The Jaladuta Diary – August 13

August 13, 2007 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment




Aug 13, KUALA LUMPUR (MON) — The transcendental journey of Srila Prabhupada on the Jaladuta.

More than 40 years ago, Srila Prabhupada mercifully came to America aboard the Jaladuta. The journal that Srila Prabhupada kept during the voyage is a wonderful story, on so many levels. The Sun is again pleased to present a serialized version of the Jaladuta Diary, each entry posted for the date it was written.

Follow Srila Prabhupada on this great transcendental epoch. The Jaladuta diary series will run daily through late September, with a 4-5 day break at the end of August during the time when Srila Prabhupada became gravely ill.

Friday, August 13, 1965

“Today at 9 a.m. embarked on M.V. Jaladuta. Came with me Bhagwati, the Dwarwan of Scindia Sansir Mr. Sen Gupta, Mr. Ali and Vrindaban. The cabinet is quite comfortable. It is owner’s residence and therefore the sitting room, the bedroom and the bath and privy all equipped with first class materials. Everything is nice in the 1st class compartment and thanks to Lord Sri Krishna for His enlightening Smti. Sumati Moraji for all these arrangements. I am quite comfortable.

The ship started at 1/30 p.m. very slowly from the dock and reached near Botanical Garden and stopped at mid-stream of the Ganges till 11 p.m. and then turned towards the front and started. It is quite steady. I cannot understand in my cabin if it is at all moving. I am so comfortable. The voyage was again stopped at 3/30 a.m. at Kalpi near Diamond Harbor & Ganokhali wideth and detained for about 8 hours. The delta of the Ganges quite wide with shallow water.”


One day prior to the departure of the Jaladuta, the following newspaper article announcing Srila Prabhupada’s departure for the West appeared in the Dainik Basumati, a Bengali newspaper in Calcutta. The translation of the article is as follows:


“The Lord’s Message Goes to America”

“Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama, sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama. That prophecy is going to be fulfilled now!

“Srimat Bhaktivedanta Swami, a resident of Vrndavana, has translated the Srimad-Bhagavatam into English in sixty volumes with word-for-word meaning and purports. Before this great work could be appreciated by his countrymen, people from far off America have expressed their admiration of this supernormal achievement and have invited him so that they may meet him in person and acquaint themselves with his work. Hence, he is departing from Calcutta for New York this 12th day of August.”

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