Posted April 2, 2004
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Amidst all the nectarean glorification of HH Sridhara Maharaja, one other name is constantly featuring; that of his personal servant Mayapur Prabhu. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight a little more this great devotee. Although personally unqualified, we feel that if we can glorify HG Mayapur then maybe we also can steal a little of the mercy available at this time. Gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah.
Although we knew Maharaja from before, we came to know Mayapur Prabhu in Abadiânia, Brazil, in August 2001, whilst attending one medium and healer, João de Deus. Maharaja had visited on other occasions for his problem and it was indirectly via him that we too visited. Maharaja liked João de Deus, although confided that he was losing his healing powers due to increasing activities of smoking, drinking and womanising. Sridhara Maharaja liked to chant his rounds in the meditation/treatment room of João each morning and in the afternoons he was also attending and reading shastras, including Radha-Damodara Vilasa by HG Vaiyasakhi Prabhu, which miraculously and mercifully found its way into our possession later.
Devotee association was very good in Abadiânia, including amongst others in our short time there HH Bhanu Maharaja and HH Bhakti-tirtha Maharaja. All devotees were visiting through the mercy of Sridhara Maharaja. João de Deus, a christian in a very christian country, very much liked the devotees and gave Sridhara Maharaja and others prominant positions near him in his treatment room. He personally called Bhakti-tirtha Maharaja to him from the stage in a crowded room and embraced him. Devotees also performed bhajan with harmonium for one hour in João's healing room, which was filled with the terminally sick looking for a last-chance cure to save the material body.
Sridhara Maharaja was in constant demand from the local devotees and gave classes regularly in Abadiânia, Goiânia and Brasília. We remember that on Balarama's appearance day, Maharaja attended the program in Brasília along with HG Tribhuvanatha Prabhu, another great vaisnava who came to Brazil looking for a cure and is now again with Srila Prabhupada. The two both led kirtan and spoke, making for a very enlivening, very Krishna conscious program.
Constantly there and ever-humble was HG Mayapur Prabhu. He took full control of caring for Maharaja at all times, from cleaning cloth to administrating myriad capsules and tablets, to caring for his Deities and beyond. What to speak of arranging prasadam, travel etc., etc., etc. He was always a very surrendered, friendly and favourable devotee and visibly completely committed to Maharaja. It is of no surprise to hear that two and a half years later he is still there at the forefront, at Maharaja's side until the last minute. All glories to him. We pray that Krishna bestows unlimited mercy upon him for his selfless devotion to Guru and Gouranga.
We can only remember the glories of Sri Isvara Puri, spiritual master of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabu:
"At the last stage of his life Sri Madhavendra Puri became an invalid and was completely unable to move, and Isvara Puri so completely engaged himself in his service that he personally cleaned up his stool and urine. Always chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra and reminding Sri Madhavendra Puri about the pastimes of Lord Krsna in the last stage of his life, Isvara Puri gave the best service among his disciples. Thus Madhavendra Puri, being very pleased with him, blessed him, saying, 'My dear boy, I can only pray to Krsna that He will be pleased with you.' Thus Isvara Puri, by the grace of his spiritual master, Sri Madhavendra Puri, became a great devotee in the ocean of love of Godhead."
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta (Antya 8.28-31)
Thank you Mayapur Prabhu for your association. Please forgive any offences, whether committed knowingly or unknowingly. Maybe one day clouds will disperse and we will have the desire to follow in your footsteps.