Jayapataka Swami: Srila Prabhupada said, Like father like son! Srila Prabhupada had this vision and I am his spiritual son. I was always wanted to do something, that I do various things. And not just have to do one thing. So somehow in this Krsna consciousness movement, I have this opportunity. Like at present we are trying to develop a spiritual town in Mayapur. We are trying to build the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. And I thank all those who have helped here in Damodardesh. I personally am seeing the planetarium and the exhibits side. I am not a big expert but I bring all the experts together. And similarly I somehow got involved in various things like devotee care or outreach. I was sent in the 1980’s to America. That after becoming an Indian and I was in charge of south eastern USA. And they said because I could survive in India and Bangladesh, etc. they sent me to South America, which at that time was also a frontier. So we built a Vedic Temple in Lima, Peru. It has got Radha Krsna, Sita Rama Laksman Hanuman and Nitai Gaura Deities. And at that time I was a member of the BBT, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, International. I am still a member of the Indian Trust. Then Srila Prabhupada left his guru dakshina money that in case of some emergency, that we should worship the Deities in Vrndavana, Mayapur, Bombay and Hyderabad. That is called the MVT Trust. So Srila Prabhupada also made me a trustee of that. Then five days before his departure, he made a Trust called the Bhaktivedanta Charity Trust with three main objectives. One is to develop Navadvip dhama, one is to develop the Gaura Mandala Bhumi and one to unite the Disciplic Succession of Srila Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada. He made me the Lifetime Chairman. So like that I go on. So like that naturally I learnt how to speak Spanish and I learnt to do various things. I am not an expert in much of anything but I try to get the experts together!
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