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Gopiparanadhana Prabhu ACBSP left his body- updated 2 -pics from the cremation ceremony

Thursday, 15 September 2011 / Published in In Memoriam / 9,546 views

By Lokanath Swami

The auspicious funeral ceremony of His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu

Please click here to see pics from the cremation ceremony

Just now returned at 7:00 PM from the funeral ceremony of our beloved Godbrother Sriman Gopiparanadhana Prabhu at Govardhana. They bade his body at about 3:00 PM; offered bhoga and arati to him and with the kirtan procession carried his body on the Govardhana Parikrama marg, passed by Manasi Ganga, to the cremation place. Many local residents, especially in the first beginning stretch, were stepping out of their shop or home and offering their humble respect to him.

At the cremation place they laid down his body on cow dung patties, of course from the cows of Vraja. They put more patties on the side and the top until his body was fully covered. His teenage son was the first one to light the funeral fire. After that I also lit the fire and many others did this.

The cool and gentle breeze was flowing from the Kusum Sarovar’s side which was helping in fanning the fire. While kirtan was going on we started circumambulating the fire. Suddenly it started to rain gently, which was amazing and auspicious.

There were about 100 devotees, Prabhus and Matajis, in attendance. Several senior devotees were present, like Sruta Kirti Prabhu, Panca Gaura Prabhu, Kratu Prabhu, Radha Raman Swami, Janardana Prabhu, etc. Devotees traveled from nearby places, especially from New Delhi.

In the past Gopiparanadhana Prabhu had disclosed his will in person to his wife that his ashes to be put in Samadhi at the foothill of Govardhana, across the ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Ashram Govardhana project, next to Padmalochan Prabhu’s Puspa Samadhi.

Tomorrow morning, 16th September, at 8:00 AM his remembrance and glorification has been scheduled in Krishna Balarama temple in Vrindavan. Anyone who would like to share their memories/glories of Gopiparanadhana Prabhu could send it to my email account: lokanath.swami@pamho.net

Whatever will arrive by that time, we will share that with the assembled devotees.

There will be a feast in honor of Gopiparanadhana Prabhu. Gopal Krishna Maharaja has offered to sponsor the feast.

His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu Ki Jaya.

Your servant, Lokanath Swami

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By Srutakirti das

I received the most disturbing news that our Godbrother, Gopiparanadhana prabhu left his body a few hours ago here in Govardhan.

I’ve just returned from his house, which is next door to Iskcon Govardhan Mandir. I will give a short report here as told by his wife. He was seen early in the morning and was ‘fine’. One devotee was waiting for an hour to see him. When he finally got in his place he found him lying on the floor and probably been there for a few hours…..

His wife told me that he had just returned from the Polish festival and in two days he was going to China. Krsna arranged for him to leave his body here, at his home in Govardhan. She told me yesterday a black snake came up to the door and Gopi simply closed the door on it. She sees it as Krsna’s messenger. It certainly could have been an asthma attack but no analysis has been done yet as the police hadn’t yet arrived.

His body was almost straight on the floor of his room. He was lying on his back and would be in a dandavat position with his left side facing Govardhan Hill. I was his first Godbrother in the room and after a few minutes chanted Nrsingha prayers. Looking around his small room I saw the following on his desk. A framed picture with the following words:
“Do not hear from mouths of persons lacking proper conduct. If your conduct is below par you should not publicly preach about the Lord. Close the door and preach to yourself. Bhajan really begins when one’s outside and inside are the same.”

Also on his desk was a large copy of Upanisadbhasyam and two books in Chinese, at least one of them was a Chinese/English Dictionary.
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Gopiparanadhana dasa was a scholar of Sanskrit and a practising ISKCON devotee. Born in 1950 in New York City, he received his BA in linguistics from Columbia University in 1972 and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1973. Under Srila Prabhupada’s guidance, Gopiparanadhana developed an expertise in Sanskrit and served as an editor for the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT). After Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance Gopiparanadhana helped complete the Srimad Bhagavatam, Mukunda-mala-stotra and Narada-bhakti-sutra. He continues to translate Gaudiya-Vaishnava literature from Sanskrit, and he is also training editors and translators for the BBT. He has worked on the BBT production of Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrita. He lived in India with his wife, his son, and two cows.

6 comments

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    Patita Pavana ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    O He Vaishnava Thakur!

    I never met you and now I will not be able to behold you in your wondrous glory of serving Shrila Prabhupada always shining as you are with the fine intellect that Shri Krishna gifted you with. You were the shelter of ISKCON’s upcoming generation of intellectuals and brahmanas, a thoroughly devoted soul who only knew Shrila Prabhupada as your Loving Guide and Eternal Father. I always think of you as Shrila Prabhupada’s pure devotee, completely unmotivated by any sense of personal gratification, always eager to reject all sorts of personal benefits as a sacrifice at the Lotus Feet of Shri Govardhanadhari.

    By the Divine Arrangement of Shri Krishna I met your worthy and devoted son this very year and expressed to him that he send my dandavats to your lotus feet. So through the putra I have met the father. I know that in your tireless execution of bhakti you have left your blessings behind for us lowly souls whose only wish is follow you back to Home back to Godhead, the lovely fields of Vraja where you will associate with the Lord in the most intimate of ways.

    Your departure has created a flood of tears, but may those merge with the holy Yamuna and render us pure in the oblation of your divine memory.

    All glories to Shrila Gopiparanadhana das Prabhu, pure devotee of Shri Guru and Gauranga.

    I beg to become your humble servant.
    Patita Pavana das Adhikary

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    Shyamasundara Dasa ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dear Vaisnavas,

    Please accept my humble obeisance’s. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    I first met Gopiparanadhana Prabhu in 1979 in LA. We spent time together here in Bangalore from 1981-83 while he was working on the translation of the rest of the Bhagavatam. Over the years we had a nice friendship. He didn’t have a mean bone in his whole body and was incapable of offending any one; he had such humility and kindness in him.

    Ironically today my wife and I had lunch at a devotee friend’s house. We had recommended that they read the Brhad Bhagavatamrta translated by Gopiparanadhana. Srila Prabhupada had said that if you want to understand what real Bhakti yoga is you must read BB. Just by reciting from memory whatever we could remember of the BB our hosts were so moved that tears were coming down their cheeks because of the wonderful descriptions of Lord Krsna’s dealings with His devotees contained in that book. Especially moving was how Krsna said to Gopa Kumar after he returned back to godhead in Goloka: “I have been looking at that path every day and wondering when will you show your mercy onto Me and come back to Me, and now you have returned to Me.” Lord Krsna is so humble that He is waiting for us to show our “mercy” on Him. There was no dry eye in the room. So in this way for at least 1-2 hours we were glorifying the BB and Gopiparanadhana Prabhu for translating it. Just then I got the SMS message that Gopiparanadhana Prabhu had left his body and could not believe that the person who I had been glorifying had just died. All I can think is that now Lord Krsna’s wait for His dear friend Gopiparanadhana Prabhu to come back to Him is now over.

    Your humble servant
    Shyamasundara Dasa

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    DamanaKrishna9 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Great souls are leaving. This world is becoming empty. The degradation is increasing day by day and we devotees are getting confused about the real form of Bhakti. A great lost, who will guide us after the great souls depart.

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    srutakirtidas ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Here is a further update:
    It is 7:00 p.m. now in Govardhan. We just returned from bathing in Radhakunda after attending the cremation of Gopiparanadhan prabhu. It is wonderful that it was all able to happen on the same day, something that is difficult to happen in India for a foreigner in particular. Lokanatha Maharaja, Radha Raman Maharaja & Kratu prabhu arrived from Delhi in time for the ceremony.
    In the morning when the police arrived it was confirmed very quickly that his death was caused by an asthma attack. From the position of his body you could see that he was reaching for his inhaler and was unable to get to it in time.
    He had already completed his rounds for the day and worship of his Deities. Carnamrta was already prepared and by the altar. You can read my other posts on my wall on FB to get details I put on earlier along with many pictures of the cremation (funeral) ceremony.
    Please forgive me for any lack of protocol in my postings and for my many offenses . I am trying to get information to the devotees as quickly as I can as many want to know what is going on here.
    In the morning at 8:00 a.m. India time on Sept. 16 at Krishna Balarama Mandir there were be an offering of tributes. It can be seen on live feed at iskconvrindavan.com.

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    Srila Dasa ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    ISKCON’s consummate Sanskrit scholar and foremost translator. Humble and learned. A gentle giant. My dear godbrother. An irreplaceable loss. Very sad…

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    nrsimhananda ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Gopiparanadhan prabhu lived at the Pyramid House here in Topanga in 1980 working on translations. Ramesvara had moved him here out of the hectic pace of the city because Gopi liked the tranquility of the country/forest. He prospered in a peaceful atmosphere which he found in Goverdharn years later. He was like a lamp in a windless place – perfectly steady in his service. He spoke eloquently at our Sunday feasts, and he attracted many newcomers to become devotees. When he left here, we felt vacant in his absence though we understood that his service had called him away. Now we feel the same again only with much more intensity and finality. He remains an exemplary grhasta sadhu and has shown what was thought to be impossible for Westerners to achieve, to, indeed, be possible.

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