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Ahmedabad devotee Sastra das departs

by Visvarupa das

Posted December 22, 2004

His Grace Sastra prabhu has left his body on December 18, 2004. He joined ISKCON and received initiation from His Holiness Gopal Krsna Goswami in 1984. He served a lot in the early days of ISKCON Ahmedabad and used to take a full month's leave from his government job for the Prabhupada Gita Marathon. He was very sincere and humble and the most senior devotee in the Ahmedabad congregation.

He had been suffering from hepatitis B for a long time. This year he became very sick and was hospitalized many times. Although, he could hardly walk, he did Abhiseka on Janmastami and on Srila Prabhupada 108th Vyasapuja day he came to the temple by car, driving himself. This was a special mercy of Srila Prabhupada.

Gopal Krsna Maharaja and Jasomatinandan prabhu, along with many other devotees, remained present and did kirtan for two hours until his body was cremated. This was an auspicious sign for his going back to Godhead.

By his preaching and services, he made his life successful. We can get the lesson from this that, no matter how long we live, whatever lifespan we have should be utilized to please Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.