SEBERANG JAYA - The ceremonies for the deity installation started early from about 6 a.m. The deities were then elaborately bathed with honey, milk, yogurt, ghee, fragrant liquids, juices, etc. The atmosphere was intense and everyone was absorbed in the beauty of the new deities. As senior sannyasis like HH Bhanu Swami, HH Janananda Goswami, HH BVV Narasimha Swami and others bathed the deities, HH Jayapataka Swami keenly observed. For over an hour and a half he gazed at the deities. It seemed like an intense prayer. At the end of pushpa abhishek, he announced the deities’ names, “Their names will be Sri Sri Radha Krishna Kanaiya!” Everybody was so happy with this beautiful name. Following this was the inauguration of the plaque for the temple, which was graced by both HH Jayapataka Swami and HH Bhakti Vrajendranandana Swami. Afterwards, the auscipicious kumbha abhishekam of the main kalash of the temple was performed. There was ecstatic kirtan, chanting of vedic mantras, and super excitement.
The Malaysian yatra devotees had arranged for a crane to lift HH Jayapataka Swami to reach the main kalash. Maha Varaha prabhu, Ekanatha Gaura prabhu and Devo Gauranga prabhu went with him in the crane. As he was lifted in the air, it was such a sensation. Devotees were behaving like children as they watched. He was up in the air – 100 feet high. Such a sensation! Then with the help of his assistants, he performed the kalash abhishek. So much love his disciples have for him and so determined he was to do the abhishek. Later in the evening Guru Maharaja watched a drama put on by the youth. He appreciated their efforts and later gave them some suggestions on how they could improve their performance as well. Guru Maharaja never fails to appreciate ones efforts in Krishna’s service and always gives practical ways to further improve.
It is amazing to see how he, with the help of other leaders, have been constantly cultivating and nourishing devotees here in Malaysia. Back in the 80’s, he would stay for a few months and preach intensely in Malaysia.
The next morning, 30th August 2015, HH Jayapataka Swami met Gaura Mandal prabhu, a Srila Prabhupada disciple over breakfast. They were meeting for the first time after 17 years. Gaura Mandal prabhu was in tears as he was speaking to Guru Maharaja. Guru Maharaja asked him, “How can I serve you?”, for which Gaura Mandal prabhu, with a choked voice said, “You are already preaching so much, Maharaja and serving Srila Prabhupada”. Later around noon, the youth of ISKCON BCC performed a performance on the song "Yadi Prabhupada Na Hoite", which HH Jayapataka Swami, HH Bhakti Vrajendranandana Swami, HH Bhanu Swami, HH Bhakti Vinod Swami, and the Ambassador of Venezuela attended. The performance was fantastic and moved every one to tears. It was a dance to which was portrayed with shadows. Following this, HH Jayapataka Swami inaugurated the Prabhupada Art Gallery which was also put on entirely by the youth of ISKCON BCC.
In the evening, HH Jayapataka Swami gave initiations. In the lecture, he said, “Yesterday the Lord was offered various items. One other type of offering is offering one’s own self. By pleasing the Lord, you will feel satisfied.” he insisted that Krishna Consciousness has to be taken seriously. “It is easy to go to heavenly planets when we do a little devotional service, but we may miss the golden period, the period of 10,000 years if we go to any heavenly planet. So now you have to take the mercy of Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda and make use of the opportunity”. He then narrated a past time of Lord Gauranga and His naughtiness as a child and how He thus convinced his parents to send him to school soon after which Gauranga Mahaprabhu became a very great scholar. The second initiations went on till 11.30 p.m. after which he took dinner and then rest.