Comments Posted By Devaki Nandana Dasa
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Hare Krishna. Please Accept My Most Humble Obeisances. All Glories To Srila Prabhupada
I’m happy that Nirguna prabhu is finally free from his diseased body but am very sad that I won’t be able to preach with him and have his association until I make it back to the spiritual world which will probably be a long time.
It all happened so fast. I was going to help him preach in Atlanta by distributing books and advertising programs earlier this year when I heard of his condition. When I heard that at one point he was improving I was very happy. When I heard he had terminal cancer I couldn’t believe it. Krishna has a plan for everyone but I sincerely prayed to Krishna to keep Nirguna prabhu with us for much longer but he obviously had a differen’t idea.
I’ve been distributing books with Nirguna prabhu off and on for the last 15 years and I have to admit that I can’t think of any book distributor that I had more fun with and that has helped me more than Nirguna prabhu. He was alway’s fun, Krishna conscious and inspiring. He was alway’s well mannered and I couldn’t find any fault in him. He will be so missed by a lot of devotees. Before Nirguna prabhus condition worsened I spoke with him on the phone. He told me to become more serious about spiritual life especially by serving Lord Caitanya by distributing books and preaching. I’m going to take that to heart. The very last words he said to me were,”I Love You” I really feel that loving exchanges between devotees are essential for developing love of Krishna. I feel truly blessed to have had Nirguna Prabhu’s association and I hope to one day return to the spiritual world and have his association once again.
Before I go I would like to share a nice Sankirtana story with Nirguna prabhu.
In 1994 Nirguna prabhu and I travelled around the southeast of the United States distributing books for a couple of months for the December Prabhupada book distribution marathon. We took Nirguna’s van, loaded it full of books and took off. After Sankirtana we would stay in Motels. 75% of Motels in America are owned by People of Hindu descent so they are usually very favorable to devotees and many times let us stay free of charge or at discount rates. We stayed at one motel but the owner was very mean. We also had problems getting our gas cooker to work, so we decided to do some laundry and use our electric cooker. We found a laundromat and got the laundry going while I cooked up some Kitchri outside on the sidewalk where I found an electric outlet. We chanted our rounds, in the freezing cold, then got ready for sankirtana. Since we had so many obstacles that day we weren’t able to get out on Sankirtana till around 2:30 pm. We thought we were going to have a bad day. Plus as soon as we started sankirtana it started raining and snowing at the same time. It was freezing. We headed out in the Wal Mart parking lot in London, Kentucky that day with rubber boots, umbrella’s and shopping carts full of books. Everyone seemed to take books. We went up to people at their cars and showed them The Hard cover Bhagavad Gita and they just ate it up. I still remember seeing Nirguna running around blissfully distributing books. We were laughing like madmen. It was so ecstatic. I distributed 28 Gita’s and a load of small books and Nirguna Prabhu did double that. I remember many days like that. Nirguna prabhu alway’s seemed so ecstatic. He was truly a great sankirtan warrior and I know for sure he is with Lord Caitanya right now. I have no doubt about it. Your servant, Devaki Nandana Dasa
Comment Posted By Devaki Nandana Dasa On 06.11.2007 @ 13:31
Hare Krishna. I received an email a few days ago from Nirguna prabhu about his situation. I sent him an email but haven’t heard back and I assume it’s because he’s getting ready to leave his body. A few years ago a good devotee friend of mine left his body and I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. Nirguna prabhu is dear to me, so if someone there in Mayapura could check his email and read my message to him I’d greatly appreciate it.
For about five years from 94-99 I went to the Smoky mountains in Tennessee with Nirguna prabhu for book distribution. They were some of the best years of my life. Nirguna prabhu and I even Did a two month book distribution Marathon together around the Southeast of America. Nirguna prabhu has always been the most respected senior devotee to me along side my Spiritual Master Mukunda Maharaja. I’ve never met a devotee that was so nice and humble as Nirguna prabhu. He was one of the greatest friends I’ve ever had. He helped me through so many problems in my life. I’m feeling very sad that he will probably be leaving us really soon. I tried calling the phone number Nirguna prabhu gave but for some reason I couldn’t get it to work. If Nirguna prabhu’s carers or wellwishers out there or anyone knows how it is possible for me to reach him or at least give him a message I’d greatly appreciate it. Thank you. Your Servant, Devaki Nandana Dasa
Comment Posted By Devaki Nandana Dasa On 22.09.2007 @ 16:31