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Jayapataka Maharaja Update

by HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami, (originally posted on

Posted October 23, 2008

Dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We request worldwide devotees to pray to Sri Nrsimhadeva for our dear Guru Maharaja, HH Jayapataka Swami, to come out of his critical health situation. Maharaja is in Mumbai attending GBC meetings. On 23rd early morning, he was found in the bed unconscious around 3.30 a.m.Devotees rushed him to the Hinduja hospital, thinking that Maharaja may had a heart attack. He was admitted in ICU. But later doctors diagnosed that it is brain hemorrhage. We request all the devotees to pray and chant for his quick recovery.

Thank you. Your humble servant

Bhakti Purusottama Swami

Health situation of HH. Jayapataka swami (From Mumbai at 5.15 pm)

It was found at two places in his head there was internal bleeding. Bleeding has stoped. The place is delicate and doctors cannot do any operation. They are trying to treat by medicine. Till now Maharaja is in unconscious state. Devotees saw one time HH moving his hands and leg. Now it looks like he is sleeping peacefully . Before he was breathing heavily with lot of sound which has stoped now.

Please pray and do some Sankirtana for recovery of His Holiness's health

Thank you very much. Bhakti Purusottama Swami

Continous Chanting in Mayapur:

Devotees in Mayapur are constantly chanting and kirtan is continously going on in the temple. In the morning, Astottara archana or chanting of 108 names of Lord Nrismhadeva and lamp offering was performed for Guru Maharaja.Though there are some signs of improvement since morning, we request all the devotees to pray continously so that He is back in good health to lead all of us in Preaching mission.

Aniruddha prabhu: Positive development in Jayapataka Swami's condition

Devakinandana Prabhu has just come from the hospital and he reports that Maharaja is showing some signs of improvement. He is now resting. His position is still critical but before taking rest he opened his eyes and moved his arm towards his head. These are positive signs.

Doctors are unable to operate or do more than observe his condition but these movements are encouraging signs of improvement.

Please offer a prayer on Maharaja's behalf.

Sivarama Swami:

I stayed at the hospital from 7-11am. After IC scan and tests the neuro surgeon gave a complete health update.

Maharaja had a stroke and brain bleeding in 2 places. One of the areas of bleeding is the root of the brain, a most sensitive area. A place where surgery cannot take place. The condition is critical, the surgeon's opinion that Maharaja's chance for survival slim. It's in Krsna's hands, absolutely. Please pray. SRS.

Ratnavali devi dasi:

Doctor P.P Ashok has reviewed the case thouroughly there is a haemorrage in the brain stem and therefore it is a critical situation. The brain stem contains all our vital centers of function like breathing, consciousness etc. Therefore a slight increase in Haemorrage can cause a life and death situation.

The doctor has said that anything can go wrong anytime without much notice. If it doesn't, the process of recovery is very slow and any predictions at this time are not possible. He is already on a ventilator to support his vital function.

The doctors who are handling the case are some of the best in India. The treatment which is going on in Hinduja is internationally the same. Our doctor devotees in Bhaktivedanta hospital are in constant touch with the doctor's in Hinduja.

Aniruddha prabhu:

Latest update from Radhanatha Swami who has just returned from the hospital and spoke to the doctor a few minutes ago.

Jayapataka Swami is in an extremely serious situation after suffering a major stroke. He has just received a large blood transfusion since his own was extremely thin due to medication he has been taking for high blood pressure. The bleeding in the brain stem is in a highly sensitive location with an intricate network of nerves which are connected to almost all parts of the body.

Any further damage could have serious consequences. The doctors are now focused on saving his life. The prognosis is not clear at the moment.

There are three doctors from Bhaktivedanta Hospital with Jayapataka Swami at the moment. A few minutes ago one of them asked Maharaja to squeeze his left hand which he did. This means he is conscious but his condition is still tenuous. He is in a highly risky condition where any further damage will be critical and healing will be slow.

The GBC is offering their prayers of support to His Holiness and his disciples in this difficult time.

Aniruddha prabhu:

Bir Krsna Das Goswami just returned from Hinduja Hospital one of the top hospitals in Mumbai with a report to the GBC on Jayapataka Swami's condition.

Maharaja is in intensive care. He has been in a coma since this morning when he was taken to the hospital from the ISKCON Juhu temple. The results of a scan indicate his heart is good but he has suffered a stroke and has bleeding in two locations in the brain. The most serious is in the brain stem which is very delicate and difficult to operate on. His blood pressure is extremely high.

The specialist's advice is that Maharaja's condition is extremely serious. There are some positive signs in that he can move his legs and his eyes respond to stimuli indicating nervous activity. At the same time his condition is extremely critical. Radhanatha Swami, Kavicandra Swami, Sivarama Swami, Bhakti Purusottama Swami and others are in the hospital with him.

The GBC held kirtana this morning on behalf of Jayapataka Swami and asks all devotees around the world to offer prayers on his behalf.

Aniruddha prabhu:

I generally don't like to be the bearer of bad news but in this case I feel obliged to get the word out. I am currently in Mumbai attending the GBC meetings.

It appears that some time last night HH Jayapataka Swami suffered a stroke in his sleep. When his servant tried to wake him this morning he couldn't rise and appeared to be calling for help. He couldn't articulate his words.

As I went to mangala-arati I came across the devotees carrying Maharaja down to an ambulance so he could be driven to the Hinduja Hospital.

I just heard from Ramai Swami that his condition is critical. He is in a coma and indications are he has suffered a hemorrhage at the back of his neck. The devotees are awaiting the advice of the specialist who is reviewing his condition as I write.

Sivarama Swami, Radhanatha Swami, Gopala Krsna Goswami and Bhakti-vijnana Swami, Bhakti-caru Swami and Bir Krsna Goswami are with him in the hospital and the most recent report from Sivarama Swami is not good news.

I suggest everyone start offering prayers for such a stalwart preacher and ISKCON general. Let us pray that if Krsna so desires that his great servant be allowed to stay with us to help push on the sankirtan mission for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada.

Mahaguna devi dasi: My dear Devotee Community, pamho, agtsp.

About 3 hours ago, my dearest GuruMaharaj went unconsicous and had to be rushed to the hospital. He is in intensive care unit in Bombay, India.

In the evening eastern time, HH Jayapataka Swami woke up at around 3:30 a. m. and was calling out to his servant but was unable to speak and then he collapsed. At that moment, he was rushed to the Hindu Jha Hospital in Bombay, India. At the present moment, he is in a coma and is unable to speak but he is breathing. However he is in an unconscous state. His blood pressure and sugar was checked but since he was unconscious he was sent to the ICU because the doctors assume that he suffered a cardiac arrest but they are unsure as the exact cause of his unconsciousness. He is currently in the ICU and the doctors are monitoring him. No one is allowed to see him,

Please please pray for HH Jayapataka Swami. I am requesting that all disciples and wellwishers do a 24 hour kirtan and pray to Lord Narasimhadev for the speedy recovery of a great soul and pure devotee of the Supreme Lord and near and dear servant of Srila Prabhupada.

your eternal servant praying and begging to the Supreme Lord to protect my dear spiritual master HH Jayapataka Swami

ys/ mahaguna
404-452-5244 Secretary to HH Jayapataka Swami