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To Tamal Krishna Goswami
From Sankarshan Das Adhikari

Tamal Krishna Goswami, Mayapur 2002
Click here for full photo.
Photo: Radha Caran das (TKG)

My Dear Tamal Krishna Goswami Maharaja,

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

It is such a great sadness for me that you have departed. For these last twenty-four years that I have personally known you, you have been a great inspiration for me in my service to Srila Prabhupada. Your dedication to being fully absorbed in spreading Krishna consciousness and the obvious sweet taste you were deriving from that absorption stands eternally as a shining example to all Vaisnavas.

I can never forget how kind you were to me when I went out to open a preaching center. In spite of your busy schedule you did the austerity of riding 300 miles with me in my little Toyota to help me line up a donor to support the center.

I will never forget how ecstatic it was when you and I lived alone for two or three weeks in Houston on your first writing retreat as I assisted you in putting together your first book, Servant of the Servant.

Hare Krishna 
Hare Krishna 
Krishna Krishna 
Hare Hare 
Hare Rama 
Hare Rama 
Rama Rama 
Hare Hare

 

I remember how blissful it was to be with you at the temple opening in Labasa, Fiji. You so much relished honoring the prasadam from the newly installed Deities even though the prasadam was cold.

My last time to be in your physical presence, Goswami Maharaja, was your 2001 Vyas Puja celebration in Dallas. It was so enlivening to be sitting there with you hearing the outpouring of love from your disciples and well-wishers. When you asked me to speak, it became even more enlivening. And then when you got down from the Vyasasana to return the obeisances I was offering to you, I was astounded by your sweet humility.

I have hanging on my wall the wonderful framed black-and-white drawing of Srila Prabhupada that you gave me on the 100th anniversary of his appearance. Seeing it always reminds me of your dedication to Srila Prabhupada. I can still feel your love coming through from that picture just as I felt it on the day you gave it to me.

Your ever-grateful Godbrother eagerly awaiting your association in the spiritual world,

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

© CHAKRA 3 April 2002

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