Satsvarupa Dasa Gosvami: One day as Subala, Govinda Dasi, Raya Rama, and others sat with Prabhupada in the shade, Prabhupada observed a pair of white butterflies. "Just see these worms," he said, pointing to the butterflies. "Here also there is husband and wife. The whole world is in this bondage." Knowing Subala was still lamenting, Prabhupada continued to speak about the topic on both their minds. "It is not so wonderful that Krishna-Devi has left," he said. "What is wonderful is that we are able to stay and serve Krishna. The maya is so strong. It is Krishna's divine energy and for someone to actually stay engaged in Krishna's service, is very rare. The living entity is practically helpless under the sway of maya's power and can only cry out to Krishna for help, but we have to pray at every moment that the power of maya does not disturb us."
Subala continued to live with Prabhupada, cooking for him, tending to his personal needs, and carving deities of Radha and Krishna. Prabhupada wrote to Krishna-Devi again. "Your husband Sriman Subala Dasa is living with me very peacefully, and he is carving Radha and Krishna from hardwood. So this life of material existence is just like hardwood, and if we can carve Krishna out of it, that is the success of our life. So under any circumstance, you must not forget Krishna. I love you at my heart, and therefore I gave you the name Krishna-Devi Dasi. Don't forget Krishna even for a single moment. Chant Hare Krishna loudly or slowly as it may be convenient, but don't forget to chant the Holy Name. I hope everything will be all right as soon as you come here with Randy, and I am awaiting your arrival with great interest."