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by Dr Madhavananda das, Director of Bhaktivedanta Hospital...

Today mornings' Srila Jayapataka Maharaja is evidence of the power of prayers of all the devotees all over the world. By Srila Prabhupada’s and Krishna’s mercy Maharaja is completely conscious, recognizing everyone, trying to speak and chant (of course he can’t do that because of the tracheostomy tube) and moves all his limbs.  HH Bhakti Caru Maharaja, HH Kavicandra Maharaja, HH Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja were all reading from Caitanya Caritamrta and Maharaja could understand everything.

Maharaja wants to come out of the ventilator. His blood pressure and other parameters are stable. We are hoping that very soon he will be out of the ventilator as well but that remains unpredictable even at this moment.

Maharaja is also getting acupuncture. Yesterday the first sitting of acupuncture was done and it will continue as long as the hospital authorities allow us.

Please continue to pray very sincerely and enthusiastically.

# Posted by Aniruddha at 9/11/08; 6:04:31 PM to the News dept.
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Jayapataka Swami update, 09-11-08

Tough times in Bali...
Balinese survivors and relatives of victims were expected to gather this morning at the Kuta headquarters of a local Hare Krishna group to pray, sing and dance for peace.

"After their executions, we will pray together at the Bali bombing monument at 9am," Sayoga, the executive director of the National Integration Movement, told AAP last night.

He said the aim of the prayers was to cut the bonds of hatred and anger that had consumed the bombers.

"If someone is dead, it is only their body that is dead, their spirit lives on. So the bombers' spirits are still spreading hatred, anger and violence. Our prayers are to make this anger and hatred disappear," he said.

# Posted by Aniruddha at 9/11/08; 4:02:18 PM to the News dept.
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Healing in Bali

Report by Dr Madhavananda Das, Director of Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mumbai...

In the morning Maharaja's condition was the same as yesterday but fortunately by 12 pm, he moved all his four limbs and the intensivist was pleasantly surprised. Dr Goel, a general surgeon from USA, visited Maharaja and gave some suggestions to the doctors to help Maharaja come off the ventilator. Dr Yogeshcandra, an acupuncturist also did his therapy on Maharaj today.

Maharaja is still on the ventilator. Though improving, he remains to be critical. Please continue to pray intensely.

# Posted by Aniruddha at 9/11/08; 2:25:01 AM to the News dept.
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Jayapataka Swami update, 08-11-08

From Bhaktisiddhanta Swami...

Some progression is there with Guru Maharaja's external consciousness. While reading CC to him, Guru Maharaja was listening with open eyes, first looking straight ahead, then to the left where the speaker was, then he kept his sight on me. The nurse asked me to move away from his left side so she could do something with the tubes, so her and I changed positions. I went to the other side and the nurse said to Maharaja, "Don't worry, he has gone to the
other side." Although it was small movements, Guru Maharaja was looking around, searching (the swami had turned into a

The main doctor on the floor acknowledged that Guru Maharaja looks a lot better than before: in fact everyone agrees that he looks different than the auras surrounding the other patients.

Bhakti Caru Swami was present at this time and noted how he moved both his legs on command. Earlier he had moved both hands...he today has moved all four limbs.

Also during his check up he actually was able to grasp Sita Rama Laksmana Prabhu's hand and give it a slight squeeze.

This is a beginning...

# Posted by Aniruddha at 9/11/08; 2:22:26 AM to the News dept.
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Jayapataka Swami update, 08-11-08 11.00 am

From Bhakti Purusottama Swami...

At present Maharaja is showing less signs of consciousness and not responding to doctors orders. The doctors say this doesn't mean there's less hope, but it is difficult to give a prognosis of how long he will remain this way.

At present there is no treatment going on for the the brain haemorrhage. The doctors are simply trying to keep his blood pressure, blood sugar, and platelet count stable.

Now devotees are reading Srila Prabhupada books Maharaja throughout the day and night, 24 hours.

The doctors will observe Maharaja's condition for the next four days; after that time it will be reviewed and a decision made as to the next step.

We request everyone to continue with their intense prayers .

Thank you very much.

Your humble servant

Bhakti Purusottama Swami

# Posted by Aniruddha at 9/11/08; 2:17:33 AM to the News dept.
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Jayapataka Swami update, 07-11-08

from Ratnavali...

Bhaktisiddhanta Swami Maharaja visited Jayapataka Maharaja and he wrote the following note:

When I saw Guru Maharaja in the morning around 11am and again at 7:00 pm he was sleeping, some coughing clearing of mucus etc, and I was a little sad to not see so much of a continuation from the previous day, however in leaving the hospital one doctor alleviated my lamentations about the fact that Guru Maharaja’s external condition has been pretty much unchanged for the last 15 days. He said that there have been some cases where patients have even been in this state for 3 to 6 months or even up to a year and they suddenly snap out of it with no memory of the time involved and recover 100%.

Of course we are not insinuating that it will take a long time for GM to recover from this state but my point is that we should not be disheartened at the apparent slow progress and that we has crossed a point of no return.

The doctors are optimistic of a recovery.

Bhanu Swami has also indicated that astrologically after Nov 14 tithis is a period that GM should come out of his present condition.

# Posted by Aniruddha at 9/11/08; 2:12:01 AM to the News dept.
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Jayapataka Swami update, 06-11-08

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