His Grace Dvarkadhish Prabhu Goes Back Home, Back to Godhead

Dear Devotees,

tumblr_pfnliqhk0q1sbj0vuo1_500Hare Krsna. Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga! Thank you for all of the heartfelt prayers, phone calls, emails, texts etc. We are overwhelmed by your love and support.  On his way home from work on Friday, September 21, Dvarkadhish Das was in a car accident. All we know is that he had severe head injury and trauma to the brain. The doctors had to perform emergency surgery. After the surgery they said his brain function was at 1% and there was no hope for recovery.

So with a heavy heart and the blessings of our Guru Maharaj, HH Bhakti Charu Swami, we decided to take him off of life support.
Before we took him off of life support, Guru Maharaj called and gave him final instructions (we held the phone to his hear).
According to Guru Maharaj’s instructions we applied Tilak to his head and body, Tulasi leaves on his chest and in his mouth, Ganga Jal and water from other sacred rivers in his mouth and sprinkled on his head, Nrishma Kavaca on his head, dry Tulasi sticks and dust on his chest, Maha garlands from his ishtadev Rukmini Dvarkadhish and Rukmini Dvarkanath around his neck and body, and the dust from Vrindavan on his chest and head. We chanted the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra, Nrsimha prayers, Nrsimha Kavaca prayers, Govindam prayers and Jaya Radhe Jaya Krsna Jaya Vrindavana bhajan. Surrounding him were our direct family members, Nirantara Prabhu, Jagadambika Mataji and Dvarkadhish’s elder brother and wife.

When they removed the ventilator, Prabhupada’s chanting was still playing in his ears, and we were all chanting japa loudly. images-1
Within a few minutes Dvarkadhish das breathed from his mouth and opened his eyes as if to say “Hare Krsna” to us and then with one final breath from his mouth, left his body on the auspicious day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Appearance day at 3:45pm PST. He passed his final exam in such an auspicious and glorious way. Our Guru Maharaj has always said that the way one leaves his body determines his next destination.

We are positive that he indeed went back to Godhead.

Although he is in a better place, still we are left with the burden of suffering his separation, as he was indeed the backbone of our family and the light in our lives. We are going to miss him dearly and we will never be the same.
While we deeply appreciate all of the calls and messages.

Please forgive us for not being able to respond during this difficult time. The cremation ceremony will take place privately this Thursday from 2:00pm – 3:00pm PST USA. so we are requesting everyone to pray and recite Chapter 15 of Bhagavad Gita during that time. But we would very much like to invite everyone this Sunday, September 30th at Sri Sri Rukmini Dvarkadhish ISKCON temple in Los Angeles to honor our father’s memory.

The program is as follows:
3:30pm – 4:30pm – Bhajans
4:30pm – 5:00pm – Arati
5:00pm – 5:45pm – Lecture by HH Bhakti Charu Swami
5:45pm – 6:30pm – Memories
6:30pm – Prasadam
Watch Online: http://www.iskconla.com/ or lalive.us

Thank you again for your invaluable support and continued prayers, these are giving us the strength to move forward.
Your servants,
Lilavati devi dasi
Nihar & Jahnavi
Radha Mohini devi dasi & Sri Goloka das

(www.dandavats.com)

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