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Beloved Disciple, Husband, Father and Friend – His Grace Rasika-sekhara Prabhu

Thursday, 22 November 2012 / Published in Obituary / 2,284 views

Deepak Chandani: Dear Devotees

Please accept my respectful obesisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

“The most dear servant of Krishna” and “The Voice of ISV” His Grace Rasika-sekhara Prabhu (formerly known as Dr Raxit Jariwalla Prabhu) left his body on Monday, 19 Nov while fully immersed in performing numerous devotional services for the Lordships he use to perform. The devotees are all very shocked at this loss.

ISV celebrated Prabhu’s Birthday on Sunday and he came to offer ghee lamp to Lordship on Monday morning. He survived by Mother Sonal and college going 2 children Neil and Nisha.

We have received overwhelming support and emotions for His Grace Rasika-Sekhara Prabhu and His family and we quickly helped in putting a website to capture these emotions of love and separation felt by devotees

Kindly visit the below website and you can write your offerings for Prabhu on Glorification Wall
http://7thgoswami.com/rasikashekhar/

Please find mail sent by His Grace Vaisesika Prabhu in memory of Rasika-sekhar Prabhu

Govardhana Hill

My beloved disciple Rasika-sekhara Prabhu,

Bhadram te. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I went on parikrama around Govardhana Hill this morning and when I came back to the ashrama, I was brimming with happiness and singing out loud.

As soon as I arrived at my room, however, my dear godbrother Kesava Bharati Dasa Goswami hurried in to see me. Just by seeing his face I knew that something was terribly wrong.

He told me to sit down because he had some very heavy news.

When he told me that you had left your body, I sat for a long while with my eyes closed, chanting under my breath, remembering you, praying to Krsna that you attain the highest goal for your selfless service to Lord Caitanya’s sankirtana movement at ISV.

I first became aware of your deep devotion to the Lord many years ago when I got the news that you had insisted on keeping Srila Prabhupada’s books in your garage rather sending them to a storage locker. You and Sonal were determined to supply the sankirtana devotees with books from your home. The moment I heard this, I knew that I liked you.

Soon your home became known as Sankirtana Central, and devotees delighted in going there on weekends to pick up transcendental books. Your house had taken on a festive atmosphere.

From then on your service repertoire grew and grew as you eagerly accepted various duties in preaching and management. Whatever you did – preparing the offerings after the MSF (which you developed into an art), making announcements at the temple, or keeping super tidy accounts of ISV’s laxmi – you did in your own one-hundred-percent-dependable style.

Year after year I watched you intently listen to Krsna katha and study Srila Prabhupada’s books, steadily increasing your determination to surrender to Krsna.

And finally you did just that! Just a few months before your leaving this world, to the great delight of everyone, you accepted initiation vows and a spiritual name.

Rasika-sekhara, I am feeling your separation very intensely, and I always will.

My only solace on this saddest of days is that when you passed from this world you were up to your neck in service to Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan. You were fixed in devotion.

In the Gita, Krsna asks Arjuna to declare boldly to the world that He will always protect His devotee. And He also says that even a tiny drop of service never goes in vain.

Because of your faith in and surrender to Krsna, I have full confidence that He has made a very special arrangement for your service to continue.

You were a loving son, father, and husband, you had a successful career, and you had an abundance of friends who treasured you. But most important, you surrendered your soul to Krsna and did unforgettable service to Lord Caitanya’s sankirtana movement.

With eternal gratitude and affection,

Vaisesika Dasa

One Response to “Beloved Disciple, Husband, Father and Friend – His Grace Rasika-sekhara Prabhu”

  1. pustakrishna says :

    In the midst of the technological research capital of the world, there lived a man who was a seeker of the Truth. Not a blind follower of religiosity, Lord Chaitanya captured the heart ofRaxit Prabhu (Rasika Sekhara das). He was an affectionate father, a loving husband, and a mature Vaishnava whose kind leadership skills he offered to a young community of aspiring bhaktas. He caught the fever of book distribution from his spiritual guide, His Grace Vaisesika das, and facilitated this service amongst the community of several hundred devotees. As a genuine seeker, he is very, very dear to Krishna. His questions were always deep and sincere, and he was seeking Krishna….Who was also seeking him, to carry him to his spiritual home.
    He asked me once, ‘how can I help others take Krishna consciousness seriously?’ I replied that it is by your own example of dedication. He was, indeed, an example of dedication. Like a loving father, he was concerned about the success and struggles of his children. I advised him to simply encourage your children to place their best foot forward, and to leave the control of the greater environment to Krishna. He always tried to see things through Krishna consciousness. He did not accept things blindly, and his inquiries were of the most profound spiritual nature.
    He will be missed by the family which loved him, and they will carry his memory within their hearts and minds. He will be remembered as a friend by the Krishna conscious community of the Silicon Valley, for his kindness and maturity were an anchor for so many others. Krishna will surely supremely bless this soul in only the ways that Krishna can do. We have yet another friend on the other side now to remember with affection. Hare Krishna. Pusta Krishna das

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