It's thrilling to study his life through his correspondence and to appreciate these other aspects of his nature-his concerns, his very human anxieties and requests.
I don't remember what the problem was or how Pradyumna and Arundhati reacted when they received this letter from Prabhupada, but perhaps we can try to enter Prabhupada's mood in this exchange. Prabhupada in letters was different than Prabhupada in his purports or lectures. It's thrilling to study his life through his correspondence and to appreciate these other aspects of his nature,his concerns, his very human anxieties and requests. It makes life so vibrant to have a spiritual master who demands service from us like this, who tries to entangle us in his life and mission. This was especially true of Prabhupada's book production.
Many devotees were involved, and when we didn't work efficiently, we made mistakes. He would point them out to us. It was such a wonderful and personal dimension of him, our eternal guru.
Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that we should see the spiritual master not just as a sage, but as a dear friend. Not only a friend, but a master and mentor. In Prabhupada's case, he was the author of these books that we were producing. Working with him in his book production was like being asked to work with Srila Vyasadeva. It required that we be responsible because the philosopher sage, the pure devotee guru, is a real person who is capable of feeling frustrated that his books are not coming out on time.
Reference: You cannot leave Boston
Author: Satsvarupa Das Goswami