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Vaishnava Debit Card Promoted As Retirement Fundraiser

by Yadunandana Pada das (ACBSP)

Posted August 27, 2010

Some of you know me from the Buddhi Yoga Society ( of five years ago. In 2003 we successfully funded and established the "Temporary Vrndavan Hospice" with the help of and dozens of monthly donors who sent their $12 to $54 monthly donations through PayPal. The facility was a humble apartment at the MVT, Vrndavan, where emergency injuries were mended and cared for, while at least two Srila Prabhupada disciples (Kusha Krata prabhu and Radha Kunda prabhu) spent their last days and left this world in the hospice caring loving hands of our dedicated nurse, caretaker and manager from Spain, Priya Shaki dasi prabhu, and the other selfless volunteers in Vrndavan and New Dvarka who chipped in always.

That project was "Temporary" because we were waiting for other facilities, managed under the caring hand of Giriraja Swami, to open. Once his services became available and we were no longer needed, the Temporary Vrndavan Hospice was dismantled at the MVT, and services moved to a nearby location.

Those two years of the care and hospice facility were made possible by dozens of monthly recurring donations from devotees all over, into a dedicated PayPal account. Now, Krsna has sent us an even bigger, exponential fundraising tool from giants in the world of global finance—as if the previous project was but a test and preflight to our intentions.

Our godbrother Bhagavat Maharaja and I are actively discussing and setting up the foundation for a Bhaktivedanta Retirement Communities organization (conceived by Maharaja) in the various continents where both disciples of Srila Prabhupada and other vaishnavas may live, and work and serve in a retirement community with the Deities and Sanga for the rest of our days in these present bodies — in the company of our godbrothers and sisters.

We are starting a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization and funding it with the fundraising sales of a Silicon Valley, 2010, VISA Debit Card product. The product will be distributed to our congregations and other non-profits, and is so loaded with features for non-profits, fundraisers and for our international congregations and special groups, that they already practically sell themselves.

Every cent of this Bhaktivedanta Retirement Communities fundraiser will go to the Retirement Communities, with a small commission and royalties put aside for each devotee helping to raise funds as their volunteer employment/seva. This means instant employment for as many devotees who wish to sign up to go back out on the "Pick," if you will — from their home computers and phone lines (or by foot) to their local non-profits. But now, instead of stickers, buttons, candles and records the fundraising sales article is a state-of-the-art VISA Debit Card that is designed for churches and NPOs doing fundraising for their missions — while earning a personal income and putting away for the future.

I have volunteered to work with Bhagavat Maharaja to help fund and make this Retirement Community a reality. Those of you who know me know that I deliver and that I am committed to helping the devotees in retirement and passage. Those of you who know Bhagavat Maharaja know that he is the real deal.

Without flooding this letter to you with details, I beg you to please contact me (yadu at so that our non-profit organization, Bhaktivendanta Retirement Communities, can immediately offer you or someone you know a permanent paying volunteer job with the Bhaktivedanta Retirement Communities fundraiser — helping to realize this dream. The volunteer employee can be you, or a member of your family, or a member of your sanga, as a fundraiser (and instant member by default) of the Bhaktivedanta Retirement Communities organization.

This truly is prasad. You will be very impressed and excited when you see how this will work. I look forward to hearing from you.

Editor's Note: For a few selected articles by Yadunandana Pada prabhu and Visakha Priya prabhu on the topics of retirement and hospice planning, please see: "Planning for Retirement" (June 10, 2003), "Temporary Hospice Fund In Vrindavan" (Oct. 21, 2005), "Vrndavan Hospice Update" (March 4, 2006) and "Update on the Temporary Vrndavan Hospice" (Dec. 7, 2006).