At 19, Mahavishnu Swami graduated from Bath Academy of Art with honors in Fine Arts. Within a few years he was a full time temple renunciate and in 1971 was initiated by his spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In 1976 he visited India for the first time, traveling extensively with the BBT Library party. In 1977 he became involved in various projects throughout Nepal and India, including the building of the beautiful, Rupa-Sanatana Temple in Jessore, Swamibagh in Dhaka, and the Sri Radha-Govindahari temple in Kathmandu.
“Thank you very much for initiating Vedic Care for the sake of the elderly devotees’ welfare. Yes… I agree… if only devotees with obsolescent bodies can feel that same ecstatic “early days” caring family mood as when they took shelter of Srila Prabhupada’s movement! What blessed departures there would be! Now with your Vedic Care idea it seems to be coming true!. Thank you so much.
Time flies… I thought the good times would never end being fully engaged in devotional service for Srila Prabhupada. But here it is… old age… feeble seeing, digesting, remembering, walking… death is knocking at my door… my time is up.
“This frightful situation cannot be remedied by any person in this material world. My lord, it is the Supreme Personality of Godhead as eternal time [kala] that has approached us all.” SB 1.13.19
Somehow or other by Srila Prabhupada and Their Lordship’s mercy, even at 71 years I am still actively traveling and preaching, dancing and leading kirtans all over the world. But I have no idea when my end will come. I want to die on the battlefield somewhere… but with devotees… hopefully in Vedic Care.
Your humble servant,
Alfred Brush Ford was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1974 as Ambarisa das. He is the great grandson of Henry Ford and sits on the board of several businesses, charitable institutions and foundations, including the Ford Motor Company Fund. He has received awards from around the world for his charitable works and support of Vedic culture.
“I am very happy to be hearing more and more about the VCC. Taking care of the devotees and family of Srila Prabhupada is always a high priority for those wishing to please Sri Krishna.
Many devotees from around the world have sacrificed their lives and well being to give the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai to people everywhere. There must be a place for them at the end of life, where they can be cared for in a Krishna Conscious environment.
I wish all success to the VCC and hope to be able to serve them sometime.
Your servant, Ambarisa das”
Ananga Manjari devi dasi
“I am happy that there are people like you (the VCC) and my other friends who are enthusiastic to help and serve others. I wish you all success in your noble endeavors.”
Yadunandana Swami – GBC
Principal of Bhaktivedanta College, Yadunandana Swami is the first Spanish second generation sannyasi of ISKCON. He is one of the original developers of VTE (Vaishnava Training and Education) courses and is currently an Executive Member of the Governing Body Commission Ministry for Educational Development.
“Service to the Vaishnavas is the highest religious principle, the offering that pleases the Lord the most, and the sources of taste for hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord.
Although, at this point I am not able to take more responsibility than the educational and preaching services I have in Spain as my prabhu-datta-desa (particularly in terms of attending more meetings and participating in new projects) please count me as someone who values very much the wonderful service you are doing. I also would favorably speak about your project whenever possible, especially when specific initiatives and actions develop both in Spain and all over the world.
I look forward to see the growth of Vedic Care and to participate in whatever way I can.
With gratitude and all best wishes, Your servant, Yadunandana Swami”
Guru Prashad Swami – GBC
Born in the USA, Guru Prashad Swami studied nuclear physics at Purdue University. After becoming disenchanted with science he transferred to the University of Texas where he made contact with the Hare Krishna movement; but it was later, during his military service in Panama that this encounter with ISKCON changed his life dramatically. Today he is a Priest in the renounced order.
“I fully and wholly endorse this most wonderful effort to serve Vaisnavas.
In the beginning of the Srimad Bhagavatam it states unequivocally the service to the Vaisnavas is the key to performing bhakti. (Vasudeva katha rucih syan mahat sevaya viprah.) The taste for hearing about Krsna comes from Vaisnava service.
Mahaprabhu states that the thrust and impetus in serving Krsna has three aspects, the first being Vaisnava seva, the name ruci and then jive daya. What to speak of serving those Vaisnavas who have, and are giving their lives in the service of the Lord, providing them with care; the forerunner of love. Such selfless and considerate service is the urgency of the day.
Social care is one of the most neglected aspects in most societies. But it should be one of the most important in a Vaisnava community.
All glories to the service of these noble devotees who are spear-heading such an endeavor.
Guru Prashad Swami – GBC”
Internationally recognized for his performances of the ancient art of Kirtan & Bhajan, Vaiyasaki Das provides a rare opportunity to experience a taste of authentic devotional music from the Vedic tradition.
“The VCC is such a wonderful project that has now been implemented in many areas. It’s only the beginning and already the project is gaining worldwide support. I offer my 100% support. May Krishna bless this project and the devotees who are directing and organizing it.”
Akrura Dasa aka Vani Seva
Is a life Coach with many years of experience. His approach is unique and very efficient.
In his own words: “Nurturing Your Success with the spiritual wisdom.”
Akrura dasa lives between London and Budapest.
“The Vedic Care project is very much needed and highly valuable for both ISKCON and the world in general. It helps us to get the most out of the most difficult moment in life, when we leave our body. It contributes to our success beyond this lifetime.”