've come here, and there's practically nobody."

"That's all right," Prabhupada said softly. "We are doing our preaching work whether there are a lot of devotees or not."

- From "Prabhupada-lila" by HH Satsvarupa dasa Goswami

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