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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
» Posted By KB Dasa Goswami On Sep 18, 2011 @ 2:33 pm
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