Revatinandana passed away
Posted June 4, 2005
This is my humble offering unto a great soul, Sri Revatinandana das, who passed away on a plane in India on April 26, 2005.
Just last night, as I was making suggestions to a friend regarding whom he should take on his book distribution sankirtan party this summer, I suggested he speak to a great pair of devotees in Chicago, devotees who go out every day to the airport.
"Why don't you speak to Revatinandana and Bhakta Yashua?" I asked.
"Revatinandana passed away," I was told.
Then I remembered a conversation that I had in the prasad hall in the basement of the Chicago temple; it occurred only shortly before I moved to New York City at the end of 2004.Revati was telling me how young I am and how old he was, and how he was getting ready to leave his body.He said these words with a large smile.I almost screamed at him that he was not so much older than I, and I asked how he could talk like that.He evaded my questions by laughing and then changing the subject.I was disturbed, but as Revati can sometimes be a bit unusual in his very sweet way, I assumed he did not have a serious health problem and dropped the issue with him and in my mind.
I wish I had known of Revati's illness.I wish I could have been there to be his friend and to let him know that I care about him. Just now, I wish to be able to hug him and tell him how grateful I am for all the great feats he has done in his life to alleviate the suffering of humanity.I appreciate so much how kind he has always been to me when I was a new bhakta distributing books with him in 1991 and 1992, after he had already become a seasoned book distributor over several years of sankritan.
Revati's desire was always for the nondevotees to become happy, and for people such as me, too, to be happy in Krsna consciousness.Revati was always sweet, always taking the humble position, and always doing something Krsna conscious, be it book distribution, talking about Prabhupada's teachings with devotees, chanting japa, or dancing beautifully in kirtan (he was trained as a ballet dancer).Revati, without a doubt, was a great soul.
In fact, Revati is a great soul.I am confident that Revati is now being taken care of by Krsna.Devotees never die.And, Revati is an authentic devotee.Live on Revati and bless me such that I, too, may dedicate my life to Srila Prabhupada's mission.You have been a great boon to us conditioned souls in this world.Thank you for all that you have done.
May all of us pray for your welfare.Due to the impact on our lives that your passing has, let us forgive one another for any pain that we may have caused one another for whatever reason.Let us have compassion for one another.Let us not take for granted each other's association or our having received our human bodies and the mercy of Srila Prabhupada.Let us do these things to please Revatinandana, thus making his life even more laudable.
All glories to Revatinandana prabhu!All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Sankirtana yajna ki jaya!