Announcement of the Auspicious Disappearance
of Sripad Rsabhdev Prabhu.
From an email distributed to the Devotees and family.
Sripad Rsabhdev Prabhu passed away very peacefully
at 8pm Saturday 17th June 2000 here in the direct presence of Srila Bhakti
Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj and over 20 devotees as they chanted
the Maha-Mantra and read from Srimad Bhagavad-gita. It was all very special.
He was a selfless, dedicated devotee who rendered various services, though
perhaps best known as the former manager of our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva
Ashram, Soquel, California.
Rsabhdev Prabhu's final breaths were taken lying on his back with his eyes
open, his japa mala and Sri Gita on his chest, and with Srila Gurudev pouring
a little Charanamritam in his mouth. So beautiful, and all felt blessed
to have been present during his exemplary passing away. Srila Gurudev then
chanted various "Ki jai's" and repeatedly chanted, "Sripad
Rsabhdev Prabhu, ki jai!"
Rsabhdev Prabhu's body was presently brought very respectfully, fully garlanded,
lying on a bed before Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj at
his Samadhi Mandir and then before the effulgent Deities of Their Lordships
Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga-Gandharvva-Govindasundarjiu. Accompanied by continuous
Kirttan his body was taken for traditional bathing in the Ganga, and cremation.
The ashes then being offered unto the shelter of Mother Ganges.
While sending our condolences to the bereaved, we all feel Sripad Rsabhdev
Prabhu's life's ambition has been gloriously achieved.
-Mahananda das B.R.
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math,
Kolerganj, P.O. Nabadwip, District Nadia, West Bengal, India
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