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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Prayers for Jayapataka Swami & Kadamba Kanana Swami

12:36:00 PM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)

*** Please Note: We will try to regularly post updates on this post about the latest news about both Jayapataka Swami and Kadamba Kanana Swami ***

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple would like to make a special plea for all devotees and well-wishers to extend their prayers for the health of two senior devotees of our international Hare Krishna movement: Jayapataka Swami and Kadamba Kanana Swami.  Jayapataka Swami has been battling poor health for some time now.  He was recently hospitalized.  Kadamba Kanana Swami has been recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing surgery today.  Some information and updates as follows:

Update on Jayapataka Swami
New Update - Feb 26, 2016
Jayapataka Swami is now out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the specialist hospital in Delhi. He was transferred to the private room within the same hospital and is responding quite well to the treatment. The doctors are reporting his progress as promising.  He has been receiving get-well-soon video messages and he is happy to receive good reports about the developments in Mayapur with the gathering of over ISKCON 1200 leaders before the Gaura Purnima festival.

As we all know he is very keen in being able to recover as soon as possible so he can attend the celebrations in Mayapur. He has requested to participate the GBC meetings via tele conference and arrangements have been made for that to happen.

Although these are all good signs, we still are concerned that there is a relapse, thus we kindly request all devotees to, at this time, please maintain your sincere prayers for Lord Nrisimhadeva and Srila Prabhupada to kindly protect Jayapataka Swami so he is able to recover rapidly.

We will keep posting regular health updates of Guru Maharaja’s condition. Kindly share this message with others so we all together support him in his recovery.
Your servants,

Guru Maharaja’s Health Team
Maha Varaha Das / Iksvaku Das

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016
Jayapataka Swami has been off of the ventilator for over 24 hours and spent a good night without it.  He remains in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital in Delhi under detailed supervision to ensure he progresses nicely in his recovery. At this point he has been responding well to the treatment so far. We pray that he continues this positive trend.

At this very moment all the leaders meeting at the ISKCON International Leaders Sanga (ILS) in Mayapur sent a collective prayer for Jayapataka Swami’s wellbeing. The master of ceremony referred to him as a soldier of the “good old days, present days and future days”. So let’s also keep our prayers so he continues without the need of a ventilator and that his lungs breathe on their own at this time.

We kindly request all disciples and well-wishers to please continue with your sincere prayers for Lord Nrisimhadeva and Srila Prabhupada that they kindly protect Jayapataka Swami.

We will post regular health updates of the situation with Jayapataka Swami’s health. Kindly share this message with others so we all together support him in his recovery.

Your servants,
Guru Maharaja’s Health Team
Maha Varaha Das / Iksvaku Das

Update on Kadamba Kanana Swami
New Update - Friday, Feb 26, 2016
After a succesful second operation on Wednesday afternoon, Kadamba Kanana Swami was recovering on Thursday and Friday morning. He is currently recovering from the operation at the Durban temple. If his health permits he will give class on Saturday at 11am South African time which will be streamed in

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016
There was a second operation yesterday. The results came in today (Thursday) and the conclusion was that the surrounding tissues is tumor free. The doctors are advising oral chemotherapy. Maharaja is feeling nauseated and has low blood pressure. If his situation improves he might be dismissed from the hospital on Friday.

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2016
[Excerpts from a public post from Kadamba Kanana Swami]
Only days ago I was diagnosed with cancer in the rectum, the tumor has already been removed by operation. Now a second operation is due to remove the surrounding tissue. It may or may not end there, that will come out after some more time. So far it has not been found that the cancer has spread to other places in the body, let’s hope it will remain so.

Lord Krsna is the Supreme Controller and we are little controllers, in this situation there is not much for me to control, I can not steer my boat on the now wild river of time, I have to just go along with things and see what will come on the way. So far there is a realistic chance of survival, but let’s see how things will evolve. You kindly pray for me. Either in this world or the next I am in Krsna’s hands. I will let you know more as things develop.

The doctors are advising me not to have many visitors, because there will be some radiation and chemo involved, which breaks down the immune system, we can’t afford to catch something on top of this.So I will write an update from time to time.

My heart goes out to so many wonderful people that I have met everywhere, and if Krsna so desires I hope that we can meet again and spend many inspiring moments together.

Your servant
Kadamba Kanana Swami