"We can see here Srila Prabhupad's crowning glory. From Srila Guru Maharaj we understand that the triumph of devotion is when the infinite comes under the control of the finite. This means although we're all supposed to be eternal servants of Krishna, real devotion on the highest level is shown when Krishna serves His devotee. Srila Guru Maharaj pointed out that Srila Prabhupad is the ultimate example of self-sacrifice to the extreme. We know that he could have happily spent his final days at the Radha Damodar Temple at the samadhi of Srila Rupa Goswami in Vrindavan.
"In Srila Guru Maharaj's sloka glorifying Srila Saraswati Thakur, in the last line he says 'Vilasatu hrdi nityam Bhaktisiddhanta vani, may the vani of Srila Saraswati Thakur play in my heart eternally.' So it's the vani of Srila Saraswati Thakur: in his final days he said, although they were successful in India, they did not take it to America, and by extension the rest of the world. So Srila Prabhupad could hear that divine vani of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur playing in his heart.
"He says that once when he was preparing his commentary on Bhagavad-gita, specifically a sloka: vyavasayatmika buddhir
ekeha kuru-nandana, he talks about the order of the Guru becoming synonymous with the devotee's reason for being, for living. Srila Guru Maharaj is always telling us the Hegelian slogan 'Die to live' if we want to ascend to a higher plane of devotion. So Srila Prabhupad personifies this 'Die to live' understanding.
"Against the advice of wellwishers, he risked his life to leave Vrindavan, to take the Krishna consciousness movement to America. And we know that along the way he suffered a heart attack in the middle of the ocean. In other words, he put his life on the line to execute the order of Srila Saraswati Thakur. And Guru Maharaj said, at that point some divine power descended and began to work on his behalf. This is the point where the finite conquered the infinite. The devotional mood in Srila Prabhupad's heart conquered Krishna...."