Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. (Counseling, Assistance, Resource, and Education for the Terminally ill & Those in Need) is dedicated to
ISKCON Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who exemplified how to live one's life in Krsna consciousness, and in the end, taught us how to leave this temporary world of birth and death.
It is in his honor that we seek to give care and comfort
to those who wish to follow in his sublime footsteps.
His Grace Subash Chander Kohli Just Passed Away in Jammu, India
HG Subash Chander Kohli passed away a few minutes ago in Jammu, India.
His son, Brajendra-nandana Das, writes:
“Please keep my father in your prayers that his onward journey is smooth, peaceful and he is on his way to our beloved Lord Sri Krishna. He was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. He would enjoy visiting different holy places every year. He enjoyed chanting His Holy Names, served everyone he came across in his life in some way or another, was very selfless and always encouraged me in my Krishna consciousness and everything I would take on. Please offer a prayer for him that Lord Nrsimhadeva will protect him and he is reunited with Lord Krishna soon under the shelter of Srila Prabhupada.
Those who are local in Jammu, his final rites will be performed tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. IST in Bantalab Cremation Ground, Behind Petrol Pump, Jammu, J&K, India.”
Subash Chander Kohli (on left).
His Grace Krsna Das Prabhu
Passed Away in India
His Grace Krsna Das Prabhu passed away yesterday, September 15, 2020 while recovering from a stroke he had last year. He came to Krishna consciousness when he was a young boy. He was a very inspiring kirtan leader with a beautiful voice that illuminated the atmosphere with transcendental sound. Devotees always came away from his kirtan happier than when they first heard it. We were blessed to have his association.
Last night his health suddenly became worse so the devotees brought him to the hospital in Vrindavan. There, the doctors discovered he had double pneumonia. It was recommended that he be brought to a hospital in the neighboring town of Mathura, but they were told that the facility was only accepting patients who had Covid-19.
Krsna Das Prabhu was then brought to Agra Hospital, but they were only accepting patients who did NOT have Covid-19. The details of what happened next are unknown at this time, but Krsna Das Prabhu soon passed away.
Please keep this wonderful devotee in your prayers. We pray he is now eternally situated at the lotus feet of his Guru Maharaja and the Lord. Kindly pray for his dear wife as well. Please pray that Lord Krsna gives her comfort and strength at this difficult time of loss.
Thank you very much.
HEALTH UPDATE: By
His Grace Dhira Das (ACBSP)
Please Pray for Bhutatma Das (ACBSP)
Doctors have diagnosed Bhutatma Prabhu's condition as Cancer (behind his eye and causing him to lose some of his eyesight). The doctors have given him just a couple of months to live.
Bhutatma Das recently was admitted into the hospital in California for an operation. We will UPDATE you on his health condition as soon as we hear any news.
Kindly pray for this disciple of Srila Prabhupada. If it is the desire of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna to cure Bhutatma Prabhu then please do so. If it is Their desire to return him to the lotus feet of his beloved Srila Prabhupada, please help Bhutatma Prabhu to return back Home, back to Godhead so he can eternally serve Srila Prabhupada -- if that is Srila Prabhupada's desire.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and his beloved disciples!
Thank you so much!
Articles & Quotes
Daily Self Care Questions
for Caregivers During
this COVID-19 Pandemic
by Jane Vock
Let’s start with an understatement. Family caregivers are experiencing added stress and worry during this COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, self care is more important than ever. Are you checking in with yourself, and taking care of your needs as well as the needs of others? We encourage a daily routine of self care and provide questions to help create this routine.
1. Who am I going to connect with today?
As we all (surely) know, we need to be physical distancing, not social distancing. Connecting with others helps us get through this pandemic in a better mental and emotional state. Social connections have always been deemed extremely important for family caregivers. During stressful times (hello COVID-19), connecting with others is a fantastic buffer to the stress. It’s also a way to remind one another that we are all in this together. How about choosing at least two people to socially connect with today?
2. When am I going outside today for some ‘Vitamin N?
The science is clear about the benefits of being outside in nature (Vit N). This is really good news because going outside for a walk is one of the few things we can do during this COVID-19 pandemic. And if it is literally impossible to make your way to the trees and grass, you and the person you are caring for can even benefit from looking at photos or scenes of nature and plants.
3. What am I going to ‘accept’ today about the current situation?
We are all experiencing significant loss and changes. It is important to acknowledge and name these losses (freedom of movement, routines, full grocery shelves, and on and on). At the same time, there is no value in holding on to the past, lamenting the past, or wishing it were different. These thoughts and feelings are a recipe for misery. What can you ‘accept’ today about what is happening? Acceptance is not to be confused with resignation. Resignation is passive (like giving up), whereas acceptance is active. It is more like saying to yourself that ‘it is what it is’ AND ‘this is what I am going to do to work with and get through ‘what is’.
4. How am I going to keep my worry and anxiety in check today?
With the steady diet of uncertainty and worrisome news and reports, we need to take deliberate actions to keep ourselves calm, or calmer. This is good for all the people in your world because, while anxiety is a contagion, so is calm!
5. What is the one kind thing I am going to do for myself today?
Sure, it’s always nice when someone else does something kind for us. Nevertheless, we are responsible for ourselves, so ask yourself what the one kind thing is you will do for yourself today. Treat yourself how you would treat a dear friend. You will bring a ‘happier’ you to your relationships and family life if you are kind to yourself.
5. What am I grateful for today? Gratitude is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the COVID-19 pandemic. During these difficult times, we may be more inclined to think about what we don’t have, and what we can’t do. We encourage you to turn your attention to what you do have and what you (still) can do. This is the essence of being thankful, being grateful. And there is a great deal of research which shows the benefits of gratitude, everything from feeling more positive emotions, sleeping better, expressing more compassion and kindness, and even having a stronger immune system (obviously something we are all particularly interested in right now!)
These are the questions we suggest asking yourself each day. Do you have some additional ones you would like to add to the list? Let us know.
Srila Prabhupada Said...
In a letter to Prahladananda Das on February 14, 1969, Srila Prabhupada wrote,
"We are trapped souls in a state of forgetfulness of Krishna, and Krishna is giving you the chance now to re-establish your relationship with Him by this chanting process. So take full advantage of it and be happy."
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
For Those Who Are Grieving a Loss...
Are you a Vaishnava who is grieving a loss of a friend or loved one? Are you seeking a Grief Support Group specifically for Devotees of Lord Krishna?
Please visit our Vaishnavas CARE Facebook Page and join our exclusive, Virtual, Private, Closed Grief Support Group. It is important to express your feelings of loss within a group of like-minded people who can relate to you and your expressions of grief. Presently, we have 90 members.
Kindly visit our "Vaishnavas CARE" Facebook page to register for our Virtual Grief Support Group. Co-facilitators for this one-of-a-kind support group for Vaishnavas are Janaki Devi Dasi, a Master's Degreed Social Worker/Counselor with years of experience in this field and Kamala Radha Devi Dasi who is starting her studies in Pastoral Care Counseling. We appreciate both of them for stepping forward to lead this much-needed group.
We look forward to seeing you at our Online "Vaishnavas CARE Grief Support Group" on our Facebook page.
A DAD HURTS TOO
People don’t always see the tears a DAD cries.
His heart is broken too when his beloved child dies as he tries to hold it together and tries to be strong.
Even though his whole world’s gone wrong.
He holds on to his wife as her tears fall.
Comforts her throughout it all.
He goes through his day doing what he’s supposed to do.
But a piece of his heart has been ripped away too.
So when he’s alone, he lets out his pain.
And his tears come down like pouring rain.
His world has crashed in all around him.
All that was bright has gone completely dim.
He searches for answers but none are to be found.
Who offers to help a DAD up
When he’s hit the ground?
He smiles through his tears and fears.
He hides behind a mask when he is feeling down.
But what you see on the outside is not always real.
Men don’t always show how they really feel.
He feels he has to be strong for the family.
The next time you see a mother hurting over the loss of her child,
Always remember, a DAD hurts too.
Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team Leader Delivers "CARE Packages"
Here in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania community (U.S.A.), our Team leader for the Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team, Sita Devi Dasi (in the left photo above; in the right photo giving devotees CARE packages) spent the day driving to various homes to deliver "Vaishnavas CARE Packages" to congregational members who, due to chronic illnesses and Covid-19. are unable to travel to the ISKCON Temple.
Sita Devi delivered containers of Deity prasadam (sacred food offered to the Lord), garlands first offered to the Deities, framed photos of Their Lordships and our newly produced "refrigerator magnets" with our signature picture of Krishna hugging Gopa Kumara. It has Sita's name and phone number printed on it so devotees know they can reach our Vaishnavas CARE team when they are in need.
We will continue to visit more families regularly. Thank you to Sita Devi Dasi for her inspirational service to Srila Prabhupada and his dear devotees!
Do You Struggle with a Chronic Illness?
You are Not Alone...
For all Caregivers, Everywhere,
From all of us at Vaishnavas CARE.
Life in Mayapur, India
We are posting this beautiful video in honor of Her Grace Ramadevi Dasi (ACBSP) who recently passed away in her home in Sri Mayapur Dhama. Ramadevi spent many years sewing for, and serving, Radha Madhava and the Asta Sakhis (8 Gopis), the presiding Deities in Mayapur Dhama. Please watch and become inspired...
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