Do you see a deity in Obama’s hands? Hanuman? Who would have known!?
Srila Jayapataka Swami is now completely conscious, and is being weaned off the ventilator. Maharaj is surrounded by his godbrothers, and disciples. This is such good news, as the month of Kartik draws to an end with today being the start of Bhishma Pancaka (also called Vishnu Pancaka).
Grandsire Bhishmadev fasted for these five days, in preparation for leaving his body. Added austerities are recommended such as complete fast till wednesday (the day of Tulasi Devi’s marriage to Lord Vishnu, and the Rasa Lila), or Ekadasi style fasting is commonly followed…
“The Lord and the living entity eternally glitter, and when a living entity becomes inclined to the service of the Supreme Lord he looks like gold. The Lord is a diamond, and so this combination is very nice. Living entities in a pure state are called devotees. The Supreme Lord becomes the devotee of His devotees.” – Srila Prabhupada’s purport to BG 9.29
rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrijantam
“Having been caught, He was sobbing and rubbing His frightened eyes with His lotus hands. His gasps were shaking the ornaments on His neck, which is marked with three lines like a conch. I bow down to Shri-Damodara, Who can be tied only by bhakti.”
A child is usually extremely frightened when apprehended by his parents for misbehaving. The matchless Lord Krsna acted no differently when Yashoda caught Krsna from behind Him. Jnanis and yogis are filled with amazements when this pastime of the Lord is called to mind- He whom fear personified fears, and is death for death itself cried like a terrified infant, afraid of His impending punishment. Sri Krsna trembled in fear, and the pearl necklaces began jumping from the vibration of His small body. His neck was marked with three lines, much like a conch shell. These three lines are considered auspicious bodily marks, and the all-auspicious Lord’s transcendal body appeared decorated with this and all other such marks.
Karmis (fruitive workers), Jnanis (those engaged in the pursuit of speculative knowledge), and yogis (those engaged in the various yoga systems delineated in the sashtras) are all unable to catch even a glimpse of Sri Damodara’s lotus feet, let alone bind Him to a mortar with ropes. Sri Yashoda’s maternal love for her son had no equal in all the universes, and out of respect for her love, Lord Krsna allowed Himself to be bound to the mortar, like an ordinary child. At first the ropes came short, and successive attempts were also unsuccessful.
Seeing his mother’s exasperation, the all-powerful Sri Krsna allowed the ropes to bind Him, showing us that Yashoda’s devotion, and not the ropes, bound His form to the mortar. It is this form of Krsna that the month of Kartika is dedicated to. Srimati Radharani is the Goddess of this month, and Lord Damodara is the deity worshipped by devotees during this period. Sri Damodara is “baddham” (literally meaning conditioned) by the ropes of Yashoda’s bhakti, as well as the “bhuja bandhanam” (tight embrace) of Srimati Radharani (verse 3 of act 10, Sri Gita Govinda). All glories to Sri Damodara!
By Dr Madhavananda das, Director of Bhaktivedanta Hospital
Maharaj’s consciousness has been stable and he responds to verbal commands by opening his eyes or by facial expression. This has been up and down and sometimes he is responsive and sometimes he is unresponsive. He has been moving his left hand, the other limbs are not moving and is a matter of concern.
The neurologist Dr PP Ashok and the intensivist Dr Hegde are monitoring him closely. According to them things are taking their natural course and recovery is a lengthy process. Even though a decline in consciousness is observed since the last 3 days and Maharaj remains critical, and he is in a state where things may go wrong, there is no reason to believe that he will not recover. The prayers must go on and that is the only factor which will change the course of events.
Overall it can be summarized that Maharaj’s condition is critical but stable. There is no further deterioration. He still responds to commands but not as much as 4 days back. His blood pressure and other parameters like blood sugar, potassium levels, platelets are stable. Tomorrow they will again try to wean him from the ventilator. The doctors from Bhaktivedanta Hospital are constantly in touch with the treating doctors. The prayers must continue…
Yesterday was the disappearance day of Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In the sacred month of Kartik, in 1977, Srila Prabhupada left this world in Sri Vrindavan Dham, leaving behind a whole world more conscious of Lord Krsna.
Srila Prabhupada installing Sri Sri Radha Londonishwara; The deities today…
For those who do not know Srila Prabhupada, or consider him to be their spiritual master, his life remains an amazing example of how miraculously Krsna can act. Srila Prabhupada spread the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – chanting of Lord Krsna’s Holy names- around the world in a short 12 years. He created more than 108 temples, each with installed deities of Radha and Krsna, Who are being worshipped to this day.
My spiritual master, Srila Jatapataka Maharaj is still in critical condition. He is still intubated, and his platelet count has increased slightly. His blood pressure still fluctuates. When conscious, he finds the tubes for intubation uncomfortable, so the doctors have sedated him for comfort. The doctors turned the ventilator periodically, and he was able to breathe by himself, but since he tired easily, they decided to continue use of the ventilator until his condition improves. He is not responding to verbal commands, which is somewhat concerning…
Please pray for his protection. The Narasimha Kavacha is a good prayer, but I personally believe, any sincere prayer to Krsna will usher in His help in such a situation. Please keep Srila Jayapataka Maharaj in your thoughts and prayers, and I am sure Krsna will protect His devotee under all circumstances…
Since I started this blog this summer, I didn’t think I’d be able to maintain it for this long. I did have to make posts less frequent, but I still look forward to sharing pictures and bits of information about Krsna with my readers. I would like to thank all the readers for visiting regularly, and I welcome new readers to take a look, and hopefully what they see interests them…
If there are specific topics you would like to see postings about, or if there are pictures of particular deities that you would like to see featured on this blog, please send me a message. I appreciate all the comments I have received thus far, and they keep me encouraged to keep posting away…for Krsna!