Prabhupada Disappearance Day Celebrated
The year the disappearance day of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder -acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness fell on 17 November 2012. Srila Prabhupada passed away in the year 1977 in Vrindavan.
This year several disciples of Srila Prabhupada graced the celebrations and offered their glorifications to him. The program opened with a lecture by Srila Prabhupada followed by HH Bhakti Vikas Swami recounting the challenges and triumphs Srila Prabhupada experienced to establish ISKCON and his enormous contribution of presenting the Bhagavad-gita As It Is to the world.
Several disciples of Srila Prabhupada and senior devotees namely Narsimhananda Das, Gopiswami Das, Radha Madhava Das, Vishakha Devi Dasi and others recollected their special memories with and of Srila Prabhupada. The glorification ceremony was followed by pushpanjali (offering flowers), arati and prasad.
In the evening, devotees gathered at Srila Prabhupada Quarters to commemorate the time he departed from this world in 1977 and a special arati and kirtan was held near his bed at 7:25pm. Devotees continued their glorification of Srila Prabhupada after the arati. Vishakha Devi Dasi, Narsimhanandan Das and Narottama Das mesmerized everyone with their memories of Srila Prabhupada, especially at Hare Krishna Land in the 1970s.
Although Srila Prabhupada is not present on this planet physically, he is present in his deity form, in the books he wrote and in his instructions.
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