The Jaladuta Diary


Aug 13, USA (SUN) — This year marks the 40th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada coming to America aboard the Jaladuta. The journal that Srila Prabhupada kept during the voyage is a wonderful story, on so many levels. The Sun is pleased to present a serialized version of the Diary, with each entry on the day it was written - 40 years to the day.

We know you'll enjoy following Srila Prabhupada on this great transcendental epoch. Beginning today, the Jaladuta diary series will run daily through late September, with a 4-5 day break at the end of August during the time Srila Prabhupada became gravely ill. The Jaladuta diary also includes his two most famous poems.

Friday, August 13, 1965

"Today at 9 a.m. embarked on M.V. Jaladuta. Came with me Bhagwati, the Dwarwan of Scindia Sansir Mr. Sen Gupta, Mr. Ali and Vrindaban. The cabinet is quite comfortable. It is owner's residence and therefore the sitting room, the bedroom and the bath and privy all equipped with first class materials. Everything is nice in the 1st class compartment and thanks to Lord Sri Krishna for His enlightening Smti. Sumati Moraji for all these arrangements. I am quite comfortable.

The ship started at 1/30 p.m. very slowly from the dock and reached near Botanical Garden and stopped at mid-stream of the Ganges till 11 p.m. and then turned towards the front and started. It is quite steady. I cannot understand in my cabin if it is at all moving. I am so comfortable. The voyage was again stopped at 3/30 a.m. at Kalpi near Diamond Harbor & Ganokhali wideth and detained for about 8 hours. The delta of the Ganges quite wide with shallow water."


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