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The Prabhupada Story–Part 7

Srila Prabhupada would preach at every opportunity, and there was no way his disciples could slow him down.

Strenuous Preaching Takes its Toll…

Srila Prabhupada could have safely lived out his days in Vrindavana in India but he had chosen strenuous international preaching instead.

On the occasions when his followers had tried to restrain Srila Prabhupada, their concern for his physical welfare was no match for his determination to give Krishna consciousness away at all costs.

Srila Prabhupada had another heart attack and he needed to go to India to receive Ayurvedic medical treatment.

Srila Prabhupada would preach at every opportunity, and there was no way his disciples could slow him down. Here he is preaching at a late night program in the Greenwich East Village Theatre.

Before leaving for India Srila Prabhupada flew to San Francisco to oversee the arrangements for his first Ratha Yatra in the West. “The Ratha Yatra festival was performed with great pomp. More than five hundred people followed the procession to the beach, and there were about two dozen cars. They distributed thousands of chapattis and at last Sri Jagannatha, Subhadra and Baladeva, kindly came to stay in our house.” — Srila Prabhupada (in a letter)

Their Lordships Jagannatha, Subhadra and Balaram aboard a bright yellow Hertz Rent-a-truck for the first ever Ratha Yatra in the western world. Within the next ten years, Srila Prabhupada held Ratha Yatra festivals in major cites around the world.

A Touching Farewell

Srila Prabhupada preached so selflessly to benefit everyone with Krishna consciousness that it was common for comparative newcomers to become very attached to him.

Out of love for him, his disciples were giving up sinful life and accepting Lord Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead and had even opened new centers in San Francisco and Montreal.

So it was with great feeling that the devotees waited for Srila Prabhupada to board his flight to India to recover from his heart attack.

“The kirtana was getting heavier and heavier and so was the crying. And in the middle of it Srila Prabhupada was completely relaxed, as if this were his place and this was the normal thing to do.”
Hansadutta das

Janaki dasi mischievously stole the ticket and passport from Srila Prabhupada’s hand “Now you can’t leave!” she said “That’s all right” Srila Prabhupada smiled I already have my boarding ticket I am Indian. They will lei me into my own country.”

Srila Prabhupada flew back to India on July 23rd 1967, and while regaining his health he preached with his accompanying disciples.

But his disciples in America were never out of his mind:

“As you say that my absence in America is being felt now surely more that ever, so I feel to start immediately without delay.”

Return to America

On November 24th 1967, Srila Prabhupada returned to America and a new spirit, the impetus to spread Krishna consciousness, appeared within ISKCON.

When Srila Prabhupada had first arrived in America he had been alone and had experienced difficulty finding even one sincere person. Now, to the contrary, he was surrounded by sincere followers eager to learn from him and enthusiastic to serve him. He did not want followers for his personal benefit but in order to fulfill the desire of his predecessor spiritual masters, that Krishna consciousness spread throughout the world, he was willing to accept the service of many disciples.

An Unchanged Routine

Srila Prabhupada preached at every opportunity while supervising his ISKCON movement and at night instead of collapsing for eight hours of hard-earned rest he would lie down for a few hours and then rise and execute his most important duty, translating and commenting on the Sanskrit verses of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Srila Prabhupada translating in the early morning hours.


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3 Responses to The Prabhupada Story–Part 7

  1. Sanat Attavar says:

    Hare Krishna

    Pray you will find Part 5 and Part 6 and publish it.

    Reading about Krishna, HIS devotess and their struggle makes you so complete by giving you the necessary strength to stay connected in HIS Consciousness.

    Hare Krishna

    • Hare Krishna Sanat Prabhu

      I think somehow some of the parts of this Prabhupada Story have gone missing so I will have to write them again. I will try to do this in the near future…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  2. Govinda dasi says:

    Dear Prabhus, Pamho. Yes It is very wonderful that you are putting the old BTGs out for everyone to read and experience the golden era when Srila Prabhupada first started this movement. Thank you for this wonderful service.

    Please see if you can locate a particular poem written by Harsharani dasi in the summer of 1968. I was Srila Prabhupada’s secy at that time, and a poem was sent to him sometimes in July or August perhaps. He loved the poem and told me to have it printed in BTG; please see if it was done and if you can find it as I want to use it in my book. I have not been able to find it.

    Also, I have noticed you wrote that Prabhupada returned from India after his illness, in Nov of 1967. That is not correct. He flew into San Francisco airport on Dec 14, 1967, as we were there to meet him. I dont know where you got that info, perhaps if you let me know I can inform them of the correct date.

    Thank you again for your wonderful service to the world of devotees and future devotees!

    Your servant and sister, Govinda dasi

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