'Get Well' Letters to HH Jayapataka Swami
Posted November 9, 2008
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From HH Prahladananda Swami:
Dear Jayapataka Swami,
Please accept my obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
As I have witnessed your enormous strength and endurance over many years, am confident that you will recover from your recent illness. When Hanuman leaped over to Lanka and came back it was certainly an amazing feat.However, with the aid of modern technology, you have repeatedly leaped over many continents, sometime amazingly enough, in the same day. Undoubtedly, you have inspired thousands of devotees by your constant desire to give them your association and assist them in many ways in their spiritual life.
Each year for many years, I have met you in different continents and countries, usually in Peru, Australia and New Zealand, the United States and of course India. You have always been very affectionate to me and my travel guru. There is no equal to you in the world in experience and knowledge in the art of traveling to deliver the message of Lord Caitanya-something every sannyasi needs to know.
However, I hope that after your recovery your well-wishers and loving disciples can convince you to travel less and let others come to wherever you are staying. One of your dear disciples in Australia, told me that he was constantly imploring you that when you visit Australia you should stay in one place so that you can give the devotees your mercy without strain.
When Haridasa Thakura told Lord Caitanya that he had a spiritual disease because he couldn't chant his avowed number of rounds a day, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu told him that he was old and could reduce the number of rounds he chanted. So I am sure that Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya are pleased by your enormous tapasya of traveling over many years. So now, for the sake of staying with us longer and giving your loving association you should whatever is necessary to protect your health.
Hope you are getting better.
This is a 'Get Well' letter received from Bir Krishna das Goswami. Bhakti Siddhanta Maharaja read out this letter along with letters from Sivarama Swami and Radhanatha Swami to Jayapataka Maharaja.
My dear Jayapataka Maharaja,
Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I have been praying intensely to my Deities every day for your health.
It is essential that you get well as quickly as possible. I am saying this not only out of concern for our movement, but also for my own reasons. When I came to the hospital and saw you in the intensive care unit, I had a number of realizations about you and Prabhupada's great love for you. Whenever I have been with you I have observed such an outpouring of love from your heart not only towards myself and other devotees but towards every other living entity that you come in contact with. When I remember how you would greet me with such joy and affection, I am brought to tears. It is too painful for me to contemplate not having those interactions with you.
The compassion you radiate is evidence of your connection with Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda. Because Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda's mercy is shinning through you, you are able draw others to Their lotus feet like a strong magnet attracting pieces of iron.
I am begging you to remain with us for many many more years. We need your association.
Bir Krishna das Goswami