By Sunanda das
In almost every ISKCON temple and center worldwide, a large or small murti of ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada can be found. The murti is worshiped daily no different from any deity of the Lord, and Srila Prabhupada is thus considered to be personally present to accept our service and bless his devotees and followers.
What many devotees don’t know is, who made most of these marvelous, lifelike deities of Srila Prabhupada that look so real and inspire us daily? The answer is His Grace Sriman Locana das, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada who has been making these murtis since even prior to Prabhupada’s disappearance in 1977. Srila Prabhupada himself was highly pleased when he saw his own murti, the first of its kind, made by Locana for the FATE Museum in Los Angeles. This unique murti depicting Srila Prabhupada sitting and writing at his Vrindaban Radha Damodar temple desk has a head that moves up and down.
And shortly, commemorating Srila Prabhupada’s 125th Appearance Anniversary Year, the TOVP will be unveiling his magnum opus, greatest achievement, in the form of a one-of-a-kind, worship-pose murti of Srila Prabhupada. This murti will sit before his beloved Sri Sri Radha Madhava and Pancha Tattva with eternally folded hands, personifying his statement, “Mayapur is my place of worship”.
Recently, after a biopsy, it was discovered that Locan Prabhu has prostate cancer. A small GoFundMe fundraiser helped him raise $10,000 for a unique and highly effective natural treatment to avoid chemotherapy and other protocols with dangerous side effects. However, another report from a prostate cancer specialist in Germany arranged by His Holiness Bir Krishna Goswami revealed a more serious threat from the cancer, and the necessity for laser treatment as soon as possible to destroy the cancer.