2007 San Francisco Rathayatra Invitation
Posted September 17, 2005
Dear Devotees, Maharajas, and Prabhus,
Jagat Guru Srila Prabhupada Ki Jaya!
In 1967 Srila Prabhupada initiated the first Rathayatra in the west, in San Francisco. Jayananda prabhu, was very instrumental in pioneering this festival on behalf of Jagannatha and Srila Prabhupada. I was very fortunate to assist him in his service for this festival.
It was Srila Prabhupada's dream to initiate Rathayatra in North America and we would like to thank all the devotees for their tremendous service all these past years.
Two-thousand-seven will mark the 40th year of the San Francisco Rathayatra. At this time, we would like to invite all the devotees throughout the world to come together to make the 40th year of Rathayatra, 2007, a grand success.
We would like 2007 to be the biggest, greatest, most spectacular Rathayatra Festival ever!
On behalf the Jaggannath deities, Srila Prabhupada, and Jayananda prabhu, I would personally like to thank all the devotees and our local GBC Harivilasa prabhu for their tremendous help and cooperation as a coordinator of the festival. What ever service you can do for this grand 2007 Rathayatra, big or small, please do not hesitate to call the New Jagannath Puri Temple or you can call Jagannath Swami dasa direct at 707-426-4672.
I would like to remind the devotees that August 20th, 2005 marked the 40th year that Srila Prabhupada departed for the United States to incorporate the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
It is unbelievable to think of how Srila Prabhupada,
at the age of 69 years, was able to take this tremendous journey on the Jaladutta, with hardly any money, and within ten years establish over 108 temples, and spread Krishna Consciousness all over the world. Its is quite evident that Srila Prabhupada was a pure devotee of Krishna, otherwise this would not have been possible.
Those of us who have had direct association with Srila Prabhupada are very fortunate. Even those grand-disciples of Srila Prabhupada are very fortunate to be in contact with His and His movement. Srila Prabhupada is surely a pure devotee. Those of you who believe, no explanation is needed and for those of you who do not believe, no explanation can be given.
Guru dasa prabhu and I are working together to write a book entitled, "The History of San Fransisco Rathayatra" and we are trying to complete it and make it available for the 2007 Rathayatra Festival.
Jagannatha Swami dasa