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Ravanari Das ACBSP left his body

Sunday, 11 March 2018 / Published in Obituary / 1,814 views


Hrimati Mataji: It is with a heavy heart to give the news that our dear godbrother Ravanari Das has left his body March 1, 2018, in Ottawa, Canada. He died of natural causes in a hospital.
Ravanari has lived in Mayapur, senior Brahmachari Ashram for several years. Born in Palestine, he was Srila Prabhupada’s first Muslim disciple. He joined the movement 1974 in Germany. Later on he preached to the Muslim community in the Middle East and India. He moved to Canada and, for 16 years, dedicated his life to translating Srila Prabhupada’s books in his native Arabic language. Ravanari suffered several small strokes, after which he moved to Mayapur.

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One Response to “Ravanari Das ACBSP left his body”

  1. yadavendra das says :

    In the seventies, in what was then called “West Germany”, we were comrades in “Krishna Sankirtan Book Distribution combat” and based in Schloss Rettershof, literally the Court of the Savior, in Fishbach, near Koenigstein, where Srila Prabhupada lectured in 1974. This is in the Frankfurt area. We would leave the Schloss every Monday of the week in our vans loaded with Srila Prabhupada’s books and return empty handed-or almost empty handed- Friday evening or Saturday morning depending on distances. For the purpose of fund raising, we sometimes sold records such as Srila Prabhupada’s Krishna Meditation Album. Krishna Meditation Album was recorded at the Schloss in 1974. Srila Prabhupada comments:

    "The songs which I have recorded there I have heard today on the record, and they are very nice, especially the "Prayers to the Six Goswamis.'' It has come out very successful on the whole. I hope the German people will like the Bengali tunes. What is the report of how they are selling?" 741112Let.Hansadutta

    Saturday afternoon and evening, Hansuduta Prabhu would lead for several hours some of the most ecstatic kirtans ever. There were between 3 and 6 of us in each van, which represented our home for the week. Ravanari Prabhu was martially spirited, a Sankirtan team leader and an excellent book distributor himself. I shall always remember his distinctive, strong and peculiar way of chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, a bit like a low tone, controlled volume, roaring of a lion. I sometimes felt a little intimidated (from medieval Latin intimidat- ‘made timid’) in his strong presence. Due to his substantial service contribution to Lord Caitanya Sankirtan mission, he has attained the ultimate destination. All glories to Sriman Ravanari Prabhu!
    by Yadavendra Das Vanacari, (ACBSP) Brisbane, Australia.

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