Message From HG Gauranga Das

Dear Bhakti Charu Swami,

 

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada

 

It is still an unbelievable shock for me to know that I will not be able to associate with you the way I used to. I can visualize you walking so elegantly as if you are floating and this quality of effortless grace permeates every aspect of your personality. You are so dear to Srila Prabhupada that on the first meeting itself Srila Prabhupada gave you the mammoth seva of translating all his books into Bengali, a seva which you diligently and successfully completed as an offering to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada on his centennial year.

 

When the GBC college began in 2015, I sent you the PDF of a document that we had prepared called ‘Being Srila Prabhupadanugas’ which has thematic sections on leadership guidelines for ISKCON based on Srila Prabhupada’s quotes. We planned to share soft copy PDF’s only with the students at that time. When you read through the document you called me and insisted on printing this for all the participants. I said time is less and how will this happen. You said I will take care and within a week’s time you not only printed 200 hardbound copies of this book but also brought them with you for distributing to the college students. I had asked you on what made you print these and your response touched my heart. You said ‘The future of ISKCON leadership is very much dependant on how we understand Srila Prabhupada’s mood and instructions and by applying that we please him’

 

In the Ujjain Kumbha Mela 2016 I was assisting you in the prasadam distribution to the masses and you mentioned that apart from prasadam distribution we should have superexcellent preaching set up like the multimedia dome. I was taken aback as Kumbha Mela set up is quite austere and basic and how would a sophisticated set up like a multimedia dome be managed. You were quite confident that such a special effort of a high caliber preaching exhibit would make ISKCON’s camp famous in the entire Kumbha Mela Campus. And you actually made it happen and the multimedia dome in ISKCON camp was the talk of the entire Kumbha Mela. I admire your vision to spread Krishna Consciousness in amazing ways and have witnessed your rock-like determination to do so irrespective of challenges and obstacles.

 

I pray that I will be able to remember and apply the invaluable pearls of wisdom you have shared with me on the nuances of Krishna Consciousness and appreciations of Srila Prabhupada.

 

With a heart heavy with the grief of separation from you,

 

Aspiring to be a speck of dust at your lotus feet,

 

Your servant,

Gauranga Das