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Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance Day



  Srila Prabhupada's Bed in VrindavanDecorated with Flowers for His Disappearance Day

Today is the day that Srila Prabhupada disappeared from this world in 1977 here in Vrindavan. To experience this day in Vrindavan is especially potent because here you can enter Srila Prabhupada's room and see and touch the very bed in which he was lying when he departed from this world on that fateful historic day in the most holy month of Kartik. His disappearance was an unthinkable devastating tragedy for us, his disciples. We were so much dependent on his personal guidance on how we can advance in Krishna consciousness and spread this sublime movement all over the world. We were thinking and hoping that Srila Prabhupada would recover and continue blessing us with his divine association here on the physical plane for many more years to come. But this was not to be because Krishna had a different plan for Srila Prabhupada and for us also. Just as when Lord Sri Krishna appeared to depart from Vrindavan but actually could never leave because of being bound hand and foot by the gopi's intense love, now in Srila Prabhupada's separation we can capture him fully within our hearts by our complete total loving surrender to his divine commands that we should become pure devotees and make the entire world Krishna conscious. In this way Srila Prabhupada can never leave us. Just as it said that Krishna never steps even one foot outside of Vrindavan, it can also be said that Srila Prabhupada never steps even one foot outside the hearts of those devotees who have given their lives to him.

 

Sankarshan Das Adhikari



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