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Srila Prabhupada’s visit to Mayapur before boarding the Jaladuta
Hare Krishna! Welcome to Sri Dham Mayapur. His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada just before boarding the Jaladuta, that old cargo ship that was about to sail from Calcutta to New York city, a 38-day voyage, Srila Prabhupada came to Sri Mayapur Dham. His son Sri Vrindavan Chandra Dey, had told us that when Srila Prabhupada boarded the Jaladuta, the King George’s dockyards in Calcutta, he was wondering how will his father survive. When Srila Prabhupada was in Calcutta he was just staying in a simple Dharamshala for Sadhus. He called his son and asked him if he could help him get to the boat because he really didn’t have any means. He didn’t have the means to even get from the Sadhu Dharamshala or guest house to the boat and yet he was sailing across the world over ten thousand miles, how was it possible?
On the Jaladuta Srila Prabhupada, after enduring heart attacks and sea sickness, he told us sometimes there were so many storms on the ocean and there was nothing around, he said that it seemed like he was inside a little matchbox as the waves were tossing him and the boat, up and down and up and down, and he wrote how he was feeling such deep separation from Vrindavan Dham and his beloved deities of Radha Damodara, Radha Madan Mohan, Radha Govinda, Radha Gopinath. Because his Guru Maharaj Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, on behalf of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave him this order to go to the west to deliver the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, he was happy. Just near Boston in America, he wrote those beautiful prayers, where he presented himself before Krishna as a beggar, an insignificant beggar, begging for Krishna to make him His puppet, so he could dance in any way Krishna desired for him to dance.
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