HIS GRACE GOPINATH ACHARYA PRABHU.
It is with sadness that we learned of the passing of His Grace Gopinath Acharya Prabhu, disciple of the Founder Acharya of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada.
He passed away near ISKCON New Govardhana, NSW, Australia, Tuesday 7th of February 2017 at about 6PM. Gopinath Prabhu was an enthusiastic book distributor and later on cared for the cows. May he achieve the best possible destination. Subject to confirmation, heart failure is suspected. Funeral ceremonies will be held tomorrow Friday 1oth at ISKCON New Govardhana. Dated: Thursday, February 9th 2017.
“It is clearly stated that “This Paramätmä, Vishnu, is staying, hrid, hrid-deshe, in the heart.” Therefore heart is always palpitating. And the jivätmä is also there and……. Then when the jivätmä leaves this body, that is called heart failure. That is heart failure. Heart is palpitating, but as soon as the jivätmä goes, heart fails. And these materialist science, they cannot give any cause. They are giving, what is that, oxygen gas and every minute injecting to keep the palpitation of the heart, throbbing of the heart, continuous. But how they can do it? As soon as the living soul is depart from the heart there is no more palpitating. It is simply a lump of matter. That requires intelligence, that this matter is never the living soul.”760404SB.Vrn
HIS GRACE VENU GOPAL PRABHU.
We have just received this morning of February 13th 2018, confirmation of the demise of His Grace Venu Gopal Prabhu, another direct disciple of the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. After a long struggle with illness, death has caught up with him, as it will catch up with all of us. Death and taxes cannot be avoided. We remember Srila Prabhupada words about death. The cat catches the kitten in its mouth and the cat catches the rat as well. The former is an affectionate bite. The latter is a death bite. Similarly for those who have dedicated their lives to the service of God, Krishna, and have duly taken initiation in the Brahma Madhya Gaudiya Sampradaya, as did His Grace Venu Gopal Prabhu, death represents a promotion to the best of all worlds, the spiritual world, Vaikuntha, where there is no anxiety. In Vaikuntha everything is eternal, full of knowledge and bliss and everyone gladly accept Sri Krishna as the supreme predominator.
Venu Gopal Prabhu lived near ISKCON’s New Govardhana farm, New South Wales, Australia, with his family. He was an enthusiastic, smiling and friendly member of the Hare Krishna community, an effective orator and held the position of Minister for Cow Protection in the Australian Yatra. Our thoughts are with him and all those near and dear ones he left behind. May he bless us from his current privileged position. He has joined Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON in the spiritual world. All glories to Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of ISKCON, Institutor of the BBT and Founder of BTG magazine!
HIS GRACE RAVANARI PRABHU ( THE SERVANT OF THE ENNEMY OF RAVANA)
Hrimati Mataji: It is with a heavy heart to give the news that our dear godbrother Ravanari Das has left his body March 1, 2018, in Ottawa, Canada. He died of natural causes in a hospital.
Ravanari has lived in Mayapur, senior Brahmachari Ashram for several years. Born in Palestine, he was Srila Prabhupada’s first Muslim disciple. He joined the movement 1974 in Germany. Later on he preached to the Muslim community in the Middle East and India. He moved to Canada and, for 16 years, dedicated his life to translating Srila Prabhupada’s books in his native Arabic language. Ravanari suffered several small strokes, after which he moved to Mayapur.
My personal note: In the seventies, in what was then called “West Germany”, we were comrades in “Krishna Sankirtan Book Distribution combat” and based in Schloss Rettershof, literally the Court of the Savior, in Fishbach, near Koenigstein, where Srila Prabhupada lectured in 1974. This is in the Frankfurt am Main area. We would leave the Schloss every Monday of the week in our vans loaded with Srila Prabhupada’s books and return empty handed Friday evening or Saturday morning depending on distances. For the purpose of fund raising, we sometimes sold records such as Srila Prabhupada’s Krishna Meditation Album. Krishna Meditation Album was recorded at the Schloss in 1974. Srila Prabhupada comments:
“The songs which I have recorded there I have heard today on the record, and they are very nice, especially the “Prayers to the Six Goswamis.” It has come out very successful on the whole. I hope the German people will like the Bengali tunes. What is the report of how they are selling?” 741112let.Hansadutta
Saturday afternoon and evening, Hansaduta Prabhu would lead for several hours some of the most ecstatic kirtans ever. There were between 3 and 6 of us in each van, which represented our home for the week. Ravanari Prabhu was martially spirited, a Sankirtan team leader and an excellent book distributor himself. I shall always remember his distinctive, strong and peculiar way of chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, a bit like a low tone, controlled volume, roaring of a lion. I sometimes felt a little intimidated (from medieval Latin intimidat- ‘made timid’) in his strong presence. Due to his substantial service contribution to Lord Caitanya Sankirtan mission, he has attained the ultimate destination. All glories to Sriman Ravanari Prabhu!