Departure of Krsna Das
Posted April 10, 2008
Krsna das, son of Bal Krsna das and Savitri dd, of Moscow, left his body in
the Ganges the day before Gaura Purnima 2008. He was a bright light that
lite up any darkness around him, and he was a promising, talented gurukuli
video artist whose programs were both professional and devotional. But
mostly, he was an incredible person with an easy smile, deep appreciation of
Krsna consciousness, and charismatic personality.
I don't know anyone who didn't love him, but, especially, of course, his father and mother. I first met him when I went to Moscow in 1995 to video material for the New Hare Krsna World. He was little kid in the gurukula there. I remember that we had a big snowball fight outside the school. He immediately organized many of his friends to pummel me, and he had good aim. I quickly had to surrender. Later, he attended Vrndaban gurukula. He became bi-lingual in English and Russian very quickly so he was often a bridge for Russian speaking devotees. KD was inspirator and one of main organizers of the Kulimela in Russia, 2007, and he made a film about it. Click Here.
Years later my son, Ishan, went to stay with Krsna das in Moscow. They spent three weeks recording video interviews documenting the experiences of the early devotees there. Krsna das was the backbone of the First Vaisnava Film Festival. He worked day and night for days to program all the clips and music into a tightly orchestrated show which was described by HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami as by far the best awards presentation ever made in Mayapur. Krsna das helped his dad with ITV in Moscow, and he became its driving force.
He produced and directed the Anapa video which earned him an award at that film festival: http://www.studio.bala.ru I wanted him to come to Los Angeles and work with me at ITV. He was so much fun to be with. I miss him every time I think that he is gone, and, in that, I know that I am not alone. His funeral can be viewed at: Click Here.