Chakra Announcements

The Passing of Bhava Bhuti Das

by Sravanananda das

Posted September 23, 2004

Dear Prabhus,

Bhava Bhuti Das left his body on Friday Sept 17th, 2004 in the evening. He joined the movement in 1971. He was a disciple of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. He was 52 years old.

He suffered since the 1980's from Lou Gehrig's disease and for over 15 years was on a ventilator remaining with his wife and family. His wife Mongala Gopi Devi Dasi my wife's (Ananda Gopi Devi Dasi) sister remained with him throughout this ordeal taking care of him while maintaining a job and bringing up her two children Rukmini and Gokulesha.

While actively preaching in India in the 1970's and early 80's he helped with the early days of Vrindaban's project and raised funds in the Middle East to help in various other Indian projects.

We became co-presidents in Madras in 1975 and preached vigoruosly to try and construct a temple. Srila Prabhupada came for 10 days and we enthusiatically had an ecstatic festival program with many senior devotees attending and 10's of thousands of Southern Indians attending.Srila Prabhupada was very pleased.

Later Bhava Bhuti took it upon himself to receive a large plot of land in Gauhati, Assam, India on a mountaintop overlooking the Brahmaputra river from the same family that had donated the land in Vrindaban to Srila Prabhupada. He enthusiastically began construction of a beautiful temple on this mountaintop while constantly struggling to remain in Assam with out the proper required permit for a restricted area in India. Eventually he and his wife had to leave and the construction was completed by other devotees.

Shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease which normally is terminal within a few years. He came back to USA to seek treatment but due to rapid deteriation remained bedridden for almost 20 years.

I would like to thank all the devotees who always remained in touch with him and his wife and who would come and visit him to try and keep his fire of devotion kindled while in this condition. Adhridharan Das, Sridhar Swami, Shambu Das, Sunanda Das, Drystadumna Das, Ananda Gopi Devi Dasi, and all the other devotees that I may have missed.

One day before Sridhara Maharaj left his body in Sri Dham Mayapur I had sent him an email to see how he was doing and his only reply was how is Bhava Bhuti?

I would like to add 2 of my memories that come to mind.

1) While I was with a party of devotees in the Nitai Pada Kamala Boat Program in the Ganges near the Bay of Bengal in or around 1976 it was becoming dusk and we were preparing for evening Arotik when we all heard a loudspeaker coming across the water yelling Sravanananda,Sravanananda!!! We thought we were mistaken and as we all came out on the deck to see what was the ruckus we saw Bhava Bhuti on the front deck of a power boat searching for me to give me a sweater that he had purchased for me in the Middle East. We were all hysterical to see the Transcendental Mad Man! We all sat together on the deck of the Nitai Pada Kamal and had prasadam as the sun set over the Ganges.He then jumped back on the power boat to go back to somewhere where he had some urgent service to do.

2) Srila Prabhupad arrived at the airport in Madras and we were all there to greet him along with all the senior disciples. We all had the opportunity to place a flower garland around Srila Prabhupada's neck and as we did so we also had to remove them quickly so that more could be adorned around his neck by the throngs of people as they almost covered his face. Srila Prabhupada was so pleased that his eyes filled with tears and yet were illuminated with the intensity of the sun. As he exhibited signs of ecstasy all in the crowd were immensely affected and Bhava Bhuti in the midst of the kirtan began to leap in the air which seemd to be at least 3 feet off the ground and tears came from his eyes. I looked at him and he looked at me and we both agreed in the intensity of the kirtan and leaping in the air that at that moment there was no better place in the universe to be than at the feet of the most wonderful pure devotee that the world was to know: His Divine A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhpada.

Jai Srila Prabhupada.

I pray that Bhava Bhuti Das will eternally be at the lotus feet of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, the most merciful and loving.!

Thanking you for your good wishes and prayers.

Your Servant,

Sravanananda Das

Please send any memories you may have so that I may forward them to his wife Mongala Gopi Devi Dasi and his children at: dperlmutter@hotmail.com