His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, is our inspiration. His appearance, his teachings and his disappearance all are divinely inspiring for the mission of Vishnudutas.
While living, Srila Prabhupada (as his followers fondly called him), taught Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam all over the world. He showed the everyone could come to the stage of self-realization by constantly engaging in Lord Krishna’s service and by constantly meditating and chanting the holy names of Sri Krishna.
His lessons were always practical and universal. His entire life was exemplary. He had been in family life, and even then he had vigorously preached, by starting his Back to Godhead magazine. In poverty and obscurity, he had struggled to start a spiritual movement. He went alone, in old age, to a foreign country and had chanted Hare Krishna in a park in New York City, attracting the young men and women of America. Taking upon the order of his Guru, His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Swami, Srila Prabhupada followed the footsteps of Lord Caitanya, who five hundred years ago made surrender to Krishna more attainable through the congregational chanting of the holy names. And in the twentieth century, Srila Prabhupada made Krishna consciousness possible for people all over the world.
As part of his instruction and example, Srila Prabhupada even taught people just how to die. He had escaped death a number of times-by Krishna’s grace and by his own pure and powerful will to propagate his movement. But from the signs given to him by Lord Krishna in 1977, Srila Prabhupada began decisively and conclusively ending his mission in the material world. And among his final duties was his giving complete guidelines on how to die. He was perfectly showing how to do that which everyone has to do, but which is most difficult to do successfully: die. Srila Prabhupada gave an advance directive to his followers as early as in 1977, to not take him to the hospital at any condition. He would rather like to leave this mortal world by being amidst devotees chanting the holy names of the Lord.
The video below is heart rendering as to how Srila Prabhupada perfectly showed an example. He always remains our great inspiration in this mission!