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MUKTA KESA PRABHU DEPARTS

New Vrndavan, USA : Lokavarnatamma Prabhu, His brother, Mukta Kesa, and their Power of Persuasion
By Srila Jiva Goswami dasa

Different Devotees manifest different miraculous potencies. Devotees who exhibit yoga seem to me either not aware You are flying, floating, appearing in more than one place simultaneously, or You take it as normal behavior.

An example of this latter circumstance is the gift of superb Powers of Persuasion, regularly manifested by the owner of the beautiful name: Loka Vahrna Tama Prabhu. This week I offer a few examples of Loka displaying that facility.

It was a warm, quiet afternoon one day at the Simply Wonderful Restaurant in Columbus. On High Street, cars moved back and forth like blue, red and green rays of light.

Business was slow, that summer day. I was looking at the steam table, particularly at the stainless steel tray which was filled with Lord Caitanya’s Remnants in the form of Chakra Pani’s fabulous Cauliflower Pakoras.

It was beginning to look like time for a mid day break. The sandwich, drink and salad bars were stocked. The serving line was clean. Across High Street, on the lawn of Ohio State, Chakra Pani sat in the Lotus Position, as he did at the same time every day. He was reading Srila Prabhupada’s Books.

Loka appeared, wearing a kurta and a pair of dungarees. “I’m going out to drum up a little business,” he announced, as he wiped his hands in his heavy kitchen apron, untied it and tossed it to me.

“Go ahead,” I called. I didn’t see how anything was to be done which would generate customers. I was swimming in Pakoras.

The front door opened, Loka stepped out and ushered a couple directly in. The new comers came along the chute formed between the beautiful lattice and the right hand wall. When they turned the corner and saw me waiting to serve them, another guy entered. More people followed along quickly. Before long, I had to move up the line to the register. Narasingha Guru came out and worked the steam tables.

Guests were starting to stack up. We served them and moved them along. Another Devotee had to come on from upstairs to clear the tables. Suddenly, we were humming. We started to call to each other; “Avocado Delite!” and, “Strawberry Smoothee!”

Customers, mostly new ones, seemed to be enjoying themselves. From their point of view, the food was great and the price was right. The cash register was ringing, but it was Prasadama we were distributing.

Perplexed but happy with the sudden influx, I came away from my post to see if I could find out what was causing our sudden good fortune. Moving upstream, against the burgeoning line, I side stepped and “excused me” until I was at the front door.

I could see Chakra Pani, still across the street in the Lotus, with the Bhagavada Gita As It Is in his lap. I glanced to my left, and there was Loka, with his broad, white shirted back to me, just in the act of guiding more new customers in. I stood close to him to see if I could hear what he was saying. I wondered how it was that he was channeling practically any and everyone he chose. The people he spoke to were laughing and smiling. I listened carefully. I heard the words, “Big, big,” but I could not tarry. The line was stacking up. I had to go back to the register.

The afternoon sailed by. We did record business. More importantly, we distributed huge amounts of Prasadama. At the end of the day, I asked Loka what he had been doing to get such results. “I just talk to the people,” he said. He saw nothing unusual.

I heard you say, “Big, big …” I prompted. “What was that about?”

“Oh,” Loka smiled at me. “I was just telling them about the drinks. You know, big big.” He laughed.

The next day, I tried the same approach. People avoided me. I was self conscious. Loka came along and once again took up what he called “drumming up a little business.” Again, the restaurant filled quickly with happy delighted customers. Loka did not seem to think of his gift as unusual or extraordinary.

I thought deeds such as these came from On High. The key to success, to me, is in somehow making the objective in accordance with the precepts of Krsna Consciousness. To do that, one needs to understand those principles, and getting to that place is done by a lot of chanting Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare!

Another instance of Loka’s Powers of Persuasion occurred down at the Dodge Dealership on Route 2, just north of Moundsville. I had occasion to bring my car in for maintenance, and I wanted a loaner. Loka was with me. I asked the service manager about a loaner. I was turned down flat. “We don’t provide loaners, the service manager declared.”

Loka saw my agitation. “What’s the matter?” he asked. He always had a certain friendly happy grounded demeanor.

“I have to leave my car, but I can’t get a loaner,” I reported.

“They’ll give you a loaner,” Loka said.

“I already asked. They won’t,” I responded.

Loka beckoned and I followed him upstairs. There he stood a moment, with me beside him, at the owner’s door. Presently the owner looked up. “What?” he said.

Loka gave him a smile and pointed at me with his thumb, as if he was hitchhiking. “He wants you to give him a loaner,” Loka said. That was all there was to it. No song and dance, no long sad story, just “He wants it, let him have it.” I was presented as a solution.

The loaner was pretty good too; a used police cruiser.

“How’d you do that?” I asked. Although my body is older than Loka’s I felt like a boy at his side.

“You just have to show them they can do what they want to do,” he replied.

Loka was known as one of the very physically strongest of the Brijabasis at New Vrindabana. I’m talking about muscles. I was fascinated with arm wrestling. A couple of times I challenged Loka to arm wrestle. He beat me with the smiling ease of a kid who blows the tendrils from a dandelion.

I screwed my will and built my strength, exercising and harboring physical resources. My body is taller than Loka’s, I weigh more, I should be able to beat him at arm wrestling, I thought. I spent a few weeks preparing. I just had to beat him, I thought. At last, I felt ready. I approached Loka at Bahulabhana.

“Let’s arm wrestle again,” I said. I moved my elbows back and forth and stuck my hand out on the hood of Dodge Rama dasa. This time, I knew I had a chance.

Previously, Loka had always quickly accepted. This time he did not proffer his hand in return. He eyed me quizzically, then laughed and declined. He’d seen something.

“Why not?” I asked.

“I don’t want to hurt you,” he responded.

I thought about that. I considered the way I’d built my strength and the determination I had not to get beaten again. Loka was right, to beat me, he would have hurt me.

I am sure that is part of how Loka does this communication facility. He sees and relates to the other person. Perhaps the feat is unconscious, but the effect is never the less real. That insight comes from the Ultimate Connection.

I think of Loka and the New Vrindabana Brijabasis like the brightest of shining Spirit Souls, burnished by years of Service and pure in their causeless actions. Lokavarnatamma Prabhu is to me the epitome of Denizens there.

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 23, 2007 @ 2:57 am

In the last couple of weeks I’ve lost three old friends and colleagues: Suhotra Dasa Tapovanacari, Puru Dasa, and Muktakesa Dasa. All three have now, as we say, left this world. (The prosaic world just usually says “died.”)

Some time back, Muktakesa, always generous, had seen I wasn’t wearing a watch, so he gave me one (a pretty fancy Seiko). And since sannyasis are sometimes known for not holding on to things, he made me promise not to give it away. I used to see him in New Vrindaban, where he was running a program to offer spiritual help to prisoners in different parts of America who’d turned towards Krishna.

This past January, Suhotra and I had shared a pleasant lunch together in Mayapur (we’d had a lovely little debate over Semantics or something or other), and some days later he came to visit me—really just wanting to get together—at the flat where I was staying. Dressed in saffron, with a bag of—whatever—slung from his shoulder, he resembled a large-framed Buddhist monk. But instead of contemplating koans and seeking a void, he was always intent on the transcendent person Krishna.

And also in Mayapur in December-January I met my old friend Puru Dasa again, after a long while. I think he’d expected me to be cross with him (we had our differences on more issues than one), but I was truly delighted to see him, and we spent a short but warm time together. He reintroduced me to his daughters, whom I hadn’t seen since they were kids: “This is your spiritual uncle, Jayadvaita Swami.” And we enjoyed talking together about things concerning Krishna.

I had affection for all three of these godbrothers, and I’ll miss them.

That’s how it is. You watch your friends go, one by one. Then those who are left watch you go.

Hare Krishna.

JayAdwaita Swami

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 23, 2007 @ 2:55 am

Dear Loka Prabhu,

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

Below is a letter sent by Bhakta Carl, one of the inmates Mukta Prabhu was
preaching to. I thought you might want to add it to the letters on
Dandavats.

Also, although you may be tiring of hearing this by now, my husband and I
both wanted to express how deeply we are missing Muktakesa Prabhu’s love,
kindness, and encouragement. He was one of our best friends and well-wishers
in New Vrindavan and it just isn’t the same without him. He always made it a
point to stand up for us, encourage us, and share so many wonderful tokens
of his kindness, especially giving us books and sweet photos of Srila
Prabhupada and Radhanath Maharaj.

My husband was saying yesterday that he realizes now how much he misses the
fact that Muktakesa Prabhu was the only one who would chastize him if he
didn’t attend mangala-arati.

I can’t believe that he isn’t going to come through the door to ask me (a
few times a day sometimes!) to attach a photo or file to an email he’s
sending you.

We really miss him. We can’t begin to imagine what the void must be like for
you and Chediraj. However, his departure was a really eye-opener, too, a
reminder that we have to develop REAL attachment to Krsna’s holy name and
serving Prabhupada’s mission. Just see how Prabhupada, through you and the
other devotees, prepared such an auspicious departure for him. Thank you for
allowing us to be a part of this glorious part of our Vaisnava history. We
are forever indebted to Muktakesa Prabhu for leaving us with such a clear
message of what it really means to prepare for the moment of death.

Thank you, Prabhu. We don’t have much to offer, but if we can serve you in
any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

I hope this meets you well.

Hare Krsna.

Your servant,

Radha Sundari devi dasi

From Bhakta Carl:

My fellow devotees,

I am just one of the many inmates incarcerated across America who relied on
Muktakesa das for support, guidance, and friendship. He was fully dedicated
to his work with the ISKCON Prison Ministry and the news of his recetn
passing was both shocking adn heart wrenching, and yet, as I reflected on
the event I began to see it’s glorious side. Thus, I wrote this triumphant
tribute to help me direct my focus to the joyful aspects of his passing,
rather than dwelling on my own personal sadness at the loss of a true
friend. I hope that perhaps, by sharing my work with others, I might be able
to both offer them some comfort in their grieving, and at the same time,
help them to sing a song in honor of our brother Muktakesa das.

KRSNA matir astu,

Bhakta Carl

A CAROL FOR THE PASSING OF A FRIEND
(Sung to the tune of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”)

“HARK!” the Visnudutas said,
“Look who’s lying in that bed
Muktakesa, our Lord’s servant
LISTEN! Hear his friends all chant

“Let’s take wing to guide his soul
To his final heartfelt goal
His life’s journey now complete
We’ll lead him to KRSNA’s feet

“Joyful all devotees rise
Join the trumpets in the skies
Prabhupada suceeds again
Praise the passing of a friend”

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 21, 2007 @ 1:09 am

Dear Lokavarnottama Prabhu,

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

He was always very kind and friendly to me. I’ll miss him!

I’m sure you must be feeling his separation keenly. But Krsna is
always kind and always remembers a devotee’s service. And a devotee
like Mukta is hard to forget. Surely Krsna’s mercy must be with him.

Hoping this finds you in good health,

Your servant,
Jayadvaita Swami

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 16, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

Dear Chedi Raj,
I send to you my sincerest sympathies on the occasion of the passing away of your beloved father. Please know that hundreds of devotees in various parts of the world share your feeling of mourning. For the last couple weeks he has been prominently in my heart, my prayers and my dreams.
Your father is a very special soul. I have known him for over thirty years and have nothing but affection for him.
We all know how much he struggled to overcome conditionings that were deep rooted from his past. He struggled more than most of us will ever know. At times he fell in his battles, but he never gave up. He strived to pick himself up again and again. But through it all, his faith in Krishna and Srila Prabhupada was always shining. Through his victories and defeats, he was everyone’s well-wisher. I never saw him bear envy or hatred to anyone. He blamed no one but himself for his troubles and inside that rough and restless exterior there was a gentleness and humility that was real and rare.
I have seen many devotees give up their practice and faith or become cynics for a fraction of the difficulties your father passed through. He is a shining example for all the world of a great soul who would never give up his beloved Lord.

Your father is a soft hearted and compassionate soul who genuinely strived for pure love. His love has touched many hearts; from devotees and friends to destitute prisoners who he granted the highest meaning of life to live for. His life will bring hope, courage and joy to all who knew him and many who will hear of him. Please, Chedi Raj, be proud to have had such a rare soul as your father. Learn from him to not be implicated in vices that only lead to torment. Learn from him the beauty of faith, compassion and goodness, which he fought battles every day to achieve.
Your father had an amazing attachment to the Holy Names of Krishna. The scriptures tell us that such an attachment will surely bring us to Krishna. In the end, he was surrounded by exalted personalities who sang the Holy Names as a tribute of love and gratitude to his life of devotion.
With tears in my heart, I have to come to grips with the reality that I have lost a dear friend and Godbrother. But behind the cloud of my sorrow I feel the sunlight of joy. For Srila Prabhupada and Krishna have liberated their dear devotee, Mukta Kesha Prabhu from his worldly challenges and surely brought him to a higher destination.
Your father lovingly named you after his dearest friend and traveling partner, who was a saint in every way. It was his hope that the divine qualities and blessings of His Grace Chedi Raja Prabhu would always be there to guide and protect you.
Thank you Cedi Raja. My heartfelt prayers are always with you.
Your servant,
Radhanath Swami

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 13, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

Dear Lokavarnatam Prabhu

Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
My heart is broken upon hearing of the passing of our beloved friend and Godbrother, Mukta Kesh Prabhu.
He is a genuine devotee who struggled and strived more than practically anyone I had ever seen; against a mind turbulent from past karmas. But he remained always fixed in his faith in Srila Prabhupada, Krishna and his beautiful love for the vaisnavas.
I was really hoping to spend quality time in his association this coming summer. In the past few years I had been distracted from my loving Godbrothers and Godsisters association by the demands of New Vrindavan crises and poor health. But now that opportunity has passed as Srila Prabhupada has taken our dear Mukta Kesh Prabhu to his lotus feet.
I sincerely love and admire your brother and thank Srila Prabhupada for blessing me with over thirty years of his association. Please know that I share in your mourning.
Your servant,
Radhanath Swami

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 13, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

Dear Loka Prabhu,
I am so sorry for your loss . When a Vaisnava departs, it is a loss for the whole world and most especially for us, members of the Mukta prabhu’s extended spiritual family . I can only imagine how hard this has been for you and pray that you can find solace knowing that Sri Krsna is always in direct control of His beloved devotees . I pray that you will find comfort at the Lotus Feet of the Lord and Sri Guru…with love and pranams, Rasa-lila dd

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 13, 2007 @ 9:18 am

Dear Loka prabhu:

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

Hrsikesa’s story of Mukta’s passing brought tears to our eyes. Just see how Krsna arranges for His devotee to leave this place. How fortunate Mukta was to have all of you there to assist him. His kindness, enthusiasm and determination certainly won the hearts of so many.

I remember the years that I was fortunate to work with him on New Vrindavan SKP. He always found a way to make us laugh even though sometimes we wanted to wring his neck. He was always the first out and the last to come back and was a great source of enthusiasm for the other SKP devotees.

He had such a soft heart. Recently after seeing the photo of my son and his new wife he cried being so happy for Drdha. He always saw the good side of devotees and wouldn’t entertain gossip.

One picture is frozen in my mind of Mukta walking back and forth in front of Krsna Balarama temple in Vrndavana, holding his bead-bag high on his chest like he did and literally yelling Krsna’s holy names almost at the top of his voice so that every living entity nearby would be benedicted.

Thanks Muktakesa you really were a rare gem.

Your servants,
Dharmatma das
Dvijapriya dasi

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 13, 2007 @ 1:58 am

Dear Lokavarnothama Prabhu.

Please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet.
All glories to srila Prabhupada.
All glories to kind and mercy vaisnava like you.

I read with sad heart and pain about the condition of your twin brother Mukta Kesa Prabhu on www. Dandavat.com this morning.

I am now residing in Mayapur with my family and will start from tomorrow to buy assorted fruits and the receipt issued in the name of Mukta Kesa Prabhu and give to Lord Nrisimhadeva’s pujari to offer to Lord Nrsimhadeva for your brother’s protection and distribute the maha to children and old ladies in Navadvipa to pray for your brother etc. I will do this for seven consecutive days…….I have tried this as it was recommended for helping those who are very sick and are in critical conditions and it had helped tremendously in the past. I will also speak to Pankajaghri Prabhu and give your brother’s picture to place at the feet of Lord Nrsimhadeva to help him……..He is my friend and he will do that on your behalf………Please do not worry about the laxmi I will use for all the puja etc……..I will take care of that happily as I have being looking for an opportunity to also render some little insignificant service at your feet.

May be you forgot me, but I am Shastra dasa from Ghana, your helped our School; Lord Krishna’s Academy so much to pick and stand as it is……………..

On the order of my gurumaharaja and HH Mahavisnu Swami, we have moved to Mayapur for the past 18 months as my wife, the former Haedmistress now teaches at Sri Mayapur International School, where our son is also schooling. I am in-charge of harinam, using my accordion to visit all the nearby villages……The Management just approach me to add FFL to my harinam as I visit these poor village. We plan to distribute over 5000 plate of prasadam on weekly basis.

I need your mercy and blessings to be able to render this special and significant service in the holy dhama since I am most fallen and unqualified.

I can keep you updated, if I will not be of botheration to you…..

May Sri RadhaMadhava, Lord Nrisimhadeva, Pancha Tattva, Srila Prabhupada and all the residents of the Holy Dhama bless you and your lovely family unlimitedly for your kindness and love to humanity at large…..

Hare Krishna.
your servant
Shastra dasa

PS: We usually go out five times a week five hours daily, from today onwards, I will also keep praying for Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda while on harinam to intervene and help your brother.

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:46 am

Dear Lokavarnottama Prabhu,

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

I just wanted to express to Muktakesh Prabhu, yourself, and all his other
friends and well wishers how much myself and all the brahmacaris here in New
Vrindaban appreciate him, he is such a wonderful devotee and has always been
like a father to us. Personally coming to wake us up in the morning,
inspiring us to have good sadhana and inspiring us to preach by his example
of enthusiasm to preach.

We pray for the best possible outcome in this situation, and hope you are
able to find strength in this most difficult time.

Please let us know if there is any thing we can do for you.

Your Servant,
Gauranga Kishore Das

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:44 am

My Dear Lokavarnotamma Prabhu,

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

When I first joined Srila Prabhupada’s movement in the ISKCON Buffalo Temple in 1972, I was a mental and emotional wreck, having been chewed up and spit out by a dysfunctional family and a drug-crazed hippie culture. Thus, I found it difficult to engage in Srila Prabhupada’s simple and sublime process of Krishna consciousness, although I always tried my best.

I can remember that you and your wonderful brother, Mukta Kesa, while sincerely engaged in working hard to spread Srila Prabhupada’s mission, always had time to joke and laugh with me and this, more than anything else, made the process of Krishna consciousness so much easier for me.

Sometimes you and Mukta would make me laugh so hard that my sides would nearly split. You thought I was “goofy” and you told me so, but it was your combined sense of humor that made me like this.

I don’t think that I would have ever remained in Krishna consiousness if not for the wonderful association of yourself and Mukta Kesa and devotees like Mother Sita, Madhava, Gunagrahi, and all of the other wonderful devotees in the Buffalo ISKCON Temple.

I felt, for the first time in my life, that people really loved me and cared about me, and I could perceive Srila Prabhupada’s love and compassion coming through all of you.

I am eternally indebted to your wonderful brother, Mukta Kesa, for helping me surmount insurmountable odds and enabling me to remain in Krishna consciousness for so many years.

I hope that you and good ol’ Mukta Kesa keep me situated in a tiny corner of your hearts. I’m sure that you both have a place in Lord Krishna’s merciful heart and that He is embracing you both.

Please forgive me if I sound too sentimental and not philosophical enough. That is just who I am. I can’t change who I am.

Your eternal friend and servant,

Ajitananda dasa

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:43 am

Prayers for Muktakesh Prabhu

Dearest Brijabasis,

I just had the opportunity of visiting Muktakesh at
the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Montefiore
Hospital Intensive Care Unit for about an hour
yesterday afternoon. I was not very happy to see him
at first, considering his suffering condition.

He is unconscious and doesn’t seem to be aware of his
surroundings. His breathing is regulated by a
respirator which is connected to his trachea through a
hole in his throat. He is fed continuously from a
bottle of tan-colored foodstuff which hangs from a
rack by his bed and enters his stomach through a tube
passing through his mouth and esophagus. The product
consists of primarily liquid soybeans and vitamins, as
I read on the ingredients label. His vital signs are
continuously monitored by computer and nurses. He
appears to be in stable condition. The nurse told me
they tried this morning to allow him to breathe on his
own, but they thought his breath rate was too high, so
they put him back on the ventilator. He is wearing a
neck brace, on account of the recent operation in his
neck-spine to remove a tumor. While I was there the
nurses had to move his head to reposition a tube which
helps drain the wound in his trachea. When they were
finished and laid his head back down on the bed, he
seemed visibly disturbed and agitated for about ten
minutes. Truly my heart was sore to see Mukta in this
miserable condition.

Then gradually I began remembering my joyful personal
pastimes with Mukta. One of my first memories of him
was 28-some years ago when we, along with dozens of
other New Vrindaban devotees, worked the Pope Pick in
Chicago in October 1979. We all hawked Pope buttons
before, during, and after John Paul II’s outdoor mass
at Brighton Park. There must have been a million
people there, and we worked the crowd all day long
until late at night. After the crowd had dissipated,
and the pick was over, I sat in Dharmatma’s van
counting my collection. It was about 10 or 11 p.m. All
our scores were counted, and Mukta was shocked that I,
a brand-new sankirtan devotee, had collected $1643 and
I had beaten his impressive score. Mukta was highly
competitive to please Krishna, to be the biggest for
Krishna, so he had some challenging words with me and
promptly picked up his button bag and ran out back
into the dark to try to find a few more people to buy
a few more buttons.

A few months later, Dharmatma sent a few teams of
devotees to work a big concert at Pittsburgh’s Civic
Arena. I think we were distributing paperback books,
probably Easy Journey To Other Planets, on the
sidewalks. I could not get the hand of this type of
sankirtan, so I just followed Mukta around to see how
he did so big. Although I was shy at approaching
people, Mukta was fearless and I tried to follow in
his footsteps. But what big footsteps they were!

However, before I knew it, we were all picked up by
the police and we spent a few hours in the Allegheny
County Jail. Mukta was incensed that these ignorant
cops would try to stop Lord Chaitanya’s sankirtan
movement, and he told them so in no uncertain terms. I
was surprised by his audacity. After things quieted
down, Mukta rallied the devotees by starting a raucous
kirtan in the jail holding cell, and we all passed the
time chanting the Holy Name until we were released an
hour or two later.

During the intervening years from 1979 until the
present I have had other opportunities to serve with
Mukta in one way or another; most recently in his
ISKCON PRISON MINISTRY by helping edit and publish
five books written by Tirtha in Prison. I always
thought that Muktakesh was constantly thinking “How
can I best serve Krishna?”

As I indicated earlier, I was sorely aggrieved when I
first saw Mukta’s condition in Intensive Care, but
little by little, I began to understand more clearly
that Mukta was completely in Krishna’s hands. He was
being served by the hospital staff, and by his son and
brother Loka, and by the prayers of all the beloved
Brijabasis. Earlier Loka had brought a small cassette
player into the room and placed it on a shelf on some
machinery near Mukta’s head. Minute after minute and
hour after hour a self-repeating tape of Srila
Prabhupada chanting “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna
Krishna Hare Hare; Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare
Hare” constantly bathed the room with the pleasing
sound vibration of the Holy Names. Next to the tape
player was placed a small photograph of a Lord
Nrsimhadev Deity; the protector of the devotees.

The nurse was friendly and we chatted for a while. She
was especially curious about the chanting on the
cassette tape, and told me that Mukta’s brother had
telephoned that morning to make sure the tape was
playing. She wanted to know what were the words on the
tape, and she attentively and respectively listened to
my explanation of Mukta’s religious beliefs, the power
of the Holy Names of Hare, Krishna and Rama, and
Krishna’s statement in Bhagavad-gita: “Whoever, at the
time of death, quits his body, remembering Me alone,
at once attains My nature.” I explained to her, “Most
of Ronald’s friends call him Mukta; I don’t know how
many people actually call him Ronald, so perhaps he
may not clearly recognize the name. So I suggest when
you talk to him to see if he is responsive, to see if
he can consciously follow a direction to move his toe,
perhaps you should address him by the name Mukta.” She
laughed and agreed.

I also had some quality time alone with Mukta.
Although he did not appear responsive, I thought
perhaps he might be able to hear my voice, so I spoke
with him for ten or fifteen minutes; I introduced
myself, and expressed my appreciation for his
association during the years. I told him all the
Brijabasis were keeping him in their prayers. I told
him that he was in Krishna’s hands (indeed at every
moment of our lives we are in Krishna’s hands, but
sometimes when we are particularly helpless, we become
more aware of our dependency), and I told him that we
all love him. He is very dear to us, as I am sure he
is dear to Prabhupada and Krishna. I also told him he
sometimes can be a big rascal, but I said so out of
affection and half-joking. I think he appreciated my
visit.

I finally left the hospital feeling great inspiration
in my heart; believing that Krishna is taking care of
Mukta, as He is taking care of us all. Is this not the
quality of a Vaishnava; that he makes us remember
Krishna in any condition of life?

Hrishikesh (Henry Doktorski)

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:42 am

Dear Loka prabhu:

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

Please offer our respects to Muktakesa prabhu and tell him that we are thinking of him and praying to Lord Narasimha for his recovery and strength in Krishna consciousness.

I’m sure you are doing all you can to keep Krishna foremost in his mind.

Hari bol!

Your servants,
Dharmatma das
Dvijapriya dasi

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:40 am

Dandavad. Prabhupada kijaya

I was dismayed to read of Mukta’s illness. I am praying deeply for his full recovery. May Sri Nrismha protect and deliver him.

Your servant,
Pancharatna dasa

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:39 am

Dear Loka Prabhu,

I read about Mukta’s ordeal in the email that was sent by Jaya Murari. I will be praying for his protection and recovery . I do know how difficult it must be for you and pray that Lord Krsna gives you the strength you need to go through this along with him. I know he is so very dear to Srila Prabhupada ,being a great maharati in Lord Caitanya’s sankirtan army . Due to our association with Srila Prabhupada , and having been granted the shelter of his lotus feet , we are fortunate beyond our ability to comprehend and we are guaranteed that, as Lord Krsna’s devotees, we will never perish . Namaste , with love to both of you , Rasa-lila dd

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:38 am

I pray that he can peacefully go back to godhead. He is a very kind soul
and loves devotees, so I am sure the Krsna will welcome him.

‘krsne matir astu.

Kavicandra Swami

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:37 am

Mukta

Your life turned out perfect by meeting Srila Prabhupada. You are on
your way back to Godhead.
I pray that you are not suffering and that you will be able to
continue serving His Divine Grace.
Hare Krishna !

All the best
ys
Mangalananda & Yamini

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:37 am

Dear loka prabhu,
dandavata.
all glories to srila prabhupada

I am very concerned about muktakesha pr’s health.
Radanath maharaja is also praying for him.

i hope and pray krsna will do the right things for him. It is amazing to
see how much u r attach to each other, and this is not mundane but
attachment to devotees, i applaud it.

please whenever he comes back to consciousness convey my love to mukta
prabhu, he is one of my dear devotees.

i will keep in touch with you.

your servant,
govinda das.

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:36 am

Hare Krsna! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada! PAMHO I just read about your brother on chakra and I pray that he is not suffering. But I also pray that you are alright. Sometimes it is more difficult for the person in your position becuase you feel helpless and alone. Just remember that your brother has done alot of service for Srila Prabhupada and Krsna and They do not forget and They always honor Their end of the deal. I pray that both you and your brother continue to serve Srila Prabhupada both in this life and the next. Your servant Gokularanjana das

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:35 am

Dear Loka,
I’m very sorry to hear the news of your brother, and I pray the he comes thru this well and regains consciousness.
I always enjoyed working with him because of his humor and wit that made the austerities easier to bare. In the Kirtans and Hari Nam his voice boomed above all others.
Best regards to you and you family during these difficult times.
Ananda Das (ACBSP)
New Orleans / New Talavan

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:34 am

Yes Loka Prabhu, I will call you tomorrow evening around 6;30 pm.
What you said in the last sentence is so beautiful and realized.
This is the moment that Srila Prabhupada prepared us for.
I am so glad that you are including me, as I am very fond of both of
you,
and grateful, too, that you think of me.
Our time together in Buffalo grows more important to me
as years pass. I want to see and hug you both again at the festival
of inspiration.
But we will keep Mukta in our hearts, and be purified by thinking of
him with love.
I have been praying for you both today and I asked several other
devotees at the temple
to pray to Lord Nrsimhadeva for you also.
I will be thinking of you as I go to rest tonight, so we are together
in heart, you me and Mukta.
Hare Krishna.
Lakshmivan

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:33 am

Hare Krsna Loka,
AG2SP

This is Sahadeva writing from Vrindavan and I want to express how shocked and saddened I am to hear the news about dear old Mukta Kesh. He’s one of my old sankirtan buddies that I’ve never forgotten. I’ve loved and respected him for his determination to serve Krsna to the best of his ability, through thick and thin he’s always been there… and his seva for the prison ministries was something I just recently wanted to write and thank him for after reading one of your articles. As I didn’t get the chance to do that I hope that if he regains consciousness you can relay to him that his old friend saha loves him and is really happy that he had an opportunity to get his association.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers prabhu,

Love
saha __/\o_

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:32 am

– Dear Lokavarnotam prabhu and Muktakesha Prabhu,

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

You may not remember us. We were visitng New Vrndavan Dhama in the summer of 2005 from Vancouver BC. My husband is your God Brother, Kripanidhi Das and we were there for 10 days to visit (and accept initiation) from my spiritual master and rathyatra. We also had the good fortune to witness true community love by being invited to Mukta’s welcome home party at Nityodita prabhu’s asrama.

Also, when my wallet turned up gone, you and your brother got very busy trying to find out where it was. (THANK YOU!) I remember you sharing with us that you had been married to a Guyanese woman, I believe? My husband is from there. I also have a recording of you singing to Lord Jagannatha after bringing Them back onto the altar.

What I know about you and your brother is by seeing the love that went into the party to welcome mukta prabhu home. Sincerely, I was touched. We wanted to move there right then. THIS was community and we wanted a piece of it. Obviously, you both are well-loved and appreciated there. Politics aside.

I’m sorry I don’t have much else to offer, other than you and your brother are in my prayers and in my heart. Deeply.

Please take care of yourself, Prabhu. he needs you to be well, also.

Your aspiring servant, Karunamayi devi dasi

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:31 am

My Dear Muktakesha prabhu
Please accept my humble obeisances; all glories to Srila Prabhupada.
It was with great anxiety that I heard of your physical condition.

I pray to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada, Radha Vrindaban Chandra, and Caitanya Mahaprabhu that They watch carefully over you so your passing is smooth and peaceful.

I remember so clearly our days together serving our beloved spiritual master when we were all in Buffalo temple. I developed great love for you and your brother from those early days, and remember them fondly.
I also remember you telling about the “only” instruction you received from Srila Prabhupada. He was visiting one temple here in USA, and one morning you were outside the house, chanting in your normal boisterous way. Suddenly Prabhupada’s servant came down to deliver you a message from His Divine Grace: “Tell that crazy boy to go chant somewhere else”.
I’m sure you also recognize this as proof that Prabhupada can see all our hearts and minds!

You have done a tremendous amount of service for our spiritual master, all the parampara, Lord Caitanya and Krsna Himself, by selflessly distributing SO many books.
Plus, your sense of humor gave great pleasure to many, many Vaishnavas.
These, plus all the services you have rendered that I am not aware of, are eternally to your great credit.
Please remember me when you arrive back Home.

I’m sorry I didn’t get more of your association.

Please know that Srila Prabhupada and Krsna are watching over you now, and always.

I will miss your association, laughter and sense of humor.

Your eternal servant,
Gaura Sakti das

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:29 am

Haribol,

I just want to send my love to Mukta Kesa and his family. I’m very sad to hear of Mukta’s condition and I am praying for him. He is a great devotee and a wonderful friend to my father which I am so thankful to him for. I love you Mukta.

Hare Krishna
Malini

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:29 am

Dear Mukta,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
This is difficult to accept. I just talked to Loka and heard the
complications of your health. It made me cry. I pray and hope that everyone
is wrong (Doctors) and we will chant and dance and do japa together. I have
spent many years with you and liked your association very much. Whenever you
pass by my office door you will shout “RUPA”!!! We will argue over rent
and other bill just to have fun. Many devotees thought that why is he
yelling, but I liked it and I always thought that you are doing it out of
love. One time we had some arguments and we did not speak with each other
for sometime but than I could not tolerated and came to say hello to you and
our relationship became normal. You have always asked me to come for
morning program and we encouraged each other to follow the program. Your
love for Srila Prabhupada is clearly manifest on your office wall. You are
known to be very charitable among devotees. You liked to give. We are
missing all this. Please do not leave us. We are in hand of Krishna and he
will be the final judge. May He the Supreme Lord of the Lords will lovingly
keep you sound and safe. Your Rupanuga

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:28 am

Dear Loka,

PAMHO. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!

Please read the following to Mukta.

Dear Muktakesha prabhu,

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

I’m very sorry to hear of your temporary suffering. I pray that you will continue to rest comfortably safe in the hands of Lord Krishna.

Not being a native brijbasi, I don’t have memories of your service in New Vrandavan from many years ago. But I warmly remember our conversation last spring when you explained your success with the Prison Ministry preaching service. This service alone has resulted in saving thousands of souls. Personally, I experienced, with joy, your excitement for telling the stories of Krishna’s life.

You enthusiasm for sankirtan and Krishna-katha is infectious. Everyone is attracted to your association to hear alternately about preaching to thousands of prisoners or directly about Krishna’s wonderful pastimes.

Your life has been spent in wonderful service to Srila Prabhupada. Surely, he is now at your side waiting for Krishna’s final word on whether you continue your service here or perhaps join Prabhupada in his current engagement. Fortunately, as Prabhupada’s faithful follower, you always have been and always will be protected by him.

I’ve heard that many devotees visit regularly and that you constantly have the nectar sound of Prabhupada chanting the holy name in your ears. So I’m certain that you have all the protection that you need to make the most important transition of your life (if Krishna says that now is the time). Your future is certain since you have such a deep attachment only for hearing Krishna’s names and pastimes, activities which you have done your entire life as Prabhupada’s servant.

Although you already have all blessings in full, I offer my earnest prayers and blessings that you will pass quickly and comfortably if Krishna prefers that. Simultaneously, I pray that Krishna will benedict us, your friends, and benefit your many bhaktas in prison by allowing you to stay.

For you, it doesn’t matter whether you stay or go, since either way your life is full of heart-felt affectionate service for Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Vrndavanacandra. Personally, I hope you will be allowed to stay so once again we can remember and discuss Krishna’s ecstatic pastimes both in Goloka with His friends and family, and here in bhuloka where He engages us in His preaching service.

Love,
Your servant and friend,
Vidyananda dasa

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:27 am

Dear Prabhu,

Please accept my humble respects. All glories unto Srila Prabhupada.

All glories unto your service for so many years fulfilling Prabhupada’s desire.

Prabhu, Chandra just called me last night and informed me about your condition. For some reason I was not surprised because I emailed you about a week ago and had not heard a response. When you don’t reply within 24 hours either I offended you, as the usual case, or, as in this case, something is wrong.

The first time I saw you in your office at NV you had two matajis doing service and you immediately put me to service. I was hoping you would spend time glorifying me, a newly released bhakta from prison now a temple resident. But you saw through that and got right to the essence of devotional service: SERVICE!!

I will never forget the day I unexpectantly walked to the mailroom at Dominquez State Jail and recieved a Bhrad Bhagavartma. What a surprise!! I never deserved this just like I never deserved your mercy.

Prabhu, I don’t know what to say. We need you here but Krsna has his plan. Maybe Srila Prabhupada is calling you to distribute his books again. Whatever the outcome, I am honored to know you. I will be in NV for the FofI in May. If possible, I would love to do some service for you then. Just let me know whatever you need.

Your servant,

bhakta Jerry

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:25 am

Dear Lokavarnotamma dasa,
Please accept my obeisances. _/\ò_ All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I pray to Srila Prabhupada and to Lord Sri Krsna for your bother’s
quick recovery. I am sure that whatever happens he is in the hands of the
Supreme Lord who will make all auspicious arrangements for him.

Hope all is well.

Yours servant,
Prahladananda Swami

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:23 am

Dear Muktakesa prabhu
please accept my humble obeisances All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

…Now we heard that you planing a big journey and a new destination to further your service to Krishna

You may not remember your own service at the time of death but Krishna will never forget

Your departure is bringing the communauty of vaisnavas closer together in order to enhance our rememberance of Krishna while wishing you well

HARE KRISHNA

Your servant

Vedavyasa dasa

» Posted By LOKAVARNOTAMMA On Apr 12, 2007 @ 4:22 am

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