Jagadananda Prabhu recounts how he had been sent out by the ISKCON Mayapur leaders to fulfill one of Srila Prabhupada’s last wishes: To visit all senior Vaishnava devotees, especially his Godbrothers, to offer them a donation and to beg for forgiveness for any offense that he may have committed to them.
Although many of them had earlier received negative statements by Srila Prabhupada, all devotees whom Jagadananda Prabhu had met were extremely humble and friendly. They said that there was no offense committed and glorified Srila Prabhupada’s preaching achievements.
This video is meant to glorify Srila Prabhupada by showing how he set the example of a true sadhu by apologizing to all Vaishnavas he might have offended and trying to harmonize relationships with other devotees before his departure.
We believe that he did this full-heartedly and not as a mere formality, as claimed by certain devotees, who, even after his repeated apologies, try to present Srila Prabhupada’s earlier statements as superior.
Just as the last words of a common departing man are given special value, the last words of a departing sadhu are to be given more, and not less value than his other instructions. It will not be wise to go against this last will of Srila Prabhupada by making further negative statements. Let us focus on harmonizing our Gaudiya family.
This intention was even institutionalized by Srila Prabhupada by founding the Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust shortly before his departure. The third goal reads thus: “To unite the followers of Lord Caitanya, especially those descended from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja.”