The Passing Of Aniruddha Prabhu
Posted August 31, 2005
The devotees of New Navadvipa Dhama - in Honolulu, Hawaii – regret to inform the Vaisnava community of the passing of Anirruddha Prabhu.
Born Alvin Knaiger in Brooklyn, New York in 1940, he moved to the West Coast and eventually to San Francisco where he met Srila Prabhupada in Golden Gate Park in the Spring of 1967. Immediately attracted to Krishna Consciousness, he became a devout follower and served at the new Fredrick Street Temple. He accepted first initiation from Srila Prabhupada when he was staying at the Stinson Beach house in the Summer of 1967; and accepted second initiation from Prabhupada in 1968 also in San Francisco.
In addition to being one of the earliest devotees to serve in the San Francisco Temple, he was one of the first to travel to India (1967); traveled to Santa Fe along with Harsharani, Krsna devi, and Rasikananda Prabhus to assist in the opening of the temple that Subala had begun only a few weeks earlier (only the 4th temple at the time along with New York, San Francisco, and Montreal); and briefly served as an early teacher in the new Dallas Gurukula. Significantly, at the request of Dayananda and Nandarani, and along with Uddhava he went to Los Angeles to open a temple and helped pioneer the Krishna Consciousness Movement there. While in Los Angeles, he was a responsible devotee and received many letters with instructions from Prabhupada.
He moved back to San Francisco and eventually moved out of the temple into an apartment where he met a returning young Vietnam veteran whom he preached to and who joined the San Francisco Temple later becoming initiated as Guru Krpa Prabhu.
In the later 1970’s, Aniruddha moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and returned again in the mid-1980’s where he resided within the community and rendered service, especially in the kitchen, until his passing away. The Honolulu Temple dedicated the August 28th Sunday Feast program in his honor and devotees eulogized him at that time.
Aniruddha neither married nor had children of his own, however, he enjoyed a very close lifelong relationship with his sister June whom he introduced to Srila Prabhupada in San Francisco. She is making his final arrangements and his cremation is scheduled for Thursday September 1st. At that time a group of devotees will be in attendence with Hari Nama and his ashes will be brought to India.
We invite the Vaisnava community to appreciate the passing of this devotee who assisted Srila Prabhupada so much in the formative years of his mission and who was very dear to Srila Prabhupada. He was interviewed for the Memories of Srila Prabhupada Collection and appears in Part 32 (www.itvproductions.org); and letters to Aniruddha Prabhu from Srila Prabhupada may be viewed on VedaBase from The Bhaktivedanta Archives (www.prabhupada.com).
We would greatly appreciate anyone who would be willing to share a memory of Anirrudha Prabhu with us. Please contact myself by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 808.533.3771.
Shanti Parayana dasa