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Dear Dhanesvara Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for your sincere note above. I have recognized oftentimes that ‘I am not the doer’ and that simply I am the vehicle in this body. That is why it is very important to constantly meditate on Srila Prabhupada, who is directing me in my life. As well as to focus on the instructions of Srila Prabhupada by reading his books and attending classes in the temple.

When Srila Prabhupada came to the West, his goal was to deliver the fallen souls and preach Krsna Consciousness. He simply landed in New York City with only a few dollars, and attracted a handful of sincere souls. Chanted with his karatals under a tree in Tompkins Square Park and made more devotees. Little by little, many others became attracted. That is the beauty and potency of a pure devotee. That is the potency of the Holy Name.

I am a useless without Srila Prabhupada. My only credibility is that I am serving my Gurudeva as best I can. If we all try to serve our spiritual master and endeavor sincerely, it all is to our individual purification. I pray that Krsna blesses you, and all our Godbrothers, God sisters — Iskcon as a whole — since this is Srila Prabhupada’s desire. That Iskcon remain strong, and Krsna Consciousness grows throughout the entire world. Preaching is the essence. Book distribution is the most important thing for Srila Prabhupada. As well as ensuring that these temples remain strong, with many disciples that support — with unity, dedication, service attitude and preaching stamina.

Your servant, Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Apr 8, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

Dear PatitaPavana Prabhu,

Thank you for your kind post. I have come to realize at this stage in life that everything I do is because of the mercy and blessing of Srila Prabhupada, my beloved Gurudeva. Srila Prabhupada has been so kind to initiate me, give me this connection to Lord Sri Krsna, and the golden opportunity to go Back to Godhead in this very lifetime. I am interested and desirous to go Back to Godhead in this lifetime. Therefore, I am applying myself as best as I can. I know Srila Prabhupada said we can go Back to Godhead simply by desire. Simply by: following the 4 regulative principles, by chanting at least 16 rounds a day and by preaching Krsna Consciousness, in the best way we can. That is all it takes to go Back to Godhead. Simple yet sublime. Always think of Krsna and never forget Him.

This is the blessing of Srila Prabhupada. Therefore, I hope to share the Mercy with other’s as I oftentimes feel ‘stingy’ when I am so happy and so blissful serving the Lord. I look at some living entities and how they are suffering. In the past I have suffered a great deal — in many ways. In my heart I knew it was a lesson in detachment. I knew it was a learning experience and an opportunity to turn to Sri Krsna and Srila Prabhupada. And this gives me the strength to just lift up my hands and say “I surrender my dear Lord, my dear Srila Prabhupada”. Because yes, in this material world we are all helpless beings…. all the time. We have no control of when we will leave these material bodies. No matter what the best doctors, what the best practitioners can say or do.

Therefore, I try my best to share, in my own way. I pray for further strength and for further encouragement. I realize I am a human being and in this material body. I am fallible. That is why it is important to constantly pray. I take shelter of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Krsna. Finally, it is so important to have association of Godbrothers, Godsisters and a local temple. Srila Prabhupada emphasized association. He always wanted us to associate with the deities, the temple and Godbrothers and Godsisters. He did not want us to isolate or live alone. So I urge everyone to please associate properly. And most of all to read his books. Distribute his books. Give Krsna and receive Krsna.
All for Srila Prabhupada

Your humble servant,
Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Apr 5, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

Vyasa Puja Offering to Jayapataka Maharaja from (Godsister – Omkara devi dasi ACBSP)

Jayapataka Maharaj’s Vyasapuja New Dwaraka celebration ( on Friday) was extraordinary. In the morning Suavasa, Temple President, led with an opening speech before the official offerings from the Prabhupada disciples for Jayapatake Maharaj.

It was heartwarming to hear Suavasa honor Jayapataka Maharaj with respect, as a Godbrother and Iskcon Guru. Then other Godbrothers and Godsisters read their offerings in the temple room.

I was rather disheartened to notice that there were no other temple presidents, no GBC and no sannyasis in attendance. In view of the extraordinary services that Maharaj has performed, his immense dedication for Srila Prabhupada and many years of service for Sri Mayapur Dhama — this really gave me something to reflect upon.

As I participated in most of the events during the day, and observed all the ecstatic festivities that Jayapataka Maharaj’s disciples were engaged in, it reminded me of how it was when we greeted Srila Prabhuapada coming to the temple.

How we were so happy to see Srila Prabhupada, offer him a garland, hear him speak, serve him and just be in association of Prabhupada. Be it only for a few days, for a few weeks, get a glimpse, get his smile, get a cookie…. Just anything from Srila Prabhupada. So I felt some similar taste from these younger disciples of Jayapataka Maharaj — and it made me smile — because it made me feel that Srila Prabhupada was right there, enjoying the celebration, for his disciple Jayapataka Maharaj.

Yes, we should honor these Gurus — they are pushing forward ISKCON. They are initiating disciples on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. For without the Gurus where will ISKCON be? And without new disciples what will happen with ISKCON? These Gurus need the support of their Godsisters, Godbrothers, other Gurus, sannyasis, temple presidents and GBC. So please, I urge you — make your presence and your spiritual love known. Do not be absent and do not ignore your Godbrother or Godsister. Please do this for Prabhupada. We are all a spiritual family. Your servant, Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Mar 27, 2010 @ 4:39 am

I place a big emphasis on Vyasa Puja Celebrations for the gurus in ISKCON and hope that all the Godbrothers and Godsisters can support and take part. It is very important to pay respects to present gurus in ISKCON as well as future gurus in ISKCON. It is a matter of honor, reverence and courtesy. I feel this is in line of what Srila Prabhupada would want.

In order to have a united ISKCON and to make ISKCON strong the senior disciples (such as myself and others) need to set and example to the younger new generation of disciples who take initiation from the present gurus. We have to show respect and honor and unity. How can ISKCON remain strong if we do not unite and pay homage to the gurus? We must pay respects and show support by words and action. Senior disciples can teach these young new devotees many things such as cooking, deity worship, how to serve their guru, etc.

So do not feel you are too high of a devotee or too above the level to offer a Vyasa Puja offering to a guru within ISKCON. It behooves me if someone questions this. We can never ever offer enough obeisances and pranams to our fellow Godbrothers and Godsisters (including gurus). We can never ever serve each other enough. I ask that we reflect upon this and become a little more humble. Please look upon all these ISKCON gurus and see they are serving Srila Prabhupada and helping ISKCON grow by making disciples, on behalf of Srila Prabhupada.

Your servant, Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Mar 26, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

How Much Can You Tolerate?

Dear Trivikrama Maharaj,

Thank you for your comment and posting, as well as for your acknowledgment.

I would like to add to Giriraj Swami’s wonderful article as follows: As long as we are in this material world and in this material body, we will need to tolerate. That is necessary.

This morning, in New Dwaraka, I attended Srimad Bhagvatam class and Srila Prabhupada gave a lecture. He said: Krsna is non different than His Name. When you are chanting Hare Krsna, you are associating with His Name. When you are reading Bhagavad Gita, you are associating with Krsna. Krsna is non different than Bhagavad Gita.

Prabhupada had oftentimes emphasized association. Being in proper association. Association of devotees — this is what I most commonly thought of. Now I will more so think of association of the Holy Name and Bhagavad Gita too. Krsna is everywhere — so it can be very easy to surround our self with this association. This is our safekeeping from the grip of Maya.

Tolerating gives us the opportunity to become humble. We learn from scripture how to surrender to the Lord. We learn that by surrender we can be happy. And if we give up these mundane attachments our attachment for Krsna will fructify.

If we struggle and give into material attachment then we only increase our suffering. It is not worth it. Our life is so short and this struggle is useless. Better to be happy and chant Hare Krsna.

I beg to remain. Your servant,
Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Oct 25, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

Dear Maharaj,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I thank you for your article. I would like to comment, since this has opened up my eyes in many ways & has encouraged me very much. Since I am 55 years old now & have gone through years of trials and tribulations one of the positive things is that I have learned to grow through personal experiences. Those various periods I have been ‘tested to tolerate’ conditions beyond my control & have suffered emotional or physical pain. I have made it my personal focus point to never ever be upset with Krsna, but to be humble and pray. To pray for patience and understanding. To have knowledge that everything is meant to be a lesson in life & for a spiritual purpose. To make me a stronger devotee.

That guideline and that focus point has carried me through many tough times. I also make it a point to go before the Lord, to attend aroti, and to simply fold my hands & pray before the Lord. The be humble & try not to ask for anything except Mercy, Blessings and Spiritual Strength.

One of the biggest lessons in my life was when I took care of Sudama Prabhu when he left his body. I learned that at the time of death nothing else matters except seeing Krsna & Prabhupada. Leaving this material body and praying for Prabhupada to come & take his disciple back to the spiritual world. To beg and pray for this special mercy. To pray for the spiritual eyes to see Krsna at the time of death. Nothing matters in the material world any more. It is so so unimportant. These desires, these needs, this family, it is all gone at the time of death.

So at age 55 from personal experience & having gone through some trials and tribulations — I pray now for more mercy & more spiritual strength. Now that I see, hear & know some of my Godbrothers & Godsisters being ill, or having left their bodies, I too myself think- how much time do I have? This year in 11 months I have been sick a total of over 32 weeks & it is a big wake up call for me. I am increasing my chanting & praying. I am increasing my desire to pray to Prabhupada for his shelter & protection. I know this is the most important thing in my life.

The material world is full of suffering. The transcendentalist sees everything with spiritual vision — not being affected by heat or cold, happiness or distress. Knowing these things simply come and go — like the seasons.

Your humble servant,
Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Oct 20, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

Update on Rasajna Dasi’s Health

Dear Phalini dasi
(and my Godsisters & Godbrothers),

Thank you for your message regarding Rasajna and your prayers. I remember you when you were here in New Dwaraka — and wish you well.

I am asking everyone to continue to pray for Rasajna, presently and in the upcoming weeks, and visit her website. I am also encouraging devotees to post their prayers and reflections here so that we — as a family — can help each other be reminded how important it is to think of Krsna. How we prepare ourselves for not taking birth again in this material body.

This is the purpose of Krsna Consciousness. This is the value of chanting the Hare Krsna Mantra. This is the value of taking initiation and having your relationship with your Guru. To go Back to Godhead. And Prabhupada said — yes — you can go Back to Godhead by desire. So by sincerity, purity, prayer, service and — desire — this is possible. Thank you Srila Prabhupada.

Govinda dasi has posted some very nice pictures of Rasajna on her Facebook photo album. I invite you to look at them.

Your servant, Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Oct 20, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

Thursday, 10/15/09

Hare Krsna to my Dear Godsisters & Godbrothers,

I spoke to Greg, Rasajna’s husband today, and would like to briefly update everyone. With all due respect to both Rasajna and Greg I appeal to everyone as follows:

Rasajna had her surgery on Wednesday, and she is in the hospital for a few days recuperating. Greg and Rasajna have received an overwhelming amount of emails, letters, voice mails and appreciate all your concerns. Please continue to pray, especially in the following weeks. This is so important. Your support is needed at this time. Please pray to Lord Krsna, Radharani, Srila Prabhupada and Lord Nrsinghadeva.

Due to the surgery, her stage of illness, and the combined situation please respect that they need some private time. It is important to honor this and extend our prayers to them — at the same time, maintain a distance for a short while, so they can recoup and build their internal strength.

Rasajna and Greg will pick up and move forward. I will not go into details, however, Rasajna’s physical health is very, very serious. This is a fact. You may contact me on Facebook if you have a dire need (Ann Di Nicola). Hare Krsna.

» Posted By soma108 On Oct 16, 2009 @ 5:59 am

India Bans Smoking

I am very glad to hear about this ban and hope that some day in the future a similar ban would be approved in the United States. Little by little we are seeing this implemented, for example in Los Angeles on some of the beaches you cannot smoke, nor in restaurants, airplanes and work places.

The smell of cigarettes is so offensive, what to speak of inhaling second hand smoke. Sometimes when I wait for the bus to go to work someone is smoking and even if I stand six feet away from the person I can smell it. Other times if a person has smoked recently you can smell it on their clothing and person. It reeks.

At least in the U.S. there are small steps toward this goal. Since the price of cigarettes is going up and people are becoming more aware about cancer, hopefully this will circumvent and encourage people to stop smoking.

» Posted By soma108 On Oct 6, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

The Importance of Friendship and Association

Dear Karnamrita Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for your thoughts and insight on relationships and their various facets. Association is very important. One time Govinda dasi wanted to live alone and left the temple in Hawaii and Srila Prabhupada was not encouraging this. He did not want her to live alone and he always emphasized the importance of association. He said we are not meant to live alone.

I myself have to work a regular job and in my daily activities have various relationships. There are a few people I have come to know who are receptive to Krsna Consciousness and the process of meditation and devotional service. However, there are others that I maintain a respectful friendship, however, more distant.

Yes, we are in these human physical bodies and are full of desires. By association we can be encouraged spiritually and emotionally, therefore, to choose who we associate with is very important. We can become energized, grow and flourish by the proper spiritual association, or we can be drained and disillusioned by the wrong association.

Since I am older now and have survived through the years, my past experiences remind me of my real focus points and what is more beneficial and long term to me wherein I can gravitate more so to positive association. To share one’s experiences and help another person is important. I believe that just as it is important to preach to people about Krsna it is very important to give of our self to others what we have learned in our personal experiences. To be an encouragement and impetus for growth, knowledge and strength.

I like your comment that “friendships are about giving and receiving….”. That is so true. By giving and receiving (and sharing) we help each other genuinely grow. It gravitates from sincerity. If someone is sincere and honest by their endeavors all positive things fructify.

Hare Krishna.
Your servant,
Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Oct 3, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

Book Distribution Nectar

Dear Partha-sarathi Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Thank you for your post and sharing your realizations. I want to also thank you for coming to New Dwaraka and giving class. Your preaching and sharing of devotional love for Sri Krishna and Srila Prabhupada is well appreciated.

I am very glad that by the help of Ratnabhusana prabhu you are performing cookie distribution in Iraq and purifying the souls in your preaching efforts. Regarding book distribution I remember when I was a brahmacarini years ago I used to go out on sankirtan daily. Before I got initiated one of my services was to go out on all day Harer Nama. We would leave the temple just before 9:00 a.m. At that time we had three chanting parties. 9:00 a.m., 12:00 and in the evening. I would be out chanting and distributing Back To Godheads all day long. Waiting for lunch prasadam and they preaching again. What saved me (and a lot of other devotees) was eating (and distributing) the peanut burfi to many hungry spirit souls. I was so happy because all day long I chanted and preached. During the course of the years I also distributed books at airports, the subways (my favorite), freeway intersections and shopping malls. Later on my main service was at the temple and then I got married and started working.

I relish the brahmacarini days and the simple life. Now I go to the temple and work part time. It is sometimes easier to surrender to Krishna when your future is unsure, or when you are suffering, because you have nothing left in your life except Krishna and surrender. That is the ultimate goal and the ultimate happiness. When life is comfortable we can take things for granted or misuse them. That is why austerity is the perfection of spiritual practise.

I pray for your continued future preaching efforts and protection. Chanting Hare Krishna and preaching the glories of the holy name is how we carry on Srila Prabhupada’s
movement.

Your servant,

Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Sep 14, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

Memorial for Sudama

Dear Babhru Prabhu,

Thank you for your nice post and quote from Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.19. Srila Prabhupada helps us understand the difference between a devotee who has performed devotional service as compared to a non-devotee who has not yet taken on devotional practise. The mercy that the Guru and Krishna extend to a fallen devotee to help him/her back to the devotional path is endless. Prabhupada has explained in the past that devotional service is permanent. One who performs service and somehow falls down or is detracted, when he once again takes to devotional service, the devotee picks up from where he left. We never lose that benefit of devotional service. That is real mercy.

Also, when devotees abandon their families to take up Krishna Consciousness sometimes our family members may renounce and disassociate us from their family ties. However, Krishna and Prabhupada – our real family – are always there to guide us, to even welcome us and beckon us back to devotional service, even if we are distracted for some time.

The Holy Name is so potent that there is no other satisfaction and purification for the soul other than chanting Hare Krishna and performing service. Prabhupada has taught us so much about Krishna and the Brahminical way of life. Everything from offering foodstuffs to the deities, performing puja, preaching, compassion upon the fallen souls, even how to take care of our bodies, showering and bathing properly, drinking Brahmastra juice when we are ill, how to offer respects to fellow Vaisnavas, and now… how to take care of devotees leaving their bodies. We all owe a deep debt of gratitude to Srila Prabhupada for teaching and instilling in us this service for Guru and Krishna.

Hope you are doing well.

Your servant,

Omkara dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Sep 16, 2008 @ 12:19 am

Dear Pusta Krishna Prabhu,

Please accept my obeisances to yourself and your good wife Daru Brahma. I hope she is doing well. I thank you for your kind words, support and encouragement.

Sudama Prabhu has given me the gift of remembering death and looking at it in a deeply spiritual manner. I daily reflect upon my taking care of Sudama with deep gratitude. I pray that when I leave my body I am fortunate to be surrounded by devotees and Srila Prabhupada chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.

I wish to express my sincere thanks to yourself, Gurudas and Tamal Krishna Maharaj for coming to meet with Sudama and encouraging him to go to New Dwaraka to leave his body. We are all dependent upon association and oftentimes need a gentle push towards the right path. I know he very much gathered the courage and strength necessary to die peacefully by the phone calls and kindness of his Godbrothers.

There were times in the past wherein I felt myself hanging just barely on a thread however I knew that if I only prayed to Krishna and Srila Prabhupada they would pick me up and give me impetus towards devotional service and chanting the Holy Name. Sometimes I feel so unworthy and am humbled by prayer and surrender. The happiness of spiritual practice and prayer has given me much solace. I thank Srila Prabhupada for being his disciple and for my Godsisters and Godbrothers who have encouraged me in so many ways. ISKCON is Prabhupada’s family and the elder disciples can benefit so much by association and setting an example of love, service and dedication.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the posts on this site Dandavats.com and have only come to know of it by so-called chance. I wanted to write about my experiences taking care of Sudama and looked at several Hare Krishna websites. I mainly wanted something very streamlined towards ISKCON and after looking at some other sites felt this one was the most appropriate. I enjoy the articles and submissions. Thank you to all the devotees who have participated by their contributions on Dandavats.

I send warm regards to you, Daru Brahma and your family. Hare Krishna.

Your servant,

Omkara dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Sep 6, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

Dear Akruranatha Prabhu,

In regards to Sudama and not knowing him I also did not know him very well until his latter part of life just before he was going to leave his body. I remember him when he was in New York with the Vaikuntha Players performing skits on the streets of New York in Times Square or 42nd Street, also when he was a sannyasi and led kirtan. However in the old days woman rarely approached and talked to sannyasis. Therefore, when he came to New Dwaraka that’s when I got to know him well.

He told me many stories of how he served Srila Prabhupada and the big competition to serve with his Godbrothers. Sudama also lamented a great deal about missing Srila Prabhupada. By the way, when he was here he went back to wearing his dhoti and kurta.

We all are aware how our Divine Guru always looked at the goodness and brought the best out in us. So, I overlook Sudama’s dressing in female dress as some passing thing and something irrelevant compared to the many years of service, sacrifice, making devotees and preaching that he took part in. I choose to dwell on his spiritual activities am thankful that we also have the opportunity in this lifetime to perform devotional service.

I am reminded not to take much account of outwardly appearances since there may be a surprise of what we find inside one’s soul and one’s inner aspirations. For example, there is one devotee in the L.A. temple that lives outside and comes to evening aroti almost each night. I have seen him for at least 30 years coming to New Dvaraka. At first I thought he was a little bit ‘off’ or didn’t have all his mental capacities since he would dance sometimes eccentric and like a madman circling and circling and circling. Lately what I have noticed is two devotees have taken a closer attachment to him. One driving him to Mexico for a needed trip, and another devotee fully embracing him with much spiritual love in the temple. So at first glance this devotee appeared to me being not so centered, but now I see he is very special because he loves Krsna so much he can’t stop dancing for them. And other devotees are taking a liking to him.

I have learned to look at eccentricities as a person’s beauty or affliction and have come to accept them for being a spirit soul in a certain temporary type of body or consciousness.

Your servant,
Omkara dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Sep 4, 2008 @ 2:46 am

Dear Akruranatha Prabhu,

I listened to the lecture by H.H. Radha Natha Maharaj (from the above-mentioned link) and it was very inspiring. Thank you very much for this.

The lecture brought much emotion to me and reminds me that Krishna never forgets our service. Prabhupada is always there and will never leave us.

I appreciated the recounting of how Srila Prabhupada started out on the Bowery (Lower East Side of New York) and on Second Avenue. How Prabhupada engaged his disciples in many ways and brought out the best in us.

I hope that other devotees who read this message listen to the lecture as well since the lecture regarding Hayagriva’s service to Srila Prabhupada and his engagement in translating for Prabhupada, service in New Vrndaban and eventually taking sannyasa is inspirational.

The conclusion is that to go back to Godhead we need to be humble and have 100% surrender at the lotus feet of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you and Hare Krishna.

Your servant,

Omkara dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 22, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

Dear Akruranatha Prabhu,

Thank you for your post. I would be interested to see or hear results on a video or other, of what you have mentioned regarding Srila Prabhupada promising Sudama going back to Godhead if he opens a temple in Japan. If you come across it please let me know.

Reading the previous posts and responses have given me much appreciation and I do value very much Pusta Krishna’s contribution. It is with deep commitment that I see the older Godbrothers and Godsisters can portray their love and dedication towards Srila Prabhupada in this way.

If you transcribe the tape of H.H. Radha Natha Maharaj’s lecture, please forward it to me as well. I would like to listen to it. Knowing that you are busy, if you have a transcribing machine and a tape of the lecture, next time you are in L.A. drop it off to me and I would be more than happy to transcribe it.

Thanks again for your posts. I pay my respects to you and your good wife Jagarini. Best
Regards.

Your servant,
Omkara dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 19, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

Dear Babhru,

Thank you so much for your wonderful post and recounting the days in Hawaii temple. It is very warmhearted. It oftentimes reminds me how way back in the old days devotees started from scratch. They were sent off by Srila Prabhupada to open temples, to preach, starting from practically nothing but driven by love for their Spiritual Master. Things came to fruition naturally, temples were opened, altars were built and deities installed. The chanting parties attracted many aspiring devotees and from there grew these young brahmacaris, brahmacarinis, grhastas and babies. The Hare Krishna movement flourished and many books began to get distributed. Prabhupada would travel visiting many temples and spiritually electrifying all the devotees anxiously awaiting to see him, hear his lectures, get a glimpse, offer service and most of all get his eternal blessings.

Our guru has shown us much mercy throughout our personal strengths and weaknesses and always gave us encouragement and love. He is still with us guiding us through each step and we are eternally connected to His Divine Grace.

I thank you for remembering Sudama and passing on to us your experiences with him in devotional service. As well as reminding us of the compassion Srila Prabhupada has bestowed upon each and every one of us.

It is so nice to hear from you. Hope you are doing well.

Your godsister,
Omkara

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 14, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

Dear Karnamrita Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada. Thank you for your post. I have thought about a few things you said and hope to respond in a humble fashion.

One reason that I wrote the memorial was to express Sudama’s service to Srila Prabhupada and his love for him. Also hopefully to inspire devotees to pull together to serve and assist our Godbrothers and Godsisters not only in preaching this Krishna Concsiousness Movement, however, to help each other become stronger. To possibly enlighten a fellow Godbrother or Godsister who feel distant or unelivened.

One of the things Sudama prabhu told me when he was passing away was that it was very very difficult for him to deal with Srila Prabhupada leaving his body. It is very natural for a human being to grieve for someone who dies, what to speak of their own Guru leaving his body. Sudama was in India taking part in the process when Srila Prabhupada was leaving his body and prior to this he was offered a future position as a guru and some territory. He refused since he was so overcome with Srila Prabhupada still in the process of leaving his body. He was lamenting and distressed. Sudama prabhu left India with a heavy heart and it was difficult for him to transgress to this new relationship of connection with Srila Prabhupada in ‘absence’. I told him that when I heard Srila Prabhupada left his body I cried a lot (so did many devotees here) and I lamented, I prayed to Srila Prabhupada to always be present in my heart and soul and to always guide me in this lifetime. I know he is present with me and I have that faith strengthened when I chant Hare Krishna, when I read scripture and when I pay darshan to the deities.

We should never consider ourself ‘safe’ in Krishna Consciousness. We can at any time be distracted. Therefore it is important to always look at life and live through life with a deeper vision. Everything we see and do emanates from Krishna. That is what dovetailing is all about. Take what you have and utilize it. Reach out to someone if they are weak, if they need someone to lean on. I appreciate my Godbrothers and Godsisters and am always happy to see them and talk about the good old days. We enliven each other.

Thank you and Hare Krishna.
Your Servant,
Omkara dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 13, 2008 @ 5:02 pm

Dear Akruranatha Prabhu,

I found another letter from Srila Prabhupada to Sudama dated January 5, 1972.

” My dear Sudama,

(….2nd paragraph……)

I thank you for being so sincere in helping me to spread this great mission of Krishna Consciousness. You have always served me very faithfully, so I pray that Krishna may bless you with a long life with which to open many temples and that in this very lifetime you may return back to home, back to Godhead.

(submitted by Omkara devi dasi)
Your servant.

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 11, 2008 @ 1:27 am

Dear Akruranatha Prabhu,

In regards to your question above I came across a letter from Srila Prabhupada to Sudama Prabhu making note of the first four paragraphs as indicated below below.

Letter dated: June 7, 1969

“My Dear Sudama,

All Glories to Sudama das Brahmacari and the Hawaii devotees for their excellent work. I have appreciated so much your letter of June 2, 1969 that I am making copies of this letter to send to different centers to show them how much potency is this Sankirtana Movement.

So for the time being as you are working enthusiastically in Hawaii, try to establish a very good center there. There is nice potential there I know, and I think Krishna is already giving impetus for this purpose, because Gaurasundara and Balabhadra have gone to find a nice place on the Hawaii Island.

So all of you work conscientiously and jointly, you are all good souls, and you will be successful if you can transform Hawaii into New Navadvipa. Lord Caitanya will shower His blessings and you will be happy, not only in this life, but you will be promoted to Krishna Loka.

Concentrate your energies now in Hawaii center, and in the future we shall establish a center in Japan. I think the roar of your Sankirtana in Hawaii will soon be heard in the neighboring places, including Japan and Hong Kong. The ocean is the father-in-law of Visnu, because the Goddess of Fortune, Laksmi, was born by the churning of the ocean.”

( 3 more paragraphs…. then signed…..)

I hope this will meet you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Excerpt above submitted by Omkara dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 11, 2008 @ 12:46 am

Dear Vibhava Krsna Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for your post and expression of appreciation for Sudama Prabhu. For years I would contemplate the experiences I had taking care of Sudama leaving his body and sometimes would comment upon it. Recently, after the death of our Godsister Koumadakee and hearing her memorial I was inspired to formally write about Sudama Prabhu.

It is important to glorify Sri Krishna, Srila Prabhupada and also to value the surrender that devotees have offered in the name of devotional service. There are many prabhus who have preached, made devotees, washed pots all day, distributed books and sincerely went out of their way to serve Krishna. I pay my respectful obeisances unto them.

I hope to inspire and somehow be there to offer a helping hand to someone who needs encouragement. We can bow down and in a humble frame of mind follow the guidance of our spiritual master begging for his mercy.

Your servant,
Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 10, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

Dear Madhusudan and Kanchanbala Prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I thank you for your appreciation and remembrance of Sudama Prabhu. It is with sincerity and spiritual rendition that I recall Sudama in New York, as well as serving him here in New Dwaraka. I oftentimes relish thinking about when I first joined in the Brooklyn temple just before Sri Sri Radha Govinda were installed.

One of my realizations that occurred when I took care of Sudama prabhu was that this whole Krsna Consciousness is a preparation for leaving our body and we should not take that for granted. We should live life to our fullest and expend all our propensities in the service of Krsna remembering at any time we can leave our bodies. To value association, devotees, the shelter of the deities and the shelter of our Guru Srila Prabhupada is the essence of our existence. I look at life and death differently now and thank Srila Prabhupada so much for coming to the West — giving us this opportunity to go Back to Godhead through devotional service. We have so many Godbrothers and Godsisters that we can render service to as well as the deities, what to speak of the spirit souls out there that are still waiting to hear the Hare Krishna Mantra.

My regards to both of you prabhus. I am very glad to hear from you and wish you both health and continued spiritual progress.

In the service of Srila Prabhupada.
I remain
Your servant,
Omkara dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 10, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

Dear Balabhadra Bhattacarya Prabhu,

Thank you for your wonderful account of service with Sudama Prabhu. I enjoyed reading it very much and appreciate how important it is to always strive to be servant of the servant of the servant.

Throughout our different stages in lives and the paths we lead may we be blessed with the association of devotees and guided by our spiritual master Srila Prabhupada.

I thank you.
Your servant,
Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 8, 2008 @ 7:02 pm

Dear Pusta Krishna Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I thank you so very much for your message. I remember Sudama received many encouraging phone calls from his dear Godbrothers. I am sorry I did not include your name in the memoire. I know he gathered much strength and happiness receiving these phone calls. Recently Gurudas told me he transported Sudama to L.A. and I believe Brahmananda may have encouraged Sudama to go to New Dwaraka to spend his last days as well.

Thank you for exemplifying how Sudama danced in front of the deities in Mayapur. In the past I often enjoyed his flamboyant character and it showed his love for Sri Krishna and Prabhupada. I remember his dancing and his acting in the Vaikuntha Players. Sometimes he led kirtan for Prabhupada in Los Angeles.

It is good to be reminded of how in the old days many of our Godbrothers travelled far and wide to preach the holy name. To unknown areas of the world as well as the Iron Curtain. Throughout the austerities devotees have enjoyed much bliss and joy preaching, making new devotees, serving their Guru in the best way they can.

Your post is much appreciated and I thank you for this.

Your humble servant,
I hope to remain,
Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 8, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

Dear Trivikrama Maharaj,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for your email and acknowledgment. It has been many years since Sudama prabhu left his body and I never officially made any statements. Throughout the years I often thought I should express what had transpired and exemplify how sincere he was in his service.

As we are getting older more of our Godbrothers and Godsisters are leaving their bodies. After this experience I think of death a lot more and how I should prepare and get serious about my spiritual life.

I appreciate this experience and know that I have been truly blessed to serve my Godbrother. I pray to Srila Prabhupada for his guidance and am very grateful to be his disciple.

Hare Krsna.
Your servant,
Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 7, 2008 @ 5:02 pm

Scared to become a devotee

All Glories to Our Spiritual Master His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada.

My realization about being scared is an insecurity of the future or even the present and lack of confidence in one’s spiritual strength. I remember when I first came upon Krsna Consciousness I used to see the devotees on Second Avenue coming and going. I was approximately 14 years old at the time and I knew the devotees were all about religion and God. I came to the automatic realization that this was something pure. I really liked seeing the devotees. During the time I was 17 years I first came across a Back to Godhead magazine on the subways laying there on the seat. I picked it up and took it home. Upon reading it I immediately became vegetarian and offered what I ate to Krishna in some humble way, and started chanting Hare Krishna. I wanted to be a devotee.

The first time I came to the temple in Brooklyn I came during the Sunday feast. Srila Prabhupada was giving a lecture. I came with nothing except the clothes on my back. I had full faith that whatever I needed would be provided. After the lecture I told the devotees I wanted to become a devotee too and they let me take a shower and put on a sari and tilak. I lived in the temple for a few weeks and because I wasn’t 18 yet my parents made me go home and finish high school. I rejoined when I turned 18 years.

I liked the feeling of giving everything up for Krishna and depending on him. Throughout the years there were times of natural surrender and my experiences of natural austerities of purification. I have enjoyed them very much because they gave me strength. Once in a while I was somewhat reluctant or forced into a situation, but deep inside I knew Krishna was sending me to that situation so I can detach from my desires.

I am in a very happy space right now going to the temple and loving to pay my obeisances to Srila Prabhupada and the deities, praying for their shelter, protection and spiritual strength. I can see now that the key to real happiness comes naturally and is honest surrender, wanting to be a devotee of Krishna.

Thank you and Hare Krishna.
Omkara devi dasi

» Posted By soma108 On Aug 17, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

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