By Bhanu Swami
There is no question of honoring any devotee of Krishna since such a devotee is very rare.
However, if the devotee exhibits the qualities mentioned in Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrta, how much more we must honor that devotee.
HH Bhakti Charu Swami was known by all who met him as the most gentle, humble, compassionate and learned devotee. Everyone valued his association. Thus, in his absence there will feelings of great loss for everyone.
But for his disciples there will be extreme feelings of vacancy, because of their relationship to him as his dependent, like the feelings of a child on the loss of his parent. Since this relationship is spiritual, the loss is felt even more intense. However, as devotees we also have a special vision, explained in Bhagavad Gita and by Srila Prabhupada. The devotee has no death, no departure. He is the eternal servant of Krishna.
Thus, Bhakti Charu Swami serves joyfully wherever Krishna places him. For us who are still living, and especially for his disciples, there are feelings of intense loss and separation. But by spiritual vision we can see him as still living. This is accomplished by continuing service to him, by trying to remember and follow his dearest instructions. I am sure that if disciples follow this principle, they will live with him and continue to be inspired by him. Srila Prabhupada, by remembering and following the order of his spiritual master, was able to accomplish the impossible. I am sure that all of Bhakti Charu Swami’s disciples, following this path, will be able to accomplish the greatest tasks for the pleasure of Sri Krishna.
May this be some compensation for the loss of his physical presence.