Lokanath Swami: Baladeva Das was not just a tireless BTG distributor; he was also a prominent supporter and fundraiser for the Prabhupada Ghat project in Pandharpur and an active preacher in the Alandi-Pandharpur Dindi yatra (an annual mass pilgrimage of tens of thousands that lasts for nearly a fortnight). By his exemplary devotion, I am sure that he returned back to godhead.
Sometimes I like to mention how our temples are like embassies in the material world. We travelled to come here, and many of us had to get a visa. And it's a feature of travelling, so many places you go with that passport or some type of travelling documents. So the embassy arranges for you to have authorized rights of passage. The embassy is not an ordinary building even though it's in a certain street. Those who work in the embassy have certain diplomatic immunity sometimes, autonomy. And so that little building can determine whether or not you can go to that huge country. Some people couldn't get a visa to come here, so that little building with a few attendents checks one from being able to experience this wonderful pilgrimage.
Mar 2 2014 Reflections on the Older Brother
HH Tamal Krishna Goswami played the role of the older brother to so many godbrothers and godsisters in ISKCON, and he played it exceedingly well. He was loving, caring, expert, and resourceful in many, many ways. He could give expert advice and practical support on the physical plane‚ÄĒmedical, architectural, financial; on the emotional plane‚ÄĒpsychological, social, marital; and on the spiritual plane‚ÄĒchanting japa, singing bhajanas and kirtana, studying and teaching sastra, associating with devotees, worshiping deities, going on parikrama, preaching, distributing books, writing books, engaging different kinds of people, and so much more.
Feb 16 2014 First Book Distributor
Although Srila Prabhupada wanted his disciples to be as eager to distribute Krsna consciousness literature as he was, no one of them knew how to do it. Distributing a magazine and asking for small donation was one thing-but a big hardbound book? When the entire shipment of "Teaching of Lord Caitanya" had arrived in New York in April of 1967. The devotees had hired a truck, picked up the books at the dock, and unloaded them at 26 Second Avenue. They had then shipped them to ISKCON centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Montreal, and elsewhere. And there they remained, in the temples.
Jan 25 2014 Shyamlal Prabhu’s Glorious Departure
Although Shyamlal Prabhu's body was in the morgue for two days, when I saw him, there was a beautiful glow around him. As his body was being prepared for cremation and all the garlands and flowers were taken off, I noticed that Shyamlal Prabhu had his beadbag on his hand but that his hand was stretched to the lower part of his body.
Jan 5 2014 Syamalal Prabhu has Departed
His Grace Syamalal prabhu, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada from Navadvipa, but resident in South Africa, has just departed this world, this evening, January 5th, at around 5 or 6pm South African time
Dec 13 2013 “The Very Best Day Of My Life”
Memorial Address for Nelson Mandela. Delivered at Edison Power Group Memorial Function. Durban,South Africa. December 6, 2013
Bhaktivedanta Manor, in Hillfield Lane, Aldenham, was on the brink of shutting down in 1995 ‚Äď but the South African leader vowed to do all in his power to ensure it stayed open
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) joins the world in mourning and paying tribute to the foremost human rights icon of current times, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. We offer our condolences to the Mandela family and to the entire South African nation
On the occasion of H.H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Sripada Maharaj's 76th Vyasa Puja celebrations, Dec. 8th 2013, we are glad to share with you a heartfelt warm tribute by Rev. Charles Gibbs to Sripada Maharaj
Dec 6 2013 A Few Words About Nelson Mandela (15 photos)
On the whole he was very nice, but the most interesting thing was when we went into the temple room. We took him over to see Srila Prabhupada, and he offered obeisances. Then he and I sat down on the other side of the temple room and spoke a little. I was explaining about our movement and what Srila Prabhupada did to establish it ‚Äď how he travelled single handed from India and got everything started.
That night, Srila Prabhupada called me. I was attending Srila Prabhupada ‚Äď actually one of us used to always be with Srila Prabhupada for two hours. My shift was 12am-2am. So it must have been around 1am. Srila Prabhupada called me, and told me: ‚ÄúThe time has come for me to leave this planet, therefore you should make arrangement to take me to Vrindavan immediately.‚ÄĚ He wanted to leave his body in Vrindavan. I was completely shocked, and immediately ran downstairs to wake up Tamal Krishna Maharaj.
Nov 6 2013 Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs Disappearance Day
When we were with His Divine Grace in Surat on his guru maharaja‚Äôs disappearance day, he remarked that on the absolute platform there is no difference between the appearance and disappearance of the spiritual master‚ÄĒjust like the sunrise and sunset, both are beautiful
Nov 6 2013 His Divine Grace Departs
Some say that Srila Prabhupada came directly from the spiritual world. Others may disagree, but almost all of his followers regard him as being beyond just a saintly person. He singlehandedly took Krishna consciousness to the western world and with the help of enthusiastic young disciples, in a very short time grew his seedling movement into the worldwide, thriving International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
Oct 23 2013 From Manchester to the Spiritual World!
This is a video of today's class of Srutakirti prabhu in Los Angeles about his personal experience wiith the amazing passing away of Srila Prabhupada's disciple and Srutakirti's wife Amekhala Mataji
Today was the memorial service for Mother Vrajavadhu, Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs wonderful ninty-nine-year-old disciple who passed away on July 20 in San Diego. Here is my remembrance of her.
Jul 18 2013 Mother Vraja Vadhu has left her body
Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs oldest living devotee, Vraja Vadhu devi dasi aged 99, is now in hospice and will be leaving us soon. We would like the world wide community of devotees to pray for her safe journey to the Lotus Feet of Sri Sri Radha Giridhari
Gandharvika has spent the past six weeks or so preparing herself by constantly hearing Srila Prabhupada chanting and devotees reading to her from his books
Jun 17 2013 His Grace Ananta-santi Prabhu
A few days ago, we were shocked and saddened to hear of the departure of our dear godbrother, Ananta-santi Prabhu, a legend in the history of the Krsna consciousness movement
Jun 10 2013 In His Own Words
Anatoli Fedorovich Pinyayev (Ananta-santi dasa) was the first Soviet Hare Krsna devotee. Because of his active preaching throughout the USSR and because of the spiritual influence he had on many people, he was subjected to severe persecution for five and a half years at the hands of the staff at various Soviet psychiatric hospitals
My dear godbrother, Ananta-santi, I have no doubt that upon leaving your body you were delivered straight to the spiritual world where Srila Prabhupada personally received you and engaged you in service
Jun 3 2013 Sriman Ananta Santi das prabhu Departs
Prabhupada‚Äôs five days on Russian soil provided him ample opportunity to position himself well for the eventual checkmate his movement would play in Soviet Russia. But it was Ananta-santi who took Prabhupada‚Äôs message to heart, single-handedly, vigorously, sharing what he had learned with hundreds of Soviet people, many who became devotees
May 31 2013 Memorial and Memories of Srimati Isa Devi Dasi
Recorded video if you would like to watch the Memorial festival for Mother Isa that took place in Iskcon's Boston temple, Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Everyone, I have to let you all know that our beloved Wendy aka Gandharvika Dasi is extremely ill and is preparing to leave her Earthly body. Gandharvika has late stage oesophageal cancer. She is at her Melbourne home with loved ones and is reasonably comfortable and is in excellent spirits. She has been surrounded by loving friends who are chanting with her. Gandharvika has accepted the fact that she is soon to be free of this body and make no mistake, she is leaving with joy
May 21 2013 Jayananda Thakur
The May 23 is Jayananda‚Äôs disappearance day. We compiled the film about Jayananda Thakur. Also we put his Bhagavad-Gita Class
It is with sadness that I inform you all that our dear Mother Isa devi dasi has departed from this world. By the desire of Niranjana Swami and the devotees, we have begun the process of planning a wonderful festival honoring Srimati Isa devi dasi
I feel so blessed that we were able to have Siddha Vidya Prabhu‚Äôs association at ISKCON Miami for thirty years. Steady devotees are such a benediction and they are precious like jewels
Mar 26 2013 Tribute to Siddhavidya prabhu
As is apparent in other devotees recollections of Siddhavidya prabhu I am also very grateful that Lord Krishna steered my life into the friendship and association of such a unique empowered blessed soul
At the 2004 funeral of Phil Sokolof, son Steve ‚ÄĒ or Siddha Vidya Prabhu ‚ÄĒ got up to speak. The congregation at Temple Israel, where Steve had been bar mitzvahed in the Jewish faith at 13, sat in tense anticipation of what he might say...
After spending three days in jail with Siddha Vidya prabhu, he shaved me up and I moved into the small Houston Temple of 6 devotees with him. We had been thrown in jail when Guru Maharaji (boy Mayavadi guru) pressed "disturbing the peace" charges against the devotees
Our godbrother and great Vaishnava sankirtan devotee, Siddha Vidya das, left his body Monday, March 11, 4:58 PM, in Miami, Florida, in the presence of many devotees and well wishers, among those included were his godbrothers Dharma Prabhu, Visal Prabhu, Jayadhvaja Prabhu and god nephews and nieces
Mar 2 2013 Rupa Sanatana dasa’s departure
Yesterday at 7:45 p.m. Rupa Sanatana dasa, a disciple of Romapada Swami and a former temple president of ISKCON St. Louis, left his body at Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, surrounded by devotees chanting Lord Krishna‚Äôs holy names
Feb 13 2013 Honouring Jiva Pati prabhu
On Saturday the 9th of February 2013 in London City we had a Harinama in honour of his grace Jiva Pati prabhu, who recently left his body. His glories have been retold in other articles and an attempt from me would likely not improve on those
Jiva Pati Prabhu was born John Boehnen in 1944, Milwaukee, USA and became an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in January, 1977. He came to Bhaktivedanta Manor from Chicago in 1979 and was immediately engaged in serving Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda. He remained Their diligent and faithful servant for the rest of his life
I must have completely driven dear Krsna nuts with my incessant prayers beseeching Him to allow me the last precious moments with her, where I could ensure she was either chanting the Lords' Names or at least hearing Them
Feb 9 2013 Jiva Pati Prabhu- - A Life of Dedication
Jiva Pati Dasa Brahmacari passed away peacefully at 10.22 am 0n February 8th in Watford Hospital. He was surrounded by devotees
Jan 21 2013 Africa Pastimes
The following video took place in Nairobi during the mid 90s. Tribhuvanath prabhu and his team were putting on dozens of festivals in East Africa. This particular one took place in Nairobi's biggest slum
Dec 1 2012 Madhavananda’s Holy Departure
We would like to thank from the core of our hearts the devotees all around the world for their loving support and we humbly request to pray and bless Madhavananda's soul so that he can achieve the supreme goal
Oct 6 2012 Exuberant Ramakeli
For those of you who knew Ramakeli prabhu, there are many wonderful things to be said by everyone about this jubilant and very friendly devotee. Although he was a rather large man and would initially appear intimidating, he was a "gentle giant"
Sep 30 2012 My Recollections of Ramakeli Prabhu
Last Monday, September 24, 2012 was the 36th anniversary of the day I first met Ramakeli Prabhu. I vividly recall it, because it was the day I surrendered to Srila Prabhupada