Letters from Srila Prabhupada to HH Jayapataka Swami

015BY JANANANDA GOSVAMI

Please continue to pray for Srila Jayapataka Maharaja, most dear disciple of Srila Prabhupada, beloved Godbrother, spiritual master, (depending on your relationship) inspiration and friend of all. Although we have good news of his improvement in health – he is now more or less conscious and responds clearly to movements, sounds, and people he still remains in a critical condition in the Hinduja Hospital in Bombay. If you want to keep updated on the news of his health you can log onto http://www.jpsoffice.com or http://www.jpshealth.info

It is wonderful that thousands of devotees all over the world are chanting the Nrsingha Kavaca for Maharaja’s protection.  I would also suggest as well as that we try to take the Holy names – the mahamantra- to others and perform more kirtan than ever. Srila Prabhupada always recommended in all circumstances, and we are always in danger, that we should chant the holy names so we will not be like a kawing parrot at death.

“So we should be ready always that this “ka-ka-ka,” this material vibration, this lecturing, this planning, at any moment can be finished. Chant Hare Krsna. If you are finished, then you go to Vaikuntha immediately. Don’t be practicing “ka-ka-ka.” Chant Hare Krsna. Even if we are finished… We can be finished. Now modern life is that we are travelling in airplane. It can be crashed at any moment. But those who are “ka-ka-kas,” they’ll be finished. And they are chanting; they will go to Vaikuntha. Finishing will be there. It is not that because we are Krsna conscious we will not be finished. The example is that you’ll be captured by the mouth of a cat but when the cat captures with its mouth its kitties, they feel very good pleasure. And when he captures a rat, oh, it finished. Similarly, everyone will be captured by the laws of nature, but a devotee will be carried with great care to Vaikuntha and others will be thrown again into this material existence. But people will say, “Oh, your devotee is also dying and the non-devotee is dying,” just like the foolish man. The cat is capturing in the mouth both the kitty and the rat. They are not same thing. Apparently it seems that the same thing but it is not the same thing.

Bhagavad-gita Lecture 5.17-25 — Los Angeles, February 8, 1969

I was looking for some relevant statements in the Folio and without knowing who they were too, the following came up. It is not by chance they are both to Srila Jayapataka Maharaja.

Hyderabad 4 December, 1976

My Dear Jayapataka

“Regarding the Narayana Kavaca mantra, the Hare Krsna mantra is everything. But, I think that you are working too hard. Your illness is the result of too hard work. Remain in Mayapura. Take rest as much as necessary. And work through your assistants. And chant Hare Krsna.

Hoping this will meet you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

6 October, 1968

My Dear Jayapataka,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter Sept. 25, 1968, and I have noted the contents carefully. I am very much concerned about yourself that you have been injured, by working; I do not know what sort of ugra-karma you were doing, but whatever you do, you must be careful. Your body is dedicated to Krishna, therefore you should not be neglectful about your body. You should always think that your body is no more your body, but it is Krishna’s body. ………..If you have got some time, the best thing would be to chant Hare Krishna more and more. Because our life is very short, and we have to finish our Krishna Consciousness this life very quickly. We do not know when we shall meet our next death, our next exit from this platform. But before going out of this platform, we may try to finish Krishna Consciousness. That is our main business.

……… All of you please chant Hare Krishna, and hear the sound vibration, and serve Krishna and Spiritual Master to your best capacity and everything will be all right. Please offer by blessings to all the devotees…… Hope this will find you in good health,

Yours ever well-wisher,

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami