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Posters announcing Prabhupada's arrival in South Africa

Riddha Dasa: Srila Prabhupada always intended to visit South Africa. Since the very beginning of the Hare Krishna movement in South Africa, seemingly insurmountable obstacles had blocked the path for his intended visit. The situation differed from that in the rest of the world because the whole country was politically isolated.

Nevertheless, by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada, I could feel his presence quite strongly, regardless of his physical absence. When we knew that Srila Prabhupada was finalising his travel arrangements, the devotees shifted into top gear. Vishnudatta prepared the artwork for the posters announcing his arrival. Plans were made to take Srila Prabhupada on tour in South Africa. Everyone was very excited. The finished posters were beautiful. In a photograph chosen by Pushta Krishna Swami, Prabhupada had the look of one deep in trance. He seemed to be completely absorbed in love of Krishna. 

Since there were no computer graphics in those days, Vishnudatta did the artwork manually using Letraset rub on typographic lettering, which was then sent for printing. However, as it turned out, Srila Prabhupada would not be setting foot on South African soil until several months later. 

Reference: Mission in the service of His Divine Grace - Riddha Dasa Adhikari