Chapter 35: GBC's Thoughtful Retirement

Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 35
GBC's Thoughtful Retirement

September 1974, Kṛṣṇa Balarāma Mandir,
Vrindaban, India

For several weeks Śrīla Prabhupāda had been very ill. He was barely eating and required assistance to walk. After quite a long time, his health improved to the relief of all of his disciples.

Some of the GBC members met to discuss relieving Śrīla Prabhupāda from his managerial duties in the hopes that his health would improve if he wasn't concerned with the daily management of ISKCON.

The GBC members called for a meeting in Śrīla Prabhupāda's presence.

"Śrīla Prabhupāda," one member said. "We've decided that we can handle all of the management so you can be free to do your translating work. You don't have to worry about managing the society. We are competent to do it."

Śrīla Prabhupāda became very angry.

"When I want you to manage," he said, "When I want to stop managing, I'll stop. Don't tell your spiritual master when to give up the management. Who do you think you are telling your spiritual master that he doesn't have to manage any more? I'm quite fit to know when I don't want to manage. When I decide I don't want to do it, then I'll stop managing. That is up to me to decide. Not for you."

Meeting adjourned!