(Click to enlarge photo of Srila Prabhupada in his Bowery loft, June 1966)
Prabhupāda: It was heart attack.
Prabhupāda: Otherwise I could not understand. So I passed through third heart attacks. One, two, three. They say that anyone who gets heart attack, the third attack, he must expire. Heart attack.
Devotee: You had three attacks on the ship.
Devotee: Oh. And then one when you got to...
Prabhupāda: New York. Third one—paralyzed.
Devotee: Very bad one.
Prabhupāda: Left side paralyzed. I do not know how we were saved.
Prabhupāda: And one girl, that captain's wife, she studied astrology. She was... She said, "Swāmījī, if you can survive your seventieth year, then you'll live for one hundred years." So, somehow or other, I survived my seventieth year. I do not know whether I shall live for hundred years, but seventieth year was severe—three heart attacks and paralysis.
Devotee: All in the same year.
Prabhupāda: Then without any family. At that time none of you were with me. I was alone. I was completely dependent on anyone.
Prabhupāda: But on the ship I saw that "Kṛṣṇa is with me." I was going for this reas... (someone enters room)... Hare Kṛṣṇa.
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Puri, January 25, 1977)