Excerpt from “Memories-Anecdotes of a Modern-Day Saint” by Siddhanta das
“Health is number one, chanting is number two, service is number three, and then comes reading,” Prabhupada said, “Don’t leave any one of them out. There is a spirit soul in every single one of them.” Kusa: I was only able to cook for three days because I ended up having a health issue. Srila Prabhupada had a sign in the kitchen that said, “Health is number one, chanting is number two, service is number three and then comes reading”, in that order. It was handwritten by Srila Prabhupada.
He had that made up when Jadarani had come to visit as she hadn’t been taking care of her health. She was working really hard and Srila Prabhupada made the point in what order of importance we were to take life seriously.