From ISKCON Philadelphia
Please settle for our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
We remorse to tell you that our pricey buddy and longtime congregational member, His Grace Caitanya Jivan Prabhu, a disciple of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, has departed from this world on January 30, 2022. He leaves behind his spouse, Jaya Sita devi dasi.
Caitanya Jivan Das (far proper) with Srila Prabhupada- Harinam
Caitanya Jivan Prabhu joined ISKCON within the early 1970’s after attending the San Francisco Ratha Yatra Festival. This competition impressed him to later function the Chairman of our ISKCON Philadelphia Ratha Yatra Festival for a few years. He performed a key position in reviving the Ratha Yatra festivals in Philadelphia. In addition, he organized the Ratha Yatra festivals for years in ISKCON Puerto Rico.
Caitanya Jivan Prabhu first moved into the ashram within the ISKCON Detroit Temple and later relocated to ISKCON Miami. He finally traveled to Kolkata, India the place he distributed prasadam (sanctified meals) to the needy folks within the metropolis. He later served on the Goshala (Cow Protection Project) in Mayapur, India. Later he studied yoga in Japan and have become an professional instructor of yoga for many years. In the late 1990’s, he got here to ISKCON Philadelphia to serve Srila Prabhupada and our congregation. At that point he additionally opened up his personal yoga studio in Downtown Philadelphia. Caitanya Jivan Prabhu mirrored that he taught roughly 20,000 yoga college students in his lifetime.
In addition, our beloved Caitanya Jivan Prabhu was a really beneficiant Vaishnava. After promoting his yoga studio, he very kindly gave many substantial donations that helped ISKCON initiatives domestically and around the globe. He paid all the mortgage for ISKCON Puerto Rico and was the most important donor for our International Vaishnavas CARE venture which serves the sick and dying devotees worldwide. He additionally generously donated to the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India.
His Grace Caitanya Jivan Prabhu’s contributions to Srila Prabhupada’s Krsna consciousness motion can’t be in contrast. He gave his complete life in service to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. He was exemplary in numerous methods.
His soul’s departure was very auspicious. He handed in a peaceable ambiance surrounded by Srila Prabhupada’s chanting, devotees performing kirtan, different sacred objects, and delightful footage of Lord Krishna and Srila Prabhupada.. He was acutely aware and brave until the top and he needed us to rejoice his soul’s departure.
Please pray for his swift journey again Home, again to Godhead the place he can be reunited together with his beloved Spiritual Master and Their Lordships Krsna and Balarama, which was his coronary heart’s need.
Caitanya Jivan and Yoga
Caitanya Jivan Das Teaching at Hot Yoga Philadelphia
Caitanya Jivan Das (Joel Pier) was well-known within the yoga group. A yoga practitioner for over 35 years, he spent years all around the world strengthening his follow by finding out completely different types of yoga and martial arts in India and Asia. A naturally gifted yoga teacher, “Jivan” had earned a fame as top-of-the-line lecturers within the Philadelphia space. Caitanya Jivan Das was quoted many occasions saying; “I like yoga and yoga loves me”. Caitanya Jivan Das graduated from one of many first intensive Bikram’s yoga instructor coaching applications provided by Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury, founding father of Bikram’s Yoga College of India. As an authorized instructor of Bikram’s yoga, he determined to passionately pursue his dream of teaching college students in some great benefits of Bikram’s yoga and within the implicitly philosophical facets of the train. In 1999, he opened the primary hot yoga school in Philadelphia.
In an interview, when Caitanya Jivan was requested what he envisions for the way forward for our yoga group, he merely acknowledged that he hopes, “bhakti yoga and kirtan will rise to the top.”