I was also present in those last few months in Vrindavan with Srila Prabhupada.
We were spending 3 or 4 hours a day in his room doing kirtan. For me it
is unimaginable that anyone of Srila Prabhupada's personal servants could
have even once entertained the thought of poisoning Srila Prabhupada.
To suggest, as Nityananda has done that there was not just one who had
this thought, but a conspiracy of a number of his servants, who not only
thought about it but actually carried it out, is so far beyond the pale
of believability, that I like Bhakti Caru Maharaj, have not thought it
necessary to involve myself in defending against this absurd allegation.
I those days I was not acting in the capacity of a personal servant, perhaps
that is why my name is not been raised in this allegation. I was however
speaking personally, with Srila Prabhupada on many occasions. He knew
very well that I was independent minded. Once he told me, "I know
that you can't work with your GBC man, so you can work directly for me."
There were many other independently thoughtful devotees also present who
Srila Prabhupada could have called if he really thought that some of his
servants were conspiring to poison him. I do remember one incident that
might help shed light on this affair. Satsvarupa Maharaj had just arrived,
perhaps a few weeks before Srila Prabhupada left. He was mentioning how
he had invited all the leading devotees in his zone to come to be with
Srila Prabhupada in those, what turned out to be, final days. He told
us how when he had suggested that Nityananda might also visit Vrindavan
to be with his spiritual master, as Srila Prabhupada was requesting all
his disciples to come.
Nityananda responded by saying, "What do I want to go there for!"
in on off handed way. Satsvarupa explained that he was surprised, and
offended, that Nityananda was so callous to Srila Prabhupada's plea.