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Passing of yuga dharma

Monday, 18 February 2008 / Published in In Memoriam / 3,951 views

By Janaka Risi dasa

Dear Maharaja’s and assembled devotee’s, Dandavats!

A few days ago My dear brother Yuga Dharma Dasa ( ACBSP ) left this world. He was with his loving family and well wishers from the Three Rivers, Ca. devotee community. He had always remained loyal to Srila Prabhupada and at the very end of his life Prabhupada came for him as he took his last breath of life, with his family and friends at his bed side. They had been on a round the clock kirtan schedule providing the best Krsna Conscious atmosphere. At his last breath Yuga reached out to a picture of Srila Prabhupada with both his shaking hands and uttered Krsna from his weak voice. At that very moment with all the spiritual sounds of the holy name my dear brother who I grew up with and later gave him and his wife two books by Srila Prabhupada left this world. He and his wonderful wife Srisa right from the very start were those kind of people that take to Krsna consciousness so very quickly and see through Srila Prabhupada’s writing’s all the answers to life’s spiritual and material questions. He had a wonderful attitude and soon came to see Srila Prabhupada on his next visit to New Dwarka, LA, Ca. He and his wife were so overjoyed to see His Divine Grace and then made a commitment to follow him through his teachings. I saw in him a love for Srila Prabhupada that I personally admired. They took formal Hari Nama initiation From Srila Prabhupada in 1975. Through all the up’s and down’s that some of us have he always held on to Prabhupada’s lotus feet and the movement that he started. I remember him most as a really fired up kirtan man; he just loved to dance for Krsna. Also each year because of his liver cancer that he suffered with for the last 6 years he would ride on the Ratha Yatra cart in LA throwing flowers and prasadam at all the devotee’s below. He had such love. We shared many great Krsna Conscious times together and that is what I will remember about him always. Please join with me and with prayers and love remember his loving family and friends who will miss him. Jai Srila Prabhupada / Jai Yuga Dharma.

Your loving brother, Janaka Risi dasa.

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    Madhusudana ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    My first recollection of Yugadharma prabhu was around 1975 in Los Angeles when Srila Prabhupada was there. I noticed that he managed to always be right near Prabhupada during the lectures. I thought, “who is this guy, he’s just a new devotee, how does he get to be so close?” He knew where the nectar was.

    Yuga had a very strong, muscular body and could have a bit of a tough demeanor. But beneath that shell he had a soft, emotional, sweet side. I experienced that first hand as I got to know him during the last 5-6 years of his life here.

    We met in Vrindavan a few years ago and everyday he would relate to me, with great pleasure, his experience of being with the Deities on the altar for Mangal Arotik. He absolutely loved to be with the Deities. During that visit he took me under his wing because he knew his way around Vrindavan, and I felt protected by him. He took me to a wonderful spot in the Yamuna where we bathed in her silky waters. He knew where and when to get nice prasadam, or Mahaprasadam.

    As Janaka Rsi related, during any ecstatic kirtan Yuga could always be found in the middle—where the action was. He loved to dance. And during the LA Rathayatras we would always see him up on the cart there with the Deities that he had such genuine affection for.

    He often expressed his friendship and appreciation for me and I valued his in return. I feel benefited to have known him.

    Jai Yugadharma prabhu.

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    Madhusudana ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I loved Yugadharma because he was so loyal to Srila Prabhupada. He loved Prabhupada so much. He always treated me with respect and affection as his godsister. He was just so honest. “What you see is what you get.” Madhusudan and I had very sweet dealings with him and wonderful wife Srisa and family.

    We’ll miss him.

    Kanchanbala dd

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    Akruranatha ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Yesterday I had the good fortune to attend the beautiful memorial service at Srisa’s house in Three Rivers. Devotees came from far and wide, from the Bay Area and L.A., among other places, and although I did not count there must have been at least 50 or more devotees there.

    I really felt the presence of Yuga Dharma Prabhu and Srila Prabhupada while different devotees feeling spoke about Yuga Dharma’s life and qualities and what he meant to them.

    A very nice slide show of photographs of Yuga Dharma from his childhood in Brooklyn through his various phases of life with family and friends was shown. It was excellently presented with a good choice of both sacred and secular background music.

    Of course there were also nice kirtans and fabulous prasadam. Everyone took prasadam up to their necks, and I have to say, whoever made that rasa malai belongs in the hall of fame. :-)

    Some devotees gathered around by the river in back of the house to chant evening gayatri, and Vaisesika (who brought swimming trunks) actually took full bath, swimming around in the cold water.

    Yuga Dharma has such a nice family and a broad collection of friends and well-wishers. You can tell what an outgoing, strong personality he was just by seeing his many friends and hearing them speak about how he touched their lives.

    Now that so many of our godbrothers and godsisters have started passing away, it adds a new dimension to the life of Krishna consciousness that Srila Prabhupada gave us.

    When we were young we did not think much about funerals and memorial services (our parents sometimes dragged us to icky funerals where everyone was confused and uncomfortable). As people get older and all their friends and acquaintances start dying, they attend a lot more of them.

    We can appreciate that Srila Prabhupada taught us how to really do it right. I do not mean the proper Vedic rituals and things, but the association of beloved devotees who see life and death in relation to Krishna and who can really appreciate being together and glorifying a departed devotee. It is yet another of the many gifts Srila Prabhupada gave us.

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    Madhavananda Das (Orissa) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Yuga Dharma Prabhu’s passing. We need more Vaishnavas like him in this world. All glories to his wonderful service to Srila Prabhupada and his wonderful departure from this world!

    Amazing!

    Janaka Prabhu, Thanks for posting this. And by the way, I’m sorry that we didn’t connect last time. If you write to the managers of this site they can give you my email.

    Vaishnava kripa prarthi,
    Madhavananda Das

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    nrsimhananda ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dear Yuga Dharma das prabhu,
    Please accept my most fallen obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
    Your smile. I’ll miss your blissful countenance that proved the promise of joyful spiritual life – Krsna consciousness. You gave and bestowed hope for me and every devotee that came into contact with you. You had a heart of gold, and you always made me feel that I had special place in it. I never realized how much I adored you until you were gone.
    YS, Nrsimhananda das, ITV

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    banke ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is a re-posting from my Dasanudas yahoo 360 blog:
    “Today I would like to offer a short heart-felt good bye to a dear friend. Yuga Dharma das passed from this life a few days ago. Yuga Dharma prabhu was foremost in his life, a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and a wonderful representative of the Vaishnava (Hare Krishna) way of life. He had such a good and love filled heart, and had such a beautiful attachment to his spiritual master and to the loving service of the Supreme Lord, Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. Whenever I would see him we would share remembrances of the sweet, transcendental pastimes of Radha and Krishna together. In his last years he split his time between his place on the river in the California foothills and Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandira in Sri Vrindavana Dhama. He loved to perform pujari seva and Vaishnava seva; and I never knew him to get involved in petty things or Vaishnava aparad, giving love and honor to Vaishnavas wherever he found them. He was a very, very special and beautiful being. It was my privilege to have known him.”
    Our family’s loving best wishes to Yuga Prabhu’s family. Hare Krishna.

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