Devotees meditative on Srila Prabhupada Disappearance day
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness passed away in the year 1977 in Vrindavan. He was a pure devotee of Lord Krishna who spent all his time in the loving service of the Lord. On the instructions of his spiritual master he travelled west to spread the glories of Lord Krishna to the western world. Thus, introducing Krishna Consciousness to the western world and bringing millions to the fold of bhakti. He established one of the biggest movements to propagate the love of Godhead. Srila Prabhupada was a prolific writer of the Vaisnava philopsphy. He translated the Bhagavad Gita as it is, which is most
widely circulated world wide and has made huge impact on the society by turning people into believers.
Although Srila Prabhupada is no longer with us physically, on a spiritual platform he is very much present; in his deity form, his books and his instructions. His mercy is there for all those who seek it. Departure of a pure Vaisnava is a celebration as he returns to his eternal service at Krishna’s lotus feet in the spiritual world (Goloka Vrindavana).
This year his disappearance day fell on 30 October 2011. The program at temple started in the morning with Vaishnava bhajans. Disciples of Srila Prabhupada, senior devotees and guests spoke about their realizations in serving Srila Prabhupada and glorified his contribution to humanity. This was followed by Bhoga arati and Pushpanjali. Fasting for the festival ended at noon with prasada for all. It was a much subdued and meditative evening program where everyone gathered at Srila Prahbupada quarters to offer arati to him at 7:20 pm, commemorating the time he departed. This was followed by kirtan and the program ended with rememberance of Srila Prabhupada and his activities during his final days in Vrindavan by the assembled devotees, his old time associates and well wishers.