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Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I had the good fortune of Sanjaya Prabhu‚Äôs association during the years 1976-1982 and for brief periods of time from 1990-1992.
Sanjaya Prabhu and I were roommates for some time at the West 55th St. Hare Krishna temple, Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandira in New York City.
We distributed Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs books together at Port Authority Bus Terminal, Pennsylvania Station on 7th Ave., Grand Central Station, and we were Sankirtan partners working Transworld Airlines Terminal (TWA) at John F. Kennedy Airport.
Sanjaya Prabhu was highly motivated to distribute Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs with great determination. When Sanjaya Prabhu was sailing smoothly with that intense quality of devotional enthusiasm, only a very few gifted book distributors e. g. Vaishesika Prabhu and Praghosa Prabhu, among the male book distributors in New York City, were able to get more books distributed in a day. Sanjaya Prabhu averaged 20-30 Maha-Big books daily and often 35-50 Maha-Big books on Friday which was generally the most productive day of the week to distribute Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs books.
I feel safe in estimating Sanjaya Prabhu distributed, considering various book categories Maha-Big books, Big Books, Small books, BTG‚Äôs etc., somewhere in the range of 100,000 books for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada in his early years as a Sankirtan devotee. Sanjaya Prabhu was a caring, humble, respectful devotee and in addition to his dedication and skill distributing Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs books Sanjaya Prabhu was a very soft hearted devote and exemplified an exceptional loving devotional mood in his worship of Sri Sri Radha Krishna, the Vijay-vigraha of New York ISKCON. Sri Sri Radha Krishna were installed personally by Srila Prabhupada in April 1968 at 26 2nd Ave. New York City and Their Lordships became Sanjaya Prabhu‚Äôs favorite deity in New York ISKCON.
Sanjaya Prabhu was a very meticulous Pujari, expert at caring for and decorating Sri Sri Radha Krishna. He advised me once to ‚Äú be careful worshipping the Deity and not to allow the humble devotional attitude to become a victim of an attitude of approaching the Deity in the mode of passion.‚ÄĚ In 1990-1992 Sanjaya Prabhu occasionally visited us at Sri Sri Radha Govinda temple in Brooklyn New York when he was passing through making wholesale purchases of Korean produced paintings for his business in England. In 1990 when he visited he made a humble request asking me if I could help him by supplying him some Sri Sri Radha Krishna prasadam dresses. Sanjaya Prabhu at that time was worshiping small Radha Krishna deities in his home in England and he wanted to care for his home deities, and re-awaken his West 55th St mood, a special caring and loving mood, in worship of Radha Krishna.
He wanted his home deity painted to look exactly like New York ISKCON Radha Krishna to continue on the path of devotion he started in his early years. By receiving the prasadam dresses of New York Sri Sri Radha Krishna along with painting his home Deity to appear as exact replica‚Äôs, that initiative would go a long way to complete the advent of his old and dear Istadeva in his home. At that time I gave Sanjaya Prabhu approximately seven retired West 55th St. Radha Krishna prasadam dresses to facilitate his devotional goal to rekindle that old flame of caring love and devotion for Sri Sri Radha Krishna. A few months after Sanjaya Prabhu visited us in Brooklyn and I gave him the deity dresses I was scheduling my annual visit to Vrndavana and Mayapur.
Sanjaya Prabhu contacted me requesting I visit him as a guest in his home in England, so I could have darshan of his Radha Krishna deity, now with Their beautiful West 55th St standard dresses. When I arrived at Sanjaya Prabhu‚Äôs home and after settling in he took me to the temple room in his home for darshan with his Deity. After offering obeisances to his Sri Sri Radha Krishna deity and taking a careful look at his Deity, with the old New York Radha Krishna prasadam dress and his expert and elegant style of decorating the Deity, I was very surprised and quite impressed with the accuracy of the facial painting replication he achieved, making his home deity appear 100% exactly like New York West 55th St Radha Krishna.
Sanjaya Prabhu was very happy that he had captured his old Deities, and brought Their Lordships to his home. Sanjaya Prabhu was a very dedicated devotee. In Atlanta in 1975 on a walk with the Radha Damodar Bus Party Sankirtan devotees Srila Prabhupada was asked by a Sannyasi disciple what service pleased him the most? Srila Prabhupada replied ‚Äúwhen I see that my disciple is learning to love Krishna‚ÄĚ.
Sanjaya Prabhu not only distributed a Tractor Trailer load of books but also pleased Srila Prabhupada by his striving up to recent days to keep that devotional flame burning. I am certain he pleased Srila Prabhupada very much. I was very surprised to read of Sanjaya Prabhu‚Äôs passing on, now he is so much closer to that ultimate darshan in Sri Krishna‚Äôs Abode of Truth, with his eternal master Srila Prabhupada and his eternal Lords Sri Sri Radha Krishna. I will arrange a special offering on his behalf of quality food preps and fragrant flowers, to his old and dear Deity Sri Sri Radha Krishna, simply because I know he would want Their Lordships to be pleased and enjoy the best items offered with love and devotion, just as he offered to Sri Sri Radha Krishna when he served in Their temple. All glories to Sanjaya das Prabhu the dedicated servant of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.
Your insignificant servant, Ramabhadra das
Comment Posted By Ramabhadra das On 22.11.2007 @ 15:26