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Janakinath (ACBSP) Has Left Us

Tuesday, 18 March 2008 / Published in Message Board, Obituary / 3,978 views

Varnadi das: Hare Krishna,

Please accept my obeisance. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It is with sadness in my heart that I am informing the worldwide vaishnava community that Janakinath (Joseph Streb), a disciple of Srila Prabhupada living in Alachua, has left his body last Saturday in a hospital in Orlando from complications of liver disease.

His passing came suddenly and I want to ask all of you to kindly extend your prayers and blessings to this humble soul, as well as to his surviving spouse, Vrindavan dd.

Since this only happened recently, details about Janakinath’s life and passing are to follow at a later time.

Y. s. Varnadi das


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    bhakta_dasa ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dear Prabhus,

    Please accept my humble obeisances. All glory to Srila Prabhupada!

    It has been many years since I heard the name of Janakinath Prabhu. He was one of the wonderful brahmacaris in San Franciso in 1974 when I was asked to serve as TP. Jayananda Prabhu loved him deeply, as did I. Janakinatha always had some health problems, and had a difficult time getting up for Mangala Aratik. I remember going personally to his sleeping bag some mornings and ring a big bell beside him to get him out of bed! He would ultimately arrive for aratik.

    Jayananda always remarked on how enthusiastic Janakinath is in the kirtan.

    I am happy he was living in the devotee community. He made the best use of the bad bargain! My prayers and best wishes for those he has left behind.

    Your humble servant,

    Bhakta dasa

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    Varnadi das says:

    Dear prabhu,

    Srila Prabhupada has initiated at least 2 known disciples with the name Janakinatha, one in 1973 in LA and one in Miami in 1974. The latter is the one referred to in this announcement. He was born in Rochester, NY, and joined at the Coconut Grove temple in Miami, FL. He spent some time with the Radha Damodar TSKP and preached extensively throughout Africa and India with Navayogendra Swami. From the mid to late 80s he and his wife served in Chicago and San Francisco. They came to Alachua around 2004.

    Y.s. Varnadi das

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    nicole ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I, Nicole (Nikki), Daughter of Janakinatha, would humbly like to thank all of those who made my Father’s spirtiual passing a blessed and beautiful event. To many I am not known, and the graciousness I, and my son Jordan (Janakinath’s grandson) were shown will forever be close to us. Thank You for allowing us to be involved in my Father’s final wishes, to pay our respects, and to help his wife, Vrindavan through this sad but joyful time. Bless you all. (Hare Krishna)

    Thankfully Yours,
    Nikki, Daughter of Janakinath

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    Varnadi das ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is an update about Janakinatha, who recently passed away.

    Y. s. Varnadi

    Janakinatha was born and raised Rochester, NY, as Joseph Streb. In 1973, at age 19, he joined ISKCON at the Coconut Grove temple in Miami, FL. In the following two years he received first and second initiation from A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

    After some time with the Radha-Damodar traveling sankirtan party, Janakinatha took the opportunity to expand Srila Prabhupada’s teachings in Africa. There, he met H. H. Navayogendra Swami, with whom he preached extensively throughout both Africa and India.

    Janakinatha returned to the US in 1980 and took up service in Chicago. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Vrindavan dd, at a preaching program in Madison, WS. They got married three months later and lived in Chicago until 1986, after which they visited India for 6 months. After their return they served in San Francisco and California for several years, and ultimately ended up in Alachua.

    During his householder life Janakinatha was a successful sales manager for several companies. Beyond that, however, he was a very sober, thoughtful, and deeply spiritual person who saw Krishna in everything – yet also always managed to mix in his great sense of humor. Over the last couple of years he was very involved in the NRR community, helping to organize festivals, manning the information booth, and training the youth in fundraising. Janakinatha was an emblem of selflessness, always ready to volunteer to do the needful, and a great source of inspiration for those who knew him.

    Janakinatha passed away in the early morning of March 15 in Orlando from complications of Hepatitis C. The cremation ceremony took place on Wednesday the
    19th and was attended by his wife Vrindavan, his daughter Nicole and grandson Jordan, and close friends from the New Ramanreti community. A memorial service was held on the 26th at the Alachua temple.

    yasman nodvijate loko lokan nodvijate ca yaù |
    harsamarsa-bhayodvegair mukto yah sa ca me priyah || 12.15

    ya idam paramam guhyam mad-bhaktesv abhidhasyati |
    bhaktim mayi param krtva mam evaisyaty asamsayah || 18.68

    na ca tasman manusyesu kascin me priya-krttamah |
    bhavita na ca me tasmad anyah priyataro bhuvi || 18.69

    “He for whom no one is put into difficulty and who is not disturbed by anyone, who is equipoised in happiness and distress, fear and anxiety, is very dear to Me.”

    “For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me.”

    “There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.”

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