Posted April 4, 2004
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I am most grieved to hear this sad news of the passing away of the most glorious pujari I had ever met HG Goloka Prabhu. It is indeed a shock and also a deep pain in my heart.
Whenever I was in Goloka Dhama I would always admire both his and Manjulali's intense dedication and unparalleled deity worship. To me it was always like being in the spiritual world, such beautiful offerings, such beautiful dresses, immaculate standard that only a devotee who personally was sent by Krishna could achieve. This was the standard of Goloka Prabhu.
His compassion was no less. When leaving I was always filled with mahaprasadam and farewell smiles that would make my heart tear on leaving Goloka Dhama.
On my first visit to Goloka Dhama I almost fell on my back when the curtains opened. I was immediately attracted to Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohana and was very curious to know how such a high standard could go on until I met and saw how Goloka Prabhu was managing the entire service.
He was never one to get into idle chatter, in fact every time I saw him he was on the altar or making arrangements for the deities during festivals. I always admired both his and his dear wife's dedication. This year when my guru accepted me for brahmin initiation I thought that my greatest desire would be to be able to serve Sri Sri Radha Madan-Mohan on the altar and the best devotee to train me in that would be Their dearmost servants Goloka Prabhu and Manjulali. His parting away is now a great loss.
Please also offer Manjulali Prabhu my heartfelt condolences. I will surely pray to Krishna for her strength.