He personally met the founder of ISKCON, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in Brooklyn, while recording the Prabhupada's music in July 1971. Under the leadership of Harikesa, the ISKCON faith was spread widely over all of his allotted zone, and the number of members and centers of ISKCON multiplied in the area. Harikesa collapsed due to stress and overwork in the summer 1998, after having accepted even more responsibilities in addition to those he already had. After that he decided to resign from all ISKCON duties, and of being a spiritual leader and guru in ISKCON, and instead to retire to a more personal sphere. His resignation was accepted by ISKCON's Governing Body Commission meetings in 1999. He is still active, as teacher and as a musician, and has several websites devoted to those activities.