By Shyam Ghat Das
“Devotee Care, South Africa” opened its new Bhaktivedanta Care Centre, a Hospice-styled Care facility for the ISKCON community. This valuable service, inspired by and based on the model of the Vrindavan Hospice, is a multi-level building designed for assisting devotees in their final days, preparing them for their journey back home, back to Godhead.
Situated at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath, Temple of Understanding, Durban, the Bhaktivedanta Care Centre is fitted with the latest medical equipment, fully fitted medical wards, paraplegic bathrooms, family reception room, kitchen, Bhaktivedanta library and counseling rooms. Also included is an outpatient Medical Clinic providing free medical care and Wellness Days to the devotee community and well-wishers of ISKCON.
This Bhaktivedanta Care Centre is the nucleus of the growing Devotee Care service in South Africa.
To mark the opening, HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami (GBC), HG Shyamlal Das (ACBSP), HG Swarup Damodar Das (National Secretary, S.A . & Temple President, Durban) and HG Haridev Das (Project Leader & Devotee Care Director for ISKCON S.A.) cut the ribbons to the new Care centre.
The official opening followed with a special banquet specifically for some 300 elderly devotees. These senior-citizen devotees were treated to a wonderful lunch, vaisnava talks, bajans, honoured with free gifts and a commitment from the Vaisnava Community for consistent, heartfelt respect, love and care.