Friday, February 15, 2013

Caring for dying Vaishnavas (Janmasthmi das)

PADA: Srila Prabhupada wanted residential apartments and a "hospice" type facility for his elderly ISKCON disciples in Vrndavana where they could retire. And eventually of course, they would also die there while taking shelter of the Holy Dham, thus aiding their path back to Krishna. Problem is, this facility was never created. Now what seems to happen in some rare cases at least, a few independent devotees might get together to help create a "one time only" facility for one of their personal friends, but there is no organized system. This is certainly another major problem with the GBC mis-managing, the devotees who wanted to retire in an ISKCON retirement program have not been able to do so, and thus they are dying off in the West, and sometimes in very depressing mundane material situations. Its another big hole in the programs Srila Prabhupada wanted and desired. ys pd

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