Srila Prabhupada Today
BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Aug 01, 2017 INDIA (SUN)
August 1, 1965 : New Delhi
Srila Prabhupada starts from Bori - Banrer for Calcutta by the Calcutta Mail via Nagpur to visit Mayapur before departing for the West. (Srila Prabhupada traveled to Mayapur to visit the samadhi of His spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati before he departed for America. He was making a momentous break with his previous life, going to an unknown and probably unwelcoming country.
Srila Prabhupada was also concerned that he might die far away from Vrindavana because for a Vaishnava to die in Vrindavana was the perfection of life. The Hindu tradition was that a sannyasi should not cross the ocean and go to the land of the mlecchas. But beyond all that was the desire of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati- to preach Krishna consciousness in the English speaking world and his desire, for Srila Prabhupada, was non-different from that of Lord Krishna's desire.)
Reference: The Jaladuta Diary, 1965, Journey to the U.S.A