We were fortunate to have the association of HG Gaura Hari Das over the Janmastami period and for Srila Prabhupadas Appearance Day. Gaura Hari Das was fortunate enough to be present in the room at the time of Srila Prabhupadas departure from this material world.
Gaura Hari Das shared his experiences of when he first took darshan of Srila Prabhupada at Mayapur temple and Srila Prabhupada raised His hand and gave him His blessings.
During Srila Prabhupadas leaving this world in 1977 Gaura Hari Das managed to stand at the end of Srila Prabhupadas bed, he described how the room was full of sannyasis and disciples who were chanting and doing kirtan. He described how the room had a glow and he saw Srila Prabhupada chant 'Hare KRishna' as His life airs left His divine body. At that time Gaura Hari Das said that you could actually feel Radha & Krishna in that room at that moment, They actually came to take Srila Prabhupada back.
Once Srila Prabhupada left Gaura Hari Das reached out and took the foot dust of Srila Prabhupadas lotus feet. He was also also able to take some flowers from Srila Prabhupada’s feet, which he has kept for the last 36 years and which he blessed us with during the Sunday Program.
Gaura Hari Das shared some Srila Prabhupada lilas with us on Srila Prabhupdas appearance day and described how ISKCON Coventry temple had a lovely warm family & friendly atmosphere and is one of the best temples he has been to in ISKCON. He described how he felt the same feeling in ISKCON Coventry that he had in Srila Prabhupadas room. He was very impressed with the continued level of enthusiasm of the temple president, HG Haridas, even after 30 years of being a temple president in ISKCON.
Sri Sri Sacinandana Nitaicand ki jai!