Today (11/16) – Srila Prabhupad departed this material world to reunite with SriSri Radha Govindji in Spiritual world – fasting till noon

Dear devotees,

Hare Krsna
Dandvat pranam, Jai Srila Prabhupad.

Thirty five years ago, a very dear servant of Sri Krsna – Srila Prabhupad, decided to leave this material world and join in serving the eternal pastimes of his beloved SriSri Radha Govindji. He was/ is a pillar, foundation, bed rock to the new found devotion existing in many devotee’s lives then and now. Yes, even now, when he is not present in his physical form, he is solidly present in his archa vigraha form…is present in the form of his potent instructions and valuable books – the Bhaktivedanta purports (which Srila Prabhupad used to call – my books are my blood boiling at night)…the purports and translations which he endured so much to give us that he would stay up all nights for many years to complete Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam, Srimad Bhagavat Gita, Sri Isopanishad, Sri Nectar of Devotion..and so on…..he is solidly present in all the ISKCON temples and any place where Hare Krsna is being chanted…. present where Thakurji is worshipped very nicely…present where Rath Yatra is being carried on enthusiastically…present where sankirtan parties are going out on streets to emanate the Holy Name of the Lord and distributing books…and many more places…in our hearts/ homes/ book shelves/ mind…Srila Prabhupad has permeated our lives with his kind presence even after his departure. And it is by that mercy, we are moving on…we are able to make whatever progress we are making in our spiritual lives. Because without the blessings of a pure Vaishnav how can we have possible make any progress on the path of Krsna Consciousness. He is showering his mercy on us, patiently, unconditionally…some days we follow him…many days we ignore him…but he waits patiently with his mercy ever being showered on us…just like his master Sri Krsna does (a devotees has same nature as his Lord).

But alas !!! I am so blinded by my material situation, by my worthless existence, that I fail to notice so much mercy flowing towards me…I stand in the rain of Srila Prabhupad’s mercy but I remain dry..very dry. Unless there is mercy of Srila Prabhupad, how is it possible that in small small towns like Harrisburg there is availability of Krsna Consciousness..he opened the flood gate…Sri Nityanand Prabhu opened the flood gate of devotion once before and now Srila Prabhupad, empowered by Sri Nityanand Prabhu has opened everywhere….but how unfortunate I am !!!! I still am dry…the mercy flowing…inundating each and every town and village is not touching me. Why does it happen that I come to Friday program and manage to come out dry unaffected by the shower of mercy…Srila Prabhupad is present along with SriSri Radha Sharadbihariji SriSri Lalita Vishakha Sakhi, Sri Gopalji, Sri Ladoo Goap, SriSri Gaura Nitai…and I still come out unchanged…dry..dry as ever….just as if I have a coating of ‘material practicality’ which does not allow Srila Prabhupad’s mercy to touch me…

But Srila Prabhupad is smart….as the last resort, he infuses the mercy through the wonderful prasadam he wants to be served in all his centers…now whether we want or not…the mercy is entering in some form…and also he has instructed us to chant and dance nicely…so through ears it enters…even if we block our ear holes, it still enters…and the eyes take darshan of beautiful Thakurji, whom Srila Prabhupad has taught us nicely to dress…so Srila Prabhupad knowing our ‘chanchal’ monkey mind…that it will not be attracted…devised a simple and sublime process by which if we are just in the vicinity of his followers…the mercy will come looking for us. This is real mercy.

Srila Prabhupad stayed on this planet for 81 years…the first 65 years were spent in preparation for the last 12 years of his time on this planet. On Aug 13th 1965 (at the age of 69) he starts to sail for America with less than $35 in his pocket, not knowing practically anyone in America…he lands in US on Sep 17th 1965…and an immense struggle carry out the order of his spiritual master (to preach Krsna Consciousness in West)…by SriSri Radha Govindji’s mercy in next 12 years, he was able to open 108 temples all over the world and has thousands of sincere disciples. He departed this material word on Nov 14th, 1977 at 7:30 PM (we celebrate the appearance and disappearance day according to Indian tithi…Indian calendar..which was Caturthi of the Gaura (Sukla) Paksa of Kartik).

Today, let us pls take some time to think about Srila Prabhupad’s mercy on us…his unconditional mercy on us…let us pls take some time to thank him and offer gratitude…externally by offering dandvats / aarti to him but internally by resolving to follow his instructions properly / sincerely ….let us try to make him proud….and no matter what we will do for him ever…we will always remain indebted for his mercy….

Srila Prabhupad’s mercy flows in the following form (I am only mentioning few which I have realized…there must many many more ways it flows of which I have no idea) –

  • his presence on this planet for 81 years
  • his books and purports
  • gave us the Maha-mantra: Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare
  • we have come to know about Sri Vrindavan Dham, Mayapur dham, Sri Jagannath Puri and its glories
  • gave us Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Nityanand Prabhu and Their wonderful associates
  • gave us Lord Jagannath, Baladevji and Subhadramai…and Their wonderful Rathyatra
  • gave us SriSri Radha Krsna and Astha Sakhis
  • gave us Sri Narsingha Dev and His potent aarti
  • gave us beautiful Guru Parampara and the Six Goswamis
  • beautiful Thakurji whom he invited to accept service from us…just pleased by Srila Prabhupad’s prayers, Sri Thakurji is tolerating our service unto Them mercifully
  • beautiful temples
  • wonderful devotees who are like moving temples
  • unlimited Sri Krsna prasadam (especially Gulab Jamuns, which are lovingly called ISKCON bullets)
  • Sankirtan – book distribution
  • Back to Godhead magazine
  • Nagar Kirtan
  • wonderful dancing and chanting of Holy Name
  • every town and village has devotees, gatherings (if not temples)
  • wonderful month of Kartik and Purushottam and Ekadashi vrata
  • wonderful festivals on Janmastami, Gaura purnima, Ram Navmi, Sri Narsingha Chaturthi, etc
  • nice devotional dress of dhoti kurta, sarees etc
  • Vaikuntha children

Unless I end the email, I wont be able to end it…so I am stopping here….I will send out a brief sketch of Srila Prabhupad’s life in a separate email. Jai Srila Prabhupad !!!! Koti Koti dandvat pranam to your lotus feet !!!

PS – Srila Prabhupad was translating Srimad Bhagavatam till his last breath…this tells how much dear his books should be to us…nityan Bhagavat sevaya

your servant,
Padmanabh das


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