pay tribute to
lower-than-straw devotees give tribute to Jayananda Thakur
Krishna Mangala das writes:
“Thanks for replying. I liked the S.B. 5.12.12 quote- and it reminded me of something I had forgotten for a long time- once at the Valencia St. Temple after an ecstatic kirtan when everyone was doing the Prema Dhvani Prayers, I noticed Jayananda's feet were a foot in front of my head so I scurried up and put my head right on the bottom of his feet-and he left them there! He didn't pull them away for a good 15 seconds and then when he did ,he pulled them away slowly.” Your servant, Jaya Nitai dasa
I am often fond of ending emails with this signature from Srimad Bhagavatam, 5.12.12-
dear King Rahugana, unless one has the
Krishna Mangala dasa sent me this passage
from Bhakti Tirtha Swami, on Jayananda.
Hare Krishna Vishoka Prabhu,
Radhanatha Swami came up to me a few days ago, I was taking prasadam with some prabhus, and he stopped by me twice and stooped down to speak with me, and he told me how he appreciated the Jayananda slide show that I did on Jayananda's disappearance day. I didn't know that he was there. He had just arrived from Columbus and they gave him a reception outside, and when he came in, the slide show was going on. He told me that the slide show made him cry. He was overwhelmed by Jayananda's life and the pictures of him with Srila Prabhupada and doing Ratha-yatra, and he regretted that he didn't get much association with Jayananda. I thought my presentation was spaced out, thought it might be boring, but other devotees also told me it made them cry, and it was an endless stream of nectar. Jai Jayananda Prabhu!
Rajeev from Mauritius. I came across your site while I was on
vishnujana.com. I downloaded lots of articles about Jayananda Thakur, whom
to my misfortune I didn't know. I downloaded them coz I heard that
Jayananda Prabhu was a good friend of Vishnujana, whom I love dearly even
though I never met him. I’m only 20. But believe me, when I read the
articles about Jayananda Prabhu I felt kind of weird and related to him as
if I had his association before. I felt the same when I first read
about Vishnujana. I've developed admiration and love for
Jayananda Prabhu. He was really wonderful, saintly and very influential.
Just like the magnetism Vishnujana had. Wish by the mercy of Prabhupada
everybody could become like them. I’m just begging you to mail me
your book about Jayananda Prabhu. Only the articles I've downloaded give
me bliss, I know that your book possess inconceivable magic that can
give great inspiration to the Devotees, like 'Radha Damodara Vilasa'
is giving. Please Prabhu, I'm begging you for this merciful book.
morning I read the articles by Adi-Keshava Das. It's all about
building the Ratha for the Yatra of 1976. Everything is there, the permit,
tools, sources where materials were obtained, the Bhaktas and everything
else. The Bhaktas to me were the cart engineers and Jayananda Prabhu was
the head engineer. Even when he took them to sites to steal materials, I
find it very transcendental because they were stealing for Lord Jagannath.
Prabhupada said that everything has it's use in Krishna’s service,
even stealing. Otherwise it would never exist if it cannot be connected to
Krsna. I've read that Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, in some Temples
in India, were leaving the altar at night and they went in orchards to
steal fruits and they were also stealing sandals because while they were on
altar where they had no sandals. So the reason Jayananda
Prabhu and the crew were stealing is all transcendental since it was for
Lord Jagannath. When I read that I said, "these guys were performing
Lord Caitanya's and Lord Nityananda's lila." The articles I'm still
reading makes your heart cry inside, specially about the last days of
Jayananda Prabhu when he was paining and moaning in his room. But he never
forgot the love of his life, the carts. Always thinking of the next
Ratha-Yatra and making plans of how the next cart would be. I
appreciated when he asked Ramesvara to take him to Venice Beach and
he said, "This is perfect for a Ratha-Yatra festival!" He
was so transcendental and well absorbed in the Ratha-Yatra festival.
I’m confident that when living his body Krsna allows him to think of the carts
and the Ratha-Yatra festivals. All glories to Jayananda Prabhu. You
were with Jayananda Prabhu for a very long time and his association gave
you his nature, the habit to care about others and do things that
will help them. Your book will definitely help me in my life. Your
servant, Rajeev Gopalsate
Bhakta Miche, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila
Prabhupada. All glories to Jayananda Thakur.
I have had a fair amount of association with Jayananda Thakur. When I traveled on the Radha Damodara party I came on the bus and saw a nice cushion which attracted me to sit down upon it. Vishnujana Swami entered the bus and snapped at me "That is Jayananda´s seat, Rascal!" I quickly got up and anticipated this person named Jayananda to be a big celebrity. Then Jayananda Thakur came on the bus and I was pleasantly surprised to see a very gentle, warm hearted, humble personality.
the weeks that followed I took shelter of Jayananda Thakur´s association.
He was always soft, kind, and down to earth. At 37 years old (I was 17) he
took us out into the supermarket parking lots to sell incense and Back To
Godhead magazines. This was very exemplarily. On the Radha Damodara party
new devotees would attend the festival at the college with Vishnujana
Swami singing the Bhajans you may know from the CD. Srila Tamal Krishna
Goswami would recruit new members from the crowd and Jayananda Thakur
would serve prasadam and then nurture the new recruits. Thus he was one of
ISKCON´s first official Bhakta Leaders.
were staying in the garage of the newly purchased Fisher Mansion turned
Hare Krishna Temple, in Detroit. At one morning Srimad
Bhagavatam class Jayananda Thakur was lecturing and expounding the glories
of renunciation as he had recently become disentangled with
household life. Jayananda Thakur told about the glories of becoming free
from attachments and traveling with persons in the renounced order to
spread the sankirtan movement of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. One
householder raised his hand and started to fire upon Jayananda Prabhu
about how he felt offended to hear that there was something wrong with his
ashram and propounded the glories of household life with a quote from the
Bhagavatam about a good wife being helpful in spiritual life and
such. Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami quickly tired of seeing this grhastra on
the offensive towards Jayananda Thakur and broke in heavily "So why
is it that all of our previous acharyas recommend renunciation and
detachment as the ultimate goal." Goswami continued to chop down all
of the grhastras arguments and Jayananda Thakur sat quietly taking the
the 1976 Mayapur festival in which Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami was sent to
China and Vishnujana Swami disappeared, I returned to live in the New York
temple. while in India I helped Jayananda Thakur serve prasadam. He loved
this activity and after satisfying all the assembled devotees with
prasadam he would serve the servers. I hung with him until he finally took
himself and saw how he had become completely blissful by serving
prasadam. All smiles.
New York everyone was preparing for the big Rathayatra. I as given the
service of assisting Jayananda Thakur driving around the city and
collecting materials to build, paint, and decorate, the carts. I
remember we were picking up one attractive young mataji that was on the
sidewalk waiting for us. Jayananda commented, "She looks just like an
old cow sitting there." That was his vision. He seemed to have
no lust, pride, or meanness in him at all. The only time I ever saw
Jayananda Thakur get upset was when prasadam had not been saved for
his crew out at the Rathayatra Cart building site. Otherwise he always
tolerated every situation.
morning during japa time in the New York temple I was reeling in my
mind with desires and I told Jayananda Thakur that I was thinking of
giving up living in the temple. He said "You can bloop if you want to
but I have to warn you that it is terrible out there in the material
worked on the carts until the night before the festival. Srila Prabhupada
had arrived and everything was set to go. Trying to use modern technology
where traditional methods belonged some devotees had purchased thick
collapsible flagpoles to use for hauling the carts canopies up and down.
After installing the first pole and raising it for a try, I
stood next to Jayananda as we watched the canopy sway in the breeze.
Jayananda Thakur exclaimed, "It´s gonna bust." and at that
second the tall aluminum pole gadget snapped in half. This I think is
mentioned in Vishoka Prabhu´s book how Jayananda Thakur stayed up the
entire night working to build a replacement for the pole in the form of
the traditional wood system. The Rathayatra went on as scheduled and I saw
Jayananda Thakur for the last time blissfully steering Lord Jagannath´s
cart down Fifth Avenue.
you like, please forward this story to Vishoka Prabhu and the Jayananda
Thakur website as I probably will not write out these remembrances again.
hope this meets you well, Bhakta Michel. Your Servant, Mishra Bhagavan
our short time in SF/Berkeley was a magic time when SP graced us twice in
two years by attending Rathayatra and opening the new Berkeley Temple. You
were fortunate to be there and taste deeply the energy of pure and
selfless service exemplified by Jayananda who inspired all of us to follow
his example. He chose me to become the TP there; it happened out of the
blue really. I was happy in San
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Do you know if Jayananda Thakur went to India? If he did, do you know how
many times, and for how long?
I would like to thank you for properly honoring the only devotee Srila
Prabhupada put on the platform of pure devotional service.
The only other devotee I know of, that Srila Prabhupada mentioned their
platform, is Yamuna devi. Srila Prabhupada said she was on the platform of
Please keep up your great work with the website. It is very enlivening to read about the only modern day saint.
His pastimes are so
enlivening. It is very wonderful to know that one of Srila Prabhupada's
disciples actually took his instructions to heart.
I received the causeless mercy to be Srila Prabhupada's
bodyguard in Los Angeles from 1972 thru 1976, and by traveling with Srila
Prabhupada on his last tour in North America in 1976.
Whenever Srila Prabhupada requested Jayananda Thakur to visit him,
Jayananda Thakur always said he was too busy. He always said he did
not want to waste Srila Prabhupada's time. I almost had to physically
force Jayananda Thakur to see Srila Prabhupada.
He said the reason he did not want to see Srila Prabhupada, was that he
would not be able to serve Srila Prabhupada. He would simple be trying to
enjoy Srila Prabhupada, not serving him.
His service was the greatest of any of Srila Prabhupada's disciples. He was in a class by himself. Jayananda Thakur ki jai! Srila Prabhupad ki jai!
Dear Vishoka prabhuji,
Please accept my humble obedience!
I have just spent the last two hours soaking
up the Nectar of your wonderful website glorifying your friend & Our
Vaisnava Saint Sriman Jayananda Thakurji. I first read of Jayananda in the
Back To Godhead article last year and was very inspired...in fact my
letter of appreciation and thanks was printed in the following issue of
Back To Godhead. I had subsequently visited a website glorifying Him and
was again absorbed in transcendental feelings that I cannot really
describe, nor comprehend, just that I was touched and very humbled and
inspired to stick with my desire to become a devotee...again I now come
across your website and am just amazed how Jayananda's life, pastimes, and
dedication and service to Srila Prabhupada stay ever-fresh and inspiring.
I just never tire of hearing you and other devotees glorify Him. I am
starting to see how transcendental subject matter has that quality. It
does not get old, go stale, become dull, or become diminished in any way.
In fact, it seems to increase over time.
I am grateful and indebted to you for doing
such an important service. I am one of those hard-headed, slow to catch
on, self-sabotaging types who need Nectar like this to keep my interest in
Krsna Consciousness going. I hope someday I will develop some attraction
for Krsna and His Holy Name; I pray that someday I will desire the
association of devotees like yourself who recognize and admire a good Vaisnava
when you meet one. I am fortunate to have found your site and look forward
to exploring it more and more. Please keep it up...I am certain your endeavors are
very pleasing to Srila Prabhupada and all the previous Acharyas in the
I hope this finds you in the
best of health and happiness!
Dear Vishoka Prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Sriman Jayananda Prabhu! Thanks for writing such a sincere and heartfelt book. I felt Jayananda Prabhu's association ever more strongly by reading your book. Thanks for your service! Obeisances to Prtha devi and Vrnda devi. Your servant, Nidra devi dasi
first spiritual vision occurred at the old blue temple in SF. I was at
mangal artik one morning & I was the only person in attendance that
day. You were on the altar feeding the deities breakfast. When you had
finished the offering you left so that the Lord could consume the
offering. While you were gone I was left there all alone praying to the
deities. I was a single parent & was going through a hard time. I
wanted to believe that there was a God & wanted a sign. Many devotees
have wanted to see a sign. I consider myself very fortunate as I have experienced
my share of miracles. Anyway while I was praying the 8-inch silver water
goblet started to move right across the altar...I couldn't believe it. I
tried to rationalize the you were under the altar now using a magnet to
play a trick on Bhakti Jim or maybe there was an earthquake going on
causing the glass to move. This was quite amazing to me as my prayer was
being answered. When I left the temple room I ran into Jayananda &
told him what had happened. He confirmed that this was Krsna answering my
prayer so that I would continue my devotional activities. Have you ever
seen objects move on the altar???
Please accept my most humble obeisances,
All glories to Srila Prabhupada,
All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga,
All glories to Sri Jayananda Thakur !
Thank you very very much for putting up a nectarean site !! It is a pleasure to go through it , I have not yet left office although its way past closing time! Thanking you, Sagar Iyer
heard of this site through Prtha's Inspirational Newsletter
First I want to thank you for your wonderful book of Jayananda memories, I read it every night before taking rest and it reawakens alot of transcendental emotions...I am sure it does for everyone who reads it.
I wanted to relate a memory of Jayananda that your book touched off ...Jayananda had come to LA and was hosted in rooms across the street from the Temple. He was sick but determined to design and build Ratha-Yatra carts for the first LA Ratha-Yatra Festival. He began visiting and planning the carts with a skilled devotee named Lalitanatha. On several occasions I got to visit with Jayananda in his rooms with his old friend Locan dasa. As the carts took shape in the parking lot next to the Temple, Jayananda's health waned. He grew more pale and weak by the day. Finally the carts were complete and Jayananda along with the entire temple went to the parking lot to see the beautiful chariots for Lord Jagannatha, Lady Subadra and Lord Baladeva. They were impressive... Many devotees and gurukula students were there. Jayananda was wheeled out in a wheel chair; his mood was happy but grave too. There was a roaring kirtan and cakes were offered and brought for distribution. I think Jayananda spoke or maybe Rameswara; we could all feel that this was the begining of a huge preaching opportunity. The kirtan stopped and all eyes were on Jayananda-He was the inspiration, He was the mastermind, He was the energy behind this glorious endeavor. The cakes were presented to Jayananda and he did an amazing thing. He pushed his big, muscular hands into a cake grabbing chunks and handing them to wide eyed gurukula students...The kids went wild (we all did) and they huddled close to him as he handed out prasadum. It was such a moving act! He had given every bit of his physical and mental strength to so many projects for Srila Prabhupada and even at this finale of a life of struggle to please his spiritual master he gave and gave and gave. All Glories to Jayananda! Your servant, Adi Deva das
I just had an amazing experience the other day. He never ceases to amaze me, Supersoul, how He brings devotees together in the strangest circumstances, even when they are strangers. I was driving up to the temple area the other day, and was pulling into this wide entrance area, and there was a devotee walking by, and I suddenly stopped my car as he suddenly turned and came over to speak. It was like we already sort of knew each other, it was that feeling. It’s like how George Harrison said that we sometime just know people right away, like old friends, like we’ve known them for lifetimes. And how often do chance meetings, with a total seeming stranger, on a public road, happen? And so, we just started talking about everything. He was from Europe, and I was asking about certain devotees from Europe that I knew. It was also strange because the tail of my car was sort of sticking out in the road, but we ignored that, and went on talking. I then said I knew a devotee in Europe who I worked with in the San Francisco area on the Ratha carts with Jayananda. As soon as I said “Jayananda” his face really lit up and he started talking on and on about Jayananda and how he was so inspired by Jayananda’s example. He then started talking about this book he had gotten from a friend, about Jayananda, and how he had gotten this spiritual jump-start from reading about Jayananda and his life and qualities, how it was just the right book for him to read at that time. After a while I just had to tell him that I was the one who wrote the book, and that really zapped him, to say the least, and we talked on and on about Jayananda and the book, and meanwhile my car was still sort of out in the road, but it was not on our minds, just the topics of Jayananda and his inspiration. And then this devotee become absorbed in thinking about Jayananda again and again, and he got visibly and transcendentally emotional in his remembrance of the qualities and life of Jayananda, the emotions could not be contained, his emotional feelings for Jayananda came out unchecked, and it was a very touching sight for me, and it proved once again, for the umpteenth time how Jayananda is always there with us, and always there for us, as a powerful impetuous for devotional feelings and devotional service. This was a special event for me, as Krishna as Supersoul, was giving me the mercy again, as He has always done, again and again, and in this way, showing the special mercy that He perpetually gives to me and others, by making this book possible, even though I was not at all qualified to do such a task, still even insignificant people like me can be used [just by a small effort to open our mind and heart and open our mouth and say what we can] as instruments in the hands of Lord Krishna and His great servitors, such as Jayananda Thakur, to describe the wonderful life of our saint and Vaisnava Thakur, Sriman Jayananda Prabhu, and then it making some tangible connection with other devotees by evoking their spiritual emotions, which is what Bhakti is all about and which is the only thing which makes our lives worthwhile, and thus I thank Lord Krishna and Srila Prabhupada and Jayananda again and again for Their mercy in our lives.
from Mother Sheila-
Dear prabhu, Just a line to say that the books arrived recently, very well packaged and in good condition. I am well into it now and it is a wonderful read. (I had just finished reading 'Prabhupada in Radha Damodhara' another incredible book!).
Vaisnava philosophy is all-embracing, but it seems that in this Prabhu we were mercifully given a perfect example of how to conduct ourselves throughout our everyday lives (in a practical, as well as spiritual sense), when associating with devotees and non-devotees alike. It is having a very beneficial and 'cleansing' effect on me I feel.
Thank you for compiling this invaluable work - it will be a source of pleasure and inspiration for the next 10 thousand years. You were very fortunate indeed to have had personal association with Jayananda prabhu - and to have met with him in 'dream' form since. Thank you for sharing your memories with all of us. - Mother Sheila
Dear Visoka das,
Unfortunately when I met
him, he was suffering from cancer and was ill quite often during the four or
so months I spent with him. I
felt helpless when he had his "dark moments" and would hear him
moaning from his room. But by
Krsna's grace he would emerge, after a day or two, quite peaceful, friendly
and serene. I thought that he was actually getting well again.
He told me that he had left the hospital after getting chemo or
radiation treatments that were making him feel so sick that he'd rather just
try to get better on his own or die.
I was only a new Bhakta at
the time but somehow or other Krsna graced me with some intimate seva to
Jayananda. I was with him when he
was designing the L.A. Rath Carts and was given direct service to physically
help build the carts with Lalitanath Prabhu.
I worked as a welder, carpenter and painter on the carts themselves.
Lalitanath was never satisfied with my work so I was demoted from
welder to a painter and an errand boy of sorts.
During that time, Jayananda, who was aware of my situation was always
very kind to me.
One incident stands out in my mind. I had asked Jayananda for a small allowance so I could buy sweets or other necessities. One day another Bhakta and myself decided to go to the movies in town, which we did. I actually used my allowance to purchase a ticket. At any rate, the next day, Jayananda, sensing my misuse of the allowance, told me he was not going to give me any more money. I could have gotten angry or upset because the allowance was only a few dollars a week. But sensing Jayananda's real concern and love for me, I just surrendered on the spot and said OK. I felt so much love for him also. And not more than a few seconds later Jayananda said I could still have my allowance. There were no conditions or anything said at all about my "fall into maya" or about any misunderstandings with Lalitanath. He just simply reversed his decision. This may seem insignificant but it was truly a mystical experience. Chaitanyadeva das
I've been reading your book and just got to the part about Jayananda putting of photo of Srila Prabhupada on his bed and sleeping on the floor, even when his body was wracked with the pain of cancer. I had never heard that story, and it left me with a feeling I cannot even describe in English (I'm sure you know what I mean). It just floored me, to say the least. - Dinadayadri dasi
These books arrived a few days ago and I read through at least half of it in a sitting, couldn't put it down. It is so warmly rich with stories of Jayananda's life of selfless devotion that it actually gives courage, to strive toward being the same way. The book is full of gems from the heart. I was thinking I would only be interested in the stories, but every single commentary I have read, whether philosophical, observational, or sentimental, is fully absorbing, and so nectarean. Jayananda prabhu has transformed the lives of many by his living and loving example, then, and now so many years past his “seemingly tragic death” from leukemia in 1977. I am continually inspired in my life, especially in more trying times, by remembering the example, the attitude of Jayananda prabhu. I feel that the whole book is infused with the mood of selfless devotion. Jayananda's example still lives and affects people. This is self-realization at its warmest, funniest, and most blissful moments! - Jayaradhe dasi
The book looks great! much better than imagined. all my friends are stoked. I just took some books to the Atlanta temple for the sunday feast, brought 10 in, took none out! It was so much fun at the temple -- I just walked around with a couple books held to my heart, everyone was attracted to it like iron filings to a magnet! didn't even have to "sell" them! They sold themselves... Dasarathasuta
Haribol, I received the best gift I ever got in the mail on Saturday, and what pure nectar. First class all the way. I especially recommend this book to the younger devotees, to let them know that all us fifty-somethins are not basket cases full of false ego. The personalities like Jayananda, those who took Srila Prabhupada as their life's mission, are inspirational to the nth degree. It works for us oldsters very well, helps authenticate what many of us have held onto without really knowing why, seeing all the turmoil of the last quarter century. But yes, there was a touchstone, and whomever was touched by this touchstone became a touchstone in their own right. Jayananda is proof that Parampara is intact and represented by the "bonafide disciple" of an authentic Vaisnava Acarya. Thanx, Visok prabhu, you not only made my day by your gift, you made me live in sound. Hare Krsna, ys, mahaksasdasa
Dear Vishoka prabhu.
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
All glories to our beloved Jayananda prabhu.
All glories to your kind service to the Vaisnavas.
I received my book in the mail today and have immersed my otherwise lonely life in the refreshing delight of San Francisco hari-nama kirtan days. You have done so much good for my heart and I cannot thank you enough, my brother. These are the timeless moments...the joyous blessings, these memories and this sanctuary of time we can go to and forever spend with the innocent saint. Your book is a spiritual revival for all who cherish the early sweetness of our Krishna Consciousness lives. May Srila Prabhupada and Jayananda continue to bless you and your loved ones with strength, hope, truth, and love.
Yours in service, Dhanistha Dasi
Thank you for this wonderful website. These stories are very remarkable. Reading of this devotee Jayananda truly helps me to realize what it is a devotee of Krishna and Prabhupada actually aspires for. Jayananda is the perfect Western Devotee, because he synthesized Krishna in such a way that everyone he contacted could understand the wonderful qualities of the Indian devotional tradition in a modern being. I am happy someone has made this information available about Jayananda. Thank you for your work. I always heard a little about Jayananda, but until this website, never was I able to absorb this much. thank you again. Good wishes. Your servant, Bhakta Dan
Thank you, Vishoka, for your enlivening Jayananda website. I knew Jayananda well, spending most of the Summer of '74 with him, working on the carts in
the Bay area. Your dedication to reminding people of his superlative characteristics will not go unnoticed by Krishna, for He always recognizes those who glorify the devotees. Since you are glorifying the greatest amongst devotees, Krishna will recognize you in a great way. Keep up the good work.
Dear Visoka Prabhu,
please accept my humble obeisances-all glories to Srila Prabhupada-all glories to Krishna's devotees-and all glories to your service!!!
Just like to thank all the devotees and including yourself for the wonderful tribute to Jayananda Prabhu- he has truely touched my life as well as so many others who have heard about his life- and its all due to great devotees like yourself that more and more devotees are being inspired to become servants of the servants!
It was about 6 months ago- that I first ever really heard about Jayananda Prabhu- I came into the movement about 3 years ago- and heard a lecture tape given by HH Radha-natha Maharaja on Jayananda Prabhu's life given on his dissapearance day- I couldn't beleive what I was hearing- and since then I'm slowly learning more and more!
We live in london and go to Sri Sri Radha London Ishvara and the Manor temple- and we all hope to organise a big festival here in london for Jayananda Prabhu's appearance day- I was wondering if you knew his date of birth?
There's also a quick story- on Jayananda's Prabhu's dissapearance day just gone- we had our usual saturday night Harinama in central London- and the Harinama attracted two brand new strangers who joined the Harinama- they loved it so much that they even came all the way back to Sri Sri Radha London Ishvara- where they received Jayananda Prabhu's garland from the day!- it turns out that they appeared to get the mercy- the next day they came down to the Manor- and were so enthusiastic about chanting that they were up to the early hours chanting in a friends house!-and there one of them had a personal experience with Srila Prabhupada!
Well I just want to beg that you please continue to inspire the world with this wonderful service! all glories! your aspiring servant Sumeet
Hare Krishna. Many thanks to my good friend Vishoka Prabhu for his Jayananda nectar katha. I practically immersed myself for the entire day and still haven’t finished. I’m not sure if I had any direct contact with him except for a possible incense run we did in an old beat up Volkswagen bug. This was back in San Francisco in the early 70’s. I wish my memory of those days were better. I remember feeling very safe in his presence - especially surrender by all that maya - as I was extremely new. Your servant, Srestha Dasa
Please accept my humble obeisances- all glories to Srila Prabhupada- all glories to Krishna's devotees! Thank you Krishna for sending me such undeserved association of your devotees- and special thanks to Jayananda Prabhu for your unlimited inspiration that has changed me forever and given me such hope in this movement and all of Krishna's devotees! All glories to all of you for setting up this amazing site- thank you! your aspiring servant, Sumeet
I remember the wonderful Jayananda being so fatherly, making sure the women daily got either fresh bunches of parsely on their plates in the morning, or raisins, for iron, and I remember him hanging around the flowers a lot, and one time we got a family outing, some of us, in a big old box van I think, to Naranarayan's land a bit north, and on the way back Jayananda spotted a persimmon tree. Well, Jayananda got out and offered that whole tree, so that anyone who came by would benefit--that was typical of him, always thinking of others, and always taking creative, unconventional means to spread the mercy around. He and the boys got back in the van and presented us with a huge brown bag full of the plumpest juiciest persimmons--my first taste of those fruits--and we just feasted all the way home. He was such a fun kind of person.
Hare Krishna, Dear Prabhus, please accept my most humble obeisance. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Thank you for your wonderful service to present the Website about Jayananda Thakur. The article encourages me to read more of Prabhupada’s books and try to apply his instructions in my life. Haribolo! Your humble servant, Surya Locana Dasa, Central Borneo, Indonesia
Dear Vishoka Prabhu, please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to jagat-guru Srila Prabhupada. It was good to have your association on the phone. The work you are doing is of topmost importance at this time. The message and example of Sriman Jayananda Prabhu must be circulated throughout the world for the benefit of all. Your servant, Dasaratha-suta Dasa
Yes, your dear teacher, Jayananda Thakur, writes so nicely. The “real” Vaishnavas can do this, they have the ability to write from other worlds for our benefit, just meditate on His ability to take away all party spirit, demonstrate parampara as “disciplic” succession, enable children to be happy in Krishna Consciousness simply by the “attempt” to follow in His footsteps. Srila Prabhupada enables His disciples, headed by the likes of Jayananda Thakur, to give this love, and the giving just increases on its own and spreads around to all who come into contact. Anyway, hare Krishna, that reminder of how nice Jayananda makes me write was good to receive, your friend, Mahaksa Dasa
Haribol, Jaya Jayananda Prabhu. Here are some comments made by phone. I was greatly blessed by the phone association of a wonderful Jayanandanuga last night, Dasaratha-suta Prabhu called me. We talked Jayananda katha for an hour, and it was very nectarian. He is to come forth with his book on Jayananda, “Jayananda the triumph of Bliss, A biography of Jim Kohr, America’s first Hare Krishna Saint,” He is working full time on it. He has interviewed many devotees (about 100) about Jayananda, and so the book promises to have many more stories than we’ve heard so far. I am realizing more and more that there are so many stories out there that I’ve not heard yet. He is sending a story or so for the web site, along with updated and edited versions of Adi-kesava’s page and others. He told me that so many devotees and people have talked to him about Jayananda. He said that almost always, that everybody has said the same thing, “The whole world, and our lives do not make sense. The problems we have in the movement do not make sense. But after hearing the activities and qualities of Jayananda Prabhu, then everything makes perfect sense.” I find this to be a universal truth. Jayananda has taught everyone, who’s been fortunate to hear of him, and touched everyone’s heart, who came into contact with him, or his life and stories. We look forward to Dasaratha-suta’s book, and also Vaiyasaki’s new book on Jayananda and Visnujana Swami. And there’s Mother Dhanistha’s book, and perhaps there will be more. Vaiyasaki Dasa said that there could be 100’s of books on Jayananda, and we all agree. We have much to look forward to, thanks to the good work of these devotees. Jaya Jayananda. Your servant, Vishoka Dasa
Hare Krishna Prabhu, Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I really like your page of Jayananda Prabhu, it’s beautiful. It is so sweet you honor him in such a way. Looks like he was a great devotee. Keep up the good work! Hari-bol. Your servant, Megha
Dear Prabhu, Please accept my obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada. Your web pages on Jayananda are absolutely great. I became aware, just a few moments ago, that today is Jayananda’s Disappearance Day and I immediately thought of looking at your web, which I had bookmarked 3/4 year ago, for some material to read. Your servant, Anadi Krishna Dasa
From Gauridasa Pandita Dasa:
Srila Prabhupada loved him with all of his heart because of his selfless devotion and great Vaishnava qualities. Jayananda Prabhu is called the first ISKCON saint. I was in Srila Prabhupada’s room when he heard that Jayananda Prabhu had left his body. Srila Prabhupada showed his great affection for Jayananda Prabhu and glorified him with tears in his eyes. He prayed to Krishna for him and told us that he went back to Godhead. I think he left the planet just in time to meet Srila Prabhupada in Krishnaloka a short time later. When we hear the stories about Srila Prabhupada and his pure followers like Jayananda Prabhu we become inspired. Whatever a great man or woman does, others follow.
I had the good fortune to get Jayananda Prabhu’s association in 1974. I had come from Seattle to the San Francisco Ratha-yatra. I came a week or so before the Ratha-yatra and Jayananda Prabhu asked me if I would help prepare the carts. I was happy to be engaged in that service. He drove us out to the Ratha cart site after morning prasadam every day. He would always be singing Hare Krishna or bhajans as he drove. He showed great compassion for all of the devotees and people. He was always bringing nice prasadam and treating everyone, even the garbage man, with great respect. This charmed everyone and made them want to offer some service back.
I ended up joining the movement after this Ratha-yatra even though I had not planned on it. This may have been due to the inspiration I got from the great Jayananda Prabhu. Although I only had a few days association with Jayananda Prabhu it was enough to see that he was very Krishna Conscious. His body mind and words were totally engaged in the service of Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga.
Many devotees have memories of Jayananda and I hope they share them in the temples, homes and on the Internet. I joined with the movement with Visnujana Swami and the Radha Damodara Traveling Sankirtan Party, RDTSP. I hope to see an annual festival to honor Visnujana Swami, also. I think his birthday is June 9th and hope the devotees will unite to perform hari-nama on or around this day, in his honor. This would please Srila Prabhupada and Lord Chaitanya and all who take part. Visnujana Swami chanted 8 or more hours every day for the benefit of the public and devotees. He inspired thousands of people to take to Krishna Consciousness, especially the chanting of the holy names. When Srila Prabhupada heard Visnujana chanting in the Los Angeles temple room he said, “I’m walking in Vaikuntha. I’m walking in Vaikuntha. I’m walking in Vaikuntha!” His tapes and CDs are still available. Listen to Gopinatha and enjoy spiritual emotion. The humbleness and love for the Lord and the devotees was obvious to all who were fortunate enough to come into contact with Jayananda Prabhu and Visnujana Swami, the first ISKCON saints. Your servant, Gauridasa Pandita Dasa
Dear Vishoka Prabhu- Obeisances- All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Jayananda Thakur!!
Thanks for your latest letter and all that you’ve wrote - especially on Jayananda!! As usual, I need a tissue box handy when I read what you write about Jayananda because it speaks to the heart - something sorely needed in this day of heightened in-fighting amongst devotees. “That” I try and stay away from because it produces at least for me, nothing good. Rather I try and concentrate on the holy name and Prabhupada’s instructions. And when I read writing such as yours, it further convinces me of the truth of Krishna Consciousness - it is eternal, and always blissful!!
Why not live that way and be happy as Prabhupada always told us? Some will never get it, and some will - and THOSE devotees I consider my real associates. Thanks again Hari-bol, Damaghosh Dasa
Hari-bol Vishoka Dasa.
Thank you for replying so fast. It’s very kind of you to spread the glories of Jayananda Thakur. I was fortunate to meet him once in Laguna beach during a time of great upheaval at the temple. He was traveling with Radha Damodara TSKP. Even though I got the mercy to drive different Swami’s (Tamal Krishna, Gurudas, Visnujana Maharaja’s, etc.) from their buses to class, I was most impressed with Jayananda’s humility and service to the devotees and the bhakti in the prasadam he prepared for them. This impression was increased by a devotee telling me that Jayananda felt he was not qualified to take sanyasa. A disciple in name only, Trilokesh Dasa
Dear Vishoka Dasa Prabhu, Hare Krishna! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and all of our acharyas. I am in deep appreciation of your transcendental feelings for Jayananda Prabhu. I believe that in this dark time of criticizing Vaishnavas, that to see someone doing quite the opposite is wonderful, and an example for all to follow.
I only met Jayananda Prabhu a couple of times, and mainly towards the tail end of his stay. I was always impressed by his gentle nature and his one-pointed Krishna consciousness. After his departure, I wanted to assist more in serving his desire for the Ratha-yatra in Los Angeles. There was an auction of his personal effects for raising funds for the festival of Lord Jagannatha. I was fortunate enough to have Jayananda Prabhu’s small deities come to stay with me. If I recall, only Babruvahan Prabhu showed a serious interest in those deities and he was quite close to Jayananda Prabhu. Now, by the mercy of Jagannatha, Baladev and Subhadra, we get to remember Jayananda Prabhu often, just by seeing his deities. Keep up the good work! humbly, Mithiladhisa Dasa
Congratulations with your NEW Jayananda Prabhu’s Website. May it inspire the Vaishnavas to get their spiritual life together. Thank you very much, all glories to your service. May this meet you in good health. Your servant, Ekanath Dasa
Dear Vishoka Prabhu, Please accept my obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada! Your web site on Jayananda is very sweet and nectarine. Thank you for doing this excellent service. Your humble servant, Bhakta Dasa
I have looked that up your Jayananda page, and it is very beautiful as opposite to what is going on here on Com. Thank You, Hayagriva Dasa.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada! All
Glories To Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga! All Glories To Lord Jagannatha! Haribol,
I'm indeed very sad that I didn't get to know Jayananda Prabhu earlier. I came
to know him after visiting your website. I've heard of him but now I liked him
more! May Srila Prabhupada bless you. Nitai
Thank you so much for your help and inspiration from your web page. I wept deeply and spontaneously today reading about Jayananda giving his hospital bed to Srila Prabhupada. Jayananda has been giving me so much inspiration lately and his association thru the memories of other devotees is changing my dirty heart. Thank you Prabhu, your servant, Krishna Prema Dasi
Once I was sitting with Jayananda in the prasadam room in the Valencia Street Temple in San Francisco and two French devotees were talking about different diets. Then they finished their prasadam and left and Jayananda said to me, “You know, Hanuman, I’ve tried all these diets and the only thing that seems to work is, don’t eat too much and work hard!” Hari-bol! Hanumat Preshaka Swami
Hari-bol Vishoka- Obeisances, all glories to Prabhupada, I have this super fine photo of Jayananda with his hands folded together aimed right at a city police officer (a lieutenant, I think), which looks like he’s begging him to let him do something. The “Man” is adamant about something else. Have you seen this picture? I don’t know who gave it to me, but I think it would be great on your webpage. Want it? If you will be at Los Angeles Ratha-yatra I can show it to you, obviously, I don’t want to part with this gem, but if you like it, we can have a copy made of it.
And also, I really enjoyed your stories about Jayananda - brought tears of joy to my eyes - he is such a great Vaishnava and continued inspiration to us all. Haribol, Damaghosh Dasa.
Reply- Thank you so kind for the endearing words of encouragement, Jayananda is fully potent to bring tears to all eyes and change people’s lives, just as he did all those years ago.
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