Radhanatha das update
By Srutadeva das
Our dear friend and Godbrother Radhanatha prabhu is in serious condition. He is being kept alive by a respirator and his kidneys are also failing. He has expressed his desire not to continue in this condition. So tonight (24-10-07) the San Diego devotees will be going to his bedside to have kirtan and the life support machines will be unplugged. We humbly request all devotees around the world to chant the Holy Names on his behalf tonight starting at 8pm, California USA time. All glories to the Vaishnava devotees of the Lord! All glories to Sriman Radhanatha Prabhu! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Hare Krishna.
Kavicandra Swami: I feel obliged to write something of the glories of my dear Godbrother, HG Radhanatha das (Mullen).
Feeling frustrated that the temple he was in could not get him out on book distribution he joined my Radha Damodara Party in 1976. At that time we were stationed in Lousiville Kentucky. He had already become crippled and was determined to go for book distribution.
I tried to preach to him that he need not worry and that it may be Krsna’s will that he could not go out. He adamantly refused to accept that. He got a wheel chair and convinced many super markets to let him park in the entry ways. He would say “I am a Crip” and I need to collect money to go to Mayapura. Somehow we were able to drive him out daily.
He was one ot the biggest collectors on the party for a few years. Although his condition was always deteriorating he never once complained or felt sorry for himself. He never stopped going out to distribute. He would comment that before joining that he was a “big demon” who ate huge amounts of meat and sold a lot of drugs. He tried many treatments, and no matter what he did, things just got worse. Each new doctor would tell him that the previous one was completely wrong.
Many times he was on the verge of death with the doctors giving up hope, but he would somehow bounce back. Through all that that he made a “KRSNA KIDS” newsletter and always managed to support himself. He would sell flowers and give books. He dabbled in real estate and made profits. He would come for mangal artika, even when he lived 30 miles from the temple.
Even with his legs paralyzed and riding in a wheel chair bed, he was always ready with a big smile to preach to whomever he met. He always felt the KRSNA was especially kind to him. Now with his legs amputated and dying in the IC unit, he is still blissful.
I feel greatly honored that I was blessed with his association and I hope that someday I can quit worrying about my own comforts and set out to preach.