Rally for Mukunda Goswami

By Madhavendra Puri dasa

Venture up the back hills of New Govardhana Farm, to Harrison House, or by chance be at the temple at an odd time of the day and you may get the privilege of bumping into the somewhat unassuming, gentle soul known as Mukunda Goswami. Despite his humility, Mukunda Goswami is a veteran of the Hare Krishna movement, who was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in the very first Western yajna in 1966. He located the first ISKCON temple (NY), went on to establish the second ISKCON temple in San Francisco and then with a few devotees travelled to London and spread Krishna consciousness all over Europe. The rest is history.

Recently, Maharaja has been living a rather recluse life, yet when difficulty struck, a worldwide community brought their hearts and minds together to offer loving prayers for his wellbeing. On 23 October Maharaja slipped in his bathroom, fractured a hip and was ambulanced to Murwillumbah Hospital. Later he was transferred to Tweed Hospital for optimal care and pre-operation tests. Tests showed irregularities in his heart and Maharaja suffered a heart attack in hospital. He was transferred to Gold Coast Hospital and underwent a triple bypass openheart operation on 27 October. Three days later Maharaja went in again for a critical hip operation.

As all this was unfolding, prayers were flooding in from all corners of the world.

“I have been thinking of Mukunda Goswami constantly and praying for him intensely” said Giriraja Swami.

Mukunda Goswami’s brother, Tom Grant (an established jazz musician), also asked for prayers on the night of Maharaja’s first surgery, pulling together thousands of correspondents in prayerful thoughts.

Niranjana Swami posted: “Please continue with prayers for Mukunda Goswami and as much as possible have kirtanas for him.”

Devotees organised kirtanas in New Govardhana, and Krsna Ksetra Swami organised kirtanas in Radhadesh, Belgium, and there were many more around the globe dedicated to Maharaja.

“We pray to Radha Madhava that your operation is successful and you give your association again” said Jayapataka Swami, and Lokanatha Swami organised 1,500 devotees on Vraja-mandala parikrama to pray for Mukunda Goswami’s protection and recovery.

Many devotees sent prayers and praise including some very senior leaders. Bhakti Caitanya Swami, Bhakti Caru Swami, Bhaktivaibhava Swami, Laksmimoni Mataji, Malati Mataji, Radhanath Swami, Ramai Swami, Ravindra Swarupa Prabhu, Sivaram Swami, and many other godbrothers, godsisters and wellwishers all sent heartfelt messages.

Maharaja is spending some weeks in Murwillumbah Rehabilitation Ward before being discharged.

In the meantime his residence is being analysed by an occupational therapist and will have necessary modifications prior to his return. We all continue to pray for Maharaja’s full recovery.

As Kavicandra Swami aptly put it: “We all owe Mukunda Goswami a great debt for his going out to preach with nothing but his love for Srila Prabhupada.”

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