Next in Line
Shambhu das: I first would like to offer my obeisances again and again unto my friend and godbrother, Sikhi Mahiti das prabhu and all the devotees at New Talavan sanga for helping to create a transcendental atmosphere for Srimam Ramakeli prabhu’s glorious departure from this world.
I never knew about Ramakeli prabhu’s condition, though we had just talked months earlier. We always made a point over the years to keep each other updated and to encourage, whether individually or collectively, our service to Srila Prabhupada’s mission, which was always simply just preach and distribute His transcendental books and Krishna prasadam, and Kirtan!!
He was so enthusiastic hearing about the book distribution network and thinking of ways to get some books for His program in New Orleans, and had a plan to have some shipped to Africa. Never once did He mention anything about His physical condition, but always encouraged to push on despite the difficulty that may be in our life, but don’t stop.
It’s not surprising, but every year/month/week/day I’m hearing information of my godbrothers and sisters leaving us. After considering the age and karmatic conditions of us all this will continue, and at a more rapid rate than in the past. Srila Prabhupada preached and said so many times to us, “Don’t think this will not happen to you.” It’s wonderful knowing that this Bhakti yoga knowledge is so profound and great and never sugar coats the Truth.
I just hope and pray I will be as fortunate to be prepared at the time of death, because there is no doubt we are Next in Line!
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and His great servant, Sriman Ramakeli das
Shambhu das ( ACBSP)