On Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. during the holy month of Kartik, GBC member Jagajivan Das (ACBSP) left this world at Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute, Mira Road, Thane, Maharashtra, India. Jagajivan Das was on a visit to India for the recently concluded GBC meeting. For over a decade Jagajivan Das was suffering from cardiomyopathy resulting in the weakening of his heart and leading to breathlessness on exertion.
Radhanath Swami offers heartfelt observations about the "eye camps" he organizes in the holy land of Varsana, India, where the impoverished are treated for various eye diseases. Doctors from all over the world who provide this service free of charge, amazingly, consider their acts as their own humble efforts to "see" God. A video produced by Karuna Productions. (www.karunaproductions.com). Photography by Rasacharya Das, Hilary Tapper.
After four days of Strategic Planning Network meetings, the GBC Body reconvened with presentations on the ISKCON Disciples Course, the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai and Mayapur and on ISKCON's Child Protection Office.
There’s something about the Bhaktivedanta Hospice that, even at first glance, fills the heart with peace and a sense of the spiritual. The tall, green trees clustered around it could have something to do with it. So could the bright, saffron color, the accessible simplicity of the architecture or the bright blue sky above it.
The Intensive care staff of the NHS Ealing hospital in London decided to open their heart and minds to Vedic culture.On my way back I kept asking Krsna why this tour was so extra special compared to any other we had conducted in the past. The answers came in many ways. We were serving the hands that heal.
“God personally came to me! I even gave Him a beautiful flower! It was such a touching experience; so much of my pain is gone. I already feel half cured!” This may sound like an addict hallucinating under the influence of drugs, but no; it is the soulful outburst of a patient (suffering from post operative depression) eulogising the customary practice of bringing a mobile temple, daily, right to the bedside of every single patient at Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mira Road.
Barsana Eye Camp, the free annual cataract surgery run by Mumbai's Bhaktivedanta Hospital, serves the residents of Barsana, India, and the surrounding 120 villages, who due to extreme poverty and lack of medical facilities often lead a life of blindness caused by cataracts, which are easily treated.