Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
It is with deep regret that we inform you of the disappearance of Sripad Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Maharaja due to a massive cardiac arrest. He passed away around 12:15 am today, Monday, October 2nd, in Calcutta, Srila Prabhupada’s place of birth.
We the members and servants of the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, express our profound bereavement on the passing of our dear Godbrother and fellow Governing Body Commissioner Sri Srimad Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Maharaja, the beloved disciple of ISKCON Founder/Acarya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Srila Prabhupada gave special attention to Sripada Maharaja, even up to his last days in Vrindavana in November of 1977. He would sometimes refer to Sripada Maharaja affectionately as, “Our Dr. Svarupa Damodara” and “our scientist, Svarupa Damaodara”, and there were hours of conversations between Prabhupada and Sripada Maharaja.
Sri Srimad Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Maharaja dedicated his life to fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s order to spread Krishna consciousness throughout the world especially through the medium of the Bhaktivedanta Institute. Maharaja tirelessly worked to publish literature, develop relationships with leading scientists and organize elaborate conferences that brought the scientific community together to hear the message of Krishna Consciousness in a language they could appreciate. While doing that, he simultaneously established Krishna Consciousness in his native State of Manipur. He spread the glories of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada throughout that area. He was always a gentle, humble soul who worked tirelessly in Srila Prabhupada’s service. Even at his advanced age, he was traveling the globe attending conferences, meeting top scientists, preaching at ISKCON temples and program. In this time of their great grief, we pledge ourselves to the service of his disciples and followers who are determined to carry on his great service to the mission of Srila Prabhupada.
Signed (on behalf of the GBC Body),
AC Bhaktivaibhava Swami
ISKCON GBC Chairman 2006-2007
Dear Assembled Vaisnavas,
Please accept my humble obeisances _/\ò_. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!Image
It is with great regret and lamentation that we announce the sudden departure of Sripad Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami at approximately 12:15 AM Kolkata time, October 2nd, 2006, in Kolkata India. Sripad Maharaja, as he was affectionately known by his followers, was sixty-nine years old.
Sripad Maharaja was staying in the Bhaktivedanta Institute flat in Kolkata with four assistants, Brajendra Kumar, Brajapati, Brihaspati and Gunam Canda Singh. He had been receiving treatment for the injury he sustained in the grenade attack at Janmastami in ISKCON's Manipur temple.
Just before midnight Maharaja called for Brajendra Kumar prabhu complaining of severe pain in his shoulder. Over the next few minutes he became breathless, and before a doctor could be called, he departed this mortal world for the transcendental realm.
Because of the time, a doctor could only be called later this morning. He confirmed the cause of death as ventricular fibulation leading to cardiac arrest.
At the time of writing, 9 AM October 2 2006, the intention is to take the body of Sripada Maharaja first to Imphal, Manipur on an 11 AM flight, and thence to New Delhi this evening, and then on to Radha-kunda. It was Maharaja's wish that he be put into samadhi in Radha-kunda.
However because of the necessary preparations that have to be made for transporting his body, clearance of airline regulations etc. it may not be possible to go to Imphal. In this case his body will be flown directly to New Delhi most likely this afternoon.
The devotees of ISKCON Mayapur wish to express their shock and grief at the departure of Sripad Maharaja, and offer their most heartfelt condolences and prayers to the disciples and associates of Sripad Maharaja whose hearts must surely be burning in the fire of separation at the loss of their beloved spiritual master.
We will keep the devotee community advised via the internet as further information becomes available. Anyone wishing to ring may contact the Kolkata Vice President, Sriman Varada Krishna prabhu on +09331260760.
On behalf of ISKCON Mayapur
Your humble servant,
Note from Mayapur.com : To learn about Sripad Bhaktiswarup Damodar Maharaja's contribution to scientific preaching, visit the official website of his Bhaktivedanta Institute group at http://binstitute.org.
A brief message about the demise of Sripad Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Goswami, to be continued later, from Sripad Sivarama Swami: Click here for a 2.7 MB mp3 file download - 5:31 mins playing time.
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