Guru Maharaja

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami

A disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Presently he is one of the initiating spiritual masters in ISKCON


The International Society for Krishna Consciousness was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966. It belongs to the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, a devotional tradition based on the teachings of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada

(1896-1977) is widely regarded as the foremost Vedic scholar, translator, and teacher of the modern era. Srila Prabhupada came to New York in 1965 and in twelve short years made the chanting of ‘Hare Krishna’ known throughout the world.

JPS Diary of Shyama Rasika Dasa

(Mayapur, 08/11/15) JPS Diary of Shyama Rasika Dasa Today I left my phone on charge and came back after an hour and saw 11 missed calls from Dharesh Pr and Sudhama Pran Pr. I called him back and he said, “Get ready, we have to go to Kolkata to receive Guru Maharaj at the Airport and we will stay in Kolkata for one day and come back to Mayapur.” It was very wonderful news, I agreed immediately. There were less servants accompanying Guru Maharaj from Damodardesh and the rest of the devotees were coming on the next flight. So I, Sudhamai Harinaam Pr and Purandhar Pr left this afternoon from Mayapur taking Guru Maharaj’s vehicles to the Airport at 3:00pm, collecting Guru Maharaj’s dinner from Ganga Pr’s home.

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We reached at 6:30pm. The flight also arrived at the right time and Prasanna Gauranga Pr called us over from the plane after landing and confirmed their safe landing and asked about the dinner. We waited for almost 1:15hours then Guru Maharaj came out effulgently and Dharesh pr gave me a big garland and asked me to offer it to Guru Maharaj. There were no devotees other than us four devotees and one Bengali devotee – as we didn’t want to delay Guru Maharaj’s program and for his early rest, it was not informed widely. That Bengali devotee bowed down to Guru Maharaj for blessings and Guru Maharaj just put his left hand around that devotees neck and pulled him and hugged him. That devotee simply became overwhelmed with such a joy, which he didn’t expect. Then Guru Maharaj asked me, “How are you?” I said, “Only by your mercy!” “How are you?” He said, “I couldn’t do Caitanya Book. I attempted to do it a few times, but whenever we start some devotees get in, and it got distracted.” I said, “it is difficult while you are travelling and preaching, as devotees were waiting for years and years after; so we can’t say anything. We will make it up in Mayapur.” Guru Maharaj said, “Sure!” Then we got into the car, and Guru Maharaj showed his new mobile to me and he was trying to check what are the features that mobile has. Later he said, “Call Sridama Pr (TOVP Exhibit Manager)” So we connected him, and Guru Maharaj asked about exhibit updates, and Sridama Prabhu was in Vrindavan. He said, “I couldn’t bring my kids to Vrindavan. They’ve never been here. After seeing Little Krsna cartoon, they wanted to come to Vrindavan and play with Krishna.” Then Guru Maharaj replied, “Yes! I too desire the same.” Then Acintya Caitanya Pr was next to him so he also spoke with him for a few mins. Then we came to Nitai Charan Pr’s flat and Guru Maharaj got ready to take his dinner. I got the fortune to feed him. When he was half way through, he got too tired that he went sleep, while eating. And Shyama Madhusudan pr immediatly started to read one mail regarding exhibit – when Guru Maharaj heard that mail, his sleep was broken and started his dinner again. Then after completing his dinner prasadam, I got sometime to talk about Caitanya Book. I said, “In this speed if we go, we can’t complete the first volume in 2016, as per Vidvan pr, we may complete it in 2017 only. But Guru Maharaj said, ” No, I will give time, we will comeplete it in 2016.” Then Dwarakadish Pr (Dum Dum Center) came and explained about Damodara Program. Then one devotee entered the room and Guru Maharaj started to sing a song in French. “Que sera sera…” Means “what happened is happened. Whatever is going to happen will happen.” (Something like this). He was very fresh, clear and wonderful. Then Guru Maharaj took his medicines and did his Gayathri. After a while, suddenly he came out from his room, and checked with Maha Varaha Pr about who is going to pick up the devotees from airport. And then he came out into the hall and checked with the servants where they are sleeping, etc. Who can be like this? Such a care and extraordinary mercy. He was sleeping while eating his dinner, and almost his body had no more energy and super tired. But, before going to bed, he wanted to check where Dr. Acyutananda pr will stay, who is going to pick up the other servants from the airport, servants place for rest, prasadam, etc. I pray at his lotus feet for keeping me under his shelter.
Written by Shyama Rasika Dasa JPS Media

May all victory be there among the readers!

Message from Jayapataka Swami

Vijaya Dasami is the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. Ravana was the personification of lust and he had conquered the three worlds. He had a boon that he could not be killed by devas or daityas but since he was a raksasa, he would eat humans and animals so he didn’t bother getting a boon to protect himself from humans or animals…

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Book Marathon Message

Message from Jayapataka Swami

Yesterday we had a special ceremony to felicitate the Sankirtan parties and to encourage all the other devotees to join hands for the December book marathon in December. There was a special altar with all books of Srila Prabhupada’s. Bhagavat Gitas, Srimad Bhagavtam sets and Chaitanya Charitamrita sets. It was a wonderful sight…

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The Power of Prayers

The Power of Prayers

Guru Maharaj’s long standing secretary, Mahavaraha Das writes this for you. Read on. It was in the month of May this year, just 3 months ago that Guru Maharaj faced a very serious health crisis. As Guru Maharaj is back preaching here is an article written by HG Mahavaraha prabhu , underlying the importance of prayer and a series of events that went on in those difficult days.

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Prayers and willpower are an intrinsic part of the lives of aspiring spiritualists. They form the foundation and crux of the daily lives of individuals of all faiths, whether they be Christian, Muslim, Jewish or Hindu. In fact, the prayers and willpower of devotees are so enthusiastic and determined that we sometimes forget their true potential in our fights against maya. Regardless of our short remembrance, the prayers by sincere devotees establish a direct link with the Lord that, at the very least, convince Him to hear our pleas.

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Damodara Month – Pure Bliss

Published on 23rd November 2015

Kartika in Mayapur Dham is an experience that is truly special, full of bliss and melts the heart. Specifically during THIS month, I can always feel the strong waves of love and devotion emanating from everyone, creating an atmosphere of true happiness.

One day I was in the temple room, sitting directly in line with Radha Madhava, I began to repeat the line from the last verse of Damodarastakam, “Namoh radhikayai tvadiyai priyayai!” With each repetition the voices singing in the temple became louder and louder and higher and higher, the sound vibrations resonated within my heart. My hair began to stand on end and unexpectedly, one tear came to my eyes.

I was reminded of the descriptions in Caitanya Bhagavat of the ecstatic symptoms of the pure devotees and thought to myself, “There is NO way that this is real. I’M not a pure devotee.” But then I remembered a lecture given by HH Kadamba Kanana Swami. He was speaking about the glories of Mayapur Dham and the holy places. He said that if we just continue to stay, and just be there engaged in our sadhana, we can feed off the bhakti of the pure devotees who reside(ed) in those holy places. It is not our own, but we can feel theirs. He gave an example of borrowing a book for so long that in the end it just becomes yours.

We do not have to be pure devotees to feel sometimes even a tiny speck of transcendental love and devotion. We simply need to offer our sincerity.

Srila Narottam Das Thakura says “To visit holy places of pilgrimage is another bewilderment of the mind because devotional service to the Lord AT ANY PLACE is the last word in spiritual perfection.” So it is not that you can only feel this bliss in Mayapur, or Vrindavan.

Wherever you perform devotional service (offering a lamp), meditate on Krsna’s pastimes (Damodara Lila) and perform kirtan (Damodarastakam), Krsna, all His paraphernalia, associates, etc. are present.

I encourage each and every one of you to make the most of the last few days of Damodara month, imbibe the mood of the Holy Dham and bring people together to experience this bliss.

Written by Madhumayi Radha Devi Dasi

Read more updates on Damodar Month program on ISKCON Congregation website – the website for Congregational Development Ministry.


Travelling with Jayapataka Swami

Written by Nanda Priya Devi Dasi

After a wonderful Radhashtami festival and the 45th Sanyasi Anniversary celebration, HH Srila Jayapataka Swami is spending his days here at his home, Sri Mayapur Dham. Srila Jayapataka Swami is the longest standing sanyasi within ISKCON, in terms of the number of years and the second longest standing sanyasi in the entire Gaudiya line as of now.

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Revisiting Jayapataka Swami in ICU

Screams. Tears. Despair. Anxiety. Stress. Tension. Depression. These are some feelings that patients and loved ones share while in the midst of the ICU environment. One or two dead bodies are transported out of the ICU and past the waiting area practically on daily basis.
From the Diary of Maha Varaha Prabhu, long standing Personal Secretary of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami

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JPS App Version 2

JPS App Version 2
A mobile app to connect with His Holiness Jayapataka Swami.

This new update includes:
JPS Messages (Receive personal messages from Jayapataka Swami directly to your phone), JPS Diaries (Keep up with daily diaries of Jayapataka Swami), Daily Quotes, Teachings, Photos, Books, Schedule and supports multiple languages – English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, and Telugu, Gujarati and Russian

Jayapataka Swami Cares

A Secretary’s Notes from the Critical Care Units

As many of you may know, on the morning of May 10th, 2015, Guru Maharaja was found having severe breathing difficulties and was rushed from Mayapur to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital in Kolkata…

From the diary of Maha Varaha Prabhu– Guru Maharaja’s Travelling Secretary

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A mobile app to connect with His Holiness Jayapataka Swami. In this app you can read the latest message from Jayapataka Swami, his diaries and quotes. You can also read about his books, biography and teachings.



His Holiness Jayapataka Swami is famous worldwide as a travelling preacher.
In last 2 years he did


Places visited

Number of flights

Kilometres of road journey

JPS Office

The official website for JPS Office. Here you can download various initiation forms, philosophical test papers, questionnaires and checklists


Visitors from around the world cherish the dream of visiting Sri Mayapur dham in order to become invigorated with the unlimited mercy

JPS Archives

The Official Database of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami. You will find links to audio recordings of the classes as well as transcriptions.

ISKCON Congregation

The Ministry actively collaborates with ISKCON affiliates worldwide to facilitate the spiritual growth of individuals and communities according to the teachings of Srila Prabhupada

JPS Archives YouTube

The official YouTube channel of JPS Archives. Here you can watch most popular video uploads as well as playlists.

Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

Srila Prabhupada’s vision of a Vedic Planetarium, which would present the universe according to the Srimad Bhagavatam, the essence of all Vedic literature and Vedantic philosophy