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Glorifications of H.G. Gopiparanadhana Prabhu

Saturday, 17 September 2011 / Published in In Memoriam / 4,381 views

Submitted by Lokanath Swami

From: Kavicandra Swami (GBC Japan)

Date: 15-Sep-11 14:36 -0400 (21:36 +0300)

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Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

What can I say about such a transcendental personality? He was surely one of the most advanced devotees. Although a great scholar he was sublimely humble and presented our vaisnava siddhanta in clear and simple ways that anyone could understand.

He traveled widely to share his realizations received from his Sanskrit scholarship. By his grace we have Brhad Bhagavatamrta.

Gopi paranadhana Prabhu ki jay.

He asked me if his son could travel with me. Now I hope that can be arranged.

Your Servant,

krsne matir astu

Kavicandra Swami

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From: Internet: “BV Madhava Swami”

Date: 15-Sep-11 14:07 -0400 (22:07 +0400)

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SrI SrI Guru Gaurangau Jayatah

DaNDavats Dear lokanath.swami

Jaya Krishna BalarAma! Jaya TulasIrANI!

Please accept my respectful obeisances. All Glories to Sreela PrabhupAda.

I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to HG Gopiparanadhana das’s efforts to increase the Sanskrit knowing capacities of Iskcon Devotees the world over, by His monumental Sanskrit school at Govardhana.

Because he has mercifully trained my 2 disciples in the Sanskrit school, He’s irrevocably assisted me in becoming more efficient in leaving a legacy for the rest of Iskcon devotees in this world.

For that reason only, He’ll always have a cherished place in my heart. I hope that all Iskcon devotees will in their private capacity always remember him on both his appearance and disappearance days, as on these days one can directly approach their lotus feet to get their Mercy.

I furthermore, hope and pray that more devotees will take up HG Gopiparanadhana’s banner to learn/teach Sanskrit to help the devotees drink the nectar of the Vedas and the previous acharya’s commentaries.

He’s been so kind to help me (and by extension) other devotees around the world, by helping many boys learn Sanskrit, so He’ll be sorely missed by all, yet I’ve no doubts that his mission of training Sanskrit

translators will continue by HG Matsya Avatara dasa and the other able teachers such as HG Radhanatha and HG Nityananda dasa.

His abrupt passing from this world reminds us:

1) We are all in a fallible body that can pass at anytime. We all must leave a legacy that their Lordships will take and that all subsequent devotees in future generations can be proud of.

2) Keep one’s japa beads nearby one at all times. You never know when you’ll reach out for them.

Yours in the service of Krsna BalarAma,

TridaNDi BhikSu, Bhakti Visrambha MAdhava Swami

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From: Internet: Hanumatpresaka Swami

Date: 15-Sep-11 19:37 -0400 (16:37 -0700)

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All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Please accept our humble obeisances.

I met Gopi-paranadhana Prabhu when Hansadutta Prabhu was GBC in Berkeley, California. Maybe 1978-79. After that we would have little encounters here and there in Vraja and by a few e-mails. They were always sympathetic and warm. Whenever I would here of him and read his books I would also feel his

association. Although our physical association was so minimal I felt very connected to his good self and now I’m experiencing strong feelings of separation from his esteemed self. May we be able to help the many devotees who will spread his vani in the service of Srila Prabhupada.  May we all meet again in some auspicious circumstances.

You very small servant,

Hanumatpresaka Swami

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From: Internet: “glenn avery”

Date: 15-Sep-11 19:11 -0400

Subject: Back Home Back to Godhead

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Dear Gopiparanadhana Prabhu

Please accept my humble obeisance

Sirkar Prabhu has just told me of your departure a few moments ago.

Thank you for your help in my spiritual life. I am so unfortunate that I will not be able to again have your Holy Association.

You are a shining star of among god brothers, so sincerely following Srila Prabhupada for as long as I knew you.

I am at least a bit happy that we met and had brief association last year with Kesava Bharati and Jaya Adwaita Maharaja .Those brief moments I had with you then I did not understand would be the final ones.

I was looking forward to hear from you in old age at the base of Giri Govardhan but Srila Prabhupada and Lord Nityananda needed you somewhere else. I feel very devastated by your departure.

All Glories to Gopiparanadhana Prabhu Vaishnava Thakura

Your servant, Pita das

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From: Internet: “Vasudeva Dasa”

Date: 15-Sep-11 18:20 -0400 (15:20 -0700)

To: Lokanath Swami [59400]

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Dear Maharaj,

Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I would like to offer a few words of glorification to HG Gopiparanadhana Prabhu.

Almost ten years ago I had the good fortune to study under Prabhu for 7 months, and those months made a lasting impression on my life.

His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu is one of the most humble, gentle and kindhearted Vaishnavas I have met in my life so far. I offer my dandavat pranams at his feet.

In 2001 I approached Prabhu by mail for studying Sanskrit and Bhagavatam under his guidance. He wrote me a lengthy letter. One of the first lines read:

“The world does not need more Sanskrit scholars but pure devotees who can preach the message of Sri

Caitanya Mahaprabhu throughout the world.”

Yet he encouraged me to come to Govardhan, because valuable service to the Vaishnavas and the world

could be rendered in this field. This answer was perhaps typical of Gopiparanadhana Prabhu: vastly learned but cent percent loyal to the teachings and mood of Srila Prabhupada.

I made my way to Govardhana in October 2001. He and his wife practically adopted me as their own son, with much humility, kindness and affection. Through them I found shelter at the feet of Giriraj Govardhan. Although I was just an unpolished kid from the west, thirty years younger physically and spiritually, he would always treat me very respectfully. When he said “prabhu” he meant it, even in dealing with a kid like me!

Daily he would give Srimad Bhagavatam class at his house. Sometimes I was the only person there. But he did not care, because the Bhagavatam was his life. I would ask many questions, and he patiently took time to answer them. After class he kindly allowed me to take prasada with him. He genuinely felt himself to be just an insignificant humble servant. I never saw him angry during the months I stayed with him, and his door was always open for me. Vimanyavah suhrdah sadhavo ye: A great soul is free from anger, always a well-wishing friend, and truly honest. Gopiparanadhana Prabhu personified those qualities.

The Srimad Bhagavatam was his life and soul, and his life’s mission was to propagate the message of Srimad Bhagavatam. Once we were reading a Gita commentary in class. This was before the school was established. May be 2 or 3 students were present at that time. He became somewhat annoyed and urged us to move ahead in our studies so that we could start reading Bhagavatam commentary. This was perhaps the only time I saw him somewhat upset.

He very strongly felt that the Bhagavatam was not sufficiently valued by the devotees in our society, and that we need more devotees who live by, know and teach the conclusions of the Bhagavatam. He wanted to only translate books elucidating Srimad Bhagavatam and also train others to do this work.

We can see how Krishna has been reciprocating with his pure desire.

Dear Gopiparanadhana Prabhu,

Thank you for your kindness upon me, thank you for giving me shelter at Giriraj Govardhan, thank you for sharing your deep love for the Bhagavatam with me. Please forgive me for any offense I may have committed to you and please shower your blessings upon me. I pray for your blessings and the blessings of the Vaishnavas that I can repay my debt to you by becoming serious about studying and teaching Srimad Bhagavatam.

Your indebted servant,

Vasudeva dasa

New York

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From: Internet: “Athena_wei”

Date: 15-Sep-11 14:49 -0400 (02:49 +0800)

Subject: A wonderful servant

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Gopiparanadhana Prabhu just visited Taipei this year. He is my good friend’s “guru”. When my friend studied in Prabhu’s school last Oct. she didn’t have enough money to pay tuition, then Prabhu helped her to pay it. It’s very touching; he is like a kind father taking care of his child without any reward. I have asked him if there will be a school for female, he said he will try his best to work on it in the future & many many …. I just know when his students need him, he put all his effort to guide & support them…. He is a wonderful servant & I will always remember …..???????

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From: Krishna kirtana (dasi) ACBSP(Spiritual Counselling)(FR)

Date: 15-Sep-11 14:28 -0400 (20:28 +0200)

Subject: Gopiparanadhana’s Disappearance Day

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Dear Lokanath Swami Maharaj,

Please accept our most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and to your seva at his lotus feet!

We are sending below a few words of appreciation for our beloved God-brother Gopiparanadhana Prabhu. Please feel free to read or use as you see fit.

Your humble servant,

Krishna-kirtana dasi

“On this sad day of your disappearance, O Gopiparanadhana Prabhu, we do remember your excellent and sober example at Sri Sri Krishna and Balarama Mandir in Vrindavan. We especially relished your lecture on Sri Balarama’s Appearance Day and how you allowed Aïndra to recite so many slokas after your class to glorify our Dearest Balarama. Thank you for setting such outstanding example in ISKCON. We have appreciated your deep scholarship and humble demeanor and have applauded your opening of

a Vaisnava Institute at Govardhana. We are also grateful for initiating a long due reform in ISKCON through the media of the SAC and for being equally disposed to aspiring vaisnavas and vaisnavis. We admired how equipoised or balanced you were, in every situation Krishna would place you. Thank you for showing us the way: living and departing peacefully in Vraja for eternal residence at Govardhana. Our debt at your lotus feet is eternal.

Your humble servant, Krishna-kirtana dasi (France)”

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From: Internet: “Jai nitai gaura das”

Date: 15-Sep-11 14:01 -0400 (20:01 +0200)

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Dear Lokanatha Swami, please accept my respectful obeisances, jai Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for offering the devotees from around the world to express some thoughts about HG Gopiparanadhana Prabhu.

This I wish to share: “Little association I have received from you, but, I can’t not to miss you.”

Hope I am not too late, thank you, your servant, Jai Nitai Gaura das (serving in New Mayapur, France)

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From: Internet: “Manjunath Rajaram”

Date: 15-Sep-11 13:56 -0400 (23:26 +0530)

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Dear Maharaj,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to HG Gopiparanadhana Prabhu.

It was with profound sadness that I got to know about Prabhu’s passing away today from his student and my friend. I knew Prabhuji personally although I doubt if he would remember me from those days when he was still translating the Bhagavatam of Srila Prabhupada in Bangalore much before the big temple was even started somewhere around 1982 or so.

I remember Prabhuji as a very learned and very humble devotee. I simply loved him for his unassuming nature. I visited him in his house where he was staying and used to have Krishna Katha discussions. Being a young boy I was very impressed by his Sanskrit scholarship as well as his devotion. I was longing to meet him at the next opportunity a p and spend time with him, but that is not to be now. I wish sincerely pray to Lord Krishna for his soul to rest peacefully at His Lotus feet in the Holy Dhama where he must have reached surely by now.

I pray to him to bless me with a particle of his devotion and for shelter at his feet. I wish to have his association and hope Krishna will arrange for it in some lifetime.

Your servant

Mahasundar Das,

ISKCON Hyderabad- Farm

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From: Suresvara (das) ACBSP (Honolulu, HI – USA)

Date: 15-Sep-11 13:25 -0400

Subject: Haiku homage to Gopiparanadhana Thakura

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Gopi sage, friend to all Vital guru–who stole you?

Shyam serpent’s embrace.

In bittersweet separation…Your Godbrother & servant, Suresvara dasa

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From: Pandava Sakha (das) JPS (Singapore)

Date: 15-Sep-11 13:23 -0400 (01:23 +0800)

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Dear Sriman His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances . All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All Glories to Sri Guru Maharaja.

I remember meeting you and getting your sadhu sangha in Vrndavana Parikrama in 1998 kartika when I went for a course TTC1 course along with my godbrother Vidvan Gauranga Prabhu from Mayapur (if I remember the year correctly) .I also remember meeting you with your wife & children during the

parikrama. I was wonderstruck with how simple you are so humble you were it was amazing to see a western body devotee in such brajawasi nature and it was hard to say that you are western born to me you look exactly a very learned brahmana and a great humble sadhu ( as so many times mentioned in shastras) this is the sign of great devotee that even with so much knowledge you were prideless and so humble and how your child was speaking in Sanskrit and your wife was speaking in Hindi & Sanskrit it really bewildered me, I just couldn’t believe it and Vidvan Gauranga Prabhu we just couldn’t imagine. When we went to see your cottage made of mud so simple but yet so magnanimous and it was such a scholarly house and saintly house. You gave such a wonderful class one day in the Krsna Balarama mandir it was so scholarly but so simple with profound knowledge and you came heavy on ritviks philosophy. It left a deep mark on my life of how Srila Prabhupada wanted the high standards you have displayed of “simple living high thinking” but alas it is very sad to see you go from us and leaving us bereft of your sadhu sangha. This will be a great loss to our movement and all of us. We always wanted you to come to Mayapur to start a school which you were really really interested and later Vidvan Gauranga Prabhu managed to get it started with your help.

Alas it is really a great personal loss to me I will never be able to see you again.

We all will always pray that we will always remember you by your books and personal sadachar which was so inspiring. Please also bless us so that we can also follow in your footsteps and become humble.

Jai, Sriman Gopiparanadhana Prabhu ki jai

Your servant,

Pandava Sakha das

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From: Brahma Muhurta Das (NE BBT)

Date: 15-Sep-11 08:10 -0400 (14:10 +0200)

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Dear Gopiparanadhana Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, and to you.

With sadness, and joy, I heard this morning that you have left your body at Govardhana. You’ve done the final journey. Please say hello from us to your Lord and Master.

O you wonderful, glorious Vaisnava.

I remember the classes you gave at Korsnas. Every sentence so full of realization and revelation. No rehashing. Everything so interesting and fresh and new. How privileged I felt that I was allowed to sit

there and just listen to you. The perfection of my life.

Thank you for all your wonderful work on the 10th, 11th, and 12th Cantos of the Srimad-Bhagavatam.

And thank you for always having been there for our translators and editors when they had questions and were in need of your support.

“In SB 1.2.10, there is a hyphen in tattva-jijnasa, but in some places, like SB 4.25.5p, 10.10.10p and NoI 2, it is quoted without a hyphen. Which is the correct way?,” Akincana Vitta Prabhu asked on Monday.

“Tattva jijnasa without a hyphen is wrong,” you wrote yesterday. O how much we will miss your association and your care.

Thank you also for the “eight-minute Bhagavatam,” the podcasts you have recently recorded in English, Russian, and Chinese. You’re a genius, a kind and honest and meek and humble Vaisnava genius.

Thank you for all your work on the Goswami literature that Srila Prabhupada wanted to be translated. No matter how much we tried to keep up with your speed, you’ve always managed to outpace us.

You have been and will be one of my greatest inspirations. Thank you for staying so steadfastly on Srila Prabhupada’s path.

O dear Gopiparanadhana Prabhu, I will miss you very, very much.

It will be hard going to Vrindavan in October knowing that you won’t attend the meetings. But you’ll be with us, through your books and recordings and especially in our hearts, in loving memory.

See you!

Your servant

Brahma Muhurta dasa

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From: ISKCON Ludhiana

Date: 15-Sep-11 22:23 -0400

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Attn: H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaja,

Hare Krishna! PAMHO! AGTSP! AGTG&G!

Kindly submit this offering at the adorable feet of H.G. Gopiparanadhana das Prabhu by reading it loudly:

Most respected Sriman Gopiparanadhana das Prabhu,

Please accept submissive dandavat pranamas and fervent congratulations upon having entered into the nitya-lila of Sri SriRadha-Govindadevaji through your transcendental perfected body as an associate of Their Lordships. The appearance of the black serpent in the form of Kaala (time) on the doorway of your kutir at Govardhan one day prior to your divine disappearance exactly resembles the disappearance of Srimati Laxmipriyadevi (the divine consort of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu) as it has been metaphorically described by authors of Sri Caitanya-Lila i.e. Sri Vrindavandas Thakur and Sripad Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami. What a divine emblematic hint sent by Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha-Madangopaldevaji to

his exalted devotee like Your Grace!

Three of the most illustrious vaishnava-befitting attributes that Your Grace possessed were:

1) Paramount and non-duplicitous exhibition of humility which was flowing incessantly from your personality like the Ganges going into Ganga-saagar thus personifying your celestial personality with the famous verse:

“trinadapi sunicena tarorapi sahishuna / amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harih”. Empiric wisdom, sharp intellect, and divine wit that you were always proprietor of didn’t create any impediment in your spontaneous submissive demeanor and thus you were a true akincana. And because of this I can firmly proclaim that since Krishna is only available to the devotees who have ascended the akincana platform, you have attained the Lotus Feet of the Lord as duly mentioned in the Bhagavatam verse: “Janmaishvarya shrutashribhir edhmaanah parah pumaan / naivaarhatyabhidhaatum vai tvaam

akinchangocharam”.

2) Simple and straightforward dealings with everyone and anyone regardless of foe or friend. Actually, you didn’t have any foe but only friends like Ajaatshatru Maharaja Yudhishthir.

3) Possessing a demeanor which would never become agitated despite the existence of strong causes of mental disturbances.

I was fortunate to receive your partial association from the years 2008 to 2010 and thus notice above extraordinary qualities in your personality. Devotees like you are rarely to be found even within the circle of devotees. What more can a destitute like me say about your qualities?

Aspiring your grace,

Radhakrishnadas Brahmacahri (GKG),

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From: Internet: “Michael Tandy”

Date: 15-Sep-11 21:33 -0400 (18:33 -0700)

Subject: Eulogy for Gopiparanadhana Prabhu

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Dandavats, Vaisnavas. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Hare Krishna.

It is a day of tremendous loss for the Vaisnava world. What a tragic shock to hear of the sudden departure of Sriman Gopiparanadhana Prabhu! Unquestionably ISKCON’s most respected Sanskritist, his natural and self-effacing humility perhaps concealed his amazing devotion, which was even deeper than his intellect was mighty. Dedicated fidelity to Srila Prabhupada’s ideals, teachings, and BBT was his very essence. He was absolutely transparent in this way, a very rare spiritual achievement. He was an ISKCON man, a Prabhupada man, through and through.

What otherwise impressed me most about him was his sterling character and endearing Vaisnava qualities, itself the fruit of true learning. His virtues were many, but humility was always salient. When I first arrived at Govardhana, he took it upon himself to carry my bags up the steep stairs despite his asthma problems—until I realized what he was doing. He was always so kind to me. I looked up to him in nearly every way.

His sheer brilliance is evident in his writings and lectures. Please, hear, read, and circulate them, for I am sorry to say there won’t be another Gopiparanadhana Prabhu for a long, long time. Even aside from

theology and traditional Sanskrit learning, there appeared to be no topic on which he was not surprisingly conversant. He could also speak on these topics in languages as diverse as Chinese, Russian, and Kannada.

Memory of serving in his association pains me too much now, but it is our great solace to know that Krishna allowed him to leave at Govardhana, and unless Srila Prabhupada has sent him somewhere else to represent him as he did here, I am sure he went straight back to Godhead, because he lived there.

Let us humbly offer our last respects and pray for his mercy at his lotus feet. Sriman Gopiparanadhana Prabhu ki jaya!

Your servant,

Mukunda Datta dasa

From: Maha Varaha (das) (Sri Jagannath Mandir, KL – MY)

Date: 15-Sep-11 23:19 -0400 (11:19 +0800)

To: Lokanath Swami [59409]

To: Acintya Caitanya (das) JPS (SP, JPS Office, Mayapur-IN) [13841]

To: Vidvan Gauranga (das) JPS (Mayapur – IN) [49196]

Subject: Homage from Jayapataka Swami

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My dear godbrother Gopiparanadhana Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Let start by offering my obeisances to him. Srila Prabhupada said that living and dying in the dham is the same. He left from Govardhan and went back to the Spiritual world. His destination is auspicious. Of this we can rejoice. At the same time losing him suddenly like this leaves us in separation and is a big lost. My last meeting with him was in the month of April 2011 at Vrinda Kunda. We had a long chat together. HG Gopiparanadhana Prabhu was one of a few accomplished devotees in Sanskrit and dedicated himself for translating books that Srila Prabhupada had indicated for translation.

He was one of the leading members of the team that completed Srimad Bhagavatam that was so dear to Srila Prabhupada. He also translated Brihad Bhagavatamrta with purports. I don’t know what other books he had in the pipeline. He was also training up other devotees in Sanskrit to carry out this important service. One time he was contemplating moving to Mayapur but his heart was still in Govardhan. His classes were very scholarly and to the point. His association was mature and refreshing. Recently I passed through Hong Kong and met a Chinese devotee who had taken initiation from him. How expansive his preaching was, I have only a glimpse.

I want to offer pushpanjali flowers at his lotus feet during this auspicious occasion of smrti sabha. There are many more advance devotees who probably have much more to say. This time our hearts reach up to his wife and child who are left behind to carry out his great legacy. I take this opportunity

to offer sraddhanjali. All glories to HG Gopiparanadhana Prabhu! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Your Servant,

Jayapataka Swami

From: Swami BVV Narasimha

Date: 15-Sep-11 22:48 -0400 (10:48 +0800)

To: Lokanath Swami [59407]

Subject: FW: homage to Gopi paranadhana Prabhu

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Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I first got to know Gopiparanadhana Prabhu in the Henry Street temple where he joined in 1973. I was surprised to see him cleaning the stoves in the kitchen and as he scrubbed them he was reciting chapters of the Bhagavad Gita. I learned that he had a background in linguistics and was now taking to mastering Sanskrit. He was naturally humble and never made a big fuss about things. He accepted all kinds of trials and tribulations as the arrangement of Lord Krishna. At one point he was living outside the temple and had to work a regular job to maintain himself but when Tamal Krishna Goswami learned of his situation he contacted the BBT and got them to arrange to hire his translation services. He was such a person that he never demanded anything from anyone. He just accepted what he was given.

It was nice to see how later one in his life he became more involved in travelling and preaching. He visited us in Bangkok and use to bring some of his students from Govardhan with him. He also started to learn some Thai telling us that there was so much Sanskrit in the Thai language. I remember once we

arranged a lecture for him in the Assumption College in Bangkok. He gave a wonderfully rich explanation of the Vedanta philosophy and at the end one Indian man in the audience was so shocked by the deep scholarly presentation that he turned to me and said,” Is he also a Hare Krishna?”

Then later on he started to visit Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. He had studied Chinese in his university days and he wanted to learn it again for preaching there. His genuine humility along with his deep knowledge of the philosophy was immediately appreciated by the Chinese devotees. Whenever I had some query on the scriptures I could always turn to him and be sure of getting a reply. His departure is truly a great loss for the Krishna Consciousness movement and we will all miss him. He has been a wonderful example and he has had a most glorious departure. I feel sure that the Lord has some need of him in some other place. I offer countless obeisances at his lotus feet.

B.V.V.Narasimha Swami

From: Bhakti Vijnana Goswami (GBC) (Moscow – R)

Date: 16-Sep-11 02:09 -0400 (10:09 +0400)

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Dear Lokanatha Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am sorry for being late with my little offering of respect and adoration.

The whole morning today I feel an acute pain and tremendous feeling of guilt and loss.

Srila Gopiparanadhana Prabhu was with us, we all knew how great as Vaisnava he was, how genuine, humble, knowledgeable, caring and loving he was, and still we have not really taken advantage of his association, have not helped him or supported him enough, have not taken the dust of his feet on our

heads, and behaved with him foolishly and impudently.

He was the humility personified in every move, every gesture, and every word which would come out of his mouth. His humility was unparalleled, and because of it it was even somewhat painful to be in his presence. He was so simple, gentle and unassuming, with only one desire to serve Srila Prabhupada and all of his followers. His humility was breaking my heart; always in his presence I painfully felt my own grossness and pride. I almost hear no how he would say, “Oh, I am so sorry.”

It is said in Hitopadesha that humility and knowledge rarely go together. HG Gopiparanadhana Prabhu was the most brilliant exception of this rule. His knowledge of the Vedic scriptures was so vast, that it is practically unimaginable, but he never advertized his knowledge, never tried to use it for his advantage, and never used it to show his superiority. This year I was giving a seminar on Tattva-sandarbha, listening to his lectures and studying his commentaries. I was simply stunned by the quality of his work and the depth of his sastric knowledge.

And another unparalleled quality of his was his absolute, total loyalty to Srila Prabhupada. He was always ready to protect Srila Prabhupada and his teachings, always remaining a loyal, submissive and dedicated disciple of Srila Prabhupada. Sometimes, working on the translation of Srila Prabhupada’s books in Russian I would stumble over some statement which would seem to me, proud as I am, as some sort of mistake or inaccuracy. When I asked Gopiparanadhana Prabhu about such cases his answer most of the times was, “This is Srila Prabhupada’s poetic license.”

I can only cry and cry for this loss and pray to him so that one day I may get a small particle of his wonderful and amazing qualities of a true devotee of the Lord.

Your servant,

Bhakti Vijnana Goswami

From: Internet: “Sukania Venugopal”

Date: 16-Sep-11 23:27 -0400 (11:27 +0800)

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My dandavat pranams to you Maharaj.

All glories to Sri Guru, Sri Gauranga and Sri Sri RadhaKrsna!

My name is Sudevi dasi. Although I didn’t know Gopiparanadhana Prabhu I’m so happy for him to have

been blessed with such an auspicious exit. Only a few are given this Grace by Their Lordships.

Radhe Radhe!

Vaishnava/Vaishnavi-sevabhilasi,

Sudevi dasi

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From: Internet: “raghavendra bhatta”

Date: 16-Sep-11 20:57 -0400 (06:27 +0530)

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Hare krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances.

 Prabhuji, I don’t know English but I try to say,

I was First Sanskrit Teacher of Gaura Mohana, I will write in Sanskrit. –

yadaa aham Govardhane aasam. Gopiparanadahana prabhor sakhyam mama jeevanasya saubhaagyamaasIt. sarvadaa saha mama saakam samskrite eva sambhaashayatisma.

tasya grihe sarve ityukte- Mataji Arca murti dasi, Gaura mohana api sanskrite sambhaashayatisma. yadaa ahamaasam tatra gaurji bhagavdgeetaa 18 Adyaayaan api kanthastha kritavaan.

Sriman Gopiparanadhana Prabhu not only simple person he is great Sanskrit personality in the world.

He is very very quite personality.  VAKTUM SHABDAH NASTI – in dictionary.

His servant,

Bhatta

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From: Internet: “Varun Verma”

Date: 16-Sep-11 19:11 -0400 (16:11 -0700)

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Dear Lokanath Swami Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I had brief association with HG Gopiparanadhana Prabhu when he had mercifully visited San Diego in Jan 2008. I was very interested in doing some Sanskrit related service and I was overjoyed to hear that he was visiting San Diego. So desiring to meet with him, I went to the morning Srimad Bhagavatam class at the temple. I looked around for someone who would be coming across as a scholar and showing off as such but I could not find any such person in the room. Finally, I realized that a simple and hardly noticeable person covered with blanket was actually the renowned BBT Sanskrit scholar, Gopiparanadhana Prabhu. Right away, I understood that he is a devotee with genuine humility and simplicity, just the qualities of a pure devotee. I went to see him at HG Dravida Prabhu’s apartment where was staying during his visit. Again, I was struck by his genuine humility and a sweet smile that seemed to emanate from the depths of the heart where the soul resides. He mercifully engaged me in a transliteration service and I was humbled by how he had time to check on my service and help me with tips & suggestions even though I thought I was not doing something very important. He had also given a lecture on a Saturday evening program at the temple and he had shown his mercy towards me by sitting next to me while honoring prasadam. He had patiently and lovingly answered some questions I had relating to verses in the 11th Canto that he had helped translate. He had a really big heart full of love towards all living entities and it was clear that he actually saw them as parts and parcels of Krishna. There wasn’t a trace of enmity or differentiation in his behavior. I will never forget that magical smile that reflected the immense purity of his heart. I feel heart-broken that Lord Krishna has taken him away from us so soon. I will miss him forever.

Hare Krishna.

Your servant,

Varun

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From: Internet: “Kapadia Bharat A”

Date: 16-Sep-11 09:43 -0400 (06:43 -0700)

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Dear Gopiparanadhana Prabhu,

Hare Krishna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Please accept my humble obeisances.

Prabhu, I have met you only twice in Hong Kong, but in both those cases you have projected an aura of a great and humble devotee. Both of these qualifications are rare indeed. You not only give respect to your peers and superiors, but you also respect insignificant devotees like my humble self, who are actually not worthy of respect.

You actually personify,

trinad api sunicena taror api sahishnuna amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harih

One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the

Lord constantly.

My life has been blessed by whatever little association I have had with you and I know that all others who have met you feel the same. I am sure The Supreme Lord Shri Krishna needed you back home, back to Godhead with Him to further His glories and the chanting of His Holy Name. Haribol.

Aspiring to be your humble servant in Krishna Consciousness,

Braja Hari das

An insignificant disciple of HH Gopal Krishna Goswami

Seattle, Washington, USA

From: Internet: “Prahlad Nrsmha Das”

Date: 16-Sep-11 08:45 -0400 (14:45 +0200)

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Dear Srila Lokanath Maharaj.

Dandavat. Jai Sri Guru Gouranga.

Taking advantage of your offer to send a memory of His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu.

Please forgive the intrusion.

Dear Prabhus and Vaisnavis.

Namaste. Jai Sri Guru and Gouranga.

As always one of the elements will overcome us…..We are powerless when the forces of nature show just a little bit of their grave face…..One of this tridhatu will overpower the other and bring the life of this body to a sudden stop…..for some comes as a result of Karma…but for surrendered Souls this

is just the ‘external excuse’ used by the Lord of the Heart to take away the Jiva into His eternal Company. Gopiparanadhana Prabhu is one more of this surrender Souls who put their lives aside to follow His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Risking everything he came to Poland this year, we just got his

enlivening company . He gave us His Krishna Bhakti in every lecture. And in the evening, at the ‘Field of Action’ he was the main speaker in the ‘Question and Answers’-Tent, dispersing the doubt of thirsty truth seekers with his clear mind. My dandavats to His Grace in this Glorious Day when he will meet the The Lord of the Bhagavatam and His unlimited Devotees.

Always desiring the association of the servants of His Divine Grace.

Prahlad Nrsmha das Adhikary

www.omkalachakra.com

vodafone Germany +491731691381

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From: Internet: “Raja Laxmi d.d.

Date: 16-Sep-11 03:00 -0400 (15:00 +0800)

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Hare Krishna,

Dear Maharaja(s), Prabhus and Mothers,

Please accept my humble obeisance. All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to His Grace, Srila Gopiparanadhana Gurudeva!

Yesterday, I went to temple and sadly got to know that my dear Gurudeva had left this world. That devotee saw me and told me that he was sorry that had a bad news for me. I was thinking: “Oh, my God! So terrible, again, another bad news!” I was wondering about his news for me. I tried to make little

smile in the face, trying to face it in the peaceful way as learning that everything is under Krishna’s control.

Last year my dear mother had passed away after many years of sufferings from serious chronic liver-tumor and other aging destruction of bodily functions broken-down. And I am facing a very sober, difficult situation here in last few months. I was thinking: “Oh, Krishna! What do you want to tell me now again? Oh, Krishna, what do you want me to do? “

I was digesting the passing of my first initiation Guru, Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami Gurudeva. Finally, l felt glad that I could fully take shelter from Srila Gopiparanadhana Prabhu as my 2nd initiation Gurudeva last Kartika in Govardhana. But now Krishna takes him away. I am deeply in sorrow lamenting with such separation from His Grace. Again, I am an orphan in this world. Krishna is taking more and more away my hopes in this world.

Oh! Dear Gurudevas, is this the way that you two are pushing me to go to find Your Divine Graces in the spiritual world? Is this the way that you are pushing me, such a slow turtle, to speed up my progress to the destination?

Starting from the 1st time I heard from him, 2008 December in Taiwan I was with my husband and another devotee to hear Srila Gopiparanadhana Gurudeva’s lectures few times. I got very inspired especially from the answers of his were very clear and deep. I was so amazed that his mind, his brain, and his heart are so together, so complete, and he is humble and so kind. Then I wanted to hear from him every day. Because of the complicated transportation to go the place where he stayed, I couldn’t find people in the week to go with car when he was in Taiwan for one month. I was so sorry.

It was Krishna’s arrangement that surprisingly I happily got the mercy to have many opportunities to serve Srila Gopiparanadhana Gurudeva personally in translating his lectures and assistances, begin serving in his China trip 2009 summer. Originally, it would be with Laxmimoni mataji to China. But

somehow she couldn’t come, then I was arranged to serve the translation to China trip with Srila Gopiparanadhana Gurudeva.

I was learning that Krishna takes one thing away from us, and He gives another thing to us. And it is always the surprises and wonderfully fulfilling all heart-felted desires.

By serving him, hearing his lectures and learning his honesty, his straightforwardness, his immense knowledge and profound understanding in the teachings of scriptures, his amazing memories, his profound-thinking, his broad-minded and soft-hearted personality, I feel not only inspiring, but also appreciating him more and more.

I feel great appreciation and admiration together to Gopiparanadhana Gurudeva with Tamal Krishna Goswami Gurudeva. They are different personalities. And they are both strongly empowered by

Krishna from their dedicating loyalty to Guru and Krishna.

Hearing more and more from Gopiparanadhana Gurudeva, I felt more inspired and amazed at the kindness and greatness of these 2 Gurudevas. When I heard he wanted to collect more fund for the developing the Sanskrit school, involving more qualified Sanskrit learned devotees to work in the school, to translate the works of Acharyas in our sampradaya and then our devotees do not have to go to work in the material world and struggling as dying.

I was so amazed that he has such a big heart, he is so concerning, so practical and real that he truly cares for devotees’ welfare, and he wants to share with the devotees. I immediately felt I should really grasp his mercy this time and then I asked seriously the initiation from him, not like before that I missed my dear Tamal Krishna Goswami Gurudeva.

This January when he was in Taiwan, I asked one Chinese doctor to check his health. Then he just said that he hardly slept because of the bad health. I was again amazed that he is such a person with incredible tolerance and patience that he didn’t show any sign of his physical pains ever since he knew him. Because of very long hours of sitting for doing the translation without other physical moving or exercises from the asthma that his metabolism of blood circulation was stiff and slow. So he was suffering from various physical pains and difficulties, and he couldn’t walk far more than few meters that he must stopped walking and took few good, deep breathe, sometimes he even needed to sit down right away. Yet, he never complained, nor felt upset. When we picked him up for the program, he always

apologized deeply to us that he walked so slow. Only the moment when he had coughing and then asthma, he was really in panic as next to death to grasp the asthma spray right away.

Because of the problem of the health, he still went with determination to have Govardhana parikrama everyday riding on the motor-bike to do the parikrama. The bumping road, the way of people walking in India, and sometimes from the crowds in the festivals on Govardhana, he ever felt from his motor-bike and his skin and bones were hurt. He was still so peaceful and calm.

His living place next to ISKCON Govardhana palace looks fine. Thus the winter is very cold; the summer is very hot there. Besides the living there was austere, there is regularly no water, and no electricity. And the biggest torture is the constant yelling from the India loud-speakers screaming, the broadcast of the impersonalism from so-called baba here and there on the electricity-posts on the road there. He knows the language and hears their philosophy and then that tremendously disturbing him like torturing. Still he sat there doing his services of studying and translation of scriptures.

Several times in his lectures which he persistently spoke to himself and to us in encouraging us that he wanted to go back to Godhead this lifetime and he doesn’t want to come to the material world again. He doesn’t want any more examination. He spoke that peacefully, yet his kindness to others, his

Humility, simplicity, tolerance, and truthfulness profoundly give him strength and his determination for the spiritual goals inject to us directly.

He used the function of his mobile phone in the services as well. He didn’t waste any time. He was always reading, studying, translating the scriptures, or picking up learning the language, like recently with the Chinese, he put the language program in the mobile phone and practicing the vocabularies

while there is any space of time, in the waiting for the next onward program, in the car, in the airplane… He never looking here or there, never talking here or there. Not to speak of any prajalpa, gramkatha, or

mundane jokes.

He is very caring and practical. He dutifully gives quality time and nice cares to his wife and son. He had spoke in the lecture that in this modern time, people work so hard to maintain the living in far distance that the family members hardly meet and talk, and people should give quality time to family.

He was living in Govardhana for 13 years. Originally, it was 2 cows in his house, and until last year it was 10 or 12 cows in his house (from the mother cow gave birth, others gave them, or the cows directly went to stay in his house.)

He is so intelligent. And because of his simplicity and purity that he has very good memories and very bright intelligence. He learns the Sanskrit from the Russian language. He said when he started

learning the Sanskrit, he was staying in Russia that time. Again, I was amazed at his intelligence, capacities and abilities. His learning Chinese is also very fast because of his intelligence and focus. Not only catching the words, but also catching the meaning and the culture.

He is very humble. He likes to use the simple, common language to speak and communicate with people. He never wants to do any show for the language or any personal ability. And he doesn’t want to see that kind of play or show, either. He doesn’t want that in himself and he doesn’t want others to play

the duplicities. He also consciously avoids getting in management to keep the sober consistency of mind and brain on studies and translations of the scriptures. And to remember Krishna that whenever and whatever anything happened, he would take it as Krishna’s arrangement.

He is a scholar, he is a philosopher. But he simply acts like a common man. When people praise him, he even feels shy like a young, simple boy. He didn’t even say any word in flattering as diplomacy.

It is tough task, but it is great to not identify the body, to completely detach from the body and mind, and to take oneself in the teaching and the mood in the siksastakam of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Especially the 3rd one.

I should feel happy for his desires fulfilled that he left this world and in the very dear land of Krishna in Govardhana, the direct, dear land of Krishna and Krishna’s lilas.

He had written to me in this spring that he asked me to serve him this summer in China for the travelling and the translation. I was so sorry that I stocked by some legal matters here. The time I could go to pay the ticket for flying China was raining like cats and dogs because of the typhoon, and then I couldn’t get to pay it. Later session of his trip in China when I finally could go, but it was only 2~3 days left of his trip there. He suggested me to not go like that. Also I didn’t insist on flying to see and serve him. I am so lamenting about this. The services to Guru and Krishna cannot be judged, nor calculated by neither mundane mind, nor material way at all.

3 weeks ago, he wrote me that he concerns about how I am here and he asked me to write him something. I was moved and grateful to him.

Now, I am eternally indebted to another person again. I am eternally indebted to him.

I picked up the pen to write him. But I couldn’t finish the letter from the weaved feelings and thoughts in myself at my local situation here. I wanted to write him in clear way. But all layers of thoughts and memories pour into my mind. Every day, my mind was writing and editing the drafts with thoughts

and realizations to him.

I deeply felt that I had programmed the wrong codes in my genes that I came to the material world to suffer in illusion.

To rectify the past karma and detach from this world is really painful lesson. I saw there were no material medicines to the extreme sufferings of my mother’s day by day physical destructions from the tumor/ cancer.

The body, the mind, imprints of emotional traumas and memories, the material calculations in the form of so-called rational reasonings, the unmanifested material desires are covering us.

Krishna is not only rooting out my weeds, but also Krishna is pilling the layers of layers of coverings away from me. Krishna’s mercy is not easy, nor cheap! Leaving this world is really a big lesson. This is only a one-way route of no-return.

I feel very bad and extremely sad that I cannot have his direct association and teachings with His Grace, nor to serve him directly as recent few years like the daughter to the caring, affectionate father.

Krishna uses such way to push me go to Him completely! Oh! My God! When Krishna is merciful to a person, He takes everything away from that person. His leaving away is the way Krishna wants me to learn to detach from my body and mind? It is Krishna wants me to go to find Tamal Krishna Gurudeva in Mayapur, and to Gopiparanadhana Gurudeva in Vrindavana ?! At the same time, Mayapur and Vrindavana are non-different from each other. It is mysterious! And with their love and guidance that I can enter into Goloka Vrindavana!

He has the very big heart and brain with many big plans and wishes for developing the Sanskrit school and ashram, and creating bigger chances and opportunities for the devotees to be more engaging in the services to Guru and Krishna. He also planned to go to other countries to collect more fund for building up the Sanskrit school and the ashram for the devotees who work for the school

It is a great loss for us from his passing away. It is a great loss for the Sanskrit school. It is an extreme loss for ISKCON to learn his leaving us now. I really lament and lament for this! I could find him, if I put my head against the Govardhana Rock? I can find him in his teachings, his care and love in Govardhana to the conditioned soul like me. I am preparing to meet him and serve him for his soon coming preaching trip in China, and prepare for his coming this winter time to Taiwan. But now I am lamenting from all changes.

My staying in Govardhana last year was another direct mercy from him. He wants me to do the Chinese translation work for his books, and even for other scriptures which would be translated later on. He also told me like the father with hope and expectation to a growing child that he wishes that one day I can directly read the Sanskrit like him, and translate the scriptures of the teachings and the revelations of the Goswami archaryas.

He physically left, and I couldn’t talk and ask him to get his answers directly. I am like an orphan, a refugee lost in the forest. How far and how long I shall go now?

The night before his passing away. Somehow I started organizing the photos from my mobile phone and camera lying for months there. As the photos were all taken from the activities and services for Krishna. So unusual, I was so happy and couldn’t sleep. And all the sadness and worries on the recent

matters around me disappeared completely. I was so happy deeply in the heart. Somehow, I also organized the photos from the 2 Gurudevas. I was so happy that I realized that one can detach from the bodily and mental platform by serving Guru and Krishna. Pure devotion services are not from this world. Pure devotional services to Guru and Krishna brings one away from the material world.

I wished I could forever remember this experience and print them in my heart that I can serve like this.

When I heard of Gurudeva’s passing away. My mind was wondering, thinking that night before in arranging pictures was Krishna’s inspiration for me to experience that, and taught me to not fear. And in this way to tell Gurudevas that I could find strength without his worries! Since I haven’t written him letter as he concerns about me. Now Krishna makes such happening that you would fly to see how I am doing! Some Chinese idea also says that the subtle body would come to see his friends, relatives when the soul left the gross body. Since you concern about me, you would definitely come to see how I am doing. I need your blessings, but I also don’t want you to worry about me. I am sorry that I hadn’t written you in time before you’re leaving.

I am happy and proud to have Gopiparanadhana Prabhu as my initiation Gurudeva.

I pray that I can follow his example to be a better and better devotee like him.

I pray to him and to the vaishnavas, the Goswami acharyas and to Krishna that They give me the strength to be strong, the understanding, the qualities, and all the needs to fix in the services for him, for Krishna, and for Krishna’s loving devotees.

I pray to His Grace and to Krishna that his good wife Archa-murti mataji and good son Gaura-mohan are fine and well.

Hare Krishna!

Your humble servant,

Rajalaxmi devi dasi,

Taiwan

2 Responses to “Glorifications of H.G. Gopiparanadhana Prabhu”

  1. KB Dasa Goswami says :

    Dearest Gopiparanadhana Prabhu,

    My mind and heart reeled when I heard the news. They still are. How can I express the debt I owe you? You saw something in me I couldn’t see in myself, the potential to edit books. When you asked me to be your editor, therefore, I said, “Gopi, are you crazy?” I have no experience, no ability, nothing. But you could things in me I couldn’t. Your affection, humility, sincerity, and expertise (both spiritual and professional) literally empowered me to say yes. And how expertly and patiently you guided me through those first few months! I felt so encouraged, despite the many corrections you had to make in my edits as I learned from you. You were a great teacher Gopi. You had moved out to Govardhana so that we could be closer together, and now I understood why. You could see things beyond the purview of the material senses, Prabhu, I’m convinced. Thoroughly stunned I was at how deep your resources were for bringing out the meaning of the Sankrit verses and commentaries into English. So honest you were that you wouldn’t translate something you didn’t understand. You never fell prey to literalism. Your transcendental intelligence was so thirsty for the truth, and yet, unlike most Sanskrit scholars who get carried away with their learning and try to surpass their teachers, you remained always chaste to Srila Prabhupada.Thus you left a personal legacy. No one can replace you. I tried to speak about you the night you left, but it was difficult through my tears. I will miss you more than you could know due to your dainya, your utter humilty. I never heard you criticize anyone. In fact, if a critical atmosphere approached you, you would at once leave that place. You displayed qualities we read about in Caitanya-caritamrta. Now you are in the aprakata-govardhana. Please be kind to me.. It will take me millions of births to free myself of the offences I have committed. But if you put in a good word for me, I know that Srila Prabhupada, Lord Caitanya, and Sri Sri Radha-Syamasundara and Their eternal associates will accept me.
    The ceremonies were complete by sunset. A most auspicious and difficult thing to achieve, especially there in Govardhana for a foreigner. Thus I thank Asita Krsna Prabhu, President of ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Asrama, Govardhana, for making all the arrangements, for performing the bathing, writing the mantra on your chest, and all other rituals. Please bless him. Your servant Kesava Bharati Dasa Goswami

  2. Madhusudan das ACBSP says :

    Dear Gopiparanadhana Prabhu,

    I was waiting to see what your dear friend Kesava Bharati Maharaj would say. I knew it would be heart wrenching as he had so much valuable and intimate service with you.

    I’m so sorry for myself that I did not take the opportunity to visit you when I was in Vrindavan for 4 months this past year. I know you would have been very happy to see me and give me some of your time, even though I have so little of value for you in the way of association. You saw me as a godbrother and an old friend from way back. Just like a few years ago when we came there to celebrate Govardhan Puja and we sat together taking prasadam. That was such a sweet time and I will always remember that.

    Whenever I get proud I will simply think of your humility, and whenever I start to find fault I will simply think of your sweet nature to purify myself of those low qualities. Thank you for your encouraging association. Hoping to meet again, I will always remain,

    Your servant,
    Madhusudan das

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