Different shifts were assigned for kirtana parties in Srila Prabhupada's room.
Hari-sauri volunteered for one such shift and entered Srila Prabhupada's room
upstairs on the back section of the roof. Hari-sauri noticed how Srila
Prabhupada had grown extremely thin, even since he last saw him. He now
appeared like a great ascetic. Srila Prabhupada asked how everything was in
Australia, especially the book distribution. Hari-sauri gave his report, outlining
some recent arrangements to buy books from India. Srila Prabhupada appeared
happy with that arrangement. So in Australia, you are reducing?? he asked.
Hari-sauri wasn't quite sure what he meant. Reducing, Srila Prabhupada? Yes. In Australia you are reducing? Hari-sauri realised that Prabhupada was
commenting about his loss of weight. Hari-sauri explained that he had suffered
some bouts of malaria in Adelaide. Srila Prabhupada appeared concerned.
It was evident that despite Srila Prabhupada's weakened physical condition, he
was solicitous about his disciples health and was still very much in charge of
the society. Although delegating much of the management to his senior
disciples, he was still involved with the multifarious facets of preaching and
running the movement around the world.
Senior men began leaving Vrindavana. Srila Prabhupada was eating again, and it
appeared that he was regaining his strength. With the urgency apparently over,
after ten days Hari-sauri also took his leave and returned to Australia.
Reference:The Great Transcendental Adventure by Kurma Dasa