Disappearance Day of Jayananda das Thakur

Today marks the disappearance day of my dear friend and God brother, Jayananda das. He was such a beautiful devotee, the perfect servant of our Srila Prabhupada, and friend to all. His death was glorious as stated in a letter to Ramesvara das shortly after his death:

 Jayananda’s death is glorious. It is very good that he had stated,what is the use of such a useless body, better to give it up. He has left his body very wonderfully, and he has been transferred to Vaikuntha. I have already sent a condolence letter for publication in Back To Godhead. Everyone should follow the example of Jayananda. I am very proud that I had such a nice disciple. If possible Jayananda’s picture should be hung in the ratha of Lord Jagannatha, and in all of our temples a day may be set aside for holding a festival in his honor, just as we do on the disappearance day of the other great Vaisnavas. (letter by Srila Prabhupada 77-05-11)

We have included some personal letters by Srila Prabhupada to Jayananda

Letter: Jayananda              317798/530501

My dear Jayananda,

   Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated February 21st, 1977, and I thank you for the check as well as the nice sentiments you have expressed. In the beginning you also gave me $5,000 and now again you have sent.

   This body is today or tomorrow finished. We should not be very much bothered about the body. Trees also live for thousands of years butthat does not mean a successful life. A successful life is one of Krishna consciousness. By the grace of Krishna from the very beginning you are a devotee and that is the real profit of your life.   I thank you for your check, but I would prefer that you may require the money for your treatment. So if you like I can return it. But Ihear that you have some income. I pray to Krishna for your more advanced Krishna conscious life. 

  About a sadhu it is said, “jiva va mara va,” a sadhu may live ordie, it doesn’t matter. While living he is engaged in Krishna Conscious business and when dying he goes back home back to Godhead.

Hoping this finds you improving in your health.

Your ever well-wisher,

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

ACBS.tkg

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77-05-05.Jay              Letter: Jayananda              318287/530501

My Dear Jayananda,

 Please accept my blessings.

   I am feeling very intensely your separation. In 1967 you joined me in San Francisco. You were driving my car and chanting Hare Krsna. You were the first man to give me some contribution ($5000) for printing My  Bhagavad-gita. After that, you have rendered very favorable service to Krsna in different ways. I so hope at the time of your death you were remembering Krsna and as such, you have been promoted to the eternal association of Krsna. If not, if you had any tinge of material desire, you have gone to the celestial kingdom to live with the demigods for many thousands of years and enjoy the most opulent lifeof material existence. From there you can promote yourself to the spiritual world. But even if one fails to promote himself to the spiritual world, at that time he comes down again on the surface ofthis globe and takes birth in a big family like a yogis’ or abrahmanas’ or an aristocratic family, where there is again chance ofreviving Krsna Consciousness. But as you were hearing Krsna-kirtana, I am sure that you were directly promoted to Krsna-loka.

                       janma karma ca me divyam

                       evam yo vetti tattvatah

                      tyaktva deham punar janma

                       naiti man eti so’ rjuna

   Krsna has done a great favor to you, not to continue your diseased body, and has given you a suitable place for your service.

Thank you very much.

Your ever well-wisher,

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

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