HH Gunagrahi Maharaja Cancer Fund

For: Gunagrahi Maharaja
Vrindavan, UP, India
Organizer: Yudhisthira Dasa
HH Gunagrahi Maharaja Cancer Fund (Gunagrahi Maharaja)
of $30,000 goal
34% Complete
Raised by 89 donors

The Story

Help is urgently needed to continue treating His Holiness Gunagrahi Maharaja’s aggressive stage-4 prostate cancer.

Funds are needed to continue his care. The medications currently keeping the cancer in check, cost $3400 each month.

Gunagrahi Maharaja joined ISKCON in 1969 and was initiated by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in 1971. He took Sannyasa initiation in 1983. For almost a half century, Maharaja has taught Krishna Consciousness, managed ISKCON projects and traveled tirelessly in the service of Srila Prabhupada.

Maharaja is presently staying in Vrndavana where he can remain immersed in the Holy Names. Special thanks to those of you who gave during our funding drive a couple years ago. Those funds have carried maharaja during this serious illness, but they are now depleted.

For 18 months, the cancer was somewhat suppressed by the palliative drug, Lupron. However, two months ago the drug stopped working, Maharaja's PSA numbers began rising and the pain level greatly increased. Two new medications, degarelix and enzalutamide were then introduced and thankfully, tests revealed the cancer has once again slowed down. This is a hopeful turn of events.

These new drugs are extremely expensive even in India, costing approximately $3400 per month. Funds are urgently needed to purchase these expensive medications, and to cover living expenses, doctors' expenses, radiation therapy, dietary needs, relieving supplements, pain medications, and pain management treatments.

Our goal is to raise $30,000, to assure Gunagrahi Maharaja optimum care and comfort in the coming months. Please take advantage of this opportunity to assist this remarkable, devoted general in Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental army.

Thank you very much.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 28, 2017


Posted on November 28, 2017

November 2017, Gunagrahi Maharaja Health Update

Gunagrahi Maharaja continues living in Vrndavana Dham and is absorbed in the kirtan and Krishna katha. He is in good spirits and is very grateful to all of you for your friendship, good wishes, contributions, and blessings. He is also extremely grateful to His Holiness Giriraja Maharaja for the generous use of his ashram in Vrndavana.

On November 18th Gunagrahi Maharaja had his scheduled blood test and the results were excellent. This indicates that both the allopathic and the ayurvedic medicines are having a very positive effect on his body, and for the time being, the cancer is not spreading. Because of these encouraging test results the oncologists and ayurvedic doctors both recommend he continue all treatments.

The allopathic, palliative medicine will eventually quit working. The hope is, by the time that happens, the ayurvedic medicine alone will have the potency to continue keeping the cancer from spreading.

Presently, Maharaja is feeling some pain and discomfort, but under normal circumstances, he does not have to use painkillers. He is unable to walk but can move short distances on crutches. Most importantly, by Krsna's mercy, he has sufficient energy to participate actively in the nightly kirtan programs, which he has hosted for the past year and a half. These enlivening kirtans, along with the love and concern of the devotees, sustains Maharaja’s enthusiasm and keeps his spirits lifted during this extremely challenging period of his life.

Maharaja's medical expenditures are challenging. His allopathic medicine is costly, at $1800 per month, which is currently the lowest price available worldwide. His other expenses, including prasadam, utilities, transportation, other medicines, Deity worship, and essential household items brings his monthly expenses to $3500.

Maharaja wishes to express his deep gratitude to all his disciples, friends, and well-wishers for their care and support throughout the last couple years. He always looks forward to seeing those who are able to visit him in Vrindavana and to thank them personally. If anyone would like to connect with Maharaja, he would love to hear from you through WhatsApp, at +91 95933 48119.

If you wish to contribute to Gunagrahi Maharaja’s ongoing medical needs, please use the following link: https://www.youcaring.com/GunagrahiMaharajaFund

Posted on October 15, 2017


Posted on October 15, 2017

Hare Krishna,

I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all those who have so kindly and generously donated to assist me.  Although this has been a very challenging period of my life, because of all the care, love, and concern of wellwishers like yourselves, the journey has been a most heartwarming and comforting one. I only wish I could meet you here in Vrindavana to thank you personally. If you do happen to come this way please let me know.

My warmest regards,

Gunagrahi das Goswami

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