By Nartaka Dasi
We need to inform you that our godbrother and great Vaishnava sankirtan devotee, Siddha Vidya das, left his body Monday, March 11, 4:58 PM, in Miami, Florida, in the presence of many devotees and well wishers, among those included were his godbrothers Dharma Prabhu, Visal Prabhu, Jayadhvaja Prabhu and god nephews and nieces. He was a most dear servant of Sri Sri Radha Vraja Bihari at ISKCON Miami, having gone out on harinam sankirtan and book distribution every day for the last 30 years there, and for ten years at other temples before that. His Holiness Kavichandra Swami wrote that:
âSiddha Vidya Prabhu was a panhandling hippie in Austin Texas. HH Vishnujana Swami would give him prasad when he passed him. In that way Visnujana Swami captured him for public chanting, and Siddha Vidya never slowed down.â
He had been two weeks in grave health at Baptist Hospital in Miami, Florida. He was diagnosed with Parkinsonâs Disease about 5 or 6 years ago. He took a fall during last Halloween Harinam in South Beach and cracked a bone in his back. Still he would go out every day to the morning program and harinam, you could not keep him down! Recently they found he had pneumonia and water in his lungs. Ten days ago he had an operation to remove an aneurism from his head. ISKCON Miami co-GBC Malati devi wrote: âSiddhavidya is a rare soul. His body seems to have completed its service for this life, paving the way for his soul to return to Godhead. I am sure Their Lordships are most pleased with him since he never turned his back on Them and always endeavored to serve Them at in all different situations.â
Siddha Vidya Prabhu was a disciple of the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He joined ISKCON in 1971 and spent some time at the temples in Texas. About 30 years ago in the early 80âs he arrived at ISKCON Miami and never left. He dedicated his life and soul to Harinam Sankirtan, glorifying the Lord through the chanting of His holy names on the streets so all conditioned souls may hear and benefit. Siddha Vidya Prabhu went out on Harinam every day in Miami for the last 30 years, either to South Beach, downtown Miami, or Coconut Grove. He also distributed Prabhupadaâs books every day.
Siddha Vidya is famous for never missing a temple program: he was always there starting with mangala-arotika every single morning at 4:30 AM. Then Tulasi Puja, japa, Guru Puja & the Srimad Bhagavatam class. Also the evening program. His presence will be greatly missed.
Sid Prabhu is survived by his sister, his wife, Krishna Seva devi and one son, Damodara.
Gaurasundara das (from Guadalupe in the Caribbean) was staying at the hospital with Siddha Vidya to help him, in the mornings singing mangal arotika, Tulasi, Nrsimha dev prayers, Guru Puja, then reading to him from the Bhagavatam.
HH Jayapataka Swami wrote: âPlease accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I heard the announcement after Mangala arati in Mayapur. I am praying for his eternal soul. He was certainly wonderful devotee very much committed to Harinam.â
Malati devi wrote: âPrayers on his behalf were requested of the entire congregation of devotees after mangala arati, which means several hundred devotees in Sridham Mayapur.â
Siddhavidya Prabhu Ki Jay!
A rare soul-dier in Srila Prabhupada’s and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s front lines; most of the time, he is a one-man army. Harinam army, that is.
Vyavasayatmika harinam buddhi ekeha siddhavidya prabhu.
All glories to him and his staunch, one-pointed dedication to the propagation of the Holy Names.
HH Prahladananda Swami wrote: âAll glories to Siddhavidya prabhu. He is one of the most dedicated devotees to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission and movement. From the day he joined ISKCON he has been a faithful servant of Srila Prabhupada. I hope that Srila Prabhupada and Lord Sri Krishna give him all material and spiritual protection.â
HH Bhaktivaibhava Swami wrote on 3/5/13: âWe will definitely pray for Siddha Vidya prabhu’s health. Kindly keep us informed.â
Sunil Teotia wrote: âI am praying for him. I saw him when I was in Miami and took him home. He is beautiful and Krishna is with him.â
Narayani devi Bradman wrote on 3/1/13: âDevotional service has no boundaries. Yes, we are waiting for Sid to return to his preaching service in the streets of Coconut Grove but in the meantime his presence in Baptist hospital has turned into a preaching engagement for all of us. As I sat in Sidâs hospital room last night, listening to a lecture by Srila Prabhupada, and looking up in the ceiling at the pictures of Srila Prabhupada and Krsna , one of the nurses walked in and stopped to look at the âaltarâ the devotees have set up there. There is a very nice murti of Srila Prabhupada (about 12 inches tall), a cute little figurine of âthat little blue boyâ, many pictures of Radha and Krsna, and Lord Nrsimha. I went over to explain the altar to her and she said: âMy husband is from Trinidad, so I recognize the pictures of Radha and Krsna.â She wanted to know more about Srila Prabhupada and asked if that was him speaking. She also asked what the patient prefers to be called, I told her not Steve, but Sid, so every time she came in to touch Sid she started her explanation with: âSid, now I have to take your temperature, Sid, I need to turn you over now.â So while I was there to watch over Sid, I also got the chance to preach a little. In came another nurse and we had a long talk about our philosophy. Our talk went on so long that another nurse came in and asked if the nurse and I knew each other personally. Sidâs devotional service has no boundaries- performing Harinam on the streets of Miami or setting up a temple room in Baptist Hospital. Of course we look forward to him leaving Baptist Hospital and coming home to the temple.â âHare Krsna Nartaka, Just wanted to give you a quick update on Sid. He looked better last night. He was awake for a short time. I read him the article you wrote and he cried.â 3/4/13, Narayani
Prasanna Ceta Prabhu wrote:
âPlease pray to Krishna so that He gives shelter and continues to engage Siddha Didya Prabhu in spreading the Holy Name as he has done for the past 40 years. He will be greatly miss by the whole congregation and the festivals will not be the same without his presence.â
Dasarha Das and Arcana Devi dasi wrote on 3/5/13:
âThough we live in North Carolina, we visit the Miami temple with our daughter Prema when we are there. We know what a sincere devotee Siddha Vidya Prabhu is. Our prayers at the Lotus Feet of Lord Sri Krishna to heal him and to speed up his recovery so that we can attend the arati with him leading the kirtan again. Please pass our most sincere wishes to him.â
If anyone has anything they would like to say about Siddha Vidya Prabhu, anecdotes, stories, or anything, kindly email to me as I am compiling a eulogy in the next few days. My email is email@example.com. Thank you all for your kind prayers for this wonderful Vaishnava devotee of the Lord, Siddha Vidya Prabhu.
Lilakara das: Hare Krishna Prabhus
PAMHO.AGTSP.It is with the utmost complete sadeness that I mention the passing away of SiddhaViddya Prabhu,yesterday at 4:58pm.
Certainly,he is the personification of Harinam.
Please let us keep him forever in our memories.
P.S. Here is a link to the Halloween Miami Harinam 2011: