BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
KUALA LUMPUR – Devotees of Klang Valley gathered at Iskcon KL’s Sri Jagannatha Mandir temple last evening to pray for the recovery of HH Jayapataka Swami’s health. Devotees here chanted the Lord Nrsimha prayers which protects the devotees. A 24-hour kirtan is also continously going on in the temple. The temple president, HG Uttama Caitanya das said that, “We will continue the kirtan for 72-hours if need be, for the speedy recover of HH Jayapataka Maharaj. Devotees are also encouraged to chant extra rounds for Maharaj.”
A senior devotee here, HG Dr Shanti Rupa devi dasi had spoken to the doctors in Mumbai and said, “They said that Guru Maharaj’s limbs are moving and his eyes are responding well. That means that there is only a little bleeding in the brain stem. There will be no paralysis. The first thing that the doctor checks is if his pupils are responding, and if it is, then the chances of recovery is positive. However, he will take sometime to recover fully. He needs to undergo physio therapy once he recovers.”
The temple president recalled the pastimes of Srila Prabhupada during a difficult period that he was undergoing in 1969. He said, “At that time, hardly a devotee was initiated and they didn’t know what to do for Srila Prabhupada when he was having palpitations in his heart. Srila Prabhupada taught them how to chant the Nrsimha prayers which the devotees wrote down and called other centers in America to recite. He also said that the devotee should pray to the Lord and tell Him that their Spiritual Master’s mission is not completed yet.”
A MP3 recording of HH Jayapataka Swami’s Vyasa Puja greetings in 2006 was played during this prayer session. He made five requests of his disciples.
1. To chant 16 rounds without fail daily
2. To take care of other devotees. This would assist him a great deal.
3. To assist him in preaching seva such as book distribution, Nama hatta etc.
4. To assist him in his personal service such as audio library, transcribing lectures etc.
5. To keep in touch with him and to send Vyasa Puja reports to the disciples’ website (2006).
Another senior devotee, HG Udar Krishna das said, “In 1989, HH Jayapataka Maharaj was hospitalized in Madrid after a very critical attack on his main vein in his neck. His only plea to some devotees was that they pray so that he can fully complete Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. I want to fulfill my duties for His Divine Grace Srila Prabupada”.
More and more Iskcon temple worldwide are having special prayers for HH Jayapataka Maharaj’s quick recovery. HG Uttama reaffirmed, “I have received many messages and mails from all over the world stating that they are having prayers and chanting extra rounds for Maharaj. This includes Hong Kong and China as well”.