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Remembering Hansadutta Prabhu

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 / Published in In Memoriam / 1,085 views

By Lokanath Swami

In 1976 Hansadutta Swami had come to India with two German busses filled with mostly German and European devotees. I was a new sannyasi and Srila Prabhupada arranged for me to join Hansadutta Swami’s World Travelling Sankirtana Party.

We traveled together all over North India for nearly 5 months holding festivals, performing street Sankirtana and distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books. Srila Prabhupada was very pleased. We developed a strong bond of friendship and we became buddies. He was one of my favorite kirtaneers. Then we were together again during Srila Prabhupada’s final days in Vrndavana taking turns to sing for Srila Prabhupada. Amongst others, Hansadutta and I were in favor of and were preparing for Srila Prabhupada’s pilgrimage on a bullock cart to Govardhan.

Later on I still maintained my friendship with Hansadutta Prabhu, and yesterday when I heard the news of his departure the fond memories flooded back and stirred up emotions in me and I could not resist crying. I will miss him dearly.

May Srila Prabhupada forgive him and engage him eternally in the service of his Sankirtana movement.

Your servant,
Lokanath Swami

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One Response to “Remembering Hansadutta Prabhu”

  1. TSwami says :

    Thank you Lokanath Maharaja for remembering our Godbrother Hansadutta Prabhu. He was certainly an inspiration for me also and I relished his kirtans. For the last hour I have been watching his memories of Srila Prabhupada right here on Dandavats. I recommend everyone to check them out as he had so much intimate association with our Founder Acaraya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada and his memories are very sweet and instructive.
    Sincerely Trivikrama Swami

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