We see that being a Sanyasi we get some priority in preaching so you are always an active preacher. I hope this facility helps you to preach more. I am certainly happy to send you my blessings and best wishes.
The Sanyasa ashram means that one is very careful in associating with opposite gender and one had to be very careful as this is a kind of declaration of war against Maya so naturally you can be tested. I hope you are ready for that.
Hope this finds you in good health and blissful krishna consciousness
Yours in service
Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to you, who inspire tens of thousands of devotees in Krishna consciousness.
As the GBC has approved me for sannyasa this year, our planned date of sannyasa is on Gaura Purnima. The ceremony is planned in Sri Pandharpur Dham. As per my research, I may be the first second generation ISKCON Sannyasi from North America.
You have always been my kind spiritual uncle, and benefactor. I remember when we were on Navadwipa Mandala Parikrama together. You asked me to put on the drama of Kolavechar Sridar. His Holiness Kavichandra Swami was Kolavechar Sridar, and I was Mahaprabhu. You arranged three little girl vaishnavis to be sellers in the marketplace. Before the drama started, you sat and explained the whole lila to me for 10 minutes. When the drama was taking place, it was magic. It was as if the lila were taking place again, before our eyes. All the devotees were transfixed in Krishna consciousness. I felt empowered by the mercy of Lord Caitanya.
I am so grateful to your holiness for bestowing your mercy upon me. It is my ardent desire that your holiness blesses my sannyasa ceremony. Please pray on my behalf that, following in your footsteps, I can also become an able instrument in the hands of our beloved parampara, Srila Prabhupada, Gurumaharaja and all of Srila Prabhupada’s followers and preach Krishna consciousness all over the world.
Thank you very much.
Always seeking to be an atom of dust at your lotus feet and at the feet of your followers,
I am overjoyed to share the news with all of you that I, Ekalavya Das, am about to receive sannyasa! As a spiritual nephew and siksa disciple of H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaja, I have poured out my heart to Maharaja, my highly respected and worshipable spiritual uncle, in the following letter.
Maharaja’s flood of unlimited compassion upon this most unworthy soul manifested with a letter of blessings and sannyasa siksa. I am sharing the two letters with you here. Please find out all the details and online links for my Sannyasa Diksa on 28th March, Gaura Purnima here: https://lok.studio/
Sunday March 21: I was on the terrace chanting japa with Gurumaharaja. We were walking back and forth together. Gurumaharaja sat down in a chair and asked me “What is the news?”
I asked, “On what front?” I am busy in so many areas. Gurumaharaja asked, “What about Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead?”
I went on to describe different services, LOK.STUDIO construction, etc. I also changed the mood a little and spoke about some frustrations I was having with the workers, and some difficulties. It probably sounded like I was complaining.
“You are the one who wanted to come here!” Gurumaharaja said in a chastising way. It gave me the realization that coming to the material world is no bed of roses. I should not be expecting everything to be easy as pie.
Through this exchange, I have some realizations. I need to be more remoseful that I have come to this material world. I need to be repentant. I need to seek to overcome my envy of Lord Krishna and his devotees. In the words of Sanatana Goswami, “Who am I and why am I suffering?” are the important questions I need to continously be asking myself.
Someday if I have the courage, I may ask Gurumaharaja, “Why did you come to the material world?” I would not be suprised, if I was very suprised by his answer.
Photo taken on occasion of Sri Sri Panchatattva Installation in Sri Mayapur Dham
Fri, Mar 12
Hare Krishna Dear Devotees,
Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupad
I am really pleased and delighted to inform you that on Wednesday, at the GBC meeting, Ekalavya Prabhu was given full and final approval to receive sannyasa. He has been a sannyasa candidate for the past couple of years and now has “zero waiting years” and can receive sannyasa diksa at any time this year.
The position of a sannyasi under the auspices of Srila Prabhupada, is to renounce worldly activities, and to travel extensively and preach. By accepting sannyasa, Ekalavya Prabhu promises to dedicate his body, mind and words totally to the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In many ways, he has been doing that already. Ekalavya Prabhu has spent countless moons travelling to many countries across the globe, spreading the holy names of the Lord.
On behalf of myself and the Lok family, it gives me immense pleasure to convey our heartfelt congratulations to Ekalavya Prabhu on his sannyasa approval by the GBC. We will be deciding on the date of his sannyasa and will keep you informed.
Now that he is a sannyasi, I will encourage all of you to invite Ekalavya Prabhu into your homes, centres and temples to preach the holy names of the Lord.
It is my sincere prayer that Ekalavya Prabhu forever continues the legacy of spreading the holy names of the Lord.
I hope this finds you all in good health and in high Krishna conscious spirits.
March 5, 2021: Sri Pandharpur Dhama. This morning around 8:30 am, HH Lokanath Swami and I were doing some stretching and discussing yoga asanas. Maharaja was bending his neck to the left and began chanting the following verse from Srimad Bhagavatam:
vyoma-yāna-vanitāḥ saha siddhair
vismitās tad upadhārya sa-lajjāḥ
kaśmalaṁ yayur apasmṛta-nīvyaḥ
The gopīs said: When Mukunda vibrates the flute He has placed to His lips, stopping its holes with His tender fingers, He rests His left cheek on His left arm and makes His eyebrows dance. At that time the demigoddesses traveling in the sky with their husbands, the Siddhas, become amazed. As those ladies listen, they are embarrassed to find their minds yielding to the pursuit of lusty desires, and in their distress they are unaware that the belts of their garments are loosening. (SB 10.35.2 – 3)
Maharaja went on to describe how Lord Krishna rests his left cheek on his left arm while playing His flute. I was filled with wonder at the intricate details that Srila Prabhupada has invested in us of the glories of Lord Krishna. Maharaja went on to explain to me about all the different Gitas (songs) in Srimad Bhagavatam. This verse is from the Yugala Gita. “Yugala means two”, Maharaja continued. “Two sets of gopis singing together… And then the next set of two gopis sing together…”
For more information about all the Gitas (songs) in Srimad Bhagavatam, please refer here: