Bhakta Aniruddha, Jun 16 2009, Jaipur, India: In around 2004, His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami, a member of the International GBC visited ISKCON Bangalore temple and stayed for two days. HH Bhakti Caru Swami was a young, well-educated Bengali who had joined ISKCON during Srila Prabhupada’s time in 1976. Later Srila Prabhupada gave him sannyasa and he had the special opportunity of serving Srila Prabhupada in 1977 in Vrindavan, attending to his personal needs during his last months, weeks and days.
During HH Bhakti Caru Swami’s visit to Bangalore, in a private heart-to-heart conversation with Madhu Pandit Dasa and Chanchalapathi dasa, he described the circumstances around Srila Prabhupada just before he passed away. HH Bhakti Caru Swami recalled, “During the last days of Srila Prabhupada, there was a lot of pressure on Srila Prabhupada to appoint the next Acarya. Once just after the devotees had left his room, Srila Prabhupada turned to me and spoke in Bengali, ‘My Guru Maharaj did not appoint an Acharya; and they expect me to appoint one?’ ”