01 Jan Farewel Mr. Amichand Rajbansi
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Farewell Speech By His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami
sent by His Grace Ramkinkar Dasa
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In the State Funeral of one of the most prominent South-Afria Indian politicians, Mr. Amichand Rabjbansi, which was held in the Chatsworth Packed Football stadium, Guru Maharaja delivered the above appreciation in front of all the state dignitaries, community leaders, champions of industry and assembled family members and well wishers :
“Now that you are free from the bondage of this mortal frame let your journey to the Lotus Feet of the Lord become most sublime and glorious.
When you were born in this world, everybody was laughing in delight but you were crying. But now, when you are departing, everyone is crying and you are
Your life has been most illustrious in a most wonderful way. You always stood by the deprived and fought for the right cause.
We, the members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, are extremely indebted to you for all that you have done for us.
It is due to you that today we have this beautiful temple of the Supreme Personality shining as a crest jewel of the City of Durban.
It is due to you that many of our leaders from different parts of the world who have come here and dedicated themselves in spreading the glories of the
Lord in this wonderful country.
I am personally indebted to you because when the Indian nationals were not officially allowed by the former apartheid government of South Africa,
to come to this country it is due to your intervention that I could come and get engaged in serving the Lord in this most wonderful part of the world.
We all are extremely indebted to you for everything you have done for us. Your life has been a shining example for all the sincere individuals to
Your departure from this world is clearly indicating the success of your existence here.
Today, all the illustrious leaders of the nation have assembled here. I heard that the State President is also coming to pay his tribute to you.
Now that you have become free from the bondage of your mortal frame please go forward fearlessly to the Lotus feet of the Lord and enter into his
For making your journey to be most sweet and sublime I would request everyone to offer a simple prayer which indicates, “Oh All Merciful Lord,
Oh All Attractive Supreme Personality, please allow Mr Rajbansi to get the shelter of Your Lotus Feet and become engaged in Your Loving Service.”
Guru Maharaj sang the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare for two minutes very sweetly and ended by saying, “Thank you.”
The Raj, The Bengal Tiger was fortunate to have the association of three Sanyasis for his final rites, His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami, His Holiness
Bhakti Vasudeva Swami and His Holiness Bhakti Chaitanya Swami.
The beautiful Sri Sri Radha-Radhanath Temple of Understanding in Durban hosted a one hour memorial service which was well attended. Thereafter the body was taken to the packed football stadium for a state funeral.
Happy New Year!
Originally sent by Ramkinkar Prabhu with additional notes by His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami.