By Bhaktisiddhanta das
Haribol Prabhu’s, I would like to inform the greater Vaisnava ISKCON world of the departure of Yuga Dharma ACBSP. Yuga left his body Thursday, February 14th at 1:21am at his home in Three Rivers, California. His departure was glorious, he opened one eye and looked at a photo of Srila Prabhupada sitting just near his head and raised his hands to embrace his spiritual master and uttered the holy names just before leaving. He was surrounded by his family and friends who had a roaring kirtan going at the time of his leaving this mortal world. He is survived by his wife Srisa, daughters Yasoda, Amrita, sons, Ananda Shakti, and Shyam das, and his brother Janaka Risi. Yuga dharma and his wife Srisa were initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1975 in Laguna Beach, California. He remained committed throughout his life to the mission of Srila Prabhupada, and was loved by many devotees. He also performed pujari work in ISKCON Sri Vrindaban dham, and received the mercy of Radha Syamasundara.
In the summer of 1974 I met Yuga in the wild jungles of Costa Rica; his first words to us were; ‘Alfonso and Maria I have to tell you I have a guru. His name is A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and here is one of his books its called The Nectar of Devotion. Read this it will change your life.’ Thank you Yuga so it did.
He and his wife gave us our first taste of prasadam and our lives were never the same again. Months later we joined in Miami and were flown to LA to work on the Caitanya Caritamrta. Later we were also initiated by Srila Prabhupada, my name changed from Alfonso to Bhaktisiddhanta das, and my wife became Vidya Devi dasi. We owe Yuga and his wife Srisa an eternal debt for bringing us to Krsna Consciousness; I thank you both sincerely from the bottom of my heart. Ys, Bhaktisiddhanta das, Vrindaban, India.