If Srila Prabhupad would not have taken the trouble to go to the west, how many would have been bereft of the good fortune of being admitted into the bhakti university of Sri Chaitanya dev. If Srila Prabhupad would not have sung the holy names of the Lord sitting under a tree in an American park, how many would have still been oblivious to the true purpose of life and wasted this glorious opportunity to free oneself of this material existence. If Srila Prabhupad would not have painstakingly started the Krishna consciousness movement, undergoing all sorts of inconveniences, how would we have gotten this beautiful family of devotees who are encouraging each other and collectively progressing on the path of spiritual life.
Srila Prabhupad has delivered countless living entities from the dark well of ignorance and brought them under the shelter of the lotus feet of Sri Krishna. He went to unknown countries, preaching the path of pure devotion, but never one day was he out of Vrindavan, for Vrindavan is his eternal home and always present with him in his heart. After having extensively preached through out the entire world, he came back to Vrindavan, where he had lived before going, preparing and praying for his big mission of fulfilling the inner hearts desire of his revered spiritual master. Coming back to Vrindavan, he build the glorious Krishna Balaram Mandir in Vrindavan, one of the finest temples in the world and established the Lords of our life, Sri Sri Gaur Nitai, Sri Sri Krishna Balaram and Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar.
Along with the temple, the devotees also built Srila Prabhupad’s quarters, where he would reside when he was not out preaching the glorious of Vrindavan. It was in these quarters that many sweet pastimes took place with his various disciples and visitors and it was here where he brought his pastimes to a close in the auspicious month of Kartik. Indeed, for all those who are sold out servants of Srila Prabhupad, knowing him to be their only true well wisher and the pure devotee representative of the Lord, this place is one of the most important places in the entire world. The peace, tranquility and spirituality felt in this place, which was the personal living quarters of Prabhupad and has now been preserved and kept as a place of spiritual absorption, can be felt by each and every person visiting Srila Prabhupad’s house. The items brought into personal use by Srila Prabhupad are also preserved here with great care, so that the coming generations of devotees can take darshan and feel connected to him. This transcendentally surcharged place is open for all the devotees to come and visit and is also the place where the daily bhagawat gita class is held. During regular times, when the temple is open, evening kirtans and prasadam distribution also takes place in Srila Prabhupad’s house.
Srila Prabhupad’s disappearance day is now approaching and, as every year, the devotees are starting to prepare for the festivities. Although the leaving of such a great personality is greatly painful, yet the appearance and disappearance days of pure devotees are both very auspicious for they give us an opportunity to remember the glories and pastimes of these great vaishnvas. In preparation of this auspicious day, Srila Prabhupad’s house is decorated very beautiful with colorful flowers and on that day a few matajis come and prepare a delicious offering for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupad. After glorifying Srila Prabhupad and performing abhishek in Krishna hall, in the evening all the Prabhupad disciples and senior devotees assemble in Srila Prabhupad’s quarters to soulfully chant and remember him. They then perform arati of Srila Prabhupad at 07:20, the time when he departed from the vision of this world. All the devotees then take turns to pay respects at the bed where Srila Prabhupad left and his chadar and stick are brought out to bless the devotees present. This intimate gathering of devotees, collectively praying and remembering Srila Prabhupad, the dearest personality for all of them, instills a profound sense of simultaneous transcendental bliss and separation in the hearts of one and all.
We welcome all the devotees to visit Srila Prabhupad’s quarters whenever they come to Vrindavan and feel spiritually surcharged and blessed.