Departure of Radha Kunda Das and Suhotra Prabhu
By Bhakti Visrambha Madhava Swami
My dear Godbrothers, Please accept my prayerful obeisances at your Lotus Feet. All glories to srila Prabhupada who is lovingly embracing you both into the loving Vraja seva of the Lord.
Radha Kunda dasa, you were convinced that the world needed more Hari Katha as a nourishment for the souls woes, Suhotra das Tapovanacari, you worked hard to give that nourishment in the form of Srimad Bhagavatam in Bhaktivedanta Academy in Mayapura.
Radha Kumda das, you remained effulgent and blissful even though your material body was wasting before all of our eyes. I last saw you March 22nd when I gave you some items I prayerfully hoped would allow you to remain a little longer. I noted, “prabhu, you look like death warmed over, like you aged 20 years in the last 6 weeks” “really…others say that I’m even more brigher then I was before..” He replied…
thus you taught me as I tried in vain to offer you some service to prolong your stay here. Daivi sakti mataji rightly mentioned, ” why help him stay? Radha kunda has one leg in a samadhi let him go back to godhead, He’s in the right place under the right kind of Love, He’ll be happy, we however have to rot here for another 30-40 years” I’d like to add to her welll-wishes some of us in this world might end up staying longer, some a few births more…
Suhotra Prabhu,,,please accept my prayful thoughts, you used the elephant goad of your wit, when after seeing me for the first time in 15 years since you shaved me up in Denver Colorado May 28, 1973, in 1988 you joked with me on the railing of mayapura during the MIHE classes where you taught “teachings of Lord Caitanya” “OH you are still in this movement,”
(My mind jerked away,, how is that a way to love your god-brothers), yet you continued to purify with sarcasm..”oh well, it’s best you stayed you’d be useless in the material world”.. I was doubly set back, but As I reflected on your sour words, I realized you were 100& right.
I and all of Iskcon servants are not really meant for the material world, but Srila Prabhupada is forcing all of us to cleanse the mud of past and present conditioning so He may call us to Krsna Balarama’s loving service.
Suhotra and Radha Kunda you both emphasised the diligent chanting of the Holy names. Suhotra ..my prayer and I hope that with every bite of the “road mode (avocado) sandwiches I used to make for you in the van in June 1974 on our 3 day usa cross country drive from san Francisco to Atlanta to see Radha Damodara and Vishnujana swami..you will bless me from your service point to increase my own dependancy on the Holy name and Iskcons network of loving devotee servitors who increase the taste for the same…
now the increasing departure of all of Srila Prabhupada’s generals and foot soldiers shout out increasingly loud how we all have to leave a lasting legacy for the upcoming devotees in this mission..
Srila Tamal Krsna Maharaja once said, “before their departure we have to pray for them, but after their departure we have to pray to them”
that is a fitting way to remember each and every sweet soul that we were blest to know in Iskcon who enjoy the welcoming commitee party in Goloka, may by your grace we all get the taste for the Holy Names, Srimad Bhagavatam, Tulasi rani, and paramahamsa sadhu sanga incerasingly depend way so that we can too qualify to …see the same welcoming party,, until then Oh Godbrothers….push us on with the elephant goad of your sarcasm,,,,”Leave a legacy behind”.