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His Grace Prajapati Das Passed Away
HG Prajapati Prabhu, a dear disciple of Srila Prabhupada, unexpectedly passed away at home in Fairfield, Iowa, over the weekend.
Prajapati Das played an integral part in performing in the early dramas presented by ISKCON's "Vaikuntha Players." He loved acting in plays about Lord Krishna's transcendental pastimes.
In the photo above, Prajapati Prabhu is the one holding the bead bag next to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada (on Srila Prabhupada's right side).
Please pray for Prajapati Das to remain eternally at the lotus feet of his beloved Spiritual Master and in the service of Lord Krishna. Kindly pray for his family at this time of loss. Thank you.
Below are some of the photos when Prajapati Das was present on a morning walk with Srila Prabhupada.
Her Grace Kamala Devi Dasi
Passed Away in Mauritius
By His Holiness Giriraj Swami
My beloved, exalted disciple, Kamala devi dasi, left her body in Mauritius two days ago. Everything about her departure was auspicious, and her consciousness was fixed on Goloka Vrindavan.
She was ably assisted in her
final journey by HH Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami; Karunika Dasi; Vrajesvari
Dasi; Manasi Ganga Dasi; Arcana Siddhi Dasi; and her devoted daughter, Dhira
Prasanta Dasi, and son, Lesh, in Mauritius; and by Krsnagi Dasi and others from afar.
I have attached a photo of Kamala Devi when she came to California to serve
me, after which she returned to Mauritius and learned that she had cancer.
Please pray for her.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service,
Prayer Request for
Her Grace Govardhan Lila Dasi
Hare Krishna Vaishnavas! Dandavats Pranam! Jai Srila Prabhupada.
Many of you many not be aware that Her Grace Govardhan Lila Mataji has been having severe health challenges. She survived two open heart surgeries because she is always very eager to continue serving Their Lordships here in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.A.).
She will be going through a very risky and complex procedure for her heart on May 26, 2020 at 12:00 noon EST. This procedure will take approximately three hours at Emory Hospital.
The procedure is call AFib Ablation. They will zap freeze parts of the heart to stop the abnormal heartbeat. The doctors are not giving a high chance of survival.
We are requesting the devotees to please pray to your Lordships at home or wherever you are.
Govardhan Lila Dasi has given her life to Srila Prabhupada from age 17 and has never stopped serving. She has been maintaining the Deity service here at Atlanta as the Head Pujari along with other responsibilities for over 20 years.
Let us start our prayers today by chanting extra
japa, kirtans, offering an arati to your home Deities and whatever other creative ways your heart allows.
Your servants at ISKCON New Panihati Dhama
(Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.A.)
HH Niranjana Swami's Offering to Harinama Devi Dasi
My dear Harinama devi
Please accept my
blessings. All glories to
Today I received news
of your unexpected
departure from this world.
It's painful to learn that
I will no longer be able to see you in some future visit to Boston. You were one of the most senior from among the devotees who began serving Sri Sri Radha Gopivallabha in the 1980's. You loved to serve Them and you always took any opportunity you could get to take part in Their service.
I know that many devotees who have been a part of the Boston community since that time must be experiencing the same feelings as I have. Their names and faces are now flashing through my mind, but to list them all here would require a very long list. Although you could not visit the temple so often due to poor health and so many other obstacles that were beyond your control, even newcomers knew who you were. There is no one who could not respect you. Your devotion was infectious.
I will also never forget you for your eagerness to cook something for me for my travels. Again and again, I would receive packages of prasadam for my flights or travels by car filled with laddu, chidwa, dokla, capatis, chutney, subjis, noodles, and a wide variety of sweets. There was always so much delectable prasadam that I could always feed everyone at my next destination and still there would even be prasadam left over.
What mystified me most about you was that in the more recent years, those packages would still come even though, physically, you could not even stand on your feet. This always amazed me. Your service will be very hard to replace.
But I know full well that a devotional service attitude such as yours is not of this world. There are devotees eagerly waiting for you elsewhere and Radha Gopivallabha are waiting for you too. I pray that you will continue serving Them wherever They may bring for future service.
With great separation,
I am always,
Raghunath Das, Toronto & Scarborough Temples, Passed Away
By Lalithapriya Dasi, Toronto Team Leader
Raghunath Das, one of our congregational members, passed away after years of service to Sri Sri Radha Ksiracora Gopinath. He also served at the Scarborough temple. The most memorable service is his annual arrangement of transportation for Their Lordships Sri Jagannath, Sri Baladev, and Srimati Subhadra at our Rathayatra festival. He will surely be missed.
Please pray for Raghunath Prabhu to remain at the lotus feet of the Lord eternally. Kindly pray for his loving family as well at this time of great loss. Thank you!
Other comments from Team Members:
Raghunath Prabhu served Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya's movement with intelligence and grace. We had a deep respect and affection for each other. I consider him a great friend and I will miss him. My prayers go out to his family for their loss and for him to be eternally engaged in the sankirtan movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Krsnadasa Kaviraja Das
Toronto Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteer
Raghunath Prabhu will be dearly missed; lovingly he distributed Srila Prabhupada's books to prisoners, hotels/motels, and people's homes. Who will now bring Lord Jagannatha and His family to Rathayatra and to the island and back to the temple? Surely he has blessings of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Jagannatha.
Jagannatha Misra Das, M.D.
Toronto Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteer
Condolences to the family of Raghunath Prabhu. May his soul rest in peace at Lord Krishna's lotus feet. Hare Krishna.
Toronto Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteer
Thank you to all of our sincere Vaishnavas CARE Volunteers spread throughout the World who are constantly offering their time and services to devotees in need!
We appreciate each and every one of you! Thank you for everything you do for Srila Prabhupada & his beloved devotees!
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Srila Prabhupada Said...
In the Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.15, Srila Prabhupada writes,
"Living beings who are entangled in the complicated meshes of birth and death can be freed immediately by even unconsciously chanting the holy name of Krishna, which is feared by fear personified."
What makes caregiving spiritual?
by Elizz Authors
Henri Nouwen reminds us that “to care is to be present to those who suffer, and to stay present, even when nothing can be done to change their situation.” Family caregivers face the challenge of seeing a loved one suffer weakness and pain but also struggle in the midst of so many changes and demands on their own time and energy.
Staying close to someone who requires our care demands so much of us. At times we may well wonder if we are up to the task and if we will be sustained for the long haul. Although all caregivers are allowed their occasional bouts of self-pity, if for the most part we give begrudgingly, if we resent the demands placed upon us and focus on how constrained we may feel by present circumstances then we run the risk of closing our hearts off to the profound spiritual gifts that are to be experienced within our daily struggles as caregivers. And giving care in a detached and defended way actually increases the likelihood of burnout, increasing resentment and despair. Our efforts to protect ourselves from sorrow and distance ourselves from the one who needs us actually separates us from the surprise of joy and the experience of blessings when and where we might least expect them.
The mystery of caring
Many sick and dying people feel they’ve become nothing but a burden to their families. And in truth the myriad of demands placed upon a caregiver are burdensome! However, there is a greater mystery at work. As we draw closer to the one who suffers, to the one who requires our care, we discover that we are deeply connected. It is not only the sick or dying loved one who is making a journey, we too are given the opportunity to make a journey of self-discovery. The great need and vulnerability of the one we care for calls forth “our better angels” and gives us countless opportunities to express our true and compassionate selves. At the same time that we experience the burden of caring we also feel a sense of meaning and purpose. Both are true.
Each of us may have presumed that given our relative strength and health we are the one giving care. It is an amazing and uplifting experience to receive care from the one we had perceived had nothing more to give. It may come as a surprise when we least expect it.
Words I will never forget
I will never forget the last words spoken to me by 93 year old, Edith who having been predeceased by her siblings, husband and children couldn’t imagine the point of living. Edith had stopped eating and appeared to lack the strength to ever again get out of bed. She did me the honor of asking her caregiver to dress her in a lovely frock so that we could have tea together and speak of many things in what became our weekly visits together. Much to my amazement, Edith announced in what was to be our last visit before her death, “I didn’t know I would meet a new best friend at the end of my life.” Imagine my joy!
And amidst all the physical actions we take to give care to a loved one it is important that we recall the wisdom expressed by palliative physician, Rachel Naomi Remen who reminds us that “the most basic and powerful way to connect with another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.”
When we give care out of our compassion then we deepen and express our spirituality. When we approach the one who is weak with loving-kindness then we enrich our own spirits and expand the capacity of our hearts. When we open our hearts to hold a merciful awareness of our own vulnerabilities and limitations then we experience our profound connection to the one we care for. When we do our work of caregiving with compassion we are attending to the spiritual needs of the one we care for but also for ourselves. And when we receive the blessing of compassion and gratitude expressed in words or in silence by the one we are caring for we are nourished and sustained.