A Day in the Life of Jayananda Thakur

So we continue with the new upcoming book by Vishoka Prabhu; “A Day in the lLfe of Jayananda Thakur” We look foward to the release of this new book, and we thank him for sharing some of it with you.

Great Souls Sometimes Re-appear
By Sriman Vishoka Prabhu
Part one

Can devotees appear, disappear and then re-appear? Well, in a way, all souls are re-appearing again and again by the process of reincarnation. This report is very different from that. It’s about the re-appearance of great saints who once walked this earth, and who are not obliged or forced to reincarnate into a material body again, but sometimes re-appear in their devotee form. It’s about life after the disappearance of the soul from a material body, and the difference between great acharyas and ordinary souls in this regard. It is about how and why great acharyas appear, and after disappearance, they sometimes they give special re-appearances, and are always giving mercy to the conditioned souls.

Appearance and disappearance are the same

On Srila Bhaktisiddhanta’s disappearance day, 12/13/73, Srila Prabhupada said-
“So there are two phases, prakata and aprakata, appearance and disappearance. So we have nothing to lament on account of disappearance because Krsna and Krsna’s devotee… Not only devotees, even the nondevotees, nobody disappears. >> Srila Bhaktisiddhanta’s Disappearance Day – LA, Dec 13/73
For the devotee of Krishna, appearance and disappearance is the same thing. Every soul is eternal, but the great devotees are sat-cid-ananda before, during, and after their earthy pastimes. They are full of knowledge and bliss before they appear, they have the same consciousness while in an earthy body, and after they leave that body, they are still in prema consciousness. Ordinary souls are in ignorance before and after the occupancy of a material body, but this is not the case for Vaisnavas. Most of us don’t know where we were before birth, and don’t know what exactly will happen after death. But for the acharya, and the faithful devotee, death is like easily walking through a door into Vaikuntha.

Srila Prabhupada and the previous acharyas are always approachable by sincere souls-

Srila Prabhupada- “Vaisnava is always thinking himself helpless, helpless. And begging help from the previous acarya.” Bhagavad-gita 1.20 and- “The whole process is that we should always pray for the mercy of the superior acaryas and keep company with pure devotees. Then it will be easier for us to advance in Krsna consciousness and receive the mercy of Lord Caitanya and Lord Krsna.” > from purport of song by Narottama dasa Thakura

Here, we see that Srila Prabhupada advises us to pray to the “superior acharyas” and beg for their help, or mercy. Praying for help from personalities who previously walked on this planet assumes that they are there within the range of our petition, they can hear us, they can reciprocate to our requests, and help us and bless us. Such personalities are great acharyas, and they are still living gurus, whether in or out of material bodies. They are still on this planet, as seen in the next quote.

Even though great acharyas disappear, sometimes they give special re-appearance in personal forms

O.B.L. Kapoor: “Prabhupada used to practice sadhana there. Even after their disappearance, the siddha (perfected) souls have a double personality, so to say. In one form they live in Golok Vrindavan, celestial Vrindavan. In another form they live in this world, in the form they used to live before as a sadhaka.
Sometimes they also give darsan to their disciples. Nobody has gone anywhere else. Everybody is here. All the great souls are still here. If your heart is pure, you can have their darsan. Nobody has gone anywhere, everybody is here. It has been recorded that Jiva and Rupa Goswamis have given darsan to several devotees.” > Ref. VedaBase => Prabhupada at Radha-Damodara 11

Here is it said, “Nobody has gone anywhere.” This is the statement of O.B.L. Kapoor, Srila Prabhupada’s godbrother, a long time Brijabasi. All the great acharyas are still here, still today, in Vrndavan India. It stands to reason, that since Lord Krishna is still here in His supreme abode, the earthy abode of Vrndavan, which is non-different from the original Goloka, then all His confidential associates are also with Him. Lord Krishna is never alone, He is always in the company of His eternal confidantes. Srila Prabhupada is still there too, with his Lord Krishna and Srila Rupa Gosvami and all the great acharyas. They are all in their sadhaka forms, in their beautiful forms as they appeared as devotees here on this earth. If we had a pure heart, then we could see them, (of course, nobody would believe us.) I once saw a painting of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Rupa Gosvami here in a room of our temple here in New Vrindavan, which depicted a transcendental meeting of our Srila Prabhupada and Srila Rupa Gosvami, and here are some accounts, which verify this transcendental meeting.

Great acharyas appear to Srila Prabhupada, in dream and in vision-

Gopal Ghosh: “That is where Prabhupada got the idea for ISKCON. It is where Prabhupada did his own personal bhajan. and there many times he told me that Rupa and Jiva Goswamis appeared to him in dreams. > PRD 11: “My Eternal Residence” A disciple and former personal servant of Srila Prabhupada said that Srila Rupa Gosvami once appeared to Srila Prabhupada while he was staying at the Radha-Damodara temple in Vrndavana. Before coming to America in 1965, Srila Prabhupada lived here as a renounced sannyasi chanting Hari Nama, praying to Radha-Damodara and the Gosvamis, and translating the Srimad Bhagavatam into English. One day while honoring maha-prasadam, Srila Prabhupada was looking out of the window at the samadhi of Sri Rupa Gosvami. Suddenly, Sri Rupa Gosvami appeared before Srila Prabhupada and spoke these most encouraging words:

“Maharaja, don’t worry about anything. Go ahead and travel to the West and preach. Just preach the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the chanting of Hare Krishna. You’ll be successful. I guarantee because I will be right with you all the time.” GVSV: Darsana Stories

So we see that Jiva and Rupa Gosvamis have given darshan to several devotees, and Rupa Gosvami gave his personal darshan to Srila Prabhupada, and conferred upon him spoken words of blessings and assurance of success in his mission. Srila Prabhupada didn’t mention this to us, but Lord Krishna arranged that this be told, in order to glorify His devotee, Srila Prabhupada. We can be assured from Srila Prabhupada’s recommendation above, that if we sincerely pray to the previous acharyas, then they will surely hear and bless us. We have heard accounts of many devotees, old and young, who’ve had Srila Prabhupada’s darshan in either dream or visions.

One of the most famous and amazing re-appearance darshans of past acharyas, ever recorded in the written documents of Vaisnava history, was at the Kheturi festival organized by Narottam Das Thakur, in the early 1500’s-

This is accepted by Gaudiya Vaishnavas as an objective fact for a number of reasons, not least of which may be the miraculous occurrence that has been documented by all biographers of the period: Mahaprabhu and all His associates, many of whom had left the mortal world more than fifty years earlier, personally appeared at the Kheturi festival and danced at the height of Narottam’s blessed kirtan. Thousands of attending devotees bore witness to this sacred event. The author of Bhakti-ratnakara incredulously asks, “Who can describe the incomparable happiness of the devotees when in the midst of the kirtan the munificent Shri Chaitanya and His associates descended for the pleasure of His devotees? Like a flash of lightning in the middle of a mass of beautiful clouds, Shri Chaitanya Himself appeared within the multitude of His followers.” According to the Prema-vilas, Mahaprabhu appeared with Nityananda Prabhu, Shri Adwaita, Gadadhar, Shrivas Thakur, Haridas Thakur, Swarup Damodar, Rupa-Sanatan, and many others. Who, indeed, can imagine the heightened bhava as Jahnava saw her departed husband in the midst of the kirtan? Who can imagine the feeling of Adwaita Acharya’s sons when they saw their father singing and dancing as if he were a young man? How did Shrivas Thakur’s brothers stop themselves from crying when they saw Shrivas himself dancing in front of Mahaprabhu, just as they remembered him? In fact, they could not control themselves and were carried away by the ecstasy of being reunited with the Lord and His associates. By experiencing Vipralambha-bhava (intense separation) they were all to experience sambhoga, or divine union. >>Ref. VedaBase, VS > The Lord Descends
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Our prayers to Vaisnava Acharyas never go in vain

Letter to Mahananda-
“Regarding your questions are the Spiritual Master and the Grand Spiritual Master consciously aware of the prayers of a sincere devotee who prays in love to Them? — the answer is that no conscious prayers go in vain. They are transmitted positively. But one thing you must know that any prayer you offer to your Spiritual Master and Superior Spiritual Master, all of them are conveyed to Krishna, so no sincere prayers go in vain. We shall always offer such prayers to Spiritual Master, Superior Spiritual Master, Vaisnava Acharyas, Lord Caitanya, and at the end Radha Krishna, that is the system.
> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Mahananda — Los Angeles 27 April, 1970

We can know for sure, our Srila Prabhupada tells us, that our prayers to him and the Vaisnava Acharyas, and Lord Caitanya and Radha Krishna, that is our system, and our prayers will never go in vain. Jayananda prayed that he would always be with Srila Prabhupada, serving him always. We know therefore that Jayananda’s prayer was answered, he is with Srila Prabhupada now, they are serving Krishna in His lila, both here on earth, in Vrndavan, and in the celestial Goloka, along with the other Acharyas, nobody has gone away. They are all here to answer our prayers which never go in vain. I pray earnestly to Jayananda to let me always be with him. I was so foolish to think we could ever be separated, as death is not a boundary that comes between the love and connection of Krishna’s devotees.

The so-called material barriers of 3 dimensional space and time have no effect on the eternal spiritual connection we have with Srila Prabhupada and his followers. Srila Prabhupada said, “Go on chanting Hare Krishna, and we will be packed up together.”

Srila Prabhupada-

What do we care for this material body? Just go on chanting HARE KRISHNA, and we will be packed up together. You will be chanting here, and I will be chanting there, and this vibration will circulate around this planet.” > Ref. VedaBase => Swami’s Departure
People in general have this philosophy about departed loved ones, that they live onwards, they are always with them, they live in their hearts, and they live in their memories. As for our departed godbrothers and saints, yes, they live in our memories, in our hearts. But, our Vaisnava understanding of the reality of departed saints is that the saint lives on as a person who is really there in our world. They are actually there for us, and they reciprocate directly and personally with those who beseech them. They may be 10 feet away or thousands of miles away, that makes no difference, because we are clearly and intimately connected with them via Krishna dot com. Srila Prabhupada said that this is the “principle of relay monitoring” and that our sincere prayers to such saints never go in vain.

Srila Prabhupada-

“Just like Krishna can be present simultaneously in millions of places, similarly the spiritual master also can be present wherever the disciple wants. A spiritual master is the principle, not the body. Just like a television can be seen in thousands of places by the principle of relay monitoring.” (Srila Prabhupada letter, May 28, 19
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Mother Yajna devi dasi:
We can communicate with Prabhupada and Jayananda even now, though being invisible they are always with us. We can stray from God, and that was how it happened with me, but they will always come to help us. They will get us out of the ditch and bring us back on the way. This happened to me. It is amazing to believe and know this. True love is the most amazing, incomparable treasure, as it comes directly from Lord Krishna, and from our spiritual master Srila Prabhupada and from all the saints, and from our saint, Sriman Jayananda Thakur.
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The perfection of Krsna consciousness is culminated in the shedding of tears-
So I saw Jayananda at that moment. He was just … the look on his face was so ecstatic; you know it was like his crowning triumph. I couldn’t help just bursting into tears, and I turned around and Srila Prabhupada also was crying, looking at Jayananda. And he said, “I am so pleased with him because he is so sincere.” – Adi-keshava Dasa

“They remain struck with devotion, and tears glide down from their eyes, illustrating vividly how they are embracing Krsna heart to heart.” These phenomena indicate that even the cows and calves in Vrndavana knew how to cry for Krsna and embrace Him heart to heart. Actually, the perfection of Krsna consciousness can be culminated in the shedding of tears from the eyes. > Krishna Book ch 21: The Gopis Attracted by the Flute
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